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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.
Episode: “Fighting for the Promised Land”
The ageless mandate—to lay siege to the patriarchs’ promises—was passed on to Joshua. We examine the battle at Hazor that secured the northern territories for Abraham’s offspring.

Caption transcript for Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel): “Fighting for the Promised Land” (5/8)

  • 00:09 LOOK TO THE NORTH
  • 00:12 THE SOUTH
  • 00:15 THE EAST
  • 00:18 THE WEST
  • 00:25 ALL THE LAND WHICH THOU SEEST
  • 00:28 TO THEE WILL I GIVE IT
  • 00:30 AND TO THY SEED FOREVER.
  • 00:34 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
  • 01:00 TO AN EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:04 HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE OLD SONG "ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS"?
  • 01:07 WELL WE'RE ALL ABOUT ONWARD JEWISH SOLDIERS.
  • 01:11 WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 01:12 BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING AT JOSHUA.
  • 01:16 WITH THE POWER TRANSITION FROM MOSES TO JOSHUA,
  • 01:21 HE WAS VESTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY
  • 01:23 TO LEAD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
  • 01:25 ONWARD INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:28 THE STORY OF JERICHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS
  • 01:31 BUT IT'S NOT THE ONLY ONE.
  • 01:33 OFF WE GO NOW TO HAZOR IN THE NORTH
  • 01:36 WHERE A BATTLE ROYAL WAS FOUGHT
  • 01:38 TO ENABLE THE ISRAELITES TO SECURE THEIR GOD GIVEN HOLDINGS.
  • 01:46 AND JOSHUA TOOK HAZOR AND SMOTE THE KING THEREOF WITH THE SWORD,
  • 01:51 FOR HAZOR BEFORE TIME WAS THE HEAD OF ALL THOSE KINGDOMS.
  • 01:56 AND THEY SMOTE ALL THE SOULS THAT WERE THEREIN WITH THE SWORD
  • 02:01 UTTERLY DESTROYING THEM.
  • 02:03 AND HE BURNT HAZOR WITH FIRE.
  • 02:06 SO JOSHUA TOOK THE WHOLE LAND
  • 02:08 ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES.
  • 02:12 AND JOSHUA GAVE IT FOR AN INHERITANCE UNTO ISRAEL
  • 02:15 ACCORDING THE THEIR DIVISIONS BY THEIR TRIBES.
  • 02:19 AND THE LAND RESTED FROM WAR.
  • 02:27 I CAN ALMOST HEAR THE SOUND OF TRAMPLING BOOTS...
  • 02:29 SWORD AGAINST SWORD
  • 02:31 AS THE GREAT CONFLAGRATION TOOK PLACE IN NORTHERN ISRAEL,
  • 02:36 A PLACE THAT WE'RE EDGING OUR WAY TOWARDS
  • 02:39 STEP BY STEP BY STEP.
  • 02:41 COME WITH ME NOW.
  • 02:42 WE'RE LOOKING AT YESTERDAY.
  • 02:44 LET'S VISIT IT TODAY...
  • 02:46 THE BATTLE OF HAZOR.
  • 03:35 IT TOOK A LONG TIME
  • 03:36 FOR THEM TO GET HERE.
  • 03:39 ON THE WAY THERE WERE
  • 03:40 VARIOUS BATTLES WITH TRANS JORDANIAN KINGS.
  • 03:43 THERE WAS THE FAMOUS BATTLE OF JERICHO.
  • 03:46 THERE WAS THE NECESSITY OF DEFEATING THE COALITION OF SOUTHERN CANAANITE PEOPLES
  • 03:53 AND THEN IT WAS TIME TO TAKE THE BATTLE TO THE NORTH
  • 03:57 AS GOD'S PEOPLE WERE SECURING THEIR PLACE IN GOD'S LAND.
  • 04:03 LET ME SHOW YOU ON THIS MAP.
  • 04:05 SO WE'RE LOOKING AT A PICTURE HERE
  • 04:07 OF THE WORLD IN JOSHUA'S DAY.
  • 04:10 WE HAVE THE GREAT SEA SO CALLED
  • 04:12 THE MEDITERRANEAN
  • 04:13 THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 04:15 BIBLE READERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS...
  • 04:16 AND OF COURSE THE PEACEFUL SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 04:19 WHAT WE'RE NOT SO FAMILIAR WITH IS THE NORTHERN CAMPAIGN.
  • 04:23 A PLACE THAT WAS NOT SO PEACEFUL.
