The situation is only getting worse, and that has been made abundantly clear the past three weeks. War, apocalyptic sentiment, Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) is Prime Minister and the State of Israel is about to celebrate its 80th birthday. Never in its history has the nation of Israel ruled and lived freely and independently in its biblical homeland for more than 80 years. And so I would like to remind you of something a famous rabbi said regarding the coming of the Messiah.
About 30 years ago, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe told a young Netanyahu that “he, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be Israel’s prime minister, who will pass the scepter to the Messiah.” The Lubavitcher Rebbe said this during the election campaign in the 1990s, before Netanyahu’s first term in office. Today, Israel is in a kind of apocalyptic mood, Bibi is prime minister and the scepter is in his hand. Will Netanyahu, the nation and the world soon welcome the Messiah?
Rabbis believed at the time that Netanyahu would be Israel’s last prime minister and after him would come the reign of the promised Messiah! But then his first government fell in 1999. The next year the Second Intifada broke out and in 2005 Israel evacuated the Jewish settlements in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip and handed the coastal enclave over to the Palestinians. A year later, Hamas seized control of Gaza. In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu became Israel’s prime minister for the second time and ruled until 2021. His voters, in part, saw in Bibi God’s anointed one, the Messiah and King David, a hero who has no competition among the people. Not only in the country but also abroad, Christians rave about God’s messengers on earth, especially in the USA. From their perspective, Bibi was not replaceable, and that was true for a while. This of course angers his opponents, who cannot handle the fact that Bibi is being glorified like a messianic figure and messenger of God despite his political shenanigans. In Israel, too, many people saw Benjamin Netanyahu as a savior.
Bibi eventually slipped into opposition for about a year until he was elected for a third time in November 2022. And now there is war under Netanyahu’s government and this can expand into a multi-front war or even a regional and global war. This is not a crazy idea, but a political perception of current reality. Anyone who doesn’t want to see and believe that probably lives in a different world. Now people are talking about the old prophecy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe again and are seeing a possible situation in which everything will come to a head. Will Bibi really be Israel’s last prime minister before the Messiah comes?
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