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Episode: “2021: The Year Ahead”
As we begin 2021, Dr. Jeffrey Seif with David and Kirsten Hart express hope for the new year. We look at upcoming series, like Sar Shalom: Prince of Peace, in which Jesus’ principal teachings come to life through Jeff’s passage-by-passage exposition.

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  • 00:03 ♪♪♪ male announcer: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots," with insightful
  • 00:06 Bible teaching by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:09 On today's special Christmas holiday program, we celebrate
  • 00:12 our Savior and take a look at what is coming your way in 2021.
  • 00:18 David: Happy Holidays and we're so glad you've joined us today.
  • 00:20 I am David Hart.
  • 00:21 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:23 Jeffrey Seif: I am Jeffrey Seif, and, bolder than you, I will
  • 00:25 say, "A Merry Christmas" to all of you, not just holidays
  • 00:29 in general.
  • 00:30 And I'm not trying to be correcting.
  • 00:32 Some wonder what's a Jewish program interested in the
  • 00:33 Christmas story.
  • 00:35 You know, I remember as a little boy being fascinated in
  • 00:38 Pennsylvania at Christmastime.
  • 00:40 I didn't understand anything but little nativity scenes in front
  • 00:44 yards and street lights decorated.
  • 00:47 My father used to take me to Macy's in New York City 'cause
  • 00:49 they used to decorate the windows.
  • 00:51 To me, it was this fascinating time.
  • 00:53 Personally, do I believe that Jesus came into the world on
  • 00:56 December 25?
  • 00:58 Personally, not really, but I'm glad he came into the world and
  • 00:59 I'm glad to commemorate it, quite frankly.
  • 01:02 Kirsten: Well, as a program of believers that also have Jewish
  • 01:06 roots, I'd like to say, "Happy Hanukkah" those that just
  • 01:10 celebrated that and Chag Sameach.
  • 01:12 Jeffrey: That's funny, you know, you're talking about--
  • 01:13 Kirsten: I tried to get that [guttural sound] happy holidays.
  • 01:15 Jeffrey: You're selling Hanukkah and I'm selling Christmas.
  • 01:17 It's a little different, isn't it?
  • 01:19 Kirsten: We're united as one now, right?
  • 01:21 Jeffrey: Yeah, well, I'm glad the Messiah came into the world.
  • 01:23 Let's say Messiahmas.
  • 01:25 But let's just celebrate.
  • 01:27 God only knows it's been a tough year, you know.
  • 01:29 We wanna be able to push a reset button, remember the Lord, get
  • 01:31 the family together, pray together, and look into
  • 01:33 the future.
  • 01:35 David: I think the word's been hope.
  • 01:36 We have hope, no matter what we're going through.
  • 01:38 Jeffrey: That's why hope is born.
  • 01:40 Kirsten: As we look ahead into this next year, we'd like to
  • 01:42 show you some excerpts from a program we just brought you,
  • 01:45 "Divine Deliverance."
  • 01:47 David: That's right, let's go there now.
  • 01:51 narrator: From the beginning, our Creator revealed his will to
  • 01:55 the common man.
  • 01:57 Individuals listened to his call and responded in obedience, from
  • 02:03 the first Hebrew Avraham to the culmination of salvation in
  • 02:07 Messiah himself.
  • 02:11 The Lord faithfully intervenes with his "Divine Deliverance."
  • 02:16 ♪♪♪
  • 02:24 narrator: "After these things the Word of the Lord came unto
  • 02:28 Abram in a vision, saying, 'Fear not, Abram.
  • 02:32 I am thy shield.
  • 02:35 Your reward will be exceedingly great.'"
  • 02:40 [speaking foreign language]
  • 03:29 ♪♪♪
  • 03:31 Jeffrey: And what happens?
  • 03:32 We're told that Abram, he believed it.
  • 03:37 Now the word in Hebrew is the word "omein," and church folks
  • 03:40 say, "Amen, brother."
  • 03:42 You know, "That's good preachin'."
  • 03:44 I think that's true.
  • 03:46 And oftentimes, to say "Amen" to something is, "Yes, that's my
  • 03:48 understanding, amen.
