Many believe the massive dust storm over the Golan Heights at the border of Israel last week was a miracle of God’s “divine intervention” to protect the nation. Reports say it appeared like the “hand of God,” providing protection over Israel at a crucial time of attack from ISIS.
"A weather phenomenon occurred at 8 am Thursday on the other side of the Syrian border, in the same place where ISIS attacked Israel," Israel News Online reported. "This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel."
The phenomenon occurred just three days after ISIS militants opened fire on Israeli soldiers along the buffer zone separating Israel from Syria in the southern Golan Heights—the first time that ISIS fighters had ever directly attacked Israeli forces.
Israel Defense soldiers immediately returned fire, killing all four attackers, and Israeli fighter jets responded by striking targets within Syria. No Israeli soldiers were hurt.
Israeli officials expressed concern that the clash with the ISIS group could escalate, opening a new front in the already volatile region.
The Israeli soldiers who recorded a video of the storm said the "hand of Hashem," or the “hand of God,” protected them from ISIS fighters who were positioned just across the border. The video was posted on the Israel News Online’s Facebook Page and has been viewed over seven million times and shared close to 200,000 times so far.
Many are drawing Old Testament parallels with other miracle stories of God’s protection, rescue, and sovereignty over the nation of Israel from their enemies. One is found in Exodus 13:21-22, when God gave the Israelites a pillar of cloud to lead them by day and a pillar of fire at night after they had fled Egypt.
Some have speculated that it’s simply an “unusual storm” or “cloud of dust and rain that happens frequently over desert areas.” But many others are hailing this event as “miraculous” due to the strategic timing of it all, and seeing the huge storm as “evidence that God was protecting Israel from their enemies, and will continue to.”
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Publication date: December 9, 2016