Trust the plan is what you often hear the Trump followers saying. The “plan” is revealed by the “Q” intelligence drops. Trump is going to arrest the deep state actors (who are mostly pedophiles etc). Qanon has a huge cult like following among Trump supporters. It is a masterful pysop that weaves huge chunks of truth together with disinformation. But why is Google suddenly leaking very important information:
The smoking gun? George Soros is behind it all. He had a company making drugs in Wuhan at number 666. Well, if it is true (just because it is on a web page doesn’t mean it is true) then what is to say that it is not a deliberate “setup” (disinformation). They run these type of psyops all the time. Who knows what is true anymore? Who benefits from this? Obviously Trump because he can point to the evil globalists being behind the virus. They seem to like the number 666. Jared had that skyscraper at number 666. Is it some sort of in-joke? Are they manufacturing a pseudo-Christian 666 deception?
Get ready for a new reality
WHO is behind WHO?
For those of you unfamiliar with “brother Nathaniel” he is a Jew who converted to the Russian Orthodox church. At one time he was involved with Chabad. He knows the Jewish community very well and is considered by the ADL as an antisemitic self-hating Jew. He is very critical and pulls no punches. His channel was removed from YouTube. Watch the following:
If you think this is just about a virus you are wrong. This is about forced change and most people are too dumb to realize what is happening. Churches and Church services are being shut down. Countries are banning travel. The economy is crashing. They want us to practice social distancing. They want us alone and scared. They are evil. They hate Christianity but they will use it. People you really need to wake from your slumber and see who the enemy is. You are being deceived into slavery and beast worship. You are not alone. God is at your right hand. Do not trust the plan trust Jesus Christ. Resist the evil. Force them to expose themselves. Do not obey unjust laws obey God. Last but not least…..I will keep blogging etc until they make me and everyone else stop. That is what is coming next – they will say that they must shut down these websites because they are spreading disinformation (that is the job of the MSM). God speed. Amen
In his autobiography, John Cleese pondered the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade and the hacking to death of General Gordon. The British seem to admire their heroic failures. Perhaps the idea of “heroic failure” inspired the Monty-Python sketch of the black Knight with the “flesh wound”. Zionism venerates Masada and the Bar Kochba revolt. Those events were not heroic failures but mass suicides. The result of the Kochba revolt was nine hundred and eighty-five burnt villages and five hundred and eighty thousand dead Jewish fighters. Jews were banned from Jerusalem and many were sold into slavery or prostitution.
The Kochba result was a pyrrhic “victory”. It was the second century version of the Samson Option. The freedom of Jerusalem only lasted three and a half years. The Temple was not rebuilt. Why then are the Zionist obsessed with Bar Kochba?
Muscle Jew or soy boy?
Kochba is admired for his stamina, physical strength and charisma. The story goes that he could pluck a cedar tree out of the ground from horseback. An exaggeration based on training his cavalry to uproot seedlings. He demanded proof of unwavering loyalty with followers cutting off their pinkie fingers. Many of his fighters were religious fanatics (Jihad) and prayed with tefillin wrapped around their arms and strapped to their foreheads. His followers were therefore easily identified by their hand (amputated finger) and by the mark that the tefillin imprinted on their foreheads.
Bar Kochba became the poster boy for the Zionist movement. Jews could no longer be weak “intellectuals” who got sand kicked in their face on the beach. No room for “girly men” or “sissies” only macho men need apply. The switch from victim mentality to Übermensch is the work of Max Nordau who coined the term muscular-Judaism (Muskeljudentum). Nordau called for the rise of muscle Jews at the Second Zionist Congress.
In 1897, Herzl convened the First Zionist congress, but he did not give the opening address – Nordau did. Netanyahu saw Nordau as one of the most important actors in the development of Zionism. Netanyahu calls him “the greatest apostle of Zionism” and Likens him to “an ancient prophet”. Rumours even appeared in the press that Nordau would become the first Prime Minister of Israel. And yet, after statehood was attained, he was largely marginalised in Zionist history. Why is that?
