|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Eleventh Year:
4 May 1973
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|4 May 1973:
Eleventh year, third month, first day 11y 3m 1d
Based on 4 May 1973 = 3m 1d with moon at 4%.
Summary: Beyond the downfall of their economy and national stability, the Yom Kippur War would account for a tremendous loss of Egyptian armed forces. Bent on doing as they pleased, unwilling to heed any warning from Yehuveh, the Egyptians confidently hastened their purposes, and the deaths of thousands of their soldiers!
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 31:1.
“And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak unto Pharoah king of Egypt, and to his multitude. . . .”
History and Related Events: “In May 1973 Israel celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. Walter Eytan wrote in a special anniversary article: ‘Israel is 25 years old, but also 4,000. Here, in particular, all is mysterious. We are as conscious of our youth as of our age: each is equally real to us, and there is no contradiction between them. . . .’”
“That May the Egyptians put their army on high alert. When the Chief of Staff, David Elazar, responded by a partial mobilization of Israel’s reserves, he was widely thought to have reacted with undue panic, wasting public money. When, after the Egyptian alert had been called off, the High Command in Tel Aviv was told by one of its Intelligence sources that a planned canal crossing had been put off until October, no alarm bells rang; the information was discounted and filed away. That summer, the Israel Defence Forces announced that they were planning to reduce the length of compulsory military service from thirty-six months to thirty-three months. Reserve duty would also be cut, from sixty days a year to thirty. Defence spending, which had been 40 per cent of the national budget in 1970, and had dropped to 32 per cent in 1973, was planned to fall to 14.6 percent in the budget of 1977.” Optimism as to the relative safety of their situation and the assumed impotence of the surrounding nations permeated Israel. Quite literally, they seemed to let their guard down. Gilbert, Martin. Israel: A History, William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1998. Pp. 421, 423.
By way of a parable about Assyria as a mighty tree, which in spite of its tremendous height, fell and perished, Yehuveh presented a final warning to Egypt: “To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith Yehuveh Elohim.” “On October 26, the Egyptian Third Army made a last despairing effort to improve its position. Under heavy artillery cover, its tanks mounted attacks on Israeli pontoon bridges south of the Little Bitter Lake. Following a three-hour battle, the armor was thrown back. Demoralized, many of the Egyptians now attemted to surender—but were shot down by their own comrades on the west bank of the Canal. . . .” The Third Army would have perished there on the battlefield had not Henry Kissinger and others worked out provisions for a 100-truck Red Cross convoy to provide them food, water and medical supplies. As Yehuveh had foretold, the armed forces of Egypt and all associated with them in this war, were dead or close to it. It was certain then that “hostilities [would never] be resumed between Egypt and Israel.” Ezekiel 31:18; Ibid., p. 785.
Observations and Comments: If Yehuveh has warned nations of their fate, and history bears witness to the fulfillment of these prophecies, it should speak to us. Yehuveh’s warnings, cautions, and predictions will indeed be fulfilled to us! We can take much assurance from these fulfilled prophecies if we are in intimate and obedient relationship with Yehuver! His sure word to us will also be fulfilled!
Originally Written: 10 August 2007
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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