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Who is Amalek?

by Mark S. Railey
Aug. 22, 2021

Our Sages teach that G-d says to the Jews, “If you do not remember Amalek, you will be sent back to the bondage of Egypt” (Pesikta Rabati 12).


We see in Deuteronomy 25:17 Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. 18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of G-d. 19 When the Lord your G-d gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!


Unfortunately, the Amalekites were not blotted out and the Jews have been forced back into slavery. The passage that includes "lagging behind" means "lifting the tail". In other words, "attacking the stragglers" means lifting the unprepared into leadership. How does Amalek do this? Through deception. Jews all over the world are being attacked - what is striking is their leadership is ill-prepared. They lack the wisdom and spiritual strength they need to redeem the people and the time. The people think their leaders are wise; but in reality, they do not know what to do.


The same thing seems to be happening all over the world.


How can we help? We must do all we can to study and practice Torah. So that when we are gone, our assets will help the powerful Jewish evangelists (144,000) to fulfill their destiny and calling to convert the nations to Hashem. The Torah will go to the ends of the earth but it will not be the Christians that do it. In the meantime, when the Messiah comes/returns, we will have built the necessary infrastructure to send emissaries from every nation to Jerusalem to study Torah under the Messiah in fulfillment of prophecy. Every nation will gather in Jerusalem every year. (Zech. 8:22; 14:16).


What resources can you or your community put together to be used as assets for the fulfillment of prophecy and particularly, to bless the Jews in this coming tribulation? What can you do to defeat the global deception?


Hint: Well-meaning Christians may seek to win a few friends, here and there. But the truth is, the mass awakening to the coming Messiah is best described as the nation converted in a day. I'm not saying don't talk with your friends about your faith; by all means, share your wisdom. I'm just saying that the Spirit of Hashem has this all planned out. He will do His will in His time.


I believe the best thing we can do is live a bible pursuant life - that is, to learn to tie our actions to the Torah and thus live out a meaningful witness to faith in G-d. We can do a faith-work to help the Spirit to fulfill the plan - we can help the soon-to-arrive Jewish evangelists.

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