This came to mind the other day, while thinking about our dear captive Soldier Gilad Shalit - May Hashem bring him back home, alive, healthy, safe and sound immediately!
Since every detail of everything that happens is directed and orchestrated specifically by Hashem, the question was, what is the message of Gilad Shalit being captured? Why is it his name that is being discussed always in the news? Why do we have to keep hearing the name "Gilad Shalit" ? What is the message behind it?
It then came to mind that we are waiting for Mashiach ben Yosef to come and save us from all our enemies. Ironically, Yosef had a great-grandson named Gilad. He was the son of Machir, the son of Menashe, the son of Yosef. Therefore the name Gilad already seems to signify something to do with Yosef and moreover Mashiach ben Yosef.
Even more ironic is that the second part of his name, "Shalit", was also mentioned in reference to Yosef himself. It says that Yosef was the "Shalit" - the leader, in Egypt. Yosef's position of leadership was actually a foreshadowing of his future leadership as Mashiach ben Yosef.
The message may be that the name Gilad Shalit is actually a sign to us, that Mashiach ben Yosef has already arrived on the scene. But Gilad Shalit unfortunately, is still in captivity. So to, Mashiach ben Yosef is "in captivity", waiting for is for us to do something -- to make mass Teshuva on an unparalleled scale. We need to trust in Hashem a REAL trust beyond a shadow of a doubt and realize that nobody can help us but Him. (Maybe the key to Mashiach is through Hamas who captured Gilad Shalit and all that will ensue from this war).
Please visit BringMashiach.com and accept to become better in any way and write it up for all to see and become inspired. May we all be Zoche (merit) to see the real Mashiach ben Yosef with Hashem's mercy very soon, Amen.