By Nathan Jones
Have you heard the amazing story about the world renowned Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri 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 in 2007, it shocked the entire Orthodox Jewish world, so much so in fact that they have tried to keep it quiet ever since.
Pastor Carl Gallups of Carl Gallups Ministries, author of one of the best apologetics books called The Magic Man in the Sky , reveals just what the rabbi's message said and how it has shocked the Orthodox Jewish world in his latest book The Rabbi who Found Messiah. The Kaduri story has also ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Christian community, so much so in fact that we have invited Carl back a second time on Christ in Prophecy to discuss the impact this story has made.
[Note: Lamb & Lion Ministries is simply reporting on the story of Rabbi Kaduri. We are neither endorsing Kabbalah nor substantiating Kaduri's claim of having met the Messiah.]
The Controversial Note
Dr. Reagan: In 2004, one of Judaism's most renowned rabbis, Yitzhak Kaduri, announced that the Messiah had appeared to him and revealed his identity. The rabbi said he had written the Messiah's name on a piece of paper and placed it in a sealed envelope. He also said he had given directions that the envelope was to be opened and the Messiah's name read to his followers one year after his death.
Rabbi Kaduri died in 2006, and sure enough, one year later in 2007, the envelope was opened and the name that was read shocked and horrified the Orthodox Jewish world. They are still in a state of shock today. Meanwhile, they've scrambled to cover-up what happened.
Pastor Carl Gallups was determined not to allow that cover-up to succeed. He has exposed the story to all the world in his book The Rabbi who Found Messiah. Carl, tell us about this envelope and why it was so shocking.
Carl Gallups: You are right, Dave, it was very shocking. Another fact is that within ten weeks of him making that declaration, Rabbi Kaduri died. So, a year later after his death, the note was opened and put on his website at kaduri.net. It was reported on by Israel Today in several different languages, and by News First Class which is now called News 1. Also, there were screen captures of the note put up on the news websites. But, at the time, both the Orthodox and the news agencies didn't understand the note yet because Kaduri left it in a Hebrew coded format.
Dr. Reagan: I find that very typical of a Kabbalist.
Carl Gallups: Yes, that's very typical of Kabbalist and of Kaduri. Still, it was brilliant of him to leave the note that way, and you'll soon see why.
So, the note was put on his website and reported on by the major news reporting agencies in Israel for all to see. After a few weeks, the note was decoded and what they saw shocked them. The note was written in Hebrew, and it said the name of Messiah is Yehoshua, which is the long form version of Yeshua, which in English means Jesus. Kaduri declared the name of Messiah as Jesus, which matched perfectly with what he had been secretly teaching, as we later found out, in his own rabbinical training school, evidenced by ten of his students who are now born-again Christians.
Dr. Reagan: Before we get into the impact that revelation had on the Jewish folks, let me just say that since the book came out in November 2013, it has become a best seller. There's also been a movie made out of it, which has been a huge hit.
The sad thing is, that instead of some Christian leaders celebrating the fact that this man identified Yeshua as the Messiah, they have been heavily criticizing it.
The Kabbalah Criticism
Nathan Jones: The Kaduri story has been probably one of the most controversial subjects ever covered by Lamb & Lion Ministries. We've gotten so much feedback both positive and negative from Christians. Would you clarify some of their negative questions, Carl?
Carl Gallups: Sure, I'd be happy to answer any questions.
Nathan Jones: One person said that since Rabbi Kaduri was a Kabbalist, which is an animism type belief system, how then could the Messiah talk to him? They think since Kaduri was a Kabbalist, we should just throw out anything he had to say. They also pointed out that your book didn't condemn Kabbalism enough. Now, I've read your book and I believe you did, but maybe you could answer their concerns?
Carl Gallups: First of all, I have gotten much more positive feedback from the Christian community than negative, but there has been negative feedback, and some of it is exactly as you are saying. The bottom line I want people to understand is, I wrote this story journalistically and objectively.
Dr. Reagan: So, not as a Baptist pastor?
Carl Gallups: Right. Not as a Baptist pastor. When the media tries to cover-up a story where Jesus' name is spoken as the Messiah from the most venerated rabbi in all of Israel, I knew someone had to get this story out there.
Also, I did condemn Kaduri's involvement in Kabbalah. In fact, there's one whole chapter dedicated to Kabbalah which explains it from the most innocent form to the most evil form. I did a thorough exposé of Kabbalah, and I made it very clear that it's not the biblical, godly way to approach and interpret the Scriptures.
Dr. Reagan: Also, one of your purposes was to get through to Jewish people, right? You couldn't very well start off a book by trashing Judaism or trashing Kabbalah and expect them to read the book.
Carl Gallups: Exactly. Another thing is that a lot of Christians, especially Western Christians, don't understand that Orthodox Rabbinical Judaism is steeped in Kabbalah. So, in order to reach the Jewish heart and show them that Jesus is the Messiah, you can't very well start off by trashing the foundation of their faith.
Dr. Reagan: Besides, this book isn't about Kabbalah anyways. It's about Rabbi Kaduri and what he did and its impact.
Carl Gallups: Absolutely! I reported this story as objectively and truthfully as possible. The book is resourced and referenced heavily.
In the second segment of our interview with Pastor Carl Gallups on the criticisms of the Rabbi Kaduri story, he'll address two more.