Hail Pounds Saudi Desert, Kills Cattle in Swaziland

Hashem said to Moshe, “Hold out your arm toward the sky that hail may fall on all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast and all the grasses of the field in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 9:22 (The Israel Bible™)

Skeptics of the Biblical account of the Ten Plagues will be chagrined to see shocking videos of a recent wave of hailstorms that struck simultaneously around the world in the most unlikely of places. The Saudi Arabian desert was covered in ice and, in precisely the manner described in the Bible, hail in Australia was accompanied by fire.

Critics will claim that the Biblical account of the Ten Plagues that preceded the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt is improbable and could not have happened as described. In the case of the hailstorm in Africa last week, the devastating effect on cattle reflects the devastation the Biblical plague had on the Egyptian. Even the unlikely meeting of the elemental opposites of fire and ice was witnessed by the farmers of Australia, making the claims of a literal reading of the Bible more credible.


Last Tuesday, heavy rain and hail hit Saudi Arabia’s northern province of al-Jawf, causing flooding and hail-related damage. The desert was coated in ice and ice-filled rivers flowed through the streets.

Hail pounded Swaziland, South Africa on the same day. One person and at least 18 cows were reported killed by the freak storm that lasted all of 30 minutes.

Hail cloud South Africa (Twitter/Citizen)

Cattle killed by hail in South Africa (Twitter/Citizen)

Last Sunday, hail accompanied by lightning created the fire-and-ice scenario described in Exodus in central Wheatbelt, Australia:

So Moshe held out his rod toward the sky, and Hashem sent thunder and hail, and fire streamed down to the ground, as Hashem rained down hail upon the land of Egypt. Exodus 9:23

More than one and a half inches of precipitation fell on the region and lightning strikes set off fires.

Fire and ice raining down on beast and man, mirroring the Biblical account of the Exodus. Prophecy predicts that the plagues of Egypt will reappear before the arrival of the Messiah. Could it be that is what we are witnessing?