…continued from the 10 Plagues and the Final Redemption
We’ve seen how the 10 plagues were more for the benefit of waking up the Israelites to the tree-of-life reality than shaking up the Egyptians, and how that were even more for our benefit as we deal with the same spiritual afflictions our brethren faced 66.6 jubilee years ago, when they too stood before the 50th gate of darkness. We’ve also seen how the dates of the Divine calendar were programmed into the 40 letters of the plagues so that the dates 3760 (0 CE), 26.26 jubilee years after the Exodus, and 5778 (2018 CE), 40 jubilee years later were highlighted, and connected to Moshiach (the Messiah), the geula (final redemption) and the the 42-letter Name of G-d (Ana B’koach).
Now, we’ll examine specifically how the final and 10th plague, the death of the first born, relates to us and our generation.
Interestingly enough, the two initials of the last plague, the killing of the first born, make up the last of the 11 initials and are Mem and Bet as in the Mem-Bet, or 42-Letter Name of G-d, and if we were to add the value of the missing vav (6) or the omitted 41st letter mentioned in the previous blog the 352 times that the initials Mem-Bet appears sequentially in the Torah, we’d get 358, the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah.
Furthermore, we’ve seen the sum of the gematria sofit values of the 10 plagues is 5546, which is 232 (the value of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton) less than 5778, the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of Moshiach, but if we sum up the square roots of each of the 10 plagues, again utilizing gematria sofit and this time add the square root of 232 we get 314…. the numerical value of Shadai, Mettatron, Pi, etc), just like the first 11 letters of parsha Bo (VYEMR YHVH EL) where we find the last 3 plagues.
Shadai (ShDY) is the Name of G-d, placed on every Jewish door post as protection against negativity and for those that understand, as a gateway to the world above, so it’s very fitting that 314, Shadai, would be at the entrance to the Tree-of-life reality, just as the place the Israelites crossed the Sea of Reeds was PI-Haraoth.
It was Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory who taught that all Torah light is spread through squaring so we know that this is no coincidence and, as detailed in The Genesis Prayer, we’ve already established the overwhelming evidence and significant connections integrally linking 314 (PI to several decimal places) and the Torah, the 42-Letter Name, and 358 (Mashiach); and then again to the year 5778 in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe.
In one of chazal’s prophecies it says. “Like the days you left Egypt, I will show you wonders”. This is a reference to the final redemption.
According to the tzaddikim, Moses’ staff was engraved with both the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and the 72 Names of G-d, which are derived from the three consecutive 72 letter verses that narrate the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds). And it took the power of the 42-Letter Name coupled with the 72 Names to help the Israelites break through the final barrier of illusions, which is why the special 3-columned structure of the Song of Moses, praising G-d for the deliverance from exile, is in paragraph 42 of Shmot (The Book of Names, Exodus).
Moreover, while all 11 initials of the 10 plagues sum up to 541, the numerical value of Israel, the 3 initials of the first and last plague together, are Dalet-Mem-Bet, which spells out the 65th of the 72 Names of G-d, Dalet-Mem-Bet. Meanwhile, the numerical value of the initials Dalet-Mem-Bet is 46, that of meah, Hebrew for 100 and “100 Gates” or Meah Sharim (MEH ShYRIM) is 46 + 420 = 666.
But this connection to 100 is deeper than at first appears because the sum of the ordinal value of the 11 initials (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) of the 10 plagues is 100. And to a kabbalist, 100 is always keter (the highest sefira) and we further know from the Arizal that the 10 plagues are analogous to the 10 sefirot stretching from dam (blood) representing malchut to the death of the first born, representing keter.
Now, the meaning of 100 gates, used in Genesis 26:12, is twofold: first they represent the fully blossomed tree-of-life with the 10 sub-sefirot (dimensions) for each of the 10 sefirot, but it can also represent both the 50 positive gates of Binah (Understanding) and the corresponding polar opposite 50 gates of negativity. 66.6 jubilee years (50 year intervals) ago in 2448 HC, the Israelites were able to shed their disbeliefs and illusions and swinging from one extreme to the other they were able to transverse all 100 gates in a single moment that split the Red Sea.
