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Episode: “The Jaffa Gate”
Repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, the Jaffa Gate opens to the West and symbolizes the Gospel going out to the gentiles. Guests include Tom Hess, director of Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations; and faith-filled Holocaust survivor Phillip Meyers, founder of Immanuel Tours.
Series: “Jerusalem: Ancient Gates, Future Glory”
Myles and Katharine delve into the historical and spiritual significance of each Gate in the Old City wall of Jerusalem. Enjoy the music of Marty Goetz during this eight-part series.

Caption transcript for Jerusalem: Ancient Gates, Future Glory — “The Jaffa Gate” (3/8)

  • 00:02 We're coming to you from Jerusalem. I'm standing in front of the Jaffa Gate.
  • 00:05 The Jaffa Gate faces west to the port of Jaffa.
  • 00:08 That's very significant for us as believers in the west.
  • 00:11 In fact, if you stay with us you're going to find out why.
  • 00:14 ♪ ♪
  • 00:23 ♪ My heart was glad ♪ ♪ when they said to me ♪
  • 00:29 ♪ Let us go up ♪
  • 00:32 ♪ Let us go up to the gates of Jerusalem ♪
  • 00:37 ♪ Our feet will stand ♪ ♪ in the house of the Lord ♪
  • 00:44 ♪ Yes, let us go up ♪
  • 00:46 ♪ Let us go up to the gates of Jerusalem ♪
  • 00:54 ♪ The gates of Jerusalem ♪
  • 01:03 Shalom, I'm Myles Weiss
  • 01:04 and I'm Katharine Weiss
  • 01:06 and we want to welcome you to our series on the gates
  • 01:08 Ancient Gates and Future Glory
  • 01:11 Yes, it's so great to be sitting here in our new set.
  • 01:14 We feel like we're almost at home because Jerusalem is in the background.
  • 01:17 Surrounding us.
  • 01:18 It's really great.
  • 01:19 We love this new set.
  • 01:20 We're grateful to be bringing you this series.
  • 01:22 It really does speak about the reestablishing of the city.
  • 01:26 and the reestablishing of the people coming in.
  • 01:29 But there's such a rich history in the gates.
  • 01:31 God talks about the gates all throughout scripture, Myles.
  • 01:34 He wants us to restore the ancient gates as Nehemiah did.
  • 01:38 And He wants us to be...
  • 01:40 The bible talks about, "Open up ye gates and you everlasting
  • 01:43 doors and the King of Glory will come in."
  • 01:46 Exactly so.
  • 01:48 Today we have some wonderful speakers.
  • 01:49 We have Tom Hess who is the founder of the
  • 01:52 Jerusalem House of Prayer for all Nations.
  • 01:54 He's been laboring for many years to bring Christians to stand with Jerusalem,
  • 01:59 to stand with Israel. He's going to be speaking about
  • 02:02 the Jaffa Gate and the pointing west of that gate.
  • 02:05 And then Phillip Meyers is with us as well.
  • 02:07 He's a very special man, very dear to our hearts.
  • 02:10 Absolutely. He's a dear friend of ours.
  • 02:13 Not only that, but he's a dear friend of this ministry.
  • 02:15 He is a Holocaust survivor who has come to faith in Yeshua.
  • 02:21 His tour agency is called Immanuel Tours
  • 02:25 and they are whom we work with exclusively with our Zola tours.
  • 02:29 We are very privileged to have this family as part of the team
  • 02:32 that takes your through the land.
  • 02:35 But now we're going to take you to the Jaffa Gate.
  • 02:47 We're here in the Old City of Jerusalem at the Jaffa Gate.
  • 02:50 In fact, we are standing in the Jaffa Gate.
  • 02:53 The scripture says in Psalm 122
  • 03:04 It is in this very place, the Old City, that we are going to
  • 03:07 begin to show you the eight gates of our Lord.
  • 03:10 There are seven of them that are open.
  • 03:12 The eighth gate will only be opened when the King of Glory comes through.
  • 03:15 Think about that.
  • 03:16 The Messiah Himself is going to come set His foot down
  • 03:19 on the Mount of Olives according to the prophet Zechariah
  • 03:21 and the Brit Hadashah, the New Testament.
  • 03:23 He's going to set His foot down on the Mount of Olives
  • 03:26 and come through the Eastern Gate.
  • 03:27 That's why that gate will only be opened when He comes.
  • 03:29 This Jaffa Gate leads to the western port of Israel.
  • 03:33 Each gate is named after the direction for which they are pointing.
  • 03:37 The Zion Gate is pointing to the Mount of Zion.
  • 03:40 We're in the Jaffa Gate and it's pointing to the port of Jaffa.
  • 03:43 Jaffa Port is the oldest port in the world.
  • 03:46 It is where Jonah fled from the Lord.
  • 03:49 It's also where Solomon had the cedars brought through.
  • 03:53 Think of it, Myles, literally the cedars of Lebanon were
  • 03:57 brought through these very gates.
  • 03:59 In order for the outsiders to help build the very temple
  • 04:02 they came through the Port of Jaffa and through this gate.
  • 04:05 This is a very specific and important place
  • 04:08 especially for believers in the west.
  • 04:10 Stay with us.
  • 04:22 The wonders of the bible can only be experienced in Israel.
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  • 04:53 Jerusalem is the spiritual, historical and biblical center of Israel.
  • 04:58 because of that it's the center of the spiritual life of the church as well.
  • 05:02 You can see around me the bustling going on.
  • 05:05 This is the Jaffa Gate. We're sitting inside the Jaffa Gate right now.
  • 05:09 This is the Western gate of the city, the Old City.
  • 05:12 These gates were destroyed in 1187 by Saladin
  • 05:17 but then they were rebuilt in 1538 by Suleiman the Magnificent.
  • 05:21 So there's been an interaction for good and for evil
  • 05:24 with the Muslims that have come through this land.
  • 05:26 But the city as we now know it is going to be transformed when the Lord comes.
  • 05:31 You've heard it said that there are 7 gates that are open
  • 05:35 and one still to be opened.
  • 05:37 This is Sha'ar Yafo, the Jaffa Gate.
  • 05:40 The Jaffa Gate points to the west.
  • 05:43 It's very significant to us in the west because it was from here
  • 05:46 that the gospel went to Europe and went to the west to America.
  • 05:50 So we have a great debt for this gate because it's from here
  • 05:55 that the Good News of Yeshua HaMashiach came to us in the west.
  • 05:59 This is a bustling part of town.
  • 06:01 There's lots of life.
  • 06:02 There's lots of tourists here.
  • 06:04 People are coming and going.
  • 06:06 There are Arabs and Jews.
  • 06:07 The Armenian Quarter is near by.
  • 06:09 There's a lot of functioning going on here that is just a testimony to the rebuilt
  • 06:14 nation of Israel and to God's goodness in bringing the Jewish people back to the land,
  • 06:19 planting us in the land. Remember, Amos 9:15 says...
  • 06:23 He would plant us in the land, never to be uprooted again.
  • 06:26 We're certainly seeing that here at the Jaffa Gate.
  • 06:29 The Jewish people are here. Business is going on.
  • 06:32 There's a lot of life and just exuberance going on for what God has for the future of this city.
  • 06:39 It's important for us to note that this Jaffa Gate was the very gate that was entered
  • 06:45 by three very important people during the 20th century.
  • 06:48 Kaiser Wilhelm came through here on his white horse.
  • 06:51 After that General Allenby came through, but he wouldn't come
  • 06:56 through on a white horse. He got off his horse at the gate
  • 06:59 and walked through saying, "I will not come through on a horse
  • 07:03 as my Messiah did, but rather I will come through more humbly."
  • 07:06 And finally in the year 2000 Pope John Paul came here
  • 07:10 in a reconciliation move. In a move that has been praised by the Jewish people because
  • 07:15 he came here to say... We're sorry for what has been done to the Jewish people in the name
  • 07:21 of the Catholic church. And we want to say that we are no longer saying negative things
  • 07:27 about the Jewish people. We want to change that testimony.
  • 07:30 It was a landmark move by the Pope of the Catholic church.
  • 07:34 Unfortunately since that time other voices have arisen.
  • 07:38 There's a bible college near here that preaches Replacement Theology.
  • 07:42 They say that there is no ethnic Jewish people after the time of Jesus.
  • 07:46 We know that's not true.
  • 07:47 The Jewish people are alive and well.
  • 07:49 In fact we have a saying, "Am Yisrael Chai"
  • 07:52 "The People of Israel Live"
  • 07:54 And to his credit Pope John Paul said that we will not have
  • 07:57 Replacement Theology. So you need to remember that
  • 08:01 as you're watching these programs and as you're learning
  • 08:03 about Jerusalem and about Israel, that the church
  • 08:06 in the west needs to stand with Israel at all times.
  • 08:10 What are the spiritual issues that come through here?
  • 08:12 Well, first of all it reminds us of Psalm 100, verse 4.
  • 08:15 [speaking Hebrew]
  • 08:18 We enter His gates with thanksgiving
  • 08:20 It's always a good idea to come into the courts of the Lord with thanksgiving.
  • 08:25 We're looking for the arising from this place of an apostolic type leadership that will take
  • 08:30 the paralytic church, the church that is lame in the way that it
  • 08:34 approaches the gospel and the way that it approaches Hebrew
  • 08:36 scriptures and that it will arise just as Peter healed
  • 08:39 the paralytic in Acts 3, that God will heal the church and
  • 08:44 the church will arise and stand for the important things as we see the day approaching.
  • 08:49 I know that you'll want to stand as well.
  • 09:02 What lies ahead for Jerusalem?
  • 09:05 This city, so precious to God, has been at the center of bible
  • 09:09 history for more than 4,000 years.
  • 09:12 And it's future?
  • 09:14 Zola Levitt reveals the answer in this week's resource...
  • 09:17 A booklet entitled, Jerusalem Forever
  • 09:21 Zola writes about the history of this great city
  • 09:24 and its future for believers.
  • 09:27 Call 1-800-WONDERS or go to levitt.com
  • 09:33 Hello, I'm Wayne Fournier and I've been a supporter of
  • 09:37 Zola Levitt Ministries for many years.
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  • 09:43 please call us at 1-800-WONDERS
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  • 09:57 We depend on your financial sustenance.
  • 10:01 Thank you.
  • 10:04 You know we love it when you stay in contact with us,
  • 10:06 whether it's Facebook, our website or our newsletter.
  • 10:10 Our newsletter is a wonderful way for us to stay in contact
  • 10:12 with you and for us to just send a "thank you" to you
  • 10:16 for blessing this ministry, for giving a gift, a donation to this ministry.
  • 10:20 And it's also just a free gift that we like to send you.
  • 10:23 There's so many wonderful articles.
  • 10:26 I've heard of people, they like to even share them with their friends.
  • 10:29 It's a way that you can stay up on current events that you
  • 10:32 would not necessarily get on your normal news.
  • 10:35 Last month I received a letter from a prisoner.
  • 10:38 We send the Levitt Letter for free to over 2,000 prisoners
  • 10:42 in America. I don't know if our viewers realize that that
  • 10:45 is one of THE recruiting places for radical Islam.
  • 10:48 Yes, yes.
  • 10:50 These newsletters, they go to the person who receives it from
  • 10:53 Zola Levitt Ministries and then it circulates throughout the prison.
  • 10:55 It's starting dialogue and affecting some of the would-be Muslims in the prison.
  • 11:00 It's a widespread blessing and
  • 11:02 it's really great that we get to share with people.
  • 11:04 It's a blessing, Myles.
  • 11:06 So now we're going to go to Tom Hess.
  • 11:08 Tom Hess is one of our favorite people in the land.
  • 11:10 He's been gathering Christians to pray for Israel for many years.
  • 11:14 He's got some real insight into the Western Gate,
  • 11:18 the Jaffa Gate, and the role that it plays especially in this
  • 11:21 time that God is calling the Jewish people back to the
  • 11:24 land of Israel. Let's go to Tom Hess.
  • 11:29 Tom, thanks for being with us.
  • 11:31 I'm taken back to 1987. You wrote a book called
  • 11:34 "Let My People Go". It was a strong, prophetic
  • 11:36 message to the American Jews. I am one.
  • 11:39 Tell us about that book. What led up to it and what
  • 11:41 you've seen since that time.
  • 11:43 I was living in Washington DC at that time at Capital Hill.
  • 11:48 We had a House of Prayer there.
  • 11:50 One morning I was in the House of Prayer.
  • 11:54 I was praying with another brother and the Lord took me
  • 11:58 into a trance. That's never happened to me in my life before or since.
  • 12:02 And I saw bombs were exploding explosions were taking place.
  • 12:08 I went to pick up the phone and I realized it was too late.
  • 12:14 Then the Lord showed me that it was time for the Jews to come back from the United States.
  • 12:19 Out of that I wrote the book, "Let My People Go."
  • 12:24 I started writing it in Washington in April of 1987
  • 12:29 right after I had the vision, the trance.
  • 12:32 Then the Lord brought me here the summer of 1987 in July/August.
  • 12:38 I finished writing it here in Jerusalem.
  • 12:40 And in '82 the Lord had told me I was going to move to Israel.
  • 12:43 I was in Israel and I was in Replacement Theology.
  • 12:46 The Lord removed the veil from my eyes and said I would be living here.
  • 12:50 So it was 5 years later when I came here to finish writing
  • 12:55 "Let My People Go" that the Lord showed me the house
  • 12:58 in the Mount of Olives and I rented it and 6 weeks later I came.
  • 13:02 So we printed about 30,000 copies and sent them to Rabbis
  • 13:06 all over the U.S.
  • 13:08 Then when 9/11 happened, the Lord showed me that it was time
  • 13:11 to release the message in a fuller way because He said that
  • 13:16 when this happens, then it's time for the Jews to come back
  • 13:20 to Israel because their destiny is not in the U.S. in
  • 13:23 the last days, but their destiny is in Israel because great
  • 13:26 shakings will come upon the United States.
  • 13:29 What happened was we sent the book out then to half a million
  • 13:35 Jewish households in the United States.
  • 13:38 So there's been I think close to 700,000 Jewish households have
  • 13:42 received the book, "Let My People Go."
  • 13:45 We know that it was also after September 11th when Jewish people started making Aliyah
  • 13:53 by plane loads from the U.S.
  • 13:55 Before that it was just a trickle here and there.
  • 13:57 Right.
  • 13:58 But it's increased ever since that time.
  • 14:01 I'm sure it will continue to increase in the coming decade.
  • 14:05 I believe in the next decade we'll see hundreds of thousands
  • 14:09 of Jews come back from the United States.
  • 14:11 What about specifically the Jaffa Gate and the west?
  • 14:14 Do you have something in your heart for...?
  • 14:16 I know you have something in your heart for the American Jews.
  • 14:18 What else for America? What's your heart for us?
  • 14:21 Well, the Jaffa Gate is interesting because it was from
  • 14:24 Jaffa that Peter received the Holy Spirit in Jaffa.
  • 14:30 And we know that also Peter and Paul went to Rome.
  • 14:35 The gospel went to Rome and then it went all over the Americas.
  • 14:38 Many of the Latin... Many of the people...
  • 14:42 Most of the believers probably speak are from the Latin world.
  • 14:45 In South America there is a major revival
  • 14:47 In the United States now there is a large population of...
  • 14:51 Spanish
  • 14:52 Spanish speaking people.
  • 14:53 Then we saw the great revivals that happened in Bangor, Maine
  • 14:59 where they prayed for 300 years... 250 years 24/7
  • 15:04 happened with thousands of people that opened up Europe.
  • 15:07 We saw what happened in Herrnhut with the Moravians.
  • 15:11 Yes
  • 15:12 What happened in Azusa Street, which is basically
  • 15:15 the Jaffa Gate in Los Angeles, the City of the Angels.
  • 15:20 So we saw the gospel going out in a powerful way and then
  • 15:25 from Azusa Street you could say that it started coming back.
  • 15:27 So we thank God for all the believers in the United States
  • 15:31 today, but we believe that God's heart right now is to bring the
  • 15:36 Jewish people back to Israel.
  • 15:38 There's about 5 million in the United States and their destiny
  • 15:41 is back in Israel and I believe one of the major reasons we're
  • 15:44 seeing shakings and will continue to see shakings
  • 15:46 in Europe and in the United States is because God's Word will not return void.
  • 15:51 700 scriptures are calling them back to Israel.
  • 15:54 So I believe their destiny is back in Israel.
  • 15:56 So even as God shook the former Soviet Union to bring the Jews back, He's now shaking the
  • 16:02 United States and the western world and will continue to shake
  • 16:05 them until the Jews come back to Israel because their destiny is
  • 16:09 to fulfill the 700 scriptures to come back to their land and back to their Messiah.
  • 16:14 So we expect to see even greater shakings and we know that God
  • 16:20 first sends the fishers and then if the people do not respond He
  • 16:23 allows the hunters to come forth.
  • 16:24 Jeremiah
  • 16:26 Our sense is in the next 10 years there will be a much
  • 16:28 greater shaking in the United States and God will bring the
  • 16:31 fullness of the Jews that He's purposed to bring back to
  • 16:34 Israel from the west. We're praying.
  • 16:36 We know there are many strong, bible believing Christians in
  • 16:40 the United States, but also the United States is hanging in the
  • 16:43 balance because of that old, leftist agenda...
  • 16:45 But we believe that God is allowing the shakings to come
  • 16:48 because He want to bring the Jews home to Israel.
  • 16:51 It took the former Soviet Union being unraveled for them to come back.
  • 16:56 In the United States it seems like it will take even greater
  • 16:59 shakings for the Jews to understand their destiny is back
  • 17:03 in Israel and back with their Messiah in His land.
  • 17:18 I know you're enjoying Tom Hess as we do.
  • 17:21 He is such a man of God.
  • 17:23 Yes
  • 17:24 He talks to us about his desire for all nations to come and
  • 17:28 pray for Israel and then to be sent out and back to carry
  • 17:31 the burden for what the Lord has for Israel.
  • 17:33 Not only that, but he has a huge burden for the Jewish people
  • 17:37 to make Aliyah, to return.
  • 17:38 He does. I remember years ago one of our very first tours
  • 17:42 we had 50 leaders with us.
  • 17:45 Tom came and spoke about Zionism, about the reestablishing
  • 17:48 of Israel and the need for intercessory prayer.
  • 17:51 He really stirred those folks up. It was very, very important.
  • 17:55 It was really great.
  • 17:56 We also have with us today Phillip Meyers.
  • 17:59 Phillip is a special individual in our lives.
  • 18:02 He was born in Germany 2 years before Hitler came to power.
  • 18:06 He's now 83 years old.
  • 18:08 In 1935, because of the anti-semitical laws in Germany,
  • 18:12 his Dad lost his ability to earn a living.
  • 18:14 He went from his career to having to sell door to door.
  • 18:17 They were struggling.
  • 18:20 Then in 1938 when Kristallnacht happened, the Night of the Broken Glass,
  • 18:24 which was really the beginning of the end for the German Jews,
  • 18:27 Phillip and his 2 brothers along with 10,000 other children were
  • 18:31 shipped off to England, which saved their lives but broke up the family.
  • 18:35 Right. It did save their lives.
  • 18:38 It brought some pain, obviously.
  • 18:41 Whenever someone suffers, and their family was suffering, but
  • 18:44 it was the door for him to say "yes" to Yeshua.
  • 18:48 So he is a Jewish believer in Yeshua.
  • 18:52 And he is the owner of Immanuel Tours.
  • 18:56 It is our privilege to record his life, his testimony, and
  • 19:02 to share it with you.
  • 19:03 So let's go to Phillip right now, my interview with him in Jerusalem.
  • 19:09 That was in July 1939.
  • 19:13 We were taken to the railway station in the town where we were living,
  • 19:21 put on a train and that was it.
  • 19:24 We said "goodbye" to our parents
  • 19:26 who were allowed to bring us to the railway station.
  • 19:32 And we set off for Hook of Holland for the ferry boat to England.
  • 19:42 So you arrived in England. You were only 8 or 9 years old.
  • 19:46 8 years old. 8 years old, yes.
  • 19:49 What were the circumstances there? Where did you live?
  • 19:52 What happened?
  • 19:53 We were looked after by a Hebrew Christian organization.
  • 19:57 A Hebrew Christian...
  • 19:59 Yes, you know today we would say Messianic Jewish, but at that
  • 20:03 time it was still Hebrew Christian.
  • 20:05 Was your Dad a believer or was your family believers?
  • 20:08 Both my parents were believers.
  • 20:11 Wow
  • 20:12 Yes. My father was born in what is today Poland.
  • 20:16 He was on his way to the United States like many Jews at that time.
  • 20:23 Yes
  • 20:24 And he was at the Hamburg harbor.
  • 20:32 He met a Hebrew Christian pastor whose name is Frank.
  • 20:38 They got to speaking and that is when he came to faith.
  • 20:49 Wow. So you were raised with an understanding of the Tanakh
  • 20:53 and the Br'it Hadashah, the Old and the New Testaments.
  • 20:56 Yes, right. Right, right, right. We were up to... well, I don't remember exactly what time.
  • 21:07 We were members of a Baptist church in the town
  • 21:12 Up to the time when they didn't want us anymore because of our Jewish...
  • 21:21 Wow! So that was a genuine reality where their Christian
  • 21:30 faith was not stronger than their German nationalism?
  • 21:33 Yes
  • 21:34 And their Nazi affiliation?
  • 21:35 Yes
  • 21:37 I mean there were churches which didn't go that way.
  • 21:42 Right
  • 21:44 But for instance the Baptist church, the Brethren, they
  • 21:48 became part of the "German Christians" as they called themselves at that time.
  • 21:58 And rejecting the Jews and beginning the process of what
  • 22:04 would become the Holocaust.
  • 22:05 Yes
  • 22:06 And so you come to London as a young boy with your brothers.
  • 22:11 What happened to your parents?
  • 22:13 My parents... My father was put into a camp.
  • 22:20 It was a labor camp, together with other Jews,
  • 22:26 Russians, prisoners of war, etc.
  • 22:29 He was in several camps throughout until the end of the war.
  • 22:37 And he survived.
  • 22:39 And that's because of an evangelical pastor
  • 22:43 who helped him to escape.
  • 22:50 He hid him for several months
  • 22:54 until the end of the war.
  • 22:58 ♪ For thou art with me ♪
  • 23:01 ♪ Thy rod and thy staff ♪ ♪ they comfort me ♪
  • 23:12 ♪Thou preparest a table for me♪
  • 23:16 ♪ In the presence ♪ ♪ of mine enemies ♪
  • 23:21 ♪ Thou annointest my head with oil ♪
  • 23:25 ♪ My cup runneth over ♪
  • 23:31 ♪ Surely goodness and mercy ♪
  • 23:35 ♪ shall follow me ♪ ♪ all the days of my life ♪
  • 23:44 ♪ And I will dwell ♪
  • 23:47 ♪ in the House of the Lord ♪
  • 23:55 ♪ Forever and Ever ♪
  • 24:16 Psalm 23 is one of our favorites.
  • 24:20 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
  • 24:23 I will fear no evil.
  • 24:25 How appropriate for all of those people who went through that
  • 24:29 horrible Holocaust.
  • 24:30 Exactly so. And for Phillip especially because he was such a young boy
  • 24:34 with his brothers and God delivered him so that he could
  • 24:37 be someone who is today singing the praises of God and singing
  • 24:42 the importance of Israel itself.
  • 24:44 It's really important to memorize scripture and Psalm 23
  • 24:47 is one of those scriptures that is just packed with each verse
  • 24:50 really revealing the name of God, the character of God,
  • 24:54 His heart for His people, that He will keep us.
  • 24:57 We don't need to fear any evil because He is with us.
  • 25:00 He will even prepare a table for us in the face of our enemies.
  • 25:04 Mary Goetz really gets it because he puts his modern music to this
  • 25:10 beautiful scripture and it makes the scripture just come alive
  • 25:15 to us. It's inspiring. I'm so blessed by his ministry
  • 25:18 to this ministry and to all of us.
  • 25:20 And it's such a parallel for Phillip's life.
  • 25:23 Psalm 100 verse 4 says...
  • 25:26 [speaking Hebrew]
  • 25:27 We enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  • 25:30 So think about that. Here's this young boy delivered out of the
  • 25:32 Holocaust and entering the gates of Jerusalem with thanksgiving.
  • 25:36 Oh, the modern state of Israel.
  • 25:38 And not having to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
  • 25:40 But being able to walk through it because of the Lord.
  • 25:42 It's just an amazing testimony.
  • 25:45 I love that connection between Marty's song, the Psalms, and Phillip's life.
  • 25:50 Even David, Myles, when he was facing the woes that were coming
  • 25:55 at him he released a song. How much more do we need to release
  • 25:58 a song in these days just to break the atmosphere of fear
  • 26:03 around our lives and to focus us on how strong and mighty our God is. He is a deliverer.
  • 26:09 It's true. And the power of the Word. The Word is not a natural book.
  • 26:12 It is a supernatural book. There is power in scripture.
  • 26:14 Power to open up the heavens and to push back the work of the enemy.
  • 26:18 Even in mood, even atmosphere as you say, push back...
  • 26:22 Enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  • 26:23 Yes, it's always a good idea.
  • 26:25 I was thinking about the Jaffa Gate that is really for the
  • 26:28 western world. So significant because the gospel primarily
  • 26:31 went and has been going around the world from the west.
  • 26:35 It's really rising in strength in the east now with Asia being
  • 26:38 one of the most powerful supporters of Israel and just
  • 26:43 sold out Christians, people who are believing God for great things to come to the world
  • 26:47 because of the ministry of the gospel.
  • 26:50 So the Jaffa Gate is so significant. We like to take our tour groups there, our
  • 26:55 pilgrims there and pray for America from Jaffa because it's
  • 26:59 the western side.
  • 27:01 Next week, Myles, you can join us and we'll be going to
  • 27:06 the New Gate, so make sure you tune in for that.
  • 27:09 You know we always like to remind you to remember the words
  • 27:13 of Psalm 122, which says...
  • 27:15 Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim
  • 27:18 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
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Episodes in this series

  1. The Dung Gate
  2. The Zion Gate
  3. The Jaffa Gate
  4. The New Gate
  5. The Damascus Gate
  6. Herod’s Gate
  7. Lions Gate
  8. The Eastern Gate

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