By Ron Ross (8th November, 2011)
Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel) and Ehud Barak (Defence Minister) are said to favor an Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu is the first and only Israeli PM born in Israel after the foundation of the State. He was a captain in the Sayeret Matkal special forces military unit. He participated in many missions. In 1972 he was part of the Sabena Flight 571 hostage rescue mission. His older brother Yonathan was killed while serving as a commander in the counter-terrorism mission ‘Operation Entebbe.’
Ehud Barak serves today as the Defence Minister in the Netanyahu administration. The name ‘Barak’ means ‘lightning’ in Hebrew and may have significance for future events. Barak was a distinguished soldier. He received the Distinguished Service Medal with four other citations for bravery and operational excellence.
Netanyahu relies on the Bible and turns to it often when speaking of Israel and her destiny. His son Avner in 2010 won the Israel national Bible quiz. Benjamin Netanyahu on the Larry King Show explained how he values each Sabbat as he and Avner read the Bible together.
In May 2010 Netanyahu was quizzed about his Middle East peace talks position on the place of Jerusalem and its significance.
He reached for a Bible and emphasized that ‘Jerusalem’ and its alternative Hebrew name ‘Zion’ appears 850 times in the Tanack (The Old Testament). He then declared Jerusalem to be the ‘eternal and indivisible’ capital of Israel. “As to how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other faiths, I recommend you check,” he added.
Israeli daily Haaretz reported last week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking cabinet backing for a military strike, and that a new UN watchdog report would have a “decisive” influence.
“The possibility of a military attack against Iran is now closer to being applied than the application of a diplomatic option,” Israeli President Shimon Peres warned on Sunday.
The final decision may come down to what specific bible passage Netanyahu is reading at the moment. If he’s browsing through the story of David and Goliath he might just defy all the odds and launch the attack.
But, this week, November 6-12 the Jews are studying the Torah. The specific portion is Genesis 18: 1 – 22:24. It’s called Prasha Vayeira and it may be very significant.
In this passage God is preparing to destroy the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Strangely God discussed the possibilities with Himself. “Will I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” He asks Himself.
Maybe you know the story. Samuel Goldin wrote about this moment. “God feels compelled to reveal His intentions to Avraham because He wants Avraham to understand that the destruction of the cities will not in any way contradict God’s promises to the patriarch.” God in fact is inferring to Avraham ‘you will thrive and your actions will affect the world.” (Unlocking the Torah Text, Samuel Goldin, Green Publishing House.)
Abraham learned that there were not even ten righteous individuals within the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
We know that Tehran today contains many people who have recently converted to faith in Jesus Christ. I am sure they are crying out to God for His mercy and intervention in a situation that grows more critical by the hour.
In the Bible, modern day Iran is ‘Persia.’ As I prayed over this crisis, I was led to Daniel 10 where the Prince of Persia delayed the archangel Michael. But the triumph of the Lord started just as soon as the intercessors began to pray.
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.” (Daniel 10:13,14)
Pray with me, the Lord will visit those who seek His wisdom and guidance.