Sign of Messiah’s Coming? A Jerusalem Rabbi Answers
Israelis respond to mounting incidents of animals walking in circles by wondering if the End Times and Messiah’s Coming are upon us.
Is the Messiah about to appear? Is the end of the End Times upon us? That’s what a gathering of religious Israeli Jews wanted to know in response to mounting incidents of animals bizarrely walking in circles.
In recent weeks and months, a flood of video clips have shown all manner of animals beginning to walk in large circles for no apparent reason.
For instance, two weeks ago Chinese media reported that a flock of over 100 sheep had started walking in a large circle and continued doing so for more than 10 days.
Numerous other examples can be seen in the video below.
Rabbi Zamir Cohen, founder of the religious television network Hidabroot, told the gathering that while “there are many signs that are attributed to the Coming of Messiah, there is nothing written about animals walking in circles” in the last days.
That said, continued the rabbi, “every unusual phenomenon, including natural phenomena, has a moral lesson for man and should stimulate reflection.”
King Solomon in writing the book of Ecclesiastes seems to reflect on the same topic, explained Rabbi Cohen.
Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets and hurries back to where it rises. (Ecclesiastes 1:4-5)
And on, and on. “Everything happens in circles,” noted the rabbi. “Later Solomon instructs us to ‘Remember our Creator as in the days of our youth.’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
The lesson to be learned, according to Rabbi Cohen, is that “when man observes that this life is proceeding without any clear purpose, he must remind himself not to go with the flow.”
“I need to break free from this, to reach for the world to come, to reach for eternal life.”
In conclusion, Rabbi Cohen suggested that there was a sort of divine hint in the bizarre animal behavior for us to not trudge on with no purpose in life, simply following one after the other, but rather to break out and find our true purpose.