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Episode: “Joshua Aaron and Dov Schwarz”
David Hart interviews Joshua Aaron about his move to Israel and his music ministry. Then David talks with Dov Schwarz by the Sea of Galilee and wraps things up in the studio with Kirsten and Dr. Seif.

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  • 00:01 David Hart: Coming up on "Zola Levitt Presents," we meet
  • 00:02 YouTube sensation and recording artist, Joshua Aaron.
  • 00:06 Stay with us.
  • 00:13 male announcer: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:15 for Israel is that they might be saved.
  • 00:19 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,
  • 00:22 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that
  • 00:25 call upon him.
  • 00:27 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:31 ♪♪♪
  • 00:37 David: Welcome to "Zola Levitt Presents,"
  • 00:38 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:39 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:41 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:42 Kirsten: Today on "Zola Levitt Presents,"
  • 00:44 you get to meet Joshua Aaron.
  • 00:46 He is a messianic musician and artist, and he is our friend.
  • 00:52 Dave: Not only a friend, we are huge fans, I would say,
  • 00:54 of this guy.
  • 00:56 He's become a dear friend.
  • 00:57 We really call him a family member, and we're so glad
  • 01:00 that he's a part of our team.
  • 01:01 Chaim Malespin, also a musician.
  • 01:03 We love him and Dov Schwarz today.
  • 01:07 You know, these guys, don't you?
  • 01:08 Jeffrey: Yes, and a word there, younger generation.
  • 01:13 When I started off in this, I was new and wet behind the ears,
  • 01:18 and a guy took me under his wing named Zola Levitt.
  • 01:21 And this ministry is all about helping the young to get
  • 01:24 a launch, and we want to do that.
  • 01:26 With a name like Joshua and Aaron, who can lose?
  • 01:30 There's gotta be anointing all over that guy's destiny.
  • 01:32 Let's go to Joshua Aaron right now.
  • 01:38 Dave: How long have you been living in Israel?
  • 01:39 You made Aliyah.
  • 01:41 Joshua Aaron: Yeah, made Aliyah a few times, actually.
  • 01:43 You know, I live in the sea--on the Sea of Galilee, next to my
  • 01:46 man, Chaim Malespin, and we've got just a great thing going on.
  • 01:51 The Galilee families, Galilee guys.
  • 01:53 We get together and we worship together, we pray together.
  • 01:55 We have fun together, just encourage and challenge
  • 01:58 each other.
  • 01:59 But I grew up in Pennsylvania.
  • 02:01 It was interesting growing up because I grew up in a Catholic
  • 02:02 town and had an Orthodox Jewish grandmother on one side,
  • 02:06 and a Catholic grandmother on the other side.
  • 02:08 My father was born and raised in Pennsylvania,
  • 02:11 Polish Catholic family.
  • 02:14 They went to the Catholic charismatic meetings in the
  • 02:16 basement of the Catholic church, but my mom got saved.
  • 02:20 My mom and dad got saved at a full gospel businessmen's
  • 02:22 meeting in 1977, a year before I was born.
  • 02:27 You could do the math but yeah, I'm almost 40.
  • 02:30 Dave: Thank you, I'm too tired to--
  • 02:33 Joshua: Yeah, I didn't think you could do the math
  • 02:35 so--I'm kidding.
  • 02:37 So, my mom was invited to come to this full gospel
  • 02:40 businessmen's meeting where Rabbi Martin Chernoff was
  • 02:43 traveling and sharing the message of the Tanakh from
  • 02:49 a Jewish perspective to Christian men.
  • 02:52 And these Christian men were saying hey to my dad, "Hey Andy,
  • 02:55 we've got a rabbi coming to town.
  • 02:58 Invite--bring a Jewish wife."
  • 03:00 So, my mom didn't want to hear anything about the gospel.
  • 03:02 She loved my dad.
  • 03:04 He was Catholic but she didn't care.
  • 03:06 You know, she was raised religious, but she was at that
  • 03:08 point where she believed in God still, but she didn't really
  • 03:11 want much to do with religious Judaism because she saw a lot of
  • 03:14 coldness.
  • 03:16 When she moved from Israel to America, she moved to the other
  • 03:19 holy land for the Jewish people, New York City.
  • 03:22 And but there it was, it felt cold and kind of lifeless.
  • 03:27 Like they're praying to God, but it felt empty to her.
  • 03:29 She said, "I used to always talk to God."
  • 03:31 She said, "I didn't always see it in my religious circle."
  • 03:34 But she married my dad.
  • 03:35 She didn't care that he was Christian, she just loved him.
  • 03:37 But this rabbi comes to town.
  • 03:40 After all these Christian men saying, "Hey, my mother's name's
  • 03:42 Hannah so they caused to call her Channah because they
  • 03:43 couldn't pronounce her name.
  • 03:45 You know, "Channah, take your pick, either you're a Jew or
  • 03:47 you're a Christian."
  • 03:48 And she's like--it's confusing, 'cause, you know, did the
  • 03:50 Italians stop becoming Italian when they accepted the Lord?
  • 03:54 Because in her mind, she's Jewish by birth, by blood.
  • 03:57 But this rabbi came to town, Rabbi Martin Chernoff, and he
  • 04:00 shared the gospel from a way she'd never heard before, shared
  • 04:03 about this great rabbi, not named Jesus, named Yeshua that
  • 04:07 he had 12 Talmidim, not disciples, Talmidim.
  • 04:11 And they did a thing called Mikveh, Mikvah, and they
  • 04:13 celebrated Pesach.
  • 04:15 He used all this Jewish terms that--which is what they would
  • 04:18 have used 2,000 years ago.
  • 04:20 And mom, up until that point, she really--she was open to the
  • 04:27 idea, but she knew that Christianity was for the
  • 04:30 Gentiles, Judaism was the only thing for the Jews.
  • 04:33 Maybe Elvis along the way might have helped.
  • 04:36 She loved his gospel songs.
  • 04:37 She loved how great thou art and some of his gospel stuff was
  • 04:40 just amazing.
  • 04:42 But that night, he shared the good news to my mom in a Jewish
  • 04:45 way like she had never heard before.
  • 04:47 And she said, "That night I didn't convert to Christianity."
  • 04:51 She said, "I completed my Judaism when I accepted the
  • 04:54 greatest rabbi that ever lived as my Jewish Messiah."
  • 04:58 So, I grew up with that connection, that understanding,
  • 05:00 and we kind of had a balance.
  • 05:03 We still went to church, but we'd drive two hours every few
  • 05:06 months to Beth Yeshua, messianic synagogue in Philly, over two
  • 05:10 hours.
  • 05:11 And then my grandmother would make us do--you know every time
  • 05:13 we went to her house on Shabbat, she'd put the kippah on my head.
  • 05:16 "You're Jewish.
  • 05:17 Your mother's Jewish."
  • 05:19 She'd always remind so that the Christians didn't get me
  • 05:21 all the way.
  • 05:23 She always was trying to make sure, and I'm so glad she did.
  • 05:25 I'm so glad she did because as I became a father 13 years--I have
  • 05:30 a 13-year-old, I can't believe it.
  • 05:32 I started thinking, how I am gonna raise my kids?
  • 05:36 And I realized I want to raise my kids in the oldest form of
  • 05:39 Judaism, that's messianic Judaism 'cause we go back
  • 05:42 2,000 years.
  • 05:44 Every modern form of Judaism today goes back, it goes back,
  • 05:46 but it doesn't go back 2,000 years.
  • 05:48 And it's been just a beautiful journey, still kind of learning
  • 05:51 as we go, but it's been a beautiful journey.
  • 05:55 ♪♪♪
  • 06:03 ♪ Speak to the land, oh man of war, ♪
  • 06:06 ♪ to every isle and distant shore. ♪
  • 06:08 ♪ All God's people say amen. ♪
  • 06:11 ♪ Raise a shout. ♪
  • 06:12 ♪ He's come again. ♪
  • 06:14 ♪ Woah, oh, oh, oh. ♪
  • 06:19 ♪ Woah, oh, oh, oh. ♪
  • 06:24 ♪ Woah, oh, oh, oh. ♪
  • 06:30 ♪ Woah, oh, oh, oh. ♪
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  • 07:06 ♪ Keep on singing till he comes again, ♪
  • 07:10 ♪ then we'll sing some more. ♪
  • 07:16 ♪ We'll keep on singing till he comes again, ♪
  • 07:21 ♪ then we'll sing forevermore. ♪
  • 07:26 ♪ Yes, we all know he's coming again. ♪
  • 07:32 ♪ Yes, we know he's coming again. ♪
  • 07:36 ♪ We know he's coming again. ♪
  • 07:42 ♪ Yes, we know. ♪♪
  • 07:44 David: We love your music and I know that there's so much more
  • 07:47 coming from you.
