ISRAEL - ‘Chariots of Fire’ Training Drill

Arno Froese

As tensions boil over in the West Bank amid a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel, the IDF launched the largest exercise in its history.

Thousands of soldiers and reservists [took] part in the drill, dubbed “Chariots of Fire,” including the air force, navy and regular and reserve forces.

The four-week drill will simulate a multifront and multidimensional war against Israel’s enemies in the air, at sea, on land and on the cyber front.

The drill is unique and unprecedented in scope and will enable the army to maintain a high level of readiness in an ever-changing environment, the IDF said. It aims to improve the military’s capabilities in an intense, multifront and prolonged war on all borders.

Alongside the massive exercise, the military will continue with its operation to thwart terrorist attacks, the IDF said in a statement., 9 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

While terrorism has increased during the last few months, with about 14 Israelis killed, the reasons for this military drill are much broader in scope. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is seen as a contributing factor toward Israel’s overall military preparation. War with Hezbollah is a possibility, and the threat from Iran is taken extremely seriously by Israel. lists 3 deaths in 2020, 17 in 2021, and as of May 2022: 14.

While these horrible murders of mainly civilians are shocking, we immediately realize that any war would result in many more casualties. But Israel is prepared, and we may say more so than any country on earth.

When reading or hearing of the many catastrophes, crimes, and wars reported by the news media, we are often overwhelmed by such things. However, comparing them with history, we find things are actually improving. There are fewer wars on planet earth; even crime is decreasing in many countries. ranks Israel in 105th place, with a crime index of 31.47; the US is in 56th place, with an index of 47.81. From that perspective, Israel is a very safe country.

But there is more, much more. In Genesis 12:1-3, we find God’s promise: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

That, incidentally, is the real issue; not only concerning the conflict in the Middle East, but also for the whole world: “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The first fulfillment was when Jesus died on Calvary’s cross and exclaimed, “It is finished.” But for Israel, there is more to come; Zechariah 8:23 reads: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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