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Episode: “2018 — The Year in Review”
David and Kirsten review the series presented during this year including “Watch Therefore and Be Ready,” “Called Together — Jew and Gentile, One in Messiah,” “Psalms of Ascent,” “Thy Kingdom Come,” and “Return to Eden.”

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  • 00:01 ♪♪♪
  • 00:05 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:08 for Israel is, that they might be saved.
  • 00:11 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
  • 00:14 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:17 that call upon him."
  • 00:20 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:23 ♪♪♪
  • 00:30 David Hart: Thank you for joining us today
  • 00:31 on "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 00:33 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart. Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:35 Kirsten: Today on our program, we'll be looking back
  • 00:37 on 2018 and all the different series that we've brought to you
  • 00:41 and how some of this has changed up here
  • 00:44 with the addition of you.
  • 00:46 So, changes sometimes can be good.
  • 00:48 Bringing you on is a good thing.
  • 00:50 Jeffrey: Well, I'm glad to be here.
  • 00:52 Of course, we're all standing on the shoulders of giants.
  • 00:54 Zola Levitt was all about telling the story,
  • 00:58 bringing prophecy in the news as it relates to the Jews
  • 01:02 to the modern world.
  • 01:03 Many had it buried under the rubble of time, circumstance,
  • 01:06 and history, but we wanna talk about the revival that not only
  • 01:09 happened in Zola's day, he's gone on to his reward,
  • 01:12 but in the days to come there's much happening,
  • 01:15 much to talk about.
  • 01:17 David: I know we were called to this desk, as well as you.
  • 01:20 And I know that you have a heart for this ministry,
  • 01:22 and you've been with this ministry off and on
  • 01:25 for quite a while.
  • 01:26 Jeffrey: Yes, for many, many years, yes.
  • 01:28 David: Right now, let's take a look at some excerpts
  • 01:31 from this past year.
  • 01:33 ♪♪♪
  • 01:40 ♪♪♪
  • 01:43 Dov Schwarz: Messiah Jesus is speaking in Matthew chapter 24.
  • 01:47 He's answering the questions of his disciples.
  • 01:50 What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age,
  • 01:53 the Messianic age?
  • 01:55 When will that be--what will the signs of that be?
  • 01:57 And the Lord talks to them about things like wars and rumors
  • 02:00 of wars, things that will happen down through the ages that don't
  • 02:03 necessarily have anything to do with the birth pains leading up
  • 02:06 to the birth of Israel and the return of Messiah Jesus.
  • 02:09 But then there's a shift.
  • 02:11 There's a shift in Matthew 24, beginning in verse 7,
  • 02:15 "For nation will rise up against nation."
  • 02:17 You know, really in Greek that says "ethnos."
  • 02:20 Ethnic group will rise up against ethnic group and kingdom
  • 02:24 against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences,
  • 02:27 and earthquakes in various places.
  • 02:29 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
  • 02:33 Dov: Our Messiah Yeshua tells us in Matthew chapter 24 that as
  • 02:37 it was in the days of Noah, so will it be for the coming
  • 02:43 of the Son of Man.
  • 02:46 There are characteristics in Noah's day that can help us
  • 02:50 understand the generation that will see the coming
  • 02:54 of the Son of Man as this generation's characteristics
  • 02:58 will work in concert with the birth pains and also
  • 03:03 the fig tree, Israel, blossoming.
  • 03:07 Dov: That's because we're the fig tree generation.
  • 03:10 And I spoke a little while about the generation being 100 years.
  • 03:13 We find that out from the father of our faith, Father Abraham,
  • 03:17 in Genesis chapter 15.
  • 03:19 And in Genesis 15, as we understand that this is the fig
  • 03:23 tree generation, we know that we need to be ready,
  • 03:28 because Messiah Yeshua told us this generation
  • 03:31 will not pass away til all these things take place.
  • 03:35 What all things?
  • 03:37 All the trouble that's coming in the great tribulation
  • 03:41 and the coming of Messiah Yeshua to sit on the throne of David,
  • 03:44 the Messianic age.
  • 03:46 This time is winding down, folks.
  • 03:48 Dov: The world is at the edge of World War III today.
  • 03:53 Famine, there's more hungry people on this planet
  • 03:55 than have ever been in the history of the world.
  • 03:58 Diseases, pestilences that often come from animals, bird flu,
  • 04:03 pig flu, HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and much,
  • 04:09 much more, the Zika virus that we're hearing
  • 04:12 so much about today.
  • 04:13 Now, the pestilences are like never before.
  • 04:15 Dov: King Yeshua's coming, and we need to be ready.
  • 04:19 He says, "Watch therefore and be ready."
  • 04:22 He repeats that in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21.
  • 04:27 He repeats, "Watch therefore and be ready."
  • 04:29 Are you ready?
  • 04:30 Are you ready for the coming of our great King?
  • 04:35 David: That was a excerpt from our series,
  • 04:37 "Watch Therefore and Be Ready,"
  • 04:38 with our good friend, Dov Schwarz.
  • 04:40 I think you have worked with him before.
  • 04:41 Am I correct?
  • 04:43 Jeffrey: Yes, and speaking of "Watch Therefore,"
  • 04:46 I hope that you enjoy watching "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 04:52 Now, you can do this a few ways on television.
  • 04:55 Folk can go to the website. There's archived programs.
  • 04:58 And then we sell the programs as well.
  • 05:00 Now, I've wondered, on occasion, "What moron ever came up
  • 05:03 with this business philosophy to run a ministry while on the very
  • 05:06 same program we're saying, 'Here, you can buy this series,'
  • 05:10 and then, 'Oh, by the way, you can get it for free'?"
  • 05:12 But we do that, and the reason why we do it is,
  • 05:16 though it's counterproductive financially, we do it,
  • 05:21 because not everybody can afford to help us.
  • 05:25 I wanna speak to those of you who can.
  • 05:29 If you get a good spiritual meal out of this, I'd like you to
  • 05:33 help pay for it, not just so that you can get it, but so
  • 05:38 others can get it and that we can continue to bring it.
  • 05:42 I want you to know that donations
  • 05:44 to Zola Levitt Ministries go to help get the word out.
  • 05:49 It's not lavish lifestyles or facilities.
  • 05:53 If you came to our office, you'd be shocked by how humble it is.
  • 05:58 And if you looked at the money that we take out of the ministry
  • 06:01 to do what we do, you'd be impressed how we're
  • 06:05 not what you might think when you think of television.
  • 06:08 If you find value in what we're doing,
  • 06:11 help us to keep on doing it please.
  • 06:14 A little pushy, but it's true, yes?
  • 06:16 Kirsten: Well, we offer so much.
  • 06:18 We offer so much to you.
  • 06:20 We do give the programs free on social media and on our website.
  • 06:25 And one of those series that you can watch for free or you can
  • 06:29 buy the whole DVD series and show to your Sunday school group
  • 06:33 or your small group, which makes it valuable to others
  • 06:36 and you're helping the ministry.
  • 06:38 One that we had this past year was Eitan Shishkoff
  • 06:42 in "Called Together: Jew and Gentile Working as a Team,"
  • 06:47 which is what we are doing right here
  • 06:49 on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 06:51 Let's watch some excerpts right now.
  • 06:53 Here's Eitan Shishkoff.
  • 06:56 ♪♪♪
  • 07:03 Eitan Shishkoff: When you turn to the Hebrew Scriptures
  • 07:05 in the book of Zechariah the prophet,
  • 07:07 we see an incredible mirror.
  • 07:09 Actually, a prelude to the book of Romans that speaks about our
  • 07:14 wild branches and natural branches being grafted in
  • 07:17 to the same olive tree.
  • 07:19 And this is what Zechariah was shown, a lampstand,
  • 07:23 but the oil was coming into the lampstand from two trees.
  • 07:27 He said, "What are these two olive trees at the right
  • 07:30 and at the left of this lampstand?"
  • 07:32 And here was the answer, "These olive trees are the two anointed
  • 07:37 ones who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth."
  • 07:41 In our era now, God is calling us together to be secure in our
  • 07:46 identity, and that as we're both grafted into the same tree
  • 07:50 or two olive trees, moving into the same lampstand,
  • 07:53 the light of God, God is going to display his light
  • 07:57 before all the earth.
  • 07:59 Jim Schutz: There's very clear teaching in the New
  • 08:01 Testament as to why Christians, Gentiles who accepted Jesus
  • 08:05 as the Messiah, how they should relate to the Jewish people
  • 08:08 and the nation of Israel.
  • 08:10 First of all, they shouldn't be ignorant of the mystery.
  • 08:11 They shouldn't be arrogant towards them.
  • 08:13 They shouldn't think that they were removed from the tree so
  • 08:16 that Christians could replace them or something like that.
  • 08:18 Romans 11 is very clear and it brings us to a place of mercy,
  • 08:22 that it's as if God has been waiting to see the fruit of the
  • 08:25 gospel in the Gentiles, which is understanding that Israel has
  • 08:29 a gift and calling that can never be revoked
  • 08:31 which will result in life from the dead for the world.
  • 08:34 Estera Wieja: I was studying the Scriptures, and as I was
  • 08:37 getting deeper into God's Word, I started discovering
  • 08:41 not only God's love for the Jewish people,
  • 08:43 but also the holidays that Jews celebrate.
  • 08:46 And as I was reading the Bible, I realized that God calls those
  • 08:50 holidays his feasts.
  • 08:52 And so we started studying more and more in our church and in
  • 08:55 our Bible study, and somewhere in the process of that,
  • 08:59 I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me,
  • 09:01 "Now I want you to get to know my people."
  • 09:04 Eitan: It's only in this generation that there have been
  • 09:07 thousands of Jewish people who've come to faith
  • 09:10 in Jesus as Jews.
  • 09:12 Really until this generation, if a Jewish person wanted
  • 09:15 to believe in Jesus, that was fine, but he had
  • 09:17 to convert to Christianity.
  • 09:19 Now what's really amazing and ironic is that in the first
  • 09:22 century, the question was exactly the reverse.
  • 09:25 I mean, these guys back in the book of Acts, they said,
  • 09:28 "Well, we're not sure.
  • 09:29 Can the Gentiles actually be saved
  • 09:31 without converting to Judaism?"
  • 09:33 They decided yes, but in the 21st century for many,
  • 09:37 the question is exactly the reverse.
  • 09:39 Can a Jewish person be saved and come to a knowledge of God
  • 09:43 without converting to Christianity?
  • 09:45 Of course, I think that my viewers know that it all began
  • 09:49 in Israel, but it's also going to end in Israel.
  • 09:53 Yet, no one has been left out of God's story as we've been
  • 09:57 speaking about in the previous weeks.
  • 10:00 What I want to emphasize right now as we conclude is that our
  • 10:05 friendship in the Lord is something that causes a mutual
  • 10:09 humility, a mutual respect, a mutual appreciation,
  • 10:14 and by that we demonstrate to the world that Jesus
  • 10:18 really is the Messiah, because he did say,
  • 10:20 "By the love that you have for one another,
  • 10:22 all of the world will know."
  • 10:25 David: Back in May, we brought you one
  • 10:27 of Dr. Seif's series called, "Psalms of Ascent."
  • 10:30 I think I heard you say this is one of your favorite series.
  • 10:33 Am I correct on that or wrong?
  • 10:35 Jeffrey: Yes, because I know that people turn to the Psalms
  • 10:37 for help, and we're a helping ministry and we wanted
  • 10:39 to bring it alive Jewish-style.
  • 10:42 Kirsten: And these were the songs that were sung
  • 10:44 as people ascended up to the temple.
  • 10:46 Jeffrey: Yep.
  • 10:47 Kirsten: How many years ago was that?
  • 10:49 Do you remember?
  • 10:50 Jeffrey: Oh, god, it's been a few.
  • 10:51 Kirsten: But it was good, and we enjoyed watching it.
  • 10:53 Jeffrey: Seven or eight, something like that.
  • 10:54 Kirsten: It was good. Jeffrey: Thank you.
  • 10:55 David: Let's take a look at some of those excerpts right now.
  • 10:58 ♪♪♪
  • 11:08 announcer: Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants
  • 11:13 of the Lord which by night stand in the house of the Lord.
  • 11:18 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.
  • 11:23 The Lord that made heaven and earth, bless thee out of Zion.
  • 11:31 Jeffrey: What's represented by these arms extended,
  • 11:34 this transcendence, this looking beyond the moment?
  • 11:38 Are folks saying, "Lord, I need you.
  • 11:40 Lord, I want you.
  • 11:42 Lord, help me"?
  • 11:44 Are they saying that, all of the above, some of the above?
  • 11:48 It certainly is personal from person to person, but what is to
  • 11:51 be observed is that people do take leave of the moment.
  • 11:56 Mindful of sin and circumstance, we reach up to God and say,
  • 11:59 "Help me, heal me, and make me whole."
  • 12:03 Jeffrey: They came here from all over the Roman world,
  • 12:06 in fact, in Yeshua's day, in Jesus' day,
  • 12:09 because Jews were scattered round about.
  • 12:11 And the compliant would make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem
  • 12:15 in order to experience God in a special way,
  • 12:19 in order to have their problems in life ameliorated, improved.
  • 12:25 I want you to know, as I'm speaking to you from here,
  • 12:28 that the place is open to receive you, that still people
  • 12:31 come to the Kotel and they put their prayers in the wall.
  • 12:36 I want you to know, however, that to get God's attention,
  • 12:39 you needn't do that, though personally I think you'd
  • 12:42 be blessed to make a pilgrimage to Israel,
  • 12:45 and that's what the psalm of ascents addresses.
  • 12:47 Though I believe you'd be blessed to do that, I want you
  • 12:49 to know you needn't just do that, because the truth is
  • 12:52 you can call upon the Lord wherever you are.
  • 12:56 Jeffrey: What's the recipe for people like me and you
  • 12:58 when we find ourselves in that intermediate place?
  • 13:02 Someplace between the problems of life and the expected
  • 13:07 fulfillment of joy, we find ourselves just in hard way,
  • 13:11 rather depressed.
  • 13:13 What ought we to do?
  • 13:14 Well, the psalmist says what we ought to do is we should go
  • 13:16 forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, knowing that we will
  • 13:21 have success at the end of the day and that we'll bring
  • 13:23 in the sheaves.
  • 13:25 There's an encouragement here to persevere.
  • 13:28 And goodness, we're living in the miracle
  • 13:30 of modern Israel today.
  • 13:33 Individuals came back, but you know what?
  • 13:35 Israelites need to persevere.
  • 13:38 And it can be for you as well in your own circumstances in life
  • 13:42 that you've experienced a deliverance
  • 13:44 from your own bondage.
  • 13:46 And now you're looking to find your way to your own promised
  • 13:49 land that God has for you, and it might be a little slow
  • 13:53 in coming or you may have entered that land,
  • 13:55 but goodness, it seems so hard to inhabit it and develop it.
  • 14:00 What's the word for you?
  • 14:01 The word for you is the word to them,
  • 14:03 and that is to persevere, to endure.
  • 14:06 And why is that?
  • 14:08 Because at the end of the day, there's a good God,
  • 14:10 and he stands poised and ready to enable his people
  • 14:14 to experience the triumph that is theirs in human history.
  • 14:18 "O wait on the Lord," the psalmist says elsewhere, that
  • 14:22 same psalmist who said that, "My help will come from the Lord
  • 14:25 who made heaven and earth."
  • 14:28 ♪♪♪
  • 14:37 Kirsten: This past year, we have had the opportunity
  • 14:40 to redo a lot of Zola's songs.
  • 14:43 We've been able to sing a lot, but we also have brought
  • 14:45 guest musicians, including Marty Goetz.
  • 14:48 A lot of you know him.
  • 14:49 He plays, he sings.
  • 14:51 David: So thankful he's a part of our team,
  • 14:52 part of our music ministry.
  • 14:54 We love him.
  • 14:55 Kirsten: And the Zola songs that we have brought back,
  • 14:58 some of you might not know our background.
  • 15:00 Both of us have song for years, traveled on the road.
  • 15:04 You were with Truth, a gospel group back in the '70s, right?
  • 15:07 David: Correct.
  • 15:08 Kirsten: I know, we've traveled and sung.
  • 15:10 And what we've done as musicians is we've been in the studio
  • 15:13 recording a lot, and I don't know if you know
  • 15:16 how expensive that can be.
  • 15:19 So here on Zola Levitt Presents, we wanna bring back Zola's
  • 15:22 songs, but that includes studio time, musicians, editing.
  • 15:29 There's so much that goes into even just bringing a song
  • 15:31 or a music video back.
  • 15:33 David: And what we're trying to say right now is that we
  • 15:35 could not do any of this without your financial support,
  • 15:37 and we just wanna thank you for that right now.
  • 15:40 Kirsten: You have a hand in bringing music and music
  • 15:44 of Yeshua to the world, and it's important and we thank you.
  • 15:49 You make a difference. You are reaching the world.
  • 15:52 And talking about making a difference, our founder
  • 15:55 Zola Levitt made a big difference in this world.
  • 15:58 That's why we're here today, and we were able to bring back
  • 16:01 one of his series filmed years ago.
  • 16:04 Now let's go to some excerpts.
  • 16:06 Here's Zola Levitt.
  • 16:09 ♪♪♪
  • 16:17 Zola Levitt: We're teaching about the rapture, and I hope
  • 16:19 you are greatly comforted, because by golly,
  • 16:22 you're gonna defeat death.
  • 16:24 This is the greatest promise, I suppose, in all the Scripture
  • 16:27 and it's a promise you can't get anywhere else.
  • 16:30 Only Jesus Christ is going to make a reappearance.
  • 16:35 You know, here in Jerusalem there is an empty tomb.
  • 16:37 This is Jesus' tomb they say.
  • 16:40 But anyhow, there's an empty tomb somewhere
  • 16:42 from which he rose.
  • 16:44 Zola: In the end, we really are going to marry him.
  • 16:47 It says in Revelation 19:7-8, "Let us be glad and rejoice,
  • 16:52 and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
  • 16:56 and his wife hath made herself ready.
  • 16:59 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
  • 17:03 clean and white: for the fine linen
  • 17:05 is the righteousness of saints."
  • 17:08 You know, linen in Scripture, the whiteness of it is purity.
  • 17:13 The priests in the temple when they were sacrificing wore
  • 17:16 white linen, and we will wear a white wedding dress
  • 17:20 when we marry the Lord.
  • 17:21 I'm not sure that all wedding dresses aren't taken from
  • 17:23 this passage, but in any case, everyone, all the believers--
  • 17:27 I'm not saying just the church.
  • 17:31 All the believers will be there at the wedding.
  • 17:34 Some will be wedding guests, but the church is
  • 17:37 in particular the bride of Christ.
  • 17:39 Zola: Revelation 20, verse 4 says this, "And I saw thrones,
  • 17:43 and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
  • 17:47 and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness
  • 17:49 of Jesus, and for the Word of God,
  • 17:51 and which had not worshipped
  • 17:53 the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark
  • 17:56 upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
  • 17:59 and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
  • 18:01 Here obviously God is rewarding the righteous who died,
  • 18:06 who were beheaded because they believed in Jesus.
  • 18:08 They didn't take the mark of the anti-Christ, and we're talking
  • 18:10 about people during the 7-year tribulation.
  • 18:13 Zola: Well, the gate that you can see behind me in the eastern
  • 18:15 wall of the temple is the Golden Gate or the East Gate,
  • 18:19 the gate that faces the Mount of Olives where I'm standing.
  • 18:22 And it is the gate through which the King will enter
  • 18:25 and we that are with him, as it says in Revelation.
  • 18:29 And when we go through that gate, we are really gonna change
  • 18:32 societies, from the one we're in now where Christians
  • 18:35 are a minority to a kingdom where believers will be
  • 18:39 a vast majority.
  • 18:41 In fact, we'll run the place.
  • 18:42 We'll be the princes, the governors, as the Scripture
  • 18:44 says, and of course with the head of the church, Jesus,
  • 18:48 as the King.
  • 18:50 Zola: It's a different world.
  • 18:52 The condition of the world is completely changed.
  • 18:55 Isaiah 12:1-6 describes it.
  • 18:58 "And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee:
  • 19:02 though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away,
  • 19:05 and thou comfortedst me."
  • 19:07 You know, it's a time that life will be a matter of worshiping
  • 19:13 God, day and night, all the time, and not a city of
  • 19:17 emergencies and problems like we have today in Jerusalem
  • 19:20 and all other cities.
  • 19:22 Jeremiah 23:5-6 puts it this way.
  • 19:25 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto
  • 19:29 David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
  • 19:33 and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
  • 19:36 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell
  • 19:39 safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
  • 19:43 Adonai Tsidkenu, The Lord Our Righteousness."
  • 19:49 ♪♪♪
  • 19:56 David: We hope you're enjoying Zola's teaching.
  • 19:58 It feels like he was just with us,
  • 20:01 and I can't believe he's been gone for a while.
  • 20:03 We never got to meet him, but we love his heart,
  • 20:05 his passion for Israel, for you and for us.
  • 20:09 Kirsten: And great to see Zola again,
  • 20:11 and great to see you again.
  • 20:13 David: Yes, at this desk.
  • 20:14 Kirsten: And everyone's financial gifts made it possible
  • 20:16 for us, this program, this ministry,
  • 20:19 to bring a brand-new series, "Return to Eden,"
  • 20:22 that you brought us.
  • 20:24 Jeffrey: Yes, when Zola died, I stepped into the helm of it
  • 20:26 and did a number of series.
  • 20:28 This one, truth be known, was my favorite.
  • 20:31 I thought it answered to the question.
  • 20:34 Christians observe within their own heart an allure to Israel.
  • 20:38 I wanted to connect the dots and show how that has something
  • 20:42 to do with this "Return to Eden" motif
  • 20:44 and to connect all of that.
  • 20:46 And it's not just me, and I'm not the kind of guy,
  • 20:49 "Well, the Lord showed me," and I run with it.
  • 20:52 Maybe I should be a little more prophetic,
  • 20:53 but I'm more of a teacher.
  • 20:55 And I work with scholars and scholarship, and the thesis that
  • 20:59 we put forth, it's not the kind of thing people are gonna
  • 21:02 encounter in their living rooms.
  • 21:04 This belongs to the work of seminary professors,
  • 21:06 and I wanted to take it out of the libraries,
  • 21:09 take it off the shelves, and commend it to the world.
  • 21:12 And I just really think it explains something that's in
  • 21:15 your heart, your heart for the Jew, your heart for the land
  • 21:18 of Israel, and I hope that it elicits within you
  • 21:22 a renewed heart for "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 21:27 Of course, as noted, Zola's been dead for years.
  • 21:30 We stand on the shoulder of a giant, but we carry on.
  • 21:33 There's the man, there's the message, and the ministry,
  • 21:37 and the work goes on.
  • 21:39 And I wanna implore you to please be supportive.
  • 21:43 If you've ever thought about supporting us and you said,
  • 21:47 "Yeah, I need to do that," and you just didn't do it,
  • 21:49 jump on the impulse now.
  • 21:51 Please don't let it pass, not because I'm pushing you
  • 21:54 to do it, but because there's something resonating
  • 21:56 within you telling you you ought to.
  • 21:59 Do it on that basis please.
  • 22:01 I wouldn't ask you if we didn't need the help.
  • 22:03 We do, and when things get better,
  • 22:05 I'll rein in these inquiries.
  • 22:08 But please, I'm asking you to get behind
  • 22:10 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 22:12 David: And now, let's go to some excerpts
  • 22:14 from this great teaching from Dr. Seif, "Return to Eden."
  • 22:18 ♪♪♪
  • 22:25 ♪♪♪
  • 22:29 Jeffrey: When we look at early Genesis, we see that
  • 22:31 individuals were scattered all over the face of the earth,
  • 22:34 but eventually they federate into various groups
  • 22:37 and they cluster around places where there was water.
  • 22:41 And if you look at a topographical map,
  • 22:43 whether it's Mesopotamia, which is a Greek word
  • 22:45 meaning "between the rivers,"
  • 22:48 or the Nile deltas, you have civilizations that emerge.
  • 22:52 In early genesis, there was a watered place called Eden
  • 22:55 and they were scattered, but then from Mesopotamia,
  • 22:59 one is beckoned to make his way back to the land
  • 23:03 that was once Eden.
  • 23:05 This fellow's name was Avram and he's known as an Ebru, Hebrew.
  • 23:11 Etymologically, the word "Ebru" comes from a word meaning
  • 23:14 "beyond the river."
  • 23:16 Jeffrey: And here we are at a place there's an amazing story.
  • 23:20 Once upon a time, Adam and Heva were in Eden, but something went
  • 23:25 horribly wrong and a cherub, a guardian angel was placed there
  • 23:30 to keep people out.
  • 23:33 In the sacred space that's manufactured in the tabernacle
  • 23:36 and then developed the moreso in Solomon's temple,
  • 23:40 there are all kinds of cherubim there, and there are all kinds
  • 23:43 of trees that were carved into the temple complex
  • 23:47 and overlaid with fine gold.
  • 23:50 The difference is the cherubim there are not keeping
  • 23:53 humanity out, they're welcoming, in effect,
  • 23:56 helping them to get back in.
  • 24:00 What a story it is.
  • 24:02 Life comes to ruin because of sin, and even Solomon,
  • 24:06 who as an extension of his piety this place was built,
  • 24:12 his impiety brought it down as well
  • 24:14 because he was a man of sin, not just piety as you know.
  • 24:18 Jeffrey: We're told that Adonai became very angry with Israel,
  • 24:22 and banished them from his presence."
  • 24:24 It's the same language with Adam, out.
  • 24:28 It's tough talk in the biblical economy.
  • 24:30 We see the same thing noted in the 25th chapter
  • 24:34 of this very same book.
  • 24:36 We're told that judgment was meted out.
  • 24:39 Solomon's temple was destroyed.
  • 24:43 And we're told in verse 21,
  • 24:47 "Thus Judah was exiled from its land."
  • 24:52 Jeffrey: And there's some good news in what, in the book
  • 24:55 of Revelation, in so many ways is a bad news world.
  • 24:58 In chapter 21, verse 10, John says, "He carried me away
  • 25:02 in the ruach," in the spirit, "and he showed me
  • 25:06 the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
  • 25:12 having the glory of God."
  • 25:15 The shekinah, the kavod, the glory of God.
  • 25:19 Once upon a time, the world went bad.
  • 25:22 When you look at Revelation, God gets his world back.
  • 25:25 You can get your world back with God before all that, however.
  • 25:29 And you know how you can do that?
  • 25:31 You can do that by coming to terms with he
  • 25:34 who is the rock of ages.
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  • 25:45 Kirsten: As we close out this program which is a year
  • 25:48 in review of 2018, we need to say a big thank you to you.
  • 25:52 I hope you know that this program, "Zola Levitt Presents,"
  • 25:55 is 100% donor-funded.
  • 25:59 You make all of this happen.
  • 26:02 All the camera work, all the editing, all the production,
  • 26:06 that's because of you and your gifts.
  • 26:08 You are blessing the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
  • 26:12 Every dollar that you send, we use to bless that land.
  • 26:17 And we actually have many ministries in Israel
  • 26:20 that this ministry donates to.
  • 26:22 David: Right, not only you blessing Israel, but we pray
  • 26:25 each time we are here that you are blessed, that you are
  • 26:29 challenged, and that maybe something has been changed
  • 26:32 in your life because of this ministry.
  • 26:34 That's our prayer.
  • 26:35 Kirsten: Contact us, let us know, write us, e-mail us
  • 26:38 what this ministry and this program has meant to you
  • 26:41 and your family.
  • 26:42 Let us know.
  • 26:44 And Jeff, you are this family.
  • 26:45 We're all family here together trying to spread good news.
  • 26:49 Jeffrey: Yeah, I have deep roots in the family,
  • 26:51 and I'm glad to participate with it.
  • 26:54 There's an old song, "If you can't be with the one you love,
  • 26:56 love the one you're with."
  • 26:58 Zola has gone to be with the Lord,
  • 27:00 and I'm sure he's up in heaven cheering us on.
  • 27:03 Some of our viewers, you knew the founder,
  • 27:05 but the story continues.
  • 27:07 And I wanna tell you, I think of my own life, I'm 63,
  • 27:10 but I'm robust.
  • 27:12 People say, "Jeffrey, for you age you shouldn't be doing
  • 27:14 the things you're doing."
  • 27:15 I'm running. I'm lifting weights.
  • 27:17 Got some fire in this belly still.
  • 27:19 I don't wanna act my age, as my boys are encouraging me to do
  • 27:22 every now and again.
  • 27:24 I think similarly, if you look at this ministry, shelf life for
  • 27:27 television programs is a few years and they're out of dodge.
  • 27:30 At 40 years, people said we should've been dead a long time
  • 27:33 ago, but we carry on and there's energy for the future.
  • 27:38 And so, with the hearts, I wanna say please have a heart
  • 27:41 and help us get to that future.
  • 27:43 Thanks for all you have done. The journey continues.
  • 27:46 David: That's right. We're excited about 2019.
  • 27:48 Invite a friend.
  • 27:50 You can find all the information on levitt.com.
  • 27:53 Right now, Dr. Seif, end us out on this program.
  • 27:56 Jeffrey: Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:59 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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