About 10 years ago a substantial cyber attack was launched in an effort to disrupt Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Stuxnet, a malicious computer worm with laser-like focus, targeted the Iranian nuclear facilities. No one claimed responsibility for it, but it has sense been found highly likely that the US and Israel developed the cyber weapon as an alternative to regular warfare.
From that point forward, it has been “game on.” Technologically-speaking, Israel and the US have a tremendous edge in capability and development, though Iran has found glimmers of success as well.
Recently, Iran launched a cyber attack on Israel’s water infrastructure when Iranian hackers managed to disrupt operations at six water facilities. Israeli officials detected it quickly and were able to abate the attack. Israel responded by disrupting computer systems at Iran’s Shahid Rajaee Port, creating massive backups on waterways and roads.
Cyber warfare has become increasingly sophisticated in the last decade, and seems to intensify as tensions ratchet up in the Middle East. As we have come to realize, with every technological advancement comes the threat of misusing it for evil purposes. Daniel’s prophecy tells us that in the last days there will be an increase of knowledge (Daniel 12:4), and where there is increase of knowledge along with an increase of evil, there is great need for a hope that supersedes it all.
That Hope is Jesus Christ! Amidst the chaos and evil of this world, we can rest assured that God is in control and Jesus is about to receive us into His presence.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”~John 14:1-3
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.~Titus 2:11-14