And a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph

“Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of the sons of Israel . . . Come, let us deal shrewdly with them’ . . . So they appointed taskmasters over them to oppress them” (Exodus 1:8-14) . . .  “And the sons of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out. And their cry for help . . . ascended to God. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them” (Exodus 2:23-25).

Isaiah gives us a benchmark test on how to weigh the assertions of leaders both secular and spiritual. Are their pronouncements and perceptions of truth and reality grounded in the Bible, or are they simply political talking heads “doing what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25)?  The prophet boldly declares “To the Teaching [the Torah] and to the testimony [referring to the documents of Scripture]!  If they do not speak in accordance with this word, it is because they have no dawn” (Isaiah 8:20).

The leaders of the world’s superpowers – from Biden and Blinken to Blair – barely know the Bible, and certainly do not base their realpolitik on God’s guidelines. This sobering ignorance of God’s word has had a trickle-down effect, numbing the masses to YHVH’s perspectives and strategies. This blindness to who Israel is in God’s sight manifests itself in recent anti-Semitic (that is, racist) mass demonstrations across the globe which angrily support Hamas’ jihadi rape, torture and murder of Jewish Israeli civilians. These roiling riots have included calls for the gassing of Jews, accompanied by threatening chants of ‘Free Palestine’ (a jihadi euphemism for the destruction of the state of Israel and its replacement by murderous Islamist terror groups).

A generation that does not know Joseph

Recent polls in the USA show a sobering shift by younger American voters toward adopting anti-Israel jihadi perspectives and supporting Hamas’ terror campaign against the Jews. In the December 2023 monthly Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, 51% in the 18-24 age group replied in the affirmative when asked if Israel should be “ended and given to Hamas and the Palestinians.” In that same 18-24 age group, 66% of respondents think that Hamas’s October 7 massacre constituted genocide; yet at the same time, 60% think that the attacks were justified by Palestinian grievances, indicating that they believe that genocide of Israelis is justified. The polls revealed that 60% of 18- to 24-year-olds favor an unconditional deal that would leave things as they are (no release of Israeli hostages and Hamas still in power). According to the poll, 53% of the 18-24 age group think that students should be free to call for Jewish genocide on campus without punishment, though 70% also added that such calls constitute hate speech. These polls also reveal that anti-Israel positions of the youngest age group are significantly higher among Democrats than among Republican voters.

Anti-Semitism – the return of Haman

Leon Wieseltier has pointed out: “It is the essence of anti-Semitism, as it is the essence of all prejudice, to call its object its cause. But if you explain anti-Semitism as a response to Jews . . . then you have not understood it. You have reproduced it” (Leon Wieseltier, “Israel, Palestine and the Return of the Bi-National Fantasy” The New Republic, Oct 24 2003).

Daniel Pipes, author of ‘Militant Islam Reaches America,’ states: “In its attitudes toward Jews, the Muslim world today resembles Germany of the 1930s – a time when insults, caricatures, conspiracy theories and sporadic violence prepared Germans for the mass murder that followed.” Jewish Holocaust survivors declare that today’s events parallel exactly what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. Anti-Jewish attacks in America and Europe are at their highest point since Hitler’s rule. Though many felt that anti-Semitism would never again rise in the Western world after Auschwitz, it turns out that this spiritual sickness has only been in partial remission.

Gradually developing radical Islamic strategies targeting the West for the most part have not been identified, unmasked and eliminated. Using an old proverb mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain, Peter Senge notes: “Like the frog that will sit in a pot of water and let itself be slowly boiled to death, we are very good at reacting to immediate danger to our survival, but we are very poor at recognizing gradual threats.” (Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, Currency and Doubleday, New York, 1990).

Pharaoh in his day forgot the blessing that Joseph and his people had brought to Egypt, and in the end the Egyptian king triggered the curse of the Ten Plagues on his own land.  Nazi anti-Semitism directed murderous hatred against their own Jewish community who had greatly contributed to the blessing of Germany, bringing great devastation to the entire Fatherland. The United States and the West are turning swiftly away from their previous philosemitic heritage, with American youth leading the pack in this ultimately genocidal anti-Semitic charge.

  • Regarding today’s explosion of anti-Semitism in the Western world, history is moving backward. We are on our way to reaching the same levels of Nazi Judenhass’ which manifested in the Germany of 1933 and 1935.

Don’t worry, be happy! We can handle it!

The Jewish people are eye-witnesses to the blossoming of some ‘flowers of evil’ in our day. The determination of world powers to shrink the borders of the Jewish state (expressed so succinctly by Kissinger in 1975 and by Condoleezza Rice in 2005) and to establish a terrorist jihadi state in the heartland of the Land promised by the God of Jacob to Jacob’s children, is the nuclear core which has powered US realpolitik for the past 75 years. The tightening of American diplomatic thumbscrews on Israeli fingers over the years has caused nearly two handfuls of Israeli Prime Ministers to cry ‘Uncle’ to Uncle Sam, forcing them under superpower duress to consent to the dividing up of the Land of Israel: Begin, Rabin, Peres, Barak, Sharon, Olmert, Bennett/Lapid, and Bibi. This dangerously flawed conception (‘konseptzia’ in Hebrew) has led to strategically suicidal withdrawals from the Sinai (the Camp David Accords), the West Bank (the Oslo Accords), Gaza (Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement) and current pressures by the Biden administration to ram through an Israeli withdrawal and ceasefire – leaving Hamas still the master of Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority jihadi terror group getting a new lease on life under the protection of the US ‘Godfather.’

