With the recent passing of Mbah Gotho of Indonesia, who died at the age of 146 exactly 146 days before the Revelation 12 Sign, the title of “world’s oldest man” now passes to Yisrael Kristal of Haifa, Israel.
“Yisrael” is the Hebrew pronunciation of “Israel” and “Kristal” means “crystal”. However, according to Ancestry.com the name “Kristal” is also an adjectival form of “Christ” in some European languages.
Kristal will be 120 years old in 2024, the year that may speculatively see the conclusion of the Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ to Israel. As a matter of fact, according to TorahCalendar.com Kristal will be 120 all the way until the Day of Atonement, the traditional date for Christ’s return, not turning 121 until the next day.
In Genesis 6:3 God set a probationary period of 120 years until the Flood would come:
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Matthew 24:37 says that the return of Christ will be “as it was in the days of Noah”, so we can expect to see some parallels between the two times.
Interestingly, Kristal has been married twice, the second marriage occurred in 1947, which was the year that the land of Israel was apportioned by the nations and a U.N. resolution declared a Jewish state in the Holy Land. His second wife’s name was Batsheva, which is the Jewish pronunciation for the biblical character Bathsheba. Bathsheba means “daughter of oath”. Jerusalem is figuratively called a daughter in the Bible (the daughter of Zion) and an oath was made in November 1947, setting aside a Jewish state. Bathsheba was also the mother of Solomon who was the last king of the united kingdom of Israel and it was Solomon who built the Temple.
When I consider his name, his life, his marriage, his age, his nationality, and the fact that he became the world’s oldest man in 2017 just a few short months before the Revelation 12 Sign, inheriting the title from a Gentile from Indonesia, a very interesting (possible) message emerges:
God will not contend with mortal man forever. Judgment will come in 120 years. God is regathering his people and though He was divorced from Israel for a time, He will remarry her. Her Temple will soon be rebuilt and the last king will soon come. The times of the Gentiles are over. In 2017 His focus returns to Israel. In 2024 Christ (Kristal) might return to Israel (Yisrael) at the culmination of judgment.