118 of 135 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
The Rabbi who Found Messiah contains a wealth of information about Judaism, Jewish history, insight to the religious Jewish mindset, the relationship and the strain between modern Judaism and its various sects -- and Christianity, Islam's view of Jesus, and relevant biblical prophesy. I saw the movie and read the book. The movie is good but like most movie-book duos, the book is best.
A great deal of information is masterfully weaved in one narrative both in the book and in the movie.
I doubt this book would be of interest to the casual church attendee as deeper things are evaluated than the average passive-church person is used to being challenged to think about. I am sure those who read fast without thought will wonder what the book states. Such a person would get very little from it. Careful readers who have interest in the things this book deals will with be challenged and encouraged.
I am sure no religious Jew who does not know Christ as Savior would find this book of interest. Rather, such a person might be inclined to take offense on the basis of religious differences rather than content.
I got a lot from the book and the movie. I will need to read the book a couple more times to get the most from the embedded value.
I am especially impressed that the author takes great care to make distinctions between absolutes and shades of gray, fact and supposition. However, supposition is based on compelling evidence. I found the compelling evidence fascinating. For me, the compelling evidence and the clarification/implications of it, alone, was worth more than the price of the book and documentary.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
I have spent thirty-seven years studying about the Messiah, and I was heartened by the prophecy given by Rabbi Kaduri, who had great insight into the Messiah; when I first heard that the Messiah had appeared to him in a vision in a dream. I was excited when I learned that the Messiah introduced Himself to Rabbi Kaduri, giving him His name!
What is amazing about this story is that the Rabbi wrote the Messiah's name in Hebrew inside a saying regarding the Torah, where the first letter of each word in that saying when put together form YEHOSHUA!!! Yeshua is the shortened version of this same name, and it is in English, JESUS!!!
It was wise of him to wish to have this name not read until a year after his passing, because he was too old and frail to suffer through seeing some of the reaction he received from the Chassidim. That name is forbidden and the One to whom it belongs has not been spoken of in Jewish households, barred from discusison for two thousand years, just as the prophets Isaiah and Daniel said would happen to the Messiah, for both say that He would be cut off from His own people and would suffer for their sins and the sins of all of mankind, fulfilling the promise Ha Shem made to Abraham, "In you, all of the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Yeshua of Nazaret has brought the G-d of Israel to the nations, and through His name and Him all men find redemption in G-d, and the Torah is established in their hearts, and a new life is reborn in them, or rather they are born again into a new and living way, adopted by G-d and made joint heirs of the kingdom of G-d through the shed blood of Yeshua Tsidkeinu - Jesus Our Righteousness.
Before He came, there was seperation between Jews and Gentiles - the Jews worshipped the Living G-d and the Goyim or Gentiles (nations) worshipped in ignorance other gods. But since Yeshua appeared precisely as Daniel the prophet prophesied, during the Second Temple Era, He has drawn people from every nation under heaven to worship His Father; the One true G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Through Him, Non-Jews have come near to G-d, and now read and study, and teach from the Hebrew Bible, and Western Civilization has been radically affected by this. No other Jewish religious figure has had this affect on the world, not even Moses.
The Messiah would do this. What's more, the Messiah has come, and the evidence of this is what I have just cited and the rebirth of the nation of Israel - the modern State of Isael! If the Messiah had not come, there would be no Israel today for Him to some day return to in glory. Messiah would come - Moschiach ben Joseph who would die for the nation and draw the nations to G-d, and then the exile for two thousand years, and afterwards, the reestablshment of the Modern State of Israel with Hebrew once again resurrected as language, and Moschiach will return in the sky in great power.
Before this takes place, we are told that Ariel Sharon will die. He is now in a coma and deteriorating every day. When the prophecy was given, Ariel Sharon was in the peak of good health, and active in Israeli politics.
There is much, much more inside this great book. I highly recommend it.
This book goes into the ramificaitons of this for Jew and for Gentile.
49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
Gallups did an alright job writing the book although he really needs to understand that Hebrew is written from right to left. He wrote Yehoshua's name wrong and also missed the second letter vav in His Name. the rest of my opinion has been deleted.
35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Carl Gallups new book “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah”, really hit’s the “mark” as he lays out what Jews believe about their Two Messiah’s Ben Joseph and Ben David are one in the same Yeshua Ha Mesciah, Jesus Christ.
In Carl’s great style he provides the truth of Rabbi Kaduri that should bridge the gap for Jews, Christians, and the Hebrew Roots movement and make all look for the soon return of their one and the same Messiah Yeshua, Jesus!
All should read this book as it knocks it out of the park!
Pastor Dan Catlin
Messiah’s Branch International Radio and Ministries
33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
This book left me feeling sad and dark in my spirit. To me, Yitzhak Kaduri leads the innocent people of Israel into looking for the false Messiah. Very disturbing book.
The author does give plenty of references to be able to check out what the Bible says and the Rabbi does not.
Jesus left no doubt as how He will come back. Not walking among us undetected, not attaching His soul to another human being.