Nordau was the father of “racial Zionism”.  He was obsessed with physicality, eugenics, race and the degeneracy of European culture. Twenty years later the Nazi’s were saying the same things about the Aryan race. Germans and Jews were both fixated on physicality and race. That probably explains why Nordau is marginalised in contemporary Zionism. However, the same cannot be said about Bar Kochba.
In 1898 the Bar Kochba gymnastic club was founded in Berlin. In the years that followed Jewish athletes won proportionately more Olympic medals for Austria than ethnic Austrians. That changed when Germany topped the Olympics table in 1936.
Burying the past or rewriting it?
Bar Kochba has been fetishized in some circles. Bar Kochba’s ghost still walks, even though his bones were buried by the Israeli government in 1982.  The Bar Kochba rebellion has been mythologized by the Zionists. According to Dr. Harkabi  the Jews were decimated by Kochba’s unrealistic policy.
”The problem is not how Bar Kochba erred,” Dr. Harkabi wrote,
''but how we came to admire his error and how this influences the manner of our national thinking. By admiring the Bar Kochba revolt, we are forced into the position of admiring our destruction and rejoicing over a deed amounting to national suicide. (my emphasis)'' 
Dr. Harkabi suggested that current Israeli policy was also unrealistic;
''The Bar Kokhba Rebellion, according to my analysis, stemmed from an unrealistic assessment of historical and political circumstances. This issue of realism is central to the formulation of all political and strategical decisions; and the prescriptions of realism apply both to individuals and to political entities. Further, since the rebellion involved considerable risk, it is necessary to analyze the issues of risk-taking and speculation, and their limits. Policy always involves risk-taking, with one proviso: that the national existence not be placed in ultimate jeopardy. It was precisely this proviso that was contravened by the Bar Kokhba Rebellion''. 
The Kochba revolt is commemorated on the festival of Lag Ba’Omer. The festival is celebrated by lighting bonfires which is ironic considering the pyrrhic nature of the victory. Early Zionists co-opted the religious celebration and emphasized the military aspect rather than the rabbinic nature of the memorial.  The holiday was “re-interpreted” accentuating the heroic nature of the Bar Kochba revolt. In modern Israel, Lag Ba’Omer is “a symbol for the fighting Jewish spirit”. The Palmach division (Strike Squadrons) were established on Lag Ba’Omer 1941, and the government order creating the Israel Defence Forces was issued on Lag Ba’Omer 1948. Beginning in 2004, the Israeli government designated Lag Ba’Omer as the day for saluting the IDF reserves. Benjamin Lau writes in Haaretz:
”This is how Lag Ba’omer became a part of the Israeli-Zionist psyche during the first years of Zionism and Israel. A clear distinction became evident between Jews and Israelis in the way the day was celebrated: The religious Jews lit torches in Rashbi’s [Shimon bar Yochai’s] honor and sang songs about him, while young Israelis, sitting around an alternative bonfire, sang about a hero “whom the entire nation loved” and focused on the image of a powerful hero who galloped on a lion in his charges against the Romans”.
Modern Israel and echoes of the past
The Bar Kochba revolt did not occur in a vacuum. The backdrop of the revolt were the Geo-political struggles between Rome and Parthia. Trajan travelled up the Euphrates and conquered ancient Babylon. This shocked the Parthian Jews. Their lucrative trade was threatened. They traded as far as China using the silk route. The Jewish community of Parthia was over a million strong. They established law schools all over Babylonia. They were semi-autonomous and had their own leader called the Exilarch. This was their base and where they wrote the Babylonian Talmud.
Jewish rebellions erupted all over the Roman Empire. In Cyprus 240,000 Greeks were massacred by the Jews. The rebels were secretly supported by the Jews of Parthia. Multiple rebellions were put down in the Kitos war. At the end of the Kitos war Trajan attempted to conquer Parthia (the source of the problem). However, Rome never held Parthia. The Euphrates formed an effective border.
Bar Kochba attempted his own “Yinon Plan”.  Afterall, the Jews had been promised the land up to the Euphrates. In the time of Abraham ten Canaanite tribes were listed as occupiers. The first of the “shock troops” employed in the revolt were Torah students. Twenty-four thousand students had been recruited by chief rabbi Akiva who regularly travelled from Palestine to Parthia. Presumably these were “muscular” students and they beat the Romans to death with their Torah scrolls. Talmudic tradition has it that they fell out and were therefore struck down with a plague. Tradition also has it that many captured “students” were wrapped in Torah scrolls and set alight by the Romans.
