Prophetic Theory #2-Vilna Gaon: The Hurva Prophecy/Crimea/Russia

by Joel Blackford
War of the Unseen Worlds

A portrait of the Vilna Gaon writing at his desk with shelves of books behind him.
“According to a centuries-old rabbinical prophecy that appears to be coming true, on March 16, 2010, Israel will begin* construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. [*Most believe that any time after March 16, 2010, the Third Temple may begin to be built. My best guess is around Passover 2016].During the 18th century, the Vilna Gaon [R. Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman (1720-1797)], a respected rabbinical authority, prophesied that the Hurva Synagoge in Jerusalem, which was built during his day, would be destroyed and rebuilt twice, and that when the Hurva was completed for the third time, construction on the Third Temple would begin.

The Hurva Synagogue was first destroyed shortly after its initial construction when Muslims demanding the return of loans tore it down. The synagogue was rebuilt a hundred years later and became the most important Jewish house of worship in the Holy Land, only be blown to pieces by Jordanian troops during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

In 2001, Israel finally decided to rebuild the landmark, which today stands in the center of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. The building is scheduled to be completed and the Hurva Synagogue dedicated for the third time on March 15 of 2010.”

The only issue delaying the Hurva Prophecy is a misguided missile or maybe an earthquake. With all the missiles fired into Israel each day, what are the odds of one hitting the Temple Mount? Or could we see an unexpected earthquake someday soon? The Mount of Olives sits on a fault line.

If you study Prophetic Theory #1, you’ll notice R. Judah ben Samuel (1140-1217) lived 77 years just as R. Zalman AKA Vilna Gaon (1720-1797) lived a similar life of piety and Torah (please note Vilna Gaon died exactly 100 years before the prophetic 1897 first world Zionist Congress). Both prophesied amazing eschatological statements that seem to be coming true. Can any other religious person claim a track record like these two?

The second prophecy by Vilna Gaon:

“When the ships of the kingdom of Russia will cross the Dardanelles you [Israel] should dress in Sabbath clothes because this means that the arrival of the Messiah is close. When you see the Russian armies begin to move southward and enter Turkey, put on your Sabbath garments and get ready to welcome the Messiah.” [or its translated differently below]

“When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard. And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul), you should put on your Shabbat clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.” – See more at:

200 Years Ago, War Between Turkey and Russia Prophesied as Sign of Redemption-BIN
In this prophecy, the Vilna Gaon mentioned two signs of the imminent arrival of the Messiah – Russia capturing Crimea and Russia invading the Turkish city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). The first prophecy was fulfilled in 2014 when Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.Current tensions between Russia and Turkey, including Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter jet on November 24 [2015], are setting the stage for the second sign, the Russian invasion of Istanbul, to occur soon.
The prophecy of the Vilna Gaon is strengthened by the existence of a similar prophecy, this one from the Jewish sage known as the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of the Hasidic Judaism. Like the Vilna Gaon, the Ba’al Shem Tov lived in the 18th century. The Kloisenberger Rebbe, a 20th century Hasidic rabbi, echoed the Vilna Gaon’s second sign when he wrote “in the name of the Ba’al Shem Tov, when you see the Russian horse in Constantinople, a city in Turkey, you should know Moshiach (Messiah) is about to arrive.”
According to the Kloisenberger Rebbe, in addition to the Russian military presence in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the Ba’al Shem Tov foretold another sign of the impending arrival of the Messiah – “the Russians will come, they will come and be together with the sons of Ishmael.” That is, when the Russians join forces with the spiritual descendents of Ishmael, who today are identified as those of Islamic descent, it’s another sign of the coming of the Messiah.

My opinions: Both prophesies are remarkable and seem to emanate from Torah studies and gematria. One shouldn’t dismiss a prophecy merely because the source isn’t a “saved” Christian. Look at the “By Faith Chapter” in Hebrews (11); none of those Jews listed knew Jesus personally. They believed in the promise of a Messiah, and were counted as righteous. Please don’t put God in a box, for He defies definition. Allow God’s Spirit to compel whoever He chooses to illuminate. Yes, even Muslims do God’s work (see Suleiman the Magnificent-born 1494 Tetrad Year to 1566).

“For when I give the order, I will shake the house of Isra’el, there among all the Goyim, as one shakes with a sieve, letting no grain fall to the ground. All the sinners among my people who say, ‘Disaster will never overtake us or confront us,’ will die by the sword. “When that day comes, I will raise up the fallen sukkah of David. I will close up its gaps, raise up its ruins and rebuild it as it used to be, Amos 9:9-11 (CJB)


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