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Series: “Called Together”
This series focuses on how gentile Christians are beginning to recognize their Messianic brothers and sisters (Jewish believers in Jesus/Yeshua) as the “natural olive branch.” The Lord calls us to work together to bring the Messiah especially to the House of Israel. From the studio, David and Kirsten Hart present these eight programs that feature on-location Bible teaching from “Our Man in Haifa” Eitan Shishkoff, reports from Chaim Malespin, and Hebrew lessons from Diana Frenkel. Guest analyst Dr. Jeffrey Seif helps us apply these teachings to our lives.
Episode: “Olive Oil”
Eitan sees gentile Christians and the Messianic Jewish community as called together into a shared priesthood. David Parsons, media director at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, invites Christians to come and help draw Jewish people back to our promise-keeping God. Activist “Jerusalem Jane” encourages Believers to stand with Israel. Chaim looks forward to the Eastern Gate’s eventual opening, and Diana teaches a Hebrew icebreaker, “What’s Up?” Harvey Schmitt sings Zola’s classic song “Righteous Gentile” from his Champions of Faith album.

Transcript

  • 00:05 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
  • 00:36 Hi, I'm David Hart.
  • 00:37 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:38 And I'm Kirsten Hart Welcome back to our series "Called Together".
  • 00:42 So loving, this new series as Eitan continues to teach us about the significance of the oil that flows from the olive tree.
  • 00:51 I use olive oil all the time.
  • 00:54 The cooking, it's healthy.
  • 00:56 It was used in Bible time to use for lamps.
  • 01:00 Every lamp had olive oil in it.
  • 01:02 So it's very significant.
  • 01:04 And also, Eitan will be teaching about the two lamp stands in the Book of Revelation.
  • 01:10 Each lamp stand itself, the natural branch and the grafted in gave light to the world.
  • 01:16 Let's go to an olive grove in the Galilee.
  • 01:25 An ancient olive grove in the Galilee is a perfect place to talk about oil, wouldn't you think?
  • 01:31 And this reality of oil is something that's so prominent in the Scriptures as an image for the Jewish and the Gentile portions of the body, that I just want to relate to you a story.
  • 01:44 Something that happened to me many years ago in Korea.
  • 01:48 I was with a prayer warrior there, really someone who was a giant.
  • 01:53 And she asked me to pray for her.
  • 01:56 Spontaneously I took out some olive oil from Israel, and I just poured it in her palm.
  • 02:03 I poured that oil in her palm and then I touched the oil with my finger.
  • 02:08 And at the moment that I touched that oil, the Lord began to speak to me and this is what He said approximately, He said, Eitan, at the moment that the Gentile believers are secure in their identity and not trying to pretend that they're Jews, and the moment that you as a Messianic Jew are secure in your identity and you're free to have fellowship together with Gentiles; at that point the olive oil will flow, the anointing will flow.
  • 02:35 And so, I really realized that this is where the anointing of God flows.
  • 02:40 This is where God wants to work.
  • 02:43 Not only that, but when we turn to the Hebrew Scriptures in the book of Zechariah, the Prophet we see an incredible mirror, actually a prelude to the book of Romans that speaks about our wild branches and natural branches being grafted in to the same olive tree.
  • 03:00 And this is what Zechariah was shown, a lamp stand, but the oil was coming into the lamp stand from 2 trees.
  • 03:08 He said, And here was the answer, What I understand from that, because the book of Zechariah is all about the end times, the whole book is about how it's going to end, is that in our era now, God is calling us together to be secure in our identity and that as we're both grafted in to the same tree - or 2 olive trees moving into the same lamp stand, the Light of God, God is going to display His Light before all the earth.
  • 03:47 I want to welcome you to be those branches together with us.
  • 03:59 Isaiah 49:22 says, It's happening right now today.
  • 04:05 People are coming from all over the world to help our Jewish friends.
  • 04:09 Now here's Chaim in Jerusalem at the International Christian Embassy.
  • 04:20 Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, Where you're from and how God imparted his heart for the Jewish people to you?
  • 04:26 I'm David Parsons.
  • 04:28 I'm from the outer banks of N. Carolina And I just knew from my youth at a very young age early teens, that I had a unmistakable calling to Israel, God's purposes for Israel.
  • 04:40 I didn't understand it all But I just knew at some point in my life if I didn't pursue it full time with all my heart I would probably regret it.
  • 04:49 And as I've answered that call over the years God's just done incredible things in my life and put me in positions where I've seen His faithfulness to Israel, the Jewish people.
  • 05:01 And it does something for my own faith as a Christian.
  • 05:04 If He's faithful in His Covenant promises to them He'll be faithful to me.
  • 05:08 So I'm a little selfish in that.
  • 05:10 But I also just have this sacrificial love for Israel and the Jewish people that they might know the love of God the way that I do and the way God has been so good in my life and to be a part of changing history and helping write an eternal love story that through eternity what God does in these last steps, this last part of Israel's journey in recovering them and returning their hearts back to Him.
  • 05:41 I think it's going to be incredible to tell.
  • 05:42 It's going to be incredible that I've been here to witness it.
  • 05:45 And what is the attraction for Christians from all over the world to come and serve us, the Jewish people?
  • 05:51 Well I think you can only explain it as a work of the Holy Spirit.
  • 05:56 The restoration of Israel in modern times is a prophetic process that sometimes people look at biblical prophecy as something set in stone, as disjointed events, one happens the other.
  • 06:10 But the restoration of Israel is actually a process.
  • 06:13 And it's a heart process where God is drawing His people back to Himself.
  • 06:19 And He's actually beckoning to Christians, Isaiah 49:22 God says, That prophecy is something that God's doing in their hearts, and there's an invitation for Gentiles to come and be a part of it.
  • 06:45 We have a specific role in Israel's physical return.
  • 06:49 And then there's spiritual return to God.
  • 06:52 And Christians are responding to that from all over the world.
  • 06:56 We see them as you see from Asia, from Africa, from Latin America, not just Europe and Northern America but from all over the world these days.
  • 07:05 We go to places to speak about Israel, get them to love Israel.
  • 07:10 We find they already have a love for Israel in their hearts but they just want to... you know they need to be told how to channel that, what to do with it.
  • 07:19 And the Holy Spirit is using Gentile mercy, Christian mercy to heal wounds that Gentile believers in the past inflicted on the Jewish people.
  • 07:32 God wants to heal that wound as He draws them back to Himself.
  • 07:37 So He invites us to be a part of this.
  • 07:39 And Christians, those who are responding, to a call of the Holy Spirit that is even written in prophecy.
  • 07:47 David - Now let's go back to Haifa for more teaching from Eitan.
  • 07:52 Olive oil was an essential commodity in biblical Israel.
  • 07:56 And along with its many commercial uses it was also, of course you know, as people literate in the Bible, it was used as the substance to anoint Prophets and Priests and Kings.
  • 08:10 But among those it was the Priesthood that received the most attention in the early books of the Bible.
  • 08:17 I want to read to you from the book of Exodus something that speaks of, to me, of the heart of what it means to be a Priest.
  • 08:24 Now, we have to separate... We're talking now about the Hebrew Priests in Israel not modern Priests of various Christian denominations.
  • 08:42 So this was that heavy breastplate with the 12 stones that represented the Tribes of Israel.
  • 09:00 This is really the meaning of intercession, is we take the need of other people and we bring it before the Lord in priestly intercession.
  • 09:08 This is why we need the anointing oil.
  • 09:11 And that's what we've been talking about here is, the oil that comes from the olives that have to be crushed by the way... Very interesting that in Hebrew the term for the olive grove where Yeshua had His agonizing prayer before crucifixion, was called "Gethsemane", "the place of the crushing of olives".
  • 09:33 When our will, our selfish will is crushed and we come before God as priests, this is an incredible recipe.
  • 09:41 And it's spoken of in the New Testament as well.
  • 09:43 Peter speaks about the fact that we are a kingdom of priests, and a Holy Nation.
  • 09:48 He speaks about the fact that we have come to the Light and now we have something to proclaim, really those of us who did not receive mercy but now we have received mercy at the mercy seat of God.
  • 10:00 Here is our calling together as a shared priesthood.
  • 10:04 I was once in Capernaum and just look at the old ancient synagogue there.
  • 10:10 Nobody else was there, just myself and a Gentile brother.
  • 10:13 As we began to walk in that ruin we experienced the presence of Jesus.
  • 10:18 It was as if Yeshua was there with us and He was saying, My sons, I've not only called you to understand the ancient stones, I've called you to bear my Light among the living stones.
  • 10:31 Let's bear His Light together as Jewish and Gentile disciples in this world today with the anointing of the priesthood.
  • 10:46 Shalom ma nishma When you meet somebody that speaks Hebrew for the first time you don't be scared or like be very polite.
  • 10:59 You just be friendly and probably that would be an icebreaker.
  • 11:03 ma nishma what's up?
  • 11:05 You just don't know where that conversation would move forward from there.
  • 11:09 So be friendly.
  • 11:10 ma nishma Thank you Diana We were just in Israel.
  • 11:17 And everywhere we went we were saying Shalom to everyone.
  • 11:20 That's right.
  • 11:21 We got that word down.
  • 11:22 We felt so good about it.
  • 11:23 We were kind of proud of ourselves.
  • 11:25 And then our son Ryan, who lives in Jerusalem told us, he said, you guys are saying Shalom a lot.
  • 11:31 He said there's an easier, better way, which Diana just taught us... ma nishma So when we started seeing people we started saying ma nishma ma nishma And we love that.
  • 11:40 We'll be right back.
  • 11:42 Are Gentile believers meant to adopt the Mosaic Law?
  • 11:45 Is there a separate Salvation Covenant for Israel that removes the necessity of Faith in Yeshua?
  • 11:51 Eitan Shishkoff tackles these questions and more in today's Resource "What About Us?"
  • 11:57 In this book Eitan uncovers concrete Scriptural evidence of God's original plan for Jews and Gentiles to become One in Messiah and work together for salvation of national Israel.
  • 12:09 Learn the importance of how the Gentile Church should relate to the remarkable Messianic movement of Jews accepting Jesus.
  • 12:16 An important read for believers in all walks of life.
  • 12:19 Please call us or go online and ask for the Resource "What About Us?"
  • 12:25 We'll return to the program in just a moment but first I wanted to ask if you've ever thought about what it takes to put this program together.
  • 12:33 I can assure you its a lot more than just lights - camera - action.
  • 12:37 There's a lot of prayer and planning.
  • 12:40 Our family is a lot like yours.
  • 12:42 We pray and we plan.
  • 12:44 And we hope that you'll be praying for us and planning to help support us too.
  • 13:03 The wonders of the Bible can only be experienced in Israel Zola Tours invites you to a dream vacation you will never forget.
  • 13:24 To experience the study tour of a lifetime call: Come to Israel with us!
  • 13:36 And the wonderful thing - You can use the Hebrew lessons from this series "Called Together" in Israel!
  • 13:42 That's right.
  • 13:43 It's such a treat to be able... even with the few words we know to be able to speak Hebrew in the Land.
  • 13:49 And you can say " Shalom " to everyone.
  • 13:51 That's right.
  • 13:52 And we learned today " ma nishma " I'm excited about all the Messianic teaching that will happen every place we place our feet in Israel.
  • 14:00 It's going to be great.
  • 14:01 Some of the best teachers in the world go on Zola Tours.
  • 14:04 One of the places that we will stand is on Mount Zion.
  • 14:08 Chaim is there right now.
  • 14:17 " Aliyah " It's my favorite word!
  • 14:19 In Hebrew it means "Ascension" - "To go up".
  • 14:21 And it doesn't just mean where the Israelis would come 3 times a year And ascend to Mount Zion, go up and bring their sacrifices to the Lord, But really here we know that this is where the Messiah will come.
  • 14:34 I understand that the Muslims have blocked it off.
  • 14:38 And they've put graves here because they think that will stop the Messiah from coming.
  • 14:42 But I'm excited to say that the nations are called to come here and worship God.
  • 14:46 We know that it says every nation that I have created will come and worship God here in Mount Zion.
  • 14:51 Now what is Zionism?
  • 14:53 You know, let's look at what it means in Hebrew.
  • 14:54 In Hebrew the word " Zion " or " leTzayen " Zion - it's like a grade.
  • 15:02 It's like an appointment.
  • 15:05 and appointed thing, a chosen thing.
  • 15:07 That's what God has done when He set His Name here.
  • 15:09 He set this place aside.
  • 15:11 Now I want to real quickly read, now what does the Lord God say about it?
  • 15:15 No the politics, not anything else.
  • 15:16 It says right here, That's talking about Christians and Jews together to meet the Lord God.
  • 15:25 Psalm 87:2, Zechariah 8, verse 2, All of us who call upon the Name of the Lord God of Israel we must love what He loves and stand with His purposes for His home here in Zion.
  • 16:01 My name is Jane Kiel.
  • 16:02 I'm from Denmark.
  • 16:03 I'm also known "Jerusalem Jane" I've been living in Israel now for about 4 years.
  • 16:09 Because I am a born again believer the Bible is the foundation of my life.
  • 16:12 God is the foundation of my life.
  • 16:15 God chose Israel out of all the nations to be the apple of His eye.
  • 16:19 When it comes to God it comes to Israel.
  • 16:21 They are inseparable.
  • 16:23 And it's all about love.
  • 16:24 It's about God's love for you and for me.
  • 16:27 He needed a place where the Messiah of this world could be born.
  • 16:31 So when it comes to Israel it's about the Bible.
  • 16:33 The Bible is a Jewish book.
  • 16:35 The prophets, the apostles, the Messiah of this world is Jewish.
  • 16:39 Jesus is going to come back to Jerusalem.
  • 16:41 God chose Jerusalem as His Holy City.
  • 16:44 So it's so important that the Christian understands that we need to wake up and stand with Israel.
  • 16:49 God is using a script of saying "Comfort, Comfort my people."
  • 16:53 Because what God loved the most Satan hates the most.
  • 16:57 So the Jewish people are hunted, persecuted and killed.
  • 17:00 There's so much bias, lies and propaganda coming against Israel.
  • 17:03 And when we as Christians read the Bible and we know the Bible it is so important that we wake up and we stand with Israel because it's all about God's love.
  • 17:13 David - Now let's go back to Eitan as he wraps up this week's teaching.
  • 17:18 Earlier today we met the farmer whose family has been caring for this olive grove for generations.
  • 17:23 In fact, he claims that the age of some of these trees goes all the way back to the time of King Saul.
  • 17:32 I don't know if it went quite that far back, but let's talk about the ancient prophets of Israel.
  • 17:39 I'm thinking of Jeremiah, Joel.
  • 17:41 What's interesting to me is that these men had such a heart for the salvation of our people that it brought them to tears.
  • 17:49 For instance, in Jeremiah's prophecies he actually cries out to God.
  • 17:54 He says, This kind of burden is one that arises out of a heart that's been tenderized, a heart of compassion, a heart that really identifies with the desire of God to see His people return to Him.
  • 18:18 And we know of course as believers in Yeshua, Jesus that it includes coming to faith in the Messiah of Israel.
  • 18:26 Another prophet who spoke about tears was Joel.
  • 18:30 The prophet Joel whose book speaks volumes about the end of days spoke in this way, What's beautiful about this verse in the book of Joel is that in the verses just following He speaks about a harvest.
  • 18:54 He speaks about wine and oil and wheat coming.
  • 18:58 This is the result of the intercession.
  • 19:01 And this intercession is something that God is calling us as weeping priests in our shared priesthood to come together before the Throne of God with tender hearts and to speak to God about the salvation of Israel.
  • 19:17 After all these centuries, nearly 2,000 years of the Jewish people being distanced from our own Messiah, it's time, it's time for us to discover Him.
  • 19:27 One more verse that really touches me is found in Psalms 126.
  • 19:32 It says in Hebrew, [Speaking Hebrew] I believe that a key to this coming harvest, the harvest that will prepare the way for the return of Jesus, the Messiah, to the earth.
  • 19:52 The key to that is for us to have tender hearts that are ready to weep for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
  • 20:10 Thank you Eitan.
  • 20:12 We are continuing our discussion in this wonderful series "Called Together" with Dr. Seif that many of you know.
  • 20:19 And we're so glad to be back with you at this desk.
  • 20:21 It's an honor.
  • 20:23 Great to be with you guys.
  • 20:24 And I mean it.
  • 20:25 Lot's of questions that we have for you in this series.
  • 20:27 Well as long as you accept "I don't know" as a possible answer we'll get along fine.
  • 20:31 Hence, our answer also.
  • 20:32 That's right.
  • 20:34 We mentioned to you that our son moved to Israel to Jerusalem.
  • 20:39 Kudos to him.
  • 20:41 Yes, he loves it there.
  • 20:43 He does.
  • 20:44 And we feel like he was called there not just by chance..
  • 20:47 And I know there's a scripture that talks about that.
  • 20:49 Isaiah 49:22 (Jeff says along) "I will beckon to the nations."
  • 20:54 Yes, yes, yes.
  • 20:55 All of the nations.
  • 20:56 He says, It speaks to individuals of non-Jewish extract coming and participating in the renewal and the revival.
  • 21:09 He's doing it there.
  • 21:10 And you guys are doing it here.
  • 21:11 And our viewers are participating in it too.
  • 21:15 Prophecy?
  • 21:16 Yes!
  • 21:17 Listen, do you think for a minute... 100 years ago there was this interest in let's get behind Israel, the Jewish people.
  • 21:27 What's God doing, what's He saying?
  • 21:29 Let's rediscover the Jewish roots of the faith.
  • 21:31 That stuff was wasn't even on the map.
  • 21:34 Now it is.
  • 21:36 It's in your son's heart and head, he's there.
  • 21:38 It's in yours.
  • 21:40 It's in the viewer's, it's in mine.
  • 21:42 Here we are!
  • 21:42 What is so wonderful is just even 5 years ago we had no idea we would be with all of you or you sitting here talking about this prophetic land and this prophetic word.
  • 21:54 And that our son, I mean just like I'm the mom.
  • 21:58 I know he's 23 but my baby was called under the supernatural calling to go help the people.
  • 22:06 You mentioned the word "calling" a few times.
  • 22:08 It comes from the Latin word "vocatio" where you get the word voice or vocation - someone's calling - I'm a plumber, I'm an electrician, that's my vocation.
  • 22:17 "Vocal" - now you guys sing.
  • 22:19 People hear "the voice".
  • 22:22 The reason why our viewers are tuning in, God has the remote controls, there's lots of opportunities to watch other things but the reason why they do is there's something in them that beckons them to the Israel of God, to what God is doing today.
  • 22:37 Their responding to a call just like your son is and just like you are.
  • 22:40 You feel it.
  • 22:41 And I love that Isaiah said, that the Lord said, I will do that, that the voice, a people are hearing that.
  • 22:52 And it's time to build... We talked about in the last program about that wall.
  • 22:56 It's time to break down that wall of division and have relationship together now.
  • 23:02 That's what God wants to do.
  • 23:03 He's all about... The Devil's all about building walls.
  • 23:07 Jesus is all about building bridges.
  • 23:10 Ohhh - you are good!
  • 23:12 Well, you know, God is good.
  • 23:15 And your son is great for responding.
  • 23:17 And you guys too, and our viewers the same.
  • 23:20 I just think God is up to some new things in the world.
  • 23:23 It's not a Jew thing it's a new thing.
  • 23:25 It's not a me thing it's a we thing.
  • 23:27 It's participating together in advancing the Gospel in a way that comports with Jewish sensibilities.
  • 23:35 Would you say it's a small percentage of people who are answering that call?
  • 23:40 Yes, but Gideon didn't have a large army.
  • 23:42 It's amazing what God can accomplish with a dedicated few.
  • 23:46 You can have a church of a thousand people.
  • 23:48 There might be 80 people really turned on and all that.
  • 23:50 Most are on that for the ride and I'm not trying to insult anybody.
  • 23:53 I'm glad they're there.
  • 23:55 Maybe they'll become part of that driving force.
  • 23:58 You know, 80 out of 1,000 or 100 out of 1,000.
  • 24:01 But God doesn't need big numbers.
  • 24:03 He just needs big hearts.
  • 24:05 And I think our desire here on Zola Levitt Presents is to be the voice, not necessarily that we're God's voice.
  • 24:13 To be a voice to let people know God is beckoning.
  • 24:17 And inside they might feel that stirring just to let them know listen to that voice.
  • 24:22 He will call you because it's all about end time prophecy.
  • 24:27 Yes, and I'll tell you where they can go to cultivate that.
  • 24:30 That the Levitt Letter by the way, if people will contact us it is a news format to get into all these nuances related to this stuff.
  • 24:38 They might find new growth and development by spending more time in this world.
  • 24:42 It's exciting.
  • 24:43 It is and we're going to hear so much more next week from Dr. Seif.
  • 24:46 But right now let's to one of Zola's songs.
  • 24:51 ♪ Let me be the righteous Gentile, ♪ ♪ And extend a helping hand, ♪ ♪ Never counting what it cost me ♪ ♪ To help my fellow man. ♪ "Let me be a righteous Gentile ♪ ♪ "Let me pray " sha a'lu shalom " ♪ ♪ For it is on the Mount of Zion ♪ ♪ I will one day be at home. ♪ ♪ Let me be a righteous Gentile ♪ ♪ And with faith I'll take your hand ♪ ♪ Pressing on to the high calling ♪ ♪ As I go throughout the land. ♪ ♪ Let me be a righteous Gentile ♪ ♪ Through flood and even fire. ♪ ♪ For if you save the life of one ♪ ♪ You save the world entire. ♪ ♪ Let me be a righteous Gentile ♪ ♪ Grafted to the Olive Tree. ♪ ♪ Bearing fruit for any season, ♪ ♪ Let this be said of me. ♪ ♪ Let me be a righteous Gentile, ♪ ♪ And extend a helping hand, ♪ ♪ Never counting what it cost me ♪ ♪ To help my fellow man. ♪♪ These programs are going by so fast David.
  • 26:55 And our time with Jeffrey Seif is so wonderful.
  • 26:59 We discussed the supernatural calling of Gentiles to Israel.
  • 27:05 And the question is are you answering that call?
  • 27:08 Are you hearing that voice?
  • 27:09 That's right.
  • 27:10 Pay attention, listen to it.
  • 27:12 God might be calling you To help the people of Israel.
  • 27:15 Sha a'lu shalom Yerushalayim .
  • 27:17 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:21 Our monthly newsletter the Levitt Letter is free and full of insightful articles and news commentary from a Messianic perspective.
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  1. Friendly Alliance
  2. Salvation Returns
  3. Two Loaves
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Desert Blooms
  6. Dry Bones
  7. Blood Atonement
  8. Intersection of Covenants
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