Monday, March 16, 2015

The 3 Anointings For the End of Days

In Pekudei, we read (Shemot 40:9-11):
וְלָקַחְתָּ אֶת-שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה, וּמָשַׁחְתָּ אֶת-הַמִּשְׁכָּן וְאֶת-כָּל-אֲשֶׁר-בּוֹ; וְקִדַּשְׁתָּ אֹתוֹ וְאֶת-כָּל-כֵּלָיו, וְהָיָה קֹדֶשׁ
And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the furniture thereof; and it shall be holy.

וּמָשַׁחְתָּ אֶת-מִזְבַּח הָעֹלָה, וְאֶת-כָּל-כֵּלָיו; וְקִדַּשְׁתָּ, אֶת-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וְהָיָה הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים
And thou shalt anoint the altar of burnt-offering, and all its vessels, and sanctify the altar; and the altar shall be most holy.

וּמָשַׁחְתָּ אֶת-הַכִּיֹּר, וְאֶת-כַּנּוֹ; וְקִדַּשְׁתָּ, אֹתוֹ
And thou shalt anoint the laver and its base, and sanctify it.
The question arises: Why - by the Mishkan and its vessels - does it say that it will be Kodesh, and by the Mizbe'ah, it says it will be Kodesh Kadashim, and by the Kiyor, it doesn't say anything about it being Kodesh?

The Ramban has an answer for the difference between the Mishkan and Mizbe'ah - in that the Mizbe'ah can sanctify anything that goes upon it - but his answer leaves us with another issue (namely, the Torah deeming all the vessels Kodesh Kadashim in 30:29) and still doesn't address why by the Kiyor, no mention is made of it being holy.

Taking a look at the Targum Yonatan on these verses, he seems to say that they refer to the End of Days.  The following is a mixture of what the Targum Yonatan actually says along with my own understanding of what the Targum Yonatan means.

Verse 9, which talks about the Mishkan, which is deemed "Kodesh", refers to the Davidic Dynasty and eventually, MBD, whose sanctification lasts forever.  However, since even a Davidic king may not serve in the Beit Hamikdash (even though he may sit in the Azara), he only reaches the level of Kodesh.

Verse 10, which talks about the Mizbe'ah, and is deemed Kodesh Kadashim, refers to Aharon and his sons, and eventually, Eliyahu, who is identified with Pinhas, who is the Kohen Gadol that will be sent at the End of Days.  He is deemed Kodesh Kadashim since his sanctification lasts forever and is able to serve in the Beit Hamikdash.

Verse 11, which talks about the Kiyor, refers to Yehoshua and eventually, his descendant: MBY, who will defeat Gog and his followers.  Since this sanctification was not destined to last, as Yehoshua himself was the leader only briefly, the Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed and was never supposed to last forever, and MBY himself is prophesied to be killed, it doesn't say at all that it will be Kodesh.

The Peirush Yonatan explains why these verses refer to Mashiah - since the word ומשחת connotes Mashiah.  Also, he says that verse 11 should have said וקדשת אתם (and sanctify THEM) since it was referencing the Kiyor and its base.  Since it says וקדשת אתו, it really refers to something else, namely MBY.

If you start after the ומשחת from verse 9 and start counting words, but counting words with a מקף (hyphen) connecting them as one word, there are 22 words until the end of verse 11, which says וקדשת אתו, as follows:


The word ומשחת has a gematria of 754.  Add the 22 words of these verses following ומשחת and you get 776.


At Mon Mar 16, 04:24:00 PM 2015, Blogger Ronnie Rendel said...

Finally some original Torah from Yaak instead of regurgitated propaganda.

At Mon Mar 16, 04:30:00 PM 2015, Blogger yaak said...


The regurgitated propaganda is easier though. :-) And it keeps the blog going.


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