The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe About the World Situation and 5772
Someone sent me the pdf above which is a scan from a magazine. I think it's the BaKehila magazine, but I'm not sure. I also don't know when it was published. The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe is quoted there, and among other things he says, he says some interesting things about the past, present, and future. I will begin the translation from page 3 of the pdf:
The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe remembers the days of trepidation [during WWII] in the Holyland, and it is logical to say that it was an exciting sight that made waves in its time and for generations.
Shomrei Emunim Rebbe (SER): When the Rasha [Hitler, via Rommel] YM"S announced that within 48 hours he would enter Eretz Yisrael and knock down the stones of the Kotel and until then, his evil work would not have been complete, my father ZT"L sent me to the Maharitz Dushinsky to set up a day of prayer, and indeed, a day of prayer was set up next to the grave of the Or HaHayim Hakadosh.
I stood there not far from the Husiatyn Rebbe and I heard that he said that he saw over the grave - the name of Yud-Kei-Vav-Kei Blessed be He shining brightly, and this is a sign that [Rommel] will not be successful to enter Eretz Yisrael. And this is what occurred. And it's amazing that the elder Rav Shlomke of Zhvil ZY"A said, "I don't know why they're making such noise - he's not going to enter Eretz Yisrael."
The Toldos Avraham Yitzhak Rebbe (TAYR): My grandfather said that at the time of the coming of Mashiah, they will know who expelled the wicked one from Eretz Yisrael.
SER: On 26 Iyyar, 5705, when we were informed about the downfall of the wicked one [Hitler] YM"S, my father ZT"L thought a little and said, "This will be child's play compared to the war to come."
We were amazed to hear his words as we already heard and knew about the vastness of the destruction and we saw that indeed he knew exactly what happened in Europe. On the other hand, how could he say that it was child's play?! When 3 months had passed, on 5 Av, when they sent the atomic bomb over [Hiroshima and Nagasaki] Japan, and that small explosion killed about a quarter million people, then we understood the interpretation of the words.
The next war, which will be nuclear, indeed will shrink in comparison all the awesome wars that came before it. We no longer need a developed example in order to believe that hundreds of millions could die within a number of hours, Hashem should have mercy.
TAYR: For many years already, there has been a difficult situation in the world.
SER: The difficult situation is because people do not want to listen. Is this something sane? For both America and Europe, (Iyov 12:23) "He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them" was fulfilled in them [YY - already mentioned this and the Zohar that follows here] as they became crazy and transfered 85% of their manufacturing to China, and they are all left exhausted, and now, they need to borrow money.
The truth is that this is brought down in the holy Zohar [Va'era 32a] בההוא זמנא יתער עמא חד מסייפי עלמא על רומי חייבא, ויגח בה קרבא תלת ירחין, ויתכנשון תמן עממיא ויפלון בידייהו - [a nation from the end of the earth [namely, China] will wage war against evil Rome and will win]. We see that HKB"H took the world out of its natural course and is conducting it in a supernatural way. Also, what is happening in the Arab countries, we see wonders, but the most wonderous thing is that our community is asleep and doesn't understand. And this is how it was before the war in Europe, where my father ZT"L cried that a destruction is coming [YY - read the beginning of article in the pdf], but people didn't want to listen. The same thing is today - not that there will Has Veshalom be a destruction, but there will be a filtering, and this could happen even within a half-minute, as he brought down there, that they didn't know even one second beforehand.
TAYR: Are they able to do Teshuva at that moment?
SER: Who will have the patience and peace-of-mind to do Teshuva at such a moment? However, Hashem Yitbarach will help that the Jewish people, wherever they live in the world, will be saved, as we know that Eretz Yisrael in the future will spread across all the lands, and probably, Hashem, Who is good, will have mercy upon all of Kelal Yisrael wherever they are.
However, one needs to speak and say over these things, as the Abravanel writes that he requested from the leaders of his generation that they should speak and wake up the world with these matters of the War of Gog Umagog and the coming of Mashiah, as this will bring the Redemption closer. And the Baal Shem Tov ZY"A said about [the Abravanel] that he had the soul of Mashiah, and he said that at the time of the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, if the Jewish people would have made Aliya to Eretz Yisrael, the Abravanel would have been the King Mashiah because he had the lineage until King David A"H, but because they did not make Aliya to Eretz Yisrael, the decrees of 5408 and 5409 were caused, and who knows what else happened.
I am not one who calculates the Ketz, but I said that the gematria of the verse (Zecharia 14:7) וְהָיָה לְעֵת-עֶרֶב, יִהְיֶה-אוֹר ["but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light"] the gematria of לעת ערב is 772 [YY - also mentioned here by Rav Fish,] as in this year, we will already see the light, and the verse (Yeshaya 60:20) כִּי יְהוָה, יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ לְאוֹר עוֹלָם ["for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light"] shall be fulfilled. However, we need to awaken the community that they should not sleep or slumber. The world is teetering and we are sleeping.