Thursday, December 15, 2016

Rashei Teivot from Sefer Daniel Chapter 8

Daniel Chapter 8 contains the Ketz of עַד עֶרֶב בֹּקֶר, אַלְפַּיִם וּשְׁלֹשׁ מֵאוֹת [Unto two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings] and we explained earlier this year that the current year is very much related to that Ketz, according to my theory.  עיין שם.

Now, earlier in the chapter the vision metaphorically talks about the 4 kingdoms.  Babylonia is gored by the 2-horned ram of Persia and Media.  Then, the ram gets beat by the he-goat of Yavan (Greece), which is split into 4 horns.  Out of 1 of them, comes Rome.  This explanation is explicitly given at the end of the chapter.

Note that the verse that talks about Greece growing and getting split up states the following:

ח  וּצְפִיר הָעִזִּים, הִגְדִּיל עַד-מְאֹד; וּכְעָצְמוֹ, נִשְׁבְּרָה הַקֶּרֶן הַגְּדֹלָה, וַתַּעֲלֶנָה חָזוּת אַרְבַּע תַּחְתֶּיהָ, לְאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת הַשָּׁמָיִם.8 And the he-goat magnified himself exceedingly; and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up the appearance of four horns toward the four winds of heaven.

Note that the words עַד-מְאֹד; וּכְעָצְמוֹ, נִשְׁבְּרָה הַקֶּרֶן spells out the word עמונה (Amona).  It is the only place in the entire Tanach where the word עמונה is spelled out in Rashei Teivot in order (per a sodtorah search).  And it was during the Greek period where we had the miracle of Hanukka.  And on the first day of Hanukka this year, a number of homes from the town of Amona are scheduled to be demolished (היה לא תהיה).

Following the same reasoning, if you look at the earlier verse that talks about Persia:

ג  וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, וָאֶרְאֶה, וְהִנֵּה אַיִל אֶחָד עֹמֵד לִפְנֵי הָאֻבָל, וְלוֹ קְרָנָיִם; וְהַקְּרָנַיִם גְּבֹהוֹת, וְהָאַחַת גְּבֹהָה מִן-הַשֵּׁנִית, וְהַגְּבֹהָה, עֹלָה בָּאַחֲרֹנָה.3 And I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the stream a ram which had two horns; and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.

Note that the words גְּבֹהוֹת, וְהָאַחַת גְּבֹהָה spell out the word גוג (Gog).  It is only one of 14 places in Tanach where we have that combination of Rashei Teivot - and the only one in Sefer Daniel (again, per a sodtorah search).  But not only that, if you take one word prior and one word later, you have וְהַקְּרָנַיִם גְּבֹהוֹת, וְהָאַחַת גְּבֹהָה מִן, which, when rearranged, spells out ומגוג.

So, does this mean that Gog Umagog is scheduled for Purim time?

Time will tell...


At Thu Dec 15, 05:19:00 PM 2016, Blogger Devorah said...

This is great.

At Thu Dec 15, 07:34:00 PM 2016, Blogger Leah said...

At Fri Dec 16, 02:44:00 AM 2016, Blogger thlh s said...

G-d bless.
thanks for this spiritually strengthening explanation. could you pl explain the part on Purim, thanks.

At Fri Dec 16, 09:32:00 AM 2016, Blogger yaak said...

thlh s,

Just like the word עמונה (Amona) is hinted to in the text that refers to the Greek exile (which is when Hanukka occurred, and the destruction of homes in Amona is unfortunately scheduled to be done on Hanukka), the word גוג (Gog) and the word ומגוג (Umagog) are hinted to in the text that refers to the Persian exile (which is when Purim occurred).


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