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Episode: “Government”
First-century Jewish people were free to attend the Temple in Jerusalem, but the adjacent Antonia Fortress cast a forbidding shadow upon the worshipers. From an original room of the Fortress, Zola talks about a new kind of kingdom which, despite the Roman authorities, was being introduced by a Jewish rabbi named Yeshua.
Series: “The First Christians (2019)”
The Life and Times of Those Who First Believed in Jesus
Originally produced in 1995, The First Christians series explores the background of the customs and manners of Jesus’ day, unearthing the Jewish roots of Christianity. God chose this one people to speak to all humanity for all time. This nine program series seeks to better understand the people with whom He chose to reside on earth. From the studio, David and Kirsten Hart talk with Dr. Jeffrey Seif about the importance and modern applications for each program.

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  • 00:00 Jeffrey Seif: You ever find yourself working under less than perfect circumstances? Can God work through less than perfect circumstances? Let's see how he did it in century 1 when we look at the birth of Christianity in the days of an oppressive Roman empire.
  • 00:24 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:27 for Israel is that they might be saved.
  • 00:31 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
  • 00:34 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:37 that call upon him."
  • 00:39 "Zola Levitt Presents."
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  • 00:58 David Hart: We are so glad you've joined us
  • 00:59 today on "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 01:01 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 01:02 Jeffrey: I'm Jeffrey Seif, and today we're gonna look at
  • 01:04 bad government in century 1.
  • 01:07 Kirsten: And we complain now about our taxes,
  • 01:10 but back then life was rough under Roman rule, was it not?
  • 01:14 Jeffrey: Yes, and taxation was just one problem.
  • 01:17 There were others as well.
  • 01:18 Kirsten: Let's go learn more about all of this in Jerusalem
  • 01:22 as our founder Zola introduces his first guest.
  • 01:27 Zola Levitt: For our background study of government
  • 01:29 during the 1st century, we visit this
  • 01:31 fascinating site in Jerusalem.
  • 01:34 Adjacent to Jerusalem's Holy Land Hotel,
  • 01:37 this model of the city during the time of Jesus is highly
  • 01:41 detailed and a most popular tourist attraction.
  • 01:44 Dr. David Friedman, academic Dean at King of Kings College,
  • 01:48 gives us a brief background to the
  • 01:50 political authority of the day.
  • 01:53 Dr. David Friedman: Good morning, I'm gonna speak with
  • 01:54 you for a few minutes about what the government in Israel was
  • 01:57 like at the time of Jesus so you can understand what the common
  • 02:00 people would have faced in terms of political authority during
  • 02:03 the time of the New Testament.
  • 02:05 First of all, we know that there were three governmental
  • 02:07 authorities in Israel at the time of Jesus.
  • 02:10 The most important of these authorities
  • 02:11 was the Roman Empire.
  • 02:13 In the year 66 B.C., the Roman Empire invaded Israel as part of
  • 02:17 their policy of expanding across the Middle East and in sharing
  • 02:20 the peace of the Middle East.
  • 02:22 They were represented in Israel by a person they called the
  • 02:25 prelate, and we know that during Jesus's time,
  • 02:27 this was Pontius Pilate.
  • 02:29 This was the main Roman authority who had total
  • 02:31 political control over the area.
  • 02:33 He didn't live here in Jerusalem,
  • 02:35 but in Caesarea, northwest of Jerusalem,
  • 02:38 and came to Jerusalem a number of times a year,
  • 02:40 either on state diplomatic visits or during holidays,
  • 02:43 when he'd be here to make sure that the policing of the area
  • 02:47 was done correctly to prevent rioting and to ensure the peace.
  • 02:51 The second governmental authority would have been the
  • 02:53 Herodian dynasty or the Herodian king of the time.
  • 02:56 And the Herodian king was always subject to the Roman Empire.
  • 03:00 Now, a little bit more about the Jewish government at the time.
  • 03:03 We know that the Jewish people were represented
  • 03:06 by what was called the Sanhedrin.
  • 03:08 You read about it in the New Testament.
  • 03:09 It was a group of 70-plus Rabbis and their students who more or
  • 03:14 less directed the Jewish religious law of the time,
  • 03:17 legislated in terms of religious
  • 03:19 belief and religious practice.
