11 July 2016

Transitioning from "Phase 1" to "Phase 2" of the Geulah

6 Tamuz 5776

I found something interesting in an Aish.com article written by Rabbi Pinchas Winston back in 2001. Most of you can probably recall Rabbi Winston's explanation of the messianic timetable as follows...
  • The world is destined to exist for 6000 years.
  • Techiyat HaMeitim (resurrection of the dead) must begin no later than 210 years prior to the year 6000 or 5790. (Some say 214 years.)
  • Preceding this will be 40 years of ingathering the exiles or 5750-5790.
That year was 1990, which saw the final remaining wall barring Jews from entering Eretz Yisrael fall with the collapse of the Soviet Union. And I can attest as well, that even for converts, 1990 was a pivotal year. For my family and at least one other that I know, this was the year we actually started on the path to conversion. It was as if a switch was flipped somewhere and everything changed.

When Rabbi Winston wrote his article there were "only" 29 years left in this era, but today it is only 14 years! That does not mean 14 years until Mashiach comes, God forbid, it means 14 years to finish all that still needs to be done with as well as without Mashiach.

What really intrigued me in this article was something I don't recall ever hearing before. I quote:
The transference from Phase One of the ingathering to Phase Two signals the Final Redemption under the leadership of Moshiach ben Dovid. When exactly this will happen is the big question mark in Jewish history, and the subject of many trial calculations and controversy.
However, the Zohar (Bereishit 118a) says that just as the actual birth of a child becomes increasingly obvious with time, so, too, will Moshiach's arrival eventually become so obvious that even a school child will be able to make the calculation.
What is important to us is that as the moment of transition from Phase One to Phase Two approaches, one can expect miracles to become increasingly more obvious, free will to become increasingly reduced, and world history to become increasingly more precarious.
So, this is what we are watching for. As someone who believes that Nibiru exists and is going to pass our planet leaving catclysmic changes in its wake, this would appear to be the transition-marking event, perhaps a parallel to Yam Suf for this generation. The "Planet of Crossing" - crossing over from this reality to a new reality. On one side Mashiach is hidden and so is Hashem, but on the other side, is revelation and renewal.

We know from the source in the Zohar that the "star" is supposed to be visible for forty days. What better forty-day period than the traditional Forty Days of Awe from Rosh Chodesh Elul -the traditional month of repentance - through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - the traditional time of Judgment? We will then have entered into the Hebrew year 5777 - three sevens, the number of completion. Will Ben David be revealed at the very close of the "motzaei shvi'it" year so as to give mankind the longest possible opportunity for teshuvah

This is speculation on my part, but we only have eight weeks until we know for sure. Time grows very short indeed. Make the most of it!