THE BIBLE PREDICTS AMERICA’S MOON LANDING (Part I)
Nearly three millenniums ago, God threaded a prophetic needle into the fabric of Hebrew history. His woven garment culminated in Americans walking on the Moon. The historical record begins with conflict. The Hebrews dealt with an adversary, the Edomites. The enmity dated back to the ill will between the sons of Isaac, Jacob and Esau. Israel descended from Jacob, Edom from Esau. Such was the ire among these peoples that God raised up the prophet Obadiah who forecast the fate of the Edomites,
THOUGH THOU EXALT THYSELF AS THE EAGLE AND…SET THY NEST AMONG THE STARS, THENCE WILL I BRING THEE DOWN. (Obadiah 1:4)
In the course of centuries, fulfillment came with Edom’s demise as a nation. Such events set the Bible apart from other works of non-fiction. It is a collection of supernatural writings. Moreover, hundreds of descriptions of Christ: his birthplace, ministry, and specific facts concerning his death demonstrate the Bible’s prophetic accuracy. Should one need added proof, examine the ecular history authored by the first century Roman named Josephus. His writings independently confirm scripture’s predictive truth.
A second noteworthy characteristic of Bible prophecy is multiple fulfillment, i.e., a prediction of events occurring more than once over the course of human history. For example, Daniel spoke of a coming abomination desolation whereby the Hebrew altar for animal sacrifice for sin would be desecrated. Historians record the event coming to pass several centuries before Christ’s birth. Those worshipping pagan Greek deities profaned the Jewish altar of the one and only God. Yet, Daniel describes another instance. A second abomination desolation will occur during the reign of the coming Antichrist as part of the end times of Church history. In like fashion, the prophecy spoken in Obadiah 1:4 possesses recurring potential.
To understand Obadiah’s prediction requires additional knowledge of Israel and Edom. Geographically, Edom occupied a mountainous region south of Israel. The high places possessed natural caves that were ideal hiding places for marauding Edomites. Their modus operandi was spying out Hebrew flocks by day and rustling sheep and crops by night. Daylight found fields stripped of produce, flocks short of animals, and the Edomites secure in their elevated hiding places. From this perspective, God’s words make sense, THOUGH THOU EXALT THYSELF AS THE EAGLE (eagles dwell in high places as did the Edomites) AND SET THY NEST AMONG THE STARS (a high place with respect to the Israelite fields and pastures)… FROM THERE (the mountainous caves) I WILL BRING THEE DOWN.
Certainly, Obadiah’s words also relate to general spiritual principles. For example, there is the scriptural admonition: …be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. (I Tim. 6:17) A high-minded person might appear to exalt himself as the eagle and countless biblical stories show where God will bring such people down. In this light, God’s spirit has given the reader multiplied instruction beyond simply recording Edom’s fate.
There is still another level of prophetic interpretation concerning Obadiah 1:4. This is a quasi-literal translation of the biblical words. For example, an Old Testament prophet described Israel’s defense by the hand of God with the words… as birds flying…shall God protect his people. Students of end time prophecy see this reference as the use of air power by Israel during the miraculous 1967 and 1972 military victories. It is this facet of prophetic interpretation that I believe supernaturally speaks to the course of America’s venture in space.
I am not alone in this belief. Gordon Lindsay author of THE BIBLE IS A SCIENTIFIC BOOK stated the correlation. Whether originally discovered by Mr. Lindsay, a Bible teacher, preacher, and evangelist, I do not know. However, the book was the catalyst for my research that began in 1977. Lindsay believed the inclusion of the EAGLE, the first manned lunar lander, AMONG THE STARS, i.e. on the Moon, was irrefutably a prophecy of space exploration. As one of many who designed the Eagle, I have examined Obadiah 1:4 for nearly a quarter century as it relates to America’s quest to land men on the Moon. (To be continued in Part II.)