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Series: “Zion Forever”
This long-awaited, nine-part series looks back at Israel’s history and forward into prophecy while remembering the present status of the Temple Mount, the most contested real estate on Earth. Throughout the series, we hear from Our Man in Haifa Eitan Shishkoff, and Zola Levitt’s music complements the narrative and scenes of Israel.
Episode: “Western Wall”
The Western Wall, once called “Wailing Wall,” now called HaKotel (The Wall), is the closest Jewish people can get to the site of the Holy of Holies. After Myles shows us a Bar Mitzvah celebration at the Wall, we hear how King David purchased the threshing floor atop Mount Zion. Guests include Hannah Ben-Haim and Eitan Shishkoff.

Caption transcript for Zion Forever: “Western Wall” (2/9)

  • 00:04 There are tears on this wall;
  • 00:06 there are stains on this wall
  • 00:08 from the years of wailing here
  • 00:10 mourning the loss of the Temple.
  • 00:13 But there was a first Temple;
  • 00:14 there was a second Temple;
  • 00:16 and there is a Temple to come.
  • 00:45 For Zion's sake
  • 00:47 I will not hold my peace
  • 00:49 and for Jerusalem's sake
  • 00:51 I will not rest
  • 00:53 until her righteousness goes forth as brightness
  • 00:57 And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
  • 01:10 Shalom and welcome to our program.
  • 01:12 I'm Myles Weiss
  • 01:13 and I'm Katharine Weiss.
  • 01:14 And we want to welcome you
  • 01:15 to our series "Zion Forever".
  • 01:17 We're going to emphasize the City of David,
  • 01:20 the Temple Mount;
  • 01:21 some of the heartbeat of God.
  • 01:23 Correct...
  • 01:24 because these are contested areas
  • 01:26 that are always in the news in some form or another
  • 01:28 because the media of the world
  • 01:30 and some of the enemies of Israel
  • 01:31 are saying that there has never been a Jewish presence there.
  • 01:33 But we know from scripture
  • 01:35 archeology
  • 01:36 history
  • 01:37 by means of conquest
  • 01:38 and international law going back to the League of Nations
  • 01:41 and the United Nations
  • 01:43 that Israel has a right to be where we are.
  • 01:46 And it's not only that.
  • 01:47 The Church...
  • 01:48 God is calling the Church
  • 01:50 to carry His heart for His people and His Land.
  • 01:53 We continue to remind you.
  • 01:56 We have gotten this beautiful Word, the Scripture.
  • 01:59 The Holy Prophets came through the Jewish people.
  • 02:02 Our Messiah was Jewish.
  • 02:04 But more importantly in our day...
  • 02:06 or most important
  • 02:07 there's a moral clarity
  • 02:09 that they're holding for us against the war on terror.
  • 02:12 The war on terror is prophesied by the Bible.
  • 02:16 Isaiah says...
  • 02:21 and we are living in that time right now.
  • 02:24 We're hearing all kinds of what my grandmother would call
  • 02:26 "bubba mysis" - "grandmother's tales"
  • 02:28 coming across the media airwaves
  • 02:30 regarding what's happening in Israel.
  • 02:31 But the truth is still the truth.
  • 02:33 This Word is true.
  • 02:35 God is fulfilling it.
  • 02:36 And if we're going to understand what's going on in the world
  • 02:39 we have to look through the lens of the Bible.
  • 02:41 Its the only way we can interpret
  • 02:44 what's happening there isn't it?
  • 02:45 It's wonderful.
  • 02:46 There's a great awakening happening
  • 02:48 in the Church I know.
  • 02:50 And we're just so grateful
  • 02:51 to be able to show you now
  • 02:53 a little bit from the Western Wall.
  • 03:01 Talk about the Jewish presence in the Land...
  • 03:03 behind us you see the Western Wall.
  • 03:05 It's the outer retaining wall
  • 03:07 to the Temples that existed here.
  • 03:09 Right now its being contested;
  • 03:11 being said that there never was
  • 03:13 a Jewish presence in the Land,
  • 03:15 never a Temple.
  • 03:16 And yet this goes back to the time of David doesn't it?
  • 03:18 Absolutely
  • 03:19 3,000 years ago
  • 03:21 David decided and declared
  • 03:23 that this is the capital
  • 03:24 of the Jewish people.
  • 03:25 No other people group
  • 03:27 have ever claimed that this is the capital.
  • 03:29 It is the Jewish capital
  • 03:31 of the Jewish people.
  • 03:32 Not Muslims...not Turks
  • 03:34 not the Mamluks who marched through here.
  • 03:36 Its the Jewish homeland
  • 03:38 and they're here to stay.
  • 03:39 Hallelujah!
  • 03:40 You know its really true.
  • 03:41 This Ha Makom - "The Place"
  • 03:43 This Western Wall is the closest
  • 03:45 that the Jewish people can get
  • 03:46 to the former Holy Place.
  • 03:48 Its in there.
  • 03:49 It is there.
  • 03:50 And it is "Ha Makom"
  • 03:51 "The Place".
  • 03:52 Its the place of vision.
  • 03:53 It's the place of life.
  • 03:54 The place that God looked forward
  • 03:57 to see what He would do here.
  • 03:58 And He said that He would
  • 04:00 "establish David's throne forever".
  • 04:02 How will He do that?
  • 04:03 He'll do that
  • 04:04 because the Son of David,
  • 04:05 David's greater son Yeshua
  • 04:07 is going to rule and reign
  • 04:09 from this place
  • 04:10 in this capital.
  • 04:11 Now we're here today...
  • 04:12 its Bar Mitzvah day.
  • 04:13 Its a day that Jewish kids are
  • 04:15 celebrating their entrance into Jewish life
  • 04:17 with the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah
  • 04:19 becoming sons of the law,
  • 04:21 sons of the Torah.
  • 04:22 And its a celebration day.
  • 04:24 Its a day when the Jewish people
  • 04:26 remember where we've come from
  • 04:27 and look forward to where we're going.
  • 04:29 And I believe the day is coming
  • 04:31 when everyone here
  • 04:32 will look upon Him who we have pierced.
  • 04:34 And mourn as if for an only son
  • 04:36 and say as the scripture says,
  • 04:38 they will bow their knee
  • 04:40 and they will say that Jesus is LORD
  • 04:42 to the glory of God the Father.
  • 04:44 That day is coming.
  • 04:45 And it will be established here
  • 04:46 at Ha Makom the throne of God.
  • 04:49 David...King David
  • 04:50 bought this place from a Jebusite;
  • 04:53 from Ornan the Jebusite.
  • 04:56 He bought the threshing floor.
  • 04:58 And he did that purposefully
  • 05:00 because he wanted this to be
  • 05:01 a legal establishing place
  • 05:03 for the LORD.
  • 05:12 ♪ Shalom aleinu ♪ "Peace for us"
  • 05:13 ♪ v'al kol Yisrael ♪♪ "and for all Israel"
  • 05:15 We're hearing the sounds of celebration.
  • 05:17 Behind me you see a picture of the Temple.
  • 05:19 And we're at Ha Makom
  • 05:21 as close as we can get
  • 05:22 to the "The Place".
  • 05:23 The place where the Holy of Holies stood.
  • 05:25 It is the most sacred place
  • 05:27 in all of Jewish life.
  • 05:29 And it is here
  • 05:30 where people are coming today
  • 05:31 to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah.
  • 05:32 It's such an awesome time.
  • 05:34 It's such a time of joy and remembering
  • 05:36 the good things of the LORD
  • 05:37 and the promises to Israel.
  • 05:39 In fact, they're singing that all of Israel
  • 05:41 will stay and will be here.
  • 05:44 And God has established this
  • 05:46 as "The Place" for the Jewish people to dwell
  • 05:48 now and forever.
  • 05:50 In fact, Amos 19 says...
  • 05:58 and that's the season that we're in right now.
  • 06:01 This Temple built by Solomon
  • 06:03 because David had blood on his hands.
  • 06:05 It was built by Solomon
  • 06:06 and then rebuilt by Nehemiah and Ezra
  • 06:09 and then rebuilt again by Herod.
  • 06:12 And when Herod did it
  • 06:13 he built this with a platform that was
  • 06:15 16 football fields wide.
  • 06:18 This is "The Place".
  • 06:19 And this is the place where God
  • 06:21 has established His throne forever.
  • 06:23 And His promise to David
  • 06:25 was that there would always be a king dwelling in here forever
  • 06:29 And that looks forward to the Meshiach.
  • 06:32 It looks forward to the "King of Kings"
  • 06:34 "Melech Hamelachim" (King of Kings)
  • 06:36 "Adonai v' Adonai" (Lord of Lords)
  • 06:38 There are tears on this wall;
  • 06:39 There are stains on this wall
  • 06:41 from the years of wailing here
  • 06:44 mourning the loss of the Temple.
  • 06:46 But there was a first Temple,
  • 06:48 there was a second Temple
  • 06:49 and there is a Temple to come.
  • 06:53 ♪ Israel, my love ♪
  • 06:58 ♪ Israel, my promised ♪
  • 07:02 ♪ Chosen of God ♪
  • 07:06 ♪ Chosen for me ♪
  • 07:10 ♪ Homeland forever ♪
  • 07:14 ♪ Land of Messiah ♪
  • 07:18 ♪ Israel, my love ♪
  • 07:26 ♪ Our God watches thee. ♪♪
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  • 08:55 We not only do the segments here
  • 08:57 but we also take you
  • 08:59 to the Land of Israel itself
  • 09:01 and teach where Jesus taught.
  • 09:03 It's such a privilege
  • 09:04 and we love sharing that with you.
  • 09:06 So we want to thank you.
  • 09:07 Yeah.
  • 09:08 You know the battle over Zion
  • 09:09 is not merely a battle over land
  • 09:12 and its not just a real estate issue.
  • 09:14 It's a battle for the souls of men.
  • 09:16 It's a battle over ideas.
  • 09:18 And there's going to come a great separation.
  • 09:20 And that's why this program is so relevant to us now
  • 09:23 because we see
  • 09:24 even in the upcoming segment
  • 09:26 the importance of the winnowing
  • 09:28 that's going to take place in the Master's hands.
  • 09:31 We're going to hear from our tour guide,
  • 09:32 a dear friend of ours,
  • 09:33 Hannah Ben Haim.
  • 09:35 She's been living in the Land for many years
  • 09:36 with her husband Eliyahu.
  • 09:38 They're leaders in the Messianic body.
  • 09:39 But they also have a tremendous burden
  • 09:42 to awaken the West
  • 09:44 to the realities of life in the Land
  • 09:47 and the prophetic significance of Israel.
  • 09:50 So let's go to Hannah Ben Haim now from Jerusalem.
  • 09:55 Hannah we're here at the City of David.
  • 09:57 The Temple Mount behind us.
  • 09:59 What a connection
  • 10:00 and what an amazing story
  • 10:02 that David as king came here
  • 10:04 and established this capital
  • 10:06 and bought the threshing floor.
  • 10:08 tell us about that.
  • 10:09 Absolutely...absolutely
  • 10:11 We are so privileged to be here today.
  • 10:14 To be back in the City of David
  • 10:16 and to be looking at the area of where the Temple once stood
  • 10:21 that David did everything for to prepare.
  • 10:25 And we read about
  • 10:26 this account of David.
  • 10:28 David sinned - you know.
  • 10:30 David had many sins.
  • 10:32 But in this instance David sinned because
  • 10:33 he had counted his physical strength,
  • 10:36 his mighty army.
  • 10:37 Exactly
  • 10:38 And then of course
  • 10:39 he chooses to fall into the hand of God.
  • 10:41 And this is recorded in II Samuel 24.
  • 10:44 And at the time that this plague is hitting Israel
  • 10:48 and thousands of people are dying...
  • 10:50 70,000
  • 10:51 70,000 have already died.
  • 10:53 I look at this as David's low point in his life.
  • 10:57 It says...
  • 11:09 Hallelujah!
  • 11:10 He saved Jerusalem at that time.
  • 11:12 And he says to the Angel of Death...
  • 11:18 What is it enough of?
  • 11:20 This is the place where there's a red line
  • 11:22 on the face of the earth.
  • 11:23 It is enough of death.
  • 11:25 And God Himself intervenes,
  • 11:27 stops the same Angel
  • 11:29 that's destroying them in Exodus 12
  • 11:32 and now gives them basically another chance.
  • 11:36 Because its a love story
  • 11:38 and its always been intended
  • 11:39 for the seed of life
  • 11:40 to be coming from this place.
  • 11:42 And because God chose this place.
  • 11:44 We read about this in II Samuel
  • 11:48 Yes
  • 11:49 but of course we've read about it in Genesis.
  • 11:51 Genesis 22 tells us
  • 11:53 this is the place.
  • 11:54 This is Mount Moriah.
  • 11:55 This is His Holy Mountain.
  • 11:57 Ha Makom
  • 11:57 Yes!
  • 11:58 And in Exodus 15
  • 12:00 he talks about when
  • 12:01 they have come out of the Red Sea
  • 12:03 they talk about
  • 12:04 the mountain of His inheritance.
  • 12:06 Here it is!
  • 12:07 He chose it for His everlasting Sanctuary.
  • 12:10 So of course the LORD Himself is not going to allow this place to be destroyed.
  • 12:14 And at this point,
  • 12:16 after the Angel of Death
  • 12:17 has been stopped here
  • 12:20 on what we call the threshing floor of Araunah
  • 12:24 David is told by the prophet
  • 12:26 to go and make a sacrifice.
  • 12:28 And he goes up to the Jebusite...
  • 12:30 Remember this would be outside of the City at that time.
  • 12:33 The City ended right about where we're standing.
  • 12:36 And over there would have been a high place
  • 12:39 of an enormous piece of bedrock
  • 12:41 that extended outside of the Land.
  • 12:43 A perfect place for a threshing floor
  • 12:46 because a threshing floor must be exposed;
  • 12:48 a threshing floor must be a hard surface.
  • 12:51 And that's what David approaches
  • 12:53 the Jebusite Araunah.
  • 12:55 He buys it from him.
  • 12:57 Now, this reminds me
  • 12:59 of how Hebron was bought by Abraham
  • 13:00 for the burial of Sarah.
  • 13:02 Full price.
  • 13:03 Full price.
  • 13:04 "I'm not going to take this as a gift."
  • 13:05 No deals.
  • 13:06 Araunah says, here take it my Lord,
  • 13:08 here's everything you need.
  • 13:09 And David says a very important thing.
  • 13:12 He says...
  • 13:22 David understands the principle of sacrifice.
  • 13:25 Sacrifice must cost you.
  • 13:26 It's you giving to the mighty God.
  • 13:29 And so he pays him this exorbitant amount of money.
  • 13:32 If you notice... 50 silver shekels.
  • 13:35 And here we have the contract right here in the Word of God.
  • 13:39 So David buys that threshing floor as we know.
  • 13:41 He wasn't allowed because of the blood on his hands
  • 13:44 to build actually the first Temple.
  • 13:47 But it would be given to his son Solomon.
  • 13:49 So he buys the threshing floor.
  • 13:52 That's that hard surface
  • 13:54 that today there's a golden dome over.
  • 13:57 And there he will do everything he can
  • 14:00 to prepare the way for Solomon
  • 14:02 to build the first Temple.
  • 14:03 So well before
  • 14:05 United Nations resolutions;
  • 14:07 well before
  • 14:09 peace processes;
  • 14:10 Well before
  • 14:11 all the mishegas in the modern world
  • 14:13 King David 1,000 years before the birth of Yeshua
  • 14:17 3,000 years ago
  • 14:19 he bought this place full price legally.
  • 14:22 Absolutely...absolutely
  • 14:24 And this would be the extension of the City in the time of Solomon.
  • 14:28 Solomon will build to the north
  • 14:31 and include that area
  • 14:32 that is called the "Temple Mount" today.
  • 14:35 Yes
  • 14:36 Not everyone calls it the Temple Mount.
  • 14:37 Yes
  • 14:38 But initially when we start thinking about the Temple
  • 14:41 and the Temple Mount
  • 14:43 and all that's there now
  • 14:45 it's very interesting that
  • 14:47 the Muslims, the Jews, and the Christians
  • 14:49 all believe that the final judgment area
  • 14:52 on the face of the earth
  • 14:53 is the Temple Mount
  • 14:55 Now David saw that.
  • 14:56 And he writes about it...
  • 15:00 And that's the picture of the threshing floor.
  • 15:02 And the promise to David
  • 15:04 his seed...
  • 15:05 that his seed would be on this throne forever.
  • 15:08 Forever...and we know who was part of the seed of David.
  • 15:11 The Tribe of Judah the seed of David.
  • 15:13 Fulfilling that promise.
  • 15:15 The threshing floor itself
  • 15:17 there is an incredible parallel
  • 15:18 with what's going on in the modern world.
  • 15:20 Please... tell us about that.
  • 15:22 A threshing floor...
  • 15:23 Now a lot of us because we're not agrarian today
  • 15:25 don't understand that.
  • 15:27 So a threshing floor is where you bring the harvest in.
  • 15:29 Now we're talking about wheat or barley;
  • 15:32 the staple of life if you'd like.
  • 15:36 And you would come at the end of the season
  • 15:39 with your wheat and your barley
  • 15:41 and you would bring the sheaves to the threshing floor.
  • 15:45 Now, you'd lay the sheaves down on the threshing floor
  • 15:49 after they had dried in the field.
  • 15:50 And actually...
  • 15:52 immediately after Pesach
  • 15:53 we start counting the Omer.
  • 15:55 And that's the sheaves for the wheat harvest.
  • 15:58 So every day they went out and cut some of the wheat.
  • 16:01 And then you have to do something kind of awful.
  • 16:05 Excuse me for saying that.
  • 16:06 You need a threshing sledge.
  • 16:08 Yes.
  • 16:10 Now a threshing sledge is sort of a big, chunky, teethy, heavy
  • 16:14 not very beautiful item.
  • 16:16 And it must be dragged across the sheaves
  • 16:20 that are placed there on the threshing floor.
  • 16:22 You know in the book of Isaiah,
  • 16:24 Isaiah 41, he says...
  • 16:32 That means they were new and fresh and ready to cut up.
  • 16:36 And what you do is
  • 16:37 you drag that threshing sledge across the threshing floor
  • 16:41 and you keep dragging it, and keep dragging it.
  • 16:44 And at the end it is absolutely chopped up into little bits.
  • 16:48 It is a mess!
  • 16:50 Now, talk about the end of the age.
  • 16:52 You don't think it's going to be a little confusing who's who?
  • 16:54 It's getting messy.
  • 16:55 It's getting messy...
  • 16:57 It's getting messy.
  • 16:58 Now, in the book of Matthew
  • 17:00 we hear John speaking to us, alright?
  • 17:03 In Matthew 3 he says...
  • 17:20 Now, there's the update.
  • 17:22 That's what the LORD is about to do.
  • 17:24 So after God uses, unfortunately Israel
  • 17:27 to be the threshing sledge.
  • 17:29 This was His choice.
  • 17:30 And after, we know,
  • 17:32 the nations will be brought to this place
  • 17:34 for harvesting the seed which will go into the barn.
  • 17:38 Judgment of sheep and goat nations.
  • 17:40 Absolutely, we're talking about separation.
  • 17:42 We're talking about that which has weight
  • 17:45 and that which has no substance;
  • 17:47 hay, wood and stubble.
  • 17:48 You have to separate them.
  • 17:51 Now, weight is of course the picture of Glory itself.
  • 17:56 God has put His glory in us as seeds of righteousness for Him.
  • 18:01 And so that weight which is the same word as glory
  • 18:06 will of course bring the seed to the ground.
  • 18:09 So, when the LORD of the harvest,
  • 18:12 whom we know who he is,
  • 18:13 will take His winnowing fork
  • 18:16 and start throwing this mess up in the air;
  • 18:18 that which has no weight
  • 18:20 will blow into unquenchable fire.
  • 18:22 Alright?
  • 18:24 That is pretty good picture of some place I don't want to go.
  • 18:26 Alright?
  • 18:27 I don't know about you.
  • 18:28 But that's not where I want to go.
  • 18:29 But that which has weight will fall to the ground.
  • 18:31 Kavod
  • 18:32 Kavod...it will fall to the ground.
  • 18:36 His "Glory" will bring us down, if you'd like.
  • 18:39 And you know my favorite part of that scripture in Matthew is
  • 18:43 "He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor.
  • 18:47 He won't leave any of it behind.
  • 18:49 He'll bring it all into the barn.
  • 18:51 This is that picture of the end of the age.
  • 18:53 But the big operation
  • 18:56 of this separation
  • 18:57 only will come with wind.
  • 19:00 Wind
  • 19:01 Wind is that which the harvester will throw it up
  • 19:05 only when there's a good wind.
  • 19:06 Now, we have a nice prevailing western wind in Jerusalem.
  • 19:09 And of course, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.
  • 19:13 It usually starts around
  • 19:14 2:00 in the afternoon.
  • 19:16 And so we have this picture of
  • 19:18 the harvester waiting for the wind.
  • 19:21 Now, that word wind "ruach"
  • 19:23 has two other meanings.
  • 19:25 One is of course "the Spirit";
  • 19:27 a "ruach" is Spirit.
  • 19:29 The other one is "the Breath of God Himself"
  • 19:32 WOW..
  • 19:33 Now "Ruchi" God's breath is not my breath.
  • 19:37 It's not even similar to what in Hebrew is my breath.
  • 19:41 So God uses His Spirit as the breath to separate between that which will fall to the ground
  • 19:47 and that which will be carried into that unquenchable fire.
  • 19:51 That's the picture of the threshing floor.
  • 19:54 That place of separation.
  • 19:55 That final judgment.
  • 19:57 Yes
  • 19:58 And that barn coming down from that Holy Jerusalem.
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  • 20:44 God's Land, His Holy Land
  • 20:46 there's nothing like it.
  • 20:48 It's where you see the
  • 20:49 prophetic scriptures come alive.
  • 20:51 You're going to see the
  • 20:53 fulfillment that he said
  • 20:54 he would bring the Jewish
  • 20:55 people back to the Land,
  • 20:57 he would establish them
  • 20:58 in their ancient homeland
  • 20:59 and that he would
  • 21:00 cause it to bloom.
  • 21:01 And it's where
  • 21:02 our Messiah came,
  • 21:04 died and will soon return.
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  • 21:08 and see for yourself
  • 21:10 a little bit of where
  • 21:12 you'll be spending
  • 21:13 1,000 years with our LORD.
  • 21:14 That's good.
  • 21:16 A lot of what we do together as Jew and Gentile
  • 21:18 is celebrate the goodness of God.
  • 21:20 And what He's showed us in Ephesians 2:14
  • 21:23 that there's a time coming,
  • 21:25 He came to the cross,
  • 21:26 when He will break down
  • 21:27 the middle wall of partition
  • 21:29 so that Jews and Gentiles could worship Him together.
  • 21:31 And one of the great things
  • 21:32 about this work that's going on right now is that
  • 21:35 that awakening is increasing around the world.
  • 21:38 As we go to "Our Man in Haifa"
  • 21:40 Eitan Shishkoff
  • 21:42 I want you to be listening
  • 21:43 for the connection between
  • 21:45 the Tanakh's story of the Jews and Gentiles together
  • 21:48 and the B'rit Hadeshah;
  • 21:50 the Old Testament, the New Testament.
  • 21:51 The connection of this work that God is doing
  • 21:54 in bringing Jews and Gentiles together
  • 21:56 and what that means prophetically
  • 21:58 for the future.
  • 21:59 Let's go to Eitan in Israel.
  • 22:03 Shalom and welcome.
  • 22:05 I am being joined this afternoon by
  • 22:06 Mosha and Roni
  • 22:07 who it turns out
  • 22:09 are neighbors of mine.
  • 22:10 We live here in the same area.
  • 22:12 And as you can see and hear behind me
  • 22:14 we're at the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 22:17 And the Mediterranean has great significance in the scriptures.
  • 22:21 In the Hebrew scriptures we read in the book of II Chronicles
  • 22:25 that it was along these waters that King Hiram from Tyre
  • 22:31 which is just up into today's Lebanon
  • 22:33 sent massive timbers, supplies and manpower
  • 22:37 to Solomon to build the original Temple in Jerusalem.
  • 22:41 To me that's a fantastic example
  • 22:44 of the kind of cooperation between Jews and Gentiles
  • 22:48 that's being called for today.
  • 22:51 In fact, I love this story
  • 22:53 in which appears in I Chronicles
  • 22:56 and then II Kings.
  • 22:58 Solomon looked to Hiram;
  • 23:00 he actually asked him
  • 23:02 to assist him in the process of building the Temple.
  • 23:06 And this process was something that
  • 23:08 involved the personnel as I mentioned
  • 23:11 and the material from Lebanon
  • 23:14 from up over the border.
  • 23:16 In fact, we're not very far from that border right now.
  • 23:18 And if it was a clear day
  • 23:20 we would be able to see
  • 23:22 the border with Israel and Lebanon.
  • 23:24 So this cooperation was profound
  • 23:27 because Solomon needed
  • 23:29 the resources and the friendship of Hiram
  • 23:33 in order to complete the Temple.
  • 23:35 The Temple was built.
  • 23:37 And when the Temple was completed
  • 23:39 there was a dedication.
  • 23:41 That dedication was something amazing.
  • 23:43 Because we read in the scriptures
  • 23:45 that the Glory in the presence of God
  • 23:48 descended as a cloud upon that place.
  • 23:52 Now, to me that's an image of
  • 23:54 what the God of Israel wants to do again
  • 23:56 through the cooperation of Jewish and Gentile followers
  • 24:00 of the Messiah Yeshua.
  • 24:02 And I appreciate these gentlemen joining me
  • 24:05 in order to make this statement
  • 24:07 that we are looking for
  • 24:09 that kind of partnership once again today.
  • 24:13 You know, for over 20 years
  • 24:15 Myles and I have been contending
  • 24:17 by the heart of God,
  • 24:19 he put his heart in our heart,
  • 24:20 to contend to build
  • 24:21 bridges between Jews and Christians
  • 24:23 and to understand Biblically
  • 24:25 where we stand and what God is doing.
  • 24:28 And we can align with His Word
  • 24:30 and not with our opinions
  • 24:32 because I think so much of our life
  • 24:34 we have to really not filter it
  • 24:36 through our humanistic love
  • 24:38 or justice view.
  • 24:41 But the God view of mankind
  • 24:43 and what his plan is.
  • 24:45 Really, it's a sovereignty issue.
  • 24:47 And we need his discernment more than ever.
  • 24:49 I love what Daniel says.
  • 24:51 It says...
  • 24:58 That's really true.
  • 24:59 And to take action
  • 25:00 we need wisdom to know
  • 25:01 which actions to take.
  • 25:02 I'm thinking about the many times
  • 25:04 that we've stood with our Arab-Christian friends
  • 25:06 bringing sound systems to our Churches
  • 25:09 and helping to raise funds
  • 25:10 for different outreaches to the Muslim community.
  • 25:12 And yet, during this time now
  • 25:15 we realize that as that is going on
  • 25:17 there's this pressure on the Arab believers in the Land
  • 25:21 to divorce themselves from the Messianic body.
  • 25:24 And we are praying for
  • 25:25 that unity that Eitan was referring to.
  • 25:27 But it has to be in spirit and in truth.
  • 25:29 Those that know the LORD
  • 25:31 will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
  • 25:33 And the pressure is there to draw back
  • 25:35 and to become almost subservient
  • 25:38 to a message that is against Israel.
  • 25:40 And that's very dangerous.
  • 25:41 Right, to try to...
  • 25:43 we usually like to say,
  • 25:45 walk through the raindrops.
  • 25:47 You know, sometimes we're going to get wet
  • 25:49 if we stand with what God says.
  • 25:50 Sometimes there's going to be consequences
  • 25:52 but we need to take those actions
  • 25:54 because we want to be on the side of the LORD
  • 25:56 and not on the side of just being kind
  • 26:00 or appeasing for the sake...
  • 26:03 I think we're not saying as clearly as we could Myles.
  • 26:06 We could just come right out and say
  • 26:08 there's some Christian organizations
  • 26:10 that have withdrawn their support of Israel
  • 26:13 because they are viewing it through
  • 26:16 a humanistic love lens
  • 26:18 and not the scriptural lens.
  • 26:19 Exactly, and they're looking for a peace and justice
  • 26:21 or a human solution that is not God's issue.
  • 26:24 You said it exactly.
  • 26:24 You said "sovereignty".
  • 26:26 And this is an issue of God's sovereignty.
  • 26:28 God called the Jewish people back to the Land.
  • 26:30 He prophesied it then He did it.
  • 26:31 He is establishing them in the Land.
  • 26:33 He prophesied it and He is doing it.
  • 26:35 And now,
  • 26:36 there is the water of the Word
  • 26:37 the water of the Spirit
  • 26:38 that's coming on all flesh
  • 26:40 including the Jewish people in the Land
  • 26:42 so that we would cry out,
  • 26:44 "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai"
  • 26:45 "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD"
  • 26:48 At the same time that is going on
  • 26:50 some organizations are divorcing themselves
  • 26:53 from that establishing of God in the Land.
  • 26:56 And that is a very dangerous place to be.
  • 26:58 We do not want to be opposing
  • 27:00 what God is doing in the earth.
  • 27:02 Amen
  • 27:03 And that's why we always end our program
  • 27:05 with this spiritual injunction
  • 27:07 from Psalm 122:6.
  • 27:09 The only place in the Word
  • 27:11 that a town is called for us to pray for
  • 27:13 which is Jerusalem.
  • 27:15 And we say to you;
  • 27:16 we ask you to hold this tightly to your heart.
  • 27:19 Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim
  • 27:21 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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Episodes in this series

  1. The Place
  2. Western Wall
  3. Southern Steps
  4. Kidron Valley
  5. Valley of Elah
  6. Ein Gedi
  7. Temple Mount
  8. Mount of Olives
  9. In the Meantime
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