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Another False Messiah

“If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it”

On 17th March, a full page advertisement appeared in Maariv, a popular daily newspaper in Israel announcing the arrival of Messiah.

Under the banner, “The word of God to the people of Israel as it was delivered to the Messiah that is in Tel-Aviv”, the ad proclaimed a message of war, destruction and calamity. Before long, pictures of the new messiah and his message began to appear on billboards in public places and on the Internet.

According to the messiah from Tel-Aviv, the present Israeli parliament is to be the last; the next government will be that of Messiah. Armageddon is near and thousands of missiles from Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, Hamas and Egypt are going to land on Israel. Muslim and Christian countries – including those of Europe and the USA – will wage war against Israel with chemical, biological and atomic weapons. Large areas of the USA will be submerged by the ocean and, at the end of the war of Armageddon, the third temple will come down from heaven and be established for eternity. After that will come the resurrection of the dead, as foretold by the prophets.

All this is happening at the same time as billboards all over Israel carry pictures of another messiah, Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Lubavitch sect who died in 1994, with the headline: “Long live King Messiah!” So in this tiny country there are two messiahs: one is dead and well known; the other is alive and unknown.

In recent months, HaGefen has translated and subtitled a filmed debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael Brown and a Rabbi. The subject of the debate is the identity of Jesus and whether he is the promised Messiah. When HaGefen took on the project, the messiah from Tel-Aviv had not yet made his appearance but God in his sovereign providence set the wheels in motion. The DVD is completed and when sufficient funds are available, the disc will be made freely available for evangelism and will be available on the HaGefen website for free downloading. Donations to the project can be made through CWI Head Office.

Ami Ortiz’s killer unfit to stand trial

Ya’akov ‏(Jack‏) Teitel, the man accused of attempting to murder 15-year old Ami Ortiz two years ago (see CWI Herald, December 2009), has been ruled unfit to stand trial. The Jerusalem district psychiatrist’s evaluation states that Teitel is unfit to appear in court due to “extreme flaws in his perception of his alleged actions”. The evaluation does not address the question of whether Teitel was sane at the time he committed the crimes he is alleged to have committed − more than ten incidents over twelve years – but he is expected to remain hospitalised until such a time as his condition improves.

There appears to be no legal precedent for declaring a person insane over the course of such a long period of time and in relation to such a large number of incidents. Teitel had no documented psychological problems before his arrest and his wife and others say they saw no evidence to suggest he was mentally unstable. Ami Ortiz’s attorney, Yossi Graiber, believes this is an attempt by Teitel’s defence to postpone the start of the trial.

Autumn Herald 2010

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