This Epistle is not for the faint hearted! If you are prone to weakness at the sight of blood, it may be time to stop reading! Right now, Israel is engaged in a war where there is much bloodshed and many innocent people dying! This is gruesome news! No one enjoys seeing the kind of carnage that is happening as we speak, in Gaza. What is evident is that the more civilian Palestinian casualties brought before the world’s cameras, the better for the cause of the Hamas terrorists. This small section of land in Gaza has one of the highest densities of human population per square foot in the world. Israel is not intentionally killing innocent people for entertainment as some of media would have you and I believe. Israel is taking great steps to minimize the civilian casualties by dropping thousands of pamphlets written in the common language, and making various phone calls to warn people to flee certain areas that are determined to be the next targets in an ongoing routing of serial-killer-terrorists who are responsible for terrorizing the hard working innocent civilians in the towns surrounding the Gaza strip in southern Israel.
Why is the world standing on its head to demand that Israel stop the attack on Gaza? Where was the world community when over 5000 rockets continued to plummet the people of Israel over the last 2 years? I heard someone recently ask the question: “If Mexico started to fire rockets into Texas and declare before the whole world that they were intending to wipe Texas off the face of the map, how long would it take for the US armed forces to counter attack? Israel has been taking this constant torture of mortars and rockets on Israeli soil for over 8 years without retaliation. How much longer should they have waited?
When there are a people who love death as Hamas obviously does, how do you deal with them? They are like bloodthirsty murderers who are addicted to the taste of blood! They are lawless and accountable only unto themselves! They only obey one master and he is also the enemy of our souls! “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature,for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) There is no reasoning with this kind of being or those who have fallen under his cloak of deception! We are not dealing with people here; we are dealing with powers and principalities: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”.(Ephesians 6:12)
Are we to reason with satan? Is there any chance that satan will be redeemed? You know the answer is irrevocably NO! We can pray that the Moslems can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and even the highest Hamas leaders would be welcomed into the Kingdom of God if they were to turn away from evil. We know with God, all things are possible! But what is Israel to do? How can we expect an unbelieving world to understand spiritual things? They only see the loss of innocent life and the protests start! This is an excellent platform for the vicious anti-Semitic monsters to come out of the closet and release their venom against the Jewish people. Oh how this hateful spirit hides and masquerades as a compassionate, caring, loving saver of mankind! Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) We cannot expect the unsaved to see any benefit to the actions in Gaza because they can only see with the eyes of the natural. Like Jesus counseled the religious pastors of the time when He said, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2-3)
We do not want to be like the natural sighted religious leaders and be blinded by what our natural eyes see and our natural hearts feel about the conflict in Gaza. Remember as Jesus confronted Peter about his natural thinking? In Matthew it says, “But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” (16:23) He was not only attacking His beloved Peter, but He was directly addressing the one who planted the nonsense in Peter’s brain: satan! Jesus was going to the root of the issue, to the “thought-planter” who is still in the business of planting evil seed into any of us, in an effort to supplant the necessary work of God in the world!
Evil must be routed out and annihilated! I know there are a lot of Christian people who would take offense at these words when they are directed towards human beings of any kind. We are following the Master and He called out satan who was manipulating His dear friend Peter manifested by the words that were flowing out of Peter’s mouth. When was the last time you recognized satan’s tactics in a dear friend and seriously rebuked the devil and said to your friend, “Get behind me satan?”
Are our spiritual eyes still covered over with the membranes of immaturity? Where are our spiritual ears hidden? Are we like the Israelites of old who had ears, but refused to hear? Have we grown dull of hearing what the Spirit is saying? Have we tuned our ears to the constant throb of the incessant talking heads in the media who know how to spin a great story? It is time to realize that we are in the time of wars and rumours of wars! We have a very real enemy who has NO COMPASSION AT ALL! His mission is to kill, steal and destroy! You are the target, if not one way then another way! Be vigilant! Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “…we are not ignorant of his devices” (He is referring to satan’s devices here.) C.S. Lewis warns us at the beginning of “The Screwtape Letters”, there are two dangers in dealing with satan, one is to pay too much attention to him and the other is not to pay enough. We must each make that distinction for ourselves!
Hamas have chosen to come into covenant with satan, and adopt his schemes which are without consideration for the sanctity of life! These people have become accustomed to the pleasure of death and they need to be dealt with by an iron hand. Enough is enough for the Israeli people who only want to go about their day-to-day lives, getting their kids off to school, and themselves off to work in peace! The fear and terror that they have been living under must stop! The only peace treaty that these terrorists will accept is Israel’s annihilation! This is not an option! God has great plans for the people of Israel and for the land of Israel!
Support your brothers and sisters through your prayers and financial support at this time of great need! I am suggesting a very worthy cause for the sustained counter terrorist activities happening right now in the Spirit encounters with evil in Israel. I am asking that you go to flashfloods.com to examine the work being done by a fellow believer who is planted in Israel for such a time as this. He along with his family have been sent in to uncover the hidden spiritual pockets of evil hidden in deep demonic strongholds bunkered throughout the middle eastern landscape! This is effective warfare that is resulting in good fruit and a definite cleansing of the land! Come alongside Israel and sow into the ongoing warfare against terror and the terrorists who seem to have an insatiable appetite for blood!
Lastly: Examine your heart for any anti-Semitic inclinations that may have been hidden deep in your heart against these Jewish brothers and sisters who have not yet come to the saving power of Jesus. Have you been indoctrinated into thinking negatively about the Jews? It is not politically correct to admit these things out loud, but how about deep in your heart? Is there a residue of your parent’s opinion still hiding in you, or how about your grandparent’s views, or perhaps something that you’ve seen on television? It may be deeply veiled in “Political Correctness” folks! It is worth digging deep to find even the slightest trace of anti-Semitic leaven hiding within! Surely this trace may be enough to blind your eyes to the truth according to the truth of God, rather than the prevailing slant currently being spouted out by the latest, breaking news story, often tainted by the prince of the power of the air. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel. Pray that no more civilian life will be lost in this battle on either side. Pray that the hidden pockets of terrorists would be uncovered and dealt with quickly. Pray that this terror will come to an end. Food for thought? Write us with your comments. We do not claim to be experts in any of this; we merely hope to keep first things first during this extreme time of discerning the times! We look forward to your feedback!
Jan. 17. 09
Rob and Jody