Two War-front Testimonies from Israel
It is easy to think that the God stopped physically “removing the wheels of Pharaoh’s Army” after the Exodus (Exodus 14:24 -25). The two testimonies below from two commanders in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas shows the hand of God, even in the highly sophisticated and scientific enterprise that warfare has become today:
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“A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died.
“We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four seconds until the missile lands. We had already notified emergency services to converge on the target location and had warned of a mass-casualty incident.
“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!’ “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 Operator
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The second testimony, from a Brigade Commander, Col Ofer Winter, is a near replica of the pillar of cloud that obscured and hindered the Egyptians as they pursued Israel in the Red Sea. According to the report,
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Winter claimed to have witnessed a miraculous occurrence, the likes of which he had never seen before during his military career. He said that a predawn raid that was intended to make use of the dark as concealment was delayed, forcing the soldiers to move toward their objective as the sun was about to rise.
The soldiers were in danger of being revealed in the light but, Winter recalled, a heavy fog descended to cover their movements until the objective was achieved. “Suddenly a cloud protected us,” he said, make a reference to the clouds that the Bible says protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. “Clouds of glory.”
Only when the soldiers were in a secure position did the fog dissipate, he said. “It really was a fulfillment of the verse ‘For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to give you victory,’” he said, quoting a passage from Deuteronomy.
These two stories are not isolated incidents of God’s intervention in the existence and survival of modern day Israel. While many may want to waive away these testimonies with a dose of skepticism, Col Winter, who revealed that before going into action his custom was to recite the blessing with which the ancient Israelite priests would bless the army before it went to war and who was criticised by his superiors for openly using religious belief as a basis for mobilising his troops, had this to say:
“Anyone who attacked me for the letter apparently has only seen weapons in pictures, was never in combat, and doesn’t know what fighting spirit is,”
“When a person is in a life-threatening situation he connects with his deepest internal truths, and when that happens, even the biggest atheist meets God,” he said, claiming that soldiers see so many miracles that “it is hard not to believe [in God].
This is yet another lesson from “the fig tree”: Be assured, brethren, He that keepeth Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers! Shalom.