No King For Israel: Biblical Basis for Kaduri's Prophecy
No King for Israel: Biblical Basis for Rabbi Kaduri’s Prophecy
“Why do you now cry aloud – have you no king?
Has your ruler perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
Writhe in agony, Daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor,
For now you must leave the city to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.”
Micah 4:9 -10 NIV
Forty years ago, when the then young Rabbi Elijahu Merav was seeking for his path in God’s service, he frequented Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri’s court, a kabbalist rabbi from Baghdad renown for his deep total devotion. One day as he was taking queries, someone asked when the Moshiach (Messiah) would arrive and whether there were signs that would precede his advent. Kaduri gave this reply;
‘When there will be elections, but there will be no government.’
In April of 2019, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party won 36 seats. The right-wing bloc was an apparent majority, as per Israeli Law, Netanyahu was given the mandate to form a coalition that would have him lead the Israeli government for the fifth term. Netanyahu was given 28 days to form a coalition, but he failed to accomplish this task for the given period due to complications encountered in negotiations. He requested for a two-week extension, it was granted but still he failed to form a coalition. For the first time in Israel history, a second round of general election was required to form a government.
This second round of election was held last 17th of September, 2019. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party won 32 knesset seats. This makes one seat behind Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan, which maintain 33 out of 120 knesset seats. These two parties are in constant talks over a potential power sharing deal in a national unity government. Netanyahu was first given the mandate to form a coalition. He was given 28 days to accomplish this task, but again failed. Then the mandate was passed to Benny Gantz and he was given another 28 days to form a coalition, but again failed. Now, they are heading towards the third election this coming March 2, 2020.
Who could be that “Messiah” Rabbi Kaduri was referring to?
Could he be their much long awaited Messiah? Or our Lord Jesus Christ?
Jesus says in John 5:43;
“I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name , you will accept him.”
Kaduri’s prophecy about the coming of their “messiah” was pronounced before his conversion to the real Messiah Jesus. At that time he made this prophecy he was referring to their “Messiah” not Jesus. This Messiah might appear anytime and will be accepted not only by the nation Israel but by the whole world. He could be the “Antichrist.” Since we are witnessing this dilemma of “no king” the nation Israel is experiencing nowadays, it could be an implication that the appearance of their “messiah” might happen any moment in fulfillment of Kaduri’s prophecy.
Based on the passage above(Micah 4:9-10), this present scenario Israel is experiencing precedes the desolation of their city or their escape to seek refuge in Iraq(modern day Babylon) where they will finally be delivered from their enemies. It is written in Revelation 12:6;
“The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.”
This passage refers to the second half of the Tribulation Period where Israel make an escape from her land to flee the forces of the “Antichrist”. The nation Israel will seek refuge in the wilderness to flee the “Antichrist.” This will last for 1,260 days which is actually equivalent to three and a half years considering the Jewish 360-day per year calendar.
Micah 4:9-10 reveals the proximity of the Tribulation Period to our present time. I always believe that the “Harpazo” or “Rapture” will precede the coming of the “Antichrist” and the Tribulation Period. The present political scenario in Israel is an exact fulfillment of Kaduri’s prophecy pronounced forty years ago. This present scenario also reveals the imminent appearing of their “messiah” who I believe is actually the “Antichrist.” While the Hebrew nation anticipate the sudden appearance of their “messiah,” we the true believers of Jesus, the only true “Messiah” await the imminent return of our Lord.
Who is the “Messiah” you are waiting for?
If you rejected Jesus of Nazareth, the only true Messiah, most likely you will accept this coming Jewish "messiah" who probably might be the lawless one and the man of perdition. Accept Jesus now as the true Messiah, and surrender your life to Him while we are in this dispensation of grace. This dispensation of grace is about to expire very soon. When that time come, you might find yourself among those who will be welcoming this Jewish "messiah" who could be the "Antichrist."