The Bar Kochba rebellion shook the Roman Empire to its core. Hadrian employed ten legions to defeat the revolt. He recalled his general Julius Severus from Britain to supress the revolt. He even downplayed the customary upbeat victory greeting sent to the senate. The victory had cost too many Roman lives and had been hard fought. Hadrian was not magnanimous in victory. He banned the Jews on pain of death from entering Jerusalem. He built a temple to Jupiter and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina. It was effectively the end of Judea and the troublesome Jews.
The war that Kochba fought was a religious war. There can be no doubt that commercial considerations and a wish for independence also played a role. However, at the root lay the desire for a regional empire controlled by a centralized government and temple. The chief Rabbi Akiva declared that Bar Kosibah was the messiah as predicted in the prophecy of Num 24.17 and he was renamed Bar Kochba or the “Son of a Star”. It is a coincidence (sic) that his epithet carries the gematria value of 666. On his coins Bar Kochba depicted “his star” ascending above the temple. As he only held Jerusalem for three and a half years it is doubtful whether he built a temple structure. However, it is entirely feasible that he constructed a temporary structure (like king David did) and recommenced sacrifices. His coins are thought to depict the Ark of the Covenant, but close examination demonstrates that it is a Torah Ark where the law scrolls were kept.
His coins were manufactured by over striking Roman coins. Jewish-Christians refused to accept the messianic claims of Bar Kochba. They rejected the endorsement of the chief Rabbi Akiva. They opposed the re-commencement of sacrifice and refused to use the new coins to buy and sell  with. For this reason, many Jewish-Christians were put to death or fled. Jewish-Christianity had all but perished by the third century.
Mark Twain stated that, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. The Zionist nation has chosen Bar Kochba as hero. Kochba was an arrogant and cruel man with a form of outward religiosity and law keeping. Even the rabbis admit that at one stage Kochba declared that God mind his own business as they could look after themselves. It is doubtful that Kochba wanted a temple for purely religious reasons, just as it is doubtful that current Zionists are willing to tolerate and encourage temple fanatics for religious reasons. The temple exercised a unifying force on world Jewry. It was a place of pilgrimage and veneration. It collected vast monies from the diaspora. Under Herod it functioned as a central bank. In short it functioned as a money-making machine and a power hub. It would form the jewel in the crown of a new Jewish empire. And so, the pattern repeats. Repeating the same behaviour and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity.
The response of Jewish-Christianity
Jewish Christians renamed Bar Kochba as Bar Kozib or “Son of a lie”.  They saw him as a messianic pretender and a troublemaker. They heeded the warning issued seventy-five years earlier and refused his confession and therefore they were put to death. The demise of Bar Kochba and his fortress are described by the rabbis in apocalyptic terms. The blood ran to the height of the horse’s bridles.  They were crushed like the grape harvest and Hadrian stacked their dead bodies as stones to build a wall for his vineyard. The vineyard of Israel had been decimated. Three and a half years of independence had been crushed. Jerusalem was given to the Gentiles and the Jews were scattered. The emergence of the Babylonian supported beast and its false messiah had been condemned back to the abyss. However, the monster is re-emerging from the abyss trailing the smoke of destruction.This time the pattern will be broken once and for all.
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 [69.14.1] “Fifty of their most important outposts and nine hundred and eighty-five of their most famous villages were razed to the ground. Five hundred and eighty thousand men were slain in the various raids and battles, and the number of those that perished by famine, disease and fire was past finding out”. Cassius Dio, Roman History, published in Vol. VIII of the Loeb Classical Library edition, 1925. Cassius Dio (164-c.235) was a Roman senator and ancient Roman historian. Sections 69.12-14 were translated by E. Cary. [retrieved Nov 2019] http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Cassius_Dio/69*.html#12
 A zero-sum nuclear strategy named after the biblical hero Samson. He died when he collapsed a temple structure on himself and his enemies.
