“Amid the Raging Foes”

Iranian regime threatening Israel’s destruction, and our Hanukkah response

Hanukkah this year is a timely reminder that God has delivered Israel from larger foes than the ayatollahs of modern Iran.
Hanukkah this year is a timely reminder that God has delivered Israel from larger foes than the ayatollahs of modern Iran. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

On the first day of Hanukkah, the face of a Persian/Iranian General appeared in the morning news headlines. As nuclear negotiations resumed between Western countries and the regime of the ayatollahs, Iran’s General Abolfazl Shekarchi made it abundantly clear.

His government is not bowing to compromise with modern infidels. Its leaders are raging – raging at the USA the “great satan” and raging at Israel and Western Europe as “lesser satans.”

General Shekarchi said on Sunday November 28, 2021 (according to the Iranian news agency ISNA) that the Iranian regime’s greatest objective is annihilating Israel, and that the regime furthermore sees Muslim countries newly allied with Israel as “part of the Zionist regime.”

The Iranian general went on to detail his regime’s propaganda as to why the US is supposedly the aggressor in the Middle East and not Iran and its terrorist proxies:

America’s presence in this region is illegitimate. Our presence in the Red Sea or Syria is aimed at restoring security, but America is not in this region to restore security… This region will be insecure as long as the United States is present here. Its presence in this region cannot be tolerated by Iran or other regional nations.”

One can only imagine the kind of “security” the ayatollahs want to “restore,” if only they were left to carry out their vision of what the Middle East should look like, or the world for that matter.

As the saber-rattling gets louder, Israel is preparing its military options, and the USA is too. Within months we could see anything from a continuation of the status quo, limited tit-for-tat strikes – all the way up to a full war. Of course, this explosively violent potential is nothing new, especially in the Middle East.

It’s like a tinderbox; but it’s also like a script planned out beforehand…

Psalm 2 asks appropriately, “Why do the nations rage?” The most famous Hanukkah song gives an answer as it recounts a similar conflict almost 2,200 years ago, between Israel and a larger foe. The song celebrates a divinely-aided victory.

“Rock of Ages, let our song praise your saving power.

You amid the raging foes were our sheltering tower.

Furious they assailed us, but your arm availed us;

And your word broke their sword when our own strength failed us…”

 

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