Saturday, July 26, 2014

Global SITREP C25-14: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Military Victory...

26 July 2014: OPE Day 19/Ground War Day 9: A funny thing happened on the way to Israel's military victory over the Islamic terrorist enemy in Gaza... the Jewish/Israeli left, the western liberal elites and the generally spiritually ignorant of the workings of the God of Israel's fathers took great offense to the fact that websites and blogs such as Eschatology Today would dare to report what is contained in the image above.

One particularly unhinged, politically left-of-center Jew who identified himself only as "Saul G" left me no fewer than seven (yes, 7!) responses spaced a minute or two apart full of invectives on how what God is doing right now in Israel is some sort of a grand hoax! God, perpetuating a hoax in Israel? What abject lunacy! So, to continue, this "Saul G" was particularly apoplectic about the fact that, in his view, the lowest of the low, the settlers of Israel, those who are the descendants of Joseph, Ephraim, the tribes of Israel and of Judah which God Himself has called and brought back to Israel and has fashioned as one nation instead of two, exactly and explicitly as prophesied by Israel's ancient prophets such as can be read in Ezekiel 37, to these beloved of God our "Saul G" would have us believe they are of less than sound mind and Spirit; incapable of speaking the truths they are living each and every day as Islamic terrorist rockets attempt to take their lives, loved ones and livelihoods away from them. This leftist Israeli does more to deny the very workings of the God of his fathers than do the Islamonazi's who would sever his head from his shoulders in a Tel Aviv minute were they to attain the position to do so. Yes, I believe it will be Israeli's like this "Saul G" who will fulfill the words of Yeshua HaMashiach as recorded in John 5:43.

Final Update OPE Day 19: So, after taking 12 "humanitarian" hours off from watching Gaza, but knowing full well the war would continue unabated in Judea and Samaria, a return to information collection informs that a couple of handfuls of jihadists in Judea and Samaria were sent on their way to eternity by IDF gun fire which was in response to the newly deceased efforts at rock and molotov throwing while they were still breathing. And as Israel had extended it ceasefire until the midnight hour, it came as no surprise that HAMAS would not reciprocate. So, in another 52 minutes or so the war will resume in-full once again and the resident of Gaza can become even more acquainted with the rubble and dust that used to be their local neighborhoods. The 16 hour cessation of IDF fire gave Gaza residents a chance to see what HAMAS has brought to them by abducting and murdering a trio of Israel's youth and attacking Israel with rockets. May the IDF reduce Gaza to a stone age habitation; may Muslims see first hand what their false religion pays back in ten-fold dividends. May the Muslims of Gaza discover the One true "I am that I am" God of Israel while they yet live.
 
27 July 2014 - OPE Day 20/Ground War Day 10: And so HAMAS side of the war has resumed in full this Sunday morning. The amount of Iranian-supplied and locally manufactured ordnance stockpiled in human-shield locations in Gaza was once again on display in the latest barrage on Israeli towns over the border. This is going on as PM Netanyahu's latest order, with security cabinet concurrence, for the IDF to stand down until some point tonight is being steadfastly adhered to by the IDF. There is no Israel return fire once again in the face of renewed HAMAS missile barrages, so there is clearly something larger at play in which Israel deems the significant risk of keeping her own guns silent will win her some victory or additional advantage in the international arena. When it comes to warfighting this is something I've not seen before; rope-a-dope tactics are for the boxing ring, not the battlefield, even for Israel with its overwhelming tactical military advantage on the ground in Gaza, and the addition of the Palestinian Authority's Fatah faction declaring "open war" on Israel.

Briefly on the tunnels... the images that have been broadcast or published in news reports overwhelmingly present them to be of dimensions which enable a human being to walk upright through with lighting and other cabling for Command, Control and Communications (C3). However, the image below published by CBS News illustrates that there are tunnels large enough to drive a Toyota SUV through with room to spare. It is this size tunnel I suspect most of HAMAS' heavy Iranian-made missiles and explosive ordnance has been brought into Gaza from the Sinai.

