Israel 365: The idea that the Messiah will arrive at a time when the world seems to be led by evil, corrupt governments is unfathomable for many God-fearing believers.
But in a recent lecture, the rabbi of Kfar Tapuach, Rabbi Yehudah Richter, explains that evil governments and other powerful entities are actually a prerequisite for the Final Redemption. He bases his assertion on a passage in Zechariah:
“I will whistle to them and gather them, For I will redeem them; They shall increase and continue increasing.” ( Zechariah 10:8)
AN IMPURE, WHISTLING BIRD
According to Rabbi Richter, this passage is referring to the whistling of a bird that was mentioned in the oral law explaining how in the Talmud in tractate khuli page 63 “tells us that there is an impure bird called racham but it has another name – it’s called shirakarak which means ‘whistle’.”
The reason this bird is often called the ‘whistler’ is because of that same verse in Zechariah according to the Talmud.