Daily Zohar # 2101 – Metzora – A day of reckoning
29. רַבִּי יִצְחָק אָמַר, שְׁנֵי יָמִים הֵם לַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, אֶחָד שָׁרוּי עִמּוֹ, וְאֶחָד בָּא לְפָנָיו, וּבְאֵלּוּ עוֹשֶׂה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא קְרָבוֹת עִם הַכֹּל. וּכְשֶׁבָּא הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה לַעֲרֹךְ קְרָב, הוּא מִזְדַּוֵּג עִם אוֹתוֹ יוֹם אַחֵר, וְנוֹטֵל כְּלֵי זַיִן עַל כְּלֵי זֵינוֹ, וְעוֹרֵךְ קְרָב בְּכֻלָּם, בְּאוֹתָם רָמִים וּנְמוּכִים. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב (ישעיה ב) כִּי יוֹם לַה’ צְבָאוֹת עַל כָּל גֵּאֶה וָרָם וְעַל כָּל נִשָּׂא וְשָׁפֵל.
“הִנֵּה יוֹם-בָּא, לַיהוָה; וְחֻלַּק שְׁלָלֵךְ, בְּקִרְבֵּךְ”
“Watch, for the day of YHVH is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you!”
The Zohar reveals that the ‘day of YHVH’ was created at the time of Creation. It’s a day of judgment for all the wicked. On that day God will process the ‘accounts’ of the evil people and punish those who caused harm to the Israelites.
This day has the power to bring to judgment and eradicate all idol worshipers who didn’t follow YHVH.
“וְאָסַפְתִּי אֶת-כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם אֶל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, לַמִּלְחָמָה, וְנִלְכְּדָה הָעִיר וְנָשַׁסּוּ הַבָּתִּים, וְהַנָּשִׁים תשגלנה (תִּשָּׁכַבְנָה); וְיָצָא חֲצִי הָעִיר, בַּגּוֹלָה, וְיֶתֶר הָעָם, לֹא יִכָּרֵת מִן-הָעִיר”
“For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.”
“כִּי יוֹם לַיהוָה צְבָאוֹת, עַל כָּל-גֵּאֶה–וָרָם; וְעַל, כָּל-נִשָּׂא וְשָׁפֵל”
“For YHVH of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who feels lifted up, That he may be put low.”
The Zohar also tells about another day that will join the first one and the two forces will join for total cleansing of negativity from the world. Everyone will find himself low as it said in Isaiah 2:17
“וְשַׁח גַּבְהוּת הָאָדָם, וְשָׁפֵל רוּם אֲנָשִׁים; וְנִשְׂגַּב יְהוָה לְבַדּוֹ, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא”
Everyone will see how small they are when YHVH revealed his light in the world. No one will have any doubt that YHVH is the only force and above everything.
“חִדְלוּ לָכֶם מִן-הָאָדָם, אֲשֶׁר נְשָׁמָה בְּאַפּוֹ: כִּי-בַמֶּה נֶחְשָׁב, הוּא”
“Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?”
Isaiah’s prophecy also tells us that we cannot rely on any man, who has ‘breath in his nostrils’. Those who breathe depend on the energy of life coming from God who gives it to them and he can take it from them. Only the soul of the individual can testify for his merits.
“בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יַשְׁלִיךְ הָאָדָם, אֵת אֱלִילֵי כַסְפּוֹ, וְאֵת אֱלִילֵי זְהָבוֹ–אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ-לוֹ לְהִשְׁתַּחֲוֹת, לַחְפֹּר פֵּרוֹת וְלָעֲטַלֵּפִים.”
“In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats Their idols of silver and their idols of gold, Which they made for themselves to worship,”
I suggest reading Isaiah 2 and Zechariah 14 to get the picture of the process that leads to the Final Redemption. Work to earn merits to be inscribed in the ‘Book of Life’.
Many people would see and focus on the chaos of that judgment and cleansing period. I want to leave with you an amazing picture of hope following the words of God delivered by the prophet (Micah 7:15) “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.”
Now Imagine that there is chaos all around but you are well protected by miracles. You don’t have to worry about eating or drinking because wherever you are God will bring down Manna from heaven that only those who have the merits could benefit from it. We know that the Manna is still with us concealed and awaits its moment of revelation. See Exodus 16:33.