“Nothing Can Stop What Is Coming” may be a statement made famous (or infamous) by “Q” but it is a theological axiom for Jews. We believe that the Mashiach (Messiah) is coming to redeem the world, one way or another, whether people turn toward God or God-forbid away from Him.
Some people are unclear about the nature of this belief. To set matters straight, “original sin” did not set exile into motion. The snake caused Eve to err and Adam in turn sinned. However, exile would be the natural state of things whether or not a female ever led her husband “into temptation.”
The reason for this is that the end of our world (redemption) was present in the beginning (its Creation). In order for the world to be possible, God performed “Shevilat HaKeilim” (“the shattering of the vessels,”) ending endless spirituality and birthing a physical Man who must walk forward, step by painful step, into full spirituality.
Nevertheless, man and women were both cursed in different ways when they were kicked out of Eden, and naturally, ever since, humankind has been on a quest to avoid pain at a minimum. The role of religion has been, in large part, to offer a vision of the ideal society, and every faith has their version of the way things will be when the End Times commence.
Jewish people have taken divergent paths in this schema.
Some have avoided religion altogether, deciding simply to do what they think is right. This group isn’t waiting for God (likely doesn’t believe in God), and finds a passive approach to Redemption to be foolish.
Some do believe in God, but are pessimistic about the ability of human beings to be good enough to merit redemption. You don’t hear much about this group, but the historical approach is a convenient justification of evil, as in “crash the world to make God redeem it.”
A third group, comprised of Torah-affiliated and observant Jews, is actively waiting for the Mashiach, anticipating the twists and turns of His arrival closely, including the social distress, disorder and chaos that are predicted to be part of the process.
Professor Herman Branover writes:
“Conversely, the negative predictions (Sotah 49b) for ‘the footsteps of Moshiach’ are also being fulfilled in our time. These predictions include spiritual decline, moral degradation, societal disintegration, extreme misery, neglect of the Torah and its commandments and widespread denial of G-d. Most disturbing is the terrible degree of intense suffering which befell the Jewish nation, prompting one Talmudic sage to proclaim, ‘May Moshiach come, but may I not be witness to his coming.’”
We learn about the Mashiach today, on Shabbat HaGadol (“The Great Sabbath,”) chronologically the Jewish Sabbath directly before Pesach (Passover). (The holiday starts tonight, 15 Nisan 5781, after sunset on March 27.)
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The name “The Great Sabbath” alludes to “the great and awesome day of the Lord,” which is the Redemption. Per Rabbi David ben Joseph Abudarham, the Torah reading includes Malachi 3:23: “Hinei Anochi Shole’ach Lachem Et Eliyahu Hanavi Lifnei Bo Yom H-shem HaGadol V’hanorah,” which means “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
The redemption associated with the “Great Sabbath” is the self-sacrifice of the Jewish people. When we are ready to give ourselves to God, God will come for us.
Per the Hatam Sofer, God is called “great” and the Jewish people earned this designation as well by repenting on this day, as they submitted to His will and performed the first “Mitzvah” (Commandment), which was to sacrifice a lamb, an animal they had previously sacrificed with the Egyptians as part of occult worship.
The Peri Hadash notes that by doing a momentous thing (the first Commandment was a difficult test), the Jewish people went from being children to adults. “Gadol” has a dual meaning, “great” and “adult” (“mature.”)
As the Jewish people gave up their attachment to occult ways, God disrupted nature to save them, a pattern that will repeat with the coming of the Messiah.
Per the Midrash Rabbah, the Egyptians asked the Jews what they were doing with the lamb that God had commanded them to set aside for sacrifice.
The answer was that it was a ritual sacrifice to God, who would then turn around and kill the firstborn sons among the Egyptians (them).
This of course prompted the Egyptians to try to kill the Jews, but they lost many in that war.
Not only that, but per the Tur, the fact that the Jews were even killing an Egyptian god (the lamb) was repulsive to the Egyptians, but they couldn’t do anything about it–a great miracle.
I want to end this blog with another statement attributed to “Q,” because I believe whoever wrote those messages had a deep knowledge of occultism as versus true Jewish messianic thinking.
“Sheep no more” isn’t just a stirring call to the people to resist domination by elites.
It is a declaration that we will no longer submit the bodies of the children as literal fodder for their sacrifices, as the Egyptians did to sheep.
They killed the firstborn Jewish boys as well.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.