24 November 2015

Disturbing and Ominous News From Syria

13 Kislev 5776

UPDATE: Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots of plane downed by Turkey
12 Kislev 5776

I was just this morning reading Nava's account at Dreaming of Mashiach of some of the things Natan foresaw in his near-death-experience and I noticed in particular...
  • The beginning of Gog U'Magog began three days before the Rosh HaShana, September 11, 2015 or lunar calender 27 Elul 5775.
  • One of these days, there will be a security breach that will cause riots to erupt leading to severe civil unrest. This will burst into a war and will be all over the news internationally. Everyone will know and understand it
  • Israel will not yet be involved.
(See also Binyamin: "World War Three Broke Out")

So, we were already aware that Russia invaded Syria on 27 Elul 5775 and it looked like the beginning of WW3 (The Third War of Gog uMagog).

The massive terror attack in Paris was quite a big thing and might have blown up into something bigger, to the point where the whole world recognizes that WW3 has begun. But, what has happened today between Turkey and Russia may actually be this expected turning point...
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Near Syrian BorderRussia's Defense Ministry says jet did not violate Turkish airspace; Syrian rebel forces claim one Russian pilot has died.
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian-made warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeatedly warning it over air space violations, Turkish officials said, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.
...Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered consultations with NATO, the United Nations and related countries, their respective offices said.
Yes. Turkey is a NATO member. If it has a problem with Russia, the rest of NATO must come to their defense! And don't forget, Russia has yet to give its answer to the downing of its passenger airliner over Sinai.

(The Telegraph has apparently had similar thoughts albeit with different conclusions: "Don't panic: Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane won't start World War 3")

In another escalation of events in the Syrian theater, Russia has reportedly "sent ground forces into battle for the first time in Syria".

"...Rav Shternbuch received a closely guarded secret that came to him from Rabbi Yitzchak Chever zatza"l, who received it from Rabbi Chaim of Volozhyn zatza"l, who received it from the Gaon of Vilna himself, who revealed it shortly before his death: 'When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard. And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul [Turkey]), you should put on your Shabbat clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.'” (Source)

The Three Messianic Wars

12 Kislev 5776

Besides the Three Wars of Gog uMagog - WW1, WW2 and WW3 - which involve the nations of the world, there are other Messianic Wars which involve Israel and her immediate neighbors. They also come in three. The first - "The War of Independence" - returned a large part of the Land of Israel to Jewish rule. The second - "The Six Days War" - returned Jerusalem to Jewish sovereignty. And the third - "The Second Hanukah War?" - will restore the Temple Mount to full Jewish control.

It's not for nothing that since the outbreak of the second intifada ("Al Aksa Intifada"), the Muslims/Arabs have focused the conflict between us on the Temple Mount ("Save Al Aksa").

Constructing a plastic replica of the al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, Iranian 
media reports tens of thousands of soldiers staged exercises dubbed 'Towards the Holy City.'

And it's interesting that while they say "Al Aksa", what they mean is the exact place where the Holy Temple stood - under the Dome of the Rock.

This final Messianic War coming before the last War of Gog uMagog (and which will likely even be the cause of it) is described very succinctly in the Prophecy of Yeshayahu (see perek yud-aleph, pasuk yud-dalet):
"And they shall fly of one accord against the Philistines in the west, together they shall plunder the children of the East; upon Edom and Moab shall they stretch forth their hand, and the children of Ammon shall obey them."
The "Philistines in the West" could be referring to Gaza/Hamas, but also equally to the PLO in the "West Bank", especially seeing as how it spills over into the "East Bank". Edom, Moab, and Ammon are today's Kingdom of Jordan - the current overseer of the Temple Mount.

According to a report on Debkafile this morning, we could be much closer to this all-out war than we may think...
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have been at loggerheads with Israel’s military and Shin Bet chiefs on how to grapple with the wave of Palestinian terror sweeping the country for more than two months,....
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror experts challenge this premise. The current wave is not only not dying down it is gaining traction.

