The Day of the Lions
There is a prophecy of deliverance found in Isaiah 31:4 which says:
For thus the Lord has spoken to me: “As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice Nor be disturbed by their noise), So the Lord of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill. (NKJV)
Like flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem.
He will protect and deliver it;
He will pass over and rescue it. (NASB 1995)
The situation to which Cahn applies this Scripture is the events that brought about the deliverance of Jerusalem to the Nation of Israel. Those events began on June 5, 1967 when the Nation of Jordan began shelling Israeli positions around Jerusalem, despite Israel’s earlier requests and warnings to refrain from entering the war.
To cut off the Jordanian forces and stop the shelling, Israeli troops set out to encircle the mountains and roads surrounding the city. Although not their initial strategy or intended purpose this strategy would ultimately lead to the restoration of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.
The Commander of the Harel Brigade was ordered to seize vital passageways leading to and from the city and to take the mountain ridges north and east of Jerusalem. If successful this would give Israel control of the Judean Hills. It would also open the door for the Jubilean event.
Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade: On the eve of the 6 Day War was being prepared for battle in the Sinai Peninsula the original focal point of the war. But the rapidly shifting dynamics of the war resulted in a change of plans and deployment. The brigade was reassigned to the hills surrounding Jerusalem. June 7 found the brigade and their commander on the Mount of Olives. While there the order came to them to take Jerusalem. The brigade made it’s way down the Mount of Olives, then up Mount Moriah, and through the gates of the ancient city.
The passage from Isaiah: During the Jubilee year of 1917 verse 5 of this passage was fulfilled when the Lord used the British Airforce to turn the tide of the war in favor of Britain, thus opening the way for Israel’s restoration. The scripture assigned in the Book of Common Prayer, which most British soldiers carried with them was this very passage.
Now, in the Jubilee year of 1967 the other part of the passage would be fulfilled.
Remembering the situation leading up to the war:
With a multitude of enemies arrayed against this nation who had been back in their homeland for less than 20 years, it’s continued existence seemed to be in peril and many of the Israeli citizens were fearful of that very thing. However once committed to military action Israel was like a lion that had been disturbed. They struck with massive force, an amazing ferocity and lightning like speed. As a lion’s roar frightens it’s enemies so the roar of the Israeli military struck fear into the hearts of it’s enemies. A lion’s roar is often a warning not to invade it’s territory, so Israel had warned Jordan against involvement in this war. It was because of Jordan’s disregard and defiance of that warning that the prophecy of Scripture would be fulfilled.
Lions in Israel:
The lion was Israel’s symbol of royalty. Jerusalem, the capital, was where the King’s throne was located. King Solomon’s throne is described this way in II Chronicles, chapter 9:
17 Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold.
18 There were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.
19 Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing was made for any other kingdom.
Carved and sculpted images of lions appeared at other places throughout ancient Jerusalem. Jerusalem in a sense became the City of Lions.
Looking at the fulfillment of Scripture:
Remembering what it says:
For thus the Lord has spoken to me: “As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice Nor be disturbed by their noise), So the Lord of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.
The leader of the Harel Brigade was Colonel Ben Ari
In Hebrew “Ari” means “Lion”
The Battle of Jerusalem, Mt. Zion and it’s hill, according to Isaiah was led by a man named “Lion”. Additionally Harel means “Mountain of God”
Lions and more lions:
The Operations Officer of the Israeli Army’s Central Command, the man who directed the battle for Jerusalem and gave the command to take the city was Colonel Arik Regev.
In Hebrew “Arik” means “Lion”
The command to take Jerusalem came to and through the brigade’s Intelligence Officer, a man named Arik Achmon.
Again, the lion appears.
The soldier who more than any other became famous for his role in liberating Jerusalem was Colonel Motta Gur.
In Hebrew “Gur” means lion, but a specific kind of lion.
Remember the words of the prophecy:
“As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey
“Gur” means “young lion”
This term does not denote a cub, more like an adolescent, a lion coming into his full strength.
Thus the Scripture was fulfilled as Arik Achmon (the lion) and Motta Gur (the young lion) took Jerusalem for the Jewish people.
Gur “roared” the most famous words of the war, first to Israel and then to all the world: “The Temple Mount is in our hands”
In a final confirmation of Scripture, unforeseen and unplanned by man, but ordained and orchestrated by the Lord, the gate through which the Israeli troops entered the city was “The Lion’s Gate”!