By Josh Ely
It's gaining steam. It's the revival that has developed in Israel because of a book named "The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of the Endtime," and the ministry of Zev Porat.
He takes the book written by Pastor Carl Gallups and uses it to introduce to members of the Jewish community the truth of the Gospel.
Porat calls it the "Kaduri Revival."
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.
"This amazing book is leading people to the written word of God. The Holy Spirit is opening their eyes to the truth of salvation available only through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)," he said.
One of the more powerful conversions occurred just recently, to a Jew named Alex.
Alex's baptism and salvation were the culmination of a process that began with the teachings brought by Porat.
Such was the strength of Alex’s newfound faith, he felt overwhelming joy when Zev informed him he was to be baptized: "He asked several times to be baptized. I will never forget the expression on his face when I told Alex 'you are now going to be baptized and you are ready.'
"Alex jumped with joy. His face was glowing with happiness. He began shouting out loud: 'I am going to be baptized, I am going to be baptized.'"
Following his baptism, Alex asked for more copies of the "Rabbi Who Found Messiah" book and DVD, so that he could share the good news with family and friends. As for the author of the book, Carl Gallups, he has been surprised at its continuing impact, but thankful all the same.
"I wish, sometimes, that I was a man of even greater vision of faith. What I mean by that is that even as the book was being written, my wife and I talked about, dreamed about, and prayed about the book and the movie being taken into Israel and being used of God to win Jewish souls to Jesus," he said.
"We could even 'feel' in our spirits that this was going to happen. Yet, when it did happen – I was still surprised by it all. I was still saying, 'Lord is this really happening?' I suppose that it should never surprise us when God answers our prayers to be used to win souls – especially the souls of His people now living in the land of Israel."
Gallups is aware that the story shared in the book and film may be difficult for many to accept. However, he is quick to remind his critics that the subject of his story was not an unknown entity – Rabbi Kaduri was "the Billy Graham of Israel," whose funeral was eulogized by the president of Israel.
The legacy of faith he left behind is far from waning, and Zev Porat has seen it firsthand.
"I am convinced that we are truly living in end times. There is a Kaduri revival in Israel now. There is no revival without the Word of God. The Bible says in Romans 10:17 – 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.' Through 'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,' many Jews are now willing to 'hear!'" he said.
In 2007, two Israeli news publications, Israel Today and News First Class, reported that the most famous rabbi in Israel's modern history, 108-year-old Yitzhak Kaduri, had left a cryptic death note revealing the name of the long-awaited Messiah.
A year after the rabbi's death, the note was reported to have been verified as authentic by some of Kaduri's closest followers and then placed on Kaduri's own website.
The purported Kaduri message proclaimed that Messiah's name was Yehoshua, or Jesus.
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. And 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.
Gallups, an author, senior pastor, radio talk show host and former law enforcement officer, used his biblical knowledge and journalistic and investigative skills to explore the matter inside and out.
His thorough reporting of the facts of the case leaves people astounded.
Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of "The Harbinger," several renowned biblical experts, as well as former students of Kaduri's rabbinical training school, have weighed in on the case.
"The feedback from people who have read the book and/or seen the movie has been overwhelmingly positive," Gallups said.
"The only negative feedback is from people who falsely assume the conclusions which they believe the book may draw," he said. "But, they haven't read it yet. I think most people will be pleasantly and greatly surprised when they read through the book. There are some, however, who would prefer this story not get out to the world."
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," he said.
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