7 Unmistakable Modern-day Fulfillments of Bible Prophecy

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One of the most startling things that sets the Bible apart from any other book which has ever been written is the Bible’s ability to accurately predict history ahead of time. No other book—including the Muslim Qur’an, the Hindu VedasRamanyanaBhagavad Gita, Upanishads, the sayings of Buddha, the sayings of Confucius, the Book of Mormon, etc.—can boast of foretelling future events with unmistakable accuracy except the Bible . In fact, most of these texts contain no prophecies whatsoever. This is why apart from biblical Christianity, no other worldview including: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bahá’í, Jainism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, etc. can account for what has happened in the past, what is currently going on in the world, nor what will unfold in the future. Fulfilled prophecy is therefore one formidable verification that the biblical worldview is the only one which can make sense of the world that we live in. Accordingly, the God of the Bible challenges the gods of all other worldviews to issue a prediction about the future so that the world may see who is really God (Isaiah 41:22-24, Isaiah 44:7-8). So far, all other worldviews have utterly failed.

In this article, we will take a look at 7 startling prophecies that have been (or are being) fulfilled within the past century. Most of the prophecy explanations below are from the late Dave Hunt’s excellent book entitled Judgment Day: Israel, Islam and the Nations and from his website at http://www.theBereanCall.org

Nearly 30 percent of the Bible is devoted to prophecies. These are not cheap psychic predictions or the vague French quatrains of a Nostradamus that seemingly can be made to fit every new event that arises. Biblical prophecies are direct, straightforward, and fully verifiable declarations foretelling major events in world history centuries and even thousands of years in advance. There are no such prophecies in the Qur’an, in the Hindu Vedas, in the sayings of Buddha or Confucius—nothing that even comes close in any writings, religious or secular.

It is to the fulfillment of these prophecies, witnessed by the world, that the God of the Bible points as proof that He alone is the true God: “I am God…there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…before it came to pass I showed it thee…new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah:42:9; 46:9-10; 48:5, etc.). The Bible’s many prophecies identify beyond question the one true God and the Bible as His unique revelation to mankind.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 5]

 

1. The rebirth of the nation of Israel

Relevant Scriptures: Isaiah 11:11, Isaiah 66:7-9; Ezekiel 37:21-22, Ezekiel 38:12, Zechariah 12:6, Amos 9:15

Isaiah 11:11: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 66:7-9: Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. (8) Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. (9) Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

Ezekiel 37:21-22: And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: (22) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

Ezekiel 38:12: To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Zechariah 12:6: In that day…Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Amos 9:15: And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Written: Before 600 BC

Fulfilled: 1948

Looking forward to Israel’s rebirth in the last days, the prophet Isaiah had written, “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall…a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”7 Surely “Zion travailed” was an eloquent description of Zion’s loss of six million of her children.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 98]

On May 14, 1948, re-born Israel declared itself an independent nation. Within minutes, at 5:16 p.m., in swift reaction that astounded the United Nations and flew in the face of objections of his government ministers, President Truman authorized recognition of Israel by the United States. The Soviet Union was next. Other nations followed. Impossible in today’s world, it was a miracle that could have taken place only in the shadow of the Holocaust. That horror had aroused a momentary worldwide twinge of conscience for having stood by while millions of Jews were exterminated like vermin.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 97]

2. The ruins of Israel would be rebuilt and the land of Israel would again prosper.

Relevant Scriptures: Amos 9:11-15; Ezekiel 36:10-11; Ezekiel 38:8,12, Isaiah 41:18-20, Isaiah 51:3

Amos 9:11-15: In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old…(13) Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. (14) And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. (15) And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Ezekiel 36:10-11: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: (11) And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 38:8-12: …the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them…the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Isaiah 41:18-20: I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. (19) I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: (20) That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

Isaiah 51:3: For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Written: Before 600 BC

Fulfilled: mid to late 1900s

Just because a nation is regathered does not guarantee that she will succeed in restoring her land or that her people will prosper. Yet, in a remarkable prophecy, the bible predicts the growth and prosperity of a regathered and rebuilt Israel.

