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Series: “Ezekiel and the MidEast “Piece” Process”
In this eight-part television series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif and Mrs. Sandra Levitt take viewers into one of the Bible’s most mysterious and fascinating books. Ezekiel forcefully predicts Israel’s re-emergence as a nation-state at “day’s end,” and prophesies that neighboring nation-states will marshal military resources to annihilate the fledgling state. Let’s consider pieces to Ezekiel’s end-time puzzle.
Episode: “Overview—Destructive and Constructive Prophecy”
A survey of the entire book of Ezekiel—judgment on Judah and the nations around it, Israel’s re-emergence, a climactic war, and a restored Temple—with emphasis on prophecy fulfillment today.

Caption transcript for Ezekiel and the MidEast ‘Piece’ Process: “Overview—Destructive and Constructive Prophecy” (2/8)

  • 00:04 WITH DR. JEFFREY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:10 THE LORD SAID UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 00:12 SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
  • 00:21 PROPHECY UPON THESE BONES AND SAY UNTO THEM,
  • 00:25 OH YE DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 01:02 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:04 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:06 SHALOM
  • 01:07 WELCOME BACK TO THE EZEKIEL SERIES.
  • 01:09 TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHASTISEMENT
  • 01:11 AND HOW GOD CHASTISES HIS PEOPLE.
  • 01:14 GOD IS ALWAYS... WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO COME BACK TO HIM.
  • 01:17 ONE OF THE WAYS HE DOES THAT IS THROUGH WAR.
  • 01:21 NOT A PRETTY SUBJECT JEFF,
  • 01:23 BUT YOU KNOW EVEN TODAY GOD DOES THAT WITH US.
  • 01:27 HE WANTS US TO COME BACK TO HIM
  • 01:29 AND HE NEEDS TO GET OUR ATTENTION EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE.
  • 01:31 AND DISCIPLINE ISN'T A LOT OF FUN, IS IT?
  • 01:34 NO, NOT AT ALL.
  • 01:36 IT'S A TOUGH SHOW,
  • 01:38 BUT OFF WE GO AS WE TAKE LEAVE OF OUR OWN WORLD FOR A MOMENT AND ENTER INTO EZEKIEL'S.
  • 01:45 IT WAS A TIME OF WAR, AS SANDRA SAID.
  • 01:47 IT WAS A TIME OF JUDGMENT.
  • 01:50 THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.
  • 01:51 THERE'S GOOD NEWS COMING, BUT THAT'S NOT OUR STORY RIGHT NOW.
  • 01:54 WE'RE RIGHT UP AGAINST JUDGMENT MOTIFS.
  • 01:57 LISTEN WELL, LEARN WELL.
  • 01:59 IT APPLIES TO EZEKIEL.
  • 02:00 IT MAY WELL APPLY TO SOME OF YOU.
  • 02:04 AND THE STRENGTH OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S ARMY WAS EXCEEDINGLY GREAT.
  • 02:09 THE MIGHTY WALLS OF JERUSALEM WERE IN PERIL.
  • 02:12 A SWORD WAS COMING UPON THE LAND
  • 02:15 AND THE LORD SPOKE UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 02:18 OH SON OF MAN, I HAVE SET THEE A WATCHMAN UNTO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL,
  • 02:23 THEREFORE THOU SHALT HEAR THE WORD OF MY MOUTH.
  • 02:27 BLOW ON THE TRUMPET AND WARN THE PEOPLE.
  • 02:37 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM ATOP THE WALLS OF AN ANCIENT CITY IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
  • 02:42 IT'S THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD
  • 02:47 AND YOU CAN BET THAT ON TOP THESE WALLS SENTRIES WERE POSTED
  • 02:52 TO GUARD AGAINST AND TO WARN AGAINST IMPENDING DANGER.
  • 02:58 IN ANOTHER VOCATION AS A POLICE OFFICER,
  • 03:01 ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION I WORKED DEEP NIGHT SHIFTS.
  • 03:06 AND I FELT AT ONE LEVEL THERE WASN'T MUCH BETWEEN ME AND THE CIVILIANS DWELLING SECURELY.
  • 03:12 I HAD TO BE VIGILANT, ON THE READY TO KEEP MY EYES FOR TROUBLE
  • 03:17 AND ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION EITHER BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I SAW
  • 03:21 OR SOMETHING I WAS DISPATCHED TO, I HAD TO BE IN THE READY
  • 03:25 AND MAKE HASTE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION.
