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Series: “The Messianic Miracle”
Episode: “The Congregational Movement” with Dr. Erez Soref
This program highlights the emergence of Evangelical congregational experience that is decidedly Jewish in its character and flavor, while considering the prophetic implications of a returning to Jewish expressions in the last days.

Caption transcript for The Messianic Miracle: “The Congregational Movement” with Dr. Erez Soref (2/4)

  • 00:09 WHO'D EVER THINK WE'D BE ALIVE TO SEE THE AMAZING DAY
  • 00:13 WHEN GOD WOULD AGAIN VISIT HIS PEOPLE IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY?
  • 00:17 THIS IS THE DAY...
  • 00:20 AND THIS IS THE WAY THAT ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS...
  • 00:23 "THE MIRACLE OF THE MODERN MESSIANIC JEWISH REVIVAL"
  • 00:31 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:32 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:33 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN
  • 00:35 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS,
  • 00:36 PRESENTING THE SECOND OF A FOUR PART TREATMENT
  • 00:39 OF THE MIRACLE THAT IS THE MESSIANIC JEWISH REVIVAL.
  • 00:44 COME WITH ME NOW TO BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION IN NORTH DALLAS.
  • 00:49 I'M GOING TO BE UNPACKING A QUESTION THERE THAT I'M GOING TO EXPLORE
  • 00:52 AS WE LOOK AT "WHAT ON GOD'S EARTH IS GOD DOING IN ALL OF THIS?"...
  • 00:56 THIS MIRACLE OF JEWISH PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH TODAY.
  • 00:59 WE'LL BEGIN THERE AND WE'VE GOT OTHER PLACES TO GO AFTER.
  • 01:08 QUESTION NUMBER TWO...
  • 01:12 "WHAT ON GOD'S EARTH DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?"
  • 01:21 OR...
  • 01:24 "WHAT ON GOD'S EARTH DO WE THINK WE'RE DOING?"
  • 01:31 IN LATIN THE WORD TO "DO" APPEARS AS A SUFFIX WITH "ATE"
  • 01:42 AS IN "DESIGNATE",
  • 01:45 "AUTHENTICATE",
  • 01:47 "PARTICIPATE"...
  • 01:49 ALL OF WHICH SORT OF HARK TO SOME SORT OF ACTION.
  • 01:56 IN OLD ENGLISH, "DOING APPEARS AS DOTH"... "DOEST"...
  • 02:02 AND IT PRINCIPALLY MEANS TO "PERFORM"
  • 02:06 AS AN ACTION TO EXECUTE A PARTICULAR PIECE OF WORK.
  • 02:14 QUESTION...
  • 02:17 "WHAT IS THE WORK AT HAND?"
  • 02:24 I'D LIKE YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR BIBLES PLEASE
  • 02:26 TO THE BOOK OF ISAIAH, CHAPTER 61.
  • 02:32 I WANT TO EXPLORE THERE SOMETHING THAT WAS REFERENCED BY YESHUA HIMSELF
  • 02:39 IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHEN THINGS BECAME A TAD BIT CANTANKEROUS
  • 02:44 AS HAPPENS EVERY NOW AND AGAIN
  • 02:45 BY WELL INTENDED PEOPLE WHO JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND.
  • 02:50 AND THERE'S TYPICALLY AN AVERSION TO NEW IDEAS...
  • 02:53 THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF DEFENSE MECHANISMS THAT FLARE UP
  • 02:57 AND SO IN YESHUA'S OWN DAY THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO RESISTED.
  • 03:01 THERE'S A STORY IN THE 61ST CHAPTER
  • 03:05 WHERE THE LORD HARKENED TO IT IN A SHAUL, IN A SYNAGOGUE,
  • 03:19 THE TERM "GOSPEL" ISN'T A CHRISTIAN TERM EXPLICITLY,
  • 03:24 THOUGH CHRISTIANS CARRY THE LABEL,
  • 03:25 IT'S BORN OUT OF THE JEWISH PROMISE OF AN ANOINTED ONE
  • 03:30 EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT WHO WOULD BRING GOOD NEWS.
  • 03:34 ONE OF THE CONCOMITANTS OF THAT GOOD NEWS IF YOU'LL LOOK DOWN TO VERSE 4,
  • 03:38 THOSE THAT ARE THUS EMPOWERED BY THAT "RUACH", BY THAT SPIRIT...
  • 03:44 I WANT TO READ THE TEXT,
  • 03:45 WERE' TOLD...
  • 04:04 TO GIVE SOME KIND OF GLOSS TO THAT...
  • 04:09 THAT RESPONDS TO MY RHETORICAL QUESTION...
  • 04:14 "WHAT ON GOD'S EARTH DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?"
  • 04:18 I THINK WE'RE DOING THAT...
  • 04:23 I THINK THERE'S A STORY THAT WAS EJECTED, REJECTED,
  • 04:28 THAT JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DEJECTED.
  • 04:31 I SEE A FLUKE...
