John Tng (4 Nov 1997)
"Psalm 95 & the Assassination of Rabin"

Without a doubt, the murder of Yitzhak Rabin on 4th Nov 1995, exactly two years ago, was the event that stood out in the year 1995 for Israel. Amazingly, Ps95 contains hidden clues pointing to the first assassination of an Israeli prime minister since 1948.

We need to appreciate the events that had happened leading to this fateful day two years ago. It is because of Rabin's peacemaking efforts that cost him his life, all the more ironic, considering that just a year prior to his death, he shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, with Peres and Arafat. Listed below are the key events prior to Rabin's death.

The Oslo I Accord was signed on 13 September 1993. Two years later, in September 1995, the Oslo II Accord was signed amidst much opposition from the Israeli right wing.

With the above as the background, let us turn to Ps95 to see the hidden prophecies.

#1 THE PEACE NOW RALLY. Rabin addressed a large assembly of people in the evening he was shot on 4 Nov 1995. Thousands of Israelis were gathered at the Malkhei Israel Square at the time of Rabin's assassination. This is certainly the right picture as portrayed by the Psalmist in Ps95.

Some other Scriptures with the phrase, "Come, let us", are listed below, suggesting a huge gathering of people, virtually all the peoples of the world!

The Psalmist had the hidden clue planted in the phrase "COME, LET US", to point to the large gathering of the Peace Now rally addressed by Rabin before he was killed.

#2 MASSAH & MERIBAH (Ps 95:8). This was the water incident.

Amazingly, the Massah and Meribah incident parallels the Peace Now rally in that the Israelites were disgruntled with their leaders, namely Moses and Rabin respectively. They QUARRELED and GRUMBLED with MURDEROUS INTENT! (They are almost ready to stone me. Exo 17:4) While Moses was not stoned, Rabin was not so lucky with bullets! Furthermore, the real issue was not about water. The real issue was about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt to die in the desert! They blamed Moses for bringing them out of Egypt to enter into the Promised Land which seemed like a fairy tale at that time. Amazingly, the modern parallel is still about the issue of the Promised Land! Modern Israel is still far from inheriting Palestine.

#3 MOSES & RABIN. The Massah & Meribah incident cost Moses his life!

The LORD put Moses to sleep even though he was still strong -- "Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone." (Deu 34:7 NIV) Rabin may have lost his life because he tried to make peace with the PLO who constantly seeks the destruction of Israel.

#4 FOR FORTY YEARS I WAS ANGRY WITH THAT GENERATION (Ps 95:10 NIV). God punished the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness before Joshua led a new generation of Israelis into the Promised Land. "The Lord's anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone." (Num 32:13 NIV)

What has this Scripture to do with Rabin's death? There are two possible links. Let me quote from the book, "Sharing the Promised Land",

Surely Rabin is the epitome of a true-blooded Jew fighting all his life for the liberation and establishment of Israel. Robert Slater wrote of Rabin in his book, "Rabin of Israel", on p173,

Unfortunately the peace he sought so desparately is still far from being a reality even two years after his death. It is possible that Rabin represents the first generation of Israelis who will have gone when the second generation inherits the Promised Land, i.e. when the nations "willl beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks".

The second possible connection is similar to the Massah & Meribah incident when the whole Israelite community rebelled against Moses and even wanted to stone him. The LORD punished the Israelites with 40 years of wandering in the desert because of the spying of Canaan incident -- "For forty years--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.' " (Num 14:34 NIV)

Once again, we have a mob here! I am sure they would not have hesitated in stoning Moses and Aaron if they were rubbed the wrong way up. Once again, the issue here is the Promised Land! "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!"

#5 SONG OF PEACE. Rabin's last words in public were the words of the Song of Peace -- the theme song of the Peace Now rally.

Remarkable!!! Little did Rabin realise that this song prophesied his own death just minutes before. Furthermore, Ps95 does talk about songs.

#6 RABIN'S DEATH. The last verse of Ps 95 looks like a R.I.P. -- "So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest." " (Ps 95:11 NIV) It is interesting to note that 4 Nov 1995 was a Sabbath. Although according to Jewish reckoning, 9:50 p.m. of Saturday is considered part of Sunday. The fact remains that Rabin did not enter into the proverbial rest that God promised to His chosen people, just as Moses only saw the Land from a distance and was gathered to his people.

CONCLUSION. Ps95 conceals clues to the assassination of Rabin and paints an accurate picture of the prevailing mood among the Israeli community in the summer and autumn of 1995, as paralleled by the Massah & Meribah and the exploration of Canaan incidents.