By Nathan Jones
Have you heard the amazing story about the world renowned rabbi who left a sealed message to be opened a year after his death? He said the Messiah had appeared to him and that the message would contain the Messiah's identity. And when the message was opened, it shocked the Orthodox Jewish world, so much so in fact, that they have tried to keep it quiet ever since.
Pastor Carl Gallups reveals what the rabbi's message said and how it has shocked the Orthodox Jewish world in his latest book The Rabbi who Found Messiah. He's also written one of the best apologetics book called The Magic Man in the Sky. Here now is our Christ in Prophecy interview of Pastor Gallups on this fascinating topic.
Whom God Chooses
Dr. Reagan: Carl, what do you say to some Christian critics who say, "Why in the world would God appear to a person like Kaduri who is involved in the Kabbalah? Why would God do that? He would never do that."
Carl Gallups: No, God would never appear to somebody like... the Apostle Paul. I mean, Rabbi Kaduri, God would never appear to somebody like Simon or a Pharisee or a Priest in the Temple like the book of Acts says.
Dr. Reagan: Paul had the blood of martyrs on his hands.
Carl Gallups: Oh, Paul was on his way to imprison and/or kill Christians. So would God do this? Absolutely! Has God revealed Himself to some of the most unlikely people? Yes, of course.
Dr. Reagan: There are reports all over the world today of God appearing in visions and dreams to Muslims, for example. They say that is the reason they came to the Lord.
Carl Gallups: Yes, I've seen those reports.
Dr. Reagan: Yet we have people saying, "No, God can only speak through His Word. It is the only way He can speak. God doesn't speak that way directly to people anymore because that was Bible things. God just doesn't do those things today."
Carl Gallups: I am just terrified enough of the Lord not to put Him into a box like that. I stay within the confines of His Word. But, within in the confines of God's Word we discover that God can speak out of a burning bush. He can speak from a mountain top. He can speak from a donkey. He can speak from the sky in a vision and say, "I am the Christ."
Dr. Reagan: In the Old Testament it says that God never changes, and the New Testament says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Carl Gallups: That's it! As long as the message that somebody claims they receive lines up with His Word, and that's the test, we need to look at it carefully. What did Kaduri's message say who the real Messiah is? Jesus. That pretty much lines up with the Word, so I'm going to take a look at it. That's what I've done in this book.
Risking It All
Nathan Jones: Why would Kaduri, being an Orthodox Jew and therefore typically be vehemently against Jesus Christ, claim Jesus is the Messiah? Obviously Kaduri's son who took his place right would have his career pretty much trashed. The Jewish community he knew would have a harsh reaction against him. The fall-out for Kaduri personally claiming this would be shattering. Does that mean that Kaduri truly believed that Jesus was the Messiah?
Carl Gallups: First of all, Rabbi Kaduri's son David was 80-something years old when his dad died. So, yes, he wanted to carry on the ministry and the legacy of his dad who was super-duper famous. He wanted to carry that on, and I understand that, and I'm not condemning the man for that. I think that's why his son's reaction has been to vehemently oppose his father's claim. Once it was revealed and understood what the note said, it could have collapsed the whole ministry of their family within Orthodox Judaism.
Here's the interesting thing asked of Rabbi Kaduri himself. We have people on film in the movie version of my book, and I've them quoted in my book as well, from his Yeshiva who at one time were students of his. We're talking about older gentlemen now. These are not just little 20 year olds. These are older gentlemen who can't even speak English. They were born and raised in Israel, speaking nothing but Hebrew in his Yeshiva while studying to be rabbis. They are on film testifying that Kaduri in his Yeshiva for years before he died spoke of Messiah and said that Messiah was Yehoshua. This is what his own students are saying. Now, if they are lying, then they are, but you have to trust that these guys who were willing to go on camera that are students of his and had been students of his for years would also understand the fallout for claiming that Kaduri said Jesus is the Messiah.
In the fifth and last segment of our interview with Pastor Carl Gallups on the amazing claim of the Messiah is by Rabbi Kaduri, we'll get Carl's final verdict on the authenticity of Kaduri's message.