The Beginning of the Redemption and the Three Final Hours
דף מקורות מאת Mordechai Lewis
Two years ago, 15-year-old Nathan had a near death out of body experience, that took place on the first night of Sukkos (September 28th, 2015). He describes his experience exactly what is written by the prophets and in the holy books regarding the end of days. He stated the following:
One of these days, the whole world will be involved in a war (i.e. WWIII). The person who will start the war will be somebody named Gog. At first, everyone will fight over taking possession of Yerushalayim. Then the nations of the world will unite to fight against us.
In this war – which will last for two weeks – a few million people within our nation will cease to exist. Therefore, if one wants to be saved, it’s crucial that he study Torah, perform acts of kindness and do teshuva (i.e. return to Hashem). During the first two days of this war, the IDF will manage to keep [our] attackers at bay and then they will be obliterated. Afterwards, our enemies will begin a killing spree. At that point, we will realize that we can only rely upon no one other than our Father in Heaven!
[On Motzei Shabbos of July 20, 2016 (5776), Rabbi Shalom Berger asked Rabbi Kanievsky what must be done to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Rabbi Kanievsky gave an unexpectedly direct and simple response: Wait. “Now,” said Rabbi Kanievsky, “All that can be done is to anticipate the imminent arrival of Moshiach”]. In that same month (July 2016/ 5776), 31-year-old Caroline (Talia) - an Orthodox Jew from birth - had a near death out of body experience. She describes the following:
I saw my family and our nation standing together in one place, glancing towards the heavens. Then the sky transformed into this “giant screen,” which began to expose the sins of each person to everyone. People became extremely embarrassed. As I am watching their embarrassment, I begin to feel embarrassed as well. They were so embarrassed but had nowhere to run or to hide. You turn back and you see yourself. People start to cry and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Then, I see this rainbow that comes down from heaven and hits the earth. The aftermath, of that, was a giant tsunami which destroyed much of the earth, except Eretz Yisroel. In Israel, people are running and running, while thousands of rockets and scuds pass overhead. Sirens are blaring and there is chaos everywhere.
Nathan: ISIS will kidnap people and torture them like they did to Gilad Shalit.
Caroline: ISIS is at work beheading, stabbing and slaughtering people. Individuals can’t even bury their own family members or even mourn for them. Their main concern is just to save themselves! I ask, “What is all this? Where am I?” They tell me, “This will be what it looks like three hours before the revelation of Moshiach!”
As I continued to run, behind me, I see people being slaughtered and hanged. Some of these people I know and some are strangers. Then, I hear this voice that screams out: “Moshiach is imminent!” I am telling people: “Run!” I myself am running to search for my family to see how I can help them. I know that there’s going to be something very difficult ahead. I see my mother and scream to her: “Mother, run!”
I keep running and then screamed out: “Hashem, He is G-d, help me, Hashem.” I’m running faster and faster… Then, suddenly, I fell into this huge mountain. While I was falling, I turned my head up towards the sky and see an image of Rabbi Ovadia zt”l, whose looking at me with a warmth smile. He says, “Everything that happened to you and around you is the truth, i.e. middas hadin at work.
Now, I arrived in Yerushalayim.
Nathan: Har HaZeisim will split into two. Once the mountain splits, Moshiach will instantly reveal himself before everyone and we will know that he is the Moshiach. He will stand at the entrance of Har HaZeisim and determine who can and cannot enter. Anyone who doesn’t have the merit to enter, will stay outside and die.
Caroline: The people who were unworthy of entering Har HaZeisim are getting burnt up from fireballs that are raining down from heaven.
Nathan: Those who are worthy to enter will be saved. Moshiach will fight against Obama and kill him then he will bury him in the land of Israel.
