Friday, November 16, 2012

Operation Amud Anan: We Who Bear Witness!

Israel's Iron Dome defense system in Ashdod intercepting missiles from Gaza on 15 November 2012

The IAF Strike that killed HAMAS military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari (a/k/a Ra'ad Ater) and his son. Notice the tell-tale flashes of  the airborne laser designator targeting al-Jaabari's Kia automobile on the center of the roof.

0600 EST 16 November 2012: This "Operation Amud Anan" Eschatology Today blog entry will pick up where the "Regional MidEast War Appears Imminent" blog entry left off.  It is unknown as this point if the warfighting of the Amud Anan operation against Gaza's Islamic terrorists will morph into the prophetic full-scale final action of the ongoing Psalm 83 War, but as with every military action since November 30, 1947 this action is most certainly a part of Asaph's prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes.

For those of us  in the United States, please bear in mind that from the east coast Israel Standard Time (IST) is 7 hours ahead of us and this differential increases by one or more hours for every time zone westward to Alaska and Hawai'i. 

Israeli armor, infantry and paratrooper soldiers received their final commander's briefings 90 minutes ago. The landwarfare phase of Operation Amud Anan will likely execute within moments if it has not already begun.

UPDATE 0830 EST 17 November 2012: With HAMAS terror rockets hitting Israel's capital city (Jerusalem) and largest metropolitan region (Tel Aviv) like intermittent Nazi V-1 buzz bombs hitting England during WWII, the expected ground war has yet to materialize. Something is in abeyance, but what that something actually is remains unknown after 72 hours of missile vs. airstrike warfare. Some media are intimating that something constitutes back-channel negotiations between the U.S., apocalyptic-minded Iran-Hezbollah, Israel, HAMAS-PA-Egypt.

These are parties who do not directly or normally converse with one another even when shots are not being fired, so I remain skeptical that this explanation is accurate. I think Israel is building its land forces for an overwhelming invasion of Gaza, but has yet to actually make the political decision to: (A) take full control of the territory in the aftermath or (B) the likelihood of engaging Egyptian forces as the result of a full-scale invasion. Whatever the case, PM Bibi Netanyahu had better be extremely cautious and trust Barack Hussein Obama only as far as he can spit. Muslims rarely backstab their brethren, especially in the midst of total Islamic jihad. This is a situation that the apocalyptic Iranian Shi'a have been fervently praying to a false god to bring to fruition while their program to acquire nuclear weaponry remains at a full gallop and a very, very short ride to completion. One might expect Ayatollah Khamenei to issue such an order under the present circumstances. I am sure PM Netanyahu has this probability at the top of his considerations.

As we all know, it is the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is in control of these and future events for the sovereign purposes of establishing His Kingdom on this earth. Pray that His Will is done.

UPDATE 0800 EST 18 November 2012:  Overnight developments - True to their Islamic nature the terrorists of HAMAS have taken to detaining innocent, non-muslim foreign nationals all over Gaza to serve their purposes as hostages/human shields and a hedge against punishing IDF actions. This tactic is a certifiably productive method to turn normally supportive European and Asian public opinion against HAMAS' cause, but nobody ever accused HAMAS of being overtly intelligent. These foreign civilians were in Gaza for a reason.

PM Netanyahu spoke to Israel at noontime today and made very clear that the land warfare escalation ("a significant expansion") is very close to occurring. Leaflets urging Gaza civilians to stay clear of HAMAS and other terrorist facilities have been dropped yet again. The IAF today also launched strikes intended to destroy HAMAS primary real-time radio frequency and SATCOM centers. IDF boots on the ground in Gaza cannot be far behind. With multiple terrorist suicide squads anticipating the IDFs arrival a 'kill anything that moves' directive might be in play from the outset - the civilian population has been warned. Increased vigilance in Judea and Samaria is the standing order.

More recently a salvo of 15 Grad artillery rockets hit the city of Ashdod at about 2 PM IST today.  It is now evident that HAMAS is coming to the realization that its unrestrained and inaccurate onesy and twosy missile fire is not having the desired terroristic effect upon the Israeli population. Had HAMAS read the history of Londoners during WWII they'd have known to expect a negative result from this tactic. Nevertheless, they have apparently deployed their version of a Russian-made BM-21 grad rocket launcher from its underground bunker and fired a salvo against Ashdod. The salvo apparently impacted Ashdod in two distinct locations. No reports of injuries as yet.

