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I heard that in a passage in the Talmud it says Persia will completely annihilate Edom and the rest of the world which will then spur about moshiach' arrival, the Yalkut Shimoni (Yeshaya 60:499), records the following amazing but scary prophecy regarding the events that will unfold just prior to the Messianic Era: “Rabbi Yitzchak said: The year in which the King Messiah reveals himself [to all of mankind], all the nations of the world will be fighting with each other. The King of Paras [Persia] will fight with the King of Arabia, and the King of Arabia will go to Aram [Syria] to seek counsel from them. The King of Paras will [attempt to] destroy the entire world, and all the nations of the world will be screaming and confused and falling on their faces, and they will experience pains like those of a woman giving birth. The Jewish people will also be screaming and confused, and will say, ‘To where shall we come and go? To where shall we come and go?’. And G-d will say to them, ‘My children - don’t be afraid - for all that I have done, I only did for your sake. Why are you afraid – the time for your redemption has come!, my question is what weapon of choice will Persia use to bring about this result.

  • You might considering citing or hyperlinking specific sources to help the community address your question. Thanks! – Lee Aug 7 '15 at 8:46
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    Specifically, this quote doesn't say that the Persians will cause moshiach to come, but rather that they will be the ones in charge until the end, at which point they will be toppled by Rome. – Shokhet Aug 7 '15 at 13:13
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    Persia is modern-day Iran, FWIW. – Scimonster Aug 7 '15 at 13:30
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    @havarka the first line is the gemara. The rest of the paragraph is in fact Tosafos as msh210 correctly guessed. – user6591 Aug 7 '15 at 19:37
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    I don't think that your edits to the question are fair to the existing answers. See meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1229/5323 for more info...but I think you should roll back your edits – Shokhet Aug 11 '15 at 17:24

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