“The cage is filled with canaries. You can come and get them.” This innocent-sounding statement and the story that goes with it still freezes my heart.
Jews were being arrested and shipped to concentration camps. Millions would give final gasps in gas chambers and become ashes in Nazi ovens. (I would later stand numb at many of those hell-holes.)
Terrified Jews needed Christian friends to hide them.
Some found those lovers of Jesus Christ who defied Hitler’s power and hid Jews. Others? One “pastor” sought out Jews to shelter them in his hiding place. Can you even imagine their gratitude? How could they know that when their refuge was at full capacity, the pastor was already calling the Nazi Gestapo with those words “The cage is filled with canaries. You can come get them.” You know what happened!
Why did I become a student of the Holocaust? The Spirit of God opened my eyes. And changed me in the process. My fourscore life fits four descriptions.
1st 20 years – Lost in sin and partaker of a dirty atmosphere of racist jabs and jokes made against Jews and others.
2nd 20 Years – Saved from sin and called to ministry – but taught: “Our job is to win souls. We are not to get involved in struggles between people.” (A neat excuse for avoiding the suffering of others.)
3rd 20 Years – God’s wake-up call to receive His heart of unconditional love for the Jews and a lonely Israel. We faced the devil’s fire, but the lord gave grace and courage.
4th 20 YEARS AND COUNTING – Teaching an army of Christians worldwide that dark and dangerous days will precede Christ’s return and rule. (That time has already arrived in many countries.) More than human courage will be needed to be true God. It will take a courage supplied by the awesome grave of God given to those who are in intimate relationship with Jesus.
I speak the truth of what I see. Other than martyr countries where brethren suffer and die, most of today’s Church is awash in materialism and asleep at the wheel. My call is to
blow the trumpet that shocks slumbering saints and calls them to a holy and purpose-driven life.
The sense of urgency is great. As Paul says, “the time is short.”
God uses your prayers and support to keep the trumpet sounding. And I am so grateful for your help! May your Thanksgiving be blessed.