Once the prophecy of Har HaZeisim has been fulfilled, Moshiach will come wearing a robe that has blood stained on it. He will take revenge on the nations who killed Jews throughout the generations, simply because they were Jews. Then Hashem will destroy the entire world, during which buildings and walls will collapse. However, in places where there are tzaddikim, buildings will not fall. On that day, Hashem will wage war against the wicked and there will be a 24-hour period of neither day nor day. This is only the beginning of the redemption. It will take a long time until all the bodies are buried.
Caroline: Twenty-four hours or fifteen days later, the sky opens and under the sky, I see these two clouds that are like spiraling around. One big one and one smaller one underneath it. Then, I see fire coming out from the sky through these spirals and hits the ground with an explosion. Slowly, the fire begins to construct the Beis HaMikdash.
Nathan: Once the war is over, the Beis HaMikdash will descend from heaven, into our world engulfed in fire.  At some point, there will be a revival of the dead.
Caroline: The moment the Beis HaMikdash began to descend from upon high, I noticed how all the people around me and myself included, were forced to turn our backs away from looking upon the Divine Presence. It’s impossible to gaze upon the Divine Presence but we could surely feel it! I cannot describe it in words.
Then, I hear this voice from heaven that comes forth and says: “My children, do not fear, the time of your redemption has come!” As am I listening to this I see the Beis HaMikdash… I know that the Beis HaMikdash is being built slowly behind me, but we cannot turn to face the Divine Presence. This is the most beautiful experience of my life.
Nathan: Moshiach is a simple man who lives here in Israel. He’s done teshuvah and has not committed even one aveirah ever since. When he reveals himself, people will be surprised that he is the Moshiach. In fact, Moshiach himself does not know that he is Moshiach and neither does his own soul. Moshiach will possess the power to be to discern the true essence of a person. It won’t be per one’s externals, such as a hat and beard; rather he will be able to sense by smell if a person has holiness within him. 
Caroline: Therefore, I would like to wish upon us all, that we will merit to see the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash and revelation of Moshiach with complete mercy!
Nathan and Caroline both had near death out of body experiences. How can we believe them when the Novi states, “Hashem will not do anything unless He has revealed His secret to His servants the prophets”?
Elsewhere, the Novi says, “It will happen after this, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh… young men will see visions.” Rashi explains that “It will happen after this” is referring to the future (i.e. end of days). The Rambam says that there will be a restoration of prophecy even before the actual manifestation of Moshiach. Zohar says, that when the days of the Messiah approach, even children will be able to discover secrets of wisdom and through them be able to calculate the end of time, then it will be revealed to all. However, the specific hour of his ‘coming’ of Moshiach does not appear to be known to anyone, even the Moshiach himself. The Gemara states, “Since the day the Beis HaMikdosh was destroyed, prophecy was taken from the prophets and given to both sages and shotim [mentally unbalanced people].”
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 I.e. all the nations will do battle with each other in which millions of their people will die (See Zecharyah 13:8-9). As the Novi says, “I will cause Egyptians to fight Egyptians; each one will battle his brother and each his fellow; city against city; kingdom against kingdom” (Yeshayah 19:2).
 The Medrash says, “Gog and Magog (the leader of the world armies who, according to the prophecy, will attack Israel in the end of history) have the numerical value of seventy, which corresponds to the seventy nations” (Tanchumah, Korach 12). As the Novi says, “It shall be on that day that Gog comes against the soil of Israel…” (Yechezkeil 38:18)
What will be the fate of Gog and Magog? The Medrash states, “They will be burnt in one shot” (Tanchumah, Re’eh 9)
 I will gather together all the nations to Yerushalayim for the war… (Zecharyah 14:2).
 see Zohar, Shemos 7b.
 1) Those that don’t do Teshuvah. As the Chofeitz Chayim says, “Chazal have said in the Aggadah in commentary on the pasuk (Tehillim 73:27), ‘Behold, those who are removed from You will perish,’ meaning, whoever distances himself from Hashem and does not do teshuvah will be lost from the world. ‘But as for me, being close to Hashem is good’ (Tehillim 73:28). Whoever comes closer to G-d, praiseworthy is this person and it is good for him!” [Nidchei Yisrael volume 2, chapter 34 “והנה”. In addition, whoever says, “Whoever says that HaKadosh Baruch Hu will overlook sins is forfeiting his life” (Bava Kama 50a)].