  • 03:28 I MENTION THAT HERE BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA SEE IN THE BIBLE
  • 03:31 HOW EZEKIEL IS REPRESENTED AS A WATCHMAN POSTED ON THE WALL AS A SENTRY.
  • 03:39 AND IT WAS HIS JOB TO BE ON THE READY AND ANNOUNCE THINGS TO COME.
  • 03:44 AND ANNOUNCE HE DID.
  • 03:46 I'D LIKE YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO EZEKIEL CHAPTER 33.
  • 03:50 I'LL READ IT IN MINE - YOU READ IT IN YOURS.
  • 03:54 IN VERSE 7 HE SAYS:
  • 03:56 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "SO THOU"
  • 03:59 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "SON OF MAN"
  • 04:03 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "I HAVE SET YOU AS A WATCHMAN, AS A SENTRY FOR THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL."
  • 04:13 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "AND YOU SHALL HEAR THE WORD IN MY MOUTH"
  • 04:20 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "AND YOU SHALL WARN THEM FROM ME."
  • 04:29 EZEKIEL, AS I'D SAID WAS VESTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY TO WARN OF THINGS TO COME.
  • 04:37 AND WARN HE DID.
  • 04:40 I WANT TO EXPLORE HIS MESSAGE WITH YOU SOME AS WE CONSIDER
  • 04:44 EZEKIEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST PIECE PROCESS.
  • 04:49 WELL, I SEE MYSELF AS BEING IN THE BUSINESS OF MINISTERING TO AN AUDIENCE OF ONE.
  • 04:54 I WOULD HOPE THAT GOD IS PLEASED BY WHAT I SAY, KNOWING THAT PEOPLE WON'T ALWAYS BE.
  • 05:00 AND I KNOW EZEKIEL FELT THE SAME WAY.
  • 05:03 AND THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT,
  • 05:05 IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME IN VERSE 11 OF THE SAME CHAPTER WE HEAR HIM SAYING,
  • 05:14 WELL, THE LORD SAYING:
  • 05:25 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:35 THIS IS THE MESSAGE TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL,
  • 05:38 BUT SADLY THE MESSAGE FELL UPON BAD EARS AS EZEKIEL MINISTERED IN A DEGENERATIVE WORLD.
  • 05:49 IF YOU'LL LOOK IN VERSE 28 OF THIS SAME CHAPTER.
  • 05:54 IN RESPONSE TO THAT THE LORD SAYS AND I QUOTE,
  • 05:57 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "AND I WILL MAKE THE LAND MOST DESOLATE"
  • 06:05 "AND THE PRIDE OF HER POWER WILL CEASE."
  • 06:10 WHEN WE LOOK AT EZEKIEL AND THE MID EAST PIECE PROCESS WE SEE AMONG OTHER THINGS,
  • 06:17 THAT GOD MAKES HIS ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA TO JUDGE THE WORLD.
  • 06:23 IN THIS PASSAGE EZEKIEL IS A GUARDIAN.
  • 06:27 HE'S A CENTURY FOR ISRAEL AND HE'S WARNING ISRAEL OF IMPENDING DESTRUCTION.
  • 06:33 IN SUBSEQUENT PASSAGES HE WARNS THE NATIONS THAT ARE BENT ON ISRAEL'S DEMISE
  • 06:38 THAT THEY'RE GONNA GET THEIR JUST DESERVE.
  • 06:41 AND SO WHEN WE LOOK AT EZEKIEL AND THE MID EAST PIECE PROCESS WE SEE JUDGEMENT COMING.
  • 06:47 BUT NOT JUST JUDGEMENT AS WE'LL SEE IN A MOMENT.
  • 06:56 AND THE LORD SPOKE UNTO EZEKIEL
  • 06:58 AND TOLD HIM TO TAKE A SHARP KNIFE, SYMBOLIC OF BABYLON,
  • 07:04 AND CUT HIS HAIR AND BEARD, SYMBOLIC OF JERUSALEM.
  • 07:12 "BURN WITH FIRE A 3RD PART"
  • 07:16 1/3 OF JERUSALEM WOULD DIE BY FIRE.
  • 07:20 "SMITE WITH THINE SWORD A 3RD PART"
  • 07:24 1/3 OF JERUSALEM WOULD DIE BY THE SWORD.
  • 07:29 "A 3RD PART SCATTER IN THE WIND"
  • 07:33 1/3 WOULD BE TAKEN INTO EXILE.
  • 07:39 YOU'RE LOOKING AT TEL DAN,
  • 07:41 FAMOUS CITY IN ANTIQUITY
  • 07:43 AND A SIGHT OF MANY BATTLES.
  • 07:45 IN MY LEFT HAND I HAVE THE BIBLE
  • 07:47 THAT'S REFERRED TO AS "THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT", WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 07:50 AND IN MY RIGHT HAND I HAVE THE SWORD OF THE SWORD, SEEN AS THE EXTENSION OF GOD'S JUDGMENT.
  • 07:56 AND WHY DO I MENTION THAT NOW?
  • 07:58 AS WE LOOK AT EZEKIEL AND THE MID EAST PIECE PROCESS,
  • 08:01 I DO THAT BECAUSE IN THE 5TH CHAPTER
  • 08:04 EZEKIEL HIMSELF WAS TOLD TO TAKE A SWORD AND TO CUT THE HAIR OFF OF HIS HEAD
  • 08:09 AND TO SHAVE HIS FACE AND TAKE THE HAIR AND BUNDLE IT TOGETHER.
  • 08:15 AND PRAY TELL WHAT WAS HE TO DO?
  • 08:17 "DIVIDE IT IN 3RDS" THE SCRIPTURE SAYS.
  • 08:20 "AND TAKE A 3RD AND THROW IT IN THE FIRE."
  • 08:22 AND THIS REFLECTS THOSE IN JERUSALEM WHO WILL BE CAUGHT UP
  • 08:25 IN THE GREAT CONFLAGRATION WHEN THE CITY FALLS.
  • 08:29 THE 2ND, 3RD "TAKE THAT HAIR, THROW IT ON THE GROUND AND CUT IT, STAB IT, DASH IT."
  • 08:35 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 08:37 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT MANY WILL FALL IN THE WAKE OF THE FALL OF THE CITY.
  • 08:41 AND THE 3RD PORTION, WHAT OF THAT?
  • 08:43 "THROW IT IN THE AIR", SAYS THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 08:45 "BLOW IT TO THE WIND."
  • 08:47 AND WHY IS IT?
  • 08:48 BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE WILL BE SCATTERED
  • 08:50 AND WITH THEIR SCATTERING, THEN GOD'S SWORD OF JUDGMENT IS EXECUTED AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE.
  • 08:57 AND WHAT NEXT?
  • 08:59 AS A TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT,
  • 09:03 EZEKIEL TELLS US THAT, AFTER THE JUDGMENT HAS RUN IT'S COURSE,
  • 09:08 GOD RELAXES HIS ENERGIES OF JUDGEMENT AND THEN INVESTS THEM IN JUDEA'S REGATHERING.
  • 09:15 AND SO IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME PLEASE IN EZEKIEL THE 34TH CHAPTER VERSE 11:
  • 09:30 "AND I WILL REGATHER THEM, I WILL IN EFFECT PRESENT AS A SHEPHERD TO THEM."
  • 09:33 AND IF YOU'LL LOOK IN VERSE 23 YOU'RE GOING TO FIND SOMETHING FASCINATING.
  • 09:38 AND NOT ONLY IS THE TEXT ITSELF FASCINATING, BUT THE PLACE WHERE I'M COMING FROM
  • 09:44 RIGHT HERE,
  • 09:46 THIS IS FASCINATING!
  • 09:48 FOR THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 09:55 AT LEAST AS FAR AS THE BIBLE'S CONCERNED AND I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN.
  • 09:59 BUT 1ST IF YOU LOOK IN CHAPTER 34, VERSE 23 HERE IN THE HEBREW BIBLE SAYS:
  • 10:12 EZEKIEL HAD PRESAGED THAT JUDEA WOULD FALL.
  • 10:16 IN THE WAKE OF SO DOING HE ENVISIONED THAT GOD WOULD THEN RE-PRESENT AND GATHER HIS PEOPLE
  • 10:25 LIKE SHEEP FROM THE 4 WINDS AND THEY WOULD BE UNITED BENEATH THE BANNER OF DAVID.
  • 10:30 AND THIS IS FASCINATING.
  • 10:32 IN ISRAEL TODAY AND IN AMERICA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, JEWISH BOYS AND GIRLS SING,
  • 10:37 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "DAVID THE KING OF ISRAEL LIVES FOREVER."
  • 10:43 THOUGH HE'S BEEN DEAD FOR MILLENNIA, THE SPIRIT OF DAVID, IF YOU WILL, RISES AGAIN.
  • 10:49 AND HERE WE'RE TOLD THAT ISRAEL RISES AGAIN AS GOD REGATHERS HIS PEOPLE FROM RUIN.
  • 10:56 OH IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 10:58 AND THE REASON WHY THIS PLACE IS FASCINATING, RIGHT HERE
  • 11:02 IS BECAUSE MANY THOUGHT THAT DAVID WAS JUST A FIGMENT OF BIBLICAL WRITERS IMAGINATIONS.
  • 11:07 AND THEN IN THIS SPOT RIGHT HERE, RECENTLY THEY FOUND AN INSCRIPTION FROM A CANAANITE,
  • 11:14 FROM A NON-JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 11:16 THEY TOLD OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID AND STRUGGLES WITH THAT.
  • 11:20 EVIDENCE OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE THAT CORROBORATES WHAT'S TOLD IN THE BIBLE.
  • 11:25 AND SPEAKING OF DAVID AND SPEAKING OF BIBLE
  • 11:27 YOU MIGHT RECALL IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 1, VERSE 1:
  • 11:30 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 11:37 THE NEW TESTAMENT BEGINS AS SPEAKING OF THE COMING OF THE SON OF DAVID
  • 11:40 WHO WILL COME AGAIN, SAYS EZEKIEL THE PROPHET MANY CENTURIES AGO.
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  • 12:22 (JEFF) HEY YOU LIKE THIS GUYS? >>(PEOPLE) YEAH!!!
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  • 12:27 MY FATHER'S COME 5 TIMES BEFORE AND LOVES ISRAEL.
  • 12:31 AND THIS IS MY 1ST TIME
  • 12:33 AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW, BEYOND WORDS THE MEANING OF COMING HOME.
  • 12:38 IT'S BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION
  • 12:42 AND I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THIS.
  • 12:45 I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE LIKE THIS.
  • 12:47 SO THE EXPERIENCE HAS TO BE HAD IN PERSON.
  • 12:52 ISRAEL IS A LAND OF MANY, MANY DIFFERENT LOOKS.
  • 12:56 THERE ARE MOUNTAINS, THERE ARE LAKES.
  • 12:58 ONE OF THE PLACES WE'VE BEEN IN IS TEL DAN.
  • 13:01 JEFF'S BEEN TEACHING THERE AND WE HAVE BEEN VISITING THERE.
  • 13:04 IT'S ONE OF THE PLACES I'D LOVE TO TAKE PEOPLE TO VISIT.
  • 13:06 IT IS TERRIFIC, JEFF.
  • 13:08 AND LIKE ISRAEL ITSELF, ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES HAS MANY FACES,
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  • 13:28 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED INTO PROPHETIC NEWS,
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  • 13:43 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 13:44 HERE'S EZEKIEL SOUNDING THE ALARM.
  • 13:47 WE SHOULD ALL LISTEN TO THE ALARM WHEN GOD SOUNDS IT.
  • 13:52 AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UPON EZEKIEL,
  • 13:55 "THEN WHOSOEVER HEARETH THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET AND TAKETH NOT WARNING,"
  • 14:01 "IF THE SWORD COMES AND TAKE HIM AWAY, HIS BLOOD SHALL BE UPON HIS OWN HEAD."
  • 14:10 EZEKIEL SOUNDING THE WARNING WHEN HE BLOWS THE TRUMPET SAYS,
  • 14:13 "YOU KNOW YOUR SISTER SAMARIA DIDN'T COMMIT HALF YOUR SINS."
  • 14:17 YOU MIGHT RECALL ONCE UPON A TIME
  • 14:19 THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF ISRAEL BROKE AWAY FROM JUDAH IN THE SOUTH.
  • 14:23 THEY SET UP THEIR OWN RELIGIOUS WORSHIP ALLEGEDLY TO JEHOVAH, BUT IT WAS A FARCE.
  • 14:27 THIS WAS THE PLACE RIGHT HERE.
  • 14:29 THEY BUILT THE ALTAR RIGHT THERE.
  • 14:31 ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS THE MAN WHO SET THIS IN MOTION IS ALLEGED TO BE THE ONE WHO QUOTE,
  • 14:35 "CAUSED ISRAEL TO SIN."
  • 14:37 AND SIN THEY DID.
  • 14:39 AND EZEKIEL SAYS "LISTEN, SAMARIA WASN'T HALF AS BAD AS YOU."
  • 14:43 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 14:44 BECAUSE JUDAH SHOULD'VE KNOWN BETTER.
  • 14:46 WHAT HAPPENED IS SAMARIA WAS OVERUN, IT FELL.
  • 14:50 THE ASSYRIANS WIPED IT OUT.
  • 14:52 YOU MIGHT RECALL IN ISAIAH 7:20,
  • 14:55 THEREIN THE PROPHET SPEAKS OF ASSYRIA COMING DOWN LIKE A RAZER
  • 14:58 AND SHAVING THE NORTHERN KINGDOM.
  • 15:01 FOR HIS PART EZEKIEL GOES ON RECORD SAYING THAT GOD'S GOING TO DO MUCH THE SAME.
  • 15:06 AND HE USES HIS OWN HEAD, HIS OWN FACE AS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT COMING CUTTING.
  • 15:11 SPEAKING OF CUTTING, HERE I AM IN THE TEMPLE ENVIRONS
  • 15:14 THAT THE SAMARITANS, THE EPHRAIMITES TO THE NORTH SET UP.
  • 15:18 THIS IS THE SPOT RIGHT HERE
  • 15:20 WHERE THEY STORED THE ACCOUTREMENTS TO THIS UNSACRED WORSHIP.
  • 15:24 GOD JUDGED ALL OF THIS AND JUDGEMENT WAS FORTHCOMING SAYS EZEKIEL.
  • 15:28 IT'S A TRAGIC STORY AT ONE LEVEL.
  • 15:30 HE SOUNDS THE JUDGMENT, HE SOUNDS THE TRUMPET,
  • 15:33 HE LETS THE KNOW THAT THERE'S A BAD MOON RISING.
  • 15:35 AND I WISH TODAY THAT THERE WERE MORE THAT DID MUCH THE SAME.
  • 15:39 SEEMS TO ME THAT PREACHERS WANT TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT.
  • 15:42 THEY'RE AFRAID TO OFFEND, THEY DON'T WANT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH
  • 15:45 AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT THE WARNING ISN'T SOUNDED.
  • 15:49 WELL EZEKIEL WASN'T OF THAT ILK.
  • 15:51 HE WAS A STRAIGHT FORWARD KIND OF FELLOW AND HE TOLD THE STORY.
  • 15:54 AND SPEAKING OF THE STORY AND MOVING BEYOND THE BAD NEWS,
  • 15:57 THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL I WANT YOU TO SEE.
  • 16:00 COME OVER WITH ME TO THESE BUNKERS AND WE'RE GONNA LEAP OUT OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
  • 16:04 AND GET INTO THE PRESENT MODERN WORLD AND THEN WE'RE GONNA MAKE OUR WAY INTO THE FUTURE.
  • 16:18 BATTLES WERE FOUGHT HERE MANY, MANY CENTURIES AGO.
  • 16:22 AND JUST YEARS AGO BATTLES WERE FOUGHT HERE AS WELL
  • 16:26 AT THE EDGE OF THE MODERN NATION STATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 16:31 NOT FAR FROM HERE IS THE PLACE THAT MARKED THE EDGE OF APOSTASY.
  • 16:36 THE ISRAELITES HAVE BROKEN AWAY AND SET UP THEIR OWN RELIGION.
  • 16:40 IN AS MUCH AS GOD HAD JUDGED THEM BY THE COMING OF ASSYRIA,
  • 16:44 SO TOO GIVEN THAT JUDAH HADN'T PERFORMED MUCH BETTER
  • 16:48 EZEKIEL PRESAGED THAT BABYLONIA WOULD COME AND WREAK HAVOC.
  • 16:53 AND WREAK HAVOK BABYLONIA DID.
  • 16:57 BUT THAT'S NOT THE END OF THE STORY.
  • 16:59 WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HEBREW BIBLE, JUDGMENT IS NEVER THE END OF THE STORY.
  • 17:03 I PERCEIVE WHAT I CALL A DESTRUCTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE DIALECTIC.
  • 17:09 THERE'S SOMETHING OF A CONVERSATION THERE.
  • 17:11 GOD SHOWS HIMSELF AS JUDGE, BUT THEN HE SEES, THAT EZEKIEL SEES
  • 17:17 THAT GOD HAS IN STORE A RE-EMERGENCE.
  • 17:20 AND SO IT IS, IF YOU'LL LOOK IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 34.
  • 17:27 HE SAYS IN VERSE 20:
  • 17:30 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:36 "AND I WILL RAISE UP FOR THEM"
  • 17:39 "A PLANTATION OF RENOUN."
  • 17:42 HE SAYS THAT ISRAEL HAS A FUTURE, THEY WILL BE RAISED UP.
  • 17:47 AND THEN:
  • 17:49 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:54 "AND NEITHER SHALL THEY BEAR"
  • 17:56 "THE SHAME OF THE NATIONS ANYMORE."
  • 18:00 HERE SPEAKING TO YOU FROM AN ENTRANCE TO A BUNKER.
  • 18:05 JUST TO THE NORTH OF ME IS AN ARAB VILLAGE IN WHAT WILL BE MODERN LEBANON.
  • 18:12 AND BEHIND ME IS THE 'DOV' MOUNTAINS.
  • 18:16 THE HEBREW WORD FOR 'BEAR'.
  • 18:19 AND THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE GOLAN HEIGHTS.
  • 18:23 AND OVER YONDER WE HAVE THE MODERN NATION STATE OF SYRIA HELL BENT ON ISRAEL'S DEMISE.
  • 18:30 ONCE UPON A TIME FORCES WERE HELL BENT ON DESTROYING ISRAEL.
  • 18:36 AND I'M TOLD BY THOSE IN THE KNOW IN ISRAEL THAT THE WARS TYPICALLY BEGAIN HERE.
  • 18:41 WHEN I READ THE BIBLICAL TEXT, I READ THAT WARS ARE FORTHCOMING TRUE.
  • 18:47 BUT NEVERTHELESS, OUT OF THE MIDST OF IT ALL,
  • 18:51 OUT OF THE RUBBLE OF A FORMER EXISTENCE GOD BRINGS HIS PEOPLE TOGETHER.
  • 18:55 AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS IS, IS HE MAKES HIS PEOPLE TO BE A PEOPLE OF RENOUN IN ALL THE EARTH.
  • 19:01 WHAT A STORY.
  • 19:03 EZEKIEL SAYS IT AS DO OTHER PROPHETS.
  • 19:06 BEFORE I WRAP COME HERE, I WANNA SHOW YOU SOMETHING.
  • 19:14 COMING TO YOU FROM THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
  • 19:17 AND WARS YET TO COME AND WARS PAST.
  • 19:20 HERE I'M IN A BUNKER UNDERGROUND AT A PLACE WHERE LEBANON ISN'T FAR FROM SYRIA,
  • 19:25 IT ISN'T FAR FROM ISRAEL.
  • 19:26 OH, I COMES TOGETHER HERE.
  • 19:28 AND WHAT A PLACE TO TELL A STORY FROM HERE AS WE LOOK AT EZEKIEL WHO SPEAKS OF WARS TO COME
  • 19:34 AND WARS PAST IN CHAPTER 36, VERSE 36.
  • 19:38 HE SAYS,
  • 19:46 OH, AS YOU KNOW THAT GOD HAS RAISED UP ISRAEL IN THESE DAYS
  • 19:49 AND THE NATION STATES ROUND ABOUT ARE UPSET BY IT.
  • 19:54 THERE'S A DAY OF RECKONING, THERE'S A DAY OF KNOWING WHEN GOD SAYS,
  • 19:57 "THEY'RE GOING TO KNOW WHAT I'M UP IN THE WORLD."
  • 20:00 THERE'S JUDGMENT, THERE'S GRACE, AND THERE'S MORE TO COME AS WE CONSIDER THE STORY
  • 20:04 AS WE LOOK AT EZEKIEL AND THE MID EAST PIECE PROCESS.
  • 20:17 ♪(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)♪
  • 21:13 IN A PREVIOUS PROGRAM, SANDRA REMINDED US THAT IN EZEKIEL, THE EXPRESSION,
  • 21:17 "THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THE LORD," IS USED OVER 60 TIMES.
  • 21:22 EZEKIEL CONTRIBUTED TO THE KNOWING BY THE SHOWING THROUGH VARIOUS DRAMATIC ENACTMENTS
  • 21:28 THAT HE WAS ASKED TO PERFORM THAT FOLK MIGHT COME TO UNDERSTAND.
  • 21:31 VERY VISUAL, VERY DRAMATIC,
  • 21:33 WASN'T IT SANDRA?
  • 21:34 VERY DRAMATIC.
  • 21:36 I LOVE EZEKIEL, BUT IT'S ALSO THE HOPE FOR US TOO.
  • 21:39 "THAT THEY MAY KNOW ME, THAT THEY MAY KNOW ME."
  • 21:42 SPEAKING OF KNOWING SOMEONE, RABBI KOHEN WAS WONDERFUL TO INTERVIEW.
  • 21:45 NICE TO TALK TO, NICE TO GET A RABBINICAL TAKE ON THE ENDTIMES AND ON PROPHECY.
  • 21:52 HERE'S RABBI KOHEN.
  • 22:00 YOU ARE A RABBI, YOU ARE...
  • 22:03 HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK ON PROPHECY.
  • 22:06 HOW DO OTHER JEWISH RABBIS SEE PROPHECY?
  • 22:11 ARE THEY INTERESTED IN IT?
  • 22:12 ARE THEY NOT INTERESTED IN IT?
  • 22:14 IS IT BECOMING MORE TIMELY?
  • 22:18 DO THEY SEE THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL?
  • 22:20 I'M INTERESTED IN THAT ALSO.
  • 22:22 IT'S A TALL ORDER, IT'S A TALL ORDER.
  • 22:26 WELL FIRSTLY, WE DO HAVE THE BOOKS OF THE PROPHETS.
  • 22:30 WE'VE HAD THEM FOR A VERY LONG TIME,
  • 22:33 BUT IN TERMS OF THEIR APPLICATION AS BOOKS OF PROPHECY
  • 22:38 THAT ARE TALKING ABOUT EVENTS OF THE FUTURE,
  • 22:41 WHEN THEY WERE WRITTEN 2,000 YEARS AGO, 2,500 YEARS AGO.
  • 22:46 THAT PART HAS NOT BEEN EMPHASIZED AMONGST THE MASSES
  • 22:51 IN TERMS OF THE STUDY OF THE PROPHECIES AND THEIR UNFOLDING.
  • 22:57 PART OF IT WAS BECAUSE THE PROPHECIES HAVE NOT BEEN UNFOLDING FOR 2,000 YEARS.
  • 23:06 IN OTHER WORDS, THERE'S A PROPHECY
  • 23:07 AND THERE'S GONNA BE A DESTRUCTION IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 23:10 ALRIGHT, THAT WAS 2,000 YEARS AGO,
  • 23:12 BUT FROM THAT POINT TILL VERY RECENTLY,
  • 23:16 THERE WERE NO PROPHECIES UNFOLDING THAT WERE RECORDED IN THE BIBLE.
  • 23:25 IN OTHER WORDS THE PROPHECIES THAT WE'RE ALL EXCITED ABOUT
  • 23:29 ARE REALLY PROPHECIES THAT ONLY BEGAN TO ACTUALIZE 100 YEARS AGO, 120 YEARS AGO.
  • 23:37 THE TRADITION THAT WE HAVE IS THAT
  • 23:40 THE PROPHECIES ONLY BEGIN UNFOLDING BEFORE THE TIME OF THE MESSIAH,
  • 23:46 SO THIS IS IT. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE. >>RIGHT.
  • 23:51 SO, WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN?
  • 23:53 WHAT'S THE END? WHAT IS THE END?
  • 23:55 YOU DON'T WANNA TELL ME?
  • 23:57 IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T WANNA TELL YOU.
  • 23:59 PART OF IT IS, I DON'T KNOW THAT I KNOW. >>I CAN'T TELL YOU.
