“Why did God allow six million Jews to die in the Holocaust?”

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us…” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

God has chosen to keep some of the reasons for the Holocaust a mystery. But some reasons have been revealed.

God tells us that if we obeyed the law, we would be a nation of priests and blessed above all people on the face of the earth. However, if we violated the law, we would lose our homeland and be scattered to the four corners of the earth. And wherever we would go, we would be persecuted (see Deut. 28).

It was as if God’s law were a picket fence of protection around us. However, once we went out of the gate of protection, we would be destroyed.

In addition to this warning in His Word, God always sent prophets calling for repentance in the hope that judgment could be averted. Sometimes we repented, as the Ninevites did when warned by Jonah, and sometimes we ignored God’s message, as in Jerusalem when Jeremiah warned of Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion. Before the Holocaust of Hitler, God warned us through fiery Zionists like Theodor Herzl and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. In 1939, Jabotinsky said, I see a horrible vision. Time is growing short for you to be spared.”

Even with the warnings, why a God of love allowed the Holocaust is a secret we will not fully understand until we get to Heaven.

Author: Dr. Michael Brown, as published in Sid Roth’s book, There Must Be Something More! (Brunswick, GA: Messianic Vision Press, 1994; Kindle Edition ©2009). Used by permission.