US Military Retaliatory Strikes Against Iran-Backed Groups in Syria & Iraq!
2/3/24 By Tim Buck
US Central Command:
“At 4:00 p.m. (EST) Feb. 02, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups in retaliation for killing 3 US service members in Jordan.
U.S. military forces struck more than 85 targets, with numerous aircraft to include long-range bombers flown from United States.
The airstrikes deployed more than 125 precision munitions.
The facilities that were struck included command and control operations, centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aired vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces.”
A satellite image of Tower 22 in northern Jordan where three U.S. service members where killed.
Three U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday in Jordan, while more than 40 other service members were injured following an uncrewed aerial attack at a military base in Jordan near the Syrian border.
3 US Soldiers Killed in Jordan
Drone Strike Linked to Iran
1/31/24 By Tim Buck
And the dread of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah.
2 Chron. 17:10
Just weeks after Israel invaded Gaza in response to Hamas’s deadly attack on Oct. 7, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei convened a meeting of militia leaders across an alliance Tehran calls ‘the axis of resistance.’
Iran has been attacking Israel and the United States for years, not directly but through their Islamic terror proxies like the Houthi’s in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the West Bank.
Tehran supplies the military training through their IRGC, and provides the rockets and missiles. In their excitement to do evil, the Prince of Persia may have crossed the line this time and killed 3 US soldiers. So it’s now up to Biden to respond!
“The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.”
If Trump or any other Republican was in the White House, the response to Iran would likely have happened already. Biden may try something substantial, as he wants very much to look strong in an election year.
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: The attack, which Khamenei had publicly praised as an “epic victory,” marked a crescendo of four decades of Iranian efforts to train and arm a network of nonstate militant groups as a way to threaten its enemies and extend its influence in the Middle East.
But behind closed doors, the Iranian leader told senior Hamas representatives, along with Lebanese, Iraqi, Yemeni and other Palestinian militia leaders, that Tehran had no intention of directly entering the conflict and widening the war, according to two high-ranking officials from Hamas and two from Hezbollah. Side battles, he told the delegates, risked distracting the world from Israel’s devastating incursions in Gaza.
Now the axis faces a moment of truth. As Iran’s allies stoke even more fires across the region—from attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, and now on our troops in Jordan—they are pushing the US to the brink of a direct conflict.
U.S. officials blamed Sunday’s drone strike on an Iran-backed group, and the White House on Monday said it believed the perpetrators were supported by Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian militia ally based in Iraq, with forces in Syria. President Biden said he was weighing how to retaliate.
Let’s pray for America and for our leaders to make the right decisions.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (right) embraces Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Source: Khamenei’s Twitter account, posted May 24, 2021. (Note: Haniyeh’s wealth is estimated at $4 Billion)
According to Iran, Iran’s main interest for launching the Hamas attack on Israel was—and remains—to prevent the United States from brokering the Saudi-Israel normalization deal.
Iran recognized, or I should say, Satan recognized, that a Saudi-Israel, U.S. led peace deal was NOT IN THEIR INTERESTS and presented too big of a threat for putting Turkey-Iranian interests out of reach.
Confrontation With Iran
10/30/23 By Tim Buck
Iran’s leaders seem to have concluded that the objectives of Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack—which they encouraged the terrorist group to undertake—were achieved in a manner that surpassed their expectations. They apparently see no need to sacrifice their most valued asset in the war (Hezbollah), and are therefore now trying to avoid getting Hezbollah, and their own forces, involved in a full-blown war with Israel.
The dramatic reinforcement of the US military presence in the region is certainly contributing to their concerns. Tehran has always regarded its Lebanese proxy—with an arsenal of 140,000 missiles, primarily as a deterrence against strikes on Iran’s own nuclear installations. For now, Iran’s goal is to deny Israel the chance of fulfilling its commitment to destroy Hamas and remove it as the ruler of the Gaza Strip. If Hamas maintains control of Gaza, even after suffering major punishment, Iran would consider that a great victory.
Iran’s main interest was—and remains—to prevent the United States from brokering Saudi-Israel normalization. Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian wasted no time declaring during the first week of the war that this goal had already been achieved. For his part, Prince Turki Al Faisal, former head of Saudi intelligence, has confirmed that in his view, sabotaging the deal was the aim of the operation.
The Iranians are extremely concerned that a Saudi-Israel normalization would pave the way for the establishment of a US-led security architecture in the Middle East, in which Arab and Israeli armies and intelligence services would cooperate. They are also worried that the deal would improve Israel’s standing in the region to a new level that would give them more access to the Temple Mount and possibly even give them the potential for building their temple. So they stepped in to stop it!
Oct. 7 dealt a severe blow to Israel’s image as a powerful actor, enabling Iran to pour cold water on those Arabs seeking reconciliation and collaboration with the Jewish state. Israeli intelligence was stripped of its formidable reputation, the armored units and infantry were not deployed properly for defense and the air force was not on alert. All this happened despite numerous pieces of intelligence that should have alerted Israel to the possibility that Hamas intended to go on the offensive.
The evacuation of 100’s of thousands of inhabitants from towns and smaller communities in the Gaza border region and the north of Israel is interpreted by them as a precursor to the unraveling of the Jewish state in the future.
By igniting pro-Palestinian sentiment all over the Arab world, the “Axis of Resistance”—as Iran and its allies define themselves—managed not only to stall progress on the Saudi-Israeli track, but to cause strain in the relations between Israel and its two oldest peace partners, Jordan and Egypt.
In the weeks preceding Oct. 7, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officers, headed by Quds Force commander Gen. Esmail Ghaani, held secret meetings in Beirut and Damascus with Nasrallah and members of his “Jihad Council,” Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders. They assisted Hamas in adopting a version of the plan devised for Hezbollah’s commando troops, the Radwan Force, to mount raids into Israel.
Supposedly, for reasons of secrecy, the Iranians were not advised of the zero hour or exact scale of the attack. However, Hamas received from Iran a promise to open up other fronts, though not a commitment for an all-out war by Hezbollah or Iran. It is quite telling that a fortnight after the war broke out, one of Hamas’s top leaders, Khaled Mashaal, expressed in public his disappointment with the scope of skirmishes initiated by Hezbollah, declaring that ”history is not written with hesitant, limited steps.”
The Hamas military leadership—Yahya Sinwar, Muhammad Deif and a handful of their colleagues—had to choose between opting for a limited raid to take hostages, that might later be exchanged for Hamas prisoners in Israel, or staging an offensive on a scale far bigger than ever before, all along the 70-kilometer (43 mile) border of walls and fences between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The Iranian promise of backing steered them towards the more ambitious course: a brigade-size assault by their commandos, the Nukhba (“Elite”), employing motorized gliders, pick-up trucks with machine guns and motorbikes for a dawn attack on 22 villages, two towns and 11 army bases. Some of the Hamas groups penetrated 30 kilometers (19 miles) into Israel.
Hamas decided to risk this large-scale attack out of a desire to make sure the Israeli response would be a declaration of war rather than just one more round of air strikes lasting at most a few weeks, without substantial ground operations. One can assume that Hamas felt that Hezbollah and Iran would be hard pressed not to deliver on their promise for a multifront response once the IDF was maneuvering into Gaza. The coming days will show whether this bet was justified.
The Evil Principles of Hamas
Muqawwama [Resistance] Doctrine
To understand the calculations of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, one has to bear in mind the principles of the “Muqawwama [Resistance] Doctrine” adhered to by them for decades. This doctrine was refined by the late Qassem Soleimani, founder of Iran’s regional network of militias, who was assassinated by the United States near Baghdad in 2020.
There is no published document elaborating this doctrine, but its main pillars appeared in an article in The Jerusalem Report a few years ago:
Peace is not an option. The Arab world must not, because of temporary hardship, be dragged into recognizing Israel and accepting its existence through peace agreements. When in need of a respite, it is permitted to reach hudna (“armistice”) agreements, valid for a limited period only, with the “Zionist regime.” Thus both Hezbollah and Hamas could maintain long periods of calm along Israel’s borders.
It is not necessary to wait for there to be a balance of power. On the contrary, even when the balance of forces is clearly in the enemy’s favor, they uphold the imperative of continual warfare, if only on a small scale. The military disadvantage can be narrowed through innovative tactics.
Do not fight over territory. The goal of the Muqawwama is the methodical erosion of the enemy’s resolve. There is no need to defend territory against Israeli occupation, or to try to conquer land. The essence is to spill blood, and since that is the case, it is better to focus on the civilian population as the primary target. The motto is blood, not land, and the effort is directed at denying victory to the enemy, not at achieving a quick result.
Jihad is not a national struggle. Fighting is undertaken for the sake of Allah, and not out of patriotic sentiment.
The Arab state is not a suitable vehicle. The Muqawwama is not merely a military system, but a comprehensive alternative regime. The Arab states constitute a flawed and inefficient apparatus, unfit to conduct the historic battle. The task must be shouldered instead by the Islamic movements that, alongside their military activity, engage in societal reform through educational, health and business institutions.
By encouraging and supporting Hamas’ “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, Iran managed to subvert, for the time being, US President Joe Biden’s vision for a broad Arab-Israeli partnership in the Middle East. Yet Israeli success in destroying Hamas’s military capabilities may turn the tables. Taking Hamas out of the regional equation would constitute a painful setback for Iran’s aspirations to become the dominant power in the Levant.
The Israeli “Swords of Iron” counter-offensive must be given ample time to carry out its mission, including its focus on minimizing losses of Israeli soldiers and Gazan civilians. No one should expect a quick campaign. The IDF can break through into the heart of Gaza and sit on top of the large tunnel network in a matter of hours, but will not opt to send soldiers underground and must keep in mind that hostages are held there. This dilemma may translate into attrition tactics, waiting for Hamas to exhaust its fuel supplies, which are used to ventilate the tunnels. We may be looking at a series of major raids instead of one decisive offensive, while the air force maintains pressure by hunting down Hamas operatives and destroying infrastructure.
Whatever the tactics chosen by the IDF, they need our prayers!
Iran sent a message to Israel via the UN stressing that it does not want further escalation in the Hamas-Israel war, but that it will have to intervene if the Israeli operation in Gaza continues.
Will Israel choose this moment to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and assassinate its leaders?
10/24/23 – Tim Buck
“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways.”
Everyone in Israel is waiting for the ground invasion of northern Gaza to begin.
Why hasn’t it started already?
Some in the media are speculating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just “blinked,” and isn’t serious about eradicating the Hamas terrorist organization.
That’s not it.
One obvious reason for the delay: Israel’s wants all Palestinian civilians in the northern half of Gaza to move south, out of the way of the coming IDF invasion.
Another: Netanyahu has been welcoming major world leaders in recent days, including U.S. President Joe Biden, the German Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister. Time is needed to brief these and other leaders on the atrocities Hamas has committed, and Iran’s involvement in the attacks.
Another: The IDF is presently mobilizing more than 360,000 reservists, positioning them on the Gaza and Lebanon borders, and in the West Bank. It takes time to get all of the troops, tanks, and other materiel into position and get everyone ready to fight.
But I believe there may very well be yet another reason.
The most important of all.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said something to which more people should pay attention.
“We are preparing for the next stages of war,” Lt. Colonel Richard Hecht told reporters. “We haven’t said what they will be. Everybody’s talking about the ground offensive. It might be something different.”
To what might he be referring?
I believe the most likely scenario is that Netanyahu and his war cabinet are actively considering launching a massive preemptive strike on Iran.
For almost half a century, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been launching one terrorist attack after another against the United States, against Israel, against our Arab allies in the region, and against Jews and Christians all over the world.
Yet how often has the Iranian regime every paid a serious military price?
Now, the mullahs are feverishly racing to build fully operational nuclear weapons.
They’re already at 84% enrichment of uranium.
That is almost at 90% to 95% military grade enrichment.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed the emergency war cabinet and unity government with Benny Gantz, head of the National Unity party. “The nation of Israel is united, and now the leadership is united. We’ve put aside all other considerations because the fate of our country hangs in the balance,” Netanyahu said.
