Israel is about to go to the polls for a third election in less than a year. It’s an unprecedented, and frankly embarrassing situation. But several top rabbis say there’s a silver lining: Such turmoil must herald the coming of the Messiah.
Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, told a gathering earlier this month that the list of significant signs over the past year simply cannot be ignored.
- Israel seems unable to elect a government;
- US President Trump, the most powerful leader in the world, has, like King Cyrus, endorsed Jewish sovereignty in the Promised Land;
- The kings of the world came up to Jerusalem last month to honor the Jewish people.
“These are things we never dreamed of!” exclaimed Rabbi Amar. “How can these things be if not as preparation for the coming of the Messiah?”
Messiah is at the door
Rabbi Amar went on to recount a recent encounter with the rabbi who was his spiritual adviser 51 years earlier at yeshiva. That rabbi is still closely connected with Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who attended the same yeshiva and is today considered one of the leading Torah scholars in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world.
According to Amar’s former spiritual adviser, he was just about to leave for a trip abroad recently when Rabbi Kanievsky stopped him, saying, “You are going abroad? You don’t know that the Messiah is standing at the door?”
Signs of the times
Rabbi Amar went on to say:
“All the great rabbis of this generation are saying that the Messiah is about to reveal himself. All the signs the prophets gave, all the signs predicted in the Gemara, the Mishnah, the Midrash, everything is taking place, one by one. All we need is to remain strong for a little bit longer.”
He then urged Jews everywhere to commit themselves to Torah observance, in particular keeping the Shabbat. Orthodox Judaism has long taught that Messiah will only come once all Jews are sanctifying the Shabbat.
It is notable how closely Rabbi Amar’s exhortation echoes that of Yeshua (Jesus):
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. …You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:35-40)
Just days after Rabbi Amar made those stunning remarks, Rabbi Avner Efghin expressed a similar view in an interview with the religious Israeli news portal Kikar Hashabbat.
Efghin is one of the world’s top Kabbalist rabbis, and, according to Kikar Hashabbat, a spiritual leader to a growing number of Orthodox Jews across Europe and the United States.
He likewise believes that “what has happened here over the past year is most definitely a sign of [the coming of] Messiah. …It would be advisable [at this time] to study Torah and pray.”