Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Smart Money's On Isaiah - The Good Guys Will Win in the End
When Rabbi Akiva and his colleagues were walking past the ruins of the Second Temple, they started to weep while Akiva began to laugh. When asked what possessed him to laugh at this terrible site of pain and devastation he replied that just as the prophecy that the Temple would be destroyed came to pass so too could they be confident that they prophecy that it would be rebuilt would come to pass as well. They reflected on this a famously replied "you have comforted us Akiva."
As such, it seemed only fitting to boost our confidence in Toraitic prophecy at this moment of travail so that we could take comfort in the notion that some day Isaiah's vision will also be fulfilled:
"And it shall be at the end of days that the mountain of God's house will be firmly established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream into it. And many people will go and say 'come, let's go up to God's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob and let him teach us His ways and we will go in His paths' for out of Zion will the Torah come forth and the word of God from Jerusalem. And He will judge between nations are reprove many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift sword against nation and they will not learn war any more."
Here's my take on prophecy: