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Series: “Israel In Prophecy”
This series addresses the very human need to understand the supernatural. People all over the world are looking for… something. We interviewed key leaders in the prophecy movement in order to equip our viewers with biblical truth as the world explores every strange doctrine.
Episode: “Israel, The East, and the End of Time”
Instead of living in anticipation, the Church neglects Bible prophecy, leaving many Christians clueless about God’s plan for Israel while the Nations turn against the Jewish state. The antiChrist may come from the eastern (Turkish) side of the old Roman Empire. Guests include Don Perkins, Randall Price, Terry James, Phillip Goodman, and Andy Woods.

Caption transcript for Israel In Prophecy: “Israel, The East, and the End of Time” (8/8)

  • 00:08 This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come.
  • 00:14 Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse
  • 00:18 deceiving and being deceived.
  • 00:21 But continue in the Holy Scriptures
  • 00:24 which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
  • 00:28 through faith in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:45 Shalom and welcome to our program.
  • 00:46 I'm Myles Weiss
  • 00:47 And I'm Katharine Weiss
  • 00:49 And today we have a program regarding Israel in Prophecy.
  • 00:53 You know, Israel is a tiny nation
  • 00:56 but God has set it forth for Himself.
  • 00:59 And He also set it forth for the Jewish people
  • 01:01 to be a light to the nations.
  • 01:04 And if people have a problem with that
  • 01:06 they have a problem with the God of the Bible and God Himself.
  • 01:09 That's really good
  • 01:11 because in all the world there is a nation, Israel;
  • 01:13 and in all of Israel there is a city, Jerusalem;
  • 01:16 and in all of Jerusalem there is a mountain, Mount Moriah;
  • 01:19 and in all of Mount Moriah there is "HaMakom"... "The Place".
  • 01:22 That is the "Holy of Holies."
  • 01:24 It's where Abraham brought Isaac.
  • 01:27 It's where the threshing floor of Ornan was bought by David.
  • 01:29 And it is the central place
  • 01:31 where all of history is pointing to.
  • 01:34 And at the same time that history is pointing to that
  • 01:37 the nations and the surrounding nations
  • 01:39 have set themselves against Jerusalem.
  • 01:41 Zechariah told us it would happen.
  • 01:42 In Zechariah 9 he says
  • 01:44 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 01:48 "All nations have set themselves against Jerusalem".
  • 01:51 And we're coming to that day...
  • 01:53 we're seeing it set up.
  • 01:54 We're so glad that God is on the throne
  • 01:57 that He is in charge of the end times
  • 01:59 that He is in charge of Jerusalem and the Jewish people.
  • 02:02 So we've got an exciting program.
  • 02:03 Let's go to our panel of experts
  • 02:06 that are going to talk to you about the end times
  • 02:08 and the centrality of Israel and Jerusalem.
  • 02:12 You would think with so much of end time Bible prophecy
  • 02:15 being fulfilled right before our eyes in this generation
  • 02:18 particularly with the re-gathering of Israel
  • 02:20 which is one of the main subjects in Bible prophecy
  • 02:22 why is it that so much of the church
  • 02:25 is completely clueless on these things?
  • 02:27 You know that really breaks my heart I will be honest with you.
  • 02:30 I really think it's because of a lack of knowledge.
  • 02:33 You know many churches, pastors at large don't teach Bible prophecy
  • 02:39 so therefore if they don't understand
  • 02:41 the Biblical significance of Israel from scripture
  • 02:43 they won't have an understanding of Israel.
  • 02:46 Now when we talk about the "New Covenant"
  • 02:49 the problem is that many Christians assume
  • 02:51 in calling the"New Testament" the "New Covenant"
  • 02:54 that everything is about the church,
  • 02:56 everything is about Christianity;
  • 02:59 anything Jewish has been expunged or it's been fulfilled
  • 03:03 and it's over,
  • 03:05 that the "New Covenant" now has only the spiritual aspects.
  • 03:07 The idea of the Land,
  • 03:09 the idea of blessings in the Land,
  • 03:11 the idea of a re-built Temple,
  • 03:13 the idea of a restored Priesthood,
  • 03:15 the idea of even the restored changes to nature
  • 03:19 and all the harmony that is presented in texts like Isaiah and Zechariah and many others
  • 03:23 is just meant to be understood as a type of hyperbole
  • 03:28 something that's an exaggerated form of encouragement.
  • 03:30 Allegory
  • 03:32 Allegories are the term and of course but we don't see that.
  • 03:35 And when we come to the text it's to be understood literally.
  • 03:38 It says "beating their swords into plowshares"
  • 03:42 "and their spears into pruning hooks".
  • 03:44 We don't see an end to war and don't see any beginning to war.
  • 03:48 Every "Christian Nation" so-called
  • 03:50 has to prepare for war,
  • 03:51 has to be equipped for that.
  • 03:53 We have spiritual warfare within the Church.
  • 03:55 Satan is to be bound during this time of the kingdom.
  • 03:59 He's not a bound today.
  • 04:01 He is very loose...very active
  • 04:02 For sure
  • 04:05 As one person said, "he's alive and well on planet earth".
  • 04:08 And the Jewish people and the Jewish Nation State of Israel is the subject of his attack...
  • 04:14 the main focal point of that attack.
  • 04:19 The scriptures teach that in the latter days
  • 04:21 that Jerusalem will become a cup of trembling.
  • 04:23 In other words it would be a burden to the world.
  • 04:27 I really believe that some of the hatred we see toward Israel...
  • 04:30 some of the angst against them
  • 04:33 is really Biblical.
  • 04:35 We know the world wants peace..
  • 04:37 they blamed everything on Israel
  • 04:40 saying that if we just only stabilize the region
  • 04:43 because if you make peace in Israel
  • 04:45 the world would be a better world.
  • 04:47 But they don't understand
  • 04:50 that the only way Israel will experience a lasting peace is when Messiah is on that throne.
  • 04:52 The Word of God commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem
  • 04:55 and see I believe this is what every Christian should do.
  • 04:57 We need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 04:59 As we pray that prayer
  • 05:00 we're literally praying for Messiah to come back.
  • 05:02 I believe the unstableness of that region is by God's design
  • 05:06 because He's going to bring glory to His Son.
  • 05:09 No man...no president can bring peace to the region.
  • 05:12 I believe it really tells a story
  • 05:15 of why there is such hatred for Israel from the very beginning
  • 05:18 and why the hatred is built to the point it has at this point in history
  • 05:26 and where it's all taking us.
  • 05:28 Of course in general terms we who study Bible prophecy know
  • 05:30 where that all is taking us.
  • 05:33 But this kind of gets into the details
  • 05:36 historically and in modernity as to what it's all about.
  • 05:39 The hatred...
  • 05:40 why the intense hatred
  • 05:42 not only of Israel's immediately surrounding neighbors
  • 05:47 but the hatred that is building in the entire world community against Israel which is...
  • 05:53 If you don't understand Bible prophecy
  • 05:55 where it's been,
  • 05:56 where we are now
  • 05:57 and where is it going
  • 05:59 from a Biblical prophecy perspective
  • 06:03 then the average person or most people have no idea of what it's all about.
  • 06:08 And they see Israel as the true burdensome stone as it says in Zechariah chapter 12.
  • 06:13 It's getting back to that hatred towards Israel
  • 06:16 which is a later day prophecy...
  • 06:18 it's a sign of the time.
  • 06:20 The Bible talks about all nations...
  • 06:21 Zechariah the prophecy...
  • 06:24 all nations would eventually come against Israel
  • 06:25 even America.
  • 06:27 And as I see those things happening my heart is saddened
  • 06:31 but I understand it's also prophetic
  • 06:35 and it's giving us an indication that Jesus is coming back.
  • 06:37 Amen
  • 06:39 It's very soon you know.
  • 06:41 I think we're seeing America starting to turn against Israel
  • 06:45 with this current administration
  • 06:47 It's sad...it's grievous.
  • 06:49 Now on the other side of that coin what's even worse though,
  • 06:52 it's in the church as well.
  • 06:54 We have replacement theology...
  • 06:56 preachers, our teachers, our churches
  • 06:59 where they believe that the church has replaced Israel
  • 07:02 which I don't believe, it's not Biblical.
  • 07:04 You know I've said many times
  • 07:06 if God doesn't fulfill the prophecies
  • 07:09 that He has physically promised towards the nation of Israel
  • 07:12 we might as well get rid of our Bible.
  • 07:14 There are Bible prophecies that God has specifically given
  • 07:17 on the land, on the people, on the nation of Israel
  • 07:21 that must come to pass.
  • 07:23 And again, as we see these prophecies come to pass,
  • 07:25 to me it proves the validity of scripture.
  • 07:28 When I see Israel as a nation I'm excited
  • 07:30 because God said that she would be a nation again.
  • 07:33 1948...we know the story.
  • 07:35 When Israel became a nation she was rebirthed.
  • 07:37 National Geographic had to change its maps
  • 07:42 to call it by its Biblical name.
  • 07:45 Every time CNN or FOX News or any of these news entities name Israel
  • 07:49 they call it by its Biblical name.
  • 07:51 They're literally testifying of a God that has brought it back.
  • 07:54 And I love that.
  • 07:56 For people to deny Israel is to deny the Word of God.
  • 08:00 And this nation is in trouble because of our many sins.
  • 08:03 But one of our primary sins I think
  • 08:05 is a tendency to turn away from Israel, our dear ally.
  • 08:10 I really believe that Genesis Chapter 12
  • 08:15 this is going to be in effect for America very soon
  • 08:18 if we don't get back to blessing Israel.
  • 08:21 You know Zola used to have a theory he told me
  • 08:23 and I think it's true,
  • 08:25 that people who have a problem with Israel...
  • 08:27 it reflects a greater problem
  • 08:29 and that is they have a problem with the God of Israel.
  • 08:30 Yes, I believe that
  • 08:32 I think a person who's anti-Semitic
  • 08:34 or has even a political problem with Israel
  • 08:37 or a problem with the Jews;
  • 08:39 they're really showing by that
  • 08:40 that they have a God-problem.
  • 08:42 I believe that.
  • 08:44 And they have a problem with the Word of God.
  • 08:45 You deny Israel
  • 08:46 you deny the Word of God.
  • 08:48 God is Sovereign
  • 08:50 That's so true
  • 08:51 God has every right to do whatever He wants to do.
  • 08:54 He's controlling the whole program.
  • 08:56 He said Israel will come back in the later days...
  • 08:58 Israel is here.
  • 09:00 He said that they would be re-gathered to the land...
  • 09:02 that has happened.
  • 09:03 And I know God,
  • 09:04 He loves His people.
  • 09:06 I know God is saving many Jews today.
  • 09:08 I love the scripture in Romans
  • 09:11 where God said that if they would turn in faith
  • 09:12 He is able to graft them back,
  • 09:14 to bring them back into the fold.
  • 09:16 And I love this ministry
  • 09:20 because what you guys do as far as reaching out to Israel.
  • 09:23 I've been a fan of Zola's program and the current program today
  • 09:26 because of that heartbeat toward Israel.
  • 09:30 And that's one thing that Zola and this ministry
  • 09:33 have represented so well
  • 09:35 and so many ways
  • 09:36 through television...
  • 09:38 the music even...everything. >>Right...yes
  • 09:41 Zola's wonderful music and your documentaries filmed in Israel.
  • 09:46 It all has shown just how key I think Israel is to God's overall prophetic plan.
  • 09:54 And my goodness anywhere we look now no matter...
  • 09:57 And I always like to say
  • 09:59 no matter which way the camera's turned
  • 10:00 or the microphone is turned
  • 10:03 they're eventually going to focus right back there in Israel and Jerusalem.
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  • 11:48 Jerusalem... it is a beautiful city.
  • 11:50 It is God's city.
  • 11:53 You know in Psalm 48 it's talked about being the Zion of God.
  • 11:57 God's city Jerusalem is the City of our great King.
  • 12:01 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the City of our God.
  • 12:06 There's nothing like singing praises to our LORD in Jerusalem.
  • 12:09 We would love it if you could
  • 12:11 come join us in one of those choirs
  • 12:13 and see the amazing God of the Bible.
  • 12:17 It's really true.
  • 12:20 And we're seeing the different nations surrounding Israel
  • 12:23 rise and fall in importance relative to the centrality of Jerusalem in Israel.
  • 12:28 Back in 2005 our friend Walid Shoebat former PLO Terrorist
  • 12:32 told a group of our friends in northern California...
  • 12:35 we were holding a conference,
  • 12:36 a "One New Man" conference...
  • 12:38 and he told our people back then," Watch Turkey".
  • 12:42 "As you see Turkey drifting from a democratic state in conversation with Israel"
  • 12:46 "to an Islamic theocracy, be careful."
  • 12:50 And do you know several years ago when we were in Turkey
  • 12:52 we went to Ephesus,
  • 12:54 our guide privately told us,
  • 12:57 "please pray for my country, we used to be democratic and we're becoming Islamic"
  • 13:01 "and I'm so worried but I can't say that out loud."
  • 13:03 He had to say it to us quietly
  • 13:06 and we prayed for him and we prayed for Turkey.
  • 13:08 And I want to ask you as well to pray for Turkey
  • 13:12 because you remember several years ago they sent a flotilla,
  • 13:15 a terror flotilla set up to go against the coasts of Israel
  • 13:21 and all the political fallout that came from that.
  • 13:23 So we need to watch that as we see Turkey and the connection
  • 13:27 with the European Union arising.
  • 13:29 We know that the hour is getting closer.
  • 13:32 In fact, let's listen to our friend Phillip Goodman.
  • 13:34 He's an expert on these things.
  • 13:36 Let's go to that interview right now.
  • 13:39 I've become convinced of the evidence,
  • 13:41 very strong Biblical evidence
  • 13:43 that we're looking at a revived Roman Empire...
  • 13:48 a term that has been used by many prophecy students and scholars alike
  • 13:52 but nevertheless is a Biblical concept
  • 13:55 which will include both an Eastern and a Western portion
  • 13:58 as the original empire did.
  • 14:01 And the emphasis like a drum beat going through the book of Daniel
  • 14:07 continually throws us back to the Eastern sector of the original Roman Empire
  • 14:13 and the Grecian aspect of it,
  • 14:16 the Greco-Roman Hellenistic part of that empire
  • 14:20 when we're looking at the last days and the final empire of the beast.
  • 14:24 The forerunner of Iran and Persia,
  • 14:29 actually the offshoot in the ancient days of Persia,
  • 14:36 much of that empire Parthia plays a major role in that part both in Daniel and Revelation
  • 14:42 because it does bleed over toward the Euphrates River and the Persian Gulf
  • 14:46 and the Roman Empire at its greatest extent
  • 14:49 went right over into that area.
  • 14:52 What really gets my attention in the book of Daniel is when we get into particularly chapter 8
  • 14:59 where we have the old Grecian Empire broken into its post-Alexandrian realms.
  • 15:06 And essentially there is one particular empire that rose head and shoulders above the others;
  • 15:13 well there are actually two,
  • 15:15 the Ptolemaic and then the Seleucid Empire.
  • 15:17 Well the Seleucid Empire was basically an outline of the ancient Assyrian Empire.
  • 15:22 And we find not only in Daniel chapter 8
  • 15:26 but the theme seems to grow as we go into Daniel 11.
  • 15:30 We find there is an anti-Christ type
  • 15:33 who is the clearest type in the scriptures
  • 15:38 of the future anti-Christ
  • 15:40 and that's Antiochus Epiphanes
  • 15:41 who came from that particular...
  • 15:44 he was a Greek but he was Assyrian-Greek
  • 15:46 and he led that Seleucid Empire.
  • 15:48 Well that Seleucid Empire
  • 15:50 and what's important about that and the impact of it
  • 15:52 is that it reconfigures the ancient Assyrian Empire
  • 15:56 which today includes both Syria and Iraq
  • 16:00 and actually slips over into parts of Iran and Parthia.
  • 16:05 And then when you get to the book of Revelation
  • 16:07 that whole thing grows
  • 16:10 and we find various animal body parts
  • 16:17 which are metaphorically kingdoms out of Daniel re-named
  • 16:23 and related to us in Revelation 13 and 17.
  • 16:27 And yet when you get to Revelation
  • 16:30 all those kingdoms are united as you would expect...
  • 16:33 the same beast parts,
  • 16:35 the same identifiers,
  • 16:37 the same geo-political spheres are united into one kingdom
  • 16:41 and one of those certainly is going to be the realm of the anti-Christ in the last days
  • 16:47 where you have ten kings
  • 16:50 and amid those ten kings you'll have an eleventh one come up,
  • 16:52 a contemporary with the ten.
  • 16:55 And he seems from the evidence in my view from Daniel and Revelation
  • 17:01 when you correlate all that information
  • 17:03 to come out of the Eastern leg in particular,
  • 17:06 specially an ancient Assyrian region
  • 17:09 which again Daniel relates to the anti-Christ type
  • 17:17 if there ever was one it was Antiochus Epiphanes.
  • 17:20 He is the leader of that Seleucid Empire
  • 17:22 the emphasis rightly so
  • 17:25 that is going to be a prince of the people who is to come
  • 17:28 and Daniel 9:26 who is a Roman.
  • 17:32 He is a Roman but when we look at the history we find out
  • 17:36 that Romans and Roman emperors came from both sectors of the empire.
  • 17:40 So we've got to take into consideration at least the Eastern leg.
  • 17:44 And then when we look at Daniel and the Biblical information
  • 17:47 without going outside the Bible
  • 17:49 to the historical sources and they're very important
  • 17:51 but staying inside the Bible
  • 17:53 Daniel screams for an Eastern leg
  • 17:57 because of the terrific, strong type of the anti-Christ in there...
  • 18:02 That's the point I made earlier.
  • 18:05 Antiochus Epiphanes is the type of the anti-Christ all the way through Daniel
  • 18:08 but he is such a tight type which infers very strongly
  • 18:14 that the anti-Christ is going to have a strong
  • 18:17 historical, ethnic
  • 18:19 and geo-political relationship to Antiochus.
  • 18:24 Antiochus was Eastern and the Roman Empire originally...
  • 18:28 We've become so Euro-centric in our interpretation of the final beast empire
  • 18:34 that everything is Western...
  • 18:35 but not Biblically.
  • 18:37 Biblically it's both.
  • 18:41 We've got strong evidence for the clay, iron configuration of what we're seeing today.
  • 18:46 The Middle East, especially Turkey; Turkey is the key there.
  • 18:49 There's no other European or Islamic
  • 18:52 and it's been in both camps and continues to be that way.
  • 18:55 They are the key...
  • 18:57 they are the link...
  • 18:59 they are the stepping stone into the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 19:02 What's amazing today is that we're not only discussing the rise of the European Union
  • 19:08 but now we're discussing the potential rise of the Mediterranean Union
  • 19:12 with Turkey being the leader of that group right there
  • 19:16 as basically an acquiescence from the European Union that
  • 19:20 Hey, we're worried about admitting you to the European Union
  • 19:23 because of your Islamic ethnicity
  • 19:27 and all of that's too strong.
  • 19:29 We're worried about that
  • 19:31 but to satisfy you and to take care of that problem
  • 19:34 let's create the Mediterranean Union.
  • 19:36 And of course Turkey still wants into the European Union,
  • 19:39 they may get there but either way Turkey is the stepping stone.
  • 19:42 They are the lynchpin, the link
  • 19:45 to the Eastern leg of the revived Roman Empire.
  • 19:50 It's so important when we're studying end times prophecy
  • 19:53 that we rightly divide the Word of Truth
  • 19:55 that we know what people group God is speaking to.
  • 19:58 You know in I Corinthians 10:32
  • 20:01 it talks about to give no offense to the Jew, to the Gentile or to the church of God.
  • 20:07 There are 3 people groups that God is talking to
  • 20:10 and we need to know when God is giving a prophecy or a warning
  • 20:14 who that prophecy or warning is going to.
  • 20:16 It's so important.
  • 20:18 Thank you for reminding us about that.
  • 20:19 It's so important also
  • 20:21 that we remember that God is over all of this.
  • 20:23 And Yeshua said of Himself
  • 20:25 He is the Alpha and Omega,
  • 20:27 He is the Alef and Hatav,
  • 20:28 He is the First and the Last,
  • 20:29 (speaking Hebrew)
  • 20:32 He is the One that we are looking to.
  • 20:35 And so we know that we can find rest and comfort and strength
  • 20:39 knowing that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is over all the mishegas, the craziness
  • 20:43 that we're about to see in the world.
  • 20:45 Let's continue our interviews with our experts.
  • 20:49 You know the Kingdom program
  • 20:52 is really something that is to come to the world through the nation of Israel.
  • 20:54 Absolutely
  • 20:57 We go back really to the Abrahamic blessings Covenant...promises really
  • 21:00 first in Genesis 12
  • 21:03 where God says I will bless you and your descendants and through you the world will be blessed.
  • 21:08 And when you think about it
  • 21:10 every blessing that we have today...
  • 21:12 I'm a Gentile; as a Gentile Christian...
  • 21:15 has come to us through the nation of Israel...
  • 21:17 the scripture...
  • 21:18 Christ being Jewish...
  • 21:21 and of course this Messianic Kingdom
  • 21:23 which will be headquartered in the nation of Israel.
  • 21:26 And so from there you kind of move into the Covenants
  • 21:30 that God made with this very special nation.
  • 21:32 Covenants involving land, seed and blessing;
  • 21:36 they've never been fulfilled in history
  • 21:39 as much as people try to argue they were fulfilled in Solomon's day or Joshua's day.
  • 21:44 But you start to get an understanding that there's coming this earthly Kingdom
  • 21:49 and then you get into the Prophets and they really start to develop the Kingdom.
  • 21:54 Particularly I'm thinking of Isaiah 2:1-4.
  • 21:59 I'm thinking of Isaiah 11:6-9 how there would be peace in the animal kingdom
  • 22:06 and a child will stick his hand into the cobra's nest and not be harmed...
  • 22:11 and they'll neither hurt nor destroy on my holy mountain says the LORD.
  • 22:15 And so you start to see through this development
  • 22:18 that the Kingdom is a very literal place on planet earth.
  • 22:22 It has geographical boundaries.
  • 22:24 The quality of life that we will enjoy in the Kingdom
  • 22:29 is all revealed there through this nation of Israel.
  • 22:32 It is the 12 tribes of Israel...
  • 22:34 it's not the church.
  • 22:35 There's this focus on this.
  • 22:38 Forty days after the resurrection of Messiah
  • 22:42 the disciples are led to the Mount of Olives and up toward a place near Bethany
  • 22:48 where Yeshua will ascend to heaven.
  • 22:52 And the disciples eager...
  • 22:56 probably I think turn around looking at this vantage point
  • 22:59 as we all that have been on the Mount of Olives see the City of Jerusalem
  • 23:02 and realize that Zechariah in 14:3
  • 23:06 is talking about the armies of the world ascending on Jerusalem,
  • 23:12 that the Messiah's feet would stand on the Mount of Olives in that day
  • 23:16 and that there would be a great splitting of the mountain
  • 23:19 and the Jewish people would be saved as a result of that.
  • 23:21 And they say LORD is it this time
  • 23:24 you're going to restore the Kingdom to Israel
  • 23:27 because we know now that you had to go to the cross
  • 23:31 but that's done and now it's time for the crown
  • 23:34 so we're going to see the fulfillment of prophecy now...
  • 23:37 the armies are surrounding Jerusalem, there's the Romans...
  • 23:39 And He says, and many people think He says in some way
  • 23:44 no, no, no you've got it all wrong;
  • 23:47 the Kingdom's within you, this is all a spiritual adventure.
  • 23:50 You go and you be my witnesses in the spiritual realm.
  • 23:53 That's not what He says at all.
  • 23:56 He doesn't correct their understanding of the Kingdom.
  • 23:58 In fact Acts 1:3 says that for those forty days
  • 24:02 He had been teaching them concerning the Kingdom of God.
  • 24:05 And so unless they're absolute total dunces
  • 24:09 and they ask are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel,
  • 24:13 this is what the Kingdom He was talking about
  • 24:15 because He said...
  • 24:17 The last words to them before the crucifixion in the upper room was
  • 24:20 I'll not eat of the Pesach Seder
  • 24:24 until I drink of the fruit of the vine...
  • 24:28 until I do it new with you in my Father's Kingdom.
  • 24:31 So He expected a literal enjoyment of a Messianic banquet,
  • 24:35 let's put it that way.
  • 24:37 I think the words are drawn from Isaiah 25:6-9
  • 24:41 that talks about this end time re-gathering and banquet
  • 24:45 that's to be enjoyed as a celebration of the victory and the triumph
  • 24:48 and the beginning of the Messianic age.
  • 24:50 But that's what's in focus.
  • 24:52 Everything that's happening is according to God's plan.
  • 24:54 So the church is not "plan B"
  • 24:56 but it's not the Kingdom.
  • 24:59 The Kingdom is going to come one day exactly like God said it would.
  • 25:03 And that's why Jesus taught us to pray "They Kingdom come..."
  • 25:08 Yeah, the Kingdom awaits His return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in Revelation 19
  • 25:14 Absolutely
  • 25:16 He'll come and establish the Kingdom
  • 25:18 and we look forward to that day
  • 25:20 and Israel being re-gathered as you know preparatory
  • 25:23 for that establishment of the Messianic Kingdom.
  • 25:28 Yeah and it's very exciting because many people have told us
  • 25:31 that all of these Kingdom promises are not literal
  • 25:34 and then all of a sudden in 1948...WOW the nation is back in the Land.
  • 25:39 Which is not the final package
  • 25:41 but as you articulated it's preparatory
  • 25:44 and all of a sudden you see,
  • 25:45 Oh my goodness...
  • 25:46 Israel means Israel...
  • 25:48 Jerusalem means Jerusalem...
  • 25:49 Nation means Nation
  • 25:51 What burdens me is that we're living in this time period
  • 25:57 where it's so exciting and the church is playing it all down.
  • 26:00 Very frustrating to watch
  • 26:05 We want to thank you for supporting us and helping us to get these messages out to you.
  • 26:10 These interviews are inspiring and illuminating.
  • 26:12 You know the King of Glory is coming
  • 26:15 and Jesus is going to fulfill every one of His scriptures.
  • 26:17 It says in Revelation 1:8
  • 26:19 "who is, and who was, and who is to come".
  • 26:22 And I am looking for that day
  • 26:25 when He is going to meet us in the air.
  • 26:27 You know this whole story,
  • 26:29 the end times story is a story of restoration.
  • 26:32 It's the restoration of the Jewish people to our land.
  • 26:34 It's the restoration of souls to Yeshua.
  • 26:36 It's the land, the people
  • 26:38 and it calls upon all of us to look to the LORD.
  • 26:41 We're looking for that day that Zechariah 12:10 prophesied
  • 26:45 where he said that we, the Jewish people, will look to Him who we have pierced.
  • 26:48 We've all pierced Him together.
  • 26:50 Your sin and mine pierced Him.
  • 26:53 He laid His life down for the entire world as the sacrificial Lamb.
  • 26:55 We will look to Him who we've pierced
  • 26:57 and mourn as if for an only son
  • 27:00 recognizing the Messiah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
  • 27:02 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 27:06 We're looking to that day
  • 27:08 and He's coming back to a Jewish Jerusalem to rule for a thousand years.
  • 27:13 And that's why we end our program by reminding you always,
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