By Seth Johnson
Jacob had been living in fear for years of the persecution that would follow if he accepted Jesus as Messiah of the Jews.
A student of the Torah who studied under a respected Israeli teacher, the late Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, Jacob resisted salvation in Christ until he saw a movie about the revered rabbi’s discovery of Jesus.
Jacob explains he just couldn’t shake what was happening in his spirit while watching the documuntary “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of the Endtime.”
“I heard the Shofar blowing while I was watching the DVD and reading the Word,” Jacob testifies. “The Holy Spirit hit me like lightning.”
Zev Porat, who shared the documentary – based on a book of the same name by American Pastor Carl Gallups – with Jacob and Jews all across Israel, describes what he calls the “Kaduri Revival.”
“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,” he says.
Porat, 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.
That letter has been the catalyst for the “Kaduri Revival” in Israel, but it has also been the catalyst for increased persecution of those who place their faith in Christ.
But instead of retaliating against those who persecute his Christian brethren, Porat says, “I blessed them in the name of Yeshua, and I will not stop preaching the gospel no matter what. What then shall we say to these? If God is for us, who is against us?”
“I have been preaching the gospel of Yeshua the Messiah for many years and have seen many salvations and miracles,” Porat says, “However, I have never seen such a supernatural revival as is happening right now in Israel.”
Pastor Gallups, author of “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” has heard from Porat about many Jews coming to Jesus through the book and film.
“When Zev told me of Jacob being born again, there was fire in his voice and in his writing. He was overwhelmed by the power of God finally falling upon this man, whom he had been witnessing to for year,” Gallups said. “Zev said that Jacob asked a multitude of questions and continually asked for Scripture to read that proves Jesus is Messiah.”
Gallups believes that just as Jacob received salvation during the Feast of Trumpets, God is sounding the trumpet of revelation in Israel. He plans to release a book in 2015 covering this topic.
“I am still amazed and overwhelmed that the Lord is using this book and movie in such a powerful way – all over the world, but I am especially excited that Jews in Israel are coming to Jesus as Messiah as a result of using this material in evangelistic outreach,” Gallups said. “This was a prayer that I voiced to the Lord even as I finished writing it.”
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. 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 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.