Four months ago to the day an article entitled ‘Yom Kippur, Rabbi Keduri and Ariel Sharon’ I wrote, was published here on news24.com.
You can obviously go and read the article quickly, but if not here is a short summary. Rabbi Kaduri was a highly respected Orthodox Rabbi who passed away in 2006. He was regarded as a righteous man (tzaddik or saint) and apparently had a photographic memory. It is believed that more than a two hundred thousand (figures given differ) people attended his funeral in Jerusalem.
I don’t think it is necessary for me to say that Jewish people generally do not accept Jesus (as He is referred to in the West) as the Messiah. This they do generally as they expect Messiah to set up His messianic kingdom when He appears. And since Jesus did not do so and suffered He cannot be the Messiah. It is worth mentioning that the book of Isaiah speaks volumes (for example Chapter 53) about the ‘Anointed One’ Who would suffer and in the process make atonement for mankind. The book of Isaiah is of course part of the Tanakh or Old Testament. Now regular readers of my articles will also know that I refer to Jesus as Yeshua. There is a lot of unnecessary emotion around this. So let me explain (again) why I do so.
Let’s say I am born in the UK and my name is John. If I then come and visit an Afrikaans family in Bloemfontein South Africa, does this mean that my name now suddenly becomes ‘Johannes’? I don’t think so. We know that Jesus lived in Israel and His parents were traditional Jewish people. The word ‘Jesus’ is not Hebrew. It is an English translation of the Greek word ‘Iesus.’ We know that He was not Greek and could not have been English as the language came much later. In a sense then, it is a denial of the true identity of a person to translate his name and to stubbornly insist that that is his name.
Nevertheless, as following Messiah is not about being legalistic or petty Messianic Jewish scholars use the names Yeshua and Jesus interchangeably because it generally refers to the same Person. You basically decide which name you want to use. Why do I make reference to Messianic Jewish scholars? Because we are dealing here with language and they, being Jewish, naturally have a better understanding of the language.
Back to Rabbi Kaduri. He did something extraordinary. During the last year of his more than a century long life he repeatedly had visions of the Messiah. He went so far as to tell his talmidim (followers) that the Messiah revealed His name to him. So Rabbi Kaduri wrote the name of the Messiah on a piece of paper. He wrote a sentence and the first letters of each word combined is the name of the Messiah. He told them to only open the piece of paper one year after His death, which they did. To their utter amazement the first letters combined spelled the name ‘Yehoshua’ or ‘Yeshua.’
Now Rabbi Kaduri also went on to say that the Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon’s death. At the time of this statement (Sep 2005) Ariel Sharon was a healthy man. It would have been the equivalent of saying ‘after the death of the current president of SA.’ Sharon subsequently had a stroke (Jan 2006) and would remain comatose for no less than 8 years. That in itself is incredible.
Ariel Sharon’s died on Saturday 11 January 2014 at 13h50 after his vital organs failed. His was buried yesterday at around 14h30 after lying in state for a brief period. Sharon was a controversial political figure and the intention is not to discuss his legacy here. The fact remains: Sharon passed away.
So if Rabbi Kaduri is correct then the first requirement has been met. The next important bit ‘after Sharon’s death’ now comes into focus. Kaduri’s followers confirmed the authenticity of the note and that it was confusing to them as well. His son, Rabbi David Kaduri denies that the note was his father’s. When he was told that it appears on his father’s official website (www.kaduri.net), he was ‘shocked’ and said: Oh no, that’s blasphemy! He did however confirm that in the last year of his life his father almost spoke exclusively about the Messiah and His coming.
Then another interesting little piece of information. ‘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 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 (Israel Today) asked what those symbols meant, Rabbi David Kaduri said they were signs of angels. Pressed further about the meaning of the signs of the angel, he said he had no idea.’