Mix a famed Jewish rabbi, the topic of the end times, and an American book and what do you get?
The Kaduri Revival.
It is a series of events in Israel where a Messianic Jewish leader is using an American preacher's book to encourage Jews to proclaim their salvation in Yehoshua. Or Jesus Christ.
Zev Porat, using "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah" by Carl Gallups as his tool for evangelism, recently shared the Kaduri Revival message with an Orthodox Jew who had previously met Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri and accepted Yehoshua as the messiah.
Porat, the founder of Messiah of Israel Ministries, 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.
In the letter, he proclaimed 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.
"I have been preaching the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah for many years and have seen many salvations and miracles," Porat told WND. "However, I have never seen such a supernatural revival as is happening right now in Israel. The clear hand of God is on these evangelistic tools, the book and DVD. There is no doubt about it. We are in the end times. This is a Kaduri revival."
Spending time talking with Yitzhak (Isaac) about Kaduri, Porat learned the man he was speaking to had once trained in Yeshiva (Rabbinical Bible School).
Porat said, "Yitzhak just called me today about the documentary on Kaduri. He told me it is fantastic. He said that he will now show it to his friends. Yitzhak keeps on saying, 'Praise the Lord for Rabbi Kaduri's revelation!' The Kaduri Revival is expanding. To God be the glory.
"For Yitzhak (Isaac) to go from a man who did not believe in a Messiah at all to a man professing Jesus Christ as Messiah is truly a miracle of God. Only the Holy Spirit can bring about this kind of miraculous transformation."
Porat said, "I praise God for Carl Gallups' obedience to the Holy Spirit and writing the book, 'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,' and standing firm for the Word of God. It's because of this powerful evangelistic tool that people are now being led to the written word of God and salvation in Israel."
The case of Yitzhak not knowing much about Kaduri's revelation is a deliberate attempt at disinformation, Porat said.
"Before I had this material of 'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,' whenever I would witness to the Jews in Israel they would always want to compare everything that I told them with the rabbinic teachings. Many of the rabbinic teachings are written in such a way to purposely turn people from a belief in Jesus as Messiah. But now, with this book and movie, we are able to leap right over that wall of disinformation. Since Rabbi Kaduri is one of the most beloved rabbis of all time – they will now take his revelation as the authority over the other rabbinic teachings."
Gallups told WND he believes "that the hand of the Lord is upon this material."
Gallups said, "Isaac (Yitzhak) is now sharing his newfound faith in Jesus/Yehoshua as Messiah and Lord with his family and friends. Typically, a Jew who does this will encounter severe persecution. We must pray for Yitzhak. He is born again and he is excited! Through him, others may be saved; others may place their faith in Jesus. This is how the Gospel works. This is how a Holy Spirit revival spreads. This is reminiscent of New Testament Gospel times!"
He previously has ministered in Bnei Brak, one of the most Orthodox cities in Israel.
At that time, Porat told WND: "At the core of Jewish objections is that Yeshua is not for the Jews. Our religion is Judaism, not Christianity. No true Jew would ever believe in Yeshua. The root of this lie originates from Satan and is implanted in the rabbinic laws that even the secular Jews are locked into. To a great extent answering these objections is a matter of correcting misconceptions, as well as getting people to stop and think about the emotional and sometimes irrational nature of what they are saying."
He said using "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah" to start conversations on Kaduri and his revelation about the Messiah isn't easily accepted in Jewish communities.
Gallups has been stunned by the direct and effective approach used by Porat.
"Zev is absolutely fearless," he said. "His prolific ministry in and among the Jews of Israel is of a prophetic proportion. This is the stuff of biblical endtime prophecy!"
Gallups continued: "Zev told me that he was going to an exclusively Orthodox city, Bnei Brak (pronounced – Beney Barak). He told me that he had never been able to win a Jew to Jesus there in the entirety of his ministry. Yet, on the first day there with my book and movie – he spent hours in witnessing to several orthodox Jews and actually led one of them, Jonathan, to the Lord Jesus Christ in salvation! I believe this was confirmation from the Lord to Zev that he was following the Holy Spirit's leading.
Porat also previously has taken the message in the book to Muslims in a mosque in Haifa, Israel, to Jews in Tel Aviv and at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
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