  • These political machinations have resulted in Israel now being targeted on seven fronts, according to recent statements by Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. This shocking situation has come about as a result of American and European pressure on Israel, with Israel caving in and bowing to that pressure. To make this point crystal clear, internationally accepted political wisdom is determined that Israel must continue to withdraw from both the West Bank and Gaza, and that a Palestinian terrorist state must be established in the heart of the Promised Land.

The government of Israel finds itself in nearly total dependence on US arms, whether it be tank and artillery shells, bunker-buster bombs or F-35 stealth fighter jets.  American displeasure has tremendous influence over IDF policies and battle strategies. This has been seen in how the Israeli government has swallowed hard many times and obeyed US diktats regarding how it is prosecuting its war on Hamas (specifically on such issues as increasing humanitarian aid without achieving the complete release of Israeli hostages, and where most of that aid ends up in Hamas hands; the supply of oil, gas, water and electricity to Hamas control, which allows Hamas’ war machine to keep firing rockets at Israeli civilians and to keep attacking IDF ground troops (causing over 100,000 Israeli civilians in the communities beside Gaza to flee their homes and become refugees in their own homeland); holding back on a pre-emptive strike on Hezbollah (Iran’s proxy in Lebanon) which has been attacking Israeli civilians in the North of the country, causing 80,000 Israelis living near the Lebanese border to abandon their homes and become refugees in their own land. This gives a combined total of at least 200,000 Israeli refugees within Israel as a result of Hamas and Hezbollah jihadi attacks.

Though President Biden initially vowed that Hamas would not be allowed to steal humanitarian aid allowed into Gaza (as a result of American pressure on Israel), and though he declared vociferously that UNRWA is a kosher humanitarian organization not involved in terror activities, there are now literally hundreds of video clips available on social media proving how both organizations are brazenly and routinely violating President Biden’s Middle Eastern mistaken vision.

The combined political and military stick-and-carrot approach by successive US administrations has decisively influenced the IDF top brass, resulting in policy decisions to shrink the IDF’s available inventory, reserves training times, and length of regular military service.  As a result, the IDF is not fully prepared to wage and win war a war on seven fronts simultaneously. As well, the US Secretaries of State and Defense have joined with the POTUS in micro-managing Israel’s present prosecution of the war, rebuking the IDF publicly and even threatening the Jewish state when the IDF does not respond quickly enough to American ‘suggestions.’

There is a term used by Israelis to describe our ever-buoyant faith that we will somehow always muddle through as a nation: ‘Isra-bluff.’ Somehow, we will be able to bluff our way through every challenge, even if it is a life-and-death situation. Perhaps that is a sign of great faith or even trust in God (or perhaps in our own ability to pull our own irons out of the fire). But sometimes this rose-colored scenario is less than accurate. Sometimes we cannot simply pull off a ‘new and improved Entebbe rescue.’ It is becoming increasingly clear to some in Israel that we have consented to allowing this existential threat to our survival to come about. We have submitted to the pressures of not-totally-reliable allies, allowing a Trojan Horse of incremental evil and Machiavellian pressure into our courts and war rooms.

One of the upcoming challenges confronting Israel concerns international ‘lawfare’ (warfare by means of legal attack) coming from South Africa, which is charging Israel with genocide before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The irony of South Africa trying to charge the nation-state of the Jewish people with genocide – who recently witnessed six million of their own family murdered by Hitler’s stormtroopers – is breathtaking in its effrontery and hutzpah.  Would South Africa also want to call such luminaries as Jacob, Joshua, Moses and David before the witness stand and charge them with genocide for following the God of Jacob’s commands in the Hebrew Scriptures to conquer the Land of Canaan and remove the Jewish people’s enemies from their midst?

A sober word about the Israeli hostages

As hard facts come out day after day regarding the pogroms, torturing, burning alive of victims, mass rapes/murders and kidnapping atrocities committed by Hamas jihadi terrorists on October 7, 2023, the accurate number of Israeli hostages in Hamas captivity is becoming clearer. The official number is that 136 hostages are held by Hamas and Islamic Jihad – subject to starvation, beating, rape and torture (this based on testimonies of recently released hostages). What is not widely understood is that the IDF has come to the conclusion (based on witness testimony and forensics) that Hamas has murdered at least 35 of those 139, and is holding onto many Israeli corpses to be used as bargaining chips in days to come. Probably less than 105 Israeli hostages are still alive, many of them women, retirees, teens and young babies. The International Red Cross has refused to get involved in visiting these captives, in ascertaining their medical conditions and needs, or in lobbying for their rescue.

