by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Israel Matzav picked up on a news item of not-so-minor note…
“Various foreign media have been renting rooftops in Tel Aviv with a view to covering an eventual Israeli war with Iran (link in Hebrew). According to the article, Reuters has already secured space, and Fox, NBC and CBS are all evaluating their readiness.”
If any media are interested in renting out my Israeli patio, please contact me. My bank account could use the boost.
On the other hand, the Gemora clearly says the view will be much better OUTSIDE of Israel than in Israel. As Yeranen Yaakov wrote…
The gemara in Avoda Zara 2b says that Edom and Paras will be the last ones standing before Mashiah. The gemara in Yoma 10a says that they will fight each other and one will win, and then, Mashiah can come. The Yalkut Shimoni and Pesikta Rabbati have Paras threatening to destroy the world while the Arabs ask Edom for help.
And here’s the details from some old posts of ours at Mystical Paths…
[Prefix: The inheritors of "Rome" are the Western World, and the primary Western nation of the time. In our time, that means the USA. Similarly, references to Edom are directly tied to Rome. “Paras” means Persia, which in Farsi (the language of Persia and Iran) is pronounced…”Iran”.]
Talmud Yoma 10a - "Rebbi states that Rome is destined to fall at the hands of Persia. Rav states that Persia is destined to fall at the hands of Rome. Question: Can the builders (Persia [Iran], who permitted the rebuilding of the Holy Temple) fall before the destroyers (Rome, who destroyed the Temple)? The sages answer: If the King (Hashem) so decrees."
Yaaros Dvash - Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz, ztvk"l - "At certain moment the time will come when Moshiach should have already arrived but the redemption has not yet come. The Moshiach will ask how it could be that the time for redemption has arrived and he still undergoes sufferings? The response that he will receive is that he must wait for nine months. Why? In order to wait for the fall of Persia at the hands of Edom, and then the final redemption will come."
Sefer Midrash Eliyahu - The last king in Persia will go to Rome three years, one after the other, until he revolts against it 12 months, and three heroes of war are going against him from the sea, and they will be handed over to him. A very low king, son of a servant, Gigit, will go against him from the sea, and these will be his signs that Daniel [the biblical prophet] saw in him: his face long, between his eyes height(?) (eyebrows?), and he is very tall, and his feet are tall, and his legs are thin.
Kabbalist Rabbi Daniel Zer, shlita, June 2006 - "...I spoke in the past about Gog Umagog. When the Gulf War broke out, they said that this was Gog Umagog. I told them all: Understand, the Gemara says and the Midrash says and the Zohar says that there is one sign when Gog Umagog is close. Do you know what the sign is?
The Gemara says that the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash started with Paras (Persia, aka Iran), the destruction of the world will begin with Paras. The Zohar and Midrash say that Gog Umagog will begin with Paras. When it was the Gulf War, I told you: as long as Paras is not in the middle of it, this is not Gog Umagog."
Yalkut Shimoni Yishayahu Remez 499 - "Rabbi Yitzchak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings (leaders) of the nations will be struggling against each other. The leader of Iran will contest with the leader of Arabia, and the leader of Arabia will go to Edom to get council from them. The leader of Persia will respond and destroy the entire world. All the nations of the world will be trembling and shaking and falling on their faces. They will be seized by pains like labor pains.
The Jewish people will be trembling and quaking and saying: "Where can we go? Where can we go?" And [Hashem] will say to them: My children, do not fear! Everything I did I did only for you! Why are you frightened? Don't be afraid--the days of your redemption have arrived!"
Daniel HaNavi, 11:40 : "At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through."
We have no one to turn to but our Father in Heaven. At the end of daily tefilah (prayers) there’s a short pasuk (not all say this) that says “Do not fear sudden terror nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes. Contrive a scheme but it will be foiled, conspire a plot but it will not materialize, for G-d is with us…”
Now is a good time to remember it.