  • 04:25 A PLACE CALLED HAZOR.
  • 04:27 RIGHT HERE.
  • 04:28 AND WE'RE GOING TO VISIT THAT VERY PLACE.
  • 04:57 THE SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN HAD GONE REMARKABLY WELL ...
  • 05:01 MUCH TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE LOCALS.
  • 05:03 AS YOU MIGHT RECALL,
  • 05:04 SOME TIME PRIOR THE ISRAELITES WERE IN DREAD FEAR
  • 05:07 BECAUSE THE LOCALS WERE SO TALL
  • 05:09 AND THEY FELT LIKE GRASSHOPPERS.
  • 05:11 BUT HERE THE FORTUNES OF WAR IS SHIFTED.
  • 05:14 THE SOUTHERN FEDERATION OF CANAANITE PEOPLES HAD BEEN DECIMATED.
  • 05:18 AND WORD GETS UP NORTH.
  • 05:21 AND THERE'S TROUBLE IN RIVER CITY.
  • 05:23 THERE'S A KING JABIN,
  • 05:25 IT'S A DYNASTIC NAME,
  • 05:26 AND HE WILL MOBILIZE A FEDERATION
  • 05:29 OF NORTHERN CANAANITE PEOPLES,
  • 05:32 TO USE THAT TERM BROADLY.
  • 05:34 AND THERE WILL BE A BATTLE ROYAL.
  • 05:38 BEFORE I SHOW YOU FROM THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 05:40 LET ME PULL OUT A MAP.
  • 05:42 IT'S NOT YOUR MODERN, GARDEN VARIETY MAP
  • 05:45 BUT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN USED AKIN TO WHAT HAD BEEN USED BY THE LOCALS
  • 05:51 WHEN THEY FOUGHT HERE MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO.
  • 05:56 AND JUST TO SHOW IF YOU WILL,
  • 05:57 THIS IS THE MEDITERRANEAN.
  • 06:00 THE ROMANS CALLED IT MARE NOSTRUM...
  • 06:02 I KNOW THAT I'M GETTING AHEAD...
  • 06:04 CALLED "OUR SEA".
  • 06:06 AND THE REASON WHY I MENTIONED IT
  • 06:08 IS THAT JABIN HERE AT HAZOR WAS SO FAMOUS
  • 06:12 THAT ANCIENT DOCUMENTS IN THE FORM OF POLITICAL ALLIANCES
  • 06:16 THAT HE HAD WITH THE STATES OUT INTO THE SEA...PHOENICIANS,
  • 06:20 THE CRETANS IN CYPRUS,
  • 06:22 AND HE WAS WELL CONNECTED POLITICALLY AS I NOTED EARLIER
  • 06:26 WITH ALL THE PEOPLES ROUND ABOUT.
  • 06:29 AND HE IS GOING TO MOBILIZE HIS ENERGIES
  • 06:32 TO HOLD AT BAY THESE ENCROACHING ISRAELITES
  • 06:36 THAT ARE THERE WITH A SENSE OF A DIVINE MANDATE
  • 06:39 THAT GOD HAS SPOKEN TO MOSES AND DIRECTED THEM ONWARD.
  • 06:44 AND JOSHUA IS GOING ONWARD.
  • 06:47 WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM AMNON BEN-TOR,
  • 06:51 PROFESSOR AT HEBREW UNIVERSITY.
  • 06:53 HE'S GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HAZOR
  • 06:56 AND THEN I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE TRIBAL AREA ROUND ABOUT
  • 07:00 AND THEN OPEN UP THE BIBLE TO CONSIDER THE STORY.
  • 07:05 WE HAVE A HUGE DESTRUCTION OF THE CANAANITE CITY.
  • 07:07 WHEREVER WE DIG,
  • 07:09 WHETHER IT IS ON THE ACROPOLIS,
  • 07:11 WHETHER IT IS ON THE LOWER CITY,
  • 07:13 THE CANAANITE PERIOD ENDS
  • 07:15 WITH A HUGE DESTRUCTION,
  • 07:17 SOMETIMES MORE THAN A METER OF DEBRIS...
  • 07:20 ASHES, WOOD, BRICKS...
  • 07:24 FALLEN BRICKS,
  • 07:25 MUTILATED STATUES AND THE LIKE
  • 07:28 WHICH INDICATES FIRST OF ALL
  • 07:30 THAT THE DISASTER WAS HUMAN MADE
  • 07:32 ITS NO EARTHQUAKE
  • 07:34 BECAUSE NO EARTHQUAKE WOULD MUTILATE THE STATUES IN A SYSTEMATIC WAY,
  • 07:37 SO IT WAS MAN MADE.
