"The Great Redemption"
The Remembrance: Ch. 7
So much of what will begin to happen at this stage can only be termed
supernatural. For all sorts of celestial beings will begin to emerge,
since "all the ministering angels and their legions whose service and
assignments were no longer in effect" in the course of the exile "will
return to their assignments" by now.
The very fact of their reappearance touches upon a major theme of The
Remembrance. For as Ramchal words it, "everything that had been impaired
in the exile will be emended and repaired". What that means to say is that
all wrongs will be made right, all losses will turn to triumphs; and the
heavens, the world at large, and the Jewish Nation specifically will
witness all sorts of wonders as a consequence. And the greatest wonder
will be the great redemption itself, fullblown.
The verse that reads, “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all
who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all who mourn for her” (Isaiah
66:10) will come alive. For, “G-d will console Zion ... and He will make
her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the G-d's garden (i.e., the
Garden of Eden)" (Isaiah 51:3), for all sorts of "joy and gladness will be
found there" -- as a consequence of all the light and pleasantness on
exhibit then. And the call of "thanksgiving, and the sound of song” that
Isaiah spoke of there will become manifest then as well, since the angels
spoken of above will begin to sing out.
One could hardly imagine the richness of the songs that angels sing and
the great joy they'll elicit! Their songs must somehow replicate the sweet
stillness of the moment of creation, or echo the click-clacks and varooms
of Heaven. Indeed, "the joy then will be very great and ... blessings will
grow greater and greater" by the moment as a consequence.
That blessedness and bestowance will also manifest itself in a most unique
sort of way, in that time itself will implode, if you will. "A lot of time
won’t be needed in the future" to accomplish things after the redemption,
as Ramchal puts it, for "everything will be done instantaneously" (Ibid.).
Hence, “(a) woman will conceive and be in labor at one (and the same
time)” (Jeremiah 31:7), for example.
The implications of that are staggering. First off, it could help to
explain the contemporary urge for rapid results and instant-everything as
a sign of impending redemption (please G-d). It could also clarify why
people who are more attached to the physical tend to be mired in processes
that always take time, while those attached to the spiritual seem to be
Other consequences of the new reality will be that the angels will
constantly and instantaneously change "assignments" (i.e., their spiritual
standing), and "they’ll always and forever be renewed" and enjoy more and
more emanations, which will entertain and "keep the Jewish Nation happier
than any light (could)".
The angels will hear "the calls of Malchut (i.e., the Shechina) that will
sound throughout the worlds" (which must be even more unfathomably lovely
than the angels' own songs), and they'll "gather together in song and
praise" G-d as a consequence. And "things will always be favorable" by
that point, for "emanation will be constant, and (Divine) judgment will
forever be mitigated".
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.