As strange as this request may have been from God, the prophetic implications regarding this act are absolutely phenomenal. Let's consider the arithmatic time relationships to God's word being fulfilled by Ezekiel having to lie on the prescribed side and length of time. Although it's not necessary to study/understand these time relationships, I believe you will be truly blessed at God's prophetic word being fulfilled in "our generation".
The combined number of days Ezekiel had to lie on both his right and left side for the iniquity of the houses of Israel and Judah equaled a total of 430 days (390 day for Israel + 40 days for Judah). God specifically tells us that each day Ezekiel had to lay down refers to one year as given in the above scripture. Why would God have Ezekiel lie on both of his sides for a total of 430 days? The foundation of this understanding is given in Leviticus 26: 27,28.
We find that Israel again did not keep the Sabbath of the Land between their return from captivity in Babylon from the time King Artaxerxes gave the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time Christ was cut-off as given in Daniel 9: 26. This marks the second time the Israelites failed to carry out the Sabbaths of the land (6 years farmed and one year left to rest) for a total of 483 years, equaling 69 weeks of years (please read Chapter IV, Israel: God's Timepiece for explaination of what Daniel's 70 weeks means). Therefore, God had the absolute right (because He is righteous) to invoke Leviticus 26: 18 which states;
Although God had every right to impose the totality of this punishment upon Israel, He offered His chosen people an unusual third opportunity (symbolic of the Trinity). In this third offering, God shows His incredible grace and mercy by offering Israel His only begotten Son, Jesus, their Messiah. Yet, the chief priests, elders and multitudes of Israel would “cut-off” the Messiah by crucifixion! At this juncture, God had no other recourse but to fulfill both His righteous law and the totality of punishment as given in Leviticus 26:18. Now comes God’s perfect wisdom and undeniable execution of His word. Consider the following calculations for an incredible revelation!
430 years - 70 years (Babylonian Captivity) = 360 years remaining
360 years x 7 (7x more for sin) x 360 days/Jewish year = 907,200 days
907,200 days = 2,483.77 yrs.
365.25 days/Julian year
Historical records indicate that the Babylonians first took Judah captive in the month of Nisan on 606 B.C. The captivity of both houses of Israel (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom) ended exactly 70 years later on the first day of Nisan, 536 B.C. Subtracting 536 years out from 2,483.77 years equals 1,947.77 years, which brings us to the rebirth of Israel as a nation. In passing through 1 B.C. through 1 A.D, we need to add a year to the total figure of 1,947.77. Doing so, 1,947.77 years becomes 1948.77 years, otherwise known as 1948 A.D.3 The revelation is that on May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was reestablished by United Nations proclamation as the calculations show! This shows us the concise manner of God’s execution of His righteous word and establishes His sovereign promise that He will fulfill His covenant with the ancestors of Abraham. It is also a remarkable example of prophecy fulfilled that should leave all in absolute amazement.
The very next day, six Arab armies invaded this little piece of land, which had been whittled down over 80% from its original size as declared by the Balfour Declaration in 1914 for the formation of a Jewish National Homeland. It is a sad story of land fraud which the likes thereof has not been seen since the days America broke treaties and took land from the native American Indians.
After the dismemberment of the Turkish Ottoman Empire following World War I, the entire Middle East was brokered by the League of Nations in 1922, a peace organization similar to the United Nations at that time. Of the 5 million square miles that constituted this area, the Jews received less than 1/5 of 1% of this entire land mass, or about 10,000 square miles, while the Arabs were given 99.8%! Furthermore, of the land apportioned for the Jewish National Homeland (as declared by the Balfour Declaration), an additional 80% of the promised land was illegally annexed by Winston Churchill to form a region known as the Transjordan, which today constitutes Jordan, leaving the Jews with only about 2,000 square miles of land remaining. To add insult to injury, from 1922 until 1939 Britain actually discouraged the exodus of Jews out of Germany to their new homeland while the Arabs were allowed to immigrate freely to 99.99% of the land that was carved out for them by Winston Churchill and the League of Nations. In 1948, the War of Independence finally liberated the Jews from the attack of the six Arab armies that invaded Israel the day after the United Nations proclamation. Throughout this time, Arabs constantly appealed to the Arabians living in Israel to leave the country for the sole purpose of annihilating it. Azzam Pasha, Secretary of the Arab League reported at a press conference in Cairo, Egypt: “This will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre - like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades” (New York Times, May 16, 1948). A report by the Arab financed Institute for Palestine Studies concluded that most Arab refugees were not expelled from Israel as groups such as the PLO would have the world believe, but left on their own volition!” After the 1948 War of Independence, the remaining land owned by the British Mandate was transferred by international law to Israel. Additionally, to be equitable and fair, the Jews purchased most of the lands that were occupied by Arabs on the territory that was given them in the first place! Most ludicrous is the statement that peace will come if Israel will allow an autonomous Palestinian state to exist in the West Bank, which the Middle East Peace talks are now directly concerned with. If this is the crucible to the entire problem in the Middle East, why was there not a Palestinian state established between 1948 and 1967, when the West Bank was under Jordanian occupation? In the 1972 Yom Kippor War between Syria, Jordan and Egypt, Israel won the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights through the spoils of war. It is a common fact that to the victor go the spoils of war, especially if the victor was the one attacked, as was the case with Israel. Most nations have followed this basic principle of warfare, including America. Yet, under the Camp David Accords, Israel agreed to return the entire area of Gaza and Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt for the dividend of peace.
Yet, even with the signing of the Camp David Accords and Israel giving the entire land mass of the Gaza and Sinai back to Egypt, organizations and nations against Israel continue to harp that Israel does not have a legal claim to Judea and Samaria, the very heartland of Israel. However, a recent article written by Daniel Doron in the Sept. 2, 2010 issue of the Jerusalem Post had this to say about the matter.....
Yet even given the above information, there are a myriad of groups determined to exterminate Israel’s right to exist. These include but are not limited to groups such as the Palestinian Intifada, Hamas, Hezbollah and others. Their sole purpose is to destroy Israel as guns (and recently missiles) in the Middle East are still pointed at her. The world and media conspiracy against Israel is best illustrated in the pages of the International Herald Tribune. Seven of its eight columns were devoted to the Palestinian uprising. Among the headlines: “Israeli Soldier Shot to Death; Palestinian Toll Rises to 96.” The other six columns all had significant inclinations to paint Israel as the “bad guy” while the Palestinians and even their terrorist groups were “oppressed victims”. Then, a "buried" eighth column carried a report that 5,000 Kurds died in an Iraqi gas attack.” Can this be considered fair and unbiased reporting? How many people are aware of the name Hama, where King Assad of Syria reacted to an Islamic uprising by killing 20,000 people in the town of Hama and then paving the dead over! Yet, it is in this name that the fanatical militant group, the Hamas, wish to destroy Israel and any peace plans brokered between the Israelis and Arabs. We certainly do not hear the United Nations, Amnesty International or other human rights groups asking for or voting a resolution to condemn such actions as usually is done when Israel so much as sneezes. God despises those who judge by unequal weights as given in Proverbs 20:10. And He curses those who curse Israel and blesses those who bless Israel as given in Genesis 12:3. In the Middle East today, there are two types of Arabic radio programs. One, in English, discusses the “reasonable” goal of creating a Palestinian homeland in the West Bank and Gaza that will dwell in peace with Israel forever. The other, in Arabic, talks of the annihilation of Israel. The Western media, unfortunately, only reports on the “peaceful” broadcast.’5 Yet, among the incredible adversity of war and constant terrorism, Israel has still blossomed as God said it would.
Another powerful sign that indicates the proximity of the Lord’s return is the reformation and restoration of Israel and the return of its people from throughout the globe. Within the decade of the 90’s, Russia became the last of 120 nations in the world to allow the Jews to emigrate back to the land of Israel. The Washington Post reported in April of 1990 that 500,000 Jews from the north (Russia) has fulfilled the completion of all those compelled to go to Israel. It was reported this migration completes the appropriate number of Jews that are required to fulfill the 144,000 priests-witnesses that will come from the 12 tribes as specified in Revelation. For this reason, the Shimirat Hamikdash Society has been formed in Israel and is calling for the registration of all Cohens and Levites to partake in their rightful roles as priests and functionaries once the Temple is rebuilt.’6 Also, next to the Western (Wailing) Wall exist two Talmudic schools that are now teaching and preparing the students to be potential priests and overseers for future Temple services. Before the overthrow of the Marxist government in Ethiopia took place, a secret airlift called Operation Solomon was put into action by Israel to remove all Ethiopian Jews in 1991.
The Ethiopian Jews themselves have said that they would not return to their homeland (Israel) until the time of Messiah. This prophetic statement has been fulfilled with the return of the Ethiopian Jews. The incredible immigration of Jews throughout the world back to Israel is but a fulfillment of the prophecy given to Ezekiel over 2,600 years ago.
Today, Israel is a garden in bloom. One of the most often echoed comments of those who visit Israel are the vast number of flowers and orchids one sees while traveling throughout Israel. For this reason, Israel has become a major exporter of orchids and other floral specialties throughout the world. Additionally, Israel now provides over 90% of all citrus fruit consumed in Europe. The Israelis not only export fruit, but many vegetables and cotton as well. This is but a fulfillment of Isaiah 27: 6 which states, “In the days to come Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel by God) will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout; and they will fill the whole world with fruit.” Finally, Jesus said to His disciples the week of His crucifixion in Matthew 24: 32,33; “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” Therefore, as Israel flowers and its leaves open before our very eyes, Jesus informs His people and the entire world that He is “right at the door” and is ready to go over the threshold of the door as the coming Messiah.
Rebuilding of the Third Temple
Gabriel, the archangel, told Daniel that the Antichrist will enter into the rebuilt third Temple right before the end of time (time of Daniel’s 70th week which concludes the Dispensation of the Law or Moses) and desecrate it. This will happen before the physical return of Jesus Christ as Messiah. This cannot refer to any other time than in the future because Jesus stated in Matthew 24: 15, “Therefore, when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place….” which means that the Antichrist has yet to come to desecrate and defile the Temple. He will cut-off the normal and appropriate Temple worship services at that time and most likely place an “image” therein. This has not happened from the time Jesus made this statement as written by the Apostle Matthew, pointing out that it is still a future event. Moreover, the vision given to John the Apostle as expressed in Rev. 11:1,2 signifies that during this time, the Temple in Jerusalem will be in place and in use. From these two scriptures, we can easily conclude that the Tribulation is still a future event, but ever so near.
One of the foremost signs that would signal the coming of Tribulation and the advent of the Messiah is the future building of the 3rd Temple, often referred to as Solomon’s Temple. Solomon, the son of David, built the first Temple to God on Mt. Moriah, the location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This Temple was destroyed by the Babylonian forces of King Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C. as Israel was taken captive to Babylon. Sixty-seven years later the 2nd Temple was dedicated on 520 B.C., by a decree given by King Cyrus in 536 B.C. to allow for the rebuilding of the 2nd Temple. This Temple is often called the Temple of Zerubbabel since it was built during the reign of King Zerubbabel of Israel. This Temple was somewhat smaller than Solomon’s Temple and on 18 B.C. Herod the Great, the Roman governor of Israel, began reconstruction of Zerubbabel’s Temple to increase its size to the original Solomon had built it. This temple was hereafter to become known as Herod’s Temple. This naming is a misnomer since most scholars agree that this was not a rebuilding but rather a remodeling of the 2nd Temple of Zerubbabel. Nonetheless, on 70 A.D., the 2nd Temple of God, today known as Herod’s Temple was destroyed by General Titus’ army, exactly as so prophesied by Jesus around 32-33 A.D.
The rebuilding of the 3rd Temple was once considered a taboo subject between the Israeli people. However, a “rebuild the Temple” movement began to flourish in the late 1980’s as it was thought that the Messiah would not come until the Eastern Gate (also known as the Golden Gate) was unsealed, the gate were it is written the lamb of God will enter into the Temple to set into His Millennial kingship. This zeal was evidenced by the world in the month of October of 1990, when a group, called the Temple Faithful, went up the Temple Mount and tried to place a three ton cornerstone block on the very foundations were the Temple had once stood. Today, an organization has evolved known as the Temple Institute and the director at that time, Zev Golan commented, “Our task is to advance the cause of the Temple and prepare for its establishment.7 Moreover, the Institute has already prepared or is preparing and/or doing research on all the artifacts and implements that will be needed to properly perform the Temple services as specified in Leviticus. These include but are not limited to the High Priest’s Robe, his Breastplate and Gold Crown, Table of Showbread, Golden Lampstand, Altar of Incense and all the other sacred items including the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark of the Covenant is the focal point of the Temple artifacts and is the item that “Indiana Jones” of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was trying to find in his search through Africa. Although the movie was a fictional story, it is based on an actual search undertaken by German Nazis and Italian Fascists who were looking for the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia prior to World War II. The Ark of the Covenant is an ornately covered box of gold with seraphinis (angels) and the mercy seat on top. It contains the tablets of the 10 commandments given to Moses, Aaron’s staff and manna that fed the Israelites while they were in the desert for 40 years after the Egyptian Captivity. The Ark of the Covenant is the place were God dwells relative to His people and considered the most holy object in Judaism. Before the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant, it was contained in the Holy of Holies, the most sacred area of both the tabernacle (the temporary tent of worship that was used by the Israelites while they traveled in the desert for 40 years) and thereafter the Temple in Jerusalem. This area was separated from the Holy place and the other parts of the Tabernacle or Temple by a veil. Here the presence of God would manifest Himself over the mercy seat of the ark as the priest would enter the Holy of Holies once a year to offer sacrifices for the sins of the people of Israel. The high priest usually had a rope tied to his leg for fear he would be struck dead if improperly cleansed or unworthy (because of sin) of standing before the Lord. Although it has never been reported that a priest was struck dead by the shikinah and holy righteous power of God, the fact this was done should give us some indication to the power and holiness of God in which no impure thing can stand before. It was this veil that separated the presence of God from the people of Israel, which was torn in two from top to bottom the moment Jesus died on the Cross as given in Matthew 27:51. This was the sign to Israel and all the world that the Spirit of God at that moment left the Temple and deferred all power and authority to His Son and Holy Spirit. From that moment on, all mankind would have to go through Jesus, for He is our high priest and fulfills all our needs as spoken in the book of Hebrews. Read how Paul the Apostle describes the relationship between the Old Testament service and its replacement by Jesus Christ as given in the scriptural reference to the right.
