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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: “Ein Gedi”
Myles and Katharine recount how David hid from King Saul in a cave near the spring at Ein Gedi oasis. Eli Shukron and Shahar Shilo tell about the discovery of the Pool of Siloam. Eitan reminds us that the current King of Israel is Yeshua Himself.

Caption transcript for Zion Forever: “Ein Gedi” (6/9)

  • 00:04 And just as David was looking for
  • 00:06 a son of Saul or Jonathan that he might bless,
  • 00:08 so, the God of Heaven is looking for many more sons.
  • 00:13 He wants you to know him.
  • 00:15 He wants to be your Father.
  • 00:17 He wants you to call upon him as Abba, Father.
  • 00:20 And then, he wants to heal you just as he's healing all of us
  • 00:24 who have said, "yes" to him.
  • 00:52 For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace,
  • 00:56 and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest
  • 00:59 until her righteousness goes forth as brightness
  • 01:03 and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
  • 01:17 Shalom, and welcome to our program.
  • 01:19 I'm Myles Weiss.
  • 01:20 And I'm Katharine Weiss.
  • 01:21 And welcome to our series, "Zion Forever".
  • 01:24 You know it's such a privilege to be talking about the Jewish
  • 01:27 presence in the Land,
  • 01:28 the history of the Land,
  • 01:29 the reality of David's life,
  • 01:32 and the importance of the Temple Mount
  • 01:34 and the City of David.
  • 01:36 It really does verify that all the political things
  • 01:39 we see happening today
  • 01:41 we really need to be seen through the lens of Scripture.
  • 01:43 Yeah
  • 01:44 There's no other way to understand it.
  • 01:46 We're really coming into a time in this program
  • 01:48 where we'll be looking at the mercy of God
  • 01:51 beginning to be developed in David's life
  • 01:54 and how choices that he made
  • 01:55 will lead to him becoming who God wants him to be.
  • 01:58 In fact, in II Samuel 9 David will ask the question,
  • 02:01 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 02:05 "Is there anyone from the house of Saul who I may bless?"
  • 02:09 You know, its' so funny how God looks upon the heart.
  • 02:12 Man looks on the outward,
  • 02:13 but God looks on the heart.
  • 02:14 And God found David a man after His own heart.
  • 02:18 We can read about that in Acts 13:22
  • 02:21 about how that man wants to be like the world
  • 02:25 but God wants us to be like him
  • 02:27 and affect the world.
  • 02:29 And that's surely what David did.
  • 02:31 He affected the world around him
  • 02:32 because he didn't respond to it.
  • 02:34 But he responded to the commands of God.
  • 02:37 Yeah, really...
  • 02:38 choosing the vertical over the horizontal
  • 02:40 is one way I look at it.
  • 02:41 Choosing what God is saying
  • 02:43 rather than what man is requiring.
  • 02:44 And we're privileged at this time to be
  • 02:47 for this program we were able to go to Ein Gedi,
  • 02:48 one of the most beautiful places.
  • 02:51 It's an oasis really, isn't it?
  • 02:53 Let's go now to Ein Gedi.
  • 03:01 We're in the wilderness
  • 03:03 where David ran from Saul
  • 03:04 for 13 years.
  • 03:06 Talk about the making
  • 03:07 of a man of God.
  • 03:09 This is where the Ein Gedi springs are.
  • 03:11 " Ein Gedi " "spring of a young goat"
  • 03:13 also called " Ein David " "The Spring of David"
  • 03:17 Because this is where...
  • 03:18 right around here
  • 03:19 where David hid from Saul.
  • 03:22 You know, David was anointed King
  • 03:25 but then he was pursued by the King Saul
  • 03:28 who was a man not after God's on heart
  • 03:30 but was a man of man's choosing.
  • 03:32 In that time the Israelites wanted a king like everybody else.
  • 03:37 And they got it.
  • 03:38 And he was a horrible, horrible ruler.
  • 03:41 He sought after David.
  • 03:42 He let jealousy come into his heart.
  • 03:45 And he was just captivated by taking David out.
  • 03:49 And David just kept proving himself
  • 03:51 over and over and over again
  • 03:53 by the wisdom of God
  • 03:54 that he wasn't out to take Saul's throne
  • 03:56 or even the kingdom
  • 03:58 but he was simply out to please the LORD.
  • 04:01 That's why God calls him "a man after My own heart".
  • 04:04 Yes, actually in Hebrew
  • 04:06 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 04:08 "I'm seeking a man after My own heart"
  • 04:11 And God was doing that with David.
  • 04:13 Now, in the process of running from Saul
  • 04:15 David and Jonathan formed a bond
  • 04:17 that gives us a beautiful picture of a manly friendship
  • 04:21 that's trying to be co-opted in our world today.
  • 04:23 But the fact is, it was a really good comradery
  • 04:27 a true friendship of man to man
  • 04:29 that served David and Jonathan for many, many years.
  • 04:33 It's an interesting note here
  • 04:34 that when Saul earlier had ripped the coat of Samuel
  • 04:39 in disobedience to the LORD
  • 04:41 Samuel took note of it.
  • 04:43 But here, where David has a chance to actually kill Saul
  • 04:47 he does not take that chance.
  • 04:49 Saul comes into a cave like this to relieve himself.
  • 04:52 He's there...
  • 04:53 And David comes and cuts the fringe off of his cloak,
  • 04:57 the fringe that speaks of Saul's connection to God,
  • 05:01 Saul's connection to Torah, to the Word of God,
  • 05:03 and Saul's anointing and choosing by the LORD,
  • 05:06 however temporary, it was God's choosing.
  • 05:08 And David, being a man after God's own heart
  • 05:11 would not kill the king.
  • 05:13 Yeah, it says his heart was stricken.
  • 05:15 And he had realized that he had touched something
  • 05:17 that God didn't want him to touch.
  • 05:19 Man was provoking him,
  • 05:20 Go ahead...
  • 05:21 God's delivered him into your hands.
  • 05:23 Here he is in the cave.
  • 05:24 It's your opportunity to be done with this Saul
  • 05:26 and be now made king.
  • 05:28 But you know what?
  • 05:29 After David did some much as touched that part of the garment
  • 05:34 he was heartbroken.
  • 05:36 Yes, and think about what it did within David.
  • 05:39 His conscience was smitten.
  • 05:41 He was beginning to be a changed man from things like that.
  • 05:44 And he acted with restraint.
  • 05:46 He did not let vengeance take over him.
  • 05:48 Because of that restraint
  • 05:50 we see that he begins to picture the LORD Messiah.
  • 05:53 He begins to picture David's greater son, Yeshua.
  • 05:56 He had respect for God,
  • 05:58 not revenge against man.
  • 06:00 And he didn't allow his soul to get corrupted.
  • 06:02 And that's why he could bring forth these beautiful psalms
  • 06:05 of streams in the desert
  • 06:06 and this incredible meeting with God in the wilderness place
  • 06:09 that we all need to know about
  • 06:11 because he was a man who honored God.
  • 06:13 Now, it's very notable that at this same time
  • 06:16 once Saul realizes that David was in the cave with his men
  • 06:19 he has this seeming repentance,
  • 06:22 he has some tears,
  • 06:23 but they're temporary tears.
  • 06:25 Temporary tears...
  • 06:26 Often we've seen what goes on in the outward
  • 06:29 isn't necessarily what's happening on the inward.
  • 06:32 He has this...
  • 06:33 Is this not my son David?
  • 06:35 And he has this wonderful, emotional response
  • 06:38 but there was no transformation.
  • 06:40 Yes, that's exactly so.
  • 06:42 And we really see the difference between
  • 06:44 an outer show which Saul was given to
  • 06:46 and an inner transformation
  • 06:48 that we saw in David when he touched Saul.
  • 06:50 Now, Saul does something very interesting
  • 06:52 that gets played out later in the story of David.
  • 06:54 He says that, I can see that you are going to be the king.
  • 06:58 You have been more righteous than me.
  • 07:01 Will you please remember my seed?
  • 07:03 Will you remember my children and their children's children?
  • 07:07 And do not wipe my name from the face of the earth.
  • 07:10 And David is going to honor that request later on.
  • 07:15 (Katharine speaking) The same waters that restored David and his men
  • 07:18 refresh us today.
  • 07:20 Let's hear from Myles about the mercy of God.
  • 07:25 It's a phenomenon
  • 07:27 that as Saul asked David for mercy
  • 07:30 he asked him to remember his seed.
  • 07:32 In doing that David is going to look more and more like Yeshua
  • 07:37 In fact, a little further in the story David will actually ask
  • 07:42 Is there anyone from the house of Saul and Jonathan
  • 07:46 that I might find to bless?
  • 07:48 And brought before him is who?
  • 07:50 Mephibosheth
  • 07:52 What a great name.
  • 07:53 " Mephibosheth ", his name means
  • 07:55 "Shame-taker"
  • 07:56 It means "Image-breaker"
  • 07:58 And what David is going to do
  • 08:00 by expressing his mercy to Mephibosheth
  • 08:03 is actually transformed him almost to his likeness image.
  • 08:07 What he'll do is he'll call Mephibosheth in
  • 08:10 and Mephibosheth will say not unlike David said to Saul,
  • 08:14 Am I a dead dog before you Lord?
  • 08:17 And David will say, I want you to come
  • 08:19 and eat at my table continually.
  • 08:22 And as he does that
  • 08:24 he's going to be healed of the reproach of the past.
  • 08:27 Think about the parallel
  • 08:29 between Mephibosheth and your life and mine.
  • 08:32 Mephibosheth was a cripple.
  • 08:35 He was injured in a fall which made him lame in his feet.
  • 08:39 And that's the description of him.
  • 08:41 Isn't that how you and I are?
  • 08:43 Before we find Yeshua,
  • 08:45 or rather, when He finds us?
  • 08:47 We are lame in the way we walk.
  • 08:49 We are crippled in our approach to life.
  • 08:51 But God calls us to his banqueting table
  • 08:55 and his banner over us is love.
  • 08:57 And David called Mephibosheth to his banqueting table
  • 09:00 and had him feed there, eat there, sit there all the days of his life
  • 09:04 and in so the healing process began.
  • 09:08 In doing that, David is very much like Yeshua.
  • 09:12 It's the kindness of God that leads to repentance.
  • 09:16 It's the " hesed ", the "mercy"
  • 09:18 that leads to repentance in turning to the LORD.
  • 09:21 In fact, it's God who initiates the relationship with us.
  • 09:25 We love Him, because He first loved us.
  • 09:28 It was David who called for Mephibosheth.
  • 09:30 It is God who accepts us as we are.
  • 09:34 But because of His peace and His calming Spirit
  • 09:37 He's restores us and transforms us.
  • 09:39 He changes us into His likeness and image
  • 09:42 as we allow Him to work on our inner life.
  • 09:45 And just as David was looking for a son of Saul or Jonathan
  • 09:49 that he might bless,
  • 09:51 So the God of Heaven is looking for many more sons.
  • 09:54 He wants you to know Him.
  • 09:57 He wants to be your Father.
  • 09:59 He wants you to call upon Him as Abba, Father.
  • 10:02 And then He wants to heal you
  • 10:04 just as He is healing all of us who have said "yes" to Him.
  • 10:07 What a picture here where the rivers are flowing in the desert.
  • 10:11 Where we're being watered by the goodness of God.
  • 10:14 We're seeing the mercy of God.
  • 10:16 Even the birds playing in the pools remind me of the beauty
  • 10:19 of being freed before the LORD
  • 10:21 because of His healing power,
  • 10:23 His mercy, His transformation.
  • 10:25 What a great story
  • 10:27 and what a great picture of our very great God,
  • 10:30 the greater son of David,
  • 10:32 Yeshua HaMashiach.
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  • 11:41 If you come to Israel with us
  • 11:42 you will get to see sites like this
  • 11:44 and they are life-changing.
  • 11:45 The scriptures come alive.
  • 11:46 You're seeing it in this program and in this series
  • 11:49 how the Bible absolutely comes alive
  • 11:51 when you walk through the Land.
  • 11:53 There's so many parallels between David and Jesus.
  • 11:56 When David went to take the stronghold of Zion
  • 12:00 the Jebusites mocked him and said,
  • 12:01 even the blind and the lame would be able to defend...
  • 12:07 because the fortress was so high.
  • 12:09 It's so interesting to note, Myles
  • 12:11 that in the scripture in John 9 it talks about
  • 12:14 how Jesus healed the blind man
  • 12:16 and then in John 5, and the lame.
  • 12:18 So there's only 2 miracles in Jerusalem
  • 12:21 and Jesus himself was backing up David
  • 12:24 or David was confirming what Jesus was doing
  • 12:27 and showing forth the miracles that God does.
  • 12:31 Yeah, it's an amazing connection, actually.
  • 12:33 Historian, Shahar Shilo will illuminate
  • 12:35 some of these great verses about healing.
  • 12:37 But first,archaeologist, Eli Shukron tells of
  • 12:40 his discoveries at the Pool of Siloam.
  • 12:49 Okay, we're in the Pool of Siloam.
  • 12:51 That pool was found in 2004.
  • 12:53 How did they find it?
  • 12:55 I have my experience about how I found the Pool of Siloam.
  • 12:59 We can see that all this area
  • 13:01 was covered with dirt,
  • 13:03 like 18 feet of dirt.
  • 13:07 All this area was covered with dirt.
  • 13:10 And the municipality here wanted to build here a pipe.
  • 13:12 And the bulldozers started to work here.
  • 13:15 And what happened when the bulldozers started to work here
  • 13:17 I was here around
  • 13:19 and I found a camera
  • 13:21 and I came to take a picture of this area.
  • 13:24 I didn't know that there was something below the dirt.
  • 13:28 And when the bulldozers started to work here
  • 13:31 I heard the bulldozers scratching the stone.
  • 13:35 Once, two, three, four times I heard them
  • 13:39 and then I stopped them.
  • 13:41 I said, I think it must be below that dirt.
  • 13:45 It must be something below that dirt.
  • 13:48 And what I did,
  • 13:49 I started to clean the area and I found 3 stairs.
  • 13:53 I'll show you which stairs I found in the beginning
  • 13:57 of the excavation of the Pool of Siloam,
  • 14:02 that Pool of Siloam that was built here before 2,000 years ago.
  • 14:06 Let's see the first stone that was found.
  • 14:09 And from that first stone we started the excavation.
  • 14:13 Let's see it.
  • 14:14 This way...
  • 14:18 I found first this stone.
  • 14:21 And if you look
  • 14:22 you can see that stone is broken.
  • 14:23 Why is it broken?
  • 14:24 Because of the bulldozer.
  • 14:26 When I heard the bulldozer
  • 14:27 I didn't see the stone.
  • 14:29 I heard them scratching the stone
  • 14:31 here and here and here.
  • 14:33 And then, when I undertood that there was something here
  • 14:38 I stopped him.
  • 14:39 When I stopped him I started to clean.
  • 14:41 When I stopped him I didn't see the stone, why?
  • 14:44 Because the bulldozer has a finger,
  • 14:46 and when you have a finger 1 inch - 1 foot of finger
  • 14:49 I can't see the stone.
  • 14:51 It's covered with the dirt.
  • 14:52 All this area is covered with dirt.
  • 14:54 And I started to clean one stone.
  • 14:56 And then I go that way.
  • 14:58 I saw another stone.
  • 14:59 So I cleaned that stone and then go that way.
  • 15:01 And then, I cleaned that stone.
  • 15:03 And so, 3 steps,
  • 15:05 1...2...3,
  • 15:07 this is the beginning of the excavation.
  • 15:09 And from that moment I started to do some section here
  • 15:13 and I found 10 stairs.
  • 15:15 And from here I started a huge excavation
  • 15:20 and found the Siloam Pool.
  • 15:22 That Siloam pool,
  • 15:24 the Pool of Siloam before 2,000 years ago.
  • 15:26 And when I did the excavation
  • 15:28 I found coins between that stone in the cement of that pool
  • 15:34 And those coins take us to the mid of 1st century B.C.
  • 15:40 The coins were from the Hashmonaim King.
  • 15:44 His name is Alexander Jannaeus.
  • 15:46 And they found
  • 15:47 that coin here
  • 15:49 in the foundation
  • 15:50 of those stairs.
  • 15:51 And it give us an understanding
  • 15:53 of when they built that pool.
  • 15:56 And that pool was built in the time of the 1st century B.C.
  • 16:01 So it means in the time of Jesus
  • 16:03 that pool was already being used
  • 16:06 as a pool that everyone came and made the ritual bath here.
  • 16:09 And from here they started to walk to the Temple.
  • 16:11 We're talking about a huge pool.
  • 16:13 One acre of pool built as steps.
  • 16:16 The water came through that pool from the Gihon Spring.
  • 16:19 From the spring this high quality of water for purity
  • 16:23 coming into the pool, making a ritual bath,
  • 16:26 and from here walking to the temple.
  • 16:28 This is the real Saloam Pool
  • 16:31 from 2,000 years before, in the time of Jesus.
  • 16:40 Shahar, you discovered an amazing parallel
  • 16:43 between the time of David and the time of Jesus.
  • 16:46 Could you tell our viewers about it?
  • 16:47 With pleasure
  • 16:48 As a historian
  • 16:49 I'm looking at the Scriptures.
  • 16:50 I did not excavate the Pool of Siloam.
  • 16:52 My very good friend,
  • 16:53 Eli Shukron, the archaeologist did.
  • 16:55 And we were looking at Scriptures
  • 16:56 and we say, wait...
  • 16:58 King David is being actually coming to Jerusalem,
  • 17:01 so says, II Samuel, Chapter 5,
  • 17:04 with his troops,
  • 17:05 standing outside the walls of Jerusalem
  • 17:07 besieging it, I should say, in a way.
  • 17:09 And the Jebusite King stands on the wall and mocking him
  • 17:11 and saying to him, thy shall not come here
  • 17:13 until you remove the blind and the lame.
  • 17:16 Remember that... this disabled people.
  • 17:18 It's like as if he's mocking young King David,
  • 17:20 I can put the blind and the lame
  • 17:22 they cannot see you,
  • 17:23 they cannot pull swords,
  • 17:24 but still they can cope with you.
  • 17:25 David does not get offended.
  • 17:27 He storms the city with his troops
  • 17:28 saying, whoever wants to conquer the Jebusite fortress
  • 17:31 shall touch the gutter and we shall win.
  • 17:33 And then, Jerusalem it says,
  • 17:35 and David has captured the fortress of Zion
  • 17:38 and called it the "City of David".
  • 17:39 Then I'm looking at the Scriptures.
  • 17:41 I'm continuing on to the book of John.
  • 17:43 Chapter 5, we learn that John speaks about Jesus
  • 17:46 performing a miracle in the Pools of Bethesda
  • 17:48 healing the impotent person,
  • 17:50 healing the disabled.
  • 17:51 Then we learn from Chapter 9, verse 7 and 8
  • 17:54 that a blind person was actually recovering
  • 17:58 from his blindness here in the Pool of Siloam.
  • 18:00 And ask yourself, wait...
  • 18:03 The Galilee has more than 30 different miracles according to the Scriptures.
  • 18:07 How come Jerusalem was neglected?
  • 18:09 Only two miracles?
  • 18:11 And then, it strikes you that you say, wait...
  • 18:13 Jerusalem was the place of crucifixion and resurrection.
  • 18:16 But yet, it had to do something from the millennium from David to Jesus.
  • 18:20 David, the founder of the House of David
  • 18:23 where Jesus would come from in 1,000 years,
  • 18:26 is the one to come and conquer Jerusalem the first time
  • 18:29 coping with the blind and the lame.
  • 18:31 Jesus would do the same thing,
  • 18:33 still addresses the same issue
  • 18:35 but only this time no force is being involved.
  • 18:37 He is coming with mercy and grace
  • 18:39 and he heals the blind and the lame
  • 18:41 and therefore Jerusalem can become what it is,
  • 18:43 " Shalem "
  • 18:44 You know the city of Shalem?
  • 18:45 Yes
  • 18:46 It's the city of " shalom ", the city of "peace"
  • 18:47 complete...whole.
  • 18:48 This is what it is.
  • 18:50 Only when Jesus recovers those 2 people
  • 18:51 can Jerusalem become complete and whole.
  • 18:53 So he came as " Sar Shalom "
  • 18:55 and recovered what David...
  • 18:58 This is how I look at the Bible.
  • 19:00 Otherwise, I couldn't understand why only 2 miracles
  • 19:02 would happen within the borders of Jerusalem
  • 19:04 unless Jesus was aiming towards something higher...
  • 19:08 That is fantastic.
  • 19:09 Well we bring our people here,
  • 19:10 our passengers, tourists, pilgrims.
  • 19:12 They come and they read the Psalms of Ascent
  • 19:14 as we are up on the mountains.
  • 19:16 But tells us about the findings here
  • 19:18 and the connection with the Psalms of Ascent.
  • 19:19 So from this pool leads a whole staircase
  • 19:22 leading straight up to the Temple Mount.
  • 19:23 It's about 750 yards from here.
  • 19:25 And as you walk;
  • 19:26 and you can see the stairs being shown in the movie right now.
  • 19:28 These are actually the stairs, which are the ascents,
  • 19:31 from the songs of Psalms.
  • 19:33 15 chapters in Psalms starts with the words, "The Song of Ascents".
  • 19:36 We learn from the Jewish early commentators
  • 19:39 which is named the " Mishna "
  • 19:41 the famous Mishna.
  • 19:42 It speaks about, in a specific chapter,
  • 19:43 about the High Priest coming down with the Levites
  • 19:46 all the way down here to the Pool of Siloam
  • 19:47 with the Golden Bowl
  • 19:49 pouring some of the water,
  • 19:50 taking the water from the Pool of Siloam,
  • 19:52 walking up playing the trumpets
  • 19:54 and the drums and the horns.
  • 19:56 All the music, actually singing the Songs of Ascent
  • 19:59 all the way from here to the Temple Mount
  • 20:01 all the way up.
  • 20:02 As he goes there he would put it on the altar.
  • 20:04 And then starts the celebration of the Tabernacle on the Temple Mount itself.
  • 20:09 So people can actually walk today.
  • 20:10 WOW!
  • 20:11 Jesus and David are in both hands,
  • 20:13 close your eyes and walk with me all the way to the Temple Mount.
  • 20:15 This is an awesome feeling.
  • 20:17 That's amazing!
  • 20:18 Thank you so much.
  • 20:19 Pleasure.
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  • 21:05 You know, just as the Pool of Siloam
  • 21:06 speaks of God's mercy
  • 21:08 we're going to hear from Eitan Shiskoff
  • 21:10 "Our Man in Haifa"
  • 21:11 And he's going to connect the waters of Israel
  • 21:13 to the goodness of God
  • 21:15 and the Gospel going out to the nations.
  • 21:17 Let's hear from Eitan now.
  • 21:20 Shalom.
  • 21:22 One of the most prominent promises in all of scripture
  • 21:25 is the promise to King David
  • 21:26 that one of his sons would sit on the throne forever;
  • 21:31 the throne of Israel,
  • 21:32 the king of Israel.
  • 21:33 It's fascinating to me that above Yeshua's head
  • 21:37 on the very cross where he was crucified
  • 21:39 is declared in 3 languages,
  • 21:41 one of them being Hebrew,
  • 21:43 that he was " Melech Yisrael " the "King of Israel".
  • 21:47 Of course, today very few Israelis
  • 21:49 know that he is King of Israel.
  • 21:51 And this is one of the reasons that I am speaking to you
  • 21:54 from the Haifa Bay
  • 21:56 near where I myself live,
  • 21:58 and where our ministry is conducted,
  • 22:00 because I want you to connect
  • 22:03 with the Land of Israel,
  • 22:04 the people of Israel,
  • 22:06 and of course, the waters of Israel.
  • 22:09 Yeshua, as far as we read in the New Testament,
  • 22:12 didn't spend that much time by the Mediterranean.
  • 22:15 Maybe he might of taken a field trip here once or twice.
  • 22:18 But the waters that we associated with Yeshua
  • 22:21 are the waters of the Sea of Galilee,
  • 22:23 today called the Kinneret.
  • 22:26 On the Galilee Yeshua calmed the storm.
  • 22:29 On the Galilee he showed the fishermen
  • 22:31 where the great harvest of fish would come.
  • 22:34 On the shores of the Galilee
  • 22:36 he fed thousands and thousands of people
  • 22:38 out of just a few loaves and fish.
  • 22:40 And for me, that represents a provision
  • 22:44 even a contradiction
  • 22:47 to the kind of anxiety and anguish
  • 22:52 that exist all around us today.
  • 22:55 So when I see the water,
  • 22:58 what it represents to me is the provision of God.
  • 23:01 And as we read the account of Yeshua
  • 23:03 I encourage you to just really
  • 23:07 zoom in on this incredible dynamic
  • 23:11 between Yeshua and the disciples
  • 23:13 because that's the dynamic that he calls us to.
  • 23:15 I hope that when you read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  • 23:18 your looking not only at history,
  • 23:21 but your looking at yourself
  • 23:23 your looking at the nature of relationship
  • 23:25 to which we're called with the Messiah.
  • 23:28 In fact, he called them to leave their nets and to follow him.
  • 23:32 And they did.
  • 23:34 As we follow him,
  • 23:35 as we face storms,
  • 23:37 as we face a lack of provision in our lives,
  • 23:41 as we face moments of uncertainty
  • 23:44 I'm confident that by trusting in Him
  • 23:46 he will provide for you
  • 23:49 and you will be able to fish for men
  • 23:52 as he instructed those fishermen.
  • 23:56 ♪ So we will pray to you our anger,♪
  • 24:02 ♪ So we will weep in desperate shame. ♪
  • 24:08 ♪ Knowing You hear and will remember, ♪
  • 24:13 ♪ Blessed our God, we call Your Name. ♪
  • 24:21 ♪ How can we sing a song of Zion, ♪
  • 24:26 ♪ How can we sing a song of joy? ♪
  • 24:32 ♪ If I forget you, O Jerusalem ♪
  • 24:38 ♪ Promises made forevermore. ♪
  • 24:44 ♪ How can we sing a song of Zion ♪
  • 24:49 ♪ How can we sing a song of joy? ♪
  • 24:55 ♪ If I forget you, O Jerusalem ♪
  • 25:01 ♪ Promises made forevermore. ♪♪
  • 25:16 How beautiful to hear Carol Cantrell
  • 25:18 singing one of Zola's songs.
  • 25:20 You know, there's a longing in that song
  • 25:22 and there's a longing in all of us
  • 25:23 for the purpose and the plan of God.
  • 25:25 Exactly true.
  • 25:26 And the longing,
  • 25:27 we really see that in this program,
  • 25:29 this ark of history.
  • 25:30 We've gone from Ein Gedi,
  • 25:32 where David hid from Saul
  • 25:34 and where the waters are still refreshing.
  • 25:35 We saw the Pool of Siloam where healing takes place and the mercy of God to Bethesda,
  • 25:40 also where...just the loving kindness of God in touching the people.
  • 25:47 And even to modern Haifa, where we sat with Eitan Shiskoff.
  • 25:50 We heard him speak about the Gospel going forth
  • 25:53 and the provision of God for our lives.
  • 25:55 It's really one long story.
  • 25:58 The fact that it's being contested in the media today doesn't really matter.
  • 26:02 The truth is in the Word.
  • 26:04 And it's one real long story of restoration.
  • 26:07 It's almost like death to life.
  • 26:10 Death to life and life everlasting.
  • 26:13 That Psalm, that's in Zola's song...137
  • 26:16 it speaks about the desire to come out of captivity back to the Land.
  • 26:20 Well, that's also true for us coming out of sin and finding Messiah.
  • 26:24 And it also says in that Psalm,
  • 26:27 that I have set Him as my chief joy.
  • 26:30 That the LORD is our chief joy.
  • 26:32 I can remember memorizing that in Bible college.
  • 26:35 And it's so important to hide the Word of God in our hearts in these days.
  • 26:39 And to let that River come forth in us.
  • 26:41 The Bible talks about out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water.
  • 26:46 So not only can we see and hear what happened in ancient times
  • 26:50 but we are living in these modern times
  • 26:52 where God is doing miracles.
  • 26:54 That's really great.
  • 26:55 One of the things we get to do at this program
  • 26:57 and what our viewers get to participate in
  • 26:59 is really stepping into the prophetic fulfillment of God's Word.
  • 27:03 Because that's what's happening,
  • 27:05 certainly with the restoration of Israel, the Jewish people
  • 27:07 and the church learning where she comes from
  • 27:11 and what her debt is to the Jewish people.
  • 27:14 That's why we always end our programs with this prayer
  • 27:17 from Psalm 122, verse 6;
  • 27:19 Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:20 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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