Published in 1992, this book has proved prophetic in giving early warning of the tide of Anti-Semitism
currently spreading around the globe. Some passages are too painful to read; I had to avert my eyes in places, but the author explains the situation with great insight and clarity.
The first chapter, Final Solution, provides holocaust experiences from the memoirs of survivors. I suggest sensitive readers handle this section with care. The author then explains how this horror was rooted in nearly 2000 years of dehumanisation of the Jewish people by Christians
. Throughout history, the weapons used have been forced conversion, expulsion and finally, attempted annihilation.
There are sickening quotes from Church fathers like St John Chrysostom, Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter the Venerable. Martin Luther's
demented words from 1543 reveal the mind of a raving lunatic, whilst last century, the Lutheran theologian Gerhard Kittel made very disturbing statements.
In the chapter A Blessed And Beautiful Stream, the author discusses Christians who loved the Jewish people. Foremost amongst them were Puritans like John Owen (1616 - 1683), Robert Leighton and Samuel Rutherford whose inspiring and moving words include a vision of Israel's restoration. There were also Scottish Presbyterians like Robert Murray M'Cheyne and others from different traditions.
The next two chapters include discussions of the works of various Rabbis and thoughts from the Talmud, as well as a look at the Hebrew names of the early disciples and the significance of the Biblical feasts, days filled with prophetic meaning and spiritual truth.
The narrative moves on to media bias
and bigotry towards Israel, with glaring examples of anti-Israel reporting. Brown points out the frightening ideology that unites white supremacists, Leftists, Neo-Nazis, Islamists and certain conservatives
. He quotes the words of David Duke, Louis Farrakhan, Abdul Aziz (the founder of Saudi Arabia), the then-mufti of Jerusalem Haj Al-Amin Al-Husseini, and some modern "Christian" preachers in the USA.
The next chapter looks at ancient and modern lies and legends like the Blood Libel and the tale of the Wandering Jew. The sad fact is that if ridiculous, impossible and venomous lies are repeated long enough and loud enough, some people will believe them. Conspiracy theories
abound today more than ever. This chapter also deals with holocaust denial and false history, for example the myth that the Khazar nation of around the 8th century gave rise to the European Jews, and that the Jewish people of today are supposedly not "true Jews."
The strategies of assimilation, extermination and the current one of disinformation are explored. The author addresses the problem of Palestinian and Jewish refugees since 1948. Israel has absorbed approximately 700 000 refugees but the Arab nations simply do not want to absorb or assimilate Palestinian Arabs.
Brown points out that the Inquisition is not over yet and quotes Scripture to prove that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it. The earliest Christians were all Hebrews. There are extensive quotes from the writings of Paul, who explained very clearly the two branches of God's people: the natural son Israel and the spiritual son, (true) Christians.
The following chapter provides further examples of the callousness of "Christians" when their Jewish neighbours were targeted. The crusades, which started out as an attempt to liberate the Holy Land, soon turned into another excuse to torture, murder and oppress the Jewish people. There is a quote by Eliezer Berkovitz on the moral bankruptcy of Christianity that should give any true Christian food for thought. Brown also gives a short quote from Simon Wiesenthal's chronicle of Jewish martyrdom for every day of the year.
The chapter So Near And Yet So Far includes the beautiful prayer Adon Olam by the poet Solomon Ibn Gabirol
. So now Israel is surrounded by hostile neighbours and besieged by negative world opinion. What must we do, those of us who love Israel? The question is further explored in the final chapter.
Chapters 12 and 13 provide proof of God's repeated expressions of immutable love for Israel, and the unambiguous promise that they will never cease to exist as a distinctive people. In the book of Romans, Paul explained in detail the positions and respective roles of the Jewish nation and Gentile Christians. From this, it becomes clear what a dangerous lie and destructive ideology Replacement Theology
In a sense, the church tried to steal or usurp God's promises to the Jews. We are also assured that God will not forget physical Israel or true Christians. The physical restoration of Israel had to come first, and a spiritual restoration will follow. How can anyone deny that the birth of Israel in 1948 was the greatest miracle of modern times?
Chapter 15, A Diabolical Plan, investigates the various explanations offered down the ages for the phenomenon of Anti-Semitism
. Brown shows up the holes in many of these arguments and comes to the conclusion that this hatred is too cruel, intense and universal to be man-made. He argues convincingly that it is rooted in the supernatural. The final chapter calls for repentance by true Christians of the sins of our "Christian" forefathers and encourages the reader to pray for Israel and the Jewish people.
There are more than 40 pages of extensive notes plus a bibliographical supplement of about 12 pages, both sections arranged by chapter. These are very valuable for further reading and study on various subjects covered in the main text. Both Bible-believing Christians
and secularists that respect our Judeo-Christian heritage ought to read Our Hands Are Stained With Blood.
There are many books I wish to recommend for further or more current information on a variety of issues dealth with in this eye-opening book. On the political side: The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chesler, Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard, Unholy Alliance by David Horowitz; and on the spiritual side: Yeshua by Ron Moseley, Understanding The Difficult Words Of Jesus by David Bivin, and The Authentic Gospel of Jesus by Geza Vermes.