On September 30th, 2018 in the Hebrew Year 5779, the last day of Sukkot this year, a thick mist began to rise up from out of the ground on the northeastern corner of the Temple Mount, enshrouding the holy site and obscuring the base of the Dome of the Rock. The mist remained for approximately half an hour, remaining close to the ground and confined to the Temple Mount Compound. This happened during the Hoshana Rabbah service, and was recorded by Josh Wander, a Mount of Olives resident.
Hoshana Rabbah is a very significant worship service in Israel. The prayer service includes a special service in which seven circuits are made by the worshippers with their lulav and etrog while singing praises of Yahweh. According to the Midrash Talpiot, this service represents the day when redemption is at hand! The Talpiot says “that the War of Gog and Magog will begin three hours before the dawn on Hoshana Rabbah, the battle will last three hours, and then the Messiah will begin to appear.”
The Mists of Scripture
When Yahweh appears, scripture frequently mentions clouds, or mists. During the Exodus, at Mount Sinai, the entire mountain was covered in clouds, which Deuteronomy 4:11 and 5:22 call “darkness, clouds and thick mist. A mist and darkness enveloped the sorcerer Elymas when Paul rebuked him (Acts 13:11). Peter calls the followers of Bil’am Ben-B‘or “Waterless springs . . . mists driven by a gust of wind; for them has been reserved the blackest darkness” (2 Peter 2:15-17).
Isaiah 44:22 – “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Identifying clouds is and essential part of aviation training. Joseph Wander is a trained pilot, and said of the phenomenon: “There was very little wind and the smoke just seemed to crawl across the mount toward the Dome of the Rock. It seemed to come out of a specific spot but after several minutes, it seemed to be rising up from multiple sources in the same general area . . . It looked supernatural.”
When Rabbi Yosef Berger heard of the sighting, he calmly commented; “It very well could be that a major battle was being waged on the Temple Mount on the spiritual plane and the only part of it that we could see was the smoke . . . It has been clear all year that a war is being waged for the Temple Mount.”
The Dead Sea has been slowly changing from a salt sea to fresh water. Many see this as a precursor to the fulfillment of prophecies in Ezekiel 47:8-9, which tell us that the waters of the Dead Sea will be healed and will swarm with multitudes of fish. Earthquakes, famines, and pestilences world-wide are on the rise. Wars and rumors of wars assault us on a daily basis in the news. Perhaps the mist seen on the Temple Mount is yet another warning sign that the return of Yeshua is at the door, is imminent, is not far off, is just moments away from happening. What do you say?
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.