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Series: “The Crusaders”
Coalition forces, including American soldiers, are commonly referred to as “Crusaders” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zola Levitt Presents takes a revealing look at the real Crusaders of a thousand years ago, and shows that the present accusation is unfair.
Episode: “The Humble Knight”
Standing by Jerusalem’s Citadel, Zola talks about the Crusades and the inspiring story of an English knight who would not sleep inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. He then interviews Jan Willem van der Hoeven, former head of the International Christian Embassy, about the sacredness of the Temple Mount. Zola also interviews Shmuel Suran, husband of a well-known Messianic artist. Shmuel talks about the challenge of living in Israel as a believer.

Caption transcript for The Crusaders: “The Humble Knight” (7/8)

  • 00:05 IN 1095 POPE URBAN THE SECOND >>DECREED THAT THE CENTER OF THE >>KNOWN WORLD, JERUSALEM,
  • 00:11 SHOULD BE FREED FROM MUSLIM CONTROL.
  • 00:15 SPURRED BY RELIGIOUS FERVOR, WARRIORS MARCHED UNABATED
  • 00:19 ACROSS EUROPE TOWARDS THE HOLY LAND,
  • 00:21 LEAVING DEATH AND DEVASTATION IN THEIR WAKE.
  • 00:23 IN THE END, UPWARDS OF 30,000 >>MUSLIMS AND JEWS WERE MASSACRED >>IN JERUSALEM, ALONE.
  • 00:31 THIS WAS CALLED "A HOLY WAR".
  • 00:34 THESE WERE THE CRUSADERS.
  • 00:40 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:41 WELCOME BACK TO OUR SERIES ON THE CRUSADERS.
  • 00:45 WE'RE GOING TO TALK TODAY ABOUT >>THE GENERALS OF BOTH SIDES.
  • 00:49 THERE'S A WONDERFUL DISPLAY OF >>HORSEMEN AND YOU'LL SEE IT SHORTLY,
  • 00:54 AT DAVID'S CITADEL AND TELL MANY >>STORIES ABOUT THE CRUSADES.
  • 00:59 THE CRUSADERS FELL ON JERUSALEM.
  • 01:01 THEY STARTED OUT ON THE COASTLINE AROUND CAESEREA AND CAME THROUGH THE LAND,
  • 01:06 FINALLY CONQUERED JERUSALEM, CONQUERED THE TEMPLE MOUNT,
  • 01:10 THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY >>SEPULCHER, VERY CRITICAL SITES.
  • 01:13 WE ARE GOING TO TALK WITH PASTOR VAN DER HOEVEN LATER IN THE PROGRAM,
  • 01:18 A MESSIANIC MINISTER IN JERUSALEM WHO BY THE WAY, WAS ARRESTED ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 01:24 THERE'S A STORY.
  • 01:24 WE'RE GOING TO LOCATION AT DAVID'S CITADEL IN JERUSALEM, NOW.
  • 01:30 THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM BETWEEN THE CRUSADERS AND THE LOCAL MUSLIMS
  • 01:35 WAS ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTICIZED >>CHAPTERS OF THE CRUSADES.
  • 01:40 IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 12TH CENTURY
  • 01:42 AND IT'S COMMEMORATED WITH STATUES HERE ON HORSEBACK.
  • 01:47 BEHIND ME THE FRENCH RENALD DE CHATILLON
  • 01:52 WHO WAS LEADER OF THE CRUSADERS >>AND THE ARAB GENTLEMEN CONQUEROR, SALADIN,
  • 02:00 WHO EVENTUALLY WRESTED JERUSALEM >>FROM THE CRUSADERS.
  • 02:05 THE TEMPLE MOUNT WAS A MAJOR ISSUE AND THE HOLY SEPULCHER CHURCH,
  • 02:10 BOTH OF WHICH ARE STILL ISSUES TODAY, UP ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT,
  • 02:14 THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, >>DISCOVERED THE DOME OF THE ROCK >>WITH ITS GOLDEN DOME.
  • 02:20 IT WAS THERE JUST AS IT IS TODAY
  • 02:23 AND BAD BIBLE READERS, THEY >>THOUGHT IT WAS SOLOMON'S TEMPLE.
  • 02:27 NOT EVEN HEROD'S TEMPLE, BUT SOLOMON'S.
  • 02:29 THEY WENT BACK A TEMPLE AND IMAGINED THAT THIS WAS TEMPLUM DOMINI,
  • 02:34 THE TEMPLE OF THE KING, THE RULER.
  • 02:37 THEY PUT A CROSS ON TOP OF IT MADE IT INTO A CHURCH
  • 02:43 AND I ALWAYS SAY AT THIS POINT >>IN HISTORY,
  • 02:46 BECAUSE, YOU SEE, THE DOME OF THE ROCK ITSELF IS BUILT ON ROMAN PILLARS
  • 02:51 THAT WERE STANDING SINCE THE 2ND CENTURY
  • 02:54 WHEN THE ROMANS HAD PUT A TEMPLE >>OF JUPITER ON THE MOUNT
  • 02:57 AND THIS WAS A WAY OF DISCOURAGING THE JEWS FROM COMING UP THERE AND PRAYING,
  • 03:02 EVEN THOUGH THE TEMPLE MOUNT WAS >>THEIR HOLY SITE FROM WHEN THE TEMPLE REALLY WAS THERE.