  • 04:33 I SEE A PROBLEM IN HUMAN HISTORY
  • 04:35 AND WE ARE FOCUSING...
  • 04:37 IT IS THE OBJECT OF OUR INTENTION.
  • 04:40 "OBJECT" MEANS TO "THROW AT" IN THE LATIN.
  • 04:43 "SUBJECT" MEANS TO "THROW UNDER".
  • 04:46 "REJECT", "EJECT" MEANS TO "THROW OUT".
  • 04:50 WHEN I LOOK AT THE BIBLE STORY
  • 04:52 I SEE A JEWISH STORY FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION.
  • 04:58 WHEN I LOOK AT THE FIRST PARTICIPANTS OF THAT STORY
  • 05:00 I DISCOVER INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVED AND FUNCTIONED AS A JEW.
  • 05:06 IF SOMEONE WENT UP TO PETER IN HIS DAY AND SAID
  • 05:09 "HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE POPE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH?"
  • 05:12 HE WOULD BE CLUELESS WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT.
  • 05:16 (PEOPLE LAUGHING)
  • 05:17 THIS WAS THE GUY THAT WHEN WAS FIRST PRESENTED...
  • 05:20 WHEN THE LORD SAID "EAT NON KOSHER FOODS"
  • 05:22 HE SAID "LORD I DON'T DO THAT SORT OF THING".
  • 05:25 HOW'S THAT FOR THE FIRST POPE? ...KEEPING KOSHER.
  • 05:29 (PEOPLE LAUGHING)
  • 05:32 (PEOPLE CLAPPING)
  • 05:35 NOT ONLY THAT...
  • 05:38 WHEN I LOOK AT THE STORY
  • 05:40 WE'RE TOLD THAT YESHUA HEALED PETER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW.
  • 05:44 WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?
  • 05:45 THE FIRST POPE HAVING A MOTHER-IN-LAW.
  • 05:49 (PEOPLE LAUGHING)
  • 05:51 NOW...I'M NOT GOING OUT OF MY WAY TO BE DISRESPECTFUL.
  • 05:55 WHAT I'M ENDEAVORING TO DO SIMPLY IS TO UNDERSCORE
  • 05:58 THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STORY IT'S JEWISH
  • 06:00 BUT WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME
  • 06:02 THAT STORY FELL OFF THE PAGES OF HISTORY
  • 06:06 AND IT FELL OUT OF THE PULPITS OF CHURCHES
  • 06:09 WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE MORE GIVEN TO ADVOCATE FOR A DISPLACEMENT OF THE JEWS,
  • 06:14 THE REPLACEMENT OF THE JEWS...
  • 06:16 THEY'RE YESTERDAY'S NEWS...
  • 06:17 WE HAVE THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 06:18 THEY HAVE THE OLD TESTAMENT...
  • 06:19 WE HAVE THE NEW BOOK,
  • 06:21 THAT'S THE JEW BOOK...
  • 06:22 THIS IS FOR US,
  • 06:23 THAT IS FOR THEM...
  • 06:25 NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET.
  • 06:27 THERE ARE SOME OF US THAT DO NOT BUY THAT NARRATIVE.
  • 06:31 (PEOPLE CHEERING...CLAPPING).
  • 06:37 AND THOSE OF US THUS MINDED...
  • 06:41 THE WORLD THINKS WE'RE CRAZY AND SAY "BE DAMNED"...
  • 06:45 WELL WHAT OF IT?
  • 06:48 THERE'S SOME OF US THAT WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MESSIANIC VISION
  • 06:54 WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE CALLED TO...
  • 06:57 TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE TEXT...
  • 06:59 "REBUILD OLD RUINS",
  • 07:03 "RAISE UP FORMER DESOLATIONS",
  • 07:06 "REPAIR RUINED CITIES".
  • 07:11 YOU SAY "WELL SEIF YOU'RE TEACHING SOMETHING NEW"...
  • 07:13 NOT TRUE,
  • 07:14 I'M JUST TEACHING SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN FORGOTTEN...
  • 07:18 THAT'S ALL.
  • 07:20 (PEOPLE CHEERING...CLAPPING)
  • 07:22 I DON'T DO THINGS NEW.
  • 07:24 MAYBE IT'S NEW TO THIS GENERATION
  • 07:27 BUT THIS STORY IS PART OF THE IMPULSES THAT BIRTHED THIS FIRST CENTURY JESUS MOVEMENT...
  • 07:33 A WORLD...
  • 07:34 ANOTHER PLACE...
  • 07:35 ANOTHER GENERATION.
  • 07:37 I'M A GUY WHO'S PRINCIPALLY INVESTED IN RESURRECTING A LOST STORY.
  • 07:45 I'M ALL ABOUT WANTING TO HELP JEWISH PEOPLE COME TO UNDERSTAND JESUS.
  • 07:51 AND I WANT TO HELP JESUS PEOPLE COME TO UNDERSTAND THE JEWS.
  • 07:57 (PEOPLE CHEERING...CLAPPING)
  • 07:59 NEVER MIND "WE"...
