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Episode: “Death”
In the first century one both entered and exited the world with bandages. We witness this wrapping procedure and the accompanying burial ritual in an authentic tomb hewn out of stone. Speaking from the Mount of Olives, Zola shares Scripture that speaks of Yeshua’s victory over death. Those who first believed in Him could truly exclaim, “Death is swallowed up in victory!”
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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  • 00:01 Jeffrey Seif: Death is
  • 00:04 a tough subject, isn't it? We're going to look at it today with grace, and we can do so
  • 00:07 because we know we're going to a better place.
  • 00:10 We're going to consider that today on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:19 male announcer: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer
  • 00:21 to God for Israel is that they might be saved.
  • 00:25 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,
  • 00:28 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:32 that call upon him.
  • 00:34 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:37 ♪♪♪
  • 00:44 ♪♪♪
  • 00:53 David Hart: We thank you so much for joining us today on
  • 00:55 "Zola Levitt Presents." I'm David Hart.
  • 00:56 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:58 Jeffrey: I'm Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:59 And I am reminded of a verse where Paul said,
  • 01:01 "O death, where is thy victory?
  • 01:02 Where is thy sting?"
  • 01:04 We get the better of it all because of the Lord, don't we?
  • 01:06 Kirsten: And it's fascinating to learn about the traditions of
  • 01:10 death, I know we don't like talking about death,
  • 01:13 in the first century that Zola's been teaching us
  • 01:16 throughout the whole series.
  • 01:17 But now we talk about, what did they do when someone dies?
  • 01:19 Jeffrey: Yes, yes.
  • 01:21 Zola's gone on to his reward, and we all will eventually, and
  • 01:24 it's great to have a look.
  • 01:25 David: I think it's interesting we started this
  • 01:27 series with the birth, and we end the series with death.
  • 01:30 Jeffrey: That's right, from the womb to the tomb.
  • 01:33 Kirsten: And that's what we've been talking about this
  • 01:35 whole series.
  • 01:36 "The First Christians," first taught in 1995 with Zola Levitt,
  • 01:39 our founder.
  • 01:40 And it's been fascinating to learn all about the traditions
  • 01:43 of the first Christians, and today death.
  • 01:46 David: And right now, we go to a first century tomb with
  • 01:49 archaeologist Bob Mullins.
  • 01:52 Bob Mullins: We are situated in an authentic rolling stone
  • 01:55 tomb of the first century.
  • 01:57 This is exactly the same kind of tomb that Jesus was buried in
  • 02:00 almost 2,000 years ago.
  • 02:02 Several tombs of this type are known throughout the country,
  • 02:05 including Jerusalem, where today visitors can see Herod's family
  • 02:09 tomb.
  • 02:10 This particular site is located in the Shephelah region of
  • 02:13 Israel, about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem.
  • 02:18 This tomb is hewn right out of the solid rock.
  • 02:22 To gain entrance into the tomb, one passes by means of a low
  • 02:25 doorway.
  • 02:26 And you recall that in the gospels, Mary Magdalene had to
  • 02:29 bend down and peek through the door in order to see into
  • 02:32 the tomb.
  • 02:33 This door is sealed by means of a large rolling stone.
  • 02:37 Once you come into the tomb, there are two rooms.
  • 02:40 And one passes into an inner room, where the body was laid
  • 02:44 and allowed to decay for the period of about one year.
  • 02:48 Later, the bones were collected and transferred to the first
  • 02:51 room, where we have these channels where the bone boxes,
  • 02:54 or ossuaries, were placed.
  • 02:56 And in this way, many, many generations of people were
  • 03:00 buried.
  • 03:03 Zola Levitt: Here on the Mount of Olives and nearby
  • 03:05 Bethany, archaeologists have uncovered some very interesting
  • 03:08 stone coffins or ossuary.
  • 03:11 Some of these boxes bear the sign of the cross, while others
  • 03:15 have Hebrew inscriptions that way "to Jesus son of Joseph,"
  • 03:19 and "to Jesus the Lord."
  • 03:22 Inscriptions bearing the names of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary
  • 03:25 were also found, followed by the cross mark.
  • 03:29 Archaeologist Clermont Ganneau, who unearthed the Bethany site,
  • 03:32 said, "In this group of sarcophagi, some of which have
  • 03:36 Christian symbols, we are, so to speak, witnessing the actual
  • 03:40 unfolding of Christianity."
  • 03:43 Bob: The body was first washed and anointed with spices
  • 03:46 and perfumes.
  • 03:48 Since there was no embalming of the body, decay was imminent,
  • 03:51 thus the spices and perfumes would help counteract the smell
  • 03:55 of the rotting corpse.
  • 03:57 After coating the body with spices and perfumes, the body
  • 04:01 was then wrapped with linen cloths.
  • 04:02 Now, this was based on a ruling made by Rabbi Gamaliel in the
  • 04:07 first century that bodies should be wrapped in white cloths.
  • 04:12 You see this practice carried out in the case of both Lazarus
  • 04:16 and Jesus.
  • 04:26 After the body had been prepared, male relatives carried
  • 04:30 it on a bira with a woman carrying a jar of perfume
  • 04:33 walking in front.
  • 04:36 Death in Jesus's day was not a hushed up affair, and there was
  • 04:40 much wailing and even tearing of clothes.
  • 04:53 Once the body arrived at the tomb, the male relatives would
  • 04:57 carry the body through the main entrance, where the rolling
  • 04:59 stone had been rolled back.
  • 05:02 And passed directly into the inner room, the second room,
  • 05:05 where the body was placed on a burial bench.
  • 05:14 Once the body was in place, perfume would be poured on the
  • 05:18 linen cloths.
  • 05:20 They would then leave the tomb, roll the stone into place,
  • 05:23 sealing the tomb, and then allowing the body to decay.
  • 05:30 Zola: This is the Mount of Olives, and it is a mountain of
  • 05:33 graveyards.
  • 05:34 Under my feet are layers and layers, centuries of graves.
  • 05:40 Chosen people lived here, and they were buried here at least
  • 05:43 from the announcement of Zachariah that Messiah would
  • 05:47 come to the Mount of Olives.
  • 05:49 They have been buried here.
  • 05:51 Zachariah 14:4 says, "His feet will stand that day on the Mount
  • 05:55 of Olives," which is next to Jerusalem on the east.
  • 05:58 And that's where we are, and up on the summit is when he
  • 06:00 will--he will come.
  • 06:01 And they read it as, of course, the first coming if they don't
  • 06:06 believe in Jesus.
  • 06:07 But nevertheless, the Messiah, whoever he is, will come down
  • 06:10 this mountain.
  • 06:11 So, they're buried here so they can be in the resurrection.
  • 06:14 And where did they get the idea of the resurrection?
  • 06:17 Well, those who know the Scriptures certainly read it in
  • 06:20 the Old Testament.
  • 06:21 The Scripture is full of it.
  • 06:24 We have say Isaiah 26:19, which is very clear, "Thy dead men
  • 06:31 shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise.
  • 06:35 Awake and sing, ye that dwell in durst; for thy dew is as of the
  • 06:39 dew of herbs and the earth shall cast out the dead."
  • 06:44 That is very clear.
  • 06:47 Or Daniel 12:2, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of
  • 06:51 the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to
  • 06:55 shame and everlasting contempt."
  • 06:57 Daniel even shows the destinations, heaven and hell,
  • 07:01 of the people who have slept.
  • 07:02 They will all arise.
  • 07:04 Every soul that was ever conceived is conscious for all
  • 07:09 eternity.
  • 07:10 The question is not, do they live again?
  • 07:12 The question is, where do they live again?
  • 07:14 Job 14 is a magnificent passage of resurrection.
  • 07:18 And Job, you know, has been in the ground for so long, this is
  • 07:22 one of the most ancient Bible books.
  • 07:24 Most commentators make it 4,000 years old, way back around the
  • 07:28 time of Abraham.
  • 07:29 And Job said this to the Lord, "as the waters fail from the
  • 07:34 sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up, so man lieth down and
  • 07:38 riseth not; till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake,
  • 07:42 nor be raised out of their sleep."
  • 07:44 If we stopped reading there, we would think, well, Job is simply
  • 07:47 saying what we suspect, men die, they don't live again, and so
  • 07:52 on.
  • 07:53 But Job goes on and he says this, "O that thou wouldest hide
  • 07:58 me in the grave, that thou wouldst keep me secret, until
  • 08:03 thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time
  • 08:09 and remember me."
  • 08:11 A set time, in Hebrew a tmunah.
  • 08:13 It's a precise time, it's the time of the military hitch.
  • 08:17 It ends at a given moment.
  • 08:19 Job is simply saying to God, "Give me the time you want me
  • 08:23 to be in the grave.
  • 08:25 And when the time is up," he goes on, "If a man die,
  • 08:29 shall he live again?"
  • 08:31 What a question.
  • 08:33 And he says, "All the days of my appointed time will I wait,
  • 08:36 until my change comes."
  • 08:39 Change as in the New Testament, they shall not all sleep, but
  • 08:43 they shall all be changed.
  • 08:45 And he says this, Job 11:15, "Thou shalt call, and I will
  • 08:50 answer thee.
  • 08:51 Thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands."
  • 08:54 Job's body is the work of God's hands, and he will want it back
  • 08:58 as he wants back everybody he ever made.
  • 09:02 Why don't the Jewish people today talk about resurrection?
  • 09:05 The synagogue just doesn't seem the read the Scriptures because
  • 09:08 it's here and I've just read it to you.
  • 09:11 In Matthew 22, the Messiah commented on the same thing in a
  • 09:16 debate about the resurrection.
  • 09:18 It says, "Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Ye do err, not
  • 09:23 knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God--'" If they don't
  • 09:27 read the Scripture, of course you don't know the Scriptures.
  • 09:29 He says, "For in the resurrection they neither marry,
  • 09:32 nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in
  • 09:35 heaven.
  • 09:36 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read
  • 09:39 that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 'I am the God of
  • 09:42 Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
  • 09:46 God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.'"
  • 09:49 His point being whenever you sleep, it doesn't matter,
  • 09:53 God will wake you.
  • 09:54 He's the God of the living, and resurrection is a Jewish thing,
  • 10:00 a normal thing, a thing that will happen to every soul.
  • 10:04 Those believing in Jesus Christ, those believing in the Messiah,
  • 10:11 are raised to the kingdom and eternal life and eternity.
  • 10:14 You know, even Jewish commentators, extra-biblical,
  • 10:18 spoke of this.
  • 10:20 Baruch tractate of the first century, rabbinical writing,
  • 10:25 said in regard to the Messiah when he comes, and quote,
  • 10:30 "All who have fallen asleep in hope of him shall rise again."
  • 10:35 This is a concept in Judaism that when Messiah comes at
  • 10:41 least, he will raise the dead like Zachariah said.
  • 10:44 But the problem is people today who, gosh, some Jewish people
  • 10:49 have given up waiting for the Messiah.
  • 10:51 It's like the scene in "Fiddler on the Roof," where they're
  • 10:53 packing to leave because there's a pogrom, they have to get out
  • 10:56 of their little town in three days.
  • 10:58 And people come to the old rabbi and they say, "Rabbi, we've been
  • 11:01 waiting so long for the Messiah.
  • 11:03 Wouldn't this be a wonderful time for him to come?"
  • 11:06 And the rabbi has nothing more to offer than to say, "We'll
  • 11:10 have to wait somewhere else."
  • 11:12 They lose the hope, and then they forget that Messiah has
  • 11:18 the power, he does, and he has the retroactive power.
  • 11:22 If Job of 4,000 years ago expects to be raised, I expect
  • 11:27 to be raised if I fall asleep.
  • 11:29 And all who have fallen, as Baruch said, in hope of him
  • 11:32 shall rise again.
  • 11:34 The New Testament puts it very clearly, 1 Thessalonians 4:16,
  • 11:40 "The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with a
  • 11:41 voice of the archangel and the sound of the trump of God.
  • 11:45 And the dead in Christ will rise first, and we which are alive
  • 11:48 and remain shall join together with them in the clouds."
  • 11:52 The resurrection of the church, the Rapture, all the dead rise
  • 11:55 first he made the point.
  • 11:57 The Thessalonicans had evidently written to Paul about, "Well,
  • 12:00 what about those who have died?
  • 12:03 Are they going?"
  • 12:04 And Paul said not just going, going first.
  • 12:08 So, we see it clearly in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 17, the
  • 12:12 great Rapture Scripture.
  • 12:13 Or in 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 52 I alluded to before.
  • 12:22 "At the sound of the last trumpet, we shall not all sleep,
  • 12:25 but we shall all be changed at the sound of the last trumpet.
  • 12:28 For this corruptible flesh must put on incorruption, this mortal
  • 12:32 body must put on immortality."
  • 12:35 As we stand here on this mountain, a busy mountain,
  • 12:37 tourist buses going by on all sides, funerals in progress,
  • 12:41 people being buried in hope of resurrection, soil being taken
  • 12:46 from the mountain to send back to the United States and other
  • 12:48 places where Jewish people are dying and cannot be transferred
  • 12:52 here for one reason or another to be buried with that soil in
  • 12:56 the hope of the resurrection to come.
  • 12:59 Back after this.
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  • 14:36 Now, let's go back to Israel on the Mount of Olives
  • 14:39 with Zola Levitt.
  • 14:43 Zola: We've moved our location now.
  • 14:45 And behind me, you can see the East Gate, where the church will
  • 14:49 enter with the Lord, and all the saints at the day of the
  • 14:53 resurrection.
  • 14:55 Around that gate, you can perceive gravestones too.
  • 14:59 These are Moslem graves in another one of those attempts
  • 15:03 to prevent the entrance of the Jewish king.
  • 15:06 You can remember Pharaoh in Egypt and the infanticide.
  • 15:09 You can remember Herod in the Bible killing the children in
  • 15:13 Bethlehem.
  • 15:14 And here is another of these attempts.
  • 15:16 They suppose that the king of the Jews cannot walk through a
  • 15:18 graveyard to enter Jerusalem through that East Gate.
  • 15:21 They've blocked it up, they suppose.
  • 15:23 Well, they underestimate the king of the Jews.
  • 15:27 The Bible delivers us from what it calls the last enemy, death.
  • 15:31 The message is that it is not a permanent thing.
  • 15:35 It is a kind of a transition onto eternal life, and the issue
  • 15:39 is location as they say.
  • 15:42 Are you going to be with God, or are you going to be somewhere
  • 15:44 else?
  • 15:45 The first Christians had lives full of hope and joy.
  • 15:50 Their leaders showed them the way.
  • 15:51 Jesus Christ was the first man permanently resurrected.
  • 15:56 He wasn't the only one resurrected.
  • 15:58 They saw Lazarus come out of his grave.
  • 16:00 They saw a striking thing when he was resurrected in Jerusalem
  • 16:06 and the graves were opened.
  • 16:08 "And many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out
  • 16:12 of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the
  • 16:15 holy city, and appeared unto many."
  • 16:18 I mean, people were walking the streets that other people knew.
  • 16:22 Dead people were walking the streets alive.
  • 16:24 And the passage goes on, "Now when the centurion and they that
  • 16:29 were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those
  • 16:32 things that were done, they feared greatly saying, 'Truly
  • 16:35 this was the Son of God--'" They gave the credit to the Lord.
  • 16:42 Some commentaries kind of skip over that passage.
  • 16:45 There is an explanation for it that's quite nice, we've said it
  • 16:48 on the program before.
  • 16:49 Once an old lady called my radio talk show and she said when she
  • 16:54 was a little girl, her old Bible teacher taught her this passage,
  • 16:58 so this goes back I guess to the Lincoln administration.
  • 17:01 But what her old Bible teacher said was this, "The festival
  • 17:05 that day was firstfruits.
  • 17:07 The people that were raised therefore were Jesus's
  • 17:11 offering."
  • 17:12 On firstfruits, the farmers brought the first of their crops
  • 17:15 to the temple as a thank offering to God.
  • 17:18 Well, Jesus is not a farmer who raises crops.
  • 17:21 Jesus raises people.
  • 17:22 So, on that Sunday, he raised a few.
  • 17:26 We should be calling what we say Easter as firstfruits, that's
  • 17:30 its biblical name.
  • 17:31 Easter is the name of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of
  • 17:34 fertility, nothing at all to do with the Lord, with the Bible,
  • 17:36 with resurrection, or anything at all.
  • 17:39 It's just about fertility and we need to get rid of it.
  • 17:41 Firstfruits, Leviticus 23:10 to 12, is very clearly what's being
  • 17:46 meant here.
  • 17:47 And if we quote the Scripture, we see there was a festival.
  • 17:51 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, 'When
  • 17:54 ye be come in the land which I give unto you, and shall reap
  • 17:59 the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the
  • 18:01 firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.
  • 18:05 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted
  • 18:07 for you.
  • 18:09 On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it."
  • 18:12 This is the week of Passover.
  • 18:14 The context shows Passover and the 14th day of the month.
  • 18:18 And then unleavened bread, a festival of a week starting on
  • 18:21 the 15th.
  • 18:22 And on the Sunday whenever it is during that week is the festival
  • 18:26 of firstfruits.
  • 18:27 That is its correct name.
  • 18:29 And if we learn to say first, we realize there's a second, a
  • 18:31 third, a fourth.
  • 18:32 1 Corinthians 15:22 points out in Adam, all die.
  • 18:37 All natural men see death.
  • 18:39 But in Christ shall all be made alive again.
  • 18:42 But each man in his own order, it says.
  • 18:45 Christ the firstfruits, then we which are his when he comes.
  • 18:48 It's appointed to all flesh to die, except the generation in
  • 18:52 the church when the Rapture comes, they shall not really see
  • 18:56 death.
  • 18:57 But all other Christians and Old Testament saints died, but it's
  • 18:59 not an important issue.
  • 19:01 In Christ, all are made alive again, each in his own order.
  • 19:04 We evidently all have a number in this resurrection.
  • 19:08 You know, the dead in Christ will rise first.
  • 19:10 Well, they must have lower numbers.
  • 19:12 It's like one of those busy places that you go in, they give
  • 19:15 you a number, you know you'll be served.
  • 19:17 Well, I can tell you you'll be served in this resurrection if
  • 19:19 you believe in Jesus Christ.
  • 19:21 He not only demonstrated, he appealed--appeared before his
  • 19:26 disciples 40 days.
  • 19:28 He taught them the things of the kingdom of God.
  • 19:30 It says in Acts 1:3 they talked to him about the coming kingdom,
  • 19:35 and they said, "Will thou at this time restore the kingdom of
  • 19:38 heaven unto Israel?"
  • 19:39 And he said, "It's not for you to know the times and seasons of
  • 19:42 my Father," but implying that it should surely would be in
  • 19:46 Israel.
  • 19:48 And so, we look forward not just to resurrection, but to 1,000
  • 19:51 years with the king in Israel here.
  • 19:54 I'm glad to show it to you on television, but the good news is
  • 19:58 you're going to see it live.
  • 19:59 Everybody's going to go on an Israel tour, some for 1,000
  • 20:02 years at government expense if you understand me.
  • 20:05 The king of the Jews will see that you get there.
  • 20:09 Someone who watches our program indicated to me that a certain
  • 20:13 pastor somewhere was saying it's foolish to listen to Zola
  • 20:17 Levitt, he's obviously a double agent for the Israeli
  • 20:20 government.
  • 20:21 I love it, it's true in a sense.
  • 20:23 I've been working for the king of the Jews for 25 years, and
  • 20:27 that is the real government of Israel.
  • 20:29 He is the one on the throne, and when he returns, you will see
  • 20:32 righteous government in Israel.
  • 20:33 And you will see it last, a peace process that works, 1,000
  • 20:37 years of peace.
  • 20:39 They shall not learn war anymore in my holy mountain.
  • 20:42 They'll beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into
  • 20:45 pruning hooks when the king shall have judged the nations.
  • 20:51 Well, as the Lord said so succinctly to his disciples on
  • 20:54 the occasion of his resurrection, they all would
  • 20:59 come, they would sit on 12 thrones, they would judge the 12
  • 21:02 tribes of Israel.
  • 21:03 Every Christian, good, bad, and medium, will be resurrected from
  • 21:07 the dead.
  • 21:09 Nicodemus came to Christ by night.
  • 21:11 He was convicted.
  • 21:12 He'd heard the teaching.
  • 21:14 He wasn't sure about his sins.
  • 21:16 He spoke to the Lord about what it is to be born again.
  • 21:20 The Lord was very clear with him, "For God so loved the world
  • 21:24 that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall
  • 21:27 believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting
  • 21:30 life."
