What follows are the instructions left to us by the Biblical Prophets on how to fix our world, and bring Redemption. They knew what would be wrong in our world from the spirit of Holiness, so lets act on their advice.
The prophet Isaiah says:
” And YHVH says they walk neck stretched forth and winking eyes, walking and raising themselves as they walk. With their feet they spout venom “. (3:16)
What is described here are haughty arrogant people. Nothing is more destructive to man’s spiritual life than arrogance. A man’s arrogance is what causes the fall of a soul into the dark prison of materialism. A society that sets its goals on acquiring wealth, fame and glory are their own assassins. As they’re envisioned life denigrates into an unproductive life of sensual gratification. This all creates the competitive man against man we live in now. If people are not haughty and arrogant they they then will care for one and other and act accordingly. Ideas such as justice, liberty and democracy for selfish aims is disaster.
The Vilna Goan explains that individuals who live for prestige, wealth and honor from others are bound to conflict with everyone around them. A society that values such a life style directs its people to be against one another. The seeking of prestige breeds jealousy, jealousy breeds anger, anger breeds strife, enmity and the destruction of family, community and ultimately the entire society.1
From Isaiah we see that we must be very careful not to do what others call justice:
” He hoped for justice and found there was injustice for righteousness and beheld a joke ” (5:7)
Exact justice on behalf of the poor. In appearance people may appear to do righteousness and justice. There may be courts set up, but still not be justice for all. This type of righteousness is so far from satisfying the needs of the poor that God calls it a joke.
We can look to the Prophet Amos:
“Those who turn justice to wormwood, and who leave righteousness on the ground ” (5:7)
Judgement is perverted for the rich. Making judgements for the poor like wormwood, which is bitter. Concerning ” who leaves righteousness on the ground ” this means they totally disregard it, as it does not matter at all. Jeremiah says ” For I am YHVH who practices kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth. In these things I delight says YHVH “(9:23). Thus man should follow suit and not cast kindness righteousness and justice on the earth, but should hasten to pursue these traits.
The prophet Zechariah Says:
“For these things that you do speak truth each one to his neighbor, truth and judgement of peace shall you judge in your cities. Let no one think evil of his neighbors in his heart, nor shall you love a false oath, for these are what I hate, says YHVH ” (8:16)
One must labor for all mankind’s material and spiritual welfare, because this is all involved in the positive command ” And You shall love your neighbor as yourself “. kindness must be strengthened by every possible means. The Chofetz Chayim teaches when one has compassion for a friend and shows him kindness, the divine attribute of kindness is kindled. The sages say ” If those who need kindness act kindly to one another, then I who am full of mercy and kindness will bless them with kindness “! The Divine force of kindness that is kindled bestows blessing on the entire world, and particularly on the one who induced it. All He does is surrounded in blessing.2
Concerning social injustice and economic oppression. Let us open with the words of Isaiah:
“Woe to those who join house to house and field to field, they draw close till there is no place, and you will be settled alone in the midst of the land ” (5:8)
They create a situation where there is no where for the poor man to live, as Rashi explains. This type of action is robbing the poor of their land. They allow themselves to act in this selfish way by denying that the land actually belongs to God, and that the poor inherently have a right to a place to live as explained by the Radak and Ibn Ezra. By joining field to field the small independent farmer is put out of business by large commercial industrial farming corporations. In safer Elijah, Elijah the Prophet says that because of interest taken on houses, and stealing fields from this there will be orphans and widows in sackcloth.3
Jeremiah warns us of the dangers of trying to become rich:
“For wicked men are found among my people, they lie in wait as a trap bites. They station an ambush, they catch people. As a cage is full so are their houses full of deceit. They have become great, they have become rich. They have become fat, they have become thick. They also transgress in deeds of wickedness, they don’t plead the cause of the orphan that they should prosper. The judgement of the poor they will not judge ” (5:26)
The Radak explains that these people take property through deceit, they acquire property without toil. They become great with riches, yet are not satisfied with their wealth but continue to rob and cheat until they surpass the deeds of the wicked.
the prophet Jeremiah as he continues to describe the degradation of greed:
“You Have turned and profaned my name, and you took back each man his man servants and maid servants, and forced them to be man and maid servants to you” (34:17)
Whats described here are the employment situations which are now being offered to the poor, and exploitation of the ” third world ” countries which are worse than slavery. As the sages teach that according to the law of the Torah even one’s own slave must be provided food and housing as an equal. If a person only has one pillow he must give it to his slave.
