In that day, I will restore David’s fallen sukkah. I will repair it’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins. I will rebuild it as in the days of old.

– Amos 9:11

Shaking a fist at the Daughter of Zion

Over 2,700 years ago, the juggernaut of Assyria (northern Iraq) marched its military through Damascus and into the Promised Land. Isaiah prophesied that Nineveh’s threatening armies would gather for a deadly assault on Jerusalem: “Yet today he will halt at Nob [modern Mount of Olives]. He shakes his fist at the Mountain of the Daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem” (Isaiah 10:32).

For nearly 4,000 years, superpowers and marauders have aimed arrow and spear, rocket and RPG at the Jewish people, their country and their capitol. Such attacks are nothing new. What is new for some of us is to learn that the God of Israel has strong opinions about such things: YHVH describes Himself as a warrior on behalf of His Jewish people, dead set against these anti-Jewish enemies: “I will sing to YHVH, for He is highly exalted – the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea . . . YHVH is a warrior! YHVH is His name!” (Exodus 15:1-3).

The God of Israel’s promise – that He will grant military success to His Jewish people on the battlefield against their enemies – is also news for some Christians: “Hear, O Israel: you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted! Do not be afraid, or panic, or be terrified by them, for YHVH your God is the One who is going with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:3-4).

King David was not only a worshipper; he was also a brave warrior. He declared divine intentions regarding the Jewish people’s destiny on the battlefield. “Now David spoke the words of this song to YHVH . . .  ‘He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze . . . I pursued my enemies and eliminated them, and I did not turn back until they were finished off!’” (2 Samuel 22:1, 35, 38).

 

  • It is important to get this dynamic right in our day, especially as jihadi hyenas circle the Jewish state, cheered on by superpowers and world leaders. The same God of Israel who is calling His Jewish people back to their Promised Land, stands with His Jewish people as they engage their enemies face to face (see Ezekiel 37:10-12)  – among others, the  descendants of Edom (Ezekiel 25:14) and Ishmael (Psalm 83:6)

 

The Rasputin of Iran

Just prior to the Communist Revolution of 1917, a mentally disturbed Siberian peasant monk by the name of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin exercised great and insidious influence over Russian Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. Today, the term ‘Rasputin’ refers to anyone who exercises the same dangerous influence. The Islamic Republic of Iran and its Revolutionary Guards can accurately be labeled a Rasputin-like force for war and instability in the Middle East. Like ancient Persia’s Haman in the Book of Esther, Iran’s leaders are aggressively moving to destroy Mordechai’s people and their reborn Jewish state. Like the Pharaohs of Abraham’s and Moses’ day, Persia/Iran’s goal is the total destruction of Jacob’s seed.  

Over the past 30 years Iran has raised up proxies – jihadi terror groups throughout the ‘Shi’ite Crescent’ – in Lebanon and Syria (Hezbollah), Iraq (Kata’eb Hezbollah), Yemen (the Houthis), and sleeper cells throughout South America, Central America and North America. Iran is concurrently developing nuclear weapons with the clearly stated purpose being Israel’s destruction. The current wars between Hamas and Israel, and between Hezbollah and Israel, are part and parcel of Iran’s regional strategy – the surrounding and assaulting of Israel from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen with an annihilating wave of missiles and drones.

 

  • As Purim draws near, let’s keep praying for the protection of the Jewish people and their state from the Prince of Persia and his wily allies.

 

Sweet and bitter from the same spring

James (also known as Jacob or Ya’akov), the half-brother of Yeshua, tells us that sometimes both sweet and bitter words can come out of the same person’s mouth: “With [our mouth] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who have been made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way!  Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a vine bear figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh” (James 3:9-12).

These verses shed light on current dynamics transpiring between the Jewish state of Israel and the leadership of the United States of America. That alliance can sometimes be warm, close and productive. At other times, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment takes the lead, with allies morphing into adversaries. Bob Dylan nails it in his song about Israel – ‘Neighborhood Bully:’ “He got no allies to really speak of. What he gets he must pay for; he don’t get it out of love. . .”

 

  • Our newsletters over the past four months have examined this Jekyll-and-Hyde relationship here. On one hand, America makes state-of-the-art military weaponry available to Israel (which the Jewish state pays for, directly to the American arms industry). On the other hand, the US State Department and POTUS rudely rebuke and threaten Israel’s Prime Minister, government and military forces, treating Israel like a problem child who needs to be spanked and sent up to his room without supper. This usually happens when Israel is on the way to decisively defeating its enemies. Recent events highlight these dynamics on steroids. They show that for America, Israel is not their priority concern in the Middle East. Thus, the US treats the Jewish state in a schizophrenic and Machiavellian fashion, strengthening the Jewish state’s enemies while simultaneously allowing munitions to flow to Israel.

