News sources from around the globe reported over the weekend (Sunday July 27) reported that the death toll of Palestinians in Gaza had broken the 1,000 mark; the Israeli death toll stands at 42; with the death toll so lopsided many are beginning to wonder if Israel hasn’t gone into overkill mode.
Where will all this end? Will Israel simply lay waste to Gaza, making it so uninhabitable that animals cannot even live there or will some sort of an agreement be made and the killing stop?
The answer is, “yes.” For the current conflict there will be some sort of cease fire or truce and, in the mean time, the killing will at least slow down, but there will be a future day when Israel will make Gaza into a wasteland that animals will not even be able to live there.
The current conflict
The reason we know this current conflict will end eventually without Gaza being completely destroyed is because the Bible tells us of a greater conflict coming where Gaza will be decimated. We also know that the current situation is not the coming Biblical battle because there are more players involved in the Biblical fight than just Israel and Gaza.
Gaza, in the King James Bible, is referred to as Gaza or “the land of the Philistines.” In many Bible maps and other translations the land is also called, “Philistia.”
Psalm 83 tells of a future battle in which Gaza takes part but they are confederate with other nations as well (Psalm 83:1-8). The attack on Israel is well planned ahead of time by the co-conspirators, therefore, with this just being between Gaza and Israel, it cannot be the battle described in Psalms. Since Gaza is to live to fight another day, what we are seeing today will, one way or another, end. Whether Israel holds an occupying force or if they stop the offensive, pull everything out and leave everything as it was before is immaterial; the fact is the current fighting will end, Gaza will eventually join forces with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the West Bank (these are the co-conspirators of Psalm 83) and invade Israel.
The end result of the Psalm 83 battle is given to us in Psalm 83:9-18 and Amos chapters 1-2. We can read how each of the invaders fare in the future battle and the result for Gaza is described in Amos 1:6-8, where the area is destroyed by fire and includes cities a little further north on the coastline; the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
How bad will the destruction be? Joel 1:18-20 gives even more detail, “How do the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
The current situation between Gaza and Israel is leading up to these future events. When the smoke clears from the current fight, Israel’s enemies, like Hamas in Gaza, will realize they can’t take Israel on alone. 1,000-42 is not even close. Israel has proven that one group is no match for them. Watch what happens when the current violence ends. The groups that have sworn that Israel needs to be destroyed will start talking to each other. Watch for Jordan to fall or for some reason become antagonistic toward Israel. ISIL is already expressing a desire to control all the lands of the invaders mentioned in Psalm 83.
However this all pans out, what seems most probable is that the conspiracy the Bible prophesied thousands of years ago to invade Israel in the last days will begin to get organized against her.
Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Indiana. He and his wife, Julie, have four grown children and 12 grandchildren. All Scripture references are from the KJV. Blog: www.preacherjohnson.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.