  • 08:00 WE SIMILARLY...
  • 08:01 COLLECTIVELY...
  • 08:02 FRIEND, ASSOCIATES, AFFILIATES...
  • 08:05 WE ALL FIND VALUE IN THAT PARTICULAR ENDEAVOR.
  • 08:10 WE'RE A PEOPLE THUS MINDED AND THUS SIMILARLY ENGAGED.
  • 08:16 AND SO THAT IS IN EFFECT MY RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION
  • 08:22 "WHAT ON GOD'S EARTH DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?"
  • 08:30 IT'S GREAT COMING TO YOU FROM BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION IN NORTH DALLAS.
  • 08:33 I GO THERE ALL THE TIME.
  • 08:35 NOW WE'RE GOING TO GO AND HEAR FROM DR. EREZ SOREF,
  • 08:38 THE PRESIDENT OF THE "ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE"
  • 08:42 VESTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE UP MESSIANIC LEADERS IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 08:48 DR. SOREF
  • 08:50 WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING IN ISRAEL WITH
  • 08:53 "ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE"?
  • 08:54 WELL JEFF YOU KNOW
  • 08:56 IN THE LAST 30 YEARS
  • 08:59 THE NUMBER OF JEWISH BELIEVERS
  • 09:01 AND ACTUALLY ALSO
  • 09:02 ARAB BELIEVERS IN ISRAEL...
  • 09:04 MAINLY JEWISH BELIEVERS...
  • 09:05 HAVE GROWN SO MUCH
  • 09:07 THAT MESSIANIC EDUCATION HAS BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT CENTERPIECE
  • 09:13 AMONG MESSIANIC JEWS IN ISRAEL
  • 09:17 AND SO AT OUR COLLEGE WE TEACH BIBLE THEOLOGY IN VARIOUS AREAS OF MINISTRY
  • 09:25 TO EQUIP MESSIANIC JEWISH STUDENTS AND ARAB ISRAELI STUDENTS TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE IN THE LAND.
  • 09:32 IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 09:34 I'VE HEARD THAT MORE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE COME TO FAITH
  • 09:37 IN THE LAST 20 YEARS IN ISRAEL THAN IN THE PREVIOUS 20 CENTURIES
  • 09:41 AND THERE'S QUITE A REVIVAL GOING ON
  • 09:43 AND YOU'RE RIGHT THERE PREPARING IT
  • 09:46 AND RAISING UP WOMEN AND MEN TO SERVE IN IT.
  • 09:48 THAT IS VERY, VERY EXCITING.
  • 09:51 I'D SAY 20 YEARS AGO WE HAD 30 CONGREGATIONS THROUGHOUT THE LAND.
  • 09:58 TODAY THERE ARE OVER 150.
  • 10:01 AND THERE ARE MANY, MANY YOUNG ISRAELIS WHO ARE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY FOR PURPOSE
  • 10:09 AND IN THE MESSIAH IS REALLY OUR MISSING LINK AS JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL AND WORLDWIDE.
  • 10:16 SO MORE AND MORE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 10:20 AS YOU SAID IN A REVIVAL FORM ACCEPT YESHUA AS OUR MESSIAH
  • 10:26 AND FOLLOW HIM TO A TRANSFORMED LIFE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 10:31 WERE YOU BORN IN ISRAEL?
  • 10:33 I WAS...I WAS BORN IN ISRAEL
  • 10:34 RAISED IN ISRAEL?
  • 10:35 YES
  • 10:36 JEWISH GUY
  • 10:38 WHAT'S THE 45 SECOND VERSION OF YOUR OWN COMING TO FAITH
  • 10:40 AND PARTICIPATING IN ALL OF THIS?
  • 10:42 I WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE ISRAELI SCHOOLING SYSTEM
  • 10:44 AND HAD NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT JESUS OF NAZARETH...YESHUA...
  • 10:48 AND AFTER MY MILITARY SERVICE
  • 10:51 I WENT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD LIKE A LOT OF ISRAELIS
  • 10:54 AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE WHEN I WAS TWENTY-TWO
  • 10:57 I MET A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS WHO TOLD ME ABOUT YESHUA,
  • 11:02 THAT HE IS THE JEWISH MESSIAH
  • 11:04 WHICH OF COURSE I NEVER HEARD ABOUT.
  • 11:06 SO THESE WEREN'T PROFESSIONAL MISSIONARIES TO THE JEW TYPE PEOPLE
  • 11:09 THEY WERE JUST CHRISTIANS WHO LOVE JEWISH PEOPLE... LOVE THE LORD.
  • 11:11 FAR FROM IT...
  • 11:13 THEY WERE YOUNG PEOPLE...
  • 11:15 SOME OF THEM WERE INTO THE KIND OF STUFF I WAS INTO AT THE TIME WHEN THEY MET ME...
  • 11:18 AND THEY TOLD ME YESHUA CHANGED THEIR LIVES.
  • 11:22 I THINK MOST OF THEM HAD NEVER MET A JEWISH PERSON BEFORE
  • 11:24 AND I REALLY HAD A WALL OF DEFENSE AT FIRST
  • 11:30 BUT I SAW SOMETHING IN THEIR LIFE...
