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Episode: “Promised to the Next Generation”
On location in Beersheba, we discuss how the God who cares for His people in every generation visited Isaac in Beersheba, and confirmed His unwavering intention to give the Land to Isaac and to his seed after him.
Series:Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel)”
In this eight-part television series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif takes viewers through Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel). By exploring the Bible’s accounts of the Holy Land’s past, present, and prophetic future, we discover an inextricable relationship between the people of Israel and Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel). Former CBS correspondent David Dolan helps explore the modern-day struggles that accompany the re-establishment of the ancestral Jewish homeland. On-location TV footage, dramas, and wonderful music punctuate the series.

Caption transcript for Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel): “Promised to the Next Generation” (2/8)

  • 00:09 LOOK TO THE NORTH
  • 00:11 THE SOUTH
  • 00:15 THE EAST
  • 00:18 THE WEST
  • 00:26 ALL THE LAND WHICH THOU SEEST
  • 00:28 TO THEE WILL I GIVE IT
  • 00:30 AND TO THY SEED FOREVER.
  • 00:35 INDEED... HE WHO WATCHES OVER ISRAEL
  • 00:37 WILL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP.
  • 00:56 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:58 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:59 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN
  • 01:01 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:03 THIS WEEK THE 2ND OF AN 8 PART SERIES CALLED "ERETZ ISRAEL"
  • 01:07 MEANING "THE LAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 01:11 WHAT A LAND...
  • 01:12 WHAT A STORY...
  • 01:14 AND WE TAKE YOU ALL AROUND THAT LAND
  • 01:15 TO TELL YOU THE STORY ALONG THE BACK ROADS,
  • 01:19 THE ROADS LESS TRAVELED.
  • 01:20 OH WE COULD TAKE YOU ON THE HIGHWAYS
  • 01:22 BUT WE'D RATHER THE BYWAYS
  • 01:23 AND WALK ALONG THE PATH THE PATRIARCHS MIGHT HAVE WALKED
  • 01:28 AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY INTO THE LAND OF CANAAN.
  • 01:32 LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT ABRAHAM.
  • 01:35 THIS WEEK HIS SON ISAAC.
  • 01:37 OFF WE GO TO EXAMINE HIM
  • 01:39 AND CONSIDER THE PROMISE THAT WAS MADE TO ABRAHAM...
  • 01:41 WAS LIKEWISE MADE TO HIM AND HIS CHILDREN.
  • 01:48 AND THE LORD APPEARED UNTO ISAAC AND SAID,
  • 01:51 "SOJOURN IN THIS LAND AND I WILL BE WITH THEE AND WILL BLESS THEE."
  • 01:57 "FOR UNTO THEE AND UNTO THY SEED I WILL GIVE ALL THESE COUNTRIES"
  • 02:02 "AND I WILL PERFORM THE OATH WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM THY FATHER."
  • 02:08 "AND I WILL MAKE THY SEED TO MULTIPLY AS THE STARS IN HEAVEN"
  • 02:12 "AND WILL GIVE THY SEED ALL THESE COUNTRIES"
  • 02:16 "AND IN THY SEED SHALL ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED."
  • 02:24 IT'S CALLED "ADAMAH " IN HEBREW,
  • 02:26 IT MEANS "EARTH".
  • 02:28 "HEVAR" MEANS "THE DUST".
  • 02:30 AND "ERETZ" MEANS "THE LAND".
  • 02:33 AND MY HOW THE ISRAELITES LOVED IT.
  • 02:36 ABRAHAM LOVED IT,
  • 02:38 YITZKAK LOVED IT
  • 02:40 AND APPARENTLY THEY LOVED A PLACE CALLED BE'ER SHEVA.
  • 02:51 WE'RE GONNA GO TO IT.
  • 02:52 COME WITH ME NOW.
  • 03:21 THE ANCIENTS WERE ALL ABOUT TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THEIR WORLD AND COME TO KNOW IT.
  • 03:25 LET ME GIVE YOU A WINDOW INTO HOW THEY PERCEIVED IT
  • 03:29 BY EMPLOYING A MAP THAT WAS AKIN TO WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE USED
  • 03:33 ON MATERIAL AKIN TO WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE PUT IT ALL ON.
  • 03:38 TAKES AWHILE TO UNFOLD THIS.
  • 03:40 THIS IS A BIG PIECE.
  • 03:42 THE MEDITERRANEAN HERE MIGHT BE FAMILIAR TO YOU.
  • 03:44 LET ME JUST SAY UP NORTH
  • 03:46 AT THE TOP
  • 03:47 IS THE ALPINE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS EXTENDING 7,000 MILES.
  • 03:50 DOWN HERE YOU HAVE THE AFRICAN SAHARAN DESERT,
  • 03:54 THE ARABIAN DESERT.
