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Episode: “Letters and Eretz Israel preview”
Dr. Seif and the Harts answer letters from viewers and preview our upcoming series Eretz Israel

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  • 00:03 David Hart: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots," with insightful
  • 00:07 Bible teaching from Israel by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:10 Today we answer your letters and take a look at our new series,
  • 00:14 "Eretz Israel," the land of Israel.
  • 00:18 David: Thank you so much for joining us today.
  • 00:20 I am David Hart.
  • 00:21 Kirsten Hart: I am Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:23 Jeffrey Seif: I am Jeffrey Seif, and we wanna be a one-stop
  • 00:27 shop for all things Jewish.
  • 00:30 For those that love the land and the people, we wanna
  • 00:33 be a go-to source, yes?
  • 00:35 Kirsten: We are, and we also have a monthly periodical.
  • 00:39 There are actually two, but the first one I wanna talk
  • 00:42 about is the "Levitt Letter."
  • 00:43 I hope you're receiving it.
  • 00:45 It's something that goes out to our viewers monthly, and all
  • 00:48 kinds of information about Israel.
  • 00:50 We write articles in there, but we also answer viewer mail.
  • 00:55 We love when you write in.
  • 00:56 We love when you say nice things, but we also
  • 00:58 love when you write in.
  • 00:59 So we have questions today for you, Doctor.
  • 01:04 David: Yeah, here's the thing: you have many hats.
  • 01:07 You're a policeman.
  • 01:09 You teach officers, right?
  • 01:11 And also, you're a pastor and a teacher.
  • 01:15 So today, put on your teacher glasses.
  • 01:17 Kirsten: Professor. Professor Seif.
  • 01:18 David: Professor glasses, that's it, yeah.
  • 01:20 Jeffrey: Fire away.
  • 01:21 David: Here's the first question: "In watching the
  • 01:22 series "Faith of Our Fathers," I was amazed to hear about all the
  • 01:26 Jewish people never mentioned in the Founding of our nation.
  • 01:29 How involved were the Jews in the creation
  • 01:32 of the United States?
  • 01:34 Jeffrey: First of all, my sister said much the same, a
  • 01:38 Jewish woman, doesn't have the same beliefs that I do.
  • 01:43 When I told her about the series and sent her a clip, she was
  • 01:47 like, "Wow, I had no idea."
  • 01:50 A lot of people are clueless of the Jewish contributions, which
  • 01:55 is one of the reasons why I was so glad to do the series and why
  • 01:59 I would commend people to acquire it and learn the story.
  • 02:06 Oh, even before George Washington, Jews were involved
  • 02:11 in the early Americas going back to Columbus, who
  • 02:14 may well have been Jewish.
  • 02:16 We know that he had five Jewish people on his boats.
  • 02:19 We know that--
  • 02:21 Kirsten: I did not know that.
  • 02:22 Jeffrey: Yes, it was on the day when Columbus
  • 02:24 disembarked to the New World.
  • 02:27 That was when the Alhambra Decree went into effect, which
  • 02:31 was a decree by the Spanish crown.
  • 02:34 The Jews had to leave the Iberian Peninsula by a certain
  • 02:38 point in time, and everybody was looking to get out of Dodge.
  • 02:42 There were Jewish conquistadores that came over to the New World
  • 02:48 on the initial voyage.
  • 02:51 Even the maps that he used, cartography was something that
  • 02:57 was a Semitic discipline.
  • 03:00 The Europeans hadn't even discovered it yet, and because
  • 03:03 before the Europeans reconquered the Iberian Peninsula when it
  • 03:09 was an Islamic holding, there in Cardova, there was a great
  • 03:13 university, and geometry, mapmaking, and all of that was
  • 03:18 all there, and those--that knowledge kind of trickled down
  • 03:25 to the Jewish people and off to the New World.
  • 03:27 Kirsten: Made its way.
  • 03:29 David: Did they think it was a better life here for them?
  • 03:30 Why did they make that journey to come to America?
  • 03:33 Jeffrey: Well, Jews were told that they had to either get out
  • 03:39 of the Iberian Peninsula or convert and become Christians.
  • 03:45 The Inquisition was in effect, and people were
  • 03:49 running for their life.
  • 03:51 Some ran underground.
  • 03:52 Jewish people ostensibly converted to Catholicism.
  • 03:57 They were called conversos, or Marranos, was a
  • 04:00 disparaging term that was used.
  • 04:02 So ostensibly on the surface they practiced Catholicism, but
  • 04:09 then privately they practiced Judaism, even in the
  • 04:13 early American experience.
  • 04:17 Here in Texas, going from Galveston to Amarillo, south to
  • 04:21 Monterrey, Mexico, this was called Nuevo Leon before it was
  • 04:27 America, and the province was governed by someone, Luis
  • 04:31 Carvajal, who was one of these Jews I've described.
  • 04:34 The Inquisition came over and killed him and over 100
  • 04:38 members of his family.
  • 04:39 Two sons escaped, went back to Europe, but there were a lot of
  • 04:42 Jews here in the New World.
  • 04:44 Kirsten: Was it a sort of promised land where there would
  • 04:48 be religious freedom?
  • 04:50 Because, again, from Spain, they're getting kicked out.
  • 04:53 The Jewish people, once again, are getting
  • 04:55 kicked out of their land.
  • 04:56 Jeffrey: Yes, and, in fact, there was certain charter places
  • 04:59 like Jamaica that said explicitly that there was no
  • 05:03 religious litmus test.
  • 05:04 Going to the colonies in America, closer to when the
  • 05:08 Europeans are coming, not the southern Europeans as in the
  • 05:12 Spaniards, but when the British and those that we know, Puritans
  • 05:16 came here, looking for a New World and religious freedoms,
  • 05:20 and Jews came along with--actually, the first Jews
  • 05:23 into the New World came from South America
  • 05:27 from Recife, Brazil.
  • 05:30 They came and went to New Amsterdam, and they
  • 05:35 took residence there.
  • 05:37 There were 23 families that disembarked,
  • 05:39 and that was the beginning.
  • 05:40 Kirsten: I was gonna say, something we learned that
  • 05:42 we didn't know at all, and before we come here
  • 05:46 to tape the TV program, we get to watch all of your teaching,
  • 05:50 and we didn't realize that many of the Founding Fathers
  • 05:54 actually studied Hebrew.
  • 05:56 That is just something that we're not taught.
  • 05:58 We don't know that.
  • 05:59 Jeffrey: Well, Hebrew was part of education.
  • 06:02 The early clergy, the early universities picked on it
  • 06:05 first--Harvard, and then Yale, and then Princeton--and to the
  • 06:10 extent the Founding Fathers studied at those places, they
  • 06:13 would've been influenced by it, but there were a lot of
  • 06:16 influences, things Jewish intellectually, to be sure, as
  • 06:20 per the language, and there were influential Jewish people.
  • 06:24 I had to, in effect, in the series "Faith of Our Fathers,"
  • 06:27 even taper down.
  • 06:29 I wanted David Barton to do the talking about the Founding
  • 06:33 Fathers and the document and the Christian origins, but truth
  • 06:37 be known, we could've done an entire series.
  • 06:40 You know, I got some bites in there, a minute or two, about
  • 06:43 different individuals in this series.
  • 06:45 We could've done a whole series on Jewish
  • 06:46 contributions in early America.
  • 06:48 Kirsten: Ooh, let's do it. Let's do that in the future.
  • 06:51 David: Here's a question, so, back in the day,
  • 06:53 were they welcomed with open arms, or was it a struggle?
  • 06:57 Jeffrey: Well, people have prejudices, but they came here
  • 06:59 because there were freedoms, and you can't get away from people's
  • 07:04 private and sometimes-made-public verbal
  • 07:07 disparagements, but on the whole, Jews were able to be free
  • 07:11 and practice their religion.
  • 07:12 Kirsten: Well, the Puritans were running away from being
  • 07:14 oppressed and not being able to worship and follow what they
  • 07:17 wanted to religiously, so it kind of followed suit that--you
  • 07:21 know, I mean, let's look at what is the plaque on
  • 07:24 Statue of Liberty, "We welcome all of you."
  • 07:27 Jeffrey: Yes, and I mentioned in the series, that plaque,
  • 07:29 "Bring me your tired and your poor--"
  • 07:31 was a Jewish woman who wrote that line that--
  • 07:33 David: Right.
  • 07:35 Jeffrey: And, in fact, and it was noted in the series,
  • 07:37 previous, that the letter that George Washington wrote to the
  • 07:42 Touro Synagogue up in New England, therein he gave voice
  • 07:46 to the fact that "We give no quarter to persecuting people on
  • 07:50 the basis of faith," and it is--you know, "We hold these
  • 07:53 truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
  • 07:58 people are entitled to the pursuit of life, liberty,
  • 08:02 and happiness," according to the dictates
  • 08:04 of their own conscience.
  • 08:05 That was part of the American ethos, and, of course, that
  • 08:10 makes room for Jews in it.
  • 08:11 And Jews didn't just come here.
  • 08:13 Jews were contributors of what happened here, and it's
  • 08:17 a story that's oft untold.
  • 08:20 Kirsten: We would be wise to go back to that theology and
  • 08:23 doctrine and thinking, I think, and instead of persecution.
  • 08:27 I mean, people are just so against now those of different
  • 08:31 beliefs, and it would be nice to go back to what our Founding
  • 08:34 Fathers wanted originally for this country, I think.
  • 08:36 Jeffrey: Yes, and I think that's the beauty of our
  • 08:38 viewers, by the way.
  • 08:39 I mean, a Jewish person will watch the programs, to be sure,
  • 08:43 but when you look at Christian television, what goes out in the
  • 08:45 networks, a lot of these are Christian friends that have a
  • 08:48 love for things Jewish, and it speaks to a beauty in their
  • 08:51 heart and a kind of openness that they care about this kind
  • 08:54 of story and that they share to contribute to its ongoing
  • 08:57 telling, and that is America at its best, by the way, a kind of
  • 09:01 openness to new people, new experiences, new things.
  • 09:04 David: We shouldn't have to be reminded of this,
  • 09:06 but guess what?
  • 09:07 Jesus was Jewish too.
  • 09:09 Kirsten: Aha, that's good.
  • 09:11 David: It's all about Jesus.
  • 09:12 Kirsten: Surprise.
  • 09:14 Jeffrey: We shouldn't have to be reminded of that.
  • 09:16 In fact, in Medieval Europe, when they were doing crucifixes,
  • 09:21 you know, if you look at a Protestant cross, it typically
  • 09:24 won't have Jesus on it.
  • 09:25 If you look at a High Church cross, the crucifix, Jesus is on
  • 09:29 it, but it's not just for modesty's sake that this loin
  • 09:33 cloth over his midsection, his private parts.
  • 09:36 If you look at Medieval art, they weren't sheepish about
  • 09:39 showing, you know, private parts, but a reason why they
  • 09:42 wanted to do that is not to advertise the fact that he was
  • 09:46 circumcised, that is, that he was a Hebrew.
  • 09:48 It's kind of "Let's keep that off the radar," and the people
  • 09:53 have long since forgotten and intentionally wanted to obscure
  • 09:57 the Jewishness of Jesus; tragic.
  • 10:00 Kirsten: But that's not what we're about here on
  • 10:01 "Our Jewish Roots"; We'll bring it right back.
  • 10:03 David: That's right. We have more questions.
  • 10:05 We'll be right back.
  • 10:08 David: Our resource this week: the series,
  • 10:09 "Joshua: More Than a Conqueror," on DVD.
  • 10:13 This eight-program series reveals how Joshua went from spy
  • 10:16 to Moses's apprentice and then became the faithful leader
  • 10:19 of the Israelites during the conquest of the land of Canaan.
  • 10:23 With dramatic reenactments, Bible teaching from Dr. Seif,
  • 10:27 insight from Chaim Malespin, music, and much more.
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  • 11:28 male announcer: "For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a
  • 11:31 good land--a land of fig trees and pomegranates, a land of
  • 11:37 olive oil and honey."
  • 11:40 "Arise, walk through the land, for all the land which thou
  • 11:45 seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever."
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  • 11:59 Behold the land of the covenant.
  • 12:09 David: Just about weekly on our program, we say that
  • 12:12 traveling to Israel is the trip of a lifetime, and it
  • 12:16 really has been for us too.
  • 12:18 We would love for you to join us on a tour to Israel.
  • 12:20 We go both in the fall and the spring.