  • 11:31 A QUALITY I KNEW I DIDN'T HAVE...
  • 11:34 A SPIRITUAL QUALITY.
  • 11:35 I GUESS YOU DID SEE SOMETHING
  • 11:37 AND NOW YOU'RE ALL ABOUT HELPING OTHERS GET THE VISION.
  • 11:41 ABSOLUTELY
  • 11:42 AND IT'S HAPPENING
  • 11:44 AND YOU'RE THERE
  • 11:46 FROM THE VERY, VERY START OF MY WALK WITH YESHUA
  • 11:52 AND AFTER HIM GOD HAS GIVEN ME TWO THINGS...
  • 11:56 A GREAT HUNGER FOR HIS WORD...
  • 11:59 AND A REAL ZEAL AND DESIRE TO SHARE THIS GREAT DISCOVERY THAT YESHUA IS OUR MESSIAH...
  • 12:06 HE'S NOT THE GENTILE'S MESSIAH...
  • 12:07 HE'S OUR MESSIAH FIRST AND FOREMOST...
  • 12:10 HE'S FOR THE GENTILES AS WELL.
  • 12:11 SO THAT IS REALLY WHAT I'M DEDICATING MY LIFE TO SHARE IT WITH OUR PEOPLE.
  • 12:16 YES AND TO SHARE IT AS AN EDUCATOR...
  • 12:19 "ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE"
  • 12:20 AND WE'LL GET THE WEB SITE UP ON THE SCREEN.
  • 12:23 THAT'S JUST A WONDERFUL MINISTRY.
  • 12:24 AND THANK YOU BY THE WAY
  • 12:27 FOR INVITING ME TO BE AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR THERE.
  • 12:29 WELL IT'S A PRIVILEGE...
  • 12:30 WE LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF THOSE CLASSES.
  • 12:34 I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION FOR TWENTY-ONE YEARS
  • 12:37 AND I REALLY BELIEVE IN IT
  • 12:39 AND I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO RAISE UP THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 12:42 AND THIS IS A WHOLE NEW GENERATION IN ISRAEL.
  • 12:45 TALK ABOUT THE WORK IF YOU WOULD FOR 60 SECONDS...
  • 12:47 LET US KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.
  • 12:49 WELL...AS I SAID...
  • 12:51 BECAUSE OF THE GREAT GROWTH...
  • 12:53 THIS REVIVAL...
  • 12:54 THERE ARE MANY, MANY PEOPLE THAT COME
  • 12:56 AND ARE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY TO KNOW GOD'S WORD,
  • 12:59 TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE IN MESSIAH AND SO TO STAND IN THAT GAP,
  • 13:06 TO MEET THAT NEED WE SET UP "ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE"
  • 13:10 A COUPLE OF DECADES AGO ACTUALLY IT STARTED
  • 13:12 AND THAT IS WHAT WE DO.
  • 13:16 WE HAVE BOTH JEWISH BELIEVERS IN YESHUA
  • 13:19 AS WELL AS SOME ARAB BELIEVERS IN YESHUA
  • 13:22 AND TOGETHER WE WORSHIP THE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 13:25 AND TRAIN MEN AND WOMEN TO SHARE HIS LOVE WITH OUR PEOPLE.
  • 13:29 THAT'S A GREAT STORY...
  • 13:31 JEWISH PEOPLE AND ARAB PEOPLE WORSHIPPING TOGETHER, STUDYING TOGETHER
  • 13:35 AND I SO MUCH BELIEVE IN HELPING RAISE UP A GENERATION.
  • 13:39 YOU'VE MAYBE HEARD THE EXPRESSION,
  • 13:41 "BEFORE YOU GET THE STORY OUT YOU GOT TO GET THE STORY STRAIGHT"
  • 13:44 AND TO PARTICIPATE IN HELPING LEADERS
  • 13:46 COME TO TERMS WITH THE ESSENCE AND SUBSTANCE OF THE BIBLICAL STORY IS SO IMPORTANT.
  • 13:51 HOW DO YOU DO IT FROM A DECIDEDLY MESSIANIC JEWISH PERSPECTIVE?
  • 13:55 WE HAVE 40 SECONDS LEFT...
  • 13:57 WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?
  • 13:58 THIS IS REALLY THE RICHNESS
  • 14:00 BECAUSE TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW TESTAMENT PROPERLY
  • 14:03 YOU HAVE TO BE GROUNDED IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURE
  • 14:07 AND THAT IS OUR GREATEST ADVANTAGE
  • 14:09 BECAUSE AS JEWS WE LIVE, WE GROW WITH THE HEBREW SCRIPTURE
  • 14:14 AND THAT TRULY BRINGS THE DEPTH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 14:18 SO IT'S VERY NATURAL AND VERY DEEP.
  • 14:20 STUDYING THE HEBREW BIBLE IN THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND
  • 14:25 WITH JEWISH PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TURNED ON TO YESHUA...
  • 14:28 THAT IS EXCITING STUFF!
  • 14:30 THANKS FOR SHARING IT FOR A LITTLE BIT WITH US
  • 14:33 AND THOSE INTERESTED
  • 14:34 CAN FIND OUT MORE
  • 14:35 THROUGH YOUR WEB SITE.
  • 14:37 DR. SOREF THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.
  • 14:38 MY PLEASURE
  • 14:41 ♪IT'S THE YEAR OF JUBILEE♪
  • 14:43 ♪AND OUT OF ZION'S HILL♪
  • 14:45 ♪SALVATION COMES...♪
  • 14:48 ♪WHO WAS AND WHO IS♪
  • 14:52 ♪AND WHO IS TO COME...
  • 14:57 ♪COME LET US GO UP♪
  • 15:00 ♪TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD♪
  • 15:04 ♪TO THE HOUSE♪
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  • 16:08 "THE SEVEN FEASTS OF ISRAEL"...
  • 16:09 THIS IS A GOOD ONE.
  • 16:10 IT LOOKS AT THE OLD TESTAMENT FEASTS
  • 16:13 AND SHOWS HOW THEY RELATE TO YESHUA, TO TODAY,
  • 16:15 TO BIBLE PROPHECY...
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  • 16:24 RABBI WALDMAN, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN!
  • 16:26 JEFF IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU.
  • 16:28 THERE'S A LOT TO GET A HOLD OF IN THE MESSIANIC JEWISH COMMUNITY.
  • 16:31 WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE WITH JEWISH EYES...
  • 16:33 LIKE THE FEASTS.
  • 16:35 WHAT OTHER WAYS DO MESSIANIC JEWS CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING?
  • 16:39 YOU KNOW JEFF THE FEASTS AND THE SERIES THAT ZOLA DID IS A WONDERFUL SERIES
  • 16:44 AND THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS THAT THE MESSIANIC JEWS
  • 16:47 ACTUALLY BRING LIGHT TO WHAT WE CALL THE OLD TESTAMENT OR WHAT WE CALL "THE TANAKH".
  • 16:53 MANY PEOPLE HAVE SORT OF FORSAKEN THE OLDER TESTAMENT, OR THE OLDER COVENANT
  • 16:59 BECAUSE OF A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING
  • 17:01 AND THINKING THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING NEW
  • 17:03 BUT ACTUALLY THE MESSIAH, YESHUA, BRINGS SO MUCH LIGHT TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 17:10 AND MUCH OF IT IS DONE RIGHT THROUGH THE FEASTS OF THE SEVEN FEASTS OF ISRAEL.
  • 17:14 YESHUA SAID "IF YOU'D LISTEN TO MOSES YOU'D LISTEN TO ME FOR MOSES SPOKE OF ME".
  • 17:19 IF YOU THROW OUT THE OLDER TESTAMENT YOU NEVER GET A SENSE OF HOW THAT'S THE CASE.
  • 17:23 YES THAT IS EXTREMELY TRUE.
  • 17:25 AND I BELIEVE THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS
  • 17:26 THAT GOD HAS RESURRECTED...
  • 17:28 RESTORED THE MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT OF THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 17:32 WE HAVEN'T SEEN MESSIANIC JEWS AROUND FOR ALMOST 1800 YEARS
  • 17:37 AND ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW, OUT OF THE BLUE,
  • 17:39 GOD CHOSE THIS VERY MOMENT IN HISTORY
  • 17:42 TO RESURRECT A MESSIANIC JEWISH COMMUNITY FROM THE FIRST CENTURY
  • 17:46 JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL FOLLOWERS OF YESHUA...OF JESUS
  • 17:50 WHO WERE ALL JEWISH IN THE VERY FIRST PART OF THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 17:54 HOW DOES IT FEEL TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT?...
  • 17:57 YOU BEING AT THE VANGUARD OF THAT MOVEMENT.
  • 17:59 JEFF IT'S WONDERFUL...
  • 18:01 IF I KEEP MY EYES FOCUSED ON THE MESSIAH.
  • 18:03 IF I HAPPEN TO LOOK AROUND
  • 18:05 AND I BEGIN TO SENSE ALL THE DISDAIN
  • 18:08 EITHER FROM THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OR THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
  • 18:11 AND THE CONFUSION THAT SOME PEOPLE EXPERIENCE...
  • 18:14 THAT IS SOMEWHAT DISCOURAGING.
  • 18:15 BUT IF I KEEP MY EYES FOCUSED ON THE MESSIAH
  • 18:18 AND I SEE WHAT GOD IS DOING AMONG US
  • 18:20 THEN I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED...
  • 18:23 I'M EXTREMELY EXCITED.
  • 18:24 I WOULD THINK OUT THERE IN THE WORLD
  • 18:26 THAT IT'S A MARVEL TO BEHOLD...
  • 18:27 THAT PEOPLE SURELY WOULD THINK "WOW... LOOK WHAT GOD IS DOING!"
