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What are the birthpangs of Moshiach's arrival?

by Rabbi Dovid Dubov

  

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The Talmud1 describes the period immediately prior to the advent of Moshiach as one of great travail and turmoil. There will be a world recession and governments will be controlled by despots. It is in this troubled setting that Moshiach will arrive.

There is a tradition that a great war will take place, called the war of Gog and Magog, and there is much speculation as to the precise timing of this war in relation to Moshiach’s arrival.

The Talmud describes... There will be a world recession and governments will be controlled by despots... in this troubled setting Moshiach will arrive
There is a tradition that Elijah the prophet will come to the world and announce the imminent arrival of Moshiach. However, according to other opinions, Moshiach may arrive unannounced. Elijah would then arrive to assist in the peace process. Some suggest that if the Moshiach arrives in his predestined time then Elijah will announce his arrival, but if Moshiach comes suddenly then Elijah will appear after Moshiach has come.

As mentioned before, it is unclear as to exactly how these events will unfold. However, this uncertainty does not affect the general matter of Moshiach’s arrival.

Footnotes

  • 1. Talmud tractate Sanhedrin 97a

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