“Dutch Tzedakah” - Stories of righteous ones in the Netherlands - Saving Jews from the Nazis

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War II

Introduction to Part One

As we historically ponder the events that have taken place over the past two thousand years, we can clearly see that the warnings the LORD God gave Israel, have come to pass during that time. Israel has wandered to “the four corners of the earth” where she has seen her enemies “draw a sword” after her.

Part One of “Dutch Tzedakah” describes the historical account of these years, right up to 1940 and the time of the ultimate enemy, Adolf Hitler.

The first three chapter’s of “Dutch Tzedakah” covers a time span from 2000 (Biblical calendar) / 1761 BCE, the call of Abraham to the children of Israel being enslaved in Egypt and then led back to the Promised Land by Moses, commencing with the Exodus from Egypt. Then after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 3829 / 69 AD, the account traces a scattered Israel throughout Europe where they endured two thousand years of sufferings and hideous persecution.

Chapter’s four to seven outlines Jewish life in the Netherlands, a nation that gave the Jewish people a safe home!

Whilst in chapter eight, the horror of the third Reich unfolds itself as Adolf Hitler arrives on the scene.

Throughout Part One of “Dutch Tzedakah” we will follow Israel from blessings into times of great tribulations. I pray that may we will learn from history and the contents of the message contained in this work, for I assure you, there is one!

Chapter 1

The Land of Inheritance

For almost two thousand years the ancient people of Israel have been scattered to the “four corners of the earth.” Many have settled in and around Europe where they quickly adapted to the variety of reactions towards them. There were times of relative quiet and peace, but also much pain owing to the often-violent attacks against them. Late in the sixteenth century when the Jewish people were running from their persecutors, the Netherlands opened their doors and gave the children of Israel a safe home.

The following quote from the Talmud (the ancient writings of various Rabbis on subjects relating to the Old Testament) sums up the situation beautifully:

“He who accepts an orphan into his home and raises the child as his own is viewed as the orphan's parent” Sanhedrin 19b.

Before going into detail of Hebrew settlement in the Lowlands, being the Netherlands, let us turn back the pages of history to the land that the LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, gave His people Israel. This land of “inheritance” had been promised to Abraham and to his seed eternally, that includes Isaac and Jacob and their seed as is stated in Genesis 13: 14 & 15.

“And the LORD God said (to Abraham), lift up your eyes and look from the place were you are (Beth-El) northward (to Lebanon), and southward (to the river Egypt in the Negev), and eastward (to Abraham's original home and the river Euphrates), and westwards (the Mediterranean Sea, see Genesis 15: 18 to 21). For all the land you see shall I give you and your seed (Isaac and Jacob - Israel) FOREVER.”

The word “forever” in Hebrew” is “Olam” which means “eternally.” However this “Promised Land”, a land that would offer so much, also proved so hard to keep, for the surrounding nations for some reason greatly desired it. Even the conquering Greeks and Romans would eventually posses it.

The following are the historical and spiritual events that led Israel to be scattered to the four corners of the earth.

Moses and the Childern of Israel at Mount Sinai

Having been slaves in Egypt and under the leadership of God’s chosen man, Moses, the LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, by His “mighty hand.” However, it took a long forty years of wandering through the wilderness before they finally re-entered the Land of Promise.” However, the Children of Israel could have reached the land in just eleven days from Mount Sinai, as is clearly stated in Deuteronomy chapter 1. Why then did it take so long? The truth is had Israel faithfully followed the LORD God, who had saved them from bondage, they would have reached the land in that time. But sadly, it was disobedience that kept Israel in the wilderness for forty years and this is so clearly described in the Torah (the five books of Moses). The LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, reaffirmed His original Commandments and gave Israel some new Commandments whilst Israel was camped at Mount Sinai. Israel was clearly told (Leviticus 26: 1 to 6). One of these clearly stated that if they would love the LORD their God and not worship other gods, and keep His statutes and commandments and keep the Sabbath and the “Seven Feasts the LORD” and uphold the Torah (the Law), the LORD would not only give them the land, but also the rain in due season and the land would yield her increase. There was also the promise that there would be peace in the land, and if enemies should come against them, only a small number of Israelites would be required to drive them out.

The LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would respect His called-out ones and make them fruitful, multiply them and thus He made a covenant with them. What a powerful promise to a nation. All this would be so, if Israel would only believe, obey and love the LORD their God.

Nevertheless, from the Scriptures we know that some of the Israelites were faithful, but sadly many were not. This disobedience began in the wilderness and later continued in the Land of Promise, for many of the House of Israel did not continue to worship the God of their fathers and did not uphold the Torah (the Law), and many even went after other gods. In very same chapter, (Leviticus 26), the consequences of disobedience were also foretold. For the LORD God said that He would set His face against them, and bring a sword after them, drive them out of the land that He had given them, and scatter them among the heathen, where they would be “hunted by their enemies.” Sadly, all this all happened, not because the LORD God, blessed be His Name, was a cruel taskmaster, but because He had to execute the due punishment befitting the sins of men. The righteous God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had proclaimed these things, thus He had to act upon His words. Dispensing rightful punishment does not make He who punishes at fault, but those that are guilty of the wrongdoing are worthy of receiving the punishment for they were clearly foretold. If you steal and you are caught, you go before a court and you are judged and you will receive the appropriate punishment. Many of Israel had sought after other gods and worshipped them, thus according to God’s word, the punishment was fitting and due. (Read Leviticus 26: 14 to 39).

