UPDATE: Hat tip to Gilui
for his chart
We are at the End of Olam HaZeh, the very End. One might not be able to see it because the world right now is run by some awful people who think that they will be around for the next 225 years. The process of moral decay really began in 1918 (5678 according to the Holy Calendar), a Motzei Shmittah year and a potential Yovel year according to this chart
. Notice from the chart, Ezra HaSofer reset the Sabbatical and the Yovel cycles from the beginning. During the 2nd Temple period in accordance with the Rambam's view, the Yovel year was the 15th and the 65th year of every Jewish Century. There were eight of these Yovel years where the 50th year itself was a unique year that was NOT the first year of the next Shmittah and/or Yovel cycle. Since the 2nd Temple was destroyed after standing for 420 years, there was no ninth Yovel year during the 2nd Temple period. Instead after the Churban of Bayit Sheini, the 50th year or potential Yovel year became the first year of the next Shmittah and Yovel cycle. The year 5678 (1918) and the year 5727 (1967) were both potential Yovel years which partially realized their potential of returning the land of Israel to its Jewish inhabitants and of returning the Jews to their ancestral heritage in the Land. (Parshat Behar, Lev. 25:10). You see, 5678 was the year of the Balfour Declaration and the capture of Yerushalayim from the Turks by the First Gog (PM David Lloyd Gog) of Great Britain during the First World War. Both events in the waning months of 1917 after Rosh HaShanah of course, set the stage for a large scale return of Jews to their ancestral inheritance. At the end of WW1, the population of Eretz Yisrael included about 100,000 Jews. By the Fall of 1947 and the Partition Plan, there were 600,000 Jews in Eretz Yisrael. PM D. Lloyd Gog was a remarkably decent man, a good Gog of sorts, so good that he has a street named after him off Emeq Refa'im Road in the German Colony neighborhood of Yerushalayim where there are several streets named after remarkable righteous gentiles who assisted in the process of returning us to our ancient inheritance. Notice from the Yovel chart, the year 5678 was the potential Yovel year at the end of the 46th Yovel cycle which became in actuality the first year of the 47th Yovel cycle.
So we began to traverse through the next 49 years to 5727 (1967) which turned out to be a potential Yovel year which partially realized its potential during the 6 Day War but turned into the first year of the 48th Yovel cycle whose 49th year is this very year 5775. This makes 5776 the next potential Motzei Shmittah and Yovel year. But let us reflect on what else happened during this time period. What remarkable changes or degradations took place in Malkhut Edom during this 98 year period? The most remarkable change of spiritual deterioration was in the sexual mores of the civilization. Until WW1, women would go to the beach wearing long dresses as they went swimming in the ocean. The women's bicycle was designed so that ladies did not have to lift up their legs at 90 degree angles to get their leg over the center bar. To this very day, women's bikes are designed so that "Victorian" women could politely and modestly mount up on their bikes. After WW1 that all changed. The flappers of the Roaring 20s tested the norms of what was acceptable to the very limits of the time which were far more restrictive than what those limits were 49 years later in 1967 during the Summer of Love with public sex in the public parks. Betty Grable's bathing suit from WW2 was already by several light years more shocking than what was acceptable in 1910 for instance. But 50, 60, and 70 years later we have already pushed the envelope into the abyss. The best way to look at this moral disintegration is to look at it taking place over 49 year time spans through the 47th and the 48th Yovel cycles until this very year 5775. In the 47th Yovel cycle, the fringe third of society was attracted to pushing the envelope where 2/3rds of Americans at least refused to debase themselves. So from 1918 thru the winter of 1967 while America remained a majority clean society, for instance, one third of Americans were already pushing the envelope to its extremes. As the line goes from No No Nanette a musical about the Roaring 20s, "Before I go to Heaven, I want to raise a little hell." The Chafetz Chaim himself was asked about the year 1918. Someone went to him with a question about someone whose father was a tzaddik, but his son was a Bolshevick. He asked the revered sage, "How can this be if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The Chafetz Chaim responded that from 5678 onwards a hurricane has been blowing in the world blowing apples far, far from their righteous origins. From 1918 onwards we can no longer expect those apples to fall calmly to the ground as they had for all the centuries leading up until this time. And so those 49 years passed as 1/3 of Mankind perverted themselves below Mem Tet Sha'arei tumah (49th level of impurity) leaving 2/3rds of Mankind with furrowed brows watching the world crumble morally beneath their feet. Then the Motzei Shmittah year 5727 hit, and the Summer of Love of 1967 began to take down the middle third of America and through America the rest of Mankind on another 49 year plunge until the present day where it is no longer an issue of public acts of promiscuity in city parks, but public acts of LGBT lovemaking along with the marriage contracts to recognize these abominations. So the middle third is now about to plummet through the 49th floor by the end of this summer of 5775 as we crash into the beginning of the 49th Yovel cycle since Ezra HaSofer in 5776.
