Why Many Jews Reject “Jesus” As Israel’s Messiah
by Christine Egbert
Did you know that, according to an article I read on nazarenespace.com, by James Trimm (and from what my own pastor, Matthew Miller, has told our congregation on many occasions) there is a growing group of Orthodox Jews in Israel today (one of whom I met last year in Jerusalem, Rabbi Ariel Cohen), who believe Yeshua was falsely accused. These Orthodox Israeli Jews (including some rabbis) are working for attaining an official retrial of Yeshua before the Rabbinic Sanhedrin, in what is being called the “Official Anathema Removal Project.”
The TRUTH is this: In the 1stcentury, and well into the 2nd, most believers in Yeshua’s messiahship were Jewish. It was the leadership who rejected Him, and who persecuted Yeshua’s followers. Since Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church turned Israel’s Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, into someone they claim nailed His Father’s TORAH to the cross, most Jewish people have never been exposed to the TRUTH of the Gospel. They only know about this Torah-less Catholic Jesus, who “freed them from the Law”. In the name of this perverted version of Christ, the RCC and her Protestant stepchildren mercilessly persecuted Jews, committing a long progression of atrocities, which culminated in the holocaust.
The good news, however, is that today thousands of Messianic Jews live in Israel, as well as an ever-growing number of Orthodox Jews (men like Ariel Cohen) who’ve come to believe Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah. These orthodox believers are waiting for the “right time” to announce Yeshua to the world. My pastor, Matthew Miller, has made several trips to Israel (and is there right now/ April of 2018) ). And Matthew has a calling from the Most High to present our very Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, to Israel’s Orthodox. Matthew has first-hand knowledge of many of these Orthodox Jews, who are discovering the Jewish Yeshua, not through the New Testament, but (are you ready for this?) through the actual Hebrew in the Tenach, and various writings of Jewish sages, including the Zohar.
James Trimm has also discovered this. Here is an excerpt from Trimm’s article, “Have The Jews Really Rejected Yeshua?”
“Beginning in the late 90’s, I began reporting that a great number of Orthodox Jews (even Rabbis) already know that Yeshua is the true and only Messiah (some of them have confided this fact to me) and I stated back then (in the 1990s) that they had no intention of disclosing this (publicly) because they believed it would unite them with an anti-Torah Christianity, which is overflowing with pagan customs and practices, and has a disdain for the Torah, which they see as “bondage”. I received a lot of skepticism at the time, and then Rabbi Yizachak Kaduri made arrangements to reveal his belief in Yeshua as the Messiah one year after his death.” Trimm goes on to write: “Until his death in 2006, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri was one of the most renowned Mizrahi Haredi rabbis and kabbalist in Israel.”
Rabbi Kaduri Reveals Yeshua As Israel’s Messiah
In January of 2006, Rabbi Kaduri was hospitalized with pneumonia in Jerusalem. He was alert and oriented until his death on January 28, 2006. It is estimated that between 300 to 500 thousand people showed up for Kaduri’s funeral procession, which started at the Nachalat Yitzchak Yeshivah and wound through the streets of Jerusalem, ending at the Givat Shaul cemetery.
In 1990, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last Rebbe of the Lubavitch movement, Schneerson spoke a blessing to Kaduri, in which he assured Kaduri that he would not pass from this world until he met the Messiah. This came to pass on 9 Cheshvan, 5764 (11/4/03) when Kaduri spoke with Israel’s Messiah in a vision, and the Messiah revealed His name.
Later, Kaduri informed his disciples that he would hide the name of Israel’s Messiah in his writings. Shortly before his death Rabbi Kaduri wrote a note (in Hebrew) with instructions not to open it until one year after his demise, and he signed his name. The English translation reads: “He will lift the people and prove that His Word and His Torah are valid. This I have signed in the month of mercy (Elul),Yitzhak Kaduri.”
In the Hebrew, the first letter of each word in the phrase, “He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are standing” spells out Yehoshua, the long form of Yeshua’s contracted name.
In my biography of Matthew Miller and the Vineyard, titled “What God Is Doing” (available on Amazon.com), I tell of an event that occurred during Matthew’s 2016 trip to Israel, concerning Rabbi Kaduri.
“On their second night, the Lord spoke to Matthew: “I’m sending you to the orthodox. Tell them about Yeshua.”
Matthew, already naturally drawn to the orthodox, was delighted. And orthodox men were easy to spot due to their mode of dress. So Matthew would pray, and when he felt the Lord leading him to speak to a particular man, he’d start by introducing himself as a tourist and as a Christian. Then he’d ask a question.
“Hey, I heard about this Rabbi named Yitzchak Kaduri. Can you tell me anything about him?”
“In Israel most people recognize that name immediately. Kaduri had been a renowned Mizrahi Haredi rabbi and kabbalist, who had devoted his life to studying Torah and praying for the Jewish people. He expired at a ripe old age in January of 2006. And though no one knew for sure exactly how old the rabbi was, it was believed Kaduri was somewhere between 103 and 118. His funeral is the largest ever held in Jerusalem.
“Thus, Matthew’s question would open a real dialogue, a conversation in which an orthodox Jew would share what he knew about Kaduri. Matthew would listen. But he would listen like a lawyer in court for just the right opening to ask just the right question. For lawyers—the good ones anyway—know the answer to their questions before they ask. And Matthew knew that a year before this beloved rabbi passed away he’d told his followers he expected the Messiah to arrive soon, and that he’d met Him the year before. Kaduri left a note instructing his followers to open it a year after his death. They did, and were they ever surprised. For Kaduri’s letter read:
“The translation is: “He will raise the people and confirm that his word and law are standing.” This, however, was not what shocked Kaduri’s followers, but the Hebrew acrostic “Yehoshua” that his message formed…For Matthew this famous and beloved Israeli rabbi was a doorway through which he could engage the orthodox in conversation, a non-confrontational conversationin which, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Matthew could (in the form of a question) plant a seed, and through self-disclosures elicit their curiosity.
