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Episode: “Eden and New Testament Prophecy”
Sin leads to loss, and rebuilding can take generations. Blessings from Heaven come down like rain to a dry and thirsty land. In the end, the Lord will restore the relationship with His people and dwell with them forever.
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: “Eden and New Testament Prophecy” (5/10)

  • 00:01 Kirsten Hart: Is there a connection between the garden of Eden and the Old Testament and New Testament prophecies? You'll find out today on
  • 00:10 "Zola Levitt Presents." ♪♪♪
  • 00:14 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:18 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."
  • 00:29 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:33 ♪♪♪
  • 00:50 David Hart: Welcome to "Zola Levitt Presents,"
  • 00:51 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:52 Kirsten: I'm Kirsten Hart. Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:54 David: We are in our series "Return to Eden," and the theme
  • 00:57 for today is comparing verses from the Old Testament prophets
  • 01:01 all the way to John the Revelator.
  • 01:05 Jeffrey: You mean the books connect?
  • 01:07 David: Yeah.
  • 01:08 [laughing]
  • 01:10 David: There's a lot in between there.
  • 01:11 Dr. Seif: Well, I thought the church had the new book,
  • 01:13 and the Jews have the Jew book, and never the twain shall meet.
  • 01:15 Kirsten: Right? Unbelievable.
  • 01:16 Dr. Seif: Pray tell, I mean, I'm being a little facetious,
  • 01:19 but people think that way.
  • 01:20 But no, this Bible stitched together quite nice,
  • 01:22 and we're gonna show how.
  • 01:24 Kirsten: How does prophecy deal with Adam and Eve
  • 01:27 in the garden?
  • 01:28 Dr. Seif: We're gonna have to look and see.
  • 01:29 We see the garden of Eden motifs in Genesis.
  • 01:31 We see it in Revelation, and we're gonna see it today.
  • 01:34 David: That's right, in fact, right now, let's go
  • 01:36 to Old Jericho, where Dr. Seif is teaching on location.
  • 01:45 Dr. Seif: The city behind me is arguably one of the older,
  • 01:49 if not the oldest city in the world in recorded history,
  • 01:54 if you can imagine that.
  • 01:56 Friends, you are looking at Jericho, and you can see
  • 02:00 it's surrounded by some rough terrain.
  • 02:04 It's one of the reasons why that city was so popular so early,
  • 02:07 because the area around here is really barren wilderness.
  • 02:12 We're at the edge of the Judean wilderness, and there is just
  • 02:15 nothing, and then you see that oasis.
  • 02:18 People who traveled this part of the world, they came through
  • 02:21 here as they made their way along this special road.
  • 02:27 We--and I say, "We," 'cause I'm bringing you
  • 02:30 on the journey here.
  • 02:32 We are walking on the Old Jericho Road.
  • 02:36 "There's room for two, Jesus and you."
  • 02:38 There's an old song to that effect,
  • 02:40 church folk might recall.
  • 02:42 This road really is the road less traveled.
  • 02:47 In Antiquity, this was the road of the pilgrims,
  • 02:51 and I dare say that even Jesus himself walked this way,
  • 02:56 and before him others.
  • 02:58 I'm looking at a text here in Isaiah where,
  • 03:01 "It's time to move.
  • 03:04 It's time to come back."
  • 03:06 You ever heard of the expression,
  • 03:07 "You can only go up from here"?
  • 03:09 Well, this is the God's honest truth.
  • 03:11 This is so low, but then we go up to the highest place on earth
  • 03:16 in some kind of religious sense,
  • 03:18 the city of Yerushalayim, Jerusalem.
  • 03:22 It says in Isaiah chapter--it says, the Lord says in 48,
  • 03:27 verse 20: "'Get out of Babylon, free from Chaldea!'"
  • 03:31 It's time to go, come.
  • 03:33 "With a shout of joy."
  • 03:35 The Hebrew "simcha," "joy."
  • 03:38 People speak of having "nachas," "joy," that is as natural kind
  • 03:41 of joy, when a child is born, if there's a wedding.
  • 03:44 But here there's a release from oppression.
  • 03:47 "Proclaim this," he says, "send it out to the ends of the earth:
  • 03:50 'Adonai has redeemed his servant Jacob!'"
  • 03:56 And with that, and other such exhortations, people left their
  • 04:02 ruins behind, and they made their way back to Jerusalem.
  • 04:14 Dr. Seif: I'd like to sit down and take a look
  • 04:16 at the book.
