17 Kislev 5776
According to Sod HaChashmal Kislev 5776, in addition to the GR"A, the Arizal also had a tradition of war between Russia and Turkey signalling the coming of Mashiach...
It is brought in the book 'Tirat Kesef' from HaRav HaGaon Rav Menachem Mendel Krengel, ztz"l, a manuscript from the owner of the book 'Emek HaMelech' what he received in the name of the Arizal: "B'reishit bara Elokim et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz", which makes up the initial letters of...
Ba'avor Rov Elef Shishi Yilchamu Togarmim B'kaisar Rusi, Anshei Anglia L'ezrat Hatogarim Yitzu, Me'anyen Elokeihem Tihiyeh Hamilchamah, Sarei Melech, Ya'azvu Melecham V'ya'azru Et Togarim, Halo Az Romemah Tzion
[I puzzled more than an hour over how to translate this and I'm still not sure, so very roughly Turkey will war with the Russian leader, English people will go out to help them, their God wants the war, ministers of the (Russian) king will abandon him and go to the aid of Turkey, for sure then Tzion will be raised up. - Anyone with a better idea, please post in the comments.]
It's also brought in the book 'Divrei Yosef' that Rav Sherira Gaon did a dream question with regards to Mashiach and they came back to him in a verse from Micah "Asof E'esof Yaakov Kulach Kabetz Ekabetz Shearit Yisrael Yachad" which makes up the initial letters of...
Ashmiacha Sitrei Pela'ot, Orid Ashmid Samkel Pransia, Yilachem Im Karlo B'milchemet, Koach L'akev Kitro, Karlo B'milchemet Tzarav Anaseh Kaisar B'shnat 'צ, Shanah Ashmid Romani Yavani Turkai 'י Shevatim Rosheihem Avi Lachem, Yosef Chever David.
[Same as above: I will voice to you secret wonders, I will remove, I will destroy Samkel Pransia, will fight Karlo (?) in a war, power to hinder his crown, Karlo (?) in his enemy's war, I will test the leader in the 'Tzadee' year, a year I will destroy Rome, Greece, Turkey, ten of their head tribes will bring them (?), Yosef friend David. (?)]
We see that it mentions Pransia which is France in non-Hebrew and also Turkey. And in these days we're hearing about the arousal of war between Turkey and Russia. We already understood from the book 'Orchot Rabeinu' from the Stiepler, we received in our hands from the students of the GR"A in the name of the Gaon: If Russian ships cross the Bosporus Strait (the Dardanelles) you need to dress in Shabbat clothes, to say to you, the hour is close to the coming of Mashiach. And Maran the Stiepler clarified the meaning is that they will conquer the place. And it's also brought in the book 'Klilat Yofi', three prophecies were prophesied in one style, the GR"A, the Holy Jew from Peshischa, and Rabbi Yisrael MiRuzhin, all three said really in one version that in the hour the Russians will enter Turkey we need to dress in holiday clothes in honor of the coming of Mashiach.
[And there's more there, but that's all I have time for now. Anyone want to help?]