Not since Paul of the New Testament was struck blind by the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus has a Jewish man’s vision of the Messiah created such a buzz.
But the story of Yitzhak Kaduri, a legendary rabbi who died at age 108, is about to take the world by storm.
A brand-new book and video titled “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah” tells the story of the venerated rabbi who, on the Day of Atonement in 2005, had a vision that until now has received scant attention by the global media.
In the book, author Carl Gallups goes into detail concerning the startling event on that biblical holy day.
“As he took his seat, Rabbi Kaduri fell into a trance-like state. Mumbling lightly to himself, he shielded his eyes and bowed his head in apparent meditation,” Gallups writes.
“For 45 grueling minutes he remained in this condition. Several of his students, fearing the rabbi was suffering some sort of illness or spiritual attack, tried to communicate with the aged man. He remained in the trance, without uttering a word to those around him. He did not acknowledge their presence, even in the slightest manner. No one said another word to the rabbi. No one left the room. Then, the old rabbi lifted his head and muttered, ‘I have met the Messiah.’”
“A collective gasp rippled through the crowd. Rabbi Kaduri gently and reverently raised his right hand, signaling for silence. The crowd hushed obediently. Kaduri continued, ‘I have met the Messiah … He has appeared to me in a vision. He has attached his soul to a particular person in Israel. I will spend this day teaching you how to recognize the Messiah, for He shall appear soon. You must be ready for His coming. Many events of awe will take place before His coming … but they will happen quickly.’”
As the rabbi commanded everyone’s undivided attention and with all eyes in the congregation fixed on their beloved teacher, Kaduri somberly continued: “I must tell you something disturbing.
“I have no specific information to give you on the following matter other than what I am about to share with you now … The Messiah has revealed to me that He will not present Himself until after the death of our prime minister, Ariel Sharon.”
Gallups reports that many congregants began to stealthily wipe tears from their eyes. Others gasped, their hands over their mouths. This indeed was an especially holy word brought from their adored rabbi.
“Everyone in attendance was aware this was a pivotal day … perhaps like none other. Would the controversial prime minister be struck with a curse? Would he die soon? Was Messiah’s appearance actually just around the corner? Normalcy of Jewish life had now vanished. The long-awaited Messiah was on His way. The teacher had spoken.”
“What they had heard was too marvelous. The news was monumental – eternal. The truthfulness of it could not be in doubt – this was the word of their rabbi, and the man was revered throughout Israel. The teacher of Israel had received a holy vision. Soon the whole world would know. How could they not?”
Just a little more than two months later, events took an eerie turn as Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, suffered a massive stroke and lapsed into a coma, a state in which he remains to date.
Then 24 days after Sharon’s medical calamity, Rabbi Kaduri himself died after a brief bout with pneumonia.
Before his death, the rabbi had left a mysterious letter, which he instructed was to be unsealed a year after his own death.
When it was finally made public, the name of the Messiah whom Kaduri met after years of praying and fasting was Yehoshua – the formal name for Yeshua, or Jesus in the Greek.
Kaduri’s declaration is now cracking the realm of Christendom.
Tim LaHaye, bestselling author of the popular “Left Behind” series, said, “When a much-loved Jewish rabbi dies at 108 years of age, shortly after leaving a secret message revealing the true identity of the Messiah of Israel, it is news of worldwide significance.”