2) Observant people who are casual* about keeping Torah and mitzvos.**
*i.e. cultural Jews. What is a cultural Jews? They participate in the Jewish community and traditions but do not have a literal interpretation of the teachings of the Torah and other Jewish holy books. Cultural Jews may go to temple but are less orthodox than religious Jews. They are also known as FFH – Frum From Habit.
**As Shlomo HaMelech says, “Laziness casts one into slumber and the deceptive soul will go hungry. He who observes a commandment safeguards his soul; one who scorns his [proper] ways will die” (Mishlei 19:15-16).
 For each person is obligated to set aside time from his day to learn Torah (Rambam, Hilchos Talmud Torah 1:8; Tur, Orach Chayim 145 and Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 246:1)
 “If a person wants to be saved from the birth-pangs of Moshiach, he should involve himself in Torah and acts of kindness” [(Sanhedrin 98b). See also Berachos 5a, Nefesh HaChaim by Rabbi Avraham Finkel, page 160, Tehillim 18:51 and Sotah 14a].
 If a person does teshuvah on his last day (i.e. before he dies), in heaven they considered this praiseworthy (See Artscroll Shabbos 153a, note 12). For it only takes a minute to do teshuvah. One, who truly desires to do teshuvah (see Yuma 39a, Avodah Zarah 55a and Menachos 29b), needs to beseech Hashem that He helps him return from his erroneous ways. For if Hashem, did not assist him in his struggle with the yeitzer hara, he could not prevail (Sukkah 52a). Once he does teshuvah, Hashem does not remind him of his transgressions any longer (see Kiddushin 40b and Rambam, Mishnah Torah, Hilchos Teshuvah 1:3)
 see Sotah 49b. Also, the Novi says, “I will put my hope in Hashem [and] await the G-d of my salvation; my G-d shall hear me!” (Michah 7:7).
 As we say every morning, “By the end of Days He (i.e. Hashem) will send our Messiah, to redeem those longing for His final salvation” (Birchas HaShachar “ישלח לקץ...”).
 See Pirkei D’Rebbe Eliezer, chapter 23.
 Har HaZeisim will split open at its middle, east... and half of it to the south (Zecharyah 14:4).
 The Novi says, “I will punish him with pestilence and with blood; torrential rain and hailstones, fire and sulfur will I rain down upon him and upon his cohorts and upon the many peoples who are with him” (Yechezkeil 38:22).
What the Novi describes, already occurred once in history. Where? Sodom and Amorrah:
“Hashem had rained upon Sodom and upon Amorrah sulfur and fire, from Hashem, out of heaven” (Bereishis 19:24). Rashi explains ‘out of heaven’ is referring to the posuk, “For with them He will judge the nations, etc.” (Iyov 36:31). When He comes to chastise people, He brings upon them fire from the heavens, as He did to Sodom.
 On that day I will assign Gog a burial site there in Israel…” (Yechezkeil 39:11).
 I.e. G-d’s messenger (see Rav Schwab on Prayer, pages 495-497).
 The blood symbolizes all the Jews who were killed al kiddush Hashem.
 see Tehillim 94:1-2.
 see Yeshayah 63:1-6.
 On that day a great earthquake will take place upon on the soil of Israel… the mountains be broken apart and the cliffs will topple and every wall will topple to the ground (Yechezkeil 38:19-20).
 see Bereishis 18:24.
 It will be a unique day; it will be known as Hashem’s [day], neither day nor night, but it will happen towards evening time that there will be light, i.e. G-d’s salvation (Zecharyah 14:7): “
 The House of Israel will bury them in order to cleanse the land, for seven months (Yechezkeil 39:12).
