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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: “Prophecies of Israel’s Last-Days Rise”
A major piece in God’s prophetic, end-times puzzle consists of subsequent predictions of Israel’s last-days rise. A once-desolate land has become like Eden.

Caption transcript for Ezekiel and the MidEast ‘Piece’ Process: “Prophecies of Israel’s Last-Days Rise” (4/8)

  • 00:03 WITH DR. JEFFERY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:09 THE LORD SAID UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 00:11 "SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?"
  • 00:21 PROPHECY UPON THESE BONES AND SAY UNTO THEM,
  • 00:24 "OH YE DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD."
  • 01:03 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:05 JEFFERY SEIF HERE WITH MY CO-HOST AND ASSOCIATE
  • 01:08 AND FRIEND, SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:09 SHALOM
  • 01:10 AND WELCOME BACK
  • 01:11 TO THE EZEKIEL SERIES.
  • 01:12 GOD TELLS EZEKIEL IN OUR BIBLE
  • 01:14 THAT HE IS THE GOD OF RESTORATION AND RENEWAL.
  • 01:17 GOD RESTORES OUR HEARTS AND RESTORES OUR LAND.
  • 01:20 IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 01:21 IT'S A GREAT STORY AND IT'S THERE IN THE BIBLE,
  • 01:24 IF ONLY WE COULD GET IT INTO THE MIND AND THE HEART.
  • 01:29 BUT WE WANNA HELP, DON'T WE?
  • 01:30 WE DO WANNA HELP.
  • 01:32 HERE WE ARE, WE'RE TEACHING ABOUT EZEKIEL.
  • 01:34 WE'RE TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE RENEWAL AND THE RESTORATION.
  • 01:36 AND OFF WE GO TO EDEN; IT'S A GARDEN PARADISE.
  • 01:41 YES, THIS IS THE IMAGERY EMPLOYED IN EZEKIEL
  • 01:44 TO SPEAK OF GOD'S PLAN TO SAVE AND REPLENISH HUMANKIND.
  • 01:51 AND THE LORD SPOKE UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 01:54 "PROPHECY THEREFORE CONCERNING THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 01:58 "OH MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, YE SHALL SHOOT FORTH YOUR BRANCHES"
  • 02:03 "AND YIELD YOUR FRUIT TO MY PEOPLE, ISRAEL."
  • 02:07 "FOR BEHOLD, I AM FOR YOU AND I WILL TURN UNTO YOU AND YE SHALL BE TILLED AND SOWN."
  • 02:16 "AND I WILL MULTIPLY UPON YOU MAN AND BEAST"
  • 02:20 "AND THEY SHALL INCREASE AND BRING FRUIT"
  • 02:23 "AND YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD."
  • 02:30 BEAUTIFUL PONDS, PLEASANT GENTLE RUNNING CREEKS,
  • 02:35 FOLIAGE ROUND ABOUT, DEEP AND BEAUTIFUL COLORS.
  • 02:42 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM A NATIONAL PARK
  • 02:45 IN THE MODERN NATION STATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:48 AND THIS LUSH, THIS GORGEOUS ENVIRONMENT REMINDS ME OF PREDICTIONS IN THE BIBLE,
  • 02:53 WHEREIN THE PROPHETS ENVISION THAT A LAND THAT WAS DESOLATE WILL COME BACK TO LIFE.
  • 03:00 AND FRIENDS WE'RE LIVING AT THE SEASON AS THE REJUVENATION.
  • 03:04 BIBLE TIME'S COMING ALIVE BEFORE OUR EYES.
  • 03:10 SPEAKING OF BIBLE TIMES, IN CHAPTER 36 OF EZEKIEL,
  • 03:14 THE PROPHET HERE ENVISIONS THAT THIS PLACE ISRAEL THAT WAS DESOLATE AT ONE POINT
  • 03:20 WOULD AGAIN BECOME LIKE "GAN EDEN", LIKE "EDEN".
  • 03:25 IN FACT THE PROPHET SAYS THAT THE LAND WOULD BE GREATER THAN IT'S FORMER ESTATE
  • 03:29 AND USES THE VISION OF PARADISE TO DESCRIBE IT.
  • 03:33 PARADISE COMES FROM A LATIN WORD MEANING ENCLOSED GARDEN.
