Construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem to begin soon God willing
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Amazing a anti religious secular website like Haaretz published a article stating a centuries-old rabbinical prophecy that appears to be coming true, on March 16, 2010, Israel will begin construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

According to the Vilna Gaon, one of the greatest sages of  the 18th century on ”March 16, 2010, Israel will begin construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem….,  He said that the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem, which was built during his day, would be destroyed and rebuilt twice, and that when the Hurva was completed for the third time, construction on the Third Temple would begin……In 2001, Israel finally decided to rebuild the landmark, which today stands in the center of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. The building is scheduled to be completed and the Hurva Synagogue dedicated for the third time on March 15 of next year.”

Interestingly, looking at a calendar will show you that March 16 is Rosh Chodesh Nissan. We know that the gemara says in Nissan the Jews were redeemed [from Egypt] and in Nissan the Jews will again be redeemed.

The Hurva’s violent history befits its evocative name. The synagogue dates back to the year 1701, when a group of newly arrived Polish Hasidic Jews led by Rabbi Yehuda ha-Hasid began constructing a new house of worship for their small congregation. Two decades later, the building was still unfinished when the congregation ran out of money and was expelled from the city by local Arab creditors, who proceeded to tear down the incomplete structure. The ruined remnants of the building stood, untouched, for a century, giving the synagogue its name — “Hurva,” Hebrew for “ruin.” Then, in a project that began in 1836, disciples of the Vilna Gaon rebuilt the synagogue. For the next 80 years, the domed, neo-Byzantine synagogue dominated the skyline of the Jewish quarter.

But its architectural reign came to an end in 1948, when the Jordanian army destroyed the Hurva during the War of Independence as part of a larger effort to erase the Jewish presence from the Old City and prevent Jews from ever returning there.

Well it didn’t work, the Jews returned and Hurva Synagogue is almost completely rebuilt.

The Vilna Gaon believed that the ingathering of Jews from the Jewish diaspora would spark the redemption of all the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, and the world would recognize the right of the Jews to a national and spiritual life there. He believed that the return to the Holy Land was not to await the Messianic era, but to bring it about.

Elijah ben Solomon (1720 - 1797), more commonly known as the Vilna Gaon, was among most prominent leaders of European Jewry in the eigteenth century. As a talmudic prodiy, Elijah was given the appellation ”gaon” meaning genius. Yet, he was more than a brilliant talmud scholar, and he was known for his great kindness. In study, the Gaon stressed the importance of worldly knowledge in addition to Judaica, and he himself wrote on grammar and mathematics.

It once happened that the Vilna Gaon was sitting enwrapped in his Talit and encrowned with his Tefillin and studying Torah. Thieves heard that there was gold and silver in the Gaon’s apartment. They entered the apartment, and demanded the gold and silver from the Gaon’s pupils. They replied, “We have no gold or silver here.” The thieves did not know that there was Torah here, and not gold and silver. The pupils began to shout, and the Gaon came out of his room, with his Talit and Tefillin on him. When the thieves saw him, they made haste to flee.
The pupils asked the Gaon: ”We, too, are wearing Talit and Tefillin - why are they not afraid of us?”
The Vilna Gaon replied: ”It is written, ’And all the peoples of the earth shall see that the Lord’s name is proclaimed over you, and they shall stand in fear of you’ - these are the head Tefillin, not those on the head, but in the head, that a person should not be distracted as long as they are on his head.”

The Vilna Gaon teaches in Kol HaTor  (1:2):  It is incumbent upon each of us to learn and understand all the aspects and spiritual qualities of Mashiach ben Yosef, that they be a candle to light the way of our steps and accessible to us like a set table, to guide us in the way of action and the particular tasks that are upon us in order to assist the redemption of Yisrael, and bring it speedily.

The concept of Mashiach ben Yosef is discussed at great length in the Zohar and the writings of the AriZaL. It is also discussed in later Kabbalistic works by the RamChaL, the Vilna Gaon, and others. Upon deeper analysis of verses in Tanach and Midrashei ChaZaL, numerous references and teachings about Mashiach ben Yosef become apparent.

I was motivated by the above injunction of the Vilna Gaon to develop some of these ideas and to commit them to writing in English, in order to present an introduction to the concept of Mashiach ben Yosef, for the English speaking public and to encourage the dissemination of the teachings of the Vilna Gaon which illuminate and clarify the Redemption process, which we are witnessing the unfolding of, each day. My ideas are based on the teachings of the Vilna Gaon, which appear in “Kol HaTor”, of Rav Hillel of Shkolov; the Vilna Gaon’s primary student.

Source >  Godssecret

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