  • 18:30 BUT INSTEAD THERE ARE JEWISH PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE US
  • 18:33 BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN YESHUA JESUS...
  • 18:35 THERE ARE JESUS PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE US CAUSE WE'RE TOO JEWISH
  • 18:38 AND WE'RE KIND OF THERE BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE...YES?
  • 18:40 WE ARE BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
  • 18:42 BUT IT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD PLACE
  • 18:44 BECAUSE JEWISH PEOPLE LIKE TO RAISE QUESTIONS.
  • 18:47 WE DON'T OFTEN LIKE TO HAVE A SPOTLIGHT ON US
  • 18:50 BUT WE LIKE TO RAISE QUESTIONS
  • 18:52 BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO THINK.
  • 18:53 AND SO BELIEVE IT OR NOT
  • 18:55 GOD RAISES LOTS OF QUESTIONS IN THE SCRIPTURES
  • 18:58 AND THE RESTORATION OF THE MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT
  • 19:02 HAS RAISED NUMEROUS QUESTIONS AMONG CHRISTIANS, AMONG JEWS
  • 19:05 AND PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
  • 19:07 AND I PITCHED A QUESTION TO EITAN SHISKOFF,
  • 19:10 A FRIEND OF YOURS AND MINE
  • 19:11 A DEAR FRIEND
  • 19:12 A MESSIANIC LEADER IN ISRAEL.
  • 19:14 AND I ASKED HIM,
  • 19:15 WELL..HE WAS ASKED,
  • 19:17 "DO YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE REALLY GET IT?"...
  • 19:20 THE STORY OF JEWISH PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN YESHUA.
  • 19:22 LET'S HEAR EITAN KNOW.
  • 19:25 I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT
  • 19:26 THIS IS THE BEGINNING
  • 19:28 OF AN UNDERSTANDING.
  • 19:29 AND I THINK THERE ARE POCKETS
  • 19:31 WHERE THERE IS ENORMOUS
  • 19:32 COMPREHENSION AND IT'S EXCITING.
  • 19:34 BUT I THINK THAT'S ONLY
  • 19:36 A SEED THAT'S GROWING
  • 19:38 AND OF COURSE THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN AMERICA IS A MULTI-HEWED THING.
  • 19:45 IT'S NOT THAT YOU JUST HAVE ONE TYPE OF BELIEVER I WOULD SAY
  • 19:50 EVEN AMONG STRONGLY BIBLE BELIEVING PEOPLE IN AMERICA.
  • 19:55 THE UNDERSTANDING OF ISRAEL IN GENERAL IS STILL VERY MIXED
  • 20:00 AND OF COURSE MUCH OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE READING IN THEIR PAPERS AND MAGAZINES...
  • 20:04 SEEING IN THE PRESS
  • 20:06 IS NOT ALTOGETHER POSITIVE
  • 20:09 AND CAN REALLY HURT THE BIBLE BELIEVER FROM GETTING A TRUE PICTURE
  • 20:15 OF THE WAY THAT GOD'S HEART IS CONNECTED WITH ISRAEL AND WHAT HE CALLS US TO AS BELIEVERS.
  • 20:21 BUT I PREFER TO FOCUS ON THE PART THAT IS GROWING
  • 20:25 AND WHEN I TRAVEL IN THE STATES AND MEET PEOPLE AND SPEAK
  • 20:29 I FIND A GROWING UNDERSTANDING AND EXCITEMENT.
  • 20:33 PEOPLE SOMEHOW ARE SENSING...
  • 20:36 BIBLE BELIEVING PEOPLE ARE SENSING THAT THERE'S REBIRTH OF A JEWISH COMMUNITY ...
  • 20:42 OF PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND FOLLOW YESHUA AND EMBRACE HIM AS THE MESSIAH
  • 20:47 BUT ARE MAINTAINING A JEWISH LIFE AND AN IDENTITY
  • 20:50 AND A HERITAGE IS SOMETHING THAT IS...IT'S A PROPHETIC SIGN...
  • 20:55 AND IT'S REALLY PART AND PARCEL OF WHAT GOD TELLS IN THE PROPHETS
  • 21:00 THROUGH EZEKIEL AND ISAIAH AND JEREMIAH AND HOSEA AND ALL THESE GUYS...
  • 21:03 WHAT GOD IS SAYING IS,
  • 21:05 WHEN I BRING YOU BACK TO THE LAND THERE WILL BE A REVIVAL...
  • 21:09 A RESTORATION...
  • 21:10 A SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION...
  • 21:12 AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW DAVID YOUR KING.
  • 21:15 AND OF COURSE THAT'S CODE LANGUAGE FOR THE MESSIAH.
  • 21:17 WE KNOW WHO THAT IS.
  • 21:20 MY SUGGESTION...
  • 21:21 COME TO ISRAEL...
  • 21:22 YOU'LL ENJOY IT...
  • 21:24 THIS NINE - TEN DAY TRIP HAS TOTALLY REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I LOOK AT...
  • 21:29 THE PROFOUND MEANING AND THE HISTORY BEHIND EVERYTHING AND...
