A very good friend of mine wrote an amazing article in 2013 for Rapture Ready. Her name is Cynthia Nuara and the name of her article was “The Old Rabbi’s Vision.” Cynthia was instrumental in getting me to share my articles with Rapture Ready.
Her article was so excellent, I felt that I should publish it in this piece. It will help the reader to understand what the Kabbalist Rabbis are doing and saying in Israel.
The Old Rabbi’s Vision by Cynthia Nuara
There is a buzz in the Christian world concerning a rabbi who died almost eight years ago. He claimed to have seen the Messiah in a vision, and what the Messiah supposedly had to say to him.
A book and video documentary were released in November about this Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri and his vision, which Kaduri said would come to pass after the (then) prime minister of Israel’s death. That prime minister was Ariel Sharon, who was just pronounced to be close to death on January 1, 2014 after kidney failure and given no more than a few days to live. Sharon has been in a comatose state for eight years, as long as the rabbi has been dead.
The Bible does say in Acts 2:17, “And in the last days it shall be,” ‘God declares,’ “ that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’”
But we’re also warned in 1 John 4:1: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
When I first heard the name the rabbi gave of the Messiah, I was excited at first. Further research has put a damper on that excitement. There are some definite red flags here. With that said, here is his vision:
According to his followers, he fell into a trance-like state in 2005 on Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy Day of Atonement. This happened before a room full of his students and lasted 45 minutes. Afterwards, the old rabbi lifted his head and said “I have met the Messiah…..He shall appear soon.” He somberly continued, “….The Messiah has revealed to me that He will not present Himself until after the death of our prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
Kaduri died within three months after his vision, on January 28, 2006 at the estimated age of 108. It is said that he wrote a note instructing it to be opened one year after his death, which would reveal the name of the Messiah. The rabbi’s story was first published in the April 2007 issue of Israel Today Magazine. According to that article, here is what the note said (translated from Hebrew into English):
“Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name, He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid. This I have signed in the month of mercy, Yitzhak Kaduri.”
The Hebrew sentence with the hidden name of the Messiah reads: ירים העם ויוכיח שדברו ותורתו עומדים (Yarim Ha’Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim).
Kaduri supposedly told his followers to take the first letter of each Hebrew word in the sentence to spell out the name. The name that was revealed is said to translate as Yehoshua.
Yeshua was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshuah (Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling, Iesous, from which comes the English spelling, Jesus.
Two of Kaduri’s followers admitted that the note was authentic, but that it was confusing for his followers. One said, “We have no idea how the rabbi got to this name of the Messiah.”
Rabbi David Kaduri, the old rabbi’s son, denied that his father left a note with the name Yehoshuah before his death, saying, “Oh no! That’s blasphemy” and “It’s not his writing.” Handwriting (it is said from 80 years ago) was presented in an attempt to prove that the note was not authentic. However, he did admit that his father had talked and dreamed almost exclusively during his last year of life about the coming of the Messiah. He said, “My father has met the Messiah in a vision and told us that he would come soon.” The old rabbi’s grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri, said the same thing.
It is understandable that the rabbi’s son would deny that the handwriting was his father’s. It would ruin the family’s reputation in most of Israel to say that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. It is suspected that this is why the rabbi didn’t want to reveal the name of the Messiah while he was still alive.
“…A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25b).
Here is Kaduri’s reported portrayal of the Messiah:
It is hard for many good people in the society to understand the person of the Messiah. Theleadership and order of a Messiah of flesh and blood is hard to accept for many inthe nation. As leader, the Messiah will not hold any office, but will be among the people and use the media to communicate. His reign will be pure and without personal or political desire. During his dominion, only righteousness and truth will reign. Will all believe in the Messiah right away? No, in the beginning some of us will believe in him and some not. It will be easier for non-religious people to follow the Messiah than for Orthodox people. The revelation of the Messiah will be fulfilled in two stages:
First, he will actively confirm his position as Messiah without knowing himself that he is the Messiah. Then he will reveal himself to some Jews, not necessarily to wise Torah scholars. It can be even simple people. Only then he will revealhimself to the whole nation. The people will wonder and say: ‘What, that’s the Messiah?’
Many have known his name but have not believed that he is the Messiah.
Kaduri supposedly also said, “When he comes, the Messiah will rescue Jerusalem from foreign religions that want to rule the city. They will not succeed for they will fight against one another.
I’m confused by the rabbi’s statement. Jesus isn’t making His first appearance here, and He knows exactly who He is. The documentary confirmed something else that REALLY bothers me which Kaduri said. “Hit’abra bezrat hashem nishmat mashiach b’adam m’yisrael” – translation: “With the help of God, the soul of the Messiah has attached itself to a person in Israel.” Kaduri is claiming the Messiah is here now and has attached His soul to someone else! The Bible says no such thing about Jesus. However, it does tell us that the Antichrist will be empowered by Satan.
It is said that Rabbi Kaduri drew a lot of crosses in the margins of his writings in the last few years of his life. He was so popular his last twenty years that those in high places in Israel consulted him and used him to promote various political parties. However, the story of his vision received very little coverage from the news media – no surprise there. But now, years later, the Christian world has caught wind of it.
Kaduri was a kabbalist. The religion of Kabbalah denies the deity of Christ and the necessity of faith in Him as the only means of salvation. Kabbalists believe that only a select few were given the secret knowledge from God as to the true meaning of Scriptures. The Kabbalah approach is mystical—magic plays a part—and they use numerology to find hidden meanings. They believe in reincarnation and believe there are two messiahs – one from the lineage of Joseph and one from the lineage of David. These are just some of the strange things they believe. To put it plainly, it is a false religion.
This is from the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM):
Are we to conclude that the philosophy taught through Kabbalah is godly? If it contradicts both Old and New Testament teaching, then how can it be from God? We conclude that it is not from God but is in reality yet another deception that proceeds out of the Garden of Eden where Satan said ‘you will be like God’ (Genesis 3:5). The Edenic lie echoes through the hearts of mankind and has taken root in the philosophy of Kabbalah.
God’s Word tells us there is only one Messiah:
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
God’s Word tells us there is no reincarnation:
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Kaduri was referred to as “the senior kabbalist” because he was the last of a generation of Sephardi Jewish mystics. Kaduri is said to have been one of the few known living kabbalists who used “practical kabbalah,” a type of Jewish magic aimed at affecting change in the world. His blessings and “charmed” amulets were widely sought to cure people of illnesses, infertility and to bring success.
The Bible says, “There shall not be found among you anyone who…practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium…for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord…” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
I do know that God can work through anyone He chooses to fulfill His purposes. However, we must ask ourselves, “Is EVERYTHING the rabbi said spiritual truth about the Messiah?” No.
As far as what Kaduri said about the Messiah not being revealed until after (then) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies, he may have had reason to believe that Sharon would soon meet an unfortunate end. I’ll explain this shortly, but I’d like to give some background information on Ariel Sharon first.
During his military career, Ariel Sharon was considered the greatest field commander in Israel’s history and one of the country’s greatest military strategists. The Israeli public nicknamed him, “The King of Israel” and “The Lion of God.” Yes, I know – not a good thing to say. The only one who fits that description is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But I digress. Then, as prime minister in 2003, Sharon endorsed the Road Map for Peace put forth by the United States, the European Union and Russia.
This opened a dialogue with Mahmud Abbas and announced his commitment to the creation of a future Palestinian state. Sharon even made a speech in which he claimed the Jews were occupying territory that belonged to the Palestinians, and said this needed to be changed. Towards this goal, Sharon implemented The Gaza Expulsion Plan. This plan was welcomed by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel’s left wing as a step towards a final peace settlement.
The expulsion began on August 15, 2005, the day after Tisha B’Av, which is known as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar due to all the calamities that have befallen them on this date in history. Knowing the implications of expelling the Jews on Tisha B’Av, the expulsion was deliberately postponed until the next day. Tisha B’Av was certainly a sad day for those Jews who had refused to leave their homes and knowing they would be forcefully removed beginning the next day. 9,480 Jewish settlers were expelled from 21 settlements in Gaza and four settlements in the northern West Bank.
When is the world going to realize that appeasement and giving up Israel’s land for peace has never worked! But, getting back to the subject, the kabbalists were among those who were quite upset with Sharon after this.
It is said that on the night of July 23, 2005, just weeks before they knew the Jews were to be expelled, a group of rabbis led by Rabbi Yosef Dayan, who was an expert in Kaballah, gathered at a cemetery in the Israeli town of Rosh Pina – all but one wrapped in black prayer shawls and holding black candles in their hands. They put an ancient Kabbalistic curse on Ariel Sharon called the Pulsa da-Nura (“Lashes of Fire”), calling on the angel of death, or demons, to intervene. Supposedly, Rabbi Kaduri didn’t go this far with his “magic,” but surely he must have known about it, since he was their leader.
In December of 2005, four months after the Gaza Expulsion and just over two months after Rabbi Kaduri’s supposed vision, Ariel Sharon suffered a minor stroke. However, he was under stress at the time because he had been accused of some underhanded financial dealings. Also, his expulsion plan had made him some enemies, and this surely must have added to his stress.
A second massive stroke occurred less than three weeks later from which he has never recovered. He is now 85 years old. His brain shows robust brain activity when shown pictures of his family and recordings of his son’s voice. So, obviously his brain is doing some processing. It sounds like he’s been in a living hell, and I pray that somehow he is able to turn his life over to Christ before he dies.
In closing, I’d like to say that I respect Reverend Gallups and Rabbi Cahn. But I have some serious reservations about Rabbi Kaduri, his vision and his religion. What he says about Yehoshuah does not all mesh with the real Yeshua Jesus.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24).
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many’” (Matthew 24:5).
Let us pray to God for discernment to know that which is good and that which is evil.
“Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments” (Psalms 119:66).
“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous will enter through it. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. This is from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:20-23). – source
I agreed with Cynthia’s article. As a matter of fact, after reading much about the Rabbi Kaduri “vision” and story, I felt exactly the same as my friend. It was a confirmation to me.
Now there is another Kabbalist Rabbi in Israel who has said that all of the strange weather in Israel – all of the rain and thunderstorms and hail is a sign that the presence of Messiah is close. He does not realize that the man – this man of sin – will mesmerize and trick all of Israel.
Major Kabbalist: Unseasonable Rain in Israel is Sign of Messiah’s Imminent Arrival
Several esoteric sources connect rain with the Messiah, leading one prominent Kabbalist (mystic) in Israel to state that the recent downpours are a sure sign that the Messiah’s coming is imminent.
Judaism is deeply rooted in the land of Israel, and the prayer for rain and sustenance reflects that, beginning after Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and ending after Pesach (Passover). It is unusual for rain to fall after Pesach and certainly not in the quantity seen in recent weeks. Rain is usually seen as a blessing in Israel. On Monday, a short but torrential rainfall fell in the north, sending much-needed water flowing into the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
But unseasonable rain can also be devastating. Less than two weeks ago, unseasonable rains caused flash flooding that killed ten students on a hike near the Dead Sea. The rain is currently on its way south and rains are expected in the center of Israel, much to the chagrin of Israelis who are used to basking in uninterrupted Mediterranean sun for most of the year.
But the unseasonable rains also bear a message most people are unaware of. At a recent gathering, Rabbi Dov Kook, a prominent Kabbalist (mystic) living in Tiberias who is a descendant of Israel’s first chief Rabbi, Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, made a startling announcement at a recent gathering of his followers. Rabbi Kook announced that he had a vision of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a Jewish sage from the second century known by the acronym Rashbi and who, according to tradition, wrote the Zohar, the basis of Kabbala. In the vision, the Rashbi told Rabbi Kook that the current unseasonable rains are a sure sign that the Messiah’s arrival is imminent.
Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, known in Israel as the author of the Torah blog, “Sod Ha’Chashmal,” cited Rabbi Kook’s message and explained that it conforms to what is written in Rabbinic literature.
“Meditating on nature is always a way of learning about Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’). Different aspects of nature have different meanings. Rain is connected to geula (redemption),” Rabbi Fish told Breaking Israel News. “But rain out of season, especially when it is as powerful as we have seen in the last few weeks, it is an urgent message of geula that we need to relate to.”
