and Spiritual Warfare
July 28, 2006
by Asher Intrater
Revive Israel Ministries,
has finished 17 days of war against Hizballah; an average of 100
katyusha rockets have been fired into northern Israel every day.
Israel has called up 3 divisions of reservists. Syria has put
its army on high alert. At the moment of writing this, Israeli
Army commander-in-chief General Haluts has been admitted to the
hospital with stomach pains.
This war is both physical and spiritual.
Here are some insights and information to help you as you pray:
1. Psalms - Rockets in Hebrew is "Teelim";
Psalms are "T'heelim." An Israeli saying goes, "We
use t'heelim (psalms) against teelim (rockets)." More than
a coincidence occurred this week when Israeli chief rabbis called
for the nation to read Psalm 83 publicly just when an ancient
Latin manuscript (dating to 1000 AD) was discovered in a bog in
Ireland, opened to Psalm 83.
Justified War - Israelis feel that they had no choice
but to fight this war. When Hizballah attacked, there was not
one Israeli soldier in Lebanon. Hizballah crossed an international
border unprovoked to attack us. A poll this week showed 90% of
Jewish Israelis believe our military response is justified. (80%
say the Israeli army is doing a good job; 70% say Prime Minister
Olmert is doing a good job; and 60% say Defense Minister Perets
is doing a good job.)
Moral Dilemma – Israel has suffered losses this
week, mainly provoked by the army's cautiousness not to harm innocent
Lebanese civilians. Hebrew front page newspaper editorial asked
today (Rafi Ginat, Yediot): "What is more correct? Should
we suffer losses of our best soldiers in order to protect the
lives of Southern Lebanese villagers? Should we use limited force,
which will in turn lengthen the extent of the war and the number
of missiles landing on our citizens; or use a more lethal force
and feel a little less 'ethical' while we hasten the end of the
fighting and strengthen our deterrence ability?"
Financial Difficulties – Close to a million people
in northern Israel have been affected by the current war. Tourism
has halted; businesses have been shut down. The economy in the
north has come to a stand still. The Israeli Treasury department
has agreed to pay the salaries of ALL the workers in the north
who couldn't go to work this month. Obviously that subsidy can
not continue. The financial difficulties of the war may have a
great influence on the outcome.
International Peacekeeping Force – On September
2, 2004, the U. N. Security Council passed Resolution 1559; paragraph
#3 "calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese
and non-Lebanese militias." (That meant Hizballah.) The U.
N. then sent its UNIFIL forces to carry out this worthy agenda.
However just the opposite happened; the U. N. forces became the
cover-up and "human shield" for the massive weapons
build-up and entrenchment of Hizballah forces, that led to the
Battle of Hattin – On July 4, 1187, on a hill a
few kilometers west of Tiberias, an army of an estimated 20,000
European crusaders marched against the Muslim forces' Ayyubid
dynasty under Tsalach–a'ddin (Saladin). The crusaders stupidly
allowed themselves to be surrounded, dehydrated in this field
under a burning Middle East sun. Saladin's forces routed them,
and thus took control over all the Middle East, including Jerusalem!
This battle was a turning point in the history of the Middle Ages.
The figure of Saladin became an almost mythical one, representing
the victory of Muslim forces over Western "Christianity."
There is little doubt that Nasrallah sees himself as a modern
day Saladin, who hopes to rout the "Christians" and
re-conquer Jerusalem. The Saladin psychology still casts a long
shadow over Middle East conflicts even today.
Curse of Goliath – David said to Goliath, "I
come against you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of
the battalions of Israel, whom you have defied (I Samuel 17:45)."
In my view, in a similar way, Nasrallah has defied and cursed
the God of Israel. Putting an end to Nasrallah would be one of
the important keys to ending the current conflict as quickly as
Spiritual and Physical Warfare – Many have written
on spiritual warfare better than I could. Perhaps the insight
that I can help with from the Jewish or Israeli background of
the Scriptures is to point out that spiritual warfare is connected
to military warfare. The New Covenant view of spiritual warfare
(Ephesians 6, II Corinthians 10) does not "replace"
military conflict. The two often go together. The New Covenant
gives revelation into the spiritual forces behind the conflicts.
Those two levels were always there simultaneously (II Samuel 5:24;
II Kings 6:17; Daniel 10:3, 13). Let's not allow "replacement"
theology to affect our understanding of spiritual warfare. Spiritual
warfare is connected to military conflict; and that in turn is
connected to Israel. Think how many, many scripture passages describe
the relationship between prophecy and military conflicts with
Righteous Judgments – We are used to praising God
for His blessings, and rightly so. However, God is also to be
praised for His judgments. They display His righteousness, His
holiness, and His power. When we praise Him for His judgments
on the earth, including military conflict, He receives glory.
"All the nations shall come and worship before You, for Your
judgments have been manifested (Revelation 15:4)." "You
are righteous O Lord … for You have judged these things.
True and righteous are Your judgments (Revelation 16:5, 7)."
It is essential for us to understand as we enter into the tribulations
of the end times that one of our roles as a spiritual priesthood
is to praise God for His judgments.
Good Qualities – God often calls for His people
to go to war. I am amazed at what is happening in Israel these
days. The people are displaying patriotism, self sacrifice, serving
one another, kindness, seriousness, generosity, motivation, optimism,
faith in God, prayer, unity. Political divisions and the spirit
of criticism have ceased. Sexual immorality has dropped way down
on the television. I believe God would like those same qualities
in believers around the world. May it happen to the end times'
Wider Conflict – Once again President Bush stood
up against the forces in Europe and the U. N. that wanted to attack
Israel. If not for him, we could be facing a united international
condemnation of Israel. (For those Christians and Messianic Jews
who have been blasting Bush, I would ask you what you are expecting
to get when he leaves office.) In some ways Hizballah is the military
arm of Syria and Iran, who in turn are leading the world-wide
"Jihad" movement of radical Islam. In some ways, Israel
is doing the dirty work for the United States, which in turn is
doing the dirty work for the evangelical world. Spiritually, this
is a conflict between evangelicalism and radical Islam. As a Christian,
you may want to avoid this conflict, and you may not want to interpret
it that way. However, the conflict is not going to go away.
Need to Win – Another aspect of spiritual warfare
that should be obvious, but is often missed. We need to win. God
is glorified when the good triumph and the wicked are defeated.
This war needs to be won. The forces of terrorism and Jihad must
be defeated – and decisively. Our job is to secure the victory.
Get that defeatist, humanistic mentality out! When Moses raised
his hands, the Israelites defeated the Amalekites. When his hands
were lowered, Israel was defeated (Exodus 17:10-13). It was not
the army that determined the outcome, but the raised hands of
Moses (The word for the hands of Moses being "steady"
in the original Hebrew is Emunah, literally meaning FAITH). When
Moses' faith was up, Israel won the victory. Let's keep our hands
up in prayer, praise, and prophecy, until the victory is won.
Aug, 2006 at http://www.revive-israel.org/