  • 24:03 I HAVE SOME IDEAS,
  • 24:06 BUT OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE MORE IMMEDIATE AREAS IS IRAN.
  • 24:14 YOU KNOW THERE IS DISCUSSION OF IT IN THE TALMUD.
  • 24:18 AND YOU KNOW THE PROPHECY IS THAT
  • 24:22 IRAN IS GONNA COME BACK AT THE END OF DAYS TO TORMENT THE WORLD.
  • 24:30 IT'S A TOUGH PROGRAM TO DO.
  • 24:32 WARS, RUMORS OF WARS, IMPENDING DISASTERS.
  • 24:38 I KNOW THAT EZEKIEL SCARED PEOPLE
  • 24:41 AND HAVING SAID THAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I'M NOT AFRAID TO SCARE YOU.
  • 24:47 LIKE EZEKIEL, I BELIEVE THAT SIN HAS CONSEQUENCES
  • 24:52 AND SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW MAY WELL BE EXPERIENCING THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR SIN.
  • 25:00 AND IF YOU'RE ASKING THE QUESTION IF THERE'S A REMEDY,
  • 25:04 IF THERE'S A WAY TO TAKE AWAY THE PAIN,
  • 25:07 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE PRESCRIPTION IS IN THE BIBLE AND THAT IT'S BEEN PAID IN FULL.
  • 25:14 BUT IN ORDER TO GET IT, YOU'VE GOT TO REPENT.
  • 25:19 IN THE BIBLE THE LORD BECKONS PEOPLE TO COME TO HIM AND REPENT.
  • 25:24 AND IN EZEKIEL OVER AND AGAIN THE LORD SAYS,
  • 25:27 YOU KNOW I HAVE NO PLEASURE IN THE DEATH OF THE WICKED,
  • 25:32 BUT RATHER THAT THEY MIGHT TURN AND LIVE.
  • 25:36 I KNOW CHRISTIAN TV IS A LOT ON THE HAPPY CLAPPY SIDE AND WE DON'T HEAR TOUGH TALK
  • 25:42 BUT I'M MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, MORE SO THEN PUBLIC SPEECH.
  • 25:47 AND IF THE SHOE FITS WEAR IT.
  • 25:49 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU AND HE HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
  • 25:54 AND IT BEGINS BY GIVING YOUR LIFE TO HIM.
  • 25:57 IF YOU WANNA EXPERIENCE GOD'S PEACE, THEN YOU MAKE PEACE WITH GOD BY REPENTING OF YOUR SIN.
  • 26:03 BOY, I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER JEFF.
  • 26:05 I THINK SOMETIMES PEOPLE THINK THAT
  • 26:08 ALL GOD WANTS IS TO NAIL THEM
  • 26:10 AND TO MAKE SURE THAT HE KNOWS THAT THEY HAVE SINNED
  • 26:12 AND THAT'S NOT THE TRUTH.
  • 26:14 "I DON'T HAVE PLEASURE,"
  • 26:15 "I HAVE NO PLEASURE IN THE DEATH OF THE WICKED."
  • 26:17 GOD DESIRES NO ONE TO PERISH.
  • 26:20 AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE FOR EVERYONE LISTENING TO US.
  • 26:24 PLEASE DON'T PERISH
  • 26:26 PROPHECY, ENDTIMES PROPHECY IS NOT GOOD.
  • 26:29 WE WANT TO GO AND BE WITH THE LORD.
  • 26:31 YES, AND HE WANTS US
  • 26:33 AND THERE'S AN INVITATION ON THE TABLE,
  • 26:35 BUT WE'VE GOTTA TAKE HIM UP ON IT. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 26:37 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 26:38 WE SAY "I'VE SINNED, LORD COME INTO MY LIFE."
  • 26:41 IT'S A VERY SIMPLE INVITATION.
  • 26:42 STAY TUNED.
  • 26:43 AND AS YOU GO, SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:46 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Ezekiel: The Man, His Time, His Message — Then and Now
  2. Overview—Destructive and Constructive Prophecy
  3. Judah’s Demise
  4. Prophecies of Israel’s Last-Days Rise
  5. Israel’s Neighbor States
  6. The Valley of the Dry Bones
  7. The Battle of Gog and Magog
  8. The Restored Temple

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