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Episode: “The Birth of the Church”
Bringing Good News from the Middle East, Myles teaches about the birth of the Church on location at the Jerusalem Temple’s Southern Steps. We learn how Evangelist Jacob Damkani, a Persian Jew, fearlessly brings the Gospel to Israelis.
Series: “Acts: Then and Now”
… The Story Continues
Myles and Katharine show us the implications of the Acts of the Apostles in history and the future.

Caption transcript for Acts: Then and Now — “The Birth of the Church” (1/8)

  • 00:13 GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS
  • 00:16 BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:21 TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU
  • 00:26 AND LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:42 SHALOM AND WELCOME
  • 00:43 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS
  • 00:45 I'M MYLES WEISS
  • 00:46 THIS IS MY WIFE KATHARINE
  • 00:47 WE'RE EXCITED TODAY TO BRING YOU A NEW SERIES
  • 00:50 "ACTS THEN AND NOW, THE STORY CONTINUES".
  • 00:52 THERE'S SO MUCH DIFFICULT AND HARD NEWS THAT COMES FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 00:57 IT'S GREAT TO TELL THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY.
  • 00:59 IT'S ALWAYS GOOD.
  • 01:01 AND YOU AND I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED SHARING THE GOOD NEWS THAT'S COMING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 01:04 WE LOVE TO TAKE PEOPLE TO ISRAEL
  • 01:06 AND WE LOVE TO SHOW PEOPLE WHAT GOD IS DOING.
  • 01:08 SEE HE'S STILL ALIVE TODAY AND HE'S STILL WORKING.
  • 01:11 WE LOVE TO SHOW THEM THE "ANCIENT ROCKS" AND THE "LIVING STONES"
  • 01:14 AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE THIS IN THE SERIES.
  • 01:18 IT'S SO WONDERFUL.
  • 01:19 ROMANS 1:16 SAYS,
  • 01:26 YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE POWER OF GOD WORKING WITH THE JEWS AND THE GENTILES TODAY.
  • 01:30 WE'RE SO EXCITED...SO STAY TUNED
  • 01:33 AND LET'S GO NOW TO JERUSALEM WITH MYLES.
  • 01:42 YERUSHALAYIM...
  • 01:43 JERUSALEM...
  • 01:45 THE CENTER OF THE EARTH...
  • 01:47 THE PLACE WHERE HISTORY TAKES PLACE AND WHERE HISTORY WILL BE UNFOLDING IN THE FUTURE.
  • 01:52 I'M ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS OF THE TEMPLE,
  • 01:55 THE SECOND TEMPLE AT THE TIME OF YESHUA
  • 01:57 AND IT WAS THE WONDER OF THE WORLD.
  • 02:01 THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE IT.
  • 02:02 AND HERE ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS WAS WHERE THE PILGRIMS
  • 02:05 WOULD ENTER AND EXIT THREE TIMES A YEAR AS MANDATED BY LEVITICUS 23.
  • 02:12 BEHIND ME IS THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
  • 02:14 YESHUA'S JERUSALEM HOME BASE AND WHERE HE WILL BE RETURNING TO.
  • 02:20 THE GOSPEL STORY IS BOTH A BROAD SWEEP OF ALL OF HISTORY
  • 02:26 AND ALSO A VERY INTIMATE, PERSONALLY TRANSFORMING WORK.
  • 02:30 IT'S SO AMAZING TO ME THAT YESHUA CAN TOUCH THE ENTIRE WORLD AND ONE'S SOUL AT A TIME.
  • 02:37 IT WAS NEARBY HERE WHERE THE UPPER ROOM TOOK PLACE.
  • 02:41 THOSE SCENES...
  • 02:43 FIRST THE LAST SUPPER SO CALLED WHICH WE KNOW WAS A PESACH,
  • 02:46 A PASSOVER WHERE THAT MEAL TOOK PLACE WITH THE DISCIPLES WAS NEAR THIS AREA.
  • 02:52 NOW THERE'S A TRADITIONAL SITE A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY
  • 02:55 WHERE PILGRIMS COME TO WORSHIP AND TO PRAISE
  • 02:57 AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL BUT IT WAS BUILT IN THE MIDDLE AGES.
  • 03:00 IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT ZOLA BELIEVED THAT IT WAS RIGHT NEAR HERE,
  • 03:04 NEAR SOLOMON'S PORTICO
  • 03:06 NEAR THE SOUTHERN STEPS,
  • 03:07 THAT THE ACTUALLY UPPER ROOM EXISTED.
  • 03:09 WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE
  • 03:11 BUT WE DO KNOW THAT BASED ON THE OCCURRENCES THAT TOOK PLACE AFTER THE UPPER ROOM EXPERIENCES,
  • 03:17 IT'S LIKELY THAT IT WAS NEARBY HERE BECAUSE OF THE MANY MIKVOT THAT ARE NEAR HERE.
  • 03:23 MIKVOT ARE TRADITIONAL BAPTISMALS,
  • 03:25 A VERY JEWISH KIND OF WAY OF CLEANSING IN ORDER TO BE READY TO MEET WITH THE LORD.
  • 03:31 I'M THINKING ABOUT THE WAY THIS IS THE PLACE THAT YESHUA PREPARED FOR HIS PASSOVER
  • 03:39 WHICH BECOMES OUR PASSOVER AND HOW 50 DAYS LATER THE DISCIPLES GATHERED NEARBY HERE,
  • 03:46 THE 120 GATHERED IN THE UPPER ROOM
  • 03:48 AND THE TRANSFORMATION THAT TOOK PLACE IN THEIR HEARTS.
  • 03:53 YOU KNOW IN THAT SMALL ROOM THE FIRST TIME EVERYTHING WAS SET UP ACCORDING TO A PROPHETIC STYLE.
  • 03:59 THERE WAS A 3 TIERED TABLE WHERE THE DISCIPLES WOULD LEAN AT DINNER.
  • 04:04 AND EVERYONE TOOK THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE.
  • 04:06 JUDAS, INTERESTINGLY, HAD THE PLACE OF HONOR.
  • 04:10 YESHUA TOOK THE PLACE OF THE MASTER OF THE TABLE.
  • 04:14 AND PETER TOOK THE SERVANTS PLACE.
  • 04:16 THAT'S WHY IT WAS SO STRANGE WHEN HE FORGOT TO WASH THE DISCIPLE'S FEET
  • 04:21 AND WAS SO AMAZED WHEN YESHUA DID THAT INSTEAD BECAUSE IT WAS HIS JOB.
  • 04:26 HE WAS TO SERVE.
  • 04:29 AS WE'RE HERE ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS THINKING ABOUT THE SCOPE OF HISTORY THAT TAKES PLACE HERE
  • 04:35 AND ALSO THE PERSONAL TOUCH OF THE MASTER IN EACH ONE OF OUR HEARTS AND LIVES
  • 04:41 IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IT IS ALWAYS BASED IN THE UNITY AMONG THE BELIEVERS.
  • 04:48 LISTEN TO THE TEACHING THAT COMES FROM ACTS CHAPTER 2.
  • 04:52 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:06 THEY WERE IN UNITY
  • 05:07 JUST LIKE IT WAS PROPHESIED FROM PSALM 133
  • 05:11 THAT WHEN THE BRETHREN DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY
  • 05:14 GOD COMMANDS THE BLESSING.
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  • 06:21 YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING
  • 06:22 THAT GOD CAN DO SOMETHING
  • 06:24 OF THE BROADEST SCOPE
  • 06:25 AND EXTREMELY PERSONAL
  • 06:27 AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 06:28 REMEMBER THE ENTIRE NATION
  • 06:30 WAS HERE
  • 06:31 COMING UP TO JERUSALEM
  • 06:32 FOR THE GREAT FEASTS.
  • 06:34 THEY WERE HERE ON SHAVUOT.
  • 06:35 THEY WERE GATHERED IN THE UPPER ROOM
  • 06:37 BECAUSE THEY WERE IN TOWN TO WORSHIP THE LORD
  • 06:40 ACCORDING TO THE MANDATED FEASTS OF LEVITICUS 23.
  • 06:43 AND IN THAT UPPER ROOM GOD DID SOMETHING TO WRITE THE LAW ON OUR HEARTS.
  • 06:49 IT'S SUCH AN AMAZING THING...
  • 06:51 HE'S SO MUCH IN CHARGE OF ALL OF HISTORY AND EVERY SINGLE SOUL.
  • 06:55 YOU KNOW HE GOES AFTER THE ONE BY LEAVING THE NINETY AND NINE.
  • 06:58 THAT'S WHAT HE'S ABOUT TO DO WITH PETER HERE.
  • 07:00 YOU REMEMBER WHEN PETER FAILED HIM AND THERE WAS THE WALK ON THE BEACH WHEN HE SAID TO PETER,
  • 07:08 HE ASKED HIM VERY POINTEDLY,
  • 07:10 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:18 AND BACK AT THAT TIME WE HAD NO IDEA THAT PETER WOULD COME THROUGH
  • 07:21 AND ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO DO WHAT YESHUA ASKED HIM TO DO.
  • 07:25 BUT NOW, HERE IT WAS, 50 DAYS LATER AT PENTECOST, SHAVUOT, THE FEAST OF WEEKS
  • 07:30 WHEN ALL THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE UP HERE
  • 07:32 AND THOSE THAT WERE KNITTING THEMSELVES TO THE JEWS WERE HERE AS WELL.
  • 07:36 THEY WERE HERE TO WORSHIP
  • 07:38 AND IT WAS A REFLECTION OF
  • 07:39 AND A FULFILLMENT OF
  • 07:41 THAT WHICH HAPPENED AT SINAI.
  • 07:43 AT SINAI AT THE FOOT OF THE GREAT MOUNTAIN THERE WAS THUNDERING AND LIGHTNING.
  • 07:48 AND IN THE UPPER ROOM THERE WERE TONGUES OF FIRE ABOVE THE HEADS OF THE DISCIPLES.
  • 07:53 AT SINAI THE WORD WAS GIVEN
  • 07:56 AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE COUNT THAT AS THE TIME OF THE GIVING OF THE TORAH.
  • 08:00 IN THE UPPER ROOM THE LAW WAS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS.
  • 08:04 AT SINAI A NATION WAS BORN IN A DAY AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE BECAME A SOLIDIFIED NATION.
  • 08:11 IN THE UPPER ROOM, THE CHURCH... "KEHILAT YESHUA",
  • 08:14 THECONGREGATION OF JESUS WAS BORN IN A DAY.
  • 08:18 AT SINAI 3,000 DIED BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 08:22 IN THE UPPER ROOM THE PRAYERS WENT FORWARD
  • 08:25 AND SOMEWHERE OUT HERE 3,000 WERE BORN AGAIN ACCORDING TO GOD'S MASTER PLAN.
  • 08:31 IT'S SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SYMMETRY THAT ONLY GOD HIMSELF COULD DO.
  • 08:36 AT THE SAME TIME SOMETHING WITH SUCH A HUGE SCOPE WAS GOING ON.
  • 08:41 THE LORD WAS WORKING IN THE HEART OF PETER.
  • 08:44 PETER WHO SAID I'LL GO ANYWHERE WITH YOU...
  • 08:46 I'LL GO TO THE CROSS WITH YOU...
  • 08:47 I'LL GO TO THE DEATH FOR YOU...
  • 08:49 AND THEN FAILED.
  • 08:52 AND YET JESUS RESTORED HIM.
  • 08:55 AND PETER IS THE ONE WHO STOOD UP AND PREACHED THE GOSPEL FROM THIS PLACE.
  • 09:00 AND I BELIEVE IT WAS SOMEWHERE RIGHT AROUND HERE THAT THE 3,000 WERE BORN AGAIN
  • 09:05 BECAUSE THE MIKVOT ARE HERE...
  • 09:07 THE BAPTISMALS ARE HERE TO RECEIVE THEM...
  • 09:10 TO HAVE THEM MAKE THEIR COMMITMENT AND THE PROFESSION OF FAITH.
  • 09:14 TODAY IN ISRAEL IT'S SUCH A MAJOR THING TO BE BAPTIZED.
  • 09:19 FOR JEWISH PEOPLE IT'S SUCH A SIGNIFYING THING.
  • 09:23 BUT WHEN WE ARE BAPTIZED IT'S REALLY SAYING THAT WE'RE TAKING ON SOMETHING NEW...
  • 09:28 SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
  • 09:29 AND IT COULD BE CULTURALLY A VERY DIFFICULT THING.
  • 09:32 FOR FORMER MUSLIMS IT CAN BE A DEATH SENTENCE WHEN THEY COME TO THE LORD
  • 09:37 WHEN THE WORD GOES FORWARD
  • 09:39 WHEN THEY COME AS NEW BELIEVERS IN THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 09:43 FOR SOME IT'S A DEATH SENTENCE.
  • 09:45 SO BAPTISM IS VERY SERIOUS.
  • 09:47 BUT IT'S ALSO SO JOYFUL.
  • 09:49 AND HERE'S PETER,
  • 09:50 THE ONE WHO FAILED,
  • 09:52 THE ONE WHO WAS RESTORED BY YESHUA HIMSELF
  • 09:55 AND HE STANDS UP AND SAYS,
  • 09:56 "MEN OF ISRAEL, REPENT AND BE TRANSFORMED,"
  • 10:01 "BE CHANGED BY RECEIVING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST".
  • 10:06 WHAT AN AMAZING STORY
  • 10:07 AND IT'S STILL GOING ON TODAY.
  • 10:09 THE CHURCH WAS BORN HERE
  • 10:11 AND THE CONGREGATION OF YESHUA IS ALIVE AND WELL TODAY
  • 10:15 AROUND THE EARTH AND RIGHT BACK HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 10:18 IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO BE HERE.
  • 10:20 IT'S SO GREAT TO SEE THESE ANCIENT ROCKS AND TO TOUCH THE LIVING STONES...
  • 10:25 BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH THE LIVING BODY OF MESSIAH
  • 10:29 AND TO KNOW THAT THEIR COMMITMENT IS JUST LIKE THOSE WHO GOT BAPTIZED THAT DAY;
  • 10:33 THAT THEY WOULD FOLLOW YESHUA FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.
  • 10:37 AND I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO MAKE A FRESH COMMITMENT TODAY AS WELL TO YESHUA,
  • 10:41 THAT YOU WOULD FOLLOW HIM ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE
  • 10:44 AND THAT HE CAN PUT HIS WORD IN YOUR HEART IN A FRESH AND LIVING WAY
  • 10:49 AND BRING YOU INTO THE DESTINY THAT HE HAS FOR YOU.
  • 11:12 THE BIBLE LANDS...
  • 11:14 YOU'VE READ ABOUT THEM...
  • 11:16 NOW ENCOUNTER THEM YOURSELF.
  • 11:18 WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
  • 11:20 OF THE JORDAN...
  • 11:21 GALILEE...
  • 11:23 JERUSALEM.
  • 11:24 JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF PAUL TO ATHENS...
  • 11:26 CORINTH...
  • 11:28 EPHESUS.
  • 11:29 JOIN MYLES AND KATHARINE WEISS ON A TOUR OF THE BIBLE LANDS
  • 11:33 AND WITNESS THE WORD COME TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE.
  • 11:44 THAT'S ISRAEL
  • 11:45 IT IS BEAUTIFUL
  • 11:47 IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO GO
  • 11:49 AND TO SEE THE SACRED PLACES COME ALIVE,
  • 11:51 THE PLACES THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE.
  • 11:53 IT'S A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE...
  • 11:55 ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
  • 11:57 IT REALLY IS.
  • 11:57 IT'S WONDERFUL
  • 11:58 WE'D LOVE TO HOST YOU IN THE LAND.
  • 12:00 AND A REALLY GOOD WAY TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING
  • 12:02 HERE AT ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS
  • 12:03 IS TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH US
  • 12:04 THROUGH OUR NEWSLETTER.
  • 12:06 IT'S FREE TO YOU
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  • 12:08 THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 12:09 AND WE ALSO WANT TO OFFER YOU
  • 12:10 THIS WEEK OUR OFFER OF
  • 12:12 "THE SPIRIT OF PENTECOST"
  • 12:13 BOTH THE BOOKLET AND THE CD,
  • 12:15 BOTH BY ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 12:17 THEY ARE A REALLY GOOD
  • 12:18 INTRODUCTION TO THIS VERY TOPIC.
  • 12:19 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH
  • 12:21 AND REALLY THE TIME THAT IT CAME INTO BEING AT THE FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST.
  • 12:25 BACK WHEN ISRAEL WAS REBORN IN 1948
  • 12:29 THERE WAS AN EXCHANGE OF REFUGEES BETWEEN THE ARABIC COUNTRIES AND PERSIA AND ISRAEL.
  • 12:35 WE ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT THE ARAB REFUGEES
  • 12:38 BUT THERE WERE ALSO PERSIAN REFUGEES AND ARAB AND JEWISH REFUGEES
  • 12:42 THAT CAME FROM ALL OVER THE SURROUNDING LANDS.
  • 12:45 NOW ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES IS THE FORBEARERS OF OUR GUEST TODAY.
  • 12:50 WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM YACOV DAMKANI.
  • 12:52 HE'S A JEWISH EVANGELIST,
  • 12:54 A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER WITH HIS ROOTS FROM PERSIA.
  • 12:57 AND HE'S TEARING UP THE MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL
  • 12:59 WITH PREACHING THE GOOD NEWS OF YESHUA HA MASHIACH.
  • 13:02 SO LET'S GO TO MY INTERVIEW WITH HIM IN JERUSALEM.
  • 13:07 YAKOV, WE'RE HERE IN THE LAND OF YESHUA.
  • 13:10 FOR 2,000 YEARS WE JEWISH PEOPLE THOUGHT
  • 13:13 THAT HE BELONGED TO SOMEONE ELSE
  • 13:14 BUT HE BELONGS TO US.
  • 13:15 INDEED
  • 13:17 SO TELL US HOW DID YOU COME TO FAITH?
  • 13:20 MY STORY ACTUALLY BEGINS IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 13:23 THAT'S WHERE I GREW UP.
  • 13:25 AND THE SYNAGOGUE IN KIRYAT SHMONA, UPPER GALILEE
  • 13:28 BENEATH THE GOLAN HEIGHTS NEXT TO THE BORDER WITH LEBANON
  • 13:32 I LEFT RELIGION WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OF AGE,
  • 13:37 LEFT ISRAEL 22 YEARS OF AGE TO TRAVEL THE WORLD...
  • 13:42 SOME MONTHS IN EUROPE.
  • 13:44 ONE MONTH IN THE BAHAMAS...
  • 13:47 FROM THE BAHAMAS WENT TO FLORIDA
  • 13:50 AND FROM FLORIDA I HITCHHIKED TO NEW YORK, BROOKLYN...
  • 13:53 FROM BROOKLYN MOVED TO NEW JERSEY
  • 13:55 AND THERE IN NEW JERSEY A MAN NAMED JEFF, GENTILE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER WITH A HEART FOR GOD,
  • 14:03 WITH THE SHINING EYES,
  • 14:05 WITH THAT GLOW ON HIS FACE
  • 14:07 CONFRONTED ME WITH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.
  • 14:10 AND OF COURSE AS A JEW THE NATURAL RESPONSE "I'M A JEW."
  • 14:14 "I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH JESUS".
  • 14:16 AND THE MAN WAS VERY ACQUAINTED WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 14:20 AND HE BEGAN TO UNFOLD BEFORE ME THE PROPHECIES FROM ISAIAH 53
  • 14:26 TO DANIEL 9
  • 14:27 TO JEREMIAH 31
  • 14:29 TO THE PROMISE OF EZEKIEL
  • 14:30 THAT GOD HIMSELF WOULD COME AND CLEANSE US AND PURIFY US
  • 14:34 AND TAKE OUR HEART OF STONE AND GIVE US A NEW HEART
  • 14:37 AND PLACE HIS SPIRIT WITHIN US
  • 14:39 WHICH I REALLY BELIEVE THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROMISES OF GOD WHICH REALLY BRING THE SWORD
  • 14:44 THAT CUT BETWEEN RELIGION AND TRUE FAITH.
  • 14:48 RELIGION TRIED TO PUSH US INTO THAT BOX...
  • 14:52 DO THAT...DON'T DO THAT...
  • 14:53 AND IF YOU DO WHAT WE TELL YOU TO DO YOU'LL BE OKAY WITH GOD.
  • 14:57 AND COME GOD AND SAYS
  • 14:58 THERE WOULD BE IN OUR NEW HISTORY ISRAEL,
  • 15:00 "I MYSELF WILL COME TO CLEANSE YOU."
  • 15:03 "I MYSELF WILL PURIFY YOU."
  • 15:06 "I'LL TAKE YOUR HEART OF STONE, GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU."
  • 15:10 "NO MORE, NO MORE A TEMPLE MADE OUT OF STONES OF GOLD."
  • 15:15 "I WILL MAKE YOU A HABITATION OF MY VERY PRESENCE."
  • 15:20 AND WE'RE LIVING IN THAT HOUR RIGHT NOW.
  • 15:22 WELL JEFF WAS REALLY BRINGING ALL THIS INTO MY UNDERSTANDING
  • 15:27 AND THANKS TO HIS PATIENCE WITH ME,
  • 15:30 HIS LOVE, HIS PERSEVERANCE, HIS PRAYER, HIS FASTING,
  • 15:34 I HAVE TAKEN UPON MYSELF TO READ THE NEW TESTAMENT...
  • 15:38 CAUSE I GREW UP... YOU DON'T TOUCH THAT BOOK
  • 15:40 THE NEW TESTAMENT CAUSE US ALL OUR TROUBLE.
  • 15:43 JESUS HAS COME... START NEW RELIGION.
  • 15:46 THIS NEW RELIGION BEEN KILLING US 2,000 YEARS...WHO WANT TO DO ANYTHING WITH HIM?
  • 15:50 WELL JEFF MANAGED TO REALLY HAVE ME DISTINGUISH BETWEEN JESUS THE JEW, YESHUA
  • 15:56 AND SO CALLED CHRISTIANITY AND SO CALLED CHURCH.
  • 16:00 AND THAT ALLOWED ME TO GET MY "WRONGS" TOGETHER AND READ THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 16:07 AND I WAS AMAZED ONCE I STARTED READING THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 16:10 EVERYTHING I READ THERE IN NEW JERSEY TOOK ME BACK HOME TO GALILEE, TO THE SYNAGOGUE,
  • 16:15 TO JERUSALEM, TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 16:18 ALL ABOUT THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL,
  • 16:20 PASSOVER, THE SABBATH,
  • 16:22 PENTECOST, TABERNACLE,
  • 16:24 ALL ABOUT LOVE AND COMPASSION AND GRACE AND MERCY...
  • 16:28 ALL ABOUT FORGIVENESS...
  • 16:29 ALL ABOUT THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 16:33 I DIDN'T READ NOTHING ABOUT THE TREES OF CHRISTMAS...
  • 16:37 NOTHING ABOUT THE EGGS OF EASTER...
  • 16:39 BUT EVERYTHING SO VERY JEWISH.
  • 16:42 AND AS I READ THE NEW COVENANT MY IDENTITY AS A JEW WAS NOT JEOPARDIZED.
  • 16:49 I ASKED GOD, "YOU SHOW ME AND I WILL BE YOUR SLAVE TO MY LAST BREATH."
  • 16:56 AND IN HIS COMPLETE MERCY I HAD MY OWN "BURNING BUSH" EXPERIENCE.
  • 17:00 REALLY I HAVE COME IN TOUCH WITH THE REALITY OF YESHUA RESURRECTION...
  • 17:05 IN TOUCH WITH GOD'S FORGIVENESS...AND ROSE UP.
  • 17:09 SO YOU ROSE UP...
  • 17:11 AND YOU SOUND LIKE PETER AND THE DAYS OF SHAVUOT BACK IN THE DAY WHEN THE KEHILAT BEGAN.
  • 17:16 YES
  • 17:17 WHAT IS YOUR WORK LIKE TODAY?
  • 17:18 PRAISE GOD FOR THIS "BURNING BUSH" EXPERIENCE WHICH I HAD...
  • 17:21 THE "ROAD TO DAMASCUS" EXPERIENCE WHICH I HAD.
  • 17:24 I ROSE UP WITH THIS CLEAR UNDERSTANDING
  • 17:28 YESHUA HAD NO INTENTION TO BRING A NEW RELIGION TO THE WORLD.
  • 17:32 HE'S THE NATURAL CONTINUATION OF GOD'S PROMISES TO ISRAEL.
  • 17:36 AND I FELT LIKE I AM THE ONLY ONE NOW WHO UNDERSTANDS GOD IN THE SPIRIT
  • 17:41 AND I MUST MAKE MY WAY BACK HOME TO ISRAEL
  • 17:44 AND MAKE SURE ISRAEL WILL FOR ONCE UNDERSTAND JESUS IN A JEWISH CONTEXT.
  • 17:49 I'VE COME IN TOUCH WITH THE COUNCIL OF GOD.
  • 17:52 THE MIND OF GOD THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES WHICH PROMISE
  • 17:56 "I WILL PROVOKE ISRAEL TO JEALOUSY WITH THE GENTILE WORLD"
  • 17:59 AND SO OUR WORK BEGAN WITH A MISSION TRUMPET OF SALVATION TO ISRAEL
  • 18:04 AND THE WORK IS TO BRING THE BELIEVERS FROM THE NATIONS
  • 18:08 AND THIS IS NOT A SMALL MIRACLE WHEN YOU SEE THE BELIEVERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
  • 18:14 ALL OF SUDDEN LOVING THE JEWS...
  • 18:17 ALL OF A SUDDEN HAVING THIS GREAT COMPASSION FOR ISRAEL.
  • 18:20 AND THE SAD THING ABOUT IT,
  • 18:22 IT'S ALL...STARTS AND ENDS UP WITH ALL KIND OF ROMANTIC IDEAS.
  • 18:27 AND OUR IDEAS AS A MISSION, TRUMPET OF SALVATION TO ISRAEL,
  • 18:30 IS TO ACTUALLY GUIDE THIS LOVE, THIS COMPASSION INTO THE STREETS OF ISRAEL
  • 18:36 TO REALLY BRING THE GOSPEL
  • 18:38 BECAUSE THERE'S A GREAT LEVERAGE.
  • 18:40 AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO GUIDE THESE PRECIOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
  • 18:45 WHICH GOD BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PUT LOVE AND COMPASSION IN THEIR HEARTS
  • 18:49 TO LET ISRAEL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WHOLE YESHUA IS FROM GOD.
  • 18:55 BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO BACK TO ACTS, TO ACTS CHAPTER 5,
  • 18:59 WHAT DO YOU SEE THERE?
  • 19:00 YOU SEE GAMALIEL GIVING ADVICE TO SANHEDRIN.
  • 19:04 HE'S ADVISING THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING TO SHUT UP THE APOSTLE,
  • 19:08 NOW THAT THE APOSTLE CANNOT REALLY SHUT THEIR MOUTH UP.
  • 19:11 THEY ARE BEATING THEM UP BUT THEY ARE TAKING JOY IN THE BEATING UP.
  • 19:15 RABBI GAMALIEL SAYS, "I SAY TO YOU, STAY AWAY FROM THESE MEN AND LEAVE THEM ALONE"
  • 19:23 "FOR IF THIS PLAN OR ACTION SHOULD BE OF MEN IT WILL BE OVERTHROWN."
  • 19:28 "BUT IF IT IS OF GOD YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OVERTHROW THEM"
  • 19:32 "OR ELSE YOU MAY EVEN BE FOUND FIGHTING AGAINST GOD."
  • 19:37 NOW ISRAEL IN 2,000 YEARS HAS COME TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT FROM GOD.
  • 19:42 AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN GOD BRINGS US BACK HOME AS DRY BONES
  • 19:47 AND YESHUA IS RISING UP AGAIN THANKS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WORKS IN THE "ONE NEW MAN"...
  • 19:55 THE GENTILES AND US THE JEWS...
  • 19:58 AND TOGETHER WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SHAKE THIS NATION WITH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.
  • 20:03 SO WE HAVE A BOOK "WHY ME?"
  • 20:06 THIS BOOK "WHY ME" WE PASS OUT 400,000 COPIES IN HEBREW THROUGHOUT THE NATIONS.
  • 20:13 AND SO WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO IS GIVE AN INVITATION,
  • 20:21 A REAL INVITATION TO THE BELIEVERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
  • 20:24 TO COME AND TAKE PART IN THIS GREAT WORK BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO ISRAEL.
  • 20:29 AFTER ALL THESE 30 YEARS OF WORK GOD GAVE US HOTEL GIGAL.
  • 20:33 YOU CAN VISIT HOTELGIGAL.COM
  • 20:36 AND REALLY SEE HOW FAR GOD REALLY BROUGHT US IN THE MISSION.
  • 20:40 SO I'M VERY EXCITED WITH THE WORK OF THE LORD IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 20:44 AND AGAIN, SO MUCH OF IT EXTENDS TO THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
  • 20:50 THAT GOD PUT LOVE AND COMPASSION IN THEIR HEARTS.
  • 20:53 SO TOGETHER I BELIEVE ISRAEL WILL COME TO SEE YESHUA
  • 20:57 IF WE JUST KEEP PERSEVERING AND ENDURING WITH THIS GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.
  • 21:05 ♪HEY...YESHUA IS THE VINE♪
  • 21:08 ♪ISRAEL A SIGN FOR ALL TO SEE♪
  • 21:12 ♪EVERY TRIBE AND TONGUE♪
  • 21:14 ♪IS GRAFTED BY THE SON INTO THE OLIVE TREE♪
  • 21:17 ♪AND IF CASTING THEM AWAY, HE RECEIVED THE WORLD INSTEAD♪
  • 21:22 ♪THEN WHAT IS THEIR RETURN BUT LIFE FROM THE DEAD?♪
  • 21:26 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 21:28 ♪ADONAI ECHAD♪
  • 21:30 ♪WE ARE...ONE PEOPLE♪
  • 21:34 ♪AM ECHAD ADONAI ECHAD♪
  • 21:37 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 21:42 ♪ONE PEOPLE♪
  • 21:49 ♪IN THAT DAY GOD WILL TAKE AWAY ALL THEIR SIN♪
  • 21:55 ♪THEY SHALL BE SAVED AND HIS SERVANT DAVID SHALL BE THEIR PRINCE♪
  • 22:01 ♪IN TEARS THEY HAVE SOWN BUT IN JOY SHALL THEY REAP♪
  • 22:04 ♪HE WILL LEAD THEM HOME AS A SHEPHERD LEADS HIS SHEEP♪
  • 22:09 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 22:11 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 22:17 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 22:19 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 22:26 ♪THERE IS BUT ONE GOD♪
  • 22:32 ♪IN THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES,♪
  • 22:35 ♪A HOLY WIND IS BLOWING MAKING NOISE♪
  • 22:38 ♪IT'S THE SOUND OF A NATION,♪
  • 22:40 ♪A HOLY CONGREGATION WITH ONE VOICE♪
  • 22:44 ♪THEY ARE SINGING A NEW SONG♪
  • 22:46 ♪UNTO THEIR GOD♪
  • 22:48 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL ADONAI ECHAD♪
  • 22:53 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 22:56 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 23:01 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 23:04 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!
  • 23:10 ♪THERE IS BUT ONE GOD♪
  • 23:36 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 23:39 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 23:45 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 23:47 ♪WE ARE...ONE PEOPLE♪
  • 23:50 ♪GOD IS WITH US,♪
  • 23:54 ♪IN HIM ALONE WE TRUST FOR OUR PEACE♪
  • 23:58 ♪HIS LOVE IS FOREVER AND HIS MERCY NEVER WILL CEASE♪
  • 24:03 ♪AND HE WILL SET HIS RESTING PLACE IN OUR MIDST♪
  • 24:07 ♪EXTENDING HIS LOVE AND GRACE TO ALL WHO ARE HIS♪
  • 24:12 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 24:15 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 24:21 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 24:23 ♪WE ARE..ONE PEOPLE, ONE GOD!♪
  • 24:28 ♪ONE PEOPLE♪
  • 24:32 ♪AM ECHAD♪
  • 24:36 ♪THERE IS BUT ONE GOD!♪
  • 24:43 ♪THERE IS ONE GOD!♪
  • 24:45 ♪ONE GOD!♪
  • 24:47 ♪YEAH!♪
  • 24:51 ♪ONE PEOPLE♪
  • 24:59 THAT'S TED PEARCE'S MUSIC.
  • 25:01 WE LOVE TED;
  • 25:02 HE'S A FRIEND OF THE MINISTRY
  • 25:03 AND A PERSONAL FRIEND OF OUR FAMILY.
  • 25:04 ALWAYS GOOD TO HEAR FROM HIM.
  • 25:06 WE'LL HEAR MORE OF HIS MUSIC DURING THIS SERIES.
  • 25:08 HIS MUSIC HAS SUCH A HEBREW FEEL TO IT.
  • 25:11 AND THE GOSPEL IS A HEBREW GOSPEL.
  • 25:13 IN ALL THE LAND THERE IS A PLACE AND IT'S JERUSALEM.
  • 25:17 AND IN JERUSALEM THERE IS A TEMPLE AND IT'S A TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 25:20 AND ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT THERE IS THE HOLY OF HOLIES, THE PLACE.
  • 25:25 THAT'S WHY THE WESTERN WAILING WALL IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE
  • 25:29 PEOPLE GO THERE BECAUSE THIS IS AS CLOSE AS THEY CAN GET...
  • 25:32 THE JEWISH PEOPLE...TO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
  • 25:34 IT'S VERY SPECIAL TO THE LORD HIMSELF BECAUSE HE SAID HE'D PUT HIS NAME THERE.
  • 25:38 YES, THIS IS SUCH A HEBRAIC STORY
  • 25:40 AND WHAT WE GET A CHANCE TO DO IN THIS SERIES
  • 25:42 WHICH IS SO WONDERFUL
  • 25:44 IS TO CONNECT THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 25:46 THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES AND THE B'RIT HADASHAH, THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 25:49 THERE'S A SEAMLESS CONNECTION...
  • 25:51 ALL 39 OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS WRITTEN BY JEWISH PEOPLE...
  • 25:55 THE NEW TESTAMENT 27 BOOKS WRITTEN BY JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 25:58 LUKE WAS A PROSELYTE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 26:00 THE GOSPELS,THE APOSTLES...
  • 26:02 ALL JEWISH
  • 26:04 THE FACT THAT WE GET A CHANCE TO CONNECT
  • 26:06 THE NEW TESTAMENT STORY TO ITS HEBREW ROOTS
  • 26:09 AND FOR THE WORLD...
  • 26:10 FOR YOU ALL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS STORY IS NOT ABOUT THE JEWS GETTING SET ASIDE
  • 26:15 BUT IN FACT IS A VERY HEBREW STORY.
  • 26:18 JESUS WAS BORN A JEW,
  • 26:20 DIED A JEW
  • 26:21 AND IS RETURNING AS THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.
  • 26:24 AND EVEN THE NEW JERUSALEM TO COME
  • 26:26 IS GOING TO HAVE THE NAMES OF THE APOSTLES
  • 26:28 AND THE NAMES OF THE 12 TRIBES WRITTEN IN IT.
  • 26:31 WOW...WE ARE SO BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO BRING YOU THIS STORY
  • 26:34 AND MAKE THESE CONNECTIONS
  • 26:35 AS WE'LL SEE IN THE REST OF THIS SERIES
  • 26:37 THE GOSPEL HAS GONE AROUND THE WORLD
  • 26:39 AND IS NOW ARISING AGAIN IN ISRAEL.
  • 26:44 SO AS WE GO TODAY
  • 26:45 WE WANT TO REMIND YOU...PLEASE
  • 26:47 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM...
  • 26:49 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Birth of the Church
  2. The Good News
  3. To Hear Something New
  4. The Word Goes Forth From Zion
  5. The One New Man
  6. The Price He Paid for Us
  7. Upon this Rock
  8. The First and the Last

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