Monday, October 9, 2023

Israel at War! Over 1,100 Dead!

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This is from the Daily Beast
JERUSALEM—Violence erupted in the Holy Land on Monday after Hamas militants fired roughly 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, and Israel responded with major airstrikes against Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza.

Here is another report –
Death toll rises to more than 1,100 after surprise Hamas attack on Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu warns of ‘long and difficult war’ as security cabinet signs off on wide-ranging authorization for military action. …

In a call to Netanyahu, Joe Biden said US military assistance was “now on its way to Israel with more to follow over the coming days”. The US defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, said the USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier and its strike group of warships would be moved closer to Israel in the Mediterranean while US air force squadrons in the region would be reinforced in a show of strength. …

In a televised address on Saturday night, Netanyahu said the Israeli military would use all of its strength to destroy Hamas’s capabilities in response.

“Get out of there now,” he told people in Gaza, who have no way to leave the tiny, overcrowded Mediterranean territory. …

The growing list of the dead represented every corner of Israeli society including a commando general, a former Israeli international football player, partygoers and families, including women and children. …

Israel announced on Sunday it had ordered the evacuation of communities bordering Gaza, while thousands of reservists reported for duty and more received call-ups as a state of emergency was expected to be formalized on Monday. …

On Saturday, backed by a barrage of rockets, hundreds of Hamas operatives broke out of Gaza and fanned out into 22 Israeli towns, shooting at civilians in an attack that stunned Israel. …

Early on Sunday, the Israeli military said its forces were still fighting incursions by the militant group in eight places, and that two hostage situations had been “resolved”, but did not clarify whether all the hostages had been rescued alive. …

Israel certainly hoped that its “Iron Dome” would have protected her. And, while it was in action, it didn’t work as well as Israel had hoped.


A report from NDTV World answers –
Israel is at war following an unprecedented attack by the Hamas group. Over 5,000 rockets were fired toward Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in just 20 minutes after it declared Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.

Air raid sirens across Israel shattered the morning silence and the Iron Dome system, one of the best air defence systems in the world, was again in action. In dramatic visuals, the Iron Dome destroyed rockets mid-air and the sky was illuminated with bursts of flares. This time, however, the scale of the attack was unprecedented.

What is the Iron Dome system?

The Iron Dome system is a ground-to-air short-range air defence system deployed in several parts of the country to counter rocket attacks, mortars, artillery shells, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at short range.

The air defence system has a range of approximately 70 km and has three central components that form a unit, namely; Detection and Tracking radar, Battle Management and Weapons Control and the Missile Launcher armed with 20 Tamir Missiles. …

What Happened This Time?

The near-perfect air defence system found itself overpowered after a barrage of rockets from Hamas. For several years, the terrorist group, Hamas, has been trying to find a weakness in the Iron Dome system. They have been largely successful in doing so by overwhelming the system with a Salvo rocket attack (multiple rockets launched in a short span of time), making it difficult for the control system to intercept all targets. This time, over 5,000 rockets were launched in just 20 minutes.

As I had written in an important article “Blow the Trumpet!” concerning the two-fold prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 15, “’ For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north,’ says the LORD; ‘They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of JERUSALEM, Against all its walls all around, …’” – and we can think of the ‘walls all around’ in the nation known today as Israel as her Iron Dome – it’s an air defense system. “ … ‘And against all the cities of JUDAH.’” – speaking of an invasion and utter destruction!

The terrorist group Hamas (backed by Iran) has been shouting at the top of their lungs, “Death to Israel, and death to America!” They want Israel annihilated! Both Iran (the greatest terrorist nation on the planet) and the terrorist political and militant group Hezbollah have endorsed Hamas’ unprovoked attack!

God’s living immutable Word – the Holy Bible – shows us that soon the LORD God will remove Their divine protection from JUDAH – and it appears it will be from the terrorist nations of Iran and Syria – which certainly includes their proxy puppets Hamas –

“Elam bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, And Kir uncovered the shield. 7) It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots, And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.” – Isaiah 22:6-7.

Continuing with verses 8 & 9 – “He [Almighty God] removed the protection of JUDAH. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; 9) You also saw the damage to the city of David, That it was great; …” – Isaiah 22:6-9.

Elam is a reference to at least some in Iran.

And, what most might not be aware of – the tiny nation called Israel is highly descended from the tribe of Judah. Jerusalem is the “city of David” (cf. 2 Kings 14:20). Therefore, God’s living word is clear that Israel is prophesied to be gravely damaged. Now, this dual prophecy in Isaiah 22 appears to revolve around the terrorist nations of Iran and Syria. But certainly can include their proxy puppet Hamas. It appears that those in Gaza are aligning themselves with those terrorist nations against Israel.

Friends, the entire 47th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah is a dual prophecy concerning the Philistines (modern-day Palestinians), including Gaza – also notice that Ashkelon is spoken of –

“The word of the [Eternal] that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines [modern-day Palestinians], before Pharaoh attacked Gaza.

2) Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, waters rise out of the north, And shall be an overflowing flood; They shall overflow the land and all that is in it, The city and those who dwell within; Then the men shall cry, And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.

3) At the noise of the stamping hooves of his strong horses, At the rushing of his chariots, At the rumbling of his wheels, The fathers will not look back for their children, Lacking courage, 4) Because of the day that comes to plunder all the Philistines, To cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains; For the LORD shall plunder the Philistines, The remnant of the country of Caphtor.

5) Baldness has come upon Gaza, Ashkelon is cut off With the remnant of their valley. How long will you cut yourself?

6) ‘O you sword of the LORD, How long until you are quiet? Put yourself up into you scabbard, Rest and be still! 7) How can it be quiet, Seeing the LORD has given it a charge Against Ashkelon and against the seashore? There He has appointed it’” – Jeremiah 47:1-7.

So, grave problems were thus prophesied for the Palestinians, including those of the Gaza Strip – since this is a dual prophecy. This, of course, has a soon-coming application! Ashkelon is currently part of Israel. And, the terrorist group Hamas just targeted it, and the Palestinians will either control it again or be so numerous within it, that they are affected.

Sadly, towards the end of this present evil age, the nation of Israel will lose territory to the Palestinians. Rockets, nor the Iron Dome will be the solution for our brethren of Judah. Those who truly follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). Even though we know that true lasting peace will not come until after the glorious and powerful return of our Savior Jesus Christ, the resurrected saints, and His mighty angels with the establishment of the kingdom of God! □

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