The Holocaust was a tragic event. Not just for Jewish history but for mankind as well. There have been museums built and annual commemorative holidays such as Yom-Ha-Sho'ah (Holocaust Day) enacted to help the world to never forget. While most of the world recognizes the holocaust as something that one nation should never do against another nation, there is reason to believe that it may happen again.
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament prophets foretold of a time still yet to come. This period of time was revealed at first to Old Testament prophets and then again reconfirmed in further detail to New Testament prophets.
The Old Testament refers to this time as The Time Of Jacob's Trouble (Jer. 30:7).
The New Testament describes the time of Jacob's trouble - tribulation - in the Book of Revelation.
This time is a predetermined seven year period (Daniel's 70th Week). It lasts for seven years with the second three and a half years being much more devastating than the first three and a half years. It is a time described as the worst in man's history on earth. There will be war that is unparalleled. Ezekiel foretold of a time when many nations will rise up to kill the Jewish people including the nation of Iran (Ezekiel 38:5). It is sometimes referred to as the war involving Gog and Magog.
Eventually, we can prophetically see the rest of the world at political and spiritual odds with Israel. As this war goes on (often referred to as the battle of Armageddon), there are many more people who die than the total number who died during not only the holocaust but also the entire WW II.
At the end of the seventh year of Daniel's 70th week, when it seems like Israel has no chance to survive, the Messiah will come and save Israel. For Jews, this is viewed as the first coming of the Messiah. For Christians, it is the same event but viewed as His Second Coming. At this time, both Christianity and Judaism will be at harmony because the Messiah will not only teach but rule from His kingly throne from Jerusalem in His full majesty.
While most people do not want these tragic events of war and genocide to happen, the fact that they are written about in the prophetic teachings of the Bible means that they may come true. Some of God's promises are conditional while others are not. We should pray that God would have mercy on us and bring about the Messiah's return without all of the hardships and judgments that are prophesied to occur just before.
If you are not sure where you stand with God, now is the time to examine that relationship.
Zechariah prophesied about this time in Zech.13:8-9. Here, he predicts that up to two thirds of Jews could loose their lives (possibly those living only in Israel). God, through His grace, does keep one third alive as the living remnant to be saved.
“It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God’ (Zechariah 13:8-9).
Daniel prophesied about this same time period in Dan. 12:1.
“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued (Daniel 12:1).
The time period for these crimes for the Jewish people will be a seven year period of time of tribulation as described in Daniel 9:27.(1)
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (Daniel 9:24-27).
The New Testament also teaches of a coming catastrophe for not only Israel but most of the world. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus talks about this time. He confirms that it is still to come ruling out any idea that it has already occurred somewhere in Israel's history.
For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will (Matthew 24:21).
John, who received a prophetic revelation which is the final book of the bible (Book Of Revelation), describes in detail many of the events that will take place during that seven year period often referred to as the Tribulation Period.
God's message has been consistent. Both the length (seven years) and the results are the same in all the prophecies. They combine to give us an image of what is yet still to come. For more on this check out Israel In End Time Prophecy.
If they will not repent and thus become dependent on the final date, (The predetermined date for Mashiach’s coming) “the Holy one, blessed be He, will set up a ruler over them, whose decrees shall be as cruel as Haman’s, thus causing Israel to repent, and thereby bringing them back to the right path,”(2)
JewishRoot.Net pages that are related to tribulation include:
Pray for the Peace Of Jerusalem.
1). Jimmy Deyoung http://prophecytoday.com/news/archive/2009_06_05_archive.php
2). Sanhedrin 97b: Mashiach: The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet (New Expanded Edition) p.93