Rav Ashlag was the greatest kabbalist of the past century. Known as Hasulam (the ladder), he was not only the first to translate the Zohar from Aramaic to Hebrew but he wrote volumes of explanations as well and could have written hundreds more by his own account had he had the financial means to cover the pens and paper. His legacy included several other books including The Ten Luminous Emanations, which brought new light and understanding to the study of the Tree-of-life as taught by the Arizal 400 years earlier.
Rabbi Yehuda Halevi Ashlag died at the age of 70, on Yom Kippur, 1954, and with his last divine breath uttered these 5 words , quoted from Psalm 91:16 אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ; וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי.
which translates to “With long life will I satisfy him, and make Him to behold My salvation.”
For 56 years now, since his passing, these words were shrouded in mystery. Yet, we have to look no further than the initials of the 5 words (Alef,Yud, Alef,Vav, Bet), whose gematria miliui (spelled-out numerical value) is exactly 666.
Now, for sure Rav Ashlag wasn’t referring to the infamous number of Revelations, but to the year that the kabbalistic proportion of .666 points to for the geula (final redemption), 5778 HC (2018 CE). After all, it was Rav Ashlag who taught it to me. (Please see The Divine Calendar or our article on the missing 222 years.)
Like the design of the Tree-of-life itself, Rav Ashlag separated the 6 millennium (6000 years) into those years dedicated to G-d (upper 1/3. or .333), and those to the self (lower 2/3, or .666), thus 2000 and 4000 respectively, giving us a base of 4000 selfish (malchut) years. Thus leaving us 2000 years to purify ourselves.
This .666 proportion by the way is not arbitrary and has deep divine origins, which we’ll explain in another article very soon.
Nevertheless, taking those 2000 years, then separated them into 666.66 (667) and 1333.33 years, he came up with a total of 5333.33 base years and 666.66 years that were left to be purified further, which not so coincidentally coincided with the death of the Arizal. These final 666.66 years he separated once again into 444.44 base years and 222.22 spiritual ones.
This left Rav Ashalg, of blessed memory, with the year for Moshiach at 5777.78 with 222.22 spiritual years set aside. So of our 6000 year allotment, as specified by the sages, only 222 are of a higher spiritual nature, giving us a proportion of 222/6000, or .0370 percent or 1/27.01, which is why to a great extent the total numerical value of the Torah’s first verse is 2701 (See The Genesis Prayer).
The same goes for the total value of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, 3701, which is the Kabbalistic inverse of 2701 and is directly derived from that first Torah verse. Moreover, the complete gematria sofit of the 42-Letter Name equals 5778, while the final letters of each of the 7 lines of the 42-Letter Name matrix add up to 2448, the year of the exodus from Egypt and that the 10 Commandments were received at Sinai, exactly 66.6 jubilee years prior to 5778.
6000: 4000 + 2000
2000: 1333.33 + 666.67
666.67: 444.44 + 222.22
5777.78 + 222.22 = 6000
But back to Rav Ashlag’s final 5 words:
Psalm 91:16 אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ; וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי.
While it’s true that the 5 words with their ordinal values add up to 1998 when 1 is added for the kolel and 1998 = 3 x 666, adding the kolel for the 27 letters and subtracting that 5 words gives us 2019, the year (2019 ce) that the new era is slated to begin (see Nothing is Random in the Universe).
We can’t say whether Rav Ashlag was pointing to that when he uttered his very last words, but we know he was very well aware of the date prognosticated and that using the 2/3 (.666) proportion 3 times gets you there, as illustrated above. And we know he could have chose any final words to leave us with. So just perhaps, he wanted to make sure that those of us with whom he shared this secret would pass it on in time.
And have faith, since the sum of the first and last letters in each of the 5 words sum to 102, the numerical value of emunah, meaning “faith,”and with the kolel for the 5 words, we have 107, as in the sum of integers through 107 = 5778, the 107th triangular number.
And with the events that transpired this week, the time is now, if ever, but we’ll get into that in our next article as it appears the battle is upon us.