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Episode: “Reforestation and Revelation”
Myles explains that planting trees is part of prophetic fulfillment. At Tel Dan, Yuval explains the “House of David” stone and then shares his own journey of faith in Yeshua. At Caesarea Philippi, Matthew 16 reveals the Lord’s authority over all the forces of darkness.
Series: “Journey of Restoration”
Through this ten-part series, you join a group of pilgrims touring Israel. Our Messianic Sabra (native-born) guide opens the Bible with the Hebrew language at his command. Be enriched as pastors Myles and Katharine Weiss tag-team with our local guides. Meet “living stones” of the Body of Messiah in the Land, many of whom ZLM supports through benevolent funds.

Caption transcript for Journey of Restoration: “Reforestation and Revelation” (3/10)

  • 00:06 I LOVE ISRAEL,
  • 00:07 I LOVE THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:09 IT'S TOTALLY SO...
  • 00:10 IT'S INDESCRIBABLE.
  • 00:12 IT FEELS LIKE HOME...
  • 00:13 IT JUST FEELS LIKE HOME.
  • 00:15 WELCOME TO JERUSALEM...
  • 00:16 IT JUST TOOK MY BREATH AWAY.
  • 00:18 IT JUST SHOWS THE FINGER PRINT OF GOD EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:20 TO REALIZE HOW SPECIAL THIS CITY AND THE PEOPLE WERE TO THE LORD...
  • 00:25 IT'S GOD'S CHOSEN LAND AND JESUS WALKED ON IT.
  • 00:29 I THINK THERE'S A RESTORATION AS PASTOR MYLES TALKED ABOUT.
  • 00:33 HOW GOD IS REALLY GATHERING THE JEWS.
  • 00:37 THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST WE'VE BEEN GRAFTED-IN AND NOW THIS IS OUR CITY ALSO.
  • 00:53 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM.I'M MYLES WEISS
  • 00:56 AND I'M KATHARINE WEISS.
  • 00:58 AND WE ARE CONTINUING OUR JOURNEY OF RESTORATION,
  • 01:00 A DREAMCOME TRUE, WE BRING ISRAEL TO YOU.
  • 01:03 IT'S SUCH A BLESSING TO BE ABLE TO BRING ONE OF OUR TOURS TO OUR VIEWERS.
  • 01:07 OUR PRODUCER...IT WAS HIS IDEA TO BRING THIS TO OUR VIEWERS.
  • 01:11 THERE'S SOME PEOPLE THAT MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE THE LONG JOURNEY
  • 01:15 SO THAT'S BEEN IN OUR HEART TO BRING THIS TO THEM.
  • 01:18 IT'S SO WONDERFUL WHEN GOD PUTS ISRAEL IN YOUR HEART.
  • 01:21 MAYBE YOU CAN'T GET THERE
  • 01:22 BUT HE'S PUT A COMPASS IN YOU; A SPIRITUAL COMPASS.
  • 01:25 AND WE'RE ON OUR WAY UP TO THE NORTHERN PART OF ISRAEL THIS WEEK.
  • 01:28 WE'RE GOING TO GO TO TEL DAN IN THE NORTHERN SECTION.
  • 01:31 AND ON OUR WAY WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME TREE PLANTING.
  • 01:34 WHAT IS THIS ABOUT JEWS AND TREES?
  • 01:36 I GREW UP DOING THIS.
  • 01:38 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE PLANTING OF THE LAND THAT'S BEEN IN THE HEART OF THE LORD
  • 01:42 AND IT'S EVEN IN LEVITICUS 19:23.
  • 01:45 THE SCRIPTURE SAYS
  • 01:46 (SPEAKING HEBREW).
  • 01:54 AND WE SEE THAT AND OUR VIEWERS OUR TOURISTS;
  • 01:57 OUR PILGRIMS HAVE A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE.
  • 01:59 WELL GOD ORDAINED IT BECAUSE HE WANTS OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN TO SEE THE PLANTING.
  • 02:04 WE PLANT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 02:06 IT'S A GENERATIONAL BLESSING.
  • 02:08 AND YOU PLANTED A TREE FOR OUR SONS.
  • 02:09 I DID.
  • 02:10 WE'VE PLANTED THEM FOR CONGREGATIONS.
  • 02:12 WE'VE PLANTED THEM FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE PASSED ON
  • 02:14 AND FOR OUR CHILDREN TO COME.
  • 02:16 AND IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL WAY OF BLESSING THE LAND;
  • 02:19 OF HELPING ISRAEL TO GROW AS ISRAEL'S SUCH MUCH ABOUT LIFE.
  • 02:23 ABSOLUTELY >>AND IN EVERY FORM...
  • 02:24 THE VALUE OF THE LIFE
  • 02:26 AND THE PRODUCTIVITY OF GOD'S LIFE
  • 02:28 YES, AND SO WE HAVE A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE WITH THAT
  • 02:31 WHEN WE TAKE OUR PILGRIMS THERE AND THEY PLANT.
  • 02:33 IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE THAT TAKE PLACE.
  • 02:36 SO WITHOUT ANY FURTHER ADO
  • 02:38 LET'S GO TO ISRAEL AND PLANT SOME TREES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 02:43 THIS IS FROM ISAIAH 35.
  • 03:06 I'VE TOLD YOU THAT WE'RE WALKING IN PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT.
  • 03:09 YOU'RE WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF HISTORY BY BEING HERE AND PLANTING THESE TREES.
  • 03:16 KATHARINE AND I COME EVERY TIME WE PLANT TREES FOR OUR FAMILY, FOR FRIENDS; FOR RELATIVES
  • 03:20 AND WE ALWAYS KNOW THAT IT'S CONNECTED TO A RESTORATION THAT IS PART OF A HUGE REDEMPTION.
  • 03:27 THE REDEMPTION THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR AS BELIEVERS IS CONNECTED TO THE REDEMPTION
  • 03:31 THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE KNOW IN THEIR BONES IS PART OF THE RESTORATION OF THIS LAND.
  • 03:37 IT'S AN ORGANIC THING.
  • 03:39 I'LL TELL YOU TWO QUICK STORIES BEFORE WE PRAY AND PLANT.
  • 03:42 WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY WE WOULD GO EVERY...
  • 03:45 3 DAYS A WEEK WE WOULD GO TO HEBREW SCHOOL.
  • 03:48 WE WOULD BRING 25 CENTS WITH US EACH TIME WE WOULD GO.
  • 03:50 AND WE WOULD TAKE IT AND GIVE IT TO THE TEACHER.
  • 03:53 AND THE TEACHER WOULD GIVE US A LITTLE STAMP OF A TREE
  • 03:56 AND THE TREE WOULD GO INSIDE A LITTLE BOOKLET.
  • 03:58 AND WHEN THE BOOKLET...
  • 04:00 WHEN THE PAGE WAS FILLED IT FORMED A SHAPE OF A TREE.
  • 04:03 AND WHEN THAT TREE WAS FULL IT WAS ENOUGH MONEY THERE TO PLANT A TREE IN ISRAEL.
  • 04:07 SO ALL AROUND THE WORLD LITTLE JEWISH KIDS WERE PLANTING TREES IN ISRAEL.
  • 04:12 FOR 50...60...70 YEARS IT'S BEEN GOING ON...LONGER THAN THAT.
  • 04:15 AND YOU'RE PART OF THAT TRADITION NOW
  • 04:18 WHERE YOU'RE RE-PLANTING, RE-FORESTING THIS ENTIRE PLACE.
  • 04:21 THIS IS NOT...
  • 04:23 IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE A GNOSTIC OR GREEK MENTALITY
  • 04:26 DIVORCED FROM THE GOODNESS OF GOD AND HIS CREATION.
  • 04:30 IT WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE AN ORGANIC, SUBSTANTIVE REDEMPTION.
  • 04:34 IN FACT, WHEN GOD LOOKED UPON HIS CREATION HE SAID IT WAS GOOD.
  • 04:37 YES, THERE'S A FALL.
  • 04:39 YES, THERE'S WORK TO BE DONE.
  • 04:41 BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THIS BEAUTY IS ALWAYS IN THE HEART OF GOD.
  • 04:44 WHEN WE WERE HERE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO
  • 04:47 WE CAME TO THE NEOT KEDUMIM, THE BIBLICAL FOREST AND BIBLICAL GARDENS.
  • 04:51 AND WHEN WE GOT THERE WE CAME UPON A SCRIBE, ZACHARIAH.
  • 04:55 HE WAS SITTING THERE WRITING THE BIBLE.
  • 04:57 HE WAS A THIRD GENERATION SCRIBE.
  • 05:00 HE TOOK SUBSTANCES FROM THE GROUND,
  • 05:04 TWO WHITE POWDERS THAT HEHAD MADE OUT OF THE SUBSTANCES FROM PLANTS.
  • 05:08 HE MIXED THEM TOGETHER.
  • 05:10 THEY BECAME BLACK INK.
  • 05:12 WHEN THE BLACK INK WAS THERE HE PUT IT IN A LITTLE CONTAINER.
  • 05:15 HE TOOK A TURKEY QUILL FROM THE LAND.
  • 05:17 HE DIPPED THE TURKEY QUILL IN THERE
  • 05:19 AND HE WROTE ON THE PARCHMENT FROM THE ANIMALS FROM THE LAND.
  • 05:23 HE WROTE THE BIBLE.
  • 05:25 HE HAPPENED TO BE WRITING THE BOOK OF ESTHER WHEN WE ARRIVED
  • 05:28 WHICH AS "MORDECAI" I APPRECIATED THAT.
  • 05:30 BUT THE FACT IS THAT THIS MAN WHO WAS BORN HERE,
  • 05:34 WHOSE PARENTS WERE BORN HERE
  • 05:36 AND WAS A THIRD GENERATION WRITER OF THE BIBLE
  • 05:39 WAS WRITING THE BIBLE WITH THE SUBSTANCES THAT CAME OUT OF THE EARTH,
  • 05:43 WHERE HE PUT HERE BY GOD,
  • 05:46 AND HE AS A PART OF THIS LAND WAS WRITING THE WORD THAT COMES OUT TO YOU AND ME
  • 05:51 SO THAT WE CAN FOLLOW THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 05:54 AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE PARTICIPATING WITH TODAY AS WE PLANT THESE TREES.
  • 05:59 HERE'S A PRAYER... A PLANTER'S PRAYER.
  • 06:02 AND I'LL SAY IT IN ENGLISH.
  • 06:59 AMEN AND AMEN.
  • 07:03 (Katharine Weiss speaking) AND SO WE'RE OFF TO PLANT A FOREST.
  • 07:11 IT STARTS WITH A SAPLING, A SPADE AND SOME ELBOW GREASE.
  • 07:15 AND IT'S SO REWARDING TO KNOW WE'RE INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 07:28 THEN BACK ON THE BUS AS OUR JOURNEY CONTINUES.
  • 07:33 WE'RE NOW HEADING TO TEL DAN
  • 07:35 THE MOST NOTED CITY OF THE KINGDOM, THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:40 (Katharine Weiss speaking) WE'RE APPROACHING THE FOOTHILLS OF MOUNT HERMON.
  • 07:44 IT'S LUSH GREEN WITH FLOWING STREAMS AND LITTLE WATERFALLS.
  • 07:48 WE WALKED ALONG THE WINDING, SCENIC PATH LEADING TO TEL DAN
  • 07:53 WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE HEAVY WALLS THAT DATE BACK TO THE TIME OF JEROBOAM
  • 07:57 WHO WAS THE KING OF THE NORTHERN ISRAEL KINGDOM IN THE 10TH CENTURY B.C.
  • 08:04 JEROBOAM WOULD HAVE SAT RIGHT HERE
  • 08:07 AND EXACTLY AS IT IS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE.
  • 08:12 YOU CAN ALSO SEE A STONE BENCH HERE FOR THE ELDERS.
  • 08:17 REMEMBER THE ELDERS USED TO SIT AT THE GATE
  • 08:20 AND YOU ALL REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT BOAZ AND RUTH
  • 08:24 HOW HE BROUGHT THE ELDERS TO THE CITY GATES AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT AS WELL.
  • 08:28 THE ELDERS WERE SITTING HERE WATCHING THE MAIN GATE
  • 08:31 WATCHING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE COMING IN OR OUT
  • 08:35 BUT ESPECIALLY ON THOSE WHO ARE COMING IN
  • 08:37 MAYBE TO LOOK FOR SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE OR POTENTIAL SPIES,
  • 08:42 PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE
  • 08:44 PLUS NOTHING BETTER TO DO SO THEY CAME TO THE CITY GATE.
  • 08:50 AND YOU CAN SEE AS YOU LOOK FURTHER IN
  • 08:54 YOU CAN SEE THE INNER DOORS.
  • 08:57 THEY WERE RIGHT HERE
  • 08:59 AND THEN A THIRD GATE FURTHER IN...
  • 09:02 IN TIMES OF CONFLICT, IN TIMES OF WAR TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO BREAK IN.
  • 09:06 SO ONCE AGAIN IF YOU ARE THE ENEMY TRYING TO BREAK IN THROUGH THE SECOND DOOR
  • 09:10 YOU WILL BE DELAYED HERE, RIGHT?
  • 09:13 AND FROM ABOVE THE DEFENDERS OF THE CITY WERE ABLE TO THROW BOULDERS, BOILING OIL
  • 09:19 ON THOSE THAT WERE TRAPPED IN THAT ZONE, OR THE KILLING ZONES.
  • 09:24 BUT IT WAS ALWAYS A MAJOR PLACE, THE CITY GATE,
  • 09:28 A GATHERING PLACE.
  • 09:30 THERE WAS A MARKET HERE DURING THAT TIME OF PEACE, ALWAYS VERY BUSY.
  • 09:36 IN THE YEAR 1993 THEY CAME UP WITH AN AMAZING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY
  • 09:43 RIGHT HERE WHERE YOU STAND AT THE CITY GATE.
  • 09:46 AS THEY WERE LOOKING DOWN ON THE GROUND THEY SAW A STONE WITH SHARP CORNERS
  • 09:50 AND THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE TO CHECK IT OUT.
  • 09:53 SO THEY TOOK THE STONE OUT AND AS THEY TURNED UPSIDE DOWN THEY DISCOVERED AN INSCRIPTION ON IT.
  • 09:59 AND I'M HOLDING THE PICTURE OF THIS STONE RIGHT HERE.
  • 10:04 AS YOU CAN SEE IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY THERE ARE 2 PIECES TO IT.
  • 10:07 THE LARGER PIECE WAS DISCOVERED IN 1993, NOT THAT LONG AGO.
  • 10:12 AND THE SMALLER PIECE A YEAR LATER, 1994.
  • 10:15 IT IS WRITTEN IN ARAMAIC.
  • 10:18 AND WE'RE MISSING OTHER PARTS OF IT.
  • 10:20 IT WAS PROBABLY A LARGE STONE TABLET WRITTEN IN ARAMAIC
  • 10:24 WHICH CAME TO GLORIFY THE NAME OF HAZAEL.
  • 10:29 HAZAEL WAS THIS KING OF ASSYRIA AND HE'S MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE.
  • 10:33 AND IT IS WRITTEN ON THE STONE HOW HE, THE KING HIMSELF WITH OF COURSE WITH HIS ARMY
  • 10:38 HAD DEFEATED AND CONQUERED 70 KINGS AND KINGDOMS.
  • 10:43 AND THE AMAZING PART IS THAT AMONG THE NAMES OF THE 70 KINGS AND KINGDOMS IT IS ALSO WRITTEN,
  • 10:52 "JEROME, SON OF AHAB"...(MISSING WORD)..."KING OF ISRAEL."
  • 10:59 WE KNOW THAT HE WAS THE KING OF ISRAEL BACK THEN.
  • 11:02 AND THEN IT SAYS, "AHAZYAHU, SON OF JEROME, HOUSE OF DAVID"...
  • 11:08 FROM THE HOUSE OF DAVID IN OTHER WORDS.
  • 11:11 AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT THE NAME OF DAVID
  • 11:14 WAS DISCOVERED IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.
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  • 12:20 ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST...ESPECIALLY ISRAEL.
  • 12:23 IT'S GOT A PROPHETIC THRUST TO IT.
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  • 12:42 OF BRINGING FORTH THE LIFE THAT GOD INTENDED
  • 12:45 FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE CHRISTIANS TOGETHER.
  • 12:48 WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE NOW WITH OUR JOURNEY OF RESTORATION
  • 12:52 AS WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK AND HEAR THE TESTIMONY OF YUVAL SHEMSH.
  • 12:57 I THINK THAT THERE'S A REAL MOVEMENT NOW
  • 13:00 AMONG ISRAELIS AND JEWISH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 13:03 WHO IS THIS JESUS?
  • 13:06 AND I THINK THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE, LIKE YOU SAY,
  • 13:09 ARE ENTERTAINING THE IDEA OF WHO HE IS.
  • 13:12 SO YOU STUDIED THE NEW TESTAMENT BECAUSE OF BEING A GUIDE AND YOU KNOW IT VERY WELL.
  • 13:17 HOW HAS THAT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE?
  • 13:20 WELL I THINK THAT OVER THE YEARS
  • 13:24 LISTENING TO PASTORS,
  • 13:28 LEARNING MORE AND MORE ABOUT JESUS, ABOUT YESHUA,
  • 13:32 I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HE IS THE ONLY WAY.
  • 13:38 WOW
  • 13:41 AS HE SAID, HE CAME TO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL.
  • 13:45 YES
  • 13:47 AND IT TOOK A WHILE TO CROSS THE LINE
  • 13:51 BUT IT WASN'T EASY
  • 13:53 NO >>BUT I DID.
  • 13:55 AND I THINK THAT I FEEL MUCH MORE HAPPY AND COMPLETE WITH MYSELF.
  • 14:00 YES...IT'S A VERY JEWISH STORY
  • 14:02 VERY MUCH >>AND I THINK THAT FOR OUR VIEWERS THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND
  • 14:06 THAT IT'S VERY PERSONAL AND PRIVATE HERE
  • 14:10 AND IT'S NOT THE SAME AS WITH AMERICAN CHURCH LIFE
  • 14:14 BECAUSE IT'S A VERY...
  • 14:16 IT'S JUST SO MUCH SOCIAL PRESSURE AND EMOTIONAL PRESSURE AROUND THIS UNDERSTANDING
  • 14:24 BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY GOOD FOR OUR VIEWERS
  • 14:27 TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WORD IS GOING OUT.
  • 14:30 B'RIT CHADASHAH IS BEING LOOKED AT
  • 14:32 AND IT'S BEING LOOKED AT
  • 14:34 IN A WAY THAT IT HASN'T BEEN SINCE THE 1ST CENTURY
  • 14:37 WHEN IT CAME TO US. >>CORRECT
  • 14:39 AND NOW IN ISRAEL IT'S BEING LOOKED AT AGAIN...
  • 14:42 "HE" IS BEING LOOKED AT AGAIN.
  • 14:45 YES...AND PEOPLE I THINK THEY ARE WILLING TO LISTEN
  • 14:48 BECAUSE MOST JEWISH PEOPLE;
  • 14:50 ISRAELIS LIKE MY FRIENDS, THEY DON'T REALLY...
  • 14:54 CAN ASSOCIATE WITH THE ORTHODOX WAY SO MUCH. >>YES...YES
  • 14:58 AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY CANNOT FULFILL THE LAW.
  • 15:03 AND ONLY THROUGH GRACE THERE IS...
  • 15:06 THEY'LL HAVE PEACE AND SALVATION.
  • 15:08 WOW
  • 15:09 SO WHEN YOU TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT
  • 15:12 THEY START TO UNDERSTAND.
  • 15:13 THEY ARE WILLING TO LISTEN
  • 15:14 AND THAT'S A BLESSING
  • 15:17 THAT'S WONDERFUL.
  • 15:18 YES, YOU MAKE A VERY STRONG CASE
  • 15:19 FOR WHY MY WIFE AND I CONTINUE TO DO THIS...
  • 15:22 SCHLEP OVER HERE ALL THE TIME
  • 15:24 AND GIVE OUR LIVES TO THIS MESSAGE
  • 15:26 BECAUSE IT'S JUST THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD
  • 15:30 AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE COMING OF MESSIAH.
  • 15:32 CORRECT
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  • 16:08 (Katharine Weiss speaking) BACK ON THE BUS OUR JOURNEY CONTINUES
  • 16:12 THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL GOLAN HEIGHTS TO CAESAREA PHILIPPI
  • 16:15 WHERE AS WE FIND OUT SHORTLY
  • 16:17 JESUS VISITED AT LEAST ONCE DURING HIS MINISTRY.
  • 16:20 2,000 YEARS AGO CAESAREA PHILIPPI WAS A GRECO-ROMAN CITY LOCATED NEAR THE FLOWING SPRING;
  • 16:27 ONE OF THE SOURCES OF THE JORDAN RIVER ON THE FOOTHILLS OF MOUNT HERMON,
  • 16:31 A HEATHEN ROMAN SHRINE WHICH INCLUDES RITUAL COURTYARDS WAS BUILT NEAR THIS PAGAN GROTTO
  • 16:38 YUVAL TELLS US MORE.
  • 16:42 SO RIGHT NOW WE ARE STANDING NEARBY THE CAVE
  • 16:46 KNOWN AS "THE GROTTO OF PAN", THE RESIDENCE OF PAN.
  • 16:49 AND THE WAY THE HISTORIANS DESCRIBED IT
  • 16:55 WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS INDEED A PIT HERE WHICH IS NOW COVERED UP.
  • 17:00 AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE BIG ROCKS, BOULDERS THAT FELL FROM THE TOP OF THE CAVE DOWN
  • 17:05 AND THE WHOLE THING WAS COVERED UP.
  • 17:08 BUT HERE THEY USED TO OFFER SACRIFICES.
  • 17:12 FIRST THEY SLEW THE SACRIFICES ON ALTARS.
  • 17:16 AND YOU CAN SEE THERE IS ONE RIGHT BEHIND ME, A SQUARE ALTAR,
  • 17:19 AND ANOTHER ONE TO YOUR RIGHT
  • 17:22 WHERE THEY USED TO SLAY THE ANIMALS AND THEN TO THROW THEM DOWN INTO THIS DEEP PIT
  • 17:26 AND THEN TO LOOK FOR BLOOD ALONG THE WATER STREAM.
  • 17:30 SO THIS IS IT.
  • 17:32 THIS IS THE IDOLS BACK THEN
  • 17:36 AND THE PAGAN WORSHIPERS WERE LOOKING AT THE GATES OF HELL, THE GATES OF HADES.
  • 17:41 AND DURING THE TIME OF HEROD THE GREAT A BIG TEMPLE WAS BUILT HERE OUTSIDE THE CAVE.
  • 17:47 WHAT IS LEFT OF IT...
  • 17:48 IT'S THE WALL THAT YOU SEE HERE...
  • 17:51 AND ALL THE DECORATED STONES THAT WE SEE AROUND
  • 17:54 WERE PART OF THIS TEMPLE FACADE BUILT BY KING HEROD THE GREAT THE YEAR 19 B.C.
  • 18:02 FURTHER UP TO YOUR RIGHT YOU CAN SEE QUITE A LARGE COURTYARD,
  • 18:07 A PLATFORM KNOWN AS THE COURT OF PAN FOR DIFFERENT CEREMONIALS.
  • 18:13 ALL THE NICHES IN THE WALL WERE DECORATED WITH STATUES OF PAN AND ECO;
  • 18:19 THE INSCRIPTIONS THERE IN THE ROCK IN GREEK DEPICTING THE NAME OF ECO AND PAN.
  • 18:27 FURTHER IN THE RUINS OF MORE SHRINES AND TEMPLES, THE WONDERFUL ZEUS AND APHRODITE.
  • 18:36 THE SACRED AREA OF THE CITY WAS RIGHT HERE,
  • 18:39 THE MOST SACRED AREA NO DOUBT, THE GROTTO, THE CAVE HERE...
  • 18:42 THE GROTTO OF PAN WHILE THE CITY WAS RIGHT BEHIND YOU...
  • 18:46 THE LARGE CITY CAESAREA PHILIPPI PANEAS DOWN THERE.
  • 18:53 (Myles Weiss speaking) IN THE 2ND CENTURY B.C. HEROD THE GREAT'S SON PHILIP
  • 18:58 NAMED THIS PLACE IN HONOR OF AUGUSTUS.
  • 19:01 AND TO DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM CAESAREA MARITIMA IT BECAME KNOWN AS CAESAREA PHILIPPI.
  • 19:07 HERE AT THE NORTHERN MOST EXTENT OF JESUS' MINISTRY
  • 19:10 THE MASTER COULD BE ALONE WITH HIS DISCIPLES
  • 19:13 AND IT WAS HERE THAT HE WOULD ASK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS HE WOULD EVER ASK.
  • 19:23 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE CENTER OF PAGAN WORSHIP
  • 19:28 THAT WAS HERE IN THE LAND.
  • 19:30 AND WHENEVER THEY WERE PRAYING
  • 19:32 IF IT WAS IN THE SOUTH... DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY
  • 19:35 THEY USED TO FACE THIS SITE... THE GATES OF HELL.
  • 19:40 YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE GATES OF HELL...THE GATES OF HADES.
  • 19:44 SO I THINK WE ALL START TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT FOR YESHUA, FOR JESUS,
  • 19:49 TO WALK ALL THE WAY FROM THE CENTER OF HIS MINISTRY...
  • 19:53 CAPERNAUM...SOME 30 MILES AWAY FROM HERE
  • 19:56 AND TO ASK THE QUESTION, "WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM?"
  • 19:59 HE BROUGHT THE DISCIPLES TO THE CENTER OF PAGAN WORSHIP.
  • 20:03 "WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM?"...
  • 20:05 IN THIS PAGAN WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN.
  • 20:07 THEY WERE SURROUNDED WITH PAGANS BACK THEN.
  • 20:10 AND HERE IS THE STORY IN MATTHEW 16.
  • 20:13 MATTHEW 16
  • 20:57 WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON IN THE LAND AND IN THE WORD
  • 21:01 IS CONNECTED IN AN ORGANIC WAY.
  • 21:03 WHAT AN ILLUSTRATED SERMON TO COME TO THE PLACE THAT WAS KNOWN AS THE GATES OF HELL
  • 21:09 IN ORDER TO FOREVER SETTLE THAT YESHUA ALONE HAS COMPLETE AUTHORITY OVER EVERY DEMON god,
  • 21:16 OVER EVERY FORM OF SATANIC WORSHIP,
  • 21:18 OVER EVERY KIND OF OTHER WORLDLY EVENT
  • 21:22 BECAUSE HE IS THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS.
  • 21:25 AND SO WHEN THE DISCIPLES WERE GATHERED AROUND THEM THISQUESTION COMES UP
  • 21:28 AND PETER GETS IT BY REVELATION FROM HEAVEN.
  • 21:32 AND IT'S NOT BUILT ON PETER THE ROCK
  • 21:35 IT'S BUILT ON THE ROCK OF THE REVELATION OF YESHUA, THE REVELATION OF MESSIAH.
  • 21:40 AND THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO DO IT.
  • 21:43 AND SO WHEN YOU SEE THIS WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT NOT ONLY IS HE EXPRESSING FULL AUTHORITY
  • 21:49 BUT HE'S GIVING US SOME LESSONS THROUGHOUT TIME FOR US TODAY
  • 21:53 BECAUSE A NATURAL QUESTION THAT WOULD COME AFTER PETER SAYS
  • 21:58 YOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD...
  • 22:00 A NATURAL QUESTION I MIGHT ASK IS WHO DO MEN SAY YOU ARE?
  • 22:06 WHO DO MEN SAY YOU ARE?
  • 22:09 AND WHO DO MEN SAY YOU ARE?
  • 22:11 AND I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THAT AFTER THE REVELATION OF CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD
  • 22:17 COMES THE JOURNEY OF DESTINY FOR EACH ONE OF US WHERE GOD REVEALS TO US WHO WE ARE
  • 22:25 AND WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS REVELATION...
  • 22:28 HOW WE'RE TO LIVE THAT OUT...
  • 22:29 HOW WE'RE TO WALK THAT OUT...
  • 22:31 A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL WAY THAT EACH ONE OF US MINISTERS AND TOUCHES OUR GENERATION
  • 22:37 AND ESSENTIALLY BECOMES THE SHOFAR, THE LIVING SOUND OF THE LORD IN OUR GENERATION.
  • 22:43 SO WHEN YOU COME TO THIS PLACE
  • 22:44 AS YOU ARE ENJOYING THE REVELATION THAT GOD IS SAYING
  • 22:48 I HAVE COMPLETE AUTHORITY OVER THIS DEMONIC MESS
  • 22:51 HE'S ALSO SAYING DAUGHTER...SON... I HAVE A PURPOSE FOR YOU...
  • 22:56 I HAVE A DESTINY FOR YOU...
  • 22:58 I HAVE WORK FOR YOU TO DO TO WALK WITH ME AND TO SEE ME DO MY WORK THROUGH YOU.
  • 23:05 AND THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THAT REVELATION.
  • 23:07 THERE'S A GREAT PICTURE FROM THE STORY IN EPHESIANS
  • 23:11 WHEN RAV SHAUL...WHEN PAUL WAS WRITING THE EPHESIAN LETTER.
  • 23:15 HE TALKED ABOUT THE JOURNEY THAT WE'RE ON
  • 23:18 AND HE USED THREE KEY WORDS IN THAT LETTER THAT I THINK IS BASED ON THIS REVELATION.
  • 23:23 HE SAID THAT WE'RE SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES...
  • 23:26 BECAUSE OF THAT WE CAN WALK IN LOVE...
  • 23:29 AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE CAN STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE ENEMY.
  • 23:35 WE ARE TO BE SEATED...
  • 23:37 KNOW WHERE WE ARE.
  • 23:39 WE'RE NOT STARTING FROM HERE
  • 23:40 WE'RE STARTING FROM THE REVELATION OF CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 23:44 AND THEN BECAUSE OF THAT WE CAN WALK IN LOVE...EPHESIAN 4 AND 5.
  • 23:48 AND BECAUSE OF THAT WALK WE HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL HIMSELF
  • 23:53 AND WE CAN STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE ENEMY
  • 23:56 BECAUSE WE HAVE AUTHORITY BASED ON THE REVELATION OF WHO YESHUA IS.
  • 24:00 TODAY I WOULD ASK YOU TO BE ASKING THE LORD AS YOU'RE WALKING AROUND HERE,
  • 24:05 GOD WHAT'S NEXT FOR ME?
  • 24:07 AFTER THIS TRIP TO ISRAEL...
  • 24:09 AFTER WE GO HOME
  • 24:11 HOW DO YOU WANT ME TO EXPRESS THIS REVELATION OF WHO YOU ARE THROUGH MY LIFE?
  • 24:16 AND I BELIEVE GOD WANTS TO SPEAK TO US ALL WHILE WE'RE HERE.
  • 24:19 SO LET ME PRAY FOR YOU, OKAY?
  • 24:21 FATHER I THANK YOU SO MUCH THAT FLESH AND BLOOD HAS NOT REVEALED THIS TO US,
  • 24:26 BUT OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
  • 24:28 THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 24:31 AND WE THANK YOU TODAY FOR YOUR SACRIFICE FOR US...
  • 24:35 THE ONE...TRUE...SACRIFICE...
  • 24:37 THE ONLY SACRIFICE THAT'S NECESSARY AND THAT WAS NEEDFUL
  • 24:41 SO THAT MEN MIGHT WALK WITH YOU AND KNOW YOU.
  • 24:43 AND GOD I ASK FOR EACH ONE IN OUR GROUP
  • 24:46 THAT AS WE WALK HERE TODAY AND THE REST OF THE TIME WE'RE IN ISRAEL
  • 24:49 THAT YOU WOULD SPEAK TO US QUIETLY, CLOSELY, INTIMATELY
  • 24:54 ABOUT HOW YOU WANT US TO LIVE OUT THAT WHICH YOU'VE GIVEN TO US BY WAY OF REVELATION.
  • 25:00 AND WE WILL GIVE YOU THE THANKS LORD,
  • 25:03 THE HASHEM YESHUA IN THE NAME OF JESUS AMEN AND AMEN.
  • 25:10 CAESAREA PHILIPPI IS A PERFECT PLACE TO TALK ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER.
  • 25:15 THE LORD HIMSELF WANTS US TO SIT IN HEAVENLY PLACES WITH HIM AND TO REST WITH HIM
  • 25:21 AND THEN WALK OUT OUR CHRISTIANITY IN HIS VICTORY
  • 25:24 WITH HIS NAME AGAINST ALL THE POWERS OF THE ENEMY.
  • 25:27 EXACTLY SO
  • 25:29 YOU KNOW I SAW AN AMAZING THING THIS LAST MONTH AS WE WERE WORKING ON THE NEWSLETTER.
  • 25:32 A PRISONER WROTE IN THANKING US FOR THE FREE NEWSLETTER.
  • 25:35 AND THEN SOMEONE ELSE WROTE IN SAYING
  • 25:37 I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING EXTRA
  • 25:40 SO THAT THE PRISONERS CAN GET THE NEWSLETTER FOR FREE. >>WOW
  • 25:43 AND I REALLY SAW THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY
  • 25:45 WHERE ONE WAS TAKING CARE OF ANOTHER.
  • 25:47 IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING PICTURE I HAD OF THE VIEWER'S COMMUNITY.
  • 25:50 WOW...AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT...
  • 25:53 FOR THAT HEART THAT YOU SEE THAT THIS REACHES BEYOND JUST WHAT YOUR HANDS CAN BE A PART OF.
  • 26:00 WHEN YOU GIVE TO THIS MINISTRY
  • 26:03 WE'RE TOUCHING PEOPLE IN PRISONS IN ISRAEL AND ALL OVER THE PLACE...
  • 26:06 ORPHANS AND WIDOWS...
  • 26:08 AND KEEPING THIS GOING.
  • 26:10 YES, IT'S REALLY AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE.
  • 26:12 AS WE SEE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMING WE KNOW THAT THE RETURN OF THE LORD IS SOON.
  • 26:16 AND THE PEOPLE STANDING...
  • 26:18 THE NATIONS RISING UP IN RAGE AGAINST ISRAEL...
  • 26:20 THAT IS NOT GOING TO STOP...
  • 26:22 IT'S GOING TO BE CONTINUING AND INCREASING.
  • 26:25 AND SO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AS YOU KNOW BECOMES SO IMPORTANT
  • 26:29 BECAUSE GOD IS ASKING US AND ALLOWING US TO BRING THE TRUTH OVER THE AIRWAVES.
  • 26:34 JUST LIKE AT CAESAREA PHILIPPI HE'S GREATER THAN THE DEMONIC...
  • 26:38 WELL HERE HE'S GREATER THAN THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR.
  • 26:41 WE COULD SAY GREATER THAN PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIRWAVES
  • 26:44 BECAUSE THE TRUTH CAN GO FORWARD FROM THIS MINISTRY
  • 26:47 AND WE'RE GRATEFUL THAT YOU'RE STANDING WITH US IN THAT.
  • 26:50 WE ALWAYS LIKE TO END OUR PROGRAM BY REMINDING YOU
  • 26:54 OF THIS VERY IMPORT VERSE FROM PSALM 122, VERSE 6,
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Episodes in this series

  1. The Journey Begins
  2. Yeshua’s Galilee Ministry
  3. Reforestation and Revelation
  4. Up to Jerusalem
  5. Resistance and Rest
  6. Holy Places, Holy Moments
  7. In the Footsteps of History
  8. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
  9. Prophecy and the Patriarchs
  10. The Destiny of the Heartland

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