The Jewish year of 5776, which began last September 13 and ends on October 2, was full of incredible evidence that Biblical prophecy is coming to life in the Land of Israel and around the world. Breaking Israel News remembers some of the hottest prophecy stories of this past year.
1. Fulfillment of the Dead Sea Prophecy Has Begun
In one of the most exciting stories of the year, Breaking Israel News reported in July on a phenomenon occurring along the shores of the Dead Sea which was the exact fulfillment of a prophecy in the Book of Ezekiel. Fresh-water pools filled with live fish had begun appearing on the shores of the hypersaline sea in which life cannot survive, echoing a prophecy which states that in the times of the Messiah, the bitter waters of the dead sea will be healed and fill with “a very great multitude of fish.” The story exploded, becoming Breaking Israel News’ biggest article of all time.
2. Israeli Teen Returns from 15 Minutes of Clinical Death with Spiritual Messages Concerning the Coming Redemption
In November, Breaking Israel News covered this shocking story of a 15-year-old secular Israeli boy who, after having a near-death experience on the holiday of Sukkot, returned to life describing visions of Biblical prophecies about the End of Days. Natan, who had never studied Judaism or the Bible, was nevertheless able to accurately describe the Mount of Olives splitting in two as is prophesied in Zechariah. He also spoke of the qualities and characteristics of the Messiah, saying that “lots and lots of people know him” and “everyone will be very, very surprised” at his identity. While many expressed skepticism at Natan’s story, body language expert Susan Constantine examined the video and gave Breaking Israel News an exclusive statement affirming that the teen was not attempting a hoax, but “truthfully believes he experienced a visitation in heaven.”
3. New Information Revealed on Exact Date of Disaster Comet Nibiru
Nibiru, also known as Planet X, became an object of intense excitement and curiosity among the Bible-minded after a number of respected rabbis began predicting that the unknown planetary body would have a devastating effect on Earth, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy that two-thirds of the world’s population will die at the End Times. Breaking Israel News began reporting on the story in January. In March, two experts voiced opinions on the exact date of Nibiru’s arrival, with Bible Codes rabbi Matityahu Glazerson predicting it would come on March 26, and Rabbi Daniel Asore asserting that the date could not be known.
4. Island Appearing in Sea of Galilee Could Presage Messiah Son of David
Early in September of 2016, a geological anomaly at the Sea of Galilee presented unmistakable parallels to a Talmudic prophecy regarding the coming of the Messiah from the House of David. Regular news outlets reported that radical drying up of the northern lake, known as the Kinneret in Hebrew, had led to the appearance of an island in the midst of the waters. Breaking Israel News quickly made the connection to a prediction from Jewish Biblical commentary that the drying up of the Kinneret is one of the signs presaging the coming of the Davidic Messiah.
5. Sanhedrin Appoints High Priest in Preparation for Third Temple
The nascent Sanhedrin took a serious and significant step towards reinstating the Temple service in August when it nominated Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the Kohen Gadol, or High Priest who presides over all the ritual offerings at the Temple service. The service, lost 2,000 years ago when the Second Temple was destroyed, is gradually being brought back by the Sanhedrin and a group of Kohanim, men descended from the priestly line, in order to physically and spiritually prepare for the coming of the Third Temple. The appointment of a High Priest, explained Sanhedrin spokesman Rabbi Hillel Weiss, is a necessary step to ensure that the Jewish people are ready when the moment comes.