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Should We Pay Attention to the Prophecies of Rabbi Kaduri?

We have been asked by our readers to address the prophecies of the late orthodox Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri who predicted that Jesus would return shortly after the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, which occurred on January 11, 2014.

First of all, when it comes to anyone who is wondering about prophets who predict when the world will end, I always refer them to Jesus who told us: "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32).

For those who have never heard of him, Kaduri is a Mizrahi Haredi rabbi and kabbalist who was renowned for his prophecies, amulets, and photographic memory of the Talmud, the Bible, and the Rashi. Born in Iraq around the year 1900, he went to Jerusalem in the early part of the last century where he attended a rabbinical seminary and then went on to study kabbala.

The astute Kaduri quickly attracted followers who came to seek his advice, blessings and special amulets that he would create specifically for individuals (even though his detractors claim many of them sported tags reading, "Made in Taiwan".) Before long, thousands were coming to learn how to predict the future by divining secret texts hidden in the psalms, or how to summon angels to help overcome all kinds of personal problems.

In 2005, he predicted that the Messiah would come shortly after the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. A year later, in 2006, Sharon suffered a massive stroke and fell into a coma.

Kudari passed away that same year at the age of 106.

However, before he died, Kaduri left a cryptic note which he said contained the name of the Messiah who he claimed to have seen. A year later, when the note was opened, it contained the name Yeshua - which means Jesus.

Fast forward to January 11, 2014. Sharon, who has lain in a coma for eight years, finally passes away, and Kaduri's prophecy takes on new meaning to Christians around the world who believe Jesus may indeed be coming soon.

Many believers point to the fact that Kaduri also predicted the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, but all Kaduri said in 2004 is that "great tragedies in the world are foreseen." Has there ever been a time when this wasn't true? Sadly, history is full of great tragedies. They seem to be never-ending.

The main problem with Kaduri is that he was in the business of divining the future, something that has been categorically condemned by God in Scripture. He was also a distributor of amulets which were then used with the belief that these objects contain some kind of secret power that can be harnessed and used at the whim of the owner. These activities are steeped in the occult, which means it is not possible that God would be speaking through Kaduri. Whatever prophetic utterances he has made came either from himself or the evil one.

My advice is to listen to the real Prophet, not the utterances of a kabbalist, and spend this time preparing for His return through repentance and conversion of heart.