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Episode: “The Hope”
To Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, the “Work Makes You Free” sign over the entrance to Auschwitz offered false hope. Legitimate Jewish hopes materialized in 1948, when the modern State of Israel was born in a day (Isaiah 66:8).

WARNING: This program contain actual images from the Holocaust. Viewer discretion is advised.
Series: “Beauty For Ashes”
This series contrasts the horrors of the Holocaust with the rebirth of Israel. Isaiah 61:3 to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning…

WARNING: These programs contain actual images from the Holocaust. Viewer discretion is advised.

Caption transcript for Beauty For Ashes: “The Hope” (1/9)

  • 00:01 On today's program, we show you
  • 00:03 how Bible prophecy was fulfilled...
  • 00:05 sadly in the Holocaust
  • 00:08 but also in the restoration of Israel.
  • 00:10 Stay tuned for Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:36 ISAIAH 61:3 "I will console those who mourn in Zion,"
  • 00:39 ISAIAH 61:3 "to give them beauty for ashes,"
  • 00:43 ISAIAH 61:3 "the oil of joy for mourning,"
  • 00:47 ISAIAH 61:3 "the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,"
  • 00:51 ISAIAH 61:3 "that they might be called oaks of righteousness,"
  • 00:54 ISAIAH 61:3 "the planting of Adonai, that He may be glorified."
  • 01:04 Shalom , Haverim ,
  • 01:05 welcome friends to our program
  • 01:07 I am Myles Weiss
  • 01:09 and I am Katharine Weiss.
  • 01:10 We want to welcome you
  • 01:12 to our new series "Beauty for Ashes".
  • 01:14 You know Myles Zola Levitt has been
  • 01:15 broadcasting since 1979.
  • 01:19 We've be teaching on Israel, prophecy,
  • 01:22 the Jewish roots of our faith.
  • 01:24 But we as an organization
  • 01:27 have never made the journey to Auschwitz
  • 01:30 and it was very sobering.
  • 01:32 It was very sobering.
  • 01:33 You warned me that it would not be like the
  • 01:35 30 or so times I have been to Holocaust museums.
  • 01:37 Everyone tried to give me the sense
  • 01:39 that it was much different and much heavier.
  • 01:42 And the impact was so poignant.
  • 01:44 And one of the things we want to
  • 01:46 make sure we're clear with you is
  • 01:48 that the impact of the Holocaust
  • 01:52 did not produce the State of Israel.
  • 01:55 It was not just sympathy
  • 01:57 for the Israelis, for the Jewish people that
  • 01:59 led to the establishing of the State of Israel,
  • 02:02 but it was in fact the fulfillment of Bible prophecy,
  • 02:05 going back to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • 02:07 Think about this that Isaiah said
  • 02:09 800 years before Yeshua was born
  • 02:21 It's incredible how God takes the most
  • 02:24 difficult hardship; it's unimaginable.
  • 02:27 But we don't understand the scope of Auschwitz.
  • 02:30 1.1 million people died there.
  • 02:33 And He takes that and He turns that evil to good
  • 02:36 because Israel is now a blessing to the whole earth.
  • 02:39 Absolutely
  • 02:40 God is not the author of evil by any means.
  • 02:43 Let's go now and hear more from Myles in Poland.
  • 02:54 800 years before the birth of Yeshua ,
  • 02:59 the prophet Isaiah said,
  • 03:01 "Woe to those who call good evil and evil good." Isaiah 5:20
  • 03:04 We're standing at Auschwitz.
  • 03:07 The sign above me says,
  • 03:09 "Work makes free",
  • 03:13 1.1 million people died here.
  • 03:17 But the set up for it happened
  • 03:20 because of the defeat in World War I.
  • 03:24 But the only way to understand this
  • 03:27 is to recognize that an "ism"
  • 03:28 will not explain this
  • 03:31 that a paganism, a pantheism, a humanism cannot explain this.
  • 03:36 The only thing that explains this
  • 03:38 is what Isaiah said,
  • 03:40 is that there is good and there is evil.
  • 03:46 When the Jewish people came here and
  • 03:49 saw this sign, "Work makes free"
  • 03:51 they thought they were coming to a work camp.
  • 03:54 They thought they were going to be
  • 03:55 saved from the dangers of the war.
  • 03:59 They had no idea that what was being set up here was
  • 04:03 the fulfillment of what Adolf Hitler's vision from hell.
  • 04:08 His vision was in the guise of Christianity
  • 04:11 because in 1925 he wrote
  • 04:14 "Mein Kampf", "My Struggle"
  • 04:16 in which he said that
  • 04:18 "his work of fighting against the Jews was his work for the Lord".
  • 04:23 And in that way he deceived Christian Europe
  • 04:26 and he helped to set up the circumstances
  • 04:28 where a weak church was unable to push back
  • 04:32 against the Nazism that was growing in Germany.
  • 04:36 We are in Poland
  • 04:38 which was taken over by Germany.
  • 04:41 And in 1933 Hitler was elected by governmental rule.
  • 04:47 There was no violent takeover per se.
  • 04:51 It was a rule that was done by election.
  • 04:53 So be careful who you vote for.
  • 04:57 Here at Auschwitz the deaths are unfathomable.
  • 05:03 When I was growing up in New York,
  • 05:05 I saw people that had a tattoo on their arm.
  • 05:08 And they never spoke about it.
  • 05:11 They never spoke about the Holocaust.
  • 05:13 They never spoke about what happened here.
  • 05:14 We say in Hebrew " shoah " meaning "calamity".
  • 05:17 Holocaust is a Greek word - 2 Greeks words meaning
  • 05:21 "into the fire" or "sacrifice by fire".
  • 05:24 And some people in Israel are offended by that
  • 05:27 because they think that others believe it was
  • 05:29 a sacrifice to God - which is absurd.
  • 05:31 What this is, is a temporary triumph of evil.
  • 05:38 But as we'll find out in this series
  • 05:41 good will come from it because of a good God
  • 05:45 and the redemption that comes
  • 05:47 from the reborn state of Israel.
  • 06:01 One of the survivors we were able to interview
  • 06:03 was Noah Klieger.
  • 06:05 He was born in France in 1926.
  • 06:08 He fought with the resistance
  • 06:10 against the Nazi takeover.
  • 06:12 And he's also a survivor of Auschwitz.
  • 06:15 Myles and I had the privilege
  • 06:16 of being in his home in Israel.
  • 06:18 So let's go now
  • 06:20 and hear more of his story.
  • 06:23 My father was an intellectual with 3 doctorates;
  • 06:27 he was a writer
  • 06:28 and he was a journalist.
  • 06:30 I wanted to become journalist because my father was one.
  • 06:35 I'm one of the few kids I think that
  • 06:37 became exactly what they wanted to become.
  • 06:40 Usually it's not the same
  • 06:42 but for me it was true,
  • 06:44 I became a journalist.
  • 06:46 At the age of 10 by the way,
  • 06:47 in school I already had a paper.
  • 06:49 I had a weekly 4 pages that I did myself.
  • 06:53 I wrote it by hand of course.
  • 06:56 But there was everything in it -
  • 06:58 even gossip - everything.
  • 07:00 [laughing] Well, anyhow
  • 07:06 my father knew that there would be a World War.
  • 07:11 Really?
  • 07:13 Because when Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany
  • 07:17 which is Prime Minister in effect,
  • 07:19 and then he became Special to Reichs.
  • 07:21 This is 1933?
  • 07:23 In 1933 he became Special Reichs
  • 07:25 voted by the -
  • 07:28 then it was called the Reichstag,
  • 07:30 today it is called the Bundestag,
  • 07:31 the Parliament.
  • 07:33 My father did not understand
  • 07:35 that he would not be satisfied to rule over Germany
  • 07:39 but that he would want to rule over more.
  • 07:42 So there would be a war.
  • 07:44 And how old were you when war came?
  • 07:46 When the war came -
  • 07:49 I was 13 when war broke out.
  • 07:52 The war broke out in September 1939.
  • 07:55 So we wanted to leave Europe
  • 07:59 but so did 350,000 other Jews who wanted to leave Europe
  • 08:05 but they couldn't leave Europe
  • 08:06 because no country was ready to accept Jews,
  • 08:13 not even the U.S. with the conference of Evian.
  • 08:18 That was in July 1938.
  • 08:23 Mr. Klieger is referring to the Evian Conference
  • 08:25 that was convened by
  • 08:27 Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938.
  • 08:29 This was in response to the fact
  • 08:31 that in 1935
  • 08:33 the Germans had stripped the Jews of their citizenship.
  • 08:37 So there was 900,000 Jewish people
  • 08:40 who didn't belong anywhere suddenly.
  • 08:42 And the nations were attempting
  • 08:44 to understand how they would deal with that.
  • 08:47 Unfortunately what it led to
  • 08:50 was things like the ship to St. Louis
  • 08:52 which came to Cuba,
  • 08:53 it came to Canada,
  • 08:54 it came to America
  • 08:56 and was refused and went back to Germany
  • 08:58 where most of the inhabitants of the ship perished.
  • 09:01 The fact is that the nations were not really
  • 09:04 on board with saving the Jewish people
  • 09:06 Quite the contrary.
  • 09:08 Britain and America colluded with each other
  • 09:10 that if the Brit's would not force
  • 09:12 the Jews to go to Palestine
  • 09:14 then the Americans would not take them in.
  • 09:16 And this became an incredible coup for Hitler.
  • 09:21 It became a propaganda tool for him to say,
  • 09:23 see, even the nations don't want these criminals,
  • 09:27 that is, these Jewish people.
  • 09:30 We were stuck in Belgium
  • 09:33 under the rule of the Germans.
  • 09:35 Then it became the Yellow Star
  • 09:38 and there was a -
  • 09:41 after 8:00 you could not be in the streets anymore.
  • 09:47 Curfew
  • 09:48 And you were kicked out of schools and of jobs, etc.
  • 09:54 And it took years
  • 09:56 My father joined the underground.
  • 09:58 It was called Brigade Blanche , the White Brigade.
  • 10:02 It is similar to the French resistance.
  • 10:05 And I became a runner.
  • 10:10 A messenger
  • 10:12 I was 14-15 years [old] with a bicycle.
  • 10:15 I brought messages and money from one to the other.
  • 10:18 So how did you get from being a runner
  • 10:21 and in the underground in that way
  • 10:24 to getting captured
  • 10:26 and going to the next step?
  • 10:27 What happened?
  • 10:30 I was a runner for some 2 or 3 years.
  • 10:33 We were working there.
  • 10:35 And then they started to arrest Jews.
  • 10:38 In 1941 already they gave an order
  • 10:46 to thousands of Jews in Belgium,
  • 10:48 especially non-Belgium Jews,
  • 10:51 foreign Jews who lived in Belgium.
  • 10:54 They gave an order to gather at the train station
  • 10:59 at a certain date
  • 11:00 and certain hour
  • 11:02 with 20 kilos you could
  • 11:04 bring with you to be sent somewhere.
  • 11:07 Nobody knew where.
  • 11:09 They didn't even lie about where you were going.
  • 11:11 Just somewhere.
  • 11:12 Just somewhere.
  • 11:13 We were brought to Limburg
  • 11:15 which is in Belgium
  • 11:17 on the Dutch border.
  • 11:19 It's the area of the coal mines.
  • 11:22 And we were put into little houses
  • 11:29 where the Czech and the Polish workers...
  • 11:35 Usually Czechs and Poles worked in the Belgian coal mines.
  • 11:39 They had left, they went back to their countries.
  • 11:43 So these little settlements were empty.
  • 11:46 My father was arrested because he was a leader
  • 11:49 of an illegal movement in Limburg
  • 11:55 with some of the Czechs who were still there
  • 11:59 and some of the Poles and some of Belgians.
  • 12:02 He was arrested and sent to a concentration camp.
  • 12:05 The camp was Breendonk in Belgium,
  • 12:08 one of worst camps you can imagine.
  • 12:10 Did you know where he was?
  • 12:12 Yes, we knew where, sure.
  • 12:14 And then I became active in the movement
  • 12:16 of the former Zionist youth organizations - we had a movement.
  • 12:22 We smuggled young Jews from Belgium
  • 12:27 through France into Switzerland.
  • 12:30 Switzerland was neutral.
  • 12:31 Yes
  • 12:33 And we smuggled them through a little place called Mouscron
  • 12:36 on the French/Belgium border.
  • 12:39 Half of it by the way is French
  • 12:41 and half of it's Belgian.
  • 12:43 And like every French or Belgium town
  • 12:47 there were more cafes than apartments.
  • 12:53 In each house there was a cafe.
  • 12:56 And we were always meeting with one of the smugglers.
  • 13:01 I was meeting with 2 or 3 or 4 of my young people.
  • 13:06 They all had fantastic papers of course.
  • 13:09 We were meeting in one of the cafes.
  • 13:12 And I handed them over to the smugglers and
  • 13:16 they all went to Switzerland -
  • 13:18 about 270 of them.
  • 13:20 And then we didn't find anyone anymore.
  • 13:23 So then we decided to go ourselves
  • 13:26 to Switzerland - the 7 of us.
  • 13:30 And as we were 7, we could only take 3 or 4.
  • 13:33 And we split into 2 groups.
  • 13:36 Thursday, we were sitting along with the other girl
  • 13:40 and one of the young fellows and me,
  • 13:42 we were sitting in a cafe waiting for the smuggler.
  • 13:45 In came 3 Gestapo people
  • 13:48 and they controlled all the papers.
  • 13:50 Our papers were fantastic.
  • 13:53 Everything was fine.
  • 13:54 But then by logic, by sheer logic
  • 13:58 there were 30 or 40 Belgians there drinking beer,
  • 14:02 30 years, 40 years, 50 years old.
  • 14:04 The only 3 very young people were the 3 of us.
  • 14:08 So they must have concluded rightly so,
  • 14:11 these must be the children.
  • 14:13 And then the one said to me in his French,
  • 14:16 he said, come with me to the toilet.
  • 14:19 I said why should I go with you to toilet?
  • 14:22 And he said, because I would like to see if you're Jewish.
  • 14:26 Oy!
  • 14:28 And then I did understand
  • 14:30 that everything was lost already.
  • 14:32 Then I said to him in German,
  • 14:34 in a much better German than he spoke French,
  • 14:37 I said to him what I think about him
  • 14:40 and about his country,
  • 14:42 and about Hitler.
  • 14:43 And so I landed in Auschwitz finally.
  • 14:47 We had been told you are going
  • 14:49 to a working camp, a labor camp.
  • 14:52 And we did believe it.
  • 14:54 Why did we believe?
  • 14:56 It was in January 1943
  • 14:59 after the battle of Stalingrad.
  • 15:01 Germany had lost the war in Stalingrad.
  • 15:05 Germany could not win this war anymore after Stalingrad.
  • 15:08 And we were convinced that the war would end within a few months
  • 15:13 and we would be free after
  • 15:17 a few months working camp - big deal.
  • 15:28 The years leading up to the Holocaust
  • 15:30 were very dark times.
  • 15:32 They were very hopeless for the Jewish people.
  • 15:34 And Myles the devil is always looking for a scapegoat
  • 15:38 and he found it in the Jews.
  • 15:39 Yes, well that hatred goes back to the Garden of Eden.
  • 15:42 This is not something
  • 15:44 that happened in the 20th century.
  • 15:46 We have to remember that the over-arching
  • 15:48 heart of the Lord is for good.
  • 15:51 I think about Jeremiah
  • 15:58 Even through this dark time
  • 16:00 that that's always the heart of God.
  • 16:02 Think about Jeremiah 16:15
  • 16:10 And that goes all the way back to Genesis 17
  • 16:13 when God promised the Land
  • 16:15 to Abraham, Isaac and
  • 16:17 Jacob, who is Israel.
  • 16:21 The number of people
  • 16:23 with firsthand memory of the Holocaust
  • 16:24 is dwindling.
  • 16:26 But the importance of remembering this atrocity
  • 16:28 and paying tribute to both the victims and survivors
  • 16:31 remains as significant as ever.
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  • 16:51 Hi, you know a lot
  • 16:53 of things are going on
  • 16:54 in the world today
  • 16:55 and especially in Israel.
  • 16:57 And this news needs to be told
  • 16:59 through this lens.
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  • 17:48 Myles and I want to
  • 17:50 invite you to come
  • 17:51 with us to Israel.
  • 17:53 You will never be the same
  • 17:54 Your faith will be increased.
  • 17:55 Your heart will be expanded
  • 17:57 to see what God
  • 17:58 has ordained from the
  • 17:59 foundation of the world,
  • 18:01 that His people would be brought
  • 18:03 back to the Land
  • 18:05 and that it would flourish.
  • 18:06 After 2,000 years of scattering
  • 18:07 God fulfilled His promise
  • 18:09 and brought the Jews home.
  • 18:10 Yeah, when we first started
  • 18:12 going to Israel
  • 18:13 many years ago
  • 18:14 we heard of the proverb,
  • 18:16 it's an Arabic proverb so called,
  • 18:17 that they said
  • 18:18 that when the Jews returned
  • 18:19 the Land smiled.
  • 18:20 And I think we see that every time we go.
  • 18:22 Amos 9:15 says,
  • 18:27 [Myles speaks verse in Hebrew]
  • 18:32 "I will put them in the Land"
  • 18:33 "and they will never be uprooted again"
  • 18:36 And that's what we see in Israel.
  • 18:37 It all began in Independence Hall,
  • 18:40 the modern version began
  • 18:41 in Independence Hall
  • 18:43 in Tel Aviv.
  • 18:44 So let's go there now.
  • 18:47 The time had come.
  • 18:50 The players were in place.
  • 18:52 And the historical change
  • 18:55 was about to take place.
  • 18:58 It's hard to believe
  • 18:59 that from this humble room
  • 19:01 in this small beginning
  • 19:03 That God is about to pour out of His Spirit
  • 19:05 directly from His Word,
  • 19:07 Answering His own question,
  • 19:35 This is that time.
  • 19:37 A month before
  • 19:39 the Dead Sea Scrolls were found
  • 19:41 as a birthday present
  • 19:42 signing off on the historical basis
  • 19:44 of the biblical mandate for the Land.
  • 19:47 In fact, that very passage from Isaiah
  • 19:50 was found out in the desert
  • 19:52 proclaiming that God was about to
  • 19:54 do something enormous here.
  • 19:56 And the players,
  • 19:58 the major luminaries
  • 19:59 who had been working
  • 20:01 behind the scenes to make this happen
  • 20:03 were all here in one place.
  • 20:05 It had never happened before.
  • 20:07 David Ben Gurion.
  • 20:09 David would become the
  • 20:11 "son of the lion", "Ben Gurion"
  • 20:13 was here to establish and to proclaim
  • 20:15 to the nations that, in fact,
  • 20:17 it is time for Israel to be a State.
  • 20:20 Chaim Weitzmann,
  • 20:21 the first President,
  • 20:23 the one who had
  • 20:24 invented the TNT,
  • 20:26 the acetone that helped
  • 20:27 win the first world war;
  • 20:28 it was a great gift
  • 20:30 to the western powers,
  • 20:32 was here as well.
  • 20:34 Golda Meir,
  • 20:35 who had a troubled marriage
  • 20:37 but became one who
  • 20:39 gave herself to politics,
  • 20:41 raised 2 sons,
  • 20:42 became one of the most
  • 20:45 significant fundraisers
  • 20:47 for the State of Israel.
  • 20:49 In fact, at the time
  • 20:50 of the 1948 war
  • 20:52 when trouble was all around us,
  • 20:54 she went to America
  • 20:57 and raised millions of dollars
  • 20:59 50 million dollars
  • 21:00 when the expected just a few.
  • 21:03 And that contribution
  • 21:05 helped them to buy
  • 21:06 the weapons that were
  • 21:08 needed to fight
  • 21:09 in the 1948 war.
  • 21:10 All the configurations
  • 21:12 were coming together.
  • 21:13 It was a miracle.
  • 21:15 For the first time in Jewish history
  • 21:16 we're seeing something greater than the old
  • 21:18 adage of 2 Jews, 3 opinions.
  • 21:20 While there are always conflict
  • 21:22 and was discussion,
  • 21:24 what we are also seeing is a desire
  • 21:26 that finally it was time for this
  • 21:29 country to become a Land of its own
  • 21:33 and to take it's rightful place
  • 21:34 among the nations of the world.
  • 21:36 Harry Truman,
  • 21:38 the American President
  • 21:40 actually called himself "Cyrus"
  • 21:42 recognizing that he was playing a
  • 21:44 similar role in
  • 21:46 calling forth this nation
  • 21:48 that the ancient leader
  • 21:49 Cyrus did in the time
  • 21:51 of Ezra and the time
  • 21:52 of Nehemiah and the time
  • 21:54 of Nebuchadnezzar
  • 21:55 bringing this Land to pass.
  • 21:57 And Truman was living
  • 21:58 that life now.
  • 22:00 We're seeing for the first time
  • 22:01 the forces of goodness
  • 22:03 surrounding the Jewish people
  • 22:06 and for the first time in history
  • 22:08 the possibility of a reborn State of Israel
  • 22:12 after 2,000 years of wandering,
  • 22:15 after 4,000 years of promise,
  • 22:18 after 3,000 years of David buying Jerusalem
  • 22:21 we're about to see a legitimate
  • 22:25 modern State of Israel.
  • 22:28 And it's being proclaimed right here
  • 22:30 in Independence Hall in Tel Aviv.
  • 22:34 It's an honor to be here.
  • 22:36 It's a thrill to be here
  • 22:38 and to hear the echoes of those
  • 22:40 who said "Aye" - "Yes"
  • 22:42 and "Amen" to the birth of this State.
  • 22:52 Following the horrors of the Holocaust,
  • 22:55 centuries of persecution and dispersion we see
  • 22:58 finally gathered in this simple room
  • 23:02 the luminaries of the day
  • 23:03 prepared to create the State of Israel
  • 23:06 Katharine - WOW
  • 23:07 It's a fulfillment of Theodore Herzl's dream.
  • 23:10 He had a dream that there would
  • 23:11 be a homeland for the Jewish people.
  • 23:14 First he tried to assimilate in Europe.
  • 23:16 And he thought that that would be the
  • 23:18 cure for the people.
  • 23:20 They would get baptized maybe.
  • 23:21 But no, once he saw persecution coming
  • 23:24 and coming in such a heated moment
  • 23:26 he decided that the only hope for the Jewish people
  • 23:28 was to have their own homeland.
  • 23:30 And he prophesied,
  • 23:32 he said, I might not see it
  • 23:34 but it might happen in 50 years.
  • 23:36 And it happened just like that.
  • 23:38 50 years after him speaking
  • 23:40 these prophetic words
  • 23:41 it came to pass.
  • 23:43 He released a prophetic
  • 23:44 destiny over the Jewish people.
  • 23:46 It was Chaim Weizmann
  • 23:48 that was listening to him as a young boy.
  • 23:50 And he had a dream.
  • 23:51 He had a dream that there would
  • 23:53 be a revival of the Hebrew language,
  • 23:55 that the people would go back to the Land
  • 23:57 and work the Land for themselves
  • 23:59 because he believed that the Land needed
  • 24:01 to be worked by the Jewish people.
  • 24:03 And it was also so many other
  • 24:05 people that was learning from Theodore Herzl
  • 24:07 and yet God was also breathing upon them
  • 24:11 to come and take their place on the stage of history.
  • 24:14 I think about Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who
  • 24:17 re-discovered, re-invented, re-calculated
  • 24:21 the Hebrew language from
  • 24:22 the ancient language and
  • 24:23 brought it into a
  • 24:25 useful,modern language
  • 24:26 and now became
  • 24:27 the language of the day.
  • 24:29 And this is how the story ended
  • 24:30 on this day.
  • 24:32 David Ben Gurion made this statement.
  • 24:59 Katharine - There was dancing in the street.
  • 25:01 There was celebration.
  • 25:02 But Ben Gurion knew
  • 25:04 that there would also be a war at hand.
  • 25:06 And so he was solemn
  • 25:08 but the rest of the people
  • 25:09 rejoiced for that moment.
  • 25:11 And you know the rest of the story.
  • 25:13 It was by a miracle
  • 25:14 that it was born in a day.
  • 25:16 And it was by a miracle
  • 25:17 that this nation has been kept.
  • 25:28 Israel's national anthem
  • 25:30 is " Hatikva " "The Hope".
  • 25:32 And how appropriate that is.
  • 25:34 Without hope they hoped Myles.
  • 25:37 They prayed.
  • 25:38 They believed God
  • 25:39 even in the darkest of dark times.
  • 25:42 The Jewish people would pray,
  • 25:45 someday we'll return to Israel,
  • 25:46 someday we will be restored,
  • 25:48 someday we'll be brought back.
  • 25:50 You know, the devil had a plan
  • 25:52 to derail God's purpose and to
  • 25:54 derail the hearts of the Jewish people
  • 25:56 but faith and hope abide.
  • 25:59 Yes, I think about that
  • 26:01 every year at Passover saying
  • 26:03 " Lashanah haba'ah biy'rushalaim "
  • 26:05 "Next Year in Jerusalem".
  • 26:07 Next Year in Jerusalem for thousands of years.
  • 26:09 And then for 2,000 years since Yeshua
  • 26:12 the scattering
  • 26:13 and the hopelessness that could bring
  • 26:15 yet always there was the hope.
  • 26:18 And we believe that within the hope of the Land
  • 26:20 and the hope of the restoration
  • 26:22 there's the greater hope of Messiah.
  • 26:24 But I just wanted to review the lyrics
  • 26:27 from " Hatikva ", from "The Hope"
  • 26:29 the Israeli National Anthem.
  • 26:32 Listen to what this says,
  • 26:51 You know, I want to encourage you
  • 26:53 if you are going through
  • 26:55 a tough time yourself, personally,
  • 26:58 if you feel like if you have lost hope,
  • 27:00 that God is the God of all hope and that
  • 27:02 in His Word you can find a shelter and an anchor
  • 27:06 that will take you beyond the vale.
  • 27:08 That's the hope that we hope
  • 27:10 that you would receive from Him
  • 27:12 and have eternal life.
  • 27:13 That's great.
  • 27:14 And so as we leave you today
  • 27:17 we always want to remind you,
  • 27:18 Sha'a'lu Shalom Yerushalayim,
  • 27:21 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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Episodes in this series

  1. The Hope
  2. The Ground
  3. The Survivors
  4. The Chosen
  5. The Heart
  6. The Process
  7. The Future
  8. The Peace
  9. Extended Interviews with Holocaust Survivors

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