WHEN RABBI YITZCHAK KADURI DIED, hundreds of thousands of mourners filled the streets of Jerusalem. The Rabbi was a venerated teacher, his wisdom and blessings were deemed straight from the Almighty.
Kaduri’s passing, though, brought about a huge controversy. The Rabbi left us with two prophetic promises about the Messiah — outlandish promises to some and “I told you so” reactions from others.
Rabbi Kaduri’s prediction about Messiah and Ariel Sharon
Apparently, Rabbi Kaduri left a note wherein he identifies the Messiah’s name as Yehoshua (i.e. Yeshua or Jesus) and predicts the Messiah’s coming will occur soon after Ariel Sharon dies.
Ariel Sharon fell sick the very month Kaduri left this world. He was soon comatose, and has remained in that condition since. Reports are he will sometimes open his eyes and make a hand motion, but Sharon’s condition has remained relatively unchanged for over seven years.
Now, that has apparently changed. If Sharon dies, will Kaduri’s prophecy come true?
An earlier article about Kaduri has generated considerable discussion. It is interesting to see the flow of emotions in the comments there. Some deny the entire idea. Some press a particular brand of belief as the only correct version. Some just praise the Lord and look forward to His coming. And some denounce Rabbi Kaduri’s prophetic note as a tool of the devil.
Don’t you just love it when believers get together and chat?
For what it’s worth, here’s my own take on the brouhaha forming:
1. Rabbi Kaduri devoted his life to studying Scripture, prayer, and seeking wisdom. That the Creator would speak to him and reveal information about the Messiah is an entirely believable scenario. Personally, I have no trouble accepting the idea.
2. That Messiah will come (again) after the death of Ariel Sharon … well, if He doesn’t come before Sharon passes, He will certainly come after.
3. Will He come SOON after? I can’t tell you about that. Scripture says only the Father knows for sure when that time will be.
COULD, however, Rabbi Kaduri’s prophecy and the news of Ariel Sharon’s, perhaps imminent, death be a wake-up call for humanity? Take a look around you, folks … we are on a giant chunk of rock, spinning at an incredible speed, whirling in every direction through uncharted space.
Anything, absolutely anything, could happen next.
Come, Lord, come quickly … even now.
Addendum: Thank you to Sarah for these two links — interviews with students of the Rabbi. I cannot vouch for the ministry, nor the authenticity of the films … but they sure look interesting. Thank you, Sarah!