2023 Israel-Hamas War to the Covenant: Options
1) No War?
After initial bombing of Gaza City as world opinion turning against Israel, the war fizzles and there is a ceasefire. There is "peace in our time". This usually happens in previous skirmishes but weakness and appeasement always leads to more war. This is Israel's 9/11 but more than 15 times the causalities.
2) War Contained?
After initial bombing of Gaza City as world opinion turning against Israel but Israel stays committed to defeating Hamas in Gaza. The 2014 Gaza War
started with kidnapping and murder of three Israelis and later Gaza shooting rockets into Israel. Then Israel sent troops into Gaza to weaken Hamas, find rockets and destroy tunnels that lasted two months. Without regime change, completely destroying the terrorists and a change of heart, Hamas is back in 2023. The world has sought peace in the Middle East since the Ottoman Turks lost Jerusalem in 1918.
3) War Expands?
After two weeks, one failed missile launch from Gaza hit a hospital parking lot. Most Islamic nations have turned against Israel. Iranian proxies shot missiles in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen and the United States struck Iranian bases in Syria and Iraq. There is a possibility this expands to some of Israel's neighbors fulling Psalm 83 prophecy.
Israel fought four major wars in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 against their neighbors and Arab cousins and now this war. Terrorist groups Hamas is in Gaza and Hezbollah is in Lebanon. Esau refugees (Palestine, south Jordan and south Lebanon), Lot of Ammon and Moab (north and central Jordan) with Hagar (Egypt), Ishmael (Saudi Arabia) and Assyria (Syria, Iraq) unite to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. The Psalm 83 War occurs so the world sees the God of Israel.
[Your enemies] have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against you: the [tents] of Edom [Esau], and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarites; Gebal [northern Lebanon], and Ammon, and Amalek [Esau]; the Philistines [Esau] with the inhabitants of Tyre [southern Lebanon]; Assyria also is joined with them: they have [strengthened] the children of Lot. Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord-that you alone are the Most High over all the earth (Psalm 83:4-6, 7-8, 18
4) Damascus Destroyed?
The Hamas invasion was supposed to be a coordinated attack of Iran proxies Hamas from Gaza and Hezbollah from Lebanon that overwhelm Israel. The 1973 Yom Kippur War occurred by surprise. Instead, Hamas started early without Hezbollah. Israel sent a warning to Iran that if Hezbollah attacks from the north, Israel would hold Damascus accountable. This happened with previous Gaza conflicts.
Psalm 83 mentions Assyria which is Syria and Iraq. Iran supports terrorists Hamas, Hezbollah and Houthis in Yemen. The Israel conflict that includes Syria could fulfill the Damascus prophecy. Damascus is thirty miles from the Israeli border. Ezekiel 38-39 does not mention Syria.
Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee ... (Isaiah 17:1, 13
5) Egypt Destroyed?
Psalm 83 mentions Hagar who was from Egypt. The Egyptian prophecy describes the destruction of Egypt and the Nile River. In 1970, the Soviet Union built the Aswan Dam in Southern Egypt and erected a tower representing the five pillars of Islam. Since 95 percent of the population lives along the Nile, a tactical nuclear weapon could destroy the dam, flood the riverbanks and leave radioactive waste lasting forty years. Ezekiel 38-39 does not mention Egypt but Antichrist steals from the Egyptian treasury (Daniel 11:42
Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. Behold, therefore I am against you, and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia. No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years (Ezekiel 29:3, 10-11
NOTE: Psalm 83, Damascus and Egypt prophecies occur soon but prophecy teachers vary on when these events occur: before the Tribulation, World War III
(China), World War IV
(Gog-Magog) or World War V
(Armageddon). However, this war has the attention of the Church who is awake and watching.