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When Is Moshiach Coming?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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The answer to this question actually depends on us. 

In his article "Date of Moshiach's Coming" Rabbi Jacob I. Schochet writes:

"The actual date of the Messianic redemption is a guarded mystery unknown to man. It will happen “in its time”, predetermined from the beginning of creation.1

"Even so, the wording of Isaiah 60:22 seems to display a contradiction by stating “in its time I will hasten it”: “in its time” means a set date; “I will hasten it” means that it may occur earlier, before “its time.”

The implication is clear: Moshiach can come any day, even before the predetermined date
"The contradiction is resolved [in the Talmud2] as follows: “If they are worthy — ‘I will hasten it;’ if not — ‘in its time.’

"The implication is clear: Moshiach can come any day, even before the predetermined date: “This day — if you will listen to His voice!”3 As stated, Moshiach is present in every generation, albeit concealed. He is ready to be revealed at a moment’s notice. In the course of history - prior to “its time” - there are especially auspicious times when it is easier to effect his coming. To take advantage of these, to hasten the redemption, that depends completely on us."

When a CNN cameraman held a video camera to the Lubavitcher Rebbe and asked if the Rebbe has a message for the world, the Rebbe said (then, as he did on numerous other occasions): "Moshiach is ready to come now, we all must only do something additional in the realm of goodness and kindness… if we do a little more Moshiach will come immediately".4

Let’s do our part.

(Rabbi Schochet's excerpts republished with permission from www.moshiach.com)

Footnotes

  • 1. Isaiah 60:22.
  • 2. Talmud tractate Sanhedrin 98a
  • 3. Psalms 95:7.
  • 4. See video here http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/132931/jewish/CNN-With-the-Rebbe.htm

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