War Cabinet in Place
For 15 years or more, Netanyahu has been warning that the world must find a way to neutralize the Iran nuclear threat or Israel might have to launch a preemptive military strike.
Now, suddenly – tragically – Israel has a pretext.
We all know that Iran funds, trains, and arms Hamas.
That means that Iran is just as guilty of the slaughter of more than 1,400 Israelis as Hamas is.
That means the Supreme Leader is just as culpable for killing more Jews in 14 days that any other time since the Holocaust.
We also know that Hezbollah – Iran’s proxy terror army in Lebanon, with its 200,000 missiles all aimed at Israel – is itching to join the fight.
The Iranian leadership has publicly threatened that when Israel launches its ground invasion of Gaza, Tehran will escalate this war.
“If the Zionist aggressions do not stop, the hands of all parties in the region are on the trigger,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian declared this week.
That’s why I feel that Netanyahu and his war cabinet – including current Defense Minister Yoav Gallant; Benny Gantz, Israel’s former defense minister and former IDF chief of staff; Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer; and Gadi Eisenkot, another former IDF chief of staff – are actively discussing the possibility of launching a preemptive and massive strike against Iran, and assassinating Iran’s leaders.
Possibly before the IDF goes into Gaza.
Why not cut off the head of the snake first, especially if Israel is already going to be in a two-front war with Hamas and Hezbollah in the coming days?
Put another way: What’s the point of leaving the Iranian regime and nuclear program alone when we’re already going to war with two of Iran’s terror proxies?
The guided missile destroyer USS Carney, U.S. Navy
U.S. Military Build-up
U.S. Bases in Middle East coming under attack
It’s reasonable to believe Netanyahu and his team are actively discussing the prospect of hitting Iran and have already conferred with President Biden and his team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense, and our allies along with the CENTCOM commander who was in Israel last week.
That may be why the U.S. moved its aircraft carriers and other assets into the eastern Mediterranean last week and has increased its military presence in the Middle East since the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas.
The USS Carney on Thursday intercepted three cruise missiles fired from Yemen and headed for southern Israel, according to Israeli media reports.
In addition, the USS Carney, which was operating in the northern Red Sea at the time, was swarmed by about two dozen drones.
This week alone, The Wall Street Journal reported that the American al-Tanf base near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders and the al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq were both attacked by drones.
In addition, U.S. and coalition forces at al-Harir base in northern Iraq were attacked and a pro-Palestinian militant group claimed to have attacked U.S. bases in Syria, as well.
The U.S. transferred the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier strike group to the Eastern Mediterranean and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group left the U.S. and are currently on the way to the Mediterranean, as well.
The USS Bataan amphibious ready group, which consists of three ships carrying thousands of U.S. Marines, the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock, and the USS Carter Hall, a dock landing ship, were heading closer to Israel, according to the Associated Press.
A small team of special operations forces is also working with Israel to help with intelligence and planning, as well as advising on hostage recovery efforts.
Five deliveries of military equipment and ammunition arriving from the U.S. have reached Israel so far, and more will follow, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
U.S. Air Force squadrons stationed around the Middle East have also been reinforced.
There are roughly 2,500 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and another 900 in Syria. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered about 2,000 soldiers to prepare for deployment if needed.
A Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed that those soldiers were not being deployed for combat but will assist with intelligence and surveillance, transportation and medical efforts.
Time Is Running Out
True, Biden and his inner circle do not want a regional war.
But they know that time is short.
They know that if Iran isn’t stopped soon, they will get The Bomb, and then all hell will break loose.
But let me just add this.
I share the fears of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who said this week the region is moving “to the verge of the abyss.”
We have friends living in Israel and they are fearful of what’s coming.
But what choice does Israel have?
Israel’s is currently in the darkest hour since the prophetic re-birth of the country.
But the slaughter they are now experiencing is nothing compared to the nuclear holocaust they’ll experience if the terror masters in Tehran build and use The Bomb.
They may have finally reached the point of no return.
God have mercy on us all.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Middle East Exploding NOW with Massive Uprising
Be Watchful Today!
