Gematria, or Hebrew numerology, is an esoteric device used by rabbis for revealing hidden meaning in the Bible. When applied to the US presidential candidates, the results are absolutely shocking and carry serious implications about the role of the upcoming election in the imminent Messianic era.
Joe Gallis and Dr. Robert Wolf lectured and wrote for almost two decades on Torah-related topics. One of their specialties was using Gematria to understand current events. In 2009, after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primaries to Barack Obama, they predicted on their blog, Redemption 5768, that her influence on Israel and the Messianic process was far from over. They used the numerology of her name to come to this remarkable conclusion.
Gallis and Wolf calculated that Hillary (הילרי), Rodham (רודהם), and Clinton (קלינטון) each equal 255. The word for a female from the nation of Amalek (עמלקיה) is also 255. Amalek is the archetypical evil that Israel is commanded to oppose anywhere and at any time.
The total of all three of her names is 765 (255 x 3), which is the same value as עת צרה (“time of terrible distress”). The term עת צרה comes from the Book of Daniel, which describes the time when Michael, the guardian angel of Israel, will stand in defense of his people at a time of catastrophe.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is also the Gematria of כַּלָּה בַּחֲמֹתָהּ (daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law), which is seen in a verse in Micah.
“For the son dishonoureth the father the daughter riseth up against her mother the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.” (Micah 7:6)
Hillary Clinton has frequently been quoted in the media saying harsh and demeaning things about her deceased mother-in-law, even blaming her abuse for Bill Clinton’s infidelity. Her connection with the verse hints at negative family values in general.
The Torah website Yeranen Yaakov points out that the gematria of Donald Trump (דונלד טראמפ) is 424, or 212 x 2. The gematria of Bernie Sanders (ברני סנדרס) is 636, or 212 x 3. Yeranen Yaakov quotes the Ben Ish Chai, an authority on Jewish law and master Kabbalist who lived in Baghdad 150 years ago. The Ben Ish Chai interpreted the number 212 as a difficult time for Israel before the Final Redemption.
“There are 212 hours in the first 9 days of Av (the eleventh month in the Jewish calendar) that are meant to be bad for the Jewish people,” Yeranen Yaakov wrote. “Although the 9 days contain 216 hours, the final 4 hours of Tisha B’Av (the ninth of Av) are sweetened since that is when Messiah is to be born.”
Yeranen Yaakov interprets this to meant that a Donald Trump (424) presidency will be doubly bad for the Jewish people, while a Bernie Sanders (636) presidency will be triply bad for the Jewish people. But in either case, the dark period is the anticipated necessary step immediately preceding the Messiah.
It is also remarkable to note that Donald Trump (424) is the Gematria of “Messiah for the House of David” (משיח בן דוד). That is not to say that Donald Trump is the Messiah, but that his presidency will usher in the Messianic era.
The numerology of Trump’s name also points to one of his traits that has been especially problematic. 424 is the equivalent of כְּמוֹ-נָחָשׁ (like a snake), which is a referred to in Psalms.
They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; vipers’ venom is under their lips. (Psalms 140:4)
Though Bernie Sanders no longer seems to be a viable candidate, the Gematria of his name (636) also hints at one of his character traits. It is equal to וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים (“And they went after other gods”), as written in Jeremiah:
Then shalt thou say unto them: “Because your fathers have forsaken Me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law.” (Jeremiah 16:11)
It has been noted that despite being Jewish, Sanders was perhaps the candidate least supportive of Israel.
Gematria is not an exact science; it is famously open to interpretation. However, it is a widely used and generally accepted system of understanding the hidden meaning and layers of the word of God as written in the Hebrew Bible. It is studied and taught by a multitude of major rabbis and Jewish thinkers. It has been a part of Biblical interpretation, with examples in the Mishna (the oral law) dating from the first century, and in later times became the realm of Kabbalists. While Gematria cannot predict the outcome of the upcoming elections, there is no question that the Bible has something to say about our modern world.