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‘Bluetooth’ and Denmark

Rev. Willem J.J. Glashouwer - 2 May 2019

We live in a modern world.
Communication is the magic word.
Electronic highways connect the world and makes ‘planet earth’ into a global village.
‘Bluetooth’ connects your cellphone to other systems of communication!

What is Bluetooth? Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communication technology that allows devices such as mobile phones, computers, and peripherals to transmit data or voice wirelessly over a short distance.

Where does ‘bluetooth’ come from?
Believe it or not: from a Danish King in the 10th century AD!
His name was Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormsson!
And at Jelling in Denmark one can see the old stones with ‘runen’-inscriptions ordered by King Harald!

 

The Encyclopædia Britannica considers the runic inscriptions as the best-known in Denmark. The biography of Harald Bluetooth is summed up by this runic inscription from the Jelling stones: “King Harald bade these memorials to be made after Gorm, his father, and Thyra, his mother. The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity.” 

Harald ‘connected’ the Danes with Christ. From their Nordic gods, myths and demons to the God of Israel Who revealed Himself in Christ. From Edda to Torah. And Denmark placed the cross of Jesus in their national flag. Each Danish passport to this very day shows the picture of Christ from the Jelling stone.

Rescue of the Jewish population
The behaviour of the Danish nation with regard to the Jews in their country during World War II was impeccable. 

The rescue of the Danish Jews occurred during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Denmark during World War II. On October 1, 1943, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered Danish Jews to be arrested and deported. Despite great personal risk, the Danish resistance movement, with the assistance of many Danish citizens, managed to evacuate 7,220 of Denmark’s 7,800 Jews, plus 686 non-Jewish spouses, by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.

The rescue allowed the vast majority of Denmark’s Jewish population to avoid capture by the Nazis and is considered to be one of the largest actions of collective resistance to aggression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany. As a result of the rescue, and the following Danish intercession on behalf of the 464 Danish Jews who were captured and deported to the Theresienstadt transit camp in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, over 99% of Denmark’s Jewish population survived the Holocaust.


Recent speaking tour
For 4 days (26-29 April) I had the privilege to preach and teach at various locations in Denmark about Israel and the Jewish people – and the Coming of the Lord and of His Kingdom. We met with groups of young people, held seminars in several churches and finally we had a meeting with the Danish Board. 

So Christians for Israel Denmark (‘Kristne for Israel’) is moving – publishing among other things a beautiful Danish newspaper! And they host a website as well. 

May the Holy Spirit function as the heavenly communicator to open today the hearts and minds of many Christians and churches in Denmark for Israel and the Jewish people. As Harald Bluetooth did, over a 1000 years ago for Christ!

 

 

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