Friday The 13th
‘Day of Rage’
“Day of Rage’
10/13/22 By Tim Buck
We’ve never seen anything like this!
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal calls for ‘Day of Rage’ today against Zionists and Americans by Muslims and Arabs all around the world.
He further called on Muslims and Arabs around the world “to do more creative things than what we are used to. We want this to be at a higher level.”
Following Hamas’ terror attack on Israel in which more than 1,300 Israelis were murdered, 3,100 wounded, 150 hostages taken and they fired at least 5,000 rockets at Israeli population centers, Mashaal has announced that it’s time for Arabs and Muslims around the world to be “more creative” than in the past and let the world know that they “are part of this battle.”
Mashaal urged Arabs and Muslims in their own countries and in “the streets of the diaspora everywhere” to turn today, Friday, October 13, into a day of “rage” against Zionists and Americans in support of Hamas’ terror war against Israel.
Excerpt of Mashaal’s speech in Doha, Qatar:
“What is our responsibility? … I call upon all of you, together with me and all of us… to do more creative things than what we are used to. We want this to be at a higher level. First, the rage – let us go down to the squares and plazas, to the Arab and Islamic street, and throughout the diaspora everywhere. There is a call on Friday [Oct. 13, 2023], a Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood (Hamas’ name for slaughter of Israeli citizens; But before Friday, and after it, and on it, we want to say to the Zionists, their criminal leaders, and their extremists, and to the Americans who rushed to their aid, that they have double standards. In their eyes the Ukraine War is just, and the Palestinian people’s war is unjust. Send a message throughout the squares and plazas – a message of rage – that we are the people of Palestine, the people of Gaza, the people of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and that we are part of this battle.”
[Almahriah TV (Yemen), YouTube channel, Oct. 10, 2023]
If we had a real president instead of the pretend one we have, he would demand Qatar release Mashaal immediately or we’ll come and get him!
Mashaal further said:
“Friday is a day to expose the crimes of the occupation, isolate it, and foil all its aggressive schemes. It is a day to demonstrate our love for Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa. It is a day for sacrifice, heroism, and dedication, and to earn the honor of defending the first Qibla of Muslims, the third holiest mosque, and the ascension of the trusted Messenger.” Well now, it looks like a whole lot of Democrats will be calling out sick today.
Mashal also called for donations from Muslims worldwide for Hamas fighters in Gaza in what he called “financial Jihad.”
Pre-Planned Two Years
Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka said Hamas had planned the attack on Israel for the last two years, and any future prisoner exchange would include Hamas members imprisoned in the U.S. and Europe.
Screenshot 10 AM
Israel Time this Morning
Hamas terrorists and supporters on Israel’s border with Lebanon showing live video footage of Hamas operatives climbing Israel’s border fence and screaming expletives about coming for the Jewish people.
‘Day of Jihad’
Sparks Warnings For Americans
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal pointing to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, preaching Satan’s message that Israel’s holiest site belongs to Islam and that one day soon Islam will control Jerusalem and the Temple Mount for Allah.
America In The Way
All end-time prophecy points to this place! It is the final prize in the epic war between God and Satan. Satan’s plan is to destroy as many Jews as possible and control Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to defeat Jesus when He returns. Signs all around us are telling the story we are getting close to the Tribulation as worldwide calls to exterminate Israel get louder.
America is the biggest obstacle preventing Satan from achieving his plan of controlling God’s Holy Mountain which is why America is under such spiritual warfare.
The fact shouldn’t be lost that on October 7, the very day Israel faced its worst nightmare since the Holocaust, America’s government was shut down with no ability to function because there was no Speaker of the House in power! This shows the level of pre-planning Lucifer has as the god of this world. What timing!
America is a mess, on a downward immoral slope and under constant assault, not just because Biden is unfit but because we are in the last days and Satan knows his time is short. We have turned our backs on God who has allowed the devil to facilitate our demise as a means of judgment for our depravity.
This is not to say there’s no spiritual hope. There is always hope!
