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We titled this month’s teaching “Israel Under Siege.”
Israeli’s are warriors not because they like to fight, but because they desire peace. In every Jewish home there is a fear for the future. Every Israeli boy or girl has to serve in the army to protect the civilians of
Definition of war ~~~ Encyclopedia Britannica;
“State of conflict, generally armed, between two or more entities; it is characterized by intentional violence on the part of large bodies of individuals organized and trained for that purpose. On the national level, some wars are fought internally between rival political factions (civil war); others are fought against an external enemy. Wars have been fought in the name of religion, in self-defence, to acquire territory or resources, and to further the political aims of the aggressor state's leadership.”
Explanation of War (Mil-Kha-Mah) in Hebrew ~~~ Traditional Judaism offers an intriguing perspective into the Biblical concept of war. Some Rabbi’s teach a dimension of the glory of God shines through each individual letter of each word in the Old Covenant. Since Hebrew is the original language in which God communicated to His people, every letter of every Hebrew word communicates something of His nature.
The Hebrew word for “war” generally used in the Scripture is pronounced “Mil-kha-mah,” and can be referred to as a single battle, recurring fight, or full-scale military campaign. It is used, for instance, in Psalm 18:34 “He trains my hand for battle,” and in Isaiah 2: 4 “Neither shall they learn war anymore.” Mil-kha-mah derives from the root “la-kham,” meaning to ‘feed on, consume or devour.’ According to its dictionary definition, to devour “is to destroy as if by eating.”
Not surprisingly, that the Bible says, the enemy prowls around “…looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). He is obsessed with destroying God’s created order, and then he feeds on that very destruction. By no co-incidence, his first battle on earth inspired man’s illegal act of “feeding” from the tree of life, and in his final mil-kha-mah, Satan himself is devoured by a lake of fire (Revelations 20:10).
Let’s next look at the meaning of WAR associated with the individual letters associated in Mil-kha-mah. The first letter “M” (Mem) represents – “waters.” Water is the primary physical substance of the created earth realm (2 Peter 3:5; Genesis 1: 1 – 2, ). The Hebrew word for “heavens” contains within it the word for “waters,” suggesting the heavens were also formed – mostly from water. Water is used frequently in the Bible as a metaphor, not just for life, but for death by divine judgement. The second letter of Mil-kha-mah which is “L” (Lamed) means “teaching and learning.” The Hebrew concept of teaching and learning involves more than mental activity; the educational process itself impacts reality. The next letter “Kh” (Khet), refers to an “enclosed of defined area.” Then comes “M” (Mem) again, symbolizing waters; followed by “H” (Hey), which denotes and “opening or an open window.” Hey is also used to represent God’s Name.
Putting these letter concepts together in the same order as they appear in Mil-kha-mah, WAR is viewed from a certain prophetic perspective. By this reasoning, war is used by God to release life (waters) for the sake of His teaching and meditating, in a defined sphere and through an open window of time and space, more of Himself. In connection with its root definition, war is God’s means of devouring the devourer.
To a fallen world, therefore, war becomes necessary for ultimate justice and good. The goal is always the reality of greater life in Him and His ever expanding Kingdom.
War was first conceived in heaven when Satan rebelled against God (Ezekiel 28:13 – 17) and there will be war in heaven again (Revelations 12:7). Adam and Eve’s subsequent sin in the Garden of Eden enabled him to take his ruinous rebellion to the staging of earth. Centuries later upon the exodus from
Eventually, they undertook offensive, God ordered territorial conquest of the
Rules of Engagement ~~~ Every army has its written rules of engagement. Not surprisingly, God enumerates His in the Bible, teaching us His ways and disclosing a dimension of His divine personality. Issuing a minimum of rules dealing directly with war; “When you go out to war against other nations, and come face to face with horses and war-carriages and armies greater in number than yourselves, have no fear of them: for the Lord your God is with you, who took you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you are on the point of attacking, let the priest come forward and say to the people, Give ear, O Israel: today you are going forward to the fight; let your heart be strong; do not let uncontrolled fear overcome you because of those who are against you; For the Lord your God goes with you, fighting for you to give you salvation from those who are against you.” Deuteronomy 20: 1 - 4
Much as God’s Kingdom is ruled by love, Satan’s dominium is ruled by fear. To the extent that we surrender to a spirit of fear, we surrender to the enemy. Our fear feeds and empowers the demonic devourer. Conversely, genuine faith leads to our surrender to the Captain of the Heavenly Hosts. It empowers alliance with the angels of heaven.
For this reason, Israel’s battle refrain resounding throughout Scripture is designed to stir-up faith: “Be strong and courageous” (Deuteronomy 31: 6 - 7, 23; Joshua 1: 6, 9, 18; 10:25; 1 Chronicles 22: 13; 28: 20; 2 Chronicles 32:7).
