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“And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” (Leviticus 25:8-10)

On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) following a “Jubilee” year, all of the debts of the Israelites were to be canceled, all of the Israelites who had become enslaved were to be set free, and all of the land belonging to the Israelites was to be returned to its rightful Israelite owner. The rabbis taught that there would be 120 Jubilees (50 X 120 = 6000 years) before the Messiah would come to rule and reign in the earth for a 1000-year Sabbath Day of Rest.

The 120 Jubilees were broken down into 50 Jubilees from Creation to the Exodus (50 X 50 = 2500 years) and 70 Jubilees from the Exodus to the Final Jubilee (70 X 50 = 3,500). Based upon a prophecy by a mystical rabbi, Judah Ben Samuel who lived in the 13th Century, the year 2017 will mark the conclusion of the Final Jubilee. In AD 1217, Ben Samuel gave a very specific prediction, 300 years before its fulfillment.

“When the Ottomans (Turks)… conquer Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for eight jubilees. Afterwards Jerusalem will become no-man’s land for one jubilee, and then in the ninth jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation – which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.” –Rabbi Judah ben Samuel [1]

The Ottoman Turks conquered Jerusalem in 1517, ruled for 400 years (8 jubilees) and then were defeated in 1917 by the Allies in WWI. The land was then held in a British mandate for 50 years (1 jubilee), being ‘owned’ by no one, even being dubbed “no man’s land”. Then, in 1967 (the 9th jubilee) Jerusalem was restored to the Nation of Israel. The 10th jubilee will occur in the year 2017. Thus, according to Rabbi Judah ben Samuel, the Messianic end time began when Jerusalem was restored to the Nation of Israel in 1967 and will conclude with the coming of the Messiah in 2017.

In addition to this amazing prophecy, the Lord has shown other rabbis, as well, a glimpse of what would happen before the Messiah’s appearance. During the 18th century, Rabbi Eliyahu, known as the Gaon of Vilna[2], a respected rabbinical authority, prophesied that the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem, which was built during his day, would be destroyed and rebuilt twice, and that when the Hurva was completed for the third time, construction on the Third Temple would begin. The Third Temple must be built before the Messiah comes.

The Hurva Synagogue was first destroyed by Muslims shortly after its initial construction. The synagogue was rebuilt a hundred years later and became the most important Jewish house of worship in the Holy Land, only be blown to pieces by Jordanian troops during Israel's 1948 War of Independence. It was recently rebuilt and rededicated on March 15, 2010.

This same Rabbi, Gaon of Vilna, revealed another prophecy shortly before his death in 1797: 

“When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard. And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul, Turkey), you should put on your Shabbat clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.”

Amazingly, in 2015, the Russians captured the city of Crimea and are currently at a diplomatic impasse with Turkey who shot down a Russian airplane. 

In addition to ancient Jewish prophets, current Jewish rabbis have had words from the Lord concerning the coming of the Messiah as well.

  • When Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was still in office, healthy and in command of his faculties, a respected rabbi, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, claimed he had met the Messiah and predicted He would not come until after Sharon’s death. Kaduri died shortly after Sharon suffered a stroke that put him in a coma in 2006. Ariel Sharon died on January 11, 2014. If the “Ariel Sharon Prophecy” of the 108 year-old rabbi is true, it is further proof that the time clock has started for the coming [return] of the Messiah.

Another renowned rabbi of current history, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, made a prediction that seemed impossible at the time. American born Jonathan Pollard was jailed 30 years ago for spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison. But Rabbi Eliyahu foresaw his release and instructed Pollard’s wife Esther to tell her husband the following.

“You are a cosmic key to the redemption of the Jewish people. Your release is synonymous with the release of the Shechinah [the Divine presence] from galut [exile]. Your release is tied up with the Moshiach Ben David’s [Messiah son of David’s] return to the Land. Your release is bound to the redemption of the land and people of Israel.”

Rabbi Eliyahu died in 2010 not knowing that Jonathan Pollard would be released from prison in November 2015 despite his life sentence. Only God could have created this timing. Pollard has been freed but forbidden to return to Israel for five years although Israel is arguing for his early return. 

All these signs from Jewish rabbis both ancient and current point to the soon appearance of Yeshua, our Messiah. The Bible instructs us not to set dates because no one know the day and hour of His coming (Matthew 25:13), but Yeshua said we should be aware of the season.

“He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red”; and in the morning, “It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.” Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.’”

We must discern the “signs of the times” because “the night is coming”.

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) 


Kee Va Mo'ed

(The Appointed Time Has Come)


[2]Jewish Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, Rabbi Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman (1720-1797)


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