Next, there must be a lot of questions answered. What happened at the border? With our incredibly sophisticated equipment and sensors, how could we not see this attack coming? How did we miss the tearing down of the fence and the pouring in of hundreds of vehicles through the breach? How could we not know of their new communications network that was beyond our access? With our intelligence services being among the best in the world, the bottom-line questions are, first, how could we possibly not know about this attack? And, second, if we did know about this, then who stopped the information? These are the questions that are in every Israeli’s mind. I am not among the many conspiracy theorists that have popped up, but I one hundred percent agree that there are some very difficult questions that must be answered.
Saturday was Israel’s 9/11. Already more than 700 Israeli bodies have been found. I expect the number to reach at least 1000 in the coming days. More than 2000 are wounded, many of them critically. My prayer is that this horrific event will somehow bring unity to my very fractured country. I also hope that as other nations surround us and support us, it will bring greater peace to Israel. But, because I know Scripture, I understand that any strides forward will be short-lived. Israel is bound to face growing violence as the days progress.
What we just experienced is the first phase of the attacks on Israel. One relatively small terror organization wreaking havoc on the Jewish civilian population. Next will come phase two, when numerous terror organizations will band together for a multi-front attack. Hezbollah will join with other Iranian proxies to bring down Israel. Even the terrorist group that Nir Tavor went up against in Operation Joktan, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, has voiced threats against Israel and the U.S. following Saturday’s attack. The third phase will be when nations will join other nations to come against Israel. That is the Ezekiel 38 War. I understand that there are those tying this attack to Ezekiel 38. That cannot be for three reasons. First, the scale is much too small compared to Ezekiel 38. Second, not all of the players of that war were involved in this one. Third, the fact that the U.S. is sending to the region the USS Gerald Ford strike group with around 110 Tomahawk missiles nullifies this from being Ezekiel 38. In that scenario, there will be no one who comes to Israel’s aid.
Pray for Israel. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones. Pray for the captives and the wounded. They will all have incredible trauma that they will have to process through in the months and years to come. Pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu and the government as they mete out their response against Hamas and evaluate the steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Most of all, pray that God is glorified somehow through this.
My heart is broken for my nation and my people. It is times like this that the only place in which I can find comfort is the Scriptures.
“All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Panic and pitfall have befallen us, devastation and destruction; my eyes run down with streams of water because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. My eyes pour down unceasingly, without stopping, until the LORD looks down and sees from heaven.... I called on Your name, O LORD, out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice, do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, from my cry for help. You drew near when I called on You; You said, ‘Do not fear!’” (Lam 3:46-50, 55-57)
Awaiting His Return,
Ahava B'Shem Yeshua
"Love In The Name of Jesus"