Perhaps this is what Caroline is talking about when she says “ISIS is at work beheading, stabbing and slaughtering people. Individuals can’t even bury their own family members or even mourn for them.”
 Ibid. and note 6.
 See Artscroll Rosh Hashanah 30a, note 44, second paragraph. Moishela said the same thing on the 19th of Adar II 5776 - http://bit.ly/1WTwBn5 and http://bit.ly/1LVISXy
 See Rav Schwab on Prayer, page 489, Eichah 4:11 and Zecharyah 2:9.
 Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshayahu 60:499.
 On November 25th, 2015, there was another YouTube video of a van going around Israel with a loudspeaker announcing at the request of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, that the arrival of Moshiach is close: “He is standing just outside the door and the only way to be saved is through learning Torah and through works of loving kindness.” (see Sanhedrin 98b).
Here are the words of the Chofeitz Chayim:
When the time for Hashem’s glory to be revealed in the world through the coming of Moshiach, there will be great Torah leaders who perform the functions of the prophets of old* and they will urge the masses of Klal Yisrael to strengthen their emunah and do teshuvah. “They also will stir the nation to prepare for Moshiach through Torah and good deeds.” [Chafetz Chaim on the Torah - Volume 1, pages 116 – 118 (Israel Bookshop). See also Rav Schwab on Chumash, pages 230-232.]
He was speaking about Rav Chaim Kanievsky – the leader of our generation!!!
In 2011, Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked about the significance of developments in the Middle East. His response was, “People have come to me and said that it’s ‘Gog and Magog.’ We cannot know. But it’s probable that any unrest that G-d creates shows that the Messiah is coming and that we must begin to prepare for it and become stronger” (See Mishpacha Jewish Family Weekly, February 24, 2011, In Quotes).
*The Ritva says, “Sages and prophets are both considered to have ‘prophetic power’ in the sense that they transcend the natural limits of human knowledge and perception. The nature of their powers, however, is different. A prophet merely becomes aware of knowledge that is beyond a human’s ability to ascertain. A sage, on the other hand, is accorded insight and understanding beyond anything that human intelligence could naturally perceive.” (quoted in Ein Yaakov)
Rav Chaim Kanievsky said on June 15, 2016, that Moshiach is already here. He will reveal himself very soon.* As the Yalkut Shimoni says, “Rabbi Yitzchak stated, ‘The year that Melech HaMashiach will be revealed…” (see Yeshayahu 60:499, for details).
*Sometimes the words of our Gedolim are too good to be true. However, the Gemara assures us, “The tzaddik decrees and Hashem fulfills” (Kesubos 103b). It also says, “He will do the will of those who fear him” (Tehillim 145:19).
 See Rav Schwab on Prayer, pages 496.
 This makes sense, as we find in the Gemara says, “Moshiach appears (i.e. reveals himself) when not expected” (Sanhedrin 97a).
Moshiach is at this moment hidden, but we should not fool ourselves into thinking that the reality of the Final Redemption is nonexistent because we cannot see it. Precisely the opposite! Reality cannot be seen with eyes of flesh, but there will come a moment when Hashem will suddenly reveal Himself with an intensity that will be felt throughout the world and, at that moment, all wickedness will evaporate like smoke [(High Holiday Prayers) either the Chofeitz Chayim or Rav Schwab said this.] Soon Hashem will fulfill the day when, “There will no more sinners or wicked left in the world!” [see Tehillim 104:35]
 see Sanhedrin 93b.
 I.e. if he is pure and does mitzvos and if he has fear of heaven.
 see Yeshayah 11:3.
 Amos 3:7.
 Yo’el 3:1.
 איגרות הרמב"ם, איגרת תימן, י"ב: "תחזור הנבואה לישראל בשנת ארבעה אלפים תתקע''ו ליצירה ואין ספק שחזרת הנבואה היא הקדמת משיח".
 Parshas Vayeira 118a.
 Zohar 2, 9a.
 Bava Basra 12a.
 Ibid. 12b.