Maimonides says in the last chapters of the Mishneh Torah that nobody knows what will be at the end of days. Great rabbi’s gave their opinions in the midrashim and agadot, based on different readings of the Scriptures, but no one can be certain what will be. How the Messiah comes may also be dependent on the spiritual nature of the Jewish people.
Nonetheless, there is a song that has recently become famous called “Anavim” (“humble ones”) by Yakov Shwekey. The lyrics come from the Midrash in Yalkut Shimoni Yeshaya (chapter 60 remez 499).
Here is the midrash in it’s original hebrew:
שנו רבותינו בשעה שמלך המשיח בא עומד על גג בית המקדש והוא משמיע להם לישראל ואומר ענוים הגיע זמן גאולתכם, ואם אין אתם מאמינים ראו באורי שזרח עליכם
Here’s my own translation of this line:
Our Rabbis taught: At the time that the king Messiah comes, he will stand on the roof of the Temple (the Beit Hamikdash) and will say to Israel: “Humble ones, the time of your redemption has arrived, and if you don’t believe me, look at my light that has shone”.
The Midrash continues but the song is based on this line alone. The statement this Midrash is making is unbelievable. How could it be that the humble ones won’t believe that the Messiah has come even while standing on the roof of the rebuilt Temple?
I don’t know if things will be exactly as this Midrash says, or even whether the author of the Midrash believed that things would turn out exactly as he said. The author may have been exaggerating in order to give over a certain principle.
The point of the Midrash is that the Messiah will come and people will just not have realised. People will be dreaming, and not only the regular people, but even the humble ones. Perhaps, it will be specifically the humble ones that haven’t realised the coming of the Messiah. The people that believe they are so unworthy of seeing the Messiah might not be capable of realising that he has actually come.
When dreams are actualised they always turn out differently to how you imagined.
I believe we are living in a period where the Jews have seen miraculous events, but some people, including even the most devout Jews, just don’t realise what’s going on. The Jews have return to their homeland after a two thousand year exile. Has there ever been a greater miracle than this? No nation has ever returned after being exiled. What are the chances of survival after an exile? What happened to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans? But the Jews still survive and are thriving as ever.
Wake up! See the reality. The Jews are back in Israel, in Jerusalem. How long long will it be till the final rebuilding of the Temple?