This is the modern prophetic replay of the end of the plague of frogs and the replay of the Plague of Gnats on Egypt. The associated Bible Text and key times are given at the bottom of this page.
There are 3 aspects to the the plague that land on this date.
About 2 weeks ahead of this date there was a grounding of MD-80s for emergency inspections. This grounding involved issues of wiring bundles in the wheel wells of commercial passenger carrying MD-80 aircraft.
Various airlines fly this model, but American Airlines has by far the most, over 300, and so was the airline most impacted.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, American had to again ground MD-80s because the FAA felt that some of the wiring harnesses had not been secured with string wrappers that were close enough together. The FAA wanted this work redone. On that day over 460 domestic flights were grounded, causing a pile of planes, passengers, and luggage.
The next day, April 9, 2008, over 1100 domestic flights were grounded with the bulk of them (1094) were again American Airlines flights, though some Delta and Alaska flights were also grounded.
On Thursday, April 10, 2008, another 933 flights were grounded. Though the media reports from the previous 2 days was expected to minimize the surprise nature of the flight cancellations on passengers.
On Friday, April 11, 2008, 595 additional American Airlines flights where canceled.
Over 250,000 passengers spread across most major US airports were impacted by this sudden cancellation of flights.
The Key Issue in the grounding of the MD-80s was the US FAA’s utter disregard for the traveling public. The air-worthiness directive had been issued in September of 2006, 18 months before the grounding.
If there was really a safety problem, the wiring harness problem should have been addressed long before April of 2008. If there was NOT a safety problem, then the traveling public should not have been subjected to over 3000 canceled flights. Either way, the FAA was not paying attention to details, and did not care about the average traveler. To the FAA administration, the public was simply a gnat that could be ignored.
The prophetic story involves gnats, small things that fly, and frogs, small things that hop. These aspects of this plague were seen in the fulfillment headlines with the airplanes (gnats) and the piles of people that were left on the ground.
There had been similarly sized weather related airline groundings, and there had been a total stop of airline flights at 911, but there has never been a regulation related grounding of airline flights of this magnitude before. In this case over 3100 flights were canceled.
There were minor headlines out of Israel, and a very edgy Israeli public, because of high-alert military status across the Israel-Syria border. 2 specific headlines are worth noting here which may been seen as more significant to this date in the future.
For more details, the Debka article is here.
10And he said to him, Tomorrow. And Moses said, Be it according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like Yahvah our god.
11And the frogs will depart from you and from your house and from your servants and from your people; they will remain in the river only.
12And Moses and Aaron went out from the presence of pharaoh; and Moses prayed before Yahvah because of the frogs which he had brought against pharaoh.
13And Yahvah did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died that were in the houses and in the courtyards and in the fields.
14And they gathered them together in heaps; and the land stank.
15And when pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as Yahvah had said to Moses.
16And Yahvah said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Lift up your staff and strike the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
17And he did so; and Aaron lifted up his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the land, and it became lice on men and on cattle; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
18And the magicians did the same by means of their magic to bring forth lice, but they could not get rid of the lice; so there were lice on men and on cattle.
19Then the magicians said to pharaoh, This is the finger of god; and pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as Yahvah had said.