  • 07:39 AND BY NOW WE CAN NARROW IT DOWN
  • 07:42 TO ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE 13TH CENTURY B.C.
  • 07:46 IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BIBLICAL SITES,
  • 07:49 HAZOR IS THE NUMBER ONE SITE.
  • 07:51 THERE IS NO OTHER WHICH COULD EVEN GET CLOSE
  • 07:54 BECAUSE YOU'RE TALKING JUST ABOUT THE PERIOD WHICH WE HAVE
  • 07:58 ...YOU WANT THE CANAANITES?
  • 07:59 YOU HAVE THEM.
  • 08:01 YOU WANT THE DESTRUCTION OF JOSHUA?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:02 YOU WANT JUDGES?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:04 YOU WANT SOLOMON?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:06 YOU WANT JEROBOAM?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:08 YOU WANT AHAB?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:10 YOU WANT PEKAH?YOU HAVE.
  • 08:11 YOU CAN SHOW...
  • 08:13 YOU CAN HAVE THE DEBATE AT HAZOR.
  • 08:16 YOU CAN SHOW THIS IS THE GATE WHICH ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE
  • 08:18 WAS BUILT BY SOLOMON AT THE TIME OF SOLOMON.
  • 08:21 NOW YOU TELL ME IT WAS NOT?
  • 08:23 LET'S ARGUE ABOUT IT.
  • 08:24 YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN?
  • 08:25 BUT THERE'S NO OTHER SITE WHICH
  • 08:28 HAS THAT MANY STRATA WHICH YOU HAVE SOMEHOW RELATED TO THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE.
  • 08:35 I HAVE HERE HAZOR IN A BOLDER, DARKER PRINT.
  • 08:41 AND ROUND ABOUT IN A LIGHTER PRINT
  • 08:43 A NOTATION OF THE TRIBES
  • 08:45 WHO AFTER THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH AND THE NORTH AND SOME OTHER ANCILLARY BATTLES
  • 08:51 EVENTUALLY ARE GOING TO GO TO THEIR INHERITANCE.
  • 08:54 AND I WANT TO NOTE THAT THERE WAS AN INHERITANCE
  • 08:56 THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN THIS LAND,
  • 08:59 AN INHERITANCE THAT WAS YESTERDAY, TODAY
  • 09:02 AND CONTINUES ON INTO TOMORROW.
  • 09:05 WELL SPEAKING OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
  • 09:08 LETS OPEN UP THE ETERNAL WORD AND CONSIDER SOMETHING OF WHAT'S NOTED THEREIN.
  • 09:14 AND WHERE ELSE WOULD I WANT TO GO BUT TO THE BOOK OF JOSHUA, THE 11TH CHAPTER.
  • 09:20 IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO SEE HOW BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 09:23 CORROBORATES THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 09:26 WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER A GREAT WAR THAT WAS FOUGHT HERE IN HAZOR
  • 09:31 AND YOU CAN EVEN SEE THE BURN MARKS.
  • 09:34 THE BIBLICAL TESTIMONY IS VERY CLEAR THAT THERE WAS "EISH",
  • 09:38 A HEBREW WORD FOR "FIRE".
  • 09:40 AND IT'S NOTED IN THE BRICKS,
  • 09:43 IT'S NOTED IN THE MUD EVEN MANY YEARS LATER.
  • 09:47 THESE STONES ARE CRYING OUT
  • 09:49 AND SAYING "YOU CAN TRUST THIS LITERATURE".
  • 09:52 WELL WHAT DOES THE TEXT SAY?
  • 09:54 IN JOSHUA CHAPTER 11, VERSE 1,
  • 10:02 JABIN WAS A DYNASTIC NAME THAT HAD GONE ON FOR CENTURIES.
  • 10:05 WHAT THINGS DID HE HEAR?
  • 10:07 HE HEARD ABOUT THE ISRAELITE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH
  • 10:12 AND HE WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.
  • 10:15 WE READ ON IN THE LITERATURE HE MOBILIZES PEOPLES ROUND ABOUT
  • 10:19 AND THERE IS A BATTLE ROYAL THAT IS FOUGHT HERE.
  • 10:25 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 10, HOWEVER,
  • 10:26 DIFFICULTIES NOTWITHSTANDING,
  • 10:29 THAT JOSHUA...HE WAS SUCCESSFUL IN HIS ENDEAVORS
  • 10:33 AND THAT HAZOR WAS STRUCK
  • 10:35 AND THE KING WAS STRUCK WITH THE EDGE OF THE SWORD...
  • 10:38 AND EXPRESSION THAT DENOTES VICTORY.
  • 10:42 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 12,
  • 10:51 AGAIN...A BATTLE ROYAL.
  • 10:53 A BATTLE THAT WENT TO THE HEBREWS.
  • 10:56 I WANT YOU TO LOOK WITH ME PLEASE...WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 18 THE WAR WENT FOR A LONG TIME.
  • 11:02 NOT EVERY TRIAL IN LIFE GOES AWAY JUST LIKE THAT.
  • 11:05 SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WALK IT OUT.
  • 11:07 BUT THERE'S A POSITIVE END RESULT.
  • 11:09 GO WITH ME PLEASE TO VERSE 23,
  • 11:10 WE'RE TOLD THAT JOSHUA TOOK THE WHOLE LAND ACCORDING...
  • 11:16 NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME...
  • 11:17 ITS NOT JUST A WAR...
  • 11:19 WE'RE TOLD THAT ITS ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE LORD HAD SAID TO MOSES.
  • 11:22 THERE'S DIVINE PROMISE IN THIS.
  • 11:26 THIS IS CALLED "THE PROMISED LAND" BECAUSE FROM ON HIGH IT'S COMMENDED...
  • 11:30 A CERTAIN PLACE IS COMMENDED
  • 11:32 TO A CERTAIN PEOPLE.
  • 11:33 WE'RE TOLD, BECAUSE THE LORD SAID TO MOSES
  • 11:44 WHAT DO WE NOTE FROM THE BIBLICAL TEXT?
  • 11:47 WE NOTE THAT THERE WAS A BATTLE...
  • 11:49 A BATTLE ROYAL THAT RAGED AND WE KNOW THAT IT WENT TO ISRAEL.
  • 11:53 AND IT WASN'T JUST THE GOOD PORTIONS OF WAR
  • 11:55 BUT RATHER IT'S GOD HIMSELF LEADING A PARTICULAR PEOPLE
  • 11:58 TO A PARTICULAR PLACE
  • 12:00 TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PARTICULAR PURPOSES.
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  • 12:56 THIS IS A MODEL OF THE BURMA ROAD.
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  • 12:59 CONSTRUCTED BY ISRAELI FORCES DURING THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.
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  • 13:07 AND A MIRACULOUS STORY AGAINST ENCROACHING ARAB FORCES.
  • 13:13 THE DAY AFTER THE
  • 13:14 UN PARTITION PLAN
  • 13:15 WAS APPROVED IN NEW YORK
  • 13:17 THE FIGHTING
  • 13:18 OVER THIS LAND BEGAN.
  • 13:19 IRREGULAR ARAB FORCES FROM IRAQ,
  • 13:21 FROM SYRIA, FROM JORDAN,
  • 13:23 FROM LEBANON AND FROM EGYPT
  • 13:25 CROSSED OVER.
  • 13:27 OTHERS CAME FROM LIBYA
  • 13:28 AND FURTHER AWAY
  • 13:29 TO HELP THE LOCAL ARABS...
  • 13:30 THE FAYDEEN
  • 13:32 IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE JEWS.
  • 13:33 THE BRITISH WERE STILL HERE
  • 13:35 BUT THEY MOSTLY STOOD ON THE SIDELINES
  • 13:37 AND LET THE JEWS FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES.
  • 13:39 BUT THEY HADN'T ALLOWED THE JEWISH COMMUNITY HERE TO BRING IN HEAVY WEAPONS.
  • 13:43 THEY HAD NO AIRCRAFT.
  • 13:44 THEY HAD NO ACTUAL TANKS.
  • 13:46 THEY JUST HAD THE ARMS THEY WERE MANUFACTURING THEMSELVES...
  • 13:49 LIGHT ARMS FOR THE MOST PART.
  • 13:51 THE ARABS WERE CONVINCED THAT THEY WOULD SWIFTLY DEFEAT THE JEWS
  • 13:55 AND THERE WOULD BE NO JEWISH STATE
  • 13:56 WHEN THE BRITISH LEFT IN THE MIDDLE OF MAY.
  • 13:59 THE FIGHTING BECAME FIERCE IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.
  • 14:02 TIBERIUS WAS CAPTURED ON APRIL 19TH...
  • 14:05 HAIFA ON APRIL 23RD.
  • 14:07 THE FIGHTING SPREAD DOWN TO THE TEL AVIV AREA.
  • 14:10 JAFFA WAS CAPTURED BY THE JEWISH FORCES ON MAY 12TH.
  • 14:14 MEANWHILE PALESTINIANS, ARABS STARTED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES IN GREATER NUMBERS.
  • 14:18 SOME 20,000 HAD FLED BY MAY 15TH.
  • 14:22 THEY WERE CONVINCED THEY WOULD SOON COME BACK TO THEIR HOMES
  • 14:25 AFTER THE WAR WAS EASILY WON BY THE ARAB POWERS AROUND THEM.
  • 14:29 THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM...
  • 14:30 THE MAIN ROAD CONNECTING TEL AVIV AND THE COASTAL AREAS
  • 14:33 TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN WESTERN JERUSALEM
  • 14:35 WAS CUTOFF IN THE FIERCE BATTLES.
  • 14:37 IT WAS THEN RE-OPENED
  • 14:39 BUT AFTER THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ON MAY 15TH THE JORDANIAN ARMY...
  • 14:43 THE JORDANIAN ARAB LEAGUE FORCES JOINED THE BATTLE.
  • 14:47 THEY WERE VERY WELL TRAINED BY THE BRITISH.
  • 14:49 THEY CIRCUMVENTED JERUSALEM
  • 14:51 AND CAME DOWN THE HILL TO THE LATRUN JUNCTION.
  • 14:54 FIERCE BATTLES TOOK PLACE THERE
  • 14:56 AND THEY DEFEATED THE JEWISH FORCES
  • 14:58 AND AGAIN THE ROAD WAS COMPLETELY CLOSED.
  • 15:00 NO SUPPLIES WERE GETTING UP TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN JERUSALEM.
  • 15:04 FOOD WAS SHORT.
  • 15:06 WATER WAS RUNNING OUT.
  • 15:07 MEDICINES WERE RUNNING OUT.
  • 15:08 SO THE JEWS OPENED AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
  • 15:11 AND WE'RE STANDING AT THE SITE WHERE THAT BEGAN.
  • 15:13 IT WAS DUBBED "THE BURMA ROAD"
  • 15:15 AFTER THE GREAT ROAD THAT WAS OPENED DURING WORLD WAR II
  • 15:18 BY THE ALLIES CONNECTING BURMA TO CHINA.
  • 15:20 AND IT SUCCEEDED IN BRINGING SUPPLIES AROUND THE MAIN ROAD UP INTO JERUSALEM.
  • 15:25 AND YOU CAN SEE PART OF THE ROAD BEHIND ME HERE.
  • 15:28 THE BATTLES WERE FIERCE.
  • 15:30 AND BY THE MIDDLE OF JUNE THE ARABS HAD TIRED OF THE BATTLE
  • 15:33 THEY WERE NOT FIGHTING VERY WELL ANY MORE.
  • 15:36 THE JEWS WERE CONTINUING TO FIGHT BACK WITH STRENGTH.
  • 15:38 HISTORIANS SAY IT'S BECAUSE THE JEWS WERE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES.
  • 15:42 THEY KNEW THEY'RE COUNTRY WAS GOING TO BE DESTROYED IF THEY LOST THIS WAR.
  • 15:46 MANY OF THEM WERE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
  • 15:49 THAT LITERALLY GOT OFF OF THE BOATS FROM EUROPE
  • 15:51 AND WERE GIVEN A GUN AND TOLD TO GO TO THE WARFRONT.
  • 15:54 THEY'RE MOTIVATION WAS EXTREMELY HIGH.
  • 15:56 A TRUCE WAS DECLARED ON JUNE 10TH.
  • 15:59 DURING THIS PERIOD OF FIGHTING
  • 16:00 ANOTHER TWO TO THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND PALESTINIANS HAD FLED THEIR HOMES.
  • 16:05 MOST OF THEM DIDN'T GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES THOUGH;
  • 16:07 THEY WENT TO THE AREAS THAT THE PARTITION PLAN DESIGNATED FOR A JEWISH STATE.
  • 16:11 THEY WENT TO FAMILY HOMES IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA.
  • 16:14 THEY WENT TO HOMES IN THE GAZA STRIP AND OTHER AREAS.
  • 16:17 BUT ABOUT A THIRD WENT TO JORDAN AND TO LEBANON
  • 16:20 AND TO SYRIA AND OTHER PLACES.
  • 16:22 FIGHTING RESUMED ON JULY 8TH
  • 16:25 AND LASTED TILL JULY 18TH.
  • 16:26 ANOTHER TWENTY TO THIRTY THOUSAND ARABS FLED THEIR HOMES DURING THIS TIME.
  • 16:30 AND THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME THAT THE ISRAELI FORCES DELIBERATELY
  • 16:34 EVACUATED SOME OF THE ARABS FROM THEIR HOMES.
  • 16:37 THAT WAS IN TWO TOWNS...
  • 16:38 RAMLA AND LYDDA
  • 16:40 RIGHT NEXT TO THE VITAL BEN-GURION AIRPORT,
  • 16:42 THE ONLY AIRPORT IN THE COUNTRY AT THAT TIME.
  • 16:46 THERE WAS ANOTHER CEASE FIRE AS I SAID, IN JULY,
  • 16:49 AND THAT LASTED UNTIL MID OCTOBER WHEN FIGHTING BEGAN AGAIN.
  • 16:54 AND DURING THIS TIME,
  • 16:55 THIS THIRD PERIOD OF FIGHTING,
  • 16:57 THE JEWS SUCCEEDED IN RE-OPENING THE ROAD FROM TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM
  • 17:01 AND THIS BURMA BYPASS WAS NO LONGER SO ESSENTIAL.
  • 17:04 MORE PALESTINIANS FLED THEIR HOMES DURING THIS TIME.
  • 17:08 THE UN SAID THAT THE TOTAL PALESTINIAN REFUGEE FLIGHT WAS 726,000.
  • 17:14 THE ISRAELIS SAID IT WAS MORE LIKE 600,000
  • 17:17 SINCE, AS I SAID, MANY HAD GONE BACK TO FAMILY HOMES,
  • 17:20 HADN'T REALLY BECOME REFUGEES AT ALL.
  • 17:23 THE ARABS PUT THE NUMBER AT OVER A MILLION.
  • 17:26 600,372 JEWS LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THIS WAR.
  • 17:31 BY FAR THE GREATEST DEATH TOLL IN ANY OF ISRAEL'S WARS...
  • 17:33 ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION...
  • 17:35 2,004 OF THOSE WERE CIVILIANS.
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  • 20:08 WITH A FOCUS ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 20:11 SPEAKING OF FOCUS...
  • 20:12 AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM
  • 20:14 OUR FOCUS WILL BE ON THE OFFER FOR TODAY
  • 20:15 AND THAT IS THE SERIES ITSELF
  • 20:18 "ERETZ ISRAEL, THE LAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 20:20 DVD PROGRAMS HERE
  • 20:22 OF OUR 8 PART SERIES.
  • 20:24 IF YOU'RE LOVING IT, KEEP IT,
  • 20:26 ADD IT TO YOUR COLLECTION
  • 20:28 AND HELP KEEP ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES ON THE AIR
  • 20:30 BY VIRTUE OF YOUR SO DOING.
  • 20:32 WELL OFF WE GO NOW...
  • 20:33 DAVID DOLAN JOINS ME IN HAZOR
  • 20:36 AS WE CONSIDER A BATTLE ROYAL ONCE FOUGHT IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
  • 20:44 DAVID, IT'S LIKE THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
  • 20:46 JEWS ARE ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR A RIGHT TO BE IN THIS REAL ESTATE.
  • 20:49 ABSOLUTELY AND YOU KNOW WE'VE JUST BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE ANCIENT BATTLES
  • 20:53 HERE IN THE LAND AND THE MODERN BATTLES.
  • 20:55 I'M LOOKING OUT AT THE GOLAN HEIGHTS HERE FROM HAZOR
  • 20:59 AND THAT IS FIGURED IN WHAT? TWO...THREE WARS SO FAR?
  • 21:03 MAYBE ANOTHER ONE IN THE FUTURE...
  • 21:05 MAYBE ANOTHER FEW IN THE FUTURE.
  • 21:06 IT HASN'T CHANGED.
  • 21:08 THE ARAB WORLD, THE MUSLIM WORLD WANTS TO SEE ISRAEL DESTROYED.
  • 21:12 SO MANY OF THEM THEY KEEP SAYING IT.
  • 21:14 THEY'VE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES AND FAILED
  • 21:16 GOING BACK TO THE TIME OF JOSHUA
  • 21:18 AND IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE ATTEMPTS.
  • 21:21 I'M A BIBLE GUY...
  • 21:22 I'M A LOT ABOUT THE DIVINE WORD OF YESTERDAY
  • 21:24 BUT YOU'RE HERE ON THE GROUND IN ISRAEL.
  • 21:26 WHAT DO THESE WARS LOOK LIKE?
  • 21:27 HOW DID IT UNFOLD?
  • 21:29 WELL I COVERED THE LEBANON WAR JUST 25 MILES NORTH OF HERE INSIDE OF LEBANON.
  • 21:34 I WAS THERE FOR THE BUILD UP TO IT,
  • 21:37 THE ROCKETS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY,
  • 21:40 I SAW THE KIDS RUNNING TO THE SHELTER.
  • 21:42 I SAW WHAT LIFE IS LIKE
  • 21:44 WHEN THERE'S NOT ACTUALLY WAR DECLARED BUT THERE'S NOT PEACE.
  • 21:48 AND THAT'S THE PART OF THE STORY THAT OFTEN DOESN'T GET TOLD,
  • 21:52 THAT THE ISRAELI PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED THESE ALMOST CONSTANT ATTACKS
  • 21:57 SINCE...WELL REALLY SINCE THE 1920'S...
  • 21:59 NOT EVEN SINCE '48.
  • 22:01 BUT OF COURSE '48 BEING THE WAR WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF CASUALTIES,
  • 22:04 BUT ITS DRAMATIC...
  • 22:06 ITS TOUGH TO LIVE LIKE THAT.
  • 22:07 PEOPLE LOSE A SENSE OF THAT.
  • 22:09 WE READ THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 22:10 THERE'S A LOT OF SWEAT AND BLOOD, ENERGY, DRAMA, PAIN, PASSION AND PLEASURE TOO
  • 22:15 TO SEE GOD TO COME THROUGH AND GIVE GOOD SUCCESS YESTERDAY AND TODAY.
  • 22:19 AND IT DOESN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT PAIN AND TEARS
  • 22:22 AND BLOOD AND THE PRICE THAT'S PAID.
  • 22:24 THIS COUNTRY IS GOOD ABOUT REMEMBERING THAT.
  • 22:27 YOU GO FROM MEMORIAL DAY FOR THE FALLEN SOLDIERS
  • 22:31 TO INDEPENDENCE DAY WITHIN A SECOND...
  • 22:33 THEY'RE BACK TO BACK AS HOLIDAYS HERE.
  • 22:36 AND THAT REMINDS EVERYONE OF THE PRICE.
  • 22:38 YES IT SEEMS THAT THE BIBLE BECKONS US TO REMEMBER
  • 22:40 BECAUSE THESE WARS ARE NOTED IN THE TEXT.
  • 22:42 WHY IS IT THAT BIBLE PEOPLE FORGET...
  • 22:44 FORGET THE JEWS...
  • 22:45 FORGET ISRAEL...WHY?
  • 22:46 THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.
  • 22:48 I THINK ITS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A BETTER ANSWER FOR.
  • 22:52 IT'S A SPIRITUAL MYSTERY REALLY.
  • 22:54 IT SURELY IS.
  • 22:55 YOU KNOW PAUL SPEAKS OF HOW JEWISH PEOPLE GOD LOVED
  • 22:58 CAN LOOK AT THE BIBLICAL TEXT AND NOT SEE JESUS.
  • 23:00 BUT MY QUESTION IS HOW CAN CHRISTIAN PEOPLE LOOK AT THE BIBLICAL TEXT
  • 23:03 AND NOT SEE JEWS IN ISRAEL?
  • 23:04 GO FIGURE...BLINDNESS.
  • 23:06 I HAVE A FRIEND HERE, A JEWISH BELIEVER;
  • 23:08 HE SAYS THAT PAUL SAID THAT A BLINDNESS WOULD FALL UPON THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN PART
  • 23:12 UNTIL IT'S REVEALED WHO THEIR MESSIAH IS.
  • 23:16 BUT HE SAYS THAT IT SEEMS TO HAVE FALLEN ON THE CHURCH IN TERMS OF WHO ISRAEL IS
  • 23:20 AND THEIR COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 23:22 AND THAT'S A SHAME
  • 23:24 AND IT'S LED TO A LOT OF PERSECUTION AGAINST JEWS AND WARS AGAINST JEWS
  • 23:27 EVEN HERE IN THE LAND THE CRUSADERS KILLED THOUSANDS OF JEWS.
