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Episode: “Your Questions Answered”
Each month, we receive many letters and emails from our viewers and readers. Most are supportive, some are challenging, all are engaging. Katherine and I weigh in along with our ministry theologians, Dr. Todd Baker and Dr. Thomas McCall.

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  • 00:01 This is important because it is so much bigger than the small strip of land that is currently being contested in the modern world.
  • 00:09 The promise to Israel... some have called it "greater Israel"... The promise to Abraham regarding Israel is a large piece of land and it is a promise to that lineage, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • 00:22 Jacob is Israel and is a promise to the Jewish people.
  • 00:40 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek for the same LORD over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
  • 01:07 Shalom and welcome to our program.
  • 01:09 I'm Myles Weiss.
  • 01:10 And I'm Katharine Weiss and we have a wonderful program to share with you.
  • 01:14 Some of our viewers write in often and share their thoughts and questions.
  • 01:18 And we're going to give an opportunity to answer some of those today.
  • 01:21 Right and I'm really enjoying these programs.
  • 01:23 We have a chance to get back to you about some of the questions you sent to us through the "Levitt Letter" or from the TV program or social media, where ever you've seen us.
  • 01:32 And let's start right away.
  • 01:34 Let's just get right into it.
  • 01:35 The first one I wanted to comment on was just a quick note from a school teacher who writes... And I thought about how disarming it is to use cartoons and humor to drive home some of these points about the Messiah, about the end-times, some of the controversies within in Christianity and with the world.
  • 01:58 You know there's been a lot of hoopla and controversy over our cartoons.
  • 02:01 I call it the great cartoon controversy of 2011 where people were writing to us, "Oh this terrible, it's sacrilegious."
  • 02:08 And others say, "This is wonderful, we really need this."
  • 02:11 And it turns out you can't please all the people all the time.
  • 02:14 However, this teacher wisely is using the cartoons to get into the hearts of her students in the next generation.
  • 02:23 You know one person's joke is another person's baffling bumblings.
  • 02:28 But anyways you know Myles laughter does good like a medicine.
  • 02:32 That's in the Bible.
  • 02:33 And any time I'm feeling down a good joke will always lift me up.
  • 02:36 Thank you, I appreciate that.
  • 02:39 Let's go right on to... this is from Velma who writes... And I think about John Parsons and the Hebrew study that he puts in all of our newsletters.
  • 03:04 If you receive our "Levitt Letter" then you know that there's a Hebrew lesson in each one.
  • 03:09 And not only so, we try to bring some of the Hebrew from the Word as we're teaching both on location and here in the studio.
  • 03:17 And it is the language of God and God has restored it as a modern day language.
  • 03:23 It was at the end of the 19th century when the church was coming into a new era of looking towards the Lord that the Hebrew language was restored as well.
  • 03:32 Right, God said I restore a pure language unto my people and that's Hebrew.
  • 03:36 It is and now it's the everyday language in Israel and I think there's such richness in the language itself that as we study it and as we learn more and more we realize that there's a poetic, a majestic, artistic way that God uses the language to reveal his heart and the meaning that he's trying to get to us through the Word.
  • 04:00 So I'm grateful that we can play a small part in helping you with your studies.
  • 04:04 This is a hard language.
  • 04:06 You know when people move to Israel they go into "ulpan" , "study", and they may spend 6 months, a year or longer doing nothing but immersing themselves in language study.
  • 04:17 You met the grandson of ... I did... ben Yehuda .
  • 04:20 I met the grandson of the man who restored the modern Hebrew language.
  • 04:25 We actually had coffee at a conference together a number of years ago.
  • 04:29 And he was saying how hard it was for his grandmother because that was it; she needed to learn.
  • 04:34 It was a commitment.
  • 04:35 It was and the grand-dad commanded his family to learn it and he was a strong teacher and he made sure that everyone in the family did it.
  • 04:45 And what fruit has come from that, restoring the entire language from ancient days.
