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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Rise of the Madman


Iggeret Teiman by the Rambam:
From the prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah and the statement of our sages it is clear that the advent of the Messiah will take place some time subsequent to the universal expansion of the Roman empire and Arabic rule, which is an actuality today. This fact is true beyond question or doubt. Daniel in the latter part of his vision alludes to the Kingdom of the Arabs, to the rise of Mohammed and then to the arrival of the Messiah. Similarly Isaiah intimated that the coming of the Messiah will occur after the rise of the Madman, in the verse "A man riding on an ass, a man riding on a camel, and two men riding on horses." (21:7). Now "the man riding on an ass" is a symbolical reference to the Messiah as is evident from another verse which describes him as "lowly and riding on an ass" (Zechariah 9:9). He will follow the "man riding on the camel" that is, the Arabic kingdom. The statement "two men riding on horses" refers to both empires, the Roman and the Arabian. A similar interpretation of Daniel's vision concerning the image and the beasts is correct beyond doubt. They are conclusions derived from the plain meaning of the text.

(There's also a "coincidental" reference to צרפת on this same page of Iggeret Teiman. )


At Tue Jan 13, 04:43:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel 11

36 And HaMelech shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every g-d, and shall speak monstous things against the G-d of g-ds, and shall prosper till the wrath be accomplished; for that is determined shall be done.

37 Neither shall he regard the g-d of his avot, [Milcom, Kemosh] nor the desire of women, [Ashtoret] nor regard any g-d, for he shall magnify himself above all.

38 But in his place shall he honor the g-d of fortresses, [Allah] and a g-d whom his avot knew not shall he honor with zahav, and kesef, and with precious stones, and things desired.

39 Thus shall he do to the fortresses of the strongholds with the help of a foreign g-d, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall distribute the land for a price.

Melachim Bais 23

13 And the high places that were before Yerushalayim, which were on the right of the Har HaMashchit, which Sh’lomo Melech Yisroel had built for Ashtoret shikkutz Tzidonim, and for Kemosh shikkutz Mo’av, and for Milcom to’avat Bnei Ammon, did HaMelech make tameh.

At Tue Jan 13, 05:08:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen nice drush yaak


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