What If the Messiah Was Actually a Physical Place?

We know that one of the main ideas that monotheism brought to the world thousands of years ago is that time is not completely cyclical. That while we have seasons that we return to each year, we are not trapped in time or by time. Rather, there is an additional aspect of time that is always forward-moving. Meaning, we are trying to get somewhere and accomplish something. We do not wish to stay in the same place forever, or within the same closed-circular loop of existence forever, but rather we are seeking to spiral forward to a new point, a new location, a future place in time. This is obviously deeply connected to another revolutionary idea of Jewish monotheism: that we are here to complete the work of Creation, forever striving for a perfected world that will become manifest one day in the future.

There is also the belief that modern Science is a product, albeit much delayed, of monotheism, since its inquisitiveness to find out how things in the world function, on both the macro and micro levels, and its drive to discover a unified theory that explains how everything in the universe fits together can be said to be based on the belief that there is a Singular and Unified Force behind all of existence, making sense of all of existence. In a world of separate and disconnected forces/sources/gods, there is no real reason to believe there are uniform laws that govern the way the world works in a uniform and consistent manner, no motivation to view the workings of the universe as part of a unified system.

Now consider modern science’s discovery that our planet is not sitting in a fixed position with celestial bodies orbiting around it, but rather we, along with our solar system and along with our entire galaxy are whizzing non-stop through the universe at a tremendously high speed.

This leads me to a question:

Could it be that the Jewish idea of a future Messianic era is actually about arriving at a physical point in the universe that brings with it a heightened spiritual consciousness that transforms how we humans live and perceive reality?

Could it be that monotheism’s perception of time as being forward-moving was meant to be understood literally? That there is a place in the universe that we are moving forward toward and will get to one day and it is there where we will experience the Messianic Age? (Could it be that idea of space-time, discovered by Einstein (a nice Jewish boy) has something to do with this?)

If it seems that the idea of free will seems to be taken out of the equation by this idea, remember that though Judaism teaches that our acts of kindness and righteousness are what will bring the Messiah, Judaism also teaches that by the year 6000 in the Hebrew calendar the Messiah will come no matter what. (Remember: We are now in the year 5780.) Could that be due to the fact that the Messiah is linked to a special place in the universe, which we are currently a distance of 220 years away from, that will impact us in a way that will uplift and enlighten us all and usher in a new era of humanity?

I wonder.

Do you?

About the Author
Akiva Gersh is the editor of the book "Becoming Israeli" (www.becomingisraeli.com), a compilation of blogs and essays that speak of the inspiring and the sometimes wacky and crazy experience of making aliyah. Akiva himself made aliyah in 2004 with his wife Tamar and they live in Pardes Hanna with their four kids. He teaches Jewish history at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel in Hod HaSharon. He is also a musician and in 2010 formed Holy Land Spirit, an uplifting and spiritual musical experience for Christian groups visiting Israel.
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