  • 07:48 Tell us how you got started in--I know you call yourself a
  • 07:53 YouTube artist, and I think you're more than that.
  • 07:57 But just tell us how you got started quickly.
  • 08:00 I know you're so busy.
  • 08:01 How you got started, where you think you're going with your
  • 08:03 music, and who you want to reach.
  • 08:05 Joshua: Well, I really feel like I think we're all called to
  • 08:07 be a bridge in some way, so I feel like I'm called to be a
  • 08:10 bridge between Judaism, messianic Judaism, and the
  • 08:13 church bringing everybody together 'cause I believe that's
  • 08:17 who Messiah's coming back for, one bride.
  • 08:20 So, music is the tool and, you know, when I write, I kind of
  • 08:24 write with that in mind to bring people together.
  • 08:26 "How Great Is Our God," for instance,
  • 08:27 I didn't write that song.
  • 08:29 A friend of mine, Ed Cash and Chris Tomlin wrote that song,
  • 08:31 and I think another guy with them.
  • 08:33 I heard the world version came out and they sang it in several
  • 08:36 languages.
  • 08:37 David: Loved it. Joshua: And I loved it too.
  • 08:40 But when they finished, they got to the last language I'm
  • 08:42 like--I'm waiting for Hebrew because I mean, they didn't have
  • 08:45 to sing in Hebrew but in my mind, we're in a prophetic day
  • 08:49 and age where Israel shouldn't exist.
  • 08:51 I mean, it's miraculous.
  • 08:53 By great grandparents were killed in the Holocaust.
  • 08:54 My grandmother came here.
  • 08:56 My mom was born here and this never happened in the history of
  • 09:01 the world where a nation was come back to life just like as
  • 09:04 the prophets said, especially after 2,000 years
  • 09:06 and the language.
  • 09:08 And when they sang that song, I just felt like it was the right
  • 09:11 time to meld this and I thought, I need to do this song in
  • 09:14 Hebrew.
  • 09:16 So I just sang it in Hebrew.
  • 09:17 We did a music video, and that's when people just started finding
  • 09:20 the song on YouTube.
  • 09:22 It was such a blessing to me and hopefully a blessing to many.
  • 09:24 That kind of became, like I said, like a bridge to
  • 09:27 reach the church.
  • 09:29 And they all knew it.
  • 09:30 You know, it reminds me of the Psalms, you know, King David
  • 09:32 would write a song and he'd be like to the tune of dances with
  • 09:35 lilies, for instance.
  • 09:37 Everybody knew what dances with lilies was, but he was singing a
  • 09:40 new lyric so they could just jump right in.
  • 09:42 They might not have known the words, but they knew half of the
  • 09:44 portion of the song.
  • 09:46 They knew the music and that's kind of what "How Great Is Our
  • 09:48 God" did for, I think, a lot of Christians.
  • 09:51 Like, I already know the song. I'll sing it in Hebrew.
  • 09:54 In my mind, I know the words and it became a cool gateway for
  • 09:57 people to understand.
  • 09:59 You know, I think there's power in the language of Hebrew, a
  • 10:02 language that was dead for 2,000 years but now it's back again.
  • 10:07 David: It's hard to fathom that there are churches in
  • 10:09 America that defend replacement theology.
  • 10:12 Joshua Aaron: You know, the Bible says, "I'm not ashamed of
  • 10:14 the gospel.
  • 10:16 It's the power of God unto salvation to those who believe."
  • 10:18 For some reason, we always stop at that verse.
  • 10:20 The verse isn't over yet, to the Jew first and also to the
  • 10:22 Gentile.
  • 10:24 It's like this message always had that pattern.
  • 10:26 And Romans 11:11, "I say then, have they stumbled
  • 10:32 that should fall?
  • 10:34 God forbid."
  • 10:35 Romans 11:11, "But rather through their fall salvation has
  • 10:39 come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."
  • 10:43 Now, verse 12, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the
  • 10:47 world, and the diminishing of the them the riches of the
  • 10:49 Gentiles, how much more will their fullness be?"
  • 10:53 I really believe this speaks of the time when us as a whole, our
  • 10:58 people, are going to accept the Lord and we need
  • 11:00 to look at that.
  • 11:02 If you look at the Scripture as if there is no Jew and the
  • 11:05 Gentiles have replaced, you can almost just delete the Book of
  • 11:09 Revelations because Jewishness is back again.
  • 11:11 There's a temple again.
  • 11:13 There's references to the feasts.
  • 11:15 I mean, it's all Jewish from front to back, you know?
  • 11:19 And I--all I can say is there's just been some teaching
  • 11:23 throughout history.
  • 11:25 My grandmother, you know, knew about this.
  • 11:27 She was raised Orthodox.
  • 11:30 She was Orthodox. She knew about all this.
  • 11:32 She didn't know anything good about Christianity, but she was
  • 11:34 taught everything bad historically.
  • 11:36 So, we need to, as believers or as Christians that might be
  • 11:42 watching, we need to look at the Word of God and take it at face
  • 11:45 value, not a filter through something that perhaps might
  • 11:49 have fit politically 1600 years ago, but what fits in the
  • 11:54 kingdom today through the Word of God.
  • 11:56 David: That's it right there.
  • 11:58 Joshua: That's it right there.
  • 11:59 Dave: In America, we want to pray for Israel, we want to pray
  • 12:03 for you, and Chaim and those who are here.
  • 12:06 How can we specifically pray for you?
  • 12:09 Joshua: Specifically?
  • 12:11 David: Specifically.
  • 12:12 Joshua: Man, that God would keep our--the body of Messiah
  • 12:14 intact and that we'd be the head and not the tail.
  • 12:18 I believe that this is the season, you know, the pioneers
  • 12:21 of the messianic movement in Israel.
  • 12:23 It was hard, it was hard.
  • 12:25 They plowed on hard soil, hard asphalt, you know?
  • 12:29 But I feel, I really believe now that all these young, this young
  • 12:32 generation's born and raised coming out of this land being
  • 12:36 raised in this land, that they would become the head and not
  • 12:40 the tail, that they would be the business owners, that they would
  • 12:42 be the great tentmakers, like Paul was, but also at the same
  • 12:45 time bold in their faith, that God would raise up the local
  • 12:48 body to lead with boldness, not just spiritually, by financially
  • 12:54 but by the example of their families, and I believe that is
  • 12:58 happening but that America would continue to pray.
  • 13:03 You know, the Bible I think in James, Book of Yacov.
  • 13:06 That was his name.
  • 13:08 It says to good to those who need it, especially to the
  • 13:10 household of faith.
  • 13:12 So, you remember the household of faith here in Israel.
  • 13:14 ♪ My salvation, whom shall I fear? ♪
  • 13:23 ♪ The Lord is my light, my salvation, ♪
  • 13:29 ♪ whom shall I be afraid? ♪♪
  • 13:40 Jeffrey: I love music, worship music,
  • 13:42 messianic worship music.
  • 13:44 I just wouldn't want to be a messianic musician or any
  • 13:48 musician for that matter, and I say this in all sincerity 'cause
  • 13:52 it's such a precarious living.
  • 13:54 I know these folk.
  • 13:56 They're on the road and they go week to week and rely on
  • 13:58 donations, and that's a hard living.
  • 14:00 I don't know why I put it down.
  • 14:02 That's so much like my very own in a ministry like this, we rely
  • 14:06 on people who fall in love with what we're all about just like a
  • 14:10 musician does.
  • 14:12 If you enjoy the kind of praise that comes forth in the worship,
  • 14:16 messianic and in the teaching messianic, please help put us on
  • 14:20 the map just like we're trying to help put young talent
  • 14:22 on the map.
  • 14:24 David: Right, you know what I say about that?
  • 14:25 We all have our gifts, some are musicians, some are teachers.
  • 14:28 Just like Dov Schwarz who is one of our teachers in the series,
  • 14:32 we are able to bring him because of your support.
  • 14:35 We just want to thank you for that.
  • 14:37 Kirsten: And we thank you and that we hope you watched Dov
  • 14:38 series, "Watch Therefore And Be Ready."
  • 14:41 And Dave, you actually had a time that you met with Dov to
  • 14:45 ask him a few questions.
  • 14:46 Here's David's interview with Dov now.
  • 14:49 David: I am sitting here at one of my favorite spots in
  • 14:54 Israel, the Sea of Galilee.
  • 14:57 It's breathtaking and one of my favorite spots.
  • 15:01 Today, we were on a boat on the Jesus boat worshiping, having a
  • 15:06 great time, and now we're with my brother, my new brother or
  • 15:09 Zola Levitt brother, Dov Schwarz.
  • 15:13 We're so glad you're with us today.
  • 15:15 Dov Schwarz: David, such a blessing to be here with you and
  • 15:17 you're in good company.
  • 15:19 Mashiyach Yeshua loved this spot too.
  • 15:23 David: So, how many times have you come to Israel starting
  • 15:28 as a child?
  • 15:29 Dov: Well, I've been coming to Israel for about 22 years and
  • 15:33 started moving this direction about eight or nine years ago,
  • 15:38 but made the final move a couple years ago.
  • 15:41 You know, my mother heard from the prophets.
  • 15:44 I'll bring them back from the north, south, east, and west,
  • 15:47 and she moved here in 1984 so I had a second home here for a
  • 15:52 while, but there's nothing like a Jew coming back to his
  • 15:57 homeland living here in Israel.
  • 16:00 David: As a young boy, did you feel a calling that someday
  • 16:03 you'd be living in Israel?
  • 16:04 Dov: It's interested you bring that up because when I was
  • 16:07 a little boy, I started hearing about prophecy.
  • 16:10 A book called "The Late Great Planet Earth" by Hal Lindsey
  • 16:14 came out and the Jesus movement was sweeping America.
  • 16:17 And during that time as a little boy, I began hearing about
  • 16:22 Israel, the significance of Israel that would become even
  • 16:25 more so in my lifetime.
  • 16:29 So, good question.
  • 16:31 David: Zola Levitt Ministries has been around for about 38
  • 16:33 years now, and I believe that there's a new generation that is
  • 16:37 being a part of this wonderful ministry.
  • 16:40 Can you tell me about that?
  • 16:41 Dov: You know, Zola Levitt Ministries has been such a
  • 16:44 blessing to me because as a Jewish believer in Mashiyach
  • 16:47 Yeshua, I want to understand the balanced authentic teaching of
  • 16:52 the Bible which includes the Jewishness of our faith.
  • 16:56 But like I said, the great thing about Zola's ministry and those
  • 16:59 who've helped carry it on, it's so balanced.
  • 17:01 It's so authentic.
  • 17:03 It's such good Bible teaching, so it's been such a blessing
  • 17:05 for me.
  • 17:07 And I'd like to share with you how that relates to
  • 17:08 Bible prophecy.
  • 17:10 We live in such an important generation where Bible prophecy
  • 17:14 is leaping off the pages, right?
  • 17:16 And so, I love the opportunity, the platform that Zola Levitt
  • 17:21 Ministry provides to teach Bible prophecy in an authentic and
  • 17:25 balanced way, right?
  • 17:27 We know, we know the Messiah Yeshua, well, he could come back
  • 17:31 in the clouds for us in the Rapture at any moment, and we
  • 17:34 also know the time of the tribulation is coming, the
  • 17:36 return of Messiah to sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem.
  • 17:42 You know David, one of the questions I'm asked all the time
  • 17:44 is, "Well, couldn't the Lord come back, yes, today in the
  • 17:47 clouds in the Rapture, or a thousand years from now?"
  • 17:50 And my answer is absolutely not.
  • 17:52 And they say, "Well, people have been talking about this for
  • 17:54 thousands of years."
  • 17:56 And I say, yeah, but 1500 years ago, there was no Israel.
  • 18:02 The land of Israel, the Promised Land
  • 18:04 wasn't called by its biblical name, right?
  • 18:06 There weren't many Jews in the land then.
  • 18:08 A thousand years, 500 years ago, but now the prophetic words of
  • 18:14 the Bible proclaimed by the apostles is coming to pass right
  • 18:20 in front of us in our lifetime.
  • 18:23 David: For the last five days, we've been on a bus and
  • 18:25 everywhere we look out the window, things are in bloom.
  • 18:30 It's beautiful here.
  • 18:31 I think that that's part of prophecy.
  • 18:34 Can you explain that?
  • 18:35 Dov: Well, pinch yourself David because you are seeing the
  • 18:39 Bible come to life and the prophet Isaiah, he
  • 18:44 speaks to the time where the wilderness will blossom
  • 18:47 like the rose, yeah?
  • 18:49 And we're seeing it all across Israel.
  • 18:50 You're watching this.
  • 18:52 You'll be driving through the desert and see fruit groves and
  • 18:55 all kinds of things like this.
  • 18:57 In the Dead Sea, you know, we're gonna go fishing in the
  • 18:59 Dead Sea one day.
  • 19:01 That water is gonna be fresh and it's gonna be watered by this
  • 19:04 river flowing under the king's throne, hallelujah, right?
  • 19:08 And so, we are living in that time.
  • 19:10 We're watching a preview of that time come springing out of this
  • 19:17 Promised Land right before our very eyes.
  • 19:22 So, the prophet Jeremiah are just blossoming in front of us.
  • 19:29 You know what that makes me want to do?
  • 19:31 That makes me want to watch for the coming of the
  • 19:33 Messiah Yeshua.
  • 19:35 It makes me want to hunger and thirst for righteousness and if
  • 19:38 we'll do that, Messiah Yeshua promises we will be filled.
  • 19:42 Filled, what do you mean?
  • 19:43 Filled with Ruach Hakodesh, the Holy Spirit who will help us and
  • 19:47 direct us.
  • 19:49 He's a great helper, David, amen?
  • 19:50 And so, he will help us through these prophetic times.
  • 19:55 I say it this way, we have an apostolic, prophetic end times
  • 20:00 life to live.
  • 20:01 The words of the apostles are flying off the pages, fulfilling
  • 20:03 the words of the prophets.
  • 20:06 End times meaning Yeshua's coming and we need to be ready.
  • 20:11 What a blessing to partner with you and Zola Levitt Ministries
  • 20:14 to do just that.
  • 20:18 ♪♪♪
  • 20:24 announcer: Our resource this week, the series
  • 20:26 "Watch Therefore And Be Ready" on DVD.
  • 20:30 This eight-program series points to prophecy being fulfilled,
  • 20:34 encouraging us to be ready for the Messiah's return.
  • 20:37 Each program includes location teaching, reports from Israel,
  • 20:42 in-studio analysis.
  • 20:44 Plus music from David and Kirsten Hart.
  • 20:47 Contact us and ask for the DVD series,
  • 20:52 "Watch Therefore And Be Ready."
  • 20:55 ♪♪♪
  • 20:57 ♪ When we're there, when we're there ♪
  • 20:59 ♪ in the land of Zion next year in Jerusalem. ♪
  • 21:03 [singing in Hebrew]
  • 21:06 ♪ next year in Jerusalem. ♪
  • 21:08 ♪ Oh Lord, we'll be with you and no more tears. ♪
  • 21:10 ♪ Oh Lord, thy kingdom come, thine will be done next year. ♪
  • 21:14 [singing in Hebrew]
  • 21:16 ♪ next year in Jerusalem. ♪
  • 21:18 [singing in Hebrew]
  • 21:22 ♪ next year in Jerusalem. ♪♪
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  • 22:06 Jeffrey: [speaking in German]
  • 22:11 I know you're probably not ready for a German lesson.
  • 22:13 It means you are like a flower.
  • 22:15 I'm of German Jewish extract and I remember my
  • 22:18 mother saying that.
  • 22:20 You are like a flower.
  • 22:21 Speaking of which, isn't Israel like a flower that's just
  • 22:26 blooming today?
  • 22:27 Kirsten: Everywhere, Everywhere.
  • 22:29 David: I think one of your favorite spots was when we saw
  • 22:32 mustard seed or mustard growing and it's wild there.
  • 22:38 It's everywhere in the spring.
  • 22:40 Kirsten: On the Mount of Beatitudes, and Jesus was
  • 22:43 teaching right in that area and I we talk about the tours.
  • 22:47 I know you're talking about flowers and your mom, and then
  • 22:49 we turn it to tours but it does relate.
  • 22:53 Tours are the Zola Levitt.
  • 22:55 Jeffrey: Yes, in fact, our producer Ken Berg, his favorite
  • 22:58 time to be there is in the spring.
  • 23:00 Of course, he's all about flowers and pictures.
  • 23:02 He's so attuned to that, but it's just great to see the land
  • 23:06 come alive and it's a modern miracle, isn't it?
  • 23:09 David: Isn't that part of the prophetic that's going on right
  • 23:11 there now?
