The condition of the former prime minister of Israel has many people speculating about whether or not he will die soon, what it means from a world and Biblical perspective, and if there is any significance to the timing surrounding the turn of events. A prophecy about Ariel Sharon has also increased interest from both the Jews and Christians who are wondering whether there is a connection to his death and the arrival of the Messiah.
After nearly 8 years of stability in his comatose state, very little has been reported about him. It was noted that there seemed to be significant brain activity last year, but the report that his condition had worsened drastically starting at the turn of the new year points to many “coincidences” surrounding the man, his life, the final teachings of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, and the possibility that he will die within days.
January 4th will mark exactly eight years since he had the stroke that put him into his current condition. His stroke, the second in less than a year, was viewed as strange timing in itself as we was on his way to a likely re-election. Had he not had a stroke, the direction of the Middle East and the world would have been very different than the trajectory on which we’re currently heading.
One might want to speculate about the significance of the number eight, the condition of the world today, or the signs that have been sought for centuries, but these types of investigations are secondary and can be a distraction. When Jesus spoke in Mark 13 about understanding the end times, He was very clear with his pronouncements but it is often misunderstood:
Mark 13:32-33 (NASB)
32 But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
33 “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
These verses are often used to dismiss all attempts to discern the time of the coming of the Messiah. In most cases, this is as it should be. However, it is in the next verses that we must gain an understanding of why this must be:
Mark 13:34-37 (NASB)
34 It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. 35 Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’”
We are not being left in the dark over the matter for the sake of mystery. It is to get Christians walking along the right path as quickly as possible rather than giving anyone an excuse to wait. This is our of sheer love; had we known precisely the signs, our frail human nature might opt to live poorly now thinking that we have time to repent. That mistake is one that we’re being protected from in these verses as we do not know when our own deaths shall occur. It would be a shame to die the second death as a result of complacency that comes with thinking that we have more time. Nobody knows how much time we have as individuals regardless of whether we know the timing of the coming of Messiah. In many ways, this is designed to protect us from our own ignorance.
The same holds true for Jews, and the majority of them will not believe that their Messiah has already come until He comes again in the clouds. At that time, it will be crystal clear to them and many of the elect shall be saved.
With all of that said, it’s important to note that those who are secure in their faith and continuously strive to improve as believers, disciples, and ministers of Christ are oftentimes allowed to delve further into prophecy. They would not have been given to us if they were not intended to be used. The message of Yitzhak Kaduri is not Biblical in nature but it provides a testimony from a Jewish perspective on the possibility of spreading the message of the Gospel to Jews. No human can know for sure whether Kaduri met the Messiah as he claims, but the message itself is a powerful one nonetheless.
Find strength first in your faith and trust that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Then, search out the matter of the times.
Proverbs 25:2 (KJV)
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.