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Coming of the messiah / mashiah will be like an extraterrestrial military invasion from outer space (Ariel Bar Tzadok)

Interesting piece (see below)! Ariel Bar Tzadok wants to break away all the fluff, so to speak, that has surrounded conceptions of the coming of the Messiah. He wants to emphasize how radical a world-changing event this will be, how it will even do away with religions as they are conceived today. He uses the popular conception of UFOs and extraterrestrials, at first, as an anology to what the coming of the Messiah will be like: it’ll be like a military invasion from outer space.

But then he seems to suspect that maybe that analogy could be a little bit more than an analogy. Maybe… “Judging from how prophecy describes the way Mashiah and his army is supposed to act, extraterrestrial invasion might be the proper way to understand the coming event. After all, Mashiah’s army will display a superiority over all the world’s technology and weapons. With the greatest of ease, the Messianic army will completely demolish the forces opposing it, just like what we would expect from an invasion from outer space” (bold mine).

I was also fascinated by his reference to a tradition in the Talmud that “speaks of the Third Temple descending down from Heaven fully built and that it will “land” of the top of an earthquake adjusted now very high peak that was once Moriah, the Temple Mount” and how parallel that is to the New Testament tradition of the New Jerusalem — for example, Revelation 21:2 — “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (NIV) and Revelation 21:10-12 — And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel (NIV).

I’m including the whole text of Bar Tzadok’s piece below. It’s also available as a pdf here. I’ve bolded parts that I found most interesting.

What To Expect

When Mashiah Comes

by HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok

Copyright © 2009 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

The nature of Mashiah is often misunderstood. Granted, Mashiah is supposed to come as a savior, to step into the middle of a very nasty war between Israel and its enemies and to destroy those enemies with an overwhelming show of force. Then once Israel is safe and its enemies no more, we are all supposed to live happily ever after. Everyone is supposed to love one another; we expect all to live carefree lives, and life will be blissful and utopian. This is what the majority expect the Mashiah is to accomplish. There is however one simple problem with all this; this utopian fantasy is not what the Biblical prophets prophesied. Read more of this post

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Favorite depiction of Ezekiel’s Vision (Ezekiel 1)

"Cover of the Israeli fanzine The Tenth Dimension...the vision of the prophet Ezekiel who saw a strange unwordly flying chariot"

Ezekiel’s Vision by Avi Katz

Wow, I think this might be my favorite depiction of Ezekiel’s vision.

Found it here: at epilogue.net.

“Cover of the Israeli fanzine The Tenth Dimension…the vision of the prophet Ezekiel who saw a strange unwordly flying chariot”

B’Elanna Torres “ascends to the heavens”

I almost wish I could assemble a list of Star Trek (of all the series) episodes in which a less-advanced species thinks the Star Trek folk (or others) are holy or divine in some way.

Just saw the Voyager episode, for example, called “Muse,” in which some ancient-Greek-like aliens think B’Elanna Tores and Harry Kim are “Eternals.”  These “Eternals” even inspire these aliens to be less war-loving, more peaceful — via one of their poets who writes plays based on the Voyager crew exploits. And at the end of the episode, B’Elanna appears on the stage herself.

Here’s the script for the last scene. Check out all the parallels with Jesus’ ascension (as well as Greek mythology).

CHORUS: Finally, Voyager has reached our shores.
TORRES: And not a moment too soon. Kelis the poet must say goodbye as B’Elanna Torres returns to the Eternals in a dazzling blaze of light.
CHORUS 3: On a far-away, snow-covered peak…
TORRES: No, right here before your eyes.
LAYNA: Wait! She’s not from across the Eastern Sea. She’s an Eternal! I’m telling you she’s B’Elanna Torres. The real B’Elanna Torres! I saw her ship.
CHORUS 1: The lead actress, in a fit of jealousy, brands her rival an Eternal. Our patron rises to his feet to stop the play.
AUTARCH: Nicely done. I almost believed you. Continue.
KELIS: Stay.
TORRES: Voyager needs me.
KELIS: So do I.
TORRES: No, you don’t. You have all that you need right here.
KELIS: I’ll be inspired every time I think of you.
TORRES: One to beam, to ascend to the heavens. (transports away)
CHORUS 1: And so ends the rescue of B’Elanna Torres, half-Klingon. B’Elanna Torres, half-human. B’Elanna Torres, Chief Engineer.
KELIS: These stories will continue for as long as we have the breath to tell them, and as long as our patrons remain wise and compassionate. And Voyager will continue on her journey to the gleaming cities of Earth where peace reigns, and hatred has no home.

And here’s a youtube video of this scene.

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