Who Will Be the Messiah?

Though this is “old” news, in more than one regard, I found it today among my emails and thought it was interesting:

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Rabbi Reveals Name of the Messiah

[Israel Today – Monday, April 30, 2007] Shortly before he died, one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis wrote the name of the Messiah on a small note which he requested would remain sealed until now. When the note was opened, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus), is the Messiah.

A few months before he died, one of the nation’s most prominent rabbis, Yitzhak Kaduri, supposedly wrote the name of the Messiah on a small note which he requested would remain sealed until now. When the note was unsealed, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus), is the Messiah.

With the biblical name of Jesus, the Rabbi and kabbalist described the Messiah using six words and hinting that the initial letters form the name of the Messiah. The secret note said:

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 (translated above in bold) with the hidden name of the Messiah reads: Yarim Ha’Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim

The initials spell the Hebrew name of Jesus, Yehoshua. Yehoshua and Yeshua are effectively the same name, derived from the same Hebrew root of the word “salvation” as documented in Zechariah 6:11 and Ezra 3:2. The same priest writes in Ezra, “Yeshua son of Yozadak” while writing in Zechariah “Yehoshua son of Yohozadak.” The priest adds the holy abbreviation of God’s name, ho, in the father’s name Yozadak and in the name Yeshua.

With one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis indicating the name of the Messiah is Yeshua, it is understandable why his last wish was to wait one year after his death before revealing what he wrote.

When the name of Yehoshua appeared in Kaduri’s message, ultra-Orthodox Jews from his Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva (seminary) in Jerusalem argued that their master did not leave the exact solution for decoding the Messiah’s name.

The revelation received scant coverage in the Israeli media. Only the Hebrew websites News First Class (Nfc) and Kaduri.net mentioned the Messiah note, insisting it was authentic. The Hebrew daily Ma’ariv ran a story on the note but described it as a forgery.

Jewish readers responded on the websites’ forums with mixed feelings: “So this means Rabbi Kaduri was a Christian?” and “The Christians are dancing and celebrating,” were among the comments.

Israel Today spoke to two of Kaduri’s followers in Jerusalem who admitted that the note was authentic, but confusing for his followers as well. “We have no idea how the Rabbi got to this name of the Messiah,” one of them said.

Yet others completely deny any possibility that the note is authentic. Kaduri’s son, Rabbi David Kaduri, said that at the time the note was written (September 2005), his father’s physical condition made it impossible for him to write.

KADURI’S PORTRAYAL OF THE MESSIAH

A few months before Kaduri died at the age of 108, he surprised his followers when he told them that he met the Messiah. Kaduri gave a message in his synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, teaching how to recognize the Messiah. He also mentioned that the Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon’s death. (The former prime minister is still in a coma after suffering a massive stroke more than a year ago.)

Other rabbis predict the same, including Rabbi Haim Cohen, kabbalist Nir Ben Artzi and the wife of Rabbi Haim Kneiveskzy.

Kaduri’s grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri, said his grandfather spoke many times during his last days about the coming of the Messiah and redemption through the Messiah.

His spiritual portrayals of the Messiah—reminiscent of New Testament accounts—were published on the websites Kaduri.net and Nfc:

“It is hard for many good people in society to understand the person of the Messiah. The leadership and order of a Messiah of flesh and blood is hard to accept for many in the 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 fullled 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 reveal himself 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.”

FAREWELL TO A ‘TSADIK’

Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri was known for his photographic memory and his memorization of the Bible, the Talmud, Rashi and other Jewish writings. He knew Jewish sages and celebrities of the last century and rabbis who lived in the Holy Land and kept the faith alive before the State of Israel was born.

Kaduri was not only highly esteemed because of his age of 108. He was charismatic and wise, and chief rabbis looked up to him as a Tsadik, a righteous man or saint. He would give advice and blessings to everyone who asked. Thousands visited him to ask for counsel or healing. His followers speak of many miracles and his students say that he predicted many disasters.

When he died, more than 200,000 people joined the funeral procession on the streets of Jerusalem to pay their respects as he was taken to his final resting place.

“When he comes, the Messiah will rescue Jerusalem from foreign religions that want to rule the city,” Kaduri once said. “They will not succeed for they will fight against one another.”

THE RABBI’S FOLLOWERS REACT

In an interview with Israel Today, Rabbi David Kaduri, the 80-year-old son of the late Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, denied that his father left a note with the name Yeshua just before he died.

“It’s not his writing,” he said when we showed him a copy of the note.

During a nighttime meeting in the Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva in Jerusalem, books with the elder Kaduri’s handwriting from 80 years ago were presented to us in an attempt to prove that the Messiah note was not authentic.

When we told Rabbi Kaduri that his father’s official website (www.kaduri.net) had mentioned the Messiah note, he was shocked. “Oh no! That’s blasphemy. The people could understand that my father pointed to him [the Messiah of the Christians].”

David Kaduri confirmed, however, that in his last year, his father had talked and dreamed almost exclusively about the Messiah and his coming. “My father has met the Messiah in a vision,” he said, “and told us that he would come soon.”