  • 03:36 AND HERE FROM THIS BEAUTIFUL GARDEN TYPE AREA IN THIS NATIONAL PARK,
  • 03:41 I WANNA BRING YOU THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 03:43 CHAPTER 36, VERSE 1
  • 03:45 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:46 AND THOU
  • 03:48 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:49 SON OF MAN,
  • 03:50 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:53 PROPHECY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL,
  • 03:56 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:59 AND SPEAK TO THOSE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL,
  • 04:01 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 04:03 HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 04:06 AND WHAT IS THE WORD, GOING ON IN VERSE 2?
  • 04:28 IN AS MUCH AS THOSE PEOPLE HAVE WASTED YOU AND DONE THIS TO YOU, THE LORD GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 04:34 "I WILL MULTIPLY BACK TO YOU MANY TIMES OVER WHAT WAS TAKEN FROM YOU."
  • 04:39 HE SAYS IN VERSE 4:
  • 04:50 AS HE GOES ON TO SAY IN VERSE 9,
  • 05:06 I'D IMAGINE THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE FARMERS WERE THRILLED TO LEARN
  • 05:12 THAT THERE HUMBLE ESTATE WOULD BE TRANSFORMED.
  • 05:17 THEY WERE TOLD THAT GOD HAD SOMETHING GOOD FOR THEM.
  • 05:20 AND THIS IS A WORD FOR ALL OF US IN THE SENSE THAT SOMETIMES WE CAN BE BESTED BY DESPAIR,
  • 05:27 DISORIENTED BY CIRCUMSTANCES, WE FEEL THAT WE'VE BEEN RAVAGED BY SIN,
  • 05:33 WE'VE BEEN VICTIMIZED AND WE'VE LOST WHAT'S RIGHTFULLY OURS.
  • 05:38 AND HERE WE ARE DISTANT FROM WHAT WE WOULD WISH FOR OUR LIVES.
  • 05:43 ISN'T IT GOOD TO KNOW THERE'S A GOD WHO SAYS, "I AM FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU."
  • 05:48 WHO SAYS, "I'LL RESTORE YOU."
  • 05:50 WHO SAYS, "I'LL MAKE THE RAINS TO COME DOWN AND I'LL BUILD YOU UP AGAIN."
  • 05:54 THAT'S A WORD FOR ISRAEL AND THAT'S A WORD FOR US.
  • 05:58 AND IT'S A WORD THAT COMES TO US FROM EZEKIEL.
  • 06:01 AND TO HIS WORD WE'LL ATTEND AS WE CONSIDER EZEKIEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST PIECE PROCESS.
  • 06:09 A FRUITLESS VINE,
  • 06:11 TO THE PROPHET EZEKIEL, GOD'S PICTURE OF A FAITHLESS ISRAEL.
  • 06:15 AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 06:19 "BEHOLD THE WOOD OF THE VINE IS CAST INTO THE FIRE FOR FUEL."
  • 06:24 "AND SO WILL I GIVE THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM."
  • 06:29 GOD'S PURPOSE FOR HIS PEOPLE WOULD BE MADE CLEAR,
  • 06:32 EVEN IN THE PURGING FIRE.
  • 06:38 BIBLE WRITERS EMPLOY A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF NATURE IMAGERY.
  • 06:42 IN EZEKIEL THE 15TH CHAPTER THERE THE PROPHET SEES ISRAEL AS A VINE.
  • 06:47 ISRAEL'S NOT FAIRING VERY WELL, BRANCHES ARE BROKEN OFF AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE,
  • 06:52 IT'S A TOUGH STORY.
  • 06:54 INTERESTINGLY, IN THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN THE 15TH CHAPTER,
  • 06:57 YESHUA, JESUS SAYS MUCH THE SAME.
  • 07:00 WELL SO MUCH FOR THE BAD NEWS, THERE IS A DISCIPLINE THAT'S TRUE,
  • 07:03 BUT GOD'S MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER HIS JUDGMENT.
  • 07:07 EZEKIEL SAYS THAT GOD'S GOING TO VISIT ISRAEL WITH JUDGMENT, BUT THAT'S NOT THE FULL STORY,
  • 07:12 BECAUSE HIS MERCY GETS THE BETTER.
  • 07:14 COME WITH ME I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU THE MIRACLE ON THE EASTERN PART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN HERE
  • 07:18 AS TEL AVIV CELEBRATES IT'S 100TH BIRTHDAY.
  • 07:21 COME WITH ME.
  • 07:30 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:33 "AND I WILL MULTIPLY MEN UPON YOU"
  • 07:37 SAYS THE PROPHET EZEKIEL HERE IN CHAPTER 36, VERSE 10.
  • 07:42 HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 07:44 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:46 "AND THE CITIES WILL BE INHABITED."
  • 07:49 GOD'S GOT A GREAT FUTURE FOR THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 07:54 OH FRIENDS, MANY YEARS AGO EZEKIEL WAS IN A PLACE CALLED TEL AVIV, INTERESTINGLY,
  • 08:02 IN ANOTHER PART OFTHE WORLD.
  • 08:04 AND HE IS CALLED FORTH.
  • 08:06 HE IS GIVEN VISIONS OF A WORLD TO COME.
  • 08:10 HE SEES GOD'S JUDGMENT UPON JUDAH,
  • 08:14 BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY HE SEES RESTORATION
  • 08:18 AND THE LITERATURE IS RICH IN RESTORATION MOTIFS.
  • 08:22 AND HERE HE'S EXPLICIT.
  • 08:24 SPEAKING OF GOD RAISING UP A FUTURE GENERATION AND REBUILDING THE CITIES OF ISRAEL.
  • 08:31 AND WHAT A PLACE TO TELL THAT STORY, HERE AT THE EASTERN RIM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA,
  • 08:38 WITH THE BEAUTIFUL VISTA OF TEL AVIV IN THE BACKGROUND.
  • 08:42 OH AND THE ATMOSPHERE HERE IS BRISK WITH ACTIVITY, WITH LIFE.
  • 08:47 AS CONSTRUCTION PEOPLE ARE BUSY APPLYING THEIR TRADE.
  • 08:51 AS TOURISTS ARE COMING HERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO WITNESS THE MIRACLE IN THE DESERT.
  • 08:59 I'LL TELL YOU ONE TRIP TO ISRAEL IS BETTER THAN 100 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS.
  • 09:04 WHY IS THAT?
  • 09:06 YOU BREATHE THE AIR, YOU SOAK IT IN, AND YOU SEE THAT EVERY WORD OF GOD PROVES TRUE.
  • 09:13 GOD IS TRULY AT WORK IN THE WORLD.
  • 09:15 TEL AVIV CELEBRATES IT'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
  • 09:19 AND IT WASN'T LONG AGO HERE JUST TO MY LEFT IN NEVE TZEDEK;
  • 09:25 THERE WAS AN OASIS OF JUSTICE AS JEWS MADE THEIR WAY HERE
  • 09:30 TO BEGIN CARVING OUT A PLACE IN THE WORLD.
  • 09:32 BUT THEY'RE DRIVEN MORE THAN BY JUST AMBITION.
  • 09:35 THERE'S A SENSE OF PROVIDENCE THAT'S GUIDING AND WORKING THROUGH THEIR EFFORTS.
  • 09:39 FOR 100 YEARS LATER WE HAVE THIS,
  • 09:41 WE HAVE THE MIRACLE OF TEL AVIV THAT'S GROWING AND GLOWING,
  • 09:46 IT'S A BEACON OF LIGHT AND HOPE FOR ISRAEL AND THE FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLES OF THE WORLD.
  • 09:53 I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN WITH ME
  • 09:55 IN PRAYING AGAINST AND STANDING AGAINST THE VOICES OF OPPRESSION AND TOTALITARIANISM
  • 10:01 THAT WOULD WANNA GET IN THE WAY OF WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 10:05 I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HEAR ON THE NEWS, JEWISH PEOPLE ARE GOOD PEOPLE, DESCENT PEOPLE,
  • 10:11 JUST PEOPLE,EQUITABLE PEOPLE.
  • 10:13 YES WE HAVE OUR SCOUNDRELS AND YES WE DEAL WITH THEM,
  • 10:17 BUT YOU'RE LOOKING AT A JUST AND ORDERLY SOCIETY.
  • 10:20 A MIRACLE HERE ON THE RIM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN.
  • 10:23 A MIRACLE THAT EZEKIEL, THE PROPHET, SPOKE ABOUT MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO.
  • 10:44 FOR INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES OF ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY
  • 10:48 ASK FOR OUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER "THE LEVITT LETTER".
  • 10:52 WHEN YOU CALL, BE SURE TO ASK FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE
  • 10:55 WITH LATEST VIDEOS, BOOKS, AND MUSIC.
  • 10:57 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE,
  • 10:59 "THE INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH CHRISTIAN STUDIES" INCLUDES:
  • 11:01 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CDs, AND MAIL IN TESTS.
  • 11:05 YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL OR PETRA
  • 11:09 OR CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN, VISITING GREECE AND EPHESUS.
  • 11:12 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 11:15 HEY YOU LIKE THIS GUYS? YEAH!!!
  • 11:17 (Narrator) JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 11:20 MY FATHER'S COME 5 TIMES BEFORE AND LOVES ISRAEL.
  • 11:25 AND THIS IS MY 1ST TIME
  • 11:27 AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW, BEYOND WORDS...
  • 11:30 THE MEANING OF COMING HOME.
  • 11:32 IT'S BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION
  • 11:36 AND I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THIS.
  • 11:39 I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE LIKE THIS.
  • 11:41 SO THE EXPERIENCE HAS TO BE HAD IN PERSON.
  • 11:45 ISRAEL IS A LAND THAT IS BLOOMING;
  • 11:48 THE FLOWERS, THE CROPS.
  • 11:50 ISRAEL EXPORTS TO EUROPE ALMOST 250 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FLOWERS EVERY YEAR.
  • 11:57 IT IS A BOOMING ECONOMY, A BOOMING PLACE.
  • 12:00 I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW YOU ISRAEL.
  • 12:03 YOU KNOW I COME FROM A GERMAN, JEWISH FAMILY
  • 12:06 AND I USE TO HEAR IN THE HOME, (SPEAKING GERMAN)
  • 12:09 "YOU ARE LIKE A FLOWER". >>LIKE A FLOWER
  • 12:11 AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT GOD SAYS TO ISRAEL.
  • 12:14 ISRAEL IN THE DESERT WILL BLOSSOM AGAIN.
  • 12:17 NOW IN THIS PROGRAM YOU'VE SEEN SOME DRAMAS.
  • 12:19 YOU'VE SEEN A PICTURE OF FRUITLESSNESS
  • 12:22 AND YOU'RE GONNA SEE ONE IN A MOMENT ABOUT FRUITFULNESS.
  • 12:26 THE JUDGMENT AND RESTORATION MOTIFS, ABOUND IN EZEKIEL.
  • 12:31 IF YOU WANNA PICK UP THE SERIES, IT IS OUR OFFER IN THIS PROGRAM.
  • 12:35 "EZEKIEL AND THE MIDEAST PIECE PROCESS."
  • 12:39 YOU'RE GONNA HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE IT LATER ON,
  • 12:42 SO GET YOUR PENS HANDY.
  • 12:44 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED YOU CAN ACQUIRE OUR MAGAZINE AS WELL.
  • 12:47 WE'D LOVE TO SEND IT TO YOU.
  • 12:49 IT'S YOURS FOR THE ASKING.
  • 12:51 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GOD'S WORD,
  • 12:53 IF YOU'RE INTEREST IN GOD'S WORLD.
  • 12:55 IF YOU WANNA LOOK AT GOD'S PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED TODAY
  • 12:59 IN AND THROUGH THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THROUGH THE CHURCH,
  • 13:02 THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 13:03 OUR MAGAZINE IS FOR YOU, YOU NEED TO ASK FOR IT AT:
  • 13:07 LEVITT.COM OR CALL
  • 13:09 WELL HERE I WANT YOU TO WATCH AS WE CONTINUE OUR STORY
  • 13:13 AND WE LEARN ABOUT THE REJUVENATION AVAILABLE IN OUR MESSIAH.
  • 13:20 A ONCE DRY DESOLATE LAND NOW RESTORED WELCOMES NEW LIFE.
  • 13:26 THUS SAYETH THE LORD,
  • 13:28 "YE SHALL SHOOT FORTH YOUR BRANCHES AND YEILD YOUR FRUIT TO MY PEOPLE OF ISRAEL,"
  • 13:33 "FOR BEHOLD I AM FOR YOU AND I WILL MULTIPLY UPON YOU MAN AND BEAST"
  • 13:40 "AND THEY SHALL INCREASE AND BRING FRUIT."
  • 13:44 "AND YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD."
  • 13:52 (Jeff speaking) IT'S CALLED A "SHOUK", THE MARKETPLACE
  • 13:54 AND WHAT A MARKETPLACE IT IS HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 13:58 THE ATMOSPHERE JUST BRISTLES WITH LIFE AND ACTIVITY.
  • 14:02 IT'S TEAMING WITH PEOPLE COMING TO GET SOME OF THE GOOD FRUITS OF THE EARTH.
  • 14:06 FRUITS THAT WERE PRODUCED "ERETZ YISRAEL", IN THE "LAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 14:12 THERE'S ALL KINDS OF FRUITS HERE, BUT YOU KNOW IT WASN'T ALWAYS THE CASE.
  • 14:17 100 PLUS YEARS AGO MARK TWAIN CAME TO THIS LAND AND COMMENTED HOW DESOLATE IT WAS.
  • 14:24 THERE WAS NOTHING TO SPEAK OF HERE, BUT RUIN AND DECAY.
  • 14:28 THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
  • 14:31 AND AS I'VE SAID, THE ATMOSPHERE BRISTLES WITH LIFE,
  • 14:34 THE LAND HAS PRODUCED IT'S FRUITS.
  • 14:36 JEWS PRAY FOR FRUITS OF THE EARTH BEFORE A MEAL, BEFORE A DRINK
  • 14:42 AND LOW AND BEHOLD WE HAVE IT ALL AROUND US NOW
  • 14:45 AS PEOPLE COME HERE IN ORDER TO TASTE SOME OF THE GOODNESS
  • 14:49 THAT IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE REVIVED NATIONSTATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:54 INTERESTINGLY EZEKIEL, TO GO BACK TO HIS WORD, SAID AS MUCH IN CHAPTER 36, VERSE 35 HE SAYS:
  • 15:02 "(SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 15:08 THE LAND THAT WAS DESOLATE HAS
  • 15:11 BECOME LIKE THE GARDEN OF EDEN."
  • 15:14 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR ISRAEL ITSELF IS "HATIKVA",
  • 15:19 LANGUAGE THAT'S GLEANED FROM EZEKIEL, THE PROPHET.
  • 15:22 AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE SCENE IN FRONT OF ME,
  • 15:25 THAT WHICH TAKES PLACE AROUND ME WAS ENVISIONED YEARS AGO.
  • 15:29 A PROPHET WHO WAS DISPLACED FROM HIS PLACE OF ORIGIN,
  • 15:33 WHO NO DOUBT DESPAIRED FOR LIFE ITSELF AND ENVISION BEYOND LIFE'S ABYSMAL CIRCUMSTANCES
  • 15:39 THAT THERE'D BE A COMING BACK TO LIFE.
  • 15:42 HE PROMISED IT, WE'RE SEEING IT HERE IN YERUSHALAYIM, THE CITY OF PEACE.
  • 15:54 THE SHOUK IS THE MARKETPLACE OF ISRAEL.
  • 15:56 FRESH FLOWERS, FRESH FRUIT, ANYTHING YOU WANT IS AT THE SHOUK.
  • 16:01 IT IS A WONDERFUL MARKETPLACE.
  • 16:03 DR. TOM MCALL CAME TO ZOLA MANY YEARS AGO AND SAID,
  • 16:06 "NOBODY KNOWS ISRAEL LIKE YOU DO."
  • 16:08 "PLEASE DO A PROGRAM."
  • 16:10 "PLEASE SHOW PEOPLE WHAT ISRAEL REALLY LOOKS LIKE."
  • 16:12 IT'S NOT DUSTY ROADS, IT'S NOT DESOLATE, IT IS GORGEOUS.
  • 16:16 IT IS FULL OF MUSEUMS, IT'S FULL OF PEOPLE THAT LOVE LIFE, IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO GO.
  • 16:23 SO WE SHOT THIS SERIES CALLED, "THIS IS ISRAEL."
  • 16:25 IN FACT IT WAS ONE OF THE 1ST THINGS I EVER DID WITH ZOLA.
  • 16:28 HERE IS, "THIS IS ISRAEL."
  • 16:49 WELL WE'VE MOVED WITHIN THE CITY ONCE BUILT ON SAND DUNES.
  • 16:52 AND AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME THEY'VE BUILT QUITE A CITY HERE.
  • 16:56 CNN AND THE NETWORKS DRIVE PAST PLACES LIKE THIS EVERYDAY, THEY NEVER SHOW THEM TO YOU.
  • 17:01 THIS IS ISRAEL, THIS IS TEL AVIV AND IT'S AVERAGE.
  • 17:05 IT'S NOT...WE COULD 100 PLACES IN THE CITY AND HAVE WONDERFUL BUILDINGS,
  • 17:10 MODERN VIEWS LIKE THIS.
  • 17:12 IT'S A PLACE OF REAL OPPORTUNITY.
  • 17:15 PEOPLE HAVE COME HERE AND BUILT A MAGNIFICENT, HUGE, AND WONDERFUL CITY.
  • 17:20 YOU KNOW, THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SAYS THIS,
  • 17:35 THAT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT I THINK
  • 17:37 IN A TIME WHEN WE'RE DISCUSSING DIVIDING THE LAND BETWEEN THOSE OF ANOTHER RELIGION AND JUDAISM.
  • 17:45 WHEN BEFORE, THE PALESTINIANS SO CALLED, HELD A HALF OF JERUSALEM SAY,
  • 17:51 THEY BLEW UP THE SYNAGOGUES THERE.
  • 17:53 THEY TOOK GRAVESTONES AND PAVED ROADS WITH THEM.
  • 17:56 THEY REALLY DID NOT ALLOW THE OTHER RELIGION ANY BREATHING SPACE AT ALL.
  • 18:01 IN FACT JEWISH PEOPLE WERE SIMPLY FORBIDDEN TO GO THEIR HOLY SITES
  • 18:05 AND THAT'S THE END OF THAT.
  • 18:06 NOW THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE, PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS COME,
  • 18:10 CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS AND JEWS ALIKE OR WHEREVER THEY LIKE IN THIS LAND.
  • 18:15 IT'S A RESTORED LAND, IT'S A DIFFERENT LAND.
  • 18:19 YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GO BACK TO WHAT MARK TWAIN SAID
  • 18:22 AND I HAVE A QUOTATION FROM HIM WORTH LOOKING AT.
  • 18:24 HE CAME AND TOURED HERE AND HE WROTE A BOOK CALLED, "INNOCENCE ABROAD,"
  • 18:29 AND WHEN HE TOURED IN ISRAEL, THE THINGS HE WROTE ABOUT THIS PLACE ARE EYE OPENING.
  • 18:34 HE FOUND IT A TERRIBLE LAND, AN ABANDONED LAND
  • 18:38 AND THIS WAS IN THE 19TH CENTURY BEFORE THE JEWS CAME BACK TO THE LAND.
  • 18:44 IT SAYS IT'S,
  • 18:52 SADLY THAT'S WHAT THE LAND LOOKED LIKE AT THAT TIME.
  • 18:55 AND YET WE HAVE SO MANY VERSES, ZEPHANIAH 2:7 SAYS,
  • 18:59 "THE COAST LINE SHALL BE FOR REMANENT OF MY PEOPLE OF JUDAH"
  • 19:03 "WHEN I TURN AWAY THEIR CAPTIVITY AND BRING THEM BACK."
  • 19:05 AND I COULD GO ON AND ON.
  • 19:07 DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 30:1-5,
  • 19:10 "THEY'LL COME BACK INTO THE LAND THEIR FATHERS POSSESSED AND THEY SHALL POSSESS IT"
  • 19:13 AND THEY'LL HAVE EVEN MORE THAN THEIR FATHERS HERE.
  • 19:15 SO AS YOU CAN SEE, MARK TWAIN WOULD BE STUNNED TO SEE THIS SCENE BEHIND ME, I'M SURE.
  • 19:21 GOLDA MEIR SAID,
  • 19:26 THAT'S THE SOUTHERN DESERT OF ISRAEL,
  • 19:28 THAT'S LIKE ARIZONA OR CALIFORNIA, VERY, VERY DRY AND HOT.
  • 19:31 SHE SAID
  • 19:41 THAT WAS SO VERY TRUE AND NOT VERY SURPRISING
  • 19:44 WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT THE LORD ORIGINALLY SAID TO ABRAHAM IN GENESIS CHAPTER 12:
  • 20:03 AND THEN MOST COMPELLING,
  • 20:14 INDEED, THIS IS ISRAEL'S REAL MISSION, BLESSING ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH
  • 20:19 AND THEY DO IT WELL BY GIVING THE BIBLE, GOODNESS BY GIVING BIRTH TO THE MESSIAH,
  • 20:23 BY SENDING OUT THE ORIGINAL MISSIONARIES.
  • 20:26 IN SOME WAYS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS THE RESULT OF A JEWISH MISSION,
  • 20:30 WELL NOT JUST IN SOME WAYS, THAT'S A FACT.
  • 20:32 AND PEOPLE THROUGH THE AGES RECOGNIZE THIS.
  • 20:36 ARTHUR BALFOUR IN EUROPE,
  • 20:39 IN ENGLAND, ONE OF GOD'S KEY MEN
  • 20:42 GAVE OUT A DECLARATION
  • 20:44 THAT THE JEWS REALLY DO HAVE A HISTORICAL RIGHT TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN COUNTRY,
  • 20:50 IN THEIR OWN LAND, OF THEIR OWN SOCIETY.
  • 20:52 AND HE SAID THIS IN 1917 AND IT WAS AN ORIGINAL INSPIRATION FOR THE JEWS TO COME BACK HERE
  • 20:59 AND POSSESS THE LAND THEIR FATHERS POSSESSED.
  • 21:02 THE IDEA OF THE JEWS COMING BACK IS ZIONISM.
  • 21:07 NOW THAT TERM HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND, THE ARABS IN A PUBLIC RELATIONS MOVE
  • 21:14 DECIDED TO SAY THAT ZIONISM IS RACISM.
  • 21:17 NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM TRUTH AND I MEAN THAT.
  • 21:20 ZIONISM BRINGS ALL JEWS BACK TO ISRAEL, THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
  • 21:24 THEY COME FROM ALL NATIONS AND THEY COME TO THIS LAND
  • 21:27 AND THAT MEANS THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE WHITE, PEOPLE WHO ARE BLACK, LIKE THE ETHIOPIANS,
  • 21:33 PEOPLE FROM RUSSIA, CHINA, THE ORIENT PEOPLE, JEWISH PEOPLE FROM EVERY NATION.
  • 21:38 IT'S THE OPPOSITE OFF RACISM.
  • 21:40 THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT BROUGHT BLACK PEOPLE FROM AFRICA HERE,
  • 21:44 NOT AS SLAVES, BUT AS 1ST CLASS CITIZENS.
  • 21:47 AND NOT TO WORK HERE, BUT AS OWNERS OF THIS LAND.
  • 21:51 THEY DO NOT HAVE TO APPLY TO LIVE HERE,
  • 21:53 THEY ARE PROMISED THIS LAND BY ALMIGHTY GOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
  • 21:58 SO ZIONISM IN REALITY IS THE OPPOSITE OF RACISM SINCE IT DEALS WITH ALL RACES.
  • 22:05 AND THAT WAS ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 22:07 YOU HEARD WHAT THE MAN SAID, GOD'S BRINGING IT ALL BACK TO LIFE.
  • 22:11 GOD'S WORD SAYS IT, NEVER MIND ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 22:14 THERE ARE AMPLE TESTIMONIES IN THE WORLD TODAY
  • 22:16 ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING TO AND THROUGH ISRAEL.
  • 22:21 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 22:22 WE TALKED TO ARIEH ELDAD,
  • 22:23 A DOCTOR IN THE KNESSET
  • 22:25 WITH A CHRISTIAN ALLIED CAUCUS.
  • 22:27 HE REALLY IS INVOLVED WITH THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 22:30 HE'S A JEWISH GUY WHO LOVES CHRISTIANS.
  • 22:32 HE THINKS THE CHRISTIANS ARE OUR HOPE AND HE IS RIGHT.
  • 22:36 DR. ELDAD WAS FASCINATING TO TALK TO.
  • 22:39 WE TALKED TO HIM IN HIS HOUSE.
  • 22:40 JUST A GORGEOUS CORNER OF THE WORLD OF ISRAEL.
  • 22:43 HERE'S DR. ELDAD.
  • 22:49 BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE TOO MANY FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • 22:52 AND WE MUST, MUST APPRECIATE THE TRUE FRIENDSHIP
  • 22:57 OF SOME CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THE STATES.
  • 23:00 IT'S NOT ONLY THAT I'M MEMBER OF THE CAUCUS,
  • 23:04 I GO WITH GROUPS OF SOME OF MY FRIENDS TO TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 23:08 TO PROTEST FOR THE FACT THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PRAY THERE.