  • 03:08 SO, WHEN THEY PUT THE CROSS UP THERE,
  • 03:10 THEY PUT A CHRISTIAN CROSS ON >>A MUSLIM DOME ON ROMAN PILLARS >>ON JEWISH LAND.
  • 03:17 THAT'S THE STORY OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 03:18 TODAY YOU CAN ALMOST SAY, HERE'S THE AL AQSA MOSQUE, DOME OF THE ROCK,
  • 03:22 THE ARAB POLICE, THE WAQF, THE PEOPLE DIGGING UNDER THE PLATFORM
  • 03:27 AND THEN THERE'S THE JEWS WANTING TO COME UP AND PRAY.
  • 03:31 IT'S STILL IN CONTENTION.
  • 03:32 IT'S STILL AN ISSUE AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NEARLY 1000 YEARS AGO.
  • 03:37 THEY MAINTAINED THE KNIGHT'S TEMPLAR, THEIR GARRISON THERE
  • 03:44 AND PROTECTED THE DOME AS IF IT WERE A JEWISH TEMPLE.
  • 03:47 THE HOLY SEPULCHER CHURCH, IT IS THE SITE OF THE LORD'S BURIAL,
  • 03:52 ALTHOUGH WE'RE NOT DEAD SURE, BUT, IT'S A PRETTY GOOD SITE FOR IT AND WAS BUILT OVER,
  • 03:58 I BELIEVE THE 4TH CENTURY AND THEN IMPROVED OVER TIME.
  • 04:01 IT'S A VERY OLD CHURCH, IT WAS >>OLD WHEN THE CRUSADERS CAME
  • 04:05 AND OF COURSE THEY THOUGHT OF IT >>AS A MOST HOLY SITE
  • 04:09 AND WHILE THE CRUSADERS ARE OFTEN FAULTED,
  • 04:12 AND SHOULD BE FOR THE KILLING,
  • 04:13 FOR THE WANTON SLAUGHTER, FOR THE PLUNDER, >>AMONG THEM WERE TRUE BELIEVERS.
  • 04:19 AMONG THOSE TRUE BELIEVERS WAS >>AN INDIVIDUAL NAMED BAXTER,
  • 04:25 A BRITISH KNIGHT WHO WAS KNOWN >>AS THE "HUMBLE KNIGHT".
  • 04:29 WHY, BECAUSE THE OTHER KNIGHTS >>THOUGHT IT A GOOD WORK
  • 04:32 TO SLEEP INSIDE THE HOLY SEPULCHER CHURCH
  • 04:35 NEAR THE TOMB OF THE LORD AND THEY DID THAT AT NIGHT.
  • 04:38 THEY WENT INTO-- ALSO IT WAS GOOD PROTECTION,
  • 04:41 BUT THEY WENT INTO THE STONE CHURCH
  • 04:42 AND SLEPT AS CLOSE TO THE LORD'S >>GRAVE, OSTENSIBLY, AS THEY POSSIBLY COULD.
  • 04:48 BUT, BAXTER, >>"THE HUMBLE KNIGHT", WOULD NOT >>SLEEP INSIDE THE CHURCH
  • 04:53 AND FELT HE WAS NOT WORTHY TO SLEEP IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
  • 04:56 AND SO HE SLEPT OUTSIDE THE DOOR >>AND HIS TOMB IS STILL THERE,
  • 05:02 OUTSIDE AS YOU COME INTO THE >>CHURCH, THERE A WOODEN PLATFORM
  • 05:06 THAT CAN BE LIFTED, UNDER THAT >>IS A TOMB AND THE REAL BELIEVER'S TOMB,
  • 05:11 A CHRISTIAN IS BURIED IN FRONT >>OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER CHURCH.
  • 05:16 THE BATTLE RAGED ON, THE ARABS HAD A MUCH SHORTER SUPPLY LINE.
  • 05:20 THE CRUSADERS DIDN'T KNOW THE LOCAL TEMPERATURES,
  • 05:25 THE POPULOUS, THE CUSTOMS, THEY >>WEREN'T VERY COMFORTABLE HERE
  • 05:33 AND THEY WERE PRETTY WELL SURROUNDED.
  • 05:35 THEY HAD PROVOKED MANY ARAB ARMIES DURING THE PREVIOUS CENTURY AND HALF,
  • 05:40 OR HALF A CENTURY AND THEY FINALLY WERE CONQUERED BY SALADIN,
  • 05:48 WHO IS CALLED THE GENTLEMAN CONQUEROR
  • 05:50 BECAUSE WHEN HE ROUTED THE CRUSADERS OUT OF JERUSALEM,
  • 05:53 HE LET THEM LEAVE WITH THEIR WIVES, THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR WEAPONS.
