"The Great Redemption"
The Remembrance: Ch. 11
Moshiach Ben Yoseph will continue to blossom by this point and play an
even more vital role in the expanding redemption. But it seems that the
above-mentioned fruit-tree will need to be not only "pruned" but cut off,
and Moshiach Ben *David* -- the ultimate Redeemer -- will be the one to do
that. In fact, the thickets surrounding the Jewish Nation "will (need to)
be utterly cut off in the end of days" so that "the pure ones can remain
What this all refers to is the "great war between holiness and impurity"
that will be played out in the universe at this juncture, and the
subsequent defeat of unholiness.
In any event, Isaiah indicated that “a rod will (eventually) come forth
from the stem of Yishai" (Isaiah 11:1), which refers to Moshiach Ben
David, who’ll begin to turn up some time in the course of the events to
follow, thanks to the actions of Moshiach Ben Yoseph.
In the meanwhile, Moshiach Ben Yoseph will “cut down the thickets of the
forest with iron”, which is to say that on some arcane and mystical level,
he’ll see to it that the ministering angels of the other nations will "rot
away" so that unholiness will no longer feed off-of holiness as it had
been doing to that point.
As a consequence, "impurity will no longer have any power" over us, and we
could be redeemed even further. There'll then come a point when "holiness
will return and reassemble at home where it belongs", and when "the Jewish
Nation will garner strength from within, and the power of the husks
will ... wither away".
At a certain point beforehand, though, impurity will begin to "garner
strength ... and will become very powerful" once again, and things will
become precarious for a while. But rest assured, we're told, because
holiness will have "prepared for that beforehand" and will react
The forces of unholiness "won't be able to summon the strength needed to
ascend" by that point, but the good within it (since everything in this
world is a combination of good and evil, by degrees) will "leap upward,
ascend, and draw closer to holiness", while its remaining unholy
aspect "won’t be able to", and holiness will have prevailed. And
finally, "all the ministering angels of the idolatrous nations will fall",
and Moshiach Ben Yoseph will have been victorious both on heaven and on
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.