Moses, Elijah & The Number 40
Eight days later on November 27, 2020 – the 70th day of the Jewish civil year on Kislev 11, God brought the city of Tel Aviv to mind, so I selected some dates to stay. I was drawn to November 17–19, 2022, exactly 720 days away. It would be exactly 700 days away on December 17, which happened to be the 7th day of the 8-day festival of Hanukkah!
Later that day, God prompted me to select a departure date from New Zealand, so I selected November 16 – the day before my arrival in Tel Aviv.
Two hours later, I worked out that November 27 was exactly 33 weeks since Good Friday – the day that Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday fell on April 10, 2020 – 7 months and 17 days earlier.
That same day in Iran, one of their top nuclear scientists was assassinated, widely believed to be the work of Israel. This came on the 70th day of the Jewish civil year.
Then there was a gap of 680 days, or 50 days short of two years, when for the first time, God brought Egypt to mind, precisely 40 days prior to my arrival in Israel. Later that day, I was led to December 6–8, 2022 as the dates to stay in Cairo. Not long after, God inspired a visit to Jerusalem from November 21–24, also precisely 40 days prior to my arrival in Israel. The date was October 8, 2022.
What is fascinating about that is the connection with the number 40 to Egypt. It was Moses who ascended Mount Sinai twice to receive the law of God, spending 40 days and nights on the mountain each time. Likewise, the prophet Elijah spent 40 days and nights travelling to Mt. Sinai in Egypt (1 Kings 19:8) after fleeing Jezebel who planned to kill him for killing the 450 prophets of Baal.
Coincidentally, it was both Moses and Elijah who appeared with Jesus when He was transfigured on the mountain in front of the apostles Peter, James and John. (Matthew 17:1–13; Mark 9:2–13; Luke 9:28–36).
Given that October 8 was a Saturday, the weekly Torah portion for that day was Parashat Ha’Azinu, meaning “listen”. It contains the 70-line “Song of Moses” which God instructed Moses to teach the Israelites before he died on Mt. Nebo.
Fascinatingly, this trip to Egypt was inspired exactly 1,200 days since setting my “Elijah challenge”, which was based on Elijah’s own challenge to the prophets of Baal! (June 26, 2019 – October 8, 2022).
Eight days later on October 16, God inspired visits to both Sharm El-Sheikh and Dahab in Egypt from December 8–11, meaning that I would ascend Mt. Sinai on Saturday, December 10, 2022. This would be the first time that God had both inspired a visit to Egypt and to climb Mount Sinai.
Ten days later on October 26th, God brought Auschwitz to mind for a 47th time, and I was led to December 2nd as the date to visit it.
|Nov 27, 2020||Nov 16, 2022||Depart New Zealand||3|
|Nov 17-19||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Oct 8, 2022||Nov 21-24||Jerusalem||3|
|Oct 26, 2022||Dec 2||Visit Auschwitz||-|
|Oct 8, 2022||Dec 6-8||Cairo, Egypt||2|
|Oct 16, 2022||Dec 8-9||Sharm El Sheikh||1|
|Oct 16, 2022||Dec 9-10||Dahab||1|
|Oct 16, 2022||Dec 10||Climb Mt. Sinai||-|
|Oct 16, 2022||Dec 10-11||Dahab||1|