02 April 2020

Getting Ready to Greet Mashiach - It's Not Easy and It's Not Simple

8 Nisan 5780

Yesterday, I wrote: "With full acknowledgement that Hashem is in control of everything in His world, there are things which are perpetrated by human beings, like the Holocaust for example, that HKB"H, for His own reasons, allows to happen."

To clarify that statement further, there is no question in my mind that HKB"H has sent the coronavirus.  The only question in my mind is whether He sent it directly, like the plagues of Egypt?  Or did He appoint human emissaries to carry it out?  As the prophet Zechariah (1:14-15) tells us.... 
Call out, saying, 'Thus said Hashem, Master of Legions:  I have become zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion, a great zeal; and I am wrathful, a great wrath against the complacent nations, who, when I became slightly wrathful, augmented the evil.  
[Commentary]  When I decreed that a nation be a "rod of punishment" for My people, they exceeded their mandate and magnified the ordained punishment many times over.
Quoting from the book Redemption Unfolding by Alexander Aryeh Mandelbaum (Feldheim Publishers):
In the Torah it states (Devorim 21:29):  "And this trouble has befallen you, in the End of Days, for you shall do evil in the eyes of HaShem to anger him."
In reference to the troubles of Chevlei Moshiach, the prophet Zecharya said (Zecharya 13:9):  "And I shall bring one third into fire, and I shall refine them as one refines silver, and I shall assay them as one assays gold." 
The Malbim comments:  'And I shall bring' - the third of Klal Yisroel that remains at the End of Days will suffer yissurim - fire - to refine and separate them from the dross; 'and I shall refine them' - to remove the dross; 'and I shall assay them' - after their purification, HaShem will assay them a second time, to see if they have been purified as they should have been.  This is the same way one processes gold, which is smelted and refined more than silver, until only pure gold remains.  We learn from here that HaShem will allow only those who are completely righteous (tzaddikim gemurim) to live and merit the Final Redemption.
...It is written in the Zohar, that Chevlei Moshiach will be divided into two separate periods: a period of seventy years... and a period of nine months...In the last nine months of the golus, the troubles shall greatly increase, and, at the end of this period, there will be a great fear, and then the Moshiach will be revealed.
Is what we are experiencing now the "great fear" or is this just the beginning of the nine months with the prophesied "great fear" yet to come at Chanukah 5781?  We may yet look back on this time and say it wasn't as bad as it could get.  But, I really pray this really is the end of the nine months with Pesach 5780!

From Rabbi Pinchas Winston's commentary on Parashat Vayakhel-Pekuday... 
...Redemption is not a door you just walk through. It is one you have be READY to walk through.
Therefore, God increased the slavery of the Jews before the exodus. The time for redemption had come, they had not been ready, and the increased slavery made up for the difference. Therefore, God sent Haman in Mordechai’s and Esther’s time. The time for redemption had come, the Jewish people had not been ready, so God sent Haman to speed things up.

The end is near. Exactly which one, nobody is really quite sure. Personally, based upon what I have seen and worked out, I think the final one. Yes, I know, that sounds too good (or bad) to be true. But that’s what I believe, especially since today’s “Haman” is a global one. It is affecting so many Jews and their ability to get to Eretz Yisroel.

If ever our choices have mattered, it has been over the last few decades. But if this is truly the end, and it should be a glorious one and one we can enjoy, then the choices we make today count the most. Four-fifths of the Jewish people died in the plague of darkness, because they made a very wrong last-minute decision. The Talmud expects a similar scenario at the end of days as well.

Look past the headlines. Look at the Torah’s version of history. Make the right choices. It is those that will separate you out to the side of good, or, God forbid, to the side of bad.


  1. Thanks for the post.
    I truly hope that we are at the end of the 9 month period. From reading the message from Binyamin Goldin - autistic - it seems that we are at the beginning of it...May Hashem have unprecedented Rachmanus on all of us now.

