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As some of you will know, Judaism has as one of it's 13 principles of faith, a focus on the Messiah/Messianic Era.

This means that major world events are analysed as to how they fit in with the period of turbulence that is expected to come before the Messiah.
This is hard to isolate, because the majority of the history of mankind has been one of wars and earthquakes, famines and plagues.
But the major events of - the Holocaust, the return of many Jews to Israel and the founding of the new state, space flight, the internet, computing and genetic medicine, have made a general level of expectation amongst Jewish eschatologists.

Events are assessed as to when in the calendar they happen and what else happened around that date in previous years, and how events might be the fulfilment of biblical prophecy, plus there is study of the Gematria (numerology of Hebrew letters) of key phrases linked to world events.

No one has come out and said "This is definitely the moment".
But the concurrence of no clear government in Israel after three successive elections, the Covid 19 pandemic, worldwide stock market fall, the continued Iranian nuclear ambitions, and the recent Trump Middle East Peace Plan - all this has lead to Jewish eschatologists being on tenterhooks more than at any time since 9/11.
 

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Following on from the above post, we approach the Passover (Pesach) festival, takign place this secular year in April 8th - 16th.
It is a festival in the Jewish calendar with a very strong content about the Exodus from Egypt, the future redemption and the Messiah.
Some parallels between conditions before the Exodus and the conditions now have been pointed out.
This has heightened the speculation even further.
 

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Last night in Jerusalem at midnight the Shofar was sounded.
This is extremely unusual, because this musical instrument, usually made of a ram's horn, is used for specific occurrences.
That is, the mornings of the month of Elul, which is late summer/early autumn, leading up to the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashona).
And it is sounded on that New Year, and once again ten days later just before the end of the Day of Repentance (Yom Kippur).
It is a call to repent.

So for it to be sounded outside of these times (unless someone is practicing it indoors) is a rare and emergency measure for repentance.
It is not done capriciously.
This time it was sounded in response to the Covid 19 outbreak.


You can hear it on this link.


The Shofar has perhaps only been sounded on three previous occasions since 1948 in response to emergencies, each time in a plane that flew over Israel - 1991 The first Gulf War, 1996 Terror attacks 2009 Swine Flu.


https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3760270,00.html

It was also sounded publicly 1967 at the Western Wall when it was recaptured.
 

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LordRsmacker,

We do not permit political point-making on the board.

You may be wholly right, you may be wholly wrong or perhaps you're somewhere in between, but we won't be having the debate here.

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Wouldn't the jewish messiah need to show up, before it can be the end of days?
 

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Wouldn't the jewish messiah need to show up, before it can be the end of days?
The Jewish Messiah is for all humanity.
Jews believe that when he arrives, the world radically changes rather than ends outright..
Exactly how, and when, is conjecture.
But generally will be an era of peace and improved morality.
 

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After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus.

Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents, obeying their religious leaders, ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat.

By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country's worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town. The military will soon be sending troops in to assist local authorities. One expert estimated that nearly 40% of the city's population might already have been infected.

The city has become a lightning rod for anger and frustration by some secular Israelis who allege insular Haredi communities — with disproportionately high numbers of confirmed cases — are undermining national efforts to contain the virus.

The pandemic also has threatened to upend deep-seated customs in the religious world, including blind obedience to religious leaders and the belief that religious studies and traditions take precedence over the rules of a modern state.

The crisis is rooted in a combination of factors. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox tend to live in poor, crowded neighborhoods where sickness can quickly spread. Synagogues, the centerpiece of social life, bring men together to pray and socialize in small spaces.

https://news.yahoo.com/ignoring-warnings-israeli-ultra-orthodox-064304057.html

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The Jewish Messiah is for all humanity.
Jews believe that when he arrives, the world radically changes rather than ends outright..
Exactly how, and when, is conjecture.
But generally will be an era of peace and improved morality.
Sigh of course. Dont suppose it could instead be a world of better treatment of others.
 
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