The Torah is better than any daily newspaper, because it dictates current events. How? The holy Zohar tells us (page 161, a) that Hashem looked into His Torah and created the world. In other words, the Torah is Hashem's blueprint for creating the world. Creation is an ongoing process, for every moment, Hashem renews creation. It's not like some people think that Hashem created the world and the went into semi-retirement. No, Hashem's Divine Providence is at work all the time.
This past week has been the week of the saber-rattling rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. What is the meaning when two major powers so imprudently dare each other, like two high-school rowdies challenging each other to a fist fight?
The Midrash tells us that if you see two major powers daring each other, expect the imminent coming of Moshiach (Midrash Raba, Breishit, 42d). Let's be precise in our reading of the Midrash - it doesn't say "fighting" each other; it says "daring" each other. This is exactly what has been going on all week, to this very moment. As I write this on 11:30 PM on Saturday night, after the termination of Shabbat Ekev, we hear about Trump's comments today the the US military is "locked and loaded", and North Korea's reaction that its military is on "standby to launch."
Could the fiery rhetoric mean the prelude to Gog and Magog? And why has all this daring taken place during the week when we read the Torah portion of Ekev?
Look what we read in the Torah portion in the Sabbath reading yesterday (it's already Sunday in Israel as I'm finishing to write and research this post):
Deuteronomy 11:23 looks like this in the original Biblical Hebrew:
וִירִשְׁתֶּם גּוֹיִם, גְּדֹלִים וַעֲצֻמִים מִכֶּם
This passage is the Torah telling us, the Jewish People, "You shall inherit nations greater and mightier than yourselves." In other words, Israel has nothing to fear from great and mighty enemies who threaten us, like North Korea (more on that later this week, G-d willing, here at EmunaNews on the Beams).
Look what I found in the writings of the hidden tzaddik Menachem Menashe, who died in Jerusalem some fifty years ago:
The initials of the first three words of the passage create the name "Gog", while the initials of all five words of the passage create the name "Magog", as I illustrated in the above graphic, based on Rebbe Menachem Menashe's writings.
Could this be the prelude to the war of "Gog and Magog"? Guess what North Korea'a ancient name is: Goguryeo .
Is there a connection between the full solar eclipse, North Korea's threat date of attacking Guam, and the beginning of joint military maneuvers between the USA and South Korea, all expected for a week from Monday on August 21, 2017. We'll soon find out, but meanwhile, international tension is at crescendo level.
This is no joke. Hashem doesn't want to scare us, only to awaken all of us from our spiritual slumber. The threat is very real.
What can we do? Just one person who strengthens him/herself in emuna is enough to save the entire world. Wouldn't you like to have that credit to your name? You can, so let's all get to work. May we have a peaceful and blessed week, amen!