The church will survive and conquer because Jesus promised, “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Praise God people are still getting saved and churches are on the march spreading the Gospel but don’t look for America’s National repentance because it’s too late on God’s prophetic timeline for that.
America is not in Bible prophecy because something goes terribly wrong that puts her on the sidelines which is necessary in God’s plan so Israel will be alone without her superpower big brother. God doesn’t want Israel calling on Washington, He wants her to call on Him. Only then will Israel be saved in the Tribulation.
Why It Matters:
This ‘Day of Jihad’ is being eagerly awaited here in America by Democrats, Liberals, and students on college campuses all across the country if the events of this past week are any indicator. It has been truly shocking to watch the outpouring of support for Hamas terrorists who rape teenagers, kill babies, kidnap senior citizens, while lining up Jews against the wall and mowing them down with machine gun fire.
Spirit of Antichrist
Remember that the Bible talks about the spirit of Antichrist in the last days? I would say there’s no better manifestation than simply watching Hamas operate. They are demonic and operating in the jew-hating spirit of the one who is to come.
Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iranian intelligence services have a presence in the U.S., and more “illegals” have very likely crossed the southern border into the U.S. with the potential to act as sleeper cells. Terror acts could explode in any one of the 50 states! If Hamas seeks to draw the U.S. into war, they could conduct attacks against U.S. personnel and American tourists in Europe or the Middle East. Amid already high domestic tensions between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel political factions, Hamas militants could potentially conduct attacks all across the United States.
Please pray for the safety of God’s people today and stay alert.
“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” 1 Cor. 16:13
Tim’s Eye View
In A Nutshell
I won’t try too much to describe or analyze the horrific scenario of this war for you (plenty others are already doing that). However, for the purpose of prayer, discernment and prophetic understanding, I’ll share the following.
The earthly source and financier of this war escalation against Israel is Iran which is desperate to torpedo the emerging normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The way to do so is by igniting Iran’s proxies all around Israel to drag them into a bloody military battle deeming the region unstable and unreliable and making it impossible for Saudi Arabia, the leader of the Muslim world to side with the Jewish State against other Muslims.
Horror unleashed by Hamas: Bodies of young revelers killed by horde of terrorists are piled on top of each other in makeshift tents – as it’s revealed father is missing after he rushed to save his 20-year-old daughter at festival.The father of a 20-year-old woman attending a music festival that came under attack from Hamas terrorists has gone missing
About 260 people are believed to have been killed at a festival with new photos being released of the sky filled with paragliders coming down over the festival with guns ready to kill innocent Jews and 100’s of bodies piled high
Hamas is believed to be holding more than 100 hostages while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are reporting more than
700 Israeli’s dead with thousands injured
Hamas Paraglider.Hamas launches biggest attach ever on Israel launching over 5000 missiles!..Iran’s IRGC In Charge
Hamas fighters circumvented Israel’s border and avoided the Iron Dome system by flying in via paraglider, according to the Israeli military (pictured: a paraglider crossing into Israel)
WSJ: Iran has been planning, funding and directing the attack on Israel since August. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp gave the final go-ahead last Monday in Beirut, Lebanon
10/9/23 By Tim Buck
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
Just as it was 50 years ago when Israel was caught off guard for the Yom Kippur War, overnight during Shabbat October 7, on the last day of the Feast of Sukkot, Hamas launched a deadly surprise attack.
Like an unexpected earthquake war erupted and we are in the midst of a major foreshock. Hamas has fired over 5000 missiles from Gaza into Israel. They targeted Israeli civilians. Hamas soldiers broke through checkpoints and bulldozed the border fence. Their army attacked Israeli neighborhoods in border towns, randomly killing some 700 including 4 Americans and taking over 100 hostages.But this did not originate with Hamas. A peace agreement with Saudi Arabia seemed close just a few days ago. But the last thing the enemy wants is a peace deal between the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia because, among other things, it would open the door for Israel to build their temple.
Prince of Persia
So the prince of darkness went to work masterfully planning this horrific assault with strategic timing. The horrors of such an egregious assault will now demand an overpowering
response likely putting Israel in a no-win situation.