  • 03:55 SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN
  • 03:57 IS THIS AREA CALLED
  • 03:58 "THE FERTILE CRESCENT",
  • 04:00 THE LEVANT HERE EXTENDING OVER TO THE LAND OF CANAAN.
  • 04:03 OF COURSE ABRAHAM MADE THIS JOURNEY AND SETTLED.
  • 04:06 HIS SON ISAAC INHABITED
  • 04:08 AND SPENT SOME TIME AT A PLACE HERE CALLED BE'ER SHEVA.
  • 04:13 WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOOK.
  • 04:30 IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD
  • 04:32 PEOPLE PLACE A PREMIUM ON SOMETHING CALLED...
  • 04:34 "WATER".
  • 04:41 DO YOU HEAR THAT?
  • 04:43 200 FEET...
  • 04:46 NOT ONLY DOES THIS WELL GO DEEP,
  • 04:48 THE STORY OF THE SITE
  • 04:50 GOES DEEPER YET.
  • 04:51 NOT 200 FEET
  • 04:53 BUT GOING BACK THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO.
  • 04:58 I'M NOT OF A MIND TO TAKE YOU BACK
  • 05:00 ALL THOSE THOUSANDS OF YEARS
  • 05:01 BUT I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO
  • 05:03 A SPOT A FEW THOUSAND YEARS AGO
  • 05:06 THAT'S NOTED IN THE BOOK "B'RESHEET"
  • 05:08 "GENESIS".
  • 05:11 FOR THEREIN WE LEARN ABOUT ABRAHAM AND HIS CLAN HERE,
  • 05:16 "YITZHAK" OR "ISAAC" PARTICULARLY IN THIS STORY,
  • 05:20 AND WE LEARN ABOUT PEOPLE NOT FAR FROM HERE CALLED THE PHILISTINES
  • 05:25 AND WE LEARN ABOUT TENSIONS.
  • 05:29 TENSIONS REVOLVING OVER WHAT?
  • 05:32 WHO GETS WHAT IN THE LAND!
  • 05:35 NOW HOW'S THAT FOR A STORY THAT'S NEW AND OLD?
  • 05:38 IN THE GENESIS NARRATIVE AS WE'LL SEE,
  • 05:41 THEY'RE FIGHTING OVER WATER.
  • 05:45 THEY'RE FIGHTING OVER A WELL;
  • 05:47 THE PHILISTINES AND YITZHAK, "ISAAC".
  • 05:52 NOW SIMILARITIES ASIDE,
  • 05:56 WHAT'S DISSIMILAR IS THE FACT THAT IN THIS CASE,
  • 05:59 AT LEAST IN THE GENESIS CASE AS WE'LL SEE,
  • 06:01 WE'RE DEALING WITH THE REAL PHILISTINE.
  • 06:05 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 06:07 THE REAL PALESTINIANS SO CALLED ACCORDING TO HISTORY AND VARIOUS HISTORIES WERE SEAFARING PEOPLE
  • 06:14 THAT CAME FROM GREECE AND FROM THE IONIAN ISLANDS,
  • 06:17 A TALL PEOPLE.
  • 06:20 AND WE NOTE IN THE BIBLE IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS
  • 06:23 HOW THEY SECURE A TOEHOLD PRINCIPALLY ALONG THE COAST.
  • 06:27 THE NEVER PENETRATE FAR EAST.
  • 06:29 THEY ESTABLISH A FEW CITIES
  • 06:31 AND YOU HAVE SOME PHILISTINE HOLDINGS.
  • 06:34 WELL THEY CAME FROM THE SEA.
  • 06:37 BIBLE READERS KNOW OF ANOTHER MAN WHO TRAVERSED THE FERTILE CRESCENT
  • 06:42 BEGINNING IN UR OF CHALDEA,
  • 06:45 MAKES HIS WAY ALONG MESOPOTAMIA,
  • 06:47 SETTLES IN HARAN SYRIA
  • 06:49 AND EVENTUALLY HEARS...
  • 06:52 "IT'S TIME TO GO".
  • 06:54 IN GENESIS 12 HE MAKES HIS WAY DOWN FURTHER
  • 06:58 AND HERE AT BE'ER SHEVA
  • 07:00 WE ARE AT THAT SOUTHERN PENETRATION
  • 07:03 NOT FAR SOUTH...THE NEGEV.
  • 07:06 SO AS ONE CAN IMAGINE, HERE WATER WOULD BE IN HIGH DEMAND AND VERY SHORT SUPPLY.
  • 07:12 WHEN WE ADD TO IT THE TRADE ROUTES, THE "VIA MARIS", "THE WAY OF THE SEA",
  • 07:17 THAT WILL TAKE YOU DOWN TO EGYPT
  • 07:19 CROSSES HERE
  • 07:21 AS DOES "THE KING'S WAY",
  • 07:22 "THE KING'S HIGHWAY" WHICH GOES UP THROUGH MODERN JORDAN.
