The New Pope and an Old Rabbi September 13, 2015 Part 2;
Please Note: Part II assumes that the reader has read Part I of this series of writings regarding the prophetic significance of the years 2015 – 2016 which is the year 5775 on the Hebrew calendar. The reader is urged to scroll down and read part 1 in this series before reading Part 2 to gain a better understanding of the information discussed in Part II. To read Part I you may also click here… http://buckstephens.typepad.com/blog/2013/02/september-13-2015-a-reoccurring-dream.html
The New Pope and an Old Rabbi
In our discussion of the date in which I saw or heard in reoccurring dreams and as I shared in Part I of this series, I stated that the date was significant in that it was the 3rd in a series of significant Sabbatical year dates which occurs once every 7 years on the 29th of Elul on the Hebrew Calendar, the last day of the Hebrew civil year. I also indicated that not only was it the 3rd date in a series of 7 years but it also signaled the start at the end of that day of the next year of Jubilee on the Hebrew Calendar. I also discussed that this year of Jubilee which occurs once every 50 years after 7 sabbatical years was also a significant year in a pattern of 3 years of jubilee. In the previous two years of Jubilee, something very significant happened regarding the return of land as the Year of Jubilee prescribes. This return of land was in Jerusalem and involved the return of land to Israel, its original owners. For a more detailed discussion of these patterns and what occurred, refer to Part I of this series.
First of all, let me state, I am not setting any firm dates here but as we study the patterns in the light of the Jewish holidays and feasts, they do indicate that 2015 and 2016 is a significant time on the prophetic calendar. Once you read the following, I believe you will understand fully yourselves.
What about that date of September 13, 2015, what can we expect? I promised in Part I that I would give you some additional information and so here comes more of a loving God’s signature in the times in which we live. It’s all so amazing; you have to take it in little bites. In answering that question we need to examine the events now happening as well as those in the past leading up to that date. While there are so many details which I have observed, this writing is only attempting to summarize for the reader what could be an extensive treatise on the subject.
Let me summarize in general what we might be seeing occur on and around the date September 13, 2015 and in the following year of Jubilee which begins at the close of that day and will end on October 3, 2016. Since both of the previous dates regarding the sabbatical year’s Day of Remission which is observed on the 29th of Elul as well as in the two previous years of Jubilee occurring in a pattern of 3 successive years of Jubilee had to do with financial calamity and the return of land in Jerusalem to Israel its original owners, we must conclude that on or about that future date, similar events might occur.
Since the 29th of Elul on both of the previous Sabbatical years signaled the two worst days in the history of the stock market we might expect something similar. However, I believe that there will be a new twist to this 3rd date in the two event patterns, one which combines both occurrences similar to that we have seen in the prior two Jubilee years and two Sabbatical years.
Unless the rules of the New York Stock Exchange change, the market will not be open on that day since it is a Sunday. Interestingly, Sunday is also known as the 3rd day…since Jesus rose on the 3rd day, a Sunday. The 3rd day has always been a sign all throughout Scripture. Remember the number 3 refers to a divine order of completion. This Day of Remission in the year 2015 most likely will be different than the previous two days of Remission since it has the added dimension of also beginning the Year of Jubilee. Perhaps, we will see a combination event of the Day of Remission (Sabbatical) and the Year of Remission (Jubilee) events. The year of Jubilee not only has the command of the forgiveness of debt such as the Day of Remission in the Sabbatical year does but also the added dimension of land reverting back to its original owner; therefore it is more likely that the September 13 date has more to do with land than it does with the stock market! However the land issue could very well precipitate a financial reaction.
It is very likely that whatever happens with the land in Jerusalem at that time will impact the world’s economy adversely due to the outfall of a land controversy. Presently, the only land in Jerusalem not under Israel’s jurisdiction is in fact the Temple Mount. While I believe the church must prepare financially for this time, I believe that the patterns of recent history indicate that September 13, 2015 will be a pivotal day in the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflicts. Why do I think so? Let’s consult recent history again.
In the interest of time, let me quickly recount some events in the dispute over land in Israel. Too coincidental to be coincidental, the date September 13th has been a major part of these events. Let’s review:
Oslo Accord, September 13,1993
- On September 13, 1993 Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton met at Camp David and signed what became known as the Oslo Accord which set a date for Israel to give land back to Palestine starting on a specific date 7 years later in the year 2000. That specific date was September 13, 2000.
- On September 13, 2000, the 7 year peace treaty signed 7 years earlier was annulled when Arafat walked out of the meeting rejecting Israel’s concessions. A conflict then erupts on the Temple Mount between the Jews and the Palestinians, the sons of Abraham, in conflict over the Temple Mount.
Temple Mount Conflict in 2000
- On September 13, 2008 (just before the worst day in the history of the stock market, September 29,2008), Prime Minister Olmert presented Palestinian leader Abbas with a land proposal, in which a concession of land would result in sovereignty of the Temple Mount being handed over to an international body which would include the United States. Abbas refused.
