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Episode: “Eden and Israel”
Solomon’s Temple was a reconstitution of the Garden of Eden. Today the Lord is bringing the Jewish people back to their ancestral homeland. He promises to dwell among men in the future, when there will be no more tears.
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 Israel” (6/10)

  • 00:01 Jeffrey Seif: You are gonna
  • 00:05 be glad you're looking this way. In this program, we're gonna explore the mystery
  • 00:07 of the Garden of Eden and see how it relates
  • 00:10 to the temple in Jerusalem.
  • 00:13 ♪♪♪
  • 00:18 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer
  • 00:20 to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
  • 00:25 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
  • 00:28 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:31 that call upon him."
  • 00:33 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:36 ♪♪♪
  • 00:46 ♪♪♪
  • 00:53 David Hart: Thank you for joining us today
  • 00:54 on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:56 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:57 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:59 Jeffrey: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:00 David: We are in the middle of our series, "Return to Eden,"
  • 01:01 and I believe there's a reoccurring theme for us in this
  • 01:04 series about our relationship between God and man.
  • 01:07 Jeffrey: Yeah, it gets broken and God has a way of fixing us,
  • 01:09 and he's a God of second chances.
  • 01:11 David: Again, and again, and again.
  • 01:13 Jeffrey: It's not just good news for Jews,
  • 01:14 it's good news for yous.
  • 01:15 David: All of us. Kirsten: That's good.
  • 01:18 You've been teaching at some wonderful spots: ancient Shiloh
  • 01:20 or She-loh, and all throughout Jerusalem.
  • 01:22 Where are you today?
  • 01:24 Jeffrey: We are going deep underground, and join me there.
  • 01:30 ♪♪♪
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  • 01:49 Jeffrey: Behold, I tell you a mystery.
  • 01:53 There are so many mysteries in the Bible and in the Bible
  • 01:56 lands, and this is one of those mysterious places.
  • 02:02 If the British didn't carry off a picture here,
  • 02:08 I'd love to show it to you.
  • 02:10 It's a depiction of a cherub, of an angelic figure.
  • 02:16 The reason why that's important here, this is the underground
  • 02:20 place from which the stones were cut.
  • 02:25 They were extracted and used to build a model of Eden,
  • 02:32 Solomon's temple.
  • 02:34 A fascinating story.
  • 02:35 In 1 Kings chapter 6, verse 7, we're told that he quarried the
  • 02:40 stones and they were taken to build the sacred space.
  • 02:47 And this is the place where it all began.
  • 02:51 I love opening up the Bible and I love taking you to the Bible
  • 02:56 lands where you can see it.
  • 02:59 And here we are at a place there's an amazing story.
  • 03:03 Once upon a time, Adam and Heva were in Eden, but something went
  • 03:08 horribly wrong and a cherub, a guardian angel
  • 03:12 was placed there to keep people out.
  • 03:15 In the sacred space that's manufactured in the tabernacle
  • 03:19 and then developed the moreso in Solomon's temple, there are all
  • 03:23 kinds of cherubim there, and there are all kinds of trees
  • 03:28 that were carved into the temple complex and overlaid
  • 03:31 with fine gold.
  • 03:33 The difference is the cherubim there are not keeping humanity
  • 03:36 out, they're welcoming, in effect, helping them
  • 03:40 to get back in.
  • 03:43 What a story it is.
  • 03:45 Life comes to ruin because of sin, and even Solomon,
  • 03:48 who as an extension of his piety this place was built,
  • 03:55 his impiety brought it down as well because he was
  • 03:58 a man of sin, not just piety as you know.
  • 04:01 And in that sense, he's a whole lot like us.
  • 04:04 What's fascinating is that not only did he build it and then
  • 04:07 his sins felled it, but by the time we look in the chronicler
  • 04:12 and when we look at Ezra chapter 1, and in chapter 6 we're told
  • 04:17 that God is stirring up people to rebuild it.
  • 04:21 It's destroyed and it's rebuilt.
  • 04:24 And that is so much about life.
  • 04:27 I wanna look at another aspect of it in a second,
  • 04:29 but in a way, we're all rebuilt jobs.
  • 04:33 And I wanna explore it with you in the biblical text
  • 04:36 from the New Testament.
  • 04:37 There's something I want you to see, and I know
  • 04:39 you're gonna love it.
  • 04:42 Jeffrey: I am just amazed.
  • 04:44 There is so much that I don't understand in life, one of which
  • 04:49 is this engineering feat here deep in the bowels
  • 04:54 of Solomon's quarry.
  • 04:56 It's noted in here and I'm coming to you from right here,
  • 05:02 where the stones were pulled out to fabricate Eden on earth in
  • 05:08 the form of the sanctuary.
  • 05:11 Speaking from deep underground in the bowels of the earth, I'm
  • 05:16 reminded of another story where a bunch of miners were working
  • 05:20 and they got trapped.
  • 05:22 And they got a line down to 'em for communications, and they had
  • 05:27 one question they sent back up top at the very start,
  • 05:32 and that was, "Is there hope?"
  • 05:36 The reason why I mention that is a lot of people are buried under
  • 05:39 sin and circumstance, and they're deep under the rubble,
  • 05:42 and they wanna know, is there hope?
  • 05:44 I mention that because when we close the biblical text, when
  • 05:49 Eden is revisited or the story of Eden is retold in the book of
  • 05:55 Revelation, they're coming out of a really dark hour with the
  • 05:59 world just cascading out of control, or so it seemed.
  • 06:03 But Revelation talks about the ultimate triumph of God
  • 06:07 in human history finally and fully.
  • 06:10 In Revelation chapter 21, where the author sees a new heaven,
  • 06:15 a new earth, the new Jerusalem coming down.
  • 06:18 This Jerusalem they had to pull out of the earth with the rocks.
  • 06:21 This one's coming down.
  • 06:22 But it's fascinating with it is the exclamation that once again,
  • 06:26 as in Eden, the dwelling place of God is among men.
  • 06:31 And when he makes his home with you, we're told as we read on,
  • 06:36 he wipes away tears from their eyes, and that's a good Word.
  • 06:42 Here, of course, it talks about an event in human history,
  • 06:46 but I want that story to be your story now.
  • 06:49 And how can you get that to happen?
  • 06:51 Well, you've gotta get God's presence dwelling in your world,
  • 06:56 where it can be said the dwelling of God is among men,
  • 07:00 people like me and you.
  • 07:04 ♪♪♪
  • 07:14 Jeffrey: In Revelation chapter 21, verses 5 and 6, with
  • 07:18 the coming of the new Jerusalem, we hear the words,
  • 07:21 "Behold, I make all things new."
  • 07:24 Well, that's then. This is now.
  • 07:28 We're not looking at the new Jerusalem as much as we are
  • 07:32 walking around the ruins of the old one.
  • 07:35 And even the old Jerusalem is being rebuilt in modernity,
  • 07:38 but that's something of a little different story.
  • 07:40 Here we're making our way among stones that were felled
  • 07:44 two millennia ago.
  • 07:47 You might recall the story.
  • 07:48 Jesus said as much that there will not be one stone
  • 07:51 left upon another.
  • 07:53 And this, by the way, is proof of the ages of what's written
  • 07:56 in the Bible's pages.
  • 07:58 The Romans brought all this down.
  • 08:00 Previously, we looked at a segment.
  • 08:02 We were in Solomon's quarries where stones were pulled
  • 08:05 out of the earth to construct.
  • 08:07 That's construction.
  • 08:09 What's at play here is destruction,
  • 08:11 and the Romans knew how to do it.
  • 08:13 They way they brought all this down is they would drill holes
  • 08:16 in limestone and put rags in there that are dipped in oil.
  • 08:21 And they'd be like wicks, and they'd light 'em on fire, and it
  • 08:23 would burn and burn, it would dry up the limestone.
  • 08:26 It would crumble, and then under the weight of it all,
  • 08:30 it would all come tumbling down.
  • 08:32 And here we have proof thereof, it happened in 70 A.D.
  • 08:36 When Jerusalem was reconstituted as a new city in Israel
  • 08:41 for the Hebrew people, all this was underground.
  • 08:44 Ground level was way up there, but we keep digging and digging,
  • 08:48 discovering and discovering.
  • 08:50 And here we are, walking among the ruins of a bygone era
  • 08:54 that is amply attested in biblical literature.
  • 08:57 Speaking of which, I'd like to take a look at a Word
  • 09:02 that was uttered by someone named Zechariah.
  • 09:06 Zechariah comes from "zakar" in Hebrew, which means to remember.
  • 09:11 And he's speaking at a time when Israelites are making their way
  • 09:15 back and he's looking to spur on the efforts to redevelop Judea.
  • 09:20 That's what his project is.
  • 09:22 And he's encouraging them because sometimes people need
  • 09:25 a little bit of encouragement.
  • 09:27 And he says here in the 8th chapter in this particular
  • 09:29 passage, "Thus says Adonai," the Lord, "I will return to Zion
  • 09:35 and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem."
  • 09:38 I think that's fascinating.
  • 09:40 It's not just people returning, but there's a kind of divine
  • 09:43 presence that serves as a guidance mechanism for the
  • 09:47 return and help for those who are in the process of returning.
  • 09:52 That's good to know because when you're looking to develop
  • 09:55 the land here, in so many ways you're fighting
  • 09:57 against all odds.
  • 09:59 It's good to know that we can get by with a little help
  • 10:01 some from friend, particularly one above.
  • 10:05 It's interesting too because in coming back to Israel and being
  • 10:08 present there, it harks back to a previous story that really
  • 10:13 is in biblical prehistory.
  • 10:16 You might recall once upon a time, God was present
  • 10:18 in a parcel called Eden.
  • 10:21 But with sin and circumstance, people were driven out
  • 10:25 and God himself took leave.
  • 10:27 As we enter the pages of the biblical story, God's bringing
  • 10:30 people back and setting up a beit hamikdash, a holy house
  • 10:34 where his presence will dwell.
  • 10:37 It seems to me it's very interesting that what's at play
  • 10:39 here is to reconstruct that fabricated Eden.
  • 10:43 He says, "Then," with him being present, "Jerusalem will be
  • 10:47 called the City of Truth," emet, "and the mountain of
  • 10:51 Adonai-Tzva'ot," in Hebrew, the Lord of the armies,
  • 10:54 "will be called the Holy Mountain."
  • 10:57 And here we are in this very sacred place.
  • 11:00 As I put a wrap on this segment, "Thus says Adonai-Tzva'ot,"
  • 11:04 in verse 7, "Behold, I will save my people."
  • 11:11 And isn't that the truth, that Hebrews were just saved.
  • 11:17 I mean, there's so much coming against the Jews.
  • 11:20 He says, "I will save them."
  • 11:22 In verse 8, "I will bring them back and they will live
  • 11:26 in the midst of Jerusalem."
  • 11:28 We can look at this today and see it as something
  • 11:31 of a prophetic word fulfilled 'cause it's not just
  • 11:34 wishful thinking into the future.
  • 11:36 We're looking at the biblical pages here, and then we're
  • 11:40 looking at a page out of history here, and then we're seeing
  • 11:44 how it's all coming together in our day.
  • 11:46 It's interesting, you can look at Jerusalem of the past, you
  • 11:50 can look at Jerusalem of the present, and then you can bump
  • 11:53 over to this new Jerusalem coming out of heaven.
  • 11:57 In effect, a restored Eden coming down
  • 11:59 from heaven to earth.
  • 12:02 You can get a little piece of that heaven right now
  • 12:04 if you invite the Prince of heaven into your heart.
  • 12:09 ♪♪♪
  • 12:16 announcer: Our resource this week, the series,
  • 12:18 "Return to Eden," on DVD.
  • 12:20 In this ten-program series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif uncovers how
  • 12:24 the Lord bridged the relationship gap caused
  • 12:27 by mankind's sin in the Garden of Eden
  • 12:29 by creating a special relationship with a people
  • 12:32 and a land that eventually led to the Messiah.
  • 12:36 Get this series for yourself or to share with friends.
  • 12:39 Just contact us and ask for the DVD series, "Return to Eden."
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  • 14:16 David: Amen.
  • 14:18 Right now, let's return to Jerusalem and finish
  • 14:20 with Jeffrey Seif's teaching for today.
  • 14:23 ♪♪♪
  • 14:32 Jeffrey: I wanna apologize a little on the front end.
  • 14:34 I say that because, you know, we turn on Christian television,
  • 14:37 we want some inspiration, from the Latin "inspiritus,"
  • 14:42 to breathe some spirit, some encouragement in.
  • 14:45 At the outset here, this is gonna be
  • 14:47 more informational than inspirational.
  • 14:51 There's some things that I want you to understand, the first of
  • 14:54 which is that I'm going to you from a very low place
  • 14:58 in the biblical culture, and I mean literally low.
  • 15:02 We're in a valley here in biblical literature known
  • 15:05 as the Valley of Gehenna.
  • 15:08 It was an old garbage dump actually in temple days
  • 15:10 in ancient Jerusalem.
  • 15:13 And even in prehistory, children were sacrificed down here.
  • 15:17 It's rather interesting, the valley bends around and we come
  • 15:20 to the Kidron, and the valley there leads into Gethsemane,
  • 15:27 a beautiful spot.
  • 15:29 There's not a lot of beauty around here and I'm okay
  • 15:30 with that because the story here isn't very beautiful.
  • 15:34 I can hear some traffic. There's a road.
  • 15:37 As it makes it way Jerusalem, they have to downshift to move
  • 15:42 up, and sometimes you just run out of energy.
  • 15:45 Gravity pulls you, you need to hit it a little bit,
  • 15:47 and that's something of the story here.
  • 15:50 And I mention that because when we look at the biblical text, we
  • 15:54 see the story of just the journey to establish God's will
  • 16:00 and ways on the earth and we observe how there's a temple
  • 16:03 that's built with all of that.
  • 16:05 And what happens with the temple, however,
  • 16:09 even when it's built, the prophets encourage it.
  • 16:13 And finally people get it all done, but even with that,
  • 16:16 when they're in that, they run out of steam.
  • 16:19 Malachi, in Hebrew, comes from a word for "My messenger."
  • 16:24 The prophet is discouraged, really, in chapter 1, verse 6.
  • 16:29 "A son honors his father.
  • 16:31 If I'm a Father, where is my honor?" he says.
  • 16:34 Then you say, "How am I not honoring you?"
  • 16:38 He says, Adonai-Tzva'ot, the Lord of the armies says
  • 16:43 to the kohanim, to these priests, "You despise my name."
  • 16:49 And why do they despise, or how?
  • 16:51 In verse 7, he says, "You put defiled bread on my altar."
  • 16:56 He goes on to say, "You bring me sick animals."
  • 17:00 In the biblical text, when the beit hamikdash is up
  • 17:03 and running, people bring sacrifices there.
  • 17:06 They're to bring the best, but instead they were
  • 17:09 bringing the worst.
  • 17:11 It's a sad story. It's a bad story.
  • 17:14 When we look at the temple complex itself, this is a
  • 17:16 reconstitution of Eden, sacred space that reminds of what was
  • 17:21 once this garden paradise where God dwelt, where he was present,
  • 17:26 and people were kicked out, and now they're beckoned
  • 17:29 to return with sacrifice in hand.
  • 17:32 But something just wasn't going right.
  • 17:35 One of the problems with people in the Bible is that they are
  • 17:39 people in the Bible, and as such, they're beset with all
  • 17:42 the problems that attend to mankind, sin and all.
  • 17:47 That's the bad news.
  • 17:49 The good news is that there's some good news coming.
  • 17:52 The journey continues, and I wanna take another look
  • 17:55 at the book as we consider that story and more.
  • 18:00 Well, I wanna move on from these jagged rocks
  • 18:03 to the ragged edge of time.
  • 18:07 And certainly John, when he writes the book of Revelation,
  • 18:10 he takes us there, and there's some good news in what, in the
  • 18:14 book of Revelation, in so many ways is a bad news world.
  • 18:17 In chapter 21, verse 10, John says, "He carried me away
  • 18:22 in the ruach," in the spirit,
  • 18:24 "and he showed me the holy city,
  • 18:27 Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
  • 18:32 having the glory of God."
  • 18:35 The shekinah, the kavod, the glory of God.
  • 18:38 Once upon a time, the world went bad.
  • 18:41 When you look at Revelation, God gets his world back.
  • 18:44 You can get your world back with God before all that, however.
  • 18:49 And you know how you can do that?
  • 18:51 You can do that by coming to terms with he who is
  • 18:55 the rock of ages.
  • 18:58 ♪♪♪
  • 19:09 David: You've watched the news and you've seen
  • 19:10 the excitement about the United States Embassy
  • 19:12 being moved to Jerusalem.
  • 19:14 We're excited about that too, but we also--you haven't heard a
  • 19:17 whole lot about the Christian embassy that we have
  • 19:20 a little connection with.
  • 19:21 Kirsten: ICEJ is International Christian Embassy Jerusalem,
  • 19:26 and our son, Ryan Hart, works there.
  • 19:28 He's in the media production team, does editing, and he works
  • 19:33 daily with the vice president of ICEJ, who is David Parsons.
  • 19:38 And Jeff, you know David personally, don't you?
  • 19:40 Jeffrey: Yes, David is a lawyer who's been lobbying
  • 19:44 indefatigably behind the scenes for that embassy move.
  • 19:47 I had an opportunity to talk to him, and now you are
  • 19:51 gonna have an opportunity to hear from him.
  • 19:59 Jeffrey: David, you have a lot of experience with
  • 20:01 the International Christian Embassy,
  • 20:03 and now this new embassy's coming.
  • 20:05 It must be exciting.
  • 20:06 David Parsons: Well, I think, you know, there's a symbolic
  • 20:09 act, but there's a lot of substance to it.
  • 20:12 It's the right thing to do for such a close ally of America
  • 20:16 and I think it's another example of how Israel is singled out.
  • 20:21 And you'd have to say it's antisemitic that they're the
  • 20:23 only nation that does not--is not allowed the sovereign right
  • 20:28 of every nation to choose its own capital.
  • 20:30 So, this is the right thing to do.
  • 20:32 But I think spiritually it's a new season for Jerusalem.
  • 20:36 The nations are coming back. America is leading them up.
  • 20:41 And I think there's something about the question of Jerusalem
  • 20:43 in our day that is dividing the sheep and goat nations.
  • 20:47 Those countries that truly fear God and honor his Word more than
  • 20:53 they fear and honor men, they're going to make that decision,
  • 20:56 that right and proper decision to return to Jerusalem,
  • 20:59 and I think there are even benefits
  • 21:01 for the church out there.
  • 21:03 We've always seen as God restores things to Israel,
  • 21:06 he restores things to the church as well.
  • 21:09 They go in parallel.
  • 21:11 Jeffrey: Restoration is what Israel is all about.
  • 21:15 To walk on the very soil of the patriarchs as I did with David
  • 21:19 is to be renewed in body, mind, and spirit.
  • 21:24 You can sense an inner tug that's difficult to explain.
  • 21:28 Jeffrey: It's a good day, is it not?
  • 21:30 David: Amen, and it's also a good day to visit Jerusalem, to
  • 21:35 come see where the Lord walked, and to come see the modern
  • 21:38 miracle of Israel, all that God has restored here, bringing
  • 21:42 people from over a hundred nations, making them one nation
  • 21:45 again with one language, reviving a dead language
  • 21:49 in an Israel that is not only surviving against all
  • 21:52 the challenges, and terror, and wars, but it's thriving,
  • 21:55 a high-tech nation giving all sorts of benefits to the world.
  • 22:00 Jeffrey: David, thank you very much.
  • 22:01 David: Thank you.
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  • 22:37 Kirsten: If you have watched this program at all, you
  • 22:40 probably know my passion for the food of Israel.
  • 22:45 It's one of my favorite things about touring
  • 22:47 to the holy land are the meals.
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  • 22:58 to eat the food of the land.
  • 23:01 And today, Sarah Liberman is continuing her teaching about
  • 23:06 the seven species found in Deuteronomy 8.
  • 23:09 Today, she is talking about figs, something you will eat
  • 23:12 and enjoy in the holy land.
  • 23:15 Let's go to Israel now to hear from Sarah.
  • 23:23 Sarah Liberman: Shalom haverim.
  • 23:25 Welcome back to our series on the seven species, the fruit of
  • 23:28 blessing that God gives to the people of Israel as they enter
  • 23:31 into the promised land.
  • 23:32 And today, we're talking about figs.
  • 23:34 Now, the word for "fig" in Hebrew is "te'enah,"
  • 23:38 and in Bible times, they used to use figs to make cakes,
  • 23:41 dried so they could transport the goodness of this fruit
  • 23:44 when they went on long journeys.
  • 23:46 But today in Israel, we eat them both dried,
  • 23:48 but also like this in its fresh form.
  • 23:51 Now, the fig in the Bible is a symbol of the nation of Israel,
  • 23:55 its rebirth, and the promise of the coming of Messiah.
  • 23:59 But there's also a beautiful passage that talks about every
  • 24:02 man sitting under the fig tree and giving him a time of peace
  • 24:06 and rest in his life.
  • 24:08 So this week, as you contemplate this incredible fruit,
  • 24:11 the te'enah, may you have a time of peace
  • 24:15 and rest spiritually as well.
  • 24:19 ♪♪♪
  • 24:27 ♪ Some day in Jerusalem, I'll praise you ♪
  • 24:34 ♪ Some day in Jerusalem, I'll sing ♪
  • 24:40 ♪ Lord, and when the world shout ♪
  • 24:43 ♪ "Glory, hallelujah," ♪
  • 24:47 ♪ they will bring to our King ♪
  • 24:50 ♪ all those things of which I sing ♪
  • 24:53 ♪ Glory, glory, glory ♪
  • 25:03 ♪ glory to my King ♪♪
  • 25:15 Kirsten: This whole series, "Return to Eden," is not
  • 25:18 a geographical search for the beginnings of this world.
  • 25:22 It is all about God's search for his relationship
  • 25:27 with his creation, the human man.
  • 25:30 He loves him.
  • 25:32 Jeffrey: Yes, he does, and that relationship is so
  • 25:35 characterized by brokenness.
  • 25:38 I think it's something we all can relate to,
  • 25:40 not just because we read about brokenness
  • 25:43 in Israel's family diary, the Bible,
  • 25:47 but we experience brokenness in our own personal
  • 25:51 diaries as well.
  • 25:54 And when people are broken in relations,
  • 25:57 that feeling of alienation and the concomitant
  • 26:01 disorientation leaves people wasted.
  • 26:05 Just like Adam and Eve were kicked out of a garden,
  • 26:09 so people today feel like they're in a barren wasteland,
  • 26:14 away from paradise.
  • 26:17 There is a way to get back in Genesis, there's a way to get
  • 26:21 back through the Bible, and there's a way for you
  • 26:24 to get back right now.
  • 26:27 What I've just talked about is something of a description of
  • 26:30 the bad news that is so very characteristic of human
  • 26:33 experience, but the good news is that God so loved the world
  • 26:37 that he sent his Son into the world
  • 26:40 to restore that relationship.
  • 26:42 Thank you for letting us into your head
  • 26:45 vis-a-vis the television.
  • 26:47 Now, would you let the Son of God into your heart?
  • 26:50 For that, you're just a prayer away from a new beginning.
  • 26:54 David: Amen.
  • 26:56 Kirsten: And that's what we're all about here
  • 26:57 on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 26:59 We care about your personal relationship with your Creator
  • 27:01 through his Son, Jesus Yeshua.
  • 27:05 David: Join us next week as continue our series,
  • 27:07 "Return to Eden."
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  • 27:10 For now, we end this program with--
  • 27:13 Jeffrey: Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:16 Kirsten: 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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