However, Scripture also records that there were times of greatness when the people followed the Almighty, and kept His commandments. During those days the nations around about were greatly fearful of Israel, not because they were so powerful, but because they had heard of the power and the greatness of the God of Israel who had brought them out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand. In addition they had heard how the God of Israel had slain the mighty army of the great and all powerful Pharaoh in the Red Sea, as well as those of other Kings that had come against Israel whilst they were in the wilderness.

Are the Ten Tribes Lost?

But after the reign of King David and then the death of Solomon the sadly the nation split into two Benjamin and Judah became one, known as simply as “Judah” and the other Ten Tribes became the nation of “Israel.” Tragically, the vast majority of the people of second nation Israel had turned their backs on God and they followed and trusted their wicked, pagan worshipping kings. Thus, as God had prophesied, ensured that their enemies were able to come in and conquer them. Israel was the first to be carried off. However thankfully there were many of the faithful of Israel that had escaped to Judah. It is written in 2 Chronicles 16:1 to 6.

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah. Asa then took the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the LORD’s temple and of his own palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus (Syria). ‘Let there be a treaty between me and you,’ he said, ‘as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.’ Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. They conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim and all the store cities of Naphtali. When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah and abandoned his work. Then King Asa brought all the men of Judah, and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using. With them he built up Geba and Mizpah.”

This Exodus so angered Baasha the King of Israel so much at that time that he fortified the border town of Ramah to stop the flow of the faithful of the LORD into Judah. Asa, the King of Judah made an arrangement with the King of Syria to make war with Baasha and the Nation of Israel, giving King Asa time to destroy the fortifications in Ramah and allow the faithful Israelites continue to escape to Judah. These fortifications were so huge that King Asa was able to build not just one, but two towns from the building materials that was recovered from these walls. Some may say, but how can we really prove this? But, the Scriptures is very accurate! The proof is in the fact that, when Israel was taken captive only 17,000 armed or strong men could be summoned. Whilst when Judah was captured sometime later an army of 307,500 could be summoned, for by then Judah had grown greatly as many of the faithful of the ten tribes had migrated to Judah. We also read in the Scriptures that many towns in Israel fell, simply because they were totally deserted.

I like to debunk the popular fallacy that exists in the world that says that the ten tribes disappeared in Assyria and/or migrated to Europe to re-emerge in Britain, thus, the so called “British Israel” doctrine, which is nothing short of a joke, for the Word proves it.

The truth is when people reject the TRUTH, which is clearly found in the Word of the LORD, they will so readily accept a lie.

As we read in 2 Chronicles 16: 1-6, Judah was bursting with the best of the Twelve Tribes, for we know from the New Testament that those supposed lost Ten Tribes were rather well represented at the time of Yahushua. Remember Anna? This is the lady who met baby Yahushua on the steps of the Temple and she was from the so-called lost Tribe of “Asher” as is recorded in Luke 2:36. Yet, according to many Christians this tribe was long lost and is somewhere in Europe or in the United States. Thus Luke made it quite clear that the tribe of Asher was well and truly present in Jerusalem at the time of Yahushua. This is just one event that clearly illustrates that ALL ISRAEL was represented in Judah 400 years after the Babylonian exile. But then James’ letter arrives on the scene, which he commences as follows … “To the TWELVE TRIBES, which are scattered abroad.” He obviously knew a lot more than the Churches do several thousand years later, who continue to claim together with so many misguided ones that “the Ten Tribes are lost.” James’ statement is very much inline with what the LORD had said in His Word, that due to their sins, He would scatter the Children of Israel and He meant ALL Twelve Tribes, to the four corners of the earth and restore them again to the land in the “end times.” And they are Jews, be they Orthodox, Chassidic, Messianic Jews or Jews who do not believe much of anything, they are still part of the Hebrew heritage.

Judah had remained more faithful, yet there also were many turning away from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who delivered then out of bondage miraculously out of Egypt! Eventually, they also went into dispersion and the great Temple built by Solomon was destroyed in Jerusalem by the Babylonians. This had been foretold by faithful men of God, such as Daniel, Jeremiah, and later Haggai. For the divided nations, Israel and Judah had been restored to the land and become a one nation again, having returned to the Holy city Jerusalem. The city and the Temple were rebuilt by the people of all the twelve tribes of Israel!

Messianic Times?

Daniel chapter 9: 25, gives the details when and how the city and the Temple would be rebuilt. This was accomplished on schedule “even in troubled times.” (Read Nehemiah chapter 4 for the details). Later the Greeks took Israel and then at a later date Rome possessed Israel and placed an Edomite (a descendant of the unfaithful Esau) as King over Israel named Herod the Great. In these times of troubles many in Israel sought for their promised Messiah to free them from their Roman conquerors.

