By Christine Darg
There’s a meme going around the Internet of the Iron Dome’s constellation of rocket interceptions connected like dots and making the shape of a rampant and roaring Lion of Judah.
Indeed, The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? Amos 3: 8
The amazing photo illustrates Biblical truth. Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets on one side, Israeli iron dome interceptions on the other side. One designed for killing, the other to protect. This spectacular visual illustrates how prayer and faith work. As Ephesians 6: 16 exhorts us, “Above all, taking the shield of faith to quench all the fiery missiles of the wicked.”
The Aramaic Bible in Plain English translates Ephesians 6: 16 like this:
“. . .take the shield of faith, that with it you may have the power to quench all of the blazing bolts of The Evil One.”
While Biden in the USA pushes Prime Minister Netanyahu to halt Operation “Guardian on the Walls,” the true Shomer (Guardian) of Israel has another agenda altogether to rebuke the forces of darkness. There’s talk of a cease fire, but Israel has been there before. As my friend Jonathan Feldstein of the Genesis 123 Foundation writes, “Since Hamas took over Gaza in a violent, bloody coup against the Palestinian Authority, Israel has suffered tens of thousands of mortars, rockets, missiles, and more fired at our communities. . . .Many Israelis think that this current round is particularly egregious and that rather than kicking the can down the road, we need to ‘go in and finish the job.’ Borrowing the Talmudic lesson of planting for the next generation, should we not uproot the poisonous weeds that threaten us, once and for all, and give our children and grandchildren real security, not one intermittent war that’s acceptable as long as it doesn’t reach a certain level? This is more than rhetorical. It’s life and death.” Indeed, Jonathan knows because his own son is a paratrooper and could be involved in a ground incursion.
Meanwhile, miracles of preservation are happening for Israel. As the Psalmist says, “Behold, he who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” To be pro-Israel does not mean that believers are anti-Palestinian. We deeply care for their deliverance from the terrorist regime, and we pray for the protection of all innocent civilians and Christian Arabs and Christian Egyptians who are working and living in Gaza.
All over the world, believers who understand Bible prophecy are standing with Israel but anti-semitism is increasing appallingly. Just because the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are more powerful, does that mean the terrorist regime of Hamas and their proxy ally of Iran should be treated and favoured as underdogs?
As British terrorism expert Col. Richard Kemp recently stated, “There are two views on the Israeli military, what you hear in most of the media, and the truth. I am going to tell you the truth. I was the commander of British Forces in Afghanistan. I have fought in combat zones across the world including in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Macedonia and Iraq. I was also present throughout the conflict in Gaza in 2014. Based on my experience and my observations, the IDF does more to safeguard the rights of civilians in combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare.”
According to Col. Kemp, the IDF does more to preserve the lives of civilians in Gaza than the US and Great Britain did in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lists a number of reasons for this: “Firstly, Israel is a decent country with Western values run on democratic principles. Israel has no more interest in war than Belgium does. In fact, Israel has never started a war. The only reason that it ever goes to war is in order to defend itself. And it has to defend itself because unlike Belgium, it is surrounded by countries and armed groups that want to destroy it. Secondly, Judaism, with its unsurpassed moral standards, remains a major influence upon the citizens of Israel. I say this as a non-Jew. Thirdly, the army is composed overwhelmingly by citizen soldiers. Israel is a small country with a small professional army. To fight a war, it depends upon its conscripts and reservists. These are ordinary citizens. From professors to plumbers, they are called upon to defend their homes. They don’t want to be fighting and they don’t want to harm others.”
Meanwhile, a full-dress reenactment of the Shavuot Temple service was held in Mitzpeh Jericho this week the day after Shavuot (Pentecost) was observed in Israel. One of the organizers emphasized that the service was a spiritual antidote for the war against Amalek that is happening in Israel right now. One of the rabbis in the event said, “The Palestinians rioted and succeeded in preventing the Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount on Shavuot because the Shavuot Temple service bears the greatest threat to them, bearing undeniable proof that they are not the owners of the land.”
As my friend Malcolm Hedding wrote this week, “The war against the Jews has been waged from the dawn of history and is relentless until this very day as we are now witnessing with the awful and outrageous missile attacks from Gaza aimed at the towns and population centers of Israel. It is a saga of great proportions and significance though many fail to see it or appreciate it. It has one goal in mind and that is the liquidation of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The world wants a new world order where the Jews are subdued and put in a place of humiliation.”
I want to state unequivocally that warfare against the Jewish state is warfare against God Himself since HE is responsible for bringing them home again after nearly two millennia! If it were not for the faithfulness of God, the Jews would have been consumed long ago.
As Malachi 3:6 testifies:
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”