It is tragic that some Israeli political personalities bitterly opposed to the present Israeli government have latched on to the hostage release issue, turning it into a tool in their attempt to launch another putsch against Israel’s current administration. Using the same PR firms, the same graphics and the same screaming accusations which they used in the highly orchestrated anti-government ‘Kaplan’ demonstrations throughout much of 2023, they are trying to create a repeat of the civil hatred and division that shook Israel to its foundations at that time. Video clips are readily available on social media of these former leaders discussing how to keep the fires of hatred and division burning among Israel’s populace so as to mobilize the bringing down the current government, even during this time of war. Many Israelis are not aware that the ‘Bring them home now’ campaign has some sinister and hidden elements mixed in with the heart-longing of a people suffering enormous and ongoing stress. The likely result of such an anti-Bibi ‘putsch’ leading to a more leftist government would probably result in dividing the Land and the establishing of a terror-controlled Palestinian state – since most current contenders to the ‘throne’ of Israel’s government are still caught in the conceptual spider’s web of the Oslo ‘konseptzia’ – the 1993 Accords to establish two states in one Promised Land.

A never-ending battle

At the very end of Steven Spielberg’s classic film ‘Hook,’ Captain Hook insists that he and Peter Pan must fight ‘to the death’ – until one of them is destroyed. Though Peter wants to call it quits and step away from such a drastic solution, Hook’s response is to threaten Peter with an ongoing spiritual curse on him and his family, stretching into eternity: “Peter! Where are you going? Come back here and fight me! I’ll find you wherever you are! . . . Wherever you go, wherever you are . . . I vow there will always be daggers bearing notes signed ‘James Hook.’ They will be flung at the doors of your children’s children’s children! Do you hear me?”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and IRGC Major-General Hossein Salami speak the same language as Captain Hook. At the recent funeral of Sayyed Razi Mousavi, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards adviser killed on December 25, 2023 outside of Damascus in what Iran said was an Israeli air strike, Khamenei paid tribute “to this martyr’s tireless struggle and called for his companionship with the guardians of God.” Major-General Hossein Salami, chief commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, added: “Our revenge for the martyrdom of Sayyed Razi [Mousavi] will be nothing less than the eradication of the Zionist regime.”

The nature of this ‘never-ending battle’ is also revealed in an LBC TV (Lebanon) interview with Hamas Politburo member Ghazi Hamad on October 24, 2023 regarding the jihadi atrocities of October 7, 2023:

  • “We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again. The Al-Aqsa Flood [Hamas’ name for the October 7 slaughter] is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve, and the capabilities to fight. Will we have to pay a price? Yes, and we are ready to pay it. We are called a nation of martyrs, and we are proud to sacrifice martyrs . . . On October 7, October 10, October 1,000,000 – everything we do is justified!”

This breathing out of threats of slaughter (see a similar though contextually different historical dynamic in Acts 9:1) is part of the ongoing nature of Islamic jihadi belief and behavior toward the Jewish people and their regathered state of Israel. It is a sickness with spiritual roots, and it will only be solved either through true repentance on the part of the mujāhidīn (the jihad warriors’ army) or by physically eliminating the mujāhidīn from ever again causing a threat to life and limb.

A piece of prophetic advice

These sobering and world-shaking events call for intercessory tears and identificational repentance on the part of Messiah Yeshua’s followers.  They also call the defense forces of those countries attacked to exercise their swords as “servant[s] of God, [as] avenger[s] who bring wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:4). The mature and heart-felt prophetic perspective about such events is to avoid the narcissistic temptation to declare that one or another prophetic personality ‘got the date right by revelation, in declaring when the Hamas pogrom would take place.’ It seems more fitting for those who see themselves as prophetic or apostolic, to communicate God’s grieving heart as He weeps over His slaughtered people: “In all their affliction He was afflicted” (Isaiah 63:9). Paul pleads with us to “weep with those who weep . . .  [and] do not be wise in your own estimation” (Romans 12:15-16).

How should we then pray?

  • Ask the God of Israel to grant increased understanding and revelation to Israel’s leaders about how to proactively deal with the ‘dire straits’ we are now facing
  • Pray for a biblically sound prophetic ministry to be restored to the leaders of Israel, and that the world-wide body of Messiah would be moved by the Holy Spirit to focus with intercessory intensity as we progress deeper into World War III
  • Pray for the physical rescue of the approximately 136 Israelis (including babies) kidnapped by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and PFLP/PLO.  At this moment some hostages are being tortured, raped and starved (this based on testimonies of recently released hostages). Hamas is also holding onto many corpses for bargaining power
  • Pray for Hamas’ cruel terror dictatorship in Gaza to be decisively shattered and for all chains broken off the Palestinians living there – that there might be a ‘Free Palestine’ indeed, not under jihadi control – and for Iran’s role in jihadi deception, dissimulation and anti-Semitism to be exposed and rejected by world leaders
  • Pray that Israel’s leadership be granted justice, clarity, moral courage, discernment and divine strategies in utterly destroying the jihadi threat in all of its aspects, and for minimal loss of life for Israel’s defense forces and for those Gazans who are truly innocent
  • Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army throughout the earth