Israel Declares War – Operation “Swords of Iron”

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Who is to Blame?

October 9, 2023
by Dennis D. Frey

For the first time in fifty years, Israel has declared war.  The previous 1973 conflict known as “the Yom Kippur War,” was fought against an Arab coalition of combatants led by Egypt and Syria, with support forces from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Cuba and North Korea.  Israel won.

Hamas started the October 7, 2023 war.  Hamas is the political and religious Islamic extremist power that rules the Gaza Strip. Their invasion into Southern Israel was encouraged by other Islamic extremists principally Iran, and proxies like Hezbollah.

The provocative question is who to blame? 

Most say that Hamas is to blame, but others point to Israel. Is Israel to blame?  The answer is not complicated.

Details about the current war are horrific, and changing by the minute.  That is part of the problem.  The answer to the question of who is to blame can be confused by the details, and from what sources those details are taken (and believed).

The big picture, from which to have a clear understanding of who is to blame, must be taken from history – ancient, future, and modern history (in that order).

From ancient history, Zechariah chapter 13 paints an accurate picture of who is to blame for wars against Israel, who starts the final war, and how it will end.

From future history, Revelation chapter 20 paints an accurate picture of who is to blame for wars against Israel, who starts the final war, and how it will end.

From modern history, we need look no further than the Holocaust (1941-1945), and the consequential May 14, 1948 establishment of the modern State of Israel.

These three inflection points paint a large and clear picture that there is a persistent and malevolent spiritual force infected by an incurable hatred of Israel as both a nation, and a people.  That force is Satan himself, and he is so filled with hatred that the destruction of the State of Israel would not be enough, and in fact, would be only a means to an ultimate end – the death of the last living descendent of God’s chosen people.

Do not be confused by the details. 

The Zechariah and Revelation references bookend the big picture – Satan hates Israel because it is the “apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8).

So, who is ultimately to blame for the current war?  Satan, of course, but also his minions (complicit and deluded followers), by whatever name they may be known.  They too will be judged guilty when they stand before the great, and final tribunal of eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).

Do not be confused by the details.

“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  Our feet are standing  within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together; to which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord— An ordinance for Israel—to give thanks to the name of the Lord.  For there thrones were set for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”  For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122 NASV)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Dennis D. Frey, Th.D., is President of Master’s International University of Divinity, and an experienced traveler to Israel.

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