  • 21:32 WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF GREAT THINGS...
  • 21:33 WE'VE LEARNED SO MUCH...
  • 21:35 WHAT CAN BE MORE SPECIAL THAN COMING TO GOD'S LAND WITH GOD'S PEOPLE?
  • 21:39 IF YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE I INVITE YOU TO COME...
  • 21:45 YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • 21:46 JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 21:51 IT'S GREAT TO GO TO ISRAEL
  • 21:53 AND IF YOU GO WITH ME...
  • 21:54 IF YOU COME WITH US
  • 21:55 YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL...
  • 21:59 YOU'RE GOING TO TASTE THAT REVIVAL.
  • 22:01 DON'T YOU LOVE IT?
  • 22:02 CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 22:04 AND GET THE BALL ROLLING
  • 22:05 AND TRACIE WILL HELP YOU WALK THROUGH THE PROCESS.
  • 22:08 GOOD TO SEE YOU TRACE
  • 22:09 GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO
  • 22:10 YOU ARE OUR TRAVEL MANAGER CORRECT?
  • 22:12 THAT'S WHAT YOU DO...
  • 22:14 HELP PEOPLE GET TO AND THROUGH THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 22:15 AND I LOVE IT.
  • 22:17 I LOVE IT DR. SEIF BECAUSE GOING TO ISRAEL
  • 22:19 HAS BEEN THE ABSOLUTE JOY OF MY LIFE
  • 22:21 AND ACTUALLY TALK TO PEOPLE
  • 22:23 AND TO HELP THEM MAKE THEIR DREAM COME TRUE IS TOTALLY AMAZING.
  • 22:25 AND WHAT'S REALLY NEAT IS WE'VE ACTUALLY MADE IT EASIER THAN EVER
  • 22:28 TO REGISTER FOR OUR TRIPS.
  • 22:30 YOU CAN GO TO LEVITT.COM,
  • 22:33 REGISTER ON LINE...
  • 22:34 ALL THE INFORMATION IS THERE.
  • 22:36 BUT I AM THERE IN THE OFFICE EACH DAY
  • 22:38 AS A RESOURCE FOR PEOPLE TO CALL THAT HAVE QUESTIONS...
  • 22:40 AND WE REALLY HOLD THEIR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
  • 22:42 IS IT SAFE?
  • 22:44 WHAT DO I PACK?
  • 22:45 HOW MUCH FOR THIS AND THAT?
  • 22:46 YOU TAKE CARE OF IT FOR THEM.
  • 22:48 I TAKE CARE OF THAT
  • 22:48 AND WHAT'S ALSO EXCITING
  • 22:50 IS I HAVE ONE LADY ORGANIZING A GROUP FOR NEXT SUMMER
  • 22:52 THAT IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME FREE
  • 22:55 BECAUSE SHE HAS OVER 10 PAYING PASSENGERS.
  • 22:57 MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WE OFFER A DEAL WHERE
  • 22:59 IF YOU HAVE 10 PAYING PASSENGERS 1 PERSON COMES FREE.
  • 23:02 PASTOR CAN TAKE THAT ONE.
  • 23:04 ABSOLUTELY, SO ESPECIALLY
  • 23:05 IF A PASTOR IS TRYING TO GET A GROUP TOGETHER...
  • 23:08 PASTOR DON'T ORGANIZE THAT GROUP YOURSELF...
  • 23:09 YOU COME WITH US AND WE'LL TAKE CARE OF ALL THE DETAILS.
  • 23:11 RIGHT AND THEN THEY'LL HELP ME DO THE BAPTISMS IN THE JORDAN RIVER...
  • 23:14 ALWAYS A HIGHLIGHT.
  • 23:15 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 23:16 ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT IS GOING TO
  • 23:18 "KING OF KINGS CHURCH"
  • 23:19 WHICH IS TOTALLY AMAZING
  • 23:20 TO WORSHIP YESHUA IN JERUSALEM. >>YES
  • 23:22 IT'S UNSPEAKABLE
  • 23:23 PLEASE COME WITH US... WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU.
  • 23:25 AND OFF WE GO NOW AS ZOLA LEVITT SOME YEARS AGO
  • 23:28 SPOKE TO ONE OF THE LEADERS OF A MESSIANIC MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL.
  • 23:34 IT'S ABOUT 35
  • 23:35 MESSIANIC FELLOWSHIPS
  • 23:37 THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
  • 23:38 ALL THE MAIN CITIES
  • 23:40 HAVE AT LEAST ONE
  • 23:42 IN THEIR CITIES...
  • 23:44 IT'S GROWING.
  • 23:45 IN FACT EVERY SIX MONTHS
  • 23:47 THERE IS A NEW FELLOWSHIP WHICH IS GROWING.
  • 23:49 NOW THERE ARE AMONG THE NEW IMMIGRANTS
  • 23:54 THERE IS A RUSSIAN FELLOWSHIP BIRTHED
  • 23:58 ALL OVER IN HAIFA AND TIBERIAS AND SO FORTH.
