by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
We live in a time of information overload and chaotic world events. The world of today is not what it was 4 years ago (stable financially), 10 years ago (one world power stability), or 25 years ago (two world power stable standoff).
The United States is in serious decline. The political question of which administration and which policies set up the current decline is irrelevant. The question everyone wants to know is, will it recover? The answer is a simple no. I could write a long analysis of why not, but to make it short and simple (on the physical level): the conditions that caused the problem have been overcompensated for destroying the prime engines of growth, the cost of recovery steps has been so high it will hobble any future moves, and the political and spending priorities now in place reduce the US’s worldwide influence. The US is in a similar decline as it was in the late 70’s, in the latter parts of which news agencies started reporting the “misery index”. Will the US recover from an unusually bad down swing, or like the British Empire of the 19th century will it stabilize but at a much lower level than the past?
World disasters are up. Or are they? Are more bad things happening, or does a 24 hour news hype cycle merely rush to find every bad thing happening and report it LOUDLY? Of course, if you hear about a volcano two weeks ago, major flooding last week, and a massive oil spill this week, it certainly seems things are getting worse. (The graph to the left, worldwide disaster statistics for the last 100 years says it IS getting worse.)
The economic gyrations are not limited to the US. This week we see the beginning of major instability in the EU. Turns out a number of EU states have been spending at a rate far beyond their tax base, and suddenly have run out of lenders to support it. Complicating it, the citizens have become used to a high but financially unsustainable level of government services, and are (violently) resisting reductions in services that countries can no longer afford to provide. (It’s like something out of an Ayn Rand novel.)
Once again (repeated from 2 years ago) we find the world economic system on the edge of the cliff.
In the midst of all of this, what’s the world’s major preoccupation? Israel! The US president, in ways big and small, is pressuring Israel and the Jewish people to divide Israel, give up Jerusalem, and do everything up to and including committing national suicide. The EU piles on periodically, with Britain threatening Israel for defending herself in ways that cause collateral damage, and then threatening her for defending herself in ways that don’t cause collateral damage. And Iran. Besides the nuclear drive and threats of genocide, we now find direct reports that Iran is arming Israel’s enemies with unconventional weaponry and preparing them to attack.
So I’m asked, where are we at? Is it time to run? To Israel? From Israel? Should I sell my house? Cash out my investments? Buy what? Gold? Where can I turn???
Is the war of Gog uMagog here? Is Moshiach here? Is the Geulah shelayma here?
Dear friends, we are not navi’im (prophets) – nor is ANYONE else. All we can do is watch trends, see how they line up to the words of the prophets of the past, and listen to the words of our gedolim and mekubalim – and see if there are hints in putting all together. And still be surprised when the hidden things jump into the open.
We _seem_ to be in a time where many world events are fulfilling biblical (and talmudic) prophecy. The world financial situation is not over and _seems_ about to take another big turn for the worse. The U.S. domestic situation is going to continue to grow worse, but each month puts more people’s homes, businesses, and retirement investments at greater and greater risk. The tolerance of Jews is declining while Muslim tolerance is increasing even while they perpetrate attacks!
It’s a good time to come to Israel, and still a time one can come b’kovod (in a respectful manner – with their assets if they remain). But the world is turning on Israel. We will be forced to stand with Jerusalem, Torah and Hashem or stand with the world while they would destroy us.
Will this happen with bloodshed, or just heavy handed diplomacy and tears (as Gush Katif)? Some say the former (G-d forbid), some the latter, and some that with just a hairs breath more effort we can turn it to a pleasant path.
Confusing. I haven’t done this well. Perhaps I’ll try to express this better tomorrow.