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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: “The Valley of the Dry Bones”
Israel’s re-emergence as a nation is dramatized through a startling vision of skeletons rising from their graves, forming a mighty nation. Independence Hall in Tel Aviv serves as the backdrop to a remarkable prophecy fulfilled in our generation.

Caption transcript for Ezekiel and the MidEast ‘Piece’ Process: “The Valley of the Dry Bones” (6/8)

  • 00:04 WITH DR. JEFFERY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:10 THE LORD SAID UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 00:12 "SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?"
  • 00:22 PROPHECY UPON THESE BONES AND SAY UNTO THEM,
  • 00:25 "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,
  • 01:07 SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:09 SHALOM
  • 01:09 AND WELCOME TO EZEKIEL 37.
  • 01:12 THIS IS THE DRY BONES VISION
  • 01:14 AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS, STAY TUNED,
  • 01:17 BECAUSE IT IS A WONDERFUL VISUAL.
  • 01:19 GOD ASKED EZEKIEL IN CHAPTER 37,
  • 01:22 "DO YOU THINK I CAN MAKE THESE BONES LIVE?"
  • 01:25 AND JEFF, EZEKIEL SAYS,
  • 01:28 "YES LORD, YOU CAN DO IT."
  • 01:29 YES HE DOES.
  • 01:31 IT'S ONE OF THE WEIRDEST STORIES IN THE BIBLE,
  • 01:32 BUT IT'S THERE, WE WANT TO EXPOSE YOU TO IT.
  • 01:34 BONES STREWN ABOUT A VALLEY
  • 01:37 AND GOD SAYS, "I'M GOING TO BRING IT ALL TO LIFE."
  • 01:39 IT'S A PICTURE OF WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO FOR THE JEWS IN THE LAST DAYS,
  • 01:42 THE REGATHERING, THE RECONSTITUTION OF THE NATION STATE,
  • 01:45 WE'RE LIVING IN THOSE DAYS.
  • 01:47 WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THE DAYS WE LIVE IN,
  • 01:49 WE WANT YOU TO KNOW GOD'S WAYS.
  • 01:52 AND IT'S FOR THAT REASON WE'RE PRESENTING THIS SERIES ON EZEKIEL.
  • 01:55 AND NOW ON WE GO TO ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING STORIES IN THE BIBLE,
  • 01:59 AS WE CONSIDER EZEKIEL AND THE MIDEAST PIECE PROCESS.
  • 02:32 "SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?"
  • 02:36 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 02:41 PROPHECY OVER THESE BONES AND SAY,
  • 02:47 "OH YOU DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD."
  • 03:09 SAY TO THE BONES,
  • 03:12 "I WILL PUT SINEWS AND FLESH UPON YOU AND COVER YOU IN SPIRIT."
  • 03:16 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:25 "PROPHECY ONTO THE SPIRIT, SON OF MAN."
  • 03:30 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:45 "I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU AND YOU WILL LIVE AND I WILL PLACE YOU IN YOUR OWN LAND,"
  • 03:51 "THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN AND PERFORMED IT."
  • 04:02 HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE "NEVI'IM", THE PROPHETS,
  • 04:06 BUT HE WAS MORE THAN JUST A PROPHET.
  • 04:09 HE WAS A "ROEH", A SEER, A VISIONARY,
  • 04:12 BUT HE WAS MORE THAN JUST A SEER.
  • 04:14 EZEKIEL WAS A MEMBER OF THE "KOHANIM", HE WAS A PRIEST,
  • 04:18 AND FOR THAT REASON HE MUST HAVE BEEN SHOCKED WHEN HE WAS SET DOWN IN A PLACE LIKE THIS.
  • 04:26 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 04:28 BECAUSE A PRIEST WOULD NEVER FREQUENT A PLACE LIKE THIS,
  • 04:34 BUT GOD BROUGHT HIM HERE.
  • 04:37 AND HE SHOCKED HIM IN BRINGING HIM HERE IN A VISION,
  • 04:41 BUT HE DIDN'T JUST BRING HIM HERE TO SHOCK HIM,
  • 04:45 HE BROUGHT HIM HERE TO TELL THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.
  • 04:51 IT'S A STORY ABOUT ISRAEL COMING BACK TO LIFE.
  • 04:56 ISRAEL, THAT FOR HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS WAS FORCED TO WANDER;
  • 05:03 ISRAEL, A PEOPLE;
  • 05:06 ISRAEL, A STATE WIPED OFF THE EARTH WOULD COME BACK TO ENJOY HER FORMER ESTATE.
  • 05:13 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 05:15 BECAUSE GOD WOULD BRING BACK THE DISPIRITED EXILES.
  • 05:19 THOSE VANQUISHED FROM THE HOMELAND FOR CENTURIES, WOULD BEGIN TO MAKE THEIR WAY BACK.
  • 05:25 OH, I LOVE THIS STORY.
  • 05:28 "SEIF" IS A GERMAN NAME.
  • 05:32 MY MOTHER WAS SMUGGLED OUT OF NAZZI GERMANY,
  • 05:34 MY FATHER WHO WAS GERMAN JEWISH CAME OVER JUST BEFORE THE WAR.
  • 05:40 MY MOTHER WAS SMUGGLED OUT OF NAZZI GERMANY
  • 05:43 AND WE USE TO SAY WE COULD TAKE MOM OUT OF GERMANY,
  • 05:45 BUT WE COULDN'T TAKE GERMANY OUT OF MOM.
  • 05:48 SHE DIED IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL SOME YEARS AGO.
  • 05:52 MOM HAD A HOPE SICKNESS.
  • 05:55 AND HERE EZEKIEL HAS A WORD TO MILLIONS THAT HAVE A HOPE SICKNESS.
  • 06:02 IT'S A WORD OF RESTORATION.
  • 06:04 WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 37, VERSE 1:
  • 06:08 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 06:12 "AND THE HAND OF THE LORD WAS UPON ME.
  • 06:15 AND THE LORD CARRIED ME IN THE SPIRIT, SAYS OUR PROPHET,
  • 06:20 AND BROUGHT ME DOWN TO A PLACE LIKE THIS.
  • 06:25 "HE DIDN'T BRING HIM HERE TO SHOCK HIM AS I SAID, HE BROUGHT HIM HERE TO BLESS HIM
  • 06:30 AND TELL THE STORY OF HOW THESE BONES WOULD COME TOGETHER,
  • 06:35 BONE UPON BONE.
  • 06:37 AND THEN AFTER THE RIFFLING OF THE BONES, FLESH WOULD COME UPON.
  • 06:42 AND WITH THE FLESH, SKIN
  • 06:44 AND WITH THE SKIN, BREATH
  • 06:47 AND WITH THE BREATH, LIFE.
  • 06:52 AND WE'RE TOLD HERE THAT THESE BONES, IN VERSE 11, ARE THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:10 INTERESTINGLY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR THE MODERN NATIONSTATE OF ISRAEL
  • 07:18 IS A SONG CALLED HATIKVAH WHICH MEANS "THE HOPE."
  • 07:25 WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SONG.
  • 07:27 IT'S A SONG THAT EVOLVES OUT OF THIS STORY AND IT SHOWS SOME CONNECTIVENESS
  • 07:33 AS DECADES AGO THE LORD STARTED BRINGING JEWISH PEOPLE BACK TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 07:39 AND WITH THE REVIVAL OF LIFE IN ISRAEL, IS THE REVIVAL OF HOPE.
  • 07:45 FRIENDS IT'S A MODERN STORY, BUT IT'S NOT JUST A MODERN STORY.
  • 07:51 IT'S A STORY THAT WAS PRESAGED IN THE ANCIENT WORD.
  • 07:56 AND THIS GETS US TO THE STORY FOR TODAY.
  • 08:00 EZEKIEL ENVISIONS IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS AT DAYS' END,
  • 08:05 THAT ISRAEL IS RECONSTITUTED AS A NATION STATE, BROUGHT TO LIFE.
  • 08:11 AND OH, WHAT A LIFE IT IS AND OH HOW ALIVE IT IS!
  • 08:17 AS IT SEEMS THE LORD HAS BROUGHT BACK DESPAIRING PERSONS
  • 08:21 AND HE'S BROUGHT PEOPLE BACK TO ISRAEL,
  • 08:24 THE LAND OF ISRAEL, THE LAND OF HOPE, THE LAND OF PROMISE.
