Monday, June 08, 2015

The Rebbe’s 1980 Striking Prophecy on Gog & Magog, and Moshiach

The Rebbe MH”M speaking on Pesach Sheini תש׳מ, explains a passage of our sages - where they assess - from King David’s prophecies the Jewish prospects during the final world war, that of Gog and Magog. Despite the conceived threat this war might pose on the Jewish people (as expressed in Tractate Sanhedrin and many other places), this particular expose of King David's prophecy to the contrary is particularly timely today, when horrible human tragedy plagues the Muslim Middle-East and a war-mongering Iran ominously approaches nuclear potential.

In Psalm 2, King David relates the pain he felt when his own son rebelled against his sovereignty. On the other hand, in Psalm 3, when King David alludes to the final world war, that of Gog and Magog, he omits all reference to pain. Why is that? The answer is - because no conceived harm to the Jewish people was warranted!

Our sages teach us, as the Rebbe explains, that this war cannot violate Jewish life; The Jewish people will be completely immune against any of this war's repercussions. As for those who decry that Jewish lives will be at stake - he says why those concerns are “for naught” (Psalm 2:1).

The nations will be in turmoil, accusations will surely target Jewish scapegoats, but the Rebbe emphasizes over and over that, despite the agitation Gentiles will to bring upon the Jews, in actuality it ought not provoke Jewish concern because all concern over this issue illusory.

The Rebbe shows how God mocks such a perspective; And why? Because, “He Who dwells in Heaven has enjoyment from it; the Lord mocks them.” (Psalm 2:4)

[They are a mockery, are they not?]

God’s “I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians” has nothing to do with Jews. [It has to do only with how the rest of the verse reveals, ונלחמו איש באחיו ואיש ברעהו עיר בעיר ממלכה בממלכה, "... and brother will smite his brother, man will smite his friend, city will fight another city and one kingdom will fight against another." Do we not see exactly this happening presently?]

This thing about Afghanistan, or about something elsewhere or wherever, and this other opinion of x and that opinion of y, ... all of it is wasted breath, all these details are trivial because they ought not concern us - because they can't touch us (!), says the Rebbe.

All this is happening not because Jews have any superior strength or intellect, but simply because “He Who dwells in Heaven has enjoyment from it.”

Take note how the Rebbe explains the term "around", מסביב, in that the worldly-related events taking place, as often cited, are "around Jerusalem".  Around indeed says the Rebbe, meaning to imply only around but NOT within! The war will not touch Jerusalem; Around Jerusalem, yes, but not IN Jerusalem.

Then too take special note and listen how the Rebbe suddenly injects the teaching that Redemption will happen in the the post-Shmittah year, in which Moshiach will finally reveal himself.

This must-see video - is here!! (Also has English subtitles)

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    1. Almost 2000 years ago Rabbi Akiva thought that Bar Kokhba was the moshiach. Since then there have been numerous self styled messiahs notably Shabatai Zvi all of whom proved to be false. Do you know anyone alive today who can prove he is a descendant of King David? Let's face it, there ain't gonna be no moshiach, and that includes Jesus.

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    2. Martyman39 -
      All of Torah and Talmud, kabala, halachah and whatnot, -- all of Judaism -- rests upon that one premise that you scoff at, that Moshiach will introduce a much loftier experience to man. All of Judaism teeters on that point of premise. When we received the Torah, we ascended to a new order of magnitude, but the ultimate revelation that will sweep us up very soon, with Moshiach at the helm, will take us higher yet. Consider the proportions. From the years of descent into Ancient Egyptian Exile to the time of the Reception of the Torah at Mt Sinai was relatively short, yet the reward was very high. The 1st exile “paid” for that level of attainment. If you now extrapolate the “proportion” -- of our present descent into exile, now near 2 millennia, from which we must rise to a corrresponding new order of loftiness, it’ll do you well to attune your spiritual antennaes to appreciate the fantastic revelations Jewish souls will see that far supercede even the revelaations divuged at Mt Sinai. What else are we here for on this earth anyhow, to eat and drink and be merry, or to attain a closer bond with our Creator, Who, before He created the world, looked into Torah to see how to create it? Torah is absolute truth. All that’s affiliated with Torah (talmud, kabala, halachah and whatnot) is absolute truth. If you have a problem with that, it behooves you to keep trying to learn the facts.

      Bar Kochba was not a “self-styled” Messiah. Based on facts, that he was winning the wars against all enemies, Rabbi A. and others -- according to halacha, inasmuch as Moshiach is the inevitable goal, decided he was indeed the one. The Rebbe has his roots traced back to the Maharal of Prague. Jewish history, my friend, is easily traceable. We are a prolific people of the Book. If you want to have Moshiach or not, that’s the real question. To mock or to throw in 2-bit “research” merely shows insincerity to this one issue. As for your comparison with other religions, Rambam addresses this eventual development, where all Gentiles will see -- once they see the truth -- that they were deceived all along. The turnaround will then take a second to realize the truth. Kol tuv. And thanks for reading.

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  2. I wonder if that's what is referred to in Akdamut, where we read (p.402 of the Siddur);
    "There will be sport with the Leviatan and the wild-ox of the high mountains.
    One interlocked with the other in combat
    The mighty beast goring with its horns.
    The monstrous fish charging fiercely with its fins."

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    1. The Rebbe’s ma’amarim often relate to this Leviathan verse; But I know not how it bears on the War og Gog & Magog.

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  3. Now with English subtitles:
    http://chabadinfo.com/video/rebbe/the-weekly-sicha/the-rebbes-view-on-the-gog-umagog-war/

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    1. Thanks - those who can't understand Yiddish will find relief from your gesture.

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