It was on this day, in 1939, that World War II broke out when the German Wehrmacht invaded Poland. While the Germans were invading Poland from the west, the Soviet Union struck the nation from the east. Previously, these two nations had entered into a pact, agreeing to divide the nation of Poland between them. After this invasion came other invasions, other battles and great loss of life. World War II, lasting six years was the bloodiest war mankind has ever witnessed.
Why did World War II happen? The argument could be made that it was because pacifists went out of their way to appease the aggressors. Instead of confronting Hitler’s aggression, people like Britain’s Neville Chamberlain opted to give him what he wanted, with the hope that he would be satisfied and the world would have peace. But what these people discovered, too late unfortunately, was that Hitler didn’t want peace; Hitler’s aspirations were to control the entire world.
The ramifications of World War II are still being felt around the globe. There are nations that no longer exist because of World War II. Some nations were formed as a result of World War II. As awful as it was, it could be argued that World War II was the catalyst that helped create the state of Israel. Before the rise of Hitler, European Jews didn’t have any incentive to leave their homes and emigrate to what was then a desert and something they had never known. The rise of Nazism, World War II and the Holocaust became the incentive. As awful as it was for most people, including about six million Jews, if it had not occurred, who knows if we would have the state of Israel, today? World War II and the Holocaust was the travail that brought about the birth of Israel. The prophet Isaiah hinted at this:
“Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.” (Isaiah 66:7-8)
I believe this prophecy foretold of what happened in 1948 with the birth of the state of Israel but I don’t believe that this is the end of the story. There is more to occur that will fulfill this particular prophecy. I say that because not all of Israel has returned to the land just yet. If that’s the case, then unfortunately, that means there is likely to be more travail and labor pains. That is a troubling prospect in the short term, but indication of a glorious prospect in the long term — i.e. the advent of the Messianic Kingdom.
Whether these things occur in our lifetime or in the lifetime of our children and grandchildren, one day God is going to orchestrate circumstances that provoke all of His people to go back to the land of Israel. Again, that probably means that, as we’ve seen in times past, there will be travail. Still, the “child” that is to be delivered is a Kingdom that will never pass away, ruled by the King of kings and Lord of lords. This is the same time and event Paul referred to when he described the creation’s groaning and laboring with birth pains in order to reveal the sons of God (Romans 8:18-22).
My prayer is that, whatever role you and I have to fulfill in this process, the Father will give us wisdom, direction and the strength to do it. One thing that we must do, starting right now, is to commit ourselves to standing against the aggression of the Adversary. We must not appease him but we must stand for truth and righteousness. And when we’ve done all we can to stand, then we are to stand some more. Have a blessed day.