by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Apparently Moshiach is in Tel Aviv and we at Mystical Paths missed his arrival (G-d forbid that we'd actually miss it or not notice)...
Recently these signs have been plastered throughout Israel. They're all over Tel Aviv, and they're up and down the highways on road signs (both the front and back). They say simply "The Moshiach is in Tel Aviv". And not to worry, "Moshiach is in Tel Aviv and will lead Israel very soon." The picture is of the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab - Rebbe Shalom Dov Bear of Lubavitch, though the message and/or organization has nothing to do with Chabad Lubavitch - nor do we know why a message about Moshiach blazes a picture of a 150 year old Rebbe who's in the next world.
They come with the standard Gog u'Magog war warning, a statement that the US will lead an invasion into Israel - but not to flee Israel (and for Jews from outside Israel to speedily return to the Holy Land) as those outside will either suffer grave punishments and/or miss out on wonderful rewards.
And a really poorly designed web site (hebrew, link auto-translates), consisting of the classic harsh selections of pesukim about the coming of Moshiach and the war of Gog uMagog.
Given the medium budget for plastering thousands of these posters everywhere in central Israel, one would think they'd do better on the web site.
This whole thing is a classic fire and brimstone message - repent now because the end is near! Whether the end is near or not, whether Moshiach is waiting around in downtown Tel Aviv or not, this type of message has never worked and certainly isn't going to work now. While we happen to agree with the author that many of the sign of Moshiach do seem to be aligning with world events, frightening people into submission isn't a particularly effective method.
Even when the literal biblical prophets, who prophecized local events that came true to prove they were authentic voices for the words of G-d, even when they delivered the message of G-d to the people - when the message arrived without a believing leadership, it was ignored, not accepted, even ridiculed. It was true prophecy that came true, yet it wasn't heard.
This, which is conjecture, interpretation, and best guess, is not only a waste of effort but given the halacha of rebuke may even be forbidden (if you know a message of rebuke isn't going to be heard, you are prohibited from delivering it).
We hope and pray that the complete and final geulah is close, and may it come with rachamim (mercy). And if Moshiach is right now in Tel Aviv we look forward to his revelation. But hype and threats are (generally) counter productive. It pushes people away and/or burns them out.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
// 5/04/2010 //