The Talmud and Ikveta d’Meshicha.
Ikveta d’Meshicha means the Heels of the Messiah. The rabbis and sages have written of the era before the coming Moshiah as one of spiritual decline and distress amongst Israel and the Nations. (This fits in perfectly with the writings of the Brit haDashah (the New Testament or Covenant) in the four Gospel accounts where Y’shua the Moshiach predicts what will befall the world in the last days of this age before His return to rescue Israel).
We can now see this illustrated quite plainly for us from the following quotations from the Talmud:
‘Tragedy will come upon you at the end of all the days.’ Targum Yonathan.
‘During the era preceding the Moshiach, prices will soar, the vine will produce its fruit but wine will be very expensive.’ Sotah 49b.
‘During the era preceding the Messiah insolence will abound. The young will make the faces of the elderly grow ashen with shame; the elderly will have to rise before the young; sons will disgrace fathers; daughters will rise up against their mothers; the members of one’s family will become his enemies.’ Sotah 49b
‘During the era of the Ikveta d’Meshicha (Heels of the Messiah) governments will turn atheist and there will be no protest. Truth will vanish.’ Sanhedrin 97a; Sotah 49b.
Let us now compare and contrast these statements with the words of Adonai Yeshua warning us of these things well before they were written of by the sages of old. The following words recorded for us in the Brit HaDashah are a warning about the end of days that we should pay particular attention to. Our Messiah had already foretold of the destruction of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem which came about in 70ad as the Emperor Titus and his Roman Legions besieged the holy city and destroyed the sanctuary.
The Brit HaDashah:
“For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Messiah; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Mattiyahu 24:5-14.
Again the high priest asked Him, and said unto Him, “Art thou the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?” And Y’shua said, “I AM: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:61-62.
Y’shua plainly states that He is the Messiah and that He shall come with power on His return. In the gospel of Mattiyahu our Moshiach foretells the conditions in this world before His heels come upon the earth.
But the L-rd Y’shua is more than the Prophet that was to come – see Deuteronomy 18:18-19. He is our great High Priest who ever lives to intercede for us – see Hebrews 10:9-21.
Once we recognise this He then becomes our Saviour King, indeed He is not only Mashiach, Sar Shalom, Melech Yisrael but Immanuel (with us is G-d) as foretold by the prophets of old – see Isaiah 9:6-7.
The Holy Scriptures clearly teach that our Messiah is Prophet, Priest and King.
The Tanach contains these prophecies regarding Him and the Brit HaDashah confirms them. The reader should also read through two other of our Yeshivah studies to understand that – The Tanach shows One Messiah but Two Comings and Moshiach Ben Yosef is Moshiach Ben Dovid.
May the L-rd bless thee and keep thee in the way.