12th-century rabbi predicted Israel’s future


Now his prophecies about return of Messiah are being studied

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 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.”

One jubilee is 50 years (Leviticus 25). It is the 50th year after seven times seven years, the year in which each person should retain 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 (1925-1993).

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 “no-man’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.”

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6 replies

  1. Thanks Lyn for your blogging,it’s a blessing reading ;)About a year ago I dreamed there was a war between Israel and Iran,and I believe God wants us to start praying for Israel in particularly.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Lyn 🙂

    • Yes..you’re welcome. If this is correct, as I have been suspecting (I am an AVID prophecy watcher and I research everything as best I can before I believe it)….the opening of the seals began in 2010…as many others also suspect. I can look around and I can see that the seals have been being openeed. See, the mistake many people make is you have to read Revelation VERY carefully!

      The opening of the seals are not the judgments..only the very last seal preceding the trumpet judgments..the earthquake. Earthquakes are ALWAYS God’s judgment. The opening of the seals are the opening (revealing) of the judgments of God. This is why the rapture will not happen during the opening of the seals…because these are not God’s judgments, rather, the pains of the earth and the world as a result of sin. God is allowing these powerful demonic entities (the horseman) to be released. He is releasing them for the tribulation… the GREAT tribulation is the last 3.5 years of the tribulation..the first half is the first 3.5 years. Things are going to soon get ugly with Israel and Iran..well…UGLIER, I mean..and this will more than likely bring about a peace treaty that must be signed. The man who signs this (and who will break it) is the one who will be the Antichrist when he gets the head wound and comes back to life.

      I’ve taken an interest in Bible prophecy since I learned how to read..and even before that…I would listen to the Christian radio station all the time in my bedroom as a child and watch Christian programs on television When I c ould not read, I was always flipping through Hal Lindsey’s Late, Great Planet Earth looking at pictures..and was fascinated with Halley’s Bible Handbook.

      I have the gift of prophecy the Lord has given me..but it only works when He wants it to. Mainly,the Lord uses it in my writing. Writing for me is a struggle unless it is something He speaks to me..and when He does, He does not give me time to write it..I have to ask Him to slow down a little bit…it comes to me fast.

      He has said to me, “Prophesy, preach repentance with zeal, and warn everyone that Jesus is coming very, very soon! Shout it to the world to be prepared! Tell people that there are many who think they are going, but they are not ready because they are living in unrepentance and blatant, outright disobedience! He gives me Matt 7:21-23, 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ and 1 Cornithians 6:91-11, 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
      And Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth.

      The reason He is calling to people with such zeal and boldness is because they are not listening, and many are falling to the wayside, being led astray by the “Love and Peace” doctrine. He does love us, and He is a God who loves peace… but He is a God who hates sin. Just as we hate it when we see our children do things that are so wrong..our heart aches when they do….God loves us so much more than we love our own kids, and all of His feelings are more than ours..including the hurt and anger at our disobedience and lack of care. There is a message being preached today amongst the brethren that if we speak truth we are judging. This is a satanic defense mechanism, devised by the enemy, to keep their ears from hearing the truth. The enemy wants people to be deceived so that the souls of those believing the watered down truth will go to hell with him. God is calling out..He has a controversy with the nations! He is calling out loud for all to hear..but they are rejecting the truth, wanting to have their ‘ears tickled’ instead….

      People MUST get read and turn from sin and corruption! Have no part in ANYTHING that the world does..not even the appearance of the world…focus our energies on telling people the truth so they have an opportunity to know Jesus. Time is so much shorter than we even think!

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 God's call to the world! Are you ready?

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