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For years and years, I’ve been thinking that ‘Armilus’ was a Jew, the head of the Erev Rav.

But after re-reading the Midrash in Heichalos, I don’t think that anymore.

Go take a look at some of the sources I discuss on my post about Armilus over at ravberland.com, then read The Good Side of Edom, if you didn’t catch that already, then make up your own mind about what might be unfolding here.

What’s also giving me pause for thought is that the US has an approximate 200,000 soldiers currently in the Middle East – the exact number of soldiers brought in the Midrash. Here’s a headline from the New York Times about it:

Under President Trump, there are now more troops in the Middle East than when he took office, and he has continued the mission for tens of thousands of others far from the wars of 9/11.

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Since Trump took office, I’ve been that rarest of creatures, a Trump Neutral. I don’t have Trump Derangment Syndrome, I don’t think he’s a modern-day messiah, set to ‘drain the swamp’.

But as more and more of these authentic Jewish sources that could easily be describing him are starting to stack up, it’s looking to me more and more likely that Trump is not such a good guy after all.

What that means for the Jewish community in the US, I don’t know. What that means for Israel, I also don’t know.

I know the Rav is sweetening things all the time, and that part of the reason that everything is so confused and confusing right now is because the way all this stuff was ‘meant’ to play out, according to our sources, has got upended and sweetened by Rabbi Berland, in all sorts of different ways.

I don’t know any more than you do, what’s coming next.

But the sources are definitely very interesting. And now that this source has re-surfaced, which again is drawing quite a clear parallel between the description of ‘Armilus, King of Edom’, and so much of the breathless coverage of the ‘Edomite moshiach Trump’ – well, it’s certainly giving me a lot to think about.

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I have no idea where we all got the idea from that Armilus is the head of the Erev Rav, but from what I can see, it’s incorrect. Does anyone have a source they can share, for the idea that Armilus is head of the Erev Rav?

Or is this yet another example of ‘YouTube’ Torah leading us all astray?

TBC

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  1. Devorah Chayah Shem Tov
    Devorah Chayah Shem Tov says:

    “…The mating of Esau and Ishmael comes through Armelius, angelic prince of the erev rav, and it can destroy Israel and the whole world. Heaven help us! The main striving of the erev rav is to mate Esau and Ishmael and separate the two Messiahs, and our own main battle is to shatter and rout the power of the erev rav, the impurity of evil Armelius, from Israel.”

    — Kol HaTor (Ch. 2, Part 2:2)

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Although now I’ve just re-read this, it seems to be referring to Armelius in this context as the ‘angel’ of the Erev Rav, and not an actual blood and flesh Jewish Erev Rav. The Midrash Heichalos is saying that Armelius is the Soton made flesh, but also a King of Edom. Still some more to chew over.

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