  • 03:20 However, they did not have any governmental authority in terms
  • 03:24 of the actual ruling, policing of, or taxation of Israel.
  • 03:30 The taxation system was handled by King Herod.
  • 03:33 In other words, Herod the Great during this time,
  • 03:35 and his son Antipas during his time, and they would
  • 03:38 collect taxes in the name of and for the Roman Empire.
  • 03:41 Herod and his nobles would have gotten a certain cut of the
  • 03:46 taxation system, and of course the Romans would
  • 03:48 have gotten the greater share.
  • 03:50 Now, in terms of the Herodian king,
  • 03:52 he was always here in Jerusalem.
  • 03:55 And if we look a little behind me here,
  • 03:58 we see the Herodian palace of 1st century Jerusalem.
  • 04:01 This is where King Herod would have lived and where he would
  • 04:04 have entertained his guests.
  • 04:05 King Herod I and his son Antipas after him
  • 04:08 were very much Hellenized.
  • 04:10 In other words, they thought it their mission to attach
  • 04:13 Israel to the Roman Empire.
  • 04:14 If Israel could come into the Roman Empire,
  • 04:17 impress the Romans, and be political allies to the Romans,
  • 04:20 this would ensure that Herod's dynasty, first of all, would
  • 04:22 continue to rule in Israel, and second of all, would ensure that
  • 04:26 Israel would live in whatever kind of peace there could be.
  • 04:29 So Herod I and his son after him had a struggle the
  • 04:34 entire time that they ruled.
  • 04:36 And Herod ruled--Herod I ruled for 33 years in a very cruel way
  • 04:41 because he wanted to make sure that there was no rebellion
  • 04:44 against him and that Rome did not feel threatened.
  • 04:47 He wanted, in other words, to be an ally of Rome and he was
  • 04:50 considered by Rome as such, in order to make sure that the
  • 04:55 Romans would not destroy the city of Jerusalem, which
  • 04:58 happened in the year 70 A.D. as you might recall.
  • 05:02 The only way that he could ensure this was to keep his
  • 05:05 own Jewish people subjugated.
  • 05:07 He did this by means of having a foreign mercenary army which was
  • 05:11 in Jerusalem the entire time that Herod ruled.
  • 05:15 Zola: This remarkable model of ancient Jerusalem was
  • 05:17 completed in 1967 after three grueling
  • 05:21 years of meticulous assembly.
  • 05:23 It was built to a 1:50th scale using the same materials as were
  • 05:27 employed to build the original city.
  • 05:29 Stone, marble, wood, copper, and iron were all used to
  • 05:33 reconstruct the magnificent city of gold.
  • 05:38 Despite the Roman authorities, the first
  • 05:40 Christians lived here in Jerusalem.
  • 05:42 Just before his ascension, Jesus said,
  • 05:45 "Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his
  • 05:48 name among all nations, beginning in Jerusalem."
  • 05:52 Dr. Friedman: If we look right in this direction,
  • 05:54 we'll see the towers on top of the actual walls
  • 05:56 around the palace and down.
  • 05:58 As we go across the city wall, we see a tower here,
  • 06:01 for example, and one here.
  • 06:03 Here's where Herod would station his soldiers,
  • 06:05 both to guard over the city from the outside,
  • 06:07 but also from the towers here, and in particular the towers
  • 06:11 along the wall over the lower part of the city.
  • 06:14 Herod could place his soldiers so that they would be able to
  • 06:16 see the common people at all times during day or night.
  • 06:20 In this way, Herod could watch and make sure that there would
  • 06:23 be no demonstration or no riot against them.
  • 06:25 And it was particularly important for him to do that
  • 06:28 because he wanted the Romans to know that he
  • 06:30 could control his own people.
  • 06:31 Therefore, there's no threat to the Roman Empire.
  • 06:34 The Roman Empire was concerned about one thing and one thing
  • 06:36 only in Israel, and that was what was called the Pax Romana.
  • 06:40 That is, that Israel would be a part, a province, in the
  • 06:43 Roman Empire, would not rebel against the Romans, would
  • 06:45 pay their taxes, and allow Rome to protect them militarily.
  • 06:49 If we look in this direction toward the Antonia Fortress and
  • 06:54 beyond it, you'll also see towers from which the temple
  • 06:57 area could be watched.
  • 07:00 Zola: The Temple area was of course the
  • 07:01 jewel in Jerusalem's crown.
  • 07:03 This was God's residence on earth.
  • 07:06 Worshippers would flood these courtyards in accordance with
  • 07:08 the command to faithfully honor the God of Israel.
  • 07:12 Ever present, however, looming on the horizon,
  • 07:15 were the foreboding towers of the Antonia Fortress.
  • 07:20 Dr. Friedman: Here we are at Antonia Fortress,
  • 07:22 which I had just mentioned.
  • 07:24 This was built by King Herod in honor of Mark Anthony,
  • 07:26 the Roman patrician, who was his political ally
  • 07:29 and his advocate in Rome.
  • 07:31 Herod had this built for two reasons.
  • 07:34 Number one is so that he could station his soldiers close to
  • 07:37 the temple area, and I'm pointing right here toward the
  • 07:40 magnificent temple also that King Herod built.
  • 07:43 And from having his soldiers stationed here at the tops of
  • 07:46 the four corners of the fortress, he could see
  • 07:49 the entire temple area and make sure that no anti-Herodian
  • 07:54 or anti-Roman riots would break out during the holidays,
  • 07:58 when sometimes up to a million Jewish people would crowd into
  • 08:01 the city of Jerusalem to celebrate a particular festival.
  • 08:05 Also, this is the site where Jesus was brought when there
  • 08:07 were lots cast for his garment just before he was crucified,
  • 08:11 that we read about in the New Testament.
  • 08:13 Matter of fact, today if you come to Jerusalem,
  • 08:15 you can actually go under the convent which is above the
  • 08:18 basement here and see an actual site where possibly soldiers
  • 08:21 played a Roman game for his garment.
  • 08:24 Okay, this is also the site where Pilate would have sent his
  • 08:27 soldiers to be quartered if he came
  • 08:31 on a diplomatic or state visit.
  • 08:33 And again, Pilate's soldiers could also stand up here and
  • 08:35 police the entire area to make sure that there were no
  • 08:38 anti-Roman riots taking place or any type of gathering that would
  • 08:42 threaten his political power.
  • 08:45 The view from the four towers is very, very good.
  • 08:48 And as I move in this direction, from these two towers you could
  • 08:51 look out over the northern side of the city and see of any
  • 08:55 possible threat, although most often there would be no threat
  • 08:57 from the northern part of the city because, again, these
  • 08:59 are Sadducees' and high priests' relatives living here who
  • 09:03 would have tended to be friendly toward the Roman authorities.
  • 09:07 From these two towers, again you could look into the lower city.
  • 09:10 You can begin to see the lower city of Jerusalem where indeed,
  • 09:13 if there were any kind of threat, it would probably
  • 09:15 be suspected to have come from there.
  • 09:18 So, this is the Antonia Fortress.
  • 09:19 There were four stories to it.
  • 09:22 And you can see it really was a massive building,
  • 09:24 I think some 35 meters high from the base of it to the tower top.
  • 09:30 That would make it approximately 105,
  • 09:33 I believe, feet off the ground.
  • 09:36 So, it was very tall, very massive, and again, purposely
  • 09:39 built on the side of the temple with connection into the temple
  • 09:43 area in order to police and patrol it in case of any danger.
  • 09:47 ♪♪♪
  • 09:54 announcer: Are Gentile believers meant to adopt the Mosaic law?
  • 09:57 Is there a separate salvation covenant for Israel that removes
  • 09:59 the necessity of faith in Yeshua?
  • 10:02 Eitan Shishkoff tackles these questions and more in today's
  • 10:05 resource, "What About Us?"
  • 10:08 In this book, Eitan uncovers concrete scriptural evidence of
  • 10:12 God's original plan for Jews and Gentiles to become one in
  • 10:16 Messiah and work together for salvation of national Israel.
  • 10:20 Learn the importance of how the Gentile church should relate to
  • 10:23 the remarkable Messianic movement
  • 10:25 of Jews accepting Jesus.
  • 10:27 An important read for believers of all walks of life.
  • 10:30 Please call us or go online and ask for the
  • 10:32 resource, "What About Us?"
  • 10:36 ♪♪♪
  • 10:41 announcer: The wonder.
  • 10:42 ♪♪♪
  • 10:47 announcer: The beauty.
  • 10:49 ♪♪♪
  • 10:54 announcer: The soul of the Holy Land.
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  • 11:00 announcer: For more information on our next tour to
  • 11:02 Israel, call 1-800-WONDERS.
  • 11:08 Kirsten: Earlier, you were able to see the very famous
  • 11:11 Jerusalem model, which is huge, and this is something that we
  • 11:15 get to see every time we go to Israel.
  • 11:17 It has moved since Zola taped in 1995.
  • 11:20 It's now located at the Israeli Museum.
  • 11:23 We'd love for you to come see it for yourself.
  • 11:25 We go every spring and every fall.
  • 11:27 Now, let's go back to Zola.
  • 11:31 Zola: Well, we're beneath the streets of the old city of
  • 11:35 Jerusalem, the street to which our expert referred, with the
  • 11:40 Roman carvings in the pavement stone is right next to us.
  • 11:43 This is a medieval cellar just inserted
  • 11:46 right into the Roman street.
  • 11:48 And of course, this being the Antonia Fortress,
  • 11:52 it reminds us of the government of Israel,
  • 11:56 which really was an occupational government of the Romans in the
  • 11:59 time, and that, in turn, the new government,
  • 12:03 the kingdom that's coming, a new concept,
  • 12:04 a new kind of kingdom to this earth,
  • 12:07 a really righteous kingdom.
  • 12:09 When our Lord preached the Sermon on the Mount,
  • 12:12 he talked about the kingdom of God
  • 12:15 and how you get in and how it worked
  • 12:16 and so forth; and in that sermon, he gave a principle that
  • 12:22 this kingdom is for the meek.
  • 12:25 This was a kind of new concept.
  • 12:28 I read from the Scofield Note, "Having announced the kingdom of
  • 12:32 heaven as 'at hand,' the king, in Matthew 5 to 7,
  • 12:36 declares the principles of the kingdom."
  • 12:39 And he goes on to say that the Sermon on the Mount has an
  • 12:41 application literally to the kingdom that's coming,
  • 12:45 and then, more figuratively, to the kind of people who
  • 12:51 were going to inherit it.
  • 12:53 And it's wonderful how he says, "Here lies the deeper reason why
  • 12:58 the Jews rejected the kingdom," and that is
  • 13:00 the Jews that did not believe.
  • 13:02 Of course, some of Israel did believe the Lord.
  • 13:04 "They had reduced 'righteousness' to mere
  • 13:06 ceremonialism, and the Old Testament idea of the kingdom to
  • 13:10 a mere affair of splendor and power.
  • 13:13 They were never rebuked for expecting a visible and powerful
  • 13:16 kingdom, but the words of the prophets should have prepared
  • 13:19 them to expect also that only the poor in spirit
  • 13:23 and the meek could share in it.
  • 13:25 The 72nd Psalm, which was universally recognized by them
  • 13:29 as a description of the kingdom was full of this."
  • 13:32 And if we look at that Psalm, we'll see that easily.
  • 13:36 It begins this way, "Give the king thy judgments,
  • 13:40 O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
  • 13:43 He shall judge the people with righteousness,
  • 13:46 and thy poor with judgment.
  • 13:47 The mountains shall bring peace to the people,
  • 13:49 and the little hills, by righteousness.
  • 13:51 He shall judge the poor of the people,
  • 13:54 he shall save the children of the needy,
  • 13:57 and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
  • 14:00 Yea, all kings," verse 11, "Yea, all kings shall fall down before
  • 14:03 him: all nations shall serve him.
  • 14:05 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth;
  • 14:08 the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
  • 14:11 He shall spare the poor and needy,
  • 14:13 and shall save the souls of the needy.
  • 14:15 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence" and
  • 14:18 precious shall be their blood in his sight."
