The Announcement of the Redemption:
"In that era there will be neither famine nor war..."
A foretaste of this peaceful state can be realized even in the last moments
of exile. For even as "the nations are provoking one another," and "The king
of Persia provokes the Arabian king... and all the nations are in turmoil
and terror," the Jewish people are experiencing a state of tranquillity and
peace, since "G-d says to them 'My children, do not fear. Whatever I have
done, I have done only for your sake... the time for your Redemption has
arrived." Furthermore, "The 'King Moshiach' - the Redeemer of Israel - "stands
on the roof of the Beis HaMikdash... and says, 'Humble ones, the time for
your Redemption has arrived.'"
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei, 7 Kislev, 5751)
1. Rambam, conclusion of his work Mishneh Torah.
2. Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshayahu, remez 499.