Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Prophecy of our Time

by Rabbi Dr. Gil G. Tivon

Studying the book of Daniel (2, 40-44) Rashi and Ibn Ezra, a'h, explain that the last two exiles will be Ishmael (the Arab Kingdom) and Edom (today, America and Europe), which will end with the upcoming kingdom of the Moshiach. The holy Zohar, zs'l, explains that in the merit of the Brit Mila of Ishmael at the age of 13, for each year, his offspring will receive 100 years of power, beginning with the uprising of Muhammad and ending 1300 years later approximately now.

A clear sign of the Moslem's loss of power and the coming of Moshiach is described in the book of Zecharia (13,1), zs'l, by the outpouring of water from the Holy of Holies, where the El Aksa Mosque is placed today on the Temple Mount. This outpouring of water became evident on this exact spot over a year ago.

In Yechezkel (21,13), zs'l, the Jews are warned of times when prayer and spiritual introspection will be inspired by events likened to the threat of a sword drawn out of its sheath at those who will not listen to His admonition. The flash of light that will begin this chain of events will come from this drawing of the sword. Prophet Yechezkel predicts that it will take the waves of violence that will follow for the singular G-dly purpose of breaking through the Jewish heart of stone. It has all been written in plain language and anyone can read it himself in Hebrew or English.

In Yechezkel, the final quest calls for directed unity amongst the Jewish people. The text mentions that it does not matter whether we unify to the right or to the left (note that such terms were not clearly understood until our time).

In Isaiah (28,14), zs'l, HaShem is directing His rebuke at the leaders of the Jewish nation, who are situated in Jerusalem. It states that He will not allow the peace process, or any form of contact to go through. We will rather have to narrow our borders while a powerful Arabic leader threatens. It states that we will renew ourselves everyday just to listen to the news which will be too terrifying to hear.

Yes, this is really what has been written 2000 years ago. We read in Psalms of two more kinds of enemies we are facing (tehillim 27,12): "false witnesses" swaying public opinion through the media, and "speakers of Hamas" characterized as speakers of evil, or of kidnapping and bomb attacks!(Targum Yonaton Ben Uziel, and Rashi)

For those who have not found relevance in our Torah as well as those who have, now is the time to reconsider. Our sages tell us we must be involved in Torah learning and live according to Torah ways and now more than ever commit ourselves to the following goals:

1. Unification of all divisions of Jewry, with unconditional love to counteract baseless hatred, through which we will merit G-d's divine providence and Moshiach to lead us, as it says, "And the King will be amongst Jewry, when the leaders of the nations join (and when) all tribes of Israel join."

2. We have to understand and at least have an inkling of the power of our performance of each and every mitzvah to create cosmic changes in the world and effect the situation. Even though we cannot see this effect, we have to believe that this is indeed so.

3. Last but not least, we have to lead a more spiritual life with less of materialistic goals. We have to realize this world is transitory and is aimed at our spiritual growth.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו