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Episode: “Bonus Interviews,” Part 1
Extended interviews with individuals appearing in this series: Doron Keidar from Cry for Zion, Dr. Seth Postell the Academic Dean of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, and Guy Erlich the owner/director of Balm of Gilead farm.
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.

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  • 00:01 David Hart: Did you know that preparations are presently being made for the third temple in Jerusalem? That and so much more today
  • 00:10 on "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.
  • 00:22 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."
  • 00:30 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:33 ♪♪♪
  • 00:43 ♪♪♪
  • 00:50 David: We are so glad you have joined us today
  • 00:52 on "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 00:54 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:55 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:57 Kirsten: And the past two months you have been watching Jeff
  • 00:59 in the series, "Return to Eden."
  • 01:02 You finished up all the teaching, and is there any way
  • 01:05 to tie it all together today?
  • 01:07 Jeffrey: Well, because it's the story from Genesis to
  • 01:10 Revelation, it's a bit much for 30 seconds, but at the end of
  • 01:12 the day, we're looking at prophecy, beginning in Genesis
  • 01:16 with Eden, and seeing how it's fulfilled, manifest prophecies
  • 01:20 in the temple, and we're wanting to help people to see it.
  • 01:24 Speaking of which, our very own Chaim Malespin is gonna speak to
  • 01:28 Doron, an expert on the Temple Mount and security in
  • 01:32 and around the Temple Mount.
  • 01:34 You're gonna love him and you're gonna hear him now.
  • 01:37 ♪♪♪
  • 01:42 Chaim Malespin: Thank you so much for taking the time
  • 01:44 to be interviewed today.
  • 01:45 Tell us a little bit about yourself.
  • 01:47 Doron Keidar: I started to study the history
  • 01:48 of the Temple Mount from those who were educated in it,
  • 01:51 those who were leading movements on it.
  • 01:54 Studying military history because my background is
  • 01:56 in a combat unit, studying combat, and war, and how--
  • 02:01 so I can better prepare for future wars, et cetera.
  • 02:04 And when I learned about this interesting gentleman
  • 02:07 called Rabbi Shlomo Goren, he blew me away.
  • 02:10 Because for one, I realized I don't know much about this man
  • 02:14 and he's a real key pillar in the IDF, and as far
  • 02:18 as the Temple Mount is concerned, plus Hebron.
  • 02:22 He was a key player as far as encouraging the generals,
  • 02:25 telling Motta Gur, "You need to take the Temple Mount.
  • 02:29 You need to take Hebron."
  • 02:30 He was the fire behind these general decisions that say,
  • 02:34 "Okay, fine, let's do it," but I hadn't heard of him before.
  • 02:38 So, I studied up on Shlomo Goren,
  • 02:40 read his biography, studied his life,
  • 02:42 studied his "hashkafat olam" as we say, his worldview.
  • 02:46 Why was it important to him?
  • 02:48 Why was it important to restore specific
  • 02:51 Jewish prayer into combat?
  • 02:54 The prayer that we pray before we go into battle,
  • 02:56 that's Shlomo Goren.
  • 02:58 So, he did a lot of basically groundbreaking laying the
  • 03:04 foundations of the reborn Jewish state, both in diplomacy for the
  • 03:09 state when it comes to the specifics of the Temple Mount,
  • 03:12 Hebron, and the breathing life into the IDF
  • 03:16 from a religious aspect.
  • 03:18 Chaim: Yeah, so there's a growing interest in nations to
  • 03:21 come to Jerusalem and to come to the Temple Mount.
  • 03:25 Why, in your opinion, is this?
  • 03:27 Doron: Well, all the Temple Mount movements
  • 03:29 and organizations in Israel, every one of them verbatim
  • 03:33 say the same thing.
  • 03:35 Beit tefilah yikkarei, beit tefilah lechol ha'amim.
  • 03:38 It will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
  • 03:40 So, we believe in that.
  • 03:41 I believe in that, that the nations
  • 03:43 are gonna stream to Zion.
  • 03:45 They're gonna stream to God's holy house and that's going to
  • 03:48 be part of the restoration that God brings, not just to Israel,
  • 03:52 but to the world as a whole, because that's gonna be the glue
  • 03:55 in which God is going to breathe life through Israel
  • 03:58 and through--onwards to the nations.
  • 04:01 Chaim: Do you think that the rebuilding of the temple
  • 04:03 is a reconstruction of Eden that was lost?
  • 04:06 Doron: Absolutely.
  • 04:08 The Genesis of the Temple Mount
  • 04:10 starts with Adam and Eve.
  • 04:12 God takes the piece of earth, as we know, makes clay,
  • 04:16 breathes life into it, et cetera, et cetera.
  • 04:18 That's Adam, the first human being.
  • 04:20 He's created according to Jewish tradition from the very earth
  • 04:23 of the Temple Mount.
  • 04:25 Future then, you have also the Garden of Eden which is the
  • 04:28 place he's dwelling in in this heavenly place, as you will,
  • 04:31 Gan Eden, which is what we say.
  • 04:34 You're going to heaven.
  • 04:36 In Hebrew, you say Gan Eden, by the way.
  • 04:38 I know in Christian, English-speaking, you use
  • 04:41 a different term, heaven and Eden, right?
  • 04:45 But in Hebrew, you use the same term for both Eden and heaven.
  • 04:49 And so, the point is, in Jewish tradition, we believe this is
  • 04:53 where Adam was created out of the earth, we believe this is
  • 04:56 where the Garden of Eden was, and we also believe this
  • 05:00 is where heaven will meet earth.
  • 05:02 So, this is the very navel of the earth, the very place where
  • 05:05 heaven meets earth literally.
  • 05:08 Chaim: How were the temples a picture of heaven?
  • 05:12 Doron: Well, we know that, for example, that you have
  • 05:15 the Garden of Eden, and that in the Hebrew it's synonymous,
  • 05:18 Eden, heaven.
  • 05:20 And so, it was in Eden that God shows Abraham, 'kay,
  • 05:25 where Eden got taken up, as we know.
  • 05:28 It was in Eden that God says, "That is HaMakom," and this was
  • 05:32 the first mention actually of the location of God's future
  • 05:36 temple, and it's the location that God draws Abraham to start
  • 05:41 the restoration process of heaven meeting earth again,
  • 05:45 where heaven was on earth in Eden,
  • 05:47 which is on the Temple Mount.
  • 05:49 There's a lot of symbolism.
  • 05:51 And for example, when the prophets get a vision of heaven,
  • 05:55 Daniel, and Ezekiel, and all these, when they get an image of
  • 06:00 heaven--in fact, in our prayers, when we pray in replacement
  • 06:04 of the sacrificial system that we have, in order to keep
  • 06:07 the rehearsal of when the temple will be restored,
  • 06:12 when we pray the Amidah, why do we stand
  • 06:14 with two feet together?
  • 06:17 Because we're an image of the angels of what
  • 06:19 was seen in heaven.
  • 06:21 It says, "And they were as if on one leg."
  • 06:24 So, when we do the Amidah, for example, we stand
  • 06:27 on two together, as if one leg, to imitate the angels,
  • 06:30 'cause in this part of the prayer, we're basically
  • 06:33 in the presence of the Almighty, in the presence of Hashem.
  • 06:36 And so again, there's all through the prayers, the
  • 06:40 sacrifices, the garments, the service, everything is a picture
  • 06:43 of the heavenly temple, if you will, where God dwells.
  • 06:49 Chaim: Would you say that it's highly contested more
  • 06:52 for spiritual reasons than political reasons?
  • 06:54 Doron: Absolutely.
  • 06:56 When we have Jewish presence restored back to the bulls eye,
  • 06:59 Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Temple Mount at the very
  • 07:03 heart, it explodes because there's a spiritual conflict,
  • 07:06 of course, because the evil powers that be do not want
  • 07:10 God's kingdom, heaven, to meet earth.
  • 07:13 They don't want that.
  • 07:15 They don't want the Messianic kingdom.
  • 07:16 They want the chaos.
  • 07:18 ♪♪♪
  • 07:25 Kirsten: The holy mountain in Jerusalem will be contested
  • 07:28 until that day when Yeshua comes back to reign as King of kings
  • 07:32 and Lord of lords, hopefully soon.
  • 07:35 David: And our next guest, how does he fit in
  • 07:37 with this series?
  • 07:39 Jeffrey: Well, Dr. Postel, I read a book that he wrote that
  • 07:42 dealt with Eden, and Genesis, and the temple,
  • 07:46 and I thought it was fascinating.
  • 07:48 And part of what I'm doing is just bringing his book to life.
  • 07:51 Scholars like him write books and they're lost
  • 07:53 in libraries somewhere.
  • 07:55 I wanted the world to see it.
  • 07:57 I want you to see Seth Postel.
  • 07:59 That's why he's coming to you in a moment.
  • 08:00 Dr. Postel, I first met him, he is a faculty member and I am
  • 08:04 an adjunct faculty at Israel College of the Bible.
  • 08:08 Furthermore, I worked with Seth on a Bible translation project.
  • 08:12 Great scholar, great Jewish believer, great Israeli.
  • 08:16 Dr. Seth Postel coming to you right now.
  • 08:19 ♪♪♪
  • 08:24 Dr. Seth Postel: When I started to look at these
  • 08:26 parallels, and there are numerous parallels, it became
  • 08:29 very clear that just as God brought Adam into Eden,
  • 08:36 God brought Israel into the promised land.
  • 08:39 A correlation between the promised land and the land
  • 08:42 of Eden, interestingly enough.
  • 08:45 Why does God bring Abraham from the east, westward to this land,
  • 08:53 to the land of Israel?
  • 08:55 And I would argue it's--in a way, it is to restore the very
  • 09:00 things that were lost when Adam and Eve sinned.
  • 09:03 It is interesting, for instance, in the book of Ezekiel.
  • 09:08 Ezekiel describes the New Jerusalem, very much using
  • 09:14 language from the story of the Garden of Eden.
  • 09:16 And so, the river coming out from the temple to water--
  • 09:22 you know, water comes out from this new temple
  • 09:25 and there's all sorts of Edenic imagery.
  • 09:28 You've got the tree of life and the fruit, the healing of the
  • 09:31 nations, which draws a direct correlation between Eden
  • 09:35 and Jerusalem, and beyond that the promised land.
  • 09:38 Of course, you have the book of Revelation that makes a very
  • 09:41 close connection between the Jerusalem coming down
  • 09:44 from the heaven and the Garden of Eden.
  • 09:48 Of interest is if you look at the Garden of Eden in Genesis
  • 09:52 chapter 2, verses 10 through 14, the boundaries of Eden
  • 09:57 are described on the basis of rivers.
  • 10:01 Of rivers.
  • 10:02 And if you look at the rivers, you'll notice that these rivers
  • 10:05 are described from south to north.
  • 10:09 And what that does is it puts the land of Canaan right
  • 10:14 at the center of that matrix of rivers.
  • 10:18 Interestingly enough, how does God describe the boundaries of
  • 10:21 the promised land to Abraham in Genesis chapter 15, verse 18?
  • 10:25 He refers to a couple of those same rivers.
  • 10:29 And so, just as Adam was exiled from this land because of
  • 10:35 disobedience, God brings Abraham back into this land ultimately
  • 10:40 to restore blessing, blessing to Abraham, his descendants,
  • 10:45 and to all the families on the earth.
  • 10:47 Jeffrey: Some would look at a present-day map and say,
  • 10:50 "But the Tigris and Euphrates rivers as mentioned in Genesis
  • 10:53 are in Iraq."
  • 10:55 And Dr. Postel responds--
  • 10:58 Dr. Postel: But that would be the northern boundaries
  • 11:00 of those rivers.
  • 11:01 Keep in mind that there's a head river that goes out
  • 11:03 from the Garden to water the whole earth.
  • 11:07 And if you'll notice, there's other rivers that are tied
  • 11:09 to the land of Cush, which would be in the south.
  • 11:13 And so, what you have here is you've got the northernmost
  • 11:16 boundaries of where this river goes
  • 11:19 and the southernmost boundary of where these rivers go.
  • 11:21 In other words, if you look at the middle, the middle point
  • 11:26 between these two, the northern and southern place
  • 11:30 of these rivers, it puts us right in the promised land.
  • 11:34 Look at the way that the Bible begins.
  • 11:37 You've got this Garden. You've got the trees of life.
  • 11:41 There are no curses.
  • 11:43 We only have blessings, which is a major theme of the Torah,
  • 11:46 is God's purpose to bless.
  • 11:48 And then look at the end of the book of the New Testament,
  • 11:52 the book of Revelation.
  • 11:54 Once again, we have the trees of life.
  • 11:56 We have the removal of the curse.
  • 11:58 We've got Jerusalem, which is just like an Eden
  • 12:02 that now has become a city.
  • 12:05 And so, absolutely the biblical writers link
  • 12:09 the promised land with Eden.
  • 12:11 It's a very common theme.
  • 12:14 Jeffrey: Believers have long felt a certain allure
  • 12:18 to the holy land, and why is that?
  • 12:21 Well, Dr. Postel puts forth, and I do as well,
  • 12:25 that when we look at Genesis, when we look at Eden,
  • 12:30 we're looking at the land of Israel.
  • 12:33 That's where it was.
  • 12:35 People were kicked out, and then there's this draw to return,
  • 12:39 a draw that I feel and that you may very well feel.
  • 12:44 Let's hear more now from Dr. Postel.
  • 12:48 Dr. Postel: When we think about the Messianic hope,
  • 12:51 when we think about the hope of believers,
  • 12:55 typically the way that the hope is presented
  • 12:57 is when we die we will go to heaven, and that's true.
  • 13:00 Absent from the body is present with the Lord.
  • 13:03 That is true as it is, but interestingly enough, throughout
  • 13:07 the Scriptures the biblical hope is constantly presented,
  • 13:11 not as us leaving, but as his coming.
  • 13:14 We long for his return.
  • 13:17 And so, the biblical hope is rooted
  • 13:20 in the redemption of creation.
  • 13:22 The biblical hope is rooted in the removal of the curse.
  • 13:26 The biblical hope is rooted in the seed of the woman,
  • 13:31 the seed of David, ruling and reigning from
  • 13:35 a specific geographical region.
  • 13:39 The world will never be right until a son of Adam,
  • 13:43 a son of David is seated in Jerusalem.
  • 13:49 That is the plan of God. That is biblical hope.
  • 13:52 And so, I would simply argue that to not see this narrative
  • 13:55 thread is to really undermine God's purposes for the coming of
  • 14:00 the Messiah and how that's tied back to his original purposes
  • 14:04 with Adam and Eve.
  • 14:06 ♪♪♪
  • 14:15 announcer: Our resource this week, the series,
  • 14:18 "Return to Eden," on DVD.
  • 14:20 In this ten-program series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif uncovers how
  • 14:24 the Lord bridged the relationship gap caused
  • 14:27 by mankind's sin in the Garden of Eden
  • 14:29 by creating a special relationship with a people
  • 14:32 and a land that eventually led to the Messiah.
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  • 15:19 David: These interviews have been so good, fascinating,
  • 15:22 and we at this table even have learned so much.
  • 15:25 We hope you have too.
  • 15:27 Kirsten: So much. We grew up in the church.
  • 15:28 David and I grew up in the church.
  • 15:30 If you've been watching the program you know that.
  • 15:31 And honestly, I have never been taught or never heard
  • 15:35 of the parallels between Eden and the temple.
  • 15:39 I love learning something new.
  • 15:42 And Jeff Seif, what do you think of what Dr. Postel
  • 15:44 just taught us?
  • 15:45 Jeffrey: Well, it comes from Jewish scholarship
  • 15:47 and Messianic Jewish scholarship.
  • 15:49 And with you, I think that life is all about lifelong learning.
  • 15:53 It's not like you get a doctorate, you're some PhD,
  • 15:55 and you know everything.
  • 15:56 We all should be learners, and Dr. Postel is a great teacher.
  • 16:00 Something to learn on the other side of the brain,
  • 16:02 not just information but inspiration,
  • 16:05 Guy Erlich is manufacturing incense,
  • 16:08 an Israeli, a Jew, in Israel, in anticipation
  • 16:11 of a coming temple to be rebuilt there.
  • 16:14 Let's hear from Guy.
  • 16:21 Guy Erlich: I'm Guy Erlich,
  • 16:23 and this is the Balm of Gilead Farm.
  • 16:24 We are standing at the hill of frankincense,
  • 16:26 part of my plantation.
  • 16:28 Over here, the vast majority the trees are boswellia sacra,
  • 16:32 the true frankincense, the frankincense of the incense
  • 16:35 of the early temple, the frankincense of the present
  • 16:37 of the three Magis, and the vast majority of the plants here
  • 16:43 are frankincense trees.
  • 16:46 The frankincense comes from the resin which come out
  • 16:49 from the bark.
  • 16:52 There is a special method of making a tip,
  • 16:54 a cut at the branch, and then we let the resin go out and dry.
  • 17:00 And after about, between one week to ten days,
  • 17:03 we collect the dried resin.
  • 17:05 It's called tears because most of them have the shape of the
  • 17:07 tear, and this is the main raw material from the frankincense.
  • 17:14 Jeffrey: This is Guy's Garden of Eden where he comes daily
  • 17:18 to inspect and tenderly care for his rare collection of plants.
  • 17:24 Actually, he started it all for medicinal purposes,
  • 17:27 but it seems there were bigger plans for his life,
  • 17:30 a bigger reason for it all.
  • 17:33 Guy: Along the years, a lot of temple fans
  • 17:35 are coming to visit me.
  • 17:37 I become a magnet for temple fans.
  • 17:40 In the beginning, I found it quite annoying.
  • 17:44 I started my venture in order to be an economic boost
  • 17:49 to my family, not to serve the third temple.
  • 17:54 And I can tell you that the first time that a lot of temple
  • 17:58 fans are coming to meet me, the people of the temple Institute,
  • 18:03 Rabbi Ariel was here several times even with his family,
  • 18:11 Yehuda Glick, Yehuda Etzion, a lot of them.
  • 18:16 When Rabbi Ariel was here for the first time, I told him,
  • 18:19 "Rabbi Ariel, when the temple will come from the sky,
  • 18:22 I'll be more than happy to supply the incense
  • 18:24 of the holy temple, but forget it,
  • 18:26 I'm not going to build you a temple."
  • 18:28 He was very upset with me.
  • 18:30 He told me that I don't know what my destination is.
  • 18:34 I started with my plants with a desire to make
  • 18:37 a medication out of them.
  • 18:39 And this is still my main goal, but along the years I understood
  • 18:43 that my plants have some other purposes.
  • 18:47 And if they will be able to serve the third temple,
  • 18:51 I'll be more than happy to be the one that would bring it.
  • 18:55 So, I promised Rabbi Ariel that I'll do my best to have
  • 19:04 as many ingredients of the holy temple as I can.
  • 19:07 There are eight known ingredients and another
  • 19:13 three unknown ingredients.
  • 19:16 To find out what are the unknown ingredients and to try to have
  • 19:20 the best quality of ingredients, so when there will be a temple,
  • 19:24 we will have the resin.
  • 19:25 We will not have to wait for this.
  • 19:29 And about two months ago, as far as I understand it,
  • 19:34 I become officially-- I officially became
  • 19:37 the incense provider for the third temple.
  • 19:43 The frankincense was used in different places.
  • 19:46 The main place was as part of the eleven ingredients
  • 19:49 of the incense of the holy temple.
  • 19:53 It was burned on the golden altar.
  • 19:57 It was also put as pieces of resin on the table of bread.
  • 20:03 There was a family of Kohanim who were in charge
  • 20:07 for making the incense for the holy temple.
  • 20:09 And their office was called the Frankincense Office.
  • 20:15 Jeffrey: This amazing garden collection is located adjacent
  • 20:18 to the northern part of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot
  • 20:22 on planet earth.
  • 20:24 Guy has called his site the Balm of Gilead Farm,
  • 20:28 named after another plant he considers one
  • 20:31 of his personal treasures.
  • 20:34 Guy: This is the balm of Gilead. Cedronella canariensis.
  • 20:38 The main plant, it is identified as Cedronella canariensis.
  • 20:41 This originally came from Saudi Arabia.
  • 20:47 We are in the spring time.
  • 20:48 All the winter, it was naked without leaves.
  • 20:53 It was quite miserable and great stress, but now it's starting
  • 20:56 to be hot and its leaves are coming back.
  • 21:01 So, this is a waking up balm of Gilead.
  • 21:06 I'm using different parts of the plant.
  • 21:07 I'm using the resin, I'm using the fruit,
  • 21:09 and I'm using the leaves.
  • 21:11 Each one of them have a different chemical composition
  • 21:15 and different smell, and I do believe
  • 21:18 in the composition of all of them.
  • 21:22 First of all, it was one of the most important medication
  • 21:25 of ancient time.
  • 21:28 Then it was the most important and most expensive perfume
  • 21:32 in the Roman Empire.
  • 21:34 The plant was so important that it served as
  • 21:36 the first ingredient of the incense of the holy temple.
  • 21:41 For the incense, they used the dry branches.
  • 21:43 This is what Professor Zohar Amar is claiming.
  • 21:47 The period of the second temple, the balm of Gilead was the sole
  • 21:50 component, the only component of the anointing oil
  • 21:53 of the kings of Israel.
  • 21:55 There is a very interesting claim saying that the gold
  • 21:59 from the three magis' gift was not real gold.
  • 22:06 It was the balm of Gilead, that was more precious than gold,
  • 22:10 and that was the oil that was needed to anoint the new king.
  • 22:18 This myrrh was the second ingredient of the incense
  • 22:21 of the holy temple.
  • 22:23 This myrrh was also the second gift of the three magis.
  • 22:28 It was a very important plant in ancient time as a medication,
  • 22:33 spirituality, and it got a lot of use in ancient time.
  • 22:37 And even nowadays, we have a lot of medical potential
  • 22:40 lying in this.
  • 22:42 Jeffrey: Strangely enough, when Guy first started his farm,
  • 22:45 he knew nothing about agriculture.
  • 22:48 We asked him to explain why he pursued his dream in one
  • 22:51 of the most difficult places in the world to keep things green.
  • 22:56 Guy: I guess out of curiosity, the persistence,
  • 23:02 and maybe a guiding hand from above, I don't know.
  • 23:09 I am not a religious Jew, but I find myself a great believer.
  • 23:15 My faith is very strong.
  • 23:17 And I can tell you that I find the strength to keep on going
  • 23:22 with my mission due to the understanding that there is
  • 23:28 a meaningful thing with my plants.
  • 23:31 It can be to the direction of the third temple.
  • 23:34 It can be to the direction of medicine.
  • 23:36 Both of them are sacred for me.
  • 23:39 Jeffrey: Guy proudly displays the fruit of his labor.
  • 23:43 Like gold nuggets in his head, this is truly his treasure.
  • 23:49 Guy: This is the resin of the true frankincense,
  • 23:51 the boswellia sacra.
  • 23:53 It comes from the cutting we made on the branches
  • 23:55 of the boswellia sacra.
  • 23:58 Over here, I've got a mixture of frankincense, myrrh,
  • 24:01 and some dried balm of Gilead branches.
  • 24:03 I'm making a resin.
  • 24:05 I'm crushing it into very, very small pieces.
  • 24:09 In Hebrew, this is called mugmar.
  • 24:11 There is a very, very nice sentence in Hebrew.
  • 24:15 It says to bless the mugmar.
  • 24:17 So, I'm going to take some mugmar in my hand and I want
  • 24:21 to bless you good people with health, and happiness,
  • 24:25 and prosperity, and fulfillness.
  • 24:28 This is how they burn the incense in the temple,
  • 24:33 not on direct fire, on coal.
  • 24:35 Sometimes they put some salt in order to make the coal
  • 24:38 a bit cooler.
  • 24:41 But this is how they burn the incense, chopped resin
  • 24:45 put on coal.
  • 24:47 ♪♪♪
  • 24:52 Kirsten: We hope you're enjoying these interviews
  • 24:54 as much as we are.
  • 24:56 Personally, I love learning something new and I never knew,
  • 25:01 never heard before that the balm of Gilead is a gold resin
  • 25:05 and the oil was used to anoint the kings of Israel.
  • 25:10 That's huge to me.
  • 25:12 I mean, we sing, "There is a balm in Gilead,"
  • 25:15 I mean, this old hymn.
  • 25:17 David: That's what I remember from then.
  • 25:18 Kirsten: Right?
  • 25:20 And I don't know--we didn't know that it's a soothing balm,
  • 25:21 and it might have been, but the oil, and all this is
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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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