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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.
Episode: “The Future”
It is important for Believers to stand with both the Jewish people and with Israel. Holocaust survivors share their views of the future. Jerusalem’s shopping mall and busy streets show Israeli resilience and Divine deliverance.

WARNING: This program contain actual images from the Holocaust. Viewer discretion is advised.

Caption transcript for Beauty For Ashes: “The Future” (7/9)

  • 00:02 On today's program, we're going to see how
  • 00:03 the Holocaust could not stop the Jewish people
  • 00:06 and the plan that God has for the Land of Israel.
  • 00:33 ISAIAH 61:3 "I will console those who mourn in Zion,"
  • 00:37 ISAIAH 61:3 "to give them beauty for ashes,"
  • 00:40 ISAIAH 61:3 "the oil of joy for mourning,"
  • 00:44 ISAIAH 61:3 "the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,"
  • 00:48 ISAIAH 61:3 "that they might be called oaks of righteousness,"
  • 00:51 ISAIAH 61:3 "the planting of Adonai, that He may be glorified."
  • 01:01 Shalom, Havarim
  • 01:03 Welcome Friends to our program.
  • 01:04 I'm Myles Weiss.
  • 01:05 And I'm Katharine Weiss
  • 01:06 and welcome to our series,
  • 01:08 Beauty for Ashes.
  • 01:09 We are doing a series reminding us
  • 01:12 of the horror of the Holocaust
  • 01:14 at the same time of God's promise
  • 01:16 for the modern State of Israel.
  • 01:18 It is a miracle that God has brought forth the people.
  • 01:22 You know it says in Jeremiah 16,
  • 01:48 And He promised it, it says, to his father.
  • 01:51 So it's a misnomer that it's "Palestine",
  • 01:54 the "Palestinians" Land.
  • 01:56 It's the Jewish homeland and it
  • 01:58 was the Romans that named it "Palestine" as an insult.
  • 02:03 So that is what we want to remind ourselves
  • 02:06 that it is God's Promised Land.
  • 02:08 Yes, it's a both/and.
  • 02:10 It's an ancient promise
  • 02:11 and it's a modern fulfillment
  • 02:13 that took place after the world war.
  • 02:14 The set up was the devastation in Germany
  • 02:17 between World War I and World War II.
  • 02:19 This is the modern setup.
  • 02:20 In terms of politics,
  • 02:21 that the Church was weak in Germany
  • 02:24 and the economy was devastated.
  • 02:25 That made the vacuum for Hitler to come in
  • 02:27 with a message of nationalism that
  • 02:30 led to demonizing and delegitimize
  • 02:32 a specific group of people
  • 02:34 to make the ascendancy of the Germans
  • 02:36 seem more appropriate and more possible.
  • 02:39 Now, one of the most iconic images in all
  • 02:42 of the Holocaust filmography and photographs
  • 02:46 is that of the train tracks leading up to Auschwitz II, Berkenau.
  • 02:51 And that is where we went to teach about this killing field
  • 02:57 that was designed specifically for the murder and the
  • 03:00 extermination and the disposal of Jewish victims.
  • 03:04 So let's go now to Birkenau.
  • 03:08 Myles - We are here at the infamous tracks into Birkenau.
  • 03:12 One of the most well known, well documented of the horrors of these camps.
  • 03:19 This is where thousands of Jews were brought to their death.
  • 03:24 This is where the massive amounts of Jews
  • 03:27 were coming from all the different nations,
  • 03:30 from Hungary, from Czech.
  • 03:32 They were just pulling them out
  • 03:34 and bringing them here to work or for extermination.
  • 03:39 And then the ultimate is to wipe out the Jews.
  • 03:43 You are either a person of the Book
  • 03:47 that lays down your life
  • 03:49 or you are indifferent.
  • 03:51 And that's the challenge to us today.
  • 03:54 Book or bargain.
  • 03:55 Yeah
  • 03:56 A person of the Book or a person of the bargain?
