Oral Torah prophesied this time of Muslim terror
Book review by Tom Ryerson
April 25, 2012
Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror: A Torah Perspective on World Events by Rabbi Menachem Kohen. Lambda Publishers, 2007. 224 pp.
The 9/11 attacks, war in Iraq, and Christians fighting Muslims all prophesied in Jewish traditions? This fascinating book brings us a perspective on world events from the Oral Torah. A main theme is that later Oral Torah specifically prophesied the rise of the Muslims and their war against the Jews in the Land of Israel as well as against the rest of the world. Rabbi Menachem Kohen emphasizes that the Torah is the premier evidence that there is one Creator Almighty God who has given the Land of Israel to the Jews, and Who knows the future and where everyone will live.
As the author explains, the Torah is what is known as the five books of Moses, and through the centuries there have been many oral traditions passed down by the Jewish rabbis which have explained and expanded on the Torah. In recent centuries, mostly since the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, these traditions have been written into books which are collectively known as the Oral Torah.
In Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror, Rabbi Kohen reviews centuries of history to remind us of the miracle of the Jews’ banishment from the Land of Israel, and the amazing miracle that for 1800 years there was little rain, little fruit, and no one else became permanent residents in the land, just as God had spoken. Then, out of nowhere, the Jews began to return, and other people have come to attempt to claim the land as well. Oral Torah prophesied the wars the Muslims are currently waging around the world, and Rabbi Kohen purports to show that the 9/11 attacks and the two wars of the U.S. against Iraq were specifically prophesied in the Oral Torah.
Rabbi Kohen appears not to be a believer in Jesus, and many Christians may dispute the level of credence given to the Oral Torah by this author. This book is worth reading and will give readers a different perspective on the truth that God will bless those who bless the Jews, but some of the more specific prophetic interpretations may need to be taken with a grain of salt.