Israel Gaza War Update – 7th Day

As the sun makes its way towards the horizon and Israel prepares to enter the sabbath, Israel is nearing the seven day mark since the brutal invasion by Hamas on October 7th, 2023. The numbers are still growing, but this is clearly being defined as the worst attack the Jewish people have experienced since the Holocaust. 

1,300 killed. 3,200 injured. 120 hostages confirmed in Gaza. 6,000 rockets fired by Hamas in the last six days. 

The images are too horrific to view. While not wanting to scroll through social media or visit news sites, I also realize that I must take in the gravity of what has happened in Israel, and that the world must not look away. 

This was no ordinary attack. This is no ordinary war. This is not about one entity battling another. This is about good versus evil. Right versus wrong. Morality against inhumanity. 

How did 1,500 (or more) Hamas terrorists plan an invasion into Israel for the last two years without Israel knowing about it? How did a third-world level terrorist organization successfully break through Israel’s cutting-edge technology and advanced military, destroying IDF communications, overrunning command posts and military bases, and murdering more than 1,000 Israeli civilians? How did they overrun 22 Israeli towns and hold several of them hostage, while at the same time abducting more than 100 civilians and dragging them back to Gaza? 

Only time will tell. 

Many Israel supporters are happy to see such strong support coming from the current American administration. Democrats and Republicans, as well as countries who have not historically been supportive of Israel, have united in their declaration of support this week. 

Unfortunately, the tide is already beginning to shift. As casualties mount in Gaza from Israel’s response to Hamas, the media is already beginning to return to their previous narratives. Israel is to blame. Israel is at fault. Israel is the occupier and oppressor. And on and on and on….

Why does support for Israel only last for a short time, even after such a horrific attack? 

Why will the media give a voice to Hamas, a terrorist organization who have now proved that they are equal with ISIS in their brutality? 

Why are journalists arguing about the method that Hamas used to murder 40 babies in southern Israel instead of simply condemning the brutal killing? 

Why are the Palestinian Arabs living in Judea and Samaria marching through the streets, waving Hamas flags in support of the war? 

What causes a pizza shop in Huwarrah to change their logo to include an 85 year old Holocaust survivor’s photo after she was taken captive by Hamas to Gaza in a complete mockery of Israel? 

Even though it has been one week since the start of the war, Israel has yet to mount a ground invasion into Gaza, no doubt in part, because they are figuring out how to keep the Israeli hostages safe. What will happen in the coming days? 

Only time will tell. 

O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”

Psalm 83:1-3

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep….The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 121:4, 8

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Luke Hilton

Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Luke discovered his passion for Israel at age of 16. Since then, he's shared the story of Israel's restoration across the globe through speaking tours, films, and articles, inspiring Christian Zionists to stand in support of Israel.

Luke is based out of Israel, serves as Director of Marketing for HaYovel and is an author and show host for The Israel Guys.

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  • It is always a minority haters who will make the most noise. There are those who will join just to release their own hatred and need to fill themselves with adrenaline. They don’t care about the reasons behind the hate rallies. God is with Israel. It is difficult to see what must happen for the prophecies to be fulfilled. We pray for a quickness to the happenings, a devine safety for His people, a miracle to end this war swiftly in Israel’s favor! Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the KING!

  • God bless Israel and stop this invasion. Protect your people Lord Jesus and give them wisdom on how to fight the invading army.

  • We are praying for Israel, that Yaweh will get rid of Israel enemies once and for all!

  • We are praying for you Israel guys and gals, young and old. We love Israel because YHVH (God) loves Israel.
    Oh! What a day it will be when we see all Israel saved! Maranatha.

  • Zechariah 12:8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them.
    9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

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