23 Tamuz 5777
Our Jewish sources tell us that when Eisav is "up," Ya'aqov is "down." And vice versa. They will never be "up" at the same time. Eisav/Edom/Rome - the Christian world, i.e. Western Civilization today is exemplified best by the United States of America. There are many allusions to the connection between America and Rome like the Pax Americana as just one example. But, that is not the intended subject of this post.
What is most important to all of us anxiously and earnestly looking for the geulah shleimah is the fact that this Empire is in decline, because it means Mashiach is on the way. It is beyond me why Jews and righteous Gentiles alike agree with President Donald Trump's call to "Make America Great Again!" Anyone who says this or agrees with it is saying essentially that he does not want the galut to end; that he does not want to experience redemption!
But, it's not going to happen anyway. America - the West - is on it's way out as also indicated by this unwitting "prophecy."
August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else.And what is this world power, this leading nation of the free world being eclipsed by? The Moon, symbol of Am Yisrael!
...this eclipse will actually cast a “shadow” over the entire nation.
When this event takes place in America, it will be 29 Av (Yom Kippur Katan) on the Hebrew calendar, but in Israel, it will already be Rosh Chodesh Elul - the first of the Forty Days of Awe. According to Space.com the path of totality will be 70 miles wide. [See here for place and time in the US.]
The significance of the Number 70 in relation to this...
...Seventy is a double-sided coin, representing on one hand the ultimate unity, and on the other hand, the epitome of disunity. When Jacob and his household traveled down to Egypt to be with his son, Joseph, the Bible tells us, "All the offspring of Jacob, seventy soul." Not souls, in the plural form, but the singular word—soul. The commentaries explain that the degree of unity among the family members was such that they were as one man, one soul, one drive.
Yet earlier in history, a generation after the great flood in Noah's time, a group had arisen to build a structure that would reach the heavens. They would ascend it and fight G‑d. This became known as the Tower of Babel. As punishment for their rebellion, G‑d planted strife and disagreement among them by causing each to speak a different language and not understand his fellow workers. From the unfinished Tower of Babel, the different languages separated from each other, and formed seventy nations.
When disunity came to the world, it took the form of seventy. When we see a true example of togetherness in the Bible, it takes the form of seventy. It's a number than can be pulled either way, all depending on you.What a description of the United States! United in name, disunited socially and politically. And what a way for HKB"H to get the attention of the entire world right at the beginning of the Days of Repentance. It will be very interesting to see what follows "The Eclipse of America" and what state the world might be in by the time Yom Kippur arrives.