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The Explicit Fulfillment of the Torah’s Prophecies

Published on Sunday June 16th, 2019

The Torah is of divine origin. The Zohar says it is the blueprint upon which God created the world.

It is therefore unsurprising that it foreshadows extraordinary revelations, as well as explicit future predictions, such as scientific information, disclosed long before the modern era. The Torah also prefigures many other scientific discoveries that have not been revealed yet.

Today, more than ever, we can appreciate in the Prophecies, which describe some surprising revelations disclosed by the Torah, long before they manifested.

According to common sense, prophecy is seen as an approximate and often hypothetical omen. But in the Torah, prophecy is absolute truth (within a certain set of rules, which have been proven time and again).

Thus, thousands of years ago, prophecies prefigured, clearly and in great detail, events that were materialized with staggering precision.

Here are some examples:

The prophecy concerning the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples.  

Two books in the Torah,  Leviticus, and Deuteronomy prophesied the Jewish People’s imminent punishment for their faults. They mention exile, devastation, enslavement and so on.

The Ramban (Nachmanides), one of the greatest sages of the medieval period who lived more than 750 years ago, writes in his commentary on the Torah that the plagues cited in the book of Leviticus parallel the first exile, the Babylonian exile, while those mentioned in Deuteronomy refer to the second exile, the Roman exile.

Let's see the parallel.

The parallel between the Levitical verses and the first exile

The link between the observance of Sabbatical years and the ensuing 70 years of exile.

The verse in Leviticus chap. 26: 34-35 states: Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths all the days it lies desolate, while you are in the land of your enemies. At that time, the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not receive during the Sabbaths when you lived in it.…" That is to say, the number of years of the first exile will be equivalent to the number of years that Israel did not respect the Shemitah (the yearly Sabbatical, every 7 years) and the Yovelot (Jubilees, every 50 years).

This is how the prophet Jeremiah explains this verse (Jeremiah 29:10): "This, in truth, is what the Lord says: “When the end  of the Babylonian exile expires after seventy years, I will take care of you and fulfill my benevolent promise to bring you back to these places "(see Chronicles 2: 36, 19-21).

Now, these seventy years of exile correspond exactly to the seventy sabbatical years that the people living in the land of Israel failed to observe.

The curses in Leviticus and their fulfillment in Jeremiah’s Lamentations

Leviticus 26, 25: And I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be cast into enemy hands”.

872 years after these lines were written, the prophet Jeremiah recounted what he saw with his own eyes in Eicha (Lamentations).

Leviticus 26, 22: "... How deserted lies the city" - Lamentations 1, 4 "the ways of Zion are mourning ... all her gateways are desolate. "

Leviticus 26, 29: "You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall you eat." - Lamentations 4, 10: "The hands of merciful women have cooked their own children ...".

Parallel between verses in Deuteronomy and the second exile

As for the second exile, the Roman exile, it is specified in Deuteronomy 28, 49: "The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand.”

Deuteronomy 28, 36: "a nation that you did not know, neither you nor your forefathers."

Rome’s rule extended to "the end of the earth." Rome ruled Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, etc.

The emblem of Rome is the eagle.

The Roman language was not known (spoken) in the East.

The Roman nation, which consisted of several tribes, was founded at the time of the destruction of our Temple, "our forefathers" did not know it.

Deuteronomy 28, 68: "And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you”.

The historian Flavius ​​Josephus writes in "The Wars of the Jews" (chapters 6 - 3 - 4): "After the conquest of Beitar, Roman sovereignty spread everywhere. The slaves for sale were so numerous that they were valued at the price of a horse. The unsold slaves were taken to the Hadrian market, and those who were not sold were loaded by boat to Egypt. Many died of starvation on the way. Others perished in boat wrecks, and some were killed. "

The German historian Mintar writes in "The book of Mintar on the East" (page 58): "After the conquest of Beitar, the Roman yoke spread all over, but Palestine remained desolate ... The captives were sold in great numbers. First, in their local annual market... the remaining unsold ones were shipped to Egypt by boat ... "

Another German historian,  Chirer, writes in his book "The History of the Jewish People" (p.11): "The number of slaves in Egypt was so enormous that they were sold at the price of a horse ration" (see also "The peregrinations of the people of Israel throughout time" (page 321) and the writings of Hironimus).

Everything coincides

Back to Egypt.

On a boat.

Sold as slaves.

There are no buyers.

The predictions announced in the Torah were fulfilled to the letter.

Scattered among the nations.

Where, then, will the Jewish people settle down after being cast out of their land?

Will they settle in a specific land or be scattered among the nations?

This is also clearly prefigured in the Torah.

“Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other”. (Deuteronomy 28, 64)

How will Israel cope among these Peoples?

Again the Torah foresees it:

“And among these nations, you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. (Deuteronomy 28, 65)

Against all logic, despite enriching their host countries with a flourishing economy, culture, and progress, the Jewish people are abhorred and persecuted. They are expelled not only from Spain and Portugal but also from England, France, Germany, Sicily, southern Italy, Bohemia, and many other countries, "there will be no rest for the sole of your foot ... "

How will the demography of the Jewish people evolve in exile?

The Torah makes it clear.

"The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be reduced to a wretched remnant in the midst of the nations where the Lord will lead you." (Deuteronomy 4:27)

The scattered people among the nations will be small in number, as the conditions of the exile will limit their life expectancy.

Yet this verse refers to our survival against all odds. More explicitly, the Torah states: “Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the Lord their God.”(Leviticus 26:44)

Who can predict the future and direct the course of history against all odds?

Only the Master of time and its repercussions….

Thus, despite the pogroms, the genocide attempts, the persecutions against the people of Israel and the attacks on its Torah, God is committed to his promise to guard his people against annihilation and to ensure the Torah is never forgotten, despite the nations’ attempts to eradicate it.

“And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.”(Deuteronomy 31, 21)

The nations’ claims against us focus on both the Torah and on Shabbat, which they have repeatedly sought to make us transgress. And yet the Torah affirms So the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant... It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever... "(Exodus 31: 16-17)

Only the Almighty God could thus prefigure our future explicitly,  against all notions of human logic and understanding.

The written Torah, as well as the Oral Torah,  abound with end-of-times prophecies, such as the ones we witness today: the return of the children of Israel to their land: "Then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.." (Deuteronomy 30: 3)

These prophecies are incumbent upon the entire world, both within the land of Israel and amid the nations of the world. In these lines, we were only able to draw a tiny drop of water from an ocean of wisdom.

Up until the final redemption, as described by the prophet Zechariah (14: 9):  "Then shall the Lord become King over the earth; in that day the Lord will be One, and His Name One”.

Chalom GUENOUN - © Torah-Box

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