As Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, approaches this week, it is customary to look back and reflect on the previous year. Between Sunday and Wednesday, Breaking Israel News will present a series of Top Lists recalling some of the most significant Biblical and Israel stories of 5777. On Sunday, we look back on 5777’s biggest stories of redemption: the year’s top 10 articles demonstrating that the Messiah is on his way. On Monday, we will revisit the top 5 Biblical prophecies fulfilled in Israel and around the world this year. On Wednesday, the series will conclude with the year’s top 5 stories of how the Bible comes to life in spectacular images and events worldwide.
Before the pivotal 2016 presidential elections, international Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence in two separate Bible Codes that Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in the contentious race. The codes, derived from passages in the Torah decoded with special software, revealed Trump’s name near the Hebrew word nasi, meaning president, and the common Hebrew abbreviation for USA. Rabbi Glazerson also found that Trump was connected to the Hebrew word Moshiach, or Messiah, suggesting a connection between Trump becoming president and the eventual arrival of the Messiah – a compelling idea quickly seized upon by a number of other leading rabbis as events unfolded.
When Donald Trump was announced the winner of the 2016 election, much of the world reeled in shock – but for prominent Jewish spiritual leaders, it only made sense. Rabbi Yosef Berger of King David’s Tomb revealed that through the study of gematria, or Biblical numerology, Trump’s Messianic role became clear: the president-elect would lead America through the redemptive process. Rabbi Hillel Weiss of the nascent Sanhedrin agreed that Trump’s role was Biblical, positing that his win was a divine reaction to President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel stance.
Immediately on the heels of Trump’s victory, Israel’s nascent Sanhedrin leapt into action, calling on Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to jointly take on the role of Biblical King Cyrus and build the Third Temple. Drawing on Trump’s campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Putin’s 2012 prayer for the Temple at the Western Wall, the Sanhedrin sent a letter to both leaders urging them to to actively fulfill their roles as non-Jewish leaders who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple.
An obscure 300-year-old text interpreting the mysterious Book of Daniel, written by Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz in the 17th century and reinterpreted by a modern Jewish blogger, predicted that the year 5777 would bring the end of days. Basing his calculations on Biblical and Talmudic dates, Rabbi Horowitz gave supreme importance to the number 700. Using similar methodology based on the Book of Daniel, Jewish blogger Yernanen Yaakov further calculated the year of redemption as the current year 5777.
During his last days in office, President Obama mulled a last-minute move at the United Nations: a possible resolution establishing a Palestinian state which would devastate Israel’s chances at building peace on its own terms. Political commentators and rabbinic figures quickly pointed to a Biblical prophecy made by Zechariah foretelling a future in which all the nations of the earth would be gathered against Jerusalem. Noting that any UN resolution would undoubtedly hinge on Jerusalem, end-times expert Rabbi Pinchas Winston said that conflict over the holy city was a clear prelude to Messianic times.
After President Obama abstained from voting on an anti-Israel UN resolution in December, allowing it to pass, a Jewish thinker went viral in a video connecting Obama’s action to the great end-of-days war known as Gog and Magog. Eli Soble explained in his video that the flaring of tensions and conflict around Israel, encouraged and fostered by anti-Israel nations and international bodies, were all part of the Messianic process.
In early January, international hostility against Israel grew as officials from 70 nations of the world gathered in Paris to sign an anti-Israel agreement recommending the independent establishment of a Palestinian state without negotiations with Israel. The number of countries represented led to an unmistakable Biblical parallel with the number of nations which Jewish thought holds will rise up against Israel in the End of Days: precisely 70. Using gematria, ancient Jewish sources teach that the number 70 is equal to “Gog and Magog”, the apocalyptic war which will usher in Messianic times.
8. NASA Discovery of 7-Planet System Conforms Exactly to Zohar’s Description of Pre-Messiah “Nibiru”
The discovery in February of a previously unknown 7-planet system orbiting around a sun tallied precisely with a description in Judaism’s seminal Kabbalistic text, the Zohar. The Zohar predicted that a star with seven ‘stars’ orbiting it would appear at the times of the Messiah. One Jewish filmmaker tied the discovery to “Nibiru”, a mysterious astral body which was predicted to cause massive damage to Earth but never arrived.
A stunning prophetic connection between between the summer’s total solar eclipse, traversing North America on August 21, and the rise of tensions between the US and North Korea was revealed when a 100-year-old prophecy foretelling that a solar eclipse occurring in the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul would bring with it suffering for the “Kings of the East” came to light. That prophecy, from the Yalkut Moshe, written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 2894, came at a time of escalating nuclear threats between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and seemed to point directly to Jong-Un as the “eastern King” soon to be deposed. Shortly after this article came out, Jong-Un test-fired several missiles in a move which prominent Rabbi Moshe Grylack called a “precursor to Messiah.”
As 5777 drew to a close, entering the last month of the year before the High Holidays, a massive geologic disruption seemed to draw the veil back between the physical and heavenly worlds as God’s will and power was demonstrated on earth. In the weeks following the solar eclipse, three massive hurricanes hurtled across the Atlantic and devastated parts of America and the Caribbean in an astonishingly transparent fulfillment of the Yalkut Moshe prophecy regarding eclipses. In addition to predicting damage to the “Kings of the East”, the prophecy also foretold that an eclipse at the beginning of Elul would “bring great storms.” Rabbis saw the storms as clear prophecy come to life, warning man that God is in control and that humankind should understand the storms as a Divine signal to change its ways.