Moshiach for the Humanitarian
On the surface things will look the same, but the changes inside will be dramatic.
Is Warfare Part of Human Nature?
There was always fighting. Let’s go back to the very beginning – Adam and Eve had only two children, and one killed the other. And that was just the beginning of a long and bloody history, which we are still, unfortunately, experiencing today.
The urge to wage war is the urge to acquire assets – like land or oil. It’s the feeling that “what I have is just never enough.” Where did this feeling come from?
When Adam and family were kicked out of the Garden of Eden – all of a sudden (outside that “Garden Zone”) there was a feeling of “not enough”, that was so overpowering that they couldn't even share an entire planet. One son murdered the other in order to inherit the world.
The Easy Solution
Humanists would love to discover that special cure for the disease of “there’s-not-enough,” but alas, it seems incurable. Well, at least outside the Garden of Eden...
However, in the Messianic Times, back into the Garden we go, or more correctly, the Garden will come back down to us in the physical world. In such a setting, great abundance will prevail both nationally and on a personal level. And when it’s up to your eyeballs, you don’t go looking for more.
The following prophecy will then be realized (Isaiah 2:4):
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not lift a sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more.”
This is one prophecy which has clearly been initiated through the super powers of the world signing international treaties to divert military budgets to the food industry.
Why Isn't Enough – Enough?
We live in a material world, but we have a spiritual spark within us. There! We have a conflict already: The soul versus the body. The soul comes from the highest levels, yet the body was fashioned from the lowest thing – soil.
All the body wants is to survive and have fun – food, sport, etc. The soul, however, is not interested in competing against those bodily desires – all it wants is to go back home to its Maker, just as the candle constantly aspires to depart the wick and ascend. But each against the other they must play.
The battle takes place in the body’s “home ground” – this world: This means the body gets plenty of support from everything around it, encouraging it to remain and become even more material.
This contest is not only for the fun of it – it bears a purpose:
The material body has to become more spiritually attuned. This is the intent of G-d’s 613 Commandments (which are predominantly physical commandments) – to elevate the entire
human body which is made of 613 parts (248 limbs & 356 sinews).
The body is on a spiritual training course in this world. The Graduation will take place in the Messianic Age, after which the human body will become so pure, even more than Adam’s
body, which was made by G-d Himself.
However, in the mean time, if the body runs in the opposite direction (pure material pursuits) in hope of quenching its thirst, the void will still remain. Materialism itself will never satisfy, because it’s only there to challenge the soul and arouse its hidden potential.
No More Crimes – How?
So peace will simply result from great abundance in the world. But what about crimes driven by lust, and acts of self-indulgence like alcohol abuse, for example? Can’t abundance be the very instigator of such acts?
The Messianic Era initially means “going back to square one” – to how life used to be in the Garden of Eden (as mentioned above).
The significance of this is more than just abundance. Moving back into the Garden of Eden means that all evil will be uprooted from within the hearts of people and from the world at large. Evil will be isolated from everything else in the world (as it was originally, when it was only in the Snake). In other words, the lust for evil will be unplugged. Like a foreign language, people will have no connection with anything like evil.
Then, the Police Force will be required no more. Well, only the “force” of the police
will become redundant, but they will still be required to assist in facilitating the law.
A quiet but massscale revolution!
A New Heart
Kissing good-bye to the realm of evil is one highlight of the Messianic Age. It would be a bit of a shock, since we are so familiar with it, but there is another novelty coming up in the opposite realm of good, which may be more of a shock, as we are not familiar with it at all.
The hearts we have today and the feelings which they are capable of yielding are nowhere near that which previous generations had, in accordance with the
Dwindling of Generations rule. But regardless of the generation, the prophet Ezekiel renders the pre-Moshiach hearts as hearts of stone, whereas in the
Future Redemption our hearts will be exchanged for a “new version”:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
This upgrade is not random.
The new “heart of flesh” is a must to be able to handle and appreciate the other upgrades which are lined up for this new era:
» Boost in IQ levels
» The soul’s full potential
» New spiritual challenges
» G-dly revelations like you can’t imagine
All of a sudden* (outside that “Garden Zone”) there was a feeling of “not enough”: The murder episode is written right after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. (Genesis, End of Ch 3 and beginning of Ch 4.).
One son murdered the other in order to inherit the world: Rashi on Genesis 9:25.
The Garden of Eden will come back to us in this Physical World: Midrash Bereshit Rabba 12:6.
The soul comes from the highest levels: See Tanya beginning of Ch. 2.
The body was fashioned from soil: Genesis 2:7.
The soul is compared to a candle: Proverbs 20:27.
The soul and the body have to "play" against each other: "Against your will you live" -- Ethics of our Fathers, end of Ch. 4. Also see Tanya Ch. 19.
The human body is made of 248 limbs and 365 sinews: See Talmud, Makot 23b and Zohar, Vayishlach.
The human body will be even more pure than Adam's body before he sinned: See Sefer Hamaamarim 5679 p415 and 5711 page 209.
Material pursuits will never satisfy: Whoever has 100 wants 200 etc - Midrash Kohelet Rabba 1:13.
In the Messianic Era, Evil will be isolated like it was originally, only in the snake: Igrot Kodesh Vol 2:200.
The Police Force will not be required in the Messianic Age (only the "Force" but they will faciliate the law): Isaiah 1:26 cf Deuteronomy 16:18. See Sefer Hasichot 5751 Vol 2 p780 and on.
Dwindling of the generations: Talmud, Shabbat 112b.
The hearts we have before the Coming of Moshiach are like hearts of stone in comparison with the hearts people will have in that Era: Ezekiel 36:26. Are our heart really like stone? You may need to argue about that with the prophet, but I guess when we get that “new heart”, we will realize that the previous one was (comparatively, at least) stone-like...