Israel Today was given access to many of the rabbi’s manuscripts, written in his own hand for the exclusive use of his students. Most striking were the cross-like symbols painted by Kaduri all over the pages. In the Jewish tradition, one does not use crosses. In fact, even the use of a plus sign is discouraged because it might be mistaken for a cross.

But there they were, scribbled in the rabbi’s own hand. When we asked what those symbols meant, Rabbi David Kaduri said they were “signs of the angel.” Pressed further about the meaning of the “signs of the angel,” he said he had no idea. Rabbi David Kaduri went on to explain that only his father had had a spiritual relationship with God and had met the Messiah in his dreams.

Orthodox Jews around the Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva told Israel Today a few weeks later that the story about the secret note of Rabbi Kaduri should never have come out, and that it had damaged the name the revered old sage.

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16 thoughts on “Who Will Be the Messiah?

  1. I do not understand what the whole argument is about. The fact that someone says Christ’s name will be Jesus does not mean that he will be a Christian.
    Just as Jesus was born a Jew, lived as a Jew and died as a Jew, and the peoples of the world turned him into their messiah, one does not rule out the possibility that the next Messiah, whatever they call him, will also be a Jew. And no Jew cares if the Christians will say that he is theirs, too. All human beings can share the same faith, in different colors as appropriate for each.

  2. To have a complete picture of the debate: please, look into the experience of Izrael ZOLLER / Eugenio ZOLLI, the Chief Rabbi of the jewish community In Rome In 1944. He had a vision of Jesus Christ in the main synagogue in Rome on Tichri 1944. Why is this quite impossible to discus with our Jewish friends and brothers ? I pray everyday that a complete revelation/ apocalypse be given to all men of good will. RR

  3. I find that Messianic Jews are the hardest people when it comes to discussing the material in Genesis 3-11. They ignore it and pretend that Judaism begins with the calling of Abraham in Gen. 12. One problem – Abraham wasn’t a Jew. He was a Horite and it was the Horite caste of ruler-priests who anticipated the coming of Messiah.

  4. Perhaps you or one of your elders can help me!
    I have never communicated this subject in this way before, please trust what I am going to tell you as I have no reason or desire to deceive you or myself.
    If the “messiah” were to reveal himself is it conceivable that this individual could cause the clouds to stop moving in the sky when he looked at them & make any cloud, pointed out to him, disappear in 30seconds or less, or at times look at a cloud & make it bloom like a volcano erupting? Could he know the workings of the world such as the causes of war & who is responsible, later to have it confirmed as classified information that very few people would have access to? Would he speak of things that are going to happen & they do, eg Japan earthquake, Christchurch earthquake, Virginia earthquake, Iceland volcano etc & could they occur on his close families birthdays as he said they would? When he leaves a country would there be typhoons or floods or earthquakes or snow where it does not snow, as he said there would be? Has been known to move objects with the mind? These things are real without a word of a lie & it seems impossible to explain as a supernatural ability. Is there people who would help him if there were people trying to destroy him? Do I keep to myself & wait until the time is right, or until it is too late? It has been witnessed. Please let me know what you think.

  5. My only issue is that if he truly believed Jesus as the Messiah, he would have shouted it from the rooftops, so that souls may not be lost. – Jordana

    Or, perhaps, Rabbi Kaduri understood that our relationship with our Savior and Creator is one we must establish and progress throughout out lifetimes. It seems that his heart was open and reaching toward God, and he had prayerfully established his intimate relationship with the Messiah. The Lord comes to those who seek him, to sinners, and to the holy alike.

  6. Jordana:

    You do understand that the Rabbi was extremely old? Shouting on rooftops is not something a 110 year old Elder is capable of doing. He also was a very meek and humble person. Didn’t Yeshua say to pray in private? Not to boast about things? You should go back and learn to be humble from your bible. Kaduri was a righteous man and you have no right to say what he should do; when you yourself do not lead a righteous life.

  7. I am an Evangelical Christian, and I heard today in a Sermon from my church about the above mentioned rabi. I decided to look it up and found this site. I think it is incredible, what he wrote (and not just the note itself). My only issue is that if he truly believed Jesus as the Messiah, he would have shouted it from the rooftops, so that souls may not be lost. Of course, he may not have truly been saved himself, but was simply aware of who the true Messiah is, since the New Testament itself does show that unbelieving fallen angels and demons KNEW who Jesus truly was, but they did not believe. I hope this man was saved, but if he were, nothing would have stopped him from sharing the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we are commanded to do and driven to do. But God has used non-believers throughout the Bible to accomplish his ways, including when he used Cyrus to protect the Jewish people.

  8. Like Chris, I thought it was going to be a story on the health of Patriarch Pavle. The rabbi and Patriarch in the two photographs side by side bear striking similiarities.

  9. I have met Rabbinical (non-Messianic) Jews on the internet who live in Israel and who say that in their study groups with local rabbis, it is known that the Moshiach is Yeshua, who is also the one whom the Christians call Christ. They are not supposed to publicise this, probably for the same reasons that people deny what this aged rabbi wrote. The awakening of Israel in their land has already begun. The time is close.

  10. Maybe it is the Patriarch. He is simply following St. Paul’s command to be ‘ all things to all people’. 🙂

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