It all began back in 1217 when the Jewish Rabbi Judah ben Samuel was given what is known as the "10 Jubilee Prophecy"
The Rabbi claimed there would be 10 Jubilees before the Messianic end time would begin.
The starting point? When the Ottoman Turks began to rule over Jerusalem, which would last for 8 Jubilees (400 years).
A Jubilee is a 49-year period ending in the 50th year which is a Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8-13).
Three hundred years after the Rabbi's death, the Ottoman Turks seized control over Jerusalem for--you guessed it--8 Jubilees, or 400 years! That happened in 1517, a Jubilee year.
The Turks eventually lost control of the city when the Allied forces, under the command of General George Allenby, drove them out on Hanukkah.
Guess what year? 1917. Exactly 400 years or 8 Jubilees later.
Next the Rabbi prophesied that during the 9th Jubilee (or the next 50 years) Jerusalem would be a "no-man's land" until the next Jubilee 50 years later when it would go back to the Jews.
It happened just as he said.
From 1917-1967, the Holy City literally belonged to no one. It was placed under British Mandate in 1917 by the League of Nations.
By 1948, the Jews were back in the land, but Jerusalem was divided by a strip of land running right through the heart of the city. Jordan controlled the eastern part and Israel controlled the western part of the city.
The strip in the middle? It was dubbed "No Man's Land" by both the Israelis and Jordanians.
In 1967 during the Six Day War, Israel regained possession of the entire city. Once again exactly as prophesied by Rabbi ben Samuel 750 years earlier.
But the Rabbi wasn't done.
He also said that Jerusalem would remain under Jewish control for the 10th Jubilee (a period of 50 years) and the "Messianic end time" would begin.
1967 + 50 = 2017
So, is this true? When it comes to extra-biblical prophecy always proceed with caution. While this prophecy may seem to be well-documented (just Google it) and is interesting, that doesn't necessarily mean it's from God or that we should expect anything to happen in 2017. Any extra-biblical prophecy should be viewed with skepticism and weighed against Scripture.
In other words: We report, you decide.
"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." 2 Peter 1:19-21
A Jewish Rabbi once said: "When the Ottomans conquer Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for 8 Jubilees. Afterwards Jerusalem will be a 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
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