The following is part of a Sicha from the Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered on 14 Iyar 5740 regarding the war of Gog u Magog.
Rabbi Yochanan quotes Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai regarding Gog u Magog. It seems like it is a terrible tragedy for the Jews, but as it says in Sanhedrin and other sources: ''Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said: ''When King David ran from his son Avshalom, he exclaimed Ma raba tzorei - How big are my problems?" whereas on the passuk Lama ragshu goyim uleumim yehegu rik - Why do nations gather and people speak futility?'' he doesn't say ''how big are my problems?'' but the opposite.
On yehegu rik - speaking futility : Rashi and other commentaries explain that it's not tzorei - tragedy, but rik vahevel - speaking futility. It has no meaning for the Jews.
Goyim are fighting between themselves, gathering and talking, but it's all ineffective. Why? Because He who sits in Heaven laughs and mocks them.
|Lubavitcher Rebbe painted by Robert Kremnizer|
Hashem is instigating Egyptians amongst themselves and different nations between them. Then comes the question: How should a Jew view this?
We have the decree from Torah that even though nations are gathering and talking negatively, still for the Jews it has absolutely no meaning. But not because of our own strength, G-d forbid, but because He who sits in Heaven laughs and mocks them.
And that's why it's not affecting the Jews. They call it tragedy? G-d forbid! The nations come up with different ideas but it's all Hevel Larik - futility. Why? Because Hashem is with us.
The fact that they are gathering, Jewish people know that it's all pointless. because He who sits in Heaven laughs and mocks them. He is not just notifying, but He is mocking and laughing at them. As it says ''He who touches them, is touching the Apple of my Eye''. That is what Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai is saying about the seventh year. He is talking about the year of the Coming of Moshiach.
Right at the end of the seven years of wars, Moshiach comes. Which wars? The ones where the nations gather and speak futility. The story of Egypt, the story of Afghanistan, another story, that fight, another fight, but in relation to Jews ''the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps''.
Why? Because Jews are connected with the Guardian of the Jews. Then he sees in a revealed way that Hashem in Heaven laughs and mocks them. And the war of Gog U'Magog is not affecting the Jewish people.
Gog is fighting with Magog and it says in Tanach that it will be in Jerusalem, but that has nothing to do with the Jewishness in Jerusalem, and not in the city of Jerusalem, rather it's around Jerusalem. The Jews are standing strong because Jerusalem is a city where King David lived and the name ''Yerushalayim'' comes from the words ''yiras Hashem shleima'' which means ''complete fear of G-d''. And Jews who are complete G-d fearing people bring it into actuality and the city of Jerusalem will stay untouched.
And the nations are Utzu Eitza - contriving a scheme - but when the Jewish people behave in a manner of ki imanu Kel - G-d is with us - then dabru davar velo yakum - their conspired plot will not be materialized.