Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Miracle In The Desert

In 2008 scientists analyzing the rings of stalagmites from a cave near Jerusalem showed that the climate of the region became increasingly drier shortly after the Roman dispersion of the Jewish people in 70AD.
According to Rabbi Menachem Kohen, author of the book, "Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror: A Torah Perspective on World Events" these dramatic changes occured when the Jews were forced from their ancestral homeland. Rabbi Kohen claims that the land, "suffered an unprecedented and inexplicable drought" that lasted from the first century until the twentieth-an amazing stretch of 1800 years-which began shortly after the expulsion of the Jews from the land given to them by Jehovah God in his eternal covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
This is a significant fufillment of Biblical prophecy found in the Book of Deuteronomy ("Second Law-Giving") 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."
In 2009, a team of geologists from the University of Wisconsin traveled to Israel to study the chemical composition of individual rings that formed stalgamite growing up from the floor of Soreq Cave near Jerusalem between 200 B.C. and 1100 A.D. The team concluded that the climate of the eastern Meditterranean area was indeed drier between 100 and 700 A.D., with a drastic shortage of rainfall around 100 and 400 A.D. thus marking the period of decline of both Roman and Byzantine forces in the region.
Researchers from Israel's Geological Society and Hebrew University in Jerusalem both participated in this fascinating lesson from history. The study was featured in the science journal, Quaternary Research and was actually in conjunction with another study about the effects of global warming.
The Jewish people entered into the land of Canaan, described in the Bible as a land "flowing with milk and honey." At the time when Moses' successor, Joshua, crossed over the Jordan River, the landscape of Israel was rich and green pasture, ideal for grazing animals, thus "milk" and for raising crops and bee-keeping, "honey." After the Jews were dispersed from their land by the Romans, who then renamed the region of land, which encompassed ancient Judea and Samaria, "Palestina" which translates to "land of Phillistines" it hardly ever rained in Israel. It became a dry and arid desert, inspiring the famous American writer Mark Twain, who traveled to the region to describe the region of Palestine as "a barren and sparsely populated wasteland."
A survey of weather charts in Israel, beginning in the early ninteenth century up through the sixth decade of the twentieth century confirms a major increase of rain with the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral home. Amazingly, the weather charts reveal that the heaviest amounts of rainfall during this 150 year period coincides with two of the most significant dates in the history of Israel. One was the year 1948, when a reborn Israel took her place among the nations of the world. The second occured in the year 1967, marking Israel's spectacular victory in the Six Day War. For the first time in over two thousand years, the Jewish people were once again in control of their eternal capital, the city of Jerusalem.

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