ISRAEL - Foxes Fulfilling Prophecy?

Arno Froese

As the Jewish world [counted] the days to the ninth of Av (Tisha Be’Av), the date on which Jews mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem following its destruction by the Romans, foxes [were] spotted walking near the Western Wall, a press release reported.

It is written in the Book of Lamentations (5:18), which is read on Tisha Be’Av, that Mount Zion—where the Temples stood—will be so desolate that “foxes will walk upon it.” The understanding, according to the Talmud in the tractate Makkot (24b), is that if the prophecies of destruction have been fulfilled, so will be the ones by the prophet Zechariah about the Temple being rebuilt.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, referred to photos of the foxes and commented, “One cannot refrain from crying at the site of the fulfillment of the prophecy of ‘foxes will walk on it.’”, 8 August 2019

Arno's commentary

The book of Lamentations was written in the same year the temple was destroyed: 586 BC. When reading the last chapter of this book, one is overwhelmed by the horrendous sadness, tragedy, and horrible suffering of the people of Judah.

There are two verses we must highlight. “Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities” (Lamentations 5:7). The prophet, inspired by the Holy Spirit, recognized that this judgment came upon Jerusalem and Judah because of the rebellion against God. It was not a present-day occurrence at that time, but “our fathers sinned.” Yet, before the last verse, the prophet prays: “Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old” (verse 21).

The above article attempts to show that the appearance of foxes at the Wailing Wall is prophecy fulfilled. That, however, is not supported in Scripture. Quite the opposite is true; Israel today is an extremely strong, prosperous, and successful nation; she is the envy of the Middle East. Only the oil-rich Arab nations can compare economically with Israel, but they too are subject to Israel’s technology. As we have witnessed in the last few years, Arab nations have secretly sent their emissaries or have invited Israeli scientists to their country. We know from the book of Nehemiah that the enemies mocked the Jews in their feeble attempt to build a wall for protection. “And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4:2).

But in the end, Israel is always incomparable. The last three verses of the book of Nehemiah have this to report: “Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business; And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good” (Nehemiah 13:29-31).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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