ARPTJM2 – Reading from Sefer Zerubabel, Secrets of Rebbe Shimon Ben Yohai and the Prayer of Shimon Ben Yohai. Timing the coming of Mashiah, why this is a terrible, and forbidden thing, according to most Torah opinions. Temple descending from Heaven in accordance to earlier Talmudic tradition. Connections to earlier Merkava/Hekhalot literature. Descriptions of Armilus. Armilus's rise over Edom and taking dominion over religion. His predicted conflict with Mashiah ben Yosef, and the casting of Jews out of Jerusalem to struggle to survive in the wilderness. God comes to fight for His people. In a throwback to possible Shiur Komah literature, God is described as being something “physical” (?), so unlike modern Torah theology. This class continues to lay the foundations for many modern Messianic beliefs.