Israel Finally Attacks, or Did They?
As Iran moves closer to going online with their nuclear reactor, there was lots of discussion about when Israel or the United States would attack to knock Iran away from nuclear empowerment and the fear of them having nuclear arsenal. After all, who wants Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing with nuclear bombs? This is the guy who went to Lebanon so he could toss rocks at Israel. He’d love to toss more than rocks.
Here are some past posts all threatening to strike Iran;
- Weather clears for a US strike on Iran
- UAE Ambassador asks US to stop Iran by all means, even war
- Hawks sharpen claws for Iran strike
- An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table for the USA
- 'Israel convinces US with Credible military plan on Iran'
- Bolton: Israel has 5 more days to hit Iran before Bushehr goes hot
- Iran Has 100 Ships Ready for Invasion
But it didn’t happen, or did it? This is where the camera pans over to Stuxnet, the computer worm that has affected the software and programming of Iran’s nuclear plants. The New York Times reports that the worm has a name tagged to it and it refers directly to the Book of Esther. This is a beautiful story detailing an event where Persia was on a course to destroy Jews, and Ester pre-empted that plan. Here is the story abbreviated:
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes. Esther 3:5-6Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. If it please the king, issue a decree that they be destroyed, and I will give 10,000 large sacks of silver to the government administrators to be deposited in the royal treasury.”The king agreed, confirming his decision by removing his signet ring from his finger and giving it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. The king said, “The money and the people are both yours to do with as you see fit. Esther 3:8-11
Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. Esther 4:13-17
So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet. On this second occasion, while they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “Tell me what you want, Queen Esther. What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!” Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people will be spared. For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us. If we had merely been sold as slaves, I could remain quiet, for that would be too trivial a matter to warrant disturbing the king.” Esther 7:1-4
On that same day King Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Then Mordecai was brought before the king, for Esther had told the king how they were related. The king took off his signet ring—which he had taken back from Haman—and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed Mordecai to be in charge of Haman’s property.
Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she rose and stood before him.
Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?”
Then King Xerxes said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “I have given Esther the property of Haman, and he has been impaled on a pole because he tried to destroy the Jews. Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king’s name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. But remember that whatever has already been written in the king’s name and sealed with his signet ring can never be revoked.”
So on June 25 the king’s secretaries were summoned, and a decree was written exactly as Mordecai dictated. It was sent to the Jews and to the highest officers, the governors, and the nobles of all the 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. The decree was written in the scripts and languages of all the peoples of the empire, including that of the Jews. The decree was written in the name of King Xerxes and sealed with the king’s signet ring. Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service.
The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemies. The day chosen for this event throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes was March 7 of the next year. A copy of this decree was to be issued as law in every province and proclaimed to all peoples, so that the Jews would be ready to take revenge on their enemies on the appointed day. So urged on by the king’s command, the messengers rode out swiftly on fast horses bred for the king’s service. The same decree was also proclaimed in the fortress of Susa. Esther 8:1-14
What’s interesting here is the promise or covenant giving Jews the authority to unite to defend their lives and to take revenge on their enemies on the appointed day. When is the “appointed day” well, it looks as if attacking Iran’s (Persia) nuclear plant is one occasion that fits the appointed day. Israel has real concern for this because Iran's leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been very clear with his belief that Israel should be annihilated. It looks as if Esther has saved the Jews again for this "appointed" day.
AOL News also reports some additional codes found in the worm that go further in identifying the probable origin of this attack. Israel Insider reports that this worm is so powerful, it can actually control the nuclear power plant!
This cyber attack also takes us to a whole new level in marshalling security. Concerns for identity theft, cyber-banking, and other attacks will raise protection efforts to a higher level of expectation which will surely lead to precise measures for protecting identities. What am I saying? We’re another step closer towards finalizing technology for the Mark of the Beast.