  • 03:58 Which will you be?
  • 04:00 Will you be one who stands with Israel?
  • 04:02 Will you be one who stands with our LORD Yeshua ?
  • 04:05 Or will you be one who opposes
  • 04:07 and comes against what God is intending
  • 04:10 as He prepares to come back to this earth?
  • 04:14 I just had a remarkable experience here.
  • 04:18 I was hovering near a group of Israeli students
  • 04:22 dressed in Israeli flags
  • 04:24 and listening to a man teach them,
  • 04:26 a " mora ", a "teacher" teach them in Hebrew so I could learn.
  • 04:31 And he said something amazing.
  • 04:34 He was quoting the Talmud,
  • 04:36 you might recognize it from Schindler's List.
  • 04:39 He was saying to these students
  • 04:41 after he talked about what Hitler did here,
  • 04:43 and how Hitler's plan was to wipe the Jews off the earth forever.
  • 04:48 He said, Remember this , "yaladin" , " children ",
  • 04:53 he who saves one soul,
  • 04:56 it's as if he saved the entire world.
  • 04:58 And that's our message to you today.
  • 05:20 We are at Birkenau in the guard tower.
  • 05:24 Giant camp.
  • 05:30 There is no way to explain this other than to look to
  • 05:34 the Hebrew prophets who saw forward because of
  • 05:37 the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
  • 05:41 And if you realize that out of this horror,
  • 05:45 out of this hell hole
  • 05:47 came the reborn State of Israel,
  • 05:49 then it makes sense.
  • 05:51 It is not God's doing.
  • 05:53 In fact, God throughout the prophets chastises the nations
  • 05:57 for correcting His chosen people and going too far.
  • 06:01 This is an example of hell coming against the Jewish people.
  • 06:07 But out of this place, we see the fulfillment
  • 06:12 of Jeremiah 16, "that I'll bring you out of all the nations",
  • 06:17 Amos 9, "and plant you in the land never to be uprooted again",
  • 06:21 and most especially Ezekiel 37,
  • 06:24 " I will open your graves and bring you into My land".
  • 06:32 Myles - We interviewed three Holocaust Survivors for this series.
  • 06:36 Each of them were very young when they were sent to Auschwitz.
  • 06:39 We thought it was important to learn
  • 06:40 how they were able to work through their experiences
  • 06:43 and what was their view of the future.
  • 06:47 As a child I was so focused on living
  • 06:53 that if you focus at the same time
  • 06:56 worrying about somebody dying,
  • 06:58 the little energy that you have will be
  • 07:02 taken away in your mind by the deaths.
  • 07:06 And in order to survive you have
  • 07:08 to keep all that energy in a positive mind.
  • 07:12 How to live one more day.
  • 07:13 How to steal a piece of bread.
  • 07:15 How to do other things to get food.
  • 07:18 And you have no room to mourn the dead.
  • 07:23 You are frozen in place in survival.
  • 07:26 There was nothing else.
  • 07:28 The only thing that I am proud about myself,
  • 07:32 never ever did I steal bread from another inmate
  • 07:36 or did anything to another inmate.
  • 07:39 So it is a coping mechanism of a child
  • 07:44 is very different than a grown-up.
  • 07:47 The grown-ups know in that big world
  • 07:51 there are people who live free.
  • 07:54 And how do they dare impose that on them?
  • 07:58 I did not know that there was a free world.
  • 08:02 I thought that everybody lived like I lived.
  • 08:04 Therefore I had no room for anger.
  • 08:07 I only had room for survival.
  • 08:10 And that is the difference between a child's perspective
  • 08:14 and a grown-up's perspective,
  • 08:17 because there is anger.
  • 08:19 Therefore I believe that many grown-ups
  • 08:22 have a lot more difficulty forgiving
  • 08:26 because they remember the anger
  • 08:28 and the way that they have been reduced in their own existence.
