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Series: “Zola’s Highlights”
A Collection of Classic Zola
These programs celebrate the timeless teachings of the late Zola Levitt, one of the most beloved Bible teachers in America. Highlights from 30 years of television broadcasting are condensed into 4 half-hour programs that examine Zola’s early, mid-career, and later teaching. On-location footage from Israel gives viewers insights into the biblical world and Word.
Episode: “Israel My Promised”
Zola taught the Scriptures from a decidedly Jewish perspective. In one of his first series, Messiah, Zola taught about Jesus’ Jewish beginnings; in Armageddon, he talked about The End. This program contains these and more.

Caption transcript for Zola’s Highlights: “Israel My Promised” (1/4)

  • 00:09 I WILL BRING YOU OUT OF THE NATIONS WHERE YOU ARE SCATTERED.
  • 00:12 BEHOLD I AM COMING WITH THE CLOUDS AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE ME.
  • 00:19 AND YOU WILL LOOK UPON ME WHOM YOU HAVE PIERCED AND FINALLY SAY, BARUCH HABAH B'SHEM ADONAI.
  • 00:28 BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 00:38 DR. JEFFREY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:44 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:46 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY ASSOCIATE,
  • 00:48 SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:50 SHALOM AND WELCOME.
  • 00:51 MY LATE HUSBAND ZOLA LEVITT
  • 00:53 WAS A GREAT TEACHER OF THE BIBLE.
  • 00:56 THE BIBLE NEVER CHANGES.
  • 00:58 WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIBLE TRUTH
  • 01:02 AND SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 01:03 FROM ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS ON LOCATION IN ISRAEL.
  • 01:07 WONDERFUL HIGHLIGHTS TO SEE.
  • 01:09 YES, HIGHLIGHTS AND FRIENDS THE BIBLE NEVER CHANGES.
  • 01:14 GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.
  • 01:18 AND WE LIKE TO GO TO THE PLACE, ISRAEL AND LOOK AT THE BIBLE STORY THEREIN FROM JEWISH EYES.
  • 01:25 AND WHO DID IT BETTER THAN OUR FOUNDER ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 01:29 SO OFF WE GO NOW TO TWO PREVIOUS SERIES;
  • 01:32 ONE CALLED"MASHIACH," "MESSIAH" AND ANOTHER, "ISRAEL MY LOVE."
  • 01:39 OFF WE GO AND YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT.
  • 01:51 ♪MESSIAH, MESSIAH♪
  • 01:55 ♪CAN HE BE MESSIAH?♪
  • 01:58 THE WHO THE PROPHETS FORETOLD?
  • 02:06 ♪THE LOVE THAT HE TEACHES, THE MESSAGE HE PREACHES, IS IT HE IN THE SCRIPTURES OF OLD?♪
  • 02:33 AND GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM, "TAKE NOW THY SON, THINE ONLY SON ISAAC WHOM THOU LOVEST
  • 02:39 AND GET THEE INTO THE LAND OF MORIAH AND OFFER HIM THERE FOR A BURT OFFERING
  • 02:44 UPON ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS WHICH I WILL TELL THEE OF."
  • 02:47 AND ABRAHAM ROSE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND TOOK ISAAC HIS SON
  • 02:51 AND SPLIT THE WOOD FOR THE BURT OFFERING AND LAID IT UPON ISAAC.
  • 02:55 AND HE TOOK THE FIRE IN HIS HAND AND A KNIFE AND THEY WENT BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER.
  • 03:01 AND THEY CAME TO THE PLACE WHICH GOD HAD TOLD HIM OF AND ABRAHAM BUILT AN ALTAR THERE
  • 03:07 AND LAID THE WOOD IN ORDER AND BOUND ISAAC HIS SON AND LAID HIM ON THE ALTAR UPON THE WOOD.
  • 03:12 AND ABRAHAM STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND AND TOOK THE KNIFE TO SLAY HIS SON.
  • 03:23 ♪ ♪
  • 03:41 RAM SOUND: BAH
  • 03:45 ABRAHAM DIDN'T HAVE TO USE THIS KNIFE SOME 4,000 YEARS AGO HERE ON MT. MORIAH.
  • 03:50 GOD PROVIDED A SUBSTITUTE, A RAM CAUGHT IN THE THICKET BY IT'S HORN.
  • 03:56 HE WAS SACRIFICED INSTEAD OF ISAAC AND SO WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE THE HEBREW PEOPLE.
  • 04:02 WELL ABRAHAM LIVED AN INTERESTING LIFE
  • 04:05 AND PROBABLY THE MOST INTERESTING PART TO US WAS WHEN HE CAME HERE TO MT. MORIAH.
  • 04:10 GOD TOLD HIM TO MAKE A JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF MORIAH IN GENESIS CHAPTER 22.
  • 04:14 UPON A CERTAIN MOUNTAIN HE SAID I WILL TELL THE OF
  • 04:18 AND TRADITION HAS IT THAT THIS IS MT. MORIAH,
  • 04:21 THE TEMPLES WERE ALWAYS BUILT HERE IN THE PAST,YOU CAN SEE THE WALL OF THE TEMPLE BEHIND ME.
  • 04:27 IT'S BEEN TORN DOWN AND REBUILT AND SO FORTH
  • 04:30 BUT IT'S IN THE SAME POSITION AND THAT'S THE WAY IT LOOKED.
  • 04:33 HEROD'S TEMPLE WAS SO IMPRESSIVE.
  • 04:36 THERE IS A TRADITIONAL JEWISH QUOTATION,
  • 04:38 "HE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN HAROD'S TEMPLE
  • 04:41 HAS NEVER SEEN A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IN ALL OF HIS LIFE."
  • 04:45 IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT PLACE.
  • 04:47 ITS CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF ANCIENT DAYS WAS THE SACRIFICE OF MESSIAH ON MT. MORIAH.
  • 04:53 IT'S THE SAME MOUNTAIN, THAT IS, THE TEMPLE OF MT. MORIAH LEADS UP TO THE MOUNT OF CALVARY,
  • 04:59 THAT IS A HILL TO THE NORTH OF MORIAH ON THE SAME MOUNTAIN.
  • 05:03 SO WHERE ISAAC WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED IN SACRIFICE IN 2,000 B.C,
  • 05:08 THEN 2,000 YEARS LATER WHEN MESSIAH CAME, HE TOO WAS SACRIFICED HERE ON MT. MORIAH.
  • 05:18 YES I LOVE YOU ISRAEL.
  • 05:20 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:23 AS HE LOVES YOU FROM ABOVE.
  • 05:30 ♪ ♪
  • 05:46 SINGING: ♪WHERE'S A LAND AS FAIR AS THEE?♪
  • 05:49 SINGING: ♪YISRAEL, AHAVATI.♪
  • 05:52 SINGING: ♪WHO COULD KEEP FROM LOVING THEE, YISRAEL, AHAVATI?♪
  • 06:00 THE FUNNIEST STORY I REMEMBER WAS ON MY 1ST TRIP AND IT'S IN MY BOOK, "ISRAEL MY LOVE,"
  • 06:04 WHEN I DISCOVERED HOW MUCH SECURITY THERE REALLY IS HERE.
  • 06:08 NATURALLY THIS IS A SENSITIVE PLACE AND THE PEOPLE ARE NOT ARMED,
  • 06:11 THEY COME HERE FOR PRAYER AND AN INCIDENT COULD HAPPEN AND SO IT'S PRETTY WELL STAKED OUT.
  • 06:16 THERE ARE SOLDIERS ALL OVER.
  • 06:18 SOLDIERS BARING RIFLES AND MACHINE GUNS,
  • 06:19 SOLDIERS IN HIGH WINDOWS LOOKING DOWN ON THE WALL, TELESCOPES, AND SO ON.
  • 06:25 BUT IN THE CROWD ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS.
  • 06:28 AND WHEN I CAME HERE THE 1ST TIME I WAS WITH A FRIEND OF MINE
  • 06:31 AND WE WERE RECORDING SOUNDS FOR A MOVIE WHEN I MADE THE FILM "THE TEMPLE,"
  • 06:35 I VISITED THE WALL FOR THE 1ST TIME.
  • 06:38 AND I WAS IN FULL DRESS WITH A PRAYER SHAWL AND A YAMAKA ON MY HEAD
  • 06:41 AND WALKING ALONG WITH MY FRIEND
  • 06:45 AND HE HAD A TAPE RECORDER TO RECORD THE WONDERFUL SOUNDS YOUR ARE HEARING UP CLOSE.
  • 06:50 AND HE KINDA HAD IT UNDER A SHAWL SO THAT IT WOULDN'T CAUSE TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT
  • 06:57 AND SO PEOPLE WOULDN'T RUN OVER AND TRY TO TALK RIGHT INTO THE MICROPHONE AND SO ON.
  • 07:01 WELL A LITTLE OLD MAN, A RABBI WITH THE LONG CURLED SIDEBURNS,
  • 07:04 THOSE SIDEBURNS THAT ANSWER TO NUMBER 65, THE NAZARITE VOW,
  • 07:09 ABOUT NEVER CUTTING THE CORNERS OF THE HAIR OF THE HEAD.
  • 07:11 WELL THERE WAS ONE FOLLOWING ALONG, MAYBE 80 YEARS OLD.
  • 07:15 VERY, VERY BENT OVER AND ANCIENT AND HE WAS WALKING WITH US AND HE SAW THE WIRE,
  • 07:20 THE CABLE FROM THE TAPE RECORDER.
  • 07:22 AND HE WALKED ALONG AND WALKED ALONG PATIENTLY.
  • 07:25 AND WE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING TO HIM AND WE DIDN'T MIND HIM OBSERVING
  • 07:28 AND WE KNEW THAT WE COULDN'T SPEAK TO HIM, HE PROBABLY SPOKE HEBREW AND MAYBE JUST YIDDISH,
  • 07:34 WE COULDN'T TALK TO HIM AT ALL.
  • 07:36 BUT AFTER A WHILE HE APPROACHED US VERY CLOSE AND I FINALLY LOOKED AT HIM
  • 07:40 AND HE SAID IN GOOD AMERICAN ENGISH, "WHAT ARE YOU GUYS UP TO?"
  • 07:44 (LAUGHING)
  • 07:45 AND WE TOLD HIM WE WERE MAKING A TAPE AND HE EXAMINED IT AND PASSED US,
  • 07:50 AND THAT'S WHERE WE MET THE REAL SECURITY AT THE WALL.
  • 07:53 WELL YOU KNOW WE'RE GONNA LIVE RIGHT HERE IN THE FUTURE.
  • 07:56 ALL THE PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE BECAUSE THE TEMPLE'S GONNA BE BACK UP HERE
  • 08:01 AND THE KING WILL LIVE IN HIS ROYAL PALACE UP HERE AND THE QUEEN WILL LIVE WITH THE KING.
  • 08:06 AND THOSE WHO ARE THE BRIDE NOW WILL BE THE QUEEN IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 08:09 IT'S WONDERFUL TO THINK OF IT THAT THE WALL OF THE POOR WILL BECOME THE WALL OF THE PALACE.
  • 08:20 ♪ ♪
  • 08:39 ZOLA'S SENSE OF HUMOR WAS ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVED MOST ABOUT HIM.
  • 08:44 I REMEMBER BEING ON THE BUS ON THE TOUR IN ISRAEL.
  • 08:47 I REMEMBER ANY PLACE WE WENT, HE WOULD TELL JOKES AND THEN START LAUGHING.
  • 08:52 AND HE WOULD LAUGH AT HIS OWN JOKES AND HE WOULD LAUGH AND HE WOULD LAUGH
  • 08:55 AND THEN EVERYONE AROUND HIM WOULD START LAUGHING.
  • 08:58 HE HAD A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR, BUT HE ALSO HAD A SENSE OF PURPOSE ABOUT ISRAEL,
  • 09:04 ABOUT THE BIBLE, AND ABOUT PROPHECY.
  • 09:06 IT WAS HIS LOVE.
  • 09:08 HE LOVED NOTHING BETTER THEN TO TALK ABOUT PROPHECY AND THE BIBLE.
  • 09:13 HE MADE TWO OTHER PROGRAMS CALLED "ARMAGEDDON" AND "SIGNS OF THE END."
  • 09:18 BOTH OF THEM ABOUT THE END TIMES AND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE END FOR US.
  • 09:22 AS BELIEVERS WE'RE FINE, BUT AS UNBELIEVERS THEY REALLY NEED TO WATCH
  • 09:27 AND SEE WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TO THEM.
  • 09:29 THESE ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE PROGRAMS.
  • 09:30 JOIN US PLEASE AND WATCH.
  • 09:34 ♪ ♪
  • 10:16 NEITHER SHALL HE REGARD THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS.
  • 10:19 NOW I WANNA TALK ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE IT'S BEEN USED THROUGH THE AGES
  • 10:23 TO SAY THE ANTI CHRIST MUST BE A JEW.
  • 10:25 IT SAYS HE WON'T REGARD THE GOD, CAPITAL G, OF HIS FATHERS,
  • 10:29 BUT IF I TAKE UP THE HEBREW BIBLE AND I LOOK AT THE SAME VERSE IN THE ORIGINAL
  • 10:34 I FIND A SUSPICIOUS MISTRANSLATION.
  • 10:36 IN THE HEBREW BIBLE I READ, (SPEAKING HEBREW).
  • 10:43 HE WILL NOT REGARD THE GODS HIS FATHERS WORSHIPPED.
  • 10:47 THAT'S QUITE DIFFERENT.
  • 10:48 IT JUST SAID IN THE VERSE BEFORE, HE MAGNIFIES HIMSELF ABOVE THE GOD OF GODS
  • 10:52 AND IT'S JUST REMARKING THAT HE SAID,
  • 10:54 NOT THE SAME IDOL WORSHIPPER HIS FATHERS WERE AND CERTAINLY HE IS NOT JEWISH,
  • 11:00 BECAUSE HE HAS MORE THAN ONE GOD AND DOESN'T EVEN REGARD THOSE VERY WELL.
  • 11:05 I'M SAYING THAT IT SHOULD SAY THE GODS OF HIS FATHERS
  • 11:09 AND BECAUSE OF THIS EARLY MISTRANSLATION
  • 11:12 PEOPLE HAVE SUPPOSED THE ANTI CHRIST WOULD BE JEWISH, THIS IS NOT A GOOD SUPPOSITION AT ALL.
  • 11:19 HEAVEN AND EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY, BUT MY WORD SHALL NOT PASS AWAY.
  • 11:25 ♪ ♪
  • 11:30 THIS IS LEVI HASSAN, THE DIRECTOR OF THIS INCREDIBLE EXHIBITION.
  • 11:33 ONE OF A KIND IN THE WHOLE WORLD,
  • 11:35 THE ARTIFACTS TO BE USED IN THE 3RD TEMPLE
  • 11:37 AND HE UNDERSTANDS THE STRUCTURE
  • 11:40 AND PERTAINS TO EACH ONE,
  • 11:41 SO IF YOU WILL I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU.
  • 11:43 THANK YOU.
  • 11:44 WHAT WE DO HERE AT THIS INSTITUTE IS
  • 11:45 FOR THE 1ST TIME SINCE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE 2ND TEMPLE
  • 11:48 WE ARE ACTUALLY STARTING TO REPRODUCE SOME
  • 11:51 OF THE VESSELS AND GARMENTS
  • 11:52 WHICH COULD BE USED IN THE 3RD TEMPLE
  • 11:54 WHEN IT'S BUILT.
  • 11:55 UP TO DATE WE HAVE ABOUT 40 ITEMS
  • 11:57 WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE AND THEY'RE ALL MADE OF COURSE
  • 11:59 ACCORDING TO JEWISH LAW ALL OUT OF GOLD, SILVER, COPPER,
  • 12:02 WHATEVER THE JEWISH LAW REQUIRES.
  • 12:04 JUST EXPLAINED TO YOU A FEW OF THE THINGS WHICH WE DO HAVE HERE.
  • 12:08 UP ON TOP ARE OUR TRUMPETS.
  • 12:10 SPECIAL ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY WERE MADE OUT OF ONE SOLID PIECE OF SILVER
  • 12:16 AND THEY WERE BLOWN DAILY IN THE TEMPLE BY THE PRIEST EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • 12:20 WHAT WE DID IS TO GET THE LENGTH WE BASED IT ON THIS PICTURE OF ARCH OF TITUS,
  • 12:24 WHICH IS FOUND IN ROME.
  • 12:26 YOU CAN SEE THE JEWS ARE BEING LED OUT TO EXILE
  • 12:29 WITH THE TREASURES OF THE TEMPLE OF THE 2ND TEMPLE, RIGHT WHEN IT WAS DESTROYED.
  • 12:33 AND WE MADE IT ACCORDINGLY WITH THAT WOODEN BOX,
  • 12:36 ALSO TO HOLD THE TRUMPETS IN ORDER TO SHOW OF THAT THE SAME WAY OF
  • 12:39 THAT TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE LED OUT TO EXILE 2,000 YEARS AGO,
  • 12:42 IS TODAY THE SAME WAY THAT WE ARE RETURNING EVERYTHING TO JERUSALEM,
  • 12:45 TO YERUSHALAYIM, TO IT'S PROPER PLACE.
  • 12:49 YOU HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF SILVER AND BRONZE
  • 12:51 AND THE METALS OF THE ANCIENT DAYS.
  • 12:53 THAT'S TRUE.
  • 12:55 FOR INSTANCE WHAT WE HAVE OVER HERE
  • 12:56 IS THE CROWN OF THE HIGH PRIEST.
  • 12:59 THE HIGH PRIEST WOULD BE WEARING 8 GARMENTS.
  • 13:01 THIS IS ONE OF THE 8 GARMENTS WHICH HE WOULD HAVE TO WEAR,
  • 13:04 IT'S WORN ON HIS FOREHEAD.
  • 13:06 ENGRAVED IN GOLD IS: (SPEAKING HEBREW),
  • 13:08 WHICH MEANS HOLY TO THE LORD.
  • 13:10 EVERY TIME THAT HE ENTERED INTO THE TEMPLE
  • 13:12 TO DO HIS WORK, THE CROWN WOULD HAVE TO BE ON HIS FOREHEAD.
  • 13:15 IT'S MADE FROM 100 GRAMS OF PURE GOLD.
  • 13:17 WE HAVE THIS SILVER PIECE, WHICH IT'S PURPOSE IS FOR GATHERING THE BLOOD FROM THE SACRIFICE.
  • 13:26 IT WOULD GO INSIDE.
  • 13:28 IT WOULD BE TAKEN BY THE PRIEST AND SPRINKLED ON THE 4 CORNERS OF THE ALTAR.
  • 13:32 IT'S MADE WITH A POINT ON THE BOTTOM, BASELESS
  • 13:34 AND THAT'S IN ORDER NOT TO LET THE PRIEST REST ON THE WAY
  • 13:38 AND THIS WAY WE INSURE THAT THE BLOOD DOES NOT CLOT.
  • 13:43 ♪ ♪
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  • 14:28 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, "THE INSTITUTE OF JEWISH CHRISTIAN STUDIES" INCLUDES:
  • 14:31 READING PACKETS, TEACHING CDs, AND MAIL IN TESTS.
  • 14:36 YOU MAY WANT JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL OR PETRA.
  • 14:39 OR CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN, VISITING GREECE AND EPHESUS.
  • 14:42 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 14:46 IT'S BEEN A GOOD SEASON, PLENTIFUL RAIN,
  • 14:49 AND NOW THE DAYS ARE FILLED WITH THE WARMTH OF THE SUN.
  • 14:53 SOON WE WILL SEE A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST.
  • 14:57 I AM JOSHUA AND THIS IS MY LAND.
  • 15:02 IT IS RICH AND FERTILE, BLESSED BY HASHEM.
  • 15:05 MANY YEARS AGO, ABRAHAM JOURNEYED ACROSS THE ROADS
  • 15:11 THAT ENCOMPASSED THESE VERY FIELDS
  • 15:13 AND GOD PROMISED HIM THAT ONE DAY HIS SEED WOULD INHERIT THIS VERY LAND.
  • 15:20 COME!
  • 15:22 SEE FOR YOURSELF THIS MIRACLE OF LIFE.
  • 15:24 WALK THE LAND OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB.
  • 15:27 WITNESS WITH ME THIS MAGNIFICENT LAND OF PROMISE.
  • 15:40 FOR YOUR FREE BROCHURE ON OUR NEXT TOUR TO ISRAEL CALL:
  • 15:48 JUST AS THE BIBLE NEVER CHANGES,
  • 15:51 GOD'S WORD NEVER CHANGES FOR ISRAEL EITHER.
  • 15:53 ZOLA USE TO SAY,
  • 15:55 "A WEEK IN ISRAEL IS LIKE 10 YEARS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL."
  • 15:59 ISRAEL IS OUR HOME.
  • 16:00 JOIN US IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:02 I'D LOVE TO TAKE YOU AS I KNOW JEFF WOULD.
  • 16:04 GOD'S PLAN FOR ISRAEL DOESN'T CHANGE,
  • 16:07 THE WORD OF GOD DOESN'T CHANGE,
  • 16:09 AND GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU DOESN'T CHANGE.
  • 16:12 I WANNA THANK YOU FOR NOT CHANGING THE CHANNEL,
  • 16:16 AND AFFORDING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME INTO YOUR WORLD
  • 16:19 AND TAKE YOU TO THE BIBLE WORLD, OUR UNIQUE ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES WAY.
  • 16:24 IF YOU'D LIKE US TO GIVE YOU SOME INSPIRATION AS WELL AS INFORMATION,
  • 16:29 OUR OFFER ON THE SERIES, "THE WORKS," BY ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 16:33 ZOLA WAS A GREAT MUSICIAN AND I KNOW PEOPLE WON'T BE SINGING MY SERMONS,
  • 16:38 BUT THEY'LL BE SINGING HIS SONGS.
  • 16:40 YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT.
  • 16:42 SPEAKING OF SERMONS, MESSAGES, TIMELY NEWS, THE LEVITT LETTER IS FOR YOU IF YOU WANT IT.
  • 16:47 IT'S FREE FOR THE ASKING.
  • 16:49 YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE: WWW.LEVITT.COM OR CALL.
  • 16:54 IT'S THERE FOR YOU, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU, NOW COME WITH US IF YOU WILL ON A JOURNEY.
  • 16:59 WE'RE GOING BACK TO BIBLE DAYS WITH ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 17:15 ♪FOLLOW ME TO GALILEE, FOLLOW ME HOME.♪
  • 17:27 ♪WHEN YOU SEE GALILEE THEN YOU'LL KNOW YOU'RE HOME.♪
  • 17:49 AND IT'S SIGNIFICANT THAT THE LORD WALKING THROUGH THIS LAND
  • 17:53 DID NOT HAVE 32" CENTS IN HIS POCKET TO PAY THE TAX, HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A HALF SHEKEL,
  • 18:00 BUT HE SENT PETER TO GET THE FISH AND IN THERE HE FOUND EXACT CHANGE.
  • 18:05 IT'S AN INTERESTING POINT.
  • 18:07 HE DIDN'T FIND A DRACHMA, NOR A DENARIUS, NOR A MITE, NOR A FARTHING,
  • 18:11 BUT EXACTLY ONE STATER.
  • 18:13 A ROMAN COIN EQUALLED A 4 DRACHMAS, WHICH IS EQUAL TO 2 TIMES THE HALF SHEKEL.
  • 18:19 IN OTHER WORDS EXACT CHANGE FOR TEMPLE TAX FOR THEM BOTH FOR THEIR REDEMPTION.
  • 18:24 IT WAS A VERY JEWISH LESSON FOR A JEWISH AUDIENCE
  • 18:28 AND YOU KNOW TO PROVE THIS
  • 18:30 I LOOKED IN THE JEWISH WRITINGS WITH THE HELP OF MY ASSISTANT REVEREND JEFF SEIF
  • 18:37 AND WE FOUND STORIES OF TREASURES FOUND IN FISH.
  • 18:41 THIS WAS A COMMON THEME.
  • 18:43 YOU MIGHT SAY LIKE NURSERY RHYMES HAVE PRINCESS AND PRINCES AND CASTLES AS THEMES,
  • 18:47 THIS IDEA.
  • 18:49 FISH WAS A DELICACY IN ANCIENT ISRAEL OFTEN USED FOR THE SABBATH.
  • 18:53 AND THERE'S A STORY FOR INSTANCE IN THE TRACTATE, THE TALMUDIC TRACTATE SHABBAT 119 A,
  • 19:01 THE STORY GOES THIS WAY:
  • 19:02 "JOSEPH, THE HONORER OF THE SABBATH..." NOT THE BIBLE JOSEPH,
  • 19:06 BUT ANOTHER ONE WHO WAS WELL KNOWN FOR HOW WELL HE HONORED THE SABBATH...
  • 19:10 HAD A WEALTHY HEATHEN NEIGHBOR.
  • 19:12 THE CHALDEANS HAD PROPHESIED THAT ALL THAT NEIGHBORS WEALTH WOULD SOME DAY GO TO JOSEPH.
  • 19:17 NOW THEY TRY TO SUBVERT THIS PROPHECY,
  • 19:19 THE NEIGHBOR CONVERTED ALL OF HIS PROPERTY AND ALL OF HIS MONEY TO ONE PRECIOUS GEM,
  • 19:24 HAD IT SEWN INTO HIS HEADGEAR AND TOOK SHIP--WENT OUT TO SEA-- SO IT COULDN'T BE FOUND,
  • 19:30 TO GET AWAY FROM HIS NEIGHBOR.
  • 19:32 AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE WIND BLEW LIKE IT DOES HERE, IT BLEW THE HEADGEAR INTO THE SEA.
  • 19:37 SOMETIME LATER JOSEPH THE HONORER OF THE SABBATH, WENT TO BUY A FISH,
  • 19:42 PAID A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY FOR A FINE FISH FOR THE SABBATH,
  • 19:45 WHEN HE CUT IT OPEN HE FOUND THE PRECIOUS GEM INSIDE.
  • 19:49 THE HEADGEAR HAD LEFT IT IN THE WATER, THE FISH PICKED IT UP,
  • 19:52 AND SO JOSEPH ENDED UP WITH ALL THE PROPERTY OF HIS NEIGHBOR.
  • 19:59 ♪ ♪
  • 20:10 THE AEGEAN CARRIED JOHN, EXILED TO THE ISLE OF THE PATMOS.
  • 20:13 FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION THE WATERS OF THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 20:28 HELLO AGAIN.
  • 20:29 SHALOM.
  • 20:31 OUR LIVING WATERS SERIES CONTINUES TONIGHT ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS,
  • 20:34 THE FAMOUS PLACE OF COURSE WHERE JESUS CHRIST REAPPEARED TO JOHN
  • 20:38 AND DICTATED TO HIM THE BOOK CALLED THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 20:43 WE WERE IN CORINTH LAST WEEK, LET ME SHOW YOU HOW WE'RE MOVING NOW ACROSS WATER.
  • 20:48 WE WERE IN CORINTH HERE, WHICH OF COURSE IS ACROSS FROM ATHENS AND GREECE
  • 20:53 AND WE'RE GOING TO CROSS THE AEGEAN SEA IN THIS DIRECTION TO THE ISLE OF PATMOS,
  • 20:58 WHICH IS HERE NEAR THE COAST OF TURKEY.
  • 21:01 AND HERE WE'LL SEE A BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC AND BIBLICAL PLACE.
  • 21:08 THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, THE GREAT SEA OF THE BIBLE
  • 21:12 FROM WHICH THE ISLANDS OF GREECE RISE ONE AFTER ANOTHER IN SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SUCCESSION.
  • 21:19 AMONG THEM PATMOS IS SINGULARLY TRANQUIL.
  • 21:24 I, JOHN, WHO ALSO AM YOUR BROTHER AND COMPANION IN TRIBULATION
  • 21:30 AND IN THE KINGDOM OF PATIENCE OF JESUS CHRIST, WAS IN THE ISLE THAT IS CALLED PATMOS
  • 21:36 FOR THE WORD OF GOD AND FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 21:43 THESE ARE THE WATERS THAT BROUGHT THE APOSTLE JOHN TO THE ISLE OF PATMOS.
  • 21:47 IT'S RIGHT BEHIND ME, BUT IT'S NOW A VERY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF WHITE HOUSES
  • 21:52 TOPPED BY MONASTERY ON ITS VERY SUMMIT OF ITS HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
  • 21:57 WAS THEN A PRISON ISLAND TO WHICH THE APOSTLE WAS BANISHED
  • 22:01 EVIDENTLY TO STOP THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 22:03 IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY.
  • 22:05 JESUS ACTUALLY VISITED HIM HERE IN HIS LAST APPEARANCE IN THIS WORLD.
  • 22:10 WE SOMETIMES DON'T THINK OF HIS VISIT TO PATMOS AS HIS LAST APPEARANCE ON EARTH,
  • 22:16 BUT IT REALLY WAS.
  • 22:17 AFTER HE ASCENDED TO HIS FATHER OF COURSE HE RETURNED ONCE.
  • 22:20 MOST COMMENTATORS MAKE IT AT THE END OF THE 1ST CENTURY IN THE 90'S A.D
  • 22:25 TO REVEAL TO JOHN THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF PROPHECY.
  • 22:30 IN FACT THE ENTIRE BOOK CALLED, "REVELATION."
  • 22:34 IF WE LOOK AT THE BEGINNING OF REVELATION THE 1ST VERSE TELLS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS.
  • 22:39 THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST WHICH GOD GAVE UNTO HIM TO SHOW UNTO HIS SERVANTS THINGS
  • 22:46 WHICH MUST SHORTLY COME TO PASS.
  • 22:48 AND HE SENT AND SIGNIFIED IT BY HIS ANGELS UNTO HIS SERVANT JOHN.
  • 22:56 (SINGING IN HEBREW)
  • 23:11 WELL JOE, THAT'S A SCENE
  • 23:12 THAT MOST AMERICAN CHRISTIANS HAVEN'T SEEN.
  • 23:15 WHAT WAS THE OLD MAN DOING AND WHAT'S...
  • 23:18 CAN'T YOU EXPLAIN THIS ARTIFACT?
  • 23:20 WELL THIS IS THE CLOSET THAT HOUSES THE SCROLL OF THE TORAH.
  • 23:26 THE 5 BOOKS OF MOSES.
  • 23:28 THE 5 BOOKS OF MOSES WRITTEN BY HAND ON VELLUM
  • 23:32 AND EVERY JEWISH PLACE OF WORSHIP SHOULD HAVE A TORAH.
  • 23:36 SHOULD HAVE A TORAH SCROLL.
  • 23:38 AN OLD MAN APPROACHES THE ARK WHERE THE TORAH IS WITH RESPECT,
  • 23:43 HE CHANTS A CERTAIN TUNE.
  • 23:46 YEAH, HE'S A READER ONE OF THE READERS IN THE CONGREGATION
  • 23:51 AND HE CHANTED
  • 23:56 THE NORMAL PRAYERS
  • 23:58 THAT ARE CHANTED AND PRAYED
  • 24:01 WHEN THE CLOSET OF THE TORAH
  • 24:03 IS OPENED.
  • 24:05 BUT THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL JEWISH HOUSE OF WORSHIP.
  • 24:07 NO, BUT IT IS A JEWISH HOUSE OF WORSHIP IN WHICH YESHUA THE MESSIAH
  • 24:12 IS WORSHIPPED AND HONORED AND REVERED.
  • 24:17 YEAH TO SOME THIS A MESSIANIC CONGREGATION, TO SOME IT'S AN ABOMINATION.
  • 24:23 YOU HAVE DETRACTORS.
  • 24:25 YES, AFTER 2,000 YEARS OF DIASPORA THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE BEING BROUGHT BACK HOME.
  • 24:33 AND I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO BRING ALL THE JEWS BACK HOME
  • 24:40 AND TO LEAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT JEW IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY OUT OF ISRAEL AND THAT IS,
  • 24:46 YESHUA HA'MASHIACH OR JESUS THE CHRIST THE WAY IT IS CALLED IN ENGLISH
  • 24:53 AND I THINK THAT THIS PLACE IS HERE AMONG HIS PEOPLE AND IN THE HEART OF ISRAEL.
  • 25:02 ♪ISRAEL MY LOVE,♪
  • 25:08 ♪ISRAEL MY PROMISED.♪
  • 25:12 ♪CHOSEN OF BLOOD, CHOSEN FOR ME.♪
  • 25:20 ♪HOMELAND FOREVER LAND OFMESSIAH.♪
  • 25:28 ♪ISRAEL MY LOVE, OUR GOD WATCHES THEE.♪
  • 25:37 ♪I CHOOSE THEE.♪
  • 25:48 IN ADDITION TO ZOLA BEING A MAN OF HUMOR, A SENSE OF HUMOR,
  • 25:53 A MAN THAT LOVED THE BIBLE, LOVED PROPHECY, HE WAS ALSO A WONDERFUL MUSICIAN.
  • 25:58 WROTE OVER 50 ALBUMS, MUSIC EVERYWHERE IN OUR HOME,
  • 26:02 AND YET I WOULD SAY TO HIM, "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WROTE THIS MUSIC,"
  • 26:06 AND HE WOULD SAY TO ME,
  • 26:07 "I DIDN'T WRITE, IM THE STENOGRAPHER,
  • 26:09 GOD GAVE ME THE MUSIC."
  • 26:11 ALWAYS AMAZED ME THAT HIS MUSIC HAD THIS MESSIANIC FLARE TO IT.
  • 26:14 I LOVED IT.
  • 26:16 I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE CHARACTERISTICS
  • 26:17 OF HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 26:18 IS THE JOY OF THE LORD AND THE ABILITY TO SING AGAIN.
  • 26:22 THERE ARE SOME OF YOU THAT MAY WELL BE SO DEPRESSED
  • 26:25 YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT SINGING IS,
  • 26:26 BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE LORD CAN PUT A NEW SONG ON YOUR HEART.
  • 26:30 THE LORD IS SINGING IN ISRAEL THESE DAYS.
  • 26:32 WE'VE JUST SEEN GOD'S MOVING IN ISRAEL AFRESH THROUGH A SERIES ON THE BELIEVERS.
  • 26:38 AND I WANNA MAKE A BELIEVER OUT OF YOU.
  • 26:40 IF YOU'RE AT A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE WHERE THERE'S DEPRESSION THAT NEEDS LIFTING,
  • 26:43 LET ME LET YOU KNOW THERE'S A MESSIAH WHO WANTS TO DO SOME COMING INTO YOUR LIFE
  • 26:48 AND HE'S READY TO COME FOR THE ASKING.
  • 26:50 AMEN.
  • 26:51 THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 26:53 AND SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:55 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Israel My Promised
  2. Israel By Divine Right
  3. Jerusalem Forever
  4. Friends of the Rabbi

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