Final Update OPE Day 20: Israel's unilateral ceasefire ended and the IDF went back into action against HAMAS and other terrorist groups in Gaza. Thus far it appears as if PM Netanyahu has rejected US president Obama's demand that Israel re-engage in a unilateral unconditional ceasefire. I agree with MK Danny Danon, what needs to happen is a unilateral ceasefire of the Obama Administration's ridiculous attacks against Israel. The fact that U.S. Commander-In-Chief Obama prevented the US military from destroying Al Qaeda in Iraq and Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is no justification for Israel to do the same for HAMAS, Fatah, PIJ, PFLP-GC, Islamic State (ex-ISIS) and other terrorist groups in  in Gaza. In fact, just the opposite is true, the US example in Iraq and Afghanistan is all the rationale Israel;s political leadership should need to justify the annihilation of the enemy that denies Israel's right to exist. The argument is quite the no-brainer; common sense should dictate it is case closed.

28 July 2014 - OPE Day 21/Ground War Day 11: The news this morning sounds eerily similar to the news that was being reported just prior to the cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Hezbollah war in August 2006.  This is not really new news but more like a deja vu we've been here and done this before premonition. The news this morning is that the United States once again is applying extreme pressure upon Israel to halt their combat operations before a mission complete military victory can be achieved.

In 2006 the U.S. demands upon Israel were followed by U.N.Security Council Resolution 1701 which was and remains essentially a set of pie-in-the-sky, completely unenforceable and often completely ignored conditions upon the terrorists of Hezbollah which make inevitable war on an even greater scale an absolute certainty for a day in the future. Sound familiar? (** see NOTE below)

Perhaps there will be more to come, perhaps not. This might be due to the fact that the history of the past 8 years is still a fresh enough memory that an update might just be a moot point. Under the current conditions Gaza will not become a HAMAS-free demilitarized zone but more akin to a Lebanon on Israel's southern border. There's nothing news worthy about that or if PM Bibi Netanyahu caves in yet again to Barack Hussein Obama.

First Update - OPE Day 21:  I stand corrected by events on the ground in Israel and Gaza, as well at the UN. Much to my own acute surprise, a short time ago, Israel officially rejected a U.N. Security Council demand for an immediate ceasefire. Not only did the UNSC demand get rejected straight away, but PM Netanyahu's security cabinet approved and the PM issued orders to IDF field commanders to resume the assault on Gaza's terrorists. So, as of this afternoon Israel time, all branches of the IDF are back in the full combat mode of operations in, above and under Gaza. This action utterly refutes any pretense of an Israeli honoring of the Islamic Eid-al-Fitr holiday ending their month of Ramadan, meaning that Israel does not regard HAMAS or any of the other Gaza terrorists as observant Muslims, but rather as Islamic enemies to be vanquished. At this moment there is a major operation underway in the Jabalia area where IDF armor is decimating a HAMAS commando force. 

IDF Resumes Gaza War in Full on Monday Afternoon, 28 July - OPE Day 21

Also of note, HAMAS long-range rockets have all but disappeared from the skies over Israel. Only short range rockets and mortars are being fired into Israel of late. As seen in new IDF videos a good number of HAMAS' short-range al-Qassam missiles are failing to launch properly, landing only a block or two away from the launch site among the Gaza population to devastating effect (fuel and warhead are both detonating on impact). These may be older missiles that were improperly prepared for storage prior to this war erupting. Whatever the case, HAMAS ability to strike deep into Israel appears to be greatly diminished.

PM Netanyahu made it clear today that the HAMAS-biased UN call for a cease fire was premised upon a different reality than has existed since 8 July and still exists in this war, and that Israel's armed forces will continue to destroy HAMAS warfighting capabilities and the tunnels in Gaza as only the first step in its operation to demilitarize Gaza. The PM intimated that when the international community comes to its senses and sees the war for what it truly is, then Israel may have something in common to discuss at the United Nations Security Council. Bravo Mr. Prime Minister, Bravo!

