The outlook from Mount Carmel

View from Mount Carmel, northern Israel, Photo: Hanay/Wikimedia Commons.

Josie and I are back home on Mt. Carmel after a month of ministry in our native New Zealand. New Zealand is literally the ‘end of the Earth’ away from Israel and it felt strange to be so far away from the action that has been taking place close on Israel’s borders with Syria and Gaza. Now we are home, we once again have the border with Lebanon in clear view, a mere 30 km or 20 miles to the north, but thankfully the situation seems to have calmed down significantly, and we are hoping it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. It is nice to be able to be optimistic about the future, but as we continue to monitor the news, we see that all is not well on Planet Earth. Here is the situation the way it appears from the top of Mt. Carmel.

Israel and Iran: As the celebrations of Israel’s 70th anniversary and the moving of the US embassy back to Jerusalem approached, PM Netanyahu directed the Israeli army and air force to seek out and destroy all Iranian military sites in Syria. That mission is almost fully accomplished, with a high number of Iranian military personnel being killed in the process. Thankfully Iran refrained from striking back and it is now being reported that secret negotiations between Iran and Israel have been taking place in Jordan, not eliminating, but reducing the probability of a devastating conflict between the 2 nations in the months ahead.

Israel and Lebanon: Israel’s real problem is not with Lebanon, but with the Iran backed terror organisation Hezbollah, which is entrenched in the south of Lebanon, very close to the border with Israel. It is believed that Hezbollah has more than 100,000 missiles in its arsenal, including a number of chemical and biological warheads. The leaders of Hezbollah share an intense hatred of Israel with its backer, Iran. I believe that the only thing that holds Hezbollah back from starting another war with Israel is the fact that Israel has made it very clear that any aggression will be met with the full force of the Israeli military, however the threat of those 100,000 missiles is always there.

Israel and Hamas: The people of Gaza voted for the Iranian backed terror group Hamas to be their government. Now they are firmly in the grip of the radical Islamic regime, who rule by fear, and have the entire Gaza Strip under their control. Hamas will never acknowledge the right of Israel to exist, and under direction from Iran continues to prepare for terror attacks against Israel, producing rockets, smuggling in weapons from Iran and building tunnels which Israel is able to detect and destroy. As we saw earlier this week, Hamas is intent on provoking a war with Israel, firing 130 rockets at Israel in 24 hours. The rockets have stopped for the time being, but they willl come again. If it chose to do so, Israel could totally defeat Hamas in a day, but for now chooses to uses very limited firepower against the Hamas regime, as the Israel government and the IDF do not want to harm innocent people, and is also very aware that the eyes of the world are fixed on what Israel does, and is not slow to voice its disapproval of Israel’s actions of self defense and self preservation.

Israel and the World: Surely we are in the days that the Bible prophesies when the whole world comes against Israel. Apart from President Trump and less than 10 other world leaders who stand with Israel, the rest of the world is increasingly coming against Israel. The nations continue to (falsely) accuse Israel of using disproportionate force against those who attack us first, while at the same time ignore the fact that what Israel really does disproportionately is to bless the with scientific and technological advances, not to mention the awesome tasting fruit and vegetables that we export every night of the year except on Yom Kippur. Of course we must not stick  Product of Israel stickers on the produce or the silly BDS people will stop the products being sold. These foolish and very deceived people are only hurting themselves while God continues to prosper Israel. Biblical history shows that the more the nations oppress Israel, the more the God of Israel prospers her.

God’s Response: YHVH tells us very clearly in Genesis 12:3 that He will curse those who come against His people. He also tells us in Zechariah 2:8 that Israel is the pupil or lense of His eye. That means that everything that God sees, He is closely observing the everything that I have mentioned above, and surely He is not amused. Could it be that the shaking that is going on in many parts of the world is YHVH venting His displeasure and performing His word? The weather continues to be extreme and often unseasonable, and the eruption of the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii looks like Dante’s Inferno. And the world’s major financial markets are almost as shakey and volatile as the volcano!

Strategic times indeed for the world and for the Kingdom of God – let us increase our prayer and intercession and our readiness accordingly.

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, June 1, 2018, and reposted with permission.