Dreaming of Moshiach

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Secret of Moshiach's Birth Pangs

From the Sefer Chesed L’Avraham (Maayan 4, Nahar 37-38) written by the Kadosh Elyon Saraf Elokim, the Tzaddik Mekubal Rav Avraham Azulai, zs'l.

There are two methods which the end of the exile can arrive; "I shall hasten it" or "In its due time". The redemption of "I shall hasten it," scenario will arrive with pleasure, happiness, and laughter and only the Kosher Tzaddikim will merit it. The wicked will all die and very few will continue to exist.

In the setting of "In its due time," the generation which will be redeemed and freed will be in the year of "Yovel" jubilee (fiftieth year, following 7 times of Shmita). The secret of the redemption is שמא"ל דוחה. The exile will extend an additional six months in Shnat Yovel, from Tishrei till Nissan and will contain much difficulties and pain for Am Israel. This is necessary so Am Israel can do Teshuva and be able to merit the redemption and greet Moshiach.

HaShem will make Am Israel enormously poor to a point we will increasingly weep. The crying will cause our toughened hearts to soften to be able to do sincere Teshuva. We will finally realize that there is no one to lean on except HKB'H. The trouble Am Israel will experience will multiply to gigantic extent, never seen or experienced before.

During the 2,000 long years of exile, Am Israel has constantly felt pain. For example, if a person was blessed with riches, he was lacking children. If he has children, he doesn't have peace with his wife. If he has peace and children, he doesn't have health. If he has health, peace, and children, he is poor.

In the scenerio of "In its due time," Am Israel will experience all these troubles simultaneously... Each person will need to go thru his or her own personal Gog UMagog. Am Israel will be poor, won’t have food to eat, won't have clothing, won't have pleasures, our homes will be destroyed, our cities will be destroyed, we will be homeless and will not have refuge from the bitter cold. Just as Prophet Zephaniah, zs'kl, said, (3:12): וְהִשְׁאַרְתִּי בְקִרְבֵּךְ, עַם עָנִי וָדָל; וְחָסוּ, בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה
And I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of HaShem.

Merciful HaShem will do all this for His beloved children from mercy. Instead of death, HaShem will alter the decree to poverty, as it says, עני נחשב כמת, a poor person is considered dead. Another reason why we will need to suffer is because HaShem wants Am Israel to stay alive to be able to see the redemption and greet Moshiach Tzidkenu. HaShem does not want to wipe out His chosen nation but in order for Am Israel to merit the redemption, they must first do sincere Teshuva.

It will be similar to the time of Lot. Lot was a very wealthy man and lived in a mansion. When the Angels told him that Sodom will be destroyed, he urgently left the city, not taking with him luggage, money, sheep, clothing, food, water, or even a piece of bread. All he sought was how to save himself to stay alive and thus, he immediately abandoned the comforts of his home and went to the desert, never looking back.

In the same way, the Jews will also need to run away from their cities just as Lot did and flee to the desert. The suffering we will need to undergo in the desert has never occurred in history. We will not have the basic needs such as food, water, clothing, showers, etc. We will be constantly weeping; each will suffer according to his or her transgressions. The only ‘food’ we will be able to find are the bitter and sour roots of desert weeds. The Jews that will not be able to endure the hunger, thirst, and dirt will want to return to the city and if they do, they will all be destroyed together with the idol worshippers.

For the Tzaddikim, the bitter salty roots will taste like Manna. For the mediocre people, they will do complete Teshuva. The wicked ones will either reject or will regret and do Teshuva.

Those that will survive and remain in the desert, after 45 days Moshe Rabenu, zs'kl, will appear. He will cry together with us in our pain, the same way he joined Am Israel by the rivers of Babylon. The weeping and Teshuva will increase.

The end of the exile will come and the Divine Spirit will be raised from the dust because it was in the desert during the generation of the Midbar that the Sh’china began descending.

Immediately the redeemed and freed people will come to Yerushalayim together with the Divine Spirit to the Bet HaMikdash where she'll remain. The flags of the tribes will return, just as it was in the time that Am Israel left Egypt.

Am Israel will find treasures and riches from the war of Gog UMagog but this will not supply them with happiness. They will find pleasures, laughter, and happiness only with HaShem, as it says Psalms 118;24
זֶה-הַיּוֹם, עָשָׂה יְהוָה; נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בוֹ
This is the day that HaShem has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.




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