Select Page

Prelude to World War II

July 09, 2011

The Lord is a man of war, YHVH is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea…You have overthrown those who rose against You: The enemy said: I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil…I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy them…You stretched out Your hand; Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. Ex. 15:3,4,7,9,12)

Who are the enemies of God? They are the ones who are the enemies of His people, Israel. And God said He will fight for Israel and destroy them.

Hitler, in his speeches to the German people said that the Jews were the enemy of Germany. It was a lie. The Jews just wanted to live in peace and have a good life. They even contributed to the welfare of Germany. They fought in WWI for Germany. Most considered themselves Germans first and then Jews. But Hitler wanted to kill them and take their possessions.

Hitler planned his military takeover of Europe carefully and in stages. He wasn’t afraid to go to war to achieve his goal. First he was successful in turning democratic Germany into a dictatorship. Then, In October 1933, Hitler withdrew from the League of Nations, with the excuse that Germany was now militarily weak due to the Treaty of Versailles following Germany’s defeat in WWI. He said Germany now had to take measures to protect herself.

In the months that followed, Hitler tripled the size of the German Army and completely ignored the restrictions on weapons that had been imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. By 1935, when it was clear to Hitler that no action was going to be taken against Germany for breaking the Treaty of Versailles, He felt strong enough to start military enrollment, confident that both France and Britain were unwilling to go to war. He therefore decided to break another aspect of the Treaty, by sending German troops into the Rhineland, the west bank of Rhine, on the border with France. That area was demilitarized under the Treaty of Versailles.

The French government objected to German troops on their border, but didn’t want to take action without the support of the British. The British government argued against going to war over the issue.

Full of confidence that his gamble had paid off, Hitler began to make plans to make Austria part of Germany. In March 1938 Austria’s Chancellor Schuschnigg, who opposed Hitler, resigned. He was replaced by Seyss-Inquart, the leader of the Austrian Nazi Party. He invited the German Army to occupy Austria and proclaimed union with Germany the following month.

Hitler’s next move was to take over the Sudetenland area in Czechoslovakia close to the border with Germany. He threatened to do so in his meeting with British PM Chamberlain.

Counting on the British and French dislike of the communists and their reluctance to join forces with the Soviets, Hitler didn’t take no for an answer, even when Chamberlain informed Hitler that his plans to invade Czechoslovakia were unacceptable. 

Desperate to avoid war, and anxious to avoid an alliance with Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, Chamberlain and the French leader Daladier met with Hitler in Munich on the 29th of September, 1938 and agreed that Germany could have the Sudetenland. In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe (which he never intended to keep.) That day Adolf Hitler, Chamberlain, Daladier and Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement which transferred the Sudetenland to Germany. Czechoslovakia’s Head of State, protested at this decision, but Chamberlain told him that Britain was not willing to go to war over the issue of this area. On the 1st of October 1938 Germany invaded Sudetenland, an area that is nearly all mountain fortification and Czechoslovakia’s defense against invaders.

From his meetings with Chamberlain, Hitler had discovered that the British PM would do anything to avoid military conflict. Chamberlain feared the devastation a modern war would bring on the western world, and the possibility of a communist takeover. Hitler’s words in private after that meeting: “This fellow Chamberlain shook with fear when I uttered the word war. Don’t tell me he is dangerous.”

Hitler’s next plan was to invade Poland. He wanted to reclaim areas of land Germany conquered in WWI that was lost by the Treaty of Versailles. Chamberlain tried at this point to get tough with Hitler and convinced him that Britain would indeed go to war if Germany continued to invade other countries. The British government also sent diplomats to the Soviet Union to explore ways of joining forces against Germany.

The British government was still uncertain about actually signing a military agreement with the Soviet Union. While they hesitated, Hitler signed an agreement with Stalin. The Nazi (Fascist)-Soviet (Communist) Pact took the world by surprise. Fascists and communists had always been enemies. However, both Hitler and Stalin were opportunists who sought to divide Poland among them. Hitler later broke this agreement and went to war with Russia.

In August 1939, Hitler devised a plan to make it appear Poland had tried to invade Germany. Concentration camp prisoners were dressed in Polish uniforms, shot, and then placed just inside the German border. That was Hitler’s excuse to order the German Army to invade Poland on September 1, 1939. The rest is history.

At the start of the Second World War, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the United States was going to remain neutral, and that the American people had no desire to become involved in the war. However, Roosevelt sent supplies and loans to Britain to enable her to continue fighting the war. Later on the United States was forced to enter the war. It became the most devastating World War, and introduced the most devastating modern weapon, the atomic bomb.

Today the world is facing threats of another world war. Will the world learn from history? Will the world fall into the same trap and act on self interest?

