Why Satan Believes He Must Destroy Israel

Review His Attempts

by Tim Buck

In our current Series called, The CLASH, we’ve discussed why Satan feels he needs to destroy Israel in order to defeat God. One of the reasons he feels he must destroy Israel is to prevent fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant.

God promised Abraham that He would have descendants forever, who would become believers and God would rule over them.

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

 Genesis 17:7-8

 If Satan can destroy the Jewish Race, he can prove that God is a Promise Breaker not a Promise Keeper.

He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

Luke 1:33

For 4,000 years the Jewish people have faced relentless persecution, opposition, and attempts to annihilate and destroy them; and in the future, the struggle against Israel will continue.

If it concerned any other people, this campaign would seem irrational. However, with Israel, a rational but very Satanic strategy sustains this animosity.

Let’s review some of his attempts.

Events in Ancient History:

Abraham went to Egypt and lied about Sarah, nearly causing Pharaoh to violate her — Genesis 12:10–20

Abraham had Ishmael with Hagar, bypassing Sarah — Genesis 16:1–4

Pharaoh ordered all male Hebrew infants to be murdered — Exodus 2

Esau attempted to usurp Jacob’s blessing from Isaac — Genesis 27

Pharaoh attempted to destroy Israel backed up against the Red Sea — Exodus 10

Israel decided to worship the Golden Calf at Mt. Sinai — Exodus 32:24

Moab tried to destroy Israel and stop them from entering Canaan — Numbers 22
The Canaanites amassed all their armies to destroy the Israelites — Joshua 11

The surrounding nations tried to destroy Israel during the time of the Judges — Judges 16

The Assyrian army destroyed Israel and tried to wipe out Judah — 2 Kings 17

The Babylonian army destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem — 2 Chronicles 38

Haman attempted to destroy all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire — Esther 3

Syrian forces tried to Hellenize Judea under Antiochus Epiphanes — Daniel 8

The Roman army destroyed Judea and Jerusalem twice (70 AD and 135 AD) — Luke 21

The Jewish people were scattered and persecuted throughout the world for 2,000 years — Luke 21:24

Events in Modern History

Hitler organized the Holocaust and destroyed over six million Jews.

The Jews attempted to return to Israel against extensive international opposition led by Great Britain.

Israel declared its independence on May 14,1948 and one day later on May 15 was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Syria.

Israel was invaded two more times in 1967 and 1973 by all its surrounding neighbors.

Israel has been disrupted by numerous intifadas from Palestinians and Jihadists.

Hamas has hurled tens of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Future Events:

From Bible prophecy, we understand that there is no let-up in Satan’s campaign to destroy Israel.

Antichrist breaks his treaty with Israel, and invades the Holy land at the mid-point of the Tribulation — Zech. 14:1-2; Matt. 24:15-21

Satan is cast out of Heaven and attempts to destroy Israel in the wilderness — Revelation 12:13–17

Antichrist brings the armies of the world against Jerusalem and Israel in Armageddon — Zech. 12:1–3

Satan attempts to destroy the Holy City after the Millennial reign of Christ — Revelation 20

For Satan, the destruction of Israel is a matter of self-preservation. Ultimately, the survival of Israel results in the eternal damnation of Satan. How can this be? Because when Israel repents and nationally invites the Lord Jesus Christ to be its Redeemer, that generation of Israel will be saved, and Satan’s plan to destroy the Jews will finally be defeated.

Christ will return to the Earth, destroy Antichrist and his armies at Armageddon, establish His Kingdom over Israel and the world for 1,000 years, and then cast the still rebellious Satan into the Lake of Fire forever and ever. (Rev. 20:10)

The key is that Israel must survive to receive Christ nationally as their own Messiah. As Jesus said when He lamented over Jerusalem at His First Coming:

For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’!

Matthew 23:39

From Satan’s point of view, he must keep Israel from surviving the point when they will be ready to receive Jesus as their Messiah.

Satan wants to destroy Israel so that he can rule the world from Jerusalem and keep God from sending him to eternal damnation. But God will not allow Satan to destroy His chosen people. Israel is the apple of God’s eye and will survive just as God promised!