A seemingly normal video of foxes in the Holy Land has some referencing an Old Testament prophecy.
The video, uploaded to a Hebrew-language YouTube account in early August, shows several foxes running around the area of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
For many, the video brought Lamentations 5:18 to mind: “Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.” While the King James version maintains the animal as a fox, other translations list a jackal as the animal.
While most videos on Western Wall News’ YouTube page have less than a hundred views, over 90,000 people have watched these foxes seemingly fulfill a biblical prophecy.
And to some of those viewers, this video is about more than a few animals scurrying across ancient ruins.
The ruins of the Temple complex can still be seen in Jerusalem, and they serve as a stark reminder of what Jews have faced for most of recorded history. Even in modern times, God’s chosen people still find persecution.
Some of that destruction is captured in the book of Lamentations, a collection of grief poetry, reflections and, you guessed it, lamentations for Israel and her people.
Although the somber verses in Lamentations often focus on the destruction and desolation of Jerusalem, the apparent completion of a prophecy has given some hope that other events are on the way.
Reactions to the video on Twitter and other sites ranges from doomsday prophecies to outright dismissal.
While some commenting on the matter were overjoyed simply to see a moment from the Bible in their lifetime, others think that the animals indicate a rebuilding of the Temple is imminent.
The importance of the moment was not lost on Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites Shmuel Rabinowitz, who commented on earlier photos of the creatures.
“One cannot refrain from crying,” he said, “at the site of the fulfillment of the prophecy of ‘foxes will walk on it.”
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