✹ About Sabbatai Zevi San Diego Sarah on 19 Feb 2019 • Link https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/12/08/ Friday 8 December 1665 Henry Oldenburg to Spinoza Letter XVI. (XXXIII.)"But I pass on to politics. Everyone here is talking of a report that the Jews, after remaining scattered for more than two thousand years, are about to return to their country. Few here believe is, but many desire it. Please tell your friend what you hear and think on the matter. For my part, unless the news is confirmed from trustworthy sources at Constantinople, which is the place chiefly concerned, I shall not believe it. ..." Complete Works -- By Benedictus de Spinoza, Samuel Shirley, Michael L. p. 853. http://snipurl.com/c92l2 In the Middle East and throughout Europe, a millennium story was playing itself out: In 1665, Nathan of Gaza announced that the Messianic age would begin the following year with the conquest of the world without bloodshed. The Messiah would lead the Ten Lost Tribes back to the Holy Land, "riding on a lion with a seven-headed dragon in its jaws". The self-proclaimed Messiah was Sabbatai Zevi ... It is truly an incredible story which took over 20 years to play out fully. There were people in Germany takjng the roofs off their homes so it would be easier for them to ascent into heaven.