Israel, Gaza, Ukraine: Wars and Rumors of War

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Israel and Gaza continue to fight and the Kiev government of Ukraine plans to do more:

July 10, 2014

Israel is pressing an offensive against militants in the Gaza Strip for a third day, carrying out deadly airstrikes in a campaign it says is aimed at halting rocket attacks from Gaza.

Airstrikes hit multiple targets in Gaza early Thursday, including killing three people in a car in Gaza City and eight others in a building in Khan Younis.

The Israeli military said it struck more than 300 targets overnight and has now hit 750 since Tuesday. Those airstrikes have killed at least 72 Palestinians.

Rockets from Gaza have struck parts of central and southern Israel, disrupting the lives of people there but so far causing no serious casualties.

The military said Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least one rocket Thursday over Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s largest cities located about 60 kilometers north of Gaza. The system also intercepted another rocket just east of the Palestinian territory.

Overall, Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor has shot down some 90 percent of Palestinian rockets it engaged during this week’s surge of Gaza fighting, up from the 85 percent rate in the previous mini-war of 2012, Israeli and U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Emergency UN session

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address an emergency Security Council meeting on the situation Thursday.

Ahead of the session, he called the surge in violence “one of the most critical tests the region has faced in years.”

July 9, 2014

(Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

The Ukrainian military pushed the rebels out of their best-fortified stronghold in the town of Slaviansk on Saturday, but they have regrouped for a stand in Donetsk, a city of nearly a million people. Rebels also still control strategic buildings in Luhansk near the Russian border.

July 10, 2014

I manage to get an interview with one of the most prominent separatists, Pavel Gubarev, the “People’s Governor of Donetsk,” and meet him in an office compound near the city center, where he is determined to justify the fall of Slavyansk. Citing Russian General, Mikhail Kutuzov’s 1812 abandonment of Moscow in the face of Napoleon’s advance, he tells me that everything is going well: “If you study history of wars in Russia,” he tells me, “you will see that when Russians retreat, victory is near.”

And what about the Ukrainian army’s seizure of Kramatorsk? I ask. “There are going to be some surprises for the army in Kramatorsk, but that’s a military secret,” he replies evenly.

The rhetoric is clear: Partisan warfare is coming “in the cities, in the forests, on the roads and…in the rear of the enemy—throughout the whole region of Novorussia,” according to Gubarev.  “If Donetsk is blockaded the humanitarian situation will be 10 times worse than in Slavyansk,” he continues. “And the Ukrainian artillery will have to shell Ukraine’s—sorry, the former Ukraine’s—premier industrial city.”

He’s right. If the Ukraine army visits the same level of destruction on Donetsk that it did on Slavyansk (which has created tens of thousands of refugees) the cost—both humanitarian and political—will be catastrophic.

Outside, after the interview ends, a militia commander is laying into his men about the compound’s lax security. “Look at all these open windows,” he berates his sheepish-looking underlings. “We are sitting ducks!” Gesturing to the street, he becomes even more agitated: “And move those cars out of the way. We can’t see what’s coming!”

The city is now bracing for imminent conflict.

Jesus warned of a time that there would be wars and rumors of wars:

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.  (Matthew 24:6-8)

We have certainly seen wars and rumors of wars this month, with not only the situations with Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, and Donetsk, but also in Iraq (and nuclear materials have been compromised there), Syria, Libya, Somalia, and elsewhere.  But notice that Jesus also said that they, of themselves, were not the end–yet.

The situation with Israel and Gaza seems to currently be getting the most attention from the United Nations.  At some point in time, more ‘peacekeeping troops’ to those areas is likely to be expected.

Jesus warned about troops coming to the area of Jerusalem:

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.  21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.  22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.  24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.  (Luke 21:20-24)

While we are not to the point that Luke 21:20-24 will be fulfilled, some day that will come to pass.

Over in the Israeli area, the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authorities broke down this past Spring, and so Israel seems willing to send a lot of missiles into Gaza.  According to a report from Time, Israel has been sending in 6 missiles per hour, for a total of over 400 in the past three days (

At some point in time, the Bible shows that a deal, probably a peace deal, will be made in Daniel 9:27.  While the current Gaza crisis may not result in that deal this year, it is among the many conflicts that are likely persuading the Europeans (at least one of whom will confirm that deal) and others that some type of comprehensive peace arrangement will have to occur in that area.  However, the Bible also shows that the deal will be broken 3 1/2 years after it has been confirmed–and it will be broken at or near the start of the coming Great Tribulation.

Though there is still time for the Great Tribulation to begin, Jesus warned about people becoming too complacent:

34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.  35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:34-36)

Until Jesus comes to establish the first phase of the kingdom of God there will be sorrows, wars, and troubles (Mark 13:7-8).  Are you watching and praying always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man?  If not, should you not start now?

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