by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
An Anonymous commentor wrote (good comment, why not leave a name?)...
The Rebbe and other tzaddikim have repeated that the war of Gog and Magog has already happened. The final war of Gog and Magog is a spiritual war against the Yetzer Hara. This was also mentioned by Rav Nachman of Breslev. So the final redemption will take place without any major world war.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe continually defined world events as fulfilling specific words of the navi'im (specific biblical prophecies). And not only the words of the navi'im, but also prophecies of the Gemora, and even Yalkut Shimoni. He was clearly defining geulah b'rachamim, the redemption brought in mercy and before it's time.
But, Hashem yerachem (G-d have mercy), the job wasn't finished. This shouldn't surprise us, the Rebbe himself told us he (and by association, all the tzaddikim) had done his part - now it is up to us. The avoda (the spiritual work) of the tzaddikim in bringing the geulah is finished - the tzaddikim won't bring the geulah - the klal will (the Jewish people, the average people, now must complete their part).
Now you say the Rebbe said Gog uMagog has already happened, and so did Rebbe Nachman of Breslev. Now I can't speak for what Rebbe Nachman of Breslev said 250 year ago before World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust (events which lead me to doubt he said Gog uMagog had already happened). But I do know that THIS PAST WEEK there was a group of Breslev tzaddikim by Rebbe Nachman's kever in Uman doing spiritual work to try to keep the path b'rachamim (the path of mercy) and before it's time. This would seem to be unnecessary if the position of Rebbe Nachman was Gog uMagog had passed.
As far as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, I queried a Chabad Mashpia this past week before I wrote the previous article commented upon. My question was, "Please clarify for me, did the Rebbe say that the Geulah _can_ come without all the negative prophecies of the Nach (biblical prophets) or _will_ come without all the negative prophecies?" He answered, "The Rebbe said the Geulah _CAN_ come without all the negative prophecies." And I'll add the Rebbe clearly defined that SOME of the prophecies have already been fulfilled.
But not all of them.
I heard an amazing Chabad speaker on Shabbos. He noted that rachama litzlan (Hashem have mercy), since the Rebbe's histalkus we've seen only negative after negative against the Jewish people with the situation looking worse every year. Which may be the point. It was easy to hope for and believe in the geulah when the Rebbe was driving things in the right direction. It's hard to describe for those who weren't there at the time how much energy, how much kedushah was flowing around, how much effort was going into bringing more mitzvot, more Torah, more learning, learning about Moshiach, all focused on just finishing the job and bringing the Geulah.
But of course, as the Rebbe told us, he was giving the job over to us. We have no such leadership in this generation, no massive positive effort. Instead we have troubles befalling us, worries piling up upon us. But that's the point. WE have to do it, now, with our limited perception.
We davka have to do it, to maintain our emunah in the face of fears of this world, and our bitachon as the world turns to us and shouts "so, nu, where is your god?" Yalkut Shimoni describes a reverse Eliyahu hanavi and the priests of baal situation that will occur in our generation - where they will seemingly receive divine miracles and we won't. And they will turn to us, taunt us and invite us to worship their gods.
And in the midst of that we have to stand strong and stand with Hashem.
No, it doesn't have to be bloody. The Berlin wall fell without bloodshed. The Soviet Union dissolved without horror. BUT NOBODY SAID IT'S GOING TO BE EASY.
The tzaddikim can't finish this for us. They're working to DELAY it to give US the time to finish it b'rachamim (with mercy).
Time to get to work.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא