The 17th of Cheshvan –the day when the Flood started-also commemorates the day on which King Solomon completed the work on the First Temple. By then King Solomon had been king for eleven years. Although the building was completed on the 17th of Cheshvan, the Temple was not consecrated until the the 1st of Tishrei in the following year-11 months later.
Why did King Solomon declare the Temple complete on the 17th of Cheshvan- the commemoration of the day of the Flood?
Because he was “The Son of David” - בן דוד!
The gematria of the words “Solomon Son of David”-שלמה בן דוד is 441.
The number 441 is the gematria as the word “TRUTH”-אמת.
King Solomon the wisest man that ever lived knew that the Final Temple would be built by the Mashiach. This Temple would usher in a new era of the understanding of Hashem’s ways bringing mankind close to Hashem. King Solomon thought he was the Mashiach. Before Solomon built the Temple there was no Temple on the Temple Mount just as today there is no Temple. He thought that the First Temple would be the Last Temple as the beginning is the end and vice versa. He was mistaken.
King Solomon knew that the “Final” Temple would be inaugurated on the 17th-28th of Cheshvan from understanding Parshat Noah. As he so wanted to construct the Temple as his father King David had instructed him, he wanted that the First Temple would also be the Last Temple. By counting 12 days of inauguration from the 17th of Cheshvan (like there were at the time of the Inauguration of the Sanctuary in the Wilderness), the 28th of Cheshvan, ythe day that Noah exited the Ark and offered up sacrifices to Hashem would fall on the 12th and final day of Inauguration of the First Temple!
If King Solomon’s Temple had been inaugurated in Cheshvan it could not have been destroyed and he would have been the Mashiach. Thus Hashem ordered him to wait 11 months till Tishrei to inaugurate it.
King Solomon, as Noah before him, too thought that he was The Mashiach as he finished building the Temple on on the 17thof Cheshvan. He too was mistaken…
The Mashiach who will be a descendant of King David and King Solomon will rebuild the Third and Final Temple at the time of the Redemption of Israel. This is why Jews have waited patiently for over 2000 years for the arrival of “The Son of David”, who will build the Third Temple and Redeem Israel from their Exile.
The 28th of Cheshvan corresponds to the last day of the Inauguration of the Third Temple by Mashiach. This is why the Flood ended on the 27th of Cheshvan and why Noah exited the Ark on the 28th and made sacrifices to Hashem. Hashem then made the Covenant of the Rainbow-ברית קשת (1412=8) on this day.
Solomon Son of David
שלמה בן דוד