As if sent by the hand of God, a rare tsunami struck southern Iran a week and a half ago. Shockingly, a mystic Israeli rabbi, known for his accurate predictions, had announced such an event just one week earlier.
In what some may see as Divine Retribution against Israel’s enemy, a powerful ten-foot tall surge of water appeared out of the Persian Gulf, battering the city of Bandar in southern Iran. The wave killed two and injured dozens in the Bushehr Province. At least four people are still missing and the region suffered major property damage.
Though tsunamis are normally the result of offshore seismic activity, there was no such activity in the Persian Gulf at that time. Ghasem Ghaedi, Iran’s regional director general of Provincial Disaster Management, told media that a “rise in temperatures over the ocean [had] caused a tidal surge to sweep towards the shore.”
Though a tsunami, like most natural disasters, is impossible to anticipate, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a mystic with a significant following in Israel, had predicted this very event one week before it happened.
“The times will continue to be difficult and the judgements will continue to grow stronger: floods, volcanic eruptions, fires and heat, evil spirits, storms and earthquakes,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said in his weekly sermon on March 3.
Skeptics may point to the generic and all encompassing nature of the rabbi’s prediction, but this does not detract from the accuracy of his words. His warning about floods can certainly be understood to include the tsunami that sent a wave of water pouring through the streets of Bandar.
Last week, revealing another aspect of Rabbi Ben Artzi’s prediction, Breaking Israel News reported on a series of eruptions at the Bogoslof Volcano in Alaska which sent clouds of abrasive ash 30,000 feet into the air, threatening a major aviation route.
Rabbi Ben Artzi has made similar predictions in the past that have come true in shocking detail. Last month, Breaking Israel News reported a prediction made by the rabbi that black magic would make a comeback in the world, focusing on world leaders like US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Less than two weeks later, opponents of President Trump calling themselves “witches” gathered outside Trump Tower in New York City in an attempt to curse the president and his supporters. The witches sent out a call on social media for others to join in, with detailed instructions on how to perform the black magic.
Rabbi Ben Artzi’s reference to tsunamis reflects Biblical prophecy, which frequently describe them as a method of Divine Retribution.
For thus saith the Lord GOD: When I shall make thee a desolate city like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee and the great waters shall cover thee; Ezekiel 26:19
But with an overrunning flood He will make a full end of the place thereof and darkness shall pursue His enemies. Nahum 1:8
The motive for the divine judgement could be attributed to an ongoing naval confrontation on the water’s surface. Iranian fast attack boats have been confronting the US Navy in the international waters of the Straits of Hormuz, south of Iran.
A divine warning would be timely as tensions rise in the region and if heeded, could prevent current military posturing from erupting into an international war. In September, Trump made a campaign promise that any Iranian vessels that harassed the US Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water”.
The president’s concern over the naval confrontations is based on political realities in the region. The Straits of Hormuz are a strategic waterway, with more than one-third of the world’s oil supply passing through them. The Iranian threat to take control over the straits could have dire consequences.
Details relating to the tsunami connect it to Iran’s sworn enemy: Israel. The tsunami struck the day before Purim, the holiday celebrating the Jewish victory over Persia, known today as Iran.
In addition, the city struck by the tsunami, Bandar, has a history of treating Jews harshly. It is now an entirely Muslim city, but until the Safavid Dynasty rose in the 16th century, it was populated exclusively by Jews, who were forcibly converted to Islam.
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