Backstabbing and Breaking the Rules of War
November 12, 2023 10:29 AM
When I asked the Holy Spirit why He was showing me this scene of frightful interaction between men, He told me that that there would be much heated discussion in the Middle East, in other conflict zones, and in international political forums about the “rules of war” regarding treatment of prisoners and civilians and the use of torture. Many combatants would be accused of “not playing by the rules” and “throwing out the rules”. Many would justify doing so, saying “the rules don’t apply to this situation.”
I asked the Holy Spirit about what the stabbing of the man in the back meant, and He explained that supposed allies and neutral parties will do this, that people who assumed loyalty or at least neutrality would suffer betrayal. That is why the man who was tortured was not bound, but standing alongside the fence with the other men. He at first seemed to be among peers who respected him as an equal or saw him as one of them. I asked if the man being tortured was Israel, currently led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and He said, “Yes. Israel will suffer many cuts and a stabbing in the back, but will not be mortally wounded.”
Psalm 55:20-21 NIV
20 My companion attacks his friends;
he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
yet they are drawn swords.
Psalm 56 NIV
1 Be merciful to me, my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;
in their pride many are attacking me.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
5 All day long they twist my words;
all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
hoping to take my life.
7 Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
8 Record my misery;
list my tears on your scroll—
are they not in your record?
9 Then my enemies will turn back
when I call for help.
By this I will know that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
Jeremiah 12:6 NIV
6 Your relatives, members of your own family—
even they have betrayed you;
they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.
Romans 12:17-21 NIV
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
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