  • 14:22 That is not the kingdom anticipated by the secular
  • 14:26 government of Israel, such as it was
  • 14:28 when the Romans were occupying.
  • 14:29 They were looking for a kingdom to compete with Rome.
  • 14:33 And here is the second application, the moral
  • 14:36 application to the Christian of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • 14:40 "It always remains true that the poor in spirit, rather than
  • 14:43 the proud, are blessed, and those who mourn because
  • 14:46 of their sins, and who are meek in the consciousness of them
  • 14:49 will hunger and thirst after righteousness,
  • 14:52 and hungering will be filled."
  • 14:55 This is what the Lord said in the Sermon.
  • 14:57 "The merciful are 'blessed.'
  • 14:58 The poor in heart do 'see God.'
  • 15:01 These principles fundamentally reappear in
  • 15:03 the teachings of the epistles."
  • 15:05 What the Lord taught here is very important in understanding
  • 15:09 that he was not preparing a kingdom to overthrow
  • 15:14 the Roman occupation of Israel.
  • 15:16 And in that manner, he was rejected by the prevailing
  • 15:22 Israeli government because that is what they wanted,
  • 15:26 unreligious men who struggled under the yoke
  • 15:29 of Rome, wanted deliverance.
  • 15:30 It was God versus Caesar as far as they were concerned,
  • 15:34 but with the Lord, it was grace versus law.
  • 15:37 Caesar changed institutions and made them this way and that way.
  • 15:41 He had the power. The Lord really changed men.
  • 15:45 He says in Luke 22:25, the Lord is speaking,
  • 15:49 "And he said unto them, 'The kings of the Gentiles exercise
  • 15:52 lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon
  • 15:55 them are called benefactors.
  • 15:58 But ye shall not be so, but he that is greatest among you,
  • 16:03 let him be as the younger; and he that is chief,
  • 16:06 as he that doth serve.'"
  • 16:09 This wouldn't have been--to a Roman.
  • 16:13 "And I appoint unto you," verse 29 in Luke 22,
  • 16:17 "I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto
  • 16:21 me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom,
  • 16:25 and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
  • 16:28 He's talking to his disciples and trying
  • 16:30 to draw the difference.
  • 16:32 "I'm not Caesar," he says in effect, "and you are servants
  • 16:37 if you want to be rulers in my kingdom."
  • 16:39 This is really a different kingdom.
  • 16:41 He characterized it when he--at his trial when he's asked if
  • 16:46 he's a king, and his kingdom, he said,
  • 16:47 is not of this world.
  • 16:50 It doesn't mean it's on another planet.
  • 16:52 It means it's not the way this world thinks
  • 16:55 and he's not that kind of king.
  • 16:59 Well, the authority over the citizens in any kingdom is
  • 17:04 placed there by God, Paul taught.
  • 17:06 And it's surprising, you know, as long as we're in this world,
  • 17:10 then Paul, a Roman citizen by the way,
  • 17:12 stressed that citizenship in God's kingdom required being
  • 17:17 good citizens in this world to start with.
  • 17:20 And you know, he went to Gentiles.
  • 17:21 He was the apostle to the Gentiles,
  • 17:23 and he gave them some very good news.
  • 17:26 Ephesians 2:19, speaking to them of the coming kingdom,
  • 17:33 he talks about Jews and Gentiles becoming one body in Christ.
  • 17:37 The Gentiles of the kingdom, once they learned the teachings
  • 17:39 of Christ and so on, were more or less admiring of Jewish
  • 17:44 society, Jewish law, the Jewish way.
  • 17:46 But they became one, Paul taught them,
  • 17:48 with the Jews, and he says it powerfully this way.
  • 17:51 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
  • 17:54 but fellow citizens with the saints,
  • 17:57 and of the household of God.
  • 17:59 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and
  • 18:01 prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone."
  • 18:05 So, the citizens of the kingdom, like citizens of any earthly
  • 18:09 kingdom, are joined together under one ruler.
  • 18:12 And Paul taught in Romans 13 that earthly governments
  • 18:16 themselves are ordained by God.
  • 18:20 I'll get a lot of mail about it if I say so,
  • 18:22 but the American government, whatever it is and however you
  • 18:26 like it or dislike it, is ordained by God.
  • 18:29 It was in previous administrations, it is in this
  • 18:32 administration, and it will be in future administrations, until
  • 18:36 that kingdom not of this world arrives.
  • 18:39 Worldly kingdoms are ruled by rulers that God knows about.
  • 18:44 And the psalmist says, "The heart of the king is
  • 18:46 in the hand of the Lord."
  • 18:48 In the parable of the pounds, we had an interesting situation.
  • 18:52 A nobleman goes.
  • 18:54 He is going to come back and occupy his kingdom.
  • 18:56 He gives pounds, talents in one version,
  • 18:59 to various of his subjects.
  • 19:02 And one of them takes--the amount actually is
  • 19:07 around $500 in today's money.
  • 19:10 He gives 10 pounds or talents to one servant,
  • 19:15 and another, and another.
  • 19:16 And one makes interest on them and the
  • 19:20 Lord praises him for that.
  • 19:23 One keeps the pounds safe until the kingdom should come.
  • 19:30 Nobody has robbed them, they're not gone,
  • 19:31 but he didn't make any interest on them.
  • 19:33 And the king, as you know in the parable,
  • 19:35 censures him for that.
  • 19:37 The third one did nothing whatever.
  • 19:42 And well, one wins, one's even, and one actually loses.
  • 19:47 And finally, the Lord is angry and says,
  • 19:50 "To he hath, it shall be given.
  • 19:52 To he that hath not, it shall be taken away,
  • 19:54 even that which he hath."
  • 19:55 An interpretation of the parable is,
  • 19:57 in preparing this new kingdom, we who are given the keys--the
  • 20:02 Lord handed the keys to Peter in our behalf,
  • 20:04 and all believers can enroll people in this kingdom.
  • 20:07 We can use those keys, we can tuck the keys away,
  • 20:11 or we can lose the keys.
  • 20:12 And in reality, the one is praised who earns interest.
  • 20:19 In other words, we reproduce. We are living.
  • 20:22 We need to go out and we need to reproduce this faith and enroll
  • 20:25 people in this kingdom.
  • 20:26 The kingdom might well have started in Israel with the Jews
  • 20:31 when the king said it was at hand if enough had come.
  • 20:35 Okay, enough didn't come, but then as the witness went out,
  • 20:39 conceivably in every generation, could there be enough,
  • 20:42 could there be enough.
  • 20:43 And finally, there came a time when Paul was teaching the King
  • 20:48 could come at any moment.
  • 20:49 Better to wait, better not to marry,
  • 20:51 et cetera, what he said, "Remain in your state in case."
  • 20:54 And that is correct Christian teaching;
  • 20:56 but as we go on, evangelism is what makes the kingdom.
  • 21:00 It's what makes it come, so as the Lord said to the Jews in
  • 21:04 Matthew 23:39, "Ye shall not see me henceforth until ye shall
  • 21:08 say, 'Baruch haba b'shem Adonai, Blessed is he who
  • 21:11 comes in the name of the Lord.'"
  • 21:13 So, you know, when we take our tours, we print in our
  • 21:16 brochures, "Preach, and as ye go," this is Matthew 10:5, 6, 7,
  • 21:22 "say, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
  • 21:25 Always trying to enroll the people in the kingdom.
  • 21:29 And is the kingdom gonna be in heaven as some teach?
  • 21:32 No, the kingdom's gonna be on earth.
  • 21:34 It's an earthly kingdom of 1,000 years.
  • 21:36 That is given in Revelation 20, verse 4.
  • 21:38 And an earth that we know, an earth that we can remember,
  • 21:42 an earth that we see.
  • 21:44 It's changed somewhat because the lion will lie down with the
  • 21:46 lamb, men will not learn war anymore in his holy mountain.
  • 21:50 It will be a kingdom of peace, but it will be
  • 21:52 a kingdom in this world.
  • 21:55 Now, Christians picture reigning in the city where they live or
  • 22:00 being--Americans stay Americans and so forth.
  • 22:03 In reality, the kingdom is in Israel,
  • 22:05 there's no question of it.
