Len, at Lensdailydiary, requested the Jewish perspective on the Messiah a while back, so this one’s for you Len! If you have a request for a topic from the Jewish perspective, please let me know in the comments.
HaMoshiach (The Messiah) in Judaism will be a great male leader (king) and direct descendant of King David. Moshiach or Mashiach (depending on your dialect) means “anointed one.”
He will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and gather Jews from all four corners of the world to return to the land of Israel.
All the world will acknowledge him as the world leader and accept his sovereignty. War, famine, envy, hatred, greed, and political enmity will cease and all hardship will come to an end, replaced by world peace and a good quality of life for all beings.
As it says in Isaiah 11:6, “The wolf shall lie with the lamb.”
All of humankind will accept monotheism and worship one GD. All the secrets of the Torah will be revealed.
The Mashiach will complete GD’s purpose for the world. Under his great leadership all of the humankind will self-correct.
In Judaism, we can hasten the coming of Mashiach through the performance of mitzvot. (Talmud).
The Talmud states the coming of the Mashiach will happen before the year 6000 on the Hebrew calendar. We are currently in the year 5780.
The Mashiach could be among us right now. In Jewish thought, there is a person who could (potentially) be the Mashiach in every generation.
According to the Talmud, a period of great chaos, suffering and turmoil will precede the coming of the Mashiach. The world will undergo an economic recession and world governments will be ruled by tyrants.
A massive war, called the war of Gog and Magog, will ensue before the Mashiach appears. The war of Gog and Magog will be an epic battle between good and evil, followed by everlasting peace. (Based on the prophecy of Ezekiel).
The war of Gog and Magog is referred to as “the birth pangs of the Messiah.”
The Christian bible refers to Gog and Magog as the war of the end times when evil forces will join with Satan. (Revelation 20:7-10 KJV).
The Quran also refers to Gog and Magog as Yājūj and Mājūj — two evil forces that will ravage the earth before the end of the world.
In Judaism, we are waiting for the first coming of the Messiah (Mashiach), whereas Christians await the second coming. I think the concepts of what will happen before and after are very similar. What do you think Christian friends? Weigh in!
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One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”
“No”, answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No”, Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No, I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake”, Buddha replied.
My Modern Midrash:
I had an epiphany that the Messiah (Mashiach) is within us and we are the key to saving our planet and peace on earth. What if we all stop waiting around for a Savior to save our tushies and just start believing in our Savior-Selves instead? I struggle with the concept that the Messiah is always a man. I don’t believe that. I think the Mashiach is in everyone, but it will probably be a woman who brings about this realization and sets the wheels in motion.
What if we stop waiting to be saved by a Messiah and empower ourselves? What if we are the answer? What if we are looking outside for that which lies within? What if we are what we seek?
Just my thoughts on the topic — they may or may not resonate with you. 💖
The real miracle is notThich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk
to walk either on
water or in thin air
but to walk on earth.
A Message from Spirit:
We are holding onto your slumbering Divinity.The Wild Pomegranate/Abi
We are keeping it safe for you.
When you awaken fully all shall be evident to you.
All shall be restored within you.
We await while you slumber.
Gently touching your shuttered eyes,
Opening them a little bit at a time,
So as not to shock you into wakefulness all at once.
©️ 2020 The Wild Pomegranate