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Episode: “Valley of Elah”
Young shepherd boy David slew the giant Philistine Goliath in the Valley of Elah. Here, Myles and Katharine recap the event. We discuss the walls of ancient Jebus (Jerusalem), the Gihon Spring where David's forces invaded the city, and the tunnels at the southern end that may have provided the final resting place for Judean kings. Guests include Eli Shukron, Shimon Gibson and Shahar Shilo.
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.

Caption transcript for Zion Forever: “Valley of Elah” (5/9)

  • 00:04 You, Bethlehem, even though you are the least among the cities of Israel,
  • 00:07 out of you will come He who's goings forth
  • 00:10 have been from everlasting to everlasting.
  • 00:13 Speaking of Messiah.
  • 00:14 He had to be of the House of David.
  • 00:16 He had to be of the Tribe of Judah.
  • 00:18 And He had to be Yeshua Ha Mashiach.
  • 00:46 For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace.
  • 00:50 And for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
  • 00:54 Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness
  • 00:58 and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
  • 01:11 We're here in the beautiful "Emek HaEla" ,
  • 01:14 the Valley of Elah.
  • 01:15 This is the place where David defeated Goliath.
  • 01:18 Arguably, the most important defeat
  • 01:20 of the early years of David.
  • 01:22 But before he came here,
  • 01:24 David arose in the context of Israel asking for a king.
  • 01:28 You know, people think that they inadvertently,
  • 01:31 or wrongly asked for Saul to be king.
  • 01:33 And maybe Saul was not the king that God had chosen at first.
  • 01:37 But the reality is that God always intended a king to rule over Israel.
  • 01:42 However, it had to be "Melech ha-M'lachim"
  • 01:45 The King of Kings.
  • 01:47 Now, Saul, Samuel, Jonathan, Nathan; these men were all
  • 01:52 part of the environment in which both Saul and David came up in.
  • 01:57 And David was influenced by that environment.
  • 02:01 When Saul was chosen as king
  • 02:03 he did several things that disqualified him.
  • 02:06 In I Samuel 13:13 he's admonished by Samuel
  • 02:11 to wait for Samuel for seven days.
  • 02:14 But Saul did not wait.
  • 02:16 He took on the role of the Priest and made a sacrifice
  • 02:19 that was not his right do.
  • 02:21 And Samuel admonished him.
  • 02:23 And then, again in I Samuel 15
  • 02:27 Samuel told Saul to completely wipe out the Amalekites.
  • 02:33 Now this is very important
  • 02:34 because people look at a warning like that from God
  • 02:37 as if God is some blood-thirsty ruler.
  • 02:39 But in fact, God knows the end from the beginning.
  • 02:42 And way back, in the book of Exodus
  • 02:44 God told Moses that if he did not deal with Amalek
  • 02:48 there would be trouble forever.
  • 02:50 In fact, Agag was an Amalekite
  • 02:52 and Saul was then admonished by Samuel
  • 02:55 to take care of the Amalekites.
  • 02:57 And he did not do it.
  • 02:59 And what happened from that is that centuries later
  • 03:02 Mordecai would have to deal with Haman
  • 03:05 who was also an Amalekite.
  • 03:07 And so God, knowing the end from the beginning
  • 03:09 understood that this intentional coming against the Israelites
  • 03:14 would continue unless they dealt with these things.
  • 03:17 In fact, in an act of mercy
  • 03:19 God told Saul to spare the Kenites,
  • 03:23 remembering back to the time of the Exodus
  • 03:25 when they were kind to the Israelites on their way out of Egypt.
  • 03:29 And that's important.
  • 03:30 Remember that Caleb, the hero, one of the heroes of Exodus,
  • 03:33 was in fact, of Jephunneh a Kenite.
  • 03:36 And so, God knows what He's doing.
  • 03:38 Samuel goes off to find a king that is
  • 03:43 (speaking Hebrew)
  • 03:46 "A man after God's own heart"
  • 03:48 And that's what He's looking for.
  • 03:49 And so he goes to Bethlehem not far from here.
  • 03:53 And he goes and privately calls David,
  • 03:57 after not choosing the other 7 sons,
  • 04:00 he chooses the 8th.
  • 04:01 "8" always the number of new beginnings.
  • 04:04 The young David, a shepherd,
  • 04:06 young David, a boy,
  • 04:08 young David, God's chosen
  • 04:11 (speaking Hebrew)
  • 04:14 God is looking for a man after his own heart.
  • 04:17 And then he will come here
  • 04:19 and fight that incredible battle with Goliath.
  • 04:27 What a classic picture of the battle in the heavenlies.
  • 04:30 The warfare between David and Goliath is really a picture
  • 04:34 of the warfare between the Messiah and the prince of the power of the air...Satan.
  • 04:38 Well, even little Israel is fighting against these Goliaths
  • 04:41 that are surrounding them, literally.
  • 04:44 There are these wars, and rumors of wars,
  • 04:47 and literal wars like the war that was just happening in Gaza.
  • 04:52 God miraculously delivered several troops of the Israeli army
  • 04:57 through a fog that came in over them as they were going out to defend their land,
  • 05:04 to defend their right to live there as people,
  • 05:07 and to protect their innocent.
  • 05:09 They go to great lengths to protect all human life.
  • 05:12 That's really true,
  • 05:13 In fact, Colonel Camp, the British leader,
  • 05:16 said that there's never been in the history of warfare
  • 05:19 a more humane army or humane way of fighting war
  • 05:23 than what happens with the IDF in Israel.
  • 05:26 But what we're really looking at now
  • 05:27 is that there's a supernatural layer
  • 05:29 that's unseen like the fog that rolled in to protect the IDF.
  • 05:33 And that happens many, many times.
  • 05:35 We not only see that in the Bible with David and Goliath,
  • 05:40 David said that, I come to you in the Name
  • 05:42 (Speaking in Hebrew)
  • 05:50 And really, that's speaking of an Angelic Army, isn't it"
  • 05:53 I think there was something of God's supernatural hand to take that little teeny stone
  • 05:58 and to put it right between the forehead of Goliath and see that giant topple.
  • 06:04 And that's how we're going to continue to see this stage of life play out.
  • 06:09 We have evidence from the Bible, from history, from archeology.
  • 06:14 And so let's go to one of our archeologists, Eli Shukron.
  • 06:17 He's one of the key leaders in the archeological movement,
  • 06:20 especially, uncovering the City of David.
  • 06:23 Let's go to him now.
  • 06:25 We are on the outside of the city
  • 06:27 in the front of the city wall
  • 06:31 of the City of David of Jerusalem in the 1st Temple Period.
  • 06:34 We are talking about 8th century BC.
  • 06:37 That wall was built here to support the city,
  • 06:40 to protect the city, from the east side of Jerusalem.
  • 06:45 We are close to the Kidron Valley.
  • 06:47 We are in the Kidron Valley
  • 06:48 and we know that all the attacks
  • 06:52 when they want to attack Jerusalem
  • 06:54 they came from that position. Why?
  • 06:56 You can see it, it is so strong, it is so huge.
  • 07:00 And that city wall here
  • 07:03 protected the city from that point of view.
  • 07:06 And if we go to the Bible, if we go to the excavations
  • 07:09 we can see that all the armies,
  • 07:11 that the Babylonian army and the Roman army
  • 07:15 when they wanted to attack Jerusalem
  • 07:17 they attacked Jerusalem from the north, not from that side.
  • 07:21 And we see how huge that city wall of Jerusalem built here.
  • 07:25 And I found out before like 15 years here in this area
  • 07:30 a new city wall, down below the slope
  • 07:35 close to the Kidron Valley,
  • 07:37 huge one[wall]to protect the city from the time of the 1st Temple period.
  • 07:42 Now we are in the Kidron Valley
  • 07:44 in the bottom of this east slope of the City of David.
  • 07:48 And we are outside of the city wall.
  • 07:51 And I think this is the position of King David when he came with his soldiers
  • 07:56 and he wanted to take the city from the Jebusite people.
  • 08:01 And he was standing here in the bottom of the Kidron Valley.
  • 08:07 And you look up...
  • 08:10 That position, you look and saw all that tower, all that city wall,
  • 08:15 a huge one that was built here in the time of Melchizedek;
  • 08:18 built here in the Canaanite time before 3,800 years.
  • 08:21 An they still, in that time,
  • 08:24 use it as a city wall and a tower of the city.
  • 08:27 And when he stood here in that position
  • 08:30 and he looked above, he saw the Jebusite king.
  • 08:33 And the Jebusite king was standing on the top of the tower
  • 08:37 on the top of the city wall.
  • 08:39 And he looked down to King David and his soldiers.
  • 08:42 And he said to King David, you can't go into my city.
  • 08:45 Why?
  • 08:46 I can put the blind man and the lamb on my city wall and you can't go inside.
  • 08:51 You can't take the city from me.
  • 08:53 And King David was very, very angry from that.
  • 08:56 How the Jebusite king will laugh at him.
  • 09:00 This once, I just need to think how to come in the city and take the city.
  • 09:07 And because if you look here around us we can see
  • 09:10 a huge tower with a huge boulder,
  • 09:13 tons of each boulder.
  • 09:15 The wide of the wall in this area is 7 meters, 21 feet, it is huge!
  • 09:22 And that's what King David needed,
  • 09:24 to come into the city secretly
  • 09:27 to know how to attack the city,
  • 09:30 how to find the way to come into the city,
  • 09:33 and the Bible tells us about the pipe.
  • 09:35 You are going to see it.
  • 09:36 Okay, we are in the Gihon Spring,
  • 09:38 The only spring that we have in Jerusalem.
  • 09:41 From that Gihon Spring we have the tunnels
  • 09:44 that take the water from the spring outside,
  • 09:47 inside to the city, inside to the pool they built here around.
  • 09:51 And what we are doing now,
  • 09:53 we are standing close to the tunnel called the Canaanite Tunnel
  • 09:57 that was built here before 3,800 years ago.
  • 10:01 In 1997 I was working here in the area, it's called Gihon Spring area.
  • 10:08 And I came here with my worker and I started to understand
  • 10:14 that we have the tunnel here.
  • 10:17 And what I did, I broke that wall
  • 10:20 and I came into the tunnel by that entry.
  • 10:24 And what I found in the beginning of that tunnel,
  • 10:27 I found 2 huge boulders sticking in the tunnel
  • 10:32 that no one can come from the tunnel into the spring area.
  • 10:36 It means that it was someone who put those boulders
  • 10:40 because they don't want to let any people come to the spring
  • 10:43 because the spring is the life of the city at that time.
  • 10:46 This is what the people of the city have to drinking water
  • 10:52 just from that living water that came from rain in this position in this area.
  • 10:59 It is called the Gihon Spring area.
  • 11:01 And this is the meaning
  • 11:04 of the pipe of the tunnel
  • 11:06 that was built here
  • 11:07 before 3,800 years ago.
  • 11:10 And also, used in the time of the Jebusites in the time of King David.
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  • 12:48 Archaeology is such an important part
  • 12:52 of this unearthing of the truth of the Bible
  • 12:54 because it verifies, substantiates,
  • 12:57 it corroborates that which is in the Word.
  • 12:59 We know that the Word is true.
  • 13:01 But the archaeologists really help us to understand it.
  • 13:04 And we're going to go to our next segment
  • 13:06 and you're going to hear from Shahar Shilo,
  • 13:08 a historian, and Director at the City of David.
  • 13:11 But first, let's hear again from
  • 13:14 archeologist, Shimon Gibson.
  • 13:18 We're at the southern end of the City of David.
  • 13:22 It's a kind of sort of a rocky kind of sort of precipice here.
  • 13:24 And you have visitors.
  • 13:26 There's some kids who are sort of nearby
  • 13:28 who have come to this place.
  • 13:29 It is understood by the original excavators,
  • 13:33 Weill who dug here in the early 20th century,
  • 13:36 to be the place where the tomb of King David was located
  • 13:40 and that of the other royal kings.
  • 13:42 And in those excavations, these very interesting tunnel-like cavities
  • 13:49 were found cut into the side of the hill.
  • 13:52 And it's suggested by
  • 13:55 Weill who dug here
  • 13:56 in the early 20th century
  • 13:58 that this is the place of the tomb of King David.
  • 14:01 However, the traditional site
  • 14:03 is positioned on top of Mount Zion
  • 14:06 on the other side of the city.
  • 14:09 Now, it's very clear from analysis of the remains there
  • 14:12 that site only goes back to the time of the Crusaders
  • 14:17 to the 12th century.
  • 14:18 So, it's a medieval tradition.
  • 14:21 What we have here is the ancient Biblical city.
  • 14:26 And these features might very well be
  • 14:28 connected one way or another with that of King David.
  • 14:32 But there's uncertainty
  • 14:34 because there are no archaeological remains
  • 14:36 which can be directly linked to King David.
  • 14:39 Further to the north,
  • 14:41 parts of the building were uncovered by an
  • 14:43 Israeli archaeologist fairly recently, Eliat Mazar.
  • 14:46 And she believes that is the palace of King David.
  • 14:51 While this is a mixture of the excavations
  • 14:53 done by the delegation of Dr. Eliat Mazar,
  • 14:55 there are Roman period buildings around us right now,
  • 14:58 Byzantine period, Herodian period.
  • 15:00 And right there we have the framework of a huge basis
  • 15:03 of a Biblical building that she believes very much
  • 15:05 is the palace of King David.
  • 15:08 Others would say this might have been the palace
  • 15:09 of a later Jewish king from the Jewish period.
  • 15:12 But again, this is a Biblical site
  • 15:14 which was penetrated by Roman things afterwards.
  • 15:17 The great story that I want to share with you right now has to do with the same time frame of
  • 15:22 the Roman times dealing with the Temple Mount itself
  • 15:25 because the Temple Mount we need to remember
  • 15:27 was at its time the number one largest and most magnificent building ever in the world.
  • 15:33 Not only do we hear about that
  • 15:35 from Josephus himself, the historian of the time,
  • 15:37 we have another historian coming from Rome
  • 15:39 to the colony - should I say province of Judea.
  • 15:41 He's visiting here.
  • 15:43 And he goes back to the Roman senate and he gives a report.
  • 15:45 In his report, one of the items being declared, he says,
  • 15:50 I've seen the most magnificent building ever in my life.
  • 15:53 Can you imagine in the colony of Judea
  • 15:55 the most magnificent building?
  • 15:56 And he refers, he says,
  • 15:57 to the great Temple built by King Herod on top of the Temple Mount
  • 16:01 which for his time was the number one largest building of religious type in the world;
  • 16:07 and the largest premises.
  • 16:08 And he gives that report to the Roman senate.
  • 16:11 And this is not in Rome, it's in Israel,today,
  • 16:13 or should I say, ancient Judea of the time.
  • 16:15 It's shocking.
  • 16:16 So the Temple Mount was the largest building of its kind,
  • 16:20 larger than Egypt,
  • 16:22 larger than Rome,
  • 16:23 larger than Mesopotamia 2,000 years ago.
  • 16:26 Still today, when talking about the Temple Mount
  • 16:28 we need to understand
  • 16:29 not only the western wall stands,
  • 16:31 all four walls of King Herod still stands;
  • 16:34 the southern wall, the eastern wall,
  • 16:36 and the northern wall which is right along the Via Dolorosa.
  • 16:38 This is all a part of the huge premises
  • 16:41 of the Temple Mount at that time.
  • 16:44 So he came back with this report about the Temple
  • 16:45 but he also said that he had been to the Dead Sea,
  • 16:48 and he had seen other things.
  • 16:49 Tell us about that.
  • 16:50 Well, the report is very long.
  • 16:51 I wouldn't say the whole thing,
  • 16:53 But he said 3 things has amazed me in the colony of Judea,
  • 16:55 which is, a sea that nothing sinks in, he of course talks about the Dead Sea.
  • 17:00 He says, I cannot understand Jewish economy.
  • 17:02 How can they maintain an economy when every 7th day they don't work?
  • 17:07 He says, the shofar is being blown in the Temple Mount on every Friday
  • 17:11 and then everything stops.
  • 17:13 He says, in Rome the slaves continue on working.
  • 17:17 He says, even wives do not work on Shabbat,
  • 17:20 which is awesome for him, I mean just imagine for us
  • 17:22 not having your wife working at that time 2,000 years ago.
  • 17:25 This is actually what happens.
  • 17:26 And then he talks about the item of the Temple Mount
  • 17:29 which is something that I find very interesting
  • 17:31 that there's during his time,
  • 17:32 this was the largest building ever existed.
  • 17:35 WOW! That's fantastic.
  • 17:35 Thank you!
  • 18:06 (Katharine speaking) Israel is a Land full of promises.
  • 18:09 You'll never be same
  • 18:11 so we invite you to come.
  • 18:12 It's trip of a lifetime.
  • 18:14 We'd love you to join us.
  • 18:18 Isn't this awesome,
  • 18:19 being here in Emek Elah,
  • 18:21 the Elah Valley.
  • 18:22 This is the place where David met Goliath.
  • 18:25 Absolutely,
  • 18:26 you know, David is one of my favorite heroes
  • 18:28 because he pursues the LORD
  • 18:30 and therefore fights the battles of the LORD and not his own battles.
  • 18:34 Yeah, he really was such a parallel
  • 18:36 between David and Yeshua.
  • 18:38 There's so many things that are the same.
  • 18:40 David functioned as a prophet, a priest and a king.
  • 18:42 And we know that Yeshua is the ultimate Prophet, Priest and King.
  • 18:46 And he also was a man that was under authority.
  • 18:49 His father said, go take this bread to your brothers.
  • 18:52 We know that there's a skirmish going on,
  • 18:54 we know that the Philistines are oppressing the Israelites
  • 18:57 and your brothers might need bread.
  • 18:59 Well David comes down on the scene and he sees this 8 foot tall giant
  • 19:03 just slamming the Israelites
  • 19:06 with accusations that they are just dead dogs.
  • 19:09 And the LORD encouraged David's heart
  • 19:13 and David encouraged himself with the victories
  • 19:15 that he had already won with the lion and the bear.
  • 19:18 And he said to himself and then he said to Saul,
  • 19:21 God will deliver this Philistine into my hands.
  • 19:25 Exactly so.
  • 19:26 And that's exactly what happened.
  • 19:28 And David won the battle here
  • 19:30 and it's really a picture for us
  • 19:31 of the battle between Mashiach and Ha 'Satan, the adversary,
  • 19:35 the accuser of the brethren.
  • 19:37 It's an epic battle the looks forward
  • 19:39 to the defeat of the Devil himself.
  • 19:42 Isn't it amazing that David, a shepherd, was born in Bethlehem
  • 19:47 Yeshua, a Shepherd of people was born in Bethlehem.
  • 19:50 And it had to be so, because the prophet Micah
  • 19:53 said in Micah 5:2,
  • 19:57 speaking of Messiah
  • 20:05 He had to be of the House of David.
  • 20:07 He had to be of the Tribe of Judah.
  • 20:09 And he had to be Yeshua HaMashiach.
  • 20:11 There is no other.
  • 20:12 You know, David was anointed 3 times.
  • 20:15 Privately, by Samuel in Bethlehem,
  • 20:18 and then by the men of Judah a little later in the story,
  • 20:21 and they finally by the Elders of Israel.
  • 20:23 And here's a parallel that you may not hear elsewhere.
  • 20:26 Jesus also, was anointed 3 times.
  • 20:29 In the womb, by the Angel Gabriel
  • 20:31 he was called into being.
  • 20:33 And then, by the river in front of John the Baptist,
  • 20:36 John the Immerser, he was anointed before men.
  • 20:41 And then finally, at the time of the ascension
  • 20:44 He was anointed with the oil of joy above His fellows.
  • 20:48 He is the King of Kings.
  • 20:50 David, Melech Israel pictures the coming Mashiach.
  • 20:56 (Katharine speaking) From the Valley of Elah
  • 20:57 we take you to northern Israel
  • 20:59 to "Our Man in Haifa"
  • 21:00 Eitan Shishkoff.
  • 21:04 Shalom
  • 21:06 Well known in the scriptures
  • 21:07 is the story of a man
  • 21:08 who ran from the call of God.
  • 21:11 He actually set sail in the opposite direction
  • 21:14 from the direction God was calling him to,
  • 21:16 not too far south of here
  • 21:18 at a place that's called in the Bible, Joppa.
  • 21:20 But today we call it Jaffa.
  • 21:22 Today there's a modern city of Tel Aviv,
  • 21:25 a metropolis of hundreds of thousands of people.
  • 21:28 But in those days Tel Aviv didn't even exist.
  • 21:31 It was just a lot of sand.
  • 21:33 But what did exist was a primary port for Israel called Joppa.
  • 21:38 And of course it was Jonah who set sail from Joppa.
  • 21:41 And he probably sailed right up passed where you're viewing me right now.
  • 21:46 It's the Haifa Bay behind me.
  • 21:48 And Jonah was trying to avoid going to Nineveh,
  • 21:53 the main city of the Assyrians
  • 21:55 who, not too many decades after that would then conquer Israel
  • 21:59 and cause the first captivity in about 720 B.C. E.
  • 22:04 Now, the thing that I think God wants us to focus on in the story
  • 22:08 is the fact that for every one of us there is a Nineveh.
  • 22:12 And for every one of us there's a Tarshish.
  • 22:15 The possible location for Tarshish was in the exact opposite direction
  • 22:18 on the coast of Spain near the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • 22:22 So, what is God's call to us?
  • 22:26 Let's think about another thing that happened in Joppa
  • 22:29 in order to focus in on this.
  • 22:31 The Apostle Peter was in that very town
  • 22:35 when he received a vision from God also to go to the Gentiles.
  • 22:39 Now that's interesting isn't it?
  • 22:41 Because Jonah was running from a calling and an assignment
  • 22:46 that would have taken him to Israel's enemy.
  • 22:49 But with a message of love, a message of reconciliation.
  • 22:53 And not that the Gentiles were Peter's enemy,
  • 22:56 but it had never been done before
  • 22:58 that a Jewish man was sent into a nation like this
  • 23:03 accept for Jonah.
  • 23:05 It's interesting that they both connect with Joppa.
  • 23:08 And so for us, where is our Nineveh?
  • 23:11 Where's God calling us to?
  • 23:13 Maybe a group of people that we haven't respected
  • 23:15 or haven't considered to be equal with us
  • 23:17 or worthy to receive the love of God.
  • 23:20 And where's our Tarshish?
  • 23:22 Where are we trying to run to?
  • 23:24 Of course Jonah, in a very radical move,
  • 23:28 jumped out of the boat
  • 23:31 to try to save the lives of the people on the ship
  • 23:33 was swallowed by a giant fish in a way that we can only imagine.
  • 23:37 But he prayed to God out of that fish.
  • 23:40 I want to encourage you today
  • 23:42 and I'm encouraging myself at the same time.
  • 23:44 When we find ourselves in the belly of the fish
  • 23:47 somehow out of sorts with the assignment of God,
  • 23:50 it's a good idea to pray.
  • 23:52 He prayed, he confessed,
  • 23:53 he said, God I don't really belong here.
  • 23:56 Forgive me, I'm ready to do what you told me to.
  • 24:00 Thanks, and Shalom.
  • 24:04 ♪ And when the world cries, "Oh, could that be Jesus?" ♪
  • 24:10 ♪ Lord, I'll walk beside You. ♪
  • 24:17 ♪ Someday in Jerusalem I'll praise You! ♪
  • 24:23 ♪ Someday in Jerusalem I'll sing. ♪
  • 24:29 ♪ Lord, and when the world shouts, "Glory Hallelujah" ♪
  • 24:37 ♪ they will bring to our King ♪
  • 24:40 ♪ All those things of which I sing. ♪
  • 24:43 ♪ Glory, glory, glory, glory to my King! ♪♪
  • 25:06 You know, we were made for the glory of God.
  • 25:08 We were made to be the House of God.
  • 25:11 And Solomon fulfilled the wishes of David
  • 25:13 and he built the Lord Himself a house.
  • 25:16 And God saw the sacrifice of Solomon it says in I Kings.
  • 25:21 And He heard the prayers and the supplications of Solomon.
  • 25:24 And He said...
  • 25:42 WOW!, that's beautiful.
  • 25:44 You know, the glory that was in Solomon's house,
  • 25:48 the scriptures says that the Glory of the later house
  • 25:50 would be even greater.
  • 25:51 So what's coming as we look to the return of the LORD,
  • 25:54 what's coming in the millennium and beyond is so much greater.
  • 25:58 I don't think we can even really imagine how awesome it is.
  • 26:01 I think about how Jesus prayed in John 17
  • 26:04 that as He was glorified that the people would see
  • 26:08 the relationship between Himself and the Father.
  • 26:10 And that we would be one with one another,
  • 26:13 that these Jewish disciples were going to take the word out
  • 26:15 to the entire Gentile world.
  • 26:17 And someday this would become a unifying time
  • 26:23 when the Glory of God could again come to us as the Temple.
  • 26:28 And I think about the battles in the valley of Elah
  • 26:31 and the story of David and Goliath
  • 26:34 and the spiritual battle that it represents.
  • 26:37 And it really looks to the need on planet earth
  • 26:42 for " Melech Hamelachim "
  • 26:44 "The King of Kings"
  • 26:45 Because if Saul was a human choice
  • 26:47 and David was God's choice
  • 26:49 but was a picture, not the complete fulfillment,
  • 26:52 a picture of something that God Himself wants to do as
  • 26:56 " Ha-de-rekh v'ha'e-met v'ha-chai-yim "
  • 26:59 "The Way, the Truth, and the Life"
  • 27:01 as John 14:6 says.
  • 27:03 That we are getting near to that time
  • 27:05 when we are going to experience the Glory of God.
  • 27:08 Him as the King.
  • 27:09 Yes, we are going to experience the King Himself
  • 27:12 in us and through us God willing... Ahhh
  • 27:14 So until that time and until we see you again
  • 27:17 remember...
  • 27:18 Sha'lu Shalom Yerushalayim.
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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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