“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.”
Exodus 23:20-21 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way,
and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
Revelations 20:1-6 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him
into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
– Michael, the prince, who is the one who ‘upholds’ Christ
– מיכאל, guardian angel of the House of Israel
– مايكل, who provides nourishments for bodies and souls.
Mikail is often depicted as the archangel of mercy who is responsible for bringing rain
and thunder to Earth. He is also responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons
in this life.
In the vision in Daniel 10:13-21, Daniel refers to Michael as a “prince of the first rank”.
Book of Chronicles by Ahab of Israel and Jehoshaphat of Judea. (2 Chron.15-20).
Ahab represents a future Israeli leader who will reject the spirit of true religion and choose to pursue a militant and worldly course much like the one which has been popularly embraced by many in Israel today.
Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, images Ahab’s polar opposite — a benevolent leader
to come who will encourage the peaceful and compassionate righteousness commanded
The coming of the Messiah
Because Michael’s appearance heralds the Second Coming of Jesus, he, too, can be considered a “messenger”. This fact allows him to assume a dual role in Marachi’s vision. Jewish expectation regarding Ezekiel’s prophecy of the “prince” has always centered on the Messiah, himself. That is why Michael’s appearance will be such a surprise.
Hadith reference both the Mahdi and Isa (Jesus Christ) simultaneously and the return
of the Mahdi will coincide with the return of Christ. He will descend from the heavens
in al-Quds at dawn. The two will meet, and Mahdi will lead the people in fajr prayer.
After the prayer, they will open a gate to the east and encounter Masih ad-Dajjal.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld,
he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:8-11
Basically, for the Mahdi and Jesus to return, simultaneously, the Eastern Gate must be opened and the Third Temple must be built, and the Dome of the Rock must be unharmed. For it is written that the Mahdi will reside in the Dome of the Rock and Jesus Christ will reside in the Third Temple, peacefully. They will defeat Satan, together.
(Satan is war, suffering, crime, hunger, greed, etc.)
This oldest of all the gates to the city was the only one not rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent in AD 1539-42. Monolithic stones in the wall just above ground have
been identified as 6th Century BC masonry from the time of Nehemiah,
(Biblical Archaeological Review [BAR], Mar/Apr 1992, p40).
Judaism – Israel’s Messiah will come into the Temple through the Eastern Gate
Christianity – Jesus will return to the Temple through the Eastern Gate
(before on Palm Sunday, in 30 A.D., Jesus of Nazareth, master of the Sabbath,
rode through its porch seated on a donkey).
Muslim – name of the gate is Bab al-Dhahabi. It is a now-closed double gate.
The North portal is known as Bab al-Tawba, the Gate of Repentance,
and the Southern Portal, Bab al-Rahma, the Gate of Mercy.
This alignment of the future Jewish Temple with the Eastern Gate would only be appropriate. The architectural layout of the temple would allow the Messiah to come through the Eastern Gate and go straight ahead into the Holy City and up into the Temple. If the temple was in the center of the Temple Mount then the Messiah coming through the Eastern Gate would have to turn left upon entering the city.
Suleiman divided the Old City of Jerusalem into its various quarters; bricked closed
the Eastern Gate. The sultan had heard that this was the gate through which Israel’s Messiah would come through; and which the Christian Messiah had come through
and would come through again upon His return. So his masons went to work to block
the passage. They also spread out a graveyard in front of the gate, adding a prohibition
in the Torah concerning the dead to their blockade. In this, they were trying to prevent
the Messiah from entering the Temple.
The gate, according to Josephus, had no doors, ‘for it symbolised the heavens, everywhere open and everywhere visible.’ In the Talmud it is said that it was
40 cubits high and 20 broad. Above the pillars were five beams of wood,
each of which projected at the ends a cubit more than the one below.
‘A golden vine was spread over this gateway of the temple, and it was carried
on the supporting beams. The whole porch and inner doorway were entirely
covered with gold. This was opened at the moment of sunrise. Across the porch
hung a veil embroidered with stars.