In Amos 9:11, 13, the prophet said that God would restore the land of David. (King David ruled Israel from about 1010 BC to about 970 BC). The land of David – Israel – was conquered and destroyed by the Babylonians, Assyrians and Romans. The land has been in ruins for much of the past 2000 years. The Jews, who had been scattered throughout the world, began to return in large numbers during the past 100 years. Since then, they have been rebuilding many of Israel’s ancient cities. Amos also said there would be continuous planting and harvesting. During the past 100 years, the Jews have been using advanced farming and irrigation techniques to turn barren land into productive farmland. Today, Israel is a source of food for many countries.

In Ezekiel 36:11, the prophet said that there would come a time when Israel would be more prosperous than it was in the past. The Bible describes Israel as being a prosperous nation during the time of King David and King Solomon about 3000 years ago. But, Ezekiel knew a very different Israel. In Ezekiel’s day (he lived about 2600 years ago), the northern kingdom of Israel already had been decimated by the Assyrians, and the southern kingdom (called Judah) was being destroyed by the Babylonians. In the centuries that followed these destructions, Jews rebuilt the city of Jerusalem, but their homeland was destroyed again, by the Romans, about 1900 years ago. Since then, a majority of Jews have lived in exile. But during the past 100 years, millions of Jews from around the world moved to Israel and they have been rebuilding the country once again. Today, Israel again is an independent nation, as it was in the days of King David, and it is one of the world’s most prosperous countries. In 1999, Israel had the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product of any nearby country, even though the surrounding countries have many oil resources.
[Source: https://www.therefinersfire.org/recent_prophecy.htm, Accessed on July 20, 2017]

 

3. The formation of the UN and the dividing of the land of Israel (i.e. UN Resolution 181)

Relevant Scriptures: Joel 3:2

Joel 3:2: I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with [i.e. punish] them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Written: Before 500 BC

Fulfilled: 24 October 1945 (Birth of UN), November 29, 1947 (UN Resolution 181)

The formation of the United Nations as an organization on October 24th 1945 is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The United Nations and its predecessor, the League of Nations needed to exist in order for the nations of the world to be rightly accused of dividing the land of Israel.

In Joel:3:2 (circa 800 BC), God declared that the day was coming when all nations would join to divide the land of Israel: “I will also gather all nations…and will plead with them [punish them] for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

This is remarkable! Throughout its entire 3,000-plus-year history, the land of Israel had never been divided. It had been conquered by various nations, but even when the Turks held it as part of their Ottoman Empire for 400 years, they did not divide the land. A conqueror keeps the land he has conquered intact for himself. Why divide it? This division of Israel has occurred only in our day. Britain, which had been placed in charge of “Palestine” by the allied forces who had conquered it in World War I, had been given the mandate by the League of Nations to see that this land should remain as a refuge for the Jews, who had been scattered everywhere.

Instead of fulfilling this mandate, Britain gave about 75 percent of the land to the Arab Muslims in exchange for oil. In 1947, the United Nations, through Resolution 181 and in fulfillment of Joel:3:2, formalized this breach of trust. Israel finally received a mere 13 percent of what they had been promised. This is now history. Britain and the UN infamously fulfilled Joel:3:2 and parted God’s land.