  • 07:25 IN ANY CASE, THESE ANCIENT ROADS MET HERE
  • 07:27 AND HERE AT THE CROSSROADS
  • 07:29 THE PHILISTINE AND YITZHAK MEET HERE.
  • 07:32 BUT GOD MEETS THEM AT THE PLACE.
  • 07:35 OH...THIS IS A PROPHETIC WORD.
  • 07:37 WE'RE TOLD HERE IN CHAPTER 26 OF THE BOOK GENESIS
  • 07:42 THAT YITZHAK, ISAAC, GOES TO AVIMELEK
  • 07:46 WHICH SEEMS TO BE A TITLE NAME HERE OF THESE PHILISTINE KINGS.
  • 07:49 AND WE'RE TOLD THAT THE LORD APPEARED TO HIM WITH AN AFFIRMATION.
  • 07:53 AND NOTE IT SPECIFICALLY PLEASE...
  • 07:55 "DWELL IN THE LAND" HE SAYS,
  • 07:56 "AND I WILL BE WITH YOU"
  • 07:58 IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS HE SAYS,
  • 07:59 "I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THESE LANDS"
  • 08:01 "LIKE I SWORE TO YOUR FATHER ABRAHAM".
  • 08:03 NOW, LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 08:05 WHAT IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THAT?
  • 08:09 THAT LANGUAGE IS VERY, VERY CLEAR.
  • 08:11 IN VERSE 4, AS IF VERSE 3 IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH,
  • 08:14 "AND I WILL GIVE TO YOUR DESCENDANTS ALL THESE LANDS."
  • 08:18 WE'RE TOLD SPECIFICALLY AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE CHAPTER NOW IN VERSE 23,
  • 08:24 WHEREIN BE'ER SHEVA IT'S NOTED EXPLICITLY WHERE COMING TO YOU NOW.
  • 08:29 AND THE LORD APPEARED TO HIM AND SAID,
  • 08:39 FRIENDS, I KNOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS.
  • 08:42 TODAY THERE'S THE MID EAST "PIECE" PROCESS
  • 08:44 WHICH IS LITTLE MORE THAN WANTING TO CARVE UP JEWISH REAL ESTATE PIECE BY PIECE BY PIECE
  • 08:49 TRYING TO SATISFY PEOPLE THAT HAVE SAID ON THE FRONT END,
  • 08:52 "ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS DRIVE US INTO THE SEA".
  • 08:54 NOW COME ON, LET'S WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.
  • 08:57 LET'S WAKE UP AND READ THE LITERATURE.
  • 08:59 I BELIEVE THAT A BIBLE READER IS FORCED TO CONCLUDE IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS
  • 09:04 THAT GOD GAVE THIS PARTICULAR REAL ESTATE TO A PARTICULAR PEOPLE.
  • 09:08 HE NOTED IT ALL OVER THE PLACE.
  • 09:11 AND HE NOTED HERE IN THIS PLACE...BE'ER SHEVA.
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  • 10:03 (Jeff speaking)
  • 10:05 MUCH OF ISRAEL'S REMARKABLE HISTORY HAPPENED RIGHT HERE IN TEL AVIV.
  • 10:09 DAVID DOLAN TELLS US MORE AS HE CONTINUES HIS STORY ON THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 10:16 I'M STANDING IN A SAND DUNE HERE NEAR THE COAST.
  • 10:18 THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IS OUT HERE.
  • 10:20 BEHIND ME YOU SEE THE MODERN, THRIVING CITY OF TEL AVIV.
  • 10:23 BUT MUCH OF THE COUNTRYSIDE,
  • 10:25 100 - 150 YEARS AGO WAS LIKE THIS,
  • 10:27 SANDY, JUST A BIT OF VEGETATION,
  • 10:29 HARDLY ANY TREES,
  • 10:30 NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE LIVING IN IT.
  • 10:31 WHEN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE BEGAN
  • 10:33 IT WAS FAIRLY TOLERANT OF THE
  • 10:35 JEWISH COMMUNITY LIVING THERE
  • 10:37 WHICH WASN'T MANY PEOPLE
  • 10:38 BUT IT WAS A FEW THOUSAND.
  • 10:39 BUT THAT TOLERATION STARTED TO WANE AS THE CENTURIES WENT ON.
  • 10:43 BY THE 1800S THERE WAS MAJOR VIOLENCE OCCURRING FROM TIME TO TIME
  • 10:47 AGAINST THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.
  • 10:49 THE CHRISTIANS WERE ALSO SUFFERING HERE UNDER THE OTTOMAN TURKISH RULE AT TIMES.
  • 10:53 THERE WAS A MAJOR POGROM AGAINST THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF DAMASCUS IN THE 1840'S
  • 10:58 WHICH PROMPTED A MASS MIGRATION OF THE JEWS FROM THERE TO THE LAND.
  • 11:01 THEY WERE ALSO COMING FROM EGYPT.
  • 11:03 THEY WERE COMING FROM IRAQ TO THE EAST
  • 11:05 AND WHAT LATER BECAME JORDAN AND OTHER PLACES.
  • 11:08 AND SOME WERE EVEN COMING FROM EUROPE.
  • 11:10 IN 1857
  • 11:12 A RABBI IN EUROPE, IN SERBIA
  • 11:13 HAD AN IDEA,
  • 11:15 "LET'S RECREATE THE JEWISH STATE"
  • 11:17 "LET'S BRING THE JEWISH PEOPLE BACK FROM AROUND THE WORLD."
  • 11:19 HE ADVOCATED THIS IN HIS SYNAGOGUE
  • 11:21 AND TOOK IT AROUND EUROPE.
  • 11:23 IT WAS A VERY POPULAR PROGRAM BUT IT WAS A BIT PRE-MATURE.
  • 11:26 THE TURKISH MUSLIMS WERE STILL RULING HERE.
  • 11:28 IN 1839 THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND SENT OUT A DELEGATION
  • 11:32 TO EXAMINE THE VIOLENCE HAPPENING AGAINST THE JEWS.
  • 11:35 THEY RECOMMENDED A JEWISH STATE HERE AS WELL.
  • 11:38 THEY ADVERTISED THIS THROUGHOUT EUROPE IN DIFFERENT NEWSPAPERS, ETC.
  • 11:42 SO THE DESIRE FOR THE JEWS TO RETURN HERE WAS GROWING.
  • 11:45 THEN IN THE 1880s
  • 11:47 AS THE JEWS WERE FINALLY A MAJORITY IN JERUSALEM AGAIN
  • 11:50 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1700 YEARS,
  • 11:53 THE POGROMS BROKE OUT IN RUSSIA.
  • 11:55 WHOLE JEWISH COMMUNITIES WERE DESTROYED, WIPED OUT,
  • 11:58 AND AGAIN A MASS MIGRATION OF JEWS BEGAN FROM THERE
  • 12:02 AND LATER FROM POLAND.
  • 12:03 MOST WENT TO NORTH AMERICA AND OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE.
  • 12:05 BUT AROUND 25,000 CAME HERE TO THE LAND.
  • 12:09 THIS BECAME KNOWN AS THE FIRST WAVE OF ALIYAH, OR IMMIGRATION GOING UP TO ZION.
  • 12:14 AROUND THIS TIME
  • 12:15 A FRENCH MILITARY OFFICIAL
  • 12:17 NAMED ALFRED DREYFUS
  • 12:18 WAS CHARGED WITH TREASON.
  • 12:20 HE WAS TRIED IN PARIS.
  • 12:22 A YOUNG JOURNALIST CAME TO COVER THE TRIAL FROM VIENNA NAMED THEODOR HERZL.
  • 12:26 HE WAS SHOCKED
  • 12:27 WHEN HE WAS FOUND GUILTY
  • 12:28 ON SUCH FLIMSY EVIDENCE
  • 12:30 AND LATER THAT CONVICTION
  • 12:31 WAS OVERTURNED.
  • 12:32 BUT THIS PROMPTED HIM TO WRITE A BOOK CALLED "THE JEWISH STATE",
  • 12:36 AN ATTEMPT AT A MODERN SOLUTION TO THE JEWISH QUESTION.
  • 12:39 IT ADVOCATED JEWS TO RETURN HERE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  • 12:42 AND HE IS CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF MODERN ZIONISM TODAY.
  • 12:46 THE NEXT YEAR IN 1897
  • 12:48 WE HAD THE FIRST
  • 12:49 ZIONIST CONGRESS
  • 12:50 IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND.
  • 12:52 THIS BROUGHT TOGETHER JEWS
  • 12:53 FROM AROUND EUROPE;
  • 12:54 IN FACT, FROM THE UNITED STATES,
  • 12:56 FROM AUSTRALIA
  • 12:57 AND OTHER PARTS OF THE GLOBE.
  • 12:58 AND THEY PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM TO RE-CREATE A JEWISH STATE HERE.
  • 13:02 THEY ALSO SHOWED THE NEW JEWISH FLAG,
  • 13:05 THE NEW FLAG THAT ISRAEL WOULD HAVE WITH THE STAR OF DAVID IN THE CENTER OF IT.
  • 13:08 THEY BEGAN THEIR MEETING BY SINGING WHAT WOULD BECOME ISRAEL'S NATIONAL ANTHEM,
  • 13:13 "HATIKVA", "THE HOPE"
  • 13:15 TO BE A FREE PEOPLE BACK IN THE LAND OF ZION AND JERUSALEM AFTER 2,000 YEARS OF EXILE.
  • 13:20 MEANWHILE THE POGROMS CONTINUED IN RUSSIA.
  • 13:23 THERE WAS ANOTHER WAVE OF JEWS COMING TO THE LAND FROM 1904 UNTIL 1914, ANOTHER 25,000 CAME.
  • 13:30 WELL, THE LOCAL ARABS DIDN'T LIKE THIS.
  • 13:32 AND ACTUALLY THE GROWING JEWISH NATIONALISM WAS CREATING AN AFFECT AMONGST THEM
  • 13:38 AND GROWING ARAB NATIONALISM WAS RISING AT THE TIME
  • 13:41 AND THEY DEMANDED THAT THE JEWISH IMMIGRATION TO THE LAND STOP.
  • 13:44 IN 1898 THE FIRST ALL JEWISH TOWN WAS BUILT
  • 13:48 JUST NORTH OF MODERN TEL AVIV CALLED "PETAH TIKVA",
  • 13:50 "THE GATES OF HOPE".
  • 13:52 I LIVED THERE WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO ISRAEL IN 1980.
  • 13:54 IN 1909 JEWS GATHERED IN THESE SAND DUNES TO PLAN A NEW TOWN
  • 13:59 THAT WOULD BECOME THE URBAN CENTER OF ISRAEL...TEL AVIV.
  • 14:02 TODAY OVER A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN IT...
  • 14:04 OVER 100 YEARS OLD...
  • 14:06 A THRIVING CITY.
  • 14:08 AS THE JEWS KEPT COMING BACK, HOWEVER, THE WINDS OF WAR WERE BLOWING IN EUROPE.
  • 14:11 WORLD WAR I WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.
  • 14:13 IT WOULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF JEWISH HISTORY AS WELL.
  • 14:27 THE OLD SAYING GOES "STEP BY STEP".
  • 14:30 THE PATRIARCHS WALKED A NUMBER OF STEPS TO GET TO ISRAEL
  • 14:32 AND MODERN ISRAELIS WALKED A NUMBER OF STEPS TO GET THERE AS WELL
  • 14:37 IN THE MIRACLE THAT IS ISRAEL TODAY.
  • 14:40 TRACIE...YOU TAKE PEOPLE TO ISRAEL TODAY WITH ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES
  • 14:43 IF THEY WANT TO GO CHECK IT OUT, YES?
  • 14:45 I DO. AND IT HAS BEEN THE JOY OF MY LIFE
  • 14:48 TO TAKE PEOPLE TO ISRAEL.
  • 14:49 OFTEN TIMES OUR CALLERS WILL SAY,
  • 14:51 "WELL GEE, ARE MOST OF YOUR TRAVELERS JEWISH?",
  • 14:53 BUT THEY REALLY AREN'T.
  • 14:54 OUR CALLERS, AS YOU KNOW DR. SEIF,
  • 14:55 AND OUR VIEWERS ARE REALLY CHRISTIAN PEOPLE
  • 14:57 WHO JUST HAVE A LOVE OF YESHUA AND THE HOLY LAND
  • 15:00 AND IT'S REALLY MY JOY AND PRIVILEGE TO LEAD OUR VIEWERS THROUGH HIS LAND.
  • 15:04 SO YOU TALK ABOUT CALLERS.
  • 15:05 THEY CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 15:08 AND THEY CAN GET TO YOU.
  • 15:09 RIGHT...THEY DO.
  • 15:10 THEY CAN GO ON LINE...
  • 15:11 LEVITT.COM...
  • 15:12 AND GET TO YOU.
  • 15:13 EVERYTHING IS THERE ON LINE.
  • 15:14 EVEN YOU CAN REGISTER ON LINE.
  • 15:16 AND ACTUALLY, WE HAVE A REAL SPECIAL OFFER WE WANT TO MAKE AVAILABLE TODAY...
  • 15:18 IF OUR VIEWERS HAVE A GROUP OF TEN OR MORE PEOPLE,
  • 15:21 ONE PERSON CAN GO FREE.
  • 15:23 THEY LEAD THE GROUP
  • 15:24 AND ALL THE LOGISTICS FALL TO ME.
  • 15:26 OUR VIEWERS, OUR PEOPLE THAT WATCH THE SHOW SO FAITHFULLY ARE PAYING
  • 15:30 TO GO TO THE HOLY LAND TO HAVE THAT INTIMACY WITH THE LORD.
  • 15:33 AND WE OFFER THAT.
  • 15:35 IN FACT, WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU AN INTERVIEW RIGHT NOW
  • 15:37 ONE OF OUR PRECIOUS TRAVELERS, SHARON, IN THIS LAST TOUR.
  • 15:40 AND I WANT YOU TO SEE ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE IN ISRAEL.
  • 15:44 THE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME
  • 15:45 BEING IN THIS LAND OF YESHUA
  • 15:48 IS THE FULLNESS OF JOY
  • 15:50 THAT I FEEL BEING WITH FELLOW CHRISTIANS
  • 15:53 AND BEING IN HIS HOLY LAND
  • 15:56 WHERE HE WALKED AND TALKED.
  • 15:57 THIS WAS THE FULFILLMENT OF A DREAM FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND.
  • 16:02 WE HAD PLANNED TO COME ON THIS TRIP TOGETHER BEFORE HE PASSED AWAY.
  • 16:07 AND SO FOR ME TO BE HERE TO FULFILL THAT DREAM WITH ZOLA
  • 16:13 AND ITS UNSPEAKABLE.
  • 16:16 SHARON IS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING ISN'T SHE?
  • 16:19 SHE IS DR. SEIF.
  • 16:20 AND I WOULD LOVE TO INVITE OUR VIEWERS
  • 16:22 TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT LEVITT.COM
  • 16:24 AND SEE EVEN MORE TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR TRAVELERS.
  • 16:26 IT IS...ISRAEL TURNS PEOPLE AROUND, YES?
  • 16:29 IT DOES...IT DOES
  • 16:31 AND WOULD INVITE YOU TO COME WITH US ON OUR NEXT TOUR.
  • 16:33 WELL YOU HEARD WHAT THE LADY SAID.
  • 16:37 IF YOU CAN'T GO WITH US ON THE TOUR
  • 16:39 I HOPE YOU'LL STILL GO WITH US ON THE JOURNEY.
  • 16:42 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 16:43 THIS IS A MINISTRY NOT A TV SHOW.
  • 16:46 AND WE'RE ALL ABOUT GETTING INFORMATION TO YOU
  • 16:49 WITH A JEWISH VIEW.
  • 16:50 WE HAVE A MAGAZINE
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  • 16:54 IF YOU'LL CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 16:56 OR YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR IT
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  • 17:01 LATER ON THERE'LL BE AN OFFER
  • 17:03 ON THE PROGRAM CALLED
  • 17:04 "JERUSALEM FOREVER"
  • 17:06 WRITTEN BY THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT,
  • 17:08 OUR FOUNDER.
  • 17:09 WE WANT PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE LAND,
  • 17:13 ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND ABOUT HOW IT'S ALL COMING TOGETHER TODAY.
  • 17:17 OFF WE GO TO CONSIDER THAT AND MORE.
  • 17:22 THE WORD "SECULAR"
  • 17:23 COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD
  • 17:24 "SAECULARIS"
  • 17:25 MEANING "OF THIS AGE".
  • 17:27 AND THE THINKING IS THAT THE FORMATION OF SECULAR STATES
  • 17:30 IS ALL MATERIAL AND NOT SPIRITUAL,
  • 17:32 BUT THERE'S A RELIGIOUS VISION
  • 17:34 THAT ENFORMED THE MANUFACTURE OF MODERN ISRAEL, CORRECT?
  • 17:37 ABSOLUTELY, JEFF.
  • 17:39 WE HEAR THAT THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT
  • 17:41 WAS A SECULAR MOVEMENT.
  • 17:43 AND IT'S TRUE
  • 17:44 THAT THEODOR HERZL
  • 17:45 WAS NOT A PROFESSING JEW.
  • 17:47 HE DIDN'T ATTEND SYNAGOGUE, ETC.
  • 17:49 BUT DOES ZIONISM REALLY BEGIN WITH HIM?
  • 17:52 I SAY "NO".
  • 17:53 YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE IN THE 17TH CENTURY OF AN OBSERVANT JEW,
  • 17:59 SHABBTAI TZVI,
  • 18:01 WHO SAID "I AM THE MESSIAH".
  • 18:03 WELL HE WASN'T THE MESSIAH
  • 18:04 BUT THERE WAS A MILLION PEOPLE
  • 18:06 THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND NORTH AFRICA
  • 18:07 PREPARING TO COME BACK TO THIS LAND
  • 18:09 WHERE HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO ESTABLISH A JEWISH STATE.
  • 18:13 IT WAS IN THEIR HEARTS TO COME BACK HERE.
  • 18:14 RIGHT, SO THERE ARE THOSE WITHIN THE MODERN ZIONISTIC MILIEU
  • 18:18 WHICH MAY DENY THEIR RELIGIOUS BIBLICAL MOORINGS.
  • 18:22 BUT STILL JEWS KIND OF DEVELOP IN A CULTURAL MATRIX
  • 18:25 THAT'S SO MUCH ENFORMED BY THE TORAH.
  • 18:28 EVEN IF THE MIND DOESN'T REALIZE IT
  • 18:30 ZIONISM HAS ITS ROOTS IN BIBLICAL ZION
  • 18:32 AND THAT'S PART OF THE CULTURE.
  • 18:34 YOU SAY "I'M A SECULAR JEW",
  • 18:36 YOU SCRATCH THE SURFACE
  • 18:37 AND SAY "WHAT DOES JERUSALEM MEAN TO YOU?"
  • 18:40 AND PEOPLE SAY "IT'S JUST JERUSALEM".
  • 18:42 IT HAS TO BE IN JEWISH HANDS.
  • 18:44 WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GO THERE.
  • 18:45 IT IS...
  • 18:46 ITS SOMETHING COME FROM THE HEART.
  • 18:47 AND YOU KNOW JEFF THERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE.
  • 18:49 JUST A FEW DECADES BEFORE HERZL CONVENED THE FIRST ZIONIST CONGRESS
  • 18:53 WE HAD ANOTHER RABBI
  • 18:54 YEHUDA ALKALAI
  • 18:56 WHO WAS FROM SERBIA
  • 18:58 AND HE SAID WE NEED TO GO BACK TO ZION.
  • 19:00 AND THERE WAS, AGAIN, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT EUROPE,
  • 19:03 ORTHODOX JEWS THAT WERE HOPING THIS WOULD LEAD TO SOMETHING.
  • 19:07 WELL IT WAS A BIT PREMATURE
  • 19:08 BECAUSE THE TURKS WERE STILL IN CONTROL OF THE AREA.
  • 19:10 BUT AGAIN IT SHOWED
  • 19:12 THAT THE ROOTS OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, AS IT WERE,
  • 19:13 WERE VERY MUCH FROM A SPIRITUAL ROOT INSIDE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 19:17 YES AND IT COULD BE ARGUED TO BE TANGENTIAL HERE,
  • 19:20 BUT EVEN IN THE 1800'S
  • 19:21 THERE WERE CHRISTIAN THEOLOGUES THAT WERE READING THE BIBLE
  • 19:24 THAT ARE SAYING, "LISTEN, GOD HAS AN APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY"
  • 19:27 "WITH JEWISH PEOPLE IN THAT REAL ESTATE."
  • 19:29 "IT HAS TO BE."
  • 19:30 ABSOLUTELY...
  • 19:32 THE BALFOUR DECLARATION... THAT CAME OUT OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTER IN THE GOVERNMENT.
  • 19:37 AND HE WAS LISTENING TO SOME OF THE THEOLOGIANS IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
  • 19:41 AND THE SCOTTISH CHURCH ALSO THAT WERE SAYING
  • 19:43 THE JEWS ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE LAND AND REBUILD THEIR STATE
  • 19:46 THE PROPHET SAID SO...
  • 19:48 AND HE WAS A GOVERNMENT MINISTER
  • 19:49 BUT HE WAS VERY MUCH INFLUENCED BY HIS PERSONAL FAITH.
  • 19:52 AND ITS AMAZING,
  • 19:53 EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW IT,
  • 19:57 WHAT YOU KNOW AND WHAT I KNOW
  • 19:59 BECAUSE WE'RE BIBLE READERS
  • 20:00 IS THAT GOD IS WATCHING OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT
  • 20:04 AND HE'S PERFORMING IT...HERE.
  • 22:30 MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THERE IS NO MERCY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE.
  • 22:36 WELL THE AUTHORS OF THE VARIOUS BOOKS NEVER GOT THE MEMO
  • 22:39 BECAUSE THEY TALK ABOUT GOD'S MERCY
  • 22:41 AND THAT WONDERFUL SONG IS A TESTIMONY FROM THE JEWISH WORLD THAT SINGS ABOUT IT.
  • 22:47 OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
  • 22:49 THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT TALKED ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD IN SO MANY WAYS
  • 22:53 HOW IT'S REFLECTED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 22:57 AND HERE HE IS WITH DR. TOM MCCALL.
  • 23:00 IT WAS A NEAT STORY AT ONE LEVEL.
  • 23:02 THEY'RE THERE IN A BEDOUIN TENT IN ISRAEL.
  • 23:05 WE DO SO MUCH OF THIS IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 23:08 AND ZOLA WAS THERE AND TOM WAS THERE WITH AN OPEN BIBLE.
  • 23:13 THEY'RE REFLECTING ON THE PROMISES MADE TO THE PATRIARCHS.
  • 23:17 OFF WE GO TO HEAR HIM NOW.
  • 23:21 AND HE TOLD ISAAC THAT
  • 23:24 THIS LAND IS ALL YOURS.
  • 23:26 BUT THEN HE TURNED TO HIS OTHER SONS
  • 23:29 AND BY THAT TIME SARAH HAD DIED
  • 23:31 AND HE HAD MARRIED KETURAH
  • 23:33 AND HE HAD OTHER SONS THROUGH KETURAH.
  • 23:36 AND HE TOLD THEM THAT ISAAC WOULD HAVE
  • 23:42 WHAT WE KNOW AS ISRAEL...CANAAN.
  • 23:46 THE LITTLE COASTLINE SLIVER HERE.
