"For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...a time for war and a time for peace" -Ecclesiastes 3
We are still hearing the rolling thunder from our home as Israeli ground forces have moved onto Gaza. Many of our brave young men and women from the congregations are directly involved, and some being in advanced combat units are in the front. May they be as David and as the angel of YHVH who goes before them to succeed in dealing the final blow to Hamas in the war on terror. We here feel this is a just war in defence of our civilian population, at a time after much restraint for years.
For those of you not familiar with Hebrew, the word "hamas" appears in the Bible many times in reference to "violence, deceit, lies and corruption". "Hamas" is the Hebrew word used to define the reason that G-d brought the flood in the days of Noach: "for the earth was filled with violence/deceit/lies/corruption (hamas)" (Genesis 6:11, 13). It may be of significance that the Messiah foretold that the end days would be "as the days of Noach"- filled with Hamas.
Hamas and other fundamentalist Muslim terrorist organizations worldwide rule by fear and intimidation and revenge. It is the exact 180 degree opposite of the very central message and command of the Bible: "You shall love". "You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself". It has been reported today that Hamas operatives killed a large number of Palestinians in Gaza as "collaborators" with Israel. They also shot many of the opposing Fatah party of Abbas there in the legs and hands to prevent them from helping the Israelis. The small minority of Christians there, some who have already been murdered by Muslims, need your prayers. Perhaps the Israelis will be able to rescue them.
We are concerned that the Hizbullah in Lebanon may use this as an opportunity to open another front in the north, as in 2006. We hope this does not happen, but are prepared for such a scenario.
There are reported many violent anti-Israel demonstrations around the world, including in the USA. Muslims have greatly increased their presence in the West, many fully aware of their agenda. The tactic of fear and intimidation has not been fully manifested in the West, but we have seen many outspoken individuals threatened with their lives, including writers and cartoonists "offending" Muhammad, and crowds rampaging against such insults. We never see those crowds demonstrating against Muslim terror attacks.
Today we will gather together to pray to the Commander of the hosts of Israel for this situation, and thank Him for the miraculous fact that so few here in Israel have been made casualities despite the direct hits of thousands of rockets on homes, schools and town centers.We will also pray for those men of good will amongst the Arab population, and do hope you will join us.