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Episode: “2017: The year in review”
From the Mount of Olives, we review all the series we brought you in 2017.

Caption transcript for “2017: The year in review”

  • 00:05 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel
  • 00:09 is that they might be saved,
  • 00:12 for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,
  • 00:14 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
  • 00:30 Hello Friends, I'm David Hart.
  • 00:31 This is Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:32 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:34 We are so glad to be bringing you this program today
  • 00:37 from the beautiful City of Jerusalem
  • 00:39 where we feel like we're home.
  • 00:42 Today we will review the program in 2017.
  • 00:46 A lot has happened this past year.
  • 00:49 We've come on board,
  • 00:50 but also we said goodbye to Myles and Katharine Weiss.
  • 00:54 They were the hosts of Zola Levitt Presents for over five years,
  • 00:59 and now they're back in San Francisco with their congregation,
  • 01:02 and they're doing great things spreading God's Word.
  • 01:06 I think some of you may be surprised
  • 01:08 that two Gentiles have taken over.
  • 01:10 Well, we were surprised also
  • 01:11 but we know that God put us in this position
  • 01:15 for such a time as this.
  • 01:17 What has not changed is the initial message
  • 01:20 that Zola Levitt started years ago.
  • 01:23 We will always continue to bring Christianity through Jewish eyes,
  • 01:28 and we will also continue to bring
  • 01:30 some of the best Messianic teachers in the world,
  • 01:33 and Messianic teachers from here right in Israel.
  • 01:36 This year started with the series, "Joseph the Redeemer" where
  • 01:40 Joseph started with humble beginnings
  • 01:42 and became a great leader.
  • 01:44 Let's go and see some of those excerpts now.
  • 02:12 Narrator: From the pit to the palace,
  • 02:15 from certain death to abundant life,
  • 02:18 Joseph, the Patriarch
  • 02:21 who pictures Messiah.
  • 02:22 ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS
  • 03:19 Stripped of his robe Joseph laid at the bottom of an empty water cistern,
  • 03:23 beaten and bruised.
  • 03:25 Katharine and I descended the steps of a similar cistern in Jerusalem
  • 03:28 where we experienced first hand
  • 03:30 the loneliness of a pit well below ground level.
  • 03:36 We're here in the traditional spot
  • 03:38 of where Jesus was kept the night he was betrayed,
  • 03:41 the night before he went to the cross.
  • 03:43 We're in the pit Myles.
  • 03:45 Yeah, just as Joseph was in the pit,
  • 03:47 a picture of the bigger pit to come
  • 03:49 which was the death of Yeshua on the cross.
  • 05:28 That was "Joseph, Dreamer, Redeemer.
  • 05:31 Here at Zola Levitt Presents
  • 05:33 we love to bring you the best programming.
  • 05:36 Our series, all the series, from each year
  • 05:39 are available in DVD format
  • 05:41 if you go to levitt.com
  • 05:44 That's our ministry website.
  • 05:46 Also on our website you can sign up
  • 05:48 to receive the Levitt Letter,
  • 05:50 which is our monthly news letter publication
  • 05:52 which has wonderful Messianic teachers
  • 05:54 from across the world especially here in Israel.
  • 05:58 We also have the Personal Letter that is
  • 06:00 available to all of our readers and viewers.
  • 06:03 We wish that we could bring
  • 06:05 all these programs to you free,
  • 06:07 but unfortunately it costs money.
  • 06:09 The cameras, our producers,
  • 06:12 our people here in Israel,
  • 06:14 we just have to pay them,
  • 06:15 and we appreciate all of our givers
  • 06:17 that make donations to this ministry, and to this program.
  • 06:21 You keep the message going.
  • 06:24 You are part of prophecy being fulfilled today,
  • 06:28 and we appreciate everything that
  • 06:30 you do to make this program and this ministry happen.
  • 06:34 This past year, we brought you one of my favorite series
  • 06:37 "Close Encounters with Yeshua"
  • 06:39 Let's go there right now.
  • 06:50 It wasn't long ago our first encounter
  • 06:52 on the waters of the Galilee.
  • 06:53 My hand is completely restored.
  • 06:56 He said, Your faith has saved you.
  • 06:59 I've heard Yeshua speak in our synagogue.
  • 07:03 He talked about the Kingdom of God.
  • 07:06 Then he showed us his wounds on his hands and feet.
  • 07:09 I believe he really is a King.
  • 07:26 ...saying, I was there,
  • 07:28 you remember when the catching of the fish?
  • 07:30 I was there when the blind was healed,
  • 07:33 and they were building the story,
  • 07:36 their memories and their experience,
  • 07:38 and their beliefs.
  • 07:40 That was very encouraging
  • 07:42 to meet this Catholic Priest
  • 07:43 and to see that he is a born again believer,
  • 07:46 in the Church, but he is a born again believer
  • 07:49 with real fellowship and preaching the Gospel.
  • 07:52 It was so encouraging to spend time with him.
  • 08:03 I am told that the words of the prophet Isaiah
  • 08:05 were read today in our synagogue.
  • 08:07 [Reading in Hebrew]
  • 08:30 Apparently it was read perfectly by Yeshua ben Yosef .
  • 08:35 I've known Yosef for years.
  • 08:38 He's a simple carpenter,
  • 08:40 and his son Yeshua seems to be a fine man
  • 08:44 blessed with special wisdom.
  • 08:49 Reports are that Yeshua had a remarkable
  • 08:52 immersion in the river Jordan recently,
  • 08:55 where the heavens opened up and the
  • 08:58 very voice of Adonai was heard.
  • 09:02 After his reading, Yeshua proclaimed
  • 09:05 that the words of Isaiah had been fulfilled.
  • 09:11 Good news for the poor,
  • 09:13 the imprisoned,
  • 09:15 the blind.
  • 09:19 I want to believe it.
  • 09:21 I really do.
  • 09:23 But here in Nazareth,
  • 09:25 we need to see it first.
  • 09:28 Then, we believe.
  • 09:33 We hope you enjoyed that short highlight
  • 09:35 from our series, "Close Encounters with Yeshua".
  • 09:38 In that series we first met Chaim Malespin,
  • 09:41 who is now a regular on Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 09:45 He is also on our ministry web page.
  • 09:48 You can find video clips from here in Israel.
  • 09:51 He lives up in the Galilee.
  • 09:53 He's on our Facebook,
  • 09:54 he's on our You Tube page.
  • 09:56 Find Chaim Malespin,
  • 09:58 watch him, you will love him,
  • 09:59 and he's right here on Zola Levitt Presents with us.
  • 10:03 We are coming to you today from
  • 10:05 the beautiful Mount of Olives,
  • 10:06 and I just have to tell you that
  • 10:08 there's no way we could be sitting right here today
  • 10:10 without your financial support,
  • 10:12 so we thank you.
  • 10:13 We bring our team over to Israel twice a year
  • 10:16 and we could not do that without your financial support.
  • 10:19 We also have our weekly Zola Levitt Presents program.
  • 10:23 Without you we could not do that,
  • 10:26 so we just wanted to thank you as you prayerfully consider
  • 10:29 how you could help Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 10:32 Right now let's go to and excerpt of Times of the Signs.
  • 11:23 In Matthew Chapter 24 it's talking about
  • 11:25 all the signs that will come
  • 11:27 before the Lord Jesus returns to the earth,
  • 11:29 and Jesus gives out this long list of signs.
  • 11:32 I always think it's interesting
  • 11:33 when people say we shouldn't be looking for signs,
  • 11:35 but when Jesus' disciples said,
  • 11:37 What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?
  • 11:38 he didn't say, Well don't worry about it,
  • 11:40 he gave this long litany of signs.
  • 11:41 I had to search hard to see if there's
  • 11:43 any possible sign that isn't converging right now,
  • 11:45 and I haven't found one yet.
  • 11:47 For instance,
  • 11:48 Russia's involved in a major invasion of Israel
  • 11:51 in Ezekiel 38 and 39
  • 11:53 that includes Iran and Turkey.
  • 11:54 The relationship Russia is building with Iran and Turkey
  • 11:57 are stronger than ever and Iran and Turkey are adverse to Israel.
  • 12:02 Israel and America are not two,
  • 12:05 Israel and America are one.
  • 12:07 We have the same God, the same Bible,
  • 12:09 Messiah is a Jew from Israel,
  • 12:11 and all the greatness of America comes from its Christianity.
  • 12:15 I'm a Jew, and I'm saying
  • 12:16 all of America's greatness comes from its Christianity.
  • 12:19 I've said this I think on Zola Levitt programs,
  • 12:22 whether it was with Zola, rest in peace,
  • 12:24 or Sandra, or Jeffrey, or you,
  • 12:27 is that America without Christianity is nothing.
  • 12:32 I consider Jesus' Olivet Discourse
  • 12:34 the most important prophecy in the whole Bible,
  • 12:37 because He's the Creator,
  • 12:39 He knows everything,
  • 12:40 and He knows the end from the beginning.
  • 12:42 He says,
  • 13:11 To me, it's thrilling to see how close we are.
  • 13:15 Myles- The name Allah comes from one of the
  • 13:17 many gods that was worshipped in the desert.
  • 13:19 Used the name of the moon god,
  • 13:20 in fact, the crescent and the star that you
  • 13:23 see throughout the symbolism of Islam
  • 13:26 has a great connection to the Baal worship of history
  • 13:30 to the worship of the mother,son cult,
  • 13:33 to the worship of that which is not of Jehovah,
  • 13:37 the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
  • 13:39 They are different.
  • 13:41 Islamic State under al-Baghdadi
  • 13:45 has a desire to set up a caliphate world wide kingdom.
  • 13:49 Calls himself, self-appointed Caliph the spiritual leader.
  • 13:54 He's doing everything, and the man is brilliant,
  • 13:56 strategy is his number one expertise.
  • 14:00 They are capturing Christians in the area where they're in control.
  • 14:05 They're beheading the adults,
  • 14:08 They're burning the children alive.
  • 14:10 Anybody that does something as horrific, barbaric as that,
  • 14:15 you've got to realize
  • 14:16 it's a force to be dealt with,
  • 14:18 and nobody's dealing with it.
  • 14:21 Times of the Signs was all about
  • 14:23 Bible Prophesy that's coming true
  • 14:26 right here in the Holy Land.
  • 14:28 We are on the Mount of Olives
  • 14:30 where Yeshua- Jesus ascended
  • 14:33 and one day will also come back again.
  • 14:36 Zola Levitt was passionate about prophecy
  • 14:39 and we are too.
  • 14:41 In 2018 we're bringing you more great series
  • 14:44 on Bible prophecy.
  • 14:46 So David and I are your new hosts,
  • 14:49 we're your new studio hosts,
  • 14:50 and yes, we're Gentiles.
  • 14:52 And if you're watching the program,
  • 14:53 which we hope you are,
  • 14:55 we also have a brand new format.
  • 14:57 Ken Berg is our Producer,
  • 14:59 and if you want to know how we got here,
  • 15:01 and how the new format started,
  • 15:03 you'll hear it right now.
  • 15:05 Here's Ken Berg.
  • 15:08 The Lord just brought all the pieces together, miraculously,
  • 15:11 hosts such as yourself and the crew members here as well as in Israel,
  • 15:15 just kinda show up at our door and then there they are.
  • 15:18 What you have done and do, especially
  • 15:20 with the dramatic reenactment presentations,
  • 15:23 that sets this program apart.
  • 15:26 So, this is who has done all that,
  • 15:29 and it's wonderful.
  • 15:30 Bravo
  • 15:31 Well thank you.
  • 15:32 We've not stopped because after Myles and Katharine,
  • 15:34 now we have David and Kirsten Hart,
  • 15:38 and we thank you so much for...
  • 15:40 We're honored.
  • 15:41 Very much so.
  • 15:44 You know it really is a God thing.
  • 15:46 I go back to this Jewish-Christian element for those
  • 15:50 who wonder at home, well why are you doing this Christian element?
  • 15:54 It was here from the very beginning,
  • 15:56 with Dr. Tom McCall,
  • 15:58 Sandra Levitt comes in,
  • 15:59 I myself a Christian.
  • 16:01 You know, we're all learning together.
  • 16:04 You look at the Gospels for instance,
  • 16:07 it's all the same story about Yeshua.
  • 16:09 But, you've got Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
  • 16:12 all these different aspects, different
  • 16:14 perspectives of who this Messiah was.
  • 16:17 So that's what we're doing,
  • 16:18 we're taking different elements,
  • 16:20 we will continue to have this Messianic teaching
  • 16:22 from those in Israel who...
  • 16:24 And that's our passion also.
  • 16:26 Yeah
  • 16:27 We love it, it's so rich.
  • 16:28 I mean we are learning so much.
  • 16:30 And our eyes have been opened so much more.
  • 16:32 I come from a background like you did,
  • 16:34 as a pastor's son.
  • 16:36 And we thought we knew it all about the Bible.
  • 16:38 Even as we learn,
  • 16:40 and we are dedicated right now to this program,
  • 16:43 and learning more about Zola Levitt,
  • 16:45 and how he taught,
  • 16:46 but our eyes have been opened
  • 16:48 and we love the teaching and the experience.
  • 16:50 Once you get a taste of it,
  • 16:51 at least for myself,
  • 16:52 you just want to know more,
  • 16:54 you want to know more,
  • 16:55 because the New Testament takes on such new life
  • 16:57 when you understand the types and shadows
  • 17:00 of Yeshua in the Old Testament.
  • 17:03 And so I'm learning to this very day.
  • 17:06 So, the Messianic element will continue on this program
  • 17:10 perhaps even more so.
  • 17:12 We're going to a little bit more of a Magazine format
  • 17:16 to include multiple Messianic teachers,
  • 17:19 but all Yeshua, again, is always the center of what we are doing.
  • 17:23 Right, great people who will be teaching.
  • 17:25 Absolutely!
  • 17:26 We're excited to meet them,
  • 17:27 and to hang with them in Israel,
  • 17:28 and it's going to be great.
  • 17:29 Absolutely, Yeah.
  • 17:30 Thank you again for joining us.
  • 17:32 Thank you Ken.
  • 17:35 In the middle of August we were excited to
  • 17:36 bring you the new format
  • 17:38 that's kind of in a Magazine style.
  • 17:42 We will keep the same mission statement
  • 17:45 that our Founder, Zola Levitt started almost 40 years ago.
  • 17:49 We will continue to the best Messianic teachers in the world,
  • 17:54 and Messianic teachers from here in Israel.
  • 17:57 David would you read a Scripture?
  • 18:49 And know let's go to Eitan Shiskoff
  • 18:52 with some excerpts from "Called Together"
  • 19:10 One of the things I love about living in Israel
  • 19:12 is the fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • 19:14 They don't have to be brought from across a continent,
  • 19:17 there just right here, brought fresh from the fields.
  • 19:20 The prophets of Israel actually saw this.
  • 19:23 Isaiah said that the desert would bloom like a rose.
  • 19:26 The fruitfulness of our fields was predicted by Ezekiel.
  • 19:30 This is a time of the return of the Jewish people,
  • 19:33 the restoration of our country,
  • 19:35 and the redemption which is going to be shown
  • 19:37 ultimately to all of Israel in the person of Jesus, Yeshua, the Messiah
  • 19:42 I'm so impressed with the fact that Isaiah
  • 19:45 as a prophet saw these times 2,700 years ago.
  • 19:50 And we have to understand something when we're talking
  • 19:52 about Isaiah's revelation about the nations.
  • 19:55 In his time, there was no such thing as a righteous Gentile.
  • 19:59 The Gentile nations were pagans
  • 20:01 and Israel, the Jewish people were supposed to stay away from them.
  • 20:04 But Isaiah saw a time when the salvation of Israel would go out
  • 20:09 to all the nations and they would be included in the plan of God.
  • 20:16 Here we are in Judea and Samaria,
  • 20:18 or as some refer to it, "The West Bank",
  • 20:20 the disputed territories of Israel.
  • 20:22 I want to tell you a story.
  • 20:24 In 1922 a Danish archaeologist
  • 20:26 left Denmark with a shovel, a compass and a Bible.
  • 20:29 He wanted to know the truth of the Bible
  • 20:31 as it relates to this area in the Heartland of Israel.
  • 20:35 And do you know what he discovered?
  • 20:36 Tel Shiloh,
  • 20:38 exactly the same place that we read about that Hannah took her son.
  • 20:41 After she was barren, she had a son named Samuel.
  • 20:45 He heard God here.
  • 20:47 We see the whole story of the Ark of the Covenant to be true.
  • 20:58 So Pinchas, you made Aliyah from the United States?
  • 21:03 Yes, one of my major influences in making that decision was
  • 21:07 the fact that this is our homeland,
  • 21:09 this is where all of our history takes place,
  • 21:12 all the stories from the Bible,
  • 21:14 this is where everything happened.
  • 21:16 Now to Jerusalem and our Hebrew Lesson with Diana.
  • 21:19 Right behind me there is Mount Moriah,
  • 21:22 In Hebrew you would say More-ee-ah
  • 21:24 where we all know that Abraham brought
  • 21:27 his son here to be sacrificed to God.
  • 21:30 I poured that oil in her palm and
  • 21:31 then I touched the oil with my finger,
  • 21:34 and at the moment that I touched that oil,
  • 21:36 the Lord began to speak to me and,
  • 21:38 this is what he said, approximately,
  • 21:40 he said, Eitan, at the moment that the Gentile believers
  • 21:44 are secure in their identity and not
  • 21:46 trying to pretend that they are Jews,
  • 21:48 and the moment that you, as a Messianic Jew,
  • 21:50 are secure in your identity,
  • 21:52 and you're free to have fellowship together with Gentiles,
  • 21:56 at that point, the olive oil will flow,
  • 22:00 the anointing will flow.
  • 22:01 Eitan brought an important message,
  • 22:04 the message that the Jewish believers and the Gentile Church,
  • 22:08 need to work together just like king Solomon and king Hiram,
  • 22:12 who built the original Temple.
  • 22:15 We are grafted in,
  • 22:17 we Gentile believers are grafted in to the olive tree,
  • 22:21 and we need to work together with our brothers and sisters,
  • 22:24 and in doing so we fulfill prophecy.
  • 22:27 Also, Dr. Jeffrey Seif who is our former host
  • 22:30 had brought us some great teaching in the
  • 22:33 series "Esther, for Such a Time as This"
  • 22:36 which first aired in 2010.
  • 22:38 So let's go there now.
  • 23:49 If I perish, I perish.
  • 23:52 It's more than just a line in literature.
  • 23:55 Some do perish in the course of making a spirited defense
  • 23:59 for the ancestral homeland, for the people.
  • 24:02 This fellow's name was Avraham Schmuel,
  • 24:06 died here, aged 17.
  • 24:11 This fellow here, Yehuda Lev,
  • 24:14 19 years of age.
  • 24:51 It's a story about a woman, Esther,
  • 24:53 whose come into her own for such a time as this.
  • 24:58 And this Esther is, in affect, going to
  • 25:00 stand as the savior of the Jewish people,
  • 25:03 for, when the forces of hell are bent on their demise,
  • 25:07 Esther is there to take a stand, and stand she does.
  • 27:15 We are so thankful for your financial support of this program
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  • 27:37 And as you watch on your television today
  • 27:39 we just have to remind you
  • 27:41 that it costs money for air time,
  • 27:43 so we just want to thank you one more time
  • 27:46 for your financial support,
  • 27:47 and we will continue to bring you the story of His message.
  • 27:52 We love to end this program with this reminder,
  • 27:55Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim
  • 27:59 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
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