"He told us that according to the sages and the Oral Tradition, once "the year everything changes occurs," a war will start on the nextShmittah year following that, beginning a war cycle. "After this war cycle is completed" -- his eyes lit up as he spoke -- "it is the year of Meshiach ben-David" (Messiah, Son of David)! (The shmittah year" is a sabbatical year according to Leviticus 25:1-4.)
"In September 2000, the next Shmittah year after September 1999, war began. We were witnesses to this fact as Ariel Sharon went to the
Temple Mount to pray and Arafat declared jihad ("Holy War") the following day. This was the beginning of the "war cycle" just as the
sages had predicted.
"On September 11, 2001, terrorism struck our nation. Now the United States is in a war.
3. On July 25, 2001, I reported that in his June 2001 newsletter, Hebrew archeologist and researcher Vendyl Jones wrote:
"This is the Jewish year 5761 or CE 2000-2001. On Rosh Hashanah, the present Amalek crisis began. That very date is the beginning of the Shmittah (Sabbatical) year. This is the seventh Shmittah (Sabbatical) year since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948."
By Amalek crisis, he means Intifada, or uprising of the sons of Amalek. His words that the present year 2001 is the "seventh Sabbatical year" since Israel was born caught my eye. I called Jones and asked him how he came up with that. He said, "I didn't. The rabbis did." He explained that they do not count from 1948 but that they continuously count from the time of Joshua and the first Sabbatical year (Leviticus 25:1-7). He said that according to the rabbis, 1952 was the first Sabbatical year after 1948, and 2001 is the seventh.
(The difference in 2000 and 2001 as the Shmittah, or sabbatical, year could be reconciled by the fact that the year on the Hebrew calendar overlaps both.)
4. On March 27, 2001, I shared a report I had seen that rabbis in Israel had concluded that the 2000 Intifida began "the time of Jacob's trouble," referred to in Jeremiah 30:7. The declaration was reportedly signed by 27 of the leading Orthodox and Chassidic sages. Bible scholars believe that "the time of Jacob's trouble" is the same as end-time judgment.
5. The modern-day Bible-believing church age began when Martin Luther broke away from the false Catholic church and nailed his biblical thesis to the church door. This was on October 31, 1517. In Daniel we read about a 483-year period in Jewish history before the 1st Coming of Christ. Could God also have given a similar 483-year period to the Church before the final countdown? If you count 483 years from 1517, you arrive in the year 2000, the time frame we are discussing.