Not too long ago, an interesting story began to circulate among believers in Israel concerning a prominent Jewish rabbi. According to reports, this Rabbi had become a secret follower of Jesus! And it wasn’t until his death that this rabbi’s belief in Jesus came to light. As the story goes, Rabbi Kaduri left a note that was to be opened upon his death revealing the name of the Jewish Messiah: Yeshua ! No doubt this story rocked the Orthodox Jewish world, and many scrambled to disprove this account as fictitious lies. So did Rabbi Kaduri really become a secret follower of Messiah Yeshua? Well, no one knows for sure, and sadly that’s the point: NO ONE REALLY KNOWS!
Since no one can authenticate the above account, we are left to wonder. But the question begs, does Jesus want His followers to live out their faith in Him in secret? If you want to know the answer to that question, be prepared for a healthy dose of truth. And like the old adage goes, the truth hurts. So let’s begin searching out an answer to the question: Does Messiah Have Secret Agents?
What did Yeshua Say?
To get to the bottom of this question quickly, we only need to look to the words of Jesus who said:
- Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).
- Whoever denies Me before men, I will deny him before My Father in heaven (Matthew 10:33).
- If you lose your life for My sake, you will find a new one (Matthew 10:39).
- Go into ALL the world & preach the good news of Messiah’s coming (Mark 16:15).
Those four verses pretty much sum up what Jesus expects of His followers! So yeah, if you believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, then He commands you to do the following:
- Publicly confess that you are one of His followers;
- Give up your life to follow Him, realizing that you may lose your job, lose your family, lose your social status, and quite possibly lose your life, and,
- He wants you to share the good news, with as many people as possible, that He came and is coming again.
Rabbi Shaul’s Testimony Trumps Rabbi Kaduri’s
Rabbi Shaul, also known as the Apostle Paul, has pretty amazing credentials and could win the Who’s Who of Rabbis hands down. Here’s a quick overview:
- He was circumcised on the 8th day;
- He was from the tribe of Benjamin;
- He was born in Tarsus of Cilicia ;
- He was raised in Jerusalem;
- He was taught under Gamaliel ;
- He was a Pharisee  who strived to keep the letter of the Law;
- He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews;
- His picture would be beside the word ‘zealous’ in the Hebrew dictionary; and,
- He was an avid persecutor of those who followed Messiah Yeshua
So what happened that convinced this Hebrew of the Hebrews that Yeshua was the Messiah and not some counterfeit? Simple, Rabbi Shaul met Jesus. Let me tell you from personal experience that once you meet Yeshua, you are never the same. Jesus turned this zealous Jewish man’s life upside down, and He does the same to everyone who receives Him today. After Rabbi Shaul met Jesus, he became the poster child for radical, Spirit-filled believers in Messiah. Here are just a few of the highlights of this Jew’s ministry:
- Rabbi Shaul preached the good news of Messiah to all of Roman Asia in just 2 years’ time!
- Rabbi Shaul boldly shared his entire testimony in front of an angry mob of Jews outside the Temple in Jerusalem (Acts 22).
- Rabbi Shaul performed miracles in the name of Messiah Yeshua.
- Rabbi Shaul became a missionary who faced many hardships. I know that term “missionary” is despised amongst many Orthodox Jews in Israel, but this Jew became a missionary!
- Rabbi Shaul boldly shared his faith with Roman rulers.
- Rabbi Shaul taught in the synagogues that Messiah had come.
- Rabbi Shaul wrote most of the Brit Hadashah (New Testament).
- Rabbi Shaul was viciously martyred for his bold testimony of Messiah. He could have denied Jesus and saved his life, but he didn’t.
This Jewish follower of Messiah turned his world upside down with the message of Jesus. Anyone who came in contact with Rabbi Shaul knew immediately whose side this man was on. There was no doubt that this Jewish rabbi had become a dedicated follower of Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel. So to answer the question, ‘Does Messiah have secret agents?’ The answer is obvious. No, He does not. If you belong to Jesus, Jew or Gentile, then you are called to boldly witness that He is your Savior. Listen, Jesus is coming soon, and there is no time for this secret agent nonsense. The gates of Hell are opening wide, and sinners are entering in by the multitudes. Will you boldly declare that Jesus is the Savior of this world to the lost and dying who have no hope?
If so, let me encourage you with the words of Moses who said to Joshua:
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
 Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus & a common alternative for the name Yehoshuah- Joshua. The name means ‘salvation.”
 Tarsus was the capital city of Cilicia which was located in Asia Minor (Turkey).
 Rabban Gamaliel I was a leading authority in the Sanhedrin in the 1st century A.D.
 During the 2nd Temple Period, a Jewish sect called the Pharisees claimed Mosaic authority for their interpretation of Jewish laws. Jesus often confronted the Pharisees concerning their rigid & hypocritical beliefs.
 The Brit Hadasha is the Hebrew name for the New Testament meaning New Covenant and comes from the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:31 where God promises to make a “new covenant” with Israel.