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Episode: “Back to Eden”
The journey to restoring a relationship with God has no shortcuts. Abram was tested as he traveled over harsh territory to the Promised Land. Later, the Tabernacle provided the setting for sacrifice necessary to access God.
Series: “Return to Eden”
In honor of the modern nation of Israel’s 70th birthday, this series tells the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Lord bridged the relationship gap (caused by mankind’s sin in the Garden of Eden) by creating a special relationship with a people and a land that eventually led to the Messiah. David and Kirsten Hart present this series featuring teaching and analysis from Dr. Jeffrey Seif, interviews from experts, insights from Sarah Liberman, and music written by Zola Levitt.

Caption transcript for Return to Eden: “Back to Eden” (2/10)

  • 00:01 David Hart: For thousands of years, people have been drawn to the Holy Land. Maybe you're one of those. Find out more about that today
  • 00:09 on "Zola Levitt Presents." ♪♪♪
  • 00:14 male: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:17 for Israel is that they might be saved.
  • 00:21 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
  • 00:24 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:27 that call upon him."
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  • 00:49 David: Thank you for joining us today
  • 00:50 on "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 00:52 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:53 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:55 Kirsten: Today we'll be discussing
  • 00:56 on our brand-new series, "Return to Eden,"
  • 00:58 about the very first Hebrew Abram, Avram,
  • 01:03 who God called from his homeland to a brand-new unknown place.
  • 01:07 Jeffrey: Yes, Ur of Chaldea.
  • 01:09 He had a Kuwaiti passport and he didn't return to Canaan,
  • 01:14 he turned toward it.
  • 01:16 God beckoned him out.
  • 01:17 Kirsten: Brand-new land.
  • 01:18 Jeffrey: Yes, and the Lord beckons us to brand-new places,
  • 01:21 too, doesn't he?
  • 01:22 David: He's still calling us.
  • 01:23 Jeffrey: Yes, he does. He calls.
  • 01:25 The word "calling" is fascinating.
  • 01:26 It's not just reserved for Bible characters.
  • 01:28 God calls people today.
  • 01:30 Kirsten: And in this next segment,
  • 01:32 where are you teaching from?
  • 01:33 Jeffrey: The wilderness of Judea.
  • 01:35 It's a fascinating place that looks like the end of the earth.
  • 01:38 David: Let's go there right now.
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  • 01:52 Jeffrey: Salim.
  • 01:56 Avram came from, in effect, the crossroads of civilization.
  • 02:02 I mention that because when we look at early Genesis we see
  • 02:05 that individuals were scattered all over the face of the earth,
  • 02:08 but eventually they federate into various groups, and they
  • 02:12 cluster around places where there was water.
  • 02:15 And if you look at a topographical map,
  • 02:17 whether it's Mesopotamia--
  • 02:19 which is a Greek word meaning between the rivers--
  • 02:22 or the Nile deltas,
  • 02:23 you have civilizations that emerge.
  • 02:26 In early Genesis there was a watered place called Eden,
  • 02:29 and they were scattered, but then from Mesopotamia
  • 02:33 one is beckoned to make his way
  • 02:36 back to the land that was once Eden.
  • 02:39 This fella's name was Avram and he's known as a Ebreu, Hebrew.
  • 02:45 Etymologically, the word "ebreu" comes from a word
  • 02:48 meaning beyond the river.
  • 02:50 He is on the other side of the Euphrates and he is beckoned
  • 02:54 to come this way, driven by certain impulses in his breast.
  • 02:59 He wants to get back to the ancestral homeland,
  • 03:03 and he gathers what he has.
  • 03:06 He was a pastoral sort, that is sheep, goats, livestock,
  • 03:10 and he goes on a journey back to Eden.
  • 03:15 I wanna open up the text and take a look at Eden as we go on
  • 03:17 our journey to understand the story of the return to Eden.
  • 03:27 Jeffrey: It's a long journey, hundreds and hundreds of miles
  • 03:30 over tough uncharted real estate.
  • 03:34 To make that trek, something's got to be stimulated
  • 03:37 within your heart of hearts to do it.
  • 03:39 Much as Abraham made that journey some time back, it's
  • 03:42 interesting, Hebrews have made their way back to the ancestral
  • 03:45 homeland here and many others too.
  • 03:48 Christians, particularly, come here in the tune of millions
  • 03:53 to walk where Jesus walked.
  • 03:55 There's just something about being in what's called
  • 03:57 the Holy Land.
  • 03:59 The Bible doesn't call itself that.
  • 04:02 There is this designation that's descriptive,
  • 04:04 the Land of Promise, thus Promised Land,
  • 04:07 and certainly the real estate itself is holy,
  • 04:10 because inasmuch as God dwelt in Eden,
  • 04:14 so too he made his footstool and his throne to dwell
  • 04:18 in the city of Yerushalaim.
  • 04:21 I want to explore Abraham in a minute and those impulses
  • 04:24 and do that with the context of understanding that people tend--
  • 04:28 all of life tends to move-- I want you to hear me
  • 04:32 on this--it moves where there's water.
  • 04:35 There's something that--there's something that's quenched in the
  • 04:39 soul to come to Ha'aretz Canaan, Eretz Yisrael,
  • 04:43 the land of the promise.
  • 04:46 I want to look please in early Genesis, chapter 2,
  • 04:51 and note how the place called Eden is noteworthy
  • 04:58 because of its water.
  • 05:00 And I wanna develop that a little.
  • 05:02 We read in chapter 2, verse 10:
  • 05:03 "[speaking foreign language]
  • 05:06 And a river went out, from Eden,
  • 05:11 [speaking foreign language]
  • 05:13 and it watered the garden."
  • 05:16 I mention this because where you have an abundance of water,
  • 05:23 there's life that grows up around it.
  • 05:26 And if you look at the temple itself in Jerusalem,
  • 05:33 Lawrence Stager, professor of archeology, Harvard University,
  • 05:37 I heard him give a lecture on Jerusalem itself,
  • 05:40 the way it was mapped out in the antiquity
  • 05:43 relative to Solomon's Temple, and he observes--
  • 05:45 he lights upon the Gihon.
  • 05:48 It was a spring that emanates from underneath the city,
  • 05:51 and it would go out and water the garden.
  • 05:55 It would go down from there to, you know,
  • 05:58 the valley of Ge-hinnom as it's known today, the Kidron.
  • 06:01 It makes its way round and his thesis was that the temple
  • 06:05 complex itself was set up topographically in order
  • 06:10 to mimic the watered garden that is Eden.
  • 06:17 I mention this within the context of observing
  • 06:19 that there's something within the heart, in the soul,
  • 06:24 that beckons people to come.
  • 06:26 There's even language in literature,
  • 06:27 "Taste and see that the Lord is good."
  • 06:29 It plays the living waters.
  • 06:32 You know, there's an old song, "Come to the waters,
  • 06:34 stand by my side, you know, you won't be denied."
  • 06:38 The language is just so rich in biblical text.
  • 06:42 Coming to Israel is coming to the garden, it's coming
  • 06:46 to a place in a religious sense where there is
  • 06:49 a fountain of living water.
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  • 07:04 Jeffrey: It didn't even exist.
  • 07:09 What am I referring to?
  • 07:11 The great world-class city behind me.
  • 07:16 It was nothing but sand.
  • 07:20 When Israel itself was under the hands
  • 07:23 of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, nothing developed there.
  • 07:28 I'm coming to you from the city of Jaffa.
  • 07:31 Yafo, as it's known in Hebrew, has a long history
  • 07:34 going back to Bible days.
  • 07:36 Behind me was absolutely nothing.
  • 07:40 At least until the Jews got here.
  • 07:44 Tel Aviv, Jews raised money, purchased some land,
  • 07:48 and built a school here, a very unique school.
  • 07:52 The purpose of that school?
  • 07:54 To teach this newly minted language called modern Hebrew.
  • 08:00 It had fallen into disuse.
  • 08:02 Hebrew was the language of the synagogue and prayer
  • 08:05 but a nation was born and a language to go with it.
  • 08:11 So much was born here.
  • 08:13 Speaking of the Hebrew language, I'd like to go back to the book
  • 08:16 Bereishit, Genesis, and unpack a verse in brief and give
  • 08:21 an application that resonates with me.
  • 08:24 We're told in 2:15:
  • 08:27 "[speaking foreign language]
  • 08:29 And he took,
  • 08:30 [speaking foreign language]
  • 08:32 that is, the Lord God took the man
  • 08:34 [speaking foreign language]
  • 08:36 and he put him.
  • 08:38 He took him and placed him in Eden."
  • 08:40 And here's what I wanna get to:
  • 08:42 "[speaking foreign language] to work her,
  • 08:46 [speaking foreign language] and to care for her."
  • 08:49 Conceptually here, God takes a man and he puts him in a place
  • 08:54 where he was destined to work.
  • 08:56 He was destined to throw his energies against that.
  • 09:01 Now, I've long said as someone who's raised boys,
  • 09:05 if you can find a woman that you love and work that you love,
  • 09:08 I've told my sons, that's 95% of life right there.
  • 09:12 And I think you'd say amen to that.
  • 09:13 It's good if a man can find something that suits him.
  • 09:17 I mention that because here there's a man that's brought
  • 09:20 to a place and he's ideally suited for it.
  • 09:24 This, by the way, is something of a prototype
  • 09:28 of something to come later.
  • 09:30 I mention that because Adam, as we know,
  • 09:33 is gonna get kicked out of the garden.
  • 09:35 Later on, this fella Avram is gonna be beckoned
  • 09:38 to return to it,
  • 09:39 and in the 15th chapter of the book Bereishit, of Genesis,
  • 09:43 we're told: "On that day Adonai cut a covenant with Abraham."
  • 09:48 In Hebrew: "Karat berit."
  • 09:51 Karat comes from a word meaning to cut.
  • 09:54 We might think of making a deal.
  • 09:57 Oh, and today, in colloquial English,
  • 09:59 people talk about cutting a deal.
  • 10:02 It really comes from a literal reading of the literature.
  • 10:05 God cut a deal.
  • 10:07 There was a sacrifice. That's another story.
  • 10:08 "God cut a covenant with Abram, saying,
  • 10:12 'I give this land to your seed.'"
  • 10:16 It's not just that it's given to him,
  • 10:18 that it's given to his progeny.
  • 10:21 And it's not just given for the moment,
  • 10:23 it's given in perpetuity.
  • 10:26 Now this is a nice day here in modern Israel,
  • 10:28 and the land is abuzz.
  • 10:29 People are taking time off.
  • 10:31 They've worked very hard to cultivate all of this, to bring
  • 10:34 the miracle of Israel out of the earth into the modern world.
  • 10:38 And there's activity, there's music,
  • 10:40 there's a kind of bustling atmosphere that brisks here.
  • 10:44 What's the point that I wanna make to you from here?
  • 10:47 Interestingly, when you look at biblical literature,
  • 10:50 God puts a man and he puts him at a place
  • 10:53 and there's a work that he's uniquely styled to accomplish.
  • 10:58 And this, by the way, is telling of the fact that as we develop
  • 11:04 the story further on that God tells Avraham
  • 11:07 [speaking foreign language]
  • 11:09 and his progeny, there's a land, there's a place,
  • 11:11 where you're destined to and destined to flower
  • 11:14 in that particular land.
  • 11:16 And that flowering is something that exists in perpetuity right
  • 11:19 into the modern era as is amply attested by the fact that I'm
  • 11:25 coming to you now from the miracle that is Israel.
  • 11:29 "Oh, a little better than 100 years ago, people started
  • 11:31 returning and you know what?
  • 11:34 God was with them.
  • 11:37 You know, God [speaking foreign language]
  • 11:39 the Germans.
  • 11:40 I've seen belt buckles of the Nazis that give voice to that."
  • 11:43 Well, not so.
  • 11:45 Various empires have risen their--have, you know, held high
  • 11:49 their torch and risen and they've been falled--
  • 11:52 they've fallen in the course of history and circumstance but
  • 11:55 [speaking foreign language]
  • 11:57 the people of Israel live an ample attestation
  • 12:00 that God watches over his Word to perform it.
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  • 13:28 Now, let's go back to the Holy Land to hear more
  • 13:31 from Jeff on location.
  • 13:34 ♪♪♪
  • 13:44 [speaking foreign language]
  • 13:47 Jeffrey: "But from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
  • 13:50 [speaking foreign language] you must not eat.
  • 13:54 [speaking foreign language] For in the day that you eat,
  • 13:58 [speaking foreign language] from him,
  • 14:00 [speaking foreign language] you will surely die."
  • 14:04 And with that warning, came that which became the nemesis
  • 14:08 of humanity, that is they ate.
  • 14:11 Houston, we have a problem.
  • 14:13 And God had an answer.
  • 14:15 Of course, you know the Genesis text there in Genesis 2 is where
  • 14:17 that story is told and then eventually they're forced
  • 14:20 to get out of Eden.
  • 14:22 And off they go.
  • 14:24 They left God's presence in some sense, but they never left
  • 14:27 God's providence because he had a plan.
  • 14:30 He had a will for it even so.
  • 14:33 The question is how do we fix that which is broken?
  • 14:37 Well, I'll tell you how. We do it right here.
  • 14:41 I know, it looks like rocks only, but this is sacred space.
  • 14:46 We're coming from the place where the Mishkan dwelt,
  • 14:51 what we refer to as the tabernacle.
  • 14:54 You say, "Jeffrey, this doesn't look like Jerusalem to me."
  • 14:58 You're right.
  • 14:59 But it dwelt here in Shiloh 369 years before it made
  • 15:04 the move up to the mountain.
  • 15:06 This was the headquarters of Israelite existence.
  • 15:10 And what's referred to as the West Bank today, you know,
  • 15:13 it's hotly contested.
  • 15:15 People say, "Well, this is, you know, Palestinian territory.
  • 15:18 The Jews have no history."
  • 15:20 Well, tell it to the people that built all this up,
  • 15:22 because we're right, not just at the ruins
  • 15:25 of the place in general, but specifically we are where
  • 15:30 the Holy Place and the Holy Place was
  • 15:33 right behind me when that tent first stood.
  • 15:37 It's a fascinating story.
  • 15:39 There's a problem in the Bible but God didn't just leave it
  • 15:41 as a problem.
  • 15:42 He had a plan for a solution and central to the plan was a place
  • 15:47 where women and men would bring sacrifice,
  • 15:50 inasmuch as a Adam and Eve
  • 15:52 made a sacrifice to placate the divine,
  • 15:55 so too Israelites were beckoned to do much the same.
  • 15:59 We read in the book Exodus, with Moshe Rabbenu, with Moses,
  • 16:04 how they make their way into the wilderness,
  • 16:06 and instructions are given.
  • 16:08 It starts in the 25th chapter of Exodus and works its way to the
  • 16:12 end of the book where there's instructions given about
  • 16:15 the manufacture of the space that is going to long abide
  • 16:20 in this place.
  • 16:22 And after the particulars were given in Exodus, there's
  • 16:26 something interesting that's noted that really harks back to
  • 16:30 Genesis itself, according to a number of biblical commentators.
  • 16:34 This sacred space was developed, the tabernacle,
  • 16:38 and then this is before it got here,
  • 16:40 but the particulars of it with a courtyard
  • 16:42 and the Holy of Holies with the ark and the Holy Place
  • 16:48 with the candelabra/menorah, with the incense altar,
  • 16:53 with the table of showbread, and all of that.
  • 16:56 The particulars were spelled out.
  • 16:58 It was manufactured and after all of that which was created,
  • 17:03 we're told in chapter 40, verse 33b in Exodus:
  • 17:07 "So Moses finished the work."
  • 17:09 It fascinates me that you have the creation of the sacred space
  • 17:14 and it concludes then with, "And it was all--Moses finished it.
  • 17:17 It was completed."
  • 17:19 I mention that because if you look at the creations in heaven
  • 17:22 and earth and the story of Adam and Eve,
  • 17:25 in early Genesis we're told in chapter 2:
  • 17:28 "[speaking foreign language] God had made it," and then,
  • 17:32 "[speaking foreign language] that he made it.
  • 17:37 He finished it on the seventh day
  • 17:39 [speaking foreign language] and he rested.
  • 17:44 He finished it."
  • 17:46 It's interesting, you have the Creation
  • 17:48 and then there's a completion notation.
  • 17:51 Similarly, with the creation of sacred space,
  • 17:54 there's a completion notation.
  • 17:56 There are a number of these little connections
  • 17:58 here in the literature.
  • 17:59 I don't have time to develop all of them, but coming to you from
  • 18:03 this place, the sun is rising over me right now
  • 18:07 and it comes from the east and heads this way.
  • 18:10 You might remember from Eden, the couple left
  • 18:14 and they went to the East.
  • 18:16 But now there's this return.
  • 18:18 They're returning back to the place called Paradise.
  • 18:22 And those that make their way back come to a place
  • 18:26 that's defined as rest.
  • 18:29 God rested, Moses rested, and there's something about finding
  • 18:33 your way home to God and yes, you, and I mean you, can find a
  • 18:38 rest that's been made available to you and for you by he who
  • 18:44 gives rest to weary souls and he who gives a sacrifice
  • 18:48 for the sins that burden them.
  • 18:51 ♪♪♪
  • 18:58 David: I would say one of the questions maybe in this series
  • 19:01 this week is why do our souls long for peace
  • 19:04 and rest in our lives?
  • 19:07 Jeffrey: Yes, people are so unrested, aren't they?
  • 19:09 Kirsten: Right. David: Many.
  • 19:10 Jeffrey: Yes, and it really is a problem.
  • 19:12 And the Bible speaks of a rest and there's a place
  • 19:15 where our soul can rest in Israel.
  • 19:17 David: We sing about it every week out of the hymnal.
  • 19:20 ♪ When peace like a river, ♪
  • 19:22 Kirsten: I go, "Oh, that's kind of good.
  • 19:24 That's like the river in Eden."
  • 19:26 David: But do we practice it, that's the question.
  • 19:28 Jeffrey: It's a million-dollar question,
  • 19:30 and this is a million-dollar segment
  • 19:31 now as our very own Chaim Malespin
  • 19:34 is gonna speak to Doron who is an Israeli,
  • 19:37 a leader of a prayer ministry, a ministry of rest.
  • 19:39 Coming to you from Jerusalem.
  • 19:42 ♪♪♪
  • 19:50 Chaim Malespin: So there is a growing interest in nations
  • 19:52 to come to Jerusalem and to come to the Temple Mount.
  • 19:56 Why, in your opinion, is this?
  • 19:58 Doron Keidar: Well, all the Temple Mount movements
  • 20:00 and organizations in Israel, every one of them, verbatim,
  • 20:04 say the same thing.
  • 20:06 [speaking foreign language]
  • 20:09 "It will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
  • 20:11 So we believe in that. I believe in that.
  • 20:14 That the nations are gonna stream to Zion.
  • 20:16 They're gonna stream to God's holy house and that's going to
  • 20:20 be part of the restoration that God brings, not just to Israel
  • 20:23 but to the world as a whole because that's gonna be the glue
  • 20:26 in which God is going to breathe life through Israel
  • 20:30 and through--onwards to the nations.
  • 20:32 Chaim: Do you think that the rebuilding of the temple
  • 20:35 is a reconstruction of Eden that was lost?
  • 20:38 Doron: Absolutely.
  • 20:41 The genesis of the Temple Mount starts with Adam and Eve.
  • 20:44 God takes the piece of earth as we know.
  • 20:48 He makes clay, breathes life into it, et cetera, et cetera.
  • 20:50 That's Adam, the first human being.
  • 20:52 He's created according to Jewish tradition from the very earth
  • 20:55 of the Temple Mount.
  • 20:57 Future then, you have also the Garden of Eden which is the
  • 21:00 place he's dwelling in, in this heavenly place as you will,
  • 21:04 Gan Eden, which is what we say, "You're going to heaven,"
  • 21:07 in Hebrew we say, "Gan Eden," by the way.
  • 21:10 I know in Christian English speaking,
  • 21:13 you use a different term.
  • 21:15 Heaven and Eden, right?
  • 21:17 But in Hebrew you use the same term for both Eden and heaven.
  • 21:21 And so the point is in Jewish tradition, we believe this
  • 21:25 is where Adam was created out of the earth.
  • 21:27 We believe this is where the Garden of Eden was.
  • 21:31 And we also believe this is where heaven will meet earth.
  • 21:34 So this is the very navel of the earth, the very place
  • 21:37 where heaven meets earth literally.
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  • 22:21 We go to Greece, Israel, and Petra, and all of these places
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  • 22:28 is the fresh food markets.
  • 22:30 It's amazing, it's beautiful, it's fresh,
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  • 22:36 Right now, let's go to Sarah Liberman as she teaches
  • 22:40 from one of those markets.
  • 22:42 ♪♪♪
  • 22:51 Sarah Liberman: Shalom Haverim, and welcome back
  • 22:53 to our series on the seven species,
  • 22:55 [speaking foreign language]
  • 22:57 about the fruit of the promise that God gave to the people
  • 23:00 of Israel as they entered into the land.
  • 23:02 Today, we're talking about the pomegranate.
  • 23:05 Now, the word for pomegranate in Hebrew is rimmon, and it is one
  • 23:11 of the fruit that the spies brought back from spying out
  • 23:13 the land to symbolize the fruitfulness of this new
  • 23:16 wonderful place that God was bringing the people of Israel.
  • 23:20 In Israel, here today, we eat it in the feast of Rosh HaShana.
  • 23:24 Because the pomegranate has so many seeds inside of it,
  • 23:28 it is a sign of abundance and people eat it
  • 23:30 as a sign of abundance for the coming year.
  • 23:34 Now, the pomegranate was also featured in the tabernacle and
  • 23:37 in the Temple of Solomon it was featured on the pillars within
  • 23:41 the temple and worn on the edge of the priest's garments.
  • 23:46 There was a bell and then there was a pomegranate as a sign
  • 23:49 of abundance and the fruitfulness of God.
  • 23:51 So this week, as you contemplate the fruit and blessing of the
  • 23:55 Lord, may your life resemble the--this pomegranate,
  • 23:59 full of abundance and seeds for the kingdom of God.
  • 24:04 ♪ Sing a song of Israel, sing a song of love. ♪
  • 24:09 ♪ Sing a song of Israel, joy and peace and love. ♪
  • 24:13 ♪ For my family's home now, ♪
  • 24:15 ♪ God has brought us home now. ♪
  • 24:17 ♪ Sing a song of Israel. ♪
  • 24:21 ♪ For this land is my land. ♪
  • 24:25 ♪ This God's land is my land. ♪
  • 24:30 ♪ He promised my fathers that this land is mine. ♪
  • 24:38 ♪ Sing a song of Israel, sing a song of love. ♪
  • 24:42 ♪ Sing a song of Israel, joy and peace and love. ♪
  • 24:46 ♪ For my family's home now, ♪
  • 24:49 ♪ God has brought us home now. ♪
  • 24:51 ♪ Sing a song of Israel. ♪
  • 24:55 ♪ For my family's home now, ♪
  • 24:57 ♪ God has brought us home now. ♪
  • 25:02 ♪ Sing a song of Israel. ♪
  • 25:07 David: As you are watching our program today,
  • 25:09 there are people right now getting
  • 25:10 on an airplane heading to Tel Aviv, Israel,
  • 25:13 and what's that saying we've heard?
  • 25:16 Kirsten: Well, it's a great saying,
  • 25:18 that you just don't simply go to Israel.
  • 25:20 That God calls you there as he's been calling people
  • 25:24 for thousands of years from Abraham.
  • 25:27 He was the first one that God said,
  • 25:29 "Come to this land," right?
  • 25:31 Jeffrey: Yes, and he's all about beckoning people
  • 25:33 to his place.
  • 25:35 Unfortunately, when he calls, we don't all pick up the phone,
  • 25:39 or sometimes the line is busy 'cause we're talking
  • 25:41 to other gods.
  • 25:43 That's something worth fixing, isn't it?
  • 25:45 David: We're so thankful that our son--
  • 25:47 Kirsten: Got the call. David: Got the call.
  • 25:49 Kirsten: And listened to it. And he picked it up.
  • 25:50 Jeffrey: He picked up the phone.
  • 25:52 That's the best answer when God calls us.
  • 25:53 David: He said yes.
  • 25:55 Kirsten: And thousands of people, thousands,
  • 25:56 are making Aliyah, they're going up to Jerusalem
  • 26:00 and to Israel, and actually, our son Ryan,
  • 26:03 who works at the International Christian Embassy
  • 26:05 in Jerusalem, just this past week,
  • 26:08 they've filmed 300 people from France making Aliyah.
  • 26:12 Unbelievable.
  • 26:13 Jeffrey: Yes, and all of that, to me, is a template
  • 26:15 in the natural, what happens in the spiritual.
  • 26:17 And our viewers can tap into that.
  • 26:19 They feel called to these panels behind us, and for those
  • 26:23 that can't come to Israel, we bring it to you.
  • 26:27 Kirsten: That's the beauty of "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 26:30 And all of your support for this program makes it possible
  • 26:36 for people around the world to go to Israel, to Jerusalem,
  • 26:40 by way of this program.
  • 26:42 Jeffrey: Or visitors' presents help us to present.
  • 26:45 David: And I'll say, too, we feel like we're home
  • 26:47 when we're there.
  • 26:49 You've been 50-plus times.
  • 26:50 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 26:52 David: And it's--it feels like home to you too, I know.
  • 26:53 Jeffrey: It surely does, yes.
  • 26:55 Kirsten: We have so much more coming up in the next weeks
  • 26:57 on our series, "Return to Eden."
  • 27:00 Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your family,
  • 27:03 to watch this program.
  • 27:05 The insights that Dr. Jeffrey Seif
  • 27:07 will bring all of you is priceless.
  • 27:10 Thank you for joining us.
  • 27:12 David: Finish us out.
  • 27:13 Jeffrey: Thank you, and as you go,
  • 27:15 sha'alu shalom Yerushalaim.
  • 27:17 David: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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Episodes in this series

  1. Out of Eden
  2. Back to Eden
  3. Recreating Paradise
  4. Eden and Old Testament History
  5. Eden and New Testament Prophecy
  6. Eden and Israel
  7. Jesus and the Return to Eden
  8. Paradise Restored
  9. Bonus Interviews, Part 1
  10. Bonus Interviews, Part 2

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