  • 23:48 THAT'S RIGHT
  • 23:49 AND HIS OTHER SONS, ISHMAEL WOULD BE
  • 23:52 TO THE SOUTH AND PARAN
  • 23:53 AND HIS OTHER SONS WOULD GO EASTWARD
  • 23:56 INTO WHAT WE KNOW AS JORDON,
  • 23:58 WHAT USED TO BE MOAB AND EDOM
  • 24:01 AND OUT INTO THE ARABIAN DESERT.
  • 24:05 AND SO THE OTHER SONS OF ABRAHAM
  • 24:09 WOULD HAVE ALL THIS VAST TERRITORY
  • 24:12 BUT TO ISAAC WOULD COME THIS LAND
  • 24:16 AND HE ALONE WOULD HAVE IT.
  • 24:19 GOD SAID, "I HAVE REMEMBERED ISHMAEL,"
  • 24:23 "I HAVE GIVEN HIM..."
  • 24:25 "TWELVE PRINCES WILL COME FROM YOU..."
  • 24:27 IF I REMEMBER THE PASSAGE...
  • 24:28 BUT MY COVENANT I MAKE WITH ISAAC.
  • 24:31 IT IS THROUGH ISAAC THAT THE PROMISE WOULD COME.
  • 24:34 AND SO THE LAND
  • 24:36 AND THE BLESSING
  • 24:37 AND THE SEED
  • 24:38 AND THE MESSIANIC HOPE,
  • 24:40 THE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, THE CHRIST...
  • 24:43 ALL OF THAT WOULD COME THROUGH ISAAC
  • 24:46 NOT THROUGH THE OTHER SONS OF ABRAHAM.
  • 24:51 HIS NAME IS ISAAC,
  • 24:52 IN HEBREW, ITS "YITZHAK"
  • 24:54 WHICH MEANS "TO LAUGH".
  • 24:56 TO USE THAT NAME OUT OF CONTEXT
  • 24:58 LET ME SAY THAT WHAT GOD PROMISED TO ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
  • 25:02 IS NO LAUGHING MATTER.
  • 25:03 HE PROMISED ISAAC AND HIS SONS LAND AMONG OTHER THINGS.
  • 25:09 GENESIS 26 IS VERY CLEAR.
  • 25:12 HE SAYS, "ABIDE IN THE LAND THAT I WILL TELL YOU", IN VERSE 2.
  • 25:18 AND WHERE IS THAT LAND?
  • 25:20 HERE...
  • 25:21 ITS HERE...
  • 25:23 THE LAND OF CANAAN.
  • 25:24 THIS SHOWS A REASONABLE FACSIMILE OF THE LAND PROMISED IN ENTIRETY.
  • 25:32 TRUTH BE KNOWN, MODERN ISRAEL ONLY OCCUPIES A SMALL PORTION OF THAT.
  • 25:38 BUT THE REASON WHY THIS EXISTS ON A MAP
  • 25:41 IS BECAUSE THE PROMISE EXISTS IN THE BIBLICAL ROADMAP.
  • 25:46 IN VERSE 3 IT'S CLEAR,
  • 25:48 "DWELL IN THIS LAND ISAAC."
  • 25:51 "DWELL THERE AND I WILL BE WITH YOU"
  • 25:53 "AND BLESS YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS."
  • 25:57 IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR.
  • 26:00 IF SOMEONE CAN'T SEE THAT GOD'S GIVEN A LAND TO A PEOPLE,
  • 26:05 IT'S BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE.
  • 26:08 THERE'S AN OLD SAYING,
  • 26:09 "TRYING TO REASON WITH SOMEONE WHO REFUSES TO REASON"
  • 26:11 "IS LIKE TRYING TO GIVE MEDICINE TO A DEAD MAN."
  • 26:14 AND IN SO MANY WAYS THAT'S THE CASE,
  • 26:16 WHICH HELPS ME UNDERSTAND WHY JESUS SAID MORE THAN ONCE,
  • 26:19 "HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR."
  • 26:21 BECAUSE WHILE PEOPLE HAVE BIOLOGICAL EARS
  • 26:23 THEY DON'T ALL HAVE A MIND TO HEAR WHAT GOD WANTS TO SAY.
  • 26:26 WELL WE WANT TO SAY IT,
  • 26:28 WE WANT TO SHOW IT.
  • 26:30 AND TOGETHER WE'RE HOPING WITH THE VISION, WITH THE WORD
  • 26:32 WE CAN GET SOME BIBLICAL MEDICINE INTO THIS SIN-SICK WORLD.
  • 26:37 THANK YOU FOR HELPING US DO THAT BY THE WAY.
  • 26:40 APPRECIATE YOUR GOING ON THE JOURNEY WITH US.
  • 26:42 AND AS YOU GO NOW, PLEASE...
  • 26:44 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:47 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. The Land Promised
  2. Promised to the Next Generation
  3. To All Generations
  4. Entering the Promised Land
  5. Fighting for the Promised Land
  6. Promised Forever
  7. Jesus and the Promised Land
  8. Israel Fulfilling Prophecy

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