  • 08:30 AND IN SO DOING HE FULFILLED THE PROMISE THAT WAS TOLD MANY YEARS AGO,
  • 08:35 WHEN EZEKIEL WAS PREDICTING WHAT GOD WOULD DO TO AND THROUGH THE JEWS.
  • 08:58 WITH THIS VERY GAVEL, IN THIS VERY PLACE ON MAY 14TH 1948.
  • 09:09 A MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER
  • 09:11 AND FROM THIS PODIUM
  • 09:14 DAVID BEN GURION EXPRESSED WHAT IS ISRAEL'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
  • 09:23 FROM THIS WORD, THIS VERY WORD, THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO
  • 09:30 A MAN WAS CALLED FORTH FROM A PLACE CALLED TEL AVIV,
  • 09:35 MUCH AS HERE WE ARE IN MODERN ISRAEL RIGHT NOW IN TEL AVIV.
  • 09:40 THIS PROPHET WAS CALLED FORTH AND HE DECLARED FROM HIS VANTAGE POINT
  • 09:44 THAT SOME POINT IN TIME OUT IN THE DISTANT FUTURE
  • 09:48 ISRAEL WOULD BE RECONSTITUTED AS A NATION STATE.
  • 09:52 IN CHAPTER 37, VERSE 12:
  • 09:55 OUR PROPHET EZEKIEL SAYS,
  • 09:58 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:01 "THEREFORE PROPHECY"
  • 10:03 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:05 "AND SAY TO THEM."
  • 10:07 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:10 "THUS SAYETH THE LORD"
  • 10:12 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:16 "I WILL OPEN YOUR GRAVES"
  • 10:19 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:22 "AND CAUSE YOU TO COME OUT OF YOUR GRAVES."
  • 10:25 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:27 "MY PEOPLE"
  • 10:28 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:32 "AND I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 10:36 AND AS I STAND IN THIS SACRED PLACE ISRAEL
  • 10:42 AND AS I SPEAK TO YOU FROM THIS SPECIAL PLACE, HERE IN TEL AVIV
  • 10:47 WHERE INDEPENDENCE WAS ANNOUNCED IN 1948,
  • 10:53 I CAN'T HELP BUT BELIEVE THAT I'M LIVING IN A WORLD OF PROPHECY FULFILLED
  • 11:00 FOR AFTER MANY CENTURIES OF EXILE, DISPERSED AMONGST THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
  • 11:08 HOUNDED AND HARANGUED IN MOST OF THE PLACES WHERE WE WERE DISPERSED
  • 11:14 CULMINATING FINALLY AND FULLY IN THE ATROCITIES OF THE HOLOCAUST.
  • 11:21 WHO WOULD EVER THINK THAT AFTER RECEIVING SUCH A BLUDGEONING SO LONG -
  • 11:27 CULMINATING AN UNTOLD MISERIES FOR MILLIONS?
  • 11:31 WE KNOW THE STORY GENERALLY OF HOW 1 OUT OF EVERY 3 JEWS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH WERE SLAUGHTERED.
  • 11:40 AND THEY'RE AMPLE PICTURES AND PUBLIC RECORD OF WHEN THE ALLIED FORCES
  • 11:46 CAME TO REDEEM THOSE THAT WERE HELD IN THESE CONCENTRATION CAMPS.
  • 11:51 WE SAW THESE HUMAN SKELETONS, THESE EMACIATED FORMS WITH BUT A LITTLE SPARK OF LIFE IN THEM,
  • 12:00 BARELY HOLDING TO LIFE.
  • 12:03 AND HAVING LONG SINCE GIVEN UP HOLDING ON TO HOPE
  • 12:06 THAT FORTUITOUSLY, PROVIDENTIALLY THERE WAS A REDEMPTION
  • 12:10 AND THE REDEMPTION THERE, IT SEEMS TO ME, REACHES IT'S FRUITION IN THE REDEMPTION YEAR,
  • 12:17 WHEN FINALLY AND FULLY AFTER WAVES OF IMMIGRATION,
  • 12:22 BEGINNING ACTUALLY BEFORE THE HOLOCAUST ITSELF -
  • 12:26 IN THE 1880's YOU HAVE WAVES OF IMMIGRANTS COMING OVER HERE TO THE NEW WORLD
  • 12:32 ESTABLISHING A TOEHOLD AND A FOOTHOLD HERE IN THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 12:36 EZEKIEL SAW IT AND THEY LIVED IT
  • 12:40 AND YOU AND I ARE WITNESSES TO IT.
  • 12:42 IT'S A GREAT STORY,
  • 12:44 WONDERFUL STORY,
  • 12:46 A STORY THAT SHOULD BE HERALDED FROM PULPIT TO PULPIT ACROSS THE LAND AND AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 12:51 FOR EVERY BIBLE BELIEVING PERSON, SURELY MUST NEEDS READ THE STORY AND SAY,
  • 12:56 "MY GOD YOU'RE WORKING WONDERS IN THE EARTH."
  • 13:00 BUT THAT'S NOT THE STORY.
  • 13:02 IN AS MUCH AS GOD HAS RAISED UP ISRAEL,
  • 13:05 THE STORY OF ISRAEL'S EMERGENCE DID NOT GO UNOPPOSED BACK THEN
  • 13:09 MUCH AS IT'S CONTINUED EXISTENCE DOESN'T GO UNOPPOSED TODAY.
  • 13:15 DIFFICULTIES WITHSTANDING, HOWEVER, GOD IS WATCHING OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT
  • 13:20 AND THIS IS ONE OF THE MESSAGES THAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ THE PROPHET EZEKIEL.
  • 13:34 FOR INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES OF ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY
  • 13:38 ASK FOR OUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 13:41 WHEN YOU CALL, BE SURE TO ASK FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE
  • 13:44 WITH THE LATEST VIDEOS, BOOKS, AND MUSIC.
  • 13:46 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, "THE INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH CHRISTIAN STUDIES" INCLUDES:
  • 13:51 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CDs, AND MAIL-IN TESTS.
  • 13:55 YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL OR PETRA
  • 13:58 OR CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN, VISITING GREECE AND EPHESUS.
  • 14:01 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 14:05 (Jeff) HEY YOU LIKE THIS GUYS? (Crowd) YEAH!!!
  • 14:07 (Announcer) JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 14:10 MY FATHER'S COME 5 TIMES BEFORE AND LOVES ISRAEL.
  • 14:15 AND THIS IS MY 1ST TIME
  • 14:17 AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW, BEYOND WORDS
  • 14:20 THE MEANING OF COMING HOME.
  • 14:22 IT'S BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION
  • 14:25 AND I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THIS,
  • 14:28 I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE LIKE THIS.
  • 14:30 SO THE EXPERIENCE HAS TO BE HAD IN PERSON.
  • 14:35 ISRAEL IS A LAND OF DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHY EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK.
  • 14:39 MOUNTAINS, VALLEYS, STREAMS, RIVERS, TREES,
  • 14:43 EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THERE'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:46 THE VALLEYS, I CAN VISUALIZE THE DRY BONES COMING TOGETHER IN THE VALLEYS, JEFF.
  • 14:51 AND IF PEOPLE CAN'T GO WITH US TO ISRAEL,
  • 14:53 THEY CAN GET OUR NEWSLETTER,
  • 14:55 THEY CAN SEE US ON THE WEB.
  • 14:58 HOW ELSE CAN THEY GET A HOLD OF US?
  • 14:59 WELL ISRAEL IS A MIRACLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. >>IT'S A MIRACLE.
  • 15:02 IT'S A MIRACLE IN THE WORLD.
  • 15:04 AND BIBLE READERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
  • 15:06 TO SEE THE BIBLE COME ALIVE IN THE NEWS.
  • 15:10 THIS SERIES THAT WE'RE MAKING AVAILABLE IN THE OFFER FOR THIS PROGRAM,
  • 15:14 "EZEKIEL AND THE MID EAST PIECE PROCESS,"
  • 15:17 TELLS THE STORY OF THE MIRACLE OF MODERN ISRAEL,
  • 15:20 A MIRACLE THAT PROVES UP THE BIBLE TO BE TRUE.
  • 15:24 WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THAT STORY.
  • 15:26 BEYOND THAT,
  • 15:27 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN
  • 15:29 OUR MINISTRY
  • 15:30 AND LOOKING AT THE BIBLE
  • 15:31 FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
  • 15:33 AND ALL OF THAT,
  • 15:34 WE HAVE A MAGAZINE,
  • 15:35 "THE LEVITT LETTER."
  • 15:37 WE SEND IT TO YOU FOR FREE.
  • 15:38 YOU CAN CALL US UP AT
  • 15:41 OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE:
  • 15:45 AND WE HAVE IT THERE FOR YOU.
  • 15:47 WE WANT YOU TO BE BIBLICALLY INFORMED.
  • 15:49 THERE'S A LOT OF NEWS SOURCES ON TELEVISION, BUT WE BELIEVE IN BEING A GOOD NEWS SOURCE.
  • 15:54 AND SO WE OPEN UP THE BIBLE AND WE SHOW HOW THE BIBLE'S COMING TRUE TODAY.
  • 15:59 AND AGAINST THAT BACKDROP HERE WE GO TODAY TO INDEPENDENCE HALL IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:04 AND CONSIDER THE BIRTH, THE REBIRTH OF MODERN ISRAEL.
  • 16:11 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 16:27 THEODOR HERZL WAS A NEWSPAPER REPORTER IN A BYGONE ERA.
  • 16:33 AN AUSTRIAN REPORTER PARTICULARLY,
  • 16:35 HE WAS COVERING
  • 16:36 "THE DREYFUS AFFAIR."
  • 16:38 A STORY HOW A JEWISH MILITARY OFFICER
  • 16:41 WAS GETTING RAILROADED BY THE FRENCH.
  • 16:44 HE BECAME CONVINCED IN THE PROCESS OF THAT,
  • 16:46 THAT FOR ALL THE JEWS SUFFER, WHAT JEWS NEED IS TO RETURN TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 16:53 HE BECAME GOD'S INSTRUMENT TO HELP FACILITATE THE MIRACLE
  • 16:59 THAT'S COMMEMORATED IN THIS PLACE,
  • 17:02 WHERE IT WAS CELEBRATED AND 1ST ANNOUNCED TO THE WORLD
  • 17:05 THROUGH THIS MICROPHONE IN FACT.
  • 17:07 BEN GURION SPOKE INTO IT AND SAID, "NOW IS THE TIME."
  • 17:13 WELL WHAT BEN GURION SPOKE YEARS AGO TO THE REVERED DELEGATES IN THIS ROOM
  • 17:21 TO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS,
  • 17:23 TO ISRAEL THROUGH NATIONAL RADIO,
  • 17:24 AND TO THE WORLD AT LARGE -
  • 17:26 WHAT HE SPOKE THEN THROUGH HERE WAS ACTUALLY PRESAGED BY THE PROPHET HERE.
  • 17:32 WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 17:34 IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 37, VERSE 25:
  • 17:37 THE PROPHET SAYS,
  • 17:39 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:43 AND THEY SHALL DWELL IN THE LAND THAT I'VE GIVEN UNTO JACOB, MY SERVANT.
  • 17:48 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:51 WHEREIN YOUR FATHERS DWELT.
  • 17:54 HE SAYS, "I'M GONNA GIVE YOU THE LAND BACK".
  • 17:56 IN VERSE 24 HE IS INSIGHTFUL AS WELL.
  • 18:00 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 18:03 AND MY SERVANT DAVID SHALL BE KING OVER THEM.
  • 18:07 ISN'T IT STRIKING, BY THE WAY, THAT THE MODERN NATION STATE OF ISRAEL
  • 18:12 FLIES UNDER THE BANNER OF THE "MOGAN DAVID", THE SHIELD OF DAVID, THE STAR OF DAVID
  • 18:18 AND CARRIES WITH IT THE MEMORY OF DAVID.
  • 18:21 THERE'S A SONG "AM YISRAEL CHAI", "THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL LIVE."
  • 18:25 AND I GREW UP SINGING A SONG, (SPEAKING HEBREW) DAVID, "THE KING OF ISRAEL LIVES ON."
  • 18:34 ISRAEL DOESN'T JUST LIVE ON IN MEMORY,
  • 18:37 IT'S FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT WALK THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR DAILY DEVOTIONS.
  • 18:42 ISRAEL LIVES ON IN HISTORY.
  • 18:44 WHY?
  • 18:45 BECAUSE OF A MODERN MIRACLE,
  • 18:47 A MIRACLE THAT ATTESTS TO MODERN
  • 18:50 THAT THE GOD IN ANCIENT WORD IS ALSO THE GOD IN THE MODERN WORLD.
  • 18:55 FOR THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, IN EZEKIEL AND ELSEWHERE,
  • 18:58 BUT PARTICULARLY IN EZEKIEL OVER AGAIN, GOD SAYS,
  • 19:01 "I'M GONNA BRING ABOUT THIS MIRACLE"
  • 19:03 "IN ORDER THAT THE WORLD MIGHT KNOW ME IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS."
  • 19:08 AND I'D LIKE TO CALL UPON WOMEN AND MEN OF GOOD FAITH AND VIRTUE
  • 19:12 TO GET BEHIND THE STRUGGLE HERE IN MODERN ISRAEL.
  • 19:17 FOR I BELIEVE THAT GETTING BEHIND THE JEWISH PEOPLE WITH PRAYERS, CARES, DONATION
  • 19:22 EVERWHICH WAY, I THINK GETTING BEHIND THAT IS REALLY GETTING BEHIND GOD.
  • 19:27 AND IN MUCH THE SAME WAY I BELIEVE THAT RESISTING THAT IS RESISTING GOD.
  • 19:32 I BELIEVE THAT TRYING TO GET IN THE WAY OF THAT
  • 19:35 IS TRYING TO PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK IN THE WAY OF GOD.
  • 19:38 I LOOK AT THE CONTEST BEING PLAYED OUT HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 19:41 AS SOMETHING THAT'S SPIRITUAL, NOT JUST MATERIAL.
  • 19:46 I BELIEVE THAT ANY BIBLE TEACHER THAT CLAIMS TO BE A LOVER OF THE WORD OF GOD THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT ISRAEL,
  • 19:52 ANY MINISTER WITH THAT POSITION OUGHT TO BE SUED FOR MALPRACTICE.
  • 19:56 THIS PERSON IS NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE RHYTHMS OF THE TEXT.
  • 19:59 THIS PERSON IS NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE HOPES AND THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE LITERATURE.
  • 20:04 AND IF YOU'RE INVOLVED IN A CHURCH LIKE THAT
  • 20:06 I WOULD SAY FLEE AND MAKE YOUR WAY TO A BIBLE CHURCH,
  • 20:09 BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A BIBLE THAT TEACHES WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORD
  • 20:13 AND LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD,
  • 20:15 FAITH IS STRENGTHENED AND WE NEED TO BE IN A WORLD WHERE FAITH IS STRENGTHENED.
  • 20:20 THIS SERIES OF COURSE LOOKS AT THE VARIOUS PIECES IN EZEKIEL'S PUZZLE.
  • 20:25 AND HERE IN THIS PROGRAM WE CONSIDER IT A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE,
  • 20:29 ONE THAT IS SO SIGNIFICANT AND THAT IS THAT GOD SAYS TO HIS PEOPLE OF ISRAEL,
  • 20:36 "YOU'VE BEEN SCATTERED",
  • 20:38 "YOU'VE BEEN MALIGNED",
  • 20:40 "YOU'VE BEEN HURT",
  • 20:42 "AND YOUR HOPE IS WANING."
  • 20:44 "BUT KNOW THIS,"
  • 20:46 "THAT I AM FOR YOU",
  • 20:47 "THAT I WILL REGATHER YOU",
  • 20:49 "AND I WILL BRING YOU BACK INTO YOUR LAND."
  • 20:52 IT DOESN'T GET ANY CLEARER THAN THIS.
  • 20:53 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS,
  • 20:55 WE'RE LIVING IN THE MOMENT OF THE FULFILLMENT OF EZEKIEL'S PROMISE.
  • 21:02 ♪(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)♪
  • 22:00 BEN GURION WAS A MAN WHO HAD A VISION FOR ISRAEL.
  • 22:03 HIS SPEECH ALWAYS MOVES ME.
  • 22:05 HIS SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT THAT HE LOVED ISRAEL SO MUCH -
  • 22:09 "RUACH", THE HEBREW WORD FOR "SPIRIT", JEFF.
  • 22:12 WELL, THE SPIRIT'S INVOLVED IN REGATHERING ISRAEL
  • 22:14 AND THE WORD "SPIRIT" AND "BREATHE" GOES TOGETHER IN HEBREW. >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 22:17 AND TO BE SURE, BEN GURION WAS A VOICE,
  • 22:20 A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN BRINGING ISRAEL BACK TO LIFE.
  • 22:24 AND WHAT LIFE THEY HAVE.
  • 22:26 WHAT LIFE.
  • 22:27 IN FACT WE TALKED TO UDI MERIOZ
  • 22:29 WHO IS AN ARTIST IN JERUSALEM.
  • 22:32 HIS FAMILY CAME BACK FROM THE 67 WAR.
  • 22:35 THEY HAD LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND THEY CAME BACK
  • 22:37 AND SETTLED AGAIN IN JERUSALEM.
  • 22:40 THEY HAD TO START ALL OVER AGAIN.
  • 22:42 YOU KNOW...AND ARTISTRY REMINDS ME,
  • 22:45 THERE'S CREATIVITY, THERE'S LIFE,
  • 22:47 THERE'S THOSE ENERGIES BEING BACK IN THE LAND.
  • 22:49 IT'S GOOD TO SEE.
  • 22:50 IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE.
  • 22:51 HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A REALLY GOOD FRIEND FOR US.
  • 22:53 I ASKED HIM HOW IT WAS TO COME BACK TO JERUSALEM.
  • 22:57 WHAT...HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU SAW IT?
  • 22:59 YOU WERE A CHILD.
  • 23:00 YEAH, I WAS A CHILD THEN.
  • 23:02 1ST OF ALL IT STARTED WITH THE FACT THAT MY FATHER
  • 23:05 WHEN WE LEFT THE OLD CITY IN 1948,
  • 23:07 MY FATHER MADE A PROMISE,
  • 23:09 THAT HE WOULD BE HE 1ST JEW TO COME AND SETTLE HERE
  • 23:11 AND BUY A LAND.
  • 23:12 SO HE WAS FIGHTING IN THE EGYPTIAN BORDER
  • 23:14 AND HE HAD HEARD THAT THE PARATROOPERS WERE HERE,
  • 23:16 AND HE ASKED FOR A SPECIAL LEAVE AND WE CAME HERE.
  • 23:18 SO WE ARE COMING AND MY FATHER SPOKE FLUENT ARABIC
  • 23:21 AND WE WERE MOVING AROUND
  • 23:23 AND HE WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO BUY.
  • 23:25 BUT OF COURSE WE WENT DOWN ALREADY TO THE KOTEL. >>TO THE WALL.
  • 23:29 TO THE WALL.
  • 23:30 FIRST OF ALL,TODAY YOU COME AND SEE THE WALL.
  • 23:34 AT THE TIME IT WAS HIDDEN,
  • 23:36 THE WALL WAS HIDDEN BEHIND OTHER WALLS AND BEHIND OTHER BUILDINGS,
  • 23:39 YOU HAD TO GO DOWN
  • 23:41 LIKE A MAZE... >>RIGHT
  • 23:43 AND THEN SUDDENLY YOU LOOK AT SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW FOR 2000 YEARS WE PRAYED
  • 23:48 AND WE SAID WE'LL COME BACK
  • 23:50 HOPEFULLY WE'LL COME BACK,
  • 23:52 AND SUDDENLY WE WAS THERE.
  • 23:55 IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING...
  • 23:56 AND YOU WERE 9 YEARS OLD WHEN YOU SAW THE WALL THE 1ST TIME.
  • 23:58 I WAS 9 YEARS OLD AND I REMEMBER WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE
  • 24:01 AND THERE WAS ONLY SOLDIERS THEN.
  • 24:03 LATER THERE STARTED TO BE OTHER CIVILIANS AND MANY PEOPLE CAME IN.
  • 24:07 BUT WE WERE LITERALLY, AFTER THE 1ST SOLDIERS WE WERE THE 1ST TO COME AS CIVILIANS.
