In an interview with Christian filmmaker Richard Shaw, director of the film Torah Codes: End to Darkness, prolific author and Bible Codes expert Rabbi Mattityahu Glazerson demonstrates how multiple Hebrew phrases hint that the Hebrew year 5776 (2015-2016) will be a significant year for the appearance of the Messiah.
Hebrew years are counted from Creation and begin on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana, which always falls in September or October in the Gregorian calendar. As of sundown on September 13, 2015, the new Hebrew year will be 5776.
Why do Hebrew dates change at nightfall rather than at midnight? When days are counted in the Bible, evening comes before morning, as it is written in Genesis 1:5, “It was evening and it was morning, one day”. Thus, in Judaism, each new day begins in the evening.
In order to understand Glazerson’s assertion that there are many hints that the Hebrew year 5776, which corresponds to September 2015-October 2016, is favorable for the appearance of the Messiah, it’s necessary to be familiar with gematria, the system of Hebrew numerology.
In gematria, all Hebrew letters have a numerical value. The numerical value of a word, phrase or sentence is derived from the simple addition of the numerical value of each letter. In the video interview, beginning at the 2:07 mark, Glazerson reads and translates eight Hebrew phrases and sentences which all have the numerical value of 776. The English translations of the eight Hebrew phrases that Glazerson mentions are:
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob = 776
The kingdom of David will be eternal = 776 (The Messiah will be a descent of King David.)
Come back to Me and I will come back to you = 776
God says, “I will do for Myself. For Myself I will do.” = 776
Come back to Me like naughty children. = 776
Your kingdom will be forever = 776
The last kingdom = 776
The final one is the most fascinating.
The coming of Messiah = 776
When questioned by Shaw, Glazerson explains why the numerical value of all these phrases is 776 and not 5776, which is the full number of the upcoming Hebrew year. “Because you see, according to our [Jewish] tradition, Messiah will come in this millennium – in the sixth one. This is why the numbers don’t have the 5 here, because it’s self-understood that when you speak about Messiah, you relate to 5,000, the sixth millennia.”