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Series: “This Is Israel”
Tired of waiting 20 years for CNN and the other networks to show Israel as the modern, beautiful country it really is, Zola and his crew decided to do it themselves. Viewers will be as surprised as our pilgrims to see that this much-criticized nation is at least the equal of our own and in some ways superior!
Episode: “A Place of Revelation”
Tom McCall, senior theologian and author, gives us the history of Caesarea Philippi, now called Banias, including some of the ideas the Messiah taught here. Next, we go to Tel Aviv to hear the testimonies of several messianic believers.

Caption transcript for This Is Israel: “A Place of Revelation” (7/12)

  • 00:03 WHAT A PROGRAM WE HAVE FOR YOU TODAY.
  • 00:05   WE'RE GOING TO THE SITE OF THE BIBLICAL CEASAREA-PHILIPPI,
  • 00:09  IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,  AND THEN THE OPPOSITE
  • 00:12   TO MODERN TEL AVIV   TO A MESSIANIC COFFEE SHOP
  • 00:15  AND BOOKSTORE COMING UP NEXT.
  • 00:17    [ music playing ]
  • 00:49    [ music playing ]
  • 00:56    ISRAEL IS REALLY >>A PLACE OF REVELATION.
  • 00:58 THAT'S WHAT IT  IS ABOVE ALL THINGS.
  • 01:00   THERE GOD REVEALED HIMSELF
  • 01:02  THROUGH BOTH THE OLD   AND NEW TESTAMENTS.
  • 01:05 AND HE'S REVEALING HIMSELF THERE TODAY WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN
  • 01:08    ISRAEL OBVIOUSLY    FOR THE LAST GENERATION.
  • 01:11   AND THIS IS A VERY >>   IMPORTANT POINT.
  • 01:13 THE NEWS NETWORKS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT GOD OR THE BIBLE OR THAT
  • 01:16 ISRAEL IS THE SPECIAL PROMISED  LAND AND GOD IS ACTIVE THERE.
  • 01:22 THE SEMINARIES, DALLAS, MOODY,
  • 01:24  AND THE ONES  WE HAVE CRITICIZED LATELY --
  • 01:27    THAT'S THE FIRST >> LINE OF CRITICISM --
  • 01:30   IS THEY HAVE DE-EMPHASIZED  ISRAEL UNTIL THEIR GRADUATES
  • 01:32  ARE NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE   ABOUT THE PLACE EVEN THOUGH
  • 01:35    AT THE SAME TIME, THEY SAY THEY KNOW GOD
  • 01:37 IS WORKING THERE AND SO FORTH.
  • 01:39  WELL, IF GOD S WORKING THERE THEN IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
  • 01:42   WELL, AT CEASAREA-PHILIPPI,   WHERE WE ARE GOING,
  • 01:46    JESUS REVEALED AN >>   IMPORTANT TRUTH THAT HE, >> IN FACT, WAS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 01:51  REALLY HE GOT PETER,   HE ELICITED IT FROM PETER.
  • 01:53 WE'LL TELL YOU    ABOUT THAT IN OUR LESSON.
  • 01:55 THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WON'T SEE ON CNN, