ANCIENT RABBINIC PROPHECY "SPOT-ON" SO FAR.
In 1217 Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel prophesied the Ottoman Turks would rule Jerusalem for eight Jubilees. A Jubilee is 50 years according to Leviticus 25:8-13. Sure enough, in 1517 the Ottoman Turks seized control of Jerusalem and ruled over it for the next 400 years (eight jubilees). The Turks were finally driven out in 1917 by Allied forces under command of General George Allenby. The Rabbi's prophecy about the 400 years was fulfilled exactly to the year.
The Rabbi had 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 through the heart of the city, with Jordan controlling the eastern part and Israel controlling the western part of the city. That strip of land was called "no-man's land" by both Israelis and Jordanians. Anyone even stepping into that strip would be shot down. It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 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.
But that is still not the end of the matter. The Rabbi also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic "end times" would begin. The 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will be concluded in 2017.
The original article appeared in Israel Today March 2008See More
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