|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Tenth Year:
18 December 1972
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|18 December 1972:
Tenth year, tenth month, twelfth day 10y 10m 12d
Based on 18 December 1972 = 10m 1d with moon at 2%.
Summary: Knowing that Egypt was stirring Arab support for a surprise war against Israel, and knowing the disaster this course would bring on Egypt, Yehuveh placed a warning on record. Ezekiel was told to set his face against and prophecy against Egypt. History records the fulfillment of these pointed predictions. Yehuveh knew all that lay ahead!
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 29:1-2.
“In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt.”
History and Related Events: Israel spent much of 1972 seeking membership in the European Economic Community and building up diplomatic relations with countries around the world. What they overlooked were the subtle activities of the Egyptian government under Sadat. It was to these behind-the-scenes activities of the Egyptian leadership that Yehuveh addressed this chapter. Yehuveh, through Ezekiel, clearly warned Sadat of the results of his course: “Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee. And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am Yehuveh.” Obviously Sadat neither heard nor heeded this warning. Ezekiel 29:8-9.
“By the end of 1972, there was hardly a country in Europe with which we had not exchanged official visits at prime-minister or foreign-minister level. They included Britain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and all the Scandinavian countries. And yet it was in Europe that the Palestinian terrorists made their strongest impression. I shall never forget the terrible night of suspense when the members of our Olympic team of athletes were captured in Munich. The German government decided not to yield to terrorist extortion. When the terrorists escorted the athletes to the Munich airport, ostensibly as part of a deal for the release of Palestinian Arab saboteurs in Israel, the German forces opened fire on them. The operation, although conceived in a brave and friendly spirit, misfired tragically. Although the German commandos were able to kill mot of the terrorists and capture the others, there was a moment of suspense and hesitation in which one of the terrorists brutally killed all eleven Israeli athletes, who were bound and gagged in the helicopter. . . .
“The Israeli emphasis on antiterrorism as the central theme of our security now became stronger than ever. Despite these setbacks, 1972 ended with Israel’s international position ostensibly strong. Our flag flew in nearly ninety embassies across the entire world. Although our relations with East European states had not been repaired, the whole of non-Moslem African and all of Europe and Latin America were linked to us by strong diplomatic, economic, cultural, and humanities. The Munich massacre, the indecent support given to the assassins by Arab leaders, including President Sadat, the gloating that ran riot across the Arab world with the honorable exception of King Hussein, all fortified Israelis in the feeling that peace with the Arab world was an Israeli dream that evoked no echo in the Arab heart. At the same time, the Munich attack had reduced the international pressures upon us to make concessions to an adversary who seemed impervious to any human impulse and reconciled to Israel’s identity as a legitimate and sovereign state. Yet, while it was evident that terrorism would increase, the general feeling in Israel was that the favorable military balance, the strong support of Israel by the United States, and the weakening of Egyptian-Soviet relations, all made the outbreak of war with our neighbors a remote contingency.” Eban, Abba Solomon. Abba Eban: An Autobiography. Random House, New York, 1977. Pp. 483-484.
Originally Written: 16 November 2007
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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