Days of Ikveta Dimshiha and the Wars of Gog Umagog - Part 1 of 2
A few days ago, I linked to an article that was included in a special supplement to Rav Fish's Sod HaHashmal newsletter that showed how we are already in the middle of the Gog Umagog War. I am not sure who authored this, but I decided that the article is important enough to translate. The email address of the author is found at the end of the original article.
Behold, we see that all the signs and promises that were said in Haza"l before the coming of Mashiah Tzidkeinu they were almost all fulfilled. And we don't have a day whose curse is not worse than the day before it, and Kelal Yisrael is suffering many troubles and tribulations, and it is without a doubt that our days are Ikveta Dimshiha. And these troubles and tribulations were included in the words of Haza"l with the name of "The birthpangs of Mashiah" as they have the aspect of the birthpangs of a woman who, before birth, suffers a great deal. Similarly, before the coming of Mashiah, there need to be troubles - which are called, "The birthpangs of Mashiah."And also Maran the Rosh Yeshiva Maran Hagaon Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach ZYA"A, in a letter about the state here in the Land of Israel, wrote the following:
The essence of the foundation of the state and its existence as it is, even though it is clear that it came about from Divine Providence, but according to what Haza"l gave over to us at the end of Messechet Sotah what will occur during Ikveta Dimshiha - all of it was fulfilled - nothing is missing. And the books of the Hafetz Hayim ZTVK"L are full of this - they were all fulfilled with the leadership of the state and with its laws.And there is a tradition from Maran the Hafetz Hayim about the Gog Umagog War that according to it, we are now at the end of the era of Ikveta Dimshiha and we therefore need to prepare for the coming of Mashiah. This is based on what is known that at the time of the Gog Umagog War, the nations of the world will fight against each other until Mashiah Tzidkeinu will be revealed and then, all the nations will unite to fight against him. And this is like what King David said in the second chapter of Tehillim: "Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain? The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed." And Haza"l in Berachot 10a expound this verse to refer to the Gog Umagog War. And it's written in the words of the prophets that then the nations of the world will attempt to go up to Yerushalayim and fight there, and then HKB"H will take revenge against them for what they did to the nation of Israel throughout the generations, as is explained in the prophet Yehezkel 38-39. And similarly writes the Leshem (Sha'arei HaLeshem, vol. 2, siman 11, bayit 2):
And behold after the coming of Mashiah, great wars will be awakened against Israel, and those are the Wars of Gog Umagog that are mentioned in Yehezkel and Zecharia...And Maran the Mashgiah Rav Eliyahu Lopian ZTVK"L said in one of his lectures the following (see Lev Eliyahu at the end of Parashat Yitro):
I heard in London from Rav Elchonon Wasserman ZT"L, who said in the name of the Hafetz Hayim ZTVK"L, that Haza"l say that the Gog Umagog War will occur 3 times, and then, it was after WWI (in that period that the Hafetz Hayim said these words to Rav Elchonon Wasserman ZT"L HY"D). And the Hafetz Hayim said that this war (WWI) was the first Gog Umagog War and approximately 25 years later, there will be world war - a second war in which the first war will be like nothing in relation to it. And afterwards, there will be a third Gog Umagog War. [And, as it says] it is a time of trouble unto Jacob, but out of it shall he be saved.
And we see how Maran the Hafetz Hayim ZYA"A saw with his Ru'ah Hakodesh since these words he said at the end of WWI, which was the year 5678, and if we count from then 25 years, we reach the time which was WWII (the Holocaust). And the words that he said dozens of years prior were fulfilled as if he were a prophet. And also what he said that the first war would be like nothing compared to the next war were also fulfilled (Rahmana Litzlan) in the terrible Holocaust. And it's also known that Maran the Hafetz Hayim in those years warned that not simple times at all were coming upon Kelal Yisrael. And they asked him where the safest place will be. And he answered on this the verse "But in mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy." And we see how far Maran the Hafetz Hayim saw with his Ru'ah Hakodesh and knew matters that are among the secrets of the world.
And as we know, in these years, 70 years have passed from the end of the end of WWII (the Holocaust) which ended in the end of the year 5705, and that was the second part of Gog Umagog. And one who contemplates the events that are occurring today in the world will see that we are in the third part of Gog Umagog which is the last part of Gog Umagog, wherein Mashiah Tzidkeinu will be revealed. And then all the nations will come against him and try to capture Yerushalayim as is written in the words of the prophets in Yehezkel and Zecharia since since as it's known, in these years, there are great wars by the children of Yishmael in the Arab countries which are Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, etc., which are called in the words of Haza"l "Children of Yishmael". And many presidents who forcefully ruled in their countries fell via the people from their own countries like in Yemen and in Libya, where the president who ruled uncontested was deposed from his seat and was brought out to be executed via his own countrymen. And especially the ISIS organization captured and rules over large parts of those countries. And from the strongest countries in the world - the US, Russia, and other countries of the Xtian faith - are joining those great wars that are in the area of the children of Yishmael and are killing there unmercifully and are trying to wipe out the ISIS organization who is trying to rule over the Arab countries, and by doing so, they are killing tens of thousands in these Arab countries. As a result of this, the children of Yishmael - the Arabs and extremist terror organizations - are going and executing many terror attacks in the area of the children of Edom (who are the Xtian countries today), and every so often, we hear of another large terror attack that the children of Yishmael executed in all types of places in the countries that hold the Xtian faith.
