Daniel the Visionary of Israel – Part 4

Daniel Chapter Two Vision

King Nebudchadnezzar’s statue, revealed to Daniel in a dream is the very first revelation of the entire span of human history and government. Rabbi Moshe Alshich, (1508-1600) student of Rabbi Yosef Caro and immanent teacher of Rabbi Chaim Vital, taught that the 60 cubit statute that Nebudchadnezzar made refers to the primary epochs of human history, ending with the Kingdom of HaShem. He said that in Nebuchadnezzars dream, the history of man was divided into four periods, each represented by a section of the image, being composed of different material.  And because the fourth kingdom was composed of two substances, iron and earthenware (clay), it represented a total of five kingdoms, which would be followed by a sixth kingdom – the government of HaShem.

The kingdoms in Daniels visions including the dream image of Nebuchadnezzar, are all with us today though they generally have different names.  Babylon is today’s Iraq, Persia is now called Iran. The Roman empire is broken up into the European Union and Greece comprises the nation of Greece and the Balkan States. The territory of the ancient empires of Babylon and Medo-Persia  now comprise of a majority of what can described as the Islamic Block, stretching from India to Africa. Greece and Rome comprise what is nominally known as the Christian West.

Christian authors have been instrumental in raising awareness of the Time of the Kietz or End. Though they seldom utilize the Hebrew term, more well known terms such as the Tribulation, the Last Days, End of Days, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, and the like have become more of household terms because of the Christian culture. As a Jew I am thankful of their contribution in spreading knowledge of HaShem and the End of Days prophecies which will bring about the Kingdom of HaShem under Davidic governance.

However, with that said, how Jews see concepts such as the End of Days and the Kingdom of HaShem, differ considerably than the theology of our Christian friends. For instance, the term Kingdom of God in Christian tradition and theology concerns itself with a time when God rules the world under the grace of their saviour Jesus, with the Church being the administrators of his will and law. This kingdom concept is of course is nowhere to be found in the Tanakh.

Before we dive into the human governments outlined in Daniel, I believe it to be extremely important to understand God’s government, not necessarily His universal rule over all of Creation, but specifically His kingdom on earth known in the Book of Daniel as The One Stone.

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The Visions of Daniel

There is no mystery more shrouded than the time of the קֵץ, or End – referring to the End of Days.  This special time is marked by the arrival of a wicked ruler which is followed by the arrival of the King Messiah, a messianic Israeli leader who will help usher in an era of peace and justice.

A passage from Megillah 3a tells us that within the Ketuvim (writings) the Kietz or End is contained, meaning the time when the Messiah was to come who would lead Israel to it’s final redemtion. The Book of Daniel is part of that biblical collection. The closing chapters of Daniel contain the visions of the ‘Kietz’, but Daniel was instructed by the angel Gabriel to conceal them from human understanding.  Jewish tradition tells us that Yonathan ben Uziel, most brilliant of Hillels disciples, revealed the mysteries of the prophets in what we know as the Targums, but when he desired to reveal the secrets of the Writings, a heavenly voiced forbid it, because the secret of the End is contained there.

A kietz or end is a point in time where the culmination of God’s plan is brought about leading to a redemption or to the final redemption.  Due to the numerous well-meaning and some not so well meaning scholars who have tried to interpret the exact time when the Messiah was to be revealed,  and the numerous disappointments and tragedies that resulted from these incorrect datings, the sages hoping to discourage anyone from trying to determine the date, pronounced a curse upon those who would try. One only need look at the messianic aspirations of the Great Revolt which spawned numerous messianic pretenders and resulted in the deaths of over one million Jews.

Nevertheless, some very prominent rabbi’s have made calculations of the Kietz – R’ Saadia Gaon, Rambam and Ramban.  These however are noteworthy in that these calculations were allowed in Jewish communities that were under going intense persecution and forced conversions – such as the Jews of Yemen who were beset by a government who demanded conversion to Islam who sought advice from Rabbi Moshe Maimon.  The Jews of Catholic Spain were also under duress to convert.

