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.
A Companion Film
Dr. Reagan: Carl, you wrote the book on Kaduri's profession, but tell us about the movie version of it.
Carl Gallups: Yes, the book was made into a documentary movie by award-winning film producer George Escobar. I thought he did an amazing job. He made me look really good.
Dr. Reagan: One of the things that I love in the movie is where they show Kaduri's son denying all of what his father said. Then you cut to these students who sat under him saying, "Oh, no, he taught this."
Carl Gallups: The video has got Kaduri's son saying to the effect, "My father never even spoke about the Messiah." The film shows the Israeli newspapers had been running articles about what his father said, and then they've got students from his own Yeshiva saying he talked about the Messiah all the time and said his name was Yehoshua.
Dr. Reagan: How long does the film run?
Carl Gallups: It's an hour, exactly 55 minutes I think.
It's an amazing film, but not because of me. The movie is amazing. My jaw was on the ground when I watched it.
Dr. Reagan: I first read the book, and then I saw the film and was just blown away by the film.
Carl Gallups: Well, I wrote the book and then I saw the film, and I was amazed as well. They did an amazing job. You know George Escobar and WND Films produced the number one faith movie in America right now. They are an amazing team and did a wonderful job. So, I tell people read the book which is really good with lots of information in it, but you've got to go and see the movie as well.
Dr. Reagan: Carl, what's your personal conclusion about Kaduri? Was his message a forgery? Dementia? Valid vision? What?
Carl Gallups: Of course, I have no idea of knowing with 100% accuracy, but based upon all the investigation I did as I wrote the book and am in the movie, my best guess with the evidence I have before me now if I was a cop going to take a case to court, my best guess at this point would be that the note was for real. It was an original. It was posted on Kaduri's website before his followers really understood how to decrypt it. Once it was decrypted and Yehoshua was the named the Messiah, and they had to have known that he taught this in his seminary, but I think they were just terrified by the international implications of Kaduri's claim. I think they pulled the note down as quickly as possible of his website and started to deny it was ever there and wanted to cover it up. So, yes, I think the note was real.
Dr. Reagan: Are the Orthodox and Kabbalists going to be very happy with you?
Carl Gallups: They are not very happy with me now. The sad part of that is, I'm such a supporter of Israel and such a supporter of the Jewish people. We've done no harm to Rabbi Kaduri's legacy. I treat the family and Rabbi Kaduri with the utmost of respect and integrity.
The Message of the Messiah
Dr. Reagan: Carl, for someone who doesn't know Jesus of Nazareth, should they sit back and wait for a vision of God to tell them about Jesus?
Carl Gallups: Having a vision from God is an amazing and wonderful thing, but no, there is no need to wait for that because God has revealed Himself perfectly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. In God's Word the Bible we have that vision that is given to us, and let me just say Romans 10:9 I think says that message succinctly and perfectly. "If you would confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, then you shall be saved." And you break that down, confessing with your mouth He is Lord —Jesus is Lord — not you, not the world, not something you've earned, but Jesus. Jesus is Lord.
Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Why? Because then you know Jesus is the Lord of life. Through Jesus Christ you shall have eternal life.