One might think that we have one more 49 year cycle left to debase the final third of humanity as we approach the 50th Yovel cycle so that there is no one left to be redeemed at the very End, but alas Zecharia haNavi, chapter 13, tells us in explicit terms, "There will be in all the earth, says the L-rd, that two portions of the (earth's) population will be cut off and will perish, and the remaining 1/3 will be left of it. I will purify that third with fire and purify it as one purifies silver, and I will refine it as one refines gold. (And that one third) will call out in My Name, and I will answer it. I have said, "These are my people, and they will say that HaShem is my G-d."
So alas we are not about to embark on another 49 year plunge from which no one will be redeemed. In 5775 we are at the very end of history, the very end of Mankind's ability to pervert himself in various ways so that the planet stinks with his rot. The Good L-rd won't permit this to go on further. So the rotting 2/3rds will now clamor to divide Yerushalayim and establish Palestine in the process, and they will be duly punished. Think of 5776 as not only the beginning of the 49th or Malkhut that is in Malkhut Yovel cycle, but think of it as the Gateway to the 50th, the Sha'ar Nun, where Mashiach ben David awaits. How to get from here to there through the last 7 months of Olam HaZeh is the problem, and the roller coaster is about to begin.
Alas Bibi is going before the US Congress on a date which he himself chose, Ta'anit Esther, to plead for the case of the Jews that a man like Haman in Persia wants to wipe us off the face of the planet. In so many ways, he himself has debased us all. He chose Tzippy Livni, the Witch of EinDor, to administer justice for Klal Yisrael over the two years of the 33rd Israeli Govt. since the founding of the Erev Rav Republic. During his most recent tenure, the Ba'al Kerry over a period of nine months made us release 3 x 26 Arab murderers from our jails to appease Mankind's desire to prove our guilt by calling those murderers freedom fighters with a vicious craving for innocent Jewish blood. What we were not privy to at the time was that the letters of HaShem's Name were being assembled with each prisoner release. The third such release was less than one week before the 2nd of Shevat 5774 (Jan 3rd, 2014) the 72nd anniversary of the Wannsee Conference which decreed the death of every Jew on the face of the planet. The entire world was in agreement with this as was shown about two months later on Zayin Adar 5702 when a ship called the Struma with 7 or 8 hundred Jewish refugees from the Holocaust was sunk in the Black Sea by a Russian submarine while the world simply watched and could care less. The spiritual way to look at this is that the Shoah was the 7th Churban of Malkhut Edom which started with the destruction of the 2nd Temple. The First Churban was the destruction of the 2nd House until the end of the Bar Kochba revolt 65 years later plus another 5 years of chasing tzaddikim around Eretz Yisrael to hunt them down for a total of 70 years, the Ayin in Esav's name. Then there were 6 x 300 years cycles where the princes of Germany and the saints of the Roman Catholic Church formed a daily alliance, one prince of Germany + one prince of Rome per day for a total of 300 years per alliance. This was repeated 6 times to correspond with 6 Churbanot so that we would be chased in a total of 7 different directions. The Shoah began at the very end of that 1800 year epic in 5699, 1799 years after the year 140 when all ten sages that were murdered for the purification of Malkhut had been summarily executed (including Rav Akiva et. al). So the Shoah was the end of the Galut, the smack of Esav's angel on Ya'akov's thigh vein at Alot HaShachar, the break of dawn at 72 minutes before sunrise. So 72 years later right on cue, the Vav in HaShem's Name was attached to the Yud and the Key in HaShem's Name right on cue with the 3rd and final prisoner release. The Fourth release of 26 murderers never occurred because the purpose of these releases had achieve its goal: to make the Final Redemption b'Rachamim. We see it in the Torah itself. The place where Ya'akov wrestled with an angel was originally called Peni'el, but after 72 minutes G-d Himself renames it Penu'el changing the Yud to a Vav to tell us that if we make it until sunrise after the 7th Churban when the Vav can be attached to HaShem's Name, the redemption will be b'RAchamim.