Satan’s plan called for the Prince of Persia to launch such an egregious assault that Israel would have to respond without mercy. That’s precisely what Iran is hoping for knowing that the Saudis cannot make peace with Israel because they cannot seem to be taking the side of Jews against their fellow Muslims. The reason Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations have been willing to cooperate with Israel is their common enemy, Iran. So, who benefits with peace set aside? Iran.
This attack was planned, funded, and equipped by Iran with some possible collusion of Russia. Just last month, Iran’s Minister of Defense said, “Russia and Iran have significantly broadened the range of their cooperation over the past few years. In particular, I would like to note regional affairs, such as the joint war on terrorism and extremism.” How is that for ironic? These are the words of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Ordered By Iran
If you find it hard to believe that the orders came from Iran, consider this. A few days before the attack began, a billboard went up in Iran’s capital city of Tehran. The billboard says, “The liberation operation ‘Storming of Al-Aqsa’ has started.” Al-Aqsa refers to the oldest mosque on the Temple Mount. It irks Iran’s mullahs that Jews have ultimate jurisdiction over what Islam claims to be its third holiest site.
Shortly after the attack, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard posted on X (previously Twitter), “We Told You We Would Come for You.” That’s a terrorist organization taking credit for its work! And this is definitely a war of terror. These people are shooting schoolgirls on the streets. They are kidnapping whole families including children and the elderly. Their missiles target civilian neighborhoods and other civilian locations with no connection to the military. These are terrorists fighting a war of terror!
Funded by Team Biden
Israel has been standing as a buffer between us and radical Islamic terrorists for decades. If Israel doesn’t stop them now, Iranian terror will continue to spread in the Middle East and around the world. Never forget that Iran considers Israel the little Satan and the United States the big Satan. We are a target, too.
And, ironically, we are helping to fund these attacks on our friends and eventually on ourselves. We keep releasing money to Iran like the $6 Billion Biden just handed the Iranian regime over the so-called ‘prisoner swap,’ and Iran keeps using it in its campaign of terror around the world.
After the attack began, the US State Department’s Office for Palestinian Affairs put up a post on Twitter urging all sides to “refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks.” After receiving heavy criticism, they removed the tweet. But their knee-jerk reaction was that Israel should allow their citizens to be pummeled without responding. That shows the kind of thinking in the anti-Israel, State Department’s entrenched deep state bureaucracy.
The Palestinian attack has been especially egregious, easily qualifying as a series of horrible war crimes. How will the world respond?
And how will you respond? Christians should remember that this did not catch God by surprise. His plan continues. Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Lord to give wisdom to the government and leaders of Israel.
King David’s Response
This unprecedented attack on Israel feels biblical in proportion. I found myself thinking about King David and the attack on Ziklag recorded in 1 Sam. 30:1-3 where the Amalekites burned the city and took the sons, daughters and wives of King David and others hostage. He and his men cried until they had no more tears left, but then he encouraged himself in the Lord, fought back and recovered all.
I know King David’s faith in the Lord played a large part in this recovery, and that today is different as blindness in part has befallen the Jews, but I still hope and pray that the Israeli hostages in Gaza will be rescued and brought home alive. It’s too late now but the pullout from Gaza in 2005 should never happened as it set in motion today’s appalling events.
I pray that one day soon the Jews will start to realize that their faith must not be in their vaunted military or intelligence services, but in No Other than the Lord God of Israel Who Reigns Supreme from Everlasting to Everlasting.
4 American’s Killed
American Hostages Held
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at least three Americans have been killed near the Gaza border and the US was “working overtime” to verify reports of other missing and dead Americans after Hamas launched an unprecedented attack against Israel.
Time of Prayer for Israel
- People locked down in bomb shelters and homes, some without any running water or electricity.
- The uncertainty of hostage situations in multiple locations in Southern Israel.
- The intense fear and anxiety caused by the attacks and proximity of terrorists.
- The children who have lost family members and are traumatized by what’s going on around them.
- The continuing rocket attacks and possible northern attack, or from Judea Samaria incursion. Reports from border of trouble.
- Maintained peace between Jewish and Arab Israelis.
…and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
– Isaiah 61:3