“Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man [חָמָס].” ~Psalm 140: 1
By Christine Darg
The acronym HAMAS is a word in Hebrew that actually means “violent man.” It’s a hellbent death cult like ISIS that hates both Jews and Christians and holds many Palestinian souls captive.
Presently Israel is alone at the forefront, desperately trying to hold back the tsunami of evil.
Columnist Melanie Phillips observed that the Hamas barbarism is the worst since the Holocaust: “All of us in Israel have been shaken to the core by the scale and depravity of what’s happening. The sense of collective grief, horror and anxiety is off the scale. The situation that unfolded last Saturday is beyond the worst Israeli nightmare.”
As I was writing this blog, an intercessory friend called me and we prayed together, “Thank you, Lord, that you were not taken unawares; You are not shocked; You use all things to bring about the ultimate good, because you are Sovereign of the universe. Use us intercessors in this dangerous hour as Esthers and Ruths to stand with your holy purposes.”
Israeli President Isaac Herzog posted on X, “Not since the Holocaust have so many Jews been killed on one day.
And not since the Holocaust have we witnessed scenes of Jewish women and children, grandparents, even Holocaust survivors being herded into trucks and taken into captivity. Hamas has imported, adopted and replicated the savagery of ISIS. Entering civilian homes on a holy day and murdering in cold blood whole families, young and old, violating and burning bodies, beating and torturing their innocent victims.”
As a Christian who has studied Bible prophecy for many decades, I believe it’s important for us to realize that, interpreted correctly, the period described in the Bible as “Jacob’s Trouble” is not something that was concluded in the past in the Nazi Holocaust—as many Christians and Messianics believe— but it is yet to be fulfilled in the future. It will be a time that the prophet Daniel, Jesus, and the Book of Revelation describe as a seven-year future unprecedented tribulation that will, thankfully, culminate in the Second Coming of Jesus.
Eschatologists who always insisted that Jacob’s Trouble [Jeremiah 30: 7] was fulfilled in the past should consider readjusting their prophecy charts in light of what is unfolding.
In fact, let us perceive the times biblically:
Barry Shaw, International Public Diplomacy Director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote to me that a terrible anomaly has happened: “A pogrom, a dreaded part of our past, has reinvented itself and descended on us once again, this time in our own homeland.” Shaw believes, as do many biblical eschatologists, that the worst is yet ahead [before God supernaturally intervenes].
Shaw wrote, “Other Islamic enemies are slavering to join the kill, excitedly watching the bloodfest as rabid Palestinians beheaded soldiers and little children and raped girls with joyous cries of ‘Allah Akba!’ [Our god is greater].”
While many global cities lit up their prominent monuments in Israeli flag colors, celebrations and support also took place in capitals with cheering people waving Palestinian flags. Do these people who are on the wrong side of history not perceive that Hamas is the latest reincarnation of ISIS?
“As Israel is about to be faced with both Hezbollah and Iranian terror, eager to join the execution,” Shaw wrote, “we are truly living in biblical predicted times. And so, I appeal to Christian supporters of Israel to publicly stand with us in our decisive hour. We experienced a horror on our soil that is now soaked in the blood of our loved ones – young folk, women, and children – slaughtered for being Israeli, slaughtered for being Jewish.”
Asaph accurately described this axis of evil in Psalm 83:
Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel, A Psalm of Asaph
1 Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
9 Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera, As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor, Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves The pastures of God for a possession.”
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods, And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest, And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame, That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth.
Apparently these Psalm 83 nations must be defeated before the Ezekiel 38 War transpires because the Ezekiel War does not mention them as being part of the conflict. Iran is pushing for this present war in order to stop Israel’s normalization with the Saudis, but in the future Ezekiel 38 War, verse 13 of that chapter foretells that the territory of present day Saudi Arabia (Sheba and Deedan) only protests the invasion of Israel, indicating that relations between Israel and the Saudis will at that time be settled.
According to eschatologist and Bible scholar Pastor Andy Woods: “At bare minimum, all of us should take away from this how ridiculous the notion of the two-state solution is. The Gaza Strip, where the rocket attacks have been launched from in the current crisis, was given to the Palestinians in 2005. They had one and only one election in which they elected Hamas. Since that time this area has been used as a beach-head to not only attack the Jewish people within the land of Israel via various rocket attacks, but to also kidnap Israeli women and children. Within the last twenty-four hours they have used that narrow strip within Israel’s southwestern border to launch seven-thousand rockets into Israel proper, arguably with the assistance of Russia and Iran. From this standpoint, it does not look as if the so called two-state solution is working very well. With all of that being said, does it make any real sense for the nation of Israel to now also give away the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria, to the Palestinians, which is what the Biden Administration and the world community are currently demanding?”