The Lawless Sons of Your People Shall be Raised Up to Fulfill the Vision

by tillerofthesoil

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANThus speaks YHWH of armies, saying, ‘This people say, The time is not come, the time that YHWH’s House should be built.’ Then came the word of YHWH by Haggai the prophet, saying, ‘Is it time for you, yourselves, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this House lie in ruins?’ (Haggai 1:2–4).

“Rabbi Yoḥanan: The blessed Holy One said, ‘I will not enter the heavenly Jerusalem until I can enter the earthly Jerusalem.’ Is there then a heavenly Jerusalem? Yes; for it is written, Jerusalem built like a town that is joined fast together (Psalms 122:3)” (BT Ta’anit 5a).

Enhance Zion with Your favor, build the walls of Jerusalem (Psalms 51:20). Enhance Zion with Your favor—informing us as follows: Why enhance? It seems that she already has goodness, and now, enhance that goodness. Certainly so! For ever since the day that the blessed Holy One engaged in building the Temple above until now, that goodness of favor has not settled upon that edifice, and so it has not been completed. However, when favor above rouses, with goodness will He tend and kindle the lights of that edifice and that creation, so that even the angels above will be unable to gaze at the Temple or at the structure. Then the whole work will be completed. Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Now, since the day that the blessed Holy One engaged in building the Temple until now, has He not built them? If He has not built the walls of Jerusalem, then certainly not the Temple! However, all actions of the blessed Holy One differ from the actions of human beings. When human beings built the Temple, they first constructed the walls of the city and finally the Temple—walls of the city first to protect them, then building the Temple. Not so with the blessed Holy One; rather, He builds the Temple first, and finally, when He lowers it and sets it in place, then He will build the walls of Jerusalem, the walls of the city. Thus, Enhance Zion with Your favor, first; and then, build the walls of Jerusalem” (Zohar 2:108b).

The lawless sons of your people shall be raised up to fulfill the vision, but they shall stumble (Daniel 11:14).

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