    1. Yes, if you believe what Daniel says, the release of the virus was orchestrated by the top three nations - China, Russia and the US. It was meant to facilitate and cover the disappearance of millions of people who have been chosen to go into bunkers and survive the passage of the star (Nibiru) and who intend on creating a new world on the other side of that catastrophe. [See the movie 2012.] It was also meant to be the scapegoat for the collapse of the world economy (along with whoever gets the blame for spreading it) and make it possible to control the crash in order to preserve public order as long as possible. That's why they don't care if life can return to normal after the virus abates because that was never going to happen anyway. Daniel gave his message just before Rosh Chodesh Adar. Counting from just after Purim when we started getting locked down, nine months brings us to Hanukah 5781 which Daniel claims will be the calm before the star. Our sages say there will be a further 45 days which will culminate in the war of gog umagog and will be the worst period following the end of nine months. That does correspond to both the disasters expected to accompany the star (if you still buy into that) and the prophesied punishment Hashem metes out to the nations during Gog uMagog. So Daniel expects us to swing from one horrible thing to another for the next nine months [see the description of the phases of sifting of the righteous in the above blog post] and then in early 2021, we'll know for sure who is Mashiach and the messianic era will begin thereafter. So like the year of plagues in Egypt before we went out in glory.

      If we are fortunate enough to survive, I guess we'll see.

    2. (with thanks to YK)

      You know how Yom Kippurim is a day "like Purim"? And how in the future Purim will be the main holiday and the others won't be celebrated hardly at all? Well, do you remember what the last holiday was that we got to celebrate in full?

      And if everything culminates after Chanukkah the next holiday that we should be able to fulfill completely would be....


    3. Purim is Forever

      Our Sages teach that when the Messiah arrives the festivals will cease to be observed, but Purim will continue to be observed. The Midrash (Mishlei 9) derives this unusual conclusion from a statement in Megillat Esther, (9:28) “the memory of Purim will never cease from among their descendants.”

      Purim and Yom Kippur: An Odd Couple?

    4. The Autists don't have prophecy. And even our prophets in the past didn't have absolutely clear vision. If the autists do have some kind of spiritual connection that lends them foreknowledge, the "star" could actually be our start, the sun. And it's passing could be the micronova wave passing over the earth...
      - The Original Me

  2. A mighty storm struck on the first night of Succot last year destroying many succot and preventing many from performing
    the great mitzvah of ושמחת בחגך.
    Therefore we can now recalibrate to realize that all THIS was alreadt decried on Rosh Hashanah(for the whole world) and sealed on Yom Hakipurim, yet we were only made aware of THIS! last month and still in the month of Adar when we are told to increase Joy and don masks on a days like Purim, Yomim kaPurim.

    Also we normally interpret the הסטרת פנים as Hashem yis.turning away His Face רח"ל but rather He has not. Maybe it means somehow that He dons a mask!
    Therefore despite all appearances if we could celebrate Pesach with great Joy! It would show great faith because there is no greater Faith than to proceed with rue שמחה in our holiday even in times of adversity.

  3. Moshe was born 3 mos early, no? And in its time I will Hasten it, says H".

  4. Coincidence? No such thing.

    CEO Departures Begin 2020 at Record Pace

    The number of U.S. chief executive officers who lost or left their jobs in January set a monthly record of 219, more than any other month since outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas began tracking the data in 2002. The previous record was 172 departures in October of last year.

    Groupon's CEO and COO just stepped down, joining a slew of executive departures in 2020, including Bill Gates, who is leaving the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway

    CEO departures on pace for a record year
    Chief executives are leaving their posts at a record pace this year.

    CEO departures hit a record high for the year this month [Oct 2019] with 1,160 U.S. based companies announcing CEO exits through September,....

    1. The CEO's are bailing because they all know the economy is going to tank like a rock now and they want to get their fat cash payouts while the companies have the money.

    2. The two months hen CEOs left in "record numbers" were Oct 2019 and Jan 2020. The stock market hit its highest ever value at the end of Feb 2020. So you're saying they all knew in advance that the stock market was going to lose 10,000 points?

      PS: Pay attention to the details. No one ever said or even implied "collision" so why did you?

  5. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-test-kits-contaminated-covid-19-a4403021.html Coronavirus testing kits heading to the UK found to be contaminated with Covid-19

  6. Leah? That's insane!!!! Truly insane. Those tests are placed in the nasal airway. It's direct transmission!

  7. The dollar god is its final death throes.

    "...With large portions of America under lockdown to try to contain the scourge, job losses for the world’s biggest economy could double to 20 million, and unemployment could spike to as high as 15% by the end of the month, many economists have said. Unemployment in the U.S. hasn’t been that high since the tail end of the Depression, just before the U.S. entered World War II..."


    Hate to be a downer but war is coming. A big war. Uncle Samkiel will do anything to jumpstart the it's economy and keep dollar supremacy. Covid19 or not Covid19. Historically this means a war. Rashavelt did it and so many other US presidents.

    Iran? China? Russia? All three? who will get the hammer of the US military industrial complex? Will it start in the south China sea? Iraq/Iran border? Syria? Eastern Europe?