“ Then after the sixty-two weeks, the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is come to destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:26)
A secret closely guarded for hundreds of years concerning the Messianic process was recently revealed. The secret, which was told to the world in May, explains how recent geopolitical events fit into the Messianic process.
Rabbi Moshe Shturnbuch, a respected rabbi in the Orthodox Jewish community, is the holder of the newly revealed information. Descended from a long line of prestigious rabbis, Rabbi Shturnbuch is the great grandson of Rabbi Elijah of Vilna (also known as the Vilna Gaon), a Jewish scholar from the 18th century who is well known for his contributions in understanding the Messianic process.
The announcement of the Messianic revelation, originally publicized by Rabbi Lazer Brody, raised many eyebrows. Said shortly before his death, the Vilna Gaon explained, “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.”
In March 2014, the first part of the Vilna Gaon’s Messianic message came true when Russia annexed the internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea. The second part of the secret regarding Istanbul may come to fruition through the Iran nuclear deal.
Though relations between Iran and Turkey are generally considered to be friendly and productive, Turkey is a moderate Islamic state threatened by expanding Islamic extremism in the region. The recent nuclear deal between P5+1 powers and Iran may lead to conflict in the region, with Russia, a close ally of Iran, stepping in to fulfill the prophecy.
Rabbi Brody also noted that at around the same time as Rabbi Shturnbuch made his revelation, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, the leader of the Ger Hassidic dynasty, was quoted as saying, “Mir halt mitl arein in Megilla fun Geula,” we are now in the midst of the story of redemption. When asked which chapter we are in, he remained silent.