Excellent questions, HDG, because right now, what I see is a lot of people thinking this is bringing Mashiach and it might bring a false Mashiach, God forbid, before the real Mashiach arrives.
We have to be extremely careful right now because like the test HKB"H set up for Klal Yisrael with Moshe Rabeinu's "delay" when the Golden Calf was built, we can also expect a similar test in our time in order to rectify that error.
Excerpted from the book Redemption Unfolding by Alexander Aryeh Mandelbaum (2005):
[Quoting Rabbi E. E. Dessler] ...Heretical belief systems based on the greatness of man flood the world, to the point where they have openly declared war on true faith and those who believe in Hashem and His Torah. This is the main thrust of this kingdom [Edom], and, therefore, it is encumbent on us to know that this is the test that Klal Yisroel must overcome.
This is the test that HaShem has propelled us into in the time before Moshiach. ...This is the last, most difficult challenge of the golus. The more we recognize this test with all of its impact, the better we will understand our task - to strengthen ourselves against these physically-based, false beliefs.
Those who stand strong against all the heresy - who, rather than being influenced, bolster their belief in HaShem and do not budge at all from the true dictates of the Torah - will merit to see the full Redemption through Moshiach. To them will be revealed the highest levels of spiritual clarity, a knowledge of real truth - a glimpse of the light of Gan Eden.Another excerpt from the same source...
Chazal (Sanhedrin 98a), with their Ruach HaKodesh, added details to describe the situation of Am Yisroel during the period of Chevlei Moshiach.
"Before those days [before the coming of Moshiach], there will be no salaries for people..., those who travel on the roads shall fear danger.... Even talmidei chachamim shall have no peace during these troubled times. [Rashi: Even talmidei chachamim, who are worthy of extra protection under normal circumstances, shall have no peace because of the immensity of the accusations....] If you see a generation that is becoming poor, wait for him [i.e. Moshiach], for it is written: 'And I shall save a poor nation....' Rav Yochanan said; If you see a generation with many troubles coming to it as a river flows, wait for him [i.e. the Moshiach], as it is written, 'When a narrow river comes, with the Spirit of HaShem ravaging in it... And a redeemer shall come to Zion.'""WAIT FOR HIM" - like we should have waited for Moshe Rabeinu! "And even if he tarries, still we will wait for him."
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