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Sefer Zerubbabel

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Sefer Zerubbabel, also called the Book of Zerubbabel or the Apocalypse of Zerubbabel, is an apocalyptic and mystical book that describes the end of the world and coming of the Messiah.
Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel and grandson of Jehoiachin, was the leader of the first return of the exiles from Babylonian captivity in 538 B.C. Under his leadership he was working with the people to rebuild the temple.
According to Hebrew Scriptures, Zerubbabel governed Judah for more than two decades.
The Apocalypse, according to Zerubbabel, describes how Zerubbabel is carried in spirit to Nineveh, the City of Blood, where the angel Michael Metatron reveals to him the occurrences at the end of time.

He sees the Messiah there. These revelations give an obscure timetable for the end of the world and tell of the future coming of the Messiah:

" ויוסף (לדבר אליי) מטט' המלאך, ויאמר לי: אני הוא מטט', שר הפָּנִים, ומיכאל שמי, וישימני להיות על עמו ועל אוהביו... ואתה, זרובבל בן שאלתיאל, שאל ממני ואגידה מה יקרה לעמך באחרית הימים. ואען ואומר: מי האיש הזה? ויאמר לי: זה משיח ה', הצפוּן כאן עד עת קץ (נ"י: ויאמר לי: משיח ה', אשר יבוא בעת קץ, ושמו מנחם בן עמיאל, ונולד לבית דוד מלך ישראל בבוא נבוכדנצאר על ירושלים, ויישאהו רוח, ויצפנהו כאן עד עת קץ. ואני שאלתי למטט': מה האותות אשר יעשה מנחם בן עמיאל זה? "

"Michael, who is (also) Metatron, answered me saying: ‘I am the angel who guided Abraham throughout all the land of REC... As for you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, whose name is Jeconiah, ask me and I will tell you what will happen at the End of Days.'Then he said to me: ‘this is the Messiah of the Lord: (he has) been hidden in this place until the appointed time (for his manifestation). This is the Messiah of the lineage of David, and his name is Menahem ben ‘Amiel. "

The book describes the battle between the Antichrist Armilus and Messiah son of Joseph .According to the book, Armilus defeats Messiah ben Joseph. Although Messiah ben Joseph lost, he paved the way for the Davidic Messiah and the ultimate victory of righteousness.

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew        Transcription       Translation
אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים 'ahărît hayyāmîm The end of days
גְּאֻלָּה             Ge'ullāh             Salvation
בָּבֶל                bābel               Babylon
מָשִׁיחַ              māšîah            Messiah
סֵפֶר                sēper              Book


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