When Jesus returns

The personification of evil

Jesus is the personification of goodness, while Adolf Hitler is the impersonation of evil. A closer inspection reveals some intriguing parallels between them. Many Germans considered Adolf Hitler their saviour, and they worshipped him like one. Some Christians believe there will be a rapture when Jesus returns (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Rapture is ecstasy, enchantment, enthusiasm and admiration. Few persons in history caused as much rapture as Hitler did.

Hitler told the Germans that they were the chosen people because of their superior race. Many Jews believe they are the chosen people because of the special relationship between God and the Jewish people. Like Moses, Hitler promised that he would end the unjust oppression, in this case, caused by the Treaty of Versailles. He claimed that his Third German Empire would last a thousand years, while the Bible tells us that the reign of Christ will last a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). Perhaps not surprisingly, a British intelligence report noted that Hitler had a messiah complex.3

In traditional agricultural societies, lands remained within the family. The Bible states that the bond between the people and the land that cannot be broken and that the land cannot be sold (Leviticus 25:23). This is similar to the Nazi ideology of Blood and Soil that focuses on ethnicity and homeland. Blood and Soil stresses the importance of the land people live on and it celebrates rural living. Selected lands were made hereditary. Those lands could not be mortgaged or sold.

Hitler was not born evil. The Adolf Hitler we know from the history books emerged out of circumstances. He could have been a painter if the Vienna Art School had not declined his application. And he would never have sought revenge if Germany had not lost Word War I. The following short animation picture tells more:

Eva Braun

Eva Braun was the mistress and later wife of Adolf Hitler. Most historians consider her an insignificant figure who did not take part in political decisions. But opinions differ. A letter demonstrates that she knew of the concentration camps and the gas chambers. Some Nazi officials close to Hitler have stated that Braun was at the centre of Hitler’s life for most of his twelve years in power. She was committed to Hitler, won his affection, gave him moral support, and enjoyed a healthy sex life with him.7

After learning about a failed plot to kill Hitler in 1944, she wrote to him, ‘From our first meeting, I swore to follow you anywhere even unto death. I live only for your love.’ The wording hints that she wanted to die together with him. That may be why all the assassination attempts on Hitler have failed.

When the end of the Third German Empire neared, Braun became merrier. In the final days, she married Hitler and committed suicide together with him. That may have been the romantic ending she had in mind. Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn. Braun is the German word for brown, while it is the colour associated with the Nazi ideology. Perhaps this signals that Eva Braun was the mastermind behind the rise and fall of the Third German Empire.

Hitler’s political views

Like many Germans, Hitler considered the Peace Treaty of Versailles unjust. The treaty stipulated that Germany accepted responsibility for causing World War I and had to pay massive reparations. The economist Keynes warned about the harsh peace terms imposed upon Germany, already shortly after World War I.

Hitler opposed interest. He had attended a lecture by Gottfried Feder named The Abolition of the Interest Servitude. It was the reason why Hitler joined the National Socialist Party. Hitler’s views on interest were similar to those expressed in the Bible and the Quran. The ideas of Feder became central in his views on international finance.

Hitler believed that the Germans were racially superior to other peoples and that Germany had to conquer territory to create more living space for the German people. That may have been the reason for him to start World War II. Hitler also thought that the Jews were secretly conspiring to gain world leadership.

How did it end?

Hitler was good at doing speeches, which were more or less angry rants that inspired his followers. He was seen as a messianic figure by some of his sponsors long before he became famous. During the Great Depression he managed to gain popularity and to grab power in Germany as the following short animation picture shows:

Fifty million people were killed during World War II. Ten million were exterminated in the Holocaust. Six million of them were Jews. When American troops entered Germany in 1945 they were horrified by what they found in the concentration camps. Until then few people imagined that it could be that bad, even though reports about the concentration camps came in as early as 1943.

