Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister of Israel who has been in a coma for the last five years, was mistakenly declared dead on Sunday over a social media network, Haaretz news reported. Former Secretary-General of NATO and former European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana sent a message over the Twitter network that Sharon had passed away. But Sharon remains alive, though he is in a vegetative state.
Watchers are interested in Ariel Sharon’s state of health because of a vision reportedly given to a Jewish rabbi a few years back.
Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, a venerated Jewish rabbi who died in 2006 at the age of 108, had a vision of who the Messiah was. Rabbi Kaduri left a note that was to be opened a year after his death. When the note was opened, the note gave the Hebrew name of the Messiah as Yeshua, who we know to be Jesus. In addition, the rabbi left a prophecy that the Messiah would come after the death of Ariel Sharon.
During his tanure as the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon orchestrated the unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip. In August 2005, against the emotionally charged protests of many Israelis, PM Sharon ordered the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to forcefully evict Israelis from their homes in the Gaza Strip. The result was the armed forces of Israel physically removing their own people from their homes in order to give their entire life’s work and their very communities over to the Palestinians.
Not only was this decision by Mr. Sharon against the will of his own people but was also against that of the God of Israel. Ariel Sharon gave away God’s Covenant land which was given only to the children of Israel. Some people are of opinion that the former prime minister may be paying the price for that very action of his. However, there may also be another reason why he survives multiple strokes and is still alive even today against all odds. Some reasoned that it may have to do with the symbolic meaning his name conveys.
God planned to bring the flood of Noah after all the men who walked in the ways of the Lord had been removed. Methuselah lived during the construction of Noah’s ark but died right before the flood as God had promised him that he would not be killed with the unrighteous. The name Methuselah translates,”When he is dead it shall be sent”; meaning ‘the deluge’ of judgment would come after his death. Therefore, Methuselah’s death marked the end of mankind’s grace period and the coming of the Great Flood.
Since there is nothing new under the sun and history just repeats itself, sustaining the live of the man may once again serve God’s purposes.
Perhaps it will be that after the announcement of the death of Ariel Sharon whose name means “Lion of God” or “Jerusalem” or “Fertile Land”, the fall of Jerusalem will follow, and at the same time, those who are alive and living for the Lord will not die but be raptured and be removed; just as Methuselah died before the flood so that he would not be “killed with the unrighteous” in the coming “flood of judgment.” Just as Methuselah’s death indicated the coming literal flood of judgment so might Ariel Sharon’s death signify the coming flood of judgment upon an unrepentant world; or the redemption of the righteous in Christ!