Since it was determined over the last few weeks that Ariel Sharon’s death was imminent, I had been watching all the reports coming out reminding readers of the so-called prophecy issued by Israeli Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri concerning the return of the Messiah. Frankly I felt no urge to post about it…I mean after-all, are we as Christians who (are suppose to) know God’s word concerning Jesus’ return, really going to give heed to some so-called prophecy from an unconverted Rabbi?
Anyway, Richard Bartholomew has a post up about this. Anyone who may not be aware of this story, which has circulated for some time, and since Sharon’s death has gained renewed interest by prophecy nuts, may find it interesting.
Back in October, WorldNetDaily (WND) published and promoted a new book and DVD claiming that a deceased Kabbalist in Israel named Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri had seen Jesus in a vision and prophesied that he would return following the death of Ariel Sharon. The author, a Baptist pastor named Carl Gallups (also known as “PPSIMMONS”), now has further thoughts:
Kaduri ‘prophesied’ that Jesus would NOT come until Sharon died. Today, Ariel Sharon has died. Kaduri did NOT say the Messiah would come immediately but rather that the Messiah would NOT return before the death of Sharon. This Kaduri prophecy has come true. Did God use the flawed Rabbi? With this prophecy and the revealed NAME of the Messiah it does make one wonder, doesn’t it?
In other words, we have a remarkable confirmation that an unexpected event indeed did not occur. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to keep the book and DVD royalties rolling in, but I hazard a prophecy of my own that the title – The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of the Endtime – will be in the bargain bins before the End Times come upon us.
In fact, Kaduri prophesied in 2005 that Ariel Sharon would be the last Prime Minister of Israel, and that the Messiah had “attached his soul” to someone in Israel. Kaduri also supposedly left a note identifying the name of this person as “Yehoshua” or “Yeshua”, which is an ordinary Hebrew name but which in Anglicised form is “Jesus”. From this, Gallups and others constructed a theory that Kaduri was a secret believer in Jesus, and that he indeed had been given a prophecy.
This may all appear to be somewhat marginal, but US evangelical interest in Kaduri has been growing and Gallups’ account has spread rapidly on Twitter with the final decline and death of Sharon. The story has a couple of particular functions beyond a general credulous interest in supposed signs of the End Times: there’s a trend in US evangelicalism of appropriating aspects of Jewish religious identity, and staking a claim to the soul of a dead Kabbalist takes that to a new level. Secondly, alliances between Israel and Christian Zionists have sometimes faltered over whether Jews need be evangelized, and a story about Jesus appearing to a Rabbi is both a supernatural confirmation of Christianity and a sign that the conversion of the Jews can be left to divine intervention.
Gallups originally came prominence after he created a video in which he argued that the Bible names the Anti-Christ as “baraq o bamah”. He’s currently moved on from Sharon’s death to discussing how Obama murdered Loretta Fuddy, presumably as a ploy to distract interest away from his birth certificate. Gallups has a particular enthusiasm for the Birtherism of a certain Mike Zullo, who apparently serves as “lead investigator” for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
One other item I wanted to share, admittedly had me laughing out-loud. Yesterday I received the link to this from a ‘prophecy website’ which sends out daily emails to it’s subscribers. According to the author this guy (I’m assuming it’s a man) has discovered and broken something called the Arak Codex #190001 which has given him information concerning a Muslim prophecy concerning who the 12th Imam is, known as the Al Mahdi. Below is how his description of this dude starts out,
He is half black, half white. He is tall and strides with a lope. He possesses dead eyes and prominent ears. His background is both obscure and exotic. He is persuasively eloquent and is adept at saying one thing while doing another. His head swivels from side to side when addressing the multitudes, as if reading from prepared texts no doubt lowered from on high and inscribed by the Lord or one of his angels. He gives the distinct impression of being a man-child. He is supremely confident and exudes a certain boyish charm many find irresistible. He is devoted to popular sports involving holes and nets as emblems of ensnaring. He bows frequently in false humility, cajoling the high and mighty of the earth, yet brooks no objection to his will when dissent is offered. He is to be found in many different places from one day to another. He is surrounded by loyal minions, many of whom appear to be imbeciles, who do his bidding without question or scruple. He occupies the seat of power…. (link)
Golly Gee, hummm, wonder WHO he could possibly be referring to?
Anyway, a couple items today from the crazy prophecy-pundits….