...In the last 24 hours, the terrorists have spread their wings from Hebron, last week’s hotbed, to places further north. If they are not stopped, they may well move across the Green Line into the coastal districts around Tel Aviv and the northern Afula Plain and Jezreel Valley. At that point, the Fatah’s armed wing, the Tanzim, is more than likely to join the action with firearms, instituting a full-fledged armed uprising against the Jewish State. To pre-empt this escalation and freeze the current wave of attacks, Israel’s military and intelligence chiefs have put forward a 7-point plan of action....
DEBKAfile’s political sources report that Netanyahu and Ya’alon are not in favor of the plan,.... Ya’alon is apprehensive that the Palestinians will deem the lockdown an Israeli declaration of all-out war. An armed conflict would then erupt between the two peoples with full force.
The question is whether the war will be a result of the current regime's strength - by cracking down mercilessly on the Arabs in order to stem the daily flow of Jewish blood or its weakness. With John Kerry here in Jerusalem today, there is always the chance that a final appeasement - a sacrifice for peace - will be offered which will predictably only whet the Arabs' appetite for more. A clear signal that a State of Palestine is in the offing has always been met with a declaration of war.

As Debka makes clear, no matter which way they go, it seems the Arab reaction will be to go to war. That's because ultimately, HKB"H wills it. It's unavoidable. What's also unavoidable is that this regime will not survive either scenario, because it can't and/or won't rule over the Temple Mount. Out of this war, I would expect MBY to emerge to ruling power. 

And what better time for a war over the Temple Mount to occur but on or around Hanukah? Might it be that close? Stay tuned...
This subject has been written about before here.

20 November 2015


8 Kislev 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Lookin' good, 'Rabbi' Pollard!

B"H! HE'S OUT!! B"H!!

8 Kislev 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

It seems like an occasion for saying Hallel and shehechiyanu!

Eli Yishai on J Pollard's Impending Release from Prison

8 Kislev 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Were it not for the security situation and the terrible tragedy that befell us today the murders of four holy and pure Jews, Hy"d, I would call to every Eretz Yisrael Jew to celebrate tomorrow the release day of Prisoner of Zion, our brother Yehonatan Pollard in the city street. This is not a personal redemption holiday, it's a public one.

Yehonatan, is a symbol of heroism and self-sacrifice. He lost his freedom for the sake of Am Yisrael's security. His suffering, sorrow, disappointment and abandonment cannot be described in words. There's no doubt that we did him an injustice during the decades within which he was not recognized as an Israeli agent.

In 1998, I visited Pollard when I was serving at that time as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (first Netanyahu government) in "Butner" prison, in North Carolina. I flew for 30 hours back and forth, around the time of Passover, to meet with him for one hour and get to provide him with a Passover Haggadah, the holiday that symbolizes more than anything the optimism and freedom from slavery, combined with a dedication and a personal greeting from Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef, ztzvk"l.

Also when I was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior I utilized my position and applied pressure at every opportunity that came my way for the sake of Pollard's release. I passed along in a personal way to former US President Bill Clinton and continuing to former US President George Bush a letter of Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef, ztzvk"l, that called for his release and also a heart-rending letter of his wife, Mrs. Esther Pollard, it should be noted that this was contrary to the demands of Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who forbade it. I acted as I did because there is no greater mitzvah than redeeming a captive.

Additional prominent personalities requested at every oppportunity to assist in his release, for instance former President Jimmy Carter, diplomats and persons of influence.

Also in the period of President Obama, I didn't cease from my efforts to advance his release. During a meeting that I held with US Ambassador James Cunningham I passed along a letter from Maran, ztzvk"l, addressed to US President Obama, the letter pointed out that Pollard was in bad health and because of "pikuach nefesh" and the exceptional punishment he should have mercy on him and release him. To my sorrow, all my pleas fell on deaf ears and I feel an obligation to ask Yehonatan for forgiveness because we weren't able to get him released earlier, but even so my heart is excited and overflows leading up to tomorrow.

Good night, Yehonatan. Tomorrow is a new day.

"And the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and they shall come to Zion with song, and with everlasting joy on their heads; gladness and joy shall overtake them; sorrow and sighing shall flee."

19 November 2015

It's Not Petticoat Junction, It's Tapuach Junction

8 Kislev 5776

Sorry, inside joke with the Rabbi. I hope he gets it. :-) If you've listened to his shiurim for any length of time, you'll recognize his fondness for mentioning old TV shows.