In these cases, these Jewish communities were in dire need of hope and encouragement and the study of the End was particularly uplifing because it foretold of the demise of Israel’s enemies and the re-establishment of the Davidic Kingdom.  In fact one of the prominent features of the Apocalyptic genre, of which the Book of Daniel is archetypical, was to give comfort to a persecuted people.
Daniels visions are part of the apocalyptic tradition and in reality its foundational document. During his days, the Jewish people needed encouragement that God had not abandoned them and that he was working on thier behalf to bring about thier redemption.

In the realm of the Final Redemption, two possibilities exist. One, that the guelah (redemption) will occur through Israel’s meritorious deeds.  And two, that the guelah will come at ‘its appointed time’ if Israels does not merit it by good deeds.

It should be understood that the sages cautioned that no man knows the time of the End.  The End is hidden.  But  within Daniel lies the knowledge to know how to recognize the signs that indicate when the Kietz – The End of Days is drawing near.  It is these signs that we will look at to help us determine if indeed we are in the time of the End.

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Obama Leaks Intel – Sells out Israel

Obama Leaks Info on Israeli Strike Plans

A US Intelligence officer, engaged in assessing the ramifications of a prospective Israeli attack confirmed that they have been watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan and we’re not happy about it.’” And this is just the latest in a series of high-profile stories – based, in most cases, on unnamed American sources – warning Israel’s enemy about a possible strike.

The moronic thinking of the Obama Regime believes if Israel attacked, then Iran who developed its program in contrary to the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) it signed, and despite international inspectors may choose not to let those inspectors back in and, as a result, have an easier time pursuing nuclear weapons.  Now, that is an riduculous piece of non-logic: If you strike Iran’s nuclear programs,  Iran won’t let back in the inspectors who were so unsuccessful in the first place that Tehran is now on the verge of nuclear capability (or as some believe already has acquired that capability).

Obama – Modern Day Benedict Arnold

A report Wednesday by the Congressional Research Service – the US Congress’s  supposed nonpartisan “think tank”  said Iran could recover from a strike and rebuild its centrifuge workshops within six months, suggesting that Israel’s strike would would be futile. It is “unclear what the ultimate effect of a strike would be on the likelihood of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons,” the report read. These reports are obviously fabricated to send a message to Israel – Don’t Strike Iran unless We Sign Off on It.

Former U.S. diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked a story about covert Israeli activity in Azerbaijan – along Iran’s northern border,  in order to foil potential plans by the country to attack Iran’s nuclear program. Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, was responding to an article in Foreign Policy magazine that quoted government sources claiming Israel had been granted access to airfields.

See video: US leaks Intelligence To Israels Enemies

Even after meeting recently, Israel and the Obama Regime don’t see eye to eye and Israel is preparing to carry out it’s plans.  Obama is pulling out all the stops to prevent Israel from striking Iran, even revealing operational plans to Israel’s enemy – a traitorous act for sure.

This comes a week after the conclusion of a classified war game was leaked to the New York Times which predict that an Israeli strike could lead to a wider regional war and result in hundreds of American deaths. In a column  titled “Obama Betraying Israel?” longtime defense commentator Ron Ben-Yishai at Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper denounced the leaks as a “targeted assassination campaign.”

“In recent weeks the administration shifted from persuasion efforts to  targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran,” Ben-Yishai writes. “The campaign’s aims are fully operational: To make it more difficult for Israeli decision-makers to order the IDF to carry out a strike, and what’s even graver, to erode the IDF’s capacity to launch such strike with minimal casualties.”

The Tanakh states that Hashem will bless those who bless Abraham’s chosen line and that HaShem will curse those who curse them.  That includes our imp of a President – Barak Hussien Obama – may his name be forever erased from our memories.

– Arm Yourselves in Everyway Possible.  Knowledge is Power.  The War is Coming – Choose Whom You Will Serve