Regathered by God
There were two moments in history when it seemed that there would be an extermination of the chosen descendents of Abraham. Once was 2500 years ago, the other time was 58 years ago. Just briefly look with me at Esther 1:1; 3:8-14; 7:4 and then we will remember the dark hours of 1939-45 when it seemed that Hitler and the Axis powers might make it and defeat the Allies. Both were Satan at work!
Satan's instrument of the hours from 1939-1945 was Adolph Hitler. Satan had found a man that would totally yield to him. Hitler's early life could be characterized by one word, "failure." He eeked out a meager existence by living on his dead mothers limited savings and an Orphan's Pension which came from his fathers service in the Customs Department. His attempt at higher education was thwarted. He wanted to be an artist and so applied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. They refused to accept him because his sketches were not up to the standards they required. Next, he applied to the School of Architecture and was refused. Author Treavor Ravenscroft says "...unable to make friends, Hitler became day by day a more solitary and embittered figure."
To make a long story short, Hitler was angry at God and society because of his plight in life, therefore he rebelled against God and society. In his quest for power to change his plight young Hitler turned to the occult. He began by spending all his free time in the Hofberg Library in Vienna, Austria reading books on the history of the occult and Eastern religions. The occult seemed to offer the power Adolph was searching for.
Next came the discovery that changed Hitler's life and drove him deeper into the occult. What was it?
In that library there is an ancient spear, believed by many, to be the one used to pierce the side of Christ. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago says in his book The Antichrist's New Age Roots,
"One day when Adolph Hitler was in his early twenties, he overheard a tour group guide point out the spear to a group of guests and say, 'This spear is shrouded in mystery; whoever unlocks its secrets will rule the world.' Later Hitler said that those words had changed his whole life."
He spent hours staring at the spear that had pierced the side of Christ. He believed the spear was possessed by secret occult powers and invited those powers to invade his soul. Trevor Ravenscroft records the eye witness account of Dr. Walter Stein who stood beside young Hitler as he gazed at the spear,
"Adolph Hitler stood...like a man in a trance, a man over whom some dreadful magic spell had been cast...He was swaying on his feet as though caught up in some totally inexplicable euphoria...His whole [facial appearance] physiognomy and stance appeared transformed as if some mighty Spirit now inhabited his very soul, creating within and around him a kind of evil transformation of its own nature and power."
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