Today the Islamic Republic of Iran is the enemy of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Since 2005 the Iranian leader has become is known for his anti-Israeli remarks when he said the Jewish state should be “wiped off the map.” Other quotes: “The Zionist regime is a threat to all nations…Zionism (Jews) is a dreadful party, a feared party, that was behind the First World War and the Second World War, whenever there is a conflict or war – this party (Zionism) is behind it.

In 2009 Ahmadinejad announced that his country would persist with its nuclear program.

After years of claiming that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, it is now known that Iran is developing nuclear. Just before the report was to be published, there were heated discussions in Israel about a possible attack on Iran to stop the threat of Iran developing the Bomb. The consensus in Israel is that the time is now to consider it, because the window of opportunity is closing for such an action. Both the pro-attack and the ones who oppose it understand that the decision that will be made next summer will be irreversible.

All who debate the subject, be it in Israel, in the Arab nations, or the western countries, are aware that Iran is most definitely entering the last stages of completing the uranium enrichment process. And that if Iran is successful in obtaining the critical mass of the material to produce just one nuclear war head, it would mean an immediate attack on Israel.

The Shiite Muslim nation of Iran operates with a completely different mindset than the West, whose rationale is based on a Judeo-Christian belief system. The Shiite Muslims (10-12 % of the Muslims in the world) believe that the end justifies even violent means. Some of them go as far as injuring themselves to identify with their martyred leaders murdered by their Sunni Muslim brethren. They consider Jews and Christians the enemies of all factions of Islam, and not worthy of having any form of sovereign nation (that includes mainly Israel). For this reason, Iran is supporting any terror organization that is fighting Israel and/or the West west, be it Shiite or Sunni, and has no problem in pushing the button against them.

Many in Israel think that as long as Iran still doesn’t have nuclear weapons, Israel and the West need to prevent them by hitting them first. A preventive strike now would be less detrimental to the citizens of Iran, because an attack on active nuclear plants will kill and injure many more civilians.

There is no doubt that the aim of Israel is to destroy any Iranian nuclear capability and not cause unnecessary human casualty. Every strike by Israel, and in any stage of the Iranian nuclear weapons development, would follow by a massive missile attack on Israel by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. With what’s happening in Syria today, it is unlikely the Syrians would join joining them in fighting against Israel.

The Syrian leader’s Army is busy with a bloody civil war, and he needs them to help him stay in power.

Experts here think that if Israel postpones the attack on Iran, leadership in Syria and Egypt might change, and the new ones may very well be more hostile to Israel, and show their anti-Israeli sentiments by joining the fight against her.

Another consideration is the coming elections in the US. The candidates will most likely avoid confrontations with Israel, so Israel has a year of grace on the American front. We saw this in this week’s statements of most Republican candidates who support Israel vis-a-vis Iran.

Sanctions on Iran

The most effective weapon the U.S. and Europe have against Iran is to impose an oil embargo and measures against Iran’s Central Bank. That action may cause the price of oil to skyrocket. While Because of the upcoming election in the US, and his desire to be reelected, Obama cannot risk an economic problem and a strain on Western financial recovery programs. So even though the West may announce harsh sanctions, they would not be harsh enough to cause Iran to retreat from their nuclear plans.

As it stands now, the nations are fearful of the results their actions against Iran will bring. Again, as it was with Hitler, this fear gives Iran’s leaders the confidence to continue their plans in building themselves up to be able to strike Israel. And from what we hear from world leaders, even with their support of Israel and announcements that Israel’s security is in their best interest, when the time comes, Israel will stand alone against the enemy (Iran). But Israel is not alone, the God of Israel will fight for her.

As believers we know that God’s first and foremost plan is for Israel to be saved (Rom. 11) and it is a cardinal part of His End-Times plan. Now more than ever we need to intercede for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Dear friend and prayer partner, PLEASE PRAY WITH US:


Thank you standing with us through your prayers and support.

For salvation to Israel and the nations,
In Ashdod, Israel
Simcha and Bella Davidov


Subscribe to our weekly updates! We offer articles by trusted Messianic authors, a Global Broadcast featuring worship music by our talented musicians and a teaching by Asher Intrater,  Ariel Blumenthal,  and others.


How I Came to Faith

I was born in Israel into a secular Jewish family with roots in the Land stretching back generations. My great grandfather was a pioneer farmer in the Galilee. My father was a commander in the Palmach naval fighting units, starting before the Israeli War of...

read more

An Undivided Heart: Part Two

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was encumbered (orig: dragged...

read more

An Undivided Heart: Part One

"Therefore, do not worry, saying 'what shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink?' or 'what shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His...

read more

Maturity – from “Toxic Tribal” to “Beyond Team”

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11) A small child is the centre of their own world, without perspective on how small they actually...

read more
x  Powerful Protection for WordPress, from Shield Security
This Site Is Protected By
Shield Security