After 2,000 years a lot of people still expect Jesus to return. But what do they expect to happen when he does? Will Jesus make things right? Will there be a showdown between the forces of good and evil? Will evil people burn in hell forever and will there be no mercy? And how may this work out in practice?
Who are the good people and who are the evil people anyway? What about Buddhists and atheists? They don’t believe in a god. And Hindus? They believe in many gods. Or Jews, Christians and Muslims? Who of them are right? Perhaps Jesus already returned, sort of, at least. And perhaps you don’t want this to happen again, ever!
The personification of evil
Jesus is considered to be the personification of good while Adolf Hitler is seen as the most evil person that ever existed. Closer inspection reveals some intriguing parallels between them. Many Germans considered Adolf Hitler as their saviour and he was worshipped like one. Some Christians believe there will be a rapture when Jesus returns.1 Rapture is a combination of ecstasy, enchantment, enthusiasm and admiration. Few persons ever caused as much rapture as Adolf Hitler did.
Adolf Hitler told the Germans they were the chosen people because of their superior race. Many Jews believe they are the chosen people too because of a 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 the Third Reich would last a thousand years while the Bible tells us that the reign of Christ will last a thousand years too.2 It may not be surprising that a British intelligence report noted that Hitler had a messiah complex.3
The Bible states that the bond between the people and the land that cannot be broken and that the land cannot be sold.4 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, to pass from father to eldest son. Those lands could not be mortgaged or sold.5 In traditional agricultural societies lands usually remained in the hands of the family.
Perhaps you think that Hitler was naturally born evil but that isn’t correct. The Adolf Hitler from the history books emerged out of circumstances as the following short animation picture explains:
Eva Braun was the mistress and later wife of Adolf Hitler. Most historians consider her to be an insignificant figure who didn’t take part in political decisions.6 But opinions differ. There is a letter demonstrating 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, enjoyed a healthy sex life with him, and gave him moral support.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.
As the end of the Third Reich neared Braun appeared to become merrier. Her ambitions may finally have been realised when she married Hitler and committed suicide together with him. More than twenty assassination attempts on Hitler had failed,8 some of them sponsored by the Pope, so it may always have been the plan that he would end up being her husband. Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn. Braun is the German word for brown while brown is the colour associated with the Nazi ideology. These things may not be mere coincidences. Braun may have been the mastermind behind it all. She may have been an avatar of God.
Hitler’s political views
Like many Germans Hitler considered the Peace Treaty of Versailles to be unjust. The treaty stipulated that Germany accepted responsibility for causing World War I and had to pay massive reparations. The economist Keynes already warned for the harsh peace terms imposed upon Germany shortly after World War I as it might provoke a reaction.
Hitler opposed interest. He had attended a lecture of Gottfried Feder, named The Abolition of the Interest Servitude. It was the reason for Hitler to join 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 to start World War II. Hitler hated the Jews. He believed 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.
Words can never describe the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. It is hard to imagine that people can be that cruel. Exterminating millions of people is beyond anything that has ever been done before, but the Nazis believed they did the right thing. For humanity to survive, they believed, the human race must be improved, so 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 topped them all. They may have been the closest thing to pure evil that ever existed.
In several ways Hitler was like Christ as some of his followers expect him to be. These expectations amount to a final reckoning amounting to an atrocity one hundred times worse than World War II. Billions of people might lose their life or be tortured eternally in hell for not having the right beliefs. Only a few people will be saved. If you come to think of it, being tortured eternally in hell may be even worse than the concentration camps, because there is no end to it. And so Hitler was in some ways like the expected Messiah, but Hitler makes a good candidate for being the Antichrist.
Was it all planned?
It is hard to imagine that God allowed it to happen, let alone that God planned it all. But if you presume there to be a script, such a conclusion is inescapable. The licence plate number of the car in which Franz Ferdinand was killed refers to the end date of World War I so World War I may be planned in every detail. The peculiar coincidences surrounding D-Day indicate that the same may apply to World War II. And World War II includes the Holocaust. A coincidence in history may support this suggestion.
There have been prophetic references to a number of six million Jews in danger of being exterminated or a coming Holocaust of Jews long before World War II. This is not as remarkable as it might seem. The six million figure emerged because there were six million Jews living in Russia before World War I. Jews in Russia suffered under a hostile government.
What is remarkable however, is that these claims appeared melodramatic at the time they were made, and that the six million figure remained circulating in Jewish media after the Russian Empire had collapsed, while it subsequently became the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.9 A few prophetic statements 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 6,000,000 Jews would be annihilated.9
- In 1919, shortly after World War I, Zionists feared that a Holocaust of six million Jews is imminent in Europe.9
- In 1936 the New York Times reported that Zionists were lobbying for the creation of a Jewish nation in Palestine to save the Jews from a European Holocaust. This was three years before World War II and five years before the extermination camps came into existence.9
- In 1939 The Jewish Criterion predicted that the coming world war would mean the annihilation of six million Jews in East and Central Europe.9
- In 1940 the Jewish leader Nahum Goldmann predicted that if the Nazis achieved victory, 6,000,000 Jews were doomed to destruction.9
If World War II was part of the script then this also applies to Hitler’s rise and demise as well as the creation of the state of Israel. To God we may just be virtual reality characters that exist for entertainment. That doesn’t make God evil for this world might be a realistic simulation of a real world. Few people see a problem in killing virtual reality characters in a computer game.
All the good things that happen may also have been part of the script. Another conclusion that seems to present itself is that it may be impossible to oppose the plan of God. There may be a script and your thoughts may be controlled so you may still act according to the plan even when you try to oppose it. And you might find yourself on the losing side if you do. And don’t get too exited if Jesus ever does return.
Featured image: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler
1. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 [link]
2. Revelation 20:1-6 [link]
3. WWII Adolf Hitler profile suggests ‘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. Assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler. Wikipedia. [link]
9. The Six Million Jews. [link]