  • 05:59 HE DIDN'T LAY A HAND ON ANYONE >>BECAUSE EVEN IN HIS MIND, THIS IS THE CITY OF GOD.
  • 06:06 THAT BEGAN, WELL IT DIDN'T JUST >>BEGIN, THE LORD RODE A DONKEY INTO JERUSALEM.
  • 06:12 THAT'S A HUMBLING THING TO DO.
  • 06:14 THE LORD, WHO IS THE SON OF GOD COULD COME IN ON ANGEL'S WINGS,
  • 06:18 BUT, HE CAME IN THE LOWLIEST ANIMAL.
  • 06:20 THROUGH THE CENTURIES AND THROUGH THE MILLENNIA,
  • 06:23 PEOPLE HAVE RESPECTED THE IDEA THAT THERE IS ONE CITY ON EARTH
  • 06:26 THAT IS GOD'S CITY IN FACT, EVEN IN ETERNITY WHEN EARTH IS OVER WITH,
  • 06:37 SO, WHEN GENERAL ALLENBY CAME >>HERE, HE GOT OFF HIS HORSE AND >>WITH DEEP RESPECT,
  • 06:42 WALKED INTO THE JAFFA GATE, JUST ON MY RIGHT, TO ENTER THE CITY.
  • 06:48 KEISER WILHELM OF GERMANY DID THE SAME THING.
  • 06:52 THEODORE HERZL WALKED IN FROM A HOUSE A MILE AWAY, A LONG WALK
  • 06:57 AND IN OUR OWN TIME, THERE'S A >>PARALLEL STORY
  • 07:02 OF WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN WANTED TO CALL ON THE METROPOLITAN OF RUSSIA,
  • 07:08 SORT OF THE POPE OF THE RUSSIAN >>ORTHODOX CHURCH
  • 07:11 AND THE POPE LIVES IN A PALACE >>SET BACK OF A LONG GREEN LAWN
  • 07:17 AND THE ROAD DOESN'T COME CLOSE >>TO THE DOOR
  • 07:20 AND OUR AMERICAN SECURITY MEN LOOKED AT THE SITUATION
  • 07:24 AND REQUESTED THAT FOR REAGAN'S >>VISIT, THEY PAVE A ROAD
  • 07:27 THAT WOULD LEAD RIGHT UP TO THE DOOR OF THE PALACE SO HE COULD >>WALK IN FROM THERE
  • 07:33 AND NOT TO CROSS THAT OPEN EXPANSE.
  • 07:35 THE ANSWER FROM INSIDE THE PALACE WAS
  • 07:38 "NO, THERE WILL BE NO NEW ROAD. ONE DOES NOT RIDE TO SEE GOD."
  • 07:52 ASK FOR OUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER
  • 07:56 AND OUR CATALOG WITH VIDEOS, BOOKS AND MUSIC.
  • 08:00 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, THE >>INSTITUTE OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES INCLUDES
  • 08:05 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CASSETTES AND MAIL IN TESTS.
  • 08:09 DID YOU KNOW THAT ZOLA TAKES TOURS TO ISRAEL,
  • 08:12 GREECE AND THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE THEME PARK IN ORLANDO FL.
  • 08:17 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 08:22 OUR TOURS, OF COURSE, >>HAVE SPEAKERS FROM THE HOLY LAND
  • 08:26 AND PASTOR VAN DER HOEVEN HAS BEEN ONE OF THEM.
  • 08:28 HE'S NOT THE KIND OF GUY THAT FADES BACK INTO THE WOODWORK.
  • 08:32 HE'S ENERGETIC AND COLORFUL AND >>LOUD AND EXTREME IN HIS VIEWS >>AND AS I SAID, HE WAS ARRESTED.
  • 08:39 HE WAS ARRESTED ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT FOR PRAYING UP THERE.
  • 08:43 I WAS RUN OFF YEARS AGO FOR TAKING A BIBLE OUT
  • 08:45 WHILE I WAS MAKING PROGRAM NEAR THE DOME OF THE ROCK ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 08:49 SO RELIGIOUSLY SENSITIVE ARE THE MUSLIMS
  • 08:53 THAT THEY JUST RUN OFF ANYBODY >>PRAYING TO SOME OTHER GOD.
  • 08:57 IT WOULD INTEREST PEOPLE TO THINK THEY'RE PRAYING TO THE SAME GOD,
  • 08:59 BUT THE MUSLIM POLICE WILL ARREST YOU FOR PRAYING TO THE >>GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 09:07 ANYWAY, HERE'S REVEREND VAN DER HOEVEN.
  • 09:10 JAN WILLEM VAN DER HOEVEN.
  • 09:13 WE'VE CHECKED ON YOUR ADVENTURES >>EVERY SO OFTEN.
  • 09:16 LATELY I HEAR YOU'VE BEEN ARRESTED.
  • 09:18 WELL, THAT WAS IN RELATION TO OUR VISIT WITH THE GROUP
  • 09:23 AT CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES THAT WE CONDUCTED
  • 09:28 AND I FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT THE LORD WANTED US,
  • 09:31 NOW THAT "OFFICIALLY" THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAS OPENED UP THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD,
  • 09:41 THE TEMPLE MOUNT, TO VISITORS, >>NOT JUST MUSLIMS, BUT JEWS AND CHRISTIANS.
  • 09:48 WE FELT WE WANTED TO GO ON TOP >>OF THE MOUNTAIN,
  • 09:51 UP THERE WITH THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND THE AL AQSA MOSQUE.
  • 09:53 WHERE THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS AND I WAS ARRESTED FOR LIFTING UP MY HANDS
  • 10:00 AS I PRAYED OVER THE TEMPLE MOUNT, ESPECIALLY NEAR THE GOLDEN GATE
  • 10:06 WHERE THE MESSIAH IS SUPPOSED TO COME.
  • 10:08 MAYBE HE WASN'T CHARISMATIC.
  • 10:10 NO, THE MUSLIMS ARE SO INTOLERANT AND ARE SOMETIMES SAID,
  • 10:16 "YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE DEVIL, >>WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR GOD."
  • 10:20 WHAT HE HATES, THE LORD OFTEN, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, >>LOVES.
  • 10:26 HE HATES THE JEWS, THE LORD OF COURSE, THE APPLE OF HIS EYES.
  • 10:30 HE HATED PETER BECAUSE THE DEVIL >>KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE USED BY GOD, MIGHTILY
  • 10:35 SO JESUS SAID THE DEVIL HAS >>WANTED TO SIFT YOU AS THE WHEAT >>BUT I'VE PRAYED FOR YOU.
  • 10:41 THE TEMPLE MOUNT, I WAS 7 YEARS >>WARDEN OR CUSTODIAN OF THE GARDEN TOMB.
  • 10:47 I PREACHED IN, PROBABLY, THE NICEST PULPIT
  • 10:48 THAT A PASTOR CAN HAVE IN FRONT OF THE EMPTY TOMB.
  • 10:52 I WAS NOW IN AMERICA AND I SIT >>IN A CHURCH AND I SAID,
  • 10:57 YOU ALL GO TO THE EMPTY TOMB >>HERE JESUS WAS THREE DAYS DEAD
  • 11:03 AND THE PLACE HE'S GOING TO BE >>1000 YEARS
  • 11:06 TIMES 365 DAYS ALIVE IN MAJESTY AND GLORY, YOU LEAVE TO ISLAM.
  • 11:14 I SAID, BUT YOU GO BACK TO THE TOMB WHICH I CAN TELL YOU,
  • 11:18 HAVING PREACHED THERE FOR SEVEN YEARS, IS THE SUREST PLACE THAT >>JESUS WILL NOT RETURN TO.
  • 11:23 HE WILL NEVER COME BACK TO THIS >>TOMB, BUT WE DO KNOW HE IS COMING FOR 1000 YEARS AND I,
  • 11:30 GOD SAYS, HAVE SET MY KING, NOT IN THE EMPTY TOMB, BUT ON MY HOLY HILL.
  • 11:38 WE TRIED TO DO THAT.
  • 11:39 AND YOU WENT UP THERE ON THE MOUNT AND YOU FELT THAT YOU COULD PRAY.
  • 11:42 I REMEMBER BOB SIMONS, HE MADE THIS PROGRAM WITH CHRISTIAN ZIONISM
  • 11:48 AND OF COURSE, WAS A CYNICAL TWIST BEING THE REPORTER FOR CBS.
  • 11:55 AREN'T SOME OF THE WORST CRITICS >>OF ISRAEL, JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 11:57 UNBELIEVABLE, HE CAN'T STAND THE CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN JEWISH ELEMENT.
  • 12:02 SO HE SAW ME COMING WITH THE >>ARK, WE HAD A MODEL OF THE ARK >>AND HE SAID,
  • 12:09 MR. VAN DER HOEVEN, CAN I ASK >>YOU SOME QUESTIONS, CAN WE HAVE >>OUR INTERVIEW HERE?
  • 12:14 SO HE WANTED TO DRIVE ME IN THE CORNER FOR--
  • 12:18 DO YOU WANT TO BRING ARMAGEDDON >>UPON US IN ISRAEL?
  • 12:22 I SAID, LISTEN, I STUDIED IN ENGLAND, THEOLOGY,
  • 12:26 IF THE MUSLIMS WOULD HAVE >>INVADED INSTEAD OF THE HOLY LAND
  • 12:32 WHICH THEY DID IN THE 7TH CENTURY,
  • 12:33 THEY WOULD HAVE INVADED BRITAIN >>AND BUILT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOSQUE OFFICE
  • 12:38 IN PAUL'S CATHEDRAL AND THEN >>AFTER SOME YEARS WOULD HAVE TOLD >>THE BRITISH CHRISTIANS,
  • 12:43 THIS IS NOW UNIQUELY A MUSLIM HOLY SITE,
  • 12:45 PLEASE WILL GO OUT OF YOUR CHURCH, YOU CAN PRAY AT THE OUTSIDE WALL
  • 12:50 AND EVEN THERE WE WILL THROW STONES OVER YOU AND SAY,
  • 12:52 (BAKA INGLIM) SLAUGHTER THE ENGLISH CHRISTIANS.
  • 12:56 I SAID DO YOU THINK, BOB SIMONS, >>THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT
  • 13:02 WOULD DEFEND THAT EXCLUSIVITY OF >>THE MUSLIMS SAYING
  • 13:06 THAT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL IS NO >>MORE A CHRISTIAN PLACE,
  • 13:08 BUT IS SOLELY NOW FOR MUSLIMS WHO INVADED BRITAIN AND WOULD >>YOU THINK THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT
  • 13:17 WOULD SEND THE BRITISH POLICE TO DEFEND THE MUSLIMS IN THEIR EXCLUSIVITY,
  • 13:21 LIKE THE ISRAELIS FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS, WHICH WE WOULD CALL >>AS LIBERAL, FANATICS,
  • 13:28 WHO WANT TO PRAY AS BRITISH CHRISTIANS, IN THE ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
  • 13:32 AND NOT ALLOWED BY THE BRITISH POLICE, LIKE THE ISRAELI POLICE
  • 13:36 ARE NOT ALLOWING THEIR ORTHODOX >>TO PUT THEIR FEET
  • 13:39 UPON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, NOT TO UPSET THE MUSLIMS.
  • 13:42 THE FACT THAT THE DEVIL SAYS YOU >>CANNOT PRAY HERE,
  • 13:46 MEANS THAT THERE IS A POWER SO NEGATIVE
  • 13:48 THAT THIS IS HOW AFRAID YOU ARE >>OF CHRISTIANS PRAYING
  • 13:53 THEN YOU HAVE ALERTED ME TO THE >>IMPORTANCE OF THIS HILL.
  • 14:00 IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE.
  • 14:01 WE'RE OUT OF TIME, BUT YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY A SPELLBINDING PREACHER
  • 14:05 AND I COULD LISTEN TO YOU ALL >>DAY AND THE POINT YOU MAKE ARE >>VERY WELL TAKEN.
  • 14:11 THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH OUR AUDIENCE.
  • 14:12 WELL, REV. VAN DER HOEVEN WAS ARRESTED AND THEN RELEASED PRETTY QUICKLY.
  • 14:20 THEY DIDN'T WANT A SITUATION.
  • 14:21 WHEN PEOPLE GO UP THERE AND PRAY >>TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB,
  • 14:26 REAL TROUBLE CAN RESULT, AS THEY SAY IT DID
  • 14:29 WHEN ARIEL SHARON WENT INTO THE >>AL AQSA MOSQUE.
  • 14:32 WELL, I WENT INTO THE AL AQSA MOSQUE 50 TIMES.
  • 14:34 I PUT MY JEWISH FOOT DOWN ON THE STONES.
  • 14:37 IT DIDN'T START AND INTIFADA.
  • 14:39 THAT'S JERUSALEM.
  • 14:42 THAT'S A CARNIVAL OF RELIGION.
  • 14:43 IN THAT CARNIVAL, WE FOUND AN ARTIST, >>PAMELA SURAN, A FAMOUS ARTIST.
  • 14:48 WE HAVE HER PAINTINGS.
  • 14:49 THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL AND HER >>HUSBAND IS A MESSIANIC MINISTER
  • 14:55 THAT IS, A RABBI, AS THEY WOULD CALL HIM THERE.
  • 14:57 HE HAS A CONGREGATION OF JEWISH BELIEVERS AND WE DISCUSSED THE SITUATION OVER THERE WITH HIM.
  • 15:04 WELL, SHMUEL, YOU HAVE SUCH AN >>INTERESTING LIFE.
  • 15:09 YOU'RE A MESSIANIC PASTOR HERE IN ISRAEL, HAVE A CONGREGATION,
  • 15:14 BUT I WAS INTERESTED IN YOUR TESTIMONY.
  • 15:17 IT SOUNDED FASCINATING.
  • 15:18 IT GOES BACK TO JUST WHEN I WAS SAVED.
  • 15:20 I WAS SAVED IN 1971.
  • 15:21 RIGHT ZOLA.
  • 15:22 I WAS SAVED IN '72 RIGHT AFTER YOU
  • 15:24 THROUGH, OF ALL THINGS, THE FAMOUS PAINTING OF
  • 15:29 LEONARDO DI VINCI OF JESUS AND >>HIS DISCIPLES
  • 15:32 CELEBRATING THE LAST SUPPER WHICH IS THE JEWISH PASSOVER.
  • 15:35 I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS WAS DOING, >>CELEBRATING THE JEWISH PASSOVER.
  • 15:39 I THOUGHT JESUS WAS A CHRISTIAN, >>THE GOD OF CHRISTIANITY,
  • 15:43 SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE VATICAN >>AND THE POPE AND MARY,
  • 15:45 SO I BEGAN READING THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 15:47 THIS IS JESUS, THE SON OF DAVID, >>SON OF ABRAHAM.
