Mashiach is coming

 

For thousands of years we’ve been waiting for Mashiach to come. From the first day of creation we knew that Mashiach will complete the Tikun (the fixing) of the world. For so many years we have been praying for the redemption thinking and hoping it will come already. After waiting for so long, some are already starting to give up (Chos Ve’Shalom). The truth is that we always knew more or less when Mashiach is coming, just that the sages who knew choose (Wisely) not to reveal when, so we won’t fall into despair.

There are dozens of sources showing the time Mashiach has to come. Of course non of them are showing exactly the date, but they are showing the era and and the timeframe. One must remember that the coming of Mashiach can come in two periods. the first is ‘At it’s time‘ what is called ‘Be’eta’ (בעתה) – at the time G-od as chosen. The second option is called ‘Achishena’ (אחישנה) – which means ‘I will make it come faster’ – that option can happen if the Jews repent (Do Teshuvah) and have enough merits to bring the redemption faster.

In this page we will show many of the sources that are showing the time of the redemption and the time of the coming of Mashiach and also many sources that explain topics and concepts of the era of Mashiach. NOTE: the page is not complete, we are loading everyday more text

Below are a few videos that are highly recommended to watch that explains more about the coming of Mashaich

 

 

 

 

 

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The sources below are not in order

1) Where is Mashiach mentioned in the Scriptures?

The Scriptures are replete with messianic quotes in Deuteronomy 30:1 – Devarim, Parashat Nitzavim

And it will be, when all these things come upon you the blessing and the curse which I have set before you that you will consider in your heart, among all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you

וְהָיָה כִי יָבֹאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הַבְּרָכָה וְהַקְּלָלָה אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ וַהֲשֵׁבֹתָ אֶל לְבָבֶךָ בְּכָל הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הִדִּיחֲךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ שָׁמָּה

 

Moses prophesies that, after the Jews have been scattered to the four corners of the earth, there will come a time when they will repent and return to Israel, where they will fulfill all the commandments of the Torah. The gentile prophet Balaam prophesies that this return will be led by Mashiach (Numbers 24:17–20) Click here to read the Scriptures

Jacob refers to Mashiach by the name Shiloh in Genesis 49:10 – Bereshit, Parashat Vayechi

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the student of the law from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to him will be a gathering of peoples.

לֹא יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו עַד כִּי יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּים

 

The term “End of Days” is taken from Numbers 24:14 – Bamidbar, Parashat Balak. This has always been taken as a reference to the messianic era.

And now, I am going to my people. Come, I will advise you…what this people will do to your people at the end of days.

וְעַתָּה הִנְנִי הוֹלֵךְ לְעַמִּי לְכָה אִיעָצְךָ אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה הָעָם הַזֶּה לְעַמְּךָ בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים

 

Another prophecy by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15 – Devarim, Parashat Shoftim

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen

נָבִיא מִקִּרְבְּךָ מֵאַחֶיךָ כָּמֹנִי, יָקִים לְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: אֵלָיו, תִּשְׁמָעוּן

 

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Joel and Hosea all refer to the messianic era. (For full references, you can find in the book Moshiach by Rabbi Dr. J. I. Schochet.) will be loaded here shortly

It is interesting to note that the wall of the United Nations Building in New York is inscribed with the quote from Isaiah (11:6), “And the wolf shall lie with the lamb.” Furthermore, it is clear from the prophets, when studied in their original Hebrew, that Mashiach is a Jewish concept, and his coming will entail a return to Torah law, firmly ruling out any “other” messianic belief. What Is the Jewish Belief About Mashiach? Read here

 

 

2) In the Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 97/a (סנהדרין צז א) it says:

אמר רב קטינא: שית אלפי שני הוו עלמא וחד חרוב, שנאמר (ישעיהו ב) ונשגב ה` לבדו ביום ההוא, אביי אמר: תרי חרוב, שנאמר (הושע ו) יחיינו מיומיים ביום השלישי יקמנו ונחיה לפניו, תניא כותיה דרב קטינא: כשם שהשביעית משמטת שנה אחת לשבע שנים, כך העולם משמט אלף שנים לשבעת אלפים שנה, שנאמר ונשגב ה` לבדו ביום ההוא, ואומר (תהלים צב) מזמור שיר ליום השבת – יום שכולו שבת. ואומר: (תהלים צ) כי אלף שנים בעיניך כיום אתמול כי יעבור

Translation

Rabbi Kattina said:Six thousand years shall the world exist, and one [thousand, the seventh], it shall be desolate, as it is written in the book of Isaiah chapter 2/11 (ישעי׳ה ב/יא) ‘And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day’.

Rabbi Abbaye said:it will be desolate two [thousand], as it is said, After two days will he revive us: in the third day, he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. learning it from the verse in the book of Hosea chapter 6, the ‘two days’ meaning two thousand years.

It has been taught in accordance with R. Kattina: Just as the seventh year is one year of release in seven, so is the world: one thousand years out of seven shall be fallow, as it is written, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day,’ and it is further said

He then quotes a verse in Tehilim (Psalms of David) chapter 92 that says: מזמור שיר ליום השבת ‘A Psalm and song for the Sabbath day’ meaning the day that is altogether Shabbat, a day of rest, referring to the seventh thousand of the 7000 years of creation. He then quotes another verse in Tehilim (Psalms of David) chapter 90/4 that says: כי אלף שנים בעיניך כיום אתמול כי יעבור – ‘One thousand years (of us humans) on your (G-ods) eyes are like 1 day.

The Tanna debe Eliyyahu teaches: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation, two thousand years the Torah flourished, and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era. (I.e., Messiah will come within that period.)

 

Explanation

There are four (4) explanations to the above G’mara.

1) The desolation in the seventh millennium will be so perfect that it will bring the creation to it’s original state, called Toho Va’vohu (תוהו ובוהו ) and to complete nothingness, exactly how it was before the world was created. This is explained in the Ramban scripts Part 1 page 188 (כתבי הרמב”ן ח”א עמ’ קפח) and also at the Ha’sagot Hara’abad (Rabbi Avraham Ben David) Chapter 3 Laws of Teshuvah (השגות הראב”ד פ”ג מהלכות תשובה ה”ח). This is going to be at the last moment of the end of the six thousand year. The entire creation, the heavens and the earth will reach it’s purpose it was created for in the 6 days of creation and since it will reach it’s purpose there will be no need for it anymore and therefor will be desolated.

A different opinion says that there will no desolation at all and the meaning of Rabbi Kattina’s words is that the Yetzer Harah (evil inclination) will be destroyed as the power of impurity will be eradicated and the physical filth of the earth will seize to exist. this is said by Rabbi Yosef Caro in the Maggid Meisharim Parashat Vayakhel. Going by this opinion, that there will be no desolation at all, all sages agree that this part of the world is intended to Tzadikim (Righteous people) that will be resurrected in the resurrection of the dead (Techiyat Hametim) and it’s purpose is to enjoy unbelievable pleasure that has no end. Rabbeinu Behaye (רבינו בחיי) says (in Parashat Behar and Parashat Bereshit) the souls will be covered with bodies and a different opinion says they will have a different type of garment, similar to what the archangels (Malachei Elyon מלאכי עליון) have, a holy and pure garment.

Another way of explaining the desolation comes from the Midrash in a book called Beit Habechira La'me'eri (בית הבחירה למאירי)

The ‘one thousand’ years of destruction is not referring to the seventh millennium, rather to one of the six millenniums that will be in it serious calamity, trouble and confusion and that will be the last of the sixth and that means the six millennium. To this opinion it seems that the majority of the desolation has passed already as we are at the end of the six millennium.

Rabbeinu Behaye (רבינו בחיי) says (in Parashat Behaalotecha 10/35 (י, לה) in the book of Bamidbar – Numbers) and also Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbanel (ר”י אברבנאל) in his book ‘Mifalot Elohim‘ 7/3 (ז, ג) – they both say, that there will be a complete desolation, but it will not be in the seventh millennium, rather in the jubilee, which is in the 50th millennium. And till then every seventh millennium the world will go through a partial desolation, till there will be seven sabbaticals and after all them the world will go back to Tohu Vavohu (תוהו ובוהו) as it was before the world was created.

 

2) Rambam (Maimonides) in his book ‘Moreh Nevochim‘ Part 2, Chapter 29 (מורה נבוכים לרמב”ם ח”ב פכ”ט) says Rabbi Kattina’s opinion is not accepted by other Tannaim and Amoraim.

3) The Rashba (Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet) in his Q&A Part 1 Siman 9 (שו”ת הרשב”א ח”א סימן ט) says the opposite of Ramban, that no one in the Talmud (both Tannaim and Amoraim) disagrees with Rabbi Kattina’s opinion, therefore Rabbi Kattina’s opinion is valid.

4) Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbanel (ר”י אברבנאל) disagrees with the Rashba and Rambam and says that Rabbi Kattina’s opinion is not accepted by the Tannaim and Amoraim that say that the length of the day of Mashiach (ימות המשיח) are different. Some say 40 years, some say 70 years, some say 365 and some say 7000 and more…, but the Tannaim and Amoraim and don’t think that agree with Rabbi Kattina’s opinion.

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