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By Douglas V. Gibbs

When God granted to Israel the Promised Land, He had already warned the world to leave Israel alone.

Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Any nation that supports and defends Israel will be blessed by God.  Any nation that seeks to harm Israel will face an outcome far worse than expected.

God does not issue empty promises.  History is full of examples of the curse and blessings associated with that prophecy fulfilled.

Egypt came first in the long line of civilizations who sought to oppress Israel.  God sent Moses to warn Pharaoh, telling him, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.” But, Egypt refused.  The outcome was a series of terrible plagues unleashed on Egypt, untold suffering on the Egyptian people, and even after Pharaoh let the Israelites go, he hunted them down only to have his chariots and horsemen destroyed when Israel crossed the Red Sea.  Afterward, the great civilization of Egypt faded into mere memories of history.

En route to the Promised Land, Israel had to journey through the land of the Amorites.  King Sihon gathered his army to fight against Israel, and Sihon’s kingdom was annihilated.

After Israel “did evil in the sight of the Lord,” God delivered them to Midian, who oppressed them for seven years.  When Israel cried out to the Lord for rescue the Lord raised up Gideon and used him and a small army to save Israel.  Midian, also, vanished into the darkest pages of history.

Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and captured all its inhabitants, exiling God’s People from their homeland.  Years later, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, commanded his followers, wives and concubines to drink from the gold and silver cups that had been plundered from the Temple in Jerusalem, and as they did so they blasphemed God until a disembodied hand wrote a warning on the wall of the king’s palace.  Daniel was brought in to interpret the words, and he revealed they were a warning that God had numbered the days of Babylon’s kingdom. “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting,” Daniel told the king.  That night, Belshazzar was killed and Babylon was invaded and destroyed by the Persians and Medes.

The Seleucid Empire and its ruler, Antiochus IV, persecuted Israel several decades before the birth of Christ; outlawing Jewish traditions and religious practices and ordered the people of Israel to worship the Greek deity Zeus.  He sent an army to slaughter those who would not obey.  What followed was the Jewish Maccabean rebellion.  God struck Antiochus with an incurable, torturous disease and his body was swarmed with worms when he learned Israel had defeated his army.

In the 19th century, the Russian Empire once was home to the world’s largest Jewish population.  Russia’s government confined them to ghettos, and forced them to convert to other religions.  The Russian People blamed the Israelites for everything from economic problems to political instability. The anti-Jewish violence continued into the 20th century, and many Jews were beaten and murdered.  The Romanov dynasty had ruled Russia for three centuries but lost the throne in 1917 because of the Russian Revolution. The last czar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed in 1918.

Nazi Germany is probably the example known best by most folks.  Hitler’s Germany, according to historical records and scholars, killed six million Jews in the Holocaust.  Hitler’s “Thousand-Year Reich” only lasted twelve years.  In the end, Hitler committed suicide, and his corpse was set on fire.

Islam’s hatred of Israel goes back a dozen centuries, and when Israel was resurrected as a nation in 1948, their welcome by their Islamic neighbors was immediate invasion.  In 1967, the states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria collaborated in an attack on Israel during the Six-Day War.  In both wars, while Israel was vastly outnumbered and outgunned, Israel wasn’t defeated.  Israel has prospered, and her land has become fertile and prosperous.  Muslims, aside from those who have enriched themselves through the sale of oil, largely live in poverty.  The curse, however, has only begun.

In 2015, Israel’s Netanyahu proclaimed, “For in every generation, there were those who rose up to destroy our people. In antiquity, we faced destruction from the ancient empires of Babylon and Rome. In the Middle Ages, we faced inquisition and expulsion. And In modern times, we faced pogroms and the Holocaust.  Yet the Jewish people persevered.  And now another regime has arisen, swearing to destroy Israel.  That regime would be wise to consider this: I stand here today representing Israel, a country 67 years young, but the nation-state of a people nearly 4,000 years old. Yet the empires of Babylon and Rome are not represented in this hall of nations. Neither is the Thousand Year Reich. Those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. But Israel lives. The people of Israel live.”

Following the October 7, 2023 attack by Hamas, and the war that President Netanyahu is waging at this time, Iran continues to flex its military muscle in the Middle East as it has been ever since its Islamic Revolution in the seventies.  In a show of force against Israel, and support for Hamas, Iran sent a drone attack over the skies of Israel yesterday.  Lebanon followed with their own attack.

Except, it was not really an attack.  Flashing lights on the drones Iran sent made them easy to see, and easy to take out.  It was a show, a way of advertising that if Iran wanted to they could send their machines into the Israeli sky.  

Iran launched the production, and the Biden administration paid for it.

It’s an attack that allows Iran to show off that it can reach Israel.

The Biden administration told Israel shortly afterward that the United States under his watch will oppose any Israeli response to Iran’s actions. 

If Iran had actually meant to attack Israel, they would have sought to compromise Israel’s defense system, maybe using the same cyber-attack used to open the gates for Hamas last October, and they would have used Hezbollah, the Houthis, Iraq, and whatever is left of Hamas, to move against Israel all at once.

Iran has plenty of money, thanks to Biden, but they are not ready for the war that people fear the United States is being dragged into in the Middle East.  Their goal, for the moment, is to harass Israel.  And, Iran is happy simply using their proxies, rather than hit Israel with Iranian resources.  We’ve been seeing exactly that.  October 7 was by Hamas.  Then we saw Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea.  Iran’s influence then led to the Iraqi Shiite attacks on a U.S. base in Jordan that killed three servicemembers.

Iran, for the moment, would rather pull strings and attack through resources not their own.  It’s a production.  A show.  An illusion to throw people off a little as they use American money to continue to build Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Iran, however, has to act quickly because they know if Donald Trump winds up in office in January their window will slam shut. 

If Iran continues to stand against Israel, and if the U.S. continues to play the games like Biden has sending mixed messages about support for Israel, we may find ourselves facing an outcome we did not expect.  The promise God made to Abraham is eternal, and God curses those who curse His people.

Israel was created by God.  Israel’s existence is a testimony to God’s existence.  The continuation of Israel in today’s violent atmosphere reveals God’s active providence in the lives of His people.  If Iran, or the other Islamic countries, move hard against Israel, the invaders will be defeated.

World powers in history who persecute Israel do not remain great.  Israel may be tiny, but the country is far from insignificant, and I pray that the United States will continue to Bless Israel, rather than the opposite as we’ve been seeing with Biden, and as many in the Democratic Party have been demanding.  While historically the American Christian has been Israel’s best friend, if as a country we stand against Israel, God’s justice will not remain idol.

In this hour I am reminded of Thomas Jefferson’s quote about God’s Justice:

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

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3 thoughts on “Iran’s War Dress Rehearsal

  1. What if some of the Jewish people in Israel are not true Jewish people? Have the Khazarin Jews infiltrated Israel? I do not doubt God’s word. I see too much that is in conflict with God’s word to believe that all that is being done, is being done by true Jewish people.

    1. But who are the TRUE Jewish people and who sets the definition and the standard? Similar to, RINO-Republican In Name Only. We all know the term, but we wonder, who decides who is a true RINO? Does this also cause divisions between Christians, pointing to other Christians, accusing “them” of not being real? Or breaks between republicans in pointing to other republicans with the smear of RINO? Or Jewish people accusing other Jews of not being “authentic” Jews? Doesn’t this polarize us us even more? Where does it end and how will it play out?

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