  • 04:18 You'll note all around it's rather arid.
  • 04:20 It's rather dry.
  • 04:22 And I mention that because in Revelation 20, when he, well,
  • 04:26 "I, John," sees this angel, the Hebrew "malak"
  • 04:31 from the Ugaritic verb "lak," which means "to send."
  • 04:35 This angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand
  • 04:38 the key to the abyss and a great chain.
  • 04:41 We're gonna see the devil bound in a moment.
  • 04:43 But there's something subtle in the language.
  • 04:45 He sees the angel coming down from heaven.
  • 04:48 God's graces are in heaven.
  • 04:50 The word for it, "shamayim," is related to the word "mayim,"
  • 04:54 which means "waters."
  • 04:56 There's blessings with waters.
  • 04:58 You would especially think that's the case
  • 05:00 if you lived around here.
  • 05:01 What do you think?
  • 05:03 You know, we're city dwellers now.
  • 05:04 It all comes by plumbing.
  • 05:06 Here we are at the ragged edge of the world, if you will,
  • 05:09 and you can look at the terrain, the topography.
  • 05:12 It's rather barren.
  • 05:14 And the language from this part of the world, "heaven,"
  • 05:17 "the waters," and "the blessing,"
  • 05:19 and from this blessed place comes he
  • 05:22 who is going to bring with him what will amount to the eventual
  • 05:25 triumph of God in human history.
  • 05:28 That's the principal theme in the book of Revelation,
  • 05:32 that God is going to have his way.
  • 05:36 He's going to get his planet back, in effect.
  • 05:39 There's an old "Sports Illustrated" expression:
  • 05:42 "The agony and the ecstasy."
  • 05:45 And certainly, when we look at Revelation, we see the world
  • 05:48 thrown into despair, decay, disorientation,
  • 05:52 but there's a new day dawning.
  • 05:54 This angel comes in verse 2: "He seizes this dragon--
  • 05:57 the serpent, who is the devil and Satan."
  • 06:00 Note, we're going back to Edenic language here.
  • 06:03 At the end of the Bible, we're going back to themes
  • 06:06 from the beginning.
  • 06:07 Here's this ancient serpent, who is going to be seized and bound.
  • 06:12 And in verse 3: "Thrown into an abyss, where he deceives
  • 06:17 the nations no longer."
  • 06:19 Before he got in the business of deceiving the nation,
  • 06:22 he just went after one couple.
  • 06:24 And he's been going after individuals
  • 06:26 and couples ever since.
  • 06:28 I'm pleased to report that the devil is going to have his day,
  • 06:31 and until such time, even now, you can make a loser out of him
  • 06:36 by inviting the Prince of Peace into your heart,
  • 06:38 and you can find your own way back to Eden.
  • 06:41 ♪♪♪
  • 06:47 Dr. Seif: Bible readers are no doubt familiar with passages
  • 06:50 that speak of the sins of the parents being visited to the
  • 06:55 subsequent generations.
  • 06:57 We think of that in some kind of sense where the bad habits
  • 07:00 of our fathers make their way into our world and thoughts
  • 07:03 and actions, and I don't wanna diminish that.
  • 07:05 But if you can think for a moment, in antiquity, sin was
  • 07:10 judged by exile, B'nai Israel, the sons of Israel and daughters
  • 07:14 were taken off into captivity.
  • 07:16 And for example, when they're taken to captivity in Babylonia
  • 07:20 600 or so miles away from here, can you imagine?
  • 07:24 Here a nation-state is destroyed.
  • 07:26 They're taken off into captivity.
  • 07:28 People start to trickle back.
  • 07:30 And for them to get a toehold here in the ancient world again,
  • 07:33 it takes generations and generations to rebuild.
  • 07:36 Indeed, when they see in Israel, when judgment is meted out
  • 07:40 to B'nai Israel, the children of Israel, then it can take
  • 07:44 generations for all that to be recovered.
  • 07:46 I mention that here on this road less traveled,
  • 07:50 where pilgrims trod on their way back to Jerusalem.
  • 07:53 As I'm looking here in the Prophet Yirmeyah, Jeremiah,
  • 07:57 and he gave voice to the fact that a judgment was gonna be
  • 08:00 raised up against those that sin.
  • 08:02 It's a theme.
  • 08:03 We see it in bereshit, in early Genesis, where they sin
  • 08:07 and judgment is meted out.
  • 08:08 You have to pay the piper. It's as simple as that.
  • 08:11 And not only in the ganet in itself, but in the state
  • 08:15 as it gets established.
  • 08:17 If they wanna not follow the commands, similarly,
  • 08:19 they'll be judged.
  • 08:21 But it's not permanent.
  • 08:22 We're told here, and it's interesting in chapter 25
  • 08:26 of Yirmeyah, Jeremiah, he says:
  • 08:28 "The whole land will be a desolate ruin."
  • 08:34 If you look at the world around me here, it's really
  • 08:39 characterized by a kind of dryness, by a kinda ruinous,
  • 08:43 if you will.
  • 08:45 These people were agrarians. They were farmers.
  • 08:48 But there's just not much that you can do with all of this.
  • 08:52 The Bible says that the children of Israel were judged and taken
  • 08:57 off, and that the land itself would fall into decay, despair,
  • 09:03 not much there.
  • 09:05 That's the bad news.
  • 09:06 The good news is, then in verse 12: "It will come to pass,"
  • 09:11 and I just love it.
  • 09:14 Let me offer a corrective before I ring the bell on this one.
  • 09:16 People think, "You know, there's lot of love and grace and peace
  • 09:20 in the newer testament, but the older testament is just
  • 09:24 characterized by people in the hands of an angry God,
  • 09:28 you know, with all these rules.
  • 09:29 And if you mess up, you're just out of here.
  • 09:31 And there's no grace there to speak of."
  • 09:33 Individuals that say that, it says more about them than it
  • 09:38 does about the literature they're purporting to describe.
  • 09:41 I mention that because this is a classic grace text
  • 09:44 in the literature.
  • 09:46 Their sins, in response to them--and by the way,
  • 09:49 the word "sin," "chet," means "to kinda deviate."
  • 09:52 It's an arrow that's shot at a target, and it veers off.
  • 09:56 People veer off, and they endure consequences for that,
  • 10:00 but it's not just about that.
  • 10:02 You see the grace of God at work in the literature,
  • 10:05 giving voice to the fact, "Listen, I can rebuild
  • 10:08 from this ruinous state."
  • 10:11 You look in early Genesis
  • 10:12 [speaking foreign language]
  • 10:15 that the Spirit of God was hovering, creating,
  • 10:19 bringing new life.
  • 10:21 God has a wonderful plan for you, mankind.
  • 10:25 In fact, in early Genesis, he says,
  • 10:27 [speaking foreign language]
  • 10:30 "God said, 'Let us make man in the imago Dei,
  • 10:34 in the image of God,'"
  • 10:35 that we're a special creation.
  • 10:37 It seems the devil wars against that, but God is minded
  • 10:40 to turn it all around.
  • 10:43 Speaking of which, and about a new day dawning, if you will,
  • 10:47 when you go to the book Revelation, and I wanna take you
  • 10:51 there on the quick, John sees that one day, this ruinous state
  • 10:58 that's described in Yirmeyah, Jeremiah, and elsewhere,
  • 11:01 and that we know all too well about life as we live it, that
  • 11:04 one day, this is going to give way to a new world to come.
  • 11:07 In chapter 21 he sees a new day dawning, "A new heaven
  • 11:12 and a new earth," and he sees, "a new holy city--
  • 11:16 the city of Jerusalem--coming down out of heaven."
  • 11:20 There will be a point in time where there will be
  • 11:24 a reorientation of time and circumstance.
  • 11:27 There was a garden paradise in the beginning.
  • 11:29 So, too, there's a restoration at the end,
  • 11:31 and it's described with this New Jerusalem
  • 11:35 displacing the desolation round about.
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  • 12:59 Right now, let's go back to Dr. Seif as he continues
  • 13:02 his teaching in Israel.
  • 13:05 ♪♪♪
  • 13:11 Dr. Seif: Christians talk about coming out of the darkness
  • 13:14 into the glorious light, and it's an expression people
  • 13:18 are familiar with, and it's a good expression,
  • 13:20 coming out of the darkness into the light.
  • 13:22 However, it really isn't entirely
  • 13:25 a Christian expression, however.
  • 13:28 In fact, I'm coming to you from First Baptist Church Jerusalem.
  • 13:32 Yes, it really is.
  • 13:34 I could pick up a stone and throw it to the Western Wall.
  • 13:37 And when the Jewish temple stood--"First Baptist Church"
  • 13:40 I'm calling it because everybody got baptized on the way in,
  • 13:44 First Baptist Church.
