“Your papers please.” This may be the phrase spoken before we can board a plane, travel across state lines, receive medical help, and more if the current administration has their way.
It was the same phrase spoken, and accepted, during the days before the Holocaust.
April 8 is the Holocaust day of remembrance. It is a day that is often overlooked by Americans because it is something that didn’t affect most of us personally. Sadly, that same era is being ushered in by the Biden administration which will affect every American personally.
Are you ready for them to demand, “Your papers please!”
Many liberal universities in America and Britain teach students the Holocaust never happened. According to a 2019 poll, one in 20 people in Britain have bought that lie. According to Newsweek magazine, one-third of Americans have also bought the lie and don’t believe six million Jews were murdered during the holocaust.
Hitler would have been proud.
In his manifesto, “Mein Kampf,” he explained the propaganda technique and power of telling bold big lies. It is a technique which has been used effectively by the media and the Left today.
According to the manifesto, “The Big Lie works because the masses are easily manipulated in their emotions…they more readily fall victim to the big lie than the small lie since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.”
There is an urgency that we need to remember and learn from history.
The Holocaust was a genocide perpetrated by the German Nazi regime against European Jews between 1941-1945. Six million Jews were murdered in death camps, concentration camps, ghettos, killing fields and elsewhere.
The most insidious location was Auschwitz-Birkenau which became Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp and extermination camp. Auschwitz was actually three camps in one: a prison camp, an extermination camp, and a slave-labor camp. As the most lethal of the Nazi extermination camps, Auschwitz has become the emblematic site of the “final solution,” a virtual synonym for the Holocaust.
Between 1.1 and 1.5 million people died at Auschwitz; 90 percent of them were Jews. Also among the dead were some 19,000 Roma who were held at the camp until the Nazis gassed them on July 31, 1944—the only other victim group gassed in family units alongside the Jews. The Poles constituted the second largest victim group at Auschwitz, where some 83,000 were killed or died.
It happened. And America is being positioned to make this type horror happen again for all deemed “deplorable.”
As the Jewish people and other “deplorables” were rounded up, German Christians and other citizens turned their heads afraid of getting involved. After all, they just wanted things to get back to normal. They willingly gave up freedom for safety and provision.
To show their papers became routine. Not many protested when Jews had to wear a yellow star designating them “deplorables.” As long as it didn’t affect them personally, they chose to go along to get along. They remained silenced in fear.
Is that so different from now?
By the time people truly figured out what was happening, it was too late. They were firmly under the control of the Communist regime having given away their freedom without resistance.
America mirrors that takeover today.
As the Biden administration continues to gobble up our freedoms and push through bills with their corrupt agenda to permanently shift America into a socialist/communist country, many churches still sit back closed and silenced.
They mistakenly believe if they comply, things will “get back to normal.”
The greatest takeover of American liberties has already passed in the House with bill HR1. It is now in the Senate and Congress continues to shift rules, such as removing the filibuster when it suits their needs, to allow them unhindered control.
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They trample our Constitution while many American citizens still stick their heads in the sand unwilling to admit what is right before our eyes.
If we are willing to look with discernment, the mask mandate was simply an outward expression of the silencing of truth.
As I walk through stores in a state where the mandate has been lifted, still around 95% of shoppers are voluntarily masked. Some even now insist it’s the “Christian thing to do” and will voluntarily report or confront their neighbor for refusing to comply. Again, Hitler would have been proud.
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History does repeat itself. Let’s look back to biblical days. The disciples of Jesus were also “masked” or silenced after Jesus was crucified. They were terrified they would be next. They were shut up and shut in.
Now when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were together due to fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” (John 20:19 NASB – emphasis mine).
Fear controlled the disciples. But it certainly wasn’t without justification. However, Jesus appeared in their midst to give four important instructions which are just as important for us today:
- He imparted peace.
The word in the Greek is “eirene” which means He imparted, “quietness, rest and prosperity” similar to the word shalom. The first step was to remove the fear. When He wished peace/prosperity upon them, it wasn’t just a word for wealth as we often think. It was a word pregnant with blessing. It meant safety, rest, restoration of that which was lost or stolen, blessing and yes, wealth.
- He then said, “I send you.”
It wasn’t a time for them to remain silent nor is it a time for us to be shut in and silenced. Instead, there is a call in which He is sending us out, just as the disciples were, to impact the world. He doesn’t want us consumed by fear and cowering. Instead we are to go out in power and set the captives free!
- He breathed on them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
He didn’t just send them out in their own strength. He first empowered them. They became Presence Carriers as they went out in the power and protection of the Holy Spirit to do signs, wonders and miracles. That same power is available to us today if we are willing to walk out of the shut in/shut up fear and usher in revival and the Gospel of Christ.
- Forgive their sins.
This is going to mess with many because I know it messed with me. But I didn’t say it, Jesus did. He told the disciples as He sent them out, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
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A friend shared recently, that as she was sitting at the bed of a distant relative who was in the final stages of life, she felt impressed to speak those words over him. “I forgive your sins,” she said. “They are released. Be at peace, you can go now.”
Although the relative could no longer speak, she said his eyes were wide open and she could see his features visibly relax. She instructed him how to accept the Lord and renounce the past. However, any response could not be heard outwardly as he was non-verbal at that stage. Yet, she said, the peace that was evident on his face, spoke volumes. He passed into eternity later that night.
When Jesus was on the earth and healed the sick, He often said, “your sins are forgiven. Now go and sin no more” (emphasis mine). We don’t just go around absolving sin so that people have a false sense of eternity and continue to walk in a sinful lifestyle.
That’s not what I’m saying. I’m simply saying what Jesus instructed his disciples to do. Why do we miss that important instruction today? Why do we stay in fear shut in and shut up? He has empowered us to go!
We are at a critical crossroad and we each have a choice to make. Will we get up and go out in the power of the spirit? Or will we timidly turn our heads in hopes we won’t be noticed, get our digital certificates and travel passports so we can produce our papers when demanded and hopefully go about life as normal as possible?
Will we be silenced by “woke” or will we really wake up and see the similarities of our day and refuse to repeat the horror of the past as they demand, “Your papers please.”