When Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was still in office, vibrant and in command of his faculties, a venerated rabbi, who claimed he had met the Messiah, predicted He would not come until after Sharon's death.
Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri died shortly after the stroke Sharon suffered put him in a coma in 2006. But before the beloved Kaduri died, he wrote a cryptic note on which he named the Messiah with whom he claimed to have had a mystical encounter. On the 108-year-old rabbi's instructions, the note would be released a year after his death.
When the sealed note was opened a year later, it was posted on Kaduri's website. Kaduri had revealed the Messiah's name as Yehoshua, or the formal Hebrew pronunciation of Yeshua or Jesus.
As a result of this unusual prophetic twist and the recent release of a book and movie about the life and death of Kaduri, the death of Sharon has renewed interest in Christian and prophecy circles around the world.
Sharon, 85, served as Israel's prime minister from 2001 to 2006 when he became incapacitated. During his tenure, he initiated a disengagement plan, during which thousands of Jews were deported from Gaza and northern Samaria – turning the once-fertile region over to Hamas-control.
A "death curse" by a group of rabbis in Israel was issued against Sharon for this action.
Sharon suffered a serious stroke on January 4, 2006. He was comatose until his death yesterday.
The prediction by Kaduri shocked the religious world – at least among those who heard about it. The Israeli media scarcely reported it – even though some 250,000 people marched in Kaduri's funeral procession in the streets of Jerusalem.
It shocked the religious world.
Shortly thereafter the furor began. The note immediately disappeared from Kaduri's website. The media refused to report further on the matter.
The Kaduri family, and several others close to the Kaduri ministry, began to claim that the note was a forgery or a mere fabrication – a cruel joke.
Carl Gallups, an American pastor and former police officer, used his detective skills to piece the mystery together in "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of the Endtime," a book and movie combination that has reignited the controversy surrounding his prediction about the Messiah and Sharon.
Chuck Missler, founder of Koinonia House ministry, says that in the book, Gallups "explodes one of the biggest bombshells of our lifetime. The implications of these astonishing declarations from the most venerated ultra-orthodox rabbi in Israel impacts every one of us – not just those of the traditional Jewish faith. This is a must-read for anyone who takes God seriously."
"The only prophetic utterance of Kaduri concerning Ariel Sharon was that Messiah, would not appear until Ariel Sharon had died," said Gallups. "Within a little over two months after speaking these prophetic words Sharon was in a coma and Kaduri himself died."
The Kaduri prophecy did not name a specific time or date in which Messiah would be revealed — only that it would not happen until after Sharon had died.
"Many who have examined Kaduri's prophecy have interpreted the urgent feel of it to mean that Messiah might appear very shortly after Sharon's death," said Gallups. "This sense of urgency was strengthened by the fact that for several years prior to his death, Kaduri made several pronouncements of Messiah's imminent return."
Both the book and the movie look at Kaduri's many prophecies objectively – neither affirming or denying their accuracy or authenticity. The book and the movie simply examine his remarkable story about the popular rabbi and his shocking messianic prophecy from a journalistic and biblical point of view.
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