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 Witnessing Criticism
Carl Gallups: Another complaint that I get is, "Why would Kaduri leave a note? Why didn't he just immediately start telling people about Jesus?"
Nathan Jones: Yes, if Kaduri was really saved, he would have been running into the streets proclaiming, "Jesus is Lord!"
Dr. Reagan: They've never heard of Nicodemus, have they?
Carl Gallups: That's right, nor never heard of the Apostle Paul. It took Paul 17 years before he went out into the mission field. We read Galatians 1-2 where Paul states that it was three years before he went to Jerusalem to talk to the Apostles. He said after that it was 14 years later before he went back to the Church.
Paul also said he needed to start preaching to the Gentiles. Why? Well, first of all, he was persecuted unmercifully by his own people.
So, just think, Kaduri was really old. He was 108. If you had asked me why he left that note, when I first started writing the book I would have scratched my head and said, "I don't really know." But, after I wrote it, this is what the Holy Spirit has given me to know now. I know if God had really revealed Himself, then how brilliant a plan was this? Kaduri died just a few weeks after making his note revelation. I don't think Kaduri could have known that he would die so soon, but he said essentially, "I'm putting this in a note to be opened one year after my death." So, he created an interest, a fascination, in his message.
One year later after Kaduri died, everyone was so eager to see what his note said. It was put on his website. Why? Because the note didn't say, "Jesus Christ is Lord." If the note had said that, when they opened it, they would have burned it, spit on it, and threw it away. Nobody would have ever known Kaduri's message.
Instead, Kaduri's note was encrypted in a Hebrew phrase that described Messianic traits. The rabbis soon discovered he had left a decoding formula. Take the first letter of each of the six Hebrew words in the note, and it'll reveal where you'll find the name of Messiah. It actually took the rabbis a few weeks to decode it all. In the meantime, screen captures were taken of the note and the media was reporting on it.
The rabbis were so thrilled that Rabbi Kaduri had left this note, that is until after they decoded it and saw that it said Yeshua is Messiah. Oh, the rabbis freaked out. They shut the story down. The rabbis knew this wasn't some false Jesus. Kaduri's note was talking about Jesus the Messiah of the New Testament!
I just think how brilliant it was for Kaduri to put his note out there in the public, because now it cannot be covered up. The book I've written and the movie that was made, they cannot be covered up. Jews are coming to Jesus in the streets like never before since the time of Jesus Himself.
I believe leaving the note was a prophetic and brilliant plan on God's part, and that's just how God would do something.