For all nations to be united against Israel, there would have to be an organization of “all nations.” The United Nations came into existence in 1945, just in time to be the means of fulfilling this prophecy. This 2,500-year-old prophecy is both specific in its details and flawless in its accuracy.
[Source: Dave Hunt,https://www.thebereancall.org/content/israel-and-prophetic-proof-part-i, Accessed on July 20th, 2017]

For twenty-five hundred years, all nations have played their role in persecuting and thereby scattering the Jews around the world. Only within the last eighty years, however, has the land been divided. Israel has been conquered by many nations in the past, from the Babylonians to the Romans to the Turks. Always, the conquering power occupied the entire land. Never did they divide the land. That has only recently occurred for the first time in world history—and all nations have united to do so…The 1917 Balfour Declaration, 1919 Paris Peace Conference, and 1922 Declaration of Principles of the League of Nations recognized that the ancient land of Israel (which had come to be known as “Palestine”) belonged to the Jewish people. It was set apart for them, and Great Britain was given the mandate to see that “Palestine” once again became the national homeland of the Jews who had been scattered worldwide.

Instead, to curry Arab favor because of their oil, Britain divided it, giving more than 70 percent to its protégé, Emir Abdullah Hussein, when he was forced to leave the ancestral Hashemite domain in Arabia. That gift created the Hashemite kingdom of Transjordan, now known as Jordan. The Muslims immediately demolished every Jewish house of worship and expelled all Jews. This was months before the State of Israel was born. (One can count the demise of the British Empire, upon which “the sun never sank,” from the time it betrayed the Jews, as God had warned: “I will…curse him that curseth thee.”14) In UN Resolution 181, November 29, 1947, the nations joined to further divide the land. Israel received only 13 percent of what had been designated for the national Jewish homeland.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 10]

4. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself.

Relevant Scriptures: Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20

Matthew 24:21-22: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Written: circa 32 AD

Fulfilled: Second half of the 20th Century (i.e. 1940’s and onward)

Matthew 24:22 tells us that during the Great Tribulation yet to come, if Jesus Christ does not intervene in world affairs, the human race will be faced with extinction. This would-be extinction seems to be based upon the violent interactions between world powers and not the divine judgment of the Great Tribulation. For Matthew 24:7 tells us that “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” It is also thought that this is a man-driven extinction because the last half of verse 22 says that God will limit those days for the sake of his elect who are still among the earth’s population. This is such an important prophecy because up until about 60 years ago, humanity has not really had the capability for self-annihilation. But now with the advent of nuclear weapons and their presence in the arsenals of various world powers, nations have had to learn to live with the idea of “mutually assured destruction.”

Christ foretold today’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when He declared, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved….” There was no danger of all flesh being wiped out with bows, arrows, swords, and spears during the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70—nor even with the most powerful conventional weapons at any time prior to the 1940s. This prophecy could refer only to current WMDs (a recent term), which proves false the claim of some that Nero was the Antichrist and that everything Christ spoke of in Matthew 24 was fulfilled at that time.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 35]

 

5. All nations surrounding Israel will be united in the goal to destroy her.

Relevant Scriptures: Psalms 83:3-7, Ezekiel 38:4-12, Zechariah 12:2

Psalms 83:3-8: They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. (4) They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. (5) For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: (6) The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; (7) Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; (8) Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Ezekiel 38:4-12: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: (5) Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: (6) Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee…(10) Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (11) And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (12) To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Zechariah 12:2: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

Written: circa 701-681 BC

Fulfilled:: Since the advent of Islam.

Now we also see the first time that all nations surrounding it [i.e. Israel] have been united in a common goal. Traditionally, these nations had been enemies. What unites them now? They are all Muslims, and it is Islam (which did not even exist at the time of the prophecy) that joins them in the common desire to destroy Israel.
[Source: Dave Hunt, https://www.thebereancall.org/content/israel-and-prophetic-proof-part-i, Accessed on July 20th 2017]

[Regarding Zechariah 12:2] This is an amazing declaration—not only that Jerusalem, which was then in complete ruins, would be the focus of worldwide attention one day but also that all of Israel’s neighbors would be united against her.Throughout its history, Israel has had many enemies (Egyptians, Philistines, Syrians, Assyrians, Babylonians, etc.). Never, however, did “all the people round about” (i.e., her neighbors) join together in common cause to destroy her. This is true today, exactly as the Bible foretold, for the first time in Israel’s history!
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 8]