Final Update - OPE Day 21: The orders issued to IDF field commanders are beginning to become clearer. They are wholly consistent with Israel's oft repeated threat to significantly expand its combat operations in Gaza. Once again entire communities in Gaza are being advised to pack up and leave. It appears as if IDF armor will begin to penetrate into the heart of Gaza City and other locations in a campaign designed to eradicate all HAMAS military capability and leave nothing for Iran to re-arm once hostilities are concluded.

NOTE** This morning's early news did have a very familiar ring to it. Hindsight being 20/20 it now appears as if what was going on was a full-scale disinformation campaign designed to bully Israel into a unilateral ceasefire. As we now know, that ploy did not work and once again exposed the Obama Administration as untrustworthy and working against the interests of the people and State of Israel.

16 comments:

LD said...

Sean, Reading the news this am, and seeing your comments from Saul G, I was led to this scripture…
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin:but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. Jn 15:30.
Pretty sad state of affairs, be it the Christian churches lack of Biblical knowledge, or the Jews themselves. Keep praying brothers and sisters. We know the ending.

LD said...

Sean,

Follow up…Jn 15:26-27: But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, The Sprit of Truth, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

Keep bringing the truth to the world, Sean. We are witnesses of truth…but will be persecuted for that. We truly live in perilous times. He has overcome. God bless brother.

Sean Osborne said...

LD,

Amen Brother for some spot-on Scripture! Twice!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us an insight into Saul G.'s mind. Unfortunately, it is really not too different than the worldly Christians, who sit in churches, completely stripped of a Holy God and denying His supernatural power. While studying the scriptures pertaining to the Ps. 83 war., I understand that Israel will have great victory and restore much of her original boundaries, but I find myself wondering...what will she gain spiritually? Will this be a turning point where secular Israel will have spiritual eyes open, much like another Saul we are so familiar with.
I too agree that world opinion has much to do with the cease fire and,as usual, will not succeed.

Sean Osborne said...

Anonymous,

With all due respect, who are these "worldly Christians" you refer to who sit in churches being the Spiritual the equivalent of a secular Jew?

I know of no such types. I know of the Holy Spirit-led Bride of Christ and I know of apostate Christians. These are the ones Jesus referred to as cold or lukewarm towards Him, meaning that one is either a Christian or one is not. Period.

Yet you prefer to abridge what the Lord has said and elevate them as capital "C" Christians as if there truly were such a thing. There is no such thing.

There is Christianity and there is churchianity, and churchianity is apostate from the true faith in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is no relationship or connection between them and secular Jews of any political persuasion.

As for Israel's military victory and what she will gain, I would point you to what was posted here two weeks ago as Global SITREP C17-14: Exposing a False god on the Altar of Gaza

What does an Israel in unbelief, for the most part, gain from the Psalm 83 prophecies? The Lord's answer is given in the linked text of Ezekiel 35:10-13, which is (emphasis added):

10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the Lord was there, 11 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ 13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”

God reveals Himself to Israel through these wars, and then also to Israel's enemies. This same redemptive theme is directly from Asaph's prophetic text of Psalm 83:13-18.

I pray this helps you in your search for answers.

Anonymous said...

Sean,
I humbly apologize for not wording my thoughts correctly. I was indeed referring to apostate christians. As for capitalizing, I originally did not, but the spell check did that for me and I neglected to go back and change it..lol. Thanks for the scriptural references pertaining to Israel.

Sean Osborne said...

Anon,

Ahhh, spell checkers, now what would we do without them! LOL.

As you can likely discern from the bulk of the eschatological material posted here from 2009 to the present, this blog is all about the imminent and literal fulfillment of pre-70th Week Bible prophecy; the so-called Psalm 83 prophetic texts that include Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah.