And in the words of Haza"l and the prophets, it is explained that the Gog Umagog War will be between the children of Edom (Xtians) and the children of Yishmael (the Arabs today) and this is how the Zohar describes (Va'era 32a) the war that precedes the Redemption:
And the children of Yishmael (the Arabs today) are destined to awaken strong wars in the world. And the children of Edom (America, Russia, and other Xtian countries) will gather against them and wage war against them...And these words are being fulfilled today in a clear way as we mentioned earlier. And in the continuation of the words of the Zohar, it is written there that then, HKB"H will be awakened against them as the verse says "for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah". And it is also written in the prophecies of Daniel 11:40: "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind..." And the Malbim explains there that the nations of Gog Umagog from the Xtian faith will come into the lands of the children of Yishmael and will fight there. And in verse 41, it says: "and many countries shall be overthrown" and the Malbim there explains that in many countries from the land of the east, i.e. those countries to the east of the Land of Israel, where Syria, Iraq and other Ishmaelite countries are found, will be overthrown and too weak to stand before him.
And as is known, now there are complete cities throughout Syria that were totally destroyed by Russia who are among the nations of Gog Umagog and from the children of Edom, and there were already killed there over a half million citizens in the last few years while millions of people fled their homes with only the clothes on their bodies. And the bombings and mass killings that the Russians did there in recent years until today has not been seen in the world since WWII. And in those verses, it says that the nations of Gog Umagog will also try to capture the Land of Israel at that time and "there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time". And the words that are written here in the prophecy of Daniel that will occur in the End of Days are being fulfilled today in exact form - since the nations of Gog Umagog from the children of Xtianity (which is what the Malbim on Yehezkel 32:17 writes that Gog, the president of Meshech and Tuval is from the lands of the North and the West and they are uncircumcised and Meshech and Tuval are children of Yefet and live in Europe like Josephus said) who are today Russia, America, and the rest of European countries and they mercilessly kill the children of Yishmael in Syria and Iraq who are the nations of the east.
And also in Parashat Balak, where, as is known, Balak requested from Bil'am, who was a prophet and knew supernal knowledge, to curse the nation of Israel, Bil'am prophesied 4 prophecies about the nation of Israel. And the 4th prophecy is in regard to the days of Mashiah as is explained in Rashi and Ramban and other commentaries there. And in 24:24, which is one of the final verses of the 4th prophecy, Bil'am prophesied about the final war that will occur, wherein Mashiah Tzidkeinu will be revealed. And one who delves into that verse will clearly see that the words of Bil'am in that verse are being fulfilled currently clearly in the great wars that are in the Arab countries, and especially in Syria and Iraq. In that verse, Bil'am says: "But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, and they shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall come to destruction." And Rashi explains that large ships will come from Rome, which, as is known today, all Xtian countries, which are Russia, America, and other Xtian countries, are called "Rome" as they perpetuate the faith of Xtianity which started in Rome. And in the prophecy of Daniel, it is explained that the kingdom of Rome will be divided at the End of Days into 10 kingdoms, which is today the Xtian countries. And these countries will come upon Ashur. And it's known that the commentaries on Tana"ch explain that when it mentions ancient nations that no longer exist, it refers to the nations that are in that area and geographic location nowadays. And it's known that Ashur dwelled in northwest of Babylon in the Tigris River valley, and the city of Nineveh is close to it. And today, it is known that in this place is Iraq. And in the city of Ashur, according to what we see in ancient maps, is today called "Mosul" while the city of Nineveh close to it is still there to this day. And it is known that today there are great wars and Rome, which is the Xtian countries, who are America, Russia, etc., are coming and attacking there from the air and are trying to destroy the ISIS organization who is ruling there over many areas from Iraq. And also in the newspapers, every so often, the city of Nineveh is mentioned being in the area of Mosul (Ashur) where there are great wars there with the ISIS organization. And these are things that Bil'am the prophet said will occur in the final war and they're occurring today in a clear way to one who contemplates it. And in the continuation of the verse, it says that the Romans, who are today the Xtian countries, will oppress also the children of Ever. And both Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonatan ben Uziel translate the children of Ever to mean those that dwell across the Euphrates River. And if that's the case, Bil'am is saying that Rome, who is the Xtian countries, in addition to their oppression of the children of Ashur, which is today's Iraq, will also oppress those who live across the Euphrates River. And the children of Ever means all those who live in the area from the western side of the Euphrates River until the Mediterranean Sea. If that is the case, the children of Ever refers to Syria and the Land of Israel which are in those locations. And Bil'am prophesied that at the End of Days, the Romans, who are the Xtian countries, will oppress Ashur, which is today anyone found in Iraq, and also the children of Ever, which is today anyone found in Syria and the children of the Land of Israel. And this is exactly what is occurring today. And really, the main wars are in these locations, as is known, while they have not reached the Land of Israel, but in the process of the Gog Umagog War and the revelation of Mashiah, it is brought down in the words of the prophets that the nations of the world will go up to Yerushalayim and the Gog Umagog War will take place there and they will be very harsh times for the wicked and for those who did not repent.
To be continued...here