Acts describes only too clearly how Jesus will return! Acts 1:11. "Men of Galilee why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
Absorbing book. Well written. Holds your interest from start to finish. Profound read and very thought provoking. Recomended for everyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2015
I found the work to be disappointing. I had read about the story of Kaduri's "visions" and "prophecies" and his secret inscription of the name of the Messiah in a news article several years prior to the publication of this book. I was expecting to read a bunch of announcements of the rabbi's teachings pertaining to the Messiah. Afterward, I would've loved to read about the Jewish reaction with quotations and statements from other rabbis and Kaduri's family. Instead, I found very little that I didn't already dig up and research on my own. He could've covered all the material in one chapter. Yet he dragged it out with useless background information on things like Ariel Sharon and other such nonsense to make it a book. In addition, the title is misleading. The Rabbi didn't find the Messiah. And certainly his understanding of the Messiah does not mesh well with the Jesus Christ of the Bible. If anything, I think the Rabbi was confused, and I'm sure that's how most of us readers feel about his statements on the Messiah after reading this book. Confused.
51 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2013
Mystical death-curses, Messiah identification, cryptic mystical notes and the like. All of which sounds like something from Dan Brown. But unlike a Dan Brown novel, `The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of the Endtime' is erroneously labeled as non-fiction.
While billed as non-fiction, in numerous places author Carl Gallups writes a narrative, and only in the endnote explains that the narrative was in truth fictional and a product of his imagination. That plus the dependence of Wikipedia as a primary source makes the book much closer to fiction than reality.
The book is based on the assertion that Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri wrote a note to be opened a year after his death which would reveal the name of the messiah. The existence of the note itself is in dispute, with many of Kaduri's closest disciples stating it's an outright forgery. The note was written a few months before he died, and the Rabbi's son said that his father's physical state at the time made it impossible for him to have written it.
Even assuming that it's authentic, the note itself isn't conclusive. The note does not have the Messiah's name on it name explicitly; rather it contains a verse with the acronym for the Hebrew name for Joshua. Rabbi Kaduri died in 2006 and that year, Joshua was the 3rd most popular name for boys; with Jacob and Michael in the first two places. There have been millions of Joshua's born, so which Joshua is it?
Had Rabbi Kaduri wanted to unequivocally write that Jesus was the Messiah (as is the premise of the book), all he would have needed to do was add 4 Hebrew letters (Hebrew for `of Nazareth') to declare unambiguously which Joshua he was referring to. But let's not let logic get in the way of an imaginative tale.
Just as the reference to which Joshua is vague, the book is filled with many other ambiguous references and logical leaps of faith.
The point of this review is not to refute each and every one of them, rather to alert the reader to their existence. The astute reader will note the author's frequent use of if, then logic. The problem is that the book is filled with highly tenuous if's.
Another serious issue in the book is that uses the term `Kaduri's prophecies' in the title and scores of times in the book itself. But neither Kaduri nor any of his followers ever considered himself to be a prophet and he never uttered anything in the name of prophecy. The notion of a Rabbi in modern times uttering a prophecy would be sacrilegious, particularly to someone like Rabbi Kaduri, who was dedicated in totality to traditional Jewish law. These misinterpretations of contemporary Judaism lead the author down a road with mistaken assumptions and incorrect conclusions.
The author doesn't seem to have a have a mastery of the Hebrew language, given on pages 64-65, the Hebrew letters are reversed.
While his not understanding Hebrew may be excused, the author's naiveté towards modern Islam and its relation to Christianity in the book is disconcerting. His frequent use of references from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, including using a quote from him to open chapter 15, is also perplexing. It would be hoped one could separate a conjectural quote from reality.
It seems that in an attempt to connect Kaduri's note to Jesus, that the author has closed his eyes to who Ahmadinejad is, a person who denies the Holocaust and has a goal to annihilate the state of Israel. It should be noted that Ahmadinejad is no friend of Christians or the Christian world. Just last month, Fox News reported that four Iranian Christians were sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion there. A new United Nations report blasted Iran for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims. In Iran, converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty.
The author may also want to see what is happening to his fellow Christians in Egypt, particularly members of the Coptic church there, who are being killed and having their places of worship burnt down.
Aside from the many errors in the book, the author's web site states with a large dose of hyperbole that the Kaduri's note shook the religious world to its foundation and is still shaking it. And least for this reader, the only shaking is that of utter disbelief, that anyone could take a book like this seriously.
27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
If you are a Christian don't waste your time. Things like the Messiah has been in Israel since 2005! Messiah has attached himself to a man and now has 2 souls but the man is not aware. Later he will make himself known. He set a date of September 2012 that the Messiah would return (did that happen?) yet Kaduri already stated the Messiah has been in Israel since 2005. The book rambles about Ariel Sharon who has to die before the Messiah will return. What a hot mess! One thing this book did was separate me from my hard earned CASH!!!
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
If you just want to read something light where the author tells you what to believe, this book is not for you. Pastor Gallups has done all the research and you have to make your own choice in the end. He has covered the question from all sides in fair accounting for everyone. Now it is up to you. What will you do with Jesus?