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Episode: “To The Jews First” with Rev. Todd Baker

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  • 00:09 BRETHREN, MY HEART'S DESIRE AND PRAYER TO GOD FOR ISRAEL IS THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.
  • 00:15 THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JEW AND THE GENTILE.
  • 00:19 FOR THE SAME LORD OVER ALL IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM.
  • 00:28 CONSIDERING THE TIMES AND SEASONS OF OUR WORLD TODAY, HERE'S ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:34 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:37 TODD BAKER IS WITH US.
  • 00:38 REV. TODD BAKER WORKS WITH OUR MINISTRY IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES.
  • 00:42 HE'S AN ASSISTANT PASTOR WITH ME AT OUR MESSIANIC CONGREGATION.
  • 00:47 MOSTLY, HE'S A MISSIONARY TO ISRAEL.
  • 00:50 YOU GO TO ISRAEL TO WITNESS TO THE JEWS LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS TO DO.
  • 00:54 ABSOLUTELY. WE GO TWICE A YEAR.
  • 00:57 OUR REASON FOR GOING IS, OF COURSE, BASED IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 01:02 PAUL SAYS IN ROMANS 1:16, IF I COULD READ THAT:
  • 01:17 SO WE SEE HERE THE DIVINE ORDER OF EVANGELISM LAID OUT.
  • 01:22 THE GOSPEL IS TO GO TO THE JEW FIRST.
  • 01:24 HE MAKES A GOOD POINT.
  • 01:26 HOW MANY CHURCHES REALLY SEND MISSIONARIES TO THE JEWS OF ISRAEL?
  • 01:30 NOT MANY.
  • 01:31 I HARDLY EVER-- YOU SEE MAPS.
  • 01:34 I TRAVEL TO A LOT OF CHURCHES AND THERE'S FLAGS IN BORNEO
  • 01:36 AND FLAGS IN PRACTICALLY EVERY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE GOING TO THE ESKIMOS.
  • 01:41 MORE POWER TO THEM.
  • 01:43 I WISH THEY WOULD GO TO ISLAM AND TO EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  • 01:47 BUT NOBODY EVER SEEMS TO OBEY THIS BIBLICAL ADMONITION THAT THE GOSPEL IS TO GO TO THE JEW FIRST.
  • 01:53 THEY NEVER GO TO THE JEWS OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:55 NO, AND THE THING THAT HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY FRUSTRATING TO ME
  • 01:59 IS I WOULD ATTEND THESE MISSION CONFERENCES IN SEMINARY AND ON MY OWN BECAUSE
  • 02:04 I HAVE A HEART FOR MISSIONS AND THEY WOULD ADDRESS HOW WE NEED TO GO THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
  • 02:10 THEY WOULD NAME ALL THE NATIONS.
  • 02:12 THEY WOULD EVEN HAVE MISSIONARIES WHO WENT TO THESE NATIONS.
  • 02:14 INVARIABLY IT SEEMED LIKE NONE WAS GOING TO ISRAEL TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 02:18 THAT REALLY CONCERNED ME.
  • 02:21 THIS WAS THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 02:24 IN FACT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 10:6 WHEN HE SENT THE 12 OUT, HE SAID:
  • 02:36 GO ONLY UNTO THE LOST SHEEP. >>THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 02:38 HE SAID I'M SENT ONLY UNTO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:41 THAT'S RIGHT. HE SAID THAT IN MATTHEW 15.
  • 02:42 HE SAID I AM NOT SENT BUT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:46 YOU SEE THAT PATTERN FOLLOWED BY PAUL AND THE APOSTLES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.
  • 02:50 NOW PAUL AS WE KNOW WAS AN APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES.
  • 02:54 HE SAID I MAGNIFY MY OFFICE IN THAT RESPECT.
  • 02:57 YET WHEN YOU READ THE ACCOUNTS GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
  • 03:01 WHEN HE WOULD GO THROUGHOUT THE GENTILE WORLD,
  • 03:04 WHERE DID HE GO TO FIRST? HE WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUES.
  • 03:06 ALWAYS TO THE SYNAGOGUES.
  • 03:08 THAT'S WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE NEWS THAT THE MESSIAH HAS COME, OF COURSE.
  • 03:11 THEN THE JEWS WOULD CONVERT THE LOCAL GENTILES,
  • 03:14 WHEN THE JEWS BECAME CONVERTED THE CHURCH SPREAD THROUGH THE EMPIRE.
  • 03:20 ROMANS 10:1, THE SCRIPTURE OF OUR MINISTRY IS ON EVERY ENVELOPE AND EVERYTHING WE SEND OUT.
  • 03:26 PAUL IS SAYING:
  • 03:34 PAUL'S PASSION FOR THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL WAS SO INTENSE
  • 03:40 THAT HE MAKES AN ASTOUNDING STATEMENT IN ROMANS 9 WHERE HE SAYS:
  • 03:51 OF COURSE ONCE YOU ARE SAVED YOU ARE ETERNALLY SECURE.
  • 03:54 HE WAS POSING A HYPOTHETICAL THERE, BUT THAT'S HOW BAD,
  • 03:57 THAT'S HOW MUCH HE YEARNED FOR ISRAEL'S SALVATION.
  • 04:01 I THINK IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 04:03 YOU NEED TO HAVE THAT KIND OF DESIRE, AN ARDENT DESIRE REALLY.
  • 04:07 AND THEY LISTEN TO YOU OVER THERE BECAUSE, WELL FOR ONE THING YOU'RE NOT JEWISH.
  • 04:11 IF I WERE TO, MYSELF, WELL I HAVE GONE MANY TIMES,
  • 04:14 BUT I GET ALL KIND OF FIGHT BACK BECAUSE I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE IN JESUS.I'M A JEW.
  • 04:20 JACOB DAMKANI WHO HAS BEEN ON OUR PROGRAM,
  • 04:23 AN ISRAELI MISSIONARY TO HIS OWN PEOPLE GETS ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS.
  • 04:29 BUT YOU'RE A GENTILE, SOFT-SPOKEN AND PLAINLY TO SEE A RIGHTEOUS GENTILE.
  • 04:35 THEY'LL LISTEN TO YOU AND THEY DON'T MIND YOUR BELIEVING IN CHRIST.
  • 04:40 THEY CAN SPOT THE PHONIES FROM THE SINCERE.
  • 04:44 JEWISH PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN ISRAEL, ARE NATURALLY AND UNDERSTANDABLY GUARDED.
  • 04:49 ONCE YOU BEGIN TALKING TO THEM AND YOU DISPLAY A KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR HISTORY
  • 04:54 AND AN APPRECIATION FOR THEIR HERITAGE THEN YOU CAN GO FROM THAT TO THE SCRIPTURES
  • 05:01 AND YOU CAN SHOW THEM HOW THEIR HISTORY HAS BEEN FORETOLD FROM BEGINNING TO END.
  • 05:06 GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 46:10:
  • 05:11 WELL, A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT IS ISRAEL.
  • 05:14 WHEN THEY SEE FOR THEMSELVES IN THE WORD OF GOD IN THEIR BIBLE, THEY CALL THE "TENACH".
  • 05:19 WE CHRISTIANS CALL THAT THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 05:21 WHEN THEY SEE IN THERE PROPHECIES ABOUT THEIR HISTORY EVEN TODAY IT AMAZES THEM.
  • 05:27 FOR INSTANCE IN ISAIAH 66:7-9 WE HAVE AN AMAZING PROPHECY THERE
  • 05:32 WHERE ISAIAH THE PROPHET PREDICTS THAT ISRAEL WOULD BECOME A NATION
  • 05:36 OR BE BORN A NATION IN ONE DAY AFTER TRAVAIL AND SUFFERING.
  • 05:41 I BELIEVE THAT WAS FULFILLED MAY 14, 1948 WHEN THEY WERE DECLARED A NATION IN ONE DAY
  • 05:48 BY THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY JUST RIGHT AFTER THE TRAVAIL OF THE HOLOCAUST.
  • 05:53 WHEN YOU CAN SHOW THEM PROPHECIES LIKE THAT
  • 05:55 CORRELATED WITH THEIR HISTORY TO THIS TIME IT ARRESTS THEIR ATTENTION.
  • 06:00 YOU CAN GO FROM THAT STREAM OF PROPHECY OVER TO MESSIANIC PROPHECY.
  • 06:07 I SHOULD STRESS, TOO, IT'S NOT PRECISELY OUR MINISTRY OFFICE,
  • 06:12 BUT OUR FRIENDS, OUR DONORS, OUR SUPPORTERS THAT SEND YOU.
  • 06:16 YES.
  • 06:17 WE HAVE A FUND CALLED THE "TO THE JEW FIRST" FUND.
  • 06:21 WE HAVE VARIOUS FUNDS IN OUR MINISTRY.
  • 06:23 WE SUPPORT A SETTLEMENT OVER THERE. WE PLANT TREES.
  • 06:25 WE SUPPORT OUR TV CREWMAN WHO HAVE LITTLE WORK WITH PEOPLE JUST NOT COMING
  • 06:33 AND OUR TOUR PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WITH GETTING HARDLY ANY GROUPS.
  • 06:37 OUR GROUPS KEEP GOING, BUT OTHER GROUPS HAVE STOPPED.
  • 06:40 WE HAVE FUNDS, "GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY" FUND AND SO FORTH.
  • 06:44 BUT YOUR FUND, AND I DON'T DO THIS AND I'M NOT THE ONE TO THANK,
  • 06:48 BUT I JUST ADVERTISE IT SO TO SPEAK.
  • 06:50 I SAY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A MISSIONARY TO THE JEWS OF ISRAEL
  • 06:54 AND I KEEP SAYING TO THE JEWS OF ISRAEL
  • 06:56 BECAUSE PLENTY OF CHURCHES SEND MISSIONARIES TO THE ARABS OF ISRAEL AND ALWAYS HAVE.
  • 07:00 YOU DRIVE THROUGH NAZARETH AND YOU COME TO THE FRANK SINATRA CHILDREN'S HOME.
  • 07:05 THE CHAIRMAN DECIDED THAT HE SHOULD GIVE SOMETHING AND HE DID.
  • 07:09 AND IN OTHER PLACES AMERICANS HAVE DONE A LOT FOR THE ARABS OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:15 NOBODY SEEMS TO HAVE DONE MUCH FOR THE JEWS OF ISRAEL
  • 07:19 IN TERMS OF SALVATION OR CHRISTIAN WITNESS.
  • 07:23 IT PUTS ME IN MIND OF THE TIME I MET THE PASTOR OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM.
  • 07:30 THERE IS SUCH A CHURCH.
  • 07:32 I ASSUMED, RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING HERE WE ARE. THAT'S WHERE THE LORD WAS BORN.
  • 07:37 I SAID TO HIM, DO YOU HAVE A GOOD CONGREGATION?
  • 07:40 HE SAID, OH, LOTS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE COME.
  • 07:42 BUT BETHLEHEM IS REALLY AN ARAB TOWN LATELY.
  • 07:47 I SAID TO HIM, WELL DO THE JEWS COME?HE SAID, THE JEWS? OF COURSE NOT!
  • 07:54 IF JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES SHOWED UP, WHAT, THEY COULDN'T COME?
  • 08:00 I THINK WHAT THAT SHOWS IS IT'S AN EPIDEMIC PROBLEM AMONG THE GENTILES AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
  • 08:06 THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION FOR THE JEWISH ROOTS OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.
  • 08:10 THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT AS YOU KNOW AND AS YOU HAVE SAID, JESUS WAS JEWISH.
  • 08:18 THE FIRST CHRISTIANS WERE JEWISH.
  • 08:20 THE FIRST CHURCH WAS IN JERUSALEM.
  • 08:22 THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS WRITTEN BY JEWS COVER TO COVER INCLUDING LUKE AND IT IS A JEWISH BOOK.
  • 08:29 OF COURSE WE DO HAND OUT THE B'RIT HADASHAH OVER THERE.
  • 08:35 THE NEW TESTAMENT. >>THE NEW TESTAMENT IN HEBREW.
  • 08:38 SHOW ME THAT WRITING IN HEBREW. PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IT.
  • 08:42 IT OPENS THIS WAY BECAUSE ENGLISH BOOKS OPEN BACKWARDS.
  • 08:46 AND IT'S IN HEBREW, IN THEIR LANGUAGE.
  • 08:50 IT HARKENS BACK TO WHAT GOD SAID TO ISRAEL IN JEREMIAH 31:31 WHEN HE SAID:
  • 08:58 BEHOLD, I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT, A B'RIT HADASHAH WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
  • 09:04 IN MATTHEW 26 JESUS SAID: THIS IS THAT COVENANT
  • 09:08 WHICH SHALL BE RATIFIED BY MY SHED BLOOD.
  • 09:11 SO IT IS A COVENANT AND A BOOK THAT WAS FIRST INTENDED FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 09:16 UNFORTUNATELY OVER THE CENTURIES AS THE CHURCH DIVORCED ITSELF FROM ITS JEWISH MOORINGS
  • 09:23 WE HAVE PEOPLE NOW ESPOUSING ALL KINDS OF CRAZY THEOLOGICAL IDEAS, I.E. REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY
  • 09:30 THAT DEEMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL.
  • 09:35 OUR MINISTRY IS DIRECTED TOWARD BRINGING BACK THE JEWISH MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL, OF YESHUA, WHICH CAME FROM--
  • 09:42 HOW GOOD WOULD AN OLIVE TREE DO IF YOU SAW IT OFF AT GROUND LEVEL
  • 09:46 AND STAND IT UP SOMEWHERE ELSE? CUT IT OFF FROM ITS ROOTS.
  • 09:50 NOT VERY GOOD. IT WOULD DIE QUICKLY.
  • 09:51 THERE ARE DEAD CHURCHES ALL OVER THE PLACE. I REALLY AND TRULY--
  • 09:56 ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE I GET AN INVITATION TO TALK TO ONE OF THE DENOMINATIONS, WE'LL SAY,
  • 10:02 AND I TRY TO GET A LINE ONTO THESE PEOPLE REALLY KNOW SOME BIBLE
  • 10:08 OR ARE THEY JUST CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT THIS TELEVISION PERSONALITY HAS TO SAY?
  • 10:12 WHEN IT'S THE LATTER, IT'S A HARD JOB FOR ME BECAUSE
  • 10:15 YOU QUOTE AN OBVIOUS SCRIPTURE AND YOU JUST GET BLANK LOOKS.
  • 10:18 YOU HAVE TO START WITH STEP 1.
  • 10:21 THERE WAS A HUGE CHURCH HERE IN DALLAS THAT INVITED ME TO SPEAK TO THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE.
  • 10:28 I THOUGHT WELL THAT SHOULD BE INTERESTING.
  • 10:31 WHEN I WENT IN AND I HEARD THEIR--
  • 10:33 I WAS A SPEAKER AT THE END OF A MEETING
  • 10:36 AND I LISTENED TO THE PROCEDURE OF THE MEETING FOR A WHILE
  • 10:39 AND I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND NOBODY IN THAT ROOM WAS SAVED.
  • 10:42 I SPOKE FINALLY ON THE 4 SPIRITUAL LAWS.
  • 10:47 I JUST TRIED TO PREACH SALVATION DOCTRINE.
  • 10:50 I WAS NOT INVITED BACK. I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY LISTENED OR NOT.
  • 10:55 BUT I SAID TO THEM YOU'RE NOT EVANGELISTS, YOU'RE A MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.
  • 10:59 YOU'RE JUST GOING AROUND KNOCKING ON DOORS AND GETTING PEOPLE TO JOIN.
  • 11:03 IT'S SO FUNNY, THIS WITNESS. IT'S SO--
  • 11:07 OVER IN ISRAEL THE DENOMINATIONS ARE AWFUL, MOSTLY.
  • 11:12 THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF DOWNTOWN JERUSALEM ON REHOV HA'NEVIIM, THE STREET OF THE PROPHETS,
  • 11:17 HAS A SIGN IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH INVITING PEOPLE TO SUNDAY WORSHIP.
  • 11:21 THAT SIGN, IN JERUSALEM, THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL IS NOT IN HEBREW AT ALL.
  • 11:25 IT IS IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC.
  • 11:28 IT'S ANTICIPATED THAT THE JEWS WILL NOT WANT TO COME. THEY'RE NOT INVITED.
  • 11:32 I THINK AGAIN IT'S A SIGN THAT THESE MAINLINE DENOMINATIONS DO NOT READ THEIR BIBLE,
  • 11:40 DO NOT INTERPRET IT CORRECTLY AND DO NOT APPRECIATE THE JEWISHNESS OF IT.
  • 11:45 I CAN TELL YOU THAT THEY ARE VERY OPEN.
  • 11:49 ISRAEL IS WITHIN THE 10-40 WINDOW.
  • 11:52 I ASSUME YOU KNOW WHAT THE 10-40 WINDOW IS.
  • 11:54 IT'S THAT AREA OF THE WORLD THAT IS HARDEST TO EVANGELIZE
  • 11:57 AND IT INCLUDES, OF COURSE, MUCH OF THE MUSLIM WORLD AS WELL.
  • 12:00 HOW DO YOU SAY 10-40? WHAT IS IT?
  • 12:02 10-40 WINDOW, IT IS BASED ON THE LONGITUDE, LATITUDE OF THE AREA.
  • 12:05 OH, OKAY.GOOD.
  • 12:07 BUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE OPEN TO HEAR ABOUT THE EVIDENCE FOR JESUS BEING THE MESSIAH
  • 12:13 PRIMARILY THROUGH MESSIANIC PROPHECY.
  • 12:17 YOU HAVE A BOOKMARK HERE, IF I CAN FIND IT.
  • 12:20 HERE IT IS. IT'S CALLED THE PROPHESIED MESSIAH.
  • 12:23 ON THE BACK WE SHOW THEM ALL THE MAJOR MESSIANIC PROPHECIES THAT ARE MADE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 12:29 THE TENACH, AND THEIR CORRESPONDING FULFILLMENT BY YESHUA IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THE B'RIT HADASHAH.
  • 12:35 I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TALKING TO ONE YOUNG MAN IN A MUSIC STORE.
  • 12:40 WE SHOWED HIM THE PROPHESIES ABOUT THE MESSIAH.
  • 12:43 HE WOULD BE PIERCED IN HIS ATONING DEATH, PSALM 22:16, ISAIAH 53:5 AND ZECHARIAH 12:10
  • 12:51 AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT BY JESUS ON HIS DEATH
  • 12:53 WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS IN JOHN 19:34-37 AND HE WAS AMAZED.
  • 12:59 HE IMMEDIATELY SAW THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE PREDICTION
  • 13:04 AND THE FULFILLMENT CULMINATING IN YESHUA.
  • 13:07 WE SAID THAT'S JUST ONE PROPHECY.
  • 13:09 SOME ESTIMATE THERE ARE OVER 300 PROPHECIES THAT YESHUA FULFILLED AT HIS FIRST COMING.
  • 13:15 IF YOU WERE TO TAKE 48 OF THOSE PROPHECIES,
  • 13:20 THE PROBABILITY OF THOSE BEING FULFILLED BY CHANCE IS 1-10 WITH 157 ZEROS AFTER IT.
  • 13:27 THE MESSIANIC PROPHECY IS A POWERFUL WAY TO WIN THEM.
  • 13:31 HE'S TODD BAKER, REV. TODD BAKER.
  • 13:34 HE'S A GRADUATE OF DALLAS SEMINARY AND VERY, VERY COMPETENT AT WITNESSING TO JEWISH PEOPLE AND WE SEND HIM.
  • 13:41 OF COURSE WE SEND HIM.
  • 13:43 YOUR CHURCH NEEDS TO SEND SOMEBODY TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL, TOO.
  • 13:45 THE BIBLE SAYS THE GOSPEL IS TO GO TO THE JEW FIRST. IT WAS JESUS' OWN MISSION.
  • 13:50 WE NEVER THINK ABOUT THIS, BUT THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS
  • 13:53 WHO SUPPORT OUR "TO THE JEW FIRST" FUND, AND YOU CAN DO THAT IF YOU WISH.
  • 13:59 I'M NOT PUSHING IT. WE HAVE SEVERAL FUNDS.
  • 14:02 OUR MINISTRY GIVES A LOT OF MONEY AWAY, UNLIKE THE SEMINARIES
  • 14:05 WHICH LATELY ARE SAYING WE'VE HAD A TERRIBLE DOWNTURN BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY.
  • 14:11 WE'RE HAVING OUR BEST TIMES EVER BECAUSE WE BLESS ISRAEL
  • 14:15 AND WE SEND PEOPLE LIKE THIS TO WITNESS TO JESUS' REAL BROTHERS OVER THERE.
  • 14:20 YOU CAN DO IT TOO.
  • 14:23 WE'LL BE BACK WITH REV. TODD BAKER RIGHT AFTER THIS.
  • 14:32 I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO ZOLA FOR 5 OR 6 YEARS.
  • 14:38 WHEN MY MOTHER CALLED AND SAID I'M PLANNING A TRIP TO ISRAEL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?"
  • 14:42 I DIDN'T HESITATE. I SAID, "ABSOLUTELY".
  • 14:44 SHE SAID "DO YOU KNOW ANYWHERE OR HOW TO GET THERE?"
  • 14:46 I SAID, "ABSOLUTELY. LET ME GIVE ZOLA A CALL".
  • 14:48 THIS IS THE MOST SPECIAL PLACE IN THE WORLD AND THIS WAS THE PLACE WE WANTED TO BE.
  • 14:52 WE CAN'T IMAGINE THAT WE'RE HERE.
  • 14:55 I MEAN, IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, WE JUST CAN'T IMAGINE WE'RE HERE.
  • 15:03 WELL OUR TRIPS TO ISRAEL, THEY KEEP ON GOING AS I SAY IN EVERY PROGRAM.
  • 15:07 I'VE JUST DETERMINED THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO GO AND SEE THIS LAND
  • 15:11 BEFORE YOU GO AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 15:14 DON'T YOU WANT TO SEE THE PLACE WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO RESIDE 1,000 YEARS?
  • 15:18 THAT'S TRUE, ISN'T IT TODD?
  • 15:20 WHEN YOU GO OVER THERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GOING HOME, REALLY.
  • 15:22 ABSOLUTELY.IT'S FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION THAT.
  • 15:24 WHEN I CAME BACK HERE AND I'VE BEEN BACK FOR ABOUT 2 1/2 WEEKS NOW,
  • 15:28 THE PASSPORT CONTROL LADY IN DETROIT WHEN WE FLEW THROUGH DETROIT SHE SAID WELCOME HOME.
  • 15:35 I COULDN'T HELP BUT MUTTER UNDER MY BREATH, I'M NOT HOME.
  • 15:38 YOU'RE NOT HOME. THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 15:40 YOU HAVE SOME WHAT THEY CALL "WAR STORIES" FROM THE FIELD. ALL MISSIONARIES DO.
  • 15:45 YOU HAVE STUFF, A MISSION FIELD, AS A LOT OF PEOPLE. TELL ME A COUPLE OF THINGS.
  • 15:52 THESE STORIES WILL BE DOCUMENTED IN UPCOMING LEVITT LETTERS, BUT 2 IN PARTICULAR I THINK.
  • 15:57 WHEN WE WERE IN TEL AVIV AND WHEN WE GO OVER TO WITNESS IN ISRAEL, IT'S VERY SIMPLE,
  • 16:03 WE PRAY, WE'RE LED BY THE SPIRIT AND WE WALK THE STREETS.
  • 16:07 OUR SECOND DAY IN TEL AVIV WE STOPPED IN THIS MINI-MART TO BUY SOME WATER.
  • 16:13 IT WAS A MINI-MART COMBINATION POOL HALL.
  • 16:16 THERE WAS A YOUNG ISRAELI LADY IN THERE AND WE STARTED TALKING TO HER ABOUT ISRAEL BEING THE SUPER SIGN OF THE END TIMES.
  • 16:22 WE TOLD HER THAT THE REGATHERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE BACK INTO THEIR ANCIENT HOMELAND
  • 16:28 IS THE GREATEST FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY SINCE THE TIME OF YESHUA.
  • 16:33 WE SHOWED HER THE SCRIPTURES; DEUTERONOMY 31:3, EZEKIEL 37. SHE WAS AMAZED.
  • 16:43 WE FURTHER TOLD HER IF PROPHECIES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF YOUR PEOPLE
  • 16:47 HAVE COME TO PASS 100 PERCENT ACCURATELY, THEN THERE'S OTHER SETS OF PROPHECIES
  • 16:54 THAT WERE MADE ABOUT THE CENTRAL PERSON OF THE JEWISH FAITH AND THAT'S THE MESSIAH.
  • 16:59 SO, OF COURSE, WE SHOWED HER SOME OF THOSE PROPHECIES IN THE TENACH
  • 17:04 AND THEIR CORRESPONDING FULFILLMENT BY YESHUA IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 17:08 SHE MADE A STATEMENT THAT REALLY QUITE SURPRISED ME.
  • 17:11 SHE SAID YOU KNOW I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO READ THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 17:15 AMONG THE JEWS, SOME OF THEM, THEY WON'T EVEN TAKE A NEW TESTAMENT INTO THEIR HOUSE
  • 17:21 BECAUSE THEY ARE WRONGLY TAUGHT BY THEIR RABBIS THAT IT IS AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 17:26 WHEN SHE SAID THAT I HAD TO SMILE AS BIG AS JIMMY CARTER
  • 17:30 BECAUSE WE HAPPENED TO HAVE A HEBREW NEW TESTAMENT WITH US.
  • 17:34 I TOLD HER GOD KNEW THE DESIRE OF YOUR HEART
  • 17:39 AND HE SENT US OVER HERE TO FULFILL THAT DESIRE.
  • 17:43 WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A FREE COPY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 17:45 SHE WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY GRATEFUL FOR IT.
  • 17:49 SHE SAID SHE WOULD READ IT.
  • 17:51 WE GAVE HER MATERIALS ABOUT THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES AND SHE SAID SHE WOULD STUDY THEM.
  • 17:56 WHENEVER WE DO THAT WE TELL THEM, DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT.
  • 17:59 STUDY THE SCRIPTURES YOURSELF AND SEE IF HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH.
  • 18:05 IF YOU LOOK AT IT WITH AN OPEN MIND YOU WILL COME TO THE CONCLUSION AS YOU HAVE LONG AGO
  • 18:10 THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH AND THEREFORE WORTHY OF BELIEF.
  • 18:14 AND THE TOOL YOU'RE USING THERE, TO OPEN THE SCRIPTURE AND SAY LOOK, THE HISTORY OF YOUR LAND IS HERE.
  • 18:21 IT'S A POWERFUL WITNESS.
  • 18:23 IT'S THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU COULD DO IT, TOO. >>YES, SIR.
  • 18:25 I DON'T CARE IF YOU SENT MISSIONARIES TO THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS, THE FORESTS, THE ESKIMOS, ETC.
  • 18:31 THERE'S NO WHERE ELSE YOU COULD SAY HERE'S A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LAND AND YOUR PEOPLE.
  • 18:34 REALLY IT'S A UNIVERSAL APPEAL.
  • 18:36 IT'S NOT CONFINED JUST TO THE ORTHODOX.
  • 18:38 YOU CAN SAY THAT TO ANY ISRAELI OVER THERE.
  • 18:42 WITH THE NAMES OF THESE TOWNS.
  • 18:43 I SAID BEFORE BETHLEHEM IS AN ARAB TOWN.
  • 18:47 IT'S AN ARAB TOWN RIGHT THIS MINUTE, BUT FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, KING DAVID WAS BORN AND CORONATED THERE.
  • 18:52 JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN THERE. THESE ARE JEWS. IT WAS A JEWISH TOWN.
  • 18:58 IT IS NOT, AS HANAN ASHRAWI TOLD ME,
  • 19:00 JESUS CHRIST IS A PALESTINIAN PROPHET BORN IN BETHLEHEM IN MY COUNTRY.
  • 19:05 PALESTINE DIDN'T EVEN EXIST.
  • 19:07 I DIDN'T LAUGH, BUT I ALMOST DID.
  • 19:11 TELL ME ANOTHER ONE.
  • 19:14 THERE WAS A FAMILY THAT WE HAD MET, I BELIEVE IT WAS OUR THIRD GOSPEL OUTREACH THERE
  • 19:19 THAT WE BECAME FAST FRIENDS WITH THEM.
  • 19:21 WE MET THEM AT KIBBUTZ ENGEV.
  • 19:24 YOU'VE BEEN GOING FOR QUITE A WHILE HAVEN'T YOU? >>QUITE A WHILE.YES.
  • 19:27 ABOUT 2 1/2 YEARS AND BEFORE THEN I TRAVELED WITH YOU OVER THERE AS A BIBLE TEACHER.
  • 19:33 YES, TODD'S ASSOCIATED WITH OUR TOURS AND OFTEN COMES AND HELPS OUT.
  • 19:37 SO WE HAD ESTABLISHED A STRONG TIE WITH THIS FAMILY.
  • 19:40 SO MUCH SO THAT THE MOTHER OF THE FAMILY CONSIDERS ME A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY.
  • 19:45 SHE MEANS THAT WHEN SHE SAYS IT.
  • 19:47 FOR A GENTILE TO ACHIEVE THAT POSITION--
  • 19:49 IT'S GOD. I DON'T TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR IT.
  • 19:52 IT'S THE FAVOR OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL AMONG HIS PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN BE TOLD THIS MESSAGE.
  • 19:56 WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW, WHEN THE END IS UPON US?
  • 19:59 SHE INVITED US, THIS LADY INVITED US TO HER HOUSE IN ZURYIAGAL
  • 20:05 TO CELEBRATE THE PASSOVER, WHICH AS YOU KNOW,
  • 20:08 WHEN THEY ASK YOU TO COME CELEBRATE THE PASSOVER, THAT IS QUITE A PRIVILEGE.
  • 20:12 THAT IS A PRIVILEGE. >>I HAD PRAYED BEFORE.
  • 20:14 OF COURSE, THE SCRIPTURE SAYS INVITE THE STRANGER IN, SO SHE DID.
  • 20:18 SO ME AND MY COLLEAGUE, ROBERT CUCCIA
  • 20:20 WE HAD PRAYED THAT WE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AT SOME POINT DURING THAT NIGHT
  • 20:26 WHEN WE WERE GOING TO CELEBRATE THE PASSOVER WITH THEM TO SHARE WITH THEM
  • 20:29 HOW THE MESSIAH IS REVEALED IN THE PASSOVER.
  • 20:31 BEFORE THE MEAL WE WERE ABLE TO DISCUSS HOW THE PASSOVER MATZA IS A POWERFUL METAPHOR FOR THE MESSIAH.
  • 20:41 IT'S UNLEAVENED. LEAVEN STANDS FOR SIN IN THE BIBLE.
  • 20:46 THE MESSIAH WOULD BE SINLESS, WITHOUT LEAVEN.
  • 20:48 IT'S STRIPED. ISAIAH 53: WITH HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED.
  • 20:52 IT'S PIERCED.PSALM 22:16: THEY'VE PIERCED MY HANDS AND FEET.
  • 20:57 SHE WAS AMAZED AT THAT, SO MUCH SO THAT AFTER WE HAD FINISHED CELEBRATING THE PASSOVER
  • 21:04 AND IT WAS A 4 HOUR PRESENTATION I WAS HELPING HER CLEAN UP IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING.
  • 21:11 SHE SAID, YOU REALLY ENJOYED CELEBRATING THE PASSOVER HERE. I SAID, ABSOLUTELY.
  • 21:16 SHE SAID, DID YOU FEEL THE PRESENCE OF GOD HERE? I SAID, YES, I DID.
  • 21:19 SHE SAID, I WISH, I WISH I COULD FEEL THAT.
  • 21:23 IT WAS ALMOST AS IF SHE WAS SAYING IT OUT OF AN ENVY IN A GOOD WAY.
  • 21:27 WHAT DOES PAUL SAY IN ROMANS 11:14 TO THE GENTILE BELIEVERS?
  • 21:32 THEY WANT TO KNOW THIS MESSIAH THAT YOU BELIEVE IN.
  • 21:35 I TOLD HER YOU CAN HAVE THAT.
  • 21:43 ASK TO RECEIVE GOD'S SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH IN THE MESSIAH.
  • 21:46 SHE SAID, WHO SAID THAT ABOUT ASKING AND KNOCKING?
  • 21:49 I SAID YESHUA SAID THAT. SHE SAID THAT IS VERY WISE.
  • 21:52 SO PLEASE PRAY FOR HER. SHE'S VERY, VERY CLOSE TO COMING TO FAITH.
  • 21:56 WE CONTINUE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THAT FAMILY.
  • 22:00 GOD KNOWS WHO SHE IS, FOLKS. LET'S PRAY FOR HER.
  • 22:04 THE THING THAT REALLY, I THINK IS ASTOUNDING
  • 22:09 IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN OVER THERE DOING THIS PARTICULAR MINISTRY 5 TIMES
  • 22:14 AND EACH AND EVERY TIME THE MAJORITY OF THE ISRAELIS ARE OPEN TO OUR WITNESS.
  • 22:19 YOU REALLY ARE SOWING SEEDS AND SOWING THEM IN FERTILE SOIL. IT FEELS RIGHT.
  • 22:23 YES.ABSOLUTELY.
  • 22:25 I HAVE A THEORY AS TO WHY THEY ARE SO OPEN.
  • 22:27 REMEMBER THE PROPHECY JESUS GAVE IN MATTHEW 23:39.
  • 22:32 HE SAID: YOU SHALL NOT-- HE'S TALKING TO THE NATION
  • 22:34 SEE ME HENCEFORTH UNTIL YE SHALL SAY
  • 22:37 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 22:42 IN OTHER WORDS, THAT IS A PROPHECY THAT WHEN JESUS COMES BACK TO JERUSALEM IN ISRAEL
  • 22:46 THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL BE OPEN TO RECEIVE HIM.
  • 22:50 I THINK THAT NOW THERE IS A SPIRIT OF RECEPTIVITY.
  • 22:54 I THINK THAT IS A STRONG INDICATOR THAT HIS COMING IS SOON.
  • 23:01 YOU HAVE AN ENVIABLE MINISTRY, I'LL SAY THAT.
  • 23:05 I'M PRIVILEGED. I'M PRIVILEGED BY GOD.
  • 23:07 YOU'RE MAKING THE JEWS JEALOUS. YOU'RE PROBABLY MAKING SOME OF THE GENTILES JEALOUS.
  • 23:12 PEOPLE CAN DO THIS. I MEAN YOU CAN TRAVEL TO ISRAEL AND WITNESS.
  • 23:16 OH, SURE. IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE.
  • 23:18 IT WAS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, ESPECIALLY IN THE GALILEE.
  • 23:21 YOU CAN TRAVEL TO ISRAEL TO WITNESS, BUT YOU CAN'T TRAVEL TO SAUDI ARABIA TO WITNESS.
  • 23:25 NO. >>YOU'LL END UP IN JAIL.
  • 23:28 OTHER PLACES IN NOT JUST THE ISLAMIC WORLD,
  • 23:31 BUT CHRISTIANS AREN'T PARTICULARLY WELCOME IN A LOT OF PLACES.
  • 23:36 THERE IS NO SUCH-- PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME IN THE CHURCHES
  • 23:40 ABOUT ISRAELI LAWS AGAINST WITNESSING AND SO ON AS IF THERE ARE SUCH THINGS.
  • 23:45 THEY MADE A LAW ABOUT GIVING SOMETHING OF VALUE
  • 23:49 TO SOMEONE TO INDUCE THEM TO CHANGE HIS RELIGION.
  • 23:54 I THINK WHAT HAPPENED THERE, THERE WERE MORMONS OR SOMEBODY LIKE THAT.
  • 23:57 YES, IT WAS THE MORMONS. IT WAS TARGETED ESPECIALLY FOR THEM.THAT IS TRUE.
  • 24:00 THEY WERE GIVING PEOPLE STUFF. YOU COME TO OUR CHURCH,
  • 24:02 WE'LL LET YOU USE THIS CAR, GIVE YOU A JOB.
  • 24:05 OF COURSE WE DON'T DO THAT.
  • 24:07 AS WE'VE SAID, WHEN WE GIVE THESE OUT THEY SAY, DO WE HAVE TO PAY YOU ANYTHING?
  • 24:11 WE SAY ABSOLUTELY NOT. WE'RE GIVING BACK TO YOU WHAT YOU GAVE THE WORLD.
  • 24:16 I THINK THIS APPLIES TO YOU AND I'VE SAID THIS TO MANY ISRAELIS.
  • 24:20 WHEN I LOOK AT A JEWISH PERSON, I KNOW 3 THINGS ARE TRUE.
  • 24:24 ONE, THE BIBLE IS TRUE.
  • 24:27 GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES AND GOD EXISTS BECAUSE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:32 JEREMIAH 31:35-37, GOD PROMISED THAT HE WOULD PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE JEWISH NATION FOREVER.
  • 24:41 THEY WOULD NEVER CEASE TO BE A NATION.
  • 24:44 REAL CHRISTIANS DON'T GIVE ANYTHING OF VALUE WITH A WITNESS EXCEPT A CROSS AND IT CAN BE HEAVY.
  • 24:51 AND OFFENSIVE TO SOME JEWS WHO THEY REMEMBER THE CRUSADERS COMING IN AND DESTROYING THEIR SYNAGOGUES.
  • 24:59 THAT WAS NOT A GOOD WITNESS. THEY WERE ANTI-SEMITIC.
  • 25:03 THEY BURNT SYNAGOGUES. THEY KILLED PEOPLE.
  • 25:05 DO YOU GET SOME STATIC? DO GET SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT?
  • 25:09 YES WE DID.
  • 25:10 ONE TIME WE WERE ON, NEAR THE JAFFA GATE
  • 25:14 AND WE HAD SOME ANTI-MISSIONARY JEWS COME UP.
  • 25:17 THEY TOLD US YOU CAN'T PASS THIS OUT HERE. >>BANDS OF VIGILANTES.
  • 25:21 YES.AND WE WERE WITNESSING TO 2 PEOPLE.
  • 25:23 ONE WAS FROM AMERICA AND THE OTHER WAS FROM ETHIOPIA.
  • 25:26 THEY WERE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY THE HEBREW NEW TESTAMENTS WE GAVE THEM
  • 25:30 AND THE MESSIANIC JEWISH GOSPEL TRACTS WE GAVE THEM.
  • 25:33 THEY'RE AFRAID OF THEM. >>YES.
  • 25:34 I CALMLY TOLD THEM THIS IS A DEMOCRACY.
  • 25:38 WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO EXCHANGE IDEAS HERE. THIS IS NOT AGAINST THE LAW.
  • 25:41 THE 2 WE WERE WITNESSING TO TOLD THEM TO GO AWAY.
  • 25:45 THEY WANTED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT WE WERE SAYING.
  • 25:49 THIS IS THE YAD LACHIM. I KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
  • 25:52 IT'S A SELF APPOINTED BUNCH OF PEOPLE POLICING FOR MISSIONARIES.
  • 25:56 ONE TIME WE WERE MAKING A PRO- GRAM, I THINK IT WAS AT KORAZIM IN GALILEE WHERE JESUS PREACHED.
  • 26:02 THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL SYNAGOGUE STILL INTACT.
  • 26:05 THESE PEOPLE CAME YELLING AND WALKING THROUGH THE SHOT RIGHT BETWEEN ME AND THE CAMERAS
  • 26:11 SAYING, YOU CAN'T SAY THAT HERE, YOU CAN'T-- BECAUSE I HAD A BIBLE OPEN.
  • 26:14 IT'S FUNNY, IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE YOU COULDN'T BE A JEW.
  • 26:18 THEY OBJECTED TO MY TEACHING. THEY WERE LISTENING FOR A MINUTE AND THEN THEY BROKE IT UP.
  • 26:24 WELL MY PRODUCER SAID SOMETHING IN HEBREW TO THEM.
  • 26:27 HE JUST POINTED AT THEM AND SPOKE SOME HEBREW AND THEN WE STARTED UP AGAIN.
  • 26:30 THIS TIME THEY DIDN'T INTERRUPT.
  • 26:33 I SAID TO HIM AFTER, WHAT DID YOU TELL THEM, DANNY?
  • 26:34 WHAT BEAUTIFUL, SPIRITUAL--
  • 26:36 HE SAID, I SAY TO THEM YOU BREAK UP THE SHOT AGAIN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
  • 26:41 [LAUGHING]
  • 26:42 HE KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE THE CROWD.
  • 26:44 TODD, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. WE'RE OUT OF TIME.I'M SORRY.
  • 26:47 HE'S A MISSIONARY TO ISRAEL, TODD BAKER, AND WE SEND HIM. YOU SEND HIM.
  • 26:52 THANKS A LOT, BECAUSE GOD WILL THANK YOU FOR THE JEWISH SOULS WON BY THESE GUYS THAT WE SEND OVER THERE.
  • 26:57 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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