We just witnessed the biggest attack on Israel in 50 years, and as a result the Israeli government has declared war on Hamas. The IDF is already striking strategic targets all over Gaza, but it also appears that a ground invasion could be imminent. As I was reflecting on these events today, the words of Henry Gruver came to mind. All the way back in 2018, Gruver issued a very ominous warning. According to James Bailey, Gruver stated that “when Israel sends troops into Gaza, it will be a sign the Middle East War has started”…
Israel has had ongoing conflicts with Gaza since President George Bush’s administration forced them to evacuate the city and hand it over to the Palestinians in 2005, but there are two reasons why the coming conflict might be a prelude to a larger war. First, a prophetic warning received by Henry Gruver in 2018 remains unfulfilled. The Lord told Henry, “When Israel sends troops into Gaza, it will be a sign the Middle East War has started.”
The phrase “the Middle East War” seems to imply that it will be the really big one that so many of us have been anticipating.
Let’s watch and see what happens over the next few days.
First of all, Benjamin Netanyahu would have to pull the trigger on a full-blown ground invasion of Gaza.
That is no small decision, because a full-blown invasion would be very bloody for both sides.
IDF forces are moving into position for such an invasion right now, but it is Netanyahu that will make the final call.
If an invasion does actually happen, then we will want to watch what Hezbollah does in the north.
On Sunday, they did fire a bunch of missiles into Israel…
Guided missiles and artillery shells from Lebanon pounded targets in Israel Sunday morning as war in the Middle East threatened to spin out of control.
The militant group Hezbollah—which is also a powerful political party in Lebanon—claimed responsibility for the attacks on a disputed territory in the north of Israel hours after President Biden had warned them not to get involved.
For the moment, Hezbollah has ceased fire, but a Hezbollah official has also issued a very alarming warning…
The Hezbollah official referred to his group’s shelling of Israel, saying: “The resistance sent a message this morning.” He said “it is our right to target the enemy that is still occupying our land and the Israelis must read this message well.”
He continued: “There is a message to the Americans and Israelis that what happened in Gaza means that your protracted foolishness and underestimation have led you to the Al-Aqsa Flood [operation], and if you go further today you will witness the flood of the entire nation, not only Al-Aqsa,” Al-Aqsa Flood is the name given to the Hamas assault on Israel.
Safi al-Din warned that “the scene of the storming of settlements around Gaza coupled with rocket shelling will one day be repeated dozens-fold stronger, from Lebanon and from all the areas that are adjacent to occupied Palestine.”
If Israel invades Gaza, I think that it is very likely that Hezbollah will try to come storming in from the north.
If that takes place, we will also want to watch Iran.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran played a major role in helping Hamas to plan the surprise attack against Israel…
Iranian security officials helped plan Hamas’s Saturday surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the assault at a meeting in Beirut last Monday, according to senior members of Hamas and Hezbollah, another Iran-backed militant group.
Officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had worked with Hamas since August to devise the air, land and sea incursions—the most significant breach of Israel’s borders since the 1973 Yom Kippur War—those people said.
Details of the operation were refined during several meetings in Beirut attended by IRGC officers and representatives of four Iran-backed militant groups, including Hamas, which holds power in Gaza, and Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group and political faction in Lebanon, they said.
And it is also being reported that this attack was part of a “broader plan” to “strangle Israel from all sides”…
A direct Iranian role would take Tehran’s long-running conflict with Israel out of the shadows, raising the risk of broader conflict in the Middle East. Senior Israeli security officials have pledged to strike at Iran’s leadership if Tehran is found responsible for killing Israelis.
The IRGC’s broader plan is to create a multi-front threat that can strangle Israel from all sides—Hezbollah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the north and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank, according to the senior Hamas and Hezbollah members and an Iranian official.
But would Iran be willing to get directly involved in the conflict?
I think that they would if they were directly attacked.
On Twitter, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that the U.S. and Israel “should go after the Iranian oil refineries and oil infrastructure” if Hezbollah decides to go to war with Israel…
An attack by Hezbollah, and other Iranian proxies, would be devastating to Israeli defense systems. If such an attack occurs, Israel and the United States should go after the Iranian oil refineries and oil infrastructure – which is the lifeblood of the Iranian economy.
I don’t know if the Biden administration would be willing to hit Iran like that.
But if this war gets big enough, it is probably inevitable that the U.S. military will get involved in some way.
On Sunday, we were told that our “most advanced aircraft carrier” and six other naval vessels have been deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean…
The United States sent warships and fighter jets to support Israel on Sunday night in a show of strength against Hamas.
Joe Biden deployed the US Navy’s most advanced aircraft carrier, six other ships and a number of advanced jets to the Eastern Mediterranean, as Israel’s allies, including the UK, rallied to its defence.
So all of the pieces on the chess board are moving into position for the sort of “Middle East War” that Henry Gruver warned about.
And this war could be for all the marbles. The following comes directly from an opinion piece in a British news source…
Now it’s either Israel or Hamas.
It’s either Israel or the Allahu Akbar jihadists.
The Gaza Strip will never be the same again. A regime-change invasion is surely hours away and, with it, a surely futile attempt to separate Hamas from its citizens. The cancer is too deeply entwined within the body.
As Israel’s blood boils and fears intensify over the estimated 100 hostages being held in Gaza, the coming days will surely see an even greater loss of life than already witnessed. Hamas’ awful end can’t come soon enough.
If this conflict really does go that far, it will truly be a cataclysmic war.
The death and destruction will be off the charts, and the region will never be the same again.
Did the Hamas terrorists realize the dominoes that they were setting in motion when they decided to attack?
Probably not, but now there is no going back…
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