 “The [Bar Kochba] letters seem to confirm the image of the man either as a tyrannical fanatic or a strict disciplinarian, depending on one’s modern political or religious sensibilities”. (so, Bloom, Ibid, p.,209). Three hundred baskets of phylacteries (Hebrew: tefillin) were found at his fortress in Betar. Midrash Rabba (Lamentations Rabba 2:5).
 The historian Bentzion Netanyahu father of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Max Nordau, Zionism: Causes of Failure and Conditions of Success, New Zionist Organization, (London 1943); Max Nordau to His people (New York 1944), Introduction by Ben-Zion Netanyahu p.50.
This was a volume containing Nordau’s addresses to the first ten Zionist Congresses. It was edited by Bentzion Netanyahu otherwise spelt as Ben-Zion Netanyahu.
 Umland, Joshua, “Max Nordau and the Making of Racial Zionism” (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 505.
 The bones are thought to belong to the families of Bar Kochba’s soldiers. Little was known about Shimon Bar Kochba until 1960 when the bones and other material were found by the archaeologist Prof. Yigal Yadin in a cave near the Dead Sea. A total of 25 skeletons were found in different Dead Sea caves. The 1,850-year-old bones were buried with great pomp and ceremony. Begin, President Yitzhak Navon and Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Raphael Eitan were among the 200 dignitaries at the burial.
 Harkabi is a former head of Israeli military intelligence. He is also an expert on Arab affairs and a professor of international relations.
 Yehoshafat Harkabi, The Bar Kokhba Syndrome: Risk and Realism in International Politics, (Rossel Books, 1983), 58
 The religious festival commemorated Rabbi Akiva and his disciple Rabbi bar Yochai who authored the Zohar. Rabbi Akiva was the chief Rabbi from the Kochba era. Akiva supported the Bar Kochba revolt.
 Zerubavel, Yael. “Bar Kokhba’s Image in Modern Israeli Culture”, in The Bar Kokhba War Reconsidered: New perspectives on the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome, Peter Schäfer, ed. Mohr Siebeck, 2003, pp. 282–286
 This was predicted by the Old Testament prophet; “And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”(Zech 5:11). The Hebrew word for base is the same root as the base of the brass temple pillars that were carted off to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar for smelting. The two pillars designated “established (Jachin) in strength (Boaz)” so their destruction symbolised the dismantling of the nation. The metaphorical woman that came to reside in Babylon was known as “lawlessness” or “wickedness”. Babylon was the place where the “law schools” were established that supported the Kochba rebellion. It is where the Babylonian Talmud was written. Is it coincidence (sic) that the same region gave birth to another “lawless” or “wicked” entity know as Al–Qaeda (the Base)?
 See Bloom, Jewish Revolts, map of Diaspora Revolts (115–117CE), p.192
 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thess 2:4).
 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Rev 13:17). Christians refused his coin, refused his mark and refused his confession.
 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ “And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26). The reference here is to the Day of Atonement when the scapegoat (symbolising the sinful nation) was sent into “dry places” or the wilderness (sent into captivity). The nation had returned from captivity and found the “house” (temple) swept clean. Jesus had thrown out the money changers (bankers) just before Passover. It was traditional that at the feast of unleavened bread, Jews would “spring clean” their homes and remove any “leaven” (yeast) in preparation for the Passover. In the first century the priestly dynasty of Caiaphas (seven in total) captured and corrupted the priesthood (seven other wicked sprits). Suffice to say they refused the messiah and the nation went totally insane.
And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie (2 Thess 2:11). Bar Kochba was renamed son of a lie. Thecausa sui of human consciousness the original lie that man can be God. Represented by the false messiah Kochba and by the insane psychopaths who want to rule the world with their technocracy. Wanting to become “gods”, they seek omnipotence and omnipresence through technology and AI. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Highest. But ye shall die like men and fall like one of the princes” (Ps. 82:6-7).