  • 15:52 HE'S A JEW, SO I WAS LIKE, STUNNED.
  • 15:55 SOME OF THE CHRISTIANS DON'T KNOW THIS.
  • 15:57 I BEGAN READING WITH FASCINATION, THE STORY OF HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY,
  • 16:02 GOT TO THE PLACE WHERE HE MADE >>THE LAST SUPPER OR CELEBRATED >>THE PASSOVER WITH HIS DISCIPLES,
  • 16:11 WAS BETRAYED BY JUDAS, >>ARRESTED BY THE ROMAN SOLDIERS, >>TAKEN TO THE HIGH PRIEST,
  • 16:17 SENT TO PONTIUS PILATE AND CONDEMNED TO DEATH AND OF COURSE,
  • 16:22 WHEN HE WAS CRUCIFIED AND THEY >>NAILED ABOVE HIS HEAD, THE ACCUSATION,
  • 16:26 "THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS" THOSE WORDS STRUCK ME.
  • 16:31 I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND THE PARADOX.
  • 16:32 HOW COULD THE GOD OF CHRISTIANITY BE THE KING OF THE JEWS?
  • 16:35 HOW COULD THE KING OF THE JEWS >>BE THE GOD OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 16:37 AND THEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON ME, BEGAN TO REMOVE THE VEIL OF SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS
  • 16:43 FROM MY EYES AND LIKE THAT, IN A MOMENT OF TIME,
  • 16:46 I RECOGNIZED AND I SAID, "OH MY GOD, IT'S YOU, JESUS,
  • 16:50 THE PROMISED JEWISH MESSIAH, THE KING OF THE JEWS".
  • 16:52 THAT WAS HOW I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING BORN AGAIN.
  • 16:56 I WAS WEEPING LIKE A CHILD BEING >>BORN INTO THE WORLD,
  • 16:58 THEN I READ THE LAST CHAPTER, >>THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD,
  • 17:01 JESUS IS ALIVE AND I BEGAN FOLLOWING JESUS FOR OVER 30 YEARS.
  • 17:08 I'VE BEEN IN THE LAND SINCE 1974.
  • 17:11 YOU ALMOST PICKED UP AND WENT TO >>ISRAEL RIGHT AFTER SALVATION.
  • 17:15 AS A TWO YEAR OLD, TWO YEAR OLD IN THE LORD,
  • 17:16 I GOT A PERSONAL CALL TO >>JERUSALEM BASED ON THE PROPHECY >>IN EZEKIEL 36,
  • 17:23 WHICH I READ AT MY BAR MITZVAH >>WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD,
  • 17:34 THAT WAS THE PERSONAL--
  • 17:37 SAVED BY A HOFTORAH. >>SAVED BY A HOFTORAH,
  • 17:39 WITH THE PORTION I READ AT 13, >>AT THAT AGE,
  • 17:43 13 YEARS LATER I READ IT AGAIN >>AFTER I MET JESUS
  • 17:46 AND I WAS HERE IN JERUSALEM IN >>'74 AND HAVE BEEN SERVING HIM EVER SINCE.
  • 17:51 SO, IT'S A GREAT PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN JERUSALEM TO >>SERVE THE LORD.
  • 17:58 IT'S NOT AN EASY PLACE.
  • 17:59 IT'S THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING WHERE THE FIRST BELIEVERS BEGAN
  • 18:06 AND THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH WAS STARTED HERE,
  • 18:10 THERE WAS A REVIVAL HERE IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 18:12 THEN WE WENT INTO THE EXILE FOR 1900 YEARS, WE'RE BACK IN THE LAND,
  • 18:16 BACK IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS
  • 18:20 ARE NOW BEING PLANTED ALL OVER JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL, SINCE '67, >>SINCE THE 6 DAY WAR.
  • 18:27 WHAT'S FASCINATING TO ME, I LOOKED OVER, I CAME OVER IN '73 AND MET JEWISH BELIEVERS,
  • 18:35 BUT I ENDED UP WRITING A BOOK >>CALLED "THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH >>OF JERUSALEM"
  • 18:41 RIGHT, RIGHT.
  • 18:41 BECAUSE THEY REALLY WERE UNDERGROUND.
  • 18:42 YOU HAD TO HAVE IT WHISPERED TO YOU WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE.
  • 18:46 IN THOSE DAYS, THERE WAS A REAL REMNANT LIKE ABOUT 3-5 HUNDRED >>OF US.
  • 18:50 TODAY, THERE'S ABOUT 7-10 THOUSAND OF US,
  • 18:53 KIND OF LIKE THE REMNANT IN ROMANS 11
  • 18:55 WHERE ELIJAH THINKS HE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO IS LEFT
  • 18:59 AND GOD SAYS TO HIM, >>"NO, THERE'S 7000 THAT HAVEN'T >>BOWED THEIR KNEE TO BAAL
  • 19:06 AND EVEN SO, THERE'S A REMNANT >>ACCORDING TO GRACE"
  • 19:09 SO TODAY, THE BODY HAS GROWN BOTH PHYSICALLY, NUMERICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.
  • 19:17 WE HAVE CONGREGATIONS ALL OVER THE LAND.
  • 19:21 IT'S NOT LIKE AMERICA.
  • 19:22 AMERICA THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE >>THAN 100,000 MESSIANIC JEWS.
  • 19:29 YES, THAT'S THE FIGURE I HEAR.
  • 19:30 NEW YORK HAS 5 MILLION JEWS, THE SAME AS ISRAEL HAS.
  • 19:33 BUT OVER IN NEW YORK, THAT'S PAR FOR THE COURSE, YOU'RE WELCOME
  • 19:38 BUT OVER HERE AS A MESSIANIC JEW, DID YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRICTION OVER THESE YEARS.
  • 19:44 I DIDN'T HAVE FRICTION, I HAD OPPOSITION.
  • 19:46 THE ULTRA ORTHODOX JEWS >>ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO BELONG TO >>THE YADLACHIM.
  • 19:55 OH, THE BROTHERHOOD.
  • 19:57 THEY'RE THREATENED BY US.
  • 19:59 OF COURSE, WE REPRESENT JESUS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIKE THE >>FIRST BELIEVERS DID IN JERUSALEM
  • 20:05 AND THEY DON'T WANT US TO PREACH THE GOSPEL SO THEY ARE A SMALL NUMBER.
  • 20:10 THE GOVERNMENT, OF COURSE, >>AND THE REST OF THE NATION WHO >>ARE MAINLY SECULAR JEWS.
  • 20:16 ISRAEL WAS BASED ON, REBUILT >>OR THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL IN 1948 >>IN THE DAYS OF BEN GURION,
  • 20:25 WE HAD A SECULAR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY
  • 20:32 THAT WAS RAISED UP IN THE LAND >>AND ZIONISM WAS THE VISION.
  • 20:34 SO, WE DON'T REALLY THREATEN THOSE PEOPLE, WE THREATEN THE ULTRA ORTHODOX JEWS
  • 20:40 LIKE PETER AND THE APOSTLES DID >>IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 20:43 THEY SORT OF THREATENED THE >>PHARISEES, THE HIGHLY RELIGIOUS.
  • 20:47 SO, WE ARE CONFRONTED BY THEM, >>THEY'RE CONFRONTED US.
  • 20:50 THEY SPREAD STORIES AROUND THE >>CITY ABOUT US.
  • 20:53 I'M QUITE WELL KNOWN IN JERUSALEM AS A MESSIANIC JEW
  • 20:58 AND IT'S ACTUALLY GIVEN ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
  • 21:02 BECAUSE OF IT, I'VE BEEN ON TELEVISION, IN MAGAZINES, THE NEWSPAPERS, ETC.
  • 21:09 THE QUESTION ALWAYS ARISES, IS THERE A LAW AGAINST WITNESSING?
  • 21:15 CAN'T YOU BE JAILED FOR DOING THAT?
  • 21:17 RIGHT, THERE IS A LAW AGAINST >>PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO CHILDREN >>IN ISRAEL UNDER 18 YEARS OLD.
  • 21:24 THERE WAS A LAW PASSED IN 1977 OR '78 THAT HAS NEVER BEEN USED,
  • 21:34 NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN PROSECUTED, >>NOBODY HAS EVER IMPRISONED,
  • 21:38 NOBODY HAS EVER BEEN, LIKE IN THE 1ST CENTURY, MARTYRED.
  • 21:43 WE'VE JUST BEEN HARASSED. WE'VE BEEN OPPOSED.
  • 21:46 WE'VE BEEN, AS IN ANY COUNTRY, >>THERE'S A SPIRIT,
  • 21:54 WE CALL IT THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST
  • 21:57 THAT DOESN'T WANT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO RETURN TO JERUSALEM.
  • 22:02 EVEN HERE!
  • 22:03 EVEN HERE IN THE CITY OF JESUS, THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING WHERE >>THE GOSPEL BEGAN,
  • 22:07 BUT THE GOSPEL HAS RETURNED AFTER A FULL CIRCLE
  • 22:10 GOING TO JUDEA, SAMARIA AND TO >>THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
  • 22:12 IT'S RETURNING TO JERUSALEM AND >>SINCE '67, THERE'S BEEN A TURNING POINT.
  • 22:18 THAT 6 DAY WAR WAS A TURNING POINT.
  • 22:21 IT'S LIKE WHEN GOD CREATED THE >>HEAVENS IN 6 DAYS,
  • 22:23 JERUSALEM WAS A TURNING POINT IN >>OUR HISTORY.
  • 22:34 HI, MY NAME IS ANN SNELL AND I'M >>FROM LEXINGTON, KY.
  • 22:38 I'VE BEEN A STUDENT OF ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS NOW
  • 22:43 AND I'VE BEEN TO ISRAEL TWICE WITH HIS MINISTRY.
  • 22:45 UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE JEWISH >>ROOTS OF MY FAITH AND EXPERIENCING ISRAEL FIRSTHAND
  • 22:52 HAVE BEEN AMONG THE GREATEST BLESSINGS OF MY ENTIRE LIFE.
  • 22:56 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCH THIS MINISTRY WEEKLY
  • 23:02 TO SUPPORT IT WITH YOUR PRAYERS AND WITH YOUR FINANCIAL GIVING.
  • 23:07 I BELIEVE THAT THE MESSAGE THAT >>THIS MINISTRY SHARES,
  • 23:11 PARTICULARLY IN REGARD TO ISRAEL >>IS REFLECTIVE OF GOD'S HEART
  • 23:17 AND IS A MESSAGE THAT ALL PEOPLE >>NEED TO HEAR
  • 23:21 AND SO I BELIEVE IT'S UP TO US TO HELP TO GET THAT MESSAGE OUT.
  • 23:35 ♪FOLLOW ME TO GALILEE
  • 23:37 AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, DO NOT BE AFRAID,
  • 23:40 GO TELL MY BRETHREN TO GO INTO GALILEE, THERE THEY WILL SEE ME.
  • 23:47 IT STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH TO KNOW THAT JESUS WALKED ON THE WATER AND THAT WE CAN CALL OUT TO HIM.
  • 23:53 IT MAKES THE WHOLE SCRIPTURES COME TO LIFE.
  • 24:06 NOW, YOUR WIFE IS A FAMOUS ARTIST.
  • 24:08 A VERY FAMOUS ARTIST, WORLD CLASS.
  • 24:11 PAMELA SURAN.
  • 24:11 PAMELA SURAN IS A JERUSALEM ARTIST.
  • 24:14 THIS IS JERUSALEM IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 24:19 THAT'S GORGEOUS.
  • 24:20 THAT'S THE OLIVE TREE RETURNING TO ZION,
  • 24:23 TAKEN FROM ZECHARIAH 8:3 WHERE >>THE LORD IS JEALOUS FOR ZION.
  • 24:28 HE HAS A GODLY PASSION AND JEALOUSY FOR ZION WHICH IS IN >>JERUSALEM FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:35 THAT'S WHY WE'RE BACK IN THE LAND.
  • 24:38 IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS.
  • 24:39 WE CAME BACK TO THE LAND AND BACK TO THE CITY OF JERUSALEM
  • 24:41 BECAUSE JESUS IS PREPARING US >>FOR HIS RETURN SO THIS IS WHERE >>DAVID'S CITADEL IS,
  • 24:49 WHERE THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY >>OF JERUSALEM IS.
  • 24:53 SHMUEL, THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US TODAY.
  • 24:56 ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY AT THIS POINT?
  • 24:58 WELL ZOLA, IT'S BEEN A JOY TO MEET YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 25:02 AND BE ABLE TO SHARE JUST SOME >>SOUND BITES ON JERUSALEM.
  • 25:06 WE'RE IN THE END OF THE AGE, >>JERUSALEM AND THE END OF THE AGE
  • 25:10 AND OF COURSE CHRISTIANS KNOW TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 25:15 WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A POLITICAL PEACE,
  • 25:16 THERE WON'T BE ANY POLITICAL PEACE UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS,
  • 25:21 UNTIL, OF COURSE THE ANTI-CHRIST COMES
  • 25:23 WITH HIS SOLUTIONS TO THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT WE'RE FOLLOWING JESUS.
  • 25:29 WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHO WE'RE >>GOING TO STAND WITH IN THE END >>OF THE AGE,
  • 25:33 JESUS OR THE WORLD JESUS AND THE >>ANTI-CHRIST SYSTEM
  • 25:36 AND WE NEED TO REALLY MAKE A DECISION FOR ISRAEL IN THESE LAST DAYS.
  • 25:41 THANKS FOR SHARING WITH US.
  • 25:44 THANKS ZOLA.
  • 26:12 WHO ARE YOU GOING TO STAND WITH >>IN THE END?
  • 26:15 THE PROPHET ZECHARIAH GIVES US A >>VERY VALUABLE TIP,
  • 26:18 STAND WITH ISRAEL, BECAUSE HE SAYS THIS,
  • 26:42 NO QUESTION, I KNOW I'M SORT OF >>PREACHING TO THE CHOIR,
  • 26:44 BUT IT THE WHOLE WORLD HATES ISRAEL, IF 210 NATIONS HATE ISRAEL, STAND WITH ISRAEL.
  • 26:52 THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GO.
  • 26:53 OTHERWISE, IS DEATH AND I REFER >>TO WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS THE SECOND DEATH
  • 26:57 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALYIM, >>PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 27:03

Episodes in this series

  1. The Invasion
  2. The Old New Land
  3. The Ambassador Speaks
  4. The Real War on Terrorism
  5. Our Man in Jerusalem
  6. A Clash of Civilizations
  7. The Humble Knight
  8. The Apple of His Eye

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