Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Prophecy in our Time

About Prophecy

The Torah explains, that every positive prophecy must and will be fulfilled in literal actuality. A negative prophecy, however, can take place in other ways. Under certain circumstances a negative prophecy can be fulfilled on a spiritual level, and need never take place on the actual physical plane.

A positive prophecy is G-d's vision for humanity. It speaks of our destiny, the goal and purpose for which we are here. Therefore it must and will come to be.

A negative prophecy, on the other hand, is a warning, a message designed to help us to shift our direction, see a larger truth, to grow and change.

The words of the prophets, whether words of encouragement or words of warning, are designed to help us create the shifts in our consciousness and behavior that are made necessary - and possible - by the spiritual potential of the times.

Today, as global events move forward, it is easy to see, that we live in an era of which the prophets speak. We therefore have an unprecedented opportunity to take their words to heart, allow ourselves to see reality in a broader and deeper way, and become partners in the fulfillment of our own destiny.

Prophecies of our Times

"In the future, seventy princes from all over the world will unite with the masses, to attack Jerusalem, and plot against G-d. They will plan to battle Him, then fight over His people and Temple. However, 'He who sits in Heaven laughs, the Lord will mock them'(Psalms 2:4). In His glory, G-d will wipe them from the face of the earth." Zohar Bashallach, 58b
He [Ishmael] will be a wild man. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him. Genesis 16:12.

Why is he called Ishmael? Because in the future G-d will listen to the cry of the [Jewish] nation, for what the children of Ishmael will do in the future, at the end of days… as it says (Psalms 55:20) ‘G-d will listen, and answer’.
Midrash Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer ch. 32. Yalkut Mechiri Psalms 177
The King of Persia, will bring destruction to the entire world, and all the nations will be outraged and confused… and Jews will be outraged and confused, and they will say: where shall we come and go, where shall we come and go?

G-d will answer them: My children, do not be afraid. Everything I have done, I have done for you. Why are you afraid, do not fear, the time of your Redemption has arrived. Midrash, Yalkut, Isaiah remez 499
Three chaotic wars will be perpetrated by the children of Ishmael at the end of days: one at sea… one on land… and one in a large city, which will be harder than the previous two.

And from there Ben Dovid [Moshiach – the Messiah] will sprout. And we will witness their destruction. And from there we will go to Eretz Yisroel {the Land of Israel]. Midrash, Yalkut, Isaiah, remez 506
"Jews have been in four exiles; at the very end of time, there will be a fifth and last exile, which is called the Exile of Ishmael (lit., 'G-d will hear'); which will be the most terrible and difficult of all.

And because of the many afflictions the Jews will suffer, they will cry to G-d, and He will hear their prayers. (Yishma – keil / G-d will hear).
"Etz Daas Tov, by Rabbi Chaim Vital