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Israel's Protection

Bible Verses Bible Verses Regarding GOD's Protection of Israel

(Psalm 122:6 KJV)

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

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(Psalm 144:1 KJV)

144 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

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(Zechariah 2:8 KJV)

8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

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(Zechariah 12:2-4 KJV)

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

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(Isaiah 60:12 KJV)

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

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(Isaiah 41:11-12 KJV)

11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought

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(Psalm 46:1 KJV)

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

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(Psalm 25:22 KJV)

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

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(Numbers 24:9 KJV)

9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

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(Deuteronomy 32:9-10 KJV)

9 For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

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(2 Chronicles 17:10 KJV)

10 And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

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(Nehemiah 4:17-18 KJV)

17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

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(Judges 2:1 KJV)

2 And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

 


Remember God's hand of protection in the Yom Kippur War of 1973

 

God’s ProtectionRumors Abound but God’s Protection of Israel is No Fable

By Raphael Poch August 11, 2014 , 10:07 am

“A land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:12)

 

IDF soldiers conduct training

IDF soldiers conduct training in a field near the border with Gaza in Southern Israel, on July 22, 2014. (Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90)

 

Over the more than month long Operation Protective Edge conflict between Hamas terrorists and the IDF, a strikingly few number of civilian casualties have been suffered on the Israeli side.

Over 3,356 rockets have been fired at Israel, with that number rising everyday, and only four people have been killed as a result of rocket fire. While Israel’s Iron Dome is a wonder to behold and responsible for maintaining the safety of Israeli civilians from rocket fire, the numbers show that only 578 rockets were destroyed by Iron Dome Interceptions, or roughly 17 percent of all rockets fired at Israel.

Simple statistics show that there is something extraordinary occurring here.

Whether one chooses to believe that providence is behind the overwhelming number of misfired rockets or not, one must admit that the number of casualties should in theory be higher. After all, Hamas is quite experienced when it comes to rocket fire at Israel, having more than 14 years of experience.

 

IDF soldiers storming  target

IDF soldiers storming a target in Gaza. (Photo: IDF)

 

Combine the above observation with the somewhat historical and biblical outlook of the Israeli public and military, and one is bound to come away with a viewpoint that at the very least recognizes the possibility of divine protection or intervention, thus setting the stage for the myriad of ‘bonafide’ stories telling of divine intervention sprouting forth like wildfire on social media networks in Israel.

Stories abound of mystical beings visiting soldiers while on duty in and around the Gaza strip and warning them of entering booby-trapped houses or buildings filled with explosives. These spirits prevent the soldiers from entering houses that were later to be found out had been booby-trapped and if entered would mean instant death for the soldiers.

Others tell of gusts of wind that blew rockets aimed at major population center off course after the Iron Dome counter-attack had failed numerous times. Some stories tell of good deeds done by the soldiers that had saved their lives such prayer or making a blessing upon food.

What these stories often have in common is an allocation of “hearing the story from the source first hand”, often from a close relative, former student, acquaintance or other relation who has returned from the war-torn Strip, but lacking a name.

When stories, even from multiple sites are looked into, the source often vanishes into air thinner than that of the supposed apparition. Another commonality is that almost all of these stories begin as Whatsapp conversations (text messaging) to groups or individuals and are spread like wildfire on social media networks without any other corroboration.

One story was traced back to an Ultra-Orthodox high school teacher who claimed that a former student of his, who is the commander of an Iron Dome battery told him that the hand of God blew a Hamas rocket that was aimed at the Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv, into the sea after the Iron Dome failed to intercept the rocket three times. The story, like many others, was rife with inaccuracies regarding the technical operation of the IDF thus casting doubt upon the story’s authenticity.

A online newspaper that picked up on the story wrote as follows:

“I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of God send that missile into the sea.”  -Iron Dome Battery Commander

An earlier, unconfirmed report floating around the Internet had a Gaza resident attributing the lack of Hamas accuracy to Israel’s God moving the rockets off-course to protect His people.

“We do aim [our rockets], but their God changes their path in mid-air,” a Hamas commander was said to have told someone who wondered why Gaza-based militants can’t seem to hit their targets.

Whether or not that report is [true], an Iron Dome operator whose battery failed three times to down an incoming missile headed toward Tel Aviv last week, said the overall assessment is [accurate].”

“Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that…sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a God!”

 

IDF carrying flag

 

Another story includes a commander claiming that God’s clouds of glory covered his soldiers.

Also last week, a commander of the Givati Infantry Brigade described a mysterious fog that favorably covered him and his troops as they advanced on an enemy position in morning light, after their nighttime raid was postponed. The commander labeled the covering as “clouds of glory.”

There are many such stories traveling around the web. Some are fantastical, while others are more plausible. One even has a picture of a bullet being fired at a soldier and being stopped by a hand-grenade that the soldier had in his vest. The grenade miraculously did not explode.

In true Israeli fashion the soldiers themselves have begun picking up on this trend of miraculous storytelling and have begun jokingly creating new ones. One online forum member who claimed to have also been serving in Gaza wrote:

“A soldier friend who came out of Gaza told me today that his squad arrived at a house in Suja’iya and an old woman came to them and told them that she was the Biblical Rachel and that the house was set with explosives. So they went into the next house. They slept there all night, and upon waking in the morning realized that in actuality the woman was Leah.”

This story spoofs one that is similar from the Second Lebanon War: “An old woman dressed as an Arab went up to a bunch of soldiers in Gaza, and told them that a certain house contained bombs and missiles. The soldiers located the house, defused the bombs and destroyed the missiles. When the soldiers asked the woman what her name was she said ‘Rachel’ and then disappeared.”

The desire to believe these stories and find inspiration in them has become very common among those who seek out the hand of God in everyday events. The desire to poke fun at them has become equally as great by those who wish to use humor as a protective shield to soften the seriousness of the conflict here at home.

But whether these uncorroborated stories may be true or whether they are false, one thing can be said for certain; the unusually low numbers in Israeli civilian casualties, is beyond surprising, and may very well point to some divine providence involved in protecting the lives of IDF soldiers as well as Israeli civilians. For the reference click here.

 


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