Redemption Will Be Wonderful … But Not Easy
There are no Prophets these days, but we surely can know the future. What our Holy Prophets predicted in the old days, and what our sages later on extracted from their divinely inspired Prophecies, added to that the instantaneous access that we have to detailed worldwide information, thanks to the Internet, and we have a very good idea of what is coming our way in the not so distant future. So, I might not be a Prophet, but I am an educated speculator with a pretty decent record of accuracy in my predictions. Notwithstanding, this post is not about my or others speculations, this post is strictly about what HaShem revealed by means of those ancient Prophets of ours; because of this we can rest assured that these Predictions are 100% accurate.
Having said that, I must remark that any Prophecy – all these! – could be easily avoided if a great part of humans, mainly Jews, would quit being such a bunch of spiritual retards and make Tshuvah. Its is the lack of Emunah and Ahavah in the Jewish soul that is creating all the commotions we see all around us these days. Yes, we Jews are collectively guilty of the pathetic and dangerous state in which the entire world is found nowadays. It is ignorant Jews, unloving Jews, assimilated Jews, materialistic Jews, unobservant Jews, heretical Jews, idolatrous Jews, skeptical Jews, atheist Jews, immoral Jews, perverted Jews, and rebellious Jews who are bringing upon Am Yisrael and the whole world all the current calamities and the coming worldwide cataclysm. We, Jews, are the Chosen People indeed; but we were not Chosen to be better than the rest of nations, or just to feel good about ourselves because of the honor bestowed upon ourselves when we were the lowliest of nations. No, we were Chosen to bring the Light of HaShem to the world, to make His Light available to those very nations that, when we do not illuminate them with the Teachings and Mitzvot of Torah, and with our example of how to live those Divine Concepts, then they turn against us and try to extirpate us from the face of the Earth.
Let’s take for instance our experience in America. No other country – not even Spain before the cruel and anti-Semitic Catholic Kings – has given us so much freedom and opportunities to thrive at any level. And what did we do there? Merely grow fatly rich and powerful. We impacted its culture with some good art and sciences, but we destroyed it with Hollywood and Wall Street. Is any of that, good or bad. the Light that HaShem wanted us to shed on a arrogant and forceful country that thinks that Light is what gold reflects? We did not bring the Light of HaShem to America; what we did was to be overtaken by its Darkness. We assimilated to the point of non-recognition, we intermarried to the point of impending absorption, we became hard and vain, and most grew farther and farther from HaShem and His Light.
Yes, many American Jews love Israel, but they execrate the idea of living here because it doesn’t give so many opportunities to grow financially and socially. On the other hand, Israelis are brusque and nervous! And why live in the desert city of Be’er Sheva (like me), when you can live in “sunny” Florida (as I did)? Just this kind of cogitation tells a lot about the Darkness that has been infused into the Jewish soul in America. I know that many people will cry “Crazy!” on account of what I’m going to now declare: America is the country that has done the greatest damage to the Jewish People in our millenarian history. No other country has EVER killed so many Jews – ever! – not even Hitler’s Germany. Countless millions of precious Jewish souls have perished in the subtle American Spiritual Holocaust. What is worse that someone – like an Arab – kills our body, or that someone else, nice and educated, kills our soul? If you do not understand the question is because you are already very dead.
Torah is Life, the Life of the Jewish People; but it is a spiritual Life to be reflected for the benefit of the Goyim, whom the Heavenly King, blessed be His Name, also loves. Again, this is the Reason why He Chose us in the first place. Oy! But we occupied ourselves in America in becoming self-sufficient, highly educated, rich; in other words we became – horrors of horrors – Americans! I remember one day when I was still in America, that I asked a dear Rabbi in my area, why would he not make Aliyah with his family. Suddenly, his eyes went really big as he looked at me with a great perplexity in his face, then he exclaimed in his sincere amazement: “Why would I? I am an American! I’m a retired officer of the US Navy! I love Israel, but THIS is my country.” Oy va voy! I can’t even express how sad I felt for this dear, dear Rabbi.
When our goals in Galut are not those of HaShem for us, we slowly but surely will miss the purpose of our lives. And it is right there that we lose, at least, part of our wonderful Jewish soul. What do you think shall happen to the next generation? This process is treasonous because our soul dies non-painfully … it dies while believing that now we are starting to live at long last.
In many countries where we went the same effect took place: They received us for whatever reason, then we gratefully adjusted, then we assimilated partially and then completely, then we became powerful, and finally we were persecuted and killed wholesale – Egypt, Babylon, Spain, Poland and Gemany are just a few examples of this process. Ah, but like our ancestors before now deceived American Jews say: “Oh no, not here! Here is really different. You see, the times are different, and these people are indeed different.” And while the conversation placidly goes on, the clouds of the Second Shoah are already starting to blacken the horizon.
Why can we not do it differently for once? Why? Simply put: Because HaShem will not allow it to be any different. The thing is that if we do not comply with and fulfill our Covenant responsibilities, He will surely call us back to our Jewish senses the very hard way. Why so hard? Because, if He was capable of such a thing, he must be sick and tired of explaining to us — over and over — the same Contract which is always unfulfilled on our side. We need to make Tshuvah … and do for good, because this time around things are going nuclear!
Adam haRishon was advised in Gan Eden of what not to do. One single, easy Commandment in reference to that fatal tree and he could not do it. The consequences were most swift and tragic. And we don’t learn from it. Our fathers in the desert were advised, but they did not comply and … boom! And since then ti has been like that on, and on, and on… We have been advised, no Commanded, to be Light to the Goyim; but nooo, we love the Darkness of the Goyim more than the Light of HaShem. And so we become Christians, and Bhuddists, and Darwinists, and Capitalists or Communists … and Idiotists of all sorts, but not Light to the nations.
So, enters the End of Days:
1 “For behold, in those Days and at that Time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Yehoshaphat, and I will enter into Judgment with them there on account of My People, My Heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. Also they have divided up My Land. 3 They have casted lots over My People; they have have given a boy as payment for a harlot; and they have sold a girl for wine, so that they may drink.
4 “Indeed, what have you to do with Me, Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia? Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, I will return your retaliation upon your own head swiftly and speedily 5 because you have taken My Silver and My Gold, and you have carried My Prized Possessions into your temples. 6 Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem you have sold to the Greeks, so that you may remove them far from their borders. 7 “Behold, I will raise them out of the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your retaliation upon your own head: 8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off. For the Lord has spoken.”
9 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong’.”
11 Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your Mighty Ones to go down there, Lord. 12 Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Yehoshaphat because there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down because the winepress is full, the vats overflow, because their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the Vale of Judgment since the Day of the Lord is near in the Vale of Judgment.
15 The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness. 16 Also, the Lord will roar from Zion and He will utter His Voice from Jerusalem. The Heavens and earth shall shake, but the Lord will be a Shelter for His People, and He will be the Strength of the Children of Israel. 17 So you shall know that I am the Lord your G-d, dwelling in Zion My Holy Mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be Holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”
18 And it will come to pass in that Day that the mountains shall drip with new Wine, the hills shall flow with Milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with Water. A Fountain will flow from the House of the Lord and shall water the Valley of Acacias.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, because they shed innocent blood in their Land; 20 but Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation, 21 because I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed — whom I had not acquitted –because the Lord dwells in Zion.”