The prophet Amos continues showing us how greed can become one’s life:
“Who aspire on the dust of the Earth concerning the head of the poor ” (2:7)
Rashi explains “on the dust of the earth” meaning that when they walk on the Earth all their aspirations and all their thoughts are concerning the head of the poor, how they will rob them, and take their property. This is so insane as Rabbi Hirsh teaches that bread winning is only a means to make money, and not the purpose of life.4 Yet many spend all their effort only concerning such an end. The robbing of the poor man here is not by people that we call thugs, but as it says, this robbery is well thought out. This is the exploitation of the poor by businessmen. This is taking the farms away from the poor farmers. This is cold calculated oppression.
The Vilna Goan teaches ” As the evil of atheism and greed grows, so will its suffering, even to the point that the increased evil will threaten the very existence of the world. Then God will force man into seeing that his choice of selfishness over the rule of God was a disastrous one.”5
The Prophets also speak of spiritual rebukes, but this is as icing on the cake. Whats listed here is what is needed to we may be righteous, to be Holy is a higher level we should also strive for but I will adress that elsewhere. The basic principles are here.
Universal commandments were given by God to all mankind through Adam and Noah, and are included within the Bible. These universal commandments and the details of their observance all comes from the Torah Revealed at Sinai. These universal commandments are known as the “the seven laws of Noah”.
These 7 laws include :
1.Do not worship Idols
2.Do not use the Name of God in Vain
3.Do not kill
4.Do not act in a sexually immoral manner
5.Do not steal
6.Do not eat the limb of a living animal-no animal cruelty
7.Establish courts of Justice
These seven laws of the Righteous Gentile are similar to the 613 laws of the Torah for the Jew. They have many different levels of understanding and many details of application. Most aspects of the Torah are included within them.
By that which is set forth here, if we strive for these thing the world will be fixed from the destructive path it is set on now.
- 1Gra agada
- 2Chomat Daat, Chapter 14 Chophetz Chayim
- 3Safer Eliyahu-Atzorot Midrashim p.26
- 4Chomat Daat
- 5Gra on Agada
Filed under: Great Days, messiah redemption, push off evil, redemption messiah
” For the day of YHVH shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and every one that is lifted up shall be brought low ” (2:12)
The Radak explains in the ” day of Hashem ” all will recognize his kingship, by this the arrogant will be brought low. Now that we have looked externally at what will happen. Now we shall look at what will happen internally, spiritually to the Hebrew people, the nations around us and the world itself according to the prophesy of Jeremiah:
” Behold I will gather them out of all the countries I have scattered them in my anger, and in my fury and in great wrath. I will bring them back to this place. I will cause them to dwell safely. They will be my people and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way. That they may fear me forever for their good, and that of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them. I will not turn away from doing good to them, but I will put my fear in their hearts and they shall not turn aside from me. I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will truly plant them in this land with my whole heart and my whole soul. Thus says YHVH just as I have brought all this great evil on this people. So will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them ” (32:37-43)
Rashi says we will be gathered together in mercy from all places. The Metsudat David explains Israel will be as one heart, meaning there will be no more doubt, and they will not ignore any of my words to desecrate them, but all as one will go in the way of the fear of Hashem for all days forever more. Now we have looked at how Jeremiah describes the changes that take place in the heart’s of Hashem’s children Israel. Now we shall look for further clarification in this matter from the Prophet Ezekiel:
” For I will gather you from all the nations and take you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you and you shall be clean from all of your uncleanness, and from your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you. A new spirit I will put in you, I will take the stony heart out of your flesh. I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and keep my judgments to do them. You will dwell in the land I gave to your fathers. You will be my people and I will be your God. I will save you from your uncleanness. I will call the corn and make it abundant. You will no more receive the reproach of famine among the nations ” (36:24-30)