Even today Biblically, this serves as a watchword for the Israeli Defence Force who are regularly blessed in the original Hebrew “Khazak ve Amats” which means “be strong and courageous.”
The word “strong” Khazak stems from a Hebrew word that means “to cleave.” And, the word “courageous” Amats comes from the root “to be alert.” To be strong and courageous, therefore, is to cleave to the God who is the Commander. We watch Him and we watch what He does amid all that is happening.
As believers in Yeshua (Jesus),
War in the Womb ~~~
The patriarchal tale with Isaac’s pregnant wife Rebecca finding herself enduring a “feud in the womb,” mopping her brow and puzzled before God: “Why is this happening to me?
Again, as with Isaac the child of promise and Ishmael the child of Hagar the maid-servant, the war in Rebecca’s womb is a war of election!
The Sovereign of the universe replies, “Two nations are in your womb, the two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” Genesis 25: 23
Two events that followed would cause Esau to despise Jacob, his brother and cause an everlasting feud:
Many years later, in the struggle with the Angel of the Lord, Jacob is told by God that his name and identity will now be “
The war in the womb continues today through the son’s of Esau (descendants of the
Today the Muslim, Arab nations have persuaded the World Powers; consisting of many nations, political organizations and the Church organizations (those believing that they have replaced
Throughout the Muslim world, generations have been raised on barbarously anti-Semitic literature, including poisonous Nazi materials that have long been mainstays in their schools, stores, mass media and political institutions. Whole generations have been indoctrinated since early childhood with lies about the Jews - - lies that enflame Jihad against Jehovah. And, sadly it continues to this day.
Muslims are well aware that true Christians are
They seek, therefore, to drive a wedge between the Church and the Jews, using media outlets, sermons, seminars, and even “Christian” tours to the
We live at a time when
It is a mistake to view
If one was to have predicted any time prior to one hundred years ago that the Jews would return to
The re-birth of this nation shows the authority of the Bible as the Word of God ~~~ It shows the invisible Hand of God to fulfill His Word. The everlasting Covenant is in effect. God’s Covenant is that force that has kept
There is a huge confrontation on the horizon between the God of the Bible and Islam...
When the Islamic nations came against
On May 1948, five Arab nations (
In 1967, war again broke out. This war became known as the 6th Day War. In May 1967,
Just as predicted in the Word of God all of
The fighting over the land continued.
Phase one of the plan is the establishment of an independent combatant national authority as a state consisting of
Palestinian / Arabs still blatantly broadcast their plot from behind the scenes. Not quite so covertly, their Government logos and websites show
Does the government of
As insane as that sounds, the truth is that the vast majority of people simply do not understand how absolutely obsessed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and others in the Iranian government are with their form of radical Islam and with the return of the Mahdi. Iranian leadership also believe that they are setting up the great cataclysm which will bring about the return of the Mahdi. Many of them seem perfectly willing to die in order to fulfill this purpose. During a speech in
And, considering the fact that Ahmadinejad believes that his life purpose is to usher in the return of the Mahdi, many believe that Ahmadinejad is actually looking forward to the coming war with
So just who is this "Mahdi" supposed to be?
According to Wikipedia, Shi'ite Muslims "believe that the Mahdi is the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, the Twelfth and last Imam, who was born in 868 AD and was hidden by Allah at the age of five." It is believed that the Mahdi will one day return during a very cataclysmic time in human history and will establish the rule of Islam around the world in the last days.
So what does
Plans for a combined invasion by
Think that it can't happen?
The truth is that Hezbollah has been rearming since the last war. Hezbollah has acquired chemical and biological warheads since then, and there have been reports that they have stockpiled over 40,000 rockets near the border of
The militants regularly receive training in
In fact, one top Israeli official recently made it perfectly clear that in the event that a war between
In recent years, most of Arab nations openly avowed to be enemies of
Much of the West is still in complete denial about how incredibly dangerous radical Islam is. The truth is that those who are committed to "jihad" have a mindset that is totally and completely different from the west. There is no compromise, no negotiating and no lasting peace with radical Islam. Yes, radical Muslims may make a temporary treaty in order to improve their strategic position, but it will never result in lasting peace. To them, there are really only two alternatives for "infidels" like us - either submission to Islam or death.
Another huge misconception about radical Islam is that it is a "Middle Eastern" thing, but this is not true in fact it is worldwide, and violence against Jews and Christians is likely to get worse as we get even deeper into the last days.
As Christians we are to keep the “peace of
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information, because our only hope is Him only, “But, now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in You.” Psalm 39:7 God bless you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
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