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Coincidence or Prophetic?

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A rabbi was at continual odds with his congregation.  Finally, the president of the synagogue said, “Rabbi, we must have a conference to settle this dispute once and for all.”  So the rabbi, the president, and the ten elders gathered together to discuss the issue, of which the rabbi soon discovered he was the only dissenting voice.  After much talk, the president of the synagogue announced, “Alright, let’s have a vote and the majority wins.”  When the votes were collected, the president said, “Rabbi, you are outvoted, eleven to one, thus we have the majority.”  The rabbi rose to his feet and said, “So you think you are right and I am wrong because of a vote. Well, think again, for I will call on the Holy One of Israel to give us a sign that I am correct and you are incorrect.”  Immediately, a deafening clap of thunder sounded, accompanied by a brilliant flash of light – the mahogany table they were gathered around cracked in two, the room was filled with smoke, and the president and the elders were thrown to the floor.  However, the rabbi, he remained standing, untouched and triumphant. The president of the synagogue slowly rose from underneath the table – hair singed, glasses hanging from one ear, his clothes in burnt disarray.  Then after some serious contemplation, he responded with, “Alright, alright, so it’s now eleven to two; but we still have the majority!”

Today, all of Israel is worried about: a deafening clap, a thunderous sound, a brilliant flash; but not from a storm sent by God above, instead, a nuclear bomb sent by Iran, its diabolical neighbour nearby.

Just before the United States led a group of six major nations (China, England, France, Germany, Russia) into nuclear negotiations with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a gift to U.S. President Barak Obama – the Book of Esther.  An aide to the PM told reporters it was meant to provide the leader of the free world with “background reading” on Persian Iran.  And obviously, in its modern dramatic context: Netanyahu is (Mordecai), Iran’s leaders are (Haman), Obama is (Ahasuerus, the powerful but easily influenced king who almost led the Jews to their annihilation, only to save them in the nick of time) and Esther (any Republican candidate who wins the presidency).  But one really has to wonder if the American President ever took time to read that biblical account – for the very day, April 1, 2015, Barak Obama announced a “framework” nuclear agreement with Iran, was also the very same historical day on the Hebrew calendar, Nisan 13, that the Persian king in 472 B.C., signed an agreement calling for the destruction of all Jews throughout his empire.
Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.  And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

The bottom line?  We may not recognize Nisan 13 but we do April 1, Fool’s Day. And that’s exactly what Israel is worried Iran is currently doing to the world.