The intent to destroy Israel completely has become a firm policy of the Arabic Muslim nations arrayed against Israel today, not to be compromised by any deceptive “peace process.” The nations enumerated in Psalms 83:6-8 were those immediately surrounding Israel, all joined against her (Psalms 83:5). The prophecy primarily applies to the end-times, since their defeat will be forever and will result in men acknowledging Jehovah as supreme over all the earth (Psalms 83:17-18). It relates to the modern equivalent of the Moslem nations surrounding Israel (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, etc.) in their united efforts to destroy her (compare Ezekiel 38:1-9).
[Source: Henry Morris, The Defender’s Study Bible, Psalms 83:4-6]

 

6. Jerusalem shall be “a cup of trembling” and “a burdensome stone.”

Relevant Scriptures: Zechariah 12:2-3

Zechariah 12:2-3: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (3) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Written: circa 701-681 BC

Fulfilled: Since 1948

Two groups are distinguished by the prophet: “all the people round about Judah and Jerusalem” and “all the people of the earth.” These groups are identified by two separate prophecies. To the first group, Jerusalem will be “a cup of trembling” and to the second group, “a burdensome stone.” The first group is further identified as being united together “in a siege” against Judah and Jerusalem, the second group as “gathered together” against her. Why will Israel be a “cup of trembling” to her neighbors? As we have just pointed out, Israel is the premier military power in the world, and she could wipe out her Arab neighbors very quickly but refrains from doing so. As for being a “burdensome stone,” how better to show the fulfillment of this specific prophecy than by the fact that.from 1967-1989 out of 865 resolutions in the Security Council and General Assembly of the UN, 526 were against Israel.
[Source: Dave Hunt, https://www.thebereancall.org/content/israel-and-prophetic-proof-part-i, Accessed on July 20th 2017]

Precisely as foretold, Jerusalem is a burdensome stone to all people of the world. How much of a burden is she? The United Nations has spent one-third of its time either deliberating and arguing about or denouncing Israel because of its hold on Jerusalem. A tiny nation that has one one-thousandth of the world’s population has occupied one-third of the United Nations’ time! More than sixty thousand individual votes have been cast in the UN against Israel. That is a burden indeed, exactly as the Bible foretold! Is this merely a coincidence? We will pile prophecy upon prophecy being fulfilled in our day until “coincidence” is revealed as utter foolishness.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 10]

 

7. Against all odds, Israel will prevail over her enemies

Relevant Scriptures: Isaiah 41:12-14, Zechariah 12:6

Written: circa 701-681 BC

Fulfilled: 1948-1949 (War for Independence), 1967 (The Six-day War) and 1973 (The Yom Kippur War)

Zechariah 12:2-6: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (3) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it…(6) In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 41:12-14: Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. (13) For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (14) Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

For more than fifty years, Israel’s neighbors have attacked her repeatedly and she has proved too strong militarily for them, even though they outnumber her fifty to one and have tried to catch her by surprise. Soundly defeated every time, her neighbors tremble and feign a desire for peace, with the aim, of course, to ultimately deceive and annihilate her—a strategy established for Muslims by Muhammad himself, the founder and prophet of Islam [e.g. hudna via Treaty of Hudaybiyyah].
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 8]

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The war in 1948 and 1949—that was the war for independence—the war in 1956, the Sinai campaign; the Six-Day War in 1967; and in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, the holiest day of the year, and that was with Egypt and Syria. You have to understand that in all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge military to become the aggressor. Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars. Also, they won all four wars against impossible odds.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 379]

