This is the article in question:
This is a response in comments on Absolute Truth from a reader, Paul Ragon:
“A valid question. The briefest answer I can give is this: no, but this is still an interesting development.
There is of course much debate about this. I am, based on decades of study, including seminary, convinced of the pre-tribulation rapture of the true church, the remnant of born again believers in Messiah. Scripture teaches (in Rev.) that the opening of the first of the Seven Seals is coming of the anti-christ. He will “assume” that role as a new world geopolitical leader who finalizes a 7 year peace treaty with Israel, presumably on behalf of a multi-national world entity (I submit the UN). That starts the tribulation and that man is the anti-christ.
The church-the bride of Messiah- will NOT be here then. Whether we see these events take place on earth or not is debatable as nothing in Scripture specifies any detail regarding this.
My personal take is that this man is not the one to be the AC as he is in no way an outside world geopolitical leader. However, any time activity in Israel hints at identifying said person, it should be further proof of how close we are to be caught up to Messiah in the clouds (1 Thes 4:17). So, in that regard our wonderful sister in Messiah has brought an interesting point to our attention.
I hope this helps! As an ordained minister of the Gospel, teacher for decades, I am convince our departure is very close, certainly in our lifetimes. I cannot wait!
Blessings in Messiah!
Here are two articles from publications in Israel:
The Coming of the Messiah at the End of Days, i.e., in our time, is one of the most sensitive and subtle questions. Because our journey to the Heavenly Jerusalem will be led by the Light of the Messiah, I will quote some concepts about the Coming Messiah and later I will summarise my own understanding. The quotations are reasonably long in order to present the ideas of the Kabbalists in more detail.
In the last chapter of his book A Kabbalistic Universe, 27. End of Days, the great Kabbalist, the late Z’ev ben Simon Halevi (Peace and Light to his Soul) states (pp. 244-245):
The position of the Messiah in Kabbalah and in many other esoteric traditions is very precise. He is the perfect human being, the living ideal for all humanity. His initial position on Jacob’ Ladder is at the simultaneous Malkhut of Azilut, the Tiferet of Beriah and the Keter of Yezirah. Here, where the upper three Worlds meet in the Throne of God, he presides over the innermost part of the incarnate mankind. Whoever holds this role as the Axis of the Age is the link between the Divine ELOHIM, the Holy Spirits and humanity. The Messiah, it is said, is the true Son of God and not his servant, as all the Archangels are despite their high rank and the name Benai ELOHIM. This special relationship is because Adam, or man, was God’s firstborn, that is, the being who was of the ELOHIM’S own begetting in the DIVINE’S own likeness. Thus it is that those of mankind who have not realised that in their Self is God seeing God are given the choice of perceiving the purpose of human existence in the reality of the Messiah, the last born spirit to incarnate below. While, for example, orthodox Christians say the Messiah has come and orthodox Jews say the Messiah is yet to come, the truth of the matter is that the Messiah has been, is and always be present. It could be no other way, if one knows the place of the Anointed above the Self and at the Crown of all incarnate mankind where humanity meets ADONAI at the Malkhut of Divinity.
In another of his books, A Kabbalistic View of History,Halevi writes about some great Initiates in human history who in fact fulfilled the function of Messiahs for their epochs:
As regards the Persian esoteric tradition, it introduced the motion of the Messiah and the concept of the Resurrection at the End of Time. This is when Existence is re-absorbed into the Godhead after a final Day of Judgement on humanity’s performance. The role of the Messiah was later seen as the title of whoever occupied a particular place in the chain of enlightened individuals. There would always be such a person incarnate throughout history. Known as the Axis of the Age, the Messiah was the connection between those on Earth and the Great Holy Council in the upper Worlds. (Halevi: A Kabbalistic View of History, Kabbalah Society, 2012, p. 88).
Moreover, in the book Adam and the Kabbalistic TreeHalevi gives examples of Initiates who fulfilled the role of the Messiah during the ages:
While to us natural men, such a highly conscious self is at least cosmic, it is in fact less than half-way up the complete Jacob’s ladder of the four interleaved Trees that compose manifestation. From this we can see why Christ might be called the ‘Son of God’, as would any man attaining this level deserves to be called. As has been said, more than several men have, during the history of mankind, reached this point and they are known to the Kabbalistic tradition as ‘Messiahs’ or the ‘Annointed’. This title applies to anyone reaching the Tiferet of the beriatic World and could be ascribed to Zoroaster, Hermes-Trismegestus, Enoch and many lesser known and unknown human beings who have returned to help save mankind from its ignorance at certain crucial periods of development. (Halevi, Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree, Samuel Weiser, INC, 1974, p. 312)
In another Kabbalistic source, the web site Work of the Chariot, there is rich information about the Kabbalah in general and the function of the Messiah in particular. It describes various concepts of the essence of Messiah and this is why I would quote quite big excerpt from this web site about different views of the Messiah. This show again and again how sensitive and delicate is the concept of Messiah:
In all mystical traditions, the concept of Messiah and messianic appearances in the Lower Worlds is the pinnacle of all mysteries, unparalleled in its sublimeness, inscrutability, and controversy. Messiahs come as World Teachers when righteousness fades, and the message of the absolute unity of existence and the primacy of unconditional love, discrimination, and renunciation as a means to intimately know God becomes obscurated by the conditioned impressions of conventional religions. Such extraordinary beings remind us in a lively way of our innate divinity and of the spiritual awakening that is our birthright….
Sometimes, Messiahs “wind the clocks” i.e. lead the transition from one Age to another, or vanquish powerful demons that threaten the stability of the Small Face universe. Some Messiahs appear to be completely or partially veiled from awareness of their true identity until awakened to it by a Perfect Master who has incarnated to do so, or through a supra-conscious experience of the Divine. Master Mosheh was dramatically changed by his experience of the “Burning Bush.” … The Perfect Master John baptized Master Yeshuvah in the Holy Spirit. The monk Totapuri struck the Bengali avatar Sri Ramakrishna in the center of his forehead with a sharp rock. It immediately sent him into a nirvikalpa samadhi that lasted for six months and culminated twelve years of intense spiritual practices, after which Ramakrishna commenced his activity as a World Teacher.
Many details found in the Torah, Peshitta (Gospels), and Apocrypha regarding the nature, lives, experiences, powers, and teachings of Master Mosheh and Master Yeshuvah find parallels in those of Messiahs in other traditions. Messianic appearances are called avatara in Sanskrit. The Hindu tradition contains beautiful and profound descriptions of the life dramas and teachings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu, including Rama, Krishna, Narasimha (lit. Man-Lion), and Matsya (the Fish, who is said to have appeared to Noah during the Flood). Hindus also ascribe messianic stature to Chaitanya (sixteenth century CE), Ramakrishna (1836-1886), Shirdi Sai Baba (d.1918) and Satya Sai Baba (1925-present). They assign such status as well as to incarnations of the Divine Mother i.e. the Goddess, such as Saradamani Devi (1853-1920), Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Amritanandamayi Ma (1953-present, known widely as “Ammachi”), and others. Buddhism provides detailed descriptions of the incarnations of the Buddha, and of the one to come called Maitreya. The sage Lao Tze, to whom is ascribed the Tao-Te Ching, was the revered divine incarnation who sired the development of Taoism. And Zoroaster was the messianic wellspring who transmitted the Zend Avesta and originated the tradition passed down through the Farsis. (Source:http://www.workofthechariot.com/TextFiles/Teachings-IntroTree.html)
Obviously, the essence and the Personifications of the Messiah are a very complex and sensitive theme. Nevertheless, when I received the vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem with its twelve Gates, I experienced as Light of Messiah as the Light of all great Divine Masters, together with their Feminine Partners, who linked with the Divine Origin of Creation and brought a new impulse for the evolution of humankind in any particular historical epoch. This “Integral Pentecost” is a colossal Messianic Light which leads the followers of all world religions, in one or another way, to the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Z’ev ben Simon Halevi in his book A Kabbalistic Universestates that the role of Messiah is part of a long line stretching back to Enoch and through Abraham, Buddha, Zoroaster and many great teachers. Now, after the end of the Indo-European cycle, this whole Messianic Line is activated in order to facilitate the quantum leap of humankind to the new Cosmic cycle of evolution. It is well known that at the end of every cosmic cycle the CREATOR opens the Books of records of everything that happened and integrates all the past into one single wholeness. Therefore, in it the Messianic line is activated as well and forms the Apocalyptic Light of the Integral Messiah. Obviously, many advanced human souls will be able to merge with this Light and help humankind on the Journey to the Higher Worlds. As the Light of Messiah is an integrative one, thus the channelling of this Light on Earth is a collective action too.