  • 04:49 It's really also a sign of God's favor and his commitment to the Jewish people and the reality of the Jewish historicity in the land which is being contested all the time.
  • 05:02 Well the language is one more part.
  • 05:03 It's not just archaeology, history, the wars of conquest and the written word, the land deeds and the written word that verify the Jewish right to the land but the language being restored from the ancient language, and it's so similar.
  • 05:19 It's exactly the way God wants it to be.
  • 05:22 You know so much of what we have to do these days unfortunately is make the case for the Jewish right to be in the Jewish land.
  • 05:30 That's sad.
  • 05:31 It is sad.
  • 05:32 And that reminds me of the letter that you have.
  • 05:34 Most of the letters that we've been receiving are just so positive and we're so grateful for the feedback and we're so thankful for your appreciation and your love.
  • 05:43 Although there are people that have a problem sometimes with Jewish people in the land.
  • 05:48 They certainly do.
  • 05:49 And this gentleman did.
  • 05:50 You know this is so important.
  • 05:52 I think I want to save this for our next segment because it's such an important letter and it really needs a wider discussion than we have time for.
  • 06:00 But there's something else that I think I'll bring right now which is a question that came from one of our readers who asks, Now Psalm 83 is a very important Psalm because it speaks about the pan-Arab war that will take place and precede the Gog and Magog war in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
  • 06:33 So it's a very significant passage of Scripture and if you read it exactly literally and you substitute the modern names of the nations for the ancient names of the nations you will see that it's describing an Arab war of aggression against Israel that will be so serious that it will almost snuff out the life of Israel.
  • 06:56 But out of it God of course will triumph.
  • 06:59 There will be great losses on all sides but God will triumph and it precedes the Gog and Magog war.
  • 07:07 And a good book to further understand this is "Israelstine".
  • 07:11 If you'll read that book it will help you to understand the wars of the Psalm 83.
  • 07:16 And it's important because the last verses of Psalm 83 says the purpose of all this difficulty and destruction is that they may know him... they may know him as the Lord of the heavens and the earth.
  • 07:30 And that's really the importance.
  • 07:32 God is not willing that any should perish but all come to everlasting life.
  • 07:36 That call upon him.
  • 07:37 Exactly We'll be back after this.
  • 07:42 Hello, I'm Wayne Fornier and I've been a supporter of Zola Levitt Ministries for many years.
  • 07:50 You know this ministry brings you the weekly television program "Zola Levitt Presents", the the website "levitt.com" and the "Levitt letter", a free monthly news magazine.
  • 08:02 How has this happened without the support of a church, a denomination, or some endowment paying the bills?
  • 08:10 The lord has seen fit to use regular people like you and me.
  • 08:15 We're the ones who keep this ministry going.
  • 08:18 You know, asking for contributions can be awkward but not asking can be detrimental.
  • 08:24 On several occasions our founder Zola Levitt would surprise viewers when he would say, we don't need your gifts of funds right now.
  • 08:32 Give to your home church or to another ministry.
  • 08:35 When we need support we'll tell you but we're fine right now.
  • 08:40 Such a statement sounded ludicrous but it established the fact that Zola Levitt Ministries is not trying to make a fortune out of the ministry.
  • 08:50 The resources of Biblical materials we offer are those that are helpful to our viewer's spiritual walk.
  • 08:57 Zola Levitt went home to the Lord seven years ago but Myles and Katharine Weiss continue to sound the call for the church to recognize that God is not finished with the Jewish people and Israel remains his timepiece.
  • 09:12 When I heard the Gospel from a Messianic perspective it strengthened my faith in God.
  • 09:17 But it was something I recognized as being worthy of my financial support.
  • 09:22 If you see this outreach as worthy of your financial support please call us at 1-800-WONDERS...visit us online at levitt.com.
  • 09:31 or write to us at Zola B ox 12268, Dallas, TX 75225.
  • 09:39 We depend on your financial sustenance.
  • 09:43 Thank you.
  • 09:47 ♪ Background music ♪ ♪ Background music ♪ Our resource on this program, "An Epic Love Story, Jews and Gentiles One in Messiah" by Myles Weiss This booklet answers some questions you may have on issues like... "An Epic Love Story" takes you into the heart and the mind of Paul's writings to the Roman church.
  • 11:05 Contact us and ask for "An Epic Love Story".
  • 11:13 What a blessing to have the Epic Love Story Myles, to offer to our audience.
  • 11:17 It's a great resource.
  • 11:18 I know a lot of people have said it's really helped them to understand Romans 9-11.
  • 11:24 So we talked earlier about the settlers and we don't even like to call them settlers because it's God ordained land.
  • 11:34 Exactly, listen to the tone of this letter.
  • 11:37 And you know all of our mail is not love mail.
  • 11:39 Some of it is a little more dramatic than that.
  • 11:41 This comes from William and he says, Well I have a problem with this.
  • 11:56 And I think God has a problem with this because what the world is calling the "West Bank" is the heartland of Israel.
  • 12:05 It is Judea and Samaria.
  • 12:07 It is not some addition.
  • 12:10 It is not some west bank of a river, the Jordan river.
  • 12:13 It is the place where the patriarchs walked, where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived.
  • 12:18 It's where Yeshua taught.
  • 12:20 It's where he performed his miracles.
  • 12:22 It is the heart of the nation of Israel and so it has such a rich history of Jewish life and thought and teaching and philosophy and activity and living, that to call these folks settlers and to call that the west bank of a river is just demeaning.
  • 12:41 It's just not the case.
  • 12:42 Right...people are hearing the call of God that he said he would re-gather them.
  • 12:46 And they are hearing it, they are responding to it and they are obeying the Scriptures by coming there.
  • 12:51 You know the Bible says in Genesis 15, verse 18, Yes...now this is important because it is so much bigger than the small strip of land that is currently being contested in the modern world.
  • 13:15 The promise to Israel... some have called it "greater Israel"... The promise to Abraham regarding Israel, is a large piece of land and it is a promise to that lineage, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • 13:28 Jacob is Israel and is a promise to the Jewish people.
  • 13:32 Now these settlers so called... and we'll get to random acts of violence in a moment... but the settlers are residents... Just peaceful, loving people.
  • 13:43 Peace loving, peace seeking, mostly observant orthodox Jewish people who have read the Bible, believed what they understand and have taken it literally and have moved back to Israel according to the Word of the Lord.
  • 13:58 For instance David Rubin who lives up in Shiloh where the ark rested and where Hannah heard from the Lord about Samuel's birth.
  • 14:05 these people are beautiful people.
  • 14:07 They are people that love God that just tend the earth, make it blossom and basically just want to live there with their families fulfilling what God has asked them to do to go and build villages, plant vineyards and tend towards them.
  • 14:22 Fulfill the Word of Scripture and to me these are modern day heroes.
  • 14:28 They looked at for example in Amos 9:15 where it says "I will plant you in this land" "never to be plucked out again."
  • 14:34 You will build vineyards, you'll grow things, you'll live there in peace and you'll never be pulled out of this land again."
  • 14:41 And they looked at that and said okay that's for me.
  • 14:43 They've made aliyah and these communities, by the way, when you hear it on the television you think of some... I don't know what it looks like in your mind's eye but these are beautiful communities of nice houses, well kept, with just life coming from the children... And they only act when something is pushed at them; they will defend their homes.
  • 15:05 But they are not going out and attacking.
  • 15:07 They are not being terrorists.
  • 15:09 They are simply defending their right to exist.
  • 15:11 Talk about settlers being uprooted, Gaza was uprooted and all of those beautiful people left and now we just have rockets.
  • 15:20 Right there was just the misguided attempt by Ariel Sharon in 2005 to gift Gaza to the neighbors hoping that would certainly bring a measure of peace because if the land of Gaza was given to the Arab neighbors that they would certainly live in peace with the Israelis.
  • 15:43 And what happened instead was that the greenhouses and all of the growing activity, all of the places that were built were torn to the ground and what has come instead has been thousands of rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza.
  • 15:57 And it is unfortunately the opposite of what was hoped for.
  • 16:03 Now we see the arising of a special status state for Palestine.
  • 16:10 And that's a whole discussion that we'll get into later.
  • 16:13 But the special status for a proposed state is really a tremendous victory for Hamas.
  • 16:21 Hamas means violence.
  • 16:24 It means that the launching for terror into Israel is getting legitimacy in the world community because of the United Nations... the united nothing... the united unified... however you want to say that.
  • 16:39 It is getting air play and legitimacy for violence to come again against Israel.
  • 16:46 And I have to say that you can only understand this by looking at the Word.
  • 16:50 And the Word speaks clearly about the " aliyah ", the "return" and the rebuilding, the virtual garden that's been made there by the Israelis.
  • 17:01 And now we're seeing that that's being contested and probably will be until the Lord returns.
  • 17:07 Well the Scripture tells us that it will be but that God himself will defend his land and his people because he has a plan.
  • 17:17 And it's a shaking.
  • 17:18 It's the birth pains.
  • 17:20 But we can look up and we can know that our redemption draws nigh.
  • 17:24 Yes that's true.
  • 17:25 Our redemption is drawing nigh.
  • 17:27 God is on the move and so do what we do.
  • 17:30 Stand with Israel, you will not regret it.
  • 17:32 We'll be back after this.
  • 17:36 Your financial contributions to Zola Levitt Ministries enable us to bring you our weekly television series, our monthly newsletter and our website.
  • 17:45 But you may not know that your gift of funds also makes a difference in Israel through our support of the Jerusalem Archaeology Fund; Bridges for Peace; and the Lone Soldier Fund.
  • 17:56 We welcome your donations to Zola Levitt Ministries as we serve together until the Messiah returns.
  • 18:22 ♪ And then the storm will break, ♪ ♪ The clouds will roll and shake, ♪ ♪ The rains will fill the brooks and streams. ♪ ♪ Thunder will tremble then, ♪ ♪ Making the faithful men to doubt him, ♪ ♪ To cry out to him, "Lord, do you see we perish?' ♪ ♪ And he will calm the storm, "peace be still." ♪ ♪ music interlude ♪ ♪ So calm, so blue, the Holy Sea of Galilee, ♪ ♪ In grace, in peace, in praise of our Messiah. ♪♪ That's Zola.
  • 20:26 He was a master musician.
  • 20:28 But he also just brought the joy of simple music to all of us.
  • 20:32 He really translated his love for Israel through his music and through this program and everything that he did as the founder of this work.
  • 20:40 He was quite a guy.
  • 20:42 Want to continue with our letters This one caught my attention, This comes from TM in Missouri.
  • 20:59 Well really the only folks among the Jewish people that are sure that they come from the priestly tribes are the Levites and the " cohanim" or the "Cohens".
  • 21:10 So when you come across people like Zola Levitt or last name Levi, Levinson...those names that sound like they're related to the word "Levite" are generally speaking they are from the levitical tribe and so they're from the tribe of Levi and probably have that historical connection to that function of the priests.
  • 21:31 And the " cohanim" or the "priests" themselves are people who you run into have names like Cohen, Kahn...those kinds of names.
  • 21:41 Which is your mother's name.
  • 21:42 Oh yeah, my mom's side of the family are Cohen and they probably, again, come from that priestly tribe.
  • 21:50 It's interesting because of those last names growing up in the synagogue my uncles Cohen they would get the honor of coming up to the " bema " to the "platform" and reading the Torah on a Saturday morning because they were cohanim .
  • 22:07 And so there's an honor that's given to the modern Jewish people in conservative and orthodox Judaism and it's kind of a typical way of doing that.
  • 22:16 Other than that we really don't know.
  • 22:18 I like to joke that I'm left handed so maybe I'm from the tribe of Benjamin but we really don't know and it's not that important in the long term is it?
  • 22:27 Because really the blood line of the natural sphere is interesting and it's notable but there's only one blood that really counts and that is the blood of the spotless Lamb of God.
  • 22:43 You know the whole story is about the Lamb of God and his sacrifice for mankind and so while I'm interested in my history as a Cohen really it's the saving blood of Yeshua , the Messiah, that really makes a difference in my life and in other's lives.
  • 23:01 It's really the story about the tribes for the current, contemporary people.
  • 23:07 So that's that one.
  • 23:08 Now you have one.
  • 23:09 I do.
  • 23:11 I have somebody...one of our viewers said, Which is wonderful that we get to bring the land to our viewers.
  • 23:46 And so that's just saying that this work continues because it's God's work and it's in God's heart and it's in God's plan that the whole world will know that Jesus is a Jewish Messiah coming back for a Jewish Jerusalem and going to be the Lion of the Tribe of Jerusalem...Judah...and that God has a plan and no matter what you hear the news saying, the media saying, man saying, the Word of God stands forever and that's what this ministry is based on.
  • 24:22 That's what we love to see unfold.
  • 24:24 You know going back to you being a Cohen...you know when you were bar mitzvahed you read a certain passage and it was thrilling to you after you became born again Myles to go back and learn because you were able to Google what your Ashkenazi would be reading at that time.
  • 24:40 Exactly, I got on line and this guy found me.
  • 24:43 We found each other and he said are you Sephardic, Spanish or Ashkenazi ...European?
  • 24:48 And I said, well, I'm from...my people are from Europe and he said I'll get back to you on Monday.
  • 24:52 And on Monday he says what you read on May 2, 1964 was Ezekiel 44 verses 15 - 31.
  • 25:00 Thrilling So I went and I looked it up and it is the passage of Scripture where the sons of Israel are admonished to follow the sons of Zadock to go into the Lord, minister to him and then come out and minister to the people.
  • 25:17 Now I had no idea as a 13 year old that someday that I would be doing that as a pastor and now of course with ZLM and the other ministries that we have.
  • 25:26 But God knows and so in his sovereignty he actually had me reading as a not so obedient, not so nice Jewish boy reading the passage that would become essentially a life script for me because he's a big God an he's a good God.
  • 25:41 And this opportunity that we have here together with the viewers, with the readers of the Levitt letter is really to bring what I think is one of the most...maybe the most important message ever which is that the greatest story ever told about the greatest person, the Messiah of the world, the Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the world that he is as you say coming back to a Jewish Jerusalem and we get to shout that from the housetops.
  • 26:13 We have the opportunity to tell everyone through this program and through the writing that we do and the tours and all of that we need to be looking for the return of the Lord and you need to be telling your loved ones, the people that you care about the most, that they need to say "yes" to Yeshua because as we say "yes" to him our life is transformed here and we also are setting ourselves up for an eternity with God himself.
  • 26:41 So till we see you again we want to again remind you, Shal'alu shalom Yerushalayim Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 26:53 Our resource on this program... "An Epic Love Story, Jews and Gentiles one in Messiah" by Myles Weiss This booklet answers some questions you may have on issues like... "An Epic Love Story" takes you into the heart and the mind of Paul's writings to the Roman church.
  • 27:22 Contact us and ask for "An Epic Love Story".
  • 27:28 Our monthly newsletter the "Levitt letter" is free and full of insightful articles and news commentary from a Messianic perspective.
  • 27:36 Visit levitt.com to find our newsletter along with current and past programs, our television schedule and much more!
  • 27:44 Your donations to Zola Levitt Ministries help these ministries bless Israel.

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