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Episode: “Messiah”
Recent archaeological excavations have unearthed indications that the traditional site of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion was, instead, a Messianic synagogue. Ray Pritz, author of Nazarene Jewish Christianity, examines the history of Messianic Believers (Jews who accept Yeshua as the Messiah). After 2,000 years, Messianic Believers continue to share their faith. Zola joins them in their inspirational music, sung unto the Lord.
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.

Caption transcript for The First Christians (2019): “Messiah” (8/9)

  • 00:01 ♪♪♪
  • 00:05 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:07 for Israel is, that they might be saved."
  • 00:11 "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,
  • 00:14 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that
  • 00:17 call upon him."
  • 00:19 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:23 ♪♪♪
  • 00:38 David Hart: Thank you for joining us today on
  • 00:39 "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 00:41 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:42 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: I'm Jeffrey Seif, and we're going back
  • 00:44 in time.
  • 00:45 David: That's right.
  • 00:47 Today it's all about how Messiah has been perceived early on
  • 00:50 in Christian life.
  • 00:51 Jeffrey: Yup, and it's worth havin' a look at the book to see
  • 00:53 what it was like in Bible days.
  • 00:55 Kirsten: It is.
  • 00:57 We have some wonderful teaching today, but first we are gonna go
  • 00:59 back in time to 1995 to hear from a wonderful priest and
  • 01:04 archaeologist that found something quite interesting
  • 01:07 in Jerusalem.
  • 01:10 ♪♪♪
  • 01:12 Father Bargil Pixner: After the destruction of Jerusalem,
  • 01:14 the Christians that had fled during the seizure of Jerusalem
  • 01:20 to Transjordan, came back again, and then they built up their own
  • 01:26 synagogue here, and what we see here seems to be the remains of
  • 01:32 this first structure that they put up after the Last Supper
  • 01:37 room and the place of the Pentecost, and so on,
  • 01:39 had been destroyed in the year 70.
  • 01:42 They built here a synagogue, and today they brought stones that
  • 01:47 were perhaps from the temple itself, perhaps from another
  • 01:52 structure of Herod, but they are Herodian stones.
  • 01:55 That's the view of the archaeologists.
  • 01:58 And here we have these kinds of stones.
  • 02:01 You'll see these very huge stones here.
  • 02:04 They are, apparently, Herodian stones, and they are not here
  • 02:07 in first usage.
  • 02:09 They have been reused here.
  • 02:12 You see here, for instance, these stones here, first of all,
  • 02:15 how big they are, and, secondly, that they fit very nicely,
  • 02:20 one on top of the other, very perfectly hewn, and you see
  • 02:25 also that the corners are very destroyed, which shows that they
  • 02:30 have been damaged during the transport.
  • 02:35 From the first century, this place is here, and it shows also
  • 02:40 that the first Christians that were here, who were Jews, they
  • 02:46 were Jews that came from the Jewish nation.
  • 02:49 They thought they didn't want to start a new religion.
  • 02:55 They wanted to continue inside Judaism, their faith, and their
  • 02:59 loyalty to Jesus the Messiah, and they were here and built
  • 03:04 themselves a synagogue.
  • 03:08 announcer: Just inside this wall is the traditional site of
  • 03:10 King David's tomb.
  • 03:12 The idea for this site started with the crusaders in
  • 03:15 the 12th century when they perceived it as a holy place.
  • 03:19 Father Pixner feels certain, however, that this room is
  • 03:22 actually part of an ancient first century synagogue.
  • 03:25 Father Pixner: What is most interesting is the direction
  • 03:28 of this niche.
  • 03:30 The niche is very ancient, and the niche goes back
  • 03:33 to the original structure of the first century.
  • 03:37 It's not directed anymore towards the temple, but it's
  • 03:44 directed directly to the place of the Resurrection, and that is
  • 03:51 a very remarkable thing because the Judeo-Christians, as Jews,
  • 03:58 pray towards the temple, but as Christians, after 70,
  • 04:02 after destruction of the temple, they started to pray towards
  • 04:05 the place of the Resurrection.
  • 04:08 We have very ancient sources that say that the foundation of
  • 04:11 this primitive church, they called it then, was built so to
  • 04:18 face the place of the Resurrection in veneration
  • 04:22 of the place of the rising of our Lord.
  • 04:27 announcer: For Judaism, the central place of worship,
  • 04:30 of course, was here at the Temple Mount.
  • 04:32 Today at the Western Wall, or "Wailing Wall," they still pray
  • 04:36 for the Messiah to come.
  • 04:38 Dr. Ray Pritz, the author of "Nazarene Jewish Christianity,"
  • 04:42 has done exhaustive research on those who first believed in
  • 04:45 Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah.
  • 04:49 Dr. Ray Pritz: For almost 2,000 years, pious Jews have
  • 04:53 made their way to this place in order to pray.
  • 04:58 This is the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, what is left of
  • 05:02 the temple after it was destroyed.
  • 05:06 Only the outward casement wall is left in casing wall
  • 05:10 of the temple.
  • 05:12 They come.
  • 05:14 They bring their prayer books, prayer books which mention
  • 05:17 frequently the redemption of Israel.
  • 05:20 This redemption is to come through a figure which we know
  • 05:26 as the Messiah, "Mashiach," in Hebrew.
  • 05:29 They come and they bring their requests written on small pieces
  • 05:35 of paper, fold them up, stick them into the wall, as you can
  • 05:39 see, and then these are collected later on by
  • 05:41 the rabbis.
  • 05:44 Zola Levitt: I asked Dr. Pritz about his studies
  • 05:46 regarding the very first messianic Jews,
  • 05:48 the first Christians.
  • 05:50 Dr. Pritz: Well, I was interested, when I was doing
  • 05:53 my studies at the Hebrew University, that while all
  • 05:56 of the first believers in Jesus were Jews, within about
  • 06:00 a hundred years, it's difficult to find anything of the Jewish
  • 06:04 church left, and I was challenged by a friend,
  • 06:10 one time, to try to get my doctoral work in that area.
  • 06:17 I began actually with the master's thesis on the reported
  • 06:21 flight of the early church out of Jerusalem at the time of the
  • 06:25 rebellion against Rome and found that they had, in fact, left,
  • 06:33 and to leave the city at about the same time that the Pharisees
  • 06:38 left the city, actually, when it became evident that there was
  • 06:41 no hope for the situation, and they went--
  • 06:45 Zola: This is during the Roman siege, of course?
  • 06:47 Dr. Pritz: This is during the Roman siege,
  • 06:49 somewhere before the year 70.
  • 06:51 The exact date is not known for sure.
  • 06:53 And from that, that was a natural stepping stone to ask,
  • 06:57 "Well, what happened to them anyway?"
  • 07:00 And the word "Nazarene," I have as the name of the group from
  • 07:05 Acts 24:5, where Paul, if you remember, is on trial and is
  • 07:10 said, by the lawyer who is accusing him, that he is a
  • 07:16 ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
  • 07:19 It's the only place actually in the New Testament where the term
  • 07:22 is used to describe the believers in Jesus.
  • 07:25 We would normally have considered that the name comes,
  • 07:29 of course, from Jesus the Nazarene and that Jesus's title
  • 07:33 comes from the town of Nazareth.
  • 07:36 It's not quite so sure that that's the case, actually, and
  • 07:38 it's, first of all, very unusual for any group to be called by
  • 07:45 the name of the town of their founder.
  • 07:50 Secondly, there's a etymological problem in getting from the town
  • 07:54 named "Nazareth," which in Hebrew is "Natzrat," to
  • 07:59 the name "Nazarene," which is "Notsri," in Hebrew.
  • 08:03 Etymologically, it doesn't work actually.
  • 08:06 Zola: It's not the root from which the term comes.
  • 08:08 Dr. Pritz: Right, and you would've expected
  • 08:09 something else in Hebrew.
  • 08:11 Many scholars feel that the title "Nazarene," for Jesus,
  • 08:15 actually goes back to the prophecy in Isaiah chapter 11,
  • 08:20 where Isaiah says that "Out of the root of Jesse would spring
  • 08:26 forth this branch," which in Hebrew is "netzer," and from
  • 08:30 that it's quite possible to arrive at the title,
  • 08:34 the adjective title, "Notsri."
  • 08:36 Zola: Let me ask you what the Christians were called
  • 08:40 by the folks in the streets.
  • 08:41 I'm interested in that.
  • 08:43 They certainly do call them "Christians"?
  • 08:45 Dr. Pritz: That's a good question.
  • 08:46 Well, in the New Testament, of course, in the book of Acts, you
  • 08:48 have several titles, and the name "Nazarene" only appears
  • 08:51 once, and I doubt that that was a very popular title early on.
  • 08:55 The more frequent title is either "the brethren,"
  • 08:59 "the brothers," "the 'achim,'" in Hebrew,
  • 09:02 or "the disciples," simply.
  • 09:04 It's a well-known phenomenon that people who start something
  • 09:08 new don't often give themselves the name.
  • 09:11 The name is given to them from the outside.
  • 09:12 Zola: Yes.
  • 09:14 What about, just to ask, but "meshichyim,"
  • 09:17 you hear today, "messianic believers," to distinguish from
  • 09:21 Jews that don't believe this way, was--and they claim the
  • 09:24 idea of "believers" goes back to the beginning.
  • 09:27 Does that--
  • 09:30 Dr. Pritz: Well, three times in the New Testament, you have
  • 09:32 this title, "Christians," starting, first time in Acts
  • 09:35 11:26, and if you would go back and take the origins of that
  • 09:42 word, of course, "Christian" comes from "Christ," "Christos,"
  • 09:45 in Greek, but "Christos" is just a translation of the Hebrew
  • 09:49 title, "Mashiach," for "Messiah," and so if you would
  • 09:53 do a back-translation of the word "Christian," you would come
  • 09:56 out to something like "Meshianists" or "Meshichyim,"
  • 09:59 in Hebrew.
  • 10:00 Whether the early Jewish disciples, believers in Jesus,
  • 10:05 were actually called "Meshichyim" is
  • 10:07 a matter of debate.
  • 10:09 It's not clear at all from the Scriptures, and the title
  • 10:13 "Christian," itself, is not a title which the early church
  • 10:16 used for itself, even the non-Jewish church,
  • 10:18 used for itself until late in the second century.
  • 10:20 Zola: Uh-huh, so if I were walkin' down the street
  • 10:22 in first-century Israel and I saw people coming up from the
  • 10:26 worship where I knew they were Messianics, I wouldn't say,
  • 10:32 "Well, there go the Christians."
  • 10:34 Dr. Pritz: If they were Jews, certainly not.
  • 10:38 If they were--if you were speaking Hebrew and you said,
  • 10:42 "Meshichyim"--perhaps.
  • 10:45 Zola: The Messianics.
  • 10:46 Dr. Pritz: Yeah, the Messianics, perhaps.
  • 10:48 Again, it's not sure.
  • 10:49 Zola: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • 10:51 Dr. Pritz: Even if you were speaking Greek, it's not so sure
  • 10:53 that the title--you may have said that if you saw them going
  • 10:55 down the street, but it's not likely that they would've
  • 10:57 called themselves by that name.
  • 10:59 announcer: Coming up, we'll continue our discussion with
  • 11:03 Dr. Ray Pritz, regarding the first Christians.
  • 11:09 announcer: Our Creator chose certain places on the planet
  • 11:11 to reveal himself and his message of redemption to us.
  • 11:15 Mount Sinai, Moriah, Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes, as well as
  • 11:21 various seas, rivers, and deserts, these were the places.
  • 11:25 Some are now only ruins, yet they continue to tell of the
  • 11:29 Lord's faithfulness and love.
  • 11:32 These sacred backdrops have been beautifully captured in our
  • 11:35 resource this week, the book "Heaven and Earth: Landmarks
  • 11:41 of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation."
  • 11:45 Our producer and director, Ken Berg, has assembled some of his
  • 11:49 favorite photographs taken during his four decades of
  • 11:53 travel through the lands of the Bible.
  • 11:57 Contact us and ask for the book "Heaven and Earth."
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  • 12:36 Zola: To take you back to the first century scene and Jesus is
  • 12:39 speaking, and so on, and whatever he said, certainly, he
  • 12:43 was talking to people marked out very quickly they were gonna be
  • 12:48 pretty famous, really, in a way, and your book "Nazarene Jewish
  • 12:54 Christianity" is about those people in particular, isn't it?
  • 12:57 Dr. Pritz: Yup.
  • 12:59 Zola: Our whole series is called "The First Century
  • 13:01 Christians," and we're tryin' to call attention to the fact that
  • 13:03 this--you know, "Most of the church," they say, when you go
  • 13:06 to Sunday school, "goes back," and they say,
  • 13:09 "to Greece and Rome."
  • 13:11 When you go to take history, something called
  • 13:14 "Western Civilization," goes back to Greece and Rome.
  • 13:17 Now that I've become familiar with Scripture, I think it
  • 13:20 goes back further than Greece and Rome.
  • 13:22 I think Greece and Rome are indebted to the Old Testament
  • 13:23 and a lot of advanced Jewish-Egyptian, et cetera,
  • 13:28 thinking, before them.
  • 13:30 Okay, all that said, the church really does go back, doesn't it,
  • 13:35 to Israel and these first Christians?
  • 13:37 Dr. Pritz: Sure.
  • 13:39 The thing is, because of our backgrounds in the past 2,000
  • 13:44 years, we, too, have forgotten, and it's being rediscovered,
  • 13:48 in this generation, I have to say--and that's good--where
  • 13:51 the roots are and what things go back to.
  • 13:53 What was of particular interest to me, as I studied the early
  • 13:58 Jewish believers and Jesus, was "How did they live?"
  • 14:02 I live here. I live among Jewish believers.
  • 14:05 I worship with Jewish believers, and we have our own debates
  • 14:08 going on among us: "Do we live like this?"
  • 14:12 "Do we do this?" "Do we not do that?"
  • 14:14 "What happened with the early Jewish believers and Jesus?"
  • 14:16 And I found that they, first of all, never stopped considering
  • 14:23 themselves Jews.
  • 14:25 In fact, I would have to say that in the first, second
  • 14:28 century, other Jews who didn't believe in Jesus as Messiah
  • 14:32 didn't stop considering them Jews either, and there were lots
  • 14:36 of groups around in the first century, Pharisee and Sadducees,
  • 14:40 Essenes, Zealots, and Nazarenes, each group with its own
  • 14:45 particular shtick, with its own particular way of looking
  • 14:48 at the world: "The Messiah has come."
  • 14:51 "There's not going to be a Messiah," the Sadducees said.
  • 14:53 "The Messiah may be coming, and we're gonna take the sword
  • 14:56 in hand and do it ourselves," the Zealots said, and so on, but
  • 14:59 not one of those groups would've said, "Well, because you don't
  • 15:02 believe that the Messiah is gonna come, you're not a Jew
  • 15:04 anymore," or "Because you believe that the Messiah
  • 15:06 has already come, you're not a Jew anymore."
  • 15:08 That would've been--everybody would've laughed at that.
  • 15:10 Zola: Well, this was all part of Judaism.
  • 15:11 Dr. Pritz: Right, this was just part of the family, and we
  • 15:13 have our different ways of looking at things.
  • 15:14 The Nazarenes did not see that faith in the Messiah, who had
  • 15:21 come, changed basically their way of life except that it made
  • 15:27 them zealous for the Gospel.
  • 15:29 They continued, as far as we can tell from the New Testament,
  • 15:33 even, and from post-New Testament sources, they
  • 15:35 continued to keep the commandments of the law.
  • 15:38 They--I have to be careful here because someone--I can hear
  • 15:44 somebody--and I have heard somebody many times--say,
  • 15:46 "Wait a minute, what do you mean by that?"
  • 15:49 Well, keeping the commandments of the law meant that they had
  • 15:52 the authority to make rulings and decisions about what should
  • 15:57 be done, what should not be done.
  • 15:58 Jesus had given them the Holy Spirit.
  • 16:01 Jesus had said to Peter and to the other disciples,
  • 16:05 "Whatever you bind will be bound.
  • 16:07 Whatever you loose will be loosened."
  • 16:09 Translate it back to Hebrew, that doesn't talk about casting
  • 16:11 out demons or spiritual authorities or any of
  • 16:14 that kind of thing.
  • 16:15 What that means is, when you make a legal ruling, that's what
  • 16:18 it is.
  • 16:19 That's the Hebrew. I can go through the Hebrew.
  • 16:21 We won't go into the detail, but that's exactly what Jesus
  • 16:23 was saying, a very well-known phraseology, when he said,
  • 16:26 "binding" and "loosing."
  • 16:28 He meant "Whatever you permit is permitted," "Whatever you forbid
  • 16:30 is forbidden."
  • 16:31 So they didn't have to accept the authority of the rabbis.
  • 16:34 It was one thing not to accept the authority of the rabbis; it
  • 16:37 was another thing altogether to stop keeping--being obedient
  • 16:41 to the Scriptures, to the commandments of the law, but
  • 16:44 they interpreted them as they would with the Holy Spirit.
  • 16:47 So we know from the sources that they continued to
  • 16:51 keep the Sabbath.
  • 16:52 They continued to keep certain food laws, not necessarily
  • 16:57 the way the rabbis would find them, the way they'd
  • 17:00 find them themselves.
  • 17:01 They even continued to attend the synagogues, by the way, and
  • 17:03 perhaps more surprising than anything at all, as long as
  • 17:07 the temple was standing, they continued to go to the temple
  • 17:09 and offer sacrifices.
  • 17:11 Zola: I was once challenged on the Sabbath question.
  • 17:15 A Jewish believer said, "I'll bet they kept the evening
  • 17:18 service, the Havdalah, and they worshiped on Saturday
  • 17:24 and not on Sunday."
  • 17:26 Dr. Pritz: Sure, of course.
  • 17:27 Zola: Okay, but even when it says the Lord's Day on the first
  • 17:30 day of the week, they argued, "Havdalah is the first day.
  • 17:33 It's after sundown on Saturday."
  • 17:35 Dr. Pritz: Okay, first of all, the mentioned of the first
  • 17:38 day of the week in Scripture is never explicitly said,
  • 17:41 "This was the normal custom."
  • 17:43 Okay, Paul meets on the first day of the week with people when
  • 17:46 he's on his way back to Jerusalem, but he was gettin'
  • 17:49 ready to sail out the next morning.
  • 17:51 That was his last chance, and so they had a time together.
  • 17:54 Well into the second and third century, there was a debate
  • 17:56 about whether "this day" or "that day" also, regarding
  • 18:00 celebrating Passover, were you gonna do it on a--always on
  • 18:03 a Friday, or are you gonna do it or celebrate the Resurrection
  • 18:05 on a Sunday?
  • 18:07 On the third day? And so on.
  • 18:09 But the changing of the day came much later.
  • 18:13 Zola: And so, for some, the subject of the Sabbath remains
  • 18:18 a question, but as Dr. Fritz's research has shown, there is
  • 18:21 no question that the first Christians were, in fact, Jews.
  • 18:24 Whether they were called "brethren" or "disciples,"
  • 18:27 they gathered together to worship their Messiah.
  • 18:30 Two thousand years later, messianic Jews are, once again,
  • 18:34 gathering throughout Israel to sing praises to the Lord
  • 18:37 in the original language, Hebrew.
  • 18:44 [singing in foreign language]
  • 18:49 Zola: When Zipporah Bennett
  • 18:51 immigrated to Israel, she felt the Lord directing her to
  • 18:53 compose messianic music for congregations
  • 18:56 throughout the land.
  • 18:57 She talked to our producer, Ken Berg, about her music.
  • 18:59 Zipporah Bennett: Well, the existing believers at the time,
  • 19:03 the existing congregations here in the land of Israel, were very
  • 19:07 excited about this new big, brown hymnbook that had come
  • 19:10 out, which had English, old contemporary English and
  • 19:14 American hymns translated into Hebrew.
  • 19:17 Now, I have nothing against hymns, but at the same time,
  • 19:21 we are in the Middle East, and the Middle East has its
  • 19:24 own kind of music.
  • 19:26 The Jewish people have historically their own kind of
  • 19:29 music, and it seemed wrong to me to take Scriptures that had been
  • 19:34 originally written in Hebrew, translate them into English,
  • 19:38 make a Western melody, then come back to the land of Israel
  • 19:41 and take that same passage of Scripture and try and push it
  • 19:45 into a Western melody.
  • 19:47 For me, it didn't make sense because the accents were kind
  • 19:50 of all--as they say, "You had the accent on
  • 19:53 the wrong sy-LLA-bles."
  • 19:54 And, to me, it seemed like, since God was in the process of
  • 19:59 restoration of the Jewish people, we had to go back
  • 20:02 to the Scriptures.
  • 20:06 We had to go back to what was characteristic of the land, as
  • 20:08 close as we could get to the time of the first century,
  • 20:11 to the early believers.
  • 20:13 We had to go back to the passages of Scripture, go back
  • 20:15 to those kind of melodic patterns and reinterpret the
  • 20:18 whole thing from the beginning.
  • 20:20 Zola: Zipporah has recently drawn upon words written
  • 20:24 by the psalmist as in this song, "Kumah Adonai."
  • 20:29 [singing in Hebrew]
  • 20:42 Zipporah: We, in Israel, are involved in a tremendous amount
  • 20:46 of warfare, and we have so much coming at us, and I'm sure
  • 20:51 you've read the papers, and even as the body of believing Jews in
  • 20:56 the Messiah, we have a lot coming at us in the way of
  • 21:00 opposition, as well, and so what I sensed was a need for more of
  • 21:05 an expressions of "Arise, O God, let your enemies be scattered,"
  • 21:09 "Just dispel the darkness," and so I searched the Scriptures,
  • 21:16 and I looked for every passage I could find that said, "Arise, O
  • 21:19 God," that "The right arm of the Lord has done valiantly,"
  • 21:23 and we know who's sitting at the right arm of God.
  • 21:25 I mean, this is--we're talking about Yeshua.
  • 21:28 We're talking about the Messiah.
  • 21:30 Zola: Arieh Bar-David is a messianic believer who was born
  • 21:33 in Israel.
  • 21:34 He is an accomplished musician, having played with the Jerusalem
  • 21:37 Symphony Orchestra, and he has joined Zipporah on this telecast
  • 21:40 to sing for us.
  • 21:42 He was the conductor at the Academy of Music,
  • 21:45 where he forsook it all to become a carpenter.
  • 21:47 Here at Yad Hashmona, a moshav just outside Jerusalem, he
  • 21:51 supervises the construction of pine furniture, a product which
  • 21:55 has become renowned throughout all of Israel.
  • 21:59 Arieh Bar-David: It's amazing.
  • 22:00 Almost every day God gives me the chance that people
  • 22:04 are coming here.
  • 22:05 They make business, and some of them make big business.
  • 22:08 When they finish, like yesterday, they just directly,
  • 22:12 "Arieh, we heard this and this and this.
  • 22:15 We have heard wonderful things about you.
  • 22:18 Who is Messiah?"
  • 22:20 Like yesterday, it was a group of them.
  • 22:23 They're running a very big, huge thing in Israel.
  • 22:27 I don't want to say their names, but one of the woman, she knows
  • 22:30 about messianic Jews.
  • 22:33 One of her relatives, he's a messianic Jew.
  • 22:36 She was amazed about our life here without any word that we
  • 22:41 say--just what she was heard, and she was--she asked how we
  • 22:44 could do it, how it can be.
  • 22:47 It's--really, God is opening every day, every day--and they
  • 22:55 say it's amazing way that, every day, when we start
  • 22:58 in the morning, 7 o'clock, we all meet together.
  • 23:01 We pray, and we pray to God that "You will open this day
  • 23:04 to the people that you know that they will come here."
  • 23:08 Ken Berg: Can you tell me, when you're playing, let's say,
  • 23:11 with Zipporah, and you have these other musicians around
  • 23:14 you, how your inner man feels, your spirit?
  • 23:19 What are you feeling when you're singing these songs?
  • 23:22 Arieh: Yeah, it's something wonderful because, I tell you,
  • 23:25 when I was a soldier, I remember when we had to walk, like,
  • 23:29 90 kilometers or 120 kilometers in 24 hours.
  • 23:34 You know, paratroopers are doing it.
  • 23:35 I found myself that I was singing, and I knew, like, this
  • 23:39 song has 16 bars, so if I would sing this song a hundred times,
  • 23:44 I will get 1,600 bars.
  • 23:47 It means such-and-such kilometers.
  • 23:49 I feel myself, a soldier, a fighter.
  • 23:51 I'm sorry. I'm living in Israel.
  • 23:53 I was soldier from--so as a soldier, you have to have your
  • 23:57 arms, you know, and singing is one of this.
  • 24:02 Always, it's hard suggestion.
  • 24:04 Come on and sing, like Paul said.
  • 24:06 Don't fall into, you know, your feelings, but come on and sing.
  • 24:10 Now, many of the songs are "thanks," "thanks" singing.
  • 24:14 Ken: "Thank"-- Arieh: Yeah, "thank."
  • 24:16 Ken: "Praise." Arieh: "Praise" singing.
  • 24:17 So I don't see something which is better.
  • 24:19 When you have hard time, just praise the Lord, and it works.
  • 24:23 Zipporah: We are seeing revival amongst the Jewish
  • 24:26 people in unprecedented amounts.
  • 24:29 We are seeing thousands come to the faith, all around the world,
  • 24:34 and so I believe that this now is the outworking
  • 24:37 of the beginning of a change in the era.
  • 24:41 It's said--in Romans, it says that "The blindness will be upon
  • 24:44 Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in,"
  • 24:49 and so I believe we're in the exchanging of two eras.
  • 24:52 We're witnessing the end of the age of the Gentiles and the
  • 24:55 beginning of the age of the Jews, and so we are about to
  • 24:58 come in to an incredible revival amongst the Jewish people, and,
  • 25:02 of course, that's our hope, and that's our expectation here.
  • 25:08 [singing in Hebrew]
  • 25:52 David: Zipporah, thank you so much for your music today.
  • 25:54 We love the messianic music, and I'm thinking today about friends
  • 25:57 that we know in Israel who are messianic, who are on fire for
  • 26:01 God: Chaim Malespin, Sarah Lieberman, Joshua Aaron.
  • 26:06 Jeffrey: Yes, and those are individuals.
  • 26:08 There's communities, as well, that's sprouted up since Israel
  • 26:12 became a nation in '48.
  • 26:13 There were just a few dozen.
  • 26:15 Now there's a few hundred messianic congregations.
  • 26:17 David: Things have changed a bit.
  • 26:19 Jeffrey: They have, and some years ago, I got a grant to go
  • 26:20 and study that up and to, kind of, paper-up the story
  • 26:23 of this emergent movement.
  • 26:25 One of the things that's fascinating is how it's speared
  • 26:28 along by Christians who support to help get this movement
  • 26:33 on the map in the land of Israel.
  • 26:35 I think, frankly, if it wasn't for Christian support for the
  • 26:38 messianic movement in Israel, it wouldn't be anything of
  • 26:40 what it is today.
  • 26:42 Kirsten: And we want you, our viewer, to know, when you
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  • 26:53 We don't keep the money to ourselves.
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  • 27:01 Jeffrey: Yes. David: That's right.
  • 27:03 Jeffrey: And, by the way, it is so very true.
  • 27:05 We're so appreciative of our Christian friends,
  • 27:07 and that means you.
  • 27:09 David: Amen.
  • 27:10 Jeffrey: Hey, come on back next week, if you will, please,
  • 27:12 and as you go now, "Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim."
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