  • 03:50 I believe that doctrine.
  • 03:52 I believe that truth."
  • 03:54 Well, say "Amen" to that, but this isn't just believing
  • 03:57 a doctrine.
  • 03:59 This is believing at the core.
  • 04:02 You know, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, it's the
  • 04:06 conviction of things not seen.
  • 04:11 Well, there were different history-makers that were
  • 04:13 anointed, prophets were anointed, kings, priests.
  • 04:17 David himself, here, of course, anointed in effect as king.
  • 04:24 He in effect was a great deliverer in ancient Israel, and
  • 04:30 his story is in the past.
  • 04:33 But the one that he presages belongs to the future
  • 04:38 in perpetuity.
  • 04:41 And who am I referring to?
  • 04:44 Jesus, called Yeshua, actually in Hebrew, from a verb to save,
  • 04:51 to deliver, or to redeem.
  • 04:56 This series is all about deliverance.
  • 05:00 And when I think of deliverance, there's the ultimate deliverer.
  • 05:05 Not everyone understands it.
  • 05:08 For some, Jesus was just some Jewish Palestinian who died 2000
  • 05:12 years ago and some myth circulated about his
  • 05:15 Resurrection subsequent to that.
  • 05:18 He doesn't mean something to them, but Jesus the Jewish
  • 05:21 personality means something to me and I hope he means something
  • 05:25 to you.
  • 05:28 The gospel's not some insignificant story, it's a
  • 05:30 turnaround story and Yeshua came to facilitate a great
  • 05:34 redemption, not so much political but definitely
  • 05:38 spiritual and personal for people like me and you.
  • 05:44 ♪♪♪
  • 05:53 David: That was an excerpt from our series, "Divine
  • 05:55 Deliverance," where there were actually 12 people that were
  • 05:58 picked from this series.
  • 06:00 Question from us.
  • 06:02 How did you pick 12 out of so many in the Bible?
  • 06:05 Kirsten: The whole Bible.
  • 06:06 Jeffrey: Well, it wasn't just a me thing, it was a we
  • 06:08 thing, actually.
  • 06:09 We--our producer, Ken Berg, and I got together on it.
  • 06:11 There's so much stuff in the can.
  • 06:13 This program's been around for decades.
  • 06:15 Thanks to your kindness and caring and sharing and helping
  • 06:17 us to tell the story, we have all this dramatic stuff.
  • 06:21 You know, a lot of Christian television is someone
  • 06:22 pontificating with a Bible in hand.
  • 06:24 Well, I'm good with that.
  • 06:25 I have a Bible in hand, I can open it and talk about it, but
  • 06:27 we just--don't just talk about it, we show it as well through
  • 06:31 dramatic reenactments and we have dozens and dozens and
  • 06:33 dozens of 'em.
  • 06:35 I just sought the mind of the Lord to pick the best 12 that I
  • 06:37 could think of and you gave us those treasures.
  • 06:41 Before I pivot away and I know you wanna share about a series
  • 06:43 by that name, let me just say, this time of the year I remember
  • 06:47 that people came to the Lord and brought some treasures, some
  • 06:50 gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • 06:53 It's commodities that have value and it's a way of saying,
  • 06:55 "Thank you."
  • 06:57 This time of the year, people celebrate Jesus' birth but they
  • 07:00 buy presents for one another.
  • 07:02 Let's give a gift to the Lord and please do so by making an
  • 07:05 investment in helping us tell these beautiful stories the
  • 07:09 world over.
  • 07:10 Kirsten: Our viewers are truly a treasure to all of us, but
  • 07:13 something else that is fascinating to this program is
  • 07:17 the search for the ark of the covenant and the temple
  • 07:20 treasures, and I hope that you've been watching us these
  • 07:23 past three weeks as we've brought to you a mini-series
  • 07:26 called, "Jehovah's Treasure."
  • 07:28 Let's take a look at some of our programs.
  • 07:33 narrator: In a remote tunnel, deep within the Judean Desert,
  • 07:37 an unsolved mystery of a priceless treasure.
  • 07:46 It started with Abraham, was assembled by Moses, enshrined by
  • 07:52 King Solomon.
  • 07:54 Its fame would summon kings and beckon pharaohs.
  • 07:59 Its glory would ravage foreign gods.
  • 08:05 What was the source of this might?
  • 08:09 Is history about to unleash its desert secrets?
  • 08:14 ♪♪♪
  • 08:19 narrator: The quest for the temple treasures and the ark
  • 08:22 of the covenant: "Jehovah's Treasure."
  • 08:26 ♪♪♪
  • 08:33 narrator: The Judean Desert, in Central Israel, never changing,
  • 08:37 never the same, timeless.
  • 08:42 Archeologist Oren Gutfeld has come here to unravel an enigma
  • 08:45 that has the archeological community puzzled.
  • 08:49 Between 1947 and 1956, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • 08:55 nearby in the caves of Qumran.
  • 08:59 One particular scroll hints that there are temple treasures
  • 09:02 buried within close proximity to this desert road.
  • 09:07 Oren Gutfeld: We are at the--Valley under the
  • 09:10 fortress of Hyrcania, the fortress that was built by the
  • 09:14 Hasmonean and rebuilt by Herod the Great in the end of the 2nd
  • 09:17 century BCE and in the 1st century BCE.
  • 09:23 And we are digging, actually, two tunnels.
  • 09:26 Very, very interesting tunnels that we are digging for a few
  • 09:29 years now.
  • 09:31 ♪♪♪
  • 09:33 David Dolan: I'm up on the Mount of Olives and below me is the
  • 09:36 Temple Mount.
  • 09:38 narrator: Author, journalist, David Dolan moved to Jerusalem
  • 09:41 in 1980.
  • 09:43 David: The Saudi Arabian government is spending over a
  • 09:45 million dollars putting on a new gold top on the Dome of the Rock
  • 09:49 shrine behind me.
  • 09:51 narrator: He resides within close proximity to the walls of
  • 09:54 the Old City and reports regularly on the events of
  • 09:57 the region.
  • 10:01 Unrest in the area has been a frequent reality but for David,
  • 10:05 the opportunity of living in this ancient holy city has been
  • 10:08 reward enough.
  • 10:11 David: Jerusalem, a place that conjures up thoughts and
  • 10:14 emotions of biblical proportions and its very heart is located
  • 10:17 right behind me.
  • 10:19 There is perhaps no other sight on earth that is any more holy
  • 10:22 or any more fought over.
  • 10:25 It's referred to early in the Bible as Mount Moriah and later
  • 10:29 came to be called the Temple Mount.
  • 10:32 narrator: This recent aerial image of the Temple Mount was
  • 10:35 captured using state of the art thermal imaging.
  • 10:37 It is the only known documentation of what appears to
  • 10:40 be a sub-surface passageway.
  • 10:42 Some archeologists believe it functioned as a drain and was
  • 10:45 used by the priest in the service of the temple.
  • 10:49 male: Tunnels, drains, gateways, even meeting halls, they all
  • 10:53 exist under the Temple Mount, and all very convenient places,
  • 10:58 it would seem, to hide temple treasures.
  • 11:03 narrator: And the Lord said unto Moses, "Make an ark of wood.
  • 11:07 Overlay it with pure gold.
  • 11:10 Make upon it a crown of gold round about and thou shalt make
  • 11:13 four rings of gold and staves and two cherubim.
  • 11:18 And I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from
  • 11:21 between the two cherubim, of all the things that I will give thee
  • 11:25 unto the children of Israel."
  • 11:29 ♪♪♪
  • 11:42 Jeffrey: When I think of Jehovah's treasure, of course,
  • 11:45 his greatest treasure is his own Son.
  • 11:50 He so loved the world that he gave him to us, that is
  • 11:55 Gospel 101.
  • 11:58 And we wanna bring him to you.
  • 12:01 Much less a baby, as an adult.
  • 12:04 In this series to come that you're going to see, "Sar
  • 12:07 Shalom, Prince of Peace," you're going to love it.
  • 12:11 Shot in the Galilee, Israeli actors.
  • 12:15 We built a village right on the sea and reconstructed the
  • 12:19 greatest story ever told from a Jewish perspective, which is the
  • 12:23 greatest story never told.
  • 12:27 You're going to see it.
  • 12:29 Let's look at an excerpt from it now.
  • 12:32 ♪♪♪
  • 12:52 ♪♪♪
  • 13:33 narrator: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
  • 13:36 synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
  • 13:41 Seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain and his
  • 13:45 disciples came unto him and he taught them, saying--
  • 13:50 [speaking foreign language]
  • 15:01 Jeffrey: At the base of the Mount of Olives, there's a
  • 15:03 garden called Gat Shemanim in Hebrew, Gethsemane.
  • 15:08 You might recall Yeshua, Jesus, went there to pray and he sweat
  • 15:12 blood that last night, that fateful night.
  • 15:17 It's interesting, it seems to me that Shemen or oil is produced
  • 15:22 by getting the olives together and putting them under pressure.
  • 15:26 And this oil is extracted that's then used to make ohr or in
  • 15:31 Hebrew, ohr is light.
  • 15:35 Light factors in various ways in the New Testament story.
  • 15:38 There were maidens that carry the light to pierce
  • 15:41 the darkness.
  • 15:43 In the passage that I wanna consider with you in this
  • 15:46 segment, Jesus says to his talmidim, to his disciples,
  • 15:48 quote, "You are the light of the world."
  • 15:52 He doesn't just say that.
  • 15:54 He says, "Similarly," in Matthew chapter 5, "you are melach
  • 15:58 haaretz," you are the salt of the earth.
  • 16:02 There is a Hebrew expression, Mitzvah.
  • 16:05 Means commandment and it is applied to being a blessing.
  • 16:09 The Lord would have his people to do Mitzvah-- to do
  • 16:12 blessings, and hence, if you see someone in need, instead of
  • 16:18 waiting to be beckoned into service, why not of your own
  • 16:22 accord take the initiative to roll up your sleeves and just
  • 16:25 go help?
  • 16:28 And if we're beckoned to go where we don't wish to go, and
  • 16:32 we're unable to, you know, remove ourselves from that
  • 16:35 situation, why not go with something of a good attitude and
  • 16:39 be a witness to the love of God?
  • 16:42 The way that leads to life hopefully is told in a church
  • 16:45 but it's the way of life that's lived outside of the church.
  • 16:49 In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord talked about attending to
  • 16:53 our business, brothers learning to dwell together peaceably, men
  • 16:56 and women learning to come to terms, one's holding their
  • 16:59 sexual appetites in check, their angers, what to do with the
  • 17:02 money, what to do with various energies, et cetera.
  • 17:05 It's all there in the sermon.
  • 17:07 Hear Jesus' words.
  • 17:10 It's a way that leads to life.
  • 17:12 And your life will be better by virtue of your so doing.
  • 17:15 David: That was a preview from our series, "Sar Shalom," and
  • 17:18 Kirsten and I have got to say we are just in awe of the dramatic
  • 17:23 reenactments: the Israeli actors, and the scenery.
  • 17:26 Dr. Seif, you were right there when all of that happened.
  • 17:29 It's just incredible.
  • 17:32 Jeffrey: Yeah, thanks to our friends, you know, you're
  • 17:33 incredible, it's incredible, the Bible's incredible.
  • 17:35 Kirsten: It is, and the quality, I just have to say, I'm really
  • 17:38 proud to be part of this program or a very small part of this
  • 17:41 program, but the quality of the production and where you sat, I
  • 17:47 mean, you are a good-looking man but that--the Sea of Galilee
  • 17:50 behind you, kind of enhanced your looks.
  • 17:53 But it was just beautiful and that takes money.
  • 17:57 That production takes money to do and to do well.
  • 18:00 Jeffrey: And what do you think about those that give it?
  • 18:04 Kirsten: We're thankful for them, especially in this season.
  • 18:07 In this season of being thankful for the Lord, we're thankful for
  • 18:10 all of you and you make this possible.
  • 18:15 You vote with your dollar and you're voting that you want "Our
  • 18:19 Jewish Roots" to continue.
  • 18:21 David: Thank you so much, we'll be right back.
  • 18:23 ♪♪♪
  • 18:54 Kirsten: Back in the 1980s, I actually took television
  • 18:58 production classes and I've got to tell you, those cameras
  • 19:01 were humungous.
  • 19:03 Remember--you've been on TV--how big they were?
  • 19:06 David: Yes.
  • 19:08 Kirsten: And now the last time that we were in Israel, we were
  • 19:10 doing music production, music videos, the camera literally was
  • 19:13 this big and it fit in a pocket.
  • 19:16 It's amazing how things have changed over the years.
  • 19:19 I know you've been talent for so many years but did you ever have
  • 19:21 to lug any of that equipment around?
  • 19:24 Jeffrey: Well, it was bigger and heavier.
  • 19:26 Now, it's getting smaller and smaller.
  • 19:28 But the world is changing, you know, from television.
  • 19:31 We're doing that, we're doing social media to speak to
  • 19:33 the young.
  • 19:35 And there's an old saying, you know, blessed are the flexible,
  • 19:37 they will not be broken.
  • 19:39 You gotta go with it.
  • 19:41 A lot of people are tuning on now to--and everybody's a camera
  • 19:43 person with a cell phone and people are doing social media
  • 19:45 and the like, and we're just trying to keep abreast with all
  • 19:47 the technologies.
  • 19:48 David: That's right, we didn't have phones back in 1979 but
  • 19:50 now we can watch our program on our phone, which is amazing.
  • 19:53 Kirsten: And we do, we do, many times.
  • 19:55 Jeffrey: You know, and I think it's important, less for me or
  • 19:57 maybe even for you or for you as much as it is for the
  • 20:00 younger generation.
  • 20:02 I turn on TV, that's the way the game is played.
  • 20:05 Most people turn on their phones and there's a lot of stuff by
  • 20:07 social media.
  • 20:09 And we wanna get the story out.
  • 20:10 We wanna get the story straight.
  • 20:12 We wanna use all media available: TV, social media, the
  • 20:15 whole nine yards.
  • 20:16 David: Right, we're gonna take a look right now on how you can
  • 20:18 see our social media.
  • 20:20 Let's go there now.
  • 20:21 ♪♪♪
  • 20:43 Joshua: Hey, everybody, I'm Joshua.
  • 20:45 Caleb: I'm Caleb.
  • 20:46 Joshua: And we're brothers.
  • 20:48 No, wait, that's not hyperbole.
  • 20:50 We're actually brothers as in "23andMe validates that we got
  • 20:52 the same mom and dad" brothers.
  • 20:54 Caleb: We decided to have a family Passover special because,
  • 20:58 as everybody knows, our families are stuck together in one place,
  • 21:01 as they should be, in the home.
  • 21:03 You've been teaching your kids, you know, how to do math
  • 21:05 and English.
  • 21:07 Now, we're gonna teach them about the Bible.
  • 21:09 Caleb: Hey, guys, it's only been a week since we talked to you
  • 21:11 last time and things have gotten crazier in that week.
  • 21:16 Every hour, new regulation, new alert on your phone, new
  • 21:22 liberties being taken away.
  • 21:23 It's getting crazy and we just want you to know in the week
  • 21:27 that we talked to you last, God hasn't changed.
  • 21:30 Joshua: What?
  • 21:32 I heard that everything changed.
  • 21:33 Caleb: God hasn't changed, I know--
  • 21:34 Joshua: You can't even have church, how do you know he
  • 21:36 hasn't changed?
  • 21:37 Joshua: But you don't need to be afraid and that's the main thing
  • 21:39 we wanna talk about today.
  • 21:41 Caleb: Why should you be afraid?
  • 21:42 We've had the Bible as our blueprint for over 2000 years so
  • 21:46 that we know what is coming.
  • 21:48 Yeshua wanted us to be prepared when things like this happen.
  • 21:51 Caleb: See, guys, these are just brush fires that the enemy's
  • 21:54 starting to try and distract you from where you're supposed to
  • 21:58 walk in Messiah, what you're supposed to do and focus on your
  • 22:01 destiny, and so in the church right now the COVID church or
  • 22:05 the post-COVID church, you still see people living in fear.
  • 22:08 You're worried about this invisible plague that's going
  • 22:13 around and everybody has faith in it, even the unbelievers has
  • 22:15 faith in the invisible plague.