In May 1948, Israel had declared its independence and was instantly attacked by the combined might of 40 million Arab/Muslims surrounding her. This tiny nation of 600,000, with its hastily assembled, hurriedly trained, and poorly equipped army of 60,000, with weapons smuggled in from Czechoslovakia (France, Britain, America, et al., would sell them nothing) fought for its survival against an enemy that had sworn its utter annihilation. They “crushed 600,000 soldiers of four Arab armies, well trained and heavily armed [with tanks and planes, of which Israel had none], reinforced by units from seven additional Arab countries, not to mention the active help of the British.”
[Source: Dave Hunt, https://www.thebereancall.org/content/israel-and-prophetic-proof-part-ii, Accessed on July 20th 2017]

On May 30 [1967], as self-assigned leader of the Arab world, Nasser confidently boasted, “The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel…while standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation…the critical hour has arrived.” Iraq’s president thundered, “The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear—to wipe Israel off the map.”…Instead of waiting passively until the enemies surrounding and threatening her decided in their time and way to begin the attack, Israel had no choice but to make a preemptive strike in self-defense. As friends should do, Israel told the U.S. of its plans and was promptly betrayed to the Arabs. The destruction of the Egyptian and Syrian air forces on the ground and the humiliating defeat of the Arab armies in what became known as the “Six-Day War” is history. It was just another fulfillment of inerrant biblical prophecy: “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like…a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about…and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again….”
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 244-245]

In October of 1973, in what became known as the Yom Kippur War, the attacking Arab forces from Egypt (eighty thousand Egyptians overwhelmed and slaughtered five hundred Israeli defenders along the Suez) and Syria (fourteen hundred tanks swept down the Golan with only one Israeli tank in service to oppose them) caught Israel completely by surprise. The Soviets knew exactly when the attack was coming (October 6, 1973) and removed the last of the dependents of their staffs on October 5. America’s National Security Administration (NSA) knew that an Arab Pearl Harbor was about to be launched against Israel. Dozens of notices were sent by the NSA to the Nixon White House, which had positive evidence at least two days in advance of the attack. Nixon, however, for his own reasons, chose not to notify Israel, probably imagining that this horrible betrayal of our only real ally in the Middle East would not be discovered.

The White House finally gave Israel a reprehensible few hours notice but insisted that Israel refrain from preemptive strikes and be certain not to fire the first shot. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger went incommunicado at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York the day of the attack and waited another three days before convening the UN Security Council. He wanted the Israelis to be bloodied up a bit. Most of Israel’s armed forces were off duty, celebrating Judaism’s highest holy day. The initial success of the attackers, when Israel was trying to mobilize its military and reservists, so electrified the Arab world that nine other Arab states hurried to get in on the slaughter. Instead of rushing military supplies to Israel, the United States excused itself by saying that it had to be careful not to upset the Arabs and cause an oil crisis and that no American airline was willing to fly even the spare parts Israel was pleading for into the war zone. Oil negotiations were underway in Vienna at that very time. Any country that helped Israel in the war faced an oil embargo.

“The Soviet Union blocked any UN attempt at a cease-fire and refortified the Arab forces with armaments and supplies from the air and the sea.” Israel suffered about three thousand dead—a huge percentage of her population, which would be comparable to one hundred fifty thousand dead for the United States. Except for a series of what could only be called miracles from God, Israel would not have survived.

History Professor David A. Rausch writes, “Jordan’s King Hussein sent two of his best armored brigades to Syria. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait financially underwrote the huge cost while sending thousands of troops to fight the Israelis. Kuwait lent her British-made Lightning jets to Egypt. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi turned over forty French-made Mirage III fighters and 100 tanks. Iraqi MiG fighter jets as well as tank and infantry divisions fought on the Golan Heights, while a squadron of Iraqi Hunter jets was utilized by Egypt. Arabs predicted the extermination of the Jewish state and the ‘liberation’ of Palestine.” It was the closest Israel ever came to being defeated. But when the war ended, the Israeli tank columns were on the outskirts of Damascus and Cairo and could have taken those cities had they not been called back for political reasons.
[Source: Dave Hunt, Judgment Day: Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Page 10-11

 

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