(Below is an article written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ztk’l in 1979)
Written: March 9, 1979
It comes as a shock only to the little people, blinded by their materialism and wallowing in their Western fleshpots. Like some awesome spectre, the shadow of the black-shrouded imams and kadis and ayatollahs of Islam sweep across the world scene in an awesome display of magnetism and hypnotism that sweeps up tens of millions of people in its hysterical grip. How is it possible for an old man living thousands of miles away to exercise such a power over millions? More to the point, how is it conceivable that this mob was able to drive out a Shah and paralyze a country without any serious challenge from one of the most powerful armies in the world, equipped with billions of dollar worth of the most modern, sophisticated weapons available?
And now, from all over the Middle East and beyond, come the militant cries of a militant Islam. In Pakistan, the military government decrees Islamic law to be the law of the land. In the Sudan, students march and call out cries of “Allah” is great!” All over Africa and Asia, Islam is on the march and the pathetic Polish adviser to Carter calls on his sophisticated Columbia University and State Department “experts” to make yet another study – this time of an Islam that cometh.
It is, again, a shock only to the ignorant, the blind, the ones who removed G-d and religion from any relevance to modem life. It is an ignorance shared by gentile and Jew alike, and too many “religious” Jews are partners to it. What is happening MUST BE and it is part of an era of the beginning of the redemption, with all the needless and unnecessary tragedies that accompany it, and that we bring upon ourselves.
The final chapter is being written not only in Jewish history but in that of the world, and the “measure of sin is full” (Yalkut, Bamidbar, 743; Rashi, Genesis 19:20).
A world that refused to recognize the L-rd or to “know” Him is facing the proof of His existence and Omnipotence. A world that arrogantly thought that G-d was dead, impotent, irrelevant, in His “proper” place, is on the verge of being shaken and smelted in the Divine furnace. For all the sins, there is now the time of payment.
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre . . . because your heart has grown proud and you have said, ‘I am a god! I sit in the seat of G-d, in the heart of the seas’; yet you are man and not G-d, though you have set your heart as the heart of G-d . . . Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the most terrible of the nations, and they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they will defile your brightness. They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die the deaths of them that are slain in the heart of the seas. Will you yet say before him that slays you, ‘I am G-d’? But you are a man, and not G-d, in the hand of him that slays you.” (Ezekiel 28:2, 7-10)
The arrogance of a world that saw in itself the master of its own fate, blessed with the ability to create and produce and determine its own future. That declared: “G-d did not create me, I conceived Him!” That joined in the cry of an arrogant Pharaoh: “Who is the L-rd? I know not the L-rd!” For this world that found Him irrelevant and scorned His majesty and kinship, there is now a time of payment.
For the unbridled materialism!
“And they shall make a spoil of your riches, and make a prey of your merchandise; and they shall break down your walls, and destroy the houses of your delight . . . . I will put an end to the multitude of your songs, and the sound of your lyres shall be heard no more . . . Then all the princes of the sea will descend from their thrones, remove their robes, and strip off their richly
woven garments; they shall clothe themselves with trembling . . . and they shall take up a lamentation for you, and say of you: ‘How are you destroyed . . . the renowned city . . . she and her inhabitants, who had set their terror upon all those round about.’” (Ezekiel 26:12,13,16,17)
The throwing off of the yoke of Heaven, the refusal to rise above the animal and to attain the holiness that was the purpose of the creation of man. The wallowing in desire and pleasure and self-indulgence, to the exclusion of spirit. The turning of man into animal and the negation of Creation’s destiny – all part of the arrogant refusal to “know” the L-rd.
For all their evil, their murder, cruelty and oppression; for their torture and persecution of the people of Israel! “Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir . . . . I will lay your cities waste, and you shall be desolate, and you shall know that I am the L-rd. because you have had a perpetual hatred and have hurled the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their calamity; therefore as I live, says the L-rd G-d, I will prepare you to blood, and blood shall pursue you” (ibid,35:3-6).
“Because you have clapped your hands and stamped with your feet and rejoiced with all the disdain of your soul against the Land of Israel . . . I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the L-rd.” (ibid.,25:6,7)
The culmination of the uprising against the L-rd and His people Israel is, too, the culmination of G-d’s fury and vengeance as He makes His name known so that He shall stand alone on that final day. The hatred of the L-rd and of Israel MUST find the nations raging and coming together in an alliance, no matter what their differences are. From one end shall come forth those nations that scorn and deny any G-d. From the other end shall come the hordes of those who proclaim the power of a G-d that is not the L-rd of Israel. Both shall join together, an Ishmael and Islam linking hands with a Jew-hating Christianity of the West, an both marching against the ALL Mighty with a Red atheism that is Communism. Whatever their differences are, they are joined by hatred of the ALL Mighty and His people.
“For behold, Your enemies make a tumult and they who hate You have lifted up their head. They plot deviously against Your nation . . . . They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no longer remembered.’ For they have consulted together with one consent: they are united against You: THE TENTS OF EDOM AND THE ISHMAELITIES . . . “
The day of desecration of the L-rd is coming to an end and His humiliation will be no more. Precisely the obsessive hatred of the nations that unifies them will be their downfall. For the ALL Mighty opens the way for them, seduces them to put into practice that hatred which is in their hearts:
“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say . . . behold I am against you, Gog, the prince, leader of Meslech and Tuval; and I will lead you astray, and seduce you . . . and will bring you against the mountains of Israel . . . . YOU WILL FALL UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, you and all your cohorts and the peoples that are with you . . . . And I will dispatch a fire against Magog and against those who dwell confidently in the islands, and they shall know that I am the L-rd. So will I make My holy name known that I am the L-rd. So will I make Mu holy name known in the midst of My people Israel.” (Ezekiel 39: 1-7)
The measure of sin is full and the fire and Holocaust approaches for the earth. The rise of Islam and of militant Christianity and arrogant Marxism is the way of the ALL Mighty in this final chapter, as he gives them the height of power so that they may fall to the depths of destruction. Their cup of poison overflows so that they may drink all the more deeply of it. Khomeini and the Nazis and Moscow ill swell with pride and power so that the sounds of their bursting into destruction will be heard by an entire world that cowers in fear as it finally “
knows” that “I am the L-rd, the Holy One in Israel” (ibid., 39:7).
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