In the following Posts I will share some personal and transpersonal connections with the Divine Masters and Personifications of the Divine Feminine and how we could contribute to the Journey to the Heavenly Jerusalem led by the Light of the Integral Messiah. Of course, I would be delighted if we form the initial group which could channel this Light and enthuse many more people on the Journey!
Christians Anoint Young Rabbi as ‘False Messiah’
Misunderstanding by end-times prophecy-watchers leads many to believe that the tribulation is at hand
We have received a lot of inquiries in recent weeks regarding “reports” that the Orthodox Jewish community in Israel has anointed the Messiah, which for Christians would mean a false messiah.
We say “reports” in quotation marks because this story appears nowhere in the Israeli media, not even in Orthodox Jewish news outlets that are almost as eager as their Christian counterparts to address this topic. Kind of strange if indeed a consensus had been reached in the Orthodox community regarding the identity of the Messiah.
Still, dedicated as we are to getting to the bottom of the story, we reached out to Orthodox Jewish contacts here in Jerusalem to ask what they knew. Not only had none of them heard about a messianic anointing, most were entirely unfamiliar with the young rabbi at the center of the claims, Shlomo Yehudah Be’eri.
Keen to identify the anti-Christ in order to confirm that we are in the very last of last days, the fact is that far more Christians than Jews seek to crown this man as “messiah.”
So what’s the deal?
Last month, some Spanish-language Christian channels on YouTube began circulating a video clip of young Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah arriving at the Western Wall, where he was greeted with great reverence by more senior rabbis and a throng of Orthodox Jews.
Why Spanish-speaking Christians? Well, the clip of the young rabbi would likely have never been known to the Christian world without first being referenced by a Spanish-language Orthodox Jewish channel that’s apparently being monitored by Christians.
The “Punto Breslev” channel had posted a video suggesting that the Corona crisis could be leading to the revelation of the Messiah. To illustrate the religious fervor gripping much of Israel these days, the host of “Punto Breslev” showed the clip of Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah arriving at the Western Wall.
The topic of the segment, together with the images of Shlomo Yehudah being so honored by senior rabbis, led some Christian viewers to conclude that he was being anointed as Messiah.
The “Punto Breslev” segment went on to talk about Orthodox Judaism’s reverence for King Hezekiah, Son of David (Hizkiyahu Ben David in Hebrew) as the prototype for any messianic candidate. Some Christian viewers again got their wires crossed and attached the name to Shlomo Yehudah. As the story spread among the broader Christian world, the Spanish transliteration of that name stuck, and numerous videos and articles were posted referring to the young rabbi as “Jizkiyahu Ben David.”
What’s really going on?
First of all, this young rabbi’s name is not Jizkiyahu Ben David or Jiziahu or any other spelling being used out there. Nor is anyone in Israel calling him that.
What’s with the title “Yanuka”? Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Be’eri does appear to be a genuine prodigy with the ability to recite the Torah and other religious Jewish texts by heart. He’s been doing this since he was a child, making him highly esteemed in certain Orthodox circles. This is where he got the label “Yanuka” that’s also appearing in all the Christian videos and articles. In this context the term is analogous to “child prodigy,” though it’s a little outdated since Shlomo Yehudah is no longer a child.
Being a prodigy can lead to great popularity and fame, affording “rock star” status, if you will, but it doesn’t make someone a messiah. And, as we noted earlier, Shlomo Yehudah’s popularity and fame doesn’t seem to extend beyond the particular stream of Orthodox Judaism to which he belongs.
And the crowds that greeted him? As for the clip of him at the Western Wall, this occurred at the annual event that begins the Counting of the Omer during the week of Passover. That’s why the holy site was so crowded. It was not a special event to honor Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah.
Why did senior rabbis fawn over him? Well, he’s a famous rabbi (again, in some circles) and a recognized prodigy. It is not at all uncommon for Orthodox Jews, even senior rabbis, to kiss the hand of and give deference to a teacher or fellow rabbi whom they respect. And among those who appeared in the above video clip, Shlomo Yehudah is greatly respected.
The host of “Punto Breslev” later released an English-language video (which we won’t link to since he also spent a great deal of time slandering Yeshua) in which he explained the misunderstanding and stressed that neither he nor any other rabbi was declaring Shlomo Yehudah Be’eri to be the Messiah. And we can confirm this to be the case, as no one in Israel (at least no one with any authority) has announced the beginning of the Messianic Age.
I do hope that this generates many comments and responses!