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After taking the message of Jesus to Muslims in a mosque in Haifa, sharing the message of Jesus as the Messiah with Jews in his country should be simple for Zev Porat, right?
It is, he has discovered.
He has used the book "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah" over and over to explain to Jews in Israel that Jesus is the true savior.
Spending hours in Tel Aviv preaching, Porat used Carl Gallups' recently published book as the message to bring Jesus (Yeshua) and ultimately salvation to dozens of ethnic Jews in the Holy Land.
"Though not all of those Jews who come to Christ are willing to have their picture or video taken, the book and documentary 'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah' is a powerful tool in helping them find salvation in Yeshua," said Porat.
He was captivated by Gallups' story of Israel's most venerated spiritual leader, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, who died at the age of 108 in 2006 and left behind a letter (with instructions to open it one year after his death) proclaiming the name of the Messiah was Yehoshua – the formal name for Yeshua, or Jesus in Greek. Porat said he then received a revelation from the Holy Spirit that he was to minister to non-Christians and help lead them to salvation.
Even to Jews living in Israel.
A recent upload to Porat's YouTube page "Messiah of Israel" shows him leading a number of Jews to Christ using Gallups' book.
"Zev Porat first sent me an email rejoicing in the fact that he had just led a man named Jacob, a Jew living in Israel, to the Lord Jesus Christ through the Scriptures and by using my book 'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,'" said Gallups.
Gallups said Porat told him that a video was made of the event and that soon he would have it up on the Internet.
"When I saw the video I was overwhelmed with emotion," said Gallups. "Here was Zev leading a man through the Scriptures and using as an aid to the Gospel message Rabbi Kaduri's death note proclamation that Messiah is named Yeshua. He was pointing to pages in the book that I had written!"
Gallups said that when he watch the man named Jacob "giving his life to Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah it hit me; this was my prayer for this book!"
"I had prayed early on in the writing of the book, and even in the making of the movie about the book, that the Lord might use it in Israel to reach Jews for Jesus Christ," he said. "Now I am watching my prayer answered right before my eyes. It is a humbling experience. I praise God for the privilege for being a part of this magnificent work."
Porat told Gallups that the Jewish reaction to the Kaduri revelation is one of amazement and that the word of it is now growing, largely through the book and the movie in Israel.
Kaduri was, without doubt, the most venerated rabbi in Israel at the age of 108.
Some 250,000 marched in his funeral procession after his death in 2006.
But when Kaduri's much-anticipated letter announcing the name of the Messiah he claimed to have encountered was unsealed a year after his death, the Israeli press and world media that found him so quotable in life ignored it.
Now a brand-new book and documentary, "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah," about his life, death and the secrets he took to the grave, tells the whole mysterious story for the first time.
The book is written by former policeman turned pastor, Gallups, who previously wrote "Magic Man in the Sky," a popular Christian apologetics work.
Now Gallups turns back to his detective skills in "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah" to unravel a mystery of why Yitzhak Kaduri, so celebrated in life, has become the forgotten rabbi in Israel.
Even Kaduri's own family claimed the rabbi's handwritten letter naming the Messiah was a forgery. Others in Jewish circles suggested he had simply lost touch with reality due to old age.
But Christians like Gallups believe he was not the first rabbi or Jewish leader to find his Messiah in the man from Galilee. All of Jesus' early disciples and apostles were Jews – including Rabbi Shaul, known as the Apostle Paul, the self-proclaimed "Pharisee of the Pharisees," who persecuted those who followed Yeshua as the Messiah.
Gallups found Porat's video compelling, precisely because of the continued media blackout in Israel surrounding the death note of Kaduri.
"I thought it was also very telling, in the beginning of the video, to hear the first Hebrew gentleman express his consternation that the media had apparently kept this story from his people, the Jews. He was dismayed that there had been no television or radio reports concerning the Kaduri revelation," said Gallups.
"He said, 'If this story is true, then they are taking us away from salvation!' This was also a reason that I felt so compelled to write this book and to tell this story. I knew that if God anointed it and used it that it would reopen this amazing account for the whole world to hear. When WND Films and producer George Escobar transformed the central message of the book into a documentary movie it further expanded the reach of the story," Gallups said.
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