It has been reported that the Ark of the Covenant may possibly be in Askum, Ethiopia, as reported by Grant Jeffrey in Armageddon-Appointment With Destiny and his other book, Heaven. He states that reliable sources, including Prince Stephen Mengisha; great grandson of former Emperor Haile Selassie, confirmed that Ethiopian Coptic priest-guards are standing guard over the Ark in a secret repository in the Church of Zion in Askum, Ethiopia. Some say that during the overthrow of the Ethiopian Marxist regime in 1989 that the Ark of the Covenant was returned with all the known Ethiopian Jews during Operation Solomon. The possibility that the Ark may have been or still exists in Ethiopia is very real since the Nazis and Fascists were in the area searching for the Ark as written earlier. There is potential confirmation for this by a report given in the Jewish magazine, B’nai b’rith Messenger. The 1935 report states, “The Tablets of the Law received by Moses on Mt. Sinai and the Ark of the Covenant, both said to have been brought to Ethiopia from Jerusalem by Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, who was the founder of the present Abyssinian dynasty, have been removed to the mountain strongholds of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) for safekeeping because of the impending Italian invasion, according to word received here from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.”8
Other sources state that the Ark of the Covenant is and always has been within the tunnel system underneath the Temple Mount. David A. Lewis relates an incredible story about a Jewish Rabbi who claims he has seen the Ark of the Covenant. Lewis met Rabbi Hacohen, founder of the School of Levites one day. After discussing his vision for the school and the rebuilding of the Temple, Rabbi Hacohen began to discuss the recent evacuations of the complicated tunnel system that exist beneath the Temple Mount. As he recalled his passage into a fairly long tunnel, Rabbi Hacohen recalls, “I saw the golden Ark that once stood in the Holy Place of the Temple of the Almighty.” Although the majority (of the Ark) was covered with old dried animal skins, one end of the Ark was visible. He rushed out to tell Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren in hopes of going back to remove the Ark. Rabbi Goren exclaimed, “We are ready for this event. We have already prepared the poles of acacia wood and have Levites who can be standing by in the morning to carry out the Ark in triumph.” Upon their return the following morning, the tunnel was sealed with fresh concrete. Apparently, the Moslems had noticed their seeking for the Ark and wanted to prevent its removal for fear it would arouse a call to build the 3rd Temple. When asked why they didn’t break through to get the Ark, Rabbi Goren replied,” Every time we do anything around the Temple Mountain, it creates big problems for Israel with the Arabs, the United Nations, and the United States. It seems to make everybody upset, so we will not break through. We know where the holy object is and when we receive the word from the Almighty, we will go in and recover it. Don’t worry, the Moslems revere the Ark as much as we do and they would be afraid to touch it.”9 Recall that the Moslems believe in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament which notes the existence of the Ark.
This matter brings into question how there could possibly be two arks of the covenant. It has been reported by various sources, one being the Encyclopedia Britannica, that Queen Sheba who visited King Solomon bore a child by him whom they named Menelik I. Supposedly the son stayed and was educated in Jerusalem until he was nineteen. After noting increased apostasy at the Temple, he may have been convinced by concerned Temple priests to return to Ethiopia with the real Ark of the covenant as the priests made a replica of the Ark for the Temple. At this time, only the future will tell which Ark of the covenant is true and real. But we can be assured that the real Ark will be brought forth the day Temple services resume in the rebuilt 3rd Temple.
One of the great controversies yet to be resolved is the “right” to construct the 3rd Temple. In the 1967 Six Day War, the Israeli army recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Although Israel had the military right and might to remove the Moslems off “their” proclaimed holy site, they allowed them to keep the entire Temple Mount as a gesture of peace. Although Arabs claim this site as their third most holy site, after Mecca and Medina, they forget this site was originally claimed by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob over 2,000 years earlier. Many believe that Herod’s Temple was formerly located on the site where the Moslem Dome of the Rock is now located. The Dome of the Rock was built at the southern part of the Temple Mount in 691 A.D. by a devout Moslem by the name of Caliph Abdel Malik. From the birth of Israel in 1948 until the late 80’s, most people have believed or were led to believe that this was the very location were the Temple stood. This may very well have been the reason that the Israelis offered the entire Temple Mount to the Moslems, knowing that to replace the Dome of the Rock and/or El Aksa mosque with the 3rd Temple would be politically impossible. But research of the Temple site by archaeologists and other experts in later years have indicated that the Temple may have actually been located 100 yards directly north of the Dome of the Rock where a small gazebo-like structure placed by the Moslems exists over the pinnacle of Mt. Moriah, called the Dome of the Tablets or Spirits. Josephus and other rabbinical sources state that during the 2nd Temple services the Holy of Holies was empty because the Ark of the Covenant had been removed before the Babylonian destruction. All one could see was the flat, bare rock of Mt. Moriah through the veil in the Holy of Holies. By topographical studies, studies on Josephus and rabbinical literature, Dr. Asher Kaufman in the late sixties and early seventies received worldwide recognition when he, through his research, concluded that the ancient Temple site was 100 yards to the north of the Dome of the Rock. His assertion was also confirmed by the Mishnah which reveals that during the sacrifice of the red heifer, which was conducted on the western slope of the Mount of Olives, the high priest could look through the Eastern gate and see the sanctuary of the Temple. Josephus also states the same in his annuls of the Antiquities of the Jewish Wars. By drawing a perpendicular line from the proposed site where the red heifer sacrifice occurred (see table below), this line passes directly through the Dome of the Tablets or Spirits, again placing the Temple 100 yards north of the Dome of the Rock. Finally,
this location has been confirmed by tunnel excavations that were conducted underneath the Temple Mount in the late 1980’s. These investigations have revealed that hundreds of tunnels were built as early as 1005 B.C. during reign of Solomon and proved that the Holy of Holies was in fact between the Eastern and Western Gates. This new information will now allow Israel to build the Temple without destroying the Dome of the Rock or the El Aksa mosque, leaving them in the Court of the Gentiles, just as the scriptures so command in Rev. 11: 1,2, which was given earlier in this chapter.
Reconvening of The Sanhedrin
On Oct. of 2004, the re-establishment of the Sanhedrin - the Jewish Elders - took place as several hundred rabbis met in Tiberias, where the original Sanhedrin had disbanded in 425 A.D. The Sanhedrin were an off-shoot of the 70 Elders, originally established by Moses on the summit of Mt. Sinai whom he elected to help him judge and rule the Israelites. However, it was not until the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Exile that this group of elders became a powerful ruling body. Under the rule of the Seleucid Greeks in the two centuries preceding the arrival of Jesus Christ, Israel had been allowed to conduct their governing and religious affairs on an independent level. As such, the Sanhedrin grew very powerful and by the time of Jesus, they were comprised of priests drawn from among the Pharisees and Sadducees. The trial of Jesus at the Palace of the High Priest along with the Sanhedrin gives a lucid picture of their authority, power and corruption under Roman rule. We may wish to recall that Jesus called the priests (comprised of both Pharisees and Sadducees), scribes and Temple authorities as white washed tombs, full of dead men’s bones (see scripture to the right).
The Sanhedrin eventually disbanded with the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. and throughout the Diaspora. It was not until 2003, 1,573 years later, that the leading rabbis reconvened the group under the premise that Israel was re-established and practice halachia, which means being in conformity to the Torah and receiving ordination by the ‘laying on of hands’ known in Hebrew as semicha. Besides being authorized by rabbinical ordinances, the priesthood was also formalized by the Temple Institute which has its goal to rebuild the Temple. It is no coincidence that members of today’s Sanhedrin include Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, who in 1965 began the monumental work of translating and annotating a modern rendition of the Talmud, Rabbi Yehuda Edri who is an expert on Temple measurements, location and archaelogy, Rabbi Nachman Kahane who has created a database of Israelis who could be eligible for priestly service (Kohenim) and Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Jerusalem Temple Institute. The Sanhedrin’s goals are clear. They wish to take Judaism (and the nation of Israel) to the next level. That is re-establishing the office of the High Priest which dovetails with the rebuilding of the Temple.
