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Somebody just sent this to me. I have no idea where WND got it from, I have no idea if it is accurate and/or reliable, but it is a fascinating read of Rav Yehuda HaChassids prediction about Israel...



Now his prophecies about return of Messiah are being studied
Published: 11/14/2012 at 7:56 PM

JERUSALEM – Judah Ben Samuel was a legendary and prolific German rabbi of the 12th century
who made some astonishing and specific predictions about the future of Jerusalem and Israel that
came true.

Judah Ben Samuel, also known as Judah he-Hasid (Judah the Pious), lived and worked from the
end of the 12th century until the beginning of the 13th century in Regensburg, authoring a number of
books in the German language.

Ludwig Schneider of Israel Today magazine has translated some of his work into English over the
last few years, including “The Book of the Pious – Sefer Hasidim” and the “Book of Calculations –
Sefer Gematriyot.”

Following the Christian crusades to the Holy Land, between 1096-1270, a regular correspondence
developed between the Jews in the Holy Land and the Christian West. Thus, for example, the rabbis
in Worms and Regensburg in Germany knew that Saladin’s Ayyubids had been ruling in the Holy
Land since 1187.

At this time, Judah Ben Samuel published the results of his biblical calculations (Gematria) and
astrological observations and summarized as follows: “When the Ottomans (Turks) – who were
already a power to be reckoned with on the Bosporus in the time of Judah Ben Samuel – conquer
Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for eight jubilees. Afterwards Jerusalem will become noman’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.”

One jubilee is 50 years (Leviticus 25). It is the 50th year after seven times seven years, the year in
which each person should regain ownership of his or her land. Ben Samuel’s calculations were
purely theoretical; there was absolutely no sign at that time of their being fulfilled. He himself was not
able to experience their fulfillment, for it was only 300 years after his death that the first of his
predictions were to come true.

The Mamluks, who had been reigning in Jerusalem since 1250, were conquered in 1517 by the
Ottoman Turks. They remained for eight jubilees (8 x 50 = 400 years), that is to say they were in
Jerusalem for 400 years. Exactly 400 years later, in 1917, the Ottoman Turks were conquered by the
British. The League of Nations conferred the Mandate for the Holy Land and Jerusalem to the
British. Thus, from 1917, under international law, Jerusalem was no-man’s land.

Then, when Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967, exactly one jubilee (50 years)
after 1917, Jerusalem reverted to Jewish-Israeli ownership once again. Thereby, according to the
prophecies of Judah Ben Samuel, the Messianic End Times began.

Many scholars have studied and made reference to Judah Ben Samuel’s writings in an effort to
understand how he reached his conclusions. Among those referencing Ben Samuel were Rabbi
Isaac Ben Solomon Luria, a mystic dealing with the messianic world (Jerusalem, 1531-1572, Safed);
Joseph Solomon Delmegido (1591 Candia – 1655 Prague), a mathematician and astronomer
(“Mazref le-Chochma”), Azulai I (1724-1806), a famed bibliographer; Samuel David Luzzatto (1800-1865), a Bible scholar; historian Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891); and Torah scholar Jacob Epstein

The secret of how Judah the Pious arrived at such accurate predictions has less to do with the
actual calculations than it does with the fact that he had consecrated his life to God. His pupils Rabbi
Isaac ben Moses (Vienna), Rabbi Baruch ben Samuel (Mainz) and Rabbi Simcha (Speyer) testify
that Ben Samuel was a model of abstinence and selflessness and was awaiting with a burning
desire the coming of the Messiah.

Ben Samuel was often called “Light of Israel.” Even bishops came to him for advice. If anyone asked
him where his wisdom came from he would answer, “The prophet Elijah, who will precede the
Messiah, appeared to me and revealed many things to me and emphasized that the precondition for
answered prayer is that it is fueled by enthusiasm and joy for the greatness and holiness of God.”

But to recap the astonishing predictions: In AD 1217 this scholarly and pious rabbi prophesied that
the Ottoman Turks would rule over the holy city of Jerusalem for eight Jubilees. Now, keep in mind,
he made this prediction 300 years before the Ottoman Turks seized control of Jerusalem in 1517. If
indeed 1217 and 1517 were jubilee years as Judah Ben Samuel believed, then his prophecy was
exactly right, because exactly 400 years after the Turks took control of Jerusalem they were driven
out of the city and the holy land in 1917 by the Allied forces under the command of General George
Allenby – on Hanukkah, by the way.

But it gets more interesting still.

The rabbi also prophesied that during the ninth Jubilee Jerusalem would be a “no-man’s land.” This
is exactly what happened from 1917 to 1967, due to the fact that the Holy Land was placed under
British Mandate in 1917 by the League of Nations and literally “belonged” to no nation.
Even after Israel’s war of independence in 1948-49, Jerusalem was still divided by a strip of land
running right through the heart of the city, with Jordan controlling the eastern part of the city and
Israel controlling the western part of the city. That strip of land was considered and even called “noman’s land” by both the Israelis and the Jordanians.

It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 when the entire West Bank of the Holy Land was conquered
by the Israeli army that the whole city of Jerusalem passed back into the possession of Israel. So
once again the prophecy made by the rabbi 750 years previously was fulfilled to the letter.

It certainly would be significant if both 1917 and 1967 were Jubilee years, considering the
significance of what happened in Jerusalem on those years. But it gets even more interesting,
because Judah Ben Samuel also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under
the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. If he’s right, the 10th Jubilee
began in 1967 and will be concluded in 2017.

“The Bible should be our standard for prophecy and interpretation of prophetic events,” said Joseph
Farah, editor and founder of WND, upon learning of Judah Ben Samuel’s predictions in Israel
Today. “But one cannot ignore what this 12th-century rabbi said and wrote. It’s well-documented.
And I applaud Israel Today for bringing it to light. The implications of these predictions is staggering
to say the least.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/12th-century-rabbi-predicted-israels-future/#i8gfrFLDfGqGifre.99

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  1. Any idea where this prediction is supposedly written in his sefarim?
    Unless it can be verified inside, these types of tales are too fantastic to take seriously.

  2. I blogged this a year ago, but I cannot vouch for its accuracy and have not researched it.

  3. WND, no matter how Israel-friendly, is a Xian publication.


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