“The orthodox were especially curious as to why Matthew, a self-proclaimed Christian, would wear tzitzits. In answering their questions Matthew had an open door. Matthew could share his faith in the very Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, explain why he ate biblically clean, kept the 7th day Sabbath, and all of Yahweh’s Feast Days. Matthew assured them that the biblical Yeshua upheld Torah. And Matthew could do all this in a non-preachy, conversational tone. For over a decade, Matthew had studied, not only the Torah but extra- biblical Jewish writings about the promised Messiah.
“Matthew was prepared to engage religious Jews on their level and from their framework. And these Holy Spirit led conversations always led to Yeshua, the very Jewish, not Catholic, Messiah.”
In Matthew’s biography, I also tell of a strange encounter (one of many) Matthew had while in Jerusalem.
A Strange Encounter
“In a certain Judaica shop Matthew had frequented several times, a framed picture caught his breath. Rabbi Kaduri and his now infamous note about the Messiah hung prominently on the wall.
Incredulous that he’d somehow missed this before, Matthew glanced around, certain that Kaduri’s portrait signaled belief in Yeshua. Why else would the proprietor hang this portrait on his wall?
Matthew spotted the man and hurried over.
“I see you have a picture of Rabbi Kaduri. Did you know him? Were you one of his followers?”
Looking uneasy, the proprietor glanced about the shop. Then, in a muted tone, he explained, “Everyone knew of this Rabbi.”
“But did you know him? Personally, I mean? Were you one of his followers?”
“Everyone knew him. Now if you will please excuse me,” he said, “I have work to do,” and darted off.
Certain he was on to something, Matthew trailed the man down an aisle.
“His note encrypted the name of the Messiah . . . do you believe Yeshua’s the Messiah?”
The man spun around, his eyes revealing all Matthew needed to know. Matthew smiled.
“You do, don’t you? You believe Yeshua is the Messiah!”
The proprietor glanced worriedly about his busy shop, and this time so did Matthew. Others were listening too, and not all of them tourists. Suddenly Matthew understood this poor shopkeeper’s predicament. Were anti-missionaries among them, they would cause this proprietor much harm.
“It’s okay. Forget it. You don’t have to answer,” Matthew said, about to explain he understood, when he decided it would be better to end their exchange with, “I see you’re a busy man.”
Relieved, the shopkeeper bid Matthew shalom and hurried away as around the crowded shop the eavesdroppers returned to their browsing.”
More Interesting Encounters (from Matthew’s Biography)
“In another most interesting conversation about Kaduri and Yeshua, another shop owner warned Matthew to make sure he never referred to Yeshua as Yeshu.
“This name, Yeshu,” he said, “is a slur. It means ‘may his name be cursed and his memory blotted out.’ It is used by non-believers . . . though sometimes they just call him Jesus. But those who know Him,” the man continued, “always call him Yeshua.”
“At the close of another memorable exchange, an orthodox Jewish man asked Matthew to pray for him. Matthew said he’d be delighted, but warned that he would do it in Yeshua’s name. The man gave his permission. Matthew prayed, and in closing said, “In the name of Yeshua, the Messiah, Sar ha Panim,” which means Prince of the Face.
“At hearing Sar haPanim, which is used as a reference to the Messiah in all orthodox Jewish prayerbooks, the man’s face lit up. He grabbed Matthew by the shoulders and kissed him on his cheek. Matthew knew then, although the man had never said so directly, that he too was a believer.”
The New AntiSemitism
Jew-haters have for decades denied the holocaust ever happened. Today, a new strain of this centuries old hatred can be found in the hearts of those who self-righteously denounce the State of Israel. Some even delegitimize the Jews living there. They claim these Jews aren’t really Jews. And sadly, even among those identifying with Hebrew Roots, there exists (a minority, thank God) who see the State of Israel and its Jewish population as “illegitimate”, as “evil Zionists.” But I must remind them of what the Prophet Zechariah once wrote:
Zec 12:9-10 “And it shall be in that day, (when Yeshua returns) I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David, and on those living in Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me, whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they shall be bitter over Him, like the bitterness over the first-born.”
Then Zechariah goes on to say this: Zec 13:1-2 “In that day a fountain shall be opened to the house of David and to those living in Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. And it shall be in that day, I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall be remembered no more, says Yehovah of Hosts. And I also will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.”
In Israel today, there are thousands of believing Jews. As for those Jews not-yet-believing that Yeshua is the Messiah, I will close with this quote from that same prophet, about those Jews who survive Jerusalem’s judgment at Messiah’s return (Zec 13:9). “And I will bring the third part (that survive) through the fire, and I will refine them as silver and I will try them as gold. They shall call on My name (YESHUA), and I will answer them. I will say, It is My people, and they shall say, Yehovah is my God.”
We do not know which of the non-believing Jews who are alive today will be the 1/3rd that survives, the 1/3rd who will be known as YHVH’s people when Yeshua returns. So I caution you to be KIND to Israel’s not-yet-believing Jews. Paul said it best: Rom 11:18-22
“Do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you that bears the root, but the root bears you. You will say then, ‘The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’ For unbelief they were broken off. And you stand by faith. Do not be high minded, but fear! For if God did not spare the natural branches, fear that He may not spare you either. Behold, then, the kindness and severity of God: On those having fallen, severity. But on you, kindness, IF you continue in the kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”