 The Jerusalem Talmud relates that the number of slain was so enormous, that the Romans “went on killing until their horses were submerged in blood to their nostrils,” Ta’anit 4:5 (24a-b); also repeated in Midrash Rabba (Lamentations Rabba 2:5). Compare this with the Apocalypse: “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” (Rev 14:20). There are many other connections see [retrieved Nov 2019]: http://www.biblaridion.info/html/ch14.html
 “But leave out the court, which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev 11:2). The first Jewish war lasted 3.5 years [42 months] as did the Kochba Revolt, this seems to presage another 3.5 years of turmoil. The First and Second temple as well as the Kochba fortress all fell on the 9th of Ab. Repeat patterns. Jerusalem became a Gentile city under Hadrian.
 “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit”. (Rev 9:2)
Since Dec 2018 the following events have occurred in Israel;
Sanhedrin letter inviting 70 nations to Israel
Dedication of the altar at Hanukah
Selection of the Red heifer
Plan to sacrifice a lamb at Passover
These preparations are all happening during the 70 th “Jubilee” anniversary of Israeli nationhood. The events point to a desire to establish the Third Temple as a “house of prayer” for all nations. Some rabbi’s have calculated the significance of certain feast days (using the so called “bible code”) as the date when the messiah (obviously not Jesus) will be revealed. See the following interviews with a messianic Jew who regards the developments in a positive light although he (rightly) denies the necessity for a temple.
Five in Ten 12/12/18: Rabbi Zev Porat – Prophetic Event in Jerusalem
If Kochba was not a Davidide (descendant of David) how could Rabbi Akiva declare bar Kochba as the Messiah? His messianic credentials were established by referencing the prophecy concerning a star out of JACOB (Num 24.17) not (for example) referencing 2 Sam.7 or the Judah prophecy in Genesis 49. This makes it unlikely that he was from Judah.
In a previous post we speculated that bar Kochba was from the tribe of Simeon. His origins are not clear and our speculation is based purely on his name (Simeon) and his zeal for the torah possibly making him a member of the “scribal tribe”. Reland believed that Bar- kochba probably bore this name, as originating from Kokab, a city and region beyond the Jordan. He made his descent of such special importance, because he sought for a deeper meaning in the coincidence of the name of his birth-place with that of the subject of the prediction Num. 24. Michael Avi-Yonah surmised that this new prince (nassi) of Israel was descended from David, and his kinship with Rabbi Eleazar of Modein suggests that he had Hasmonaean blood.However, a Davidic descent seems highly unlikely. His status was established not through lineage (which would surely have been mentioned if it were true) but by Rabbi Akiva’s theological support. How then could a Rabbi support a non-Davidic messiah? Is there a precedent?
It was at this point that I came across the book Messiah ben Joseph by David C. Mitchell.
“There is in rabbinic literature, a figure called Messiah ben Joseph. This Messiah comes from Galilee to die, pierced by ruthless foes, at the gate of Jerusalem. Upon his death, Israel are scattered amidst the nations. But his death, as we shall see, confounds Satan, atones for sin, and abolishes death itself. And then he is raised to life again”.
Mitchell quotes Torrey;
“The doctrine of the two Messiahs [i.e. ben David and ben Ephraim] holds an important place in Jewish Theology… It is not a theory imperfectly formulated or only temporarily held, but a standard article of faith, early and firmly established and universally accepted”.
It is obvious that some sections of the Jewish community split the messianic functions into two distinct roles, that of suffering servant (ben Joseph?) and that of victorious ruler (ben David). Some scholars argue that “two messiahs” is a late doctrine (to explain the Kochba failure?) but Mitchell argues that the “two messiahs” doctrine is early. The exact origins of Messiah ben Joseph are a matter of debate among scholars. It has been suggested that Messiah ben Joseph arose out of a Jewish collective memory of Simon bar Kochba.
Of course, if Jesus was understood as “messiah ben Joseph” then Kochba could argue that he was “messiah ben David” (if he was descended from David?). Kochba would never accept the role of “suffering servant” (ben Joseph?).
The situation is rather confusing because Jesus was not regarded as either messiah ben Joseph or messiah ben David by the nation. Jesus was simply not accepted at all (by the religious elite).
