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When the Messiah and the redemption come
Visitor D.G. to our web site Wrote:Does the Hebrew Bible predict an apocalyptic end?
No. The prophecies about "the war of Gog and Magog" are found in Ezekiel chapters 38-39 and Zechariah chapter 14. This does not mean a war beteen Gog and Magog. Gog is the name of the king of the nation of Magog. The prophecies say that the nation of Magog will ally with a multitude of other nations to assemble and wage war against a re-established Jewish nation in the land of Israel. These armies led by Gog will be miraculously defeated by Divine plagues, and this will usher in the Messianic Era.

Like any other threatening prophecy from a true prophet, the prophesied negative events can be mitigated or removed if the people who are threatened (in this prophecy, the Jewish people, as well as the other nations of the world) repent and turn back to following their Torah obligations. (See for example the story of the people of Nineveh in the Book of Jonah, who repented and returned to observance of the Seven Noahide Commandments).

Also, the Baal Shem Tov taught that the intensity of the prophesied suffering can be lessoned if G-d spreads out a lesser intensity of suffering over a longer period of time. He said that this is exactly what has happened: the present Jewish exile has lasted about 2000 years, with various degrees of suffering all along the way, and this has taken the place of the short and very intense suffering that would have occurred if the war of Gog and Magog would have taken place earlier as prophesied, G-d forbid. This has been the perspective that has been taken by the Chassidic Rebbes since the time of the Baal Shem Tov. In any event, the present time is called "the footsteps of Moshiach," or the "End of Days," just before the coming of Moshiach (the Messiah, who will be descended from King David). As foretold by the Sages, this is a time of great spiritual and physical difficulty, which must be endured by our generation that is on a very low level of spiritual sensitivity. In our days, we are not able to cling to the service of G-d so much out of great spiritual understanding, as people were capable of in earlier generations, but instead it requires a stubborn resolve. This is exactly the foundation that is capable of receiving the Kingship of G-d, in order to usher in the Messianic Era.

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When the Messiah and the redemption come - by Joachim ben Noach - 05-03-2009, 09:49 PM
RE: When the Messiah and the redemption come - by Director Michael - 01-09-2011, 04:16 PM
RE: Imminent Redemption - by Director Michael - 05-08-2009, 06:22 PM
when moshiach/messiah comes - by sodergard - 10-10-2009, 04:46 AM
RE: when moshiach/messiah comes - by rabbiyitz - 10-11-2009, 02:52 AM
RE: when moshiach/messiah comes - by Daniel2 - 10-15-2009, 10:13 AM
RE: when moshiach/messiah comes - by Daniel2 - 10-28-2009, 10:57 AM
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