  • 23:12 Jeffrey: Yes it is.
  • 23:14 It's prophesied Israel will emerge at the end of the days.
  • 23:16 In so many ways, it was a withered flower and if you'll
  • 23:18 permit, speaking of flowers, in Matthew chapter 6, a lot of us
  • 23:23 feel like we're withering up in so many ways, shriveling under
  • 23:27 the heat of trials and tribulations.
  • 23:30 The Lord says in chapter 6, if you'll permit, and I mention
  • 23:34 this because I sit here holding the Bible, might as well open it
  • 23:36 up every now and again.
  • 23:38 What do you think?
  • 23:39 Yeshua said, "Consider the lilies of the field," in chapter
  • 23:42 6, verse 28.
  • 23:44 "Consider the lilies, how they grow.
  • 23:47 They neither toil nor spin.
  • 23:51 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed
  • 23:55 himself like one of these."
  • 23:58 And it goes on to say, "Inasmuch as God can take care of the
  • 24:02 lilies in the field, that means that he can take care of people
  • 24:08 like me and you."
  • 24:11 Isn't it true?
  • 24:13 Just like Israel seemed to have been pounded into oblivion under
  • 24:17 hundreds of years of a hot sun, the land had deteriorated, and
  • 24:22 there can be areas in your life where you can feel the
  • 24:26 deterioration or not feel it but think about it in your life
  • 24:30 and others.
  • 24:32 And it is so easy to become discouraged.
  • 24:34 Do you know the word "encourage" comes from a word meaning to
  • 24:38 breathe courage in.
  • 24:41 Sins, circumstances, Satan sucks courage out.
  • 24:47 When I hear the Lord's words, I am encouraged that he can make
  • 24:52 your desert to bloom.
  • 24:55 And it's because we live by faith, we can be a little more
  • 24:58 gracious with our resources and our energies.
  • 25:01 So many people are just out for themselves but because we know
  • 25:06 the one who holds our hand and the keys to our future, we can
  • 25:11 be a little gracious and give up in order to let him work through
  • 25:15 us because we believe that inasmuch as he takes care of the
  • 25:18 flowers, he can take care of us and he can take care of Israel.
  • 25:23 What do you think?
  • 25:24 Kirsten: That's true and I love the thought that we brought
  • 25:27 you today with Joshua Aaron and the interview with Dov, we are
  • 25:31 seeing God blooming and new life coming from people that have
  • 25:36 made Aliyah to Israel.
  • 25:38 Jeffrey: Yes and he put a new song in their hearts.
  • 25:43 That's what some people, you know, they're just playing the
  • 25:47 same old negative narrative.
  • 25:49 But we're told in Scripture, the Lord can put a new song in our
  • 25:52 heart and rejuvenate us and revive us.
  • 25:56 Isn't that fantastic?
  • 25:58 David: There was a full plain of Ethiopians making Aliyah
  • 26:00 recently that our son had a part in.
  • 26:04 They're coming from everywhere.
  • 26:05 Jeffrey: Yes, I know they're coming.
  • 26:07 Tell me about your son's involvement, please.
  • 26:11 David: He works with International Christian Embassy
  • 26:12 in Jerusalem, and he was able to film these Ethiopians making
  • 26:18 Aliyah to Israel.
  • 26:20 Jeffrey: You know who else was involved in it?
  • 26:22 Everyone who supported the International Christian Embassy.
  • 26:26 You know, even in our ministry here, you know who's
  • 26:30 involved in it?
  • 26:31 Is it just me? Is it just you?
  • 26:33 Is it just you? Is it just the crew?
  • 26:35 No, it's all of you, you who believe God and are inspired to
  • 26:41 share and help get the gospel out from a Jewish perspective
  • 26:45 and help bring people back to the Lord, back to Israel, to
  • 26:48 revive this perspective, this Jewish perspective that's been
  • 26:52 gone so long.
  • 26:54 Kirsten: And you are doing it.
  • 26:55 You, our viewers, are making all of this happen.
  • 26:58 Thank you for joining us today to hear stories of people that
  • 27:02 are being drawn to Israel just like I believe you are being
  • 27:05 drawn there also.
  • 27:07 Join us next week.
  • 27:09 We have much more on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 27:10 Jeff?
  • 27:12 Jeffrey: Yes, and as you go, [speaking in Hebrew].
  • 27:17 David: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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