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I have seen quotes from various rabbis, the oldest dating back to the Ari Z"L that state that we are in the ikve d'Moshiach (the heels of the Messiah). Ostensibly that was meant to convey that Moshiach was coming soon. However, that doesn't seem to be the case.

This leads me to two possibilities either A)all those Rabbis were wrong or B)that term doesn't mean what I thought it meant.

Assuming we go with B) are there other possible meaning to the ikvei d'Moshiach?

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Who determines what soon is? –  Hacham Gabriel Jun 11 '13 at 3:28
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@HachamGabriel well then the term has no meaning. –  not-allowed to change my name Jun 11 '13 at 3:38
    
500 years out of 5000 is soon. –  Shmuel Brin Jun 11 '13 at 4:13
    
maybe i should edit this into the question but often the comment is 'our generation is the ikvei moshiach' –  not-allowed to change my name Jun 11 '13 at 4:57
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@Shmuel many rabbis gave exact dates which proved false. –  Double AA Jun 11 '13 at 9:31
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