Persia Destroying the World at the Onset of the Messianic Era

In my last post I quoted the Midrash in Yalkut Shimoni Yeshaya whose words contain the lyrics to the song Anavim. The lines just before this quotation are equally fascinating.

To reiterate what I wrote in my last post, Maimonides wrote in his Epistle to Yemen that nobody knows how or when the Messiah will arrive, including the sages of the Talmud and Midrash. This is also explicit in Daniel where it says that many wise people will attempt to determine when the end will be and fail. The Talmud also says it is prohibited to calculate the time of the coming of the Messiah.

Nonetheless, take a look at these words that were written over a thousand years ago.

ילקוט שמעוני ישעיהו רמז תצט

א”ר יצחק שנה שמלך המשיח נגלה בו כל מלכי אומות העולם מתגרים זה בזה, מלך פרס מתגרה במלך ערבי והולך מלך ערבי לארם ליטול עצה מהם וחוזר מלך פרס ומחריב את כל העולם וכל אומות העולם מתרעשים ומתבהלים ונופלים על פניהם ויאחוז אותם צירים כצירי יולדה, וישראל מתרעשים ומתבהלים ואומר להיכן נבוא ונלך להיכן נבוא ונלך, ואומר להם בני אל תתיראו כל מה שעשיתי לא עשיתי אלא בשבילכם מפני מה אתם מתיראים אל תיראו הגיע זמן גאולתכם, ולא כגאולה ראשונה גאולה אחרונה כי גאולה ראשונה היה לכם צער ושעבוד מלכיות אחריה אבל גאולה אחרונה אין לכם צער ושעבוד מלכיות אחריה 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

Rabbi Yitzchak said: the year in which the king Moshiach (Messiah) will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be arguing with one another. The Persian king will be arguing with the Arab king and the Arab king will go to Aram to get advice from him and the king of Persia will destroy the entire world and all the nations of the world will scream and be confused/scared and will fall upon their faces and pain will grasp them like the birth pangs of a mother, and Israel will scream and be confused/scared and will say: “Where will we go to? Where will we go to?”. And He (God) will say to them: “My sons don’t be afraid. Everything that I did, I only did it for you. Why are you afraid? Don’t be afraid, the time of your redemption has arrived, and not like the first redemption is the last redemption, because the first redemption had after it pain and slavery but in the final redemption, you will not have pain, neither will you be enslaved by the kingdoms.

This is my own translation and it’s not perfect, but it’s close enough.

Anyway, the point is that Iran is Persia (it changed its name in the past century). The king of Persia today is seemingly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he would most certainly destroy large parts of the world given the opportunity.

In my opinion there will most certainly be a big war in the next fifty years (if not in the next decade). Its only a matter of time before Iran gets its hands on a nuclear bomb. Israel will have to go to war. There’s also the fact that in the next century Muslims will be the majority population in many major European countries and even in America. Things are brewing up. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we don’t see a major war in the near future.

As a religious Jew I believe things will work out for the best at the end of the day, but things could get worse before we get there. God has looked after the Jews for the past 4000 years. May He continue to do so in the future.

I am not trying to bring proof from this Midrash that the Sages of the Talmud knew how and when the Messiah would arrive. I don’t believe that they did know. There are countless Midrashim about the arrival of the Messiah and a high probability that one of them would sound somewhat like the political situation we have today. Furthermore, what this Midrash predicts hasn’t yet happened and it might not happen, but it’s clear that this definitely could happen.

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One response to “Persia Destroying the World at the Onset of the Messianic Era

  1. Reuven Sarett

    As religious Jews, we also have a tradition that negative prophecies do not have to happen, only positive ones. There are 3 ways, according to the Nesivos Shalom, that the final redemption could happen, patterned after the redemption from Egypt. 1)’B’ito- at final moment and not before 2) “Achishenu” if we deserve, sped up 3) B’dilug b’ahava- jumping steps, out of love and mercy even if we don’t deserve, just as Hashem took us out of Egypt and before the deadline as well. Methods: 1) We groaned out of painful yearning for G-d, = similar to a Shofar. An unarticulated sincere cry from the depths of our collective soul goes straight to the heart of our Father. Only He understands, more powerful than an articulated prayer. It worked then and can work when we all together realize inside our souls want nothing more than to reconnect to our Source. 2) Chazal say: “in the merit of our faith in Hashem we got out then, and in the future redemption as well 3) If all Jews keep just one Shabbos. Shabbos=Devakus- Oneness with G-d, the point of creation, so if we do it, we merit the final redemption. (The source that says 2 can mean keeping one Shabbos with both love and fear according to Nesivos Shalom) The mission statement of the Jewish People is Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokenu Hashem Achad. Not just to teach the world that there is only 1 G-d, but to MAKE Him One in the world, as it says in the end of Aleynu, after Moshiach comes, on that day Hashem will be One and His Name One. Right now there are essentially two worlds, the upper world of love, light and Truth, and lower world which is a mixture of light and darkness, good and evil. Our job is to use the instruction manual for living G-d gave the Jewish people, the Torah, and use it to be a light to the Nations by understanding how to get our lower, animal souls to become a complete and total reflection of our upper, perfect souls. By making them one and as much as possible actualizing and reflecting our inner Gdliness, we affect “Tikun Olam”, the fixing of the world and help fuse the upper and lower spiritual worlds as well. When Avraham recognized and chose G-d, in return, G-d chose Avraham and his children to get this job done and return the world back to its original state of Garden of Eden. Essentially, G-d said, you get it, you’re the quarterback, assemble your team, here’s the football and the play book, get the job done! We have to live up to our role as leaders of G-dliness and enroll the world in the incredible mission of returning to Eden! Chosen= responsibility. The G-d of Judaism is a loving G-d who gave us free will to chose to be good and earn the reward of becoming close to Him, the source of all pleasure and meaning. If we all come back to Him, and turn to Him with all our hearts and souls, like it says in Devarim (Deuteronomy) at the end of days, then He will send Moshiach and it wont have to be in a bad way! Let’s get the job done!

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