Rabbi Fish cited the Pri Chayim (fruit of life), the teachings of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the preeminent 16th century Kabbalist known by the acronym ‘Ari’ (lion), as recorded by his student Rabbi Chayim Vital in Tsfat (Safed).
“It is written in the Pri Chayim that גֶּשֶׁם (rain) is an acronym for ‘גְּאֻלָּה שְׁלֵמָה מְהֵרָה’ (‘complete redemption quickly’),” Rabbi Fish said, quoting Rabbi Chaim Vital.
To further illustrate the connection between rain and the Messiah, Rabbi Fish cited an enigmatic section of the Talmud (Tractate Chulin 63a) which describes an undefined bird, alternatively identified as a sea crow or vulture named a Shrakrak (whistler). The Talmud states that when the Shrakrak sits on something and cries out its eponymous call, mercy comes to the world in the form of rain. But should this bird sit upon the ground and make its call, then the Messiah is about to come.
“There are many ways to understand this section of the Talmud, literally and figuratively” Rabbi Fish said. “But what is clear is that rain is an aspect of God’s mercy and as such, necessarily precedes the Moshiach (Messiah).”
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of the Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, noted that in his experience, these are the heaviest rains that have fallen in Israel so late in the year.
“We are waiting for the wheat harvest,” Rabbi Trugman told Breaking Israel News. “One of the major aspects of the counting of the Omer, the 49-day period between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot(Feast of Weeks), in which Jews perform a mitzvah (Torah commandment) of counting towards the much anticipated wheat harvest.”
You shall count off seven weeks; start to count the seven weeks when the sickle is first put to the standing grain. Deuteronomy 16:9
“Rain at this time can thus be devastating for the harvest,” he noted. “There is a paradox regarding rain: Rain is a sign of rachamim (compassion), but it is termed gevurot geshamim, the severity or judgment of rain,” Rabbi Trugman explained. “The Sages say if it was not for the fact that rain was so needed people would pray that the rains should not fall, for in truth rain is very inconvenient. Israel is one of the few places that everyone is happy when it rains.”
Rabbi Trugman compared this paradoxical aspect of rain to the Messiah.
“Moshiach in this aspect is similar to rain as the final redemption may entail further wars and difficult times,” Rabbi Trugman said. “Moshiach, as our prophets predicted, may be a very traumatic time for mankind, though it is not inevitable and all depends on the actions of man. These last hundred years have seen some unprecedented horrors and this was all part of the redemptive process leading to Moshiach.”
Rabbi Trugman included a disclaimer with his message, referring to the tragedy in which ten young Israelis were killed.
“People should be very careful assigning absolute meaning to events,” he said. “Of course, everything happens for a reason and contains signs from God that are messages, even nature. But we shouldn’t try to assign absolute reasons for calamities. Rather, we should take them as a wake up call to do tshuvah (repentance) and reach out to God.”
“In the bigger picture, it is clear that we are living in an age that is very close to Moshiach,” Rabbi Trugman concluded. “All the prophesied signs are appearing: the in-gathering of the exiles, the desert blooming, the reunification of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the cities of Israel. It will all lead to the final redemption and Israel being a light unto the nations.” – source
Brethren, these two mystical rabbis in Israel do not realize that the “Messiah” for whom they wait is actually Antichrist – they missed the time of their visitation (Christ). I tend to believe that the man of sin is very close to making his appearance on the world stage.
God will be dealing with His people Israel during a time called “The time of Jacob’s Trouble.” Antichrist will fool Israel and even help them build their 3rd Temple. But when this evil man (Satan incarnate) sits himself in the Temple declaring the he is God – the eyes and hearts of the people of Israel will be opened at last. They will know that Jesus (Yeshua) was the Messiah they had been waiting for!
I have been feeling that something very big is about to happen. I hope and pray it’s the Rapture of the Church!
But when you read of these Kabbalist rabbis – please understand that this is no better than witchcraft. Kabbalah is evil.
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Matthew 24: 23-28).
Our Messiah Jesus Christ will return to us in like manner as He left.
Do NOT be deceived!