Sabbath 17/5/38/120

Dear Friends,

One of the chief orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem has declared that the coming of the messiah is imminent.
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky has declared that the Messiah will appear on 12 September 2015.

The grounds for this declaration seem to be based on the fact that this is a declared Sabbath year under the Hillel Calendar based on the spurious 49 year jubilee, contrary to the text in Leviticus 25:10-17 which provides that the Jubilee shall be the 50th year commencing from Atonement in the 49th year and going to the Atonement of the 50th year and the restoration of lands for preparation in the 50th  year These issues are covered in the papers God’s Calendar (No. 156), and Distortion of God’s Calendar in Judah (No. 195B).

The determination of the Sabbaths and Jubilees are easily determined from the Bible texts and are explained in the paper Reading the Law with Ezra and Nehemiah (No. 250).

The reason he selected 12 September is because he considers that the last day of Elul and that date is the end of the sacred year as these modern Jews determine the Year from 1Tishri to 1Tsihri which is clearly the Seventh Month and not the First Month, which God declares to be Abib as the Bible states and not as these Babylonian influenced rabbis claim.

As a result of this prognostication by this rabbi they are now calling for all Jews to “go up.” to Israel.  This is termed “Aliyah”
“I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.” (Ezekiel 20:34 ) and also

“It was reported that the Rabbi Kanievsky was presented with a pamphlet, written by Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Tzvi from the city of Bnei Brak, dealing with the End of Days and many other related prophecies. Rabbi Kanievsky, who is a pillar of the Jewish community and known for his authoritative books on Torah law, read the pamphlet carefully.  After a short consideration, he told those around him that the pamphlet needed to be distributed and that Jews living outside Israel should return to their ancestral land.

In yet another instance of Rabbi Kanievsky’s call for aliyah, author Rabbi Yekutiel Fisch revealed advice that was given to his cousin, a teacher at a prominent Lakewood Yeshiva, who visited Israel recently and went to Rabbi Kanievsky to receive a blessing at the end of his visit.

The Rabbi told him that he should not leave Israel because the Messiah would be arriving very soon. The teacher responded that he had 700 students waiting for him in Lakewood. Rabbi Kanievsky told him that he must bring all of the students to Israel. Upon his arrival in Lakewood, the story spread quickly, creating quite an impression on the students who all revere Rabbi Kanievsky.”

The rabbi is calling the French Jews to go to Israel also. “After the horrific terror attack at a Kosher market in Paris six months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urged French Jews to come home to Israel. His remarks drew criticism from some, however last week, in the wake of Ramadan violence in several countries including France, Zeev Elkin, the Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, called on French Jews to make Aliyah, echoing his leader’s words.
“Come home! Anti-Semitism is growing, terrorism is on the rise and the sickly ISIS activists carry out murders in the light of day. We are prepared to accept the Jews of France with open arms,” he said.

Last year, 7,000 French Jews made aliyah to Israel, making it the number one country of origin for new immigrants. The Jewish Agency and the Ministry for Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption are expecting more than 3,000 French Jews to immigrate to Israel this summer alone, many of them families with children who want to arrive and integrate before the beginning of the school year.”

Now why are we not surprised that such a claim would be made by rabbinical Jews in the Last Days but prior to the declared Biblical timings and activities foretold in the Bible?  The NT is not accepted by them and so they don’t understand that the Two Witnesses must take place before the Messiah and they are referred to in Revelation 11:3 ff.  Their duties are detailed in the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135). They are to spend 1264 days in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount before the Messiah arrives and they are not here yet.  God stated through the prophet Malachi that Elijah would be sent before the Day of the Lord to turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the sons to the fathers lest God smite the earth with a curse (Mal. 4:5-6).

So they are forced to assume that Elijah must be here somewhere already and then they ignore the NT statements as to what must transpire before then. They will declare this false Messiah in the near future and we expect that it will be in the period immediately before the wars of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets and the arrival of Messiah for the end of the War of Hamon–Gog.   These matters are discussed in the paper The False Messiah (No. 067B) and the paper War of Hamon-Gog (No. 294).

The Churches of God have always taught that the Witnesses would be Enoch and Elijah (except for the Armstrongites who taught that Armstrong was Elijah).  They would preach for 1260 days in Jerusalem and the whole world will seek their death and the false system will kill them and they will lay in the streets for 3.5 days and then on the morning of the 1264th day the Messiah will arrive and resurrect them and the elect (see the paper Heaven, Hell or the First Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143A)).

It is of interest that Pope Francis is calling for Jerusalem to be declared an international city as we would  expect in this sequence and he is also going to the US to visit the White House and congress on what is correctly the Day of Atonement 2015. The beast system must be established in Jerusalem for 42 months before Messiah arrives to fulfil prophecy. Thus the Jewish declarations are regarding a false messiah or simply the ravings of some rabbis without understanding.

From Christ’s prophecies we would expect to see the hostilities develop over the winter of the next sequence.  To ensnare the world’s Jews in Israel over this period is a demonic ruse to destroy them.  Their repentance may even be impaired through that process.

If the False Messiah is to be declared this September then a lot of people may well be hurt and deceived.

Pray it all comes to a head and we are given clear guidance.

Wade Cox
Coordinator General