  • 24:12 WE'RE SITTING IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 24:15 WE'RE SITTING IN THIS BUILDING THAT IS...
  • 24:16 NOTHING'S IN HERE.
  • 24:18 BELOW US IS A CHURCH, PROBABLY MEDIEVAL TIMES,
  • 24:19 BUT I'M WATCHING YOU AS YOU POINT OUT THE ARCHES
  • 24:22 AND THE WALLS AND THE DOORS AND SAYING,
  • 24:24 "WHEN WE CAME THIS WAS ALL RUBBLE AND WE DUG IT ALL OUT."
  • 24:28 THAT'S... USED TO BE,
  • 24:29 IF YOU LOOK AROUND THAT'S HOW MY HOME LOOKED.
  • 24:31 JUST HAD A LITTLE ROOF, BUT IT WAS TEENY.
  • 24:33 AGAIN ITS PROBABLY BECAUSE JERUSALEM WAS BUILT WITH SO MANY LAYERS
  • 24:39 ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER.
  • 24:41 EVERY TIME THERE WAS A DESTRUCTION AND THEN ON TOP THEY BUILT.
  • 24:44 WHEN WE CAME IN THERE WAS A TEENY PLACE
  • 24:46 AND LITTLE HOLES ON OUTSIDE AS A TOILET.
  • 24:49 IT WAS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT EVERYTHING WAS IN RUINS.
  • 24:52 NOTHING, NOTHING WAS THERE.
  • 24:53 AND WE'RE NOW TRYING TO REVIVE JEWISH LIFE HERE.
  • 24:57 PLUS THIS WILL STILL CONTINUE,
  • 24:59 I MEAN WHAT WE..,
  • 25:00 IT'S NOT A ONE TIME PROCESS,
  • 25:02 IT'S NOT A MIRACLE THAT HAPPENS,
  • 25:03 IT WAS A MIRACLE TO COME IN,
  • 25:05 BUT TO REVIVE EVERYTHING IT'S A SLOW PROCESS
  • 25:07 AND WE'RE STILL BUILDING SOME OF THOSE SYNAGOGUES THAT WAS DESTROYED.
  • 25:10 IT'S LIKE SOMETHING NEW BORN OUT OF THIS PAST.
  • 25:15 THAT WAS OUR FRIEND UDI; WONDERFUL GUY, WONDERFUL ARTIST,
  • 25:19 I LOVE SEEING HIM EVERY TIME I GO TO ISRAEL, JEFF.
  • 25:21 CHAPTER 37, VERSE 25 SAYS,
  • 25:38 GOD MAKES AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH ISRAEL.
  • 25:42 YES, IT SOUNDS LIKE GOD LOVES THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 25:44 AND IT SOUNDS LIKE GOD HAS A PLACE FOR THEM.
  • 25:48 THERE ARE MANY INDIVIDUALS TODAY THAT AREN'T JEWISH, JUST PEOPLE
  • 25:51 AND WONDER DO THEY HAVE A PLACE IN THE WORLD?
  • 25:54 MAYBE YOU FEEL DEVASTATED BY CIRCUMSTANCES, MAYBE BY SIN.
  • 25:59 WHEN I CONSIDER THE STORY OF GOD'S REBUILDING ISRAEL OUT OF NOTHING,
  • 26:05 WHAT'S TRUE FOR ISRAEL CAN BE TRUE FOR YOU.
  • 26:08 IT'S THE SAME GOD THAT HAS IT ALL AND HE BESTOWS HIS GRACES UPON ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM.
  • 26:13 AND IF YOU'RE AT A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU NEED THAT REBUILDING GRACE,
  • 26:18 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT GOD'S AT A PLACE WHERE HE'S WILLING TO EXTEND IT TO YOU.
  • 26:23 THAT'S WHY HE SENT HIS SON.
  • 26:25 BUT IT'S NOT GONNA BE BY ACCIDENT,
  • 26:28 YOU HAVE TO REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND REACH UP TO HIM AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS.
  • 26:33 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN BE REBUILT TOO.
  • 26:36 THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 26:38 AMEN. GOD DWELLS WITH US FOREVER.
  • 26:41 STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK, IT'S WAR.
  • 26:45 AND AS YOU GO, SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:48 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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