Mishkoltz Rebbe: The Gog Umagog War Has Been Moved to Syria
In Rav Fish's latest (p. 9), he quotes the following from the Mishkoltz Rebbe Shlit"a (my translation):
At a tish at the end of the holiday of Simhat Torah, the honorable holy Maran Rebbe of Mishkoltz Shlit"a spoke forcefully about world events: "Whoever merely tries to look truthfully at what is going on around us understands that HKB"H is bringing us toward the revelation of the King Mashiah and toward our Redemption and the redemption of our souls.
"This winter," continued the Rebbe, " there will continue to be uprisings throughout the world - and everything is for Israel's benefit!
"My heart tells me," concluded the Rebbe, "that HKB"H is having mercy on Am Yisrael and despite what the prophets have prophesied - that the Gog Umagog War needs to be within Yerushalayim - nevertheless HKB"H sweetened this and He is currently making it in Syria. And the proof is that it is brought down in Haza"l (Sifri Devarim 1) that the gates of Yerushalayim are destined to reach until Damascus. If that is the case, instead of the war being in Yerushalayim with the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael suffering from it, HKB"H widened Yerushalayim until Damascus in order that the great war will be there - as we currently see that Russia entered with powerful forces into Syria and even China made it known that it is going there - which apparently will cause a Third World War with the US and its neighbors and tremendous bloodshed until they destroy and annihilate each other.
"Remaining for us now is the task to be united among ourselves and to be careful to stay away from arguments and Leshon Hara because the Mashiah is already here and hears everything...
"We also must learn Torah with enthusiasm because Moshe did not want to redeem a nation who were idle from Torah study (as the holy Or Hahayim said in Parshat Tetzaveh). And then we will merit to see powerful miracles and wonders this year with the revelation of our righteous Mashiah by way of open mercy and kindness, Amen Netzah Sela Va'ed!"