16 Sivan 5775
Rashbi in an Ancient Prophecy: When Damascus Falls - Salvation Will Sprout to Israel
While news arrives from Syria about the waning of Assad's regime, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was expecting it a long time ago - accompanied by a surprising promise
Will the fall of Assad's regime be significant in some way or another for the State of Israel? Commentators differ in their opinions, but it seems that everything is dwarfed by a surprising description of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, written thousands of years ago.
The book "Otzar Midrashim" is a description of the redemption, as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai heard from an angel while hiding in a cave. In the Midrash, it shows a section that appears to refer to our days: "And it's a sign for you, when you see that an Eastern Nero has fallen, that in Damascus has fallen the Bnei Mizrach kingdom, then will sprout the salvation of Israel, and Mashiach ben David comes and will ascend to Jerusalem."
There was someone who checked and found that "Eastern Nero" in gematria equals "Bashar Assad". The actual timing is so appropriate, when the news from Syria is reporting on the last death throes of the Assad regime.