by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Commentor Shiloh asked: "I am sure you have noticed the choice selections that Obama has made to be part of his gov't. Mostly anti-Israeli. What's your take? I sure appears the final shot at us is about to happen."
Geulah fever has been ramping up over the past years. Bush was Gog, Olmert was Armilus. Now Obama's Gog and maybe Lieberman is Armilus? Or maybe Putin is Gog and...
During the days of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, we literally felt geulah in the air. Moshiach was very much in react, just another mitzvah, a little more effort and we'd make the connection. We weren't relying upon our own guesses and best understanding to interpret world events to the words of the navi'im, we had the words of the Tzadik HaDor, the Rosh Bnei Yisroel, to give us that understanding. Of course, it wasn't meant to be.
In the years following, there was a bit of geulah desperation in the air. We tried our best to understand the words of the Rebbe along with the events of the time in their best possible light and continue to believe the geulah was just a hairs breath away.
These many years later we find ourselves again in a time where world events seem to be closely aligning with the words of the navi'im. Multiple times in the last 4 years (during the years of this blog), we've seen mere inches away. Words of tzaddikim and mekubalim have hinted the moment is here. But it's another year, world events continue to move, and we still await Moshiach's coming every day.
With all that preface, I'm going to give 2 answers to your question:
1. The Jewish people have been part of the golden age of EVERY major country & empire of the world (excluding the Chinese kingdoms, Mongol empire, and Japanese sphere of influence). Either the golden age starts to end and the Jews are chased out, or the Jews are chased out and the golden age crashes.
As fortunes have turned for the US, it's no surprise to see the rise of "Jew blamers" and general anti-semitic attitudes.
2. Part of the Geulah process requires the ingathering of the exiles. For the world to begin making the Jewish people uncomfortable in their host countries is no surprise.
For the world to turn on Israel is right out of the words of the navi'im. It seems to me that Ovadiah describes the US experience.
In any case, it's wise to be vigilant and ready to move as necessary. Whether because of simple changes in economic and political fortunes, or whether because of active attitudes that begin to turn against the Jewish people.
However, I wouldn't become overly focused on geulah fever. While we hope for Moshiach's coming every day, we can't yearn and stretch towards it every day without suffering from burnout. We remain subject to human nature.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא