Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon in Critical Condition, Prophetic Speculation Increases

Ariel Sharon

Tel Hashomer hospital reported Wednesday former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in critical condition, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs. Sharon, 85, has been in a coma for eight years after suffering a brain hemorrhage January 4, 2006. 

According to Haaretz he has been suffering the past two days from renal failure, but is not expected to undergo dialysis.

Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon’s health had deteriorated in recent days.

"He is in critical condition and his life is definitely in danger," Rotstein told reporters. "The feeling of the doctors treating him and also that of the family with him is that there is a turn for the worse."

Rotstein confirmed family members have gathered at Sharon’s beside. 

While Sharon’s declining health is significant, a prophecy made by a Jewish Rabbi in 2007 has many Christians watchful.

The same year as Sharon’s brain hemorrhage, 108-year-old Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, left a cryptic death note revealing the name of the long-awaited Messiah. Within a year after the rabbi's death, the note was reported to have been verified as authentic by some of Kaduri's closest followers and then placed on Kaduri's own website (Kaduri.net).

In 2005 Kaduri had a vision where he claims to have "met the Messiah." The purported Kaduri message proclaimed that Messiah's name was “Yehoshua,” or the Hebrew name Jesus.

The century old Rabbi also declared that the Messiah, Yeshua, would appear soon after the death of Ariel Sharon. 

Carl Gallups, long-time senior pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church, believes the world is living in Biblical prophetic times. In his book, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah, Gallups notes that Rabbi Kaduri had made several accurate prophecies, including foreseeing a terrible calamity involving the rising of the sea in the East two weeks before the Indonesian Tsunami occurred in 2004.

“Why should anyone who knows how God works and familiar with the Old Testament and the New Testament be shocked?” said Gallups. “It is just like God to use one of the most famous rabbi’s in modern history. Why would God not reveal the Messiah?”

Kaduri was also quoted as saying the imminent arrival of the Messiah will "save Jerusalem from Islam and Christianity that wish to take Jerusalem from the Jewish Nation - but they will not succeed, and they will fight each other." Statements like that have some Christians wondering if Kaduri might be talking about another Yeshua - perhaps even a miracle-performing "false Christ" many evangelicals believe will precede the return of Jesus.

"It is hard for many good people in society to understand the person of the Messiah," Kaduri wrote before his death. "The leadership and order of a Messiah of flesh and blood is hard to accept for many in the nation. As leader, the Messiah will not hold any office, but will be among the people and use the media to communicate. His reign will be pure and without personal or political desire. During his dominion, only righteousness and truth will reign."

Members of Kaduri's family challenge the note left behind calling it a forgery.