Two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was first proclaimed by Jews in Israel to be God’s “Messiah,” and a flurry of miracles took place.
Now, two millennia later, the cycle is repeating itself as Orthodox Jews who once rejected that message are coming to realize the man slain at Calvary in Jerusalem is indeed God’s “Anointed One.”
“Supernatural stories and events surround this new phenomenon,” says Carl Gallups, author of the best-selling book and DVD, “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah.” “This has to be the handiwork of God!”
Gallups is referring to the work of Zev Porat, an Israeli man raised as an Orthodox Jew by a rabbinical family. Working today with the Messiah of Israel Ministries, Porat is now championing Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) as the prophesied Messiah, and is using Gallups’ material to convince his fellow Jews to wake up to that fact.
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 instruction to open it one year after his death) proclaiming the name of the Messiah was Yehoshua – the formal name for Yeshua, or Jesus in the Greek – Porat initially received a revelation from the Holy Spirit to minister to a Muslim mosque in Haifa of this good news.
He’s now taking the same message to his Jewish brothers in Israel, and Gallups is taking notice.
“Zev sent me an email telling me that he had a ‘leading of the Lord’ to take ‘The Rabbi Who Found Messiah’ book into an Orthodox synagogue to reveal to the rabbi and people of that synagogue what Rabbi Kaduri had said regarding the name of the Messiah. He asked me to pray for him and said that this was a ‘dangerous’ thing that he was doing. I assured him of my fervent prayers.
“I was blown away when I saw the pictures of him in the synagogue doing what he had set out to do! There he was using my book to open up the Kaduri story, which the Israeli media had shutdown and covered up.
“After showing them the Kaduri note that proclaimed Jesus (Yeshua) was Messiah, he then followed up with scriptural proof. This man is ministering as a modern day apostle Paul!”
According to Porat’s website, “Most Jewish people do not read the Bible. They read rabbinic books that claim to be the Bible through the eyes of the rabbis. This is the heartbreaking lie that the enemy has been using to keep people from reading the true Written Word of God.”
His site recounts how an Orthodox Jew named Yoel was shocked after reading Rabbi Kaduri’s note revealing Yeshua is the Messiah.
“He asked Zev if this is true, why he has never heard about it? Zev told him that the media and the rabbis have suppressed this truth because they don’t want people to know Yeshua is the Messiah,” the ministry explained.
Gallups echoed that sentiment, saying Porat “said that the detractors of the story did a good job of ‘shutting down the story’ and keeping it from the masses.”
“However, Zev says that there are now ten of Kaduri’s students who are believers in Jesus as Messiah and many others who are openly testifying of Kaduri’s promise to leave a note. When they found out that the note was posted on Kaduri’s website and two Israeli news sources reported on it, as heavily documented in my book, they are mesmerized by the news. Some are shaken by it. Others are given their lives to Jesus as Messiah and Lord. These are exciting and prophetic times in which we live! I am honored and humbled to be a small part of it.”
Watch Zev Porat explain to Jews how Jesus was identified as the Messiah by a top rabbi:
Gallups calls Porat's latest actions "bold in the Lord."
"He has an anointing from God and the Lord is using him mightily in Israel to bring the good news of salvation found in Jesus Christ to all people, but especially to the Hebrews – God's original covenant people. Zev has a supernatural passion for the work to which God has called him. He has thanked me over and over for writing the book and getting the book and the movie about the book to him. He is finding them to be invaluable witnessing tools to open up Gospel conversations with Orthodox Jews in Israel."
A number of Jews have reportedly come to saving faith in Jesus since Porat started using the book, and some of the witnessing conversations and conversions have been captured on video. Others have shied away from the camera due to fears of severe persecution against themselves and their families.
Gallups believes the recent awakening is nothing short of a divine event.
"The stories of how the book was discovered by people who could get the book and movie into Israel, the story of Zev taking the book into a mosque and witnessing to the imam there, the stories of Jewish conversion using the materials and the Bible, and now – this latest story of the book making its way into an Orthodox synagogue and used to witness to the rabbi of that synagogue ... well, it is simply overwhelming."
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