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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.
Episode: “Upon this Rock”
With the assistance of Messianic tour guide Yuval Shemesh, Myles illustrates the profound message of Matthew 16, where the Apostle Peter proclaims the identity of Messiah. “Our Man in Haifa,” Eitan Shishkoff, leads Tents of Mercy ministry that has provided countless Russian immigrants with humanitarian aid and “living water.”

Caption transcript for Acts: Then and Now — “Upon this Rock” (7/8)

  • 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
  • 00:43 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:44 I'M MYLES WEISS.
  • 00:45 THIS IS MY WIFE KATHARINE
  • 00:46 ...MY CO-HOST.
  • 00:48 AND WE ARE BLESSED TODAY
  • 00:49 TO BRING YOU OUR SERIES
  • 00:50 "ACTS, THEN AND NOW... THE STORY CONTINUES".
  • 00:53 AND WE'RE REALLY SEEING HOW THE STORY IS CONTINUING.
  • 00:56 THE BIBLE TELLS IT AND NOW WE'RE SEEING IT PLAYED OUT IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:59 YEAH, IT'S ALIVE...
  • 01:00 THE BIBLE'S ALIVE AND GOD'S PEOPLE ARE ALIVE.
  • 01:03 HE RESURRECTED THE LAND OF ISRAEL
  • 01:05 AND HE'S RESURRECTING THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:07 IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE THEM HERE ON ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:12 JESUS...HE DEMONSTRATED HIS SERMONS FROM HIS SURROUNDINGS.
  • 01:16 AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT IN CAESAREA PHILIPPI
  • 01:18 CAESAREA PHILIPPI IS A PLACE WHERE A LIGHT AND DARKNESS WERE IN COLLISION
  • 01:23 AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE OUR BELIEVING GUIDE YUVAL
  • 01:26 SPEAK TO US ON LOCATION AT CAESAREA PHILIPPI.
  • 01:29 SO LET'S GO TO HIM RIGHT NOW.
  • 01:36 WE ARE STANDING IN THE CITY
  • 01:38 KNOWN AS CAESAREA PHILIPPI
  • 01:40 WHICH ORIGINALLY
  • 01:41 WAS NAMED PANIAS.
  • 01:43 THE CITY WAS ESTABLISHED BY ALEXANDER THE GREAT;
  • 01:46 BY THE GREEKS;
  • 01:48 AND THEY NAMED IT AFTER THE GREEK IDOL PAN
  • 01:52 WHO WAS KNOWN AS THE IDOL OF THE FOREST AND THE SHEPHERDS.
  • 01:56 FOR THE GREEKS HE WAS A VERY SCARY GOD;
  • 02:00 HE WAS DESCRIBED AS HALF-HUMAN, HALF-GOAT.
  • 02:04 THE ENGLISH WORD "PANIC" COMES HIS NAME..."PANICA" OR "PANIC".
  • 02:09 AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE OF THE CITY;
  • 02:12 THE CITY PANIAS THAT BECAME LATER KNOWN AS CAESAREA PHILIPPI,
  • 02:16 USED TO OFFER SACRIFICES TO THIS IDOL IN THE CAVE RIGHT BEHIND ME.
  • 02:22 INSIDE THE CAVE...
  • 02:23 AND THE CAVE WAS DESCRIBED BY DIFFERENT HISTORIANS...
  • 02:26 THERE WAS A FAULT...
  • 02:27 THERE WAS A CRACK...
  • 02:29 AND THE PEOPLE USED TO OFFER THE SACRIFICES...
  • 02:32 COULD HAVE BEEN HUMAN SACRIFICES...
  • 02:34 AND DOWN TO THE PIT...
  • 02:36 THEY USED TO THROW THEM DOWN INTO THE PIT.
  • 02:38 AND THEN THEY WERE FOLLOWING THE WATER STREAM RIGHT BEHIND ME LOOKING FOR BLOOD.
  • 02:43 IF THEY SAW BLOOD IN THE WATER IT WAS A BAD SIGN FOR THEM.
  • 02:47 IT MEANT THAT THE OFFERING WAS NOT RECEIVED...
  • 02:50 WAS NOT ACCEPTED BY PAN.
  • 02:53 BUT IF THE WATER STAYED CLEAR IT WAS A GOOD SIGN FOR THEM.
  • 02:56 IN THEIR MINDSET OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE
  • 03:00 THE CAVE WE SEE RIGHT BEHIND ME WAS ONE OF THE DOORWAYS THAT LED TO HADES...TO THE UNDERWORLD.
  • 03:11 THE GREEK PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT ALL MEN...
  • 03:16 ALL PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ONE PLACE...
  • 03:17 THEY ARE GOING TO THE UNDERWORLD AFTER THEIR DEATH.
  • 03:20 SO WHEN THEY BURY THEIR DEAD THEY USED TO PUT COINS ON THEIR EYES AND IN THEIR MOUTH
  • 03:26 AND THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE FEE THAT THEY HAD TO PAY FOR THE FERRYMAN
  • 03:30 WHO WOULD TAKE THEM WITH A BOAT ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE UNDERWORLD.
