Weapons of war in the Old Testament

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Weapons of war in the Old Testament

Post  Waqar Daniel on Fri 13 Feb 2009, 10:20 am

In Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah where arms are mentioned in prophecy, may confuse the new world age. In this modern world where F-22 and Stealth Bombers fly firing missles, how come these old things will be used?

One answer can be that it was written in the olden times and it mentions the weapons of that age. We can translate that language into the modern names of the weapons of the warfare of 21st century.

How can we call them prophecy if such language is used for the future warfare? Now let us see the weapons for future warfare in Isaiah and Ezekiel:

  1. Soos: Translated into a horse but it actually means a A Leaper. In the modern warfare it can be a weapon that can be an F-16, or F-22 Raptor, flying off a Super Carrier. Even Israels have named their Tank as Merkeva that means a Chariot
  2. keh'-sheth: Translated into a bow but actually means launcher.
  3. khayts: Translated as arrow but actually means a Thunder Bolt.
I hope you all enjoyed this information.

I am also pointing out some facts regaring Israeli Army and the terms they use;

  1. 36th Armor Division
    Also known as the Ga'ash Formation, is the largest armor division in the IDF, and also includes Engineering Corps soldiers who are attached to it. It is stationed on the Golan Heights under the Northern Command. It is currently commanded by Brigadier-General Sami Turgeman. It includes the 7th and 188th Armor Brigades.
  2. 162nd Armor Division
    Also known as the Sa'ar ("Storm") Formation, this is a regular armor brigade which is placed under the command of the Northern Command. It is the first armor brigade of the IDF and has participated in all of Israel's wars. The brigade’s fighting during the Suez War resulted in a breakthrough in how the army approached the character of armor warfare. Today, the brigade is equipped with Mark 2 Merkava tanks.
  3. 188th Armor Brigade
    Also known as the Barak ("Lightning") Formation, it is a regular armor brigade which is placed under the command of the Northern Command. Starting with the Six Day War, the brigade participated in all of Israel’s wars. During the Yom Kippur War, the brigade was the first line of defense in the first day of the war at the Southern Golan, and saw almost all of its officers killed in action. It was the last armor brigade to use the Centurion tank, converted into Merkava 3 tanks in 1992.
  4. 410st Armor Brigade
    Also known as the Ikvot HaBarzel ("Tracks of Iron") Formation, this is an armor brigade created in 1968 in order to control the Suez Canal line. During the Yom Kippur War, it faced the first line of attack in the canal and suffered heavy losses. During the 1982 Lebanon War, it fought in the Southern force and one of its battalions participated in the Sultan Yaakov battle. During 2004-2005, the brigade’s Magach tanks were replaced by Mark 4 Merkava tanks.
  5. 460th Armor Brigade
    Also known as the Bnei Or ("Sons of Light") Formation, this is the training brigade of the Armored Corps. It maintains two bases: the Shizafon training base—the school for the corps' commanders, where the officers and tank commanders are instructed—and Camp Magen-Sayarim, the Armored Corps school, where basic and continued training is undertaken, preparing armor combatants toward the operational brigades.
  6. 14th Armored Brigade
    The brigade was active during the War of Attrition when it split to provide the basis for the 401st Armoured Brigade. During the Yom Kippur War, it was initially an armoured reserve supporting the infantry brigades holding the Bar-Lev Line. It suffered terrible casualties during the war but was rebuilt afterwards.
  7. 211th Brigade
    Also known as the Yishai (acronym for "Guardians of Jerusalem Unit"), during the Lebanon War of 1982, it was famously led by Colonel Eli Geva, who during the Siege of Beirut refused to lead his soldiers into the city for moral reasons. He was dismissed from the army, and the brigade itself was dissolved in the early 1990s.
  8. 847th Brigade
    This is a reserve brigade also known as Merkavot HaPlada (Steel Chariots), equipped with Mark 2 Merkava tanks. Up to the year 2000 the main equipment was old Magach AFVs. Recently, the brigade took part in the 2006 Lebanon War, most notably in the Battle of Bint Jbeil and battle of Yaroon, in the war the brigade eliminated approximately 60 Hezbollah fighters.
  9. 500th Brigade
    Also known as the Kfir ("Young Lion") Formation, this was a regular armor brigade which operated from 1972 until 2003. During the Yom Kippur War, it participated in the Battle of Suez. During the Lebanon War of 1982, it fought in the framework of the Eastern force and participated in the Eyn Zhalata battle. In 2003, due to changes in the IDF structure, and the lessening of the threat from the eastern front (due to the USA war in Iraq) the brigade was dissolved.
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Re: Weapons of war in the Old Testament

Post  Pastor on Fri 13 Feb 2009, 2:03 pm

Daniel this very informative and I thank you for explaining the words "soos", "keh'-sheth" and "Khayts". This really makes sense in the modern day weaponry. I will be looking forward to your next post on Israeli Air Force. Blessings in Jesus

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