There are moments when we recognize that the world is shifting and that something momentous is happening. We all have our view of the future and what it will be. Those of us who are believers tend to have varied accounts of the End of Days. Despite the many interpretations of Biblical passages dealing with the final Redemption all agree on the main points. These involve a return of the people of Israel to their ancestral homeland within the borders of their ancient Kingdom. This return appears to occur after millenia of years wandering in exile. The Land which lay fallow suddenly sprouts again and more than that the People of Israel become a leading force for good throughout the whoe world. Of course there are prophecies and accounts of trepidation as envisioned in multiple chapters in Zecharia and Ezekiel, but there is not saying to what extent these prophecies must occur because each prophet spoke in generalities.
Most of the prophecies detailing the return of the Jewish people to their Divinely ordained homeland have occurred. The miraculous wars fought against all odds and the continuing ingathering of the exiles and now the next stage which appears to be about locating and integrating the lost tribes back into Israel is already well under way.
The 70th Year Marks a Crossing Point
The number 70 in Judaism is a critical number. Our sages recognize it as an end of one stage and a beginning of the next. 70 played an important role at the end of the first exile when it was clear that King Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to Israel after 70 years just as the prophets said he would.
We are now at an important inflection point in world history. This is the 70th year since Israel’s founding and we have a President and Vice President in America that not only won the election last year in miraculous fashion, but seem to understand that they are meant to play a pivotal role in history.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev clearly states that the end will not begin on Pesach, but rather Purim. He is not talking about actual dates, but concepts. Purim is about the miraculous wrapped within the guise of the mundane. So too now. What seems like simple politics is the Redemption literally unfolding in front of our eyes.
Esav’s Head Can Be Rectified While Its Body Dies
Our sages teach us that the Roman Empire and the subsequent Catholic Church and now the decadent morality of the Western World are the outgrowth of Esav, Jacob’s brother. Yet there is a curious midrash, which details the burial of Jacob and the subsequent decapitation of Esav (who tried to stop it). Esav’s head mysteriously rolled into the Cave of the Patriarchs along with Jacob’s body.
We know from extra biblical sources that Esav knew and believed in Torah and the Creator, but his body’s lusts and drives overtook his reasoning and drove his decisions. The midrash I detailed above indicates that at the end Esav’s head can be and will be redeemed and come to Jacob’s aid.