What Everyone Needs To Know The Most
Regarding The End Of Days
By Ya’akov Peretz
Be’er Sheva, Israel
And call upon Me in the Day of Distress. I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Only a self-deceiving idiot can truly believe that we are living in regular, normal times that are just as any other moment in history with their regular ups and downs. Without any doubt, it is absolutely necessary to have totally shut down all our HaShem-given receptors so as not to be constantly reminded that ‘something very Big is afoot‘. We are incessantly bombarded with all kinds of news, and even personal experiences, that clearly indicate the imminent arrival in the near future of some extraordinary and significant Change of Course for humanity, and even Nature itself. By the “near future” bit I mean that if it does not take place in the next few weeks or months, it shall happen within very few years. Most people perceive and call this change of human course, Doomsday. We religious Jews see these as Signs as an indication that Geulah (Redemption) is finally coming our way.
If we set apart what our Holy Prophets and Sages predicted and commented about the End of Days, we would also surely be expecting Doomsday, i.e., the End of the World — or, at least, the end of humanity upon the face of the Earth. But since the Jewish Prophets were so extensive and sometimes clear in reference to these Last Days, there is no reason for helpless despair or defeated anticipation of Doom in what we see happening and coming. Yes, it is true that there is Doom coming for some, or many, people — including among them Jews — but there is a sure Pathway of Escape. And this world will not be destroyed; on the contrary, it shall surely be drastically changed for the immensely better!
All the dumbfounding fuss and atrocious pain we see in the news, and which we may even be enduring in our own lives, is because this world is pregnant. It is pregnant because it was raped by Sin since its very beginning. Notwithstanding, after all this tiresome pain that we all are enduring — and after the Great Last Collective Pain that is yet to fall upon our world, Gog uMagog — HaShem will turn our seeming final defeat into the most awesome and joyful Victory. It is only then that the “baby” will be born. And who is this “baby to be born”? It is the peaceful Messianic Era under the Kingdom of Justice led by Moshiach ben David. You see, the problem is that before any birth — no matter how beautiful and healthy the baby might be — there is inevitably a terrible period of great danger, fear and pain.
At any rate, every Jew — and also non-Jew — who will call upon the Name of HaShem will come out of the Last Ordeal of humanity miraculously untouched, while awakening to the Light of the for-so-long-awaited Redemption, as it is written in,
5 And it shall come to pass, that whoever will call upon the Shem (Name) of the L- rd shall be saved, because in Mount Tziyon, and in Yerushalayim, there shall be Deliverance as HaShem has said, and in the seridim (remnant, survivors) whom HaShem shall call.
But what does “calling upon the Name of HaShem” mean after all?
The Name of HaShem goes beyond His Most Holy Way to be Called. In Judaism, the name of any individual has a great importance, because it is supposed to declare characteristics of that person. It is because of this, for example, that we see in Torah that HaShem changed the name of Avram to Avraham, Sarai to Sarah, and later on the name of Ya’akov was change into Yisrael. For instance, in reference to Avraham, Rashi explains that,
“G-d changed Avram’s name to Avraham, a contraction representing his new status as Av Hamon — Father of a Multitude — whereas the name Avram represented his former status as only Av Aram — Father of Aram — his native country.”
So, we see that once HaShem altered and expanded the status of Avram, He changed his name to reflect this new characteristic. Therefore, the name of an individual should inform us about how he or she is.
Now, what Status or Characteristics adorn the King of Heaven, blessed be He? Such most admirable Qualities, or truly amazing Attributes, are comprised in HaShem’s Holy Name. That is why we call him regularly ‘HaShem’ meaning ‘The Name’ since in His Name are encapsulated all His Wonderful Characteristics or Traits. That is why our tradition makes the Holy Tetragrammaton unutterable, due to our great Respect for His Holy and Sacred Characteristics. Actually that is also why He is called by different Names throughout Tanakh, to reflect and call our attention to His different Characteristics and Status.
So, upon which of His many Names should we call for Help on the future Day of His Wrath and the consequential time of our greatest need? We need to understand this: That Day shall be when the proverbial hell will break loose upon the whole world. It will be a Time such as humanity has never faced before, when an enormous danger of total and complete extinction will engulf the planet. For details on this, see Ezekiel 38 and 39, among many other places in Tanakh.
I’m sorry for having to scare you with this now inevitable Reality of our near future —since there is an increasing reticence in the Jewish nation to make Tshuva (Repentance) in a great scale. But please pay attention — and pay attention very well — because only a Miracle from HaShamayim (Heaven, i.e. Him!) shall be able to save anyone at all on that Day. Such a Miracle will be needed because it will not only be that we shall see ourselves in the midst of an all-out nuclear war, but Nature itself shall “go bonkers” as part of the Judgment of HaShem upon this perennially sinful and consistently rebellious world.
So, allow me to continue scaring you just for a moment, and then you shall see that there is no reason to despair. In case that you think that the initial activation of so many volcanoes, supervolcanoes (which are immensely worse) and tectonic faults currently throwing tantrums is just a haphazard issue … well, think again.
HaShem is setting His natural Pieces in the necessary position to give this planet an unavoidable Checkmate. But, take courage, we do not have to perish with it. Just let us continue for a moment with the bad and ugly stuff. For example, HaShem has several supervolcanoes in America ready for action — and only one would destroy the country for the most part — The San Andreas Fault and her many evil sisters are also ready to, at any given moment, give a lethal hit to all the Western Coast the US. Meanwhile, the even more dangerous Madrid Fault, located in the very center of the nation, is showing signs of instability. Finally, in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, in front of the Western coast of Africa, in the island of La Palma which belongs to the Canary Islands archipelago, is found possibly the worst natural threat in this world, the “Cumbre Vieja” volcano.
In 1948 — the same year in which Israel was reborn, and the End of Days Clock started ticking — a third of the island crumbled away and started rolling toward the abysmal depths of the surrounding ocean … then, it stopped and became a ticking mega-bomb. When “Cumbre Vieja” finally has it’s inevitable “decent-sized” eruption, a chunk of the island of La Palma will plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, thus provoking a one-kilometer high, 600-800 km/h mega-tsunami — much greater than anything known in human history since the Flood. This cataclysmic event shall completely devastate dozens of miles inland (destroying entire major cities) from Canada all the way down to Brazil. Mind you, scientists say that this is not a matter of “if” but of “when,” and the “when” part: depends absolutely on HaShem.
But America is not alone in the department of serious danger. The whole planet is facing the Wrath of the Almighty. Survival is only contingent on His Decision, and His Decision depends, not only on our words and actions, but on our inner attitude toward Him and other humans NOW. You see, this is the right moment when we can, out of humble obedience and respect for His Status and Characteristics, demonstrate that we really care about Him and His Name — the very Name upon which we could be saved in the Day of our worst terror and despairing need. But if we do not pay much — or worse yet ‘any’ — attention to His Name now, would it be valid when things go really” south” to then call upon his Name for salvation? No chance! Selfishness and opportunism are not viewed well at all in the Heavenly Court, as it says in Job 22.29:
It is absolutely important to understand that at the moment of utmost danger and greatest need, it would be to our advantage to have a record previously established that we remember that only HaShem is the One Above Us All, and Everything, that he is the only Master of our Lives and the unique Decider of our deaths; that only He is the King of the World, our sole Creator, our exclusive Provider, as well as our only Supreme Judge, our exclusive Savior. All that is part of His Wonderful Name to be called upon for salvation. But not only that, He is absolutely Perfect, Just and Fair, Benevolent, but also a Severe Punisher of our sins, rebellions and of all those who disdain His Name and pretend to ignore His unparalleled Lofty Position in the universe. But to those of humble heart, who recognize his Magnificence, to those, He is a sure Deliverer and Savior,as it says:
Iyob (Job) 22.21-23 & 29
21 Acquaint yourself with Him now, so that you may have Peace; because of that, Goodness shall come to you. 22 Receive, now, Instruction from His Mouth, and lay down His Words in your heart. 23 If you return to The Almighty you shall be restored. If you shall put away iniquity far from your tents. … 29 When they are cast down, you shall say, “Arise!” And He shall save the one with humility.
But how could HaShem save anyone from and all nuclear conflagration, and erupting supervolcanoes, tectonic faults cracking up all over, and mega-tsunamies? He can because part of the Meaning of His Name is Almighty and another part is Savior. We all need Emunah (Faith) to believe that He is Willing and Able to save from the most horrendous situations — those people whom HE deems worthy. Without such humble faith in His Royal Decisions we doom ourselves to destruction, defeat and pain, as it says:
4 Hinei (Lo), he whose nashamah (soul) is puffed up is not upright with Him, but the tzaddik (righteous) shall live by his Emunah (Faith).
OK, fine, but in what practical manner can He save those who call upon His Name in that Day and those who previously had humbled themselves to Him?
Well, he tells us how in,
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither the flame shall kindle upon you. 3 Because I am the L-ord your G-d, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
Enough said? Water? Fire? No problem! For Him, that is, because He is the Creator of all the elements in the Universe, because He is the Master of all the Laws of Nature which He established; He can overrule them. He can handle mega-earthquakes, mega-volcanoes, mega-tsunamies, and mega-everything easily. He is the Almighty! He is not like you or me; that is frail mortals, partly-material beings of very restricted capabilities. He Who is much vaster than all the existing space and time in the Multiverse, Who created and transcends all the existing dimensions of matter, energy and spirit, if so He wants He can save you or me. And so He will do IF we are NOW living as He wishes that we do, not as we imagine He wants. What He wants? He wants and demands: Anavah (Humility, Modesty), Tshuvah (Repentance), Emunah (Trusting Faith), Ahavah (Love, for Him and others), Chesed (Charity) and Ma’asim Tovim (Good Deeds).
It sound too much and too difficult, but it is not if we humble ourselves in front of His Name. The Name that we shall invoke to be saved one the Day that is rushing toward our encounter.
I truly wish that I had deeper knowledge and better capabilities to convey what is not only important, but absolutely vital for the sake of your life and well-being. Please, do not discard this words of mine as worthless nonsense. Look around, read the news and consider the possibility that what I have said might be true. Do it for yourself and for those whom you love.
17 As for me, I will call upon Elohim, and HaShem will save me.
And after that the Best begins. But I’ll talk about that another day. For the moment what is important is to determine what shall it be for you: Doomsday? or The Day of Redemption?
Shalom, v’ Shannah Tovah!