The Radak explains ” I will sprinkle purifying water on you and you shall be clean “, Just as those who are impure become pure by immersing in the pure water of a Mikvah, so too those who sin and are impure from iniquity will be purified in atonement. Explaining ” I will put a new heart and new spirit within you ” the Radak says that there shall be to them a heart that hears and a Ruach (spirit) that is true to receive the words of the blessed one in love. The heart and spirit will be in awe. The Metsudat David say Hashem’s name will be sanctified when he takes us from the nations. Concerning the “purifying water” we learn we will receive atonement from our iniquities, and there will pass away the impurity of our sin in the sprinkling of the ashes of the red heifer, purifying us from the impurity of death. The aspect of “new heart” is described by the Metsudat David as upright and driven to fulfill a will that is good. From the “new spirit” there will return prophecy, which has been missing all the days of exile. With the renewal of prophecy is the coming of the forbearer of the Messiah as described in the words of the Prophet Malachi:
” Behold I will send My messenger and He shall clear the way before me, and ADON who you seek shall suddenly come into his temple, and the messenger of the covenant whom you delight in. Behold He shall come says YHVH TSVAOT. Who shall abide the day of his coming. Who shall stand when he appears. For He is like the refiners fire, like the washers soap. He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and shall purify the son’s of Levi, and purge them as Silver and Gold that they may offer to YHVH an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offerings of Yehudah and Jerusalem be pleasant to YHVH as in days of old and former years ” (3:1-4). The Prophet Malachi also states:
” Behold I will send you Eliyahu HaNavi before the coming of the great and dreadful day of YHVH and He shall turn the heart of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse ” (3:23)
The sages identify the messenger of the covenant as Eliyahu the Prophet. The Radak tells us that Eliyahu will judge separating those who have merit from those that are wicked. The Metsudat David says like in days of old a fire will come down from heaven to consume the sacrifice on the alter. In Perke R. Yashiyha it states that when Mashiach and Eliyahu first reveal themselves they will not be believed. They will be asked to perform miracles to prove they are who they say. Mashiach will perform miracles. First he will bring to Yisrael Moshe and the generation of the desert. 2nd he will raise up Korach. 3rd He will resurrect Nachemyah ben Chusial (He is Mashiach ben Yosef Who was killed at the gates of Yerushalym). 4th He will reveal the ark, mana and annointing oil that was hidden. 5th all the mountains of Yisrael will sprout wheat. He will reveal secrets of the Torah. Then the hearts of fathers will turn to their sons.1
This ancient prayer Known as the Ana b’Koach, was composed by Rav Nehunia Ben Hakannah who lived in about 200 Bce., He composed the prayer but the 42 letter Divine name it encodes is from much earlier. This is the most powerful meditation to push off Evil, to work it requires all one’s mind in all one’s heart. In it are hidden 7 Divine names made of a total of 42 letters hidden in the words of the work of creation in the beginning of the Bible. Many miracles have been worked with this. It is a revelation thousands of years old. Each of the seven sentences correspond to one of the seven days of the week, specific angels, and channel their energy down through a particular heavenly body influencing its celestial influence. The letters that make up the 42 letter name encoded in Ana b’Koach are rooted in the first 42 letters of the book of Genesis, but it is derived from various transformations of these letters as explained in Safer Paliyah and Pardes Remonim. This combination of letters in this 42 letter name connect our souls and the world through us by its invocation back to the original forces at the time of Creation. Fill yourself and the world with NEW LIGHTS !
More of its secret will be revealed later, there is much to say
Here it is in English
Ana Bekoach Prayer
1. Please, with the might of your right, untie the bound: