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Episode: “Making a Difference”

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  • 00:17 BRETHREN, MY HEART'S DESIRE AND PRAYER TO GOD FOR ISRAEL IS THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.
  • 00:24 FOR THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JEW AND THE GREEK
  • 00:27 FOR THE SAME LORD OVER ALL IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM.
  • 00:43 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:45 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:46 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU
  • 00:48 TO A SPECIAL EDITION
  • 00:49 OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:51 IN THIS ONE I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU IN A WAY THAT IS BOTH PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL.
  • 00:58 ON THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE
  • 01:00 YOU'RE GOING TO GET A LEAP INTO THE FUTURE WITH ME
  • 01:03 AND I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE WORKINGS,
  • 01:05 SOME OF THE GOINGS ON,
  • 01:07 SOME OF WHAT WE'RE COOKING UP.
  • 01:08 AND LET ME TELL YOU IT'S FASCINATING.
  • 01:11 FOR SOME JEWISH GUY LIKE ME IT'S A THRILL TO TAKE WONDERFUL PEOPLE LIKE YOU
  • 01:15 TO MY ANCESTRAL HOMELAND, THE BIBLICAL LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:20 AND, "ERETZ ISRAEL", THIS UPCOMING SERIES IS ALL ABOUT THAT.
  • 01:24 BUT BEFORE I SPEAK TO THAT,
  • 01:26 AND THAT'S MORE PROFESSIONAL,
  • 01:28 I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU A MOMENT ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S VERY PERSONAL.
  • 01:33 ON THE PERSONAL SIDE,
  • 01:35 AND I MEAN THIS SINCERELY,
  • 01:37 I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU,
  • 01:39 CAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT I DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE.
  • 01:45 I THINK OF PAUL IN SO MANY WAYS.
  • 01:47 HE WROTE SO MANY PEOPLE.
  • 01:49 WHEN HE WROTE THE PHILIPPIANS HE SAYS IN CHAPTER 1, VERSE 3,
  • 01:52 "I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU."
  • 01:58 AND THEN IN VERSE 5 HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 02:00 IT'S FOR THEIR FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL, THE PARTNERSHIP,
  • 02:06 THE FACT THAT THEY CARED AND SHARED AND HELPED HIM GET ON DOWN THE ROAD.
  • 02:12 BEFORE MY ROAD EVERY LED ME TO THIS SET
  • 02:16 AND BEFORE MY ROAD EVER LED ME TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 02:19 IT LED ME TO BIBLE COLLEGE.
  • 02:22 AFTER, IN EFFECT, FLUNKING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL,
  • 02:25 I WAS IN MY MID TO LATE 20'S TILL I GOT TO AND THROUGH MY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM.
  • 02:31 AND I GOT INTO MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE ON ACADEMIC PROBATION
  • 02:35 BECAUSE I WAS A FAILURE EARLY.
  • 02:37 I DIDN'T HAVE 2 NICKELS TO RUB TOGETHER TO GO TO COLLEGE
  • 02:39 BUT YOU KNOW SOME CHRISTIAN PEOPLE SENT SOME SCHOLARSHIP MONEY TO HELP ME,
  • 02:43 NOT JUST TO GET THERE,
  • 02:45 BUT FROM THERE,
  • 02:46 FROM MY GRADUATE DEGREES AND THE LIKE TO BECOME A PROFESSOR.
  • 02:49 PEOPLE CARED AND SHARED.
  • 02:51 THEY DID IT IN PAUL'S DAY;
  • 02:52 THEY DID TODAY;
  • 02:53 SO I THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO GET HERE.
  • 02:56 AND NOW I WANT TO TAKE YOU THERE.
  • 02:59 WHERE'S THERE?
  • 03:00 TO THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 03:02 COMING NOW ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF A SERIES WE'RE WORKING ON...
  • 03:05 "ERETZ ISRAEL: THE LAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 03:18 LOOK TO THE NORTH
  • 03:21 THE SOUTH
  • 03:24 THE EAST
  • 03:27 THE WEST
  • 03:34 ALL THE LAND WHICH THOU SEEST
  • 03:37 TO THEE WILL I GIVE IT
  • 03:39 AND TO THY SEED FOREVER.
  • 03:44 INDEED HE WHO WATCHES OVER ISRAEL
  • 03:46 WILL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP.
  • 04:05 NOW THE LORD SAID UNTO ABRAM,
  • 04:08 "GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY"
  • 04:10 "AND FROM THY KINDRED"
  • 04:11 "AND FROM THY FATHER'S HOUSE"
  • 04:13 "UNTO A LAND THAT I WILL SHOW THEE."
  • 04:16 "AND I WILL MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION AND I WILL BLESS THEE"
  • 04:20 "AND MAKE THY NAME GREAT AND THOU SHALL BE A BLESSING."
  • 04:24 "AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE"
  • 04:26 "AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE."
  • 04:29 "AND IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED."
  • 04:33 AND ABRAM TOOK SARAI HIS WIFE,
  • 04:37 HIS NEPHEW LOT,
  • 04:38 ALL THE SUBSTANCE AND PERSONS THEY HAD ACQUIRED IN HARAN
  • 04:42 AND JOURNEYED TO CANAAN.
  • 04:46 IT HAS BEEN SAID
  • 04:47 THAT A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
  • 04:48 BEGINS WITH THE VERY FIRST STEPS
  • 04:51 WELL COME WITH ME NOW
  • 04:53 AND JOURNEY WITH ME
  • 04:54 AS WE WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS
  • 04:56 OF OUR FATHER ABRAHAM.
  • 05:36 EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION
  • 05:37 "THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED"?
  • 05:40 FOR MANY OF US
  • 05:41 THE ROAD OF FAITH IS JUST THAT.
  • 05:45 WE WANT TO CONSIDER THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FATHER OF FAITH
  • 05:49 AND TO HELP US I WANT TO SHOW YOU A MAP
  • 05:52 SO YOU CAN SOME VISION FOR THE ROAD THAT HE TRAVELED.
  • 05:57 I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF ONE OF
  • 05:58 THE OLDEST CHURCHES ON EARTH...
  • 06:00 THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE
  • 06:01 IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM.
  • 06:03 AS YOU CAN SEE
  • 06:04 CHRISTIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  • 06:06 ARE HERE VISITING THIS SITE,
  • 06:08 THE SITE THAT MANY BELIEVE
  • 06:09 JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, BURIED,
  • 06:11 ROSE FROM THE DEAD
  • 06:12 ON A LITTLE HILL,
  • 06:13 THAT'S INSIDE THE CHURCH,
  • 06:14 CALLED GOLGOTHA.
  • 06:16 THE EMPEROR HADRIAN,
  • 06:17 THE ROMAN EMPEROR,
  • 06:18 DESTROYED THE STATE OF JUDEA
  • 06:20 IN THE YEAR 135
  • 06:21 AFTER A JEWISH REVOLT.
  • 06:23 THE TEMPLE HAD ALREADY BEEN
  • 06:25 DESTROYED IN A.D. 70,
  • 06:26 REPLACED BY A TEMPLE
  • 06:28 TO A PAGAN GOD, JUPITER.
  • 06:33 YOU KNOW DAVE,
  • 06:34 LOOKING BEHIND ME OVER HERE; I REMINDED OF THE FACT
  • 06:36 THAT RELIGION REALLY HAS A WAY OF INSPIRING PEOPLE, YES,
  • 06:39 FOR GOOD AND BAD.
  • 06:40 WHAT SAY YOU?
  • 06:41 ABSOLUTELY,
  • 06:43 IN THE HISTORIC REVIEW THAT I DID JUST A BIT AGO
  • 06:46 I MENTIONED CONSTANTINE, THE ROMAN EMPEROR,
  • 06:50 CONVERTING TO CHRISTIANITY,
  • 06:51 AND HIS MOTHER, QUEEN HELENA,
  • 06:53 COMING OUT HERE
  • 06:54 TO CHECK ON THE HOLY SITES OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 06:57 AND AS A RESULT CHURCHES WERE BUILT
  • 06:59 AND THE FAITH SPREAD HERE.
  • 07:01 AN ENORMOUS INVESTMENT OF ENERGY, MONEY AND PEOPLE...
  • 07:04 AMAZING! >>IT REALLY WAS.
  • 07:05 AND OF COURSE HE WAS THE EMPEROR SO...
  • 07:08 AND SHE WAS THE QUEEN MOTHER AS IT WERE
  • 07:09 SO THEY HAD A LOT OF THAT. >>SHE HAS TO GET PLENTY OF VOTES.
  • 07:12 BUT THEN LATER ON WE SEE THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE
  • 07:15 OF RELIGION AGAIN FROM CHRISTIANITY TO CRUSADES.
  • 07:19 YOU JUST SAW A PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME...
  • 07:24 GOOD THINGS TO COME I MIGHT ADD.
  • 07:27 UNFORTUNATELY ONLY A FEW CAN REALLY MAKE THEIR WAY TO ISRAEL IN THE FLESH
  • 07:32 AND WE'RE ALWAYS HAPPY TO TAKE YOU THERE
  • 07:35 AND YOU'LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.
  • 07:37 BUT WE TAKE MILLIONS THERE THROUGH THE MIRACLE THAT IS TELEVISION.
  • 07:42 MOST BIBLE TEACHERS CAN GET TO A NICE PLATFORM SOMEWHERE
  • 07:46 OR PODIUM IN A CHURCH BUILDING
  • 07:48 AND SOME CAMERAS FOCUSING ON THEM
  • 07:50 AND THEY TELL THEIR STORY.
  • 07:52 AND GOD BLESS...THAT'S A GOOD COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO DO IT.
  • 07:57 WE DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY HOWEVER,
  • 07:59 BECAUSE I DON'T JUST SPEAK TO YOU FROM A PODIUM IN A CHURCH,
  • 08:02 NO, WE INCUR ALL THE EXPENSES
  • 08:04 ASSOCIATED WITH GOING TO
  • 08:06 THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 08:07 AND WE NOT ONLY TRAVEL THERE
  • 08:09 AND HIRE HELPERS
  • 08:11 AND HAVE MULTIPLE CAMERAS GOING
  • 08:14 BUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALL THAT
  • 08:16 WE BUILD SETS
  • 08:18 AND WE DON'T JUST SPEND MONEY
  • 08:19 TO BUILD SETS FOR THESE
  • 08:20 DRAMATIC VIGNETTES,
  • 08:22 NO, WE HIRE ACTORS,
  • 08:23 ALL ISRAELIS, RE-ENACTING
  • 08:26 THE BIBLICAL DRAMA.
  • 08:29 IT COSTS A FORTUNE.
  • 08:31 BUT YOU KNOW...
  • 08:33 WE BELIEVE IT IS SO WORTH IT
  • 08:35 BECAUSE TRUTH BE KNOWN,
  • 08:37 FEW DO THIS KIND OF WORK.
  • 08:40 I'M GLAD THAT THE LORD HAS ENABLED ME TO PARTICIPATE IN IT
  • 08:44 BECAUSE OTHERS OPT TO PARTICIPATE WITH US.
  • 08:49 PAUL, WHO GAVE VOICE
  • 08:50 TO THANKING THE PHILIPPIANS FOR THEIR FELLOWSHIP
  • 08:53 GOES ON TO SAY IN VERSE 7
  • 08:55 HOW HE IS THANKFUL
  • 08:57 THAT THEY ARE "PARTAKERS WITH HIM IN THIS GRACE".
  • 09:04 AND LET ME SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE TO ENABLE ME...
  • 09:08 FOR THOSE FEW THAT GET BEHIND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS LIKE THIS,
  • 09:13 WE MULTIPLY IT TO MILLIONS WHO SEE IT WHO NEVER GIVE A DIME.
  • 09:17 WE INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO FASCINATING PEOPLE,
  • 09:20 ONE OF WHOM IS COMING UP RIGHT NOW,
  • 09:22 AN ISRAELI NAMED AVI LIPKIN WHOM I WANT YOU TO MEET.
  • 09:38 SO ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN AMERICA IS
  • 09:41 EVERY COUPLE YEARS WE CAN VOTE.
  • 09:42 AND IF I UNDERSTAND YOU CORRECTLY, LOVING ISRAEL,
  • 09:45 THERE'S A PRAYERFUL, SOULFUL REMEMBERING THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 09:47 BUT WE COULD EXERCISE PREROGATIVES TO MAKE SURE WE PUT PEOPLE
  • 09:50 IN GOVERNMENT THAT STAND BEHIND THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL.
  • 09:54 THAT SHOULD BE A PRIORITY.
  • 09:55 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 09:57 AND IN FACT,
  • 09:58 I STARTED MY WORK
  • 09:59 IN THE CHURCHES AND IN AMERICA
  • 10:01 20 YEARS AGO HERE IN DALLAS
  • 10:03 AND I'VE WRITTEN FIVE BOOKS.
  • 10:05 AND THE ONLY TESTIMONY THAT IS REPEATED IN ALL FIVE BOOKS IS CALLED
  • 10:10 "THE DALLAS COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS".
  • 10:12 AND THIS WAS THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS,
  • 10:14 THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.
  • 10:15 AND THEY SAID TO ME,
  • 10:17 WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT IS THE BARREL OF OIL,
  • 10:20 THE STEADY PRICE OF OIL,
  • 10:21 THE STEADY SUPPLY OF OIL
  • 10:23 AND THEY WERE NOT GOING TO LET THE JEWS GET IN THE WAY OF THIS.
  • 10:26 AND I SAID TO THEM
  • 10:27 THAT ISRAEL AND THE JEWS
  • 10:28 NEVER CAME IN THE WAY OF OIL SUPPLIES
  • 10:30 AND IN FACT WE LOST A THIRD OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE HOLOCAUST
  • 10:32 BECAUSE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, WHO WAS A SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT,
  • 10:36 HAD AN UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE BY THE NAME OF BRECKINRIDGE LONG
  • 10:41 WOULD NOT ALLOW A SHIP WITH REFUGEES FROM GERMANY TO REACH CUBA,
  • 10:44 NOT EVEN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 10:46 SO HITLER KILLED 6 MILLION
  • 10:47 BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT RECEIVE VISAS.
  • 10:50 THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAS SUBSERVIENT EVEN THEN TO THE SAUDIS.
  • 10:53 BUT MY CHRISTIAN FRIEND, ERIC GUSTAFSEN, WHO WAS THERE THAT NIGHT,
  • 10:59 HE WAS A BIG SUPPORTER OF MARLIN MADDOUX AND KVTT RADIO 20 YEARS AGO,
  • 11:03 AND HE LOOKED AT THESE PEOPLE
  • 11:05 AND THE LIGHTS WENT ON FOR ME THAT NIGHT.
  • 11:07 HE SAID, "YOU CALL YOURSELVES CHRISTIANS?"
  • 11:09 "YOU SAID THAT WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT WAS THE BARREL OF OIL,"
  • 11:11 "THE STEADY PRICE,"
  • 11:12 "THE STEADY SUPPLY."
  • 11:13 "YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES"
  • 11:15 "BECAUSE WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT IS NOT THE BARREL OF OIL,"
  • 11:17 "WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT IS JESUS CHRIST."
  • 11:20 AND AS A JEW, WHEN I HEARD THAT,
  • 11:22 I FELL IN LOVE WITH JESUS CHRIST
  • 11:23 BECAUSE THEN I UNDERSTOOD AS A JEW,
  • 11:24 THAT AMERICA HAS TO BE CHRISTIAN FOR ISRAEL TO BE BLESSED.
  • 11:30 YOU KNOW WHEN I THINK WHAT HELPED MAKE AMERICA GREAT WERE JEWS TOO.
  • 11:34 BACK IN THE DAY WHEN GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS FIGHTING A BATTLE ROYAL
  • 11:37 AGAINST THE BRITISH HOLD UP IN VALLEY FORGE,PENNSYLVANIA,
  • 11:41 HE DIDN'T HAVE 2 NICKELS TO RUB TOGETHER
  • 11:43 RIGHT NEXT TO PHILADELPHIA,
  • 11:44 THE BANKING CAPITAL OF THE COLONIES.
  • 11:46 A JEW, HAYM SOLOMON, GALVANIZED ENERGIES
  • 11:49 AND RAISED RESOURCES AMONGST JEWS
  • 11:51 TO HELP THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY GET ON DOWN THE ROAD.
  • 11:54 IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT THIS WOULD BE A BRITISH EXTENSION STILL.
  • 11:58 YES AND I THINK WHAT HAPPENED INDEED WAS
  • 12:00 THAT WASHINGTON CAME TO THE JEWS IN PHILADELPHIA ON THE EVE OF YOM KIPPUR.
  • 12:05 ROBERT MORRIS DID.
  • 12:07 WASHINGTON PRESSED HIM TO DO IT.
  • 12:09 MORRIS WAS AN ANTI-SEMITE.
  • 12:11 HE DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH AN INDIVIDUAL
  • 12:13 WHOM HE REFERRED TO AS "THAT JEW BROKER"...
  • 12:15 HAYM SOLOMON
  • 12:16 DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.
  • 12:18 BUT HE WAS PUSHED AND PUSHED
  • 12:19 AND FINALLY HE CAME TO INSULT HIM ON YOM KIPPUR WHEN JEWS DON'T WORK...
  • 12:23 INTERRUPTED THE SYNAGOGUE SERVICE
  • 12:25 AND WITHIN A HALF AN HOUR
  • 12:27 PERMISSION WAS GRANTED FOR THE RABBI TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE THE PITCH
  • 12:31 AND THE MONEY WAS RAISED THERE AND THEN...
  • 12:32 JEWS STANDING BEHIND AMERICA.
  • 12:34 AND THEY SAVED AMERICA.
  • 12:35 YES
  • 12:36 THEY SAVED THE REVOLUTION.
  • 12:37 BY THE WAY, ANOTHER STORY,
  • 12:39 THE JEWS STOOD BIVOUAC DURING THE CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN 1777.
  • 12:45 SO 500 JEWS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY WERE STANDING, BIVOUAC,
  • 12:49 "GUARD DUTY", WHILE THE CHRISTIANS PRAYED THEIR CHRISTIAN SERVICE,
  • 12:52 WHICH I THINK IS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME TO HEAR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • 12:55 BEAUTIFUL STORY.
  • 12:56 WE'RE SEEING JEWS STAND BEHIND AMERICA...
  • 12:57 AMERICA STAND BEHIND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 13:00 ITS NATURAL TO DO IT.
  • 13:02 AND OF COURSE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THESE STORIES
  • 13:05 BUT YOU'RE INDIVIDUALLY MINDED TO RESURRECT THAT KIND OF CONNECTIVITY
  • 13:11 IN A WORLD THAT'S CHARACTERIZED BY DISCONNECT, YES?
  • 13:13 I WANT AMERICA TO RETURN TO ITS JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES,
  • 13:17 WHAT AMERICA GREAT.
  • 13:18 AMERICA IS SLIDING AND GOD IS BEING REMOVED FROM THE SYSTEM...
  • 13:23 "IN GOD WE TRUST" IS OFF THE COINS...
  • 13:25 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,
  • 13:26 THE BIBLE,
  • 13:27 JESUS CHRIST,
  • 13:28 THESE ARE NOT THINGS WE MENTION ANYMORE.
  • 13:30 AND WHEN THESE ARE NOT MENTIONED ANYMORE
  • 13:32 THEY'RE REPLACED BY ALLAH, MOHAMMED AND THE KORAN.
  • 13:35 THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA.
  • 13:37 BY THE WAY, ANOTHER POINT ABOUT ANOTHER REVOLUTION WAS A CIVIL WAR
  • 13:41 I ATTENDED A SYNAGOGUE IN KANSAS CITY ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO
  • 13:46 AND THERE WAS A SPEAKER FROM THE JEWISH WAR VETERANS.
  • 13:49 HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
  • 13:51 AND THE JEWS WERE DISPROPORTIONATELY MORE
  • 13:56 AS OFFICERS IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY
  • 13:58 THAN THE NON-JEWS.
  • 13:59 AND DURING THE ROSH HASHANAH YOM KIPPUR HOLIDAYS
  • 14:02 THEY CAME TO JEFFERSON DAVIS
  • 14:03 AND SAID "WE WANT TO GO HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS."
  • 14:06 AND JEFFERSON DAVIS SAID, "UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES",
  • 14:09 "IF YOU JEWS LEAVE THE CONFEDERATE ARMY COLLAPSES."
  • 14:12 AND I THINK THAT THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY
  • 14:14 PRESIDENT LINCOLN FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 14:17 ESTABLISHED JEWISH CHAPLAINS IN THE UNION ARMY
  • 14:20 BECAUSE THE JEWS WERE SO ACTIVE IN THE SOUTHERN ARMY AS WELL.
  • 14:23 JEWS WERE IN BOTH ARMIES.
  • 14:25 JEWS HAVE BEEN AFFILIATED ALL ALONG WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM DAY ONE.
  • 14:41 AVI IS QUITE THE AMBASSADOR FOR ISRAEL.
  • 14:47 AND TRACE
  • 14:48 WE'RE ALL ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF BEING AMBASSADORS
  • 14:50 AND HELPING OTHERS BE AMBASSADORS TOO, YES?
  • 14:53 WE ARE.
  • 14:54 IT HAS REALLY BEEN A JOY AND PRIVILEGE TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL.
  • 14:57 AFTER WORKING IN MINISTRY ALL THOSE YEARS
  • 14:59 I REALLY FEEL LIKE THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING.
  • 15:01 WHEN I WENT TO ISRAEL I FELT LIKE I FOUND IT.
  • 15:03 NOW YOU'VE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME LOOKING.
  • 15:06 IN ADDITION TO YOUR OWN BIBLICAL STUDIES AS AN INDIVIDUAL YOU WENT TO SEMINARY.
  • 15:10 I DID.
  • 15:11 AND I TELL YOU THIS
  • 15:13 THAT I FEEL LIKE THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF LACK OF FOCUS ON ISRAEL IN SEMINARY.
  • 15:17 I THINK THAT WE SEE WHAT WE SEE ON THE NEWS
  • 15:20 AND WE REALLY DON'T DELVE INTO THE BIBLICAL TEXT
  • 15:23 AND SO BEING AT THIS MINISTRY,
  • 15:25 WATCHING YOU ON TV AND GOING TO ISRAEL,
  • 15:27 IT HAS JUST OPENED UP MY MIND SO MUCH.
  • 15:29 AND TO SEE THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE TOTALLY AMAZING
  • 15:33 AND THAT ISRAEL IS THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 15:35 GOODNESS, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THOSE SENTIMENTS.
  • 15:38 THEY DON'T.
  • 15:39 AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE.
  • 15:41 AND THE BIBLE SAYS ISRAEL WILL BE PERSECUTED BUT GOD IS GOING TO SAVE HER.
  • 15:45 THE JEWS ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 15:47 AND IT IS JUST SUCH A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR
  • 15:50 TO TRAVEL THERE AND TO TAKE TOURS THERE.
  • 15:51 YOU'RE THE TOUR MANAGER.
  • 15:53 PEOPLE CAN CONTACT US.
  • 15:54 THE PHONE NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN IF THEY WANT TO GO.
  • 15:57 THOUGH YOU ARE A TOUR MANAGER
  • 15:58 YOU DIDN'T SIGN UP IN LIFE
  • 16:00 TO BE A TOUR MANAGER.
  • 16:01 YOU WENT TO SEMINARY FOR MINISTRY.
  • 16:04 I WENT TO SEMINARY FOR MINISTRY,
  • 16:06 NOT TELEVISION STARDOM OR WHATEVER.
  • 16:08 WE WANT TO DO KINGDOM BUSINESS ON THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE, CORRECT?
  • 16:11 AND I TELL YOU THIS...
  • 16:13 KINGDOM BUSINESS
  • 16:14 IS DONE EVERY DAY
  • 16:15 WHEN A VIEWER CALLS IN AND
  • 16:17 THEY TALK ABOUT GOING TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:19 IT HAS BEEN A DREAM
  • 16:20 OF MOST OF OUR VIEWER'S LIVES
  • 16:22 TO GO TO ISRAEL
  • 16:23 AND TO FULFILL THAT.
  • 16:24 I FEEL LIKE THAT'S THE
  • 16:26 HIGHEST CALLING FOR ME
  • 16:27 TO FULFILL PEOPLE'S DREAMS
  • 16:29 TO GO SEE THE HOLY LAND.
  • 16:31 ITS AMAZING DR. SEIF...
  • 16:32 IT'S AMAZING.
  • 16:33 IN FACT, I JUST WROTE
  • 16:35 AN ARTICLE IN THE LEVITT LETTER
  • 16:36 ABOUT FOR ME PERSONALLY
  • 16:38 I FEEL LIKE BEING IN ISRAEL,
  • 16:40 THE INTIMACY YOU DEVELOP
  • 16:42 WITH THE LORD IS LIKE
  • 16:43 THE NIGHT A BRIDE MEETS HER
  • 16:44 BRIDEGROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME.
  • 16:46 YOU CAN HAVE THAT
  • 16:47 EXPERIENCE WITH THE LORD
  • 16:49 WHEN YOU GO TO ISRAEL
  • 16:50 AND COME WITH US.
  • 16:51 YES, AND BY ALL MEANS WE WANT PEOPLE TO DO THAT.
  • 16:54 TRACIE SPOKE FROM HER HEART,
  • 16:58 I'D LIKE TO SPEAK FROM MINE
  • 17:00 AND TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HATE US,
  • 17:05 THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HATE JEWS.
  • 17:09 ANYONE BENT ON DESTROYING ISRAEL
  • 17:12 AND THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING EVERYWHERE THEOLOGICALLY FROM PULPITS,
  • 17:17 INDIVIDUALS DESTROY ISRAEL.
  • 17:20 IF YOU LOOK AT THE NEWS IT'S SO MUCH DESIGNED TO DESTROY ISRAEL.
  • 17:25 WHATEVER GOES AFTER ISRAEL GOES AFTER JEWS
  • 17:27 AND LET ME TELL YOU THEY'RE COMING AFTER US WITH ABANDON.
  • 17:32 AND THAT'S WHY
  • 17:33 I NEED YOU'RE HELP
  • 17:37 TO TELL A BIBLICAL STORY,
  • 17:40 TO LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
  • 17:41 ABOUT THE PEOPLE
  • 17:43 AND ABOUT THE LAND.
  • 17:45 I NOT ONLY NEED TO
  • 17:46 TELL THAT STORY,
  • 17:48 I NEED TO TELL IT NOW.
  • 17:51 I DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY
  • 17:52 OF BEING ABLE TO PICK THE TIMES
  • 17:54 TO TELL THE STORIES.
  • 17:56 I WISH THE ECONOMY
  • 17:57 WAS SO MUCH BETTER
  • 17:58 BUT TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS,
  • 18:00 IS FEARS HAVE CAUSED PEOPLE
  • 18:02 TO BE CONSERVATIVE.
  • 18:03 I NEED FAITH TO RISE UP
  • 18:05 IN THE HEARTS OF INDIVIDUALS
  • 18:07 THAT SAY "YES, WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO JEFF."
  • 18:11 "WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO TRACIE."
  • 18:13 "WE APPRECIATE ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES AND WE WANT TO SHOW IT."
  • 18:18 PLEASE BE GRACIOUS
  • 18:19 AND HELP US TELL THE STORY
  • 18:21 AND BECOME AN AMBASSADOR TOO.
  • 18:24 AND SPEAKING OF AMBASSADORS NOW,
  • 18:26 YOU'RE MONIES HELP US
  • 18:27 GET TO ISRAEL TO SPEAK TO
  • 18:29 REAL LIVE AMBASSADORS.
  • 18:31 HERE'S A SEGMENT
  • 18:33 FROM ONE WE JUST WITH AMBASSADOR GOLD,
  • 18:36 FORMER ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS.
  • 18:42 IN ARAB CULTURE HERE,
  • 18:46 WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY
  • 18:47 THAT YOU COME FROM
  • 18:49 A PRESTIGIOUS ANCESTRY,
  • 18:52 YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE
  • 18:53 DESCENDENT OF THE CALIPH,
  • 18:57 FROM THE ARAB ARMIES
  • 19:00 WHO FOUGHT AND CAME INTO ERETZ ISRAEL IN THE 7TH CENTURY
  • 19:06 AT THAT TIME IN THE 600s.
  • 19:09 YOU STILL HAVE A JEWISH MAJORITY HERE
  • 19:11 EVEN THE ROMANS HAVE DESTROYED JERUSALEM.
  • 19:14 AND SO ACTUALLY RATHER THAN BEING THE ORIGINAL RESIDENCE OF ERETZ ISRAEL,
  • 19:20 THE ARABS WHO CAME HERE IN THE 7TH CENTURY ARE RELATIVE LATECOMERS.
  • 19:27 THE JEWS WERE SLAUGHTERED,
  • 19:29 FORCED OUT,
  • 19:31 BUT KEPT COMING BACK IN EVERY GENERATION
  • 19:34 SHIPS WOULD COME,
  • 19:36 PEOPLE WOULD COME BACK TO JERUSALEM.
  • 19:37 IT WAS DANGEROUS.
  • 19:39 ALREADY IN THE 19TH CENTURY
  • 19:41 IN THE YEAR 1863
  • 19:44 THE JEWS HAD RE-ESTABLISHED A MAJORITY IN JERUSALEM.
  • 19:47 AND THAT ISN'T FROM JEWISH DOCUMENTS,
  • 19:49 THAT'S FROM THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE
  • 19:51 AND SO OUR CLAIM IS AN OLD CLAIM,
  • 19:55 IT'S A CLAIM THAT WAS WELL KNOWN BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.
  • 19:58 AND IT'S A CLAIM PERHAPS SOME PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT TODAY IN MODERN TIMES.
  • 20:02 IT'S A CLAIM WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AGAIN.
  • 20:08 AFTER THE BAR KOKHBA REVOLT
  • 20:10 IN THE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
  • 20:13 WHEN THE ROMANS WANTS TO
  • 20:15 CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF THE LAND
  • 20:17 FROM THE LAND OF THE JEWS
  • 20:19 TO A LAND WITHOUT JEWS,
  • 20:22 WITHOUT A CONTROLLING BY JEWS,
  • 20:25 THEY STARTED TO CALL THE LAND "THE PROVINCE OF PALESTINE".
  • 20:31 AND THE MUSLIMS TOOK THIS ANCIENT NAME
  • 20:36 FROM THE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
  • 20:38 AND USED IT AS A HOME.
  • 20:42 WHEN THE ARABS CAME AND THE MUSLIMS CAME HERE IN THE 7TH CENTURY A.D.
  • 20:50 WHICH IS VERY LATE IN RELATIVITY TO JEWISH HISTORY...
  • 20:54 7TH CENTURY A.D. IS VERY ANTIQUE IN THE AMERICAN'S POINT OF VIEW
  • 21:01 BUT HERE IN ISRAEL THE 700s, IT'S NOT MUCH.
  • 21:05 THEY USE THE NAME
  • 21:08 THEY CALLED THE LAND OF ISRAEL A ... PALESTINE.
  • 21:12 THIS WAS THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE ARABS AND THE TURKISH AND THE BRITAINS
  • 21:17 UNTIL WHEN THE THE STATE OF ISRAEL WAS BORN.
  • 21:25 BUT WHAT'S THE CURRENT DIVISION?
  • 21:28 RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HERE
  • 21:29 THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 21:31 BUT I'M STANDING AT A PLACE
  • 21:32 RIGHT HERE WHERE
  • 21:34 WE'RE ABOUT 9 MILES AWAY
  • 21:36 FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.
  • 21:38 BEHIND ME IS A VILLAGE
  • 21:40 DOTTED WITH MINARETS,
  • 21:42 A SIGN OF AN ISLAMIC TRIUMPH.
  • 21:45 SO WE HAVE BIBLICAL VISION ON ONE HAND
  • 21:48 AND WE HAVE CURRENT POLITICAL DIVISION ON THE OTHER.
  • 21:51 GOODNESS DAVID, WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THIS?
  • 21:53 WELL WE ARE DEALING WITH A TINY LAND.
  • 21:57 AND IT REALLY ISN'T CLEAR TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
  • 22:01 JUST HOW SMALL THIS IS.
  • 22:03 WE'VE BEEN UP ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
  • 22:04 AND THERE IS A LOT IN THE SOUTH
  • 22:07 AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 280 MILES AT ITS LONGEST.
  • 22:10 BUT THE MAIN PROBLEM IS THIS WAS THE PRE 67 BORDER...
  • 22:15 THIS HERE.
  • 22:18 NOW, IT'S REALLY SMALL HERE.
  • 22:20 WE'RE TALKING AS YOU SAID;
  • 22:22 9 MILES AT ITS NARROWEST
  • 22:25 BUT ON AVERAGE ITS 15 MILES WIDE.
  • 22:27 HERE'S TEL AVIV.
  • 22:29 HERE'S HAIFA.
  • 22:30 HERE'S NATANYA.
  • 22:32 AND HERZLIYA RIGHT OVER HERE.
  • 22:34 TWO THIRDS OF ISRAEL'S JEWISH POPULATION
  • 22:37 LIVES RIGHT IN THIS AREA
  • 22:38 AND IF YOU TAKE IT
  • 22:40 ALL THE WAY FROM THE NORTHERN BORDER
  • 22:41 TO THE GAZA STRIP,
  • 22:42 80 PERCENT OF ISRAEL'S JEWS
  • 22:44 LIVE IN A 15 MILE WIDE ON AVERAGE PIECE OF LAND.
  • 22:48 WHO'S LIVING HERE DAVID?
  • 22:50 AND THIS IS MOSTLY ARAB TOWNS AND VILLAGES
  • 22:52 AND AS YOU POINTED OUT,
  • 22:53 SOME ARE INSIDE OF ISRAEL,
  • 22:55 INSIDE OF THIS PRE 67 BORDER...
  • 22:57 BUT NOBLIS IS HERE...
  • 22:59 HERE'S JERUSALEM...
  • 23:00 YOU CAN SEE
  • 23:01 THE BORDER WENT RIGHT THROUGH
  • 23:03 THE HEART OF THE CITY
  • 23:04 AND ISRAEL HAD THE WESTERN PART
  • 23:06 AND THE ARABS HAD THE EASTERN PART...ITS TINY.
  • 23:09 AND ALL THE WAY ACROSS
  • 23:11 IF YOU TAKE THAT LINE OUT
  • 23:12 RIGHT HERE IT'S ABOUT 30 MILES.
  • 23:14 AT ITS WIDEST ITS 55 MILES,
  • 23:16 IT'S TINY.
  • 23:17 IF I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY,
  • 23:18 THE BIBLICAL VISION
  • 23:19 EXTENDS DOWNWARD FURTHER THIS WAY.
  • 23:21 IT EXTENDS UPWARD
  • 23:22 TO THE EUPHRATES OUT THIS WAY.
  • 23:25 THAT'S THE BIBLICAL VISION.
  • 23:26 THE PALESTINIAN VISION,
  • 23:27 THE MANDATE CALLS FOR
  • 23:28 PUSHING ISRAEL INTO THE SEA.
  • 23:30 I MEAN WE'RE GETTING AWFUL NARROW HERE AREN'T WE?
  • 23:34 AND WE TALKED EARLIER
  • 23:35 ABOUT THE PARTITION PLAN,
  • 23:36 THE U.N. PARTITION PLAN,
  • 23:37 AND IT WAS EVEN SMALLER WHAT ISRAEL WAS GOING TO HAVE.
  • 23:40 THE ARABS WOULD HAVE HAD A PART OF THIS;
  • 23:42 THEY WOULD HAVE HAD FURTHER DOWN HERE, ETC.
  • 23:45 BUT EVEN WITHOUT THAT,
  • 23:46 EVEN WITH WHAT THEY GOT IN THE 48 WAR ITS TINY
  • 23:50 AND TO GIVE THAT BACK TO THE PALESTINIANS FOR A STATE
  • 23:52 IS GOING AGAIN LEAVE ISRAEL EXTREMELY EXPOSED.
  • 23:55 SHE'S 1/8TH OF 1 PER CENT
  • 23:57 OF THE POPULATION OF THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 24:00 A TINY LITTLE LAND
  • 24:02 WITH JUST A FEW MILLION PEOPLE,
  • 24:03 IT'S VERY VULNERABLE TO
  • 24:05 MISSILE ATTACK IN PARTICULAR.
  • 24:06 YEAH WE CAN SEE IT FROM HERE,
  • 24:08 THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA;
  • 24:11 IT'S A STONE'S THROW AWAY IN EFFECT.
  • 24:13 TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS.
  • 24:15 LET'S SAY THERE'S A MAN
  • 24:16 WHO IS UNHAPPY WITH HIS WIFE,
  • 24:17 FIGURE SHE WEIGHS 120 POUNDS...
  • 24:19 "IF YOU'D LOSE 10 POUNDS I'D LOVE YOU MORE."
  • 24:21 SHE LOSES 10 POUNDS.
  • 24:22 SHE'S 110 POUNDS.
  • 24:23 "IF YOU'D LOSE 10 POUNDS MORE WE'D GET ALONG."
  • 24:25 "IF YOU'D LOSE 10 POUNDS MORE...10 POUNDS MORE."
  • 24:27 IT GETS TO THE POINT,
  • 24:29 IT'S NOT ABOUT THE POUNDS,
  • 24:30 THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG IN THE THOUGHT PROCESS.
  • 24:32 OH, IF JEWS WOULD JUST GIVE UP A LITTLE MORE OF THE REAL ESTATE
  • 24:35 IT'S A SMALL PARCEL
  • 24:36 AND WE'RE ALREADY PUSHING AGAINST IT TO GOBBLE MORE AND MORE OF THE JEWISH HOMELAND.
  • 24:41 THIS ISN'T THE BIBLE.
  • 24:42 WHO EVER CARVED UP THIS TURKEY
  • 24:44 NEVER READ THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 24:45 EXACTLY.
  • 24:48 ISRAEL IS SO VERY SMALL...
  • 24:53 BUT THE FORCES BENT ON HER DESTRUCTION ARE SO VERY LARGE.
  • 25:00 THEY'RE LIKE HOWLING WOLVES WITH VERACIOUS, INSATIABLE APPETITES
  • 25:07 WANTING TO DEVOUR.
  • 25:09 AND THAT IS WHERE ISRAEL FINDS ITSELF TODAY,
  • 25:13 BEING MALIGNED IN THE PRESS,
  • 25:16 BEING MALIGNED IN THE PULPIT,
  • 25:20 BEING DISPARAGED IN THE PEW,
  • 25:23 AND THAT'S WHY I WANT TO TALK TO YOU.
  • 25:28 AND IF YOU'LL PERMIT ME
  • 25:30 TO TALK FRANKLY,
  • 25:33 WE NEED HELP IN TELLING
  • 25:36 THIS KIND OF STORY
  • 25:38 BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE HELL BENT
  • 25:40 ON DESTROYING THE JEWISH STATE.
  • 25:44 YOU MIGHT SAY,
  • 25:46 "JEFFREY I'M SYMPATHETIC BUT FOR GOD'S SAKE MAN, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?"
  • 25:50 WELL, I'D LIKE YOU TO HELP ME
  • 25:57 BELIEVING THAT TOGETHER
  • 25:58 WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 26:03 IN FACT, FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL,
  • 26:06 MINISTERS HAVE BEEN STANDING UP AND SAYING, "LET'S GO"
  • 26:10 AGAINST ODDS THAT SEEM INSURMOUNTABLE,
  • 26:13 AND YOU KNOW WHAT,
  • 26:15 GOD RAISES UP THE DAVIDS OF THE WORLD TO THROW PEBBLES,
  • 26:18 HE RAISES UP THE ARCHERS IN THE WORLD TO SHOOT ARROWS
  • 26:21 AND SOMEHOW WE BEAT BACK THE PREVAILING DARKNESS.
  • 26:26 IN HIS DAY,
  • 26:28 ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION,
  • 26:29 PAUL FOUND HIMSELF
  • 26:30 BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
  • 26:32 AND WHEN HE WROTE THE PHILIPPIANS
  • 26:34 HE WAS IN A HARD PLACE
  • 26:36 BUT HE SAID, YOU KNOW,
  • 26:37 I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOU'RE CARING.
  • 26:39 IN THE 4TH CHAPTER, VERSE 14
  • 26:42 HE SAID,
  • 26:47 I DON'T WANT TO GET UP HERE AND WHINE
  • 26:49 BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU
  • 26:51 THAT ITS PAINFUL,
  • 26:52 IT'S DIFFICULT,
  • 26:54 IT'S NOT EASY
  • 26:55 TO BE ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED TELEVISION,
  • 26:57 IT'S NOT EASY
  • 26:58 TO MANAGE THESE BILLS.
  • 27:00 PAUL THANKED THEM FOR SHARING IN HIS BURDEN
  • 27:03 AND HE SAID THAT FEW
  • 27:06 IN VERSE 15
  • 27:07 ACTUALLY SHARED IN GIVING AND RECEIVING.
  • 27:10 AND OUT OF THE HUNDREDS, AND HUNDREDS, AND HUNDREDS
  • 27:13 OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT WATCH THIS PROGRAM,
  • 27:18 PRECIOUS FEW HELP US TO GET IT TO THE WORLD.
  • 27:21 LET ME TALK TO YOU PLEASE.
  • 27:23 "ERETZ ISRAEL" IS IN PRODUCTION RIGHT NOW.
  • 27:26 IT COSTS A SMALL FORTUNE
  • 27:28 TO GET IT ALL DONE
  • 27:30 AND WE'RE LABORING TO DO IT
  • 27:31 BUT THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL
  • 27:32 AND THE LABORERS ARE FEW.
  • 27:35 HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 27:38 IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A FORTUNE.
  • 27:40 BY ALL MEANS SEND ONE IF YOU LIKE.
  • 27:42 A DIME OR A DOLLAR, I DON'T CARE
  • 27:44 BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO SHARE
  • 27:45 TO HELP US TO DO GOD'S BIDDING.
  • 27:47 THANKS IN ADVANCE.
  • 27:48 AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 27:49 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 27:51 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
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