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Episode: “Behold Your God” with Jhan Moskowitz of Jews for Jesus

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  • 00:01 B
  • 00:09 BRETHREN, MY HEART'S DESIRE AND PRAYER TO GOD FOR ISRAEL IS THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.
  • 00:15 THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JEW AND THE GENTILE,
  • 00:18 FOR THE SAME LORD OVERALL IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM.
  • 00:25 ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS WITH SANDRA LEVITT AND DR. JEFFREY SEIF.
  • 00:32 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN. I'M SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:35 WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:37 I'D LIKE TO READ SOME SCRIPTURE TO YOU.
  • 00:39 IT COMES OUT OF ISAIAH 40:9
  • 00:55 ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE WOULD ASK ZOLA AND I WHEN WE WERE TRAVELING WOULD BE,
  • 00:59 "HOW DO I WITNESS TO MY JEWISH FRIENDS?HOW DO I WITNESS TO MY JEWISH DOCTOR?"
  • 01:03 WE ALWAYS USED TO KIND OF LAUGH AND SAY THERE'S ALWAYS A JEWISH DOCTOR IN THERE SOMEWHERE.
  • 01:07 BUT, HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO THEM, TELL THEM THAT JESUS,
  • 01:11 YESHUA, IS THE MESSIAH AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.
  • 01:14 IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO HAVE WITH ME JHAN MOSKOVITZ.
  • 01:18 HE IS WITH JEWS FOR JESUS.
  • 01:19 HE IS WONDERFUL AND I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO ENJOY MEETING HIM.
  • 01:23 THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT DOING A CAMPAIGN IN NEW YORK CITY THIS SUMMER
  • 01:27 AND IT IS CALLED "BEHOLD YOUR GOD".
  • 01:30 THAT IS PART OF THE REASON I READ ISAIAH TO YOU.
  • 01:33 JHAN, WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:35 THANK YOU SANDRA.
  • 01:36 IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE.
  • 01:37 I KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WONDERING HOW DID A JEW, HOW WAS A JEW SAVED.
  • 01:42 I'D LOVE TO HEAR HOW IT HAPPENED.
  • 01:43 I WAS RAISED IN NEW YORK CITY. >>OH, MY.
  • 01:47 IN FACT I'M THE FIRSTBORN OF MY FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 01:51 MY FATHER AND MOTHER CAME TO UNITED STATES AFTER WWII.
  • 01:54 MY FATHER SPENT 4 1/2 YEARS IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP
  • 01:58 AND MY MOTHER SPENT 1 1/2 YEARS, SO BOTH OF THEM ARE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
  • 02:02 AND I GUESS I GREW UP IN A TRADITIONAL JEWISH HOME IN NEW YORK.
  • 02:06 WE WENT TO A CONSERVATIVE, KIND OF ORTHODOX, SYNAGOGUE.
  • 02:11 LIKE I SAY, I GREW UP KNOWING I WAS JEWISH.
  • 02:15 I REMEMBER I MUST HAVE BEEN ABOUT 3 OR 4 YEARS OLD WHEN I SAID,
  • 02:18 I CRAWLED INTO MY DADDY'S LAP AND I SAID, "DADDY, WHAT IS THAT NUMBER ON YOUR ARM?"
  • 02:22 AND HE SAID, IT'S WHAT THE NAZIS DID TO US AND HOW THEY BRANDED US AND SENT TO CAMPS.
  • 02:29 SO, I GUESS, EARLY ON IN MY LIFE, I KNEW I WAS JEWISH.
  • 02:32 EARLY ON IN MY LIFE I KNEW THERE WAS "US, THE JEWISH PEOPLE" AND EVERYBODY ELSE.
  • 02:36 I WENT TO HEBREW SCHOOL LIKE EVERY OTHER JEWISH KID GROWING UP IN NEW YORK
  • 02:41 AND I WAS BAR MITZVAHED.
  • 02:43 AFTER MY BAR MITZVAH, I KIND OF GOT LESS INVOLVED IN MY JEWISH IDENTITY AS A RELIGIOUS JEW
  • 02:50 AND SAW MY JEWISH IDENTITY WRAPPED UP IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:52 SO, IN 1967, WHEN THE WAR IN ISRAEL BROKE OUT,
  • 02:56 I MIXED MY SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND MY SENSE OF ZIONISM
  • 02:59 AND I RAN OFF AND JOINED THE ISRAELI ARMY.
  • 03:01 DON'T GET TOO EXCITED, BY THE TIME I GOT THERE, THE WAR WAS OVER.
  • 03:05 (LAUGHING)
  • 03:07 AS YOU KNOW, MY PEOPLE HAVE THIS THING ABOUT 6 DAYS, ON THE 7TH DAY, THEY REST.
  • 03:09 IT WAS A SHORT WAR.
  • 03:11 OR THEY HAVE TO PAY RENT ON THE TANKS.
  • 03:12 THAT'S WHAT ZOLA ALWAYS USED SAY.
  • 03:14 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 03:15 AT ANY RATE, I WOUND UP IN ISRAEL, IT WAS AFTER THE 6 DAY WAR,
  • 03:19 I WAS ON A KIBBUTZ AND BECAUSE I WAS IN THE VOLUNTEER UNIT,
  • 03:24 I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST GROUPS TO GET TO THE LIBERATED CITY OF JERUSALEM.
  • 03:29 YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, SANDRA,
  • 03:31 WHEN I WENT TO ISRAEL, I WAS REALLY AN ATHEIST.
  • 03:34 I WAS 18 OR 19 AT THE TIME.
  • 03:36 I KIND OF REJECTED, I NEVER REJECTED MY JEWISH IDENTITY,
  • 03:40 BUT I DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 03:44 IT WAS AT THE WALL THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED.
  • 03:46 I HAD JUST GOTTEN THERE AND I GUESS THE WALL HAD BEEN LIBERATED A WEEK OR SO EARLIER
  • 03:50 AND WE HAD GOTTEN THERE AND I STOOD AT THE WALL AND I STARTED TO CRY.
  • 03:56 THE TEARS WELLED UP IN MY EYES AND THE QUESTION CAME ABOUT,
  • 04:02 COULD THIS BE AN ACCIDENT OF HISTORY?
  • 04:04 COULD THE CHILD OF SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST NOW STAND AT A WALL THAT'S LIBERATED?
  • 04:09 IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT I SAID, THERE MIGHT REALLY BE A GOD,
  • 04:13 THERE MIGHT REALLY BE A DESTINY FOR MY PEOPLE AND IT WAS THEN THAT I STARTED SEARCHING.
  • 04:17 I KNOW THAT WESTERN WALL.
  • 04:18 I HAVE STOOD THERE AND CRIED MANY TIMES MYSELF.
  • 04:20 IT'S SOMETHING JUST GOES INTO YOUR SOUL. >>REMARKABLE.
  • 04:24 IT REALLY DOES.
  • 04:25 IT STARTED MY QUEST AND AS A RESULT OF THAT OVER A PERIOD OF 3 OR 4 YEARS
  • 04:29 I GOT INVOLVED IN SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS.
  • 04:31 I GOT INVOLVED IN JEWISH MYSTICISM.
  • 04:33 I GOT INVOLVED IN EASTERN MYSTICISM.
  • 04:35 I GOT INVOLVED IN THE HIPPIE SUB-CULTURE AND I WOUND UP LIKE ALL GOOD HIPPIES,
  • 04:39 MAKING IT OUT TO THE MECCA OF HIPPIEDOM, SAN FRANCISCO.
  • 04:43 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 04:45 IT WAS 1969, 70 AND I AND A NUMBER OF JEWISH BOYS FROM NEW YORK
  • 04:49 BUILT A HOUSEBOAT IN SAUSALITO, CA.
  • 04:51 NOW, I SHOULD PROBABLY TELL YOU THE TRUTH.
  • 04:53 IT WASN'T REALLY A HOUSEBOAT; IT WAS MORE LIKE A SHACK ON BARRELS.
  • 04:56 IF MY WIFE WERE HERE, SHE WOULD INSIST THAT I TELL THE TRUTH, IT WAS NOT EVEN THAT.
  • 05:01 THE BOARD OF HEALTH CALLED IT A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND MADE US RIP IT DOWN.
  • 05:04 YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHY I'M TELLING YOU THAT STORY,
  • 05:06 WELL, SOME VERY STRANGE THINGS HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF RIPPING THAT HOUSEBOAT DOWN.
  • 05:09 3 OF THOSE 4 NICE JEWISH BOYS, INCLUDING MYSELF THAT WENT OUT THERE BECAME BELIEVERS IN JESUS.
  • 05:17 THERE WAS A 5TH FELLOW WHO CAME OUT THERE, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FROM BROOKLYN,
  • 05:21 WHO STUCK AN OVERDOSE OF HEROIN IN HIS ARM AND DIED.
  • 05:24 THAT LEFT ME BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL WITH A DECISION TO MAKE.
  • 05:28 HERE WERE MY JEWISH FRIENDS WHO'D BECOME BELIEVERS AND HERE WAS MY AFRICAN AMERICAN FRIEND
  • 05:32 WHO HAD PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR LIVING THAT LIFESTYLE.
  • 05:36 AND HERE I WAS.
  • 05:38 AND WHAT IS THE CHOICE?
  • 05:39 AND WHAT WAS THE CHOICE?
  • 05:41 WELL, THAT'S THE WAY GOD WORKS.
  • 05:42 FOR 3 MONTHS I STARTED RUNNING, TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY
  • 05:46 OF MY JEWISH FRIENDS, BUT THE STRANGEST COINCIDENCES STARTED HAPPENING.
  • 05:50 YOU DO KNOW WHAT A COINCIDENCE IS?
  • 05:52 I DON'T REALLY BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCES, I BELIEVE THAT GOD MAKES THEM..
  • 05:55 IT'S WHEN GOD ACTS AND CHOOSES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND THAT WAS WHAT WAS HAPPENING.
  • 05:58 WHEREVER I WENT, IT WAS LIKE I WAS BEING HAUNTED BY THIS GHOST, THE HOLY GHOST.
  • 06:03 I WOUND UP BACK IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER 3 MONTHS OF RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD
  • 06:08 AND RAN ACROSS MY JEWISH FRIENDS WHO HAD BECOME BELIEVERS IN JESUS AND THEY SAID,
  • 06:12 "WELL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO A PRAYER MEETING?"
  • 06:14 I SAID, WELL, I GOT NOTHING AGAINST CHRISTIANS
  • 06:16 OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT THEY'RE ALWAYS SMILING.
  • 06:18 I GUESS I COULD LIVE WITH THAT.
  • 06:20 I WENT TO THIS PRAYER MEETING AND THE FIRST THING THEY SAID IS WELL, DO YOU BELIEVE?
  • 06:23 I LOOKED AT THEM AND I SAID, LOOK, I WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE, DON'T GET ME WRONG,
  • 06:27 BUT, THIS GOD YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, IF HE'S REAL, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN.
  • 06:32 I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT MOUNTAIN WAS IN MY HEART.
  • 06:35 THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE IT IS.
  • 06:36 I'M GOING TO STOP YOU RIGHT HERE.
  • 06:38 I KNOW YOU'RE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH JEFF SEIF AND HE'S GOING TO BE WITH US IN A MINUTE.
  • 06:40 I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT YOUR JEWS FOR JESUS DAYS.
  • 06:42 OK. >>THESE ARE JUST GREAT STORIES.
  • 06:45 BACK AFTER THIS.
  • 07:09 FOR INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES OF ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY,
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  • 07:22 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, THE INSTITUTE OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES INCLUDES
  • 07:27 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CASSETTES AND MAIL-IN TESTS.
  • 07:31 YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL, GREECE
  • 07:33 OR THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE THEME PARK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
  • 07:37 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 07:39 WELCOME BACK.
  • 07:42 I'M PLEASED TO HAVE MY OLD FRIEND, JHAN MOSKOWITZ WITH US,
  • 07:46 WHO'S BEEN SHARING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW HE CAME TO KNOW THE LORD.
  • 07:49 JHAN.
  • 07:50 JEFF, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, TOO.
  • 07:52 AS I WAS SAYING TO SANDRA, I HAD GONE TO THIS PRAYER MEETING AND MY FRIENDS, MY JEWISH FRIENDS,
  • 07:59 WHO HAD BROUGHT ME TO THE PRAYER MEETING ASKED ME IF, WELL, DO YOU BELIEVE?
  • 08:03 AND WENT, LOOK, WELL, I'D LIKE TO BELIEVE, BUT I JUST CAN'T PSYCH MYSELF UP INTO THIS THING.
  • 08:07 IF GOD'S REAL, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN, AS I SAID.
  • 08:10 WELL, THEY STARTED PRAYING FOR ME AND WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF THE TIME THEY PRAYED FOR ME,
  • 08:14 THESE "COINCIDENCES" CAME TOGETHER AND ONE NIGHT I JUST KNEW GOD WAS REAL.
  • 08:19 I MEAN, I KNEW IT.
  • 08:21 YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, UP UNTIL THIS TIME,
  • 08:22 I THOUGHT GOD WAS JUST AN EXTENSION OF MY OVERACTIVE IMAGINATION.
  • 08:26 I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF GOD AS SOMEONE SEPARATE,
  • 08:29 ANOTHER PERSONALITY AND HERE I WAS CONFRONTED WITH THAT.
  • 08:33 I RAN ACROSS ONE OF MY JEWISH FRIENDS WHERE I WAS LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • 08:37 AND I GRABBED HIM AND I SAID, THIS GOD YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, HE REALLY IS REAL.
  • 08:40 WHAT DO I DO?
  • 08:42 WELL, HE SAID, MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO OPEN UP COMMUNICATIONS WITH HIM.
  • 08:45 SO, I WENT OUT GOLDEN GATE PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO PARK WITH MY JEWISH FRIENDS
  • 08:49 AND I GOT DOWN ON MY KNEES AND PRAYED.
  • 08:53 I WAS ABOUT TO GIVE GOD THIS GREAT EXCUSE FOR THE WAY I LIVED MY LIFE
  • 08:57 AND THEN I REALIZED I WAS TALKING TO THE ONE WHO KNEW MY INNERMOST THOUGHTS
  • 09:02 AND I HAD NO EXCUSE FOR THE WAY I LIVED MY LIFE.
  • 09:04 THE ONLY WORDS THAT WOULD COME TO MY MOUTH WERE, "LORD, I'M SORRY, PLEASE FORGIVE ME."
  • 09:09 THAT NIGHT, 35 YEARS AGO, I WAS FILLED WITH FORGIVENESS.
  • 09:14 PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS FROM THAT EVENT,
  • 09:17 THOSE NICE JEWISH BOYS AND MYSELF MET MOISHE ROSEN
  • 09:20 AND MOISHE AND MY FRIENDS AND I STARTED AN ORGANIZATION CALLED "JEWS FOR JESUS".
  • 09:27 YOU'RE ONE OF THE FOUNDERS.
  • 09:28 I'M ONE OF THE FOUNDERS.
  • 09:30 ME AND THOSE BOYS FROM THE HOUSEBOAT
  • 09:32 AND A COUPLE OF OTHER HIPPIE-DIPPIE TYPE KIDS THAT MET MOISHE OUT IN SAN FRANCISCO.
  • 09:37 I HEARD YOU JUST STARTED WITH A LITTLE MIMEOGRAPH MACHINE OR PHOTOCOPIER,
  • 09:41 MADE SOME OF THESE REALLY INTERESTING TRACTS THAT WERE VERY ENGAGING
  • 09:44 AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
  • 09:46 PRETTY MUCH, WELL, HE HAD THE MIMEOGRAPH MACHINE, SO WE LET HIM BE IN CHARGE.
  • 09:48 MOISHE.
  • 09:50 THAT WAS IT. MOISHE, AND THAT'S HOW IT STARTED
  • 09:52 (LAUGHING)
  • 09:53 SO, WHERE ARE WE NOW FROM THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS 35 YEARS AGO,
  • 09:57 NEW YORK CITY WITH 130 OR SO STAFF?
  • 10:01 YES.
  • 10:02 FINISHING UP A MAJOR CAMPAIGN.
  • 10:04 "JEWS FOR JESUS" HAS GONE THROUGH SOME BIG CHANGES
  • 10:08 SINCE MOISHE RESIGNED AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
  • 10:12 HE CONTINUES IN THE POSITION OF FOUNDER
  • 10:14 AND WITH THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAVID BRICKNER,
  • 10:16 WE TOOK ON SOME DIFFERENT CHALLENGES, NEW DIRECTIONS
  • 10:19 AND ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WE TOOK ON WAS A 5 YEAR PLAN
  • 10:23 TO REACH CITIES AROUND THE WORLD WITH A POPULATION OF 25,000 JEWS OR MORE.
  • 10:29 WE WANTED TO HAVE AN INTENSE EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN IN EACH OF THOSE CITIES
  • 10:32 TO LEAVE SOME KIND OF CONTINUING WORK AMONG THOSE 25,000 JEWS.
  • 10:38 60 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 10:40 AFTER 5 YEARS, WE'RE CULMINATING THAT PROGRAM,
  • 10:44 OUR "BEHOLD YOUR GOD" CAMPAIGN IN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK.
  • 10:47 SO, THIS IS LIKE FIREWORKS, THIS..
  • 10:49 THIS IS THE BIG ENDING.
  • 10:50 THIS IS THE BIG ENDING.
  • 10:52 THIS IS WHERE EVERYBODY COMES IN, AS YOU SAID.
  • 10:54 WE HAVE ABOUT 135 STAFF AROUND THE WORLD; THEY ARE COMING INTO NEW YORK CITY.
  • 10:57 WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? WHAT'S THE PLAN?
  • 10:59 WELL, THE PLAN IS TO REACH, NOT JUST MANHATTAN, WE'VE ALWAYS HAD CAMPAIGNS IN MANHATTAN,
  • 11:04 WHAT WE'RE PLANNING TO DO IS EACH BOROUGH AND EACH SUBURB IS GOING TO HAVE ITS OWN CAMPAIGN
  • 11:11 WITH ITS OWN TEAM AND ITS OWN TEAM LEADER AND ITS OWN STRATEGY.
  • 11:14 OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, "JEWS FOR JESUS" IS WELL KNOWN IN TRACT DISTRIBUTION.
  • 11:18 WE HAND OUT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF GOSPEL TRACTS EVERY YEAR
  • 11:21 AND MANY OF THOSE MILLIONS ARE ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK
  • 11:24 AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAND OUT THOSE GOSPEL TRACTS.
  • 11:26 GOSPEL TRACTS PUTS US IN THE PATH OF PEOPLE TRAVELING TO AND FROM WORK
  • 11:32 AND TAKING BREAKS DURING LUNCH AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THEM.
  • 11:34 IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR NAME AND ADDRESS
  • 11:37 AND THEN FOLLOW UP ON A MORE LEISURELY TIME
  • 11:40 WHERE WE CAN OPEN THE SCRIPTURES AND SHOW HOW CHRIST IS MESSIAH.
  • 11:45 LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 11:47 MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED LITERATURE FROM "JEWS FROM JESUS"
  • 11:50 AND USUALLY WE SEE SOMEONE FROM "JEWS FOR JESUS" PASSING OUT TRACTS,
  • 11:53 MAYBE WE TALK, MAYBE WE DON'T, WHAT'S A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A "JEWS FOR JESUS" PERSON?
  • 11:57 WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO?
  • 11:59 ON CAMPAIGN, WHAT THE "BEHOLD YOUR GOD" CAMPAIGN WILL BE, WILL BE VERY VARIED.
  • 12:03 SOME PEOPLE WILL DO A LOT OF TRACT DISTRIBUTION,
  • 12:05 BUT THERE WILL BE OTHERS WHERE WE'LL DO DOOR TO DOOR,
  • 12:09 WE'LL ACTUALLY GO KNOCKING ON DOORS WITHIN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
  • 12:13 AND WE'LL PRESENT THE GOSPEL, MAYBE TAKE A SURVEY, SAY,
  • 12:16 WELL, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF "JEWS FOR JESUS"?
  • 12:18 WHAT DO YOU THINK OF "JEWS FOR JESUS"?
  • 12:20 WHO DO YOU THINK JESUS IS?
  • 12:21 MAY I ASK YOU A QUESTION?
  • 12:23 WHO DO YOU THINK JESUS IS?
  • 12:25 WHO DO YOU THINK JESUS IS?
  • 12:26 WHO DO YOU THINK JESUS IS?
  • 12:28 WHO DO YOU THINK JESUS IS?
  • 12:30 ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS THAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR "BEHOLD YOUR GOD" CAMPAIGN
  • 12:33 IN NEW YORK IS NOT ONLY ARE WE REACHING THE SUBURBS LIKE WESTCHESTER, LONG ISLAND
  • 12:39 AND NEW JERSEY, BUT WE'RE REACHING CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE
  • 12:42 THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED IN THE PAST.
  • 12:44 ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS WE'RE DOING IS REACHING THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY OF NEW YORK.
  • 12:48 I HEARD A STORY, TELL US THAT.
  • 12:50 IN FACT, JUST LAST WEEK 80,000 COPIES OF THE JESUS FILM.
  • 12:58 IS THIS THE ONE THAT WAS DONE WITH CAMPUS CRUSADE?
  • 13:00 THAT'S RIGHT, EXCEPT IT WAS DUBBED IN YIDDISH.
  • 13:04 IN YIDDISH, WHICH IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE OF THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY.
  • 13:06 80,000 OF THEM WERE MAILED OUT TO THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY OF BROOKLYN.
  • 13:12 BOY, THAT'S REALLY GUTSY AND I BET IT'S EXPENSIVE, TOO.
  • 13:15 WELL, IT'S GUTSY AND THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT
  • 13:19 WHEN THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY GOT THE TAPE INITIALLY,
  • 13:24 THE TAPE WAS SENT OUT UNDER THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION THAT PRODUCED IT.
  • 13:30 "JEWS FOR JESUS" WASN'T VERY PROMINENT ON THE TAPE
  • 13:33 AND YET THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY IMMEDIATELY KNEW WHO TO CALL.
  • 13:37 THEY WERE CALLING US AND THEY WERE SAYING, DID YOU GUYS SEND A TAPE?
  • 13:41 AND WE, SAID, WHO ELSE WOULD SEND YOU A TAPE?
  • 13:43 WE WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOSPEL.
  • 13:45 WE WANT YOU TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.
  • 13:46 SO MANY OF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED TO
  • 13:49 OR KNOW THE STORY OF JESUS AND WE WANTED YOU TO HEAR IT.
  • 13:52 THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID.
  • 13:53 WHAT DO THEY SAY IN RESPONSE?
  • 13:54 SOME OF THEM I CAN'T REPEAT ON TELEVISION.
  • 13:56 (LAUGHING)
  • 13:58 BUT, LET ME SAY THIS, WHENEVER YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL
  • 14:00 AS WE SAID EARLIER, THERE'S ALWAYS A REACTION AND A RESPONSE.
  • 14:03 MANY ARE RESPONDING, MANY ARE SAYING..
  • 14:07 THERE'S A STORY OF ONE JEWISH WOMAN WHO CALLED ON THE SABBATH,
  • 14:09 WHICH TO YOUR VIEWERS, THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT THING
  • 14:13 BECAUSE THEY'D NEVER USE THE TELEPHONE ON THE SABBATH,
  • 14:15 BUT THEY CALLED ON THE SABBATH BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE ANONYMITY
  • 14:18 AND NO ONE WOULD KNOW ABOUT IT AND THE WOMAN CALLED AND SAID,
  • 14:21 NO ONE MUST KNOW THAT I AM CALLING, BUT I DESPERATELY NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS JESUS.
  • 14:27 YET, WE GET ANOTHER PHONE CALL ON SUNDAY FROM AN ORTHODOX WHO SAYS TO US,
  • 14:33 WE THINK THE YIDDISH IS FINE, THEY CRITIQUE THE MOVIE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING
  • 14:40 AND THEN THEY SAID, BUT WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR ANYTHING FROM YOU.
  • 14:43 WE HAVE NO SPIRITUAL HUNGER.
  • 14:45 WHATEVER THE RABBI SAYS IS ALL WE NEED TO KNOW.
  • 14:48 SO, WE HAVE BOTH.
  • 14:49 THEN OF COURSE, WE HAVE THE TYPICAL IRATE CALLS,
  • 14:54 HOW CAN YOU DO THIS, WHY DO YOU DO THIS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
  • 14:57 SO, AGAIN, YOU HAVE A REACTION AND A RESPONSE.
  • 14:59 WE'RE VERY EXCITED AND THE CAMPAIGN HASN'T OFFICIALLY STARTED YET.
  • 15:03 IT STARTS IN JULY.
  • 15:05 SO, DEFINITELY PART OF WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IS FOLLOWING UP ON THOSE PHONE CALLS
  • 15:09 AND WE'LL BE MAKING OTHER PHONE CALLS.
  • 15:11 WE HAVE A SPECIAL GROUP THERE THAT IS GOING TO BE DESIGNED TO REACH ISRAELIS,
  • 15:16 THERE'S THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF ISRAELIS LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY.
  • 15:20 SO WE'VE GOT A GROUP OF OUR MISSIONARIES FROM ISRAEL WHO SPEAK HEBREW
  • 15:23 AND THEY WILL BE THE STREETS OF NEW YORK JUST GOING TO THE CLUBS
  • 15:27 AND TO THE PLACES WHERE ISRAELIS MEET.
  • 15:29 YOU KNOW, THAT REMINDS ME, I WAS IN ISRAEL NOT LONG AGO
  • 15:31 AND READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT SO MANY ISRAELIS, WHEN THEY GET OUT OF THE MILITARY, YOUNGSTERS,
  • 15:35 THEY GO OFF TO INDIA, THEY'RE AFTER EASTERN RELIGIONS,
  • 15:38 NEVER MIND THIS, WAIT, WE'RE NOT MISSING ANYTHING.
  • 15:40 WE DON'T FEEL ANY SPIRITUAL HUNGER.
  • 15:43 THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE REFLECTIVE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AS I UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 15:46 YES, AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE THEM.
  • 15:50 SO, WE'LL BE ON THE STREETS, WE'LL BE HANDING OUT GOSPEL TRACTS.
  • 15:54 WE'LL BE ON THE TELEPHONE.
  • 15:55 WE'LL BE VISITING PEOPLE.
  • 15:56 WE'LL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR.
  • 15:58 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
  • 16:00 PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE JOB IS TO GO TALK THEM OUT OF BEING JEWISH.
  • 16:03 ARE YOU INTO THAT SORT OF THING?
  • 16:04 MY JOB IS TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL.
  • 16:06 MY JOB IS TO SIMPLY PRESENT THE GOSPEL.
  • 16:09 GOD IS THE ONE WHO CONVINCES THEIR HEARTS.
  • 16:12 BEING JEWISH IS THE MOST NATURAL THING IN THE WORLD TO BELIEVE IN THE MESSIAH.
  • 16:16 SO, IT ISN'T A MATTER OF TALKING SOMEBODY INTO OR OUT OF ANYTHING,
  • 16:19 IT'S A MATTER OF HELPING THEM SEE THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH.
  • 16:22 JESUS, HE WASN'T A BUDDHIST MONK, HE WAS A JEW.
  • 16:26 HE LIVED IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:28 RIGHT, WE TELL THAT STORY ALL THE TIME.
  • 16:29 YES, WE DO.
  • 16:31 I THINK YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THIS AND MAYBE YOUR VIEWERS PROBABLY MAY KNOW THIS,
  • 16:38 BUT, MOST JEWISH PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH A CARICATURE OF JESUS.
  • 16:42 THEY'RE NOT REALLY DEALING WITH THE REAL JESUS.
  • 16:44 THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW THE JEWISH JESUS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 16:47 AND THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THE TRUE GOSPEL AND OUR JOB IS TO PROCLAIM IT.
  • 16:52 OUR JOB IS TO GET ON THE HIGH PLACES AND SAY TO THE CITIES OF JUDAH, "BEHOLD YOUR GOD".
  • 16:58 THERE YOU GO.
  • 17:00 OK, SO NOW A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE PERSON WHO'S MINDED TO DO THAT.
  • 17:02 NEW YORK CITY, COUPLE HUNDRED STAFF, VOLUNTEERS HITTING THE STREETS,
  • 17:07 ARMED WITH MILLIONS OF PAMPHLETS, CREATIVE AND INTERESTING,
  • 17:10 EARLY UP, LATE DOWN AT NIGHT.
  • 17:13 I MEAN, WHAT'S THE PLAN, WHAT'S IT LIKE?
  • 17:14 WELL, MANY WILL BE ON THE STREETS JUST HANDING OUT GOSPEL TRACTS,
  • 17:17 INTERACTING WITH THE PEOPLE THAT COME BY AND I MIGHT ADD,
  • 17:21 MANY OF THEM ARE GENTILES WHO STOP AND ASK US QUESTIONS
  • 17:24 AND MANY OF THE GENTILES THAT WE SPEAK TO WILL PRAY WITH US,
  • 17:28 GIVE THEIR NAMES AND ADDRESSES AND WE FIND LOCAL CHURCHES THAT WILL FOLLOW UP ON THEM.
  • 17:32 SO, WE SEE MORE GENTILES COMING TO FAITH IN A CAMPAIGN THAN JEWS BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY,
  • 17:37 BUT WE'LL INTERACT WITH THEM ON THE STREETS,
  • 17:39 WE'LL VISIT WITH THEM AND THEN WE'LL HAVE DIFFERENT SPECIAL EVENTS.
  • 17:43 FOR INSTANCE, WE HAVE A SPECIAL EVENT COMING UP WHERE WE'LL HAVE A PRESENTATION OF SURVIVORS,
  • 17:50 WHICH IS A VIDEO TAPE OF SEVEN SURVIVORS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
  • 17:54 WHO BECAME BELIEVERS IN JESUS
  • 17:56 AND WE'RE PLANNING ON PUTTING THAT IN SOME OF THE LIBRARIES IN SOME OF THE AREAS
  • 18:00 AND SENDING OUT AN INVITATION TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES.
  • 18:03 IT'S CALLED "SURVIVORS"?
  • 18:04 IT'S CALLED THE "THE SURVIVOR STORIES"
  • 18:06 AND THEN WE'RE PLANNING ON HAVING A PRESENTATION OF MARC CHAGALL.
  • 18:10 WE'RE DEBATING WHETHER WE'LL USE THIS TITLE OR NOT,
  • 18:13 MARC CHAGALL, JEW FOR JESUS?
  • 18:15 BECAUSE HE'S USED SO MUCH CHRISTIAN IMAGERY IN HIS ART.
  • 18:21 SO, WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IS WE'LL BE HAVING..
  • 18:23 I MEAN JEWISH PEOPLE ARE INTO ART AND WE'D LIKE TO HAVE AN ART SHOW
  • 18:28 AND HAVE A DEMONSTRATION OF THE WORK OF MARC CHAGALL
  • 18:31 AND THEN HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS IN MARC CHAGALL
  • 18:36 AND GIVE US A CHANCE FOR A TESTIMONY.
  • 18:38 WE'LL BE PUTTING ADS IN THE PAPER.
  • 18:39 WE'LL BE DOING RADIO SPOTS, ANY WAY IN WHICH WE CAN COMMUNICATE THE GOSPEL.
  • 18:44 WE'LL BE HAVING KIOSKS IN MALLS.
  • 18:47 WE'LL BE HAVING TABLES IN CULTURAL FESTIVALS AND SWAP MEETS
  • 18:53 AND WHATEVER, WHEREVER THERE ARE PEOPLE, WHERE THERE ARE GATHERINGS OF PEOPLE,
  • 18:58 WE'LL HAVE SOMETHING WHETHER IT'S HANDING OUT TRACTS, A BOOK TABLE,
  • 19:02 A BANNER WHERE YOU CAN'T REACH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY,
  • 19:05 WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BANNER BY THE BEGINNING OF A MAJOR INTERSECTION
  • 19:11 GOING ON THE HIGHWAY THAT SAYS "JEWS FOR JESUS".
  • 19:14 SO, YOU'LL HAVE 130 STAFF THERE, AS MANY MINIMALLY VOLUNTEERS ARE GOING TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES
  • 19:19 AND COME TO DO IT JUST FOR THE LOVE OF.. WHY?
  • 19:23 PEOPLE WILL SAY, YOU KNOW, WELL, YOU GUYS ARE TOO AGGRESSIVE,
  • 19:25 BUT LOOK AT ALL THESE PLANS, ALL THIS ENERGY.
  • 19:27 YOU'RE PART OF THE EXECUTIVE APPARATUS.
  • 19:28 YOU GUYS MEET AND PLAN HOW TO DO ALL THIS STUFF.
  • 19:31 WHY, BECAUSE MY PEOPLE ARE PERISHING,
  • 19:33 BECAUSE THE GREATEST FORM OF ANTI-SEMITISM IS WITHHOLDING THE GOSPEL FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 19:38 IF WE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY, THERE'S NO NAME UNDER HEAVEN
  • 19:41 WHEREBY MEN MUST BE SAVED THAN THE NAME OF JESUS.
  • 19:44 WHAT SHOULD WE DO, JUST SIT BACK AND, GOD COMPELS US.
  • 19:48 NOW, AGAIN, REMEMBER IT'S NOT OUR JOB TO BRING THEM TO FAITH.
  • 19:52 IT'S OUR JOB TO PRESENT THE FAITH, ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT.
  • 19:55 WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO SAY, "YOU'RE NOT JUST PRESENTING THE FAITH,
  • 19:57 YOU'RE GIVING THEM AN EXIT OUT OF BEING JEWISH TO JOIN SOME ALIEN CULTURE"?
  • 20:01 HOW DO YOU RESPOND?
  • 20:02 YOU CALL YOURSELVES "JEWS FOR JESUS",
  • 20:04 I MEAN, YOU KEEP JEWISH AND JESUS TOGETHER.
  • 20:06 I THINK THAT'S THE ANSWER.
  • 20:08 WE DON'T REPRESENT CHRISTIANITY IN THE SENSE OF GENTILE CHRISTIANITY.
  • 20:17 WE REPRESENT JESUS.
  • 20:18 WE'RE PRESENTING JESUS.
  • 20:21 WE'RE PRESENTING THE NEW TESTAMENT MESSIAH, SON OF GOD,
  • 20:24 THE JEWISH MESSIAH TO OUR JEWISH PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PRESENTING.
  • 20:28 WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN A PERSON COMES TO FAITH,
  • 20:33 THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL WORK IN THAT PERSON'S LIFE AND WORK OUT WHAT THAT IDENTITY IS.
  • 20:38 WHEN YOU HELPED ME, I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS ROAD KILL ON THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE
  • 20:43 AND I REMEMBER I WALKED INTO YOUR BIBLE STUDY IN CHICAGO YEARS AGO
  • 20:47 AND YOU OPENED UP THE BIBLE AND YOU HELPED ME LEARN ABOUT THE MESSIAH JESUS.
  • 20:53 YOU HELPED ME LEARN BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 20:55 YOU MODELED FOR ME A WAY TO BE IN LIFE AND YOU WERE MY HERO.
  • 20:58 YOU KNOW, JEFF, YOUR TESTIMONY IS A GOOD EXAMPLE
  • 21:02 OF WHAT WE WANT TO SEE REPRODUCED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
  • 21:07 RUNNING INTO YOUNG JEWISH PEOPLE WHO HAVE A HUNGER TO KNOW THE THINGS OF GOD
  • 21:11 AND BE ABLE TO FILL THAT HUNGER WITH THE SCRIPTURES
  • 21:13 AND THEN TO WATCH THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORM THEM INTO THE PEOPLE THEY ARE TODAY.
  • 21:18 I WAS A TROUBLED GUY IN NEW YORK CITY.
  • 21:20 I GOT BESTED BY CIRCUMSTANCES THAT TOOK ME TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE
  • 21:24 AND I RAN INTO A WOMAN THERE NAMED RUTHIE
  • 21:26 WHO WAS PASSING OUT TRACTS, WHO I STOPPED AND TALKED TO.
  • 21:30 I WASN'T GOING TO PRAY WITH HER THEN, BUT, BOY THAT OPENED A DOOR TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD
  • 21:34 AND WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO SEE A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE COME TO KNOW THE LORD THAT WAY.
  • 21:37 WELL, ONE OF THE REASONS I'M HERE AND SPEAKING TO YOU
  • 21:42 IS I'M HOPING AND PRAYING THAT YOUR VIEWERS WILL JOIN US
  • 21:46 IN PRAYER AND JOIN US IN THIS EXCITING OUTREACH.
  • 21:51 NO WORK OF GOD CAN HAPPEN WITHOUT GOD'S PEOPLE PRAYING
  • 21:54 AND THIS WORK IN NEW YORK IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNLESS GOD'S PEOPLE GET BEHIND IT AND PRAY.
  • 21:59 SO, I WANT, I'M LOOKING FOR AS MUCH PRAYER SUPPORT AS WE CAN GET.
  • 22:02 WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER AREN'T WE?
  • 22:03 YES, WE ARE.
  • 22:05 ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES, "JEWS FOR JESUS", IT ALL FLIES UNDER DIFFERENT BANNERS,
  • 22:08 BUT ANY WAY, WE'RE ALL SUPPORTING THE SAME TESTIMONY.
  • 22:13 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 22:14 WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.
  • 22:16 JHAN, IT'S BEEN GREAT TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN.
  • 22:18 LOOK OUT NEW YORK CITY, WE'RE COMING.
  • 22:21 I KNOW THAT MANY ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED.
  • 22:24 IN A MOMENT, YOU'LL BE HEARING FROM SANDRA.
  • 22:27 SHE'S COMING BACK.
  • 22:28 GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 22:47 MASHIACH
  • 22:53 YESHUA
  • 23:02 MATZIL
  • 23:08 L'ALOM
  • 23:19 B'NISHMATI
  • 23:22 ANEE M'AMIN
  • 23:26 ANEE M'AMIN
  • 23:39 MESSIAH ♪MESSIAH
  • 23:47 YESHUA ♪YESHUA
  • 23:54 SAVIOR ♪SAVIOR
  • 24:01 FOREVER ♪FOREVER
  • 24:09 IN MY HEART, I BELIEVE ♪I BELIEVE
  • 24:19 I BELIEVE
  • 24:23 ♪I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE
  • 24:38 I BELIEVE
  • 24:46 FOR THE LORD THY GOD BRINGETH THEE INTO A GOOD LAND.
  • 24:50 A LAND OF FIG TREES AND POMEGRANATES, A LAND OF OLIVE OIL AND HONEY.
  • 24:57 ARISE, WALK THROUGH THE LAND, FOR ALL THE LAND WHICH THOU SEEST,
  • 25:04 TO THEE WILL I GIVE IT AND TO THY SEED FOREVER.
  • 25:10 WORSHIP IN THE SHADOWS OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 25:17 BEHOLD THE LAND OF THE COVENANT.
  • 25:26 WELL, THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 25:29 I KNOW THAT ZOLA AND I BOTH,
  • 25:30 BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE WE GO TO ISRAEL, WE BOTH CANNOT SLEEP.
  • 25:33 IT IS SO EXCITING TO BE IN ISRAEL.
  • 25:36 WE'RE GOING TO LIVE THERE 1000 YEARS OR MORE.
  • 25:38 GO AND SEE YOUR HOME.
  • 25:40 I HAVE MORE SCRIPTURE I WANT TO READ TO YOU.
  • 25:42 IT COMES OUT OF ISAIAH 42.
  • 26:00 THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE ARE IN DARKNESS.
  • 26:02 THAT IS THE MISSION FOR US TO WITNESS, TO BE GOOD WITNESSES TO BOTH THE JEW AND THE GENTILE.
  • 26:09 IN A FEW WEEKS, JEFF AND I ARE GOING TO ISRAEL.
  • 26:11 WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SOME PROGRAMS.
  • 26:13 I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO REALLY ENJOY THEM.
  • 26:14 IN THE NEAR FUTURE, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME PROGRAMS
  • 26:16 THAT ZOLA MADE BEFORE HE DIED, VERY MUCH, I THINK, TIMELY.
  • 26:21 THEN YOU WILL SEE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF 27 YEARS OF ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 26:27 I THINK YOU'LL REALLY ENJOY THAT AND AS ALWAYS
  • 26:30 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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