  • 12:23 All the information is right here on levitt.com.
  • 12:25 Kirsten: We are a television program, but we also are a
  • 12:29 ministry, and we are a tour company.
  • 12:32 We're many things. So we have this program.
  • 12:34 We have the tours. They're called Zola Tours.
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  • 12:42 Something else that we have, we do a monthly periodical called
  • 12:47 the "Levitt Letter," completely free.
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  • 12:51 We have up-to-date information monthly about what really is
  • 12:55 happening in the land of Israel.
  • 12:57 No fake news goes out from our ministry.
  • 13:00 And something else that we have on there, we have
  • 13:02 letters from our viewers.
  • 13:04 So we would love for you that watch our program to write in.
  • 13:09 Let us know your takeaways from the programs and also
  • 13:11 what they meant to you.
  • 13:14 Another thing that we do is we support the people
  • 13:17 in the land of Israel.
  • 13:20 Your donations, your monthly regular donations go to make
  • 13:25 this program possible but also many, many ministries
  • 13:29 in the land.
  • 13:30 David: You know what, I think we're in our
  • 13:32 40th year of this ministry.
  • 13:35 I can't believe it's been that long.
  • 13:36 We're so thankful to be a part of it, and we also just wanna
  • 13:39 say thank you for supporting us, that we're able to go to Israel
  • 13:42 and do our dramatic reenactments; send you,
  • 13:45 Dr. Seif, there, many times you've been--
  • 13:48 Kirsten: To teach on location.
  • 13:49 How many times have you been to Israel?
  • 13:51 Jeffrey: Fifty or so.
  • 13:52 Kirsten: Wow, when you get to that point, it's the
  • 13:54 "or so," could be.
  • 13:55 Jeffrey: I don't count. I just go.
  • 13:58 Kirsten: We still count.
  • 14:00 David: And the dramatic reenactments are just--
  • 14:03 they're like Hollywood, really.
  • 14:04 Kirsten: Quality.
  • 14:05 Jeffrey: I think it's the drama that's the genius of this
  • 14:07 organization, tell you the truth.
  • 14:09 It's not the talking head. It's not me.
  • 14:12 It's, just, it's the way people can see it
  • 14:15 come to life, you know.
  • 14:17 That's just--and I hope to add something to it, but there are a
  • 14:20 number of ingredients here.
  • 14:22 It doesn't revolve around my person going there as a teacher,
  • 14:25 but it's great to do it with a group.
  • 14:27 Kirsten: Many things under our umbrella of ministry, many
  • 14:30 places, and we get letters from our viewers,
  • 14:34 and you have one, don't you?
  • 14:35 David: Are you ready for question number two?
  • 14:36 Kirsten: You ready, Dr. Seif?
  • 14:38 David: This is kind of a long one, here we go:
  • 14:39 "We know God blesses those countries who bless Israel.
  • 14:42 Do you think the religious liberty America offered to the
  • 14:45 original Jewish immigrants has anything to do with
  • 14:48 the success of our nation?"
  • 14:50 Jeffrey: Yes, and there's a variety of reasons for that.
  • 14:54 First of all, any people that's open to a brother from another
  • 14:57 mother, there's a kind of grace there in
  • 15:00 what that nation's all about.
  • 15:02 That is only gonna pay dividends in future generations
  • 15:05 as opposed to hating.
  • 15:07 But beyond that, certainly, in the seminal promise in early
  • 15:11 Genesis, "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse
  • 15:16 those who curse you, and in you all the families of the
  • 15:19 earth will be blessed."
  • 15:21 It's one of the more famous texts in the older testament
  • 15:25 that speaks to the fact there's a blessing that accrues.
  • 15:28 I wanna add something to it just--it's not my own edition.
  • 15:32 That's Genesis chapter 12, verse 3.
  • 15:35 I quote from a few different Bibles when I work the program.
  • 15:40 When I'm working from a Hebrew Bible, I'm working with a Hebrew
  • 15:44 text and the Jewish Publication Society version.
  • 15:48 But with this right here, I'm working with a version called
  • 15:51 The Tree of Life that was published by Baker Books.
  • 15:54 I served as the project manager for it, and we had a debate
  • 15:59 about--and there's some 50, or so, individuals about what to do
  • 16:02 with Genesis chapter 12, verse 2, and it was a Christian woman,
  • 16:08 Hélène Dallaire, who's an Old Testament professor at Denver
  • 16:12 Seminary, fell in love with the Jewish people, went and did a
  • 16:15 PhD at Hebrew Union in Semitic languages, and then was asked to
  • 16:21 come there and teach people that are gonna be rabbis,
  • 16:23 the Hebrew language.
  • 16:25 She argued on the basis the Hebrew, in chapter 12, verse 2,
  • 16:29 where the Lord says, "My heart's desire is to make of you into a
  • 16:34 great nation," it is something effusive there.
  • 16:38 It's God's desire, his love, not just his will, not just some
  • 16:42 intellectual intentionality, but it's an extension of the heart,
  • 16:46 and it's with that heartfelt comes this promise, subsequent
  • 16:50 to it, that "I will bless those who bless you and curse
  • 16:53 those who curse you."
  • 16:55 I think there's a blessing that accrues to individuals
  • 16:58 who bless the Jewish people.
  • 16:59 Some, by the may, may wish to take you up on the offer to
  • 17:02 support a ministry like this and others like it, but to be sure,
  • 17:07 those who endeavor to be a blessing to the Jewish people,
  • 17:10 they're gonna be blessed, and I think America is blessed, in
  • 17:14 part, because of its blessing to the Jewish people.
  • 17:16 David: I see it in our lives, blessing, I mean, our love for
  • 17:21 Israel and how he's blessed our family beyond anything we could
  • 17:24 ever imagine because of our love for Israel and
  • 17:28 for the Jewish people.
  • 17:29 Jeffrey: Yes, yes, and many could attest to that.
  • 17:32 I think George Washington, by the way, would say--in fact, he
  • 17:36 was--he beckoned Robert Morris, his Secretary of the Treasury,
  • 17:43 this fledgling country, to go petition Haym Salomon, a Jew in
  • 17:49 Philadelphia, to help because he was holed up in
  • 17:52 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
  • 17:55 They ran out of money. But Morris was an anti-Semite.
  • 17:58 He didn't wanna do it, but he did, and within half an hour,
  • 18:03 finally, because of Haym Salomon--and I mentioned this in
  • 18:07 the series "Faith of Our Fathers," the money was raised
  • 18:10 to help retool and to reinvigorate with the finances,
  • 18:14 the Revolutionary Army.
  • 18:17 George Washington, if you ask him, "Do you think that there's
  • 18:21 blessings because of Jewish contributions and that we can be
  • 18:25 blessed because we support--"
  • 18:27 oh, he'd be all in, he'd be all in.
  • 18:29 He wrote a letter, of course, that was referenced, "Give us
  • 18:32 thanks to the Jewish people," and he was an early supporter of
  • 18:36 the Jewish people, and there were many others.
  • 18:38 Kirsten: We have to be careful.
  • 18:40 I know it's a fine line, to me, personally, of "If I bless the
  • 18:44 Israeli people, I get a blessing."
  • 18:46 I don't want it to be like you're rubbing Aladdin's lamp,
  • 18:50 and a magic genie appears.
  • 18:51 The magic lamp is like, "Ooh, I was nice to that
  • 18:53 Jewish person down the street, now where's my money?"
  • 18:56 It's a interesting--I don't know--balance?
  • 18:58 Jeffrey: I don't think we should do life,
  • 19:00 "What's in it for me?"
  • 19:01 It's not a slot machine: "I'm gonna put some gold into the
  • 19:04 Jewish-loving, pull this handle down, and now I'm gonna get a
  • 19:06 lot more coins on the other end."
  • 19:08 I just think--you know, Jesus said, "If you only love your
  • 19:12 own, how are you any better than the heathen?"
  • 19:14 We ought to have something for something beyond us.
  • 19:19 That's the whole purpose of tithing, by the way, is
  • 19:21 something disciplined.
  • 19:23 Most of us spend money we don't have for things we don't need,
  • 19:26 to impress people we don't care about; we use credit cards;
  • 19:28 we get ourselves all messed up with money.
  • 19:30 I think a disciplined approach to life carves off a portion to
  • 19:34 give for the Lord's good purposes beyond those of our own
  • 19:38 and to love the Jewish people, to have something to
  • 19:41 invest in that beyond us.
  • 19:43 Just the kind of person that manages their affairs that way,
  • 19:46 it's going to invariably pay dividends, it surely is.
  • 19:50 Kirsten: And I think back to "God loves a cheerful giver,"
  • 19:52 but it's from a pure heart.
  • 19:54 Instead of the financial reward, "What can I get
  • 19:57 from blessing the people,"
  • 19:58 the blessing comes in so many other things other than just,
  • 20:01 "Oh, I got extra coins."
  • 20:03 Jeffrey: To that point, in the Corinthian correspondence
  • 20:05 where Paul gives voice to that, he's raising money
  • 20:07 to send back to Israel.
  • 20:09 "The Lord loves a cheerful giver."
  • 20:11 "Give, and it'll be given-- be liberal and--"
  • 20:13 he's not looking to get a new church bus for
  • 20:15 First Baptist Church of Corinth.
  • 20:17 He's raising missionary money to take back to Israel with him,
  • 20:21 which is where he's headed to go bless the Jewish
  • 20:22 brethren in the land.
  • 20:25 Kirsten: It's a good Word.
  • 20:26 David: We have a new series coming up.
  • 20:28 We wanna show you some excerpts.
  • 20:29 It's all about the Land of Israel.
  • 20:32 ♪♪♪
  • 20:38 announcer: "Look to the north, the south, the east, the west."
  • 20:47 ♪♪♪
  • 20:54 announcer: "All the land which thou seest, to thee will I
  • 20:58 give it, and to thy seed forever."
  • 21:03 "Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither
  • 21:07 slumber nor sleep."
  • 21:10 ♪♪♪
  • 21:16 announcer: "Eretz Israel."
  • 21:19 ♪♪♪
  • 21:26 Jeffrey: It's called "adamah" in Hebrew.
  • 21:28 It means "earth."
  • 21:30 "Aphar" means the "dust," and "erets" means the "land," and
  • 21:35 my, how the Israelites loved it.
  • 21:38 Avraham loved it, Yischaq loved it, and apparently they loved a
  • 21:44 place called Be'er Sheva.
  • 21:48 announcer: "Now, the Lord said unto Abram, 'Get thee out
  • 21:51 of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's
  • 21:55 house, unto a land that I will show thee.
  • 21:58 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee,
  • 22:02 and make thy name great, and thou shall be a blessing.
  • 22:06 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him
  • 22:10 that curses thee, and in thee shall all families
  • 22:14 of the earth be blessed.'
  • 22:16 And Abram took Sarai, his wife, his nephew Lot, all
  • 22:20 their substance and persons they had acquired in Haran, and
  • 22:25 journeyed to Canaan."
  • 22:28 Jeffrey: Now, similarities aside, what's dissimilar is the
  • 22:32 fact that, in this case, at least in the Genesis case as
  • 22:35 we'll see, we're dealing with the real Pelishtine.
  • 22:39 What do I mean by that?
  • 22:41 The real Palestinian, so-called, according to history and various
  • 22:45 histories, were seafaring people that came from Greece and from
  • 22:50 the Ionian Islands, a tall people.
  • 22:54 And we note in the Bible, in no uncertain terms, how they secure
  • 22:58 a toehold principally along the coast.
  • 23:02 They never penetrate far east.
  • 23:04 They establish a few cities, and you have
  • 23:07 some Philistine holdings.
  • 23:09 Well, they came from the sea.
  • 23:12 Bible readers know of another man who traversed the fertile
  • 23:16 crescent, beginning in Ur of Chaldee, makes his way along
  • 23:20 Mesopotamia, settles in Haran, Syria, and eventually hears,
  • 23:25 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 23:26 "It's time to go."
  • 23:28 In Bereshit, in Genesis 12, he makes his way down further, and
  • 23:33 here at Be'er Sheva, we are at that southern penetration, not
  • 23:38 far south, the Negev.
  • 23:40 [choir chanting]
  • 23:43 David Dolan: In the year 614, the Persians invaded the land.
  • 23:46 They damaged the church, but they weren't there very long.
  • 23:49 In 630, the Byzantines recaptured it.
  • 23:51 But just a few years after that, in 638, a new religion, Islam,
  • 23:56 sent its forces up to this land.