- On September 13, 2015, is it possible that a land deal may or may not be reached in Israel that would bring about such instability that the world’s financial systems may react adversely? Is it possible that this idea of a sovereign body, controlling the Temple mount and possibly even being led by a charismatic leader (anti-Christ) accepted by both the Jews and the Arab nations? We do not know for sure but perhaps this is when the work on rebuilding the Temple would either begin or conclude. The Temple Institute has recently announced that at this time it stands ready to begin construction as preliminary plans and the creation of the implements have been completed. Perhaps it is the day of a major conflict concerning the Temple Mount that enables the process of the foregoing to begin and sends the world’s financial systems into a tailspin. We don’t know, but what we do know is that in spite of it all, it is all part of the master plan of redemption of a loving God entering its final stages before the calling away of the church and the subsequent establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Needless to say…we are on the cusp of some very interesting times prophetically as the players in the US and world governments, especially those of the Middle East unknowingly act out a prophetic script outlined in the Bible to the smallest detail. They are unaware that a loving God is warning them of impending judgment and leaving His fingerprints in so called “coincidences” which follow the Jewish customs, dates, feasts and biblical laws. As I have discussed extensively in my recent book Secrets of a Supernatural World, God leaves His fingerprints in numeric evidences found throughout the events of mankind and frequently in the last decade as a sign for those who would seek Him, a sign revealing that He is there working behind the scenes and carrying out His promises to His people to redeem the world from the grasp of evil and eradicating it once and for all eternity.
In the light of the foregoing information which as I stated reveals that we on the cusp of some very significant events occurring, I think some further discussion about an Old Rabbi and the New Pope is in order. Biblical prophecy is infallible and extra biblical prophecy must be judged on its accuracy and how it lines up with the infallibility of biblical prophecy. We now with that guideline firmly in place must consider two extensive extra-biblical ancient prophecies which have proven to be incredibly accurate, both uttered in within 70 years of each other in the 12th century. These utterances were both given about midway through the 174 year period when the crusades to the Holy Land were being conducted by the Roman Catholic Church. One was uttered in Germany by an old Rabbi about Jerusalem and the time of Messiah’s return and the other by an Irish bishop regarding the Popes.
An Old Rabbi and the New Pope
First let me briefly discuss the Prophesy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel who died in 1217 AD. In the latter part of the 12th century He wrote a prophesy concerning Jerusalem which in the light of our discussion above, you will find intriguing I am sure, especially when you consider how accurate it is from the vantage point of looking backwards at what the Rabbi was looking forward at in his prophecy. Here is what He said which is significant to our discussion. Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel wrote:
“When the Ottomans (Turks) 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.”
Judah the Pious as this Rabbi was also known looked into the future with amazing accuracy as we now can see as we look back. However it would be exactly 300 years before the first part of his prophesy came true. Let me briefly review his writing stated above part by part in the light of recorded history.
“When the Ottomans (Turks) conquer Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for eight jubilees”…
In 1517 AD, Jerusalem was conquered by the Ottomans or the Turks just as Rabbi Judah had prophesied over 300 years earlier. He also said that they would rule over Jerusalem for 8 Jubilees. Since a Jubilee is a period of 50 years, that means the Ottomans would rule over Jerusalem for 400 years! As we recounted in Part I and above, it was in 1917, the year of Jubilee, our first in a pattern of 3 years of Jubilee that General Allenby of the British army captured Jerusalem from the Turks and Jews began to return to their homeland. Let’s do the math; 1917 - 1517 = 400 years!
“Afterwards Jerusalem will become no-man’s land for one jubilee” …
From the year of Jubilee 1916 - 1917 until the next Jubilee year which started in 1966-67, no one ruled over Jerusalem as the British continued to maintain order while Jews returned and reorganized in the land of Israel and then became a restored nation in 1948 after World War II. However Jerusalem was still under Arab/Muslim domination.
“…and then in the ninth jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation”…
Interestingly Rabbi Judah speaks of Jerusalem coming back into the possession of the Jewish nation which in his time had ceased to exist in reality. His statement implies that when Jerusalem came back into the hands of the Jewish nation which it did during the 6 Day War in 1966-67, the second year of Jubilee in our pattern of 3, the nation is implied by his statement to already exist! In fact it did…as of 1948!
“…which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.”
This is the Jubilee (50 year period) in which we now are living! Rabbi Judah has been incredibly accurate so far…Is it possible we will see the Messiah come at this time? Remember, Rabbi Judah was an orthodox Jew, one who rejects Jesus Christ as Messiah…so the Messiah he is looking for is…the anti-Christ! The one he was looking for will come, win the Jew’s trust and then will betray them causing them to recognize the true Messiah, Yeshua Ha Meshiach, Jesus the Christ! Yes, if the rabbi’s accuracy continues…this next Jubilee would usher in the appearance of both the false and then subsequently the true Messiah!
Amazing! Now how about the other prophecy, the one issued by the Irish bishop, St. Malachy? This prophecy remained hidden in the archives of the Vatican since it was given to Pope Innocent II in 1139 AD by St. Malachy until it was discovered in 1590. It has become known as the “Prophecy of the Popes”. Again, the accuracy of St. Malachy’s prophecy has proven to be incredibly accurate.