The entirety of those volumes of Bible prophecy are directly related to the final battles between Israel and the "inner ring" enemies, and the sequential and final pre-70th Week battle against the Gog of Magog Confederacy enemies.

After that there are only those prophecies which are 70th Week and Millennium, detailed by Gabriel to Daniel, and by God Himself, to Christ to John of Patmos.

But I digress. This current war is wholly within the Psalm 83 prophecy, and i believe it is a key item to the impending final battle as prophesied by Asaph, the singing prophet in David and Solomon's court.

mark3210 said...

Sean,

Now that the ceasefire is off on both sides, can you report on whether Israel has authorized going after the main Hamas bunkers underground as was discussed Wednesday?

I assume that's what's coming next now.

Sean Osborne said...

Mark,

I wish I could report in the affirmative, but thus far that kind of an order has not been issued from Jerusalem.

mark3210 said...

Sean,

I noticed Netanyahu said this on FOX this morning:

"And as far as Hamas and its so-called cease-fire, they're violating their own cease-fire. It has come to the level of absurdity now."

One would hope that if Netanyahu himself recognizes the situation has become "absurd", he has to realize that only strong action now can get end the "absurdity".

mark3210 said...

Sean,

Yes, there is pressure but the idea that Israel can't continue due to a phone call by a hostile POTUS and a statement by the UN is laughable.

Does anyone have a count of the number of hostile statements and resolutions the UN has adopted against Israel?

If Israel doesn't finish the job this is on them.

And let's not forget that any UN Security Council statement could've been blocked by Saudi Arabia if they had accepted their seat rather than decide it was better for them to protest the UN by rejecting it.

Roz said...

Sean: The UN cease-fire has been issued. What does Obama threaten Bibi with to keep Israel from destroying Hamas?

hartdawg said...

Hey Sean, before even looking at this update I was already thinking that the final fulfillment of psalm 83 will not likely happen until after the next Israeli elections. I just don't see Netanyahu acting in a psalm 83 way. Correct me if I'm wrong

Sean Osborne said...

Roz,

No ceasefire, the war goes on.

It does appear that Bibi Netanyahu and his security cabinet have decided to reject both the UN and Obama's ceasefire dictates. Bibi made it clear they view the dictates as being devoid of reality.

Hartdawg,

I was also just beginning to consider as you were, but now I'm not so sure. If this war continues then it will invite much greater intervention from Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and even the IS.

Strangely enough... nobody is mentioning Jordan much right now. The "side door" to this war is being almost completely ignored.

hartdawg said...

1 ) I'm not sure either, it seems he always holds firm until almost the end then he caves....I just don't know. Truth be told, I believe it's not in Netanyahu s hand's, not in obamas hands but it's all in the Lord's hands. I think what matters is what we do with the time we have left while watching.
2 ) you're right, Jordan is not being mentioned. I'm expecting them to fall to the Muslim brotherhood

Sean Osborne said...

I had earlier confused the 2006 Hezbollah war with previous IDF action in Gaza (Operation cast Lead and Operation Amud Anan).

However, in each case there was extreme political pressure from the United States and the UNSC which resulted in Israel achieving a limited or no military victory as a result of IDF offensive operations against enemy forces either in Lebanon or Gaza.

These previous wars all had very similar beginning and conclusions, none of which was beneficial to Israel and has resulted in the current war in the summer of 2014 in Gaza.

In particular, UNSC 1701 was to have resulted in the demilitarization of Hezbollah, and would have made it a crime before a UN tribunal for any nation to re-arm Hezbollah following the summer 2006 war.

Without question both Iran and Syria have utterly ignored the provisions of UNSC Res. 1701, and any similar UNSC resolution that might end current hostilities in Gaza (Operation Protective Edge - July 2014) must take into account the abject failure of UNSC 1701.