And so we arrive at Adar 5775. We are told that before Ben David shows up in Tishrei of a Motzei Shmittah year several cryptic events will occur. The Torah tells us about one of them in Bereishit: ...The scepter (of kingship) shall not depart from Yehudah, nor the one who is Chokek (engraves laws in stone) until Shilo comes and to him will be a gathering of peoples.
So there are two possibilities here. Shilo might be Mashiach ben David, and many amongst our sages agree with that view, but there is another view that Shilo is a separate individual who comes just before the advent of Mashiach making Mashiach ben David's role possible because this Shilo triggers an epic series of events. In short "to him" can either be Shilo as Mashiach ben David, or Shilo is a precursor who comes as a gift to Mashiach ben David. For Shilo can be read as Shai lo, a "precious gift to him". So why does Mashiach ben David deserve a precious gift? because of Yehudah's great act of teshuvah for the selling of his brother Yosef into slavery. In so many ways kidnapping a brother and selling him as a slave is an act that deserves the death penalty. After this horrible episode, Yehudah falls away from his brothers, sensing that he no longer had the right to lead them because of his act of ignominy. After years and years of bearing children including the children of Tamar, he comes back to the holy family of Yisrael and wants to repent of what he did so many years earlier. The brothers go down to Mitzraim to buy food from the 2nd to Pharaoh and he makes a request that in order to get Shimon out of jail, whom he had summarily arrested, the brothers have to bring Binyamin, the only full blooded brother to Yosef, to see if they were honest men by claiming that they had another brother whom they left behind. Reuven pleads his case that he would watch over Yosef to no avail by offering Ya'akov to kill his two sons. Ya'akov saw through that and logically reasoned about why would he want to murder his grandchildren to avenge the blood of Binyamin? Ya'akov would not allow Binyamin to descend with Reuven into certain slavery or death. But when Yehudah offers to be an areiv, a guarantor, of Binyamin's safety that he himself would go into slavery to see to it that Binyamin would return to his father, Ya'akov relents and allows Binyamin to descend. Then the silver chalice of the 2nd to Pharaoh ends up in Binyamin's sack, and Binyamin is about to become a slave to the man standing before them. At that point Yehudah pleads his case and begs the man to let Binyamin go free as he Yehudah offers to become the man's slave just as he promised his father. And then Yosef reveals himself in one of the most dramatic climaxes in all of Seripture. "I am Yosef, Does my father yet live?" After explaining himself in a moving speech about Divine Providence to his brothers, he hugs and weeps on the neck of Binyamin his full blood brother. So this is what G-d has in mind. Yehudah was the areiv of Binyamin to secure his safety in Mitzraim is the greatest act of teshuvah in all of recorded history. HaShem recognizes the great and mighty act of teshuvah that Yehudah did. So HaShem told Yehudah, just as you through your deed of perfect penitence brought Binyamin to Mitzraim to be a gift to your brother Yosef, so at the very end of Olam HaZeh, I HaShem (Yud Key Vav or Yahu
) will give (Natan
as a precious gift to the one whose kingdom is about to be over a gathering of peoples or Binyamin NatanYahu.
So given his history of releasing murderers and hiring an Erev Rav hack to be his Minister of Justice, how could he rise to the occasion. Well, the Talmud tells us, "We won't do teshuvah until HaShem places over us the threat of extermination by someone as wicked as Haman" So THIS is what is at stake. Bibi for all of his real-politick faithless calculations has come to the conclusion that on the issue of Persia, all of his real-politick machinations have to be thrown out the window. HE HAS NO CHOICE but to place the entire matter in G-d's hands. So he chose Ta'anit Esther to appeal before the Republicans in the US Congress which in and of itself is a futile act because it is the menuval US President that is about to sign a horrible deal with the Persian mullahs. The Senate can advise and consent, but unless it is a real treaty, there is little that they can do to stop Obama the Snake as he brings the mighty American Republic below Mem Tet Sha'arei Tumah in this Shmittah year. But by speaking before Congress on Ta'anit Esther he has placed this entire matter into G-d's Hands alone. Now, I don't know if Bibi will be elected to a fourth term. Maybe yes maybe no. Either way we are about to embark on a 7 month roller coaster ride. And HaShem has already calculated in all possibilities which bring the world against Yerushalayim for final judgement. One thing is for sure. Obama and the Europeans have already planned their revenge against Israel the day after the elections. Whether Bibi is re-elected or whether No one is elected, they will be almost immediately be voting to establish Palestine in the UN Security Council in the early days of Nissan. So hold on tight. The roller coaster ride is about to get wild and hairy.