In this prophecy, Malachy stated that there would be 112 more Popes after Innocent II. The prophecy gave information regarding each of the popes which have been accurate, up to and including Pope Benedict. Reviewing a history of the popes alongside Malchy’s prophecy is intriguing indeed. Even when the conclave who is aware of the prophecy has tried to avoid fulfilling it, their efforts fall short. This was very evident in the election of Pope Benedict the 111th pope since Innocent II, who just resigned. The sign of the 111th pope was to be olives. Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) had no connection to olives…but when he chose the name Pope Benedict after St. Benedict that changed. Benedict founded the Benedictine order, the sign of which is…you guessed it….the olive.
That brings us to the new pope just elected in March 2013, the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 112th and according to Malachy, also the final pope. While born in Argentina, he is the son of Italian or Roman parents which as you will see is important to the prophecy.
First, let’s read what Malachy said regarding this pope;
“In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 edition.)
On the surface, as with Benedict, things don’t seem to connect but as things developed and more was learned the connections become more apparent. Malachy’s prophesy indicates that this pope will apparently be very popular and will be seen as a good shepherd but underneath all of that is a plan, and not a heavenly one. Let’s explore this further.
Cardinal Bergoglio like his predecessors chose a new name to be known as while Pope. The new pope has chosen the name Pope Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. It is incredible that he chose this name for two reasons:
- St Francis of Assisi carried the name Francis which was not his real name but a nick name he was affectionately called by his father. The name means “the Frenchman” which is why St. Francis is often thought of as being French. However St. Francis was of Roman or Italian descent and his given name at birth was Giovanni di Pietro de Bernadone. The last part of his name is translated “Peter the Roman” the prophesied name of the last pope by St. Malachy!
- If the fact above is not startling enough…consider another prophesy concerning the last pope given by the current pope’s namesake Francis of Assisi himself. Francis of Assisi the current Pope’s namesake said that when the last pope arrived, he would be under the control of Satan and that he would be loved by the people. St. Francis’ prophecy indicates that the last pope could in fact be the false prophet spoken of in the book of Revelation. The false prophet, like the anti-christ or man of sin according to the Scripture would also have a ruling seat in Jerusalem. Consider this…According to Israel National News on February 1, 2013, an agreement was drafted between Israel and the Vatican, giving the Pope an official seat on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, in the room where the Last Supper is believed to have been celebrated, and where researchers think the Jewish Kings David and Solomon of Judea, are buried.
In the light of the above, let us consider the background of Pope Francis who is also the first Jesuit to be elected Pope. The Jesuits were originally formed by Ignatius Loyola to combat Protestantism and have had a history of being at odds with the policies of the Vatican. In specific, the Jesuits disagree with the Vatican’s teachings and papal directives such as those on abortion, birth control, women in ministry, homosexuality and liberation theology. Most of you are familiar with these issues but most may not be familiar with the theology known as Liberation Theology so let me expound on that point.
Liberation theology focuses on the poor and needy and looks to the philosophies of Socialism and Marxism to solve the world’s problems in this area. This as well as the above listed disagreements explains why the Jesuits have been at odds with traditional Catholicism of the Vatican over the years.
The satanic inspired government of the anti Christ and of the globalists begins as a democratic socialist government, leading to a pure socialistic and then communistic government led by charismatic leaders who then betray the very people who put them into power. This underscores the dangers of the globalist inspired leadership in America which tries to wrestle away conservative biblical values from the American people.
Yes, the year of Jubilee is approaching and it definitely holds some unfolding plans of satan, but it also holds the will and purpose of God to finish His plan of redemption, rapture His people to accompany the Messiah on His second coming, this time in military fashion, defeating the forces of satan and establishing His Kingdom upon the earth. Malachy’s prophecy ends with the “City of Seven Hills” being destroyed and the “Formidable Judge judging His people”. The Vatican located in Rome, is built on 7 hills and that “Formidable Judge” is none other than the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Himself, Jesus Christ!
Right now this “Formidable Judge” full of love for His people wants His people to be like the sons of Issachar, discerning the times and being about the business of His Kingdom. He wants them to gain the knowledge He is putting out to His church for as He said… "without knowledge, the people perish” (Hosea 4:6). As I previously stated, we are not setting firm dates here, but we are doing what Proverbs talks about, that “it is the “glory (honor) of God to conceal a matter and to search out a matter is the glory (honor) of kings” (Proverbs 25:2). One thing is for certain, the times and the season is at hand for the manifestation and fulfillment of the Kingdom of our LORD Jesus Christ to be established upon the Earth.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.” (2Timothy 4:8)
God has reserved a very special Crown referred to as the “Watcher’s Crown for all who have set their eyes Heavenward in expectation of Jesus’ return. These faithful Believers are called to live a faithful and Godly life while they wait for the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of the LORD Jesus Christ (Titus 2:12-13) who said that when we see these things happen to watch…”He comes quickly and his reward is with Him, and He will reward everyone according to what they have done”. (Revelation 22:12)
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