UPDATE 19 November 2012: The Potential Prophetic Implications of Operation Amud Anan

Four days ago I began looking into any potential prophetic significance apart from the obvious significance found in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 28:24-26. The first prophetic note to be made is that Ezekiel 28:24-26 clearly illustrates the safety and security Israel will live in just prior to the Gog of Magog invasion will have been won in the existential Psalm 83 war that has been fought against the Muslim Arabs for the past 65 years come Friday, 30 November 2012.

And there shall no longer be a pricking brier or a painful thorn for the house of Israel from among all who are around them, who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.”‘Thus says the Lord God: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.”’”
The second prophetic note is that the Israel Defense Forces selection of the name for the current operation comes straight from the text of Exodus 13:17-22, verse 21 specifically (NKJV):

"Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.” So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud (Ed. "Amud Anan") to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people."

God did not lead all of Israel by Amud Anan directly into His promised land. The Suez Canal did not exist, nor was there any natural barrier between Egypt and the promised land to impede the progress of Israel to it. There was only the land of the Philistines and the war with them that would ensue which God said might cause Israel to preferentially turn back and return to the slavery they had known for hundreds of years in Egypt. So God led Israel by 'Amud Anan,' 'Pillar of Cloud,' southwards along the wilderness of the eastern bank of the Sinai Peninsula all the way to the present day location of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The details of the crossing are found in Exodus 14, and the specific identified locations in the text explain that Israel crossed from the bottom tip of Sinai across the Strait of Tiran, the maritime boundary between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, and into what is today the western most portion of Saudi Arabia, and what had been in those days the ancient land of Midian. It was here that Israel crossed the Strait of Tiran between walls of water, and following close behind them was the cream of Pharaoh's entire army - his chariot corps, his horsemen and foot soldiers. And it was here that God also had led them,  as as we are told in Exodus 14, for the purpose of their annihilation.

Are there prophetic implications for "Operation Amud Anan?" Is this the battle which will culminate in a repeating of history in the annihilation of the cream of the Egyptian Army in the Sinai? It may well be, but we will have to wait and see what transpires. We who bear witness that is!

UPDATE 12:29 AM EST 21 November 2012: Operation Amud Anan continues as it has for the past several days with strikes and counter-strikes. The reported ceasefire negotiation has produced nothing and the much anticipated ground invasion remains on hold. What is evident is that Israel has been systematically destroying HAMAS ability to govern Gaza. What remains to be seen is if Israel will carry forward and destroy HAMAS itself and what Egypt and other Arab governments will do in response. Meanwhile, back in Iran, the nuclear weapons program continues.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to US SECSTATE Clinton: “If there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem with diplomatic means, we prefer that, but if not, I’m sure you understand that Israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people.” This statement came after the terrorists in Gaza rejected Israel's offer of a 90-day ceasefire during which his government would assess the "goodwill" of its enemies toward a long-term solution.

What HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, other Islamic terrorist groups and their Iranian and Egyptian and Arab benefactors have thus far failed to comprehend is that the ceasefire which halted the IDFs Operation Cast Lead in January 2009 was predicated upon the condition that rocket attacks originating in Gaza had to stop completely. That condition was breached just days after the ceasefire and when IDF troops had withdrawn from Gaza. Since then well over 1,000 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel. There is no way that the Israeli government can return to the status quo of the Operation Cast Lead ceasefire and the past 3 years and 10 months. Operation Amud Anan must proceed to mission complete status. IDF troops are likely to enter Gaza and begin hunting down the terrorists at any moment.

UPDATE 1 PM EST 21 November: There is currently a rush by media to report a ceasefire, but there are various interpretations of when this ceasefire is to take effect. Hillary and the Egyptian FM Mohammed Amr announced it in Cairo.  Best information is that the ceasefire will commence at 2100 (9 PM) Israel Standard Time which is 1400 (2 PM) US Eastern Standard Time (one half hour from now).

Egypt is to assume responsibility for Gaza under the terms of this ceasefire. This ceasefire was agreed to in a phone call between Obama and Netanyahu with Obama saying that Bibi must give the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood-led government "a chance."

Netanyahu is absolutely crazy to place any trust in either President Obama or Egypt's MB government. His chances of re-election or leading Likud will diminish accordingly.


Don Mercer said...

Thanks for starting this Sean, I will be a close watchman on the wall.
Hopefully they will go in with massive firepower this time in order to avoid casualties.
I also hope that they reoccupy the entire area and do not leave again. It is their land and they need to own it.
Don Mercer

SeanOsborne said...


I think so to, go in with overwhelming force and complete the mission, otherwise what Netanyahu and the IDF will achieve is Cast Lead Part II which will have no long-term tactical value.

mark3210 said...

While we all knew this was coming it still seems a bit stunning to witness the rocket attacks against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

I suppose the next question is at what point will Hezbollah join in if they plan to do so?

I suspect it won't be long after the ground operation in Gaza gets underway.

SeanOsborne said...

So far it appears as if Hezbollah is fully engaged in helping Bashar al-Assad in Syria and is not prepared to fight a war on two fronts: against Sunni insurgents in Lebanon/Syria and against a fully prepared Israel.

In fact, the northern front could almost could become a three-way (Hezbollah-Iran/Syria vs Rebels/Al Qaeda vs Israel vs Hezbollah-Iran/Syria) free-for-all under the right circumstances. This might actually occur as this war progresses.

It appears that the much anticipated ground war in Gaza is pending some additional event. What that event might be has been an unknown for the past 24 hours.

hartdawg said...

I'm not sure exactly what to make of all this. will this fizzle out like it did in 2006 and 2009? A lot of us thought it would morph into the final fulfillment of psalm 83 (which as you rightly pointed out has been in the process of fulfillment since 1948) but this time the situation is different. Israel KNOWS it can't rely on the us, Egypt is no longer an ally...the world is a different place than it was in '06 and '08. Will this escalate? too early to tell for certain but its looking that way.

Sparrow said...

Wouldn't it be scary if one of the Gaza rockets hit the Dome of the Rock? Everyone would figure out a way to blame Israel!

Anonymous said...

It's very interesting to watch prophecy fullfilment before our eyes. I pray all of God's people living amoung the Hamas are saved out of the destruction, like Lot was.
Exekiel 28:25-26 are surely clear to me.
thank You,
Kenny M.

SeanOsborne said...


As I have learned, Ezekiel 28:24-26 gets even clearer when one reads what precedes the passages that commence at Ezekiel 24, (the parable of the cooking pot, to the foretelling of the Lord's taking of Ezekiel's wife from him by her sudden death), and the prophecy which follows in Ezekiel 25 through 27. These chapters are all prophetic proclamations against the same as Asaph identified in Psalm 83: Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre and Sidon (specifically, in north to south order: Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia).


SeanOsborne said...

Sorry, I accidentally omitted Philistia (Gaza) from the above.

Anonymous said...

This is interesting. Makes Psalm 83 move faster.


hartdawg said...

Hey sean please correct me if I'm wrong (and i may be) but i do not at this time see this war completing psalm 83 because Jordan is a key player and at this point it doesn't seem like Jordan is quite ready to jump in. tho they are on the verge of falling to the muslim brotherhood they are still somewhat an ally to Israel. would you be willing to clarify for me?

SeanOsborne said...

Nobody knows what events will occur as a result the current warfare, or even if the warfare will continue if Israel agrees to a ceasefire.

What is known is that most Israelis want to see this through; they want to see HAMAS destroyed whatever it takes. And the IDF ground troops are eager to execute the mission they've been trained for.

As for Jordan, it is an artificial state; Jordanians and "Palestinians" are the same people removed only by artificial borders established by the UK Mandate and then by the UN.

As the Bible says, they are all confederate, they conspire with one accord, one goal - the destruction of Israel.

What I am convinced of is that the current warfare is an integral part of the Psalm 83/Ezekiel 28 prophecy that has been in the process of fulfillment for the past 65 years.

What I am waiting to see is if 10 Tevet/23 December becomes a significant date. If it does then I'll have more to say.

Great Grany 5 said...

Isaiah 31:1 “Woe to those who
go down to Egypt for help, who
rely on horses, who trust in the
multitude of their chariots and in
the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy
One of Israel”.
I cannot believe that Bibi trusts what Mr. Obama promises. Cannot! Anymore than I would trust the Antichrist himself. Sean, I cannot say this enough I know, but the only One that is going to change this whole situation is Abba. He is the one in control of the completion but truthfully, I so want it to be today and not with any more broken promises and disgusting withdrawals.

Just me venting ,
Shalom, GG5