Rabbi says Bible Prophecies predicted what would happen to
Israel in diaspora
Posted: February 04, 2010
When scientists revealed in 2008 that an analysis of rings on
stalagmite from a cave near Jerusalem showed the climate of the region
got drier shortly after the Roman dispersion of the Jews in A.D. 70, it
was no surprise to Rabbi Menachem Kohen of Brooklyn.
In his book, "Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror: A Torah
Perspective on World Events," he had explained the dramatic climate
change that took place when the Jews were forced from their homeland.
Rabbi Kohen wrote that the land suffered an unprecedented, severe and
inexplicable (by anything other than supernatural explanations) drought
that lasted from the first century until the 20th – a period of 1,800
years coinciding with the forced dispersion of the Jews.
Kohen saw the cataclysm as a miraculous fulfillment of prophecy found
in the book of Deuteronomy – especially chapter 28:23-24.
"And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth
that is under thee shall be iron.
"The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven
shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed."
A year later, University of Wisconsin geologists analyzed the chemical
composition of individual rings that formed the stalagmite growing up
from the floor of the Soreq Cave near Jerusalem between 200 B.C. and
A.D. 1100. Geologists John Valley and Ian Orland concluded the climate
was drier in the eastern Mediterranean between 100 A.D. and A.D. 700,
with steep drops in rainfall around 100 A.D. and A.D. 400 – a period of
waning Roman and Byzantine power in the region.
Researchers from the Geological Survey of Israel and Hebrew University
in Jerusalem helped with the study, which appeared in an issue of the
journal Quaternary Research. The scientific study was tied to research
into global warming.
Before the Jews entered Canaan, it was described in the Bible as a land
flowing with milk and honey. If you read what Israel's climate and
natural landscape was like from the time Joshua crossed the Jordan
right up until the time of Jesus, it sounds like a heavily forested
land. There were amazing crops raised by the people who inhabited the
land when the Jews arrived.
For 1,800 years, it hardly ever rained in Israel. This was the barren
land discovered by Mark Twain. So-called "Palestine" was a wasteland –
few lived there. Beginning in A.D. 70 and lasting until the early 1900s
– about 660,000 days – no rain.
A survey of rainfall charts in Israel beginning in the early 1800s
leading up to through the 1960s also confirms the severe drought ended
when the Jews began to return. The heaviest periods of rainfall during
that 150-year period came in and around 1948 and 1967 – the years of
Israel's independence and its most stunning military victory.
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