  • 08:34 Normal people -
  • 08:36 the Germans were normal people.
  • 08:38 20 years earlier they fought -
  • 08:42 120,000 Jews fought for Germany
  • 08:46 against the allies,
  • 08:47 against the Americans
  • 08:48 and the British and the French for their fatherland.
  • 08:52 But because it was their fatherland
  • 08:55 they were there for 10 and 12 and 15 generations.
  • 08:58 They were Germans.
  • 09:00 I want the Jewish people to survive.
  • 09:02 They have survived 2,000 years in the Diaspora.
  • 09:05 Yes.
  • 09:06 They should survive another 2,000 years - why not?
  • 09:09 in Israel but in a Jewish country.
  • 09:11 Because we cannot survive in a non-Jewish country.
  • 09:14 We are losing 200,000 - 300,000 people every year
  • 09:18 because of mixed marriages.
  • 09:20 And it's only normal.
  • 09:22 I want the Jewish people to exist
  • 09:25 because the Jewish people has done a lot for the world.
  • 09:27 That's true.
  • 09:28 We have done more to the world
  • 09:30 than the world will ever do to us.
  • 09:32 And the world hates us?
  • 09:34 How is this possible?
  • 09:36 Today I don't really care what the perpetrators think.
  • 09:42 I really became more about me,
  • 09:45 that I had power over my life.
  • 09:48 Power to forgive.
  • 09:51 That healed me, liberated me
  • 09:53 and the most important part,
  • 09:56 that I immediately appreciated
  • 09:59 the fact that I had power over my life.
  • 10:04 No one could do something to me
  • 10:07 without me having power about what happens.
  • 10:11 That was the discovery that
  • 10:13 I didn't realize that I had.
  • 10:16 I did not have any power,
  • 10:18 nor does any survivor to change what happened.
  • 10:23 The only thing I can change
  • 10:26 is the way I react to it.
  • 10:29 That is up to me.
  • 10:31 And by doing so I removed the burden
  • 10:34 that the Nazi's put over my head.
  • 10:38 So you were how old when you came to Israel?
  • 10:41 I came to Israel after the Six Day War.
  • 10:45 I was 35 years old.
  • 10:47 My dream was all the time with me.
  • 10:49 My mother was here and I was so happy when the
  • 10:53 State of Israel was established because
  • 10:56 from England at the time of the war
  • 10:59 some of the boys did come
  • 11:01 and fought here and stayed here.
  • 11:03 But I couldn't go because they had my records
  • 11:06 and I wasn't fit enough to come.
  • 11:08 I stayed in England, got married,
  • 11:11 had lovely children -
  • 11:13 two children, a daughter and a son.
  • 11:16 And I said to my wife, let's go.
  • 11:19 So I left everything.
  • 11:22 I had a business, I had a house.
  • 11:24 And we decided we're going to try to live in Israel.
  • 11:27 When we arrived in Israel there was
  • 11:30 beautiful sunshine and a lot of lovely people.
  • 11:34 They were welcoming us.
  • 11:35 And this is how we came to Israel and
  • 11:37 I'm the happiest person today
  • 11:40 living in my own country.
  • 11:43 And you fulfilled your dream
  • 11:44 of building your own home here.
  • 11:46 I did build my own home because
  • 11:48 I always wanted to contribute
  • 11:50 physically to my country but
  • 11:52 unfortunately a lot was already done.
  • 11:56 We built a country that was just blossoming.
  • 11:59 Yes.
  • 12:00 And it's not just a desert anymore.
  • 12:02 And that was already done
  • 12:03 before me unfortunately.
  • 12:05 But I still managed to build my own house and
  • 12:07 I think that was my contribution.
  • 12:11 So Israel is the future for the Jewish people?
  • 12:14 Without any doubt.
  • 12:16 there is no future to the Jewish people outside Israel
  • 12:19 because like I said,
  • 12:21 the big countries like the United States will
  • 12:24 take 3 generations or 5 generations.
  • 12:27 Others like Denmark or Belgium it will take 2 generations.
  • 12:31 There is no future for the Jewish nation
  • 12:36 if it's not Israel.
  • 12:37 My granddaughter, Veora, said to me,
  • 12:44 Grandpa, how can you still believe in God as a Jew
  • 12:50 after what you went through?
  • 12:53 Even though I suffered so much
  • 12:55 I am proud of the fact that I was born a Jew
  • 12:58 and I suffered because I am a Jew
  • 13:01 and I'm not going change now.
  • 13:03 And I'll stay a Jew.
  • 13:04 And I'm very proud of our heritage
  • 13:07 and what we have done and what we have created.
  • 13:10 And my desire is to be a Jew.
  • 13:33 It's fascinating to hear these survivors tie the
  • 13:36 physical state of Israel to the future of the Jewish people.
  • 13:40 I know that for us, we feel like a bridge
  • 13:43 between the past and the future.
  • 13:45 We want our children to be aware of their heritage.
  • 13:48 We want them to know the importance of this growing movement of the
  • 13:52 Gentiles being grafted into the commonwealth of Israel
  • 13:56 and together participating in the future
  • 13:59 that God has for us as believers.
  • 14:00 Absolutely.
  • 14:01 You know many people's perception
  • 14:04 of the modern State of Israel is not accurate.
  • 14:06 When we return we will take you to the modern Jerusalem.
  • 14:10 Stay with us.
  • 14:13 Our Resource this week
  • 14:14 the DVD series "Bad Moon Rising"
  • 14:17 This 2 DVD set contains
  • 14:20 8 half hour programs
  • 14:22 hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 14:24 The series chronicles the
  • 14:25 circumstances surrounding
  • 14:27 the Holocaust
  • 14:28 and likens them to events
  • 14:30 happening in our time.
  • 14:32 Witness the remarkable
  • 14:33 stand made by German Churches
  • 14:35 against anti-Semitism.
  • 14:37 Contact us and ask for the
  • 14:39 DVD series "Bad Moon Rising"
  • 14:43 Hi, you know a lot of things are going on
  • 14:45 in the world today
  • 14:47 and especially in Israel.
  • 14:48 And this news needs to be told
  • 14:50 through this lens.
  • 14:53 That's what we do here at Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 14:55 And we're only able to do it
  • 14:57 because of your generous donations.
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  • 15:43 Myles and I would love
  • 15:44 to host you in Jerusalem
  • 15:46 and take you on a tour
  • 15:48 of the Holy Land.
  • 15:49 It is God's Land.
  • 15:51 And He has a Covenant plan
  • 15:52 and it includes you.
  • 15:54 So let's go now
  • 15:55 and hear from Myles
  • 15:56 in Jerusalem.
  • 16:00 We are coming to you from
  • 16:01 the Mamilla mall in the center of Jerusalem.
  • 16:04 What you see, the shops and
  • 16:06 the growth economically
  • 16:08 is evidence of this start-up nation
  • 16:10 and the strength of the economy
  • 16:12 here in this tiny land.
  • 16:13 Bill Gates in 2008 said
  • 16:16 Israeli innovation is crucial, critical for the future
  • 16:20 of all the tech businesses in the world.
  • 16:22 In other words, the ideas that are generated here,
  • 16:25 are ideas that come to fruition through
  • 16:28 the beginning of manufacturing here
  • 16:30 but then often are bought by larger businesses
  • 16:33 with a greater capability.
  • 16:35 For example, your iPhone, your flip phone,
  • 16:38 your iPad, your Xbox
  • 16:40 all have components in them
  • 16:42 that were developed here in Israel.
  • 16:44 Beyond that, we see developments like the
  • 16:47 traffic app "Waze" that
  • 16:49 everyone is using now all over the states.
  • 16:52 It was developed here and then
  • 16:54 bought by Google for almost one billion dollars.