  • 22:18 But it's like, do you not have faith in the invisible God?
  • 22:21 If you have that much faith riding on COVID, can't you have
  • 22:24 that much faith riding on the God who can protect you from
  • 22:26 the COVID?
  • 22:27 Joshua: Stop and revisit that again.
  • 22:31 Caleb: Remember the things of old, the sacrifice of old, how
  • 22:34 the death angel passover because of the blood of a lamb on the
  • 22:37 doorpost of the house.
  • 22:39 Now we have the blood of the Lamb on the doorpost of
  • 22:41 our hearts.
  • 22:42 Joshua: We do.
  • 22:43 Caleb: And we don't have to fear the death angel.
  • 22:45 We don't have to fear coronavirus.
  • 22:46 We don't have to fear anything that's going on in the world
  • 22:48 'cause whether we're in our home or whether we're out in the
  • 22:50 world, we are safe and protected by the blood of Jesus.
  • 22:52 Joshua: Guys, if you think that love isn't as powerful as we say
  • 22:54 it is and that the Bible says it is, have you ever punched
  • 22:57 somebody in the face that loved you?
  • 22:58 Has anybody ever come up, you're, like, "You know what?
  • 23:00 You're handsome.
  • 23:01 You're an amazing person.
  • 23:03 I just wanted to tell you that you're the--"
  • 23:05 Agh, pah.
  • 23:06 You don't because love is like this infectious, strong,
  • 23:08 contagious thing that when it comes at you, it disarms you.
  • 23:12 We're always so looking at these problems, we say, "We either
  • 23:16 gotta run and fight--hide, or we gotta fight 'em.
  • 23:19 But he says, "No, love." Take a step back.
  • 23:21 Most of the time when I was in school and I had messed up on an
  • 23:24 equation in math that was really, really long, I got 99%
  • 23:27 of it right.
  • 23:28 You know where I messed up?
  • 23:29 I messed up on two plus two at the very beginning.
  • 23:31 Caleb: Go back.
  • 23:32 Joshua: But at the end of the day, if love is what spurred God
  • 23:34 to send Yeshua down for us, an action, right?
  • 23:37 And love is what spurred Yeshua to live a spotless, blame-free
  • 23:41 life, and then die on the cross for us, another action, wouldn't
  • 23:45 it make sense that action on our part in representation of that
  • 23:48 love is what we need to do for the world around us?
  • 23:51 Caleb: So we want you to be watchful, to be ready, and look
  • 23:53 for signs of Yeshua's Coming.
  • 23:55 He could come any day now.
  • 23:57 And get your hearts right with--
  • 23:58 [shofar sounding]
  • 24:02 ♪♪♪
  • 24:15 Todd Baker: Did Jesus of Nazareth ever claim to be God?
  • 24:18 He most certainly did.
  • 24:20 You know, the deity of the Messiah is one of the stumbling
  • 24:22 blocks that many Jewish people in Israel have a hard time
  • 24:25 dealing with.
  • 24:27 But in reality, the deity of Messiah is taught in the Old
  • 24:31 Testament: Isaiah 9:6.
  • 24:36 Sarah Liberman: So when God says to the people of Israel, "Bitchu
  • 24:39 b'Adonai," trust in the Lord, it's not just a trust for now,
  • 24:43 for a moment, but it is an eternal trust.
  • 24:47 It is a continuing trust.
  • 24:49 Bitchu b'Adonai.
  • 24:51 ♪♪♪
  • 24:56 Andrea Davis: We're ready.
  • 24:57 Kirsten: Hi, everybody, I'm Kirsten.
  • 24:59 Andrea: Are we on?
  • 25:00 Kirsten: We're on.
  • 25:02 Andrea: Oh, I'm sorry, hi.
  • 25:03 Kirsten: This is Andrea.
  • 25:05 Andrea: I'm Andrea.
  • 25:06 Kirsten: You work at Berg Productions' office.
  • 25:08 Andrea: I do, for almost 24 years.
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  • 25:11 Kirsten: But we have a special guest.
  • 25:12 Andrea: We do, we do, come in, come in.
  • 25:15 Kirsten: Come here, baby, come here.
  • 25:18 David: I think that--I think you should be on our next CD.
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  • 25:23 Kirsten: A trio.
  • 25:24 Andrea: From your lips to God's ears, poor thing.
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  • 25:29 Andrea: That's us, or 1-800-WONDERS.
  • 25:31 Kirsten: It's a good one, we love you guys, bye.
  • 25:32 Andrea: Thank you.
  • 25:35 David: Thousands of you have joined us on social media.
  • 25:38 We thank you for that, our prayer and our hope today is
  • 25:40 that we'll be able to go back to Israel in 2021.
  • 25:44 We would love for you to go with us.
  • 25:46 Dr. Seif, I know that you're ready to get back there.
  • 25:49 We have some new series coming.
  • 25:51 Jeffrey: Yeah, and that's the story of Messiahmas, Christmas,
  • 25:54 call it what you will when you will.
  • 25:56 I'm glad he came into the world and is coming according to the
  • 25:59 Matthean text, Matthew chapter 2, which precipitated in terms
  • 26:02 of welcoming him by individuals seeing a star and it beckons
  • 26:05 them to go to Bet Lehem, to Bethlehem.
  • 26:09 Do you know that that is predicted in the Hebrew Bible?
  • 26:12 Numbers chapter 24, verse 17, we're told that "a star will
  • 26:16 come from Jacob; and a scepter or a king will arise
  • 26:20 from Israel."
  • 26:23 There are so many ways that the testaments connect, that people
  • 26:26 are oblivious to, and inasmuch as they brought treasures back
  • 26:29 then to facilitate Yeshua, so too people bring treasures into
  • 26:33 our treasury to help us tell the story today.
  • 26:37 Thank you in advance.
  • 26:39 David: Right, people all the time ask us, "What's your
  • 26:41 favorite thing about going on a tour to Israel?"
  • 26:44 And the day that we were in Bethlehem, I said, "Standing
  • 26:47 where the star was and where the angel spoke."
  • 26:51 It was pretty amazing.
  • 26:53 Kirsten: Unto the shepherds.
  • 26:55 The shepherds' field is wonderful.
  • 26:58 And I just wanna say real quick, if we can get to Israel, if the
  • 27:00 doors are open, we will be taking tours.
  • 27:03 We go in the spring and we go in the fall, two times a year.
  • 27:06 What an opportunity to be in the place where the Lord himself
  • 27:10 came to dwell and live.
  • 27:12 There's nothing like it.
  • 27:14 Jeffrey: Yes, and I'm so thankful that for those that
  • 27:17 can't make it to the place, for those that make an opportunity
  • 27:19 to help us bring this place to you.
  • 27:21 And that's the gift of television and what we do, and
  • 27:23 this time of the year I just wanna say, and I keep saying it,
  • 27:25 by the way, maybe some say I'm saying it too much, but if you
  • 27:27 would see the program before this one and the one after, we
  • 27:29 barely talked about money and it's the end of the year and
  • 27:32 just thank you for helping us to bring this to you.
  • 27:35 Again, if you can't go to Israel, we're gonna bring it to
  • 27:37 you whether you donate or not because we're gonna continue on
  • 27:39 with this ministry.
  • 27:41 David: 2021's gonna be a great year.
  • 27:43 Hope is the word that I think of.
  • 27:46 Jeffrey: Lots of good stuff in the can.
  • 27:48 We're really moving forward, we are.
  • 27:50 David: We end our program today with a song from our founder,
  • 27:52 Zola Levitt.
  • 27:54 Jeffrey: But before we hear him, I want you to hear this, as it
  • 27:56 says in the Hebrew: "Shaalu shalom Yerushalayim."
  • 28:01 David: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 28:03 ♪ The King has come ♪
  • 28:05 ♪ The King has come to Bethlehem ♪
  • 28:10 ♪ Our God has come ♪
  • 28:12 ♪ Our God has come ♪
  • 28:14 ♪ Messiah's come ♪
  • 28:16 ♪ Messiah's come ♪
  • 28:18 ♪ The King of kings to Bethlehem ♪♪
  • 28:26 ♪♪♪

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