R' Avraham Azulai's Hesed L'Avraham
The “Rapture” in Judaism, Staying Alive, & the Year When Mashiah is Coming
R. Azulai emphasizes how the messianic travails are meant to make the nation of Israel repent, and return to God. It is not meant to be another holocaust.
People are to be tested, to see if they will separate from their physical ways to embrace a spiritual lifestyle. They are not all going to die.
Readings from my book, Yikra B'Shmi (Call Upon My Name). When Mashiah comes with the gathered exile, the righteous of the Holy Land (7000 in number) will be transformed into Haluka D'Rabbanan bodies, just like Enoch and Elijah. Is the Holy Land a reference to the physical land or a higher level of consciousness (Abulafia, Ba'al Shem Tov).
At this time also is the first resurrection of the dead. Discussion about the Garden of Eden, the astral body, and whether or not Inner Earth is in this dimensional plane or a parallel one.
The days of this world will be measured like the waters of the mikveh. Then the measure is full, Mashiah will come, problem is, this time has already come and gone. We learn the lesson about not believing in all the calculations and misguiding predictions.