  • 22:07 Well, the whole Scripture points to this
  • 22:10 land, this holy mountain.
  • 22:11 We are virtually under Mount Moriah or in Mount Moriah.
  • 22:16 The temple goes here, the palace of the king goes here,
  • 22:19 and we, now the bride of Christ, then the queen of the kingdom to
  • 22:23 come will live with him here.
  • 22:25 A queen lives with her king.
  • 22:26 I always say, unless you're in the foreign service in the
  • 22:29 kingdom, you'll be an Israeli.
  • 22:31 And I like to stress that, however, if you're a Texas and
  • 22:34 proud of it, and there are a lot of Texans proud of it,
  • 22:37 whether you have three score and ten or whatever you get in
  • 22:40 Texas, when all is said and done, you'll be a
  • 22:43 thousand years an Israeli.
  • 22:45 I think that churches are singing the Hebrew hymns and
  • 22:49 doing Israeli dances because they're
  • 22:51 getting ready for this trip.
  • 22:52 It's a sign of the kingdom coming on.
  • 22:56 And the idea of the kingdom in Israel was known even all the
  • 23:02 way back to the disciples, and there is a passage that is very
  • 23:07 clear as a proof text of kingdom in Israel.
  • 23:11 I refer to Acts 1:6, "The Lord had been with them forty days."
  • 23:17 It says he taught them the things of the kingdom of God.
  • 23:20 The things of the kingdom of God
  • 23:21 are written in the Old Testament.
  • 23:22 I would have loved to go to the Lord's six-week-old testament
  • 23:25 Bible school, 'cause I know what happened to
  • 23:27 Peter, a relative of mine.
  • 23:29 He had three times said he didn't even know the Lord seven
  • 23:33 weeks before, and at Pentecost he stood up and was able to
  • 23:37 preach a sermon to learned Jews who were there to celebrate the
  • 23:41 feasts, quoting from the prophet Joel,
  • 23:43 from the Psalms, obscure passages, and applying them
  • 23:47 unerringly and specifically to what they were seeing.
  • 23:50 "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel," he said.
  • 23:53 "I'll pour out my spirit upon all flesh."
  • 23:55 That was expertly done, so he learned a lot in that time.
  • 23:58 And one thing he must have learned is where the kingdom
  • 24:00 was, because in Acts 1:6 it says this,
  • 24:03 "When they therefore were come together,
  • 24:05 they asked of him, saying, 'Lord, wilt thou at this time
  • 24:09 restore again the kingdom to Israel?'
  • 24:14 And he said unto them, 'It's not for you to know the times and
  • 24:17 seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.'"
  • 24:19 A simple dialogue, "Lord, is this the time you'll restore
  • 24:23 the Kingdom to Israel?"
  • 24:24 and he says, "It's not for you to know the time."
  • 24:27 But he didn't go on and say, "And you're
  • 24:29 wrong about the place.
  • 24:30 It's not gonna be in Israel."
  • 24:32 No, he accepted the question to Israel and only
  • 24:36 said, "It is the time."
  • 24:37 And he gave them something to do,
  • 24:38 which we need to take to heart.
  • 24:41 You've heard it before, until that kingdom comes,
  • 24:44 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
  • 24:47 come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
  • 24:51 Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,
  • 24:55 and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
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  • 26:28 David: So, we're at the end of this program today.
  • 26:30 It's all about government, good and bad.
  • 26:32 Jeffrey: Yes, and there is bad government all over the world.
  • 26:36 That's the bad news.
  • 26:37 And there's darkness, and that's bad news.
  • 26:40 But the good news is the light shines in the darkness and the
  • 26:44 darkness does not overcome it.
  • 26:46 Our kingdom eclipses the prince of darkness in this world.
  • 26:50 Kirsten: Right, it's not of this world.
  • 26:52 Jeffrey: No, it's something that's greater than,
  • 26:54 because greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.
  • 26:59 We're in a kingdom triumphant.
  • 27:02 God bless you, friends.
  • 27:03 Thank you for going with us on the journey.
  • 27:05 Let's do it again next week.
  • 27:07 But as you go now, sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:10 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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