In 2007, Rabbi Steinsaltz led a group of rabbis to search for a qualified priest, a Kohanite, who they planned to ordain to perform a Passover sacrifice (called a Korban Pesach) on the Temple Mount. After locating a butcher who was qualified, they petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice for permission. The High Court’s position was to leave any affairs relating to the Temple Mount upon the governing authority, which is the Arab Waaf who have rigid control over the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount. Obviously they were denied. But the Sanhendrin with the Temple Institute pushed forward and came to the decision that the Korban Pesach can be performed at any location deemed appropriate by priestly and Torah commandments. We need to remember that the first Jewish Passover took place in Egypt upon the eve of Exodus and has been performed at many sites during the time the Israelites were in the Wilderness. Besides, history notes that these sacrifices were still being performed following the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.
On July 30, 2009 the Sanhedrin made the decision, along with the Temple Institute, to begin work on building an altar to hold a Korban Pesach. Then, on the 9th of Av, the date that the Temple had been destroyed by the Romans, they began the construction of an alter to conduct the first Sanhedrin sanctioned Korban Pesach since the re-establishment of Israel at the site of Mizpeh Jericho, twelve miles to the northeast of Jerusalem. Said Yehuda Glick, the present Temple Institute Director, “Unfortunately, we cannot currently build the altar in its proper place, on the Temple Mount. We are building an altar of the minimum size possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt.”
On Monday, March 29, 2010 the first Korban Pesach authorized by the Sanhedrin took place. This event is another very significant sign of how close we are to the coming of Messiah Jesus. Incredibly, even the Sanhedrin say, “If we build it, He will come.”10
The Last Remaining Obstacle: Ashes of the Red Heifer
There is a special requirement in the Mosiac law regarding the cleansing of the Tabernacle and the priests by a ritual known as the sacrifice of the red heifer. This law and its application was extended to the 1st and 2nd Temple services for a total of seven times as part of worship to fulfill the Levitical law given in Numbers 19: 1-10 of the Old Testament. Basically, the sacrifice was composed of two parts. First, the blood of the red heifer was taken and sprinkled on the front of the Tabernacle tent meeting seven times. During Temple times, this was probably done upon the main gate in a similar fashion. Then a pure red heifer was burned with cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet material. During Temple times this burning sacrifice was performed on the western slope on the Mount of Olives directly opposite the Eastern Gate of the Temple. There, the priests could directly look into the Temple sanctuary and see the Holy of Holies. A very crucial aspect of this sacrifice was that the ashes that remained from the previous sacrifice had to be added to the next sacrifice. In this way, a continuity of the sacrificial elements would be maintained. It is for this very reason that archeologists are now attempting to find the remaining ashes of the red heifer. As the Holy Anointing Oil was recently found by way of the information given in the Copper Scroll, the Dead Sea Scrolls state that the last red heifer sacrifice was performed just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It also gives directions to the location where a clay pot containing the ashes of the last red heifer sacrifice can be found. There are reports, although scant due to security reasons, that archeologists have located a large treasure containing a significant amount of metal objects through the use of a scientific instrument that was developed by NASA. Based on the size of this treasure, it is believed this may well be the location of the clay pot that contains the ashes of the red heifer. Time will tell.11
In October of 1989, an article in Time magazine reported that Israeli scientists had secured a pure breed of red heifer frozen embryos in France. The frozen embryos will be breed on a farm in Israel at the proper time. There can be no question that this refers to the propagation of the red heifer for use in its sacrifice when the Temple will be rebuilt.
Discovery of Holy Annointing Oil
If there has ever been a discovery that rivals any find within this Millennium, it is the finding of the Holy Anointing Oil discovered in one of the caves of the Qumran system. In 1989, Christian archaeologists under the direction of Dr. Joseph Patrich of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, following directions given in the Copper Scroll, found a clay flask in a hole three feet deep. Testing of the contents revealed an oil that was described as the specific oil used to anoint the kings of Israel. One drop of the oil in water tuned the water milky white, exactly as ancient documents stated it should. Carbon-14 dating determined the oil to have been placed in the container during the 1st century. It is a special oil that is called afars’ mon and comes from a now extinct balsam tree which used to grow near Ein Giedi, Israel, on the shores of the Dead Sea. The oil from the sap of the tree was so pure that it required no refining, the reason it went into solution of water, turning it milky white. This oil was used during Old Testament times in the 2nd Temple to anoint the kings of Israel including Saul, David and Solomon. It is believed that when the Messiah returns, He will be crowned and anointed with this specific oil by the priests of the 3rd Temple when it is rebuilt.
When Jerusalem was invaded and destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., the only remaining groves of these special balsam trees were burned. For nearly 2,000 years, the rabbis thought that they would never be able to properly anoint the coming Messiah as is required within the Mosiac law. The Hilchot Beit HaBechirah (4:1) records that the Temple priests hid a vessel containing this anointing ointment before the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. But it failed to pinpoint the location of this special oil. It cannot be any accident that the Holy Anointing Oil has now been found from its hidden location nearly 2,000 years later by the Copper Scroll. Nor is it an accident that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found one year before Israel was declared a nation in 1948. At the same time, it cannot be an accident that Qumran and all its riches would only be a few miles away from Jerusalem. Without a doubt, the Lord has preserved these treasures until it would be needed at the proper time within "this generation". For this reason, the Holy Anointing Oil has been given to the chief rabbis of Israel until it can be placed in the rebuilt 3rd Temple where it will be used to anoint the long-awaited Messiah. As God instructed Moses from the giving of the law on Mt. Sinai, “And you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.” as stated in Exodus 30:31.
At the time of this writing, a majority of the Temple instruments such as the High Priest’s Robe, his Breastplate and Gold Crown, Table of Showbread, Golden Lampstand, Altar of Incense and many other sacred items are ready to be used for service in the yet to be built Temple. It is reported that knowledge of the location of the Ark of the Covenant is known. It is also known that the Temple site will not conflict nor interfere with the Moslem “holy” buildings so the 3rd Temple could be built this very day. The Holy Anointing Oil once used to anoint the king(s) of Israel has been found and is ready for use to anoint the soon coming King, Jesus Christ. It’s not coincidental that Jesus Christ is known not only as “King of the Jews”, as was written on His crucifixion plate by Ponchus Pilate, but is already known as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as given in Revelation 17:14. Therefore, it could very well be from the time the ashes of the red heifer are found, the call for the building of the 3rd Temple will go forth as never before.
The Eziekiel Vision
God gave unto the prophet Ezekiel incredible visions regarding his people and the land that God promised to Abraham. Ezekiel foresaw the destruction and eventual captivity of the separate kingdoms of Israel and Judah by the Babylonians as Jeremiah and Daniel had also prophesied. Moreover, God gave Ezekiel visions of the rebirth of Israel and the infilling of its people from the four corners of the earth following the Diaspora. One of the last visions and words given to Ezekiel by God describe an attack on Israel by a confederation of nations composed primarily of the former Soviet Union, a European contingent and a number of Arab countries. Lastly, Ezekiel is shown the beautiful Millennial Temple where Christ will reign for the last 1,000 years. Most biblical scholars and experts in prophesy believe that this major battle must still occur as given in Ezekiel 38 through Ezekiel 39. In this prophecy, Russia is well described by the sons of Japeth, who was the son of Noah (the salient points of this prophesy are given to the right in the scripture reference section).
