I was correct. If there is any topic that one can get into a lot of trouble and should avoid (especially at my age), it is this one. I received more comments on the blog and on Email than any other subject that I have attempted. I am actually very happy that Moshiach is such a topic of interest since I know how important a subject it is to the world. I decided to continue with some information on the subject and to answer some of the questions that I received. This should get me into more trouble but this is trouble that I enjoy.
The Talmud (Sanhedrin 98b) tells us the four possible names of Moshiach. The Vilna Gaon says that these four names are one since the initials of the four: Menachem, Shilo, Yinnon, and Chenaniah make up the word Moshiach. The Gemara tells us that Moshe Rabenu and King Solomon had many names. Similarly the Moshiach has many names. We also must realize that there are two Moshiachs – Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid (the one that most of us are familiar with). Each Moshiach will have his missions to accomplish and therefore each one has a list of requirements for the job.
I think the most important concept to remember is what the prophets said. The prophets teach that only Hashem is our Redeemer and Savior. In other places, the prophets discuss leaders acting as agents to save the people. The leaders at best are servants of Hashem bringing the children of Israel back to Hashem. After the people betrayed Hashem as their King in asking Samuel for a “king like the other nations,” Hashem said listen to the people. Why the sudden acquiescence? We are permitted righteous leaders who will turn us back to our True and only King. The entire purpose of Moshiach, like Moshe Rabbanu, is to guide the people of the world to Hashem, the King of Kings.
That said, let me bring up some questions asked and see how much trouble I can get into with answers. (As I said with my post on Jew Hatred, if you don’t like the message – please, don’t kill the messenger). Most of the questions came from the same person Mr or Ms Anonymous (just kidding).
My reply was not posted but I offer it here (I can't wait to see what it is going to be):
See above answer about war. Thank you for pointing out the previous activities of King David – it came in handy in my discussion above.
As mentioned above: the Moshiach was born in Israel and the absolute truth about everything is from Hashem, not us.
I started typing this at 1 AM in the morning and except for a break for prayer, breakfast, and learning, it is now 12 Noon (time to go to sleep). Sorry, I just wanted you to feel sorry for me. More importantly, keep the questions coming in. For me to know what you are interested in can only be judged by your feedback and questions. All I ask is that you be totally respectful and, even if you disagree, be nice – it’s the Jewish way. One other thing that I request is that you don’t give me your opinion but show me references that you researched to come up with differences in information and supporting information. This has been a wonderful learning experience for me and I appreciate what you have taught me.