Moral Reasoning, Political Ideologies, Religion

Jewish Messiah of 1666 who shook the world-is he still?

First the plague and then 1666-London burned down

First the plague and then 1666-London burned down

The year 1666 was overflowing with apocalyptic expectations; I mean think about it, the date contains “666,” as mentioned in Revelations 13:18: “This is where wisdom is needed; those who understand should count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person, and its number is 666.”

Jews, of course, do not follow Revelations, yet they were expecting their messiah around 1648 due to calculations derived from the Cabbala. A certain Jew named Sabbatai Zevi believed he was that messiah. Brilliant, handsome and charismatic, Sabbatai informed people of his messiahship, which got him in trouble with local religious authorities but raised much interest in the general public.

He married a woman who had always believed she was destined to marry the messiah and when he connected with Nathan of Gaza, a prophet and mystic of note, his fame spread abroad. By 1666 European Christians thought the end of the age was nigh and Jews responded en masse, many (perhaps tens of thousands) selling all their earthly goods to travel to Jerusalem for the triumph.

Sabbatai Ziev>Forget that old morality-I've got something new and improved!

Sabbatai Ziev>Forget that old morality-I’ve got something new and improved!

Sabbatai stated that the old Jewish laws were null and void, in fact, Jews should do the opposite to demonstrate their new freedom: Thou shalt not kill, steal, kill, commit adultery? Nonsense, do the opposite.

The groundswell for Sabbatai was so immense that few rabbis opposed him. How is that possible? Well, he brought a lot of tourist money to the area, people were more religious than ever and shoot-maybe he WAS the messiah!

When Sabbatai announced in 1666 that the temple would be rebuilt in Jerusalem by the following year, the Sultan of Turkey intervened. Sabbatai was arrested and while imprisoned comfortably in a castle in Istanbul, his fame grew by leaps and bounds. The Sultan did not hand Jerusalem over to Sabbatai, however, he handed him a choice: Convert to Islam or die. Sabbatai converted.

You might think that was the end of that, but many of his followers in Turkey converted right along with him, while secretly remaining Jews. The rationale was that whatever religion they nominally professed, they knew the truth. These Donmeh as they came to be known, intermarried with one another, made their plans in secret and grew in numbers.

The Donmeh made up a large part of the Young Turks, who overthrew the Sultan and set up a “secular” state in Turkey in 1908 which supported the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. How many Donmeh were there? That’s the thing about a secret group-who can know? Estimates vary from a few hundred thousand to a million, and they did not stay in Turkey, but traveled physically or ideologically wherever revolution sprouted.

Why? Because the old ways must be destroyed and from the ashes will rise Utopia, as the “secular Jewish” NeoCon Michael Ledeen said in his book, The War Against the Terror Masters:  “Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law… They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission.”

Students of ideology will recognize this as the Bolshevik mindset and Bolsheviks set about the destruction of religions, class and family structures with great fervor. Many people have pointed out the preponderance of Jews in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet administration.

But is this even fair? Were they still Jews if they were atheists? Solzhenitsyn in his still-banned-in English book Two Hundred Years Together quoted a protestant pastor who escaped the Soviet Union and was debriefed by a Senate Commission in 1919:

“Soon after the March revolution of 1917….the majority of agitators were Jews … they were apostate Jews…”

The father of Zionism, Theodor Hertzl, who said he was an atheist, nevertheless did once seriously consider a mass conversion of Jews to Catholicism!

Obviously, stereotyping a group of people based on what religious label they wear is very thin ice, truth-wise. There is something else going on here, something sneaky, and its about power right here on earth; motivated by the delusion that WE ARE THE SAVIORS of all mankind, i.e., We ARE God.

A rabbi’s lecture on Sabbatai Ziev  

 

 

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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