27 August 2014

Birthpangs of Mashiach?

1 Elul 5774
Rosh Chodesh Bet


I was thinking about how I've never seen a conflict like this that was interspersed with so many ceasefires and calls for ceasefire. The stopping and starting - on again, off again - character of this latest war made me think of labor contractions (otherwise known as "birthpangs"). 

I wondered what it would look like if I could graph a timeline of the ceasefires, so I went about collecting the data. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy to tell when it was ceasefire or not because more often than not, firing went right on during the ceasefires.

I couldn't figure out how to make a graph, but from this chart that I made and pictured above, it is clear that the duration of the ceasefires were getting longer, while the interval between them tended generally towards getting shorter. This reflects the character of contractions as labor progresses.

Maybe this is another sign to encourage us - to show us that we really have entered into the time period known as "the birthpangs of Mashiach."
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Note: * On the chart above indicates proposed ending date and duration.