The land of Magog is expressly indicated as the area where Moscow is located. Most experts in the original Russian language associate the name Moscow with Meshech and Tobolsk with Tubal. Tobolsk is a town about 200 miles west of the Ural Mountains in Siberia and takes it name from the Tobol River. At the same time, Rosh is referred to the land of the Russians. Beth-Togarmah is derived from Togarmah, son of Gomer, which constitute the people in southeastern Europe. It is interesting to note that the scripture specifies different locales of the former Soviet Union, which in a way alludes to the different areas that have been formed since the breakup of the Soviet Union, now known as the Commonwealth of Independent States or C.I.S. Arab and the north African countries of Ethiopia and Libya (Libya called Phut) will also take part in this battle. Additionally, two key portions of scripture indicate to us that this battle has yet to occur. One is the reference to the Israelis living securely in “unwalled villages”. Only in this day do we see Israelis living in unwalled towns and cities, as walled cities and villages were a notable aspect of town construction in ancient Israel as was seen during the Middle Ages in Europe. Secondly, scripture tells us that this battle will occur as re-emphasized by Ezekiel 38: 17,
Many experts in prophecy believe that there could never have been a better time for this battle to occur since the days when the Soviet Union was allied with the Persian Gulf nations. For example, when Israel invaded Lebanon in June of 1982 to destroy PLO bases that were centers for terrorist incursions and artillery bombardment of northern Israel, Israeli troops discovered huge underground supplies of Russian weapons in Lebanon. Apparently, the supplies were of such incredible numbers that it took months for Israel to move the weapons and supplies out of Lebanon and into Israel. It was noted that stored Russian military food rations found with this cache of military supplies had an average shelf life of 6 months. Based on the time of expiration, it was concluded that an attack was planned in the fall of 1982, but was undoubtedly foiled as the Israelis entered Lebanon potentially before such a attack.12
Ezekiel describes that as this worldwide force comes upon Israel, God will unequivocally show the world that He is God. In a sense, it may well be a dress rehearsal for the Battle of Armageddon. In this war, God will bring torrential rain with hailstones, fire and brimstone, pestilence, and judgment as never seen before. On the day of His greatest wrath, Israel will experience an extremely large earthquake that could very well be the coup d’ grace for Gog and his forces. Ezekiel 39: 9,10 describes that for 7 years the Israelis will be able to make fire with the weapons and spoils of the war. It is reported that the Russian military have mobile military depots that provide fuel requirements many times over the needs of that specific mobile unit. Since Arab countries will also partake in this conflict, energy supplies in the form of oil and its derivatives should also be in ample supply. Moreover, some Russian weapons are manufactured with lignostone, a compressed wood product invented in Holland that could be used as a fuel. Soviet weapons scientists have found it to be extremely strong, light, pliable and invisible to radar. These characteristics are sought for in all military vehicles (i.e. personnel carrier, tanks, trucks, etc.) and are in use by the Soviet military today.13 The fact that Israel will be able to use the spoils of military energy stores for exactly 7 years corresponds perfectly to Daniel’s last week of 7 years, which exactly fulfills the time of Tribulation. Lastly, Ezekiel is told that after the defeat of Gog and his forces, Israel will be able to bury the dead of that conflict for 7 months (Ezekiel 39:12). There will be so many dead, that after 7 months of constant burial, men who find other men’s bones will place a marker there. Also, every kind of bird and beast will feast on the flesh and blood of all who have died. Recently, there has been a vulture type eagle found in the Israeli mountains near Mt. Cannel. These birds are extremely large, with wingspans of 8 to 9 feet and are flesh eating. Due to their large size, their feeding requirements make them the most voracious meat-eaters of all known birds. Today, for unknown reasons, the Israelis are propagating them on Mt. Carmel, which is directly adjacent to the valley of Megiddo, the place where Armageddon is to occur.
From as early as the late 1950’s through the late 80’s, it was common knowledge that the Soviets were supplying arms to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. One of the definitions for the word “guard” in Hebrew, given in Ezekiel 38:7, means “a deposit” or “repository” for arms. There can be no question that the Soviet Union was the major supplier for military arms to most of the Arab nations. The United States was supplying initially only to Israel, but later began to supply Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq from where the scandal Iran and Iraq-gate comes. Unfortunately, the $50 billion in military hardware and support that was provided to Iraq backfired on our country when Iraq attacked Kuwait, eventually leading to the conflict known as Desert Storm. We should never forget that Iraq offensively shot Russian SCUD missiles into Israel and Saudi Arabia. Nor should we ever forget that Russia had over 8,000 advisors in Iraq at the very moment Desert Storm began. Only moments before the attack, did President Bush warn M. Gorbachev of the attack by way of his request so he could pull out the 8,000 advisors in time.
Incredibly, the entire scenario that led to Desert Storm could have been a perfect setup for the initiation of the war of Gog against Israel. Although this did not occur, how the future war between Gog and Israel could develop by way of world agreements and alliances is easily seen in the way Desert Storm and the war of Iraq made such alliances. It is all too plausible that as the United Nations becomes the authorized judge and enforcement agency of the world, it may call for a multinational group to enforce the creation of a future Palestinian state which is thus far alluding both Israel and the Palestinian people. Although it is extremely difficult to see how the republics of the former Soviet Union will consort together and become a leading initiating force, we should not be caught unaware that as quickly as the USSR fell apart, it could just as quickly reform. It should not surprise us that at some future date, the republic of Russia now headed under Vladimir Putin and his puppet President Demitry Medvediv, will disintegrate back to a militaristic-dictatorship regime of some revised or revived USSR consortium, only much more dangerous. In fact, evidence indicates that this very thing is happening at this time.
We should not be led to believe that since the demise of the USSR and the introduction of democratic reforms, that the C.I.S. has become one of our "friends". In fact, we should be more cautious than ever. It is a fact that the republic of Russia is still spending about 30% of its gross national product on military defense. It is a fact that the C.I.S. republics still out-produce the United states in every major weapons system used in modem warfare. For example, Russia outspends the U.S. 3.5 times more for submarine launched ICBM’s, 3.8 times more for tanks, 6.4 times more for SAM’s (surface-to-air missiles) and 8.6 times more for self-propelled artillery.15 One time President of the Republic of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, has warned America and the world that this is the most dangerous period in the entire history of Russia regarding the proliferation and potential misuse of nuclear weapons. Proof of this was given when the Los Angeles Times reported on Nov. 30, 1992 that, “Russia’s extensive sales of advanced military technology to China are enabling Beijing to obtain core elements of the high-technology defense industries that made the Soviet Union a superpower”. The article continues to say, “The Los Angeles Times reported in July (of 1992) that China was buying advanced military equipment and technology from Russia. Some of the technology could increase the accuracy of Chinese missiles. Other technology could greatly enhance China’s ability to make weapons-grade nuclear fuel.” Although the citizens of the U.S. and the world are being mollified into believing that just because the C.I.S. and America has just ratified the Strategic Aims Reduction Treaty (acronym START), the ability for Russia alone to destroy this earth multiple times over still exisits. Although we see the setting up of this conflict dimly now, “Behold, it is coming and it shall be done. That is the day of which I have spoken.” declares the Lord God as given in Ezekiel 39:9.
“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” Matt. 24: 8
Jesus says all the warning signs that signal the end of the age and the time of His coming are the beginning of birth pangs. And as in the early stages of birth pangs (labor), they generally are of short duration with long stretches of time between labor. In the past, one may have been led to exclaim that birth was on its way, when in fact it is only a false labor pang that incited the false claim of the world ending. But as the day of birth comes closer, referring to the coming of the Lord, the periods of labor become much more intense and last much longer. At the same time, the intervals of labor come much closer together when finally the dawn of Tribulation comes upon this earth in the twinkling of an eye. Then this earth and all mankind will be in the midst of sorrows as never before seen.