The coming Messiah who will sit upon the Throne of David; it is upon the
Throne of David that the future Messiah will sit in Judgment on the Day of the Lord.
The Golden Gate has long interested many Muslims, most Jews and Christians as the
place of the Last Judgment. Historically, judgments were rendered in the gates of the
city (Gen. 19:1, 23:10, for instance). Since the Messiah was to come from the East (Matthew 24:27), it was concluded that his judgment would be at the eastern gate.
This is one reason for the many Muslim, Christian, and Jewish graves on the Eastern slopes of the Temple Mount, in the Kidron Valley, and on the Western slopes of the
Mount of Olives
Some Muslims place Allah’s final judgment at this location also. Jews link the Messiah’s arrival with this gate and Christians have for centuries associated the Golden Gate with Palm Sunday and also with the Second Advent (Luke 19:35-38).
Jews expect the Messiah to come through the Golden Gate, Muslims also expect Jesus
to return to our world at the end of the age to participate in the final judgment.
Christians believe it will be Jesus Christ who will conduct that final judgment.
Zechariah 14:4-5 clearly states that the Messiah of Israel will return to Jerusalem from
the summit of the Mount of Olives and then surely proceed into Jerusalem from the East, in the direction of the Golden Gate.
Muslims compare the final judgment of mankind to the crossing of a narrow knife blade which stretches from a mountain (the Mount of Olives is often mentioned in Arab legend) to the “gate of heaven.” This knife-edged bridge evidently spans the Kidron Valley –
as did an ancient stone bridge in Roman times.
One can only hope that this gate can be reopened in the near future and fully restored
for access to the Temple site by all nations.
The return of Jesus Christ, from the seventh sky to assist the Mahdi against Dajjal.
The Mahdi will be looked upon to kill Al-Dajjal and end the prevalent disintegration of
the Muslim community to prepare for the reign of Jesus who will rule for a time after. A vision of justice and peace before following Jesus’ rule. And will Eye Jerusalem and the Dome as his Home. He will be helped by angels and others that will prepare the way for him.
Isa is the Arabic name for Jesus Christ, and his return is considered the third major sign
of last days, while the second is the appearance of Masih ad-Dajjal. Although Muhammad, Peace be unto Him, is the preeminent Prophet in Islam, Jesus is the only Prophet who is said not to have died but rather raised up by Allah. Thus, in accordance with post-Quranic legend, he could conceivably return to Earth as a just judge before the Day of Judgment.
Jesus’ return to Earth is a major sign of Qiyamah (Day of Resurrection)
As written in hadith:
Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah said, “By Him in whose hands my soul rests! It is definitely close in that time that Isa, Son of Maryam descends amongst you as a just ruler. —Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad, vol 2, p. 240
Hadith reference both the Mahdi and Isa (Jesus Christ) simultaneously and the return
of the Mahdi will coincide with the return of Christ. He will descend from the heavens in
al-Quds at dawn. The two will meet, and Mahdi will lead the people in fajr prayer.
After the prayer, they will open a gate to the west and encounter Masih ad-Dajjal.
After the defeat of ad-Dajjal, Isa will lead a peaceful forty-year reign until his death. Though the two most certainly differ regarding their role and persona in Islamic eschatology, the figures of the Mahdi and Isa are ultimately inseparable for according
to the Prophet.
What will be your reaction when the son of Mary (Jesus) descends and your Imam is from among yourselves?
(Sahih Muslim, bab nuzul ‘isa, Vol. 2; Sahih Bukhari, kitab bad’ al-khalq wa nuzul ‘isa, Vol. 4)
“Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar
(son of Ishamel) doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout
from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his
praise in the islands.” Isaiah 42:11-12
There is a prophecy awaiting fulfillment that very clearly predicts the destruction of Damascus. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this. He said that the city of Damascus would become a “heap of rubble”. (Isaiah 17). Damascus is the oldest city in the world.
