Tisha b'Av 5773
In Eichah, we read, at the end of chapter 4:
"Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, who dwells in the land of Utz; upon you also shall the cup pass, you shall become drunk and vomit. [The punishment of] your iniquity is complete, O daughter of Zion; He will no longer send you into exile; [but] your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, He shall punish - He will reveal your sins."
This is quite a prophetic statement by Yirmiyahu since his lamentation was describing his eye-witness account of the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchudnezzar's invading Babylonian forces. And here he is talking about Edom, otherwise known as Rome, the destroyer of the Second Temple and the ruling Empire of the World until the coming of Mashiach Tzidkeinu.
This has a very great bearing on the consciousness of THIS generation as we begin to see the fulfillment of these concluding prophecies in our lifetimes.
The fall of Saddam Hussein and the destruction of Iraq in our time fulfilled Yirmiyahu's predictions about Babylon's ultimate destiny in which he specified:
"...For behold I am arousing and bringing up upon Babylon an alliance of great nations from the north land, and they shall set themselves in array against her,.... Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, all you who bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrow, for she has sinned against the Lord. Shout against her all around; she gave her hand, her foundations have fallen, her walls are torn down, for it is the Lord's vengeance; wreak vengeance upon her: as she did, do to her. ... Behold I visit retribution upon the king of Babylon and upon his land,... the vengeance of the Lord our God, the vengeance of His Temple." (Yirmiyahu, chapter 50)
Our tradition tells us that at the End of Days, Hashem will bring back all those who fought against Israel to receive their punishment. Saddam Hussein reportedly believed that he was a reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, so much so that he had coins issued with Nebuchadnezzar's image side by side with his own.
If Hashem took His vengeance upon 'Babylon' for the destruction of His Holy Temple, will He not also requite Rome/Edom at this time? Well, that is exactly what Yirmiyahu is telling us in Eichah.
Yesterday, I reposted a previous essay about Tisha b'Av being the Jewish 9/11, adding to it a feeble attempt to convey the destruction in terms of what it would have meant for America if she had suffered the fate of Jerusalem. However, it does not compare to the following description given by one of the current events blogs of what a "currency collapse" in America (the present incarnation of Rome) would look like:
...Generally, when the currency collapses, a stock market crash is right on its heels. Because of the repeal of Glass-Steagall, a banking collapse will immediately occur following the collapse of the stock market. Your life savings will be wiped out. From this point on, the effect cascades like a roaring tsunami racing across the open ocean.
Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated that gas stations will be bone dry within two days following a complete collapse. Subsequently, commerce will not move. If you are on vacation like I presently am, you may not make it home. On the second day following a currency collapse, being on the road will be a risky endeavor because of other desperate motorists.
With no available fuel, the grocery and drug stores will be empty within one to three days. There will be no food to be had except for that which is decaying in your refrigerator and that in which you can beg, borrow and steal from your neighbors who will also be begging, borrowing and stealing. If you have an adequate food and water supply, you better have an adequate gun and ammo supply in order to defend your assets. And when will you sleep? The protection of your critical assets is a 24/7 proposition. Therefore, having a cooperative survival plan is critical.
Without gas, people will stop going to work. Corporations will disappear overnight. Hurricane Katrina showed America that the police cannot be expected to stay on the job more than 48-72 hours as they will be home protecting their families and foraging for food and water like everyone else. The emergence of former police gangs will become common in an effort to secure the products which will ensure survival. Therefore, when your home is under attack, there will nobody to call. Everyone will be on their own.
The elderly and the chronically ill will be the first to die. Too old to defend their assets, the elderly will find themselves overpowered as they will make easy preys of opportunity for the roving gangs. The chronically ill will have no way to procure their medication and even if they survive the looting rampage which will follow a currency collapse, these poor souls will perish without access to their life-sustaining prescriptions.
The money in your wallet will be useless. Cell phones will not work. Heating and air conditioning will not work either and depending on the time of year, the environment could prove deadly to untold numbers of people.
Water treatment plants will stop operating for the same reasons that you will not be able to find a cop during this crisis nobody will be manning the water treatment plants. Toilets will back up and diseases will spread like wildfire. Something as simple as toilet paper will become a prized commodity. There will be no trash pickup and more disease will result due to the increased rodent population.
Clean drinking water and hunger will become the dominant motivator in society. Roving bands of looters, turned murderers, will sweep through neighborhoods seeking to obtain these critical elements of survival. Young women will sell themselves for a can of food for their children. Society will see the widespread loss of human dignity and self-respect.
Infanticide and euthanasia of the weak will become common events because there will be decided efforts to reduce the amount of mouths to feed. There will be the stark realization that the lights are not coming back on and the ensuing sense of hopelessness will lead to murder-suicides within families and simple incidences of suicide will be used as a means to escape the horrendous circumstances.
There will come a time when all the available animals will be devoured and then there will be only one place to turn to for food. History shows that cannibalism will set in by the beginning of the third week. Extreme hunger will lead to humans hunting humans as an available food supply. This will begin to occur within 15-20 days following the currency collapse.
It is chillingly parallel to the tragedies and atrocities mentioned in Eichah - midah k'neged midah. I think Yirmiyahu left us a clue to the timing of this event - "He shall punish - He will reveal your sins." Does WIKILEAKS ring a bell? Does EDWARD SNOWDEN ring a bell?
The article concludes with:
"It is not a matter of if we are going to have a currency collapse, it is when. And the when is much sooner than later. It could happen tomorrow, next month and even next year. We do not have two years left in the American economic engine."
Jews in the West, take heed. Judgment Day is here!
IS AMERICA A NEW ROME?