 

Modern threats to the Daughter of Zion

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the USA found itself becoming the world’s dominant superpower. In our day, the rise of China and its alliances with Iran, North Korea and Russia spotlight a developing dynamic, first spoken about in POTUS George W. Bush’s State of the Union address on January 29, 2002. Soon after 9/11. Bush referenced North Korea, Iran and Iraq, describing these forces as ‘an axis of evil’: “States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”

Yet recent world events have shown how, over the years, America has strengthened terror groups (PLO, Palestinian Authority), Hamas’ financial backers (Qatar, Turkey), as well as Muslim Brotherhood former President Morsi and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This requires skillful footwork on the part of the CIA, the NSA and the US State Department. It would be helpful to present some bullet points detailing some of these threats over the years, because the constant flood of ‘news’ often blocks out clear thinking and accurate remembering of important details:

 

Shrinking Israel’s borders, dividing Jerusalem and establishing a Palestinian terror state:

The belief system that guides American policy vis-à-vis Israel was voiced behind closed Parisian doors by then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his meeting with Sadun Hammadi, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs on December 17, 1975. A recently declassified State Department NSA document quotes from Kissinger’s words:

 

  • “Israel does us more harm than good in the Arab world . . . We can’t negotiate about the existence of Israel but we can reduce its size to historical proportions . . . So I think in ten to fifteen years Israel will be like Lebanon – struggling for existence, with no influence in the Arab world . . . If the issue is the existence of Israel, we can’t cooperate. But if the issue is more normal borders, we can cooperate . . . I think the Palestinian identity has to be recognized in some form . . .  (It) will be a tremendous fight . . . (but) no solution is possible without it.”

 

POTUS Biden’s recent March 7, 2024 State of the Union address emphasizes these same points:

  • “As we look to the future, the only real solution to the situation is a two-state solution over time. And I say this as a lifelong supporter of Israel . . . But there is no other path that guarantees Israel’s security and democracy. There is no other path that guarantees that Palestinians can live in peace with peace and dignity. And there is no other path that guarantees peace between Israel and all of its neighbors – including Saudi Arabia” (President Joe Biden; 2024 State of the Union address)

 

Threatening a US arms embargo against Israel unless the Jewish state obeys American orders and retreats from destroying Hamas:

Media leaks are appearing that POTUS Biden could condition military aid to Israel on whether or not Rafah (where Hamas’ leadership is holed up along with the 134 Israeli hostages) is invaded by the IDF. 

 

 

Accusing Israel of indiscriminate slaughter of Gazans – based on wildly inaccurate figures from Hamas:

In every clash between Israel and Hamas, the jihadi terrorists use their own Gazan civilians as human shields, firing against Israeli civilians from Gazan civilian areas. Hamas then blames Israel for any Gazan civilian casualties, and then exaggerates the amount of those casualties. This latest war is no exception:

 

 

Attempting to catalyze an American coup d’état – pushing to remove Israel’s Prime Minister and party, and to replace him with someone more responsive to American demands

US administration and intelligence officials have recently been outspoken in calling for Israeli PM Netanyahu’s ouster. Such actions are not considered normal diplomatic behavior in America, and the strong impression is given here that the US government is treating Israel like a banana republic. The cumulative effects of the following facts reveal how the Biden administration is seeking to overthrow Israel’s government at this moment:

 

 

 

  • CIA unclassified briefing; Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released  March 18, 2024: “Netanyahu’s viability as leader as well as his governing coalition of far-right and ultraorthodox parties that pursued hardline policies on Palestinian and security issues may be in jeopardy. Distrust of Netanyahu’s ability to rule has deepened and broadened across the public from its already high levels before the war, and we expect large protests demanding his resignation and new elections. A different, more moderate government is a possibility”

 

  • A comment of one Israeli expert frequently consulted by American officials, March 19, 2024: “I have been asked by a serious administration figure what it is that will force the Netanyahu coalition to collapse. They were interested in the mechanics, what can we demand which will collapse his coalition”

 

  • Ex-CIA, ex-Pentagon, ex-military and Congressmen release letter calling on POTUS to force Israeli compliance to administration demands, December 18, 2023

 

 

PM Netanyahu’s Likud party responded to US State Department attacks, stating that “Israel is not a banana republic but an independent and proud democracy . . . Contrary to Schumer’s words, the Israeli public supports a complete victory over Hamas, rejects any international dictate to establish a Palestinian terrorist state, and opposes the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza . . .  [The senator] is expected to respect Israel’s elected government and not undermine it. This is always true, and even more so in wartime.”

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog called Schumer’s comments “counterproductive”: “Israel is a sovereign democracy. It is unhelpful, all the more so as Israel is at war against the genocidal terror organization Hamas, to comment on the domestic political scene of a democratic ally. It is counterproductive to our common goals.” US criticism of Israel only encourages Hamas in its war against the Jewish state, said Netanyahu.

On March 4, 2024 Israeli Defense Minister was invited by Washington to meet with VP Kamala Harris and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. The trip was organized without PM Netanyahu’s approval and contrary to government regulations that require “every minister to clear travel in advance with the prime minister, including approval of the travel plan.” “Who’s playing who? Is Gantz leveraging his Washington sojourn to position himself as Netanyahu’s successor, or is the Biden administration using him to recalibrate its stance towards Israel?” Or is this another piece in the coup d’état puzzle?

 

Falsely accusing the Israeli settlement enterprise of being illegal

US administration officials under POTUS Biden have reversed former POTUS Trump’s declaration (and POTUS Reagan’s as well) regarding Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (popularly known as the West Bank). Trump and Reagan stated that these settlements are not illegal, but the present administration has reversed that policy.

Professor Eugene Rostow, former Dean of Yale Law School and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs was one of the main drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 242. His unequivocal legal opinion was that Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria is legal. This opinion was included in the Congressional Record of the US government in 2014: “We have no doubt that from the perspective of international law, the establishment of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria is not illegal.”

In the days of Isaiah, similar scare tactics and threats were used against the Jewish people. The prophet declared, “Devise a plan, but it will fail. Declare your strategic plan, but it will not stand, for Immanuel [God is with us]!” (Isaiah 8:10).

In Nehemiah’s day, the inhabitants of Jordan and various Arabs were much opposed to the Jewish people’s restoration to their Promised Land (even as some are opposed to the Jewish people’s restoration to Gaza, part of the Promised Land according to Joshua 15:47): “And when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel” (Nehemiah 2:10).

Two thousand years ago, some Messianic Jewish believers prayed to the God of Jacob, in the name of Messiah Yeshua: “And now Lord, look at their threats!” (Acts 4:29).

These present efforts to block the return of the Jewish people to their Promised Land puts these modern nations in direct opposition to Isaiah 60-62 and Jeremiah 30 et al.

 

Undercutting Israel’s military leverage – to Hamas’ military advantage and to the hostages’ detriment

In what seems only a few days back, Hamas raped, tortured and murdered its way through kibbutzim and towns next to Gaza. The jihadi terror groups murdered over 1200 Israeli citizens and kidnapped over 250 to cruel prisons, torture chambers and rape facilities in Gaza. As the IDF has attempted to free hostages and exchange Hamas murderers for innocent Israeli civilians, one of the few weapons at Israel’s disposal is the leverage that can come from squeezing Hamas and its supporters (which is the vast majority of all most Gazans) – applying painful pressure until all Israeli kidnap victims are released. But US policy is adamantly opposed to this. As a result, Israeli abilities to exert pressure on Hamas and get back its hostages have been decisively weakened.

The fuel which powers Hamas air conditioning and electricity in its maze of rats-nest tunnels keeps coming through Israel to Hamas – due to American pressure. The food supplies which (if suspended) would have starved Hamas into a quick surrender are being forced through American pressure on Israel, to reach Gazan Hamastan, where nearly all of it is hijacked by Hamas to feed its jihadi fighters.

Israel’s heroic and ethical concerns to avoid Gazan civilian casualties are being ignored by world media, who flood the world’s TV screens with Hamas propaganda about civilian casualties and supposed starvation – even though there is no famine in Gaza according to open source reporting.

 

American Islamic domestic pressure against Israel

The US Democratic Party is dealing with pressures from certain Arab and Islamic voting blocks in key areas this election year. A group of eight lawmakers known as ‘The Squad’ are anti-Israel activists in Congress. Their influence in Michigan is strategically significant in the coming elections. Biden’s bloc is trying not to offend this group, and as a result is attempting to make moves which will placate pro-Hamas voters.

Henry Kissinger once sarcastically stated that Israel has no foreign policy, only domestic politics. POTUS Biden and State Department officials recently have floated that same idea. But PM Netanyahu referred to the opposite dynamic of Kissinger’s jibe at a recent Washington AIPAC meeting: “The description [from Washington] is you have an outlier prime minister with some extreme fringe groups and that’s what’s driving the policy. False. I would say deliberately false. They know it’s false. But that falsehood is perpetrated and it’s wrong. They keep saying that local politics is interfering with this. They may be right, [he continued]! On which side of the pond?”

 

Stand your ground!

The accumulated effect of these international pressures reminds one of Ezekiel 38:4, where YHVH is described as putting hooks into the jaws of the nations and drawing them down to Israel, there to face divine judgment.

The need of the hour is a ‘Remember the Alamo!’ resolve – a stiff-necked ‘standing one ground’ in the face of international threats and pressure. Elisha the prophet reminds us to be bold in our efforts – to ‘strike the ground seven times’ if we truly want to see deliverance (2 Kings 13:18-19).

The God of Jacob tells His people Israel: “Arise and thresh, Daughter of Zion! For I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze, so that you may pulverize many peoples, and dedicate to YHVH their unjust profit, and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth!” (Micah 4:13).

 

How should we then pray?

 

  • Pray for the leaders of the Jewish people and for all Israel to receive revelation, discernment and divine strategies on how to respond to international threats

 

  • Pray for the nations of the world to receive revelation and wisdom on how not to get swept into this river of witchcraft and lies

 

  • 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 as bargaining chips

 

  • Pray for Hamas’ cruel terror dictatorship in Gaza to be decisively shattered and for all chains broken off the Palestinians living there, and for Iran’s role in jihadi deception, dissimulation and anti-Semitism to be exposed and opposed 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

 

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

 

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