  • 16:57 Not an unusual situation where programs,
  • 17:01 applications, ideas are generated here
  • 17:04 and they have a booming effect on the economy here
  • 17:07 and then are connected to the world wide economy
  • 17:10 and the growth of the economy around the world.
  • 17:13 It's about this start-up nation,
  • 17:15 the beauty of what is developed here.
  • 17:18 Why? What is it about the Israeli people,
  • 17:21 the Israeli restoration
  • 17:23 that leads to this kind of growth and innovation?
  • 17:26 Well, what are some of the elements?
  • 17:28 There's Chutzpah .
  • 17:30 The fact is that people here are willing to try.
  • 17:33 They're not going to give up.
  • 17:34 They're going to give it their best
  • 17:36 and they're going to go for ideas,
  • 17:38 thinking there are no bad ideas,
  • 17:39 something may develop into a very important innovation.
  • 17:43 So they're going to go for it.
  • 17:44 That's the Chutzpah element.
  • 17:46 Also the element of Family.
  • 17:49 The power of the family unit,
  • 17:50 the strength of the family here.
  • 17:52 The importance that people place on the family is significant
  • 17:55 because it means that there is encouragement
  • 17:58 within the family unit to go for it
  • 18:00 and try something different.
  • 18:02 There's that sense of service that comes
  • 18:04 because everyone has to serve in the military,
  • 18:06 which is also another element.
  • 18:08 But there's also the willingness to fail.
  • 18:11 They try until they succeed.
  • 18:13 They try and try and try till they succeed.
  • 18:15 And that willingness to fail and get up and start again
  • 18:18 is part of the innovation here in the start-up nation.
  • 18:21 And again I would say also "diversity".
  • 18:23 The fact it's a land of immigrants and
  • 18:26 the challenge that comes to people having to learn the language,
  • 18:30 come here to unusual situations, start their lives over
  • 18:33 having left whatever comfort or discomfort
  • 18:35 they've known in other nations.
  • 18:37 And to come here and start over
  • 18:39 is a real basic drive to see things innovative and new things happen.
  • 18:46 Finally I would say that the element of Military,
  • 18:50 the service that people give to this country.
  • 18:54 When employers are looking at the potential employee,
  • 18:58 they don't look at university,
  • 19:00 they don't look at educational background
  • 19:02 as often as they will ask,
  • 19:03 "Where did you serve?",
  • 19:05 "What did you do in the military?"
  • 19:06 "What was your role there?"
  • 19:07 Because the businesses here and the innovators,
  • 19:09 they understand that the military
  • 19:12 puts young people in charge of millions of dollars of equipment,
  • 19:16 maybe huge numbers of personnel,
  • 19:18 great responsibility and those skills can translate
  • 19:22 into success in the business world.
  • 19:25 And I'm grateful that now other nations are understanding this.
  • 19:28 We're hearing that nations are coming here to learn about
  • 19:32 how to marshall the strength of military service
  • 19:36 and bring them into the business world.
  • 19:38 And that's coming from what's happening here in Israel.
  • 19:41 There's an understanding of that connection between
  • 19:44 service to the Country and success in business.
  • 19:47 So, of you put that all together,
  • 19:50 what we see here in this start-up nation,
  • 19:52 we have a clear idea that innovation, trying new things,
  • 19:59 and really being a part of the world engine of high tech
  • 20:04 is creating this kind of economic growth, diversity and strength.
  • 20:09 And it's coming to you from the tiny nation of Israel.
  • 20:33 Here we are on Ben Yehuda street.
  • 20:35 It is Purim.
  • 20:36 And as you can hear and feel
  • 20:38 the sounds behind us,
  • 20:40 people are celebrating.
  • 20:41 We are remembering this time of the victory
  • 20:44 of God's deliverance for the Jewish people.
  • 20:47 It even says at the end of the Book of Esther,
  • 20:50 it talks about there was so much joy and gladness
  • 20:53 knowing that God had delivered the people,
  • 20:55 that people were even converted to Judaism.
  • 20:58 And you can feel the joy, you can feel the happiness.
  • 21:01 Costumes and all.
  • 21:04 Well, I noticed that you're dressed like Queen Esther.
  • 21:06 And there are many Esthers around here
  • 21:08 and lots of people dressed in costumes
  • 21:11 telling the story of Purim which is so important.
  • 21:13 When speaking about coming out of the ashes,
  • 21:16 we have to remember God is the One who delivered.
  • 21:18 He delivered us from the Holocaust,
  • 21:20 planted us in the Land.
  • 21:22 But the story goes way back in history.
  • 21:24 It's the story of a promise.
  • 21:26 And the promise was to Abraham.
  • 21:28 Fortunately God always has a plan,
  • 21:30 even in the time when the Jewish people
  • 21:33 were dispersed into Babylon,
  • 21:36 when they were under King Ahasuerus' rule.
  • 21:40 He had a deliverer planted there.
  • 21:42 It was Mordecai.
  • 21:43 He was in the King's courts
  • 21:45 and he was able to hear the plots of the enemy,
  • 21:47 and he was able to send Queen Esther in.
  • 21:50 He was able to encourage her to be that voice.
  • 21:53 Just like God is calling us as Christians today to
  • 21:56 be the voice for Israel,
  • 21:58 to be that one that will take that stand and
  • 22:00 will be that one that will go before
  • 22:02 not only the King of Heaven
  • 22:04 but will make the spheres of influences,
  • 22:06 take those spheres of influence and
  • 22:07 be the voice to stand up
  • 22:09 for the Jewish people today.
  • 22:11 We see the celebration going on here.
  • 22:13 As people are - Some doing it religiously, and recognizing it,
  • 22:18 others just doing it as an excuse
  • 22:20 and a chance to party.
  • 22:22 The reality is we see the hand of God in the
  • 22:25 deliverance of the Jewish people
  • 22:27 and the restoration of this nation.
  • 22:29 What we see here is the economic growth.
  • 22:31 We see the increase,
  • 22:32 the incredible change that has taken place here
  • 22:35 as God has put the people back in the Land
  • 22:37 and now is getting ready, already begun,
  • 22:39 to sprinkle clean water on the people
  • 22:42 as He brings spiritual deliverance as well.
  • 22:45 We are on the street, called Ben Yehuda.
  • 22:48 There was a very famous man who came to this Land.
  • 22:51 And God gave him a dream to see
  • 22:54 the restoration of the Hebrew language.
  • 22:57 And his dream - he couldn't get away from it.
  • 23:00 He even tried to go to another school and do more studies
  • 23:03 but God reminded him when he became ill that he had a dream.
  • 23:08 And that was the restoration of the Hebrew language.
  • 23:11 This street behind us is named after him.
  • 23:13 There has never been a time in history
  • 23:15 when people have been restored after 2000 years of dispersion,
  • 23:19 restored to the Land and had their
  • 23:21 ancient language restored as well.
  • 23:23 Only in Israel.
  • 23:24 Only the Hebrew language.
  • 23:26 Eliezar Ben Yehuda is the man who did that.
  • 23:29 He's the one who said,
  • 23:30 "We are going to speak Hebrew again,"
  • 23:32 "we are going to hear the voices of the children again in the streets".
  • 23:35 And that was the prophet Zechariah said.
  • 23:37 Yeah, he said there'd be
  • 23:39 old men walking with canes.
  • 23:40 He said there'd be young children playing.
  • 23:42 You are seeing prophesy fulfilled.
  • 23:45 You are not only seeing it,
  • 23:46 you are hearing it
  • 23:47 and you're feeling it
  • 23:48 and you're tasting it
  • 23:49 because we bring you here to the Land
  • 23:51 to partake of what God's plans are.
  • 23:53 They are alive, they are real
  • 23:55 and it is happening today.
