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Biden vs. Trump: The Determining Factor

Beams 6.11.20
At the time of this writing, Friday 12:30 PM (GMT+2), the unprecedented USA cliffhanger election outcome has not yet been determined with three days having transpired in the meanwhile. The pollsters and the media, from Foxnews on the right to CNN on the left and all points in between, have been pushing agendas but not truth. As we've emphasized recently on Emuna Hour, one who seeks truth must turn to Hashem and His Torah. That's exactly what we're about to do in examining from an emuna standpoint the determining factor in who will be the next POTUS, Biden or Trump.

As far as pollsters go, if we would have listened to them, not only would we never have existed as a nation, but we would never have become a nation in the first place. Each generation has its version of Foxnews, CNN, Reuters and CBS News with their respective polls and pollsters. All the polls gave 10,000-to-1 odds against Abram ever fathering a child. Comes along the "One", changes Abram's name to Abraham, and all the pollsters were proved dead wrong.

All the Nomadic pollsters in the Negev Desert gave 100,000 to 1 odds that Sari, a 90-year old woman, would ever become a mother. Comes along the "One", changes Sari's name to Sarah, and exactly 12 months later, she gives birth to a baby son.

All the pollsters and the media in the wicked and corrupt Sodom and Gomorrah district predicted excellent weather for the upcoming months. They gave million-to-one odds against a natural disaster occurring in the foreseeable future in their Shangri-La but very immoral valley. One lone spokesman of the "One" warned Lot and his wife that if they don't leave Sodom immediately, they'll be caught in a mega-disastrous storm of hellfire and brimstone. They were incredulous. That one lone spokesman of the "One", an angel, grabbed them and pulled them to safety, warning them not to look back. Lot's wife believed the pollsters - not the lone spokesman - and did look back. She saw the city burning like a fiery furnace and on the spot, she lost her life.

All the pollsters and the media around the world said that we'd never survive the Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Titus, Haman or Hitler. Same for the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Pogroms and the Holocaust. They also said that we'd be wiped off the map in the Independence War of 1948, the Six Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. All the pollsters and the media said that Sadaam Hussein's missiles would kill no less than 10,ooo Israelis in 1991. They didn't kill a single one of us.

Comes along the "One" - Hashem, for He is One and His Name is One - and determines everything.

Babylon, 26 Centuries ago, was the world's greatest superpower. It's king, Nebuchadnezzar, overran the Land of Israel and destroyed our First Holy Temple in Jerusalem, not because of his power but because of Divine Will and a decree against the people of Israel who had largely turned to the pollsters and their idolatrous beliefs rather than the "One" and His Torah, which weren't politically correct or fashionable at the time. Despite the pleadings of the "One's" messenger Jeremiah, the clung to their abominations and the rest is history, as Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians destroyed the First Holy Temple as Jeremiah warned that they would. Yet, the media and the pollsters of then turned Nebuchadnezzar into a deity, saying that he had defeated the "One", Heaven forbid.

Comes along the prophet Daniel, a messenger of the "One," and informs Nebuchadnezzar that he will be imminently dethroned. Not only that, but he will lose his sanity and end up like a wild animal in the field. It all came to fruition, down to the letter.

Daniel, in praising the "One" - his God and my God (I hope yours as well) - said a monumental utterance that is truth for posterity, which also happens to be the determining factor in this USA Presidential Election 2020:

The Almighty removes kings and raises them up (Daniel 2:21). Not the polls, the voters, the courts or Congress will decide who the next POTUS will be; only the "One" will make the final decision. All the surrounding factors are simply pawns on a big chess board that He is maneuvering.

On a spiritual level, there is no happenstance - everything is the product of Divine Providence. Election Day Tuesday, November 3, 2020 came out the 16th of Cheshvan, the 82nd yahrtzeit of Krystallnacht, which was the opening shot of the Holocaust. It's also the yahrtzeit of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting three years ago. What does this mean? Are the winds of a Holocaust expected in the USA? Your heart, if you give it a moment's access to the truth, will give you the answer. The Jews of pre-Inquisition Spain and pre-Holocaust Germany had even better lives that the Jews of America today...

The "One" wants to bring Moshiach, the Geula and the Holy Temple now. But, the non-emuna part of the Jewish world, both in Israel and abroad, is getting in His way. The non-emuna pollsters are predicting that life will be great under one candidate or party and miserable under the other. They are all wrong. 

American Jewry must realize that they are living in a modern-day Sodom, a Shangri-La that's beginning to burn. Why is the "One" - a loving father in Heaven - giving free reign to rioting, looting and Jew-hating? The murderers did not ask the martyrs of Pittsburgh whether they were Orthodox, Conservative or Reform. The NeoNazis, BLM and KKK, along with a growing number of anti-Semites on Capitol Hill don't care either. The heat you feel is not global warming; it's the fires that the "One" is lighting to prod you to get on a plane and come home to Israel. And, the heat we feel here in Israel from COVID19 and our own corrupt parties on both sides of the political fence are to prod us to do teshuva, learn real emuna and to stop trying to be America's 51st state. The Torah commands us to avoid walking in the ways of the nations (Leviticus 20:23), one of the statutes that our government and judiciary don't hold by.

For American Jewry, it's time to come immediately. For Israeli Jewry, it's time to strengthen emuna and do teshuva, right now, not later. Daniel said that Hashem alone dethrones and raises up Kings. King Solomon said that Hashem's counsel will prevail (Proverbs 19:21), so listen to the "One" and not to the pollsters. It is not too late to vote for Hashem - the polls of emuna and teshuva are still open, but the moment Moshiach comes, they'll be slammed shut. Since we don't know when that will be, we had better vote fast. When you vote for the "One", whoever gets elected will turn out for the good. If folks don't, then whoever gets elected will, Heaven forbid, you understand by now.

I vote for Hashem, every day, every minute. Emuna and daily teshuva are the best way to stuff your ballot box. Shabbat Shalom!