From the article: The Messiah has arrived!!!!
A radio station in Jerusalem just “interrupted its regular programming for a special newsflash: the Messiah has arrived. The announcement took place from the Western Wall of Jerusalem, where thousands were gathered to mark the ending of the somber day of Tisha B’Av, a holiday of mourning which commemorates the destruction of both Jewish Temples.”
“I don’t know if you can still hear me, I can barely hear myself, but it is happening right now,” Tessler continued excitedly. “The procession is approaching and the singing of the crowd is deafening. Here it is, exactly 1,946 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, the end of the bitter exile, and the Messiah is arriving in Jerusalem.”
“The reporter even recited part of a blessing invoked upon special occasions, called the shechiyanu, which is listed by the rabbis as one that should be recited upon witnessing the arrival of the Messiah: “Blessed art thou, Eternal our God, who has kept us alive and sustained us to arrive at this moment.”
A voice was then heard crying out over a loudspeaker to the crowd, reciting the full blessing. The crowd answered with a deafening, “Amen!”
The loudspeaker again crackled, blasting out the recitation, “Blessed are you, God, King of the world, Master of secrets,” another of the blessings said upon seeing the Messiah. The crowd answered again with a resounding, “Amen.”
“There are no words to describe this,” Tessler reported. “What can you say? We’ve waited for this moment for so long!”
Unfortunately this was just a hoax modeled after the 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles that we know as the “War of the Worlds” hoax in which millions of Americans were misled to believe that Martians had landed in New Jersey.
“…Despite our efforts to make it clear that this was a dramatization, some people, called the station and asked if they should run to the Old City of Jerusalem to greet the Messiah.”
Rozen noted that the station’s intention was spiritual and not satirical, with an aim of giving people a taste of what the real event might be like and to strengthen belief in the Messiah.
“For the most part, the program exceeded our expectations in this respect,” Rozen said. “The majority of the responses were incredibly positive, many saying how it reinforces their belief that the Messiah can really arrive at any moment.”
– I think the Bible clearly explains what must occur PRIOR to the arrival of the Messiah, who will NOT suddenly show up at any moment.
But the radio hoax does raise some interesting ideas: will TV and radio and the internet be used to let every ear hear and every eye see when it does happen? How many people will be eager enough to believe such a story when a FALSE messiah arrives to make bold claims? And aside from randomness and chance, is there any reason this fake story was done now? It could have been done any time since 1938, when the original hoax gave people ideas… Why now in 2016? Just coincidence, perhaps.