  • 23:13 JEWS AND CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PRAY OVER TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 23:17 AND THEN I GO TO THE CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE TO SPEAK THERE,
  • 23:25 TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE PROMISED LAND
  • 23:30 AND HOW WE BUILD A NEW STATE IN OUR HOLY LAND
  • 23:36 AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD
  • 23:40 THAT WE FULFILL WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE, >>IN THE BIBLE THAT'S RIGHT
  • 23:45 THAT WE BELIEVE IN.
  • 23:47 DR. ELDAD ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WHEN I'M IN ISRAEL IS TO BE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 23:51 AND WE SING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, BUT THEN WE SING HATKIVA
  • 23:55 AND WITHOUT FAIL I CRY AT HATIKVA,
  • 23:58 HATIKVA, THE HOPE OF ISRAEL.
  • 24:01 WHAT IS THE HOPE OF ISRAEL IN HATIKVA?
  • 24:04 THE PROBLEM WAS CREATED AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY
  • 24:10 WHERE JEWS WERE IN APPALLING CONDITIONS IN EASTERN EUROPE
  • 24:15 AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE HERE.
  • 24:19 AND JUST THE WAKE OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT
  • 24:25 THAT ADOPTED THIS POEM AS OUR NATION ANTHEM.
  • 24:29 AND WE STILL NEED THIS HOPE,
  • 24:33 BECAUSE WE ARE BETWEEN 2 SUNS.
  • 24:36 THE SUN OF SECULAR ZIONISM IS GOING DOWN,
  • 24:40 THE SUN OF RELIGIOUS ZIONISM
  • 24:43 WHO KNOWS THAT THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL,
  • 24:48 IS ON THE RISING.
  • 24:50 WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE,
  • 24:52 WE ARE IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE,
  • 24:55 THAT'S WHY I CREATED A NEW PARTY IN ISRAEL CALLED "HATIKVA".
  • 25:00 WE NEED THIS HOPE,
  • 25:03 WE NEED TO BRIDGE BETWEEN THE 2 COMMUNITIES,
  • 25:06 THE SECULAR AND THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY OF ISRAEL,
  • 25:10 TO TAKE THE ENERGY,
  • 25:12 THE POWER SOURCES OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY AND TO INFUSE THEM,
  • 25:17 RE-INFUSE THEM TO THE SECULAR ZIONISM
  • 25:20 WHO LOST OF THE BASICS BELIEF.
  • 25:23 AND THEY ARE NOT SO SURE THAT THIS IS OUR LAND AND WE ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE IT.
  • 25:28 I BELIEVE THAT THE GREATER PROMISES FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL
  • 25:34 COMES FROM THOSE WHO BELIEVE,
  • 25:37 THOSE WHO KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE,
  • 25:39 KNOWS THAT IT IS NOT AN HISTORIC ACCIDENT THAT JEWS END UP IN ISRAEL.
  • 25:46 THEY KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE AND WHAT OUR GOALS IN LIFE ARE.
  • 25:52 WELL YOU'VE HEARD FROM DR. ELDAD, YOU'VE HEARD FROM ZOLA LEVITT,
  • 25:57 YOU'VE HEARD FROM EZEKIEL,
  • 25:59 YOU'VE HEARD FROM SANDRA AND JEFF.
  • 26:01 I HOPE YOU'VE HEARD FROM GOD ABOUT THE NEW LIFE,
  • 26:06 ABOUT THE RESTORATION THAT'S AVAILABLE.
  • 26:08 IF YOU NEED IT, YOU CAN GET IT.
  • 26:09 I LOVED SEEING WHAT GOD DID TO ISRAEL.
  • 26:13 THE RESTORATION,
  • 26:14 THE BRINGING BACK OF THE PEOPLE,
  • 26:15 THE BRINGING BACK OF THE DESERT
  • 26:17 TURNING INTO A WHOLE OTHER GARDEN.
  • 26:20 IT IS A WONDERFUL TALE OF RESTORATION.
  • 26:23 HOWEVER, NEXT WEEK WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT GOD'S JUDGMENT
  • 26:27 ON THOSE NATIONS THAT COME AGAINST ISRAEL
  • 26:31 AND THAT IS REALLY EXCITING.
  • 26:33 STAY TUNED FOR THAT.
  • 26:34 AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:35 SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:37 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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