  • 21:32 If you believe in the Son whom God hath sent, then we'll meet
  • 21:37 together at the gate you see behind me.
  • 21:40 In the day of the resurrection, he'll come down the Mount of
  • 21:42 Olives with all of us who believe in him, and we'll enter
  • 21:44 that gate and take our kingdom.
  • 21:48 ♪♪♪
  • 21:51 [singing in foreign language]
  • 24:15 David: Kind of hard to believe that this footage that
  • 24:18 we see today of Zipporah Bennett was back in 1995.
  • 24:21 She's still active today.
  • 24:23 We love her messianic leading and her music.
  • 24:26 Thank you, Zipporah.
  • 24:28 Kirsten: Great style, and thank you for being with us in
  • 24:30 every program in this series.
  • 24:31 It's been a good series.
  • 24:33 Jeffrey: And it's tough, it's tough to end on death, you know?
  • 24:36 But it's interesting, speaking of singing.
  • 24:37 You know, the last thing they did after the last supper, it
  • 24:40 says they sung.
  • 24:42 And then Yeshua went to the Garden of Gethsemane and he
  • 24:45 faced his end.
  • 24:48 Kirsten: And we all go.
  • 24:50 I mean, we were just talking about that, there's only one way
  • 24:52 out unless the Rapture happens, and that could happen.
  • 24:55 But most of us face death.
  • 24:57 And it's just interesting to hear about, learn about the
  • 25:01 first century Christians who were Jewish.
  • 25:05 Jeffrey: Yes, and let me tell you about a 21st century
  • 25:07 Christian who's Jewish who deals with death a little,
  • 25:10 and that's me.
  • 25:12 At 64 years of age, I realized, truth be known, that he better
  • 25:17 part of my life has been lived.
  • 25:19 And frankly, I think about death.
  • 25:22 I do that in part, my wife and I, who's 65, we take the Lord's
  • 25:25 Supper every morning.
  • 25:27 And of course, whenever someone takes the Lord's Supper, we're
  • 25:29 remembering someone's death until he comes.
  • 25:32 And when I think of death, it's not a scary thing, but I do
  • 25:35 think about the verse where the Lord says, "Lay up for
  • 25:38 yourselves treasures in heaven, where rust and moth don't
  • 25:42 consume."
  • 25:44 And I say that, it's not like I want to get utility out of
  • 25:46 death.
  • 25:48 And I don't want to be fearful, but I want to be careful.
  • 25:52 But I want to give you a challenge, please, like me, if
  • 25:54 you're thinking about things to come, by all means lay up for
  • 25:57 yourselves treasures in heaven.
  • 26:01 And I'd like to ask you from the bottom of my heart, please to
  • 26:05 put some of those treasures in heaven through a deposit slip
  • 26:09 that has Zola Levitt Ministries on it.
  • 26:12 I believe and we believe, and I hope you believe, that there's
  • 26:16 value in what we do here.
  • 26:18 Please, I want to challenge you.
  • 26:20 For every dime, for every dollar, for every $100, $1,000,
  • 26:24 whatever it is, God sees.
  • 26:26 Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
  • 26:29 David: That's right.
  • 26:30 I was on Facebook today, this morning.
  • 26:32 I like to give birthday greetings.
  • 26:35 And two people that have passed away came up to give a birthday
  • 26:38 greeting today. You know what?
  • 26:39 None of us are exempt from death.
  • 26:42 Kirsten: And that's why we hope, as you just said, that all
  • 26:45 of you know you're going.
  • 26:47 We're here for one purpose here at "Zola Levitt Presents," and
  • 26:50 that's to present the good news of Yeshua and eternal life.
  • 26:55 Jeffrey: Amen.
  • 26:56 You know, we've heard from our late founder, Zola Levitt, back
  • 26:59 in 1995.
  • 27:00 And I know he's singing where he is.
  • 27:03 We're going to see him one day and see the Lord.
  • 27:05 As you go now, [speaking in foreign language]
  • 27:10 pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:12 [singing in foreign language]
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Episodes in this series

  1. Birth
  2. The Home
  3. Livelihood
  4. The Family
  5. Agriculture
  6. Government
  7. Religion
  8. Messiah
  9. Death

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