Don’t bet your life on a false prophet

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In this Jewish testimonial video, Mr. Gabizon describes his struggle between Judaism and Christianity, and explains how the Scriptures granted him clarity to see through the words of men.

Mr. Gabizon grew up from a religious, Jewish family in Morocco, with his grandfather belonging to a long line of Rabbis. However, Morocco, being a Muslim country, was becoming less and less hospitable for Jews living there, and in one instance, Mr. Gabizon had to fight his way home from school after several kids waited for them with stakes. His family later moved away to Montreal when he was 13.

“I remember my father used to say, if you forget you’re a Jew, they will remind you.”

In college, he realized that his circle of friends had taken a great interest in Eastern religions and various prophecy, with one of them looking into Nostradamus prophecy in particular. He quickly lectured to them, explaining that they have no need of eastern religions, that they have prophets such as Daniel and Ezekiel, why would they search for others? They listened, but asked Mr. Gabizon what these prophets proclaimed, and realizing that he didn’t know for himself, he replied that he would find out.

For the sake of his friends, he ventured about, inquiring about the prophets to his father, who didn’t know anything substantial either. He asked if his grandfather left anything that could explain it, but all he had were prayer books. About a week later, he found a group of people at his college who had set up a small book table, and the first book he picked up was titled, “What the Hebrew Prophets Say About the End-Time Prophecies.”

“I looked at the table, and it was a Christian table, they were evangelists, and I saw the name of Christ, I saw crosses—If I had seen this before maybe I wouldn’t have gone there. How could they know about my own book? Better than me? Better than my father?”

He took the book home, and began to read it, but every time he would see the name of Jesus he would skip over it, having always associated Jesus with antisemitism. He was dumbfounded about how precise and how important prophecy was within the scriptures—from the prophecies of Moses in the Torah, to the prophecies of David in the Katuvim. Then, the writer began to speak about the Messiah, going through Isaiah 53.

“That did it. I was so touched by the clearness of the words in there—I couldn’t believe it. It is so concise, so descriptive. The hero dies! And not only that, the hero was led like a lamb to the slaughter and he didn’t even open his mouth. That was him. One who comes perfect with no sins, to come and die for us.”

Mr. Gabizon recognized the Messiah for who he was, and accepted Yeshua as his personal savior.

“I saw him there, I met my God. I’ve never felt as Jewish as I did then.”

His brother later took him to see the chief Rabbis in Montreal, and right away, the Rabbi says to him, “You know, the Messiah doesn’t die.” Mr. Gabizon replied, “But you know, I just read in the Talmud that the Messiah dies, in Sanhedrin 98b.” The Rabbi opened up his own book, flipped to the text, and saw it written for himself. He paced around the table, finally returning with an answer. “This is one opinion, but as Sephardics, we go with what Maimonides, the Rambam says, and the Rambam says very clearly, that Jesus is not the Messiah, and that the Messiah doesn’t die.” Mr. Gabizon askled him, “Do you consider the Rambam a prophet?” To which he replied, “Yes! From Moses to Moses—Moses Maimonides and Moses from the scriptures.”

“But you know Maimonides gave a prophecy that didn’t come about, are we going to bet our own eternal future on a false prophet?”

It was through this debate that Mr. Gabizon realized that he was onto something truly powerful, something that will change his outlook and life forever.

“In Rabbinical Judaism, the idea of ‘messiah’ is so broad, depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different answer. You know that, ‘when you take two Jews, you get three opinions’? When it comes to the Messiah, you get maybe ten opinions. The reason why they came up with two Messiahs—Messiah ben David and Messiah ben Yosef— is because they couldn’t put the two comings of the Messiah together.”

Within the scriptures, the Torah, and the prophets, the coming of the Messiah is as clear as day. Yeshua is waiting for you, and all one needs to do is read the scriptures for themselves to find him.