Updated, Explosion in Tel Aviv. VIDEO: Commanders Prepare Troops for Ground Invasion

Breaking News (@‏BreakingNews) reports this morning: "Explosion heard in Tel Aviv area after sirens sound, witnesses say "- source Reuters.

Gaza/Hamas barrage Tel Aviv with rockets in successive fire this morning. Explosions heard, mobile phones down. No word on casualties or injuries. Follow BBC< Reuters or BreakingNews on Twitter FMI. -------------------------------- Posted by Israel's Arutz Sheva this morning, our time. It is midday there.

"IDF commanders began Friday morning to brief their troops in of a possible ground operation in Gaza. Thousands of reservists have been called up for duty, and a total of at least 16,000will be summoned for service. While troops gathered outside Gaza, terrorists in the area continued their attacks on civilian communities in southern Israel. More than 40 rockets have been fired since Friday morning. At least two rockets were fired at the city of Be’er Sheva. The Iron Dome system successfully shot them down. Four rockets were fired at Ashdod shortly before 11 a.m. They, too, were shot down by Iron Dome. Earlier in the morning terrorists fired a rocket that hit next to a residential building in the city, causing damage and sending four people into shock. A short time later, terrorists hit a broadcast truck with an anti-tank missile. The truck went up in flames, but nobody was injured."

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Iran is behind much of this, trying to goad Israel into a war. Syria is watching to see also. Syria's civil war has spilled over to Jordan, Turkey, Israel and Lebanon. The region is already hugely de-stabilized.

We have been praying that the LORD strengthen the church, that He deliver wisdom to the Middle East leaders, that the lost would repent, and that this would de-escalate. We will know in mere days if this is the beginning of the Psalm 83, Isaiah 19, and/or Isaiah 17 prophecies to be fulfilled. But make no mistake, even if it does calm down and no hot war begins today, the way things have been going on all prophetic fronts, this latest military exchange IS the final path to the eventual fulfillment. (Matthew 24:6) God knows the timing, but He gave us the privilege of prayer. So...pray.


  1. I'm curious where you read this is called Operation Pillar of Cloud. All I've read calls it Operation Pillar of Defense, both US news and Israeli news. Just curious.

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      The foray is named Pillar of Cloud, in Hebrew. The news magazine Israel Today wrote, (http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23494/Default.aspx)
      "Israel on Wednesday evening launched a major aerial campaign against terrorist targets across the Gaza Strip under the banner of "Operation Pillar of Cloud." The action comes after days of incessant terrorist rocket fire against the residents of southern Israel."

      Also CNN refers to it such, here
      'Pillar of Cloud' spreads dust of war across Middle East

      Jewish Political News explains "What is behind the name Pillar of Defense?
      "Tablet Writes: Where does the name come from? In Hebrew, the campaign has been dubbed עמוד ענן (“Amud Anan,” or “Pillar of Cloud”). The phrase is a direct biblical allusion to the divine cloud which guided the Israelites through the desert and shielded them from those who might do them harm."

      And, Wikipedia explains also- "Operation Pillar of Cloud"

      thanks for asking!

  2. Just saw this on BBC World: "Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza."

    It fell just outside the city but there obviously will be more. They are said to be firing more powerful weapons than usual. Wowza and not a peep from the unbelievably useless TV "news" outlets here. I also read that there are growing protests in Jordan calling for the King to leave the meddling and satanic inspired Muslim Brotherhood. Unbelievable to see...will continue praying for Israel and that more will know Christ. Time is unbelievably short...

    1. I agree time is very short...wow.

      I saw the Jerusalem rockets news at lunch time, which was a mistake to look at! I got chills and it felt like all the air was sucked out of my body. It was really hard not to just go somewhere and pray! But the kids came back from lunch and I had to go make paper turkeys with them, and it was surreal.

      Now that the bubble of illusory protection around Jerusalem has been pierced, I think all bets are off and the jackals will circle pretty fast. Jerusalem has never been so vulnerable. I can't wait until they turn to God at the end of Ezekiel 39! (Ez 39:21-22)

  3. Hi Elizabeth, just thought you might like to know that on Ritan now website one of the jewish members 'Maria' has said that they have been warned by The Home Front Command In Israel to prepare for 7 weeks of war. There is that prophetic 7 again!
    Rebecca x


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