  • 23:57 So please take your stand.
  • 23:59 Take your stand for the people,
  • 24:01 take your stand for the Land,
  • 24:03 and be part of what God is doing in these end times.
  • 24:06 Part of what we are doing here
  • 24:08 is reminding you,
  • 24:09 that you can not only be observing history
  • 24:11 but you can be part of history
  • 24:13 as you take your stand with the Jewish people,
  • 24:15 just as God said through Mordechi to Esther,
  • 24:18 "Who knows but you have been brought"
  • 24:19 "into the kingdom for such a time as this"
  • 24:22 We believe that if you are seeing this program,
  • 24:24 you have been brought into the kingdom
  • 24:26 for such a time as this
  • 24:27 to stand with the Jewish people,
  • 24:29 to know where you come from,
  • 24:30 and to know that God wants to use you
  • 24:32 as a blessing to the Jewish people and to Israel.
  • 24:35 And the word says God will bless those who
  • 24:38 bless the sons of Abraham.
  • 24:40 We want to leave you with that word today.
  • 24:44 Katharine and I are honored to do this program because
  • 24:47 we have the opportunity of allowing you, helping you to understand that
  • 24:51 you can live out of that Genesis 12 promise
  • 24:54 that if you bless the sons of Abraham you
  • 24:56 bless the Jewish people in Israel, you will be blessed.
  • 24:59 And we've seen that over and over again
  • 25:00 as people knit themselves to
  • 25:02 the heart of God regarding the Jews.
  • 25:04 This story is amazing.
  • 25:06 I like how Katharine says that it's modern and ancient at the same time.
  • 25:10 There's also this interim period at the end of the 19th century when this
  • 25:14 2nd aliyah of the coming back to Israel
  • 25:17 was taken up by Herzl in Europe.
  • 25:20 Fascinating to me that the American author, Herman Melville in 1857,
  • 25:24 he came to Israel and he saw what Mark Twain saw, just rocks and dirt.
  • 25:29 And he said, It's a pile of arid rocks upon which the immigrant Jews have
  • 25:33 taken up their abode as if in a skull.
  • 25:36 That's some powerful writing and it describes
  • 25:38 the barrenness that was there
  • 25:41 and yet this incredible event was to take place
  • 25:45 that we see now in modern Israel with
  • 25:47 one of the most thriving economies in the world,
  • 25:50 the greatest agriculture in the world,
  • 25:52 and innovation that's coming that's blessing everyone.
  • 25:55 Some of the significant people that helped that happen,
  • 25:58 Moses Montefiore, a banker from Europe.
  • 26:01 He saw the condition of the Jewish people
  • 26:04 living in Israel at the time and
  • 26:06 he bought at inflated prices.
  • 26:09 Melville said that the Turks and the Arabs fleeced him sadly.
  • 26:13 But he paid at least 10 times the actual value of the Land
  • 26:18 in order to reclaim some of the Land for the Jewish people.
  • 26:22 It was not conquest.
  • 26:24 It was money, it was work, it was blood, sweat and tears
  • 26:27 that led to this restoration.
  • 26:30 Baron Rothschild also was part of that restoration.
  • 26:33 And it's fascinating to me that two of the first
  • 26:36 products that took root and worked there
  • 26:39 were the creation of bread because of Montefiore's windmill
  • 26:43 outside the walls of Jerusalem where they could process flour,
  • 26:47 and grapes because they could grow in sand.
  • 26:50 And Rothschild gave his best grapes from Chateau Lafite Rothschild in France
  • 26:56 in order to build the economy that was
  • 26:59 going to come from the wine as well.
  • 27:01 Bread and wine, does that sound familiar?
  • 27:03 Does that sound like Passover with Yeshua ?
  • 27:05 Does that sound like Abraham and Melchizedek?
  • 27:08 Bread and Wine.
  • 27:09 We see it again in Israel as God brings sustenance and joy.
  • 27:14 Amen!
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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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