So, then, the Num 24.17 prophecy suggests a non-Davidide, which would make an identification of Kochba with messiah ben Joseph likely – but in a militant (rather than suffering role). The situation regarding Jewish messianic belief in the second century is confusing (to say the least) and we cannot discount cross-fertilization (from Christianity). Perhaps the “doctrine” was more flexible and not as theologically rigid as some scholars presume. For example, Babylonian Talmud Sukkah 52a records of a dispute between Rabbi Dosa ben Harkinas and other unnamed rabbis. Rabbi Dosa takes Zechariah 12:10 to apply to the mourning for Messiah ben Joseph, while the rabbis think the mourning is for the evil inclination. The talmudic redactor sides with Rabbi Dosa: the mourning is for Messiah ben Joseph. (Mourning the Evil Inclination, he adds, would be absurd.) It then speaks of how Ben Joseph’s death frightens Messiah ben David, so that he urgently prays for his life to be spared. Zechariah 12 constantly mentions the “house of David”, “Jerusalem” and “Judah” how then can the rabbi’s apply it to ben Joseph? Frankly, it is a mess. However, I have settled for Akiva regarding Kochba as a militant “ben Joseph” or “ben Ephraim” in other words, a non-Davidic “messianic” ruler over all Israel.
 Reland (Geogr. II. p. 727), cited from Christology of the Old Testament by Hegstenberg, Ernst Wilhelm, 1802-1869 (Alexandria, D.C., W. M. Morrison,1836)
Question: What do Donald Trump and Cyrus the Great have in common?
Answer: According to the Jews they are both the Lord’s anointed.
Rabbi Berger believes that President Trump’s election has already begun this process. The rabbi noted that Donald Trump’s name in Hebrew (דונלד טראמפ) in gematria (numerology based on Hebrew letters) equals 424 – which is the same numerical value of the phrase, “Moshiach (Messiah) from the House of David (משיח בן דוד).”
“But Donald Trump is not righteous enough or knowledgeable in Bible to actually be the Messiah,” Rabbi Berger noted. “Trump’s connection to the Messiah is that he will play a role in one of the major functions of the Messiah. He will pave the way for building the Third Temple.”
“Trump will not personally merit building the Temple,” he continued. “Like Cyrus, he will pave the way for men who will begin the construction, and when the time is right, the Third Temple will descend from heaven.”
Of course, our commentary on Daniel makes it clear that the “Lord’s anointed” in Isa 45 is a reference to Hezekiah (the suffering servant) NOT TO CYRUS. There was a Jewish exilic faction that pushed an agenda for an early restoration and they deliberately interpreted the “workman” (karash) of the Lord as Koresh (Cyrus). The same strategy is being used 2,000 years later, namely; pointing out to a foreign ruler that they have been chosen to fulfil prophecy and restore Jewish fortunes.
In the end Cyrus did very little (as most scholars acknowledge). It was during the reign of Darius the Great (21 years later cf. Dan 10.) that the temple was restored.
Pop Quiz – does the future temple look like (A) or (B)?
(B) Or like this?
Neither A nor B is correct. Explanation: (A) “Sulley’s temple” is a rather unique interpretation of (B) Ezekiel’s temple. Neither of these will be built.
The correct answer: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it” (Rev 21.22). The theology of the NT and the OT point to Jesus and his saints becoming the temple; Reminder to King David “Go and tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? (2 Sam 7.5) …. Reminder to Christians “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 7.48) and the words of Jesus; “”Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”(John 2.19).
In one of his letters Kochba signs his patronymic in Greek as Χωσιβα (Chōsiba) but this is a transliteration (what it sounds like). It is possible to express it as Κοςαβα (Kosaba), which is similar to the known Hebrew variant כוסבא (and phonetically not dissimilar to the more guttural sounding epithet Kochba). If this is placed in the Pauline warning about the mystery of lawlessness (ἀνομίας·) in 2 Thess.2.7 we get the phrase ἀνομίας·Κοςαβα (the lawless Kosaba) which in the Greek Isopsephy system equals 666. This (and the many other routes to equate 666) is hardly coincidental especially as Kochba regarded himself as the embodiment of the law (see previous posts). We can imagine that Christians would have played around with the different variants to achieve either 666 or 616 (instead of Kochba’s own 611 designations –see previous posts). This is of course a game that anyone can play – but what are the probabilities that so many routes lead to the same outcome?
