Welcome back fellow sojourners! Today, let’s consider once again what Israel is up against. On the map above, you will see that Israel (a nation the size of New Jersey) is surrounded on every side by Arab Muslim nations (dark red on the map above). Furthermore, the next “layer” of nations (lighter red) are non-Arab Muslim states. Together, they are over 1000 times the size of Israel, and have over 100 times the population. Most are very hostile toward Israel. How is this tiny country supposed to survive?
Simply by the hand of God!
On Israel’s northern border, Israeli intelligence discovered evidence of transfer of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah, through Syria. It is believed that the weapons were intended for use against Israel. Thus, it is believed two Israeli helicopters took out a 3-vehicle convoy is Syria, killing 6 Hezbollah militants and 6 Iranian soldiers. Among those allegedly killed were an Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and Jihad Mughniyeh (known as “the Prince”) a son of slain Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh.
While the slain are hailed as martyrs and heroes, Hezbollah stated that the attack will be “answered with an appropriately painful and unconventional response.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif chimed in that Tehran condemned “all actions of the Zionist regime [of Israel] as well as all acts of terror.” Thousands who attended funerals shouted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”
Israel has raised alert levels and has deployed Iron Dome batteries to northern Israel.
Such is the nature of terrorist activity. If the movement of weapons is left unimpeded, those weapons will undoubtedly be used against Israel. If the movement of weapons is intercepted and stopped, Israel is accused of “acts of terror,” and threatened with “appropriately painful and unconventional response.”
And Israel is being brought before the International Criminal Court for war crimes!
But, back to the map above. If your country is the size of New Jersey, in the sea of Muslim nations whose ideology dictates that the destruction of Israel is the ultimate goal, what are the keys to success? Well, it’s not a simple answer, but here are some thoughts:
- The US and other NATO allies have, historically, come to Israel’s aid. Not so much anymore. Europe has become “Muslimized,” and grows less and less inclined to stand with Israel. Unfortunately, though Israel retains strong support from US Christians, the US government gives little more than a cursory nod to Israel.
- Both Egypt and Jordan have peace treaties with Israel. True, those treaties may only be as strong as the leaders of those two countries. But currently, Egypt and Jordan both have leaders who are rational and fair toward Israel. Will you take a moment to pray for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II? Pray for wisdom and ask the Lord to bless them and their nations. (More on these interesting leaders in the days to come. Stay tuned.)
- Scripture is clear that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will defend and sustain Israel. In fact, Israel’s history is filled with miraculous war victories. In the latest Gaza conflict, Palestinians declared, “Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air!” Indeed, the Bible warns not to oppose Israel (Genesis 12:3, Joel 3:2). However, let’s close with the promise of God to defend His people:
For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye. For behold, I will wave My hand over them so that they will be plunder for their slaves. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me. Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord.