So, someone emailed me privately and suggested that each group of people has their own messiah who will lead them to God at the End of Days. Several people have pointed out that the term Mashiach can refer to a gentile king as in the case of Koresh, etc. - something of which I am well aware and which I do not deny.
But, the idea that there will be a Mashiach for Eisav and also one for Yishmael or that the word can apply to any world leader of the day because they are "messianic figures" is not only NOT backed up by Torah sources, it is downright dangerous.
We live in fraught times, so I hope no longer to use this terminology, bl"n, but to use instead the language of the Prayer Book and the Prophets...
Opening Blessing of the Amida Prayer
Blessed are You, Hashem, our God and the God of our forefathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob; the great, mighty, and awesome God, the supreme God, Who bestows beneficial kindnesses and creates everything, Who recalls the kindnesses of the Patriarchs and brings a Redeemer [Goel] to their children's children, for His Name's sake, with love.
Shabbat Pre-Minchah Prayer
'A redeemer [Goel] shall come to Zion and to those of Jacob who repent from willful sin,' the words of Hashem.From now on, bl"n, I will try to substitute Redeemer or Goel [the One] in place of Mashiach [the 'apparently' Many].
Focus on the Bigger Picture - What Is At Stake
Some of my readers may find this extreme, but allow me to paint a scenario for you which may explain more adequately what I see as the problem with multiple Mashiachs at the End of Days.
What better way for the globalists to bring about their New World Order than to bring each group their expected Christ (Yeshu) , Messiah (Moses), Mahdi (Mohammed), etc. and have each one instruct his own group to make peace with the others. Each will be allowed to keep his own religion as long as it accepts "the other" and abandons "extremism" and all will unite together in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, at "The House of Prayer for All Nations."
An explanation for why there is no resulting Gog uMagog War has already been offered. The evil decree was cancelled. We merited to bring redemption early.
Much groundwork has already been laid to facilitate this plan. It is unfortunately very far from being unimaginable. I'm not accusing anyone in particular of consciously or intentionally attempting to plant seeds of doubt in impressionable minds which might cause them to stumble and err should such a scenario ever materialize - God forbid! - but, it could happen subconsciously and unintentionally and the harm would be the same regardless.
I can even give you the "prooftexts" they might use...
For Christians (Luke 9:28-30)
Jesus...took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. (New Testament)For Muslims (Sahih Muslim, 2/58)
... it is clear that Jesus, Moses, Muhammad and all other Prophets (God's peace be upon them all) had one and the same mission. ("Jesus in the Quran," "Jesus Will Return" : Islamicity)
Our Prophet also told us that Jesus will be sent back to earth and related that in that time, which is called "the end of time", there may be a period in which the earth will attain unprecedented peace, justice and welfare.For Jews (Zechariah 4:11- 14)
In Sahih Muslim, it is also stated that the Hadith in which it is said that the Prophet Jesus will descend amongst people at the end of time have reached the degree of being mutawatir, i.e. narrated by so many people in each generation that it is not possible to have any doubt of their authenticity, and that it is counted as one of the major signs of the Day of Rising. (Sahih Muslim, 2/58)
Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?” He replied, “Do you not know what these are?” "No, my lord,” I said. So he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand before the Lord of all the earth.”Some... many... Jews might now buy into the idea that Mohammed is Mashiach Ben Yishmael and Yeshu is Mashiach Ben Eisav because our own prophet references "two anointed ones" and they already misrepresent the Rambam's ideas about the 'value' of Islam and Christianity and how it has paved the way for the world to look for a Messiah.
Recently, Jews have become very chummy with Christians and as a result, they have begun quoting their Christian 'friends' version of "prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes." There is active 'reaching out' to Muslims going on in some Jewish circles as well. 'Rabbi' Yehuda Glick, for one, is actively engaging all sides and is a key advocate for The House of Prayer for All Nations where all religions are represented.
Don't think it can't happen!! We don't know how far Hashem will let this proceed as a test of loyalty to Him before he cuts the evil off. We are all vulnerable unless we cling to HKB"H with all our might and remain steadfast and true to our Torah and Mesorah.
Both Christians and Muslims expect Yeshu to come back to earth from the sky. How hard would it be to simulate this earth-shattering event with current 3D Holographic Technology and how would Jews react to it if the majority of the billions of the world's population believed it? They already believe fake news!
Like Moshe Rabeinu and Aharon HaCohen - Mashiach Ben David and Mashiach Ben Yosef will work in partnership to redeem Am Yisrael, but Mashiach Ben David is the One who will be crowned and known as Goel Yisrael.
Also like Moshe Rabeinu, the Redeemer comes to redeem Yisrael, not the world. As the pasuk says...
'A redeemer [Goel] shall come to Zion and to those of Jacob who repent from willful sin,' the words of Hashem. (Isaiah 59:20)Although, the righteous of the nations, along with all of creation, will certainly benefit from it, the Redeemer comes to fulfill the promise to redeem Yisrael. And again, just like Moshe Rabeinu, there is only One.
You've been warned, so this concludes my remarks on this subject, except for comments below.