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Episode: “The Word Goes Forth From Zion”
Corinth, the mercantile center of Paul’s world, presented Paul a unique challenge: to preach of a Holy God in the most unholy environment! Yet, out of the Corinthian letters come timeless instructions on how to live together in a vibrant faith community. Myles interviews Asher Intrater and his son on the faith life of the contemporary Messianic community and its reach into the nations.
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 Word Goes Forth From Zion” (4/8)

  • 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.
  • 00:25 AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS,
  • 00:29 EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:42 SHALOM, AND WELCOME
  • 00:44 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:45 I'M MYLES WEISS.
  • 00:46 THIS IS MY WIFE
  • 00:47 AND MY CO-HOST KATHARINE
  • 00:49 AND WE'RE CONTINUING TODAY WITH OUR SERIES
  • 00:50 "ACTS, THEN AND NOW... THE STORY CONTINUES"
  • 00:53 THE GOSPEL NOW IN OUR SERIES HAS LEFT JERUSALEM;
  • 00:56 TRAVELING THROUGH THE WORLD WE SAW PAUL AT ATHENS;
  • 00:58 AND AFTER ATHENS HE DETERMINED NOT TO KNOW ANYTHING BUT CHRIST CRUCIFIED.
  • 01:03 AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT HE BROUGHT TO CORINTH.
  • 01:05 CORINTH WAS A PORT CITY.
  • 01:06 PAUL WAS THERE.
  • 01:08 PAUL BROUGHT THE MESSAGE SO DEAR TO HIS HEART
  • 01:10 AND THE MESSIANIC PROMISES ARE NOW OPEN TO THE GENTILES.
  • 01:15 AND HE HAD A BURDEN IN HIS HEART TO SHARE.
  • 01:18 SO LET'S GO NOW AND HEAR MYLES IN GREECE.
  • 01:22 FROM ATHENS PAUL CAME HERE TO CORINTH.
  • 01:24 IN ADDITION TO THE PHILOSOPHIES OF MEN
  • 01:27 NOW HE WAS FACED WITH THE LUST AND THE LASCIVIOUSNESS OF A PORT CITY.
  • 01:31 TWO SEAS COME TOGETHER HERE IN CORINTH
  • 01:34 AND SO IT WAS A PLACE FULL OF MERCHANDISE,
  • 01:36 FULL OF ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITY,
  • 01:38 NOT THE LEAST IN WHICH WAS THE INCREDIBLE GIVING OVER TO THE LUST OF THE FLESH.
  • 01:43 AND SO PAUL WAS FACED WITH AGAIN...LIVING HIS LIFE AS AN OPEN BOOK
  • 01:47 HE SAYS, "I DETERMINED TO KNOW NOTHING OTHER THAN CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED".
  • 01:51 AFTER THE PHILOSOPHIES OF ATHENS
  • 01:53 HE WAS CONVINCED THAT IT WAS ONLY THE CROSS
  • 01:56 THAT COULD CONVINCE MEN OF THE RESURRECTION AND OF WHO JESUS IS.
  • 02:00 NOW HERE AT CORINTH THERE WAS EVERY KIND OF PROBLEM THAT PAUL HAD TO FACE.
  • 02:05 HE WROTE TWO LETTERS TO THE CORINTHIANS
  • 02:07 BECAUSE HE WAS DEALING WITH SUCH A DEEP, DEEP ISSUE OF DIVISION IN THE CHURCH
  • 02:13 AND DIFFERENT KINDS OF LUST
  • 02:15 AND THE WORLD ITSELF SEEPING INTO THE CHURCH.
  • 02:18 AND SO HE HAD TO BRING A CLEAR MARK OF DIVISION BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT;
  • 02:24 BETWEEN THE WORLD OF THE KINGDOM AND THE WORLD AS THEY FOUND IT HERE IN CORINTH.
  • 02:28 AND WHAT A MARKED DIFFERENCE IT WAS.
  • 02:30 I LOVE THE WAY PAUL LIVES HIS LIFE AS AN OPEN BOOK.
  • 02:34 IN FACT, YOU COULD SAY THAT HE IS A PICTURE OF THE HEBREW BIBLE HIMSELF.
  • 02:39 REMEMBER HE CALLED HIMSELF A HEBREW OF THE HEBREWS.
  • 02:41 AND THE HEBREW TANAKH, THE HEBREW BIBLE IS BROKEN UP INTO THREE SECTIONS.
  • 02:46 IT HAS THE TORAH...THE LAW.
  • 02:48 IT HAS THE NEVI'IM... THE PROPHETS
  • 02:51 AND ALSO THE KETUVIM... THE WISDOM BOOKS.
  • 02:55 AND ISN'T THAT ALMOST THE WAY PAUL LIVED HIS LIFE?
  • 02:57 HE STARTED AS A ZEALOT FOR THE LAW;
  • 02:59 HE BECAME A PROPHETIC VOICE FOR THE LORD
  • 03:02 AND LIVED HIS LIFE IN SUCH A WAY
  • 03:04 THAT AT THE END OF HIS LIFE HE WAS SO FULL OF WISDOM AND GRACE.
  • 03:08 IT'S ALMOST AS IF HIS LIFE MIRRORED THE VERY BOOK THAT HE BROKE OPEN;
  • 03:12 THE VERY PERSON OF THE BOOK THAT HE PREACHED...
  • 03:15 YESHUA HAMASHIACH...
  • 03:17 JESUS CHRIST.
  • 03:18 AND IT'S AN AMAZING PARALLEL FOR PAUL AND HIS LIFE WITH THE BOOK THAT HE SO LOVED.
  • 03:24 NOW HERE IN CORINTH THERE'S SUCH A PROBLEM WITH DIVISION THAT HE HAD TO ADDRESS IT RIGHT AWAY.
  • 03:29 IN FACT, HE TELLS THE CORINTHIANS,
  • 03:31 "SOME OF YOU SAY YOU'RE OF PAUL AND SOME OF PETER"
  • 03:35 "AND SOME OF APOLLOS AND THAT'S NOT HOW WE'RE TO BE."
  • 03:38 "IF WE'RE GOING TO BE LIKE THAT WE MIGHT AS WELL WALK LIKE NORMAL MEN."
  • 03:40 WHAT A LESSON FOR THE CHURCH TODAY;
  • 03:42 WHAT A LESSON FOR BELIEVERS TODAY
  • 03:44 THAT WE NEED TO LEARN TO WALK IN UNITY, TO WALK TOGETHER,
  • 03:48 ALL SERVING THE LORD TOGETHER TO WALK IN LOVE.
  • 03:51 AND THE LETTERS TO THE CORINTHIANS
  • 03:53 ARE FULL OF INSTRUCTION ON HOW A CHURCH SHOULD BE;
  • 03:56 HOW A CONGREGATION, A KEHILAT IN HEBREW,
  • 03:59 HOW IT SHOULD OPERATE TOGETHER.
  • 04:01 AND HERE AT CORINTH WAS THE PERFECT PLACE TO SEE THAT WORKED OUT
  • 04:05 BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH DIVISION;
  • 04:08 SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH DIFFERENT FACTIONS.
  • 04:11 I WOULD SAY THE PINNACLE PERHAPS OF THE FIRST CORINTHIAN LETTER
  • 04:15 IS I CORINTHIANS 13 WHERE PAUL SAYS,
  • 04:19 "WITHOUT DOUBT THAT IT IS LOVE THAT SHOULD BE THE GUIDE OF ALL."
  • 04:23 "LOVE IS THE GREATEST OF THE GIFTS."
  • 04:25 SO WE SEE THAT HE'S COMING IN STRENGTH AND IN POWER
  • 04:28 BUT NOT HIS OWN STRENGTH AND POWER;
  • 04:31 NOT THE INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITY THAT HE HAD AND THAT HE DEMONSTRATED IN ATHENS
  • 04:35 BUT RATHER CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.
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  • 05:25 HERE WE ARE IN CORINTH WHERE A WORLD'S IN CONFLICT FOR WHAT FACED PAUL.
  • 05:29 HE HAD COME WITH A MESSAGE OF HOLINESS;
  • 05:31 HE HAD JUST LEFT ATHENS WHERE HE ONLY TWO CONVERTS
  • 05:35 AND WHEN HE CAME HERE HE DETERMINED TO ONLY PREACH CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.
  • 05:39 AND WHAT A CONFLICT IT BROUGHT.
  • 05:41 THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE SYNAGOGUES WERE NOT RECEIVING HIS MESSAGE.
  • 05:44 IN FACT HE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE LOCAL PROCONSUL RIGHT NEARBY HERE.
  • 05:49 AT THE BEMA SEAT HE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE PROCONSUL
  • 05:52 AND GOD IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY MADE SURE THAT THE PROCONSUL WAS A NEW MAN NAMED GALLIO
  • 05:58 WHO WAS NOT ONLY THE OVERSEER OF THIS PARTICULAR CITY BUT OF THE ENTIRE REGION.
  • 06:04 SO THE DECISION HE MADE IN PAUL'S FAVOR STOOD FOR HERE AND ALSO FOR THE SURROUNDING REGION.
  • 06:11 AND THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE MESSAGE THAT PAUL WAS BRINGING.
  • 06:16 IT'S SUCH A MESSAGE FOR US TODAY
  • 06:18 THAT HOLINESS IS WHAT COMES WITH THE CROSS.
  • 06:22 THERE WAS LOTS OF RELIGIOSITY HERE;
  • 06:24 THERE WERE TEMPLE PROSTITUTES;
  • 06:25 THERE WAS A RELIGIOUS SERVICE THAT INCLUDED LUST AND PROSTITUTION
  • 06:30 AND PAUL WAS BRINGING A NEW MESSAGE BECAUSE OF THE CROSS.
  • 06:33 BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION THERE WAS NOW A GOD WHO WANTED TO RELATE TO US PERSONALLY
  • 06:38 AND BRING US INTO PERSONAL HOLINESS.
  • 06:41 AND THAT'S ONE OF THE MESSAGES THAT HE WAS BRINGING
  • 06:43 THAT GOT HIM INTO SO MUCH CONFLICT HERE IN THIS MAJOR PORT CITY.
  • 06:47 WHAT A PLACE CORINTH IS.
  • 06:49 IT WAS WHERE WORLD'S CAME TOGETHER;
  • 06:51 MERCHANDISE AND EVERY KIND OF RACE; EVERY KIND OF CULTURE WAS TOGETHER HERE IN THIS ONE PLACE.
  • 06:58 AND PAUL WAS INTIMIDATED BY THE OPPOSITION THAT HE REACHED HERE
  • 07:03 BUT LISTEN TO THE WORD OF THE LORD THAT CAME TO HIM.
  • 07:05 HE WAS IN FACT LIVING OFF THIS WORD.
  • 07:08 IN ACTS CHAPTER 18 IN VERSE 9 AND 10
  • 07:11 HE HEARS THE VOICE OF THE LORD COME TO HIM IN THE NIGHT BY A VISION SAYING
  • 07:16 "DO NOT BE AFRAID ANY LONGER BUT GO ON SPEAKING"
  • 07:19 "AND DO NOT BE SILENT FOR I AM WITH YOU"
  • 07:23 "AND NO MAN WILL ATTACK YOU IN ORDER TO HARM YOU"
  • 07:26 "FOR I HAVE MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY."
  • 07:29 ISN'T THAT AMAZING?
  • 07:30 IN THE CITY OF CORINTH WHERE EVERY MANNER OF LUST WAS TOLERATED;
  • 07:34 WHERE EVERYTHING LUSTFUL WAS PROMOTED
  • 07:36 GOD WAS SAYING TO PAUL
  • 07:38 "GO FORWARD WITH THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL BECAUSE I HAVE MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY."
  • 07:44 NOW...I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE
  • 07:47 BUT IF YOU LIVE IN A CITY TODAY THAT IS A MODERN, WESTERNIZED,
  • 07:50 INDUSTRIALIZED TECHNOLOGICAL PLACE,
  • 07:52 IT'S LIKELY THAT THE GOSPEL IS MEETING THE SAME KIND OF OPPOSITION THAT PAUL MET HERE.
  • 07:57 BUT I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU.
  • 07:59 JUST AS PAUL DID IN CORINTH...
  • 08:01 HE HAD THE WORD OF THE LORD THAT HE COULD MARCH THROUGH HELL ON
  • 08:04 WHICH WAS "DO NOT BE AFRAID I HAVE MUCH PEOPLE IN THIS CITY".
  • 08:08 AND THERE ARE PEOPLE IN YOUR CITY AS WELL.
  • 08:10 THERE ARE PEOPLE ALONG SIDE YOU SEEN AND UNSEEN
  • 08:13 WHO ARE PREACHING THE SAME WORD
  • 08:15 AND STANDING FOR THE SAME MESSAGE THAT PAUL WAS BRINGING TO THE CORINTHIANS.
  • 08:20 BACK IN THAT DAY THE VERY WORD "CORINTHIAN" MEANT A FORNICATOR
  • 08:24 OR SOMEONE WHO WAS GIVEN OVER TO LUST.
  • 08:26 AND HERE WAS PAUL BRINGING THIS GOSPEL, THE RESURRECTION
  • 08:29 WHICH INCLUDED AND PROVIDED THE MEANS FOR HOLINESS TO BE PART OF OUR SPIRITUAL ENDEAVOR.
  • 08:36 WHAT A NEW WORD;
  • 08:37 WHAT A NEW MESSAGE.
  • 08:38 AND THE CORINTHIANS NEEDED IT MORE THAN EVER.
  • 08:40 IT'S REALLY INSTRUCTIONAL FOR CHURCHES TODAY.
  • 08:43 SO AS WE CLOSE OUR TIME HERE IN CORINTH IT'S AN AMAZING PARALLEL WITH THE CHURCH TODAY.
  • 08:51 IT HOLDS AMAZING LESSONS AND TEACHING FOR US IN EVERY CONGREGATION THAT WE'RE IN TODAY
  • 08:57 THAT GOD IS A GOD OF HOLINESS;
  • 08:58 THAT HE HAS PROVISION FOR US;
  • 09:00 THAT HE'LL BRING THOSE ALONG SIDE US
  • 09:02 LIKE PRISCILLA AND AQUILA THAT CAME ALONG SIDE PAUL.
  • 09:05 AND THAT IN SPITE OF OPPOSITION, NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE FACING,
  • 09:09 GOD INTENDS FOR YOU TO TRIUMPH JUST AS HE INTENDED FOR PAUL TO TRIUMPH IN CORINTH
  • 09:15 BECAUSE THE GOSPEL WOULD GO FORWARD AND COMPLETELY GO AROUND THE WORLD UNTIL IT CAME TO YOU.
  • 09:34 THE BIBLE LANDS -
  • 09:36 YOU'VE READ ABOUT THEM.
  • 09:38 NOW ENCOUNTER THEM FOR YOURSELF.
  • 09:41 WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
  • 09:42 AT THE JORDAN,
  • 09:44 GALILEE,
  • 09:45 JERUSALEM
  • 09:46 JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF PAUL
  • 09:48 TO ATHENS,
  • 09:49 CORINTH,
  • 09:50 EPHESUS
  • 09:52 JOIN MYLES AND KATHARINE WEISS ON A TOUR OF THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 09:55 AND WITNESS THE WORD COME TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE.
  • 10:00 CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 10:07 THAT'S OUR BELOVED ISRAEL.
  • 10:09 WE LOVE IT.
  • 10:10 WE LOVE TO TAKE PEOPLE THERE
  • 10:11 SO COME WITH US TO THE LAND OF HIS COVENANT.
  • 10:14 IT'S ALWAYS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.
  • 10:15 THE BIBLE WILL COME ALIVE FOR YOU AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE LAND WITH US.
  • 10:19 A REALLY GOOD WAY TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE AT LEVITT MINISTRIES
  • 10:22 IS TO RECEIVE OUR
  • 10:24 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
  • 10:25 "THE LEVITT LETTER".
  • 10:26 KATHARINE AND I HAVE
  • 10:27 THE PRIVILEGE OF WRITING
  • 10:28 FOR THIS LETTER
  • 10:29 AND IT'S FULL
  • 10:30 OF UP TO THE MINUTE NEWS
  • 10:31 OUT OF ISRAEL
  • 10:32 AS WELL AS THE PROPHETIC VIEW
  • 10:33 OF WHERE WE ARE IN TIME
  • 10:35 AND HOW GOD IS FULFILLING
  • 10:36 HIS WORD IN OUR DAY.
  • 10:38 ALSO, OUR OFFER THIS WEEK
  • 10:39 IS ZOLA'S WORK
  • 10:41 "THE SONS OF ISRAEL"
  • 10:42 ABOUT GOD'S KEY MEN
  • 10:44 FROM THE BIBLE AND THE IMPACT
  • 10:45 THAT THEY HAD ON THE WORLD.
  • 10:47 TODAY THERE ARE BELIEVERS IN THE LAND WHO ARE HAVING PROFOUND IMPACT ON ISRAEL
  • 10:52 AND ON THE WORLD AROUND US.
  • 10:55 THE WORD SAYS "U'DVAR ADONAI MI'YERUSHALAYIM".
  • 10:58 BOTH ISAIAH AND MICAH TOLD US THAT THE WORD WOULD GO FORTH FROM JERUSALEM.
  • 11:03 AND THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING.
  • 11:04 ONE OF OUR FRIENDS THERE, ASHER INTRATER,
  • 11:06 HAS A WORK CALLED "REVIVE ISRAEL" ALONG WITH HIS SON SOLOMON.
  • 11:11 THEY'VE BEEN BRINGING THE WORD TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF SABERS, OF NATIVE ISRAELIS,
  • 11:16 AS WELL AS SENDING THE WORD OUT FROM JERUSALEM TO THE NATIONS.
  • 11:20 I HAD A CHANCE TO INTERVIEW THEM WHEN WE WERE IN ISRAEL LAST
  • 11:23 AND SO I'D LIKE TO SHOW YOU THIS INTERVIEW OF SOLOMON AND ASHER INTRATER.
  • 11:31 ASHER I LOVE THE STORY OF YOUR HARVARD GRADUATION
  • 11:34 AND HOW GOD SET YOU UP FOR ENTRANCE INTO HIS LIFE.
  • 11:37 CAN YOU TELL OUR VIEWERS ABOUT THAT?
  • 11:38 WELL IT'S INTERESTING
  • 11:40 AS A YOUNG JEWISH MAN...
  • 11:42 GREW UP IN A SYNAGOGUE
  • 11:43 AND DID WELL IN MY STUDIES...
  • 11:47 WAS ACCEPTED TO HARVARD.
  • 11:48 AND WHEN I GOT THERE LIKE AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DID
  • 11:51 I BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR TRUTH
  • 11:53 AND BEGAN TO STUDY PHILOSOPHY, ANCIENT LITERATURES,
  • 11:56 AND COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS AT HARVARD.
  • 11:58 AND I NEVER FELT THAT I FOUND SOMETHING.
  • 12:03 AND I REMEMBER THAT I WAS STANDING THERE READY TO GET MY DEGREE AFTER FOUR YEARS...
  • 12:07 VERY FORMAL CEREMONY...
  • 12:08 MY PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE...
  • 12:11 WITH THE CAP AND GOWN ON...
  • 12:12 AND I WAS STANDING IN LINE AND I HAD THIS MOMENT OF REPENTANCE.
  • 12:16 I THOUGHT "WHAT DID I DO WITH ALL THIS TIME AND ALL THIS MONEY?"
  • 12:19 AND I DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IN GOD AT THAT TIME BUT I SORT OF LOOKED UP IN THE AIR AND SAID,
  • 12:24 "GOD IF YOU'RE THERE"
  • 12:26 "I JUST REPENT THAT I SPENT ALL MY PARENT'S MONEY AND SPENT ALL THIS TIME."
  • 12:30 "AND I ONLY LEARNED ONE THING,"
  • 12:32 "THAT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE"
  • 12:34 "I'LL NEVER THINK JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS A PROFESSOR OR A DOCTOR OR HAS SOME TITLE"
  • 12:38 "THAT HE REALLY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE."
  • 12:40 AND WHEN I SAID THAT IT WAS FUNNY...
  • 12:43 I HEARD A VOICE ON THE INSIDE.
  • 12:45 IT SAID TO ME, "FOR THE PLANS THAT I HAVE FOR YOUR LIFE"
  • 12:49 "ALL THAT TIME AND ALL THAT MONEY WAS WORTH IT FOR YOU TO LEARN JUST THAT ONE THING."
  • 12:54 I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS.
  • 12:57 I STILL DIDN'T KNOW.
  • 12:59 SEVERAL YEARS LATER WHEN I CAME TO THE LORD AND I RECOGNIZED HIS VOICE I SAID,
  • 13:03 "AH THAT WAS YOU THAT TALKED TO ME."
  • 13:05 AND I UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE LORD TOUCHED ME
  • 13:08 AND BEGAN TO CALL ME FOR HIS KINGDOM.
  • 13:11 THAT'S WONDERFUL. YOUR WORK HERE IN ISRAEL...
  • 13:13 YOU ARE VERY INVOLVED WITH RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 13:16 TELL US ABOUT THAT.
  • 13:17 YES...SO WE BELIEVE AS IT SAYS IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4
  • 13:20 THAT THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS,
  • 13:21 EVANGELISTS, PASTORS AND TEACHERS...
  • 13:23 OUR JOB IS TO EQUIP THE SAINTS.
  • 13:25 WELL LET'S MAKE THAT A LITTLE MORE MODERN LANGUAGE.
  • 13:28 IT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO TRAIN THE UP AND COMING GENERATION;
  • 13:32 THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY AND GO FORTH.
  • 13:35 AND HERE IN ISRAEL THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT
  • 13:37 BECAUSE THE BODY OF MESSIAH HERE, THE MESSIANIC REMNANT, IS JUST BEING ESTABLISHED.
  • 13:44 AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE GROWING UP HERE...
  • 13:46 THEY REALLY HAVE MUCH MORE OF THE SKILLS,
  • 13:48 THE RELATIONAL SKILLS,
  • 13:49 THE LINGUISTIC SKILLS,
  • 13:51 THE CULTURE...
  • 13:52 THEY'RE HERE,
  • 13:53 THEY'VE SERVED IN THE ARMY,
  • 13:54 THE KNOW...
  • 13:55 AND AS WE TRAIN THEM THERE'S GOING TO BE A GREATER BREAKTHROUGH
  • 13:59 BOTH FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HERE IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:00 BUT NOT ONLY THAT, TO GO OUT FROM ISRAEL TO ALL THE WORLD.
  • 14:05 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE TRAIN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE IN
  • 14:07 IS THAT ACTS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 8,
  • 14:09 "YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU"
  • 14:12 AND YOU WILL BE WITNESSES OF ME IN JERUSALEM, JUDEA, SAMARIA AND TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH."
  • 14:16 AND ISRAELI YOUNG PEOPLE INCLUDING MESSIANIC YOUNG PEOPLE
  • 14:19 AFTER THEY SERVE IN THE ARMY THEY LOVE TO GO OUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 14:23 AND SO WE SEND YOUNG ISRAELI BELIEVERS OUT SHORT TERMS...
  • 14:26 TWO, THREE WEEKS AT A TIME
  • 14:27 TO INDIA, TO THE FAR EAST,
  • 14:29 TO SOUTH AMERICA, TO EUROPE,
  • 14:30 TO AFRICA...EVERYWHERE
  • 14:33 SENDING THEM OUT JUST WHAT THAT VISION IS TO SEND THE LIGHT FROM JERUSALEM OUT TO ALL THE WORLD.
  • 14:38 THAT'S THE CALL ON US AS JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 14:40 SO WHAT ABOUT THE BODY LIFE ITSELF HERE?
  • 14:44 HOW DO THE CONGREGATIONS WORK?
  • 14:46 YOU HAVE A HEBREW SPEAKING CONGREGATION.
  • 14:47 TELL US ABOUT THE WORKING OF THE LOCAL CONGREGATION.
  • 14:51 WELL THERE'S OVER 100 CONGREGATIONS IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:56 MOST OF THEM ARE FAIRLY SMALL
  • 14:58 AND YET THEY'RE VERY VARIED ACROSS THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
  • 15:03 EVERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF STREAM, YOU'LL FIND THAT HERE.
  • 15:07 AND ACTUALLY I BELIEVE THERE'S A LOT OF UNITY IN THE COUNTRY.
  • 15:11 I SERVE ON THE BOARD OF OUR NATIONAL ALLIANCE
  • 15:13 AND WE HAVE A CLOSED NETWORK IN WHICH ALL OF THE PASTORS WRITE TO ONE ANOTHER ON THE EMAIL.
  • 15:19 NOW, WE'RE JEWS, WHICH MEANS OUR NATIONAL SPORT IS TO ARGUE AND SO WE HAVE A LOT OF ARGUMENTS...
  • 15:24 PASSIONATE ARGUMENTS.
  • 15:27 IF PEOPLE WE'RE TO LOOK AT US
  • 15:29 THEY WOULD SAY WE HAVE NO UNITY AT ALL.
  • 15:30 BUT THAT'S NOT ACTUALLY TRUE.
  • 15:31 WE'RE PASSIONATE PEOPLE.
  • 15:33 WE ACTUALLY ARE HELPED IN SOME WAYS FOR OUR UNITY
  • 15:37 IN THE FACT THAT THE RELIGIOUS, THE ORTHODOX JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP MOSTLY ATTACK US.
  • 15:43 SO THAT PUTS US...
  • 15:45 AND THEY CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR DIFFERENT STREAMS,
  • 15:46 THEY JUST ATTACK ALL OF US.
  • 15:48 SO IT SORT OF PUTS US ALL IN THE SAME SITUATION.
  • 15:50 AND THEN OF COURSE ALL THE ATTACKS OF ISLAM IS FOR US BEING JEWS AND BEING ISRAELIS.
  • 15:55 WE HAVE THAT.
  • 15:56 SO THESE OUTWARD, NEGATIVE FORCES HELP US TOO
  • 15:58 BUT WERE ALSO BROUGHT TOGETHER UNTO ONE BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE YESHUA.
  • 16:03 WE ALL WANT TO SEE THE GOSPEL GO TO OUR PEOPLE AS IT SAYS, "ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED".
  • 16:09 WE ALL WANT TO SEE YESHUA COME BACK AS IT SAID,
  • 16:11 "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."
  • 16:13 SO THERE ARE THESE MAJOR THEMES...
  • 16:16 PROPHETIC THEMES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ISRAEL AND THE ENDS TIMES
  • 16:20 THAT UNITE US DESPITE OF OUR SORT OF ARGUMENTATIVE PERSONALITY.
  • 16:25 THERE'S SO MUCH PRESSURE ON THE MESSIANIC BODY.
  • 16:28 YOU SPOKE ABOUT ISLAM
  • 16:30 AND EVEN FROM WITHIN THE COUNTRY IT'S HARD TO DO WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE.
  • 16:33 HOW DOES THAT AFFECT BODY LIFE AND UNITY OF THE CONGREGATIONS?
  • 16:37 WELL IT'S INTERESTING THAT IN ISRAEL
  • 16:40 THE MESSIANIC JEWS LIVE IN SOME WAYS BETWEEN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD AND THE SECULAR WORLD.
  • 16:45 THERE'S A REAL SPLIT IN ISRAEL'S SOCIETY BETWEEN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD AND THE SECULAR WORLD.
  • 16:51 THE RELIGIOUS ARE VERY RELIGIOUS
  • 16:53 AND THE SECULAR ARE VERY SECULAR.
  • 16:54 AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT AMONG THE SECULAR WORLD THEY BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND OPENNESS
  • 17:00 SO WE HAVE A LITTLE MORE FREEDOM TO OPERATE THERE
  • 17:02 BUT OF COURSE THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, THEY BELIEVE IN THE TORAH
  • 17:04 AND THEY BELIEVE IN THE COVENANTS OF GOD
  • 17:07 SO WE HAVE SOME VALUES THAT ARE MORE SIMILAR TO THEM.
  • 17:10 BUT WE'RE KIND OF CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE IN THAT WAY A LITTLE BIT.
  • 17:13 AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT FROM THE ORTHODOX WORLD
  • 17:16 WE VERY MUCH LOVE THEM,
  • 17:18 WE FEEL A PART OF THEM,
  • 17:20 BUT THEY DON'T FEEL THE SAME WAY TOWARD US OBVIOUSLY AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 17:23 THEY THINK THAT WE ARE BETRAYING THEM AND BETRAYING OUR NATION
  • 17:27 SO THEY TEND TO BRING A TYPE OF PERSECUTION AGAINST US,
  • 17:32 A TYPE OF INTIMIDATION, SOCIAL REJECTION AND SO ON.
  • 17:36 BUT IT'S INTERESTING WE FOUND THAT AS LONG AS WE STAY IN A PLACE OF LOVE,
  • 17:41 STAY IN A PLACE THAT IS POSITIVE...
  • 17:42 WE SEE THIS IN THE HEART OF YESHUA AND ALL OF HIS DISCIPLES
  • 17:46 THAT DESPITE THE OPPOSITION FROM THE RELIGIOUS AROUND THEM THEY STAY IN A PLACE OF LOVE.
  • 17:51 THEY ALWAYS TURNED THEM AND SAID, "BROTHERS...FATHERS"
  • 17:55 AND THAT'S THE WAY WE TURN TO THEM.
  • 17:57 WE ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH A GOOD BIT OF PERSECUTION THIS YEAR...
  • 18:01 DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST US...
  • 18:04 TAKEN TO THE POLICE...
  • 18:05 TAKEN TO THE COURTROOM...
  • 18:07 THREATS AGAINST US
  • 18:09 BUT SOMEHOW IT JUST DIDN'T BOTHER US...
  • 18:11 WE HAD A PEACE BECAUSE WE KNOW THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND US YET
  • 18:15 AND IF THEY COULD UNDERSTAND US WE BELIEVE THEY WOULD LOVE IT...
  • 18:17 WOULD LOVE WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY.
  • 18:20 SO WE REMAIN IN A PLACE OF PEACE AND LOVE.
  • 18:23 AND WITH THAT IT'S INTERESTING THAT PERSECUTION MAKES FOR PUBLICITY
  • 18:29 AND SO ACTUALLY ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS STAY IN A PLACE OF LOVE
  • 18:32 AND WHAT THEY DO ACTUALLY PUBLICIZES THE GOOD NEWS FOR US
  • 18:37 EVEN THOUGH THEY MEAN IT SOMETHING NEGATIVELY
  • 18:39 BUT THE LORD WORKS IT OUT TO BE SOMETHING POSITIVE.
  • 18:42 SO WE WANT TO STAY IN A PLACE OF BEING POSITIVE ALL THE TIME
  • 18:45 AND JUST BEING IN A PLACE OF LOVE WITH THEM.
  • 18:49 (Myles speaking) ASHER CONDUCTS A DAILY BIBLE STUDY IN HEBREW
  • 18:52 WITH A SMALL GROUP OF DEDICATED BELIEVERS.
  • 18:55 THESE ARE AMONG THE MANY FUTURE LEADERS IN THE GROWING MESSIANIC MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:59 SOLOMON, ASHER'S SON, WORKS ALONG WITH HIS FATHER
  • 19:03 INTERPRETING FOR US HERE IN ENGLISH.
  • 19:05 HE TOO HAS A HEART FOR HIS PEOPLE
  • 19:07 AS WELL AS THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.
  • 19:11 SOLOMON SO MUCH OF THE MINISTRY HERE
  • 19:13 IS ABOUT RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 19:15 CAN YOU TELL OUR VIEWERS WHAT YOU SEE CHANGING AND WHAT'S COMING UP?
  • 19:19 THE BODY OF MESSIAH IN ISRAEL
  • 19:21 IS GOING THROUGH
  • 19:23 A LOT OF CHANGES.
  • 19:24 THE LEADERS UP UNTIL NOW,
  • 19:26 AND THEY STILL ARE THE LEADERS,
  • 19:27 HAVE BEEN PIONEERS.
  • 19:28 SO THERE'S A LOT OF CHANGES THAT ARE NATURALLY HAPPENING
  • 19:31 FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF AND OTHER YOUNG LEADERS IN MY GENERATION
  • 19:34 AFTER GROWING UP HERE THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE'RE WANTING TO CHANGE,
  • 19:39 WANTING TO DO DIFFERENTLY...
  • 19:40 A LOT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT OURSELVES.
  • 19:43 FOR EXAMPLE, I AM AT SCHOOL AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE STUDYING
  • 19:46 AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS OUR THEOLOGY...
  • 19:48 HOW DO WE DEFINE OUR OWN IDENTITY?
  • 19:50 A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE FIGURING OUT IS FOR THE SAKE OF OUR OWN IDENTITY FIRST
  • 19:56 AND NOT JUST FOR MINISTRY'S SAKE.
  • 19:57 THE MINISTRY WOULD NATURALLY GROW OUT OF WHO WE ARE
  • 20:00 AND HOW WE UNDERSTAND IT AND PIECE THINGS TOGETHER.
  • 20:04 AND IS IT TRUE THAT YOU'LL BE BRANCHING OUT
  • 20:06 FROM PULPIT MINISTRY INTO THE MARKET PLACE... POLITICS...WHEREVER?
  • 20:10 YEAH, DEFINITELY
  • 20:12 A LOT OF OUR LEADERS AND OUR FAMILIES LIKE MY OWN FAMILY IS AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY.
  • 20:15 WE MOVED HERE AND I GREW UP HERE
  • 20:17 SO THERE'S A NATURAL PROCESS OF US GROWING UP AND BEING INSIDE SOCIETY.
  • 20:20 I MEAN WE WANT TO BE IN SOCIETY JUST BECAUSE WE WANT TO.
  • 20:24 IT'S WHO WE ARE.
  • 20:26 AND IN DOING SO WE WILL DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS AND STUFF
  • 20:29 AND WE WANT TO INFLUENCE AND WE WANT TO BRING KINGDOM VALUES TO THE NATION
  • 20:34 EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT ACTUAL MINISTRY SO TO SPEAK.
  • 20:41 SO BEYOND THE PULPIT
  • 20:43 YEAH, BEYOND THE PULPIT
  • 20:45 WE WANT TO DO MORE RELATIONAL
  • 20:47 AND A LOT OF GETTING INSIDE THINGS
  • 20:49 AND JUST BE WHO WE ARE IN THE PLACES THAT GOD'S PLACED US
  • 20:53 AND HE WILL USE US AND THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT.
  • 20:56 AND DEFINITELY A LOT OF CHANGES...
  • 20:58 BREAKING OUT OF THE TRADITIONAL MINISTRY KIND OF SET UP.
  • 21:00 WHICH I DON'T THINK WORKS ONE ON ONE IN ISRAEL.
  • 21:05 IT DOESN'T QUITE ADAPT EXACTLY.
  • 21:08 SO YOU'RE LOOKING AT TRANSFORMING SOCIETY HERE.
  • 21:12 YEAH...I MEAN I THINK THAT'S WHAT GOD IS ABOUT.
  • 21:17 I'M NOT INTO IT...
  • 21:19 I MEAN GOD IS INTO IT
  • 21:20 AND WE'RE JUST TRYING TO BE WHO WE ARE
  • 21:23 WHICH IS THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND HE WILL USE US.
  • 21:35 ♪HEAR MY PRAYER, O LORD♪
  • 21:37 ♪AND LET MY CRY COME UNTO YOU♪
  • 21:43 ♪PLEASE DON'T HIDE YOUR FACE FROM ME♪
  • 21:46 ♪IN THE DAY OF MY TROUBLE♪
  • 21:51 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN♪
  • 21:57 ♪OH YOUR TIME IS COME!♪
  • 22:02 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL YOU WILL NOT BE FORSAKEN♪
  • 22:06 ♪O THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION...♪
  • 22:08 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 22:14 ♪FOR MY DAYS ARE LIKE SMOKE♪
  • 22:16 ♪AND ALL MY BONES ARE IN THE FURNACE♪
  • 22:23 ♪MY HEART SO STRICKEN AND WITHERED♪
  • 22:25 ♪I CAN'T EVEN EAT MY BREAD ...NO♪
  • 22:30 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN♪
  • 22:36 ♪OH YOUR TIME IS COME!♪
  • 22:41 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL YOU WILL NOT BE FORSAKEN♪
  • 22:45 ♪O THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION...♪
  • 22:47 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 23:10 ♪OHHHHH♪
  • 23:33 ♪FOR THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE DECLARED IN ZION,♪
  • 23:38 ♪AND HIS PRAISE IN JERU...SA...LEM♪
  • 23:48 ♪JERU...SA...LEM♪
  • 23:58 ♪THIS SHALL BE WRITTEN♪
  • 23:59 ♪FOR A FUTURE GENERATION TO COME♪
  • 24:02 ♪WHO KNOWS THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 24:06 ♪AND FOR A PEOPLE YET CREATED WHO WOULD PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 24:11 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 24:16 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL♪
  • 24:25 ♪SHEMA YISRAEL♪
  • 24:29 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION...♪
  • 24:31 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 24:36 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION...♪
  • 24:38 ♪THE TIME TO FAVOR ZION HAS COME♪
  • 24:44 ♪THE TIME HAS COME♪
  • 24:51 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FROM TED
  • 24:53 I LOVE HEARING HIS PASSION FOR THE LORD
  • 24:56 AND THE WORSHIP THAT HE SINGS.
  • 24:58 YOU KNOW THIS WHOLE STORY THAT WE SEE IN THESE INTERVIEWS FROM ASHER AND SOLOMON
  • 25:02 REALLY SPEAKS ABOUT THE ARC OF JEWISH HISTORY
  • 25:05 AND THE WAY THE GOSPEL COMES IN
  • 25:07 AND REALLY LAUNCHES THE LIFE OF ISRAEL INTO THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 25:12 WE HAVE SUCH A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE WORD "MISSIONARY".
  • 25:14 REALLY IT'S APPLIED TO PAUL.
  • 25:16 AND TODAY MY PEOPLE ARE AFRAID THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE TURNED INTO GENTILES.
  • 25:19 WELL PAUL WENT TO TURN THE GENTILES INTO THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL...
  • 25:22 TO TURN THEM TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 25:26 THAT'S WHAT ASHER AND OTHERS ARE DOING FROM JERUSALEM TO THE WORLD.
  • 25:30 YOU KNOW WE SEE IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL
  • 25:32 THERE WAS THE CHOOSING OF ABRAHAM, THEN THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM,
  • 25:36 HOW THE LAND WAS GIVEN TO ABRAHAM.
  • 25:38 WE SEE THE HISTORY OF THE SCATTERING AND THEN THE INGATHERING
  • 25:41 ESPECIALLY COMING INTO THE 20TH CENTURY
  • 25:44 1948 WHEN THE STATE OF ISRAEL WAS RENEWED
  • 25:47 AND THEN THE RESTORATION HAS BEGUN
  • 25:50 AND SOON WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL.
  • 25:53 IT'S STARTING WITH HERE AND THERE, NOW AND THEN
  • 25:56 BELIEVERS ARISING IN THE LAND
  • 25:58 BUT NOW THOSE BELIEVERS ARE LEAVENING THE WHOLE LUMP
  • 26:01 AND SANCTIFYING THE STATE
  • 26:03 AND EVENTUALLY EVERY KNEE WILL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD.
  • 26:08 THE RESTORATION IS ALIVE AND WELL TODAY IN ISRAEL.
  • 26:12 AND ALL GOD'S PROMISES ARE "YES" AND "AMEN"
  • 26:15 AND WE NEED TO HOLD FAST TO THOSE PROMISES
  • 26:17 AS WE SEE THE DAYS APPROACHING WITH THE THREATS AGAINST ISRAEL.
  • 26:20 YOU KNOW GOD HAS PROMISED THAT HE WILL NOT SLUMBER NOR SLEEP
  • 26:24 BUT THAT HE WOULD KEEP THEM AS THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
  • 26:27 AND NO MORE TO BE PLUCKED OUT OF THE LAND.
  • 26:29 THERE'S SO MANY TRUE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING
  • 26:31 AND WE'RE SEEING
  • 26:33 AND WE'RE WITNESSING
  • 26:33 AND WE'RE BRINGING THEM TO YOU.
  • 26:35 AND IN ORDER FOR US TO BRING THEM TO YOU
  • 26:37 IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU REMEMBER GIFTS OF FUNDS
  • 26:39 THAT'S THE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE
  • 26:42 TO BRING THESE PROGRAMS TO YOU FROM THE LAND,
  • 26:44 FROM THE NATIONS.
  • 26:46 AND UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN PLEASE REMEMBER,
  • 26:48 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:50 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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