Foxes have appeared at the Western Wall in Jerusalem — an event some are saying is the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy that said God would return Jerusalem to glory.
Dozens of foxes have shown up to frolic around the Western Wall of The Temple Mount, which is said to be the holiest site of Judaism. The Yeshiva World reported that the foxes have returned for three days now.
A similar scenario occurred in the Talmud, experts say — and it signals the beginning of an ancient prophecy’s fulfillment.
Rabbis were once said to have seen the same thing, which guaranteed the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah.
According to The Yeshiva World, part of the Talmud’s scripture (Makkot 24b) reads as follows:
Once, Rabbi Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar Ben Azariah, Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Akiva were arising to Yerushalayim. At the point where they had reached Har HaBayis they observed a fox that exited from the Kodshei Kadoshim. The others were crying, but Rabbi Akiva was laughing. They asked of him: Why are you laughing? He responded, why are you crying?
They said to him, “A place upon which it is written – ‘and the stranger that approaches shall surely die’ and now that foxes have overridden it – we should not cry?”
He said to them: “That is precisely why I am laughing! The verse tied the prophecy of Zechariah with the prophecy of Uriah. Regarding Uriah it is written, “therefore because of you Zion shall be a field that is threshed.” In the book of Zechariah it is written, “Older men and older women shall yet sit in the streets of Yerushalayim. Until the prophecy of Uriah would be fulfilled I was afraid that the prophecy of Zechariah would not necessarily be fulfilled. Now that the prophecy of Uriah has been fulfilled – it is known and established that the prophecy of Zechariah is being fulfilled!”
The sighting comes just before the marking of Tisha Be’Av, the day of mourning the destruction of the two Temples.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Book of Lamentations (5:18) predicted the place where the Temples stood would be so ruinous that “foxes will walk upon it,” therefore fulfilling the prophecy of destruction.
Which means the foxes return also show that Zechariah’s promise that the Temple would be rebuilt will soon come true — and Jerusalem would be returned to it’s full glory.
You can watch a video of the sighting below:
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