  • 03:37 SO ONLY THEIR GODS OR THEIR IDOLS HAD ETERNAL LIFE...
  • 03:41 NOT THE PEOPLE...
  • 03:43 ALL PEOPLE WENT TO ONE PLACE...
  • 03:46 TO HADES.
  • 03:47 SO WE ARE LOOKING IN A WAY AT THE DOORWAYS OR THE GATES...
  • 03:51 ONE OF THE DOORWAYS THAT LEAD TO HELL...TO HADES.
  • 03:54 AND IN THEIR MINDSET THE HIGH MOUNTAIN NEARBY...
  • 03:57 WE'RE NOW AT THE BASE OF MT. HERMON...
  • 03:59 THE HIGH MOUNTAIN WAS THE PLACE WHERE THEIR GODS WERE LIVING
  • 04:04 AS IT WAS IN GREECE AND THE OLYMPUS.
  • 04:07 AND THE GODS IN ETERNAL LIFE LIVE UPON HIGH MOUNTAINS
  • 04:10 BUT THE PEOPLE...
  • 04:11 THEY ALL GO TO ONE PLACE...
  • 04:12 TO HADES.
  • 04:14 SO JESUS CAME HERE TO SHOW AND TO ASK THE QUESTION
  • 04:18 "WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM?"
  • 04:20 IN THIS PAGAN CENTER...WORSHIP CENTER IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
  • 04:24 IT IS PROBABLY ALSO THE REASON WHY HE ALSO TOOK PETER, JAMES AND JOHN TO THE HIGH MOUNTAIN,
  • 04:33 ACTUALLY IT MEANS FROM MT. HERMON
  • 04:36 AND WAS TRANSFIGURED BEFORE THEIR EYES TO SHOW THAT HE WAS THE TRUE WAY,THE TRUE GOD...
  • 04:41 AND ALL THOSE FALSE IDOLS THAT PEOPLE BACK THEN USED TO WORSHIP RIGHT HERE.
  • 04:47 WE'RE IN A VERY UNUSUAL LOCATION IN ISRAEL
  • 04:50 HERE IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,
  • 04:52 NEAR THE VILLAGE OF KIRYAT SHMONA IS CAESAREA PHILIPPI.
  • 04:57 IT'S MENTIONED IN THE SCRIPTURES OF COURSE.
  • 04:59 WATER COMES DOWN HERE FROM MT. HERMON
  • 05:03 AND THE SNOW MELTS AND GOES INTO POOLS HERE
  • 05:07 AND THEN EVENTUALLY FORMS THE NORTH JORDAN RIVER
  • 05:10 AND THAT IN TURN FLOWS INTO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 05:14 AND THAT FRESH WATER FULL OF FISH FORMS THAT LAKE.
  • 05:18 AND THE JORDAN, BY THE WAY, CONTINUES ON DOWN SOUTH
  • 05:21 GATHERING THE PARTICLES OF EARTH
  • 05:24 AND REACHES THE DEAD SEA
  • 05:26 AND THERE IT'S SO SALTY THERE ARE NO FISH AND SO ON.
  • 05:30 IT DESCRIBES OUR LORD BECAUSE HE BEGINS COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN LIKE THE SNOW ON MT. HERMON.
  • 05:37 THEN INTO THE SEA OF GALILEE FRESH LIVING WATER...
  • 05:41 THAT'S WHERE HIS MINISTRY WAS IN CAPERNAUM ON THE SEASHORE OF THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 05:46 AND THEN IT FLOWED DOWN...
  • 05:48 HIS CAREER IN THE EARTH GATHERING UP THE PARTICLES...
  • 05:51 THE SALT OF THE EARTH...US.
  • 05:53 AND THE WATER BECOMES HEAVY WITH THE SALT OF THE EARTH.
  • 05:57 AND AS IT GETS DOWN TO THE DEAD SEA IT IS SO SALTY THAT EVERYTHING DIES
  • 06:02 AND OF COURSE CHRIST DIED
  • 06:03 BUT THE WATER DOES NOT STAY THERE IN THE DEAD SEA
  • 06:07 IT EVAPORATES AND IT GOES BACK TO HEAVEN AS CHRIST ASCENDED TO HIS FATHER.
  • 06:12 AND THEN THE PREVAILING WINDS DRIVE IT UP NORTH AGAIN
  • 06:16 AND IT FALLS BACK DOWN ON MT. HERMON AS SNOW
  • 06:19 AND THEN GOES AROUND AGAIN.
  • 06:23 THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SITE
  • 06:24 HERE IN ISRAEL...
  • 06:26 CAESAREA PHILIPPI
  • 06:27 WHERE THE KINGDOMS IN CONFLICT ARE REALLY SEEING CLEARLY
  • 06:31 AS YESHUA CAME HERE WITH HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 06:33 WE READ ABOUT IT IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16.
  • 07:03 JESUS GOES ON TO TELL PETER THAT FLESH AND BLOOD HAS NOT REVEALED THIS TO HIM
  • 07:08 BUT "MY FATHER IN HEAVEN".
  • 07:10 AND JESUS IS LETTING HIM KNOW
  • 07:12 THAT HE'S GOT THE REVELATION OF THE PERSON AND THE IDENTITY OF THE CHRIST, OF THE MASHIACH.
  • 07:18 WHAT AN IMPORTANT PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 07:21 IT'S THE PLACE WHERE THESE KINGDOMS IN CONFLICT
  • 07:23 BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS AND THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT CONFRONTING ONE ANOTHER.
  • 07:28 THIS PLACE WAS GIVEN OVER TO THE MOST HORRIBLE SACRIFICES AND IDOLATRY.
  • 07:35 AND YET HERE COMES THE KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS TO THIS PLACE OF DARKNESS
  • 07:42 AND TELLS THEM "THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN HAS COME TO YOU."
  • 07:45 IT GOES ON TO SAY
  • 07:47 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:53 "UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH"...
  • 07:57 THE ROCK OF THE REVELATION OF WHO HE IS...
  • 07:59 YOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 08:02 THE QUESTION COMES TODAY AFTER WE KNOW WHO IS
  • 08:06 HE ASKS US WHO ARE YOU... IN MY LIFE...IN ME?
  • 08:10 WHO IS CHRIST...HOW DOES CHRIST EXPRESS HIMSELF THROUGH MY LIFE?
  • 08:15 YOU KNOW, THIS PLACE IS A KINGDOM IN CONFLICT IDENTITY AREA
  • 08:19 BECAUSE IT WAS ORIGINALLY NOT GIVEN TO THE TRIBE OF DAN...
  • 08:22 THEY WERE TO BE IN THE SOUTH AROUND TEL AVIV
  • 08:25 BUT THEY CHOSE THIS PLACE THINKING IT WAS A SOFTER, EASIER WAY
  • 08:28 AND THAT KIND OF OPENS IN COMPROMISE...
  • 08:32 OPENED THE DOOR FOR THE KIND OF IDOLATRY THAT WE SEE GREW UP IN THIS PLACE.
  • 08:37 SO WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT OUR INHERITANCE IS AND STAND IN THAT PURPOSE...
  • 08:42 STAND IN THAT PLACE...
  • 08:44 IN THAT DESTINY.
  • 08:45 THAT'S WHY THE QUESTION COMES TODAY AFTER WE KNOW WHO HE IS...
  • 08:48 WHO DOES GOD SAY WE ARE?
  • 08:51 I WANT TO ASK YOU TODAY...
  • 08:52 WILL YOU STAND IN THE INHERITANCE...
  • 08:54 IN THE PURPOSE...
  • 08:56 IN THE IDENTITY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU
  • 08:58 IN ORDER TO SEE HIS KINGDOM EXPAND IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
  • 09:02 I BELIEVE YOU WILL...
  • 09:03 IN YESHUA'S NAME.
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  • 09:31 "THE INSTITUTE OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES"
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  • 09:38 YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL OR PETRA
  • 09:41 OR CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN VISITING GREECE AND EPHESUS.
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  • 09:52 THE BIBLE LANDS...
  • 09:54 YOU'VE READ ABOUT THEM.
  • 09:55 NOW ENCOUNTER THEM FOR YOURSELF.
  • 09:57 WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS AT THE JORDAN...
  • 10:00 GALILEE...
  • 10:02 JERUSALEM.
  • 10:03 JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF PAUL TO ATHENS...
  • 10:06 CORINTH...
  • 10:07 EPHESUS.
  • 10:08 JOIN MYLES AND KATHARINE WEISS ON A TOUR OF THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 10:13 AND WITNESS THE WORD COME TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE.
  • 10:17 CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 10:24 THAT'S ISRAEL THE LAND OF COVENANTS.
  • 10:26 AND I'M HERE TODAY WITH
  • 10:28 TRACIE, OUR TRAVEL MANGER,
  • 10:29 WHO ALWAYS MAKES THE TRIP
  • 10:31 SO SMOOTH AND WONDERFUL FOR EVERYONE THAT JOINS US.
  • 10:34 THANK YOU SO MUCH TRACIE.
  • 10:35 IT'S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN KATHARINE.
  • 10:37 INTERESTINGLY I JUST HAD LUNCH
  • 10:39 WITH MY ISRAELI LAND AGENT...
  • 10:41 SHE WAS IN TOWN.
  • 10:43 SHE'S REALLY THE ONE THAT MAKES THE TRIPS RUN SMOOTHLY DURING THE TOUR.
  • 10:46 AND ONE THING THAT SHE HIGHLIGHTED TO ME
  • 10:48 THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR VIEWERS KNOW KATHARINE
  • 10:50 IS THAT YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT ISRAEL TOURS...
  • 10:52 AND YOU'LL HEAR "10 DAY TOUR".
  • 10:54 BUT OUR SMALLEST TRIP IS ACTUALLY AN "11" DAY TOUR.
  • 10:58 WE SPEND 3 DAYS IN TIBERIUS
  • 11:00 INSTEAD OF 2 DAYS WHICH MOST TOURS DO.
  • 11:03 THERE'S REALLY A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT ON OUR TOUR
  • 11:06 BESIDE THE FACT THAT YOU GET AN EXTRA DAY.
  • 11:07 AND I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT FOR THE PRICE COMPARISON.
  • 11:10 BUT ALSO ON OUR TOURS WE HAVE A PASSENGER LIAISON
  • 11:14 AND A TOUR PASTOR ON EACH BUS.
  • 11:16 MOST TOURS ONLY HAVE A GUIDE AND A DRIVER.
  • 11:18 WE STAY IN THE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS.
  • 11:20 OUR WHOLE COMPANY...
  • 11:22 AS YOU KNOW THIS...
  • 11:23 ZOLA TOURS WAS FOUNDED
  • 11:24 SOLELY FOR YOU...
  • 11:25 SOLELY FOR THE FAITHFUL VIEWERS
  • 11:27 OF ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 11:28 AND IT'S A JOY
  • 11:29 TO HAVE YOU AND MYLES ON TOUR...
  • 11:31 ALL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE IN CHURCHES
  • 11:33 AND IN LEADING TOURS TO ISRAEL.
  • 11:34 AND SO I JUST WANTED
  • 11:35 TO GIVE THOSE DETAILS.
  • 11:37 YOU CALL ME TODAY...
  • 11:38 1-800-WONDERS...
  • 11:39 I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU.
  • 11:40 GO TO LEVITT.COM...
  • 11:41 AND WE'VE GOT 3 TOURS COMING UP THIS YEAR
  • 11:43 AND I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US.
  • 11:45 IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT...
  • 11:46 IT'S GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN.
  • 11:47 THERE'S ONE THING ABOUT GOING TO ISRAEL
  • 11:49 BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING WHEN YOU GO WITH SOMEBODY THAT HAS A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE.
  • 11:52 I THINK IT ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION OF LIGHT AND KNOWLEDGE TO YOUR TRIP.
  • 11:58 WE'RE GOING TO GO NOW TO HAIFA WITH ONE OF OUR MEN ON THE LAND.
  • 12:02 HIS NAME IS EITAN
  • 12:04 AND HE'S GOING TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS MINISTRY.
  • 12:08 EITAN WE WERE LOOKING AT THE CONTINUITY
  • 12:11 FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
  • 12:12 ALL THE WAY INTO THE PRESENT DAY
  • 12:14 AND HOW GOD IS RESTORING FIRST THE LAND AND NOW THE PEOPLE COMING BACK.
  • 12:17 TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORY OF ALIYAH COMING HOME.
  • 12:20 WELL IT HAPPENED
  • 12:21 AFTER QUITE A FEW YEARS MYLES.
  • 12:23 IT WAS WAY BACK IN 1977
  • 12:26 THAT I RECEIVED AN INSTRUCTION...
  • 12:30 A REVELATION IN MY HEART THAT MY DESTINY WOULD BE IN ISRAEL.
  • 12:33 AT THE TIME I WAS A YOUNG HUSBAND AND FATHER.
  • 12:35 I HAD ONLY REALLY RECENTLY COME BACK TO MY JEWISH ROOTS.
  • 12:38 AND 15 YEARS LATER
  • 12:39 AFTER EXPERIENCE IN THE MESSIANIC MOVEMENT IN THE STATES
  • 12:43 AND BEGINNING TO INTERACT WITH ISRAELI BELIEVERS
  • 12:46 AND TAKING A PRELIMINARY TRIP HERE TO ISRAEL
  • 12:49 WE MADE THE DECISION TO MOVE OUR FAMILY.
  • 12:53 MY WIFE AND I WERE BOTH 45 YEARS OLD
  • 12:56 AND SHE WAS 6 MONTHS PREGNANT AND WE ALREADY HAD 3 CHILDREN
  • 12:59 SO IT WAS A BIG STEP
  • 13:01 AND WE'VE NEVER REGRETTED IT.
  • 13:03 AND YOU PERSEVERED THROUGH SOME HARD TIMES.
  • 13:05 THERE'VE BEEN SOME DIFFICULTIES ESTABLISHING YOUR WORK HERE
  • 13:08 AND BECOMING A HELP TO THE NATION.
  • 13:11 TELL US ABOUT THAT AS WELL.
  • 13:12 WELL FIRST OF ALL,
  • 13:14 ANYONE COMING TO ISRAEL FROM THE DIASPORA ENCOUNTERS DIFFICULTY.
  • 13:16 IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER THEY'RE FROM THE WEST, THE EAST...
  • 13:19 FROM WHATEVER CONTINENT...
  • 13:20 JUST BECAUSE IT'S A HUGE ADJUSTMENT TO MOVE.
  • 13:23 IN OUR CASE, TO ESTABLISH THE WORK
  • 13:26 WE DIDN'T ASSUME THAT WE WOULD PIONEER OUR WORK
  • 13:29 BUT AS IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTED US TO DO
  • 13:33 ABOUT 3 YEARS AFTER WE ARRIVED IN ISRAEL
  • 13:36 WE FOUND OURSELVES OPENING A CONGREGATION WITH 3 HOUSE GROUPS.
  • 13:40 THE DIFFICULTIES HAD TO DO BOTH WITH TRANSPORTATION
  • 13:44 BECAUSE THE PEOPLE TO WHOM WE WERE REACHING OUT
  • 13:47 WERE WITHOUT PRIVATE AUTOMOBILES MOST OF THEM.
  • 13:49 BUT THE GOOD THING IS THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN WHICH WE ESTABLISHED THE WORK
  • 13:52 WHICH IS HERE IN THIS INDUSTRIAL SECTION OF KIRYAT YAM IN THE HAIFA BAY AREA.
  • 13:58 MOST OF THE PEOPLE LIVE CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET TO THE SERVICES.
  • 14:01 SO THERE WERE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
  • 14:03 BUT ALSO THERE WAS PERSECUTION WITHIN TWO YEARS OF PLANTING THE WORK.
  • 14:08 WE WERE FIREBOMBED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  • 14:09 AND FORTUNATELY NOBODY WAS HURT
  • 14:11 BUT THE FACILITY WAS BASICALLY DEVASTATED
  • 14:15 AND IT WAS A GUT CHECK...
  • 14:17 ARE WE WILLING TO WALK THROUGH THE TERRITORY
  • 14:20 THAT THE BELIEVERS WALKED THROUGH IN THE FIRST CENTURY?
  • 14:23 IN FACT, ONE OF THE VERSES THAT CAME TO ME RESOUNDINGLY WAS
  • 14:26 "LORD, THANK YOU THAT YOU'VE COUNTED US WORTHY TO SUFFER FOR YOUR NAME"
  • 14:30 WHICH THE APOSTLES PRAYED TO YESHUA.
  • 14:32 WE KNOW SO LITTLE OF THAT IN THE WEST.
  • 14:35 WE'RE VERY COMFORTABLE...
  • 14:36 WE DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 14:38 WE KNOW THE CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD SUFFERS PERSECUTION
  • 14:41 BUT RIGHT HERE YOU'VE BEEN FACED WITH HAVING TO PERSEVERE.
  • 14:45 YES AND NOT OURSELVES ONLY
  • 14:47 BECAUSE BY NOW THERE ARE PEOPLE IN ARAD, BE'ER-SHEVA, ASHDOD, MEVASERET TZION...
  • 14:53 PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AS ISRAELI BELIEVERS WHO ARE BEING PERSECUTED.
  • 14:59 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 15:01 THE PERSECUTION IN A WAY AS THOSE FIRST BELIEVERS STATED IT...
  • 15:04 IT'S AN HONOR...
  • 15:05 IT MEANS THAT A SPARK IS BEING STRUCK THAT NEEDS TO BE STRUCK
  • 15:09 AND THE NATION IS BEGINNING TO BE CHALLENGED.
  • 15:12 AT THE SAME TIME MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN ISRAEL ARE HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 15:16 THAT YESHUA IS JEWISH,
  • 15:18 THAT BELIEVING IN HIM DOES NOT CONVERT US TO CHRISTIANITY BUT DRAWS US BACK TO OUR HERITAGE.
  • 15:23 THAT'S SUCH A STUNNING THING.
  • 15:25 I THINK THAT MOST OF US WHO COME TO FAITH
  • 15:27 WE REALIZE "I'M MORE JEWISH NOW THAN I EVER WAS!"
  • 15:30 THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU I SEE.
  • 15:32 COMPLETELY...
  • 15:33 I WOULDN'T BE HERE IN ISRAEL IF THAT WASN'T THE CASE.
  • 15:35 AND YOU SAID SOMETHING ON EAST AND WEST.
  • 15:37 IT REMINDS ME OF JEREMIAH SAYING
  • 15:38 THAT I WOULD NO LONGER BE KNOWN AS THE GOD WHO BROUGHT YOU UP OUT OF EGYPT
  • 15:42 BUT THE ONE WHO BROUGHT YOU FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH, EAST AND THE WEST.
  • 15:44 AND I THINK YOU HAVE A VERY INTERNATIONAL WORK HERE.
  • 15:47 WE DO.
  • 15:48 IT BEGAN LARGELY WITH IMMIGRANTS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
  • 15:51 TOGETHER WITH IMMIGRANTS FROM THE STATES ON NORTH AMERICA
  • 15:55 WHICH IS REALLY A BEAUTIFUL IRONY
  • 15:57 BECAUSE I GREW UP IN THE TIME WHEN THE U.S. AND SOVIET COMPETITION WAS HUGE
  • 16:01 AND EXPECTED ALMOST WORLD WAR III.
  • 16:03 BUT ADDED TO THAT THERE HAVE BEEN EUROPEANS, JEWS FROM ETHIOPIA
  • 16:07 AND NOW WE'RE GETTING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF NATIVE ISRAELIS
  • 16:11 AS WELL AS THE CHILDREN WHO'VE GROWN UP IN THE LAND
  • 16:13 WHO NO LONGER COULD BE CALLED IMMIGRANTS BECAUSE THEY'RE SPEAKING HEBREW...
  • 16:17 GOING TO SCHOOL...
  • 16:18 SERVING IN THE ARMY AND GOING OFF TO COLLEGE.
  • 16:20 SO PEOPLE COMING UP NOW...
  • 16:21 KIDS GROWING UP...
  • 16:23 IT'S COMPLETELY NATURAL AND NORMAL TO BE JEWISH...
  • 16:26 TO BE AN ISRAELI AND TO BE A BELIEVER IN YESHUA.
  • 16:28 IT IS...
  • 16:29 THERE ARE STILL CHALLENGES WITHIN ISRAELI SOCIETY
  • 16:31 BUT IT'S BECOMING SOMETHING THAT'S MORE APPARENT
  • 16:34 AND THEREFORE BECOMING PART OF THE FABRIC OF THE COUNTRY.
  • 16:38 I'M THINKING ABOUT THE SIMILARITY
  • 16:41 BETWEEN THE DAY IN WHICH WE'RE LIVING AND THE BOOK OF ACTS.
  • 16:44 YOU MENTIONED SEVERAL THINGS.
  • 16:45 WHAT ABOUT THE REPRODUCTION OF CONGREGATIONS
  • 16:48 AND THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL SIMILAR TO THE EARLY DAYS?
  • 16:52 TO ME THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHING MARKS
  • 16:55 OF THE FIRST CENTURY MESSIANIC-JEWISH MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL
  • 16:58 IS THAT OUT OF JERUSALEM AND THEN OUT OF THE OTHER CENTERS
  • 17:02 THEY BEGAN TO SEND TEAMS INTO PLACES THAT DID NOT HAVE CONGREGATIONS.
  • 17:07 WELL INTERESTINGLY 2,000 YEARS LATER WE HAVE QUITE A SIMILAR SITUATION IN WHICH ISRAEL,
  • 17:12 THOUGH IT'S THE BIRTH OF THE GOSPEL AND OF COURSE YESHUA'S HOME,
  • 17:15 HAS NOT HAD INDIGENOUS HEBREW SPEAKING CONGREGATIONS FOR ALMOST 2,000 YEARS.
  • 17:22 AND SO YOU'RE COMING BACK TO A RELATIVELY CLEAN SLATE...
  • 17:26 NOT IN TERMS OF THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
  • 17:28 BUT IN TERMS OF A LOCAL EXPRESSION OF FAITH IN YESHUA.
  • 17:33 AND OF COURSE THAT MEANS TO TAKE THE FORM OF COMMUNITY.
  • 17:36 THAT'S WHAT THEY DID IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.
  • 17:38 THEY PLANTED COMMUNITIES OF BELIEVERS...
  • 17:40 BELIEVERS WHO SHARED THEIR STUFF WITH EACH OTHER...
  • 17:42 BELIEVERS WHO MADE AN IMPACT ON THE SOCIETY.
  • 17:45 AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN HERE MYLES
  • 17:48 IS THAT BY INVESTING IN THE SPIRITUAL SONS AND DAUGHTERS
  • 17:52 AND JUST BY FOSTERING AN ATTITUDE OF EXPANSION,
  • 17:57 AND YOU CAN DO AS MUCH AS GOD GIVES YOU TO DO,
  • 18:02 WE HAVE SEEN ANOTHER FOUR CONGREGATIONS BIRTHED OUT OF THIS ONE.
  • 18:05 SO THERE'S A LITTLE NETWORK AND IT'S ISRAELI AND IT'S GROWING
  • 18:11 AND WE ARE ANTICIPATING THAT IT WILL CONTINUE.
  • 18:14 IT'S ALL SO RELATIONAL...
  • 18:16 IT'S SO UNLIKE THE INSTITUTIONALIZED OR ORGANIZED RELIGION
  • 18:20 THAT PEOPLE FEAR SO MUCH.
  • 18:21 IT'S REALLY A FAMILY.
  • 18:23 IT IS...
  • 18:24 IT'S AN EXTENDED FAMILY
  • 18:25 AND THERE'S AN ORGANIC FEEL TO IT.
  • 18:27 IT DOESN'T LOOK AT FIRST TO HAVE THE SAME RAPIDITY OF MULTIPLICATION.
  • 18:33 BUT WHAT I SENSED EARLY ON IN OUR TIME HERE IN ISRAEL MYLES
  • 18:36 WAS THAT BY INVESTING A LOT IN A FEW PEOPLE
  • 18:40 THAT GOD CHOSE ME TO GIVE MY LIFE TO AS A FATHER
  • 18:43 AND AS A COACH,
  • 18:45 AS AN ENCOURAGER, AS A FRIEND...
  • 18:46 THAT THOSE PEOPLE...
  • 18:48 THOSE MEN...
  • 18:49 THOSE COUPLES
  • 18:51 ARE NOW LEADERS OF WHOLE OTHER CONGREGATIONS.
  • 18:54 ONE OF THEM HAS STARTED A BIBLE COLLEGE,
  • 18:56 THERE ARE A MINISTRY TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS,
  • 18:59 THERE'S AN INTERNATIONAL MESSIANIC PAPER IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE...
  • 19:02 AND THE BORDERS KEEP GROWING AND STRETCHING OUT
  • 19:05 BECAUSE OF THAT QUALITY WITH A FEW WHICH IS BASICALLY THE PATTERN THAT JESUS GAVE US.
  • 19:10 HE LAID HIS LIFE DOWN
  • 19:12 ESSENTIALLY FOR THOSE TWELVE GUYS
  • 19:14 AND THAT'S HOW WE GOT HERE.
  • 19:16 SO BY GOING DEEPER YOU'RE ACTUALLY GOING WIDER AS WELL.
  • 19:19 IT TURNS OUT THAT WAY.
  • 19:21 BUT IT CONTINUES BECAUSE TO ME THE FUTURE IS IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE.
  • 19:26 AND THE YOUNG ISRAELI BELIEVERS IN ISRAEL...
  • 19:29 TO ME THAT'S WHERE THE GREATEST ACTION IS HAPPENING.
  • 19:32 THEY'RE INVENTING NEW MUSIC...
  • 19:34 THEY'RE PRAYING "GOD WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?"
  • 19:37 I HAVE A 23 YEAR OLD SON
  • 19:39 AND AN 18 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER
  • 19:41 AND THEY AMAZE ME.
  • 19:43 THEY'VE SERVED IN THE ISRAELI ARMY
  • 19:45 AND THEY'RE JUST SPREADING OUT.
  • 19:48 WORSHIP IS COMING BACK INTO A FOREFRONT
  • 19:52 AND PRAYER AND REACHING OUT TO DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE...
  • 19:57 ALL THESE REAL ESSENTIALS OF THE GOSPEL...
  • 20:00 WHAT YESHUA DID WITH HIS LIFE.
  • 20:02 AND YOU KNOW MYLES;
  • 20:03 WE NEED TO HAVE YESHUA PRESENT IN ISRAEL...
  • 20:06 NOT SOME REMOTE VERSION OF HIM
  • 20:11 OR REFERENCES TO HIM
  • 20:12 BUT HIS PRESENCE.
  • 20:14 AMEN
  • 20:15 WHY TENTS OF MERCY?
  • 20:16 OF ALL THE NAMES YOU COULD HAVE CHOSEN OR YOU WERE GIVEN...
  • 20:19 WHY TENTS OF MERCY?
  • 20:20 WELL BACK IN 1989 WHEN THE BERLIN WALL HAD FALLEN
  • 20:24 AND THE SOVIET SYSTEM WAS CRUMBLING,
  • 20:26 GOD GAVE ME A VISION OF AN OASIS IN THE DESERT
  • 20:29 AND COMMUNICATED TO ME THAT THAT OASIS WAS TO BE HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 20:33 AND THAT PEOPLE NOT ONLY FROM THE SOVIET UNION BUT OTHER NATIONS
  • 20:36 WOULD BE RETURN TO ISRAEL
  • 20:38 AND THEY WOULD NEED PHYSICAL SUSTENANCE,
  • 20:40 I.E. HUMANITARIAN AID
  • 20:42 AS WELL AS THE LIVING WATER OF HEALING AND SALVATION IN YESHUA.
  • 20:45 AND THAT IMAGE CAME WITH THIS WHISPERED PHRASE
  • 20:50 "TENTS OF MERCY"
  • 20:51 AND AT THE SAME TIME GOD JUST GAVE ME A DOWNLOAD
  • 20:54 OF WHAT HE MEANT BY MERCY AND COMPASSION OF THE SAME WORD.
  • 20:58 IN HEBREW IT'S "RACHAMIM"
  • 21:00 WHICH IS RELATED TO THE HEBREW WORD FOR "WOMB"
  • 21:03 SO IT'S A MATERNAL, CARING, COMPASSIONATE LOVE
  • 21:06 THAT I DON'T CLAIM FOR MYSELF BUT IN SEVERAL PLACES IN THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 21:10 NOTABLY IN JEREMIAH 30:18 HE SAYS,
  • 21:13 "I WILL BRING BACK THE SCATTERED PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND ESTABLISH MY TENTS OF JACOB WITH MERCY."
  • 21:35 ♪O PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE NATIONS♪
  • 21:40 ♪PRAISE HIM ALL YE PEOPLES♪
  • 21:44 ♪FOR HIS MERCY AND KINDNESS ARE GREAT TOWARD US♪
  • 21:49 ♪AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD IS FOREVER♪
  • 21:56 ♪O PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE NATIONS♪
  • 22:00 ♪PRAISE HIM ALL YE PEOPLES♪
  • 22:05 ♪FOR HIS MERCY AND KINDNESS ARE GREAT TOWARD US♪
  • 22:10 ♪AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD IS FOREVER♪
  • 22:17 ♪IN THE COURTS OF THE LORD'S HOUSE♪
  • 22:21 ♪IN THE MIDST OF THEE O JERUSALEM♪
  • 22:26 ♪I WILL OFFER TO YOU A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING♪
  • 22:35 ♪O PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE NATIONS♪
  • 22:40 ♪PRAISE HIM ALL YE PEOPLES♪
  • 22:45 ♪FOR HIS MERCY AND KINDNESS ARE GREAT TOWARD US♪
  • 22:50 ♪AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD IS FOREVER♪
  • 22:57 ♪LET THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD NOW SAY♪
  • 23:01 ♪HIS LOVING KINDNESS IS EVERLASTING♪
  • 23:06 ♪I WILL CALL UPON HIS NAME♪
  • 23:10 ♪AND LIFT THE CUP♪
  • 23:12 ♪OF YESHUA...A...A♪
  • 23:38 ♪IN THE COURTS OF THE LORD'S HOUSE♪
  • 23:42 ♪IN THE MIDST OF THEE O JERUSALEM♪
  • 23:47 ♪I WILL CALL UPON YOUR NAME♪
  • 23:51 ♪AND LIFT THE CUP♪
  • 23:54 ♪OF YESHUA♪
  • 23:57 ♪O PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE NATIONS♪
  • 24:01 ♪PRAISE HIM ALL YE PEOPLES♪
  • 24:06 ♪FOR HIS MERCY AND KINDNESS ARE GREAT TOWARD US♪
  • 24:11 ♪AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD IS FOREVER♪
  • 24:15 ♪HIS MERCY AND KINDNESS ARE GREAT TOWARD US♪
  • 24:20 ♪AND THE TRUTH...♪
  • 24:22 ♪OF THE LORD♪
  • 24:28 ♪IS FOREVER♪
  • 24:46 THE RUSSIANS ARE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 24:49 THE RUSSIANS HAVE COME HOME FROM THE NORTH.
  • 24:51 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT IN JEREMIAH 16:4
  • 24:54 THAT HE WILL NO LONGER BE KNOWN AS THE GOD THAT BROUGHT THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT
  • 25:00 OR OUT OF THE RED SEA
  • 25:02 BUT HE'S GOING TO BE THE GOD WHO BROUGHT THEM FROM THE NORTH AND FROM ALL THE SURROUNDING NATIONS
  • 25:07 AND BRINGING THEM BACK TO THE LAND THAT HE GAVE TO THEIR FATHERS.
  • 25:10 AND WE ARE SEEING THIS PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED NOW
  • 25:14 AND EITAN IS MINISTERING TO THE NEEDS OF THE RUSSIANS AS THEY COME HOME.
  • 25:18 IT'S REALLY TRUE.
  • 25:20 THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT WE GET TO BE INVOLVED WITH AT ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 25:23 WE WANT TO TELL YOU
  • 25:24 THAT IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING
  • 25:25 YOU CAN RECEIVE
  • 25:26 OUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER,
  • 25:28 THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 25:29 WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE
  • 25:30 OF WRITING FOR IT.
  • 25:31 IT'S ALSO FULL
  • 25:32 OF AMAZING ARTICLES
  • 25:33 ABOUT SPIRITUAL IMPORT
  • 25:34 AND ALSO CURRENT EVENTS,
  • 25:36 UP TO THE MINUTE NEWS
  • 25:37 FROM THE LAND.
  • 25:38 ALSO, THIS WEEK OUR OFFER
  • 25:39 IS THE BOOK AND CD SET
  • 25:41 "COMING, THE END" ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 25:47 AND RUSSIA IN PROPHECY.
  • 25:48 REALLY THIS SHOW IS ABOUT
  • 25:50 THE GOOD NEWS OF THE CONNECTION
  • 25:51 OF THE RUSSIANS.
  • 25:52 BUT THERE IS A FUTURE COMING
  • 25:54 WHERE THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME DIFFICULT TIMES
  • 25:55 THAT WILL INCLUDE INVASION FROM THE NORTH AND THE EAST.
  • 25:59 THIS PROGRAM IS REALLY ABOUT THE MERCIES OF GOD.
  • 26:02 TODAY ESPECIALLY
  • 26:03 WE'RE SEEING THE MERCY OF GOD
  • 26:05 BEING EXPRESSED IN THE MINISTRY
  • 26:06 TO THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT.
  • 26:08 THE PSALMIST SAID
  • 26:09 "HODU L'ADONAI KI TOV, KI L'OLAM CHASDO",
  • 26:13 "GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER".
  • 26:18 AND THIS PROGRAM HAS REALLY BEEN ABOUT THE MERCIES OF GOD.
  • 26:21 IN SPITE OF WHAT MAY BE HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE
  • 26:24 WE NEED TO BE PREPARING OURSELVES,
  • 26:26 PREPARING THE BODY.
  • 26:27 WE NEED TO BE STANDING WITH ISRAEL IN THIS TIME...
  • 26:30 DURING THIS DAY.
  • 26:31 IT'S SO IMPORTANT
  • 26:33 AND SO WE'RE GRATEFUL THAT YOU'VE CHOSEN TO WORK WITH US,
  • 26:36 TO STAND WITH US,
  • 26:37 TO PARTNER WITH US.
  • 26:38 YOU KNOW WE CAN'T GO FORWARD WITHOUT YOUR GIFTS OF FUNDS.
  • 26:41 WE NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO GO TO ISRAEL
  • 26:43 IN ORDER TO BRING YOU THESE PROGRAMS FROM THE LAND, FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 26:47 WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU.
  • 26:49 WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IN THIS.
  • 26:50 AND THIS MESSAGE NEEDS TO GO OUT IN OUR DAY.
  • 26:53 AND SO AS WE GO TODAY WE WANT TO REMIND YOU
  • 26:57 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:59 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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