Jerusalem 2049

On January 4, 2024 at 10:26 a.m., God brought the King David Hotel in Jerusalem to mind, and I was led to August 17–20, 2049 as the dates to stay. This fell about 25 years and 7 months away! Whether God intends me to go on that trip or not, or whether I will still be alive at that point is moot! If I am still alive in the year 2049, I would be just under 72-and-a-half years old at that point. Quite feasible that I would still be alive in 2049, although it’s not guaranteed. In fact, I would be precisely 3,780 weeks old on August 17, 2049, as both dates fall on a Tuesday. I was born on Tuesday, March 8, 1977, after nightfall.

As it happens, August 17, 2049 is the 3rd day of the 33rd week of the year (ISO week numbering), and it falls exactly 28 years to the day since another one of my trips was due to begin on August 17, 2021 (2nd “Noah’s Flood” trip). That too fell on the 3rd day of the 33rd week of the year (ISO week numbering).

There was a third additional trip that was also due to depart New Zealand for Israel on the 3rd day of the 33rd week of the year – the “Elijah’s Cup” trip on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

However, I will focus on the two trips that fall exactly 28 years apart, as they both appear to begin on the same day – Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and 2049.

The significance of 28 years is interesting, because in Judaism, there is a special sun blessing that is performed once every 28 years. This is called “Birkat HaChama”, simply meaning “blessing of the sun”. There is a solar cycle that occurs in the Julian calendar where once every 28 years, the dates and days of the week all match up again. This also occurs in the Gregorian calendar, except when interrupted by certain turn-of-the-century years. That is why both dates in 2021 and 2049 fall on the same day of the week (Tuesday, August 17, 2021 & Tuesday, August 17, 2049).

In Jewish and Christian tradition, God created the sun on the fourth day – a Wednesday (Genesis 1:14–19). This particular trip was itself inspired on the fourth day of the year, albeit it was a Thursday! I was due to spend four days in Jerusalem.

According to Jewish tradition, once every 28 years, the sun returns to its original position on the same day of the week that it was created – the start of the fourth day which begins on Tuesday at sundown. However, because this blessing must be recited when the sun is visible, it doesn’t occur until Wednesday morning.

The last time this blessing was recited was on April 8, 2009 / 14 Nisan, 5769, and the next time will be on April 8, 2037 / 23 Nisan, 5797.

Getting back to the two original trips I was discussing, they were inspired precisely 3 years, 3 months and 28 days apart (September 7, 2020 – January 4, 2024) – perhaps an allusion to the fact that they both begin on the 3rd day of the 33rd week of the year, exactly 28 years apart. There is absolutely no way that I could have known this was coming!

There were some additional similarities also.

The first trip was due to begin on the 333rd day of the Jewish civil year (9 Elul, 5781), whereas the second trip was due to arrive in Jerusalem exactly 49 weeks to the day since the start of the Jewish civil year on September 8, 2048 / 1 Tishrei, 5809 (Rosh Hashanah / Feast of Trumpets).

In addition, this was the 49th trip to Israel that God had inspired, arriving in the year 2049, exactly 49 weeks to the day since Rosh Hashanah. The significance perhaps of the number 49 is that it is the product of 7 × 7 – a highly significant number to God and the Bible.

And then I discovered something truly remarkable!

Having read that the blessing of the sun finishes at the third hour of the day, I had to figure out what the third hour of the day was.

In Judaism, the length of each hour is determined by dividing the number of daylight hours in a day by 12. Thus, there are always 12 hours in a day, but of variable length depending on the time of year.

So, where I was in Franz Josef township, New Zealand, sunrise was at 6:04 a.m., and sunset was at 9:22 p.m. on January 4, 2024, giving a total of 15 hours and 18 minutes daylight. That meant that each “Halachic” hour (Jewish law), lasted 76.5 minutes in duration (918 minutes ÷ 12).

Thus, at the time God inspired this new visit to Israel at 10:26 a.m., it was precisely 3 hours and 33 minutes into the new Jewish day! There is absolutely no way that I could have come up with that myself, having not understood what the hours of the day meant in Judaism! This is clear evidence of design and the Hand of God at work! Once again He used my ignorance of such matters in order to prove that He was behind something.

Given that this trip was due to arrive in Jerusalem on the 3rd day of the 33rd week of the year, and all the other threes associated with this trip, this is clear evidence of God’s hand at work. There is simply no other way to describe it.

When you juxtapose the fact that Israel was created with 33 votes on the 333rd day of the year, and I was 33 years and 33 days old on the day that God first inspired me to visit Israel (April 10, 2010), it is clear that none of these things was a coincidence. It is the clear hallmark of God at work. It is all intentional, and it is all by design. It is God hiding Himself in the numbers, in order to let people know that He is behind something – without explicitly saying so! It is there for anyone who will listen, and anyone who is watching.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” – Romans 1:20

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