That seminal moment is available to each of us today, their counterparts in this divine plan. And like the Israelites back then, we too will have to come together, pool our strengths, and utilize the Names, which is why now after 3330 (66.6 jubilee) years the understanding of the Names are being made available to everyone, not just the selected few who have safe kept and guarded them for us all these generations. It was Rabbi Abraham Abulafia who advised that no secret gets revealed without Heavenly permission and according to chazal, “when the student is ready the teacher will come,” not the other way around. Though we think we are the ones seeking it out, it’s really the knowledge that finds us.
The 11 Initial Letters
There are 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, corresponding to the 11 spices of the Holy Temple and there are 11 first letters of the 10 plagues. The tzaddikim from Abraham to Abulafia to the Arizal have taught us to permute and roll the letters, and when we do so with these 11 initials we get both the Shem Mem-Bet (the 42-letter Name)and the Ayin-Bet Shemot (the 72 Names). Once the letter Tzaddi is broken into its component nun and yud, these 11 letters (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) can be permuted to form:
Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)
It’s said by the sages that in the time of Mashiach, the Messiah, the Tzaddi will split into Nun and Yud, then the Yud will change direction to face forward) and then reconnect.
The significance of this permutation is that they spell out Echad, One, as in “G-d is One;” Mem-Bet, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d, and the 42 places the Jews journeyed through on their way to Israel, and then Ayin-Bet, as in the 72 Names of G-d, both of which were used to split the Sea of Reeds according to the sages; Shaddai, the Name of G-d that appears on all mezuzot and that starts of the mathematical constant Pi: and the letter Nun, whose numerical value is 50 as in the 50th Gate, which the Israelites were at before crossing the Sea of Reeds.
The letter nun (50) also represents the 50 times the Exodus is mentioned in the Torah; as in the 50 days from the Exodus to the reception of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, as in the 50 component letters used to construct the 27 letters of the Hebrew alphabet; and as in the length of the biblical jubilee year (50 calendar years) used to reckon the arrival of H’Mashiach.
In many senses the 10 plagues were a cleansing of the Jewish and world soul, the nefesh housed in the blood, in preparation for the reception of the Torah 50 days later. Nefesh has the numerical value of 430, and the exodus in 2448 HC marked the end of the Israelites 430 years of exile.
An alternative way to permute the 11 letters also forms koach, strength, as in Ana B’Koach, and Eden, foundation, as in Gan Eden, the Garden of Eden, where the tree-of-life (10 sefirot) metaphorically grows. Koach has the numerical value of 28, a number very central to the entire Torah and Divine calendar and also the number of letters in the Torah’s first verse, where the 42-Letter Name is derived from.
Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)
The Hebrew year 5778, the year given as the year of the Final Redemption, is 2018 in the Western calendar and 50 years earlier, one jubilee year, was the year 1968, the year of Revolution. It’s no coincidence the Beatles’ song Revolution came out that year. 1968 was the year the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive and the world witnessed the My Lai Massacre; the year the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Rebellion; the year of Black Power demonstrations in Howard University, the Mexico City Olympics, etc; the year of student protests in Poland and Germany and Tlatelolco Massacre of the students in Mexico; the year the French Government was brought to the brink of revolution under siege by the student protests; the year of the Cantonsville Nine war protest and student war protests in universities all over the US; The year the war protestors clashed with the Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention; the year Martin Luther King was assassinated and the riots that followed; the year Robert F Kennedy was assassinated; the year Nixon became president; and the year the Gold Standard was legally dropped and the dollar decoupled from gold, sealing the fate of the US economy; and finally, the year Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq, setting us up for where we are today, ironically (coincidentally) mired in yet another Vietnam. 1968 was 32 Years before the 2000 millennium.
The year of Revolution, 1968, began the final jubilee year, the last of the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus to the Final Redemption, the last of the 40 jubilee years from 3760 (0 CE) to 5778, corresponding to the 40 letters of the 10 plagues, and the 40 chapters in Exodus.
So, yes, history will repeat itself. And yes, things will get ugly. But, yes, this exile will end. We need to do our part though by embracing the tree-of-life reality and getting past the illusions that keep us all prisoners in this exile. If the Israelites could jump 100 gates from the 50th gate of negativity to the 50th gate of Binah, so can we. G-d created the time frame of 5778 (2018 CE) for our generation, for us, and He is no less with us today than He was for our ancestors.