Unprecedented Mt. Carmel fire in Israel is prophetically significant. After all, there is no coincidence. What has that got to do with the Christ’s return and what does Jewish teaching prophesy about this event?
This isn’t solely my post. Rather, it is a compiled summary of contributions
on the above topic from Elliot Hong, other ‘watchmen’ who are rapture-conscious
Israel recently suffered one of the worst forest fires at the beginning of Hanukkah [Also written as ‘Chanukah’ – celebrated on every 25th of month of Kislev – it was 2 December this year] in the Mount Carmel region, nearby city of Haifa. It claimed total of 43 lives and five million trees.
1. According to Rabbinic Midrash (mode of literary exegesis – it is not a commentary),
it is written,
“Right before Moshiach (i.e., Messiah) comes, HaShem (another name for God) will burn the outskirts of Haifa.”
See more at http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2010/12/the-haifa-fire.html
2. Israel suffered seven-year drought and this year, there were no signs of rains in this year’s rainy season, and it was reported that Rabbis, Islamic Imams and Christian Priests, thus, gathered together to hold ecumenical “prayers” for the rain in Israel back in November.
If it were held between Rabbis and Christian priests, that would be comprehensible to an extent, but Imams as well? I don’t think so. And the fact that the Christian Priests still participated with Imams hints that the Priests, too, were ecumenical. And what exactly did our God respond their “prayers” for the rain with? Raging Fire!
If we consider Mt. Carmel, where the fire broke out, is where Elijah, not compromising his faith, battled with hundreds of prophets of Baal and God responded him with the fire from the heaven (1 Kings 18:38), this raging fire that took 43 lives and left many other damages were just so predictable.
Read more at: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/dec2010/ellioth126.htm
3. Another parallelism is spotted with the story of Elijah and Israel’s fire. After the LORD responded Elijah’s prayer with fire which consumed ‘the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust…licked up the water that was in the trench’ and execution of Baal’s prophets, what did they, then, have?
Heavy rain. (1 Kings 18:45)
What is Israel, as of 12 December, now having? Heavy rain.
4. Many rapture forums were rather ‘excited’ with significant ‘prophetic’ numbers captured in the event in the light of Biblical numerology. Number of loss of the lives from the fire, for instance, reported till 11 December (when it arose to 43), was 42 people and many said it represented 42 generation from Abraham to Christ, or 42 months (3.5 years or 1260 days) as in the tribulation period and so on and so on…
However, not only the total loss later accumulated to 43, but symbolising the loss of lives where people would have been burnt or suffocated from the smoke to death as a number of generations from Abraham to Christ, or tribulation period is also inapplicable.
I am concerned that our discerning signs of the end are becoming rather hasty.
Yes, numbers are important and our God does use numbers, but it would be better if we can do it with considerate minds.
As Apostle Peter was explaining on as to how wives should behave in front of their husbands, he wrote;
[1 Peter 3:4 ] Do not let your adornment be merely outward–arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel–rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
It is obvious, gentle (ἡσυχίου –ēsuchiou) and quiet (πραέως – praeōs) spirit in the above refers to the humble, undisturbed and tranquil spirit. If, the wives of the flesh are to act in such ways to their husbands, how much more we, the bride of the Christ, should act in the same manner to the Christ?
Hanukkah – (Excerpted from Chabad.org)
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, after defeating the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Judaism from the people of Israel. The victorious Jews repaired, cleansed and rededicated the Temple to the service of G-d. But all the Temple’s oil had been defiled by the pagan invaders; when the Jews sought to light the Temple’s menorah (candelabra), they found only one small cruse of ritually pure olive oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new, pure oil could be obtained. In commemoration, the Sages instituted the 8-day festival of Chanukah, on which lights are kindled nightly to recall and publicize the miracle.