  • 23:31 YES AND YOU KNOW THROUGH WHAT WE'RE DOING TOGETHER,
  • 23:33 MAY GOD BLESS OUR LABORS TO DISPEL THAT DARKNESS
  • 23:37 AND SET A LITTLE LIGHT FROM THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 23:54 WHEN IT COMES TO GOD'S PLAN FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL
  • 23:57 NOT EVERYBODY GETS IT.
  • 23:59 RAHAB DID, HOWEVER,
  • 24:01 IN FACT THIS NON-JEWISH WOMAN USES HER INFLUENCE TO HELP FACILITATE A GREAT VICTORY
  • 24:08 AT A PLACE CALLED JERICHO.
  • 24:11 NOT LONG AFTER IT THE BATON WAS PASSED FROM MOSES TO JOSHUA.
  • 24:15 JOSHUA LED A CAMPAIGN AT JERICHO...A FAMOUS STORY.
  • 24:20 THERE'S SONGS SUNG ABOUT IT.
  • 24:22 AND NOW THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT AND DR. THOMAS MCCALL ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT.
  • 24:27 OFF WE GO NOW TO JERICHO.
  • 24:31 WHAT A BLESSING
  • 24:32 GOD GAVE TO RAHAB.
  • 24:34 AND THE PARALLELS
  • 24:36 THAT WE COULD DRAW
  • 24:37 ARE REALLY VERY OBVIOUS.
  • 24:39 WE NEED TO BE...
  • 24:42 THERE NEED TO BE
  • 24:42 MORE PEOPLE LIKE RAHAB.
  • 24:44 AND WE SHOULD BELIEVE
  • 24:47 LIKE RAHAB DID
  • 24:48 THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THE LAND TO THEM
  • 24:50 AND WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THEM.
  • 24:52 THIS PARADE OF PILGRIMS
  • 24:54 ARRIVING IN THESE BUSES,
  • 24:56 PULLING UP TO THESE ANCIENT SITES ALL DAY LONG
  • 24:59 SHOULD ALWAYS STAND BEHIND ISRAEL.
  • 25:03 IT'S A SAD THING BECAUSE IN SOME QUARTERS TODAY,
  • 25:06 EVEN IN SOME SEMINARIES
  • 25:08 THERE ARE PEOPLE PULLING AWAY FROM THE IDEA OF ISRAEL BEING A FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY.
  • 25:11 THAT'S SIMPLY NOT BIBLICAL
  • 25:13 AND IT'S EASY WHEN YOU COME HERE TO SEE THAT.
  • 25:37 IT'S A GREAT STORY ISN'T IT?
  • 25:39 WE BEGAN TODAY UP IN HAZOR TO THE NORTH.
  • 25:43 WE FINISHED UP WITH A LITTLE FOCUS ON JERICHO
  • 25:46 WHICH WOULD BE RIGHT OVER HERE.
  • 25:48 MY POINT IN THE MAP IS TO NOTE
  • 25:50 THAT GOD WORKED THROUGH THEIR EFFORTS WITH A NET RESULT THAT ISRAEL CAME INTO HER OWN.
  • 25:56 AND THEN THE LAND WAS DIVIDED UP.
  • 25:58 EACH OF THE TRIBES WENT TO THEIR RESPECTIVE INHERITANCE.
  • 26:02 THEY CONTRIBUTED TO THE WAR EFFORT
  • 26:04 AND THEN ASHER AND NAPHTALI TO THE NORTH AND SO FORTH...
  • 26:07 JUDAH AND SIMEON...
  • 26:09 YOU KNOW THESE NAMES IF YOU'RE A BIBLE READER.
  • 26:11 WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW AS WE GO OUT OF THIS PROGRAM
  • 26:14 IS THAT GOD GIVES AN INHERITANCE TO THOSE THAT SERVE HIM.
  • 26:18 I HOPE YOU'RE MINDED TO DO SO BY THE WAY.
  • 26:20 IF YOU ARE THERE WILL BE TRIALS ALONG THE WAY
  • 26:24 BUT GREAT IS GOD WHO LEADS US ON INTO VICTORY.
  • 26:28 NEXT WEEK WE'LL CONSIDER SOME VICTORIOUS KINGS...
  • 26:30 WE'LL LOOK AT DAVID AND THEN SOLOMON THAT HAD SOME VICTORIES AND DEFEATS FOR THAT MATTER...
  • 26:35 BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.
  • 26:36 AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:38 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:40 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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