  • 13:46 This is a mikvah, a ritual bath.
  • 13:50 Worshipers would come and they would wash away their
  • 13:55 accumulated filth to be, in effect, energized
  • 14:00 and made new to then walk into God's presence.
  • 14:04 It's a beautiful image there.
  • 14:06 Not only did worshipers do that, but baptism itself was
  • 14:09 the mechanism employed when individuals who were
  • 14:13 of non-Jewish extract converted into Judaism.
  • 14:16 They were baptized, and in effect, they were born again.
  • 14:21 And that was the language of the day.
  • 14:23 New Testament readers pick that up in a related context.
  • 14:27 Well, I mention that because in Revelation chapter 21, verse 4,
  • 14:33 the author there speaks of a time when:
  • 14:35 "The former things will pass away."
  • 14:38 And it was adjudged when someone converted and came out of the
  • 14:41 baptism that their non-Jewish life was left in the waters,
  • 14:46 and they came to walk in the newness of life,
  • 14:49 something brand new, to walk with God in the covenant.
  • 14:52 And even that's represented in Revelation.
  • 14:55 Before we have the language of, "Former things passing away,"
  • 14:59 he speaks of, "God dwelling with men,
  • 15:03 and tabernacling among them."
  • 15:06 We're gonna take a look at the book and see how what's noted
  • 15:09 here in Revelation was alluded to previously
  • 15:13 in another biblical book.
  • 15:16 Dr. Seif: You know, people talk about walking
  • 15:18 in the footsteps of Jesus.
  • 15:20 Here, it's really more than a figure of speech
  • 15:23 because we really are walking where Jesus walked.
  • 15:28 I mean, literally.
  • 15:31 I wanna pause for a second.
  • 15:33 I want you to pick up some of the energy here in the plaza
  • 15:37 by the Western Wall, the undeveloped section of the wall.
  • 15:42 Bible talks about people coming to Jerusalem, the bride,
  • 15:46 and the bridegroom, and the dance returning here,
  • 15:49 and celebration returning here.
  • 15:52 There's so much of--I got news for ya, it's hard to get
  • 15:54 in a television shoot because there's so much noise.
  • 15:58 Instead of waiting for it to stop, let's just use it
  • 16:00 to remind us that God is doing something here today.
  • 16:07 Yesterday, in Ezekiel, the prophet gives voice to the fact
  • 16:12 that there will be a regathering of Israelites.
  • 16:16 Displaced persons will return to the ancestral homeland.
  • 16:20 43:7, he says: "'Son of man, this is the place of my throne,
  • 16:31 the place of the soles of my feet.'"
  • 16:35 Now, that's called an "anthropomorphic ascription,"
  • 16:41 from "anthros," meaning "man," "morphe," meaning "form."
  • 16:45 When God says, "This is where the soles of my feet."
  • 16:48 So, what is he a 10 or 11?
  • 16:50 What does that even mean? What do you mean he has feet?
  • 16:54 The older testament describes God in human form.
  • 16:58 The newer testament just gives voice to that which
  • 17:00 is echoed previously.
  • 17:02 But here in 43, when the prophet talks here and elsewhere, all
  • 17:07 around this section of Ezekiel, of a regathering back to the
  • 17:11 ancestral homeland, where he's gonna rebuild the house,
  • 17:15 here he says, "This is the place of my throne,
  • 17:19 the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell
  • 17:23 in the midst of Bnei-Yisrael forever."
  • 17:28 This is a sacred place, made sacred by virtue of the fact
  • 17:32 that God's throne was here.
  • 17:34 And when we think of his throne slash mercy seat,
  • 17:38 it harks us back to temple talk, doesn't it,
  • 17:40 where God dwelt among his people.
  • 17:43 And when we think of temple talk, God dwelling among his
  • 17:46 people, that harks back to garden talk, where God first
  • 17:50 dwelt among his people, wanting to be in relationship with them.
  • 17:57 That deal is still on the table for that relationship.
  • 18:00 I hope you take him up on the offer and enter into it
  • 18:04 through the sacrifice of the Lamb.
  • 18:08 Kirsten: The Apostle John had a revelation that one day,
  • 18:12 all our tears, all your tears, will be wiped away.
  • 18:17 That's good news.
  • 18:18 Dr. Seif: It surely is, and there are a lot of tears.
  • 18:21 You know, there's gonna be a lot of Kleenex in the end of days,
  • 18:24 because God knows people are hurting.
  • 18:26 Do we have to wait till then?
  • 18:29 Kirsten: I don't think so. Dr. Seif: No?
  • 18:31 I mean, people even now, because of God's love for the world,
  • 18:34 he sent his Son into it, those tears can get dried up right
  • 18:37 now, and it's great to know that and to sing about that, yes?
  • 18:41 David: I can't imagine folks that don't have Yeshua
  • 18:43 in their heart, that they deal with things in their lives.
  • 18:48 I can't imagine people going through their lives without him.
  • 18:51 Dr. Seif: No, I'm glad that he's put a new song in my heart.
  • 18:54 David: Amen.
  • 18:55 Right now, let's go to a wonderful Gentile who loves
  • 18:59 Israel by the name of Pat Boone.
  • 19:02 You've heard of him.
  • 19:04 He loves Israel, and here's an interview with him right now.
  • 19:12 Pat Boone: And to actually walk into the pages of the Bible
  • 19:15 and see everything that I had believed as a boy was not only
  • 19:20 real, but it was 3D and in color and my favorite place in Israel
  • 19:25 is the Sea of Galilee, which has not changed.
  • 19:29 I mean, the sea is there, and so much around the sea is when
  • 19:33 Jesus was walking around at night, he'd leave his disciples
  • 19:37 and go up on the hillside to pray.
  • 19:40 And boy, I get emotional thinking about being able
  • 19:43 to actually walk.
  • 19:44 And I've sung a song called
  • 19:46 "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked."
  • 19:48 We walked where Jesus walked.
  • 19:50 His sandals may have kicked some of those very stones aside,
  • 19:54 walking along by the Sea of Galilee, walking through the
  • 19:57 fields, talking to his Father, praying it into the wee hours,
  • 20:02 maybe all night long, Capernaum, where he raised,
  • 20:05 or healed Peter's mom.
  • 20:09 He said he didn't have a place to lay his head.
  • 20:10 He didn't have, after he left Nazareth, he didn't have a place
  • 20:14 he called home but it was the whole land.
  • 20:18 But it was just the little land of Israel.
  • 20:20 So, we come here, and we soak up Jesus, God's purpose,
  • 20:27 the history, and the future, all of it right here.
  • 20:33 male announcer: "This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
  • 20:36 'On the day I cleanse you from all your sins,
  • 20:39 I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt.
  • 20:44 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying
  • 20:47 desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.
  • 20:50 They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like
  • 20:54 the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins,
  • 20:57 desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited."
  • 21:02 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord
  • 21:07 have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted
  • 21:10 what was desolate.
  • 21:12 I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.'"
  • 21:21 Kirsten: When we go on a Zola Tour, we all meet at JFK
  • 21:24 in New York City, and there's a bunch of people
  • 21:26 we have never met before.
  • 21:28 And by the end of tour, we consider ourselves family.
  • 21:31 We eat together. We play together.
  • 21:33 We see all the sights. We travel together.
  • 21:35 We would love for you to become part of our family
  • 21:39 on Zola Levitt Ministries.
  • 21:41 Go to levitt.com.
  • 21:42 Check on the "Tour" page, all kinds of information
  • 21:44 for you to read.
  • 21:45 Someone we met on a tour in Israel is Sarah Liberman,
  • 21:49 and she will now be teaching us about Deuteronomy 8's
  • 21:53 seven species.
  • 21:55 Let's go to Sarah now.
  • 22:01 Sarah Liberman: Shalom chaverim, welcome back to our
  • 22:04 series on "The Seven Species," those foods of blessing that God
  • 22:08 gave to the people of Israel when he brought them
  • 22:11 into the land.
  • 22:12 We're here in the awesome market of Haifa, a northern port city,
  • 22:16 and this is where Israelis are coming at the end of the week to
  • 22:20 buy all the fresh fruit and the wonderful produce
  • 22:23 to get ready for their Sabbat meal.
  • 22:25 And today, we're talking about one of the species,
  • 22:28 called "barley."
  • 22:30 In Hebrew, the word is "seorah."
  • 22:32 Now, we know that the priests brought an offering of barley
  • 22:35 before the Lord in the temple, but most interesting
  • 22:38 about this seed is the way that it's planted.
  • 22:41 Instead of being sown and then covered in the ground like other
  • 22:44 seeds, barley is scattered.
  • 22:46 Do you remember the parable that Yeshua tells in Matthew
  • 22:49 chapter 13 about the seeds that the sower scatters
  • 22:53 and the different kind of soil that that seed falls on?
  • 22:56 Well, this week, as you think about barley, may our hearts
  • 23:00 be good soil, "adamah tovah."
  • 23:05 ♪ Though I am just a man, when you are by my side ♪
  • 23:16 ♪ with the help of God, I know I can be strong ♪
  • 23:34 ♪ So take my hand ♪
  • 23:39 ♪ and walk this land with me ♪
  • 23:45 ♪ and walk this golden land with me ♪
  • 23:53 ♪ Though I am just a man ♪
  • 23:59 ♪ when you are by my side, with the help of God ♪
  • 24:07 ♪ I know I can be strong ♪
  • 24:14 ♪ To make this land our own, if I must fight ♪
  • 24:23 ♪ I'll fight to make this land our home ♪
  • 24:29 ♪ Until I die ♪
  • 24:37 ♪ this land is mine ♪♪
  • 24:55 Dr. Seif: A little earlier, we heard from Pat Boone,
  • 24:58 didn't we?
  • 24:59 Wasn't that something?
  • 25:00 David: Amazing.
  • 25:02 Kirsten: I think he had his white bucks on, didn't he?
  • 25:04 Dr. Seif: Still, yes.
  • 25:05 [laughing]
  • 25:06 Kirsten: Still the same pair. Dr. Seif: He's a legend.
  • 25:08 David: Right, we love his heart for Israel.
  • 25:09 They love him there.
  • 25:11 Dr. Seif: Yes, he's like the poster boy for the Christian
  • 25:12 that loves Israel and the Jewish people,
  • 25:15 and out of his heart, such beauty.
  • 25:18 David: Right, God have him those words in the United States
  • 25:21 and Hollywood, and it's well-known in Israel now.
  • 25:24 That's pretty amazing.
  • 25:25 Dr. Seif: You're a musician too.
  • 25:27 What does it take to get launched?
  • 25:28 How do you become a Pat Boone?
  • 25:30 Kirsten: If we knew, we would be.
  • 25:32 [laughing]
  • 25:33 If we knew.
  • 25:35 Dr. Seif: Zola raised the same question in his day,
  • 25:36 you know, "How did--"
  • 25:37 I mean, this television program is one of the longest-running
  • 25:41 programs in Christian broadcast history.
  • 25:43 How does that happen?
  • 25:45 Zola went, "I don't know."
  • 25:47 He says, "I just guess God wanted it.
  • 25:49 I guess God wanted Pat Boone to be Pat Boone.
  • 25:52 He wanted this ministry to be this ministry."
  • 25:55 David: I will say, even before this program started
  • 25:57 today, we prayed around this table for an anointing to happen
  • 26:01 here, and so I think, without that anointing,
  • 26:04 this program wouldn't be happening.
  • 26:06 Dr. Seif: That's true, and it really takes a certain drawing.
  • 26:09 And speaking of which, if our friends--
  • 26:11 I'm speaking to you.
  • 26:13 If you didn't feel in your heart some kind of draw,
  • 26:16 God knows there are remote controls to dump us on the quick
  • 26:19 and find something else.
  • 26:21 If you find a resting place in this kind of story,
  • 26:24 that resting place that Pat sings about,
  • 26:27 that we talk about, if that resonates with you,
  • 26:30 please help us to continue to bring the Pat Boones
  • 26:33 of the world here to the world again,
  • 26:36 and please help us to continue to tell this story.
  • 26:39 Kirsten: And we would love for you to get in touch with us.
  • 26:42 Go to our website.
  • 26:44 There's a little envelope you can click on and talk
  • 26:46 to someone, and email us, send letters.
  • 26:49 Let us know how Pat's story and the stories that we bring,
  • 26:53 the interviews, Jeff's teaching, what that means to you.
  • 26:56 We would love to hear from you, our viewer,
  • 26:59 of what "Zola Levitt Presents" has meant to you.
  • 27:02 And we have more programs coming up.
  • 27:04 Please join us, and tell a friend.
  • 27:06 Tell your family members to watch, especially
  • 27:08 this "Return to Eden" series.
  • 27:10 And we're thankful that you're here with us.
  • 27:12 Dr. Seif: Glad to be here.
  • 27:14 And until I see ya next time, shaalu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:18 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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