Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Through Our Own Efforts

Surely, if Yaakov would have indeed revealed the time of Moshiach's coming to his children [Vayechi 49:1], they would have been totally devastated to hear that they had so long to wait.

When Yaakov's sons would hear that Moshiach was not scheduled to come for a long time, they would have realized that some considerable additional effort was needed to bring him sooner - as the Talmud states that through additional merit the Redemption comes earlier [Sandhedrin 98a].  Thus, Yaakov hoped that by revealing that ''the End of Days'' was a long way off, it would motivate his children to add substantially in Divine Service, so as to bring Moshiach sooner.

Nevertheless, despite his good intentions ''the Shechinah departed from him'' and Yaakov found himself unable to reveal the ''End of Days''.  For, ultimately, God wants us to bring Moshiach through our own efforts, and not through the assistance of ''revelations'' from Above.

Based on Likutei Sichos vol 20 Lubavitcher Rebbe


Anonymous said...

Almost 100 years ago, a world-famous Polish rabbi named Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan made a prediction that could result in the War of Gog and Magog, and the revelation of Moshiach (messiah), in 2017.

Rabbi Kagan, popularly known as the Chafetz Chaim, after the title of his most famous book, died in 1933. Before his death, he revealed that the War of Gog and Magog would be fought in three stages. The first stage was WWI, which began in 1914.

The Chafetz Chaim predicted that the second stage of Gog and Magog would occur 25 years after WWI, and that it would be much more brutal than the first stage. True to his prediction, WWII began in 1939, exactly 25 years later.

There is a final part of the Chafetz Chaim’s prediction. He said that the third part of the war of Gog and Magog would occur 72 years after the second stage, although it was not clear whether he meant 72 years after the beginning of WWII or 72 years after the end.

Since WWII started in 1939, 72 years later was 2012. Obviously, the final war of Gog and Magog did not occur in 2012. However, WWII ended in 1945. That date, plus 72 years, brings us to 2017.

In his new book Moshiach is Coming, Are you Ready?, Rabbi Alon Anava quotes several students of the Chafetz Chaim who heard him make these predictions.


“And this war [WWII] will end with unbelieveable casualties,” predicted the Chafetz Chaim. Indeed, over 60 million people, combatants and civilians, were killed during WWII, including the six million Jews who were exterminated during the Holocaust. More people died during WWII than any previous military conflict in history.

The Chafetz Chaim further predicted “But I see that after that, the Jews will count ten sabbatical years, which will be until the end of [2015]. At the end of 2015, there is going to be the last sabbatical year. Then we will reach [2016], when there will be an incredible amount of conflict in the world… lucky is anyone who survives this.”

End of days expert Rabbi Pinchas Winston explained the connection between the final war of Gog and Magog and Moshiach to Breaking Israel News. “Moshiach is the cause of [the war]. He stands up for Jerusalem and they come after us because of it,” Rabbi Winston said.

In other words, Moshiach’s defense of Jerusalem against the threats of other nations is the potential catalyst for the third stage of the War of Gog and Magog, which, according to the Chafetz Chaim’s prediction, is to be expected sometime in 2017.

In light of recent events at the UN, where, for the first time, the United States abstained from a Security Council vote declaring Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria illegal, so many factors seem to be in place for a dramatic next chapter in the rapidly unfolding end of days scenario.


Anonymous said...

Truly, Am Yisrael has now to make serious efforts to bring Mashiach. He was ready to come since 1992 when Rebbe announced so, but Am Yisrael wasn't.
Is Yisrael making such efforts? No! So Mashiach won't come.
The topic is well covered by Rabbis of the End of Days, Anava, Mizrachi, Dror, clearly stating that Yisrael isn't ready to greeting Mashiach.
It's interesting to say that patriarch Yaakov is among us, for all souls are incarnated to be judged. So Yaakov will finally accomplish what he missed, the knowledge of Mashiach's coming.