The wording of this verse indicates a clear-cut promise that "when you go out to wage war" this will result in your victory: "G‑d, your G‑d, will deliver them into your hands." Moreover, the Torah adds: "and you will take shivyo-captives." It does not say shevi but shivyo, which literally means "his captives" (or "his capture"). The implication is that we shall regain the enemy's capture, that is, that which the enemy had captured from us in the past.

One of the tasks of Moshiach in the early stages of his revelation and open activities is (in the wording of Maimonides): "he will wage the battles of G‑d and succeed." The parshah thus alludes also to the battle and victory of Moshiach, and this applies also to the conclusion of "you will take his capture."

At the end of the Messianic battle, the people of Israel will find restored all the precious spoils that fell into the hands of the nations of the world during the time of the galut, and which the latter have kept all these years. This means essentially the Beit Hamikdash (the Holy Temple of Jerusalem). The nations pursued the Jewish people throughout the times, and their primary objective has always been the dwelling-place of our spiritual center, the Beit Hamikdash. They did indeed achieve their goal, in fact twice, by the destruction of both the first Beit Hamikdash and the second Beit Hamikdash. For as long as the third Beit Hamikdash (to be restored by Moshiach) is not yet rebuilt, the Beit Hamikdash remains in their hands!

When Moshiach will succeed with his battles, we shall regain the enemy's capture by the restoration of the Beit Hamikdash.



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