Carl Gallups’ explosive book “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of The Endtime” ignited furious debate around the globe.
“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.
Did the 108-year-old Rabbi Kaduri, the most famous rabbi in Israel’s modern history, really see the Messiah in a vision before he died in January 2006? Very few of his followers deny the claim. Apparently Kaduri himself disclosed the revelation on several public and heavily documented occasions.
But, there are two other questions of a much more controversial nature. The first matter revolves around a supposed death note that the elderly rabbi reportedly left with his followers.
The note was said to have contained the name of the Messiah whom he had met in his vision. Furthermore, it is reported that Kaduri left specific instructions for the note to be locked away and not to be opened and read until one year after his death. According to several reports, Kaduri gave the instructions in his Yom Kippur synagogue message in October 2005 before a congregation of witnesses.
A little over one year after Kaduri’s death, Israel Today ran a story documenting that Kaduri’s note was opened and posted on his website at Kaduri.net. The story was featured on the cover of Israel Today’s print magazine and was posted online in April 2007. The story said the Kaduri note cryptically identified the name of the Messiah as Yehoshua, the Hebrew word for Jesus.
Subsequent interviews with David Kaduri, Rabbi Kaduri’s elderly son, disclosed the controversy around the reported death note. David Kaduri denied the authenticity of the note, even claiming it was not written in his father’s handwriting. Yet, according to Israel Today’s reporting, several of Rabbi Kaduri’s followers confirmed the note to be authentic.
Gallups noted that in the WND Films documentary movie “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” film producer George Escobar includes footage of David Kaduri and others vehemently denying the authenticity of the note.
“There is actually one clip of David Kaduri denying that his father ever even mentioned the Messiah – at all,” Gallups said. “That, indeed, is an astounding claim, since there appears to be a myriad of witnesses, in print, who say otherwise.”
Gallups said the documentary contains another fascinating clip of some of Rabbi Kaduri’s own students from his Yeshiva, or seminary, attesting that Kaduri often taught about Messiah, even that Messiah was Yehoshua.
“Both the movie and book present a very balanced, historical and journalistic view of this entire story,” Gallups said. “There is surprising and probably unexpected information in the book and movie. I think most people are going to be amiably astonished at what they read and see.”
The second controversial question the book address goes something like this: Couldn’t Kaduri’s vision have been of the antichrist rather than the Christ? Couldn’t he have seen a false Messiah?”
Gallups answered: “Yes, that possibility is explored extensively in the book and the movie. Again, we have done a thorough examination of the entire story. The book is well-researched and heavily documented. I urge those who might be a bit skeptical of the subject to watch the movie and read the book. I think most will be astonished by what they experience.”
“The bottom line is this,” Gallups continued, “the overwhelming evidence is that the elderly rabbi announced he had written a note which contained the name of the real Messiah.”
A year after his death there was a note posted on Kaduri’s own website and covered by Israeli media.
“The note cryptically revealed the name Yehoshua as Messiah,” Gallups said. “If this is not the real note – where is it? No other note has ever been proffered by the naysayers, to my knowledge.
What one wants to do with the communication of the note is their own choice,” he said, “however, it appears we are dealing with the authentic note and message. This is just one of a number of elements surrounding the amazing story that continues to unfold before our eyes.”