The Yom Kippur war broke out on Oct 6, 1973. The Syrians invaded Israel in a surprise attack, although Israel was warned by Jordan it was coming but that warning fell on deaf ears. At 2 pm, everyone was in the synagogues or participating in Yom Kippur services somewhere when the attack began. It was difficult, and Syria invaded with fourteen hundred tanks against Israel’s one hundred and forty-four tanks.
As the war went on, this got worse because Iraq, Morocco, the Jordanians (reluctantly) and the Saudis got involved. It was an Arab alliance to take Israel out. A tank brigade called the Barak Brigade of Israel got wiped in the first few days. The Syrians attacked with a three-pronged attack, attacking the north, south and the central part of the Golan Heights. The attacks in the south and central parts of the Golan were successful. They broke through and the Syrian tanks had reached a pointy that overlooked the Galilee.
From there they could move right into Israel, cutting the nation in half and move into Tel Aviv. There was nothing to stop them. But they did a curious thing. They stopped. Why did Syria stop? They were 12 miles from where Israel stored their tactical nukes. The answer is, nobody knows why. It seems the Syrian command structure dictated that they had to wait for the northern prong to break through and catch up.
The decisive battle was in this northern area of the Golan. What does fourteen hundred tanks look like? The Nazis invaded the Soviet Union with two thousand tanks across a 900 mile front. Syria invaded Israel with fourteen hundred tanks across a 50 mile front. It was one of the greatest tank battles in history. The major battle took place in what is called the “Valley of Tears.” It was named by Israel because of the tears of the Syrians. Israel was outnumbered 15 to 1. They held off the Syrians for four days. How did they do it? Why did the Syrians stop in the south and central parts of the Golan?
After four days, there were three tanks still fighting in the northern section of this valley. To the south there was a hill called Booster Hill, and there were four tanks there, for total of seven. They held off hundreds of Syrian tanks. Reinforcements finally arrived after four days, and now they had thirteen tanks. These tanks were pieced together from existing tanks that were damaged. The crews had already been fighting.
The Syrians turned around and retreated. The few Israeli tanks chased them back to Syria. This is a fulfillment of Lev 26.8, “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.” Seven tanks survived, they fought the 7th Syian Division, in the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri, on the seventh day of the week, from the 77th Tank Battalion, of the 7th Israeli Armored Brigade, after 77 hours of battle.
There is a war memorial to the 7th Armored Brigade and the memorial says, “Behold Yehovah, he comes with fire and like a tempest his chariots.” The word for “tank” in Hebrew is “Merkavah” or “chariots” (Isa 66.15). The emblem for this brigade has the letters “ayin, zayin” in Hebrew at the bottom for “77” and it is pronounced “Oz” meaning “strength” as in “Migdal Oz” (Strong Tower) in Prov 18.10. Remember David and the stones that killed Goliath? They came from Migdal Oz. But this still does not explain what happened.
Why did the southern and central units of the Syrian army proceed and push through? There is an Israeli documentary that was made about this called “Zero Hour.” It was made by Orthodox Jews. In the documentary it said that the victory came because “people began to recognize the holy name of God.” During an investigation and debriefing of a captured Syrian commander, he said in response to a question as to why they stopped in the Golan Heights, “I would like to see you cross the Syrian line if you saw an entire row of white angels standing on the mountain line, and a white hand from heaven motioning you to stop. I stopped.”
Israel has fought Syria before anciently. 2 Kings 6.8-17 describes an incident. Israel knew what Syria was going to do. They thought they had a spy among them. But they realized that Israel had a prophet among them named Elisha and he was telling the king of Israel what the Syrian king was saying and planning. So, they try to kidnap Elisha in Dothan, and they surrounded the city with horses and chariots (tanks). Elisha had a servant who said “What are we going to do?”
So Elisha said there are more with us than with them. He then prayed for the eyes of the servant to be “opened” using the name of Yehovah. Yehovah opened his eyes and he saw the mountain and it was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Is this what happened in 1973?
Now, we need to be intellectually honest about this. Many have used other names of God, like Yahweh, Yahveh, Yahuah and the like and will have a hard time changing to another. But, here is the thing we need to keep in mind. In the Karaite community there is a tradition and they have a concept called, “Search the Scriptures well and do not rely on any man’s opinion.” In other words, don’t just blindly follow what we say, or anybody. Even if we are right, then you are basing your relationship with God on what we say, rather than on what God says for yourself.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use other resources like books, tapes, videos, the Internet and other things, but we need to check them out as we use them. True biblical discernment will play a major role here. Check out the evidence for yourself on the name of God being Yehovah. If we are wrong, and you go out and just repeat what we say without doing your homework, its your fault.
That Karaite concept is also a fundamental concept found in the Scriptures. We are to check the oracles of God about what anyone says (Acts 17.11). Check out the Hebrew Bible to see how the name is written for yourself. You can see the Aleppo Codex, Leningrad Codex and other sources for yourself on the Internet. So far, there has been 1000 Hebrew sources for the name of God being Yehovah. You can see the name with full vowels written in the oracles of God, the best ones available. Once you are convinced and convicted about Yehovah, then call upon him using his name. Start learning all you can about that name from people who know what they are talking about. The Scriptures say, “Our help is in the name of Yehovah, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psa 124.8); “I am Yehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isa 42.8); “The name of Yehovah is a strong tower (migdal oz); the righteous run to it and are safe” (Prov 18.10).