Joseph Farah is joining the litany of Christians proclaiming that the end is hear in this column, which is based on the “prophecies” of a 13th century rabbi named Judah Ben Samuel who was alleged to have “performed many miracles.” And he’s got his golly gee amplifier turned up to 11:
The prophecy involves the Jubilee Year cycle every 50 years. I should point out there’s much controversy about pinpointing Jubilee Years because they have been observed in Israel since ancient times, while no one is 100 percent certain about when they should occur on the modern Hebrew calendar.
However, in the year Judah Ben Samuel died in 1217, he 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 Turks seized control of Jerusalem in 1517. In fact, the Ottoman Empire, as it would become to be known, did not even really exist yet in 1217.
According to Judah Ben Samuel, 1217 was a Jubilee Year. If he was right, that would also make 1517 a Jubilee Year.
Exactly 400 years after the Ottoman Turks took control of Jerusalem in 1517, they were driven out of the city and the Holy Land in 1917 by the Allied forces under the command of Gen. George Allenby – on Hanukkah, by the way.
Holy coincidences, Batman! There’s more:
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.
So if you translate “no man’s land” to mean “not controlled by any nation but by all nations,” this seems accurate. But if this “prophet” had meant that, why didn’t he say that? This is the kind of semantic game that is always played by those who believe such “prophecies.” It’s the same nonsense that followers of Nostradamus engage in, take a vague phrase from long ago and translate it into some modern circumstance. For Farah, that means the end is near:
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.
What should we expect to happen in 2017? I will leave that to your imagination.
Of course, the fact that this rabbi undoubtedly thought he was predicting the first appearance rather than the second, since as a Jew he did not believe that Jesus was the messiah, seems to have missed Farah completely.