View on Auschwitz concentration camp
View on Auschwitz concentration camp

Hitler was good at doing speeches, which were angry rants that fired up his following. Some of Hitler’s sponsors saw his messianic potential long before he became famous. During the Great Depression, Hitler gained popularity and grabbed power in Germany. He started a war that killed fifty million people. Ten million people died in the Holocaust, of which six million Jews. When American troops entered Germany in 1945, they were appalled by what they found in the concentration camps. Few people imagined it could be that bad, even though reports about the camps already came in as early as 1943.

Words can never describe the horrors of the Nazi regime. In times of peace, it is hard to imagine that people can be that cruel. In times of war, it becomes easier to understand. The Nazis thought that they did the right thing. They believed that the human race needs improvement and that there is no place for the weak and the unfit. It is survival of the fittest taken to the extreme. History is full of tales of brutality and slaughter, but the Nazis outdid them all. The Nazis may be the closest thing to pure evil that ever existed. And so, if there ever has been an Antichrist, Adolf Hitler could be the most suitable candidate.

In several ways, Hitler is like Christ in the way some of his followers expect him to be. They expect a final reckoning amounting to an atrocity one hundred times worse than World War II. Billions of people might lose their life or could face eternal torture in hell for not having the correct beliefs. Few people will be saved. If you think of it, being tortured eternally in hell is worse than staying in a concentration camp because there is no end to it. And Hitler killed and tortured only a fraction of the people that some adherents of the Religion of Love (Christianity) and the Religion of Peace (Islam) think Jesus is going to murder and torment in the end times. So, who are the evil people here?

The prophecy of the Holocaust

Rumour has it that Nostradamus predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler, but that is not true. Far more ominous are the prophetic references to a number of six million Jews in danger of being exterminated or a coming Holocaust of Jews that appeared in Jewish magazines before World War II. It is not as remarkable as it might seem. The six million figure first emerged because six million Jews lived in the Russian Empire before World War I. The Jews in Russia suffered from a hostile government and pogroms. Pogroms were violent riots incited to massacre or expel the Jews.

The six million figure continued to circulate in Jewish media after the Russian Empire had collapsed. It subsequently became the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust.8 The prophetic statements are eerie, like the reference to the end date of World War I on the licence plate of Franz Ferdinand’s car. The most notable ones are listed below:

  • In 1911, Max Nordau, co-founder of the World Zionist Organisation, together with Theodore Herzl, pronounced at the tenth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, that six million Jews would be annihilated.
  • Shortly after World War I in 1919, Zionists feared that a Holocaust of six million Jews was imminent in Europe.
  • In 1936, the New York Times reported that Zionists were lobbying for a Jewish state in Palestine to save the Jews from a European Holocaust. That was three years before World War II and five years before the extermination camps came into existence.
  • In 1939, The Jewish Criterion predicted that the coming world war would bring the annihilation of six million Jews in East and Central Europe.
  • In 1940, the Jewish leader Nahum Goldmann predicted that if the Nazis achieved victory, six million Jews were doomed to destruction.

Hitler led Europe to destruction. ‘Never again,’ became the motto after the Holocaust. There is an important lesson to be learned. Any leader can be wrong, even if God appointed him, so you should not blindly follow him if your conscience strongly objects. We may be virtual reality characters that exist to entertain God. That does not make God evil. Few people see a problem in killing virtual reality characters in a computer game. You may, therefore, be advised not to end up on the wrong side of history.

Latest revision: 8 April 2022

Featured image: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 [link]
2. Revelation 20:1-6 [link]
3. WWII Adolf Hitler’s profile suggests a messiah complex. BBC (2012). [link]
4. Leviticus 25:23 [link]
5. Blood and soil. Wikipedia. [link]
6. Eva Braun. Wikipedia. [link]
7. Nazi loyalist and Adolf Hitler’s devoted aide: the true story of Eva Braun. The Guardian (2010). [link]
8. The Six Million Jews. [link]