There's no doubt that we live in a very special era of fast and huge technological, social, scientific, economic, psychological and other changes. The world is also getting closer to the 6000 year bar, which traditionally marks the coming of the Moshiach.

What observable phenomena correlate to our Sages' outlook on the pre-Messianic era?

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    Maybe this a dumb question, but isn't every day that the Mashiach hasn't come considered the "pre-Messianic era?" Even 1,000 years ago? When did this "era" begin? You may want to add that definition into your question.
    – DanF
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 15:55
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    Per Rabbi Uri Sherki's understanding of Rabbi Kook: rampant secularism amongst the Nation of Israel and throughout the world.
    – Lee
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 16:20
  • If the sages said there'san era or pre-Moshiach, so I just follow their idea, I didn't make it up.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 19:02
  • I'm sure you will find this shiur heplful youtu.be/3Usb6U6AqFY Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 20:59

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Sanhedrin 98a

ואמר רבי אבא אין לך קץ מגולה מזה שנאמר (יחזקאל לו, ח) ואתם הרי ישראל ענפכם תתנו ופריכם תשאו לעמי ישראל וגו'‏

And Rabbi Abba says: You have no more explicit manifestation of the end of days than this following phenomenon, as it is stated: “But you, mountains of Israel, you shall give your branches, and yield your fruit to My people of Israel, for they will soon be coming” (Ezekiel 36:8). When produce will grow in abundance in Eretz Yisrael, it is an indication that the Messiah will be coming soon.

(Translation and elucidation courtesy of sefaria.org)

  • Great thank you, +2! As the verse continues "כִּ֥י קֵרְב֖וּ לָבֽוֹא" many interpret it as the Prophet's reference to the return of Ezrah time, not our time specifically. It's interesting what era R'Aba talks about? He made Alyah to Eretz Israel and it seems that he was impressed by its agricultural development under the Roman Empire and thought Moshiach could come any time soon?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 6:59
  • Can you please, help me to decipher the following statement of the same Gemmorah "When there are no wages for work and no rent paid for use of one’s animal, that is an indication that the coming of the Messiah is at hand"
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 7:01
  • @AlBerko Remember that you are quoting Navi. So what the "mountains of Israel" means needs to be understood. Also, are the fruits referring to the return of the 'gluska'ote' (the miraculous fruit like the spies brought back), which were not present with Ezra, or to some other type of fruit? Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 15:15
  • @YaacovDeane I don't see the Navi mentioning גלוסקאות?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 17:16
  • Judging by its surrounding context (36:26-27), especially when compared to parallel ideas expressed in Jeremiah (31:33), I'm not sure literal fruits (of trees) were the prophet(s)'s primary concern.
    – user18041
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 19:39

Sefer Yosef Chochma (2011) quotes from the Mishna and the Gemarah (Sotah 49b & Sanhedrin 97b) there are 20 signs from Chazal about the time before Moshiach:

1) Insolence will be greater

2) There will be a great inflation

3) Even though grapes are in abundance, the wine will be expensive

4) Leadership and government officials will be far removed from Tora and will not lead the nation in the way of the Tora

5) The generation will not accept rebuke

6) When people get together, the conversation will frequently center on women, immorality, and infidelity

7) The Galil will be destroyed and the Gavlan (Golan) will be desolate

8) The people that live in the border will be expelled and moving from city to city because no one will have compassion on them

9) The wisdom of our Rabbis will be ridiculed

10)Those who fear sin will be dispised

11) The truth will be missing, no one knows who will hold the truth and everything will be in a state of confusion and doubt

12) The young will embarrass the Elderly

13) The Elderly will stand before the young

14) Sons will curse their fathers

15) Daughters will rebel against their mothers

16) Brides will turn against their mother-in-laws

17) One’s own family members will be his enemies

18) The face of the generation will be that of a dog. That means that people won’t realize when a tragedy occurs to them, it’s from Heaven, to convey a message. Mida keneged mida. Because when you hit a dog with a stick, the dog will think the stick is beating him. He doesn’t realize that, and the will continue attacking the stick.

19) A son will no be ashamed before his father and all shame and courtesy will disappear from the world

20) At that time, our only hope will be in Our Merciful Father in Heaven. We will have to solely trust in HaShem that he will redeem us and bring Moshiach Tzidkenu, Amen!

  • The sefer was written by Rav Yosef Mizrachi with the endorsement of Rav Shelomo Mosheh Amar, Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim and several other prominent Rabbis Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 7:24
  • I agree with the math "complaints", but, as I've often stated, here, "As my age increases, my math abilities decrease", and "As I get older, my math decisions don't count any more." Offhand - I've personally seen manifestations of # 9 - # 17. But, I question if #17 is a problem if your family members are intentionally not Torah-observant and badger you when you are. I thin it would be permissible to make them your enemies, no?
    – DanF
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 15:16
  • @alberko except for #7, they’ve all been fulfilled Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 16:18
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    Did brides and mothers-in-law ever have a good relationship?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 16:29
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    20th is not a point. I'm familiar with the Gemmoros, but they all are too vague to judge. Like the first חוצפא ישגא - what do you compare our generation to?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 17:23

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