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.
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 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.
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.
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
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