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The War of Words: Prelude to Gog and Magog?

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:

Gog U'Magog

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!


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you quoted bereshit raba, but perhaps you meant yalkut shimoni?


8 years ago on the first day of Av (Wed, 22 July 2009, the beginning of the 9 days) 5769 a solar eclipse was seen over seoul, south korea. Conversely, in 8 days from now, on the other "side" there will be a solar eclipse on the final day of Av



There is also supposed to be some kind of financial issue on August 21st!




Goguryeo is pronounced Kukoriya.

HGeorge Secher

Be weary of literal interpretations, and prognostications, a focus revolving around the Jewish people in isolation., as well as reading to much into what is meant as lessons in spiritual principals.


The Torah Says, Tamim Tiyeh Im Hashem Elokecha. Rashi says one should refrain from looking to the future and trying to figure out Gods plans.


It's tempting to look at current events as political upheavals and social unrest. In reality, these events are urgent reminders from HaShem for us to strengthen emuna and our connection with Him. HaShem is doing us a tremendous chessed by sending us these frightening events.

The point is not to predict when, who, or how the final days will unfold. The point is to prepare ourselves. Time is running out fast.


If They Would Go To GOD For HIS INSTRUCTIONS...........There Would Be A Lot Less Destruction...When Man's Folly Reaches Its Extremity .....GOD With HIS POWER Is In Close Proximity............ CALL ON HIM............(Before They Call I Will Answer..Isaiah 65:24)...HESED

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