Another View of the Gog-Magog Battle
Valley of Dry Bones
It is generally agreed upon by most scholars that Ezekiel Chapter 37 deals with the rebirth of Israel and the regathering of the Jews to their original land in the 20th century. The reunification of Israel is especially emphasized in verses 15-28. Verse 21 specifically speaks of the Jews being gathered from all around the globe, and making them into one nation which today is Israel, while verse 24 specifically tells us the time frame when this prophecy is fulfilled. “My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them.” It is universally understood that when the Millennial Kingdom begins, David will be installed as king of Israel, whereas Jesus will be King of the whole earth. Just read verses 25-28, which marks the end of the 37th chapter.
We also read that this chapter deals with the resurrection of those who died in Christ and will be gathered to the land when Jesus takes up His throne during His Millennial reign as indicated in verses 13-14 of Chapter 37, truly indicating that this is still a future event, however so close. Most certainly, a significant portion of the resurrected saints will be Jews who have come to believe in Yeshua ha’Maschiah following the Rapture of the Church. And most of these saints will have either perished due to the incredibly adverse conditions on earth at the time (of Tribulation) or have been martyred (Tribulation saints). There is very little doubt that these verses speak of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and where He will be King of the whole world and David will be king of Israel, although Prince under Jesus.
The Defeat of Gog
Ezekiel Chapter 38 is the quintessial chapter that speaks of a miraculous victory of Israel over the forces of Gog following the great invasion that takes place against Israel by a consortium of countries which many believe include Russia (Rosh), Iran (Persia), Ethopia (Cush), Libya (Put) and Gomer (area of modern Turkey/Armenia). It is believed that this invasion/attack will take place shortly before the advent of the seven year period of Tribulation. However, I submit for your careful analysis and prayer the following scenario. If the Lord were to come in the time frame of a 70 year generation, to fulfill the words of Matthew 24:32 ("this generation who sees these things"), then there will not be enough time remaining to allow for the invasion of Gog to take place. In pondering this debacle, I recalled that the Bible specifically addresses an invasion of Gog against Israel as given in Revelation 20:7-9....
“When the 1,000 years (the Millennium) are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea. They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city (Jerusalem). Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them.”
Please understand that I am not adamant the battle between Gog and Magog can only take place during the end of the Millennium. Certainly, if Jesus the Messiah does not come within the 70 year generational time frame, then there can be time for the battle between Gog and Israel to take place before the Lord’s next most probable coming, which would be the 100 year generation, to be fulfilled by 2048, if He chooses to delay His coming. Of course, there are scholars who believe that the initiation of this battle will immediately precede the beginning Tribulation, with the Antichrist coming on the scene to construct a "peace treaty" which will initiate the false 7 years of peace as described in Daniel 9: 27, "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; "But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” I believe this is very possible and could well explain the construct of this battle within a 70 year generation.
It is worth noting that even the Holman Apologetic Bible comments that “interpreters have considered Ezekiel 38 and 39 to be one of the most difficult sections of the Bible.”, relating to whether this event would occur Premillennial or Postmillennial.
I would like to provide additional scriptures to show how the Gog invasion of Israel by Gog and Magog may well take place at the conclusion of the Millennium. As we read verses 1-20 in chapter 39 of Eziekiel, we see how Gog is dealt with and his final disposition. The next section, which is titled “Israel’s Restoration to God” in the Holman Apologetic Bible (Chap. 39, verses 21-29), Ezekiel writes how the Lord will deliver and raise up Israel again, not due to their goodness, but because the Lord made a covenant with Abraham to make his progeny a great nation, to show His glory among all the nations of the world and to demonstrate His holiness. Specifically, verses 21-24, speaks of Israel’s exile following the destruction of Jerusalem….
These scriptures specifically relate to the time Israel is destroyed and the beginning of the Diaspora following the sacking of Jerusalem in 70AD. This is directly confirmed by Jesus’ prophecy given in Luke 21:24, “They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” only three days prior His crucifixion.
Then enters the Church Age for nearly 2,000 years. In Ezekiel 39:25,26 (below) we are immediately brought to the time of the Millennium, completely bypassing the period of the Tribulation as not a comment is made that alludes to this 7 year time frame.
The fact that the Israelis would be living securely in their land and without fright is an absolute indication that the Millennium has arrived. For until that time, Israel will never live securely nor without fright in the midst of their most staunch enemies, the Arabs and Palestinians who practice Islam. For as long Islam exists in the region, the nation of Israel will not be granted peace, nor be without fright or live securely in their land. This will not occur until Jesus the Messiah establishes His government of peace in the next administration following the Tribulation, which is the Millennium.
We now have fairly reasonable evidence that is able to explain and give reason why the Gog invasion may well not take place until the conclusion of the Millennium as given in Rev. 20: 7-20.
What Time is It Now?
Certainly, most Israelis don’t have a prophetic understanding of the times which we and they are living in. The reason for this is that over 70% of the Israeli population is secular, meaning they don’t believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. With the remaining population, there can be any number of beliefs which do not necessarily embrace a messianic endtime prophetic understanding either. However, a most important prophecy was fulfilled on June 10, 1967. On that date, the last day of the Six Day War (that this war lasted exactly six days is also a powerful prophetic sign - so symbolic of the Great Sabbath week in which we now live in, the latter part of the sixth day) brought the city of Jerusalem back into the hands of the Israelis. This fulfilled Luke 21: 24, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled”. This scripture tells us that General Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD which began the Diaspora of the Jews to all the nations of the world. Then on May 14, 1948 the re-establishment of Israel by United Nations resolution took place, fulfilling many Old Testament prophecies of the return of the Jews to their ancestral homeland. Lastly, the acquiring of Jerusalem under Israeli control means that the time of the Gentiles are either fulfilled or nearly so. This tells us that once the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled, which I believe is a special time set by God, the dispensation of the Law is allowed to return and completed. And that would be the completion of Daniel’s 70th week, hence 7 years, which we know constitutes the time of Tribulation. I believe the time frame for the gospel being preached relates to the “last generation” which Jesus referred to Matt 24: 34. It was for this reason that a number of endtime prophecy experts thought that the Rapture of the church could possibly have occurred on the year 2007 with their reckoning that a “40 year generation” added unto 1967 would fulfill the times of the Gentile. However that day passed and now we look towards the next generational time frame. Could it be the 70 year generation the Bible speaks of? Let us ponder this possible scenario.
The 70 and 100 Year Generations
In the month of December 2007, I was asked to give a presentation at a missions conference held in Nagaland, India. As I was preparing my presentation, I believe the Lord gave me an interesting time correlation that is very relevant in the days we are living in. Interestingly, the combined time correlations appeared to be confirmed by the Prophecy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samual which I wasn’t familiar with until reading it in Prophecy in the News on February, 2010, nearly three years later. You will be able to read about “Prophecy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samual” following this section. For the sake of brevity, I will give you the essence of the time correlations below. For those of you who would like to follow the arithmetic calculations on how they were derived, they will presented in the last part of this chapter titled Digging Deeper.
In my presentation I stated, “I believe the Lord may have given understanding to “this generation” in regard to the 70 year and 100 year generation cycles as it relates to Daniel’s 70 weeks. Let me clarify first that there are numerous “generations” used in the Bible. The most popular of these generations are the 40, 70 and 100 year periods”. However, we will concentrate of the 70 and 100 year “biblical generations in regard to this presentation.” The “hundred year” generation is given in Genesis 15: 13-16, where the Lord God tells Abraham that “his” descendents will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. This refers to the time spent in Egypt and the subsequent Exodus out of Egypt. In verse 16, the Lord God specifically tells Abraham that the fourth generation of his descendents (the Israelites) will come back to the land of Canaan. It is a historic fact that the Israelites where in Egypt for a little over 400 years. Therefore, one generation equates to 100 years as given in this case. However, we read in Psalm 90:10 that a natural generation denoting lifespan is 70 to 80 years as noted previously."
Based on this biblical definition of a generation, which is very applicable to man’s average lifespan this day, consider that the nation of Israel was founded in the year 1948. If we add 70 years to 1948 we get 2018. At the same time, the 100 year generation becomes applicable to this time relationship as well when we consider that in 1917 the first declaration calling for the re-establishment of the state of Israel. This was evoked by an initiative made by Lord Arthur Balfour, who was a devout Christian. This call was ratified by England in 1917 who at the time had jurisdiction over the area of the former Ottoman Empire which included the future state of Israel. By adding 100 years to 1917, we get 2017. Finally, I calculated what I called the ‘2,000 year epoch’. This relates to the Lord’s Great Sabbath Week as expressed by 2 Peter 3:8…
Which I believe relates to Hosea 6: 1-3...
This is a prophetic indication where many believe Messiah will come immediately after 2,000 years have passed. Given the Jewish perspective that the third Temple will be rebuilt 2,000 years from the time the second was destroyed, which took place in 70 AD, the anticipated rebuilding of the Temple and possible arrival of Messiah (in the eyes of Orthodox Judism) will be approximately 2070 AD (however this needs to be calculated in Jewish years - see “Digging Deeper”). But something very unique occurs if you are willing to consider that the true Temple is Jesus, which is alluded to in Matt 27:40 which states…
When Jesus gave up His Spirit on the cross (the moment He died), the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. It is my contention that the Temple was spiritually destroyed by the judgment of God that very moment. If we take the Julian year of 2017 AD as a possible date of the Lord's return to earth based on the correlation of the two generations alluded to earlier, and subtract out 33 years for His ministry while Jesus was on earth, you will get approximatly 2,000 years of time based on Jewish year calculations (using 360 days per Jewish year - again see the "Digging Deeper section for calculated proof).
Is it coincidental that we now have 3 separate calculations providing a congruent and focal point of time relative to the next most plausible time for the Lord’s return? Please, I emphasis "plausible" and only offer this perspective for your prayerful consideration. I am not drawing a foregone and absolute conclusion based on these very interesting time correlations. For example, we have to open to the idea that the Lord, by His choice, could use the 80 year generation as given in Psalm 90:10 if so pleases. The heart of this presentation is to show that we are ever getting closer to the return of Yeshua ha’ Meschiach (Jesus the Messiah) as never before and that the ‘signs of the times’ indicate that we certainly are living in the last seconds, of the last minute, of the last hour of the last day. Don't you agree?
800 Year Old Prophecy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel
This article was presented in the magazine Israel Today, by Ludwig Scheider in March, 2008. “Some 800 years ago in Germany, Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel was a top Talmudic scholar (one who studies the Torah and related commentary called the Gematria). Before he died in the year 1217, he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would conquer Jerusalem and rule the Holy City for “eight Jubilee years”. A jubilee year consists of 50 years, therefore, 50 years multiplied by eight equals 400 years. The Ottoman Empire did conquer Jerusalem in 1517, exactly 300 years after the rabbi’s death and was defeated 400 years later in 1917. According to Leviticus 25, the nation (peoples group of Israel) is reunited with its land in the year of Jubilee. Therefore, the Jubilee year plays an important role in Israel’s history, especially as it relates to unification of the Jews to first, a homeland (Israel), but potentially their Messiah, Y’shua haMaschiach as He is known in Hebrew, or Jesus Christ. In this case, the Jubilee began with the defeat and conquest of the Mamelukes in Jerusalem by the Ottoman Kingdom in 1517. The Turks reigned over Jerusalem until the British General Edmund Allenby defeated them exactly eight Jubilees later in 1917. Ben Samuel’s prophecy was fulfilled precisely because 1517 to 1917 is exactly 400 years. Afterward, Jerusalem was no-mans land during the time of the British Mandate (1917-1948) and the time of Jordanian rule (1948-1967) for a total of 50 years, another Jubilee year. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured Jerusalem from Jordan and the complete city returned to the Jewish people after nearly 2 millennia in exile. After that, the countdown for the Messianic age truly began. Based on Ben Samuel’s prophecy and the concept of the 70 year generation, Israel will celebrate her 70th birthday May 14, 2018 and in the year 2017 will celebrate her 50th Jubilee year from 1967.”
The Letter of Rabbi Kurdi
Sid Roth Ministry operates a radio program that keeps us up to date with all the most recent “God” events that are taking place in the world. Sid Roth, a Messianic Jew himself, has a ministry that targets all non-believing Jews to come to know Jesus the Messiah. In his May 2007 Update, Sid mentioned that his organization had received word that one of the highest ranking Jewish Orthodox leaders in Israel, Rabbi Kurdi, had died in 2006 at the ripe old age of 105. Over 100,000 people attended his funeral. He was considered one of the most respected Kabballah orthodox rabbis in all of Israel. You need to know that the Kabballah division is considered the “New Age” sect of Judism.
It is stated that Rabbi Kurdi had written a letter just before his death that was not to be opened until a year later after his passing away. When they opened the letter in April of 2007, it stated that just prior to his death, the Messiah visited him and revealed His name in Hebrew, which is Y’shu ha Mashiach. This was incredible news and shocked many orthodox rabbis. But there was one major problem. Rabbi Kurdi stated that this “Messiah” told him that He was going to save Israel and Jerusalem from Islam and CHRISTIANITY. We know that Jesus is not going to save Israel from Christianity! The conclusion was that because Rabbi Kurdi was involved in the New Age, he was actually visited by a spirit being, possibly even the spirit that will possess the “Anti-christ” that will prevail as the world dictator during the Tribulation, otherwise known as the “false christ”.
Interestingly, this letter stated that after the death of Ariel Sharon (the past prime minister who fell into a coma from a massive stroke), he would arrive on the scene! (Note: we need to be careful here since the antichrist spirit that told Rabbi Kurdi this could be lying, since there is no truth in satan).
The importance of this letter is that it indicates the perilous times we are living in. This, with so many other elements and fulfilled prophecy tells us again that the day of the Lord is ever so close.
The Tetrad Phenomena
On May 5th, 2008, I had the opportunity to view a video clip which presented the findings of Mark Biltz who discovered an upcoming series of solar and lunar eclipses which fall on two very important Jewish festivals; the Feast of Tabernacles and Passover. His findings revealed that in the years 2014 and 2015 a total of 4 lunar eclipses will occur in those two years. Besides being astronomically unusual, the most amazing aspect is that all four lunar eclipses land on Jewish festival days: two of them during Passover, on April 15, 2014 and April 4, 2015 and the other two, on the Feast of Tabernacles, on Oct. 8, 2014 and Sept 28, 2015. Looking forward from these dates, such an occurrence will not take place again for hundreds of years. Yet, such a series of lunar eclipses, called tetrads, did occur twice in the last century. They took place from 1949-1950, a year after Israel was reborn as a nation and 1967-1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem during the Six Day War! What is significant about these events is that the moon becomes colored in a redish hue, for which the term "blood moon" comes from. And, during solar eclipses the sky (i.e. day) become dark and defines the prophets statement about the sun as becoming like "sackcloth" of hair as given in Rev 6: 12-13. There can be no question that the Lord’s name is written upon these entire dates and events! Going further back, the last time a tetrad occurred was in 1493, when Columbus discovered America, the same year the Jews were kicked out of Spain
Typically lunar eclipses, especially tetrads, are a sign or signs meant for Israel, usually portending that either something wonderful or something terrible will happen. They truly are signs in the heavens prophesying events that are to take place on earth, especially for Israel! Not only that, but there will also be two solar eclipses that take place on March 20, 2015 (on Passover) and Sept 13, 2015, the exact date of the Feast of Trumpets, which is heralded by Rosh haShanah.
I am convinced that the combination of these lunar and solar eclipses are signs in the heavens that portend very dangerous and difficult times for both Israel as well as the earth. Considering the razors edge this world is now living on in respect to Islam vs. Judism, the extremely fragile state of our economy and that of the world, and the possibility of a renegade nations such as North Korea, Iran, Pakistan and/or its terrorists that are spawned from them - the likelihood of a world catastrophic event induced by fallen man is all too great. These astronomical signs and the “signs of the times” which we see taking place today serve to hasten the return of the Lord, Jesus Christ the Messiah much sooner than later.
As never before do I believe the words of Jesus as given in Matthew 24:42 could ever be more true today.
(Note: Rev 6:12,13 speaks of the sun and moon turning blood red in the sixth trumpet judgment. Realize these astronomical events occur in the early phase of the Tribulation, since one seal is left to be fulfilled, yet to be followed by 7 trumpet and 7 bowl judgments before Jesus comes).
Digging Deeper into “The 70 and 100 Year Generations”
In 2007, I was doing some arithmetic calculations based on the time frame of biblical generations as it related to the year of Jesus’ crucifixion. In so doing, I came up with some very interesting time relationships that I wanted to present. Little did I know how these time relationships would line up with Rabbi Ben Samuel’s prophecy regarding the fulfillment of Israel’s Jubilee’s.
The 70 Year Generation
The nation of Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948. If we add a 70 year generation to 1948, we get 2018.
However, if we calculate the above on a 70 year Jewish generation (which is based on 360 days/year Jewish lunar calendar system), then ponder this unique time calculation….
In summary, a 70 Jewish year “generation” from the day the nation of Israel was reborn brings us close to May 12, 2017 AD.
The 100 Year Generation
The Balfour Declaration was signed in 1917, and forms the first official document that authorized the return of Israel to its previous existence and called for the re-creation of this nation/state. I consider this a Gentile act, because it was initiated by the heart of Lord Arthur Balfour, a devout Christian, who was able to have this Declaration signed and agreed to by the world leaders. Since he was a Gentile, let us assign a Julian time frame to this act instead applying the "Jewish year" calculation. In doing so, we see a rather simple but very important 100 year “generation” fulfilled at the same time the 70 year Jewish “generation” is fulfilled.
1917 + 100 Julian years = 2017
Incredibly, we see both a 70 year and 100 year “generation” fulfilled, and coalescing on the same year - 2017. This is quite amazing when you also co-join Daniel’s 70 weeks vision and incorporate Daniel’s last week which still needs to be fulfilled and encompasses the Tribulation period.
The 2000 Year Epoch
Finally, I would like you to consider the next time frame presented, as it concludes a “trinity” of very significant time frames. Many Jewish scholars believe that 2,000 years must pass from the time the last Temple was destroyed in 70 AD before the 3rd Temple (and final earthly Temple) will be rebuilt as prophetically spoken about by the scripture given in Hosea 6: 1-3 as given on the right. Many Jews believe this refers to the coming of Messiah when 2,000 years have passed from the time the 2nd Temple was destroyed in 70AD, as the it relates to the Great Sabbath Week of the Lord. Also, this scripture coincides to Peter’s statement that, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”, referring to the Great Sabbath “Week’ of God’s creation to the end of time, which will constitute a total of 7,999.99...years, where each thousand years equals a day. This is shown to be true based on Hosea’s statement as noted above. In other words, after 2,000 years the Lord will revive the belief and relationship of the Israelites to Himself, which is in Y’shua haMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah) as He comes again to earth, to establish His kingly rule on the 7th day of the Great Sabbath Week. Therefore, beginning on the 7th day (which follows the 2,000 years of the Church Age + 7 year Tribulation period), the 1,000 year Millennial reign of Christ will ensue until the last day of the 7th year is completed, which completes the Great Sabbath Week of the Lord.
It should be noted that many Jews believe that the two days noted in Hosea 6: 1-3 relates from the time frame when the 2nd Temple was destroyed by General Titus of Rome in 70 AD until exactly 2,000 years afterwards, when the third and last Temple will be built on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem under the kingship of Jesus Himself. Concurrently, this would bring us to 2070 AD in Julian years before the Messiah, Jesus, could return to establish His Kingdom on earth. If calculated in Jewish years, this actually occurs earlier because of the time difference in the Jewish and Julian/Gregorian calendar as noted below..……
Therefore 70 AD + 1,976 Julian years = 2046 AD
However, I wish to contest this notion. I believe that the Temple was “spiritually” destroyed when the veil of the Temple was torn in two, the very moment that Jesus gave up His spirit upon His death on the cross. Although the 2nd Temple certainly still stood, it was just a building wherein God no longer dwelt, as the Old Covenant was replaced with the New Covenant. At best, it was just a “white-washed tomb”. With this truth, consider the following calculation……
(Note: the difference between the date of 2017 as given in these calculations with the year 2018 is that 2018 marks the 70th birthday of Israel being reborn as a nation. However, 2017 conforms with Rabbi Ben Samuel's prophesied year of it being Jerusalem's Jubilee year, its 50th year .)
This is quite incredible, as 2,012 Jewish years are established by taking out the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth from the date of His death which we believe marks the “spiritual destruction of the 2nd Temple. In doing so, this brings us right to 2017 AD for the possible second return of Messiah, based on the very Jewish belief that the Messiah will return from the point when the Temple (which we claim is Jesus) was destroyed. Not only that, but we now have 3 separate calculations providing a congruent and focal point of time relative to the next most plausible time for the Lord’s return and therefore Rapture time frame (note correlation to the 2012 year mystery detailed in the following chapter, Chapter VII) .
I find these separate time calculations, and the fact that they point to 2017 AD as a focal point year quite incredible. I do not believe this is coincidental. In fact, I would almost go as far to say that they provide a confirmation or consensus or sorts. However, I will leave it to the reader to ponder the weightiness of this all.
As an endnote to this article, and oft repeated, I believe that we most certainly near the end of the Church Age and the beginning of a new spiritual epoch. Besides the prophecies that already have been fulfilled pointing to the fact that we are living in the season of the Lord’s return, and the countless warnings from many believers; who through dreams, visions, and even NDEs (I‘m reminded of Daniel Eckewchu‘s meeting in heaven with the angel that escorted him telling Daniel that ‘this is the last warning to “this generation“’), tells us that the time is so very near.
Ultimately, the question that all need ask is....are you prepared to meet your Maker? Better yet, if you are a Christian, do you have your lamps trimmed and enough oil as expressed by the parable of the virgins as given in Matthew 25?
I believe the most important aspect to “This Generation” viewpoint is that Jesus is coming VERY SOON. This should motivate us, His people, as never before to tell all about the love and redemptive power of Jesus Christ. I know there are numerous ways this can happen. But the most important thing is that we all join in to get the job done. In a sense, it is the Superbowl of Superbowls. However, this is not a game, as real lives are truly at stake. In this regard, we, the Lord’s people, are ultimately the ones who need to carry “the ball” of salvation to the final goalpost. Especially if we believe the final goalpost is “This Generation”. Amen?