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Ezekiel’s Army

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Ezekiel’s Army


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.”  Ezekiel 37:10 

The promises God made regarding a miraculous rebirth of Israel as a nation also have specific and implied promises of an equally amazing army.  An army with muscle.  An army on the move.  An army with a divine mandate.  The modern Israeli Defense Force or IDF is an impressive military force by any standards, winning every conventional battle since its inception.  Ezekiel’s army has risen.

The IDF is a comprehensive organization.  It costs 10% of total national GDP not including American funding.  It is the only military in the world that has obligatory service for both men and women.  It has minimal separation of services, meaning it includes and integrates army, navy and aviation units.  In national emergency it takes precedent over every other branch of government, and Israel is almost always in a state of emergency.

Most of Israel’s past political leaders have had major roles in the IDF.  Dayan, Begin, Rabin, Sharon and Barak were all military men.  The nation’s civilian technical prowess comes from the training of scientists, engineers, software and robotic technicians in the service of military needs.  Though small in numbers, the IDF retains technological superiority of the air, sea, land and space in order to maximize the use of force when necessary. 

Because the land mass of Israel is so small and vulnerable it’s military and political doctrine combine to justify the concept of a “pre-emptive strike”.   It’s alliances with America also give it an ‘aura’ of teeth that can bite with immunity.  In case of a catastrophic attack, the well known ‘Samson Doctrine’  would ensure a nuclear or equally devastating response, bringing the house down upon Israel’s enemies.

Army Profile:

40,000 professional officers

125,000 full time soldiers

600,000 part time reservists

4000 “Merkava” (Chariot) Main Battle Tanks

11,000 Armored Vehicles

 

Navy Profile:

14,000 full time sailors

300 full time commandos

3 “Tekumah” (Revival) submarines

3 Missile Corvettes

50 patrol & attack boats

2 amphibious landers

 

Air Force Profile:

25,000 full time airmen

35,000 part time reservists

100 F15i “Ra’am” (Thunder) Fighter aircraft

320 F16 Fighter/bomber aircraft

120 attack helicopters

 

Technology Profile:

Ofek-6 Surveillance/communication Satellite

1500 “Mossad” (the Institution) Intelligence agents

200 Nuclear warheads

Jericho 2 missile (2500 mile range)

First missile stopping Laser weapon

 

War Fighting Profile:

1948-49           War of Independence

1956                 Sinai War

1967                Six Day War

1973                Yom Kippur War

1978                 First Lebanese Incursion

1981                Iraq nuclear reactor strike

1982-2000        South Lebanon Occupation

1987-93           Palestinian uprising

1991                 Iraq Scud attacks

2000-05           Al-Aqsa uprising

2006                Second Lebanese Incursion

While Israel has not officially acknowledged it’s possession of nuclear weapons, it is generally held that they do possess these weapons.  It is to be understood therefore, that an Iranian nuclear strike against Israel would initiate the very first nuclear retaliation or exchange.  Such a truly “nuclear war” is unimaginable for the IDF prompting a pre-emptive strategy.  Although the U.S. has not given a green light for such action, the IDF has shown it is ready to go it alone if necessary.  However, the ultimate hope for Israel’s defense cannot be in the IDF, but in the builder of Ezekiel’s army.

“And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land:  then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”  -Ezekiel 37:14

*for further information go online to BibleNation.org to read “Wielding the Nuclear Sword” from the October 2007 edition of the magazine.

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The Bible Goes High Tech

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The Bible Goes High Tech


ibible350By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

New technologies are making everyday activities easier. Pay at the pump gasoline, online banking, and news by cell phone are examples of modern science made friendly. Now, the intricacies of Bible study and even interpretation have also become ‘palm accessible’. Moses must be glad the antiquities and timeless principles of the Bible have now gone high tech.

 Software Applications

Imagine reading Ancient scripture on your computer screen and coming across the King James English, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” What does “tittle“ mean? With the click of a mouse button, the unfamiliar word appears alongside its equivalent in the original tongue. The Greek word is ‘keraiah’. The definition follows, “a little horn or extremity. Used by Greek grammarians of the (languages’) accent points.“ Also, other places that word is used in the old book are highlighted, “Luke 16:17”. Links to other resources of significance instantly improve the knowledge of even the casual student. A score of such programs from various publishers are available in multiple price ranges and features. It is truly easier than ever to, “study to show thyself approved unto God” (II Tim. 2:15). This author is impressed with the EBible by Thomas Nelson Publishers. It’s ‘Libronex’ operating system allows the user to download new materials as they become available and interface lots of material at once.

 Internet Resources

For those with online capability there are also extensive Bible study web sites. The Blue Letter Bible (www.blueletterbible.org) has quick search engines that locate verses, words or phrases, definitions and more. There are extensive archives of encyclopedias, atlases, and language helps. Pastors, scholars, and students used to spend thousands of dollars for hard to find resources in order to fully ‘study’ Scripture. Now an hour online can produce a treasure trove of information to help even the first time reader to learn more efficiently. A simple web search will deliver dozens of online Bible resources that offer varying degrees of sophistication and usability. These High Tech solutions continue to prove the Bible accurate, “My words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35).

 Bible Smuggling

The Iron and Bamboo Curtains have not been able to stop the influence and spread of printed Bibles getting into the hands of common people, but smuggling Bibles into closed countries is more dangerous than extreme sports these days. The Islamic curtain is using terror to stop the ways of the west from entering their domain, but these new high tech Bible study tools are pretty difficult to keep away from a people who long for liberty. There will always be the need for printed Bibles, and downloading to a desktop printer is now just an icon click away. No more risky smuggling.

 If ‘google bombing’ has become a WMT or Weapon of Mass Technology, then the high tech Bible can prove to be liberty’s greatest sword! “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12).

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