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Episode: “Zola’s Testimony,” Part 1

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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,
  • 00:18 FOR THE SAME LORD OVERALL IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM.
  • 00:28 CONSIDERING THE TIMES AND SEASONS OF OUR WORLD TODAY, HERE'S ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:33 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:36 I HAVE TO GIVE YOU A REPORT ON THIS CANCER THAT I'VE CONTRACTED.
  • 00:41 MY VOICE IS A LITTLE BIT DOWN, BUT OTHERWISE, YOU KNOW, I'M GETTING SO MUCH PRAYER.
  • 00:46 I THINK THIS IS QUITE A CONTEST.
  • 00:47 THE DOCTORS ARE GIVING ME RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY
  • 00:51 AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOUR HAIR FALL OUT
  • 00:53 AND MAKE YOU TERRIBLY TIRED AND SO ON AND THAT JUST ISN'T HAPPENING.
  • 00:58 I'M NOT THE OLD GUY I WAS, BUT I STILL FEEL PRETTY GOOD.
  • 01:04 I HAVEN'T LOST ANY HAIR AND I HAVEN'T LOST ANY WEIGHT
  • 01:06 AND WHAT CAN I TELL YOU, KEEP UP THE PRAYER IF YOU WILL.
  • 01:13 YOU KNOW, I DON'T LOOK AT THIS AS ANYTHING BUT ONE OF THE LORD'S PLANS.
  • 01:20 HE'S ALWAYS HAD WHAT LOOKED LIKE IMPRACTICAL PLANS
  • 01:24 AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS ABOUT, MY WHOLE TESTIMONY.
  • 01:27 PEOPLE ASK FOR THE TESTIMONY, I'VE GOT SOME STORIES AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY DOES.
  • 01:32 BUT, I'VE REALLY LIVED AND AMAZING ROLLER COASTER FOR 35 YEARS OR SO.
  • 01:41 THE FACT IS I NEVER HAD A REAL JOB AFTER 1972.
  • 01:45 GOD HAS BEEN MOVING ME ALONG, DO THIS, DO THAT, I MEAN, I DO A LITTLE TALK SHOW HERE.
  • 01:49 I DO SOMETHING HERE OR THERE.
  • 01:51 BUT, I NEVER WORKED ALL DAY OTHER THAN WITH WHAT THE LORD WANTED ME DOING
  • 01:56 AND NOW IT'S COME UP TO NATIONAL TELEVISION,
  • 01:57 INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION, HUGE TOURS ALL THIS STUFF.
  • 02:01 AND HE KEEPS WORKING IT OUT.
  • 02:04 BUT, KNOW THAT FOR THE MOMENT I'M AT MY POST.
  • 02:07 I DON'T FEEL BAD AND I'M WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE LORD'S GOING TO WITH THIS ONE.
  • 02:12 IT WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME I'VE ARGUED WITH HIM OVER HIS PLANS
  • 02:15 AND THAT WILL COME UP IN THE TESTIMONY HERE.
  • 02:18 MY PRODUCER, KEN BERG, WHO'S BEEN WITH ME, GETTING ON TO 30 YEARS,
  • 02:23 MADE A LITTLE SHEET OF QUESTIONS ABOUT FAMILY, BACKGROUND, MOTHER, DAD, SEVERAL OTHER.
  • 02:30 I GREW UP IN PITTSBURGH, PA.
  • 02:33 MY FATHER WAS BORN IN RIKA, LATVIA.
  • 02:35 I ALWAYS STRESS THAT BECAUSE HE WAS A NATURALIZED CITIZEN HERE, FELL IN LOVE WITH MY MOTHER
  • 02:41 BECAUSE SHE WAS THE PIANO PLAYER ON A PROGRAM AT A JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER.
  • 02:46 HE WAS SPEAKING, HE WAS A PUBLIC SPEAKER
  • 02:48 AND HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PIANO PLAYER WHEN SHE PLAYED THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER.
  • 02:54 THE WAY THE JEWISH COMMUNITY WORKED, THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR,
  • 02:59 YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANY DATING, YOU JUST TRIED TO CALL ON THE GIRL AND PROPOSE TO HER.
  • 03:04 SO, HE WROTE A LETTER TO HER AND I'VE TOLD THIS STORY BEFORE,
  • 03:09 ANYWAY HE WAS INVITED TO THE HOUSE ON A GIVEN DAY
  • 03:12 AND SHE STOOD AT THE HEAD OF THE STAIRS, LOOKING AT HIM OVER A HANKY.
  • 03:16 IT WAS FASHIONABLE AND ALL THE YOUNG LADIES WERE SO DELICATE,
  • 03:20 THEY ALL A LITTLE BIT SICK, YOU KNOW AND YOU BEGGED HER PARENTS
  • 03:25 LET HIM TAKE HER OUTSIDE FOR A RIDE IN HIS MOTOR CAR.
  • 03:30 THE WAY I HEARD THE STORY, HE GOT HER OUTSIDE AND PROPOSED
  • 03:33 BEFORE HE STARTED THE CAR AND THAT WAS DATING IN 1920.
  • 03:38 AND HE DID A GOOD JOB HERE.
  • 03:40 HE OPENED STORES, HE RAISED 3 KIDS, PUT THEM THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL
  • 03:46 AND UNLIKE OTHER PEOPLE LIKE PALESTINIANS SAY, WHO GET THE CHANCE TO LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY,
  • 03:54 HE NEVER ONCE CLAIMED THIS COUNTRY FOR LATVIA OR STARTED UP ANY TROUBLE.
  • 04:00 HE JUST COOPERATED AND DID A GOOD JOB.
  • 04:03 HE WENT ON THE LORD TO WHATEVER HIS REWARD MIGHT BE
  • 04:08 AND MY MOTHER, SHE WATCHED THE PROGRAM UNTIL SHE WAS 86.
  • 04:12 I ASKED HER TO COMMENT ONE TIME AND SHE SAID,
  • 04:16 "IT'S VERY NICE THAT YOU TEACH PEOPLE THEIR RELIGION."
  • 04:20 I SAID, "DON'T YOU HEAR WHAT I'M SAYING ABOUT THE MESSIAH?"
  • 04:22 MY MOTHER WAS LIKE A LOT OF THESE OLD JEWISH LADIES THAT WATCHED THE SHOW EVERY TIME,
  • 04:26 THEY SEE ME, THEY MAKE A FUSS AND I TELL THEM,
  • 04:29 "DO YOU HEAR WHAT I'M SAYING ABOUT THE MESSIAH?"
  • 04:30 THEY ALWAYS SAY, "I DON'T LISTEN TO THE COMMERCIAL."
  • 04:33 WHAT AREYOU GOING TO DO?
  • 04:35 I THINK SOME OF THEM DID LISTEN TO THE COMMERCIAL TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH.
  • 04:38 I THINK WHEN I MEET THEM...
  • 04:40 BUT, I WAS SAVED, REALLY, WELL, WITH CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST.
  • 04:46 THAT WAS WHERE IT STARTED.
  • 04:49 KEN ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MY MUSIC CAREER AND SO ON.
  • 04:51 I WAS A MUSICIAN IN THE 60'S AND 70'S.
  • 04:54 I PLAYED IN THE NEW ORLEANS SYMPHONY, SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY, WITH GLENN CAMPBELL.
  • 04:59 I WAS AN OBOE PLAYER.
  • 05:01 I JUST TOOK THAT INSTRUMENT BECAUSE MY FRIEND WAS AN OBOE PLAYER
  • 05:06 AND I WANTED TO SIT NEXT TO HIM IN THE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA.
  • 05:10 THAT REMINDS ME, TOO, SOMEBODY ASKED WHAT MY INTEREST IN ISRAEL WAS.
  • 05:15 PROBABLY BACK IN 1947, 48, I WAS GOING TO SUNDAY SCHOOL AT THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 05:20 AND THE TEACHER WOULD BRING A CUTOUT OF A TREE AND EACH KID WOULD BRING A DIME FOR A LEAF.
  • 05:30 I BROUGHT MY DIME EVERY WEEK AND THE TEACHER WOULD PASTE A DIME ON THAT TREE
  • 05:34 AND WHEN YOU HAD 30 STAMPS ON THE TREE, OR LEAVES ON THE TREE,
  • 05:41 THEN THEY WOULD SEND THAT $3.00 OVER TO ISRAEL AND THEY WOULD PLANT YOU A TREE.
  • 05:44 I'M PERFECTLY SERIOUS, SOME OF THOSE TREES OVER THERE ARE MINE.
  • 05:48 NOW OUR MINISTRY HAS PLANTED SOMETHING IN THE ORDER OF 60,000 TREES, I THINK,
  • 05:52 BUT I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE FIRST ONES.
  • 05:55 I BET THEY'RE BIG AND SHADY.
  • 05:58 I WAS VERY INTERESTED AND MY BROTHER WORKED AT THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND.
  • 06:04 I WENT TO JEWISH SCHOOL AFTER REGULAR SCHOOL
  • 06:07 AND I LEARNED HEBREW AND I WAS ALWAYS HUNGRY, AGAIN.
  • 06:14 THAT'S WHAT I CAN SAY.
  • 06:15 I STAYED IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 06:17 I SANG IN THE CHOIR, BECAME A DIRECTOR OF A CHOIR, BUT I JUST COULDN'T CONTACT GOD.
  • 06:23 WHEN I MET CAMPUS CRUSADE, I WAS WORKING AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY NEWS BUREAU.
  • 06:30 I WAS IN GRADUATE SCHOOL, ALREADY 32 YEARS OLD AND I WAS GOING OUT BEHIND THE BUILDING,
  • 06:37 OUT OF MY OFFICE, COVERING MY HEAD WITH MY HAND,
  • 06:41 AS I WAS TOLD I COULDN'T WEAR A SKULL CAP TO WORK, BUT I DID THAT MUCH
  • 06:46 AND I TALKED TO THE LORD AND I WOULD TALK TO HIM.
  • 06:49 I WOULDN'T HEAR FROM HIM, THAT KIND OF THING.
  • 06:53 THE SAME ODD HUNGRY YOU HAVE WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 06:56 YOU CAN SMILE AT YOUR FRIENDS AND SO ON, BUT IT DOESN'T WORK.
  • 07:00 WELL, I WENT TO THIS CAMPUS CRUSADE, I MET THE PEOPLE.
  • 07:08 I THOUGHT THEY SOUNDED RIDICULOUS, BUT THEY INVITED ME TO BIBLE TO STUDY.
  • 07:11 I SAID, WELL I'VE DONE SOME BIBLE STUDY.
  • 07:13 THEY SAID, WELL COME TO OURS.
  • 07:15 AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I SAT WITH PEOPLE THAT READ A VERSE,
  • 07:18 DISCUSSED WHAT IT MEANT, TALKED ABOUT IT BEING THE WORD OF GOD, IT'S INFALLIBLE, IT'S INERRANT.
  • 07:24 I NEVER HEARD THAT IN HEBREW SCHOOL.
  • 07:26 ALL WE DO IS MEMORIZE PSALMS AND SPIT THEM BACK AND STUFF.
  • 07:30 EVEN MY BAR MITZVAH, I JUST READ A LONG PASSAGE.
  • 07:33 I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A TRANSLATION.
  • 07:35 I COULDN'T TELL YOU CLEARLY WHAT PASSAGE I READ.
  • 07:38 BUT, I WAS BAR MITZVAH, I WAS CONFIRMED.
  • 07:43 IT'S NOT A VALID STORY THAT ZOLA CAME TO BE A CHRISTIAN
  • 07:47 BECAUSE HE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT JUDAISM.
  • 07:49 I'LL PUT MY EDUCATION UP AGAINST A WHOLE OF THEM.
  • 07:52 BUT, AGAIN IT JUST DIDN'T FILL ME.
  • 07:56 WHEN I SAW THE CAMPUS CRUSADERS, I BEGAN TO GET A WHOLE NEW CONCEPTION OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 08:04 I THINK THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO A LOT OF UNBELIEVERS,
  • 08:06 IF YOU SOMEHOW DRAG THEM KICKING AND SCREAMING TO THE WORD, BECAUSE IT'S VERY POWERFUL.
  • 08:10 AND I WAS SAVED IN 3 WEEKS.
  • 08:13 IT WASN'T A BIG DEAL.
  • 08:15 THE LORD SEEMED TO COME AT ME AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU
  • 08:18 THAT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS SITTING IN MY ROOM LATE ONE NIGHT
  • 08:23 AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO WORD THIS, IT WASN'T THAT I SAW HIM, IT'S THAT I UNDERSTOOD,
  • 08:30 SITTING DEEP IN A CHAIR IN A DARK ROOM, THAT I WAS NOT ALONE
  • 08:34 AND I ACTUALLY PERCEIVED SOME KIND OF FIGURE, I SUPPOSED,
  • 08:38 STANDING OUT THERE AND I LOOKED UP AND I COULDN'T SEE THE FACE,
  • 08:44 BUT I COULD SEE SOME KIND OF FIGURE.
  • 08:48 I KNEW THIS WAS A BENEVOLENT, KIND FIGURE THAT CAME TO ME
  • 08:55 AND I SAID, WELL IF YOU'RE THERE, SHOW ME. THAT WAS MY PRAYER.
  • 09:00 THAT'S ALL I SAID. BOY, WHAT HE HAS SHOWN ME.
  • 09:04 AFTER A FEW WEEKS I QUIT MY JOB AND I WENT TO DALLAS, FT. WORTH
  • 09:11 WHERE CAMPUS CRUSADE WAS HOLDING A BIG SHINDIG, EXPLO 72, THEY CALLED IT.
  • 09:20 WE'RE GOING TO EVANGELIZE THE WORLD.
  • 09:22 BUT, I WAS THE NEWS DIRECTOR OF THAT CONFERENCE
  • 09:26 BECAUSE I WAS THE NEWS DIRECTOR AT THE UNIVERSITY AT THAT TIME.
  • 09:29 I KNEW THE JOB AND I WORKED WITH THEM UP UNTIL MY WORK WAS OVER AND THEN I JUST STAYED IN DALLAS
  • 09:38 AND THE LORD'S NEW INSTRUCTIONS, AS I UNDERSTOOD THEM,
  • 09:44 WAS GET A TYPEWRITER OUT AND START PUTTING OUT PROPOSALS FOR BOOKS.
  • 09:53 I MEAN, I DID HAVE A CHANCE WHEN I WAS WITH CAMPUS CRUSADE,
  • 09:56 I FINISHED UP A MANUSCRIPT FOR THE PRO-FOOTBALL CHAPLAIN.
  • 09:59 IT WAS FUN AND IT WAS ACCEPTED AND IT SOLD PRETTY WELL.
  • 10:04 BUT, I HAD NO ILLUSIONS OF BECOMING AN AUTHOR.
  • 10:07 I HAD NEVER WRITTEN A BOOK IN MY LIFE.
  • 10:09 BY THE WAY, I HAD NEVER SEEN ISRAEL.
  • 10:11 I HAD NEVER WRITTEN A SPIRITUAL SONG.
  • 10:13 I HAD NEVER BEEN ON RADIO OR TELEVISION.
  • 10:15 I HAD NEVER EVEN ADDRESSED AN AUDIENCE.
  • 10:17 I WAS ENTIRELY THE WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB, SO TO SPEAK,
  • 10:21 LIKE GIDEON OR MOSES OR THESE RELUCTANT SERVANTS,
  • 10:24 BUT, THIS IS HIS PLAN, SIT THERE AND TYPE UP PROPOSALS AND MAIL THEM TO PUBLISHERS.
  • 10:31 DON'T GET A JOB, JUST TYPE.
  • 10:33 I LIKE TO SAY, I WAS SO NEW IN THE FAITH THAT I BELIEVED IT.
  • 10:38 I DID EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID. I DIDN'T SECOND GUESS HIM.
  • 10:42 BUT, AS TIME WENT ON, PICKINGS GOT PRETTY SLIM.
  • 10:48 IT'S TRUE THAT PEOPLE WOULD COME ALONG AND SAY, I HEARD YOU WROTE THE SO AND SO,
  • 10:51 CAN YOU TOUCH UP MY MAGAZINE ARTICLE OR MY BIOGRAPHY?
  • 10:55 THINGS CAME THAT SORT OF SUPPORTED ME,
  • 10:59 BUT SENDING A PROPOSAL, SAY FOR "SATAN IN THE SANCTUARY" TO MOODY PRESS,
  • 11:04 A HUGE, BUSY PUBLISHING COMPANY, IT TAKES A MONTH TO OPEN THE ENVELOPE
  • 11:10 AND I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY'S TIME TO TAKE A MINUTE WITH THIS THING,
  • 11:14 SOME MAD HOPE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS MANUSCRIPT,
  • 11:18 WELL, I JUST KEPT DOING IT.
  • 11:21 IT SEEMED LIKE THINGS WERE GETTING WORSE AND WORSE.
  • 11:24 I MEAN, I LIVED IN THIS APARTMENT WHERE THERE WAS A POOL AND A GYM AND THAT KIND OF STUFF
  • 11:31 AND I WOULD GO OUT IN THE AFTERNOON, BUT I GOT EMBARRASSED AFTER WHILE
  • 11:35 BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY MALE.
  • 11:36 I MEAN, IT WAS NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF LADIES LOOKING AT ME
  • 11:39 WONDERING, WELL, WHAT DOES HE DO, IS HE A NIGHT WATCHMAN OR SOMETHING?
  • 11:42 THE OFFICE SAID, DOYOU WORK SOMEWHERE?
  • 11:46 I SAID, I WORK FOR THE LORD.
  • 11:48 OK, AS LONG AS THE RENT GETS HERE.
  • 11:52 I SAID, DO YOU THINK THE LORD WILL LET ME DOWN AND I TESTIFIED TO THEM.
  • 11:56 BUT, IT ALL WENT UP IN SMOKE.
  • 11:59 AUGUST 3, 1972 AND THE 5TH OF THE MONTH IS THE EVICTION DAY, I DIDN'T HAVE A DIME, NOTHING.
  • 12:08 IT JUST RAN AGROUND.
  • 12:09 ABOUT 10 IN THE MORNING, I WENT OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO AND LOOKED AT THE SKY,
  • 12:14 I SAID, HEY, THAT'S SO ELOQUENT OF YOU TO SAY,
  • 12:17 CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD, HOW THEY GROW,
  • 12:20 THEY TOIL NOT, NEITHER DO THEY SPIN, SOLOMON IS NOT ARRAYED LIKE ONE OF THESE.
  • 12:25 TERRIFIC, BUT I DON'T HAVE MY RENT AND I'VE TESTIFIED TO THESE PEOPLE,
  • 12:30 THEY'RE GOING TO LAUGH AT ME, THEY'RE GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU.
  • 12:33 SO WHAT IS THE PLAN, I MEAN, COME ON.
  • 12:36 I REALLY LET HIM HAVE IT.
  • 12:39 AFTER I WAS DONE, I WENT DOWN AND CHECKED THE MAIL.
  • 12:43 I NEEDED $200 OR SO FOR THIS APARTMENT, THERE WAS A CHECK FOR $500 FROM MOODY PRESS
  • 12:51 AND THEY BOUGHT THE MANUSCRIPT, "SATAN IN THE SANCTUARY"
  • 12:55 AND IT WAS DOWN THERE THE WHOLE TIME I WAS YELLING AT THE LORD.
  • 13:01 SO, I LEARNED SOMETHING. HE'S GOT A PLAN.
  • 13:05 THAT'S WHY I'M NOT UPSET WITH WHAT I GOT NOW.
  • 13:07 I MEAN, THIS IS A PLAN.
  • 13:08 I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING.
  • 13:09 I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE OTHER ONE WAS GOING.
  • 13:11 I'M NOT GOING TO YELL HIM NOW.
  • 13:13 WELL, THEN I WENT NEXT, KPBC, A LOCAL CHRISTIAN STATION CALLED ME FOR A RADIO PROGRAM
  • 13:23 AND I STARTED A PROGRAM CALLED "THE HEART OF THE MATTER" AND IT DID RATHER WELL.
  • 13:27 IT DREW QUITE AN AUDIENCE.
  • 13:29 LOTS OF ARGUMENT ON THE AIR, THIS WAS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I DID.
  • 13:33 CHRISTIAN RADIO SOUNDED LIKE CHRISTIAN TELEVISION
  • 13:37 IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING, JUST LOTS OF YELLING.
  • 13:40 BUT, I JUST GOT DOWN TO THE WORD LIKE I WAS TAUGHT IN CAMPUS CRUSADE.
  • 13:45 I MEAN, THE FIRST TEACHER I HAD IN CAMPUS CRUSADE,
  • 13:47 A TALL YOUNG MAN, DR. CHARLES RYRIE, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE.
  • 13:51 I REALLY LEARNED THE BIBLE AND RESPECT FOR IT
  • 13:57 AND TEACHING OF IT AND I STUCK WITH IT ON THE AIR
  • 14:00 AND I HAD SOME WONDERFUL DISCUSSIONS, SOME INTERESTING GUESTS.
  • 14:05 I MEAN, HAL LINDSEY CAME AND I DON'T KNOW, LOTS OF STARS, I MEAN PEOPLE I MET,
  • 14:11 MOSHE ROSEN CAME FROM JEWS FOR JESUS.
  • 14:13 BUT, SOME PEOPLE ARGUED WITH ME ALL THE TIME.
  • 14:19 I LOST MY SALVATION 4 TIMES ON THAT PROGRAM.
  • 14:22 I LOST IT TO UNITED PENTECOSTALS, BECAUSE I WAS BAPTIZED WITH THE WRONG FORMULA.
  • 14:30 YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE BAPTIZED ACCORDING TO THEM IN JESUS NAME, THAT'S IT.
  • 14:36 I WAS BAPTIZED BY TOM MCCALL IN THE JORDAN RIVER IN THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 14:47 I MEAN THAT SOUNDED GOOD TO ME, BUT THEY DIDN'T ACCEPT IT.
  • 14:51 I HAD MY SALVATION TAKEN AWAY BY THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • 14:58 BECAUSE I PLAYED THE ORGAN IN A MISSION HOUSE.
  • 15:01 TOM MCCALL HAD WHAT WE USED TO CALL A MISSION HOUSE,
  • 15:04 OR WE'D CALL A MESSIANIC CONGREGATION NOW AND I WAS THE ORGAN PLAYER.
  • 15:07 YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THEY SAY.
  • 15:09 BUT AFTER THAT, I'M TRYING TO THINK, I HAD A HOMOSEXUAL PASTOR ON THE PROGRAM
  • 15:16 BECAUSE WE USED HIS NAME AND IN THOSE DAYS YOU GOT EQUAL TIME.
  • 15:21 THESE DAYS YOU PROBABLY GET A SLAP FROM A RADIO STATION FOR CALLING HIM UP,
  • 15:25 BUT BACK THEN WE WERE FAIR AND HE CAME DOWN AND I TALKED TO HIM
  • 15:28 AND I DIDN'T AGREE WITH HIS SIN, OF COURSE,
  • 15:31 BUT HE WAS A POLITE, BIBLICAL SORT OF GUY
  • 15:35 AND THE AUDIENCE JUST TORE INTO THIS GUY, I MEAN, THEY JUST OUTDOING EACH OTHER.
  • 15:41 I FINALLY WENT TO A BREAK ONE TIME, I SAID, WE'LL BE BACK WITH THE REVEREND JERRY SLOAN
  • 15:46 FOR MORE OF HIS STONING RIGHT AFTER THIS.
  • 15:49 I WAS NOT PROUD OF THEM.
  • 15:52 THEN I GOT MY SALVATION TAKEN AWAY FOR THAT, OF COURSE.
  • 15:57 BUT I THINK ONE THAT MOST STRIKING WAS WHEN J. VERNON MCGEE CAME,
  • 16:03 AN EMINENT BIBLE TEACHER, HOWEVER,
  • 16:06 HE DID NOT HOLD THAT ISRAEL WAS ANY KIND OF FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY,
  • 16:11 JUST SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED.
  • 16:12 AND I SAID, WELL, I SHARPLY DISAGREE WITH YOU.
  • 16:16 LORD, ALMIGHTY, YOU'D THINK I DISAGREED WITH MOSES.
  • 16:19 I MEAN, THE PHONE RANG OFF THE WALL.
  • 16:22 WHO AM I TO SAY THIS, WHAT KIND OF EFFRONTERY AND I DON'T KNOW,
  • 16:28 THEN I GOT LETTERS DAYS LATER SAYING WE'RE PRAYING FOR YOUR SALVATION.
  • 16:33 I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT SALVATION WAS DEPENDENT ON
  • 16:35 AGREEING WITH THE DOCTRINE OF J. VERNON MCGEE.
  • 16:38 I STILL FIGHT THESE GUYS DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
  • 16:44 THESE DAYS GREAT SEMINARIES, DALLAS SEMINARY, MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TALBOT,
  • 16:48 LOSING THEIR ISRAEL DOCTRINE.
  • 16:52 IT'S CONVENIENT FOR THEM TO LOSE IT, OH, OTHER THAN AT TOUR TIME
  • 16:55 WHEN THEY TAKE A PROPHET ON THE PLACE AND THEN THE REST OF THE YEAR THEY MUDDLE THE END TIMES,
  • 17:01 BUT I DON'T LIKE THAT STUFF, I REALLY DON'T.
  • 17:03 I THINK IT'S AWFUL.
  • 17:05 I THINK THE LORD THINKS IT'S AWFUL AND THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR IT.
  • 17:08 BUT, ANYWAY, THE RADIO PROGRAM WAS PRETTY EXCITING RIGHT ON THROUGH THE 70'S
  • 17:15 AND IN '78 I GOT A CALL FROM CHANNEL 39,
  • 17:21 WHICH WAS THE CBN AFFILIATE IN DALLAS FOR THE NATIONAL CBN, CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK
  • 17:30 AND THEY TRIED TO TALK ME INTO COMING ON TELEVISION.
  • 17:34 THEY SOLD AIRTIME, OF COURSE AND THEY SAID, WELL, ZOLA,
  • 17:37 YOU GOT A BUILT IN AUDIENCE AND YOU'RE GOOD AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND WE LIKE, WE LOVE YOU.
  • 17:43 I SAID, BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?
  • 17:47 YOU KNOW, THIS IS A PROPOSITION TO GO ON TELEVISION.
  • 17:50 IT'S NOT LIKE THE RADIO, THE RADIO YOU GET ON THERE
  • 17:52 AND THEY GIVE YOU A PITTANCE OF PAY AND DO YOUR WORK, BUT, TELEVISION, YOU PAY TO GET IN.
  • 17:58 I DID HAVE SOME MONEY SAVED.
  • 18:01 MY BOOKS, THROUGH THE 70'S AND THAT WAS THE LORD'S PLAN, TOO, BY THE WAY.
  • 18:06 ONE PROPOSAL AFTER ANOTHER WAS ACCEPTED.
  • 18:08 SUDDENLY, WHATEVER I SAID, THE PUBLISHERS WERE BEATING EACH OTHER TO THE DOOR.
  • 18:13 I WAS AT ONE POINT SERIOUSLY TYPING ON A MANUAL TYPEWRITER 5 DIFFERENT BOOKS,
  • 18:18 TRYING TO KEEP EVERYBODY SUPPLIED.
  • 18:21 I WROTE ABOUT, OF COURSE, THE BIBLE AND ISRAEL
  • 18:23 AND I WROTE ABOUT DIETING, I WROTE ABOUT RUNNING.
  • 18:26 I WROTE ABOUT EGYPT, WHATEVER THEY WANTED.
  • 18:32 THE SALES WERE HIGH.
  • 18:34 I CALCULATED THE ONCE AT 60,000 PER COPY OF, PER TITLE.
  • 18:39 THAT'S VERY HIGH.
  • 18:40 THAT'S HIGH ENOUGH TO MAKE THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST
  • 18:43 IF THEY EVER WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT A CHRISTIAN BOOK, WHICH THEY NEVER WILL.
  • 18:47 BUT, IT WASN'T "LATE, GREAT PLANET EARTH",
  • 18:51 BUT THEY WERE GOOD SALES AND I STILL TYPED ALL DAY LONG.
  • 18:56 THAT WAS BASICALLY WHAT I DID.
  • 18:58 BUT, I HAD SOME MONEY SAVED AND I WAS GETTING ROYALTIES, OF COURSE.
  • 19:03 "SATAN IN THE SANCTUARY" WAS A BLOCKBUSTER, BEST SELLER, ONE OF MOODY'S BEST BOOKS EVER.
  • 19:08 I WAS RECEIVING MONTHLY PAYMENTS.
  • 19:11 IMAGINE THE SHOCK, FOR A GUY YELLING AT THE LORD, "WHAT IS THE PLAN",
  • 19:17 TO A GUY THAT'S TRYING TO BANK THIS MONEY ALL THE TIME.
  • 19:21 I DIDN'T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY, BUT THAT WAS THE LORD'S ORDER, KEEP WRITING.
  • 19:26 THEN TELEVISION CALLS AND I HAVE WHOLE DECISION TO MAKE AGAIN.
  • 19:30 I JUST HAD A PEACE ABOUT IT WITH HIM, I TALKED TO HIM.
  • 19:36 I SAID, YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH MONEY.
  • 19:38 I'M SURE YOU KNOW THIS IS NOT A VERY PRACTICAL PLAN EITHER,
  • 19:42 STARTING ON TELEVISION, WRITING CHECKS OUT OF YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT,
  • 19:46 THIS IS WHAT HE SEEMED TO WANT, SO WE DID IT.
  • 19:49 KEN BERG WAS WITH ME AND WE STARTED TO PRODUCE PROGRAMS AT CHANNEL 39.
  • 19:54 I LOOKED AT ONE OF THEM LAST NIGHT.
  • 19:56 I WAS YOUNGER THAN MY OLDEST SON IS NOW.
  • 20:02 AND I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THEY WERE GOOD PROGRAMS.
  • 20:04 GOD GAVE ME THINGS TO SAY.
  • 20:06 I JUST STOOD THERE TALKING LIKE I DO NOW.
  • 20:09 I DIDN'T REALLY WRITE OUT SCRIPTS OR ANYTHING, A FEW MARKS ON A TELEPROMPTER,
  • 20:13 BUT, PEOPLE LIKED THE SHOW AND WE WERE GOING ALONG.
  • 20:19 THE TROUBLE WAS YOU CAN'T JUST INTEREST PEOPLE FROM DAY ONE ON SUPPORTING A NEW PROGRAM,
  • 20:24 SO I'M ENDING UP MAYBE $2000 A WEEK JUST TO CREATE A TAPE AND PLAY IT.
  • 20:31 THE FIRST REAL PROGRAM WE MADE IN 1979 WAS THE PASSOVER PROGRAM.
  • 20:37 OF COURSE, I WAS PAYING FOR EACH SHOW AND IT WAS GETTING VERY EXPENSIVE.
  • 20:41 AFTER 6 WEEKS I WAS JUST GOING BROKE AND THEN WE GOT CALL FROM THE CBN NATIONAL NETWORK,
  • 20:48 THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR WAS INTERESTED IN A JEWISH GUY TEACHING ABOUT CHRIST,
  • 20:52 WHICH BACK THEN WAS VERY NOVEL.
  • 20:54 HE SAID HE WANTED TO SEE A TAPE.
  • 20:56 WELL, I TOOK THE TAPE, IN HAND, WENT UP THERE, SHOWED IT TO HIM,
  • 20:58 SAID, TOM, PEOPLE HAVE TO SEE THIS AND HE SAID LET'S PRAY OVERNIGHT.
  • 21:03 HE WATCHED IT, HE LIKED IT.
  • 21:05 NEXT MORNING HE SAID, YES, ALRIGHT, WE'LL TRY IT ON A NATIONAL NETWORK.
  • 21:08 WE'LL SEE HOW PEOPLE LIKE IT AND OF COURSE,
  • 21:11 THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A REAL MINISTRY OF TEACHING CHRISTIAN PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR JEWISH ROOTS,
  • 21:17 ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE PROPHECIES, ISRAEL.
  • 21:20 IT'S LIKE A BLANK SLATE.
  • 21:22 PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW THESE THINGS.
  • 21:24 AND THE MEANING OF THAT STORY IS VERY OBVIOUS, YOU STAY WITH THE LORD'S PLAN.
  • 21:29 IT DIDN'T SEEM PRACTICAL, A CRAZY IDEA, IN FACT.
  • 21:32 I THOUGHT SO IN MY HEART, BUT HE WOULDN'T LET ME GO AND WE KEPT GOING.
  • 21:37 THEN WHEN CBN PUT US ON THE NATIONAL, THIS MINISTRY TURNED AROUND
  • 21:42 AND SO WE WENT TO OTHER NETWORKS AND WE NEVER LOOKED BACK.
  • 21:46 THE MINISTRY TURNED AROUND AND IT'S BEEN 27 YEARS OF SUCCESS HERE.
  • 21:51 WE JUST GOT TO WHERE WE ARE NOW.
  • 21:53 SO HE TOLD ME I NEEDED A MAILBOX.
  • 21:58 I GOT TO HAVE A PLACE TO RECEIVE MY VOLUME OF MAIL I'M GOING TO HAVE.
  • 22:06 I WENT TO THE POST OFFICE AND AT THE POST OFFICE THE GUY SHOWED ME DIFFERENT POST OFFICE BOXES.
  • 22:15 WELL, YOU GOT THIS SHOE BOX HERE, AND I SAID, OH, THAT'S NOT BIG ENOUGH.
  • 22:20 IT'S NOT GOING TO HOLD MY MAIL.
  • 22:22 I SAID, ALRIGHT, WE HAVE SMALL BUSINESS BOX LIKE THIS
  • 22:25 AND I SAID, NO, NO, WHAT'S YOUR BIG BOX?
  • 22:27 WELL, THEY HAD A BOX THE SIZE OF THIS TABLE, BIG, DEEP SUITCASE.
  • 22:32 AND I SAID, THAT'S WHAT I NEED, SO I RENTED THIS BOX.
  • 22:38 WELL, I HAD THE EMBARRASSMENT OF COMING TO THE POST OFFICE AND GET 3 LETTERS OUT OF THIS BOX.
  • 22:45 AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE COUNTER WITH THEIR DOLEFUL EXPRESSIONS
  • 22:49 TRYING NOT TO LOOK AT ME,
  • 22:51 STRIDING IN THERE LIKE I'M LOOKING AT KEN BECAUSE IT'S SO FUNNY.
  • 22:58 I MEAN, HOW EMBARRASSING.
  • 23:00 I BEGAN TO PERCEIVE THAT THEY WERE PROBABLY WRITING SOME OF THE LETTERS
  • 23:03 TO TRY TO HELP OUT AND IT WAS CRAZY.
  • 23:07 WELL, I'D SAY THAT BRINGS US UP TO ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF TELEVISION.
  • 23:13 I'M GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK HERE, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO TELL.
  • 23:17 I'M ONLY UP TO ABOUT 1980.
  • 23:19 I'M TELLING YOU, I'VE LIVED A ROLLER COASTER,
  • 23:22 JUST OBEYING THE LORD AND BEEN DELIGHTED WITH THE WHOLE THING, OF COURSE, THANKS TO YOU.
  • 23:29 I'LL BE BACK AFTER THIS.
  • 23:54 FOR INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES OF ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY,
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  • 24:07 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, THE INSTITUTE OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES INCLUDES
  • 24:11 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CASSETTES AND MAIL-IN TESTS.
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  • 24:28 I SHALL STAND WITHIN THE WONDER OF YOUR WALLS, OH JERUSALEM.
  • 24:33 I SHALL WALK WITHIN THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR GATES,
  • 24:37 BEAUTIFUL FOR SITUATION, THE JOY OF THE WHOLE EARTH.
  • 24:44 SURELY THE LORD HAS BLESSED THEE AND MADE HIS FACE SHINE UPON THEE.
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  • 24:55 COME TO ZION WITH SONGS AND EVERLASTING JOY.
  • 25:00 COME, WORSHIP IN THE SPLENDOR OF HIS HOLINESS.
  • 25:09 WELL, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO GO TO A SECOND PROGRAM WHEN I FINISH THIS STORY.
  • 25:15 BUT, ONE OF THE REMARKABLE PARTS OF MY TESTIMONY
  • 25:17 IS I SORT OF HAVE TO BE A LITTLE FAST ON MY FEET
  • 25:20 BECAUSE THE LORD CHANGES ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETELY, I MEAN OVERNIGHT.
  • 25:25 SUDDENLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 80'S THERE WERE NO MORE BOOKS AND I HAD BOOKS EVERYWHERE.
  • 25:30 I MUST HAVE WRITTEN 40 OR 50 BOOKS.
  • 25:32 I COULDN'T EVEN KEEP TRACK OF THEM.
  • 25:34 THEY WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT NO NEW IDEAS CAME, INSTEAD SONGS CAME.
  • 25:39 I KNEW HOW TO WRITE SONGS.
  • 25:42 I WAS ALMOST FINISHED A DOCTORATE IN MUSIC,
  • 25:45 BUT, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO WRITE SPIRITUAL SONGS NECESSARILY, BUT, HE GAVE ME IDEAS
  • 25:50 AND RIGHT FROM THE GO EVERYBODY LOVED THE SONGS AND I STARTED TO COMPOSE ALBUMS.
  • 25:57 AT THE SAME TIME, I STARTED TO TAKE THE TOURS IN EARNEST.
  • 26:00 I MEAN, I HAD BEEN TO ISRAEL, BUT I'D GONE WITH AN AGENCY
  • 26:06 THAT I PERCEIVED WAS NOT GIVING THE PEOPLE A VERY GOOD DEAL AT ALL
  • 26:10 AND SO I OPENED MY OWN AGENCY TO TAKE THESE TOURS AND AT FIRST NOTHING BUT A FEW FRIENDS CAME,
  • 26:17 BUT BY AND BY THEY GREW AND I HAVE TAKEN 80 TOURS TO ISRAEL PERSONALLY
  • 26:23 AND THE MINISTRY HAS TAKEN MORE BESIDES THAT.
  • 26:26 I SUPPOSE WE'LL MAKE 100 TOURS ONE DAY AND THAT WAS THE CONSUMING PART OF THE 80'S
  • 26:34 WHEN ISRAEL WAS ALWAYS SAVAGED IN THE MEDIA, LIED ABOUT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES DAILY,
  • 26:41 BY CNN, BY THE NETWORKS, IDIOTS, I MEAN, HOSTILE IDIOTS.
  • 26:46 I NEVER WATCH ANY OF THEM, BUT STILL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE ARE COMING AND ENJOYING THEMSELVES
  • 26:52 AND FINDING THE PLACE PERFECTLY PEACEFUL, WHICH I ALSO PROMISED THEM IT WOULD BE.
  • 26:57 IN ALL THOSE TOURS, ALL THOSE 10,000 PEOPLE,
  • 27:00 I DON'T THINK ANYBODY EVER HAD A STUBBED FINGER OVER THERE.
  • 27:02 FROM ALL THE NEWS, YOU HAVE TO SIT THERE AND WATCH.
  • 27:05 ANYWAY, I'LL BE BACK WITH YOU
  • 27:07 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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