When our Rabbi, Maran Yeshua HaMashiach was crucified the earth shook and the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom. Surely this had significance, along with the strange miracles surrounding the temple after his death. During 200 years before 30 CE, when the high priest picked up one of the lots, again the selection was governed by chance. But for 40 years in a row, beginning in 30 CE, the High Priest always picked the lot for “Azazel” first. The odds against this happening are 5.5 billion to one or 5,479,548,800. (To check this calculation 2^40) The lot for “Azazel” was chosen first, contrary to all laws of chance. The “Azazel” lot came up 40 times in a row from 30 to 70 AD!
This is not all, for forty years in a row the red thread tied to the temple door and “Azazel” did not turn white. The second Miracle of the Red Strip happened in the same time frame. Each year the red strip turned white until 30 CE when the cloth remained crimson until the destruction of the temple. The Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud talk of the strange miracles. The Jerusalem Talmud says: "Forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the western light went out, the crimson thread remained crimson, and the lot for the Lord always came up in the left hand. They would close the gates of the Temple by night and get up in the morning and find them wide open" (Jacob Neusner, the Yerushalmi, p.156-157). [The Temple was destroyed in 70 CE] A similar passage in the Babylonian Talmud states: "Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot ['For the Lord'] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine; and the doors of the Hekel [Temple] would open by themselves" (Soncino version, Yoma 39b).
The Jewish people began to believe their sins were forgiven for another year when the red strip turned white. They noticed the lot picked by Shimeon (Simon) would sometimes be Azazel, and sometimes HaShem. They noticed the crimson thread would sometimes turn white and sometimes not. The Jews began to believe that if the Red wool turned white, their sins were forgiven for another year. This is the way the OU (Orthodox Union) explain such ritual:
"The eyes of all Israel were raised towards the Kohen Gadol’s order of service, which began toward the break of dawn. On his success, the atonement of all Israel was dependent. When the Kohen Gadol’s service was performed properly, Israel’s total forgiveness was made manifest for all eyes to see. The Kohen Gadol tied a cord of red painted wool between the horns of the scapegoat. Another such cord had been tied by him around the neck of the goat reserved for the sin-offering, so that it might not be commingled with the other goats held for the remaining offering of the day.
The cord used for the scapegoat was later divided in two. One remaining between the scapegoat’s horns, and the other half hung upon the opening of the hallway leading to the Sanctuary, so that all might see it. In years when the avodah was accepted by God and atonement was granted Israel, both parts of the cord turned white like snow, in accord with the verse, "If your sins should be like red thread, they will turn like snow. (Yeshayahu / Isaiah1) Thereupon all eyes saw God’s forgiveness and the hearts of the people rejoiced."
The next miracle which the Jewish authorities acknowledge was that the temple doors swung open for 40 years beginning in 30CE. The leading Jewish Authority of that time, Yohanan ben Zakkai, warned the Jews of impending doom, that the temple itself would be destroyed.
The Jerusalem Talmud states: ”Said Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai to the Temple, ‘O Temple, why do you frighten us? We know that you will end up destroyed. For it has been said, ‘Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars’ ” (Zechariah 11:1)’ (Sota 6:3).
The fourth miracle also had the same time frame. Every night for 40 years (over 12,500 nights in a row) the temple lamp stand (menorah) went out of its own accord. The Levites took precautions without avail.
Sanhedrin Judged and Banished. This same year, 30 A.D., the Sanhedrin had to abandon the Chamber of Hewn Stones, near the Holy Place in the Temple, which was its official seat or location. This was about 40 yards southeast of the entrance to the Holy Place. In 30 A.D. the Sanhedrin had to move to another location, called "The Trading Place," farther to the east and a much less significant spot. To be forced to move from a beautiful, gorgeous, awesome location in the Temple to a spot much less beautiful, esteemed, and reverential, must have seemed a terrible "put down." Says the Talmud: "Forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the Sanhedrin was BANISHED (from the Chamber of Hewn Stone) and sat in the trading-station (on the Temple Mount)" (Shabbat 15a).
Forty years before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. is 30 A.D. — the very year of the death and resurrection of the Jewish Messiah! Why was the Sanhedrin moved in the very year our Rabbi, Maran Yeshua was crucified? Could it have been forced to do so because of damage caused by the earthquake associated with the crucifixion of our holy Rabbi, Yeshua? (Mattityahu 27:51) Was it direct punishment for their complicity in handing our holy Rabbi, Maran Yeshua HaMashiach over to the Romans and condemning Him to death? Was this evidence of God’s official displeasure with their actions?
Prior to the War with Rome, Josephus tells us, the Sanhedrin had to move once again. This time they moved to an area outside the Temple complex, in an ordinary part of Jerusalem — actually a place west of the Temple near a building called the Xystus (see Josephus’ Wars of the Jews, V,4, 2). What a demotion and humbling!
The historical proof is irrevocalbe. Maran Yeshua is real, He is coming back, ready to war the enemies of God, to re-built the Temple (may be like second Chanukkah) would you have emuna (trust) in Him? .
Do you really want Mashiach Now?
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