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Episode: “Temple Mount”
The Temple Mount is at the heart of everything. We see thousands of artifacts from Bible times that have been discovered in the debris discarded over a decade ago from unauthorized excavations. Guests include Shahar Shilo and Zachi Dvira.
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: “Temple Mount” (7/9)

  • 00:03 We want the message of Christianity through Jewish eyes
  • 00:07 and the relevance of the State of Israel;
  • 00:09 we want it to go to the next generation.
  • 00:11 It's a passion for us.
  • 00:13 We have children in college.
  • 00:14 One just graduated.
  • 00:15 It's so exciting for us to see kids understanding the importance of Israel,
  • 00:19 the importance of their Jewish heritage.
  • 00:49 For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace
  • 00:53 and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest
  • 00:57 until her righteousness goes forth as brightness
  • 01:01 and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
  • 01:15 Shalom, and welcome to our program.
  • 01:16 I'm Myles Weiss.
  • 01:17 And I'm Katharine Weiss.
  • 01:18 And welcome to our series "Zion Forever"
  • 01:21 We're taking you to the City of David and the Temple Mount.
  • 01:23 Two very important places.
  • 01:25 They are contested.
  • 01:27 You know, here in the real estate business location, location, location?
  • 01:30 Well, this is the epicenter.
  • 01:32 The Holy of Holies of Holies.
  • 01:34 This is the epicenter of all the conflict that is pointing towards Jerusalem
  • 01:37 because the Temple Mount is where the Temple stood.
  • 01:40 It is " HaMakom " - "The Place"
  • 01:42 where the Western Wall is,
  • 01:43 the closest we can get to that.
  • 01:45 And the City of David establishes the historical truth of King David.
  • 01:49 Absolutely, it's amazing to go see what God is unearthing in these days.
  • 01:53 You know, it say in Psalms 48:13
  • 02:08 That's so important to us.
  • 02:10 We have grown men now.
  • 02:12 But they're 24 and 21 when we're shooting this.
  • 02:14 And their generation needs to know the importance
  • 02:18 of the realities of what's going on in Israel and the Middle East.
  • 02:21 And so these programs are a part of that.
  • 02:23 It's really a fulfillment of what God calls us to
  • 02:26 way back in Deuteronomy.
  • 02:27 " L'dor v'dor " "From generation to generation"
  • 02:31 I think that's why Yeshua's speaking in Luke 19:40,
  • 02:35 He says...
  • 02:38 We know that has a spiritual meaning
  • 02:40 but the reality is that also right now the very stones of Israel
  • 02:44 are crying out speaking the truth about this Book and about God.
  • 02:48 And so, we're excited to take you now to Shahar Shilo.
  • 02:52 He's a historian and one of the guides at the City of David.
  • 02:55 Let's hear from him now.
  • 02:59 Shahar, Thank you for being with us.
  • 03:00 We're standing here
  • 03:01 between the Temple Mount and the City of David
  • 03:03 on the City of David.
  • 03:04 Tell us some of the newest findings
  • 03:06 that you have been part of
  • 03:07 that you know about here regarding the Temple Mount.
  • 03:09 Well down at the Temple Mount,
  • 03:11 the place which the Bible calls the " Ophel ".
  • 03:13 " Ophel " comes from "the steep way up"
  • 03:16 which is exactly the steep way up
  • 03:18 from the Kidron Valley to the Temple Mount itself.
  • 03:20 Dr. Eliat Mazar has been excavating
  • 03:21 right behind my back right now.
  • 03:23 She's on the slopes of the Southern Steps
  • 03:25 where Jesus entered the Temple.
  • 03:26 And she knows the site so well
  • 03:28 because what she dug down there
  • 03:29 is a Solomonic wall from the walls of King Solomon.
  • 03:32 We need to remember that King David established his city on this hill
  • 03:34 which is south of us right now.
  • 03:36 At my back comes the enlargement of the city
  • 03:39 only at the times of Solomon.
  • 03:41 So we're looking for Solomon's things,
  • 03:42 anything which has to do with the Solomon of the times
  • 03:44 should be behind my back right now.
  • 03:46 We need to remember that she can only dig as far as the walls themselves
  • 03:49 because this is a sanctuary of the Muslim world today.
  • 03:52 No one can dig under the Temple Mount itself.
  • 03:55 So regardless of politics
  • 03:57 there have been some amazing finds recently.
  • 03:59 I read about a medallion and some other gold coins.
  • 04:03 Tell us about those.
  • 04:04 Well she found some really amazing stuff.
  • 04:07 And regardless of the politics
  • 04:08 which are inside the Temple Mount on the slopes.
  • 04:10 Findings are coming all the time.
  • 04:12 Like this huge golden medallion which shows the Jewish menorah
  • 04:16 and the Jewish shofar, the great horn,
  • 04:18 and things which has to do with the time of the Byzantine world.
  • 04:22 Which, by the way, Jews have always tried to get to Jerusalem.
  • 04:26 This one comes from the 6th century AD.
  • 04:28 And it shows that the Jews never stopped to dream of Jerusalem.
  • 04:32 And when they had the ability of coming to Jerusalem with the national symbols, they did.
  • 04:36 And so she found golden coins,
  • 04:38 and she found huge amounts of lanterns and pottery
  • 04:40 that dates back from the times of the 10th century BCE,
  • 04:44 again, behind my back,
  • 04:45 all the time to the Byzantine world
  • 04:47 when Jews were still prevented from coming to Jerusalem.
  • 04:50 And yet, they did as much as they could.
  • 04:52 So our viewers begin with the understanding that Scripture is inerrant.
  • 04:56 They believe the Bible.
  • 04:58 And I like to say that the headlines are catching up to the Bible.
  • 05:00 Your seeing an interface... phenomenal!
  • 05:03 I have to say,
  • 05:04 I have to be frank here
  • 05:05 as a scholar but as a secular person.
  • 05:08 Yes
  • 05:09 I very much believe in the Bible.
  • 05:10 I have no doubts about the existence of the story of the Bible.
  • 05:13 No doubts whatsoever.
  • 05:14 Because whenever I see historical documents
  • 05:17 Verified
  • 05:18 proving things outside the Bible,
  • 05:20 The Biblical story is being supported by two different academic lines.
  • 05:23 One of them is history, which is documents.
  • 05:25 And the other one is archaeology
  • 05:26 which stands for its own but that it needs interpreted.
  • 05:28 And we interpret it whatever we find.
  • 05:31 So if it goes along with documents
  • 05:32 then we say, "bingo", no doubts whatsoever.
  • 05:35 So if you have the book of Jeremiah being proved here with many, many chapters,
  • 05:38 if you've got things coming from out from the time of Abraham, the time of the patriarchs,
  • 05:42 we are talking about a great astonishing to the world today.
  • 05:45 And as we move forward I expect many of the other stories to be proved as well.
  • 05:49 It's quite easy as things are
  • 05:51 popping out of the ground in the City of David.
  • 05:54 We were here several years ago
  • 05:55 and one of our passengers on the tour found a Maccabean coin at the sifting project.
  • 06:01 Tell us about the sifting project.
  • 06:02 Our viewers would love to hear about it.
  • 06:04 Well, the sifting project I should say is a privilege.
  • 06:07 Because for many, many years the Temple Mount itself as a sanctuary,
  • 06:10 was for forbidden to dig underneath.
  • 06:12 So, no one could actually excavate it.
  • 06:15 Because of a different reason that took place for a whole different idea
  • 06:20 the Muslims on the Temple Mount
  • 06:22 wanted to do an enlarging of one of the Mosques
  • 06:24 for the summertime, for Ramadan especially.
  • 06:27 So they had to dig underneath us.
  • 06:28 It's right there, a place which is called "Solomon's Stables" today.
  • 06:31 For a mistake in history, the item doesn't exist as the Solomon's stables.
  • 06:35 It was built by King Herod.
  • 06:37 The whole structure behind myself right now is a Herodian, huge thing.
  • 06:42 But it was under the great arches they dug in order to take out the soil
  • 06:46 so they could actually put it and establish a new Mosque underground.
  • 06:50 I'm talking about a few thousand of tons of soil and rubble
  • 06:54 that came out from there.
  • 06:56 They were thrown in the Kidron Valley
  • 06:58 which from there we have taken it into a sifting project
  • 07:00 that exists right now for about almost 10 years.
  • 07:03 And the great amount of findings,
  • 07:05 over 50,000 findings from the history of the Temple Mount keeps on appearing.
  • 07:09 We have stuff there which is Egyptian, 14th century BCE
  • 07:14 that goes along with the letters being sent
  • 07:16 from Jerusalem to Egypt in the 14th century BCE
  • 07:20 that is even prior to Joshua.
  • 07:22 We have stuff coming out as a high priest impression
  • 07:25 under the name "Immer"
  • 07:26 appears in I Chronicles Chapter 24.
  • 07:30 We have Biblical names coming off of the Temple Mount.
  • 07:33 We have huge amounts of coins
  • 07:34 from the time that coins exist in the world.
  • 07:36 So it keeps on showing us the existence of ancient knowledge
  • 07:40 from the times of the history of the Temple Mount.
  • 07:43 But again it was just because of a reason that was not there in the first time
  • 07:46 because we are not allowed to excavate.
  • 07:49 It was just because of a mistake took place for building reasons.
  • 07:54 (Myles speaking) As you can see, these efforts are vital
  • 07:56 in establishing the true history of the Land.
  • 07:59 We also met with Zachi Dvira
  • 08:01 at the Temple Mount Sifting Project
  • 08:03 where he updated us on the recovery of precious artifacts.
  • 08:10 The project was established on November 2004
  • 08:14 and I think we have another 7 years to finish all this debris.
  • 08:20 It's a lot of work.
  • 08:21 And I understand there's still more that we're not allowed to look at yet.
  • 08:25 Is that true?
  • 08:26 There is still more debris on the Temple Mount
  • 08:28 that hasn't been removed yet because of a court ruling
  • 08:33 that prevents them from just discarding this debris
  • 08:38 without any controlled archaeological supervision
  • 08:42 and treatment of this dirt.
  • 08:45 So there afraid it would be contaminated.
  • 08:47 But it's actually a political issue isn't it?
  • 08:49 Of course, it's a political issue.
  • 08:51 Everything in Jerusalem is political.
  • 08:54 And of course, it deals with the Temple Mount
  • 08:58 and for this reason there never has been an excavation;
  • 09:08 a systematic excavation on the Temple Mount
  • 09:10 because of the political sensitivity
  • 09:12 Yes
  • 09:13 and the objection of the Islamic authorities over there that don't want
  • 09:18 any kind of archaeological research at the site.
  • 09:22 Tell us about some of the most exciting things you found here.
  • 09:25 Well, everything is exciting
  • 09:28 because this is the first time that we have archaeological finds
  • 09:32 that come from within the Temple Mount
  • 09:35 We have such a large variety of finds from all periods
  • 09:39 since the first Temple period, which is about 50% of the finds
  • 09:45 and second Temple period which is about 40% of the finds, till today.
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  • 11:01 ♪ (Background Music) ♪
  • 11:16 (Katharine speaking) Israel is a Land full of promises.
  • 11:19 You'll never be the same
  • 11:21 so we invite you to come
  • 11:22 it's a trip of a lifetime.
  • 11:24 We'd love you to join us!
  • 11:28 It's so true to see in the Word of God
  • 11:32 that there's a set time for everything
  • 11:34 and there's a set time to favor Zion
  • 11:36 and it is today.
  • 11:38 Because it talks about in Psalm 102
  • 11:40 that there would be stones that would be arising
  • 11:43 that would be teaching us
  • 11:45 of God's supernatural lineage and life
  • 11:49 that he's past on from generation to generation.
  • 11:52 And it was a joy to go to the Temple Sifting Project
  • 11:55 and see the little children finding these treasures
  • 11:58 and finding these stones and these coins
  • 12:00 verifying their existence,
  • 12:02 their life and their family's existence.
  • 12:05 Can you imagine a country so small;
  • 12:08 we always say the size of New Jersey, roughly,
  • 12:11 surrounded by millions of enemies who want you wiped off the face of the earth?
  • 12:16 And these children are finding out
  • 12:18 who they are, where they come from
  • 12:20 and what the history of the Land is for the Jewish people.
  • 12:24 It was thrilling for us.
  • 12:26 We happened to be there when the young people were there as well
  • 12:29 and it's so amazing to see these treasures being unearthed
  • 12:32 because let's face it,
  • 12:34 the political pressure coming from all sides
  • 12:36 to shut down this kind of a project
  • 12:38 because it tells the truth about the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
  • 12:42 Well, let's go to the Temple Mount Sifting Project
  • 12:44 and hear some more from our guide.
  • 12:48 You know, it's amazing.
  • 12:49 I like to say on TV
  • 12:50 that the headlines are catching up to the Bible.
  • 12:53 You are approaching this from a scientific viewpoint
  • 12:56 and yet daily the Bible stories
  • 12:58 are being verified by what you find here.
  • 13:01 Every day we have our historical deadlines.
  • 13:04 Not deadlines... also headlines.
  • 13:07 And we have the evidence of the destruction of the First Temple.
  • 13:12 We have arrowheads from the destruction
  • 13:14 that the Babylonians fired on the Temple.
  • 13:18 We have broken or smashed small, clay figurines,
  • 13:25 terra cotta field is what we call them,
  • 13:29 that attests the activity of King Joash,
  • 13:36 who is said that he smashed all the molten images.
  • 13:41 And we have many of them.
  • 13:43 And also we have arrowheads from the destruction
  • 13:47 and we have lots of burnt material and burnt architectural stones
  • 13:50 and we have very high level engravings from the time of Herod
  • 13:59 that some of the stones may have been from the Temple itself.
  • 14:02 We cannot tell because here is smashed it's out of context.
  • 14:05 But you can tell the date.
  • 14:07 You can tell that it came from public buildings, very elaborate buildings.
  • 14:13 We have a very rare coin, a half shekel coin from silver.
  • 14:18 Only 3 of them were found in Jerusalem.
  • 14:20 And the half shekel; this coin was minted during the Jewish revolt against the Romans.
  • 14:25 And it was used to raise funds for the Temple.
  • 14:28 Really?
  • 14:31 ...for the Temple, for as it says in the book of Exodus,
  • 14:39 So also in the 2nd Temple period
  • 14:41 they used this sum of money for raising funds.
  • 14:44 Interesting.
  • 14:46 We have more than one southern floor tiles
  • 14:50 in different shapes, geometrical shapes and colors.
  • 14:53 Now Josephus tells us that in the 2nd Temple Courts,
  • 14:59 all the open Courts, all that were open to the sky,
  • 15:04 were paved with stones of all sorts and all colors.
  • 15:09 And now we know what he is talking about.
  • 15:11 We see it.
  • 15:13 And we reconstruct the patterns, the geometrical patterns.
  • 15:15 Wow!
  • 15:17 You know, speaking of fundraising,
  • 15:19 our viewers have been participating with you.
  • 15:21 We've raised funds for the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
  • 15:25 So they're interested also in how many people have come over to help you?
  • 15:29 How many tourists, visitors, pilgrims come?
  • 15:32 More than 150,000 people.
  • 15:35 Have helped you here?
  • 15:37 There is no such phenomenon in the archaeological research since it began 150 years ago.
  • 15:45 But so many people took part in the archaeological research.
  • 15:49 Even in the study of the finds we are using many experts
  • 15:57 because this is the characteristics of this find that are out of context
  • 16:03 so you need more expertise to date them and to recognize them.
  • 16:06 So many people are taking part in this duty.
  • 16:10 And you know the book of Psalms has a verse
  • 16:14 that says exactly a little there...
  • 16:17 It says,
  • 16:19 (Speaking Hebrew) [Psalm 102;13-14]
  • 16:30 And in English?
  • 16:31 You will [arise] and redeem Zion,
  • 16:34 [For it is] time [to be gracious to her.]
  • 16:37 Because thy servants [will feel pity for her] dust
  • 16:44 and [find pleasure] [in her] stones.
  • 16:47 So when the servants come together
  • 16:49 and favor the dust of Zion
  • 16:53 God's grace is with them
  • 16:55 and we are gracious to Israel
  • 16:58 and God is gracious as well.
  • 17:00 Now the teacher is assigning them to pails
  • 17:02 and they're going to start.
  • 17:04 They will each take a bucket.
  • 17:06 It was already dry sifted
  • 17:09 but now it's soaked with water.
  • 17:11 And they're going to pour the bucket on the screen
  • 17:13 and start washing the material.
  • 17:16 And later on after that
  • 17:18 they will start scrutinizing it carefully
  • 17:22 to separate all the archaeological finds
  • 17:26 and the natural stones.
  • 17:28 This is a very organized group.
  • 17:33 The teacher is very organized.
  • 17:34 This is the first time that we see what the teacher is
  • 17:37 assigning who will go with whom, and her.
  • 17:39 And she probably has experience
  • 17:43 because the kids get really excited.
  • 17:45 Yes, and they should!
  • 17:47 They should be excited.
  • 17:48 It's pretty amazing.
  • 17:50 So our viewers are very interested in the excitement the children feel.
  • 17:53 Does it connect them with their Zion's history and their roots?
  • 17:56 Of course, because they touch in the heart of the Jewish nation.
  • 18:02 It's things from Bet Mikdash ,
  • 18:06 the first Bet Mikdash.
  • 18:08 And they see things
  • 18:10 and they touch with the hand.
  • 18:11 They can't go up there so they touch it.
  • 18:14 So it's important on very many levels,
  • 18:17 educationally,
  • 18:19 but also I think it stirs up their
  • 18:21 understanding of natural history
  • 18:23 and the importance of being a Jew in the Land.
  • 18:25 Yes, of course, because all the time we speak about it in the class.
  • 18:28 And now they touch, they see, they feel it.
  • 18:31 So this is real that we are here
  • 18:34 and it's very, very important for them
  • 18:36 and for us.
  • 18:38 And all the time we only speak it,
  • 18:39 only teach, only tell things.
  • 18:41 So this is the...
  • 18:42 hands on.
  • 18:42 Yeah, inside.
  • 18:44 You know it's so important for our viewers
  • 18:47 to see the next generation understanding Israel.
  • 18:50 Think about what Zola started 30 plus years ago.
  • 18:53 But it's important the kids get this, isn't it?
  • 18:55 Right, when you handle the things of the 1st and the 2nd century...
  • 19:01 I mean, these are...
  • 19:02 like the rock are literally speaking to these people
  • 19:05 about their history, their heritage
  • 19:07 and the Temple that was here.
  • 19:09 It's so exciting to see their faces
  • 19:11 as they find these finds.
  • 19:13 It's amazing.
  • 19:14 Yes it is.
  • 19:15 You know it's so important for us too.
  • 19:16 We want the message of Christianity through Jewish eyes
  • 19:20 and the relevance of the State of Israel;
  • 19:22 we want it to go to the next generation.
  • 19:24 It's a passion for us.
  • 19:25 We have children in college.
  • 19:26 One just graduated.
  • 19:28 It's so exciting for us to see kids understanding the importance of Israel,
  • 19:32 the importance of their Jewish heritage.
  • 19:38 (Katharine speaking) God wants us to see the ancient rocks
  • 19:41 and meet the living stones.
  • 19:42 Let's go north and hear from
  • 19:44 "Our Man in Haifa" Eitan Shiskoff.
  • 19:51 Shalom.
  • 19:52 I'd like to talk to you today
  • 19:54 about a very popular figure in Scripture,
  • 19:56 a man named " Kapha "
  • 19:58 You probably know him better as "Peter"
  • 20:00 Peter was located;
  • 20:03 it was in the middle of the day around lunchtime,
  • 20:05 on roof down the coast from here
  • 20:09 at a place called Joppa in those days;
  • 20:11 " Yapho " in modern Israel.
  • 20:14 And Peter was kind of drowsy.
  • 20:17 And during this time when he was waiting for lunch
  • 20:21 Suddenly he went into a trance,
  • 20:24 he had a vision, not once, but 3 times.
  • 20:27 He saw a sheet lowered down from heaven
  • 20:30 and in the sheet were animals.
  • 20:32 It's interesting that he was hungry at the time,
  • 20:34 but the animals were not kosher,
  • 20:36 they were not what he was really permitted to eat
  • 20:40 according to the Torah that he followed.
  • 20:43 And he was wondering what this vision meant
  • 20:46 when some people arrived at the gate of the house where he was staying.
  • 20:51 And interestingly, the people who had come as messengers
  • 20:54 were sent by a Roman centurion,
  • 20:57 an officer, not Jewish, a guy named Cornelius.
  • 21:00 Cornelius had also received a supernatural communication from God
  • 21:05 that he was to send these men to bring Peter to Caesarea
  • 21:09 which is up the coast from Joppa,
  • 21:12 actually between where we are now,
  • 21:13 the Haifa Bay and Jaffa or Yafo, in Caesarea.
  • 21:18 And he was going to receive Peter and hear what he had to say.
  • 21:23 So here's Peter, he comes down from the roof,
  • 21:25 he meets these messengers,
  • 21:27 the messengers say, Hey, our boss wants you to come up to Caesarea and talk to him.
  • 21:34 Peter goes, okay; next day he heads to Caesarea.
  • 21:37 He finds himself in the house of the Gentile Cornelius.
  • 21:41 And they're ready to hear whatever he has to say.
  • 21:44 Cornelius has gathered his friends, his neighbors, his relatives;
  • 21:47 and Peter gives them the good news about Yeshua
  • 21:51 having been sacrificed as the perfect Lamb,
  • 21:55 the Son of God, the Messiah of Israel,
  • 21:58 and rising from the dead.
  • 21:59 Well the Spirit of God descends upon them;
  • 22:02 and this is the first recorded time
  • 22:04 that non-Jews have received the good news, the Gospel of Yeshua
  • 22:08 and believed and received it
  • 22:10 and they were filled with the Spirit of God.
  • 22:12 To me, the waters both at Joppa and Caesarea and even behind us
  • 22:17 represent the distribution of goods and of information,
  • 22:22 of communication,
  • 22:23 and certainly in those days even more than now.
  • 22:26 And so I see in this story about Peter really a parable for our times
  • 22:31 which is that God calls us to distribute, to bring his love,
  • 22:36 the Good News, the Redemption of man from his own selfish nature
  • 22:42 to a relationship with God.
  • 22:45 And may we be like Peter who became an Apostle with a message to his people.
  • 22:52 Shalom.
  • 23:03 ♪ Take us there, take us there to the Land of Zion ♪
  • 23:07 ♪ Next year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:08l' Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerusahlayim
  • 23:12 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:14 ♪ O hear, oh Israel, O Israel hear! ♪
  • 23:16 ♪ O Lord, They Kingdom come, Thy will be done next year ♪
  • 23:19l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 23:22 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:27 ♪ Over there, over there in the Land of Zion ♪
  • 23:30 ♪ Next year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:32l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 23:36 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:38 ♪ O Lord draw near to us, O Lord draw near ♪
  • 23:40 ♪ O Lord thy kingdom come, Thy will be done next year ♪
  • 23:43l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 23:47 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 23:52 ♪ Ah, Land of rest, of thee I sing ♪
  • 23:58 "Ah, Zion blessed, receive thy King ♪
  • 24:04 ♪ Ah, Promised Land, of thee I tell ♪
  • 24:10 ♪ Receive thy Kingdom, Israel ♪
  • 24:21 ♪ When we're there, when we're there, in the Land of Zion ♪
  • 24:24 ♪ Next year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 24:26l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 24:29 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 24:31 ♪ O Lord, we'll be with You and no more tears ♪
  • 24:34 ♪ O Lord, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done next year ♪
  • 24:37l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 24:40 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪
  • 24:42l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 24:46 ♪ Next Year in Jerusalem ♪♪
  • 24:54 That is such a familiar phrase to the Jewish ear.
  • 24:57 It probably is to you too.
  • 24:58 l, Shanah ha'ba'ah b'Yerushalayim
  • 25:00 For thousands of years that was said at Passover Seders
  • 25:04 as we remember the exodus from Egypt
  • 25:08 and prayed and looked forward to the time
  • 25:11 when we could be in Jerusalem keeping the Passover.
  • 25:15 Well it's like prophesying.
  • 25:16 You know your next step in God,
  • 25:18 next year in Jerusalem,
  • 25:19 telling yourself, we will be there.
  • 25:21 And then God changed everything May 14, 1948
  • 25:25 by the rebirth of the State of Israel
  • 25:28 and fulfilling that prophecy so that now when people are
  • 25:32 actually keeping the Passover in Israel
  • 25:34 they can say, we're here, God has done it.
  • 25:37 It's happening in our lives
  • 25:39 And that's so important for us.
  • 25:40 It's important for you as believers.
  • 25:42 Because if God keeps his covenant with the Jewish people
  • 25:44 he'll keep his covenant with the believers in Yeshua.
  • 25:47 We've seen over the course of even the study,
  • 25:50 the fulfillment that God has fulfilled...
  • 25:53 He's brought them back to their Land.
  • 25:54 He's restored them to the place
  • 25:56 that God's ordained for them to dwell in
  • 25:59 and that he would bless the Land when they're there.
  • 26:02 And now we're seeing him pour water on them
  • 26:04 and restore them to his salvation.
  • 26:07 But we are wanting ourselves and calling you to pray
  • 26:12 for the next phase that's coming.
  • 26:14 It's in Isaiah 62:1
  • 26:17 It says,
  • 26:30 It's a powerful call.
  • 26:31 It's a holy calling.
  • 26:32 And it's really the primary calling of this program,
  • 26:35 of what we do with our ministry,
  • 26:37 is about waking people up
  • 26:39 to take their place on the wall as watchmen.
  • 26:42 Just as Isaiah calls us to.
  • 26:44 You know in Exodus 15:17
  • 26:46 when God looked forward
  • 26:48 with Moses to the place
  • 26:50 that he would build with him.
  • 26:51 It was called the Mountain of God's inheritance.
  • 26:54 And the scripture says that at that time
  • 26:56 God will establish Himself as a Sanctuary in that Mountain.
  • 27:00 Which Mountain?
  • 27:02 Mount Zion
  • 27:03 Mount Moriah
  • 27:04 The Center of the earth.
  • 27:05 And he says also,
  • 27:06 (Speaking Hebrew) " Adonai Yimloch, Le-Olam Va-ed "
  • 27:08 (Revelation 11:15) "...He will reign forever and ever"
  • 27:11 from that place.
  • 27:12 The City of our God. -Hallelujah!
  • 27:14 That is why we like to end our program with Psalm 122:6.
  • 27:19 Sha'a'lu 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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