The coins that were struck (they were not minted from scratch) are of varying quality because the impression was made over the top of Roman coins and sometimes parts of the underlying image can be seen. Issues were struck in silver and bronze, and all coins were over-struck on contemporary circulating coinage, most often Roman Provincial issues and Roman Imperial silver denarii. They were obviously intended to replace Roman coins and we can assume that at some point it was no longer possible to “buy or sell” in Judea without Kochba coins as that would have been regarded as “traitorous” to the cause. It was obviously an “in your face” political statement directed at Rome. That coinage bearing the image of the emperor was a problem can be seen from the challenge issued to Christ (Matt.22.16-22). Some of the coins are undated, others are dated to the first, second, third and fourth year of the revolt.
A typical description for a coin of the type portrayed below might be: “Hebrew inscription Jerusalem, tetrastyle facade of the Temple of Jerusalem with Ark of Covenant visible within and star above. [Dated: first year, etc, or undated etc, weight, type etc, inscription etc]” (see diagram below). Of course, the “Ark of the Covenant” was not present in Herod’s temple so is this an anachronism? Leen Ritmeyer suggests that it depicts the portico of the temple and he bases his architectural reconstruction on the coin (see diagram below).
In my “abstract” I refer to the star elevated above the “Ark of the Covenant” but further consideration leads me to the conclusion that the coin depicts the “Torah Ark”. The Torah ark (or Holy Ark) is generally a receptacle, or ornamental closet, which contains each synagogue’s Torah scrolls (see diagram below). This better “fits” the context of the time period with the “Ark of the Covenant” now replaced by the “Torah Ark” especially as Kochba regarded himself as the “Torah made flesh” (see previous post). In other words, the Law has replaced the Ark of the Covenant and Bar Kochba is now the personification of the Law – he is the “prince of Israel” (as stated on his coins) and the messiah (as declared by the chief Rabbi). Our argument would be that Kochba initially pitched a tent that contained a “Torah Ark” and built a temporary sacrificial altar in anticipation of restoring and building a “Third Temple” to herald the messianic age.
 Some scholars have the revolt lasting 2.5 years, however we argue for 3.5 years: obviously there is something going on with the “dating system” (don’t forget we have a civil and religious New Year) – this could explain “year four” coins; See Chapter 8 page 141. https://www.biblaridion.info/html/ch8.html
Shimon ben Koussaba as personification of the Torah
Yehuda Shenef has independently reached similar conclusions regarding Bar Kochba. I have taken the liberty of summarizing two pages from his German book –interspersed with my own comments (in blue): Yehuda Shenef points out that Kochba’s patronymic כוסבה [Koussaba] בן [ben] שמעון [Shimon] equates to 611 which is the same value as תורה (torah = 611) – the Hebrew word for law (Kochba thought of himself as the torah made flesh). The torah contains 613 commandments (not 611) but the ever inventive rabbi’s (cf., Rabbi Hamnuna) explained that the verse (Deut 33.4) states that whereas 611 commandments were instructed via Moses, the first two of the Ten Commandments were given directly to the people by God. Of course, 611 does not equal the 616 variant found in the Apocalypse. Shenef proposes ר שמעון as 666, which he equates with “rabbi Shimon” but one would expect “rav” (not simply ר). He does note a fairly large number of rabbinical scholars named Shimon in the time of the Mishnah as it was the most common name among the Tannaim (the tribes of Simeon and Levi were originally scribal and priestly tribes). Shenef examines the name of Esther (a star) known as a deliverer from Persian genocide in Biblical and Talmudic Literature (thus possibly highlighting connections with the Babylonian/Parthian inspired Bar Kochba deliverance) and Shenef equates האסתר (the star = value 666), the beast (=666) and rabbi Shimon (=666). Yehuda Shenef, 666, die Zahl des Menschen:Das Mysterium der Apokalypse im Spiegel Jüdischer , (BoD – Books on Demand, 1 Feb. 2016) , p211- 212…..will probably update my abstract by including this info as a footnote.