  • 24:01 SO WE SEE A REAL GROWTH OF THE BODY NOT ONLY IN NUMBERS
  • 24:07 BUT ALSO IN MATURITY.
  • 24:10 THERE'S MORE UNITY BETWEEN THE FELLOWSHIPS
  • 24:12 AND BETWEEN THE LEADERS
  • 24:13 AND PASTORS GET TOGETHER
  • 24:15 AND PRAY AND SHARE.
  • 24:17 SO I THINK GOD IS DOING SOMETHING EXCITING HERE.
  • 24:20 AND THE EXCITEMENT HERE
  • 24:22 WITH BELIEVERS IN ISRAEL
  • 24:24 IS SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL.
  • 24:26 THESE PEOPLE JUST DO ANYTHING
  • 24:29 AND GO TO ANY TROUBLE TO FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
  • 24:31 AND WE ASKED ABOUT WHAT'S SO SPECIAL.
  • 24:35 THEY HELP ME TO WORK OUT PROBLEMS THAT I WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO WORK OUT BY MYSELF.
  • 24:43 AND THEY HELP ME TO LOOK AT IT FROM GOD'S POINT OF VIEW ALSO
  • 24:46 AND IT REALLY HELPS ME.
  • 24:48 IT GIVES ME...
  • 24:51 LIKE A FAMILY TO BELONG TO.
  • 24:54 THAT WAS BACK IN 1991
  • 24:57 AND HERE WE ARE SOME TWENTY YEARS LATER.
  • 25:00 A LOT'S HAPPENED ISN'T THAT RIGHT RABBI MARTY?
  • 25:02 TREMENDOUS THINGS HAVE HAPPENED JEFF.
  • 25:05 IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL
  • 25:08 AND ACTUALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 25:10 THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS REVIVAL
  • 25:12 AMONG JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION SINCE THAT TIME.
  • 25:16 AND IT INCREASED THE NUMBER...
  • 25:19 IT JUST MUSHROOMED...
  • 25:21 THE NUMBER OF JEWISH PEOPLE WHO NOW BELIEVE IN YESHUA
  • 25:24 AND FOLLOW HIM AS THEIR MESSIAH.
  • 25:26 THE NUMBER OF CONGREGATIONS HAVE MUSHROOMED SINCE 1991.
  • 25:29 HAS IT HAPPENED WITHOUT A FIGHT?
  • 25:32 HAS THE MINISTRY IN ISRAEL BEEN CHECKERED WITH DEMONIC ASSAULTS?
  • 25:37 YES, IF YOU GO TO ISRAEL
  • 25:39 AND YOU TALK TO SOME OF THE BELIEVERS THERE TODAY...
  • 25:42 SOME OF THE JEWISH BELIEVERS...
  • 25:44 YOU'LL DISCOVER THAT IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE THE NEW TESTAMENT...
  • 25:47 LIKE THE BOOK OF ACTS.
  • 25:49 THEY ARE ASSAULTED BY SOME OF THE ORTHODOX...
  • 25:51 THEY ARE ASSAULTED BY DIFFERENT PEOPLE
  • 25:53 BUT THE AVERAGE ISRAELI IS OKAY WITH THE MESSIANIC JEWS.
  • 25:58 YES AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT MESSIANIC BELIEVERS THAT I HAVE TALKED TO
  • 26:02 ARE OKAY WITH THE ASSAULT IF YOU WILL...
  • 26:04 THAT IS...
  • 26:05 LET'S BE FORGIVING, LET'S BE GRACIOUS...
  • 26:07 THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 26:08 WELL OF COURSE NONE OF US LIKE IT PHYSICALLY
  • 26:10 BUT WE ARE HONORED TO BE NUMBERED
  • 26:12 AMONG THOSE WHO COULD BE WITH YESHUA
  • 26:14 AND WITH THOSE WHO FOLLOWED HIM EARLY IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 26:17 YOU KNOW CHRISTIANS USED THE TERM IN THE WEST...
  • 26:19 "IT'S PART OF THE CULTURE."
  • 26:21 BUT TO BE A FOLLOWER OF YESHUA IS NOT PART OF THE CULTURE IN ISRAEL TODAY.
  • 26:24 NO IT'S NOT AT ALL
  • 26:26 AND IN FACT IT'S SOMETIMES VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW THE MESSIAH IN ISRAEL.
  • 26:30 YES BUT TAKE A STAND WE MUST.
  • 26:32 WE MUST...ABSOLUTELY.
  • 26:33 IT'S A LOT EASIER HERE IN NORTH AMERICA.
  • 26:35 WE CAN PROMOTE MESSIANIC JUDAISM HERE OPENLY
  • 26:39 BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS THE FULL FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION...
  • 26:44 NOT SO IN ISRAEL.
  • 26:45 YES AND WE'LL CONSIDER THE STORY OF THAT MESSIANIC JEWISH EXPRESSION.
  • 26:49 GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU GO NOW, THOUGH.
  • 26:51 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:53 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

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