By Eli Soble – Farbrengen Magazine
According to a 2000-year-old kabbalistic manuscript, we are living in an epic moment in history. Sure, the Jewish book of mysticism, the zohar, did not say the word “Google” but it got pretty close.
You see, the Torah says the world was created in 6 days and on the seventh He rested, and the Talmud illustrates the timeline of history as a macrocosm of creation. There will be seven one thousand year periods with six of toil and then the tranquility of redemption–the cosmic Shabbat. So, now you get it. Today are living in the last quarter of the 6th millennium, the Friday afternoon of history. And I think the Moshiach is coming.
Here is some background information from the Zohar: “In the 600th year of the 6th millennium (5600 = 1840 C.E.) the gates of supernal wisdom above together with the wellsprings of wisdom below will be opened up and the world will prepare to usher in the 7th millennium. This is symbolized by a man who begins preparations for ushering in the Shabbat on the afternoon of the 6th day.” Historians argue as to the exact date of the first Industrial Revolution, but surely 1840 seems right.
To be sure, it’s not only the more recent Technological Revolution I’m excited about, but the speed at which it is all happening. You buy the new iPhone and days later a new better 3GS version is coming out. Perhaps, it’s similar to the traditional pre-Shabbat hurriedness. Has the world itself begun to move faster before the onset of the Great Shabbat?
This is how the sages see the Cosmic Calendar or G-d’s Seven Day Planner;
Sunday, create light, = First millennium of Adam “the light of the world.”
Monday, distinguish between the Heaven and earth = Second millennium of judgment and Flood.
Tuesday, create greenery and fruit-bearing trees = Third millennium of Abraham’s discovery of monotheism and the giving of Torah at Sinai.
Wednesday, create the sun and the moon = Fourth millennium of the First Temple (2928-3338) and the Second Temple (3408-3829) in Jerusalem.
Thursday, create fish, birds and reptiles = Fifth millennium (240-1240 CE) of the Dark Ages.
Friday morning, create beasts of the land = Sixth millennium of forceful empires. Friday late afternoon, create man = the perfect man, the Moshiach.
Nowadays, we have surely entered twilight on the Friday eve of the cosmic week and it would be interesting to note that ten things were created at twilight and they are: the mouth of the earth (where it swallowed Korach) the mouth of the well (of Miriam, that provided water for the Israelites in the desert); the mouth of the donkey (Balaam’s); the rainbow; the manna; the staff (Moses’); the shamir (that cut the stones of the Altar in the Holy Temple); and the writing, the inscription, and the tablets [of the Ten Commandments]. (Ethics of the Fathers 5:6)
Nachmanides notes that each thousand-year day is preceded by a twilight–an overlapping period which, while technically belonging to the previous millennium, contains the beginnings of the next. Thus, Abraham was born 52 years before the third millennium, King Solomon built the First Temple 72 years before the fourth, and so with each millennium.
Therein lies the special significance of the twilight following the sixth day of creation. For on the macro-historical level, this is the twilight which facilitates the transition from the six millennia of history to the new world.
Is that what the number 5770 indicates? The number seven refers to the natural order of life. 5770 perhaps hints at the culmination of the way of life we are accustomed to and is a sign that a new frontier, the redemption, is immediately before us.
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