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Gaza - Business as Usual? Hardly - This Time it IS Different

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in response to reader comment: Isaiah 17 was fulfilled long, long ago: Gaza is just business as usual for Jews.

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 31, 2014 at 15:15

Like so many before, and so many after, to be so quickly dismissive of the promises of the Almighty Sovereign of Israel is why the Middle East is in the shambles that it is; and to mock the implications of passages that require judgment of the near term situations of the past as if they have no relevance in the contemporary circumstances is somewhat disconcerting: true Biblical scholarship requires a fuller discernment to be applied or else face the consequences of missing the point.

As with most, if not all Biblical prophecy, there are near term fulfillments of prophecy so as to validate the inspiration of the prophet and differentiate from the false ones. In the case of Isaiah 17, Damascus is to cease from being city, the context here meaning forever. Now push it out further; when in times past has the remnant of Syria become the 'glory of Israel?' One may presume under the current circumstances that this situation has not happened; yet. Damascus remains a target.

To be sure, the latest issues of Iranian sponsored terror against Israel from Hamas held Gaza is as serious as it can get, this time looking as though it may take a decidedly more involved investment of Israel resolve than in times past; for Hamas has not yet cried out except to force their innocents to bear the brunt of their rampant hostilities towards Israel and causing Israel a greater harm in defending themselves. Israel is being forced to increase their intensity, just as Hamas wants in order to extend the hatred.

Many do not want to make Biblical application to what is happening right now; but it all of it is Biblical, down to the naming of the conspirators and their stated intentions. To be dismissive of the stated will of the Israeli Eternal Sovereign regarding Israel's destiny is to leave open the books of judgment recorded against the nations that would see harm done to Israel, a mistaken attitude, since it is written, the Word of the LORD does not return to Him void; it will be performed exactly as it has been written.

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