  • 23:58 Behind me, you see the Tower of David.
  • 24:01 That was a mosque minaret.
  • 24:03 It's gone between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim
  • 24:06 rule over the centuries.
  • 24:07 They also captured the Temple Mount.
  • 24:10 They began work on a magnificent shrine, the Dome of the Rock.
  • 24:13 That was finished in the year 691.
  • 24:15 The Muslims that ruled here didn't set this up as a capital.
  • 24:19 They ruled the city, but they did so from Baghdad, sometimes
  • 24:22 from Damascus, sometimes from Cairo, and the different armies
  • 24:26 from those different areas would clash here in the city often.
  • 24:30 In the year 1009, the church was destroyed by Caliph Al-Hakim.
  • 24:35 This was one of the prompts for the Crusades.
  • 24:38 The Pope in Rome said, "We must go to the Holy City.
  • 24:42 We must recapture it."
  • 24:43 And in 1096, Crusader forces landed down on the coast,
  • 24:47 capturing the city of Jerusalem in 1099.
  • 24:51 Jeffrey: Frankly, at the risk of sounding overly pessimistic,
  • 24:54 this is a series I shouldn't even have to make.
  • 24:57 It is just so simple, it is so "one plus one equal two,"
  • 25:00 and that is that God gave this land to the Jew.
  • 25:04 And the story is played out rather dramatically after
  • 25:07 spending many, many years in a wilderness.
  • 25:10 The children of Israel began their conquest of Canaan.
  • 25:15 Leaving the base camp, they have a struggle at Jericho, right
  • 25:19 behind me, and then there's a campaign to the south.
  • 25:23 It'll go up north, and the end result will be--is that the main
  • 25:27 backbone of Canaanite resistance will be broken, enabling the
  • 25:31 children of Israel to take their inheritance.
  • 25:35 Friends, if we read the Bible, if we believe the Bible, let's
  • 25:40 stand up for what the Bible says and support the Jewish bid for
  • 25:45 residency here in the ancestral homeland.
  • 25:49 ♪♪♪
  • 25:59 ♪♪♪
  • 26:06 Jeffrey: I don't want you to miss the points in this upcoming
  • 26:10 series, and I hope you didn't miss the point in this
  • 26:15 particular program.
  • 26:17 Scripture says that "A liberal man will be enriched.
  • 26:21 And he who waters will himself be watered."
  • 26:25 God wants us to be gracious.
  • 26:27 He wants us to be a blessing, amen, yes?
  • 26:30 Kirsten: Amen, and we're excited about next week.
  • 26:33 We've been talking about Jewish people--every week is--but the
  • 26:36 land of Israel and the blessings that God poured into the land
  • 26:41 and his people that overflow to us.
  • 26:44 Jeffrey: Indeed.
  • 26:45 David: You go to lots of places in this series.
  • 26:48 It's great David Dolan will be with us.
  • 26:50 Kirsten: He's a journalist, he's wonderful,
  • 26:52 incredible insight in history.
  • 26:54 I'm gonna jump in here really quick.
  • 26:57 I don't know how you turn on to our program, if
  • 27:00 you found us online.
  • 27:02 We are all about Israel.
  • 27:04 We're all about the Jewish people, but most of all, we are
  • 27:06 about salvation and your heart.
  • 27:10 If you are watching this and don't know who we're talking
  • 27:12 about, his name is Yeshua.
  • 27:14 That's his Hebrew name. His name is Jesus.
  • 27:16 He loves you. He died for you.
  • 27:19 He wants to breathe new life into you today.
  • 27:23 Someone needed that, I think.
  • 27:25 Jeffrey: Amen. Well, I hope they got it.
  • 27:26 David: Yes; next week we start a new series,
  • 27:28 "Eretz Israel," but for now, we end our program with--
  • 27:32 [Jeffrey speaking in Hebrew]
  • 27:34 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:37 ♪♪♪
  • 27:45 ♪♪♪
  • 27:50 ♪ A coming kingdom, a coming King, ♪
  • 27:58 ♪ a time of mercy, a time to sing. ♪
  • 28:07 ♪ A chosen people, a chosen song, ♪
  • 28:16 ♪ to live a destiny, to know the Lord. ♪♪

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