Monday, July 10, 2017

But Not Now, But Not Nigh...Well, Maybe Nigh Now

Bemidbar Sinai 24:17-19:
יז אֶרְאֶנּוּ וְלֹא עַתָּה, אֲשׁוּרֶנּוּ וְלֹא קָרוֹב; דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מִיַּעֲקֹב, וְקָם שֵׁבֶט מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל, וּמָחַץ פַּאֲתֵי מוֹאָב, וְקַרְקַר כָּל-בְּנֵי-שֵׁת.  יח וְהָיָה אֱדוֹם יְרֵשָׁה, וְהָיָה יְרֵשָׁה שֵׂעִיר--אֹיְבָיו; וְיִשְׂרָאֵל, עֹשֶׂה חָיִל.  יט וְיֵרְדְּ, מִיַּעֲקֹב; וְהֶאֱבִיד שָׂרִיד, מֵעִיר.

17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; there shall step forth a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Seth. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also, even his enemies, shall be a possession; while Israel doeth valiantly. 19 And out of Jacob shall one have dominion, and shall destroy the remnant from the city.

The gematria of the words אראנו and אשורנו combined equal 821.  The gematria of the words ולא עתה and ולא קרוב combined equal 857.  As with many Geula calculations, the number can refer to שבועות - i.e. 7-year Shemitta cycles.  Therefore, to get the number of years, we need to multiply by 7.

821 x 7 = 5747, the Shemitta year before Hatzot Hayom of the Sixth Millennium.
857 x 7 = 5999, the Shemitta year before the beginning of the Seventh Millennium.

Perhaps, we can also say that ולא עתה means that the time of Mashiah's coming is not going to be so late that it will be בעתה, but on the other hand, ולא קרוב - it will not occur so close to Hatzot Hayom either.  Rather, it will occur sometime in between.

If you take the rest of that verse:  דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מִיַּעֲקֹב, וְקָם שֵׁבֶט מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל, וּמָחַץ פַּאֲתֵי מוֹאָב, וְקַרְקַר כָּל-בְּנֵי-שֵׁת, the gematria is 3634.  If you start from the first day of Rosh Hashana, 5747 (Oct. 4, 1986), the beginning of the Shemitta year before Hatzot, and add 3634 days, you get Sep. 15, 1996, which is the second day of Rosh Hashana, 5757.

Now, starting from that date (Sep. 15, 1996) and add, again in days, the gematria of the next 2 verses: וְהָיָה אֱדוֹם יְרֵשָׁה, וְהָיָה יְרֵשָׁה שֵׂעִיר--אֹיְבָיו; וְיִשְׂרָאֵל, עֹשֶׂה חָיִל. וְיֵרְדְּ, מִיַּעֲקֹב; וְהֶאֱבִיד שָׂרִיד, מֵעִיר, which is 4016, you get Sep. 14, 2007, which is the second day of Rosh Hashana, 5768.

The fact that the days calculated from the gematrias of these verses keep ending on Rosh Hashana seems to me to be significant.  What we can suggest from it is pure speculation.

Starting from that date (second day Rosh Hashana 5768), if we add again the 3634 days from דרך כוכב, we get August 26, 2017 or 4 Elul, 5777.

If we instead add the gematria (3740) of the following verse (וַיַּרְא, אֶת-עֲמָלֵק, וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ, וַיֹּאמַר: רֵאשִׁית גּוֹיִם עֲמָלֵק, וְאַחֲרִיתוֹ עֲדֵי אֹבֵד), we get Dec. 10, 2017, which is 22 Kislev, 5778.

Again, these dates may or may not be significant.

May we no longer need to fast the צום הרביעי or the צום החמישי and may we merit to see the Geula with mercy speedily in our days, Amen.


At Mon Jul 10, 05:58:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2015, during April, Rav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky told a gathering at a Lev L’Achim event in Bnei Brak, speaking in the name of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, the arrival of Moshiach is close:

“All the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even to those who are secular, let it be known that the only way to be saved is through Torah and works of loving kindness and there is no other way’” (

A year later, in that same month ( Rav Chaim and Rav Shternbuch discussed the problems facing the Jews in this generation... Rav Kanievsky quoted the Talmud (Megillah 17b and Yerushalmi, Berachos 2:4) which states, “In the year after shemittah the son of Dovid will come.” “The year after the Shemittah isn’t over,” he added.

What is the “year after the Shemittah”? One year ago: 5776. Rav Chaim is saying the son of Dovid will come this year 5777.

As the Gemara states, “The tzaddik decrees and Hashem fulfills” (Kesubos 103b).

In July of 2016, Rav Chaim said, “All that can be done is to wait and anticipate the imminent arrival of Moshiach” ( As we say every morning, “By the End of Days He will send our Messiah, to redeem those longing for His final salvation” (Birchas HaShachar “ישלח לקץ...”).

How long was the Babylonian exile? It was seventy years and then we were redeemed. As the Novi says, “After seventy years for Babylonia have been completed I will attend to you...” (Yirmiyahu 29:10).

Amazingly, seventy years in Hebrew שבעים שנה, is the numerical value of 777 which just
“happens” to be this year 5777. In other words, this year I – Hashem – will attend to you by bringing the redemption!

At Mon Jul 10, 10:39:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May it come in OUR day... that our eyes would see this... please HaShem... we long for this one to come to bring us into a better Way of Life... Torah Way...

Maybe one thing that might bring the Redemption sooner.... Genesis 49:1-2... Jacob knew in the end of Days his sons would splinter, so he told you all something that would help you ... in this day... first assemble yourselves and then, in the last days to gather yourselves and .... listen! Listen to your Israel, your father...

Gather all separated or splintered Jews together, and then assemble back together as One... like a Puzzle.. one big puzzle. What a Beautiful Picture it will make to sanctify HaShem's Holy Name.


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