In the largest aerial expedition in Israeli history, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were transported to Israel in two days on May 24, 1991.
Just like the original exodus from Egypt was in haste, so this operation required quick action as the Ethiopian government was collapsing to a rebel takeover – and as the arab nations between Ethiopia and Israel could attempt to stop the airlift. Due to the haste of the operation, seats were taken out of the planes in order to seat as many as possible – smashing the world record for the most passengers on a plane!
The ancient prophet Zephaniah foretold this event in the Bible, when he foretold that: “From beyond the rivers of Sudan/Ethiopia my worshipers — including my dispersed people— will present offerings to me.” Zep 3:10.
Enoch Lavender was born in Australia, raised in Norway, spent time living in China and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been studying Hebrew and the Jewish roots of our faith for the past decade, and has a keen interest in the Middle East from a Bible prophecy perspective.