It has a long history going back 4,000 years to the time of Abraham.
Damascus has never been destroyed in war.
Today, Damascus is being bombed.
Date for Peace
– September 4-6, 2013
– 5th feast of Israel, the Feast of Trumpets
Peace on the Temple Mount will bring peace to Jerusalem.
Peace in Jerusalem will bring peace to the Middle East.
Peace in the Middle East will bring peace to the world.
Two Sons (Ishmael and Isaac were both at the burial of Abraham)
Ishamel born to Hagar (Sarah’s handmaid)
Issac born to Sarah (Sarai)
Jacob (Israel) – the 12 Tribes of Israel
– born to Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah
– born to Rachel (Leah’s younger sister): Joseph, Benjamin
– born to Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid): Dan and Naphtali
– born to Zilpah (Leah’s handmaid): Gad and Asher
The Twelve Tribes of Ishmael
Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa,
Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, Kedemah
Ishmael also had one known daughter, Mahalath or Basemath, the third wife of Esau
About the Author
My name is Michael Ruark
Michael – (pron.: /ˈmaɪkəl/), is a given name that comes from the Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל (Mikha’el), derived from the question מי כאל (mi k’ʔel) meaning “Who is like God?
In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of
heaven’s armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers. In Hebrew
the name is pronounced as Mi-kha-el; spelling is Mem-Yud-Caf-Alef-Lamed
and means “Who is like God”.
Today, for the first time ever, I looked up my last name, Ruark,
and this is what I found:
The Spirit came with what seemed like wind – the Hebrew word is Ruach (Ruark)
a word which means an invisible, mysterious, and powerful force. The same Ruach
(ROO-akh), that drove back the Red Sea and blew the plague of locusts over the land
of Egypt and away again. It can also be used to describe some form of empowering
from outside. A force beyond human experience takes possession of the person.
– And this wind, this Ruach, was accompanied by fire, symbol of God’s presence –
Before the coming of Jesus there was no clear expression of the Spirit.
In the Old Testament the breath of God, ‘Ruark’, conjured up for the Jews
a picture of the powerful energy of God in the world. As ‘breath of God’ he creates, inspires, gives leadership, empowers, reveals God’s word and gives creative ability.
‘And afterwards,’ says God through the prophet Joel. ‘I will pour out my spirit on
all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my spirit in those days.’
In the Tanakh, the word ruach generally means wind, breath, mind, spirit.
In a living creature (nephesh chayah), the ruach is the breath.
Ruach also denotes other entities: – angelic beings [“spirits”]: Jud 9:23; 1 Sam 16:14-16, 23; 1 Kgs 22:21-24; 2 Kgs 19:7; Job 4:15 – ghosts of dead people: 1 Sam 28:8, 13; Isa 14:9; 26:14, 19
Ruach is defined in the following Hebrew lexicons:
Brown-Driver-Briggs, Hebrew and English Lexicon (pages 924-26):breath; wind (kinds of winds, quarters or directions of heaven); spirit (temper, disposition, vivacity, vigour, courage, impatience, etc.); seat of emotion (desire, sorrow, trouble); the will (=lev, heart); spirit of God (activity in inspiring prophets, the ancient angel of the presence and later Shekina, divine presence).
William Holladay, A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (pages 334-35): air in motion, blowing; wind, what is empty or transitory, spirit, mind; breath; directions; spirit of man; mind, disposition, temper; spirit of God.
Samuel Tregelles, Gesenius’ Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (pages 760-61): spirit, breath, air in motion, breeze, wind; direction or quarter of heaven; life, the vital principle; animus, rational mind, seat of affections; disposition (thinking), will and counsel, intellect; Spirit of God, Holy Spirit, divine Spirit: peculiar endowments of mind.
Alexander Harkavy, Students’ Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament (pages 661-62): air; wind, breeze; vanity; side, quarter (of heavens); breath; vital breath (spirit, life); spirit (versus flesh, invisible power of God, of inspired prophets); mind, purpose; courage.