The prophets had foretold that the Messiah would be born in the city of David, Bethlehem (“Beth” means “house”, “lechem” means “bread”), and be from the Royal line of David, the son of Jesse, of the tribe of Judah.

The New Testament tells us that King Herod was told that a king was about to be born by three visitors of east. He was furious and commanded that all baby boys were to be slain in Bethlehem. It was at this time a baby was born in Bethlehem to Yoseph (Joseph) and Miriam (Mary) who were there from Nazareth because of a Romans order.

Yoseph named him “Yahushua,” which is Jesus’ real Hebrew name, which is the identical name given to another person in the Scripture’s a person we know as “Joshua,” but, the Church of Roman decided to use the heathen name “Jesus”. In Greek it is “Iesous” and both persons we know today as Jesus and Joshua are named in the Greek New Testament as “Iesous.” But, this name is directly related to the name of Zeus for “Ieseus” is in fact the Greek god of healing. Thus I will use the Name His original Hebrew Yahushua, for we translate words, but should not have to translate names. Mikhail Gorbachev was not renamed Michael Gordon, Neither did Nelson Mandella become Neil Mandel, just for argument sake!

As the New Testament continues to state, with the many babies slain in Bethlehem, Yoseph, Miriam and child were able to flee to Egypt, but it would not be until thirty-three years later until Yahushua was unjustifiably crucified by the Romans with the title “King of the Jews” nailed to his tree/stake (cross). At the time, many of the Children of Israel were expecting their Messiah and we know that many accepted Yahushua as their Messiah. What is called Christianity today had in fact a very Jewish beginning and not one of them ever called him Jesus for that Name did not come into existence until at least three hundred years later!

Judah, the nation in general and the majority of priests rejected this Yahushua as the prophesied Messiah. This finally led the Orthodox Christian Churches, especially the Church of Rome, Lutherans, Church of England and the East European Orthodox Churches to commence a fanatical campaign to convert “THE Jews,” and if they would not submit and accept their format of Christian faith for they all differed, they would simply kill them.

We need to remember that the very first people to believe in Yahushua as the Messiah were all Israelites (Jews) and at the time they were regarded simply as a Jewish sect, much like the Essenes. A Pharisee known as Sha’ul of Tarsus, who became later known as Paul the apostle, had a traumatic conversion on the road to Damascus and he took the message of Messiah to the Gentiles. Those who believed were Jews and Gentiles alike. Then after a period of time, they became generally known as the followers of the Messiah Yahushua or “Messianic believers.” By 69/70 AD, forty years after the death of Yahushua, His followers in Jerusalem had sold their homes and were living beyond the Jordan in Pella. Jerusalem was again destroyed (as foretold by the prophets), this time by the fury of Rome. The Temple again lay in ruins on the ninth of Av, the same day in history as the first Temple was destroyed. As it was written, Israel would be scattered to the “four corners of the earth.” Therein the land of their enemies (Leviticus 26) Israel would be hunted and murdered by the adversaries (hasatan) of God.

Second Temple was destroyed by Rome on the 9th of Av 69 AD

With Israel in dispersion, did this mean that the LORD God, blessed be His Name, had forsaken them and given another their blessings? “God forbid.” In fact, the Scriptures teach the opposite. The separation of the people of Israel and the land would be temporary, as the prophets clearly stated. The prophecy of Jeremiah speaks of God having “divorced” Israel, (Jeremiah 3: 8). The Hebrew word used here for divorce is “kerithuth,” means to “separate,” but only for a certain or “temporary” period. Another word exists in the Scriptures for divorce, and that is “Garash,” meaning to be “utterly removed forever.” The prophet Elijah, after confronting the sinful King Ahab, was told by God to “go to the brook Kerith.” The LORD God would “divorce – separate” Himself from the nation, which had gone into sin under the evil influence of Ahab and Jezebel. Later Elijah was commanded to “return” to the king and the people, and offer them restoration with the God of their fathers, on condition of full repentance from their sins and by returning (Shuv) to Him. In fact, the very prophecy that tells us of Israel's dispersion also promises their return to the land that the LORD God, blessed be His Name, had given to Abraham and his seed … Forever!

“And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD” Leviticus 26: 44 & 45.

“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring you into your own land - And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God” Ezekiel 36: 24 & 28.

“Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, HE THAT SCATTERED ISRAEL WILL GATHER HIM, AND KEEP HIM, as a shepherd does his flock” Jeremiah 31: 10.

The above was also believed by Paul the apostle.

“I say then, Has God cast away His people? God forbid - For I also am an Israelite, the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people which He foreknew” Romans 11: 1 & 2.

These are just a few of the multitude of promises to Israel. The LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, would not allow His people to be utterly destroyed, even though the world and the enemies of God, has done all in their power to do so. God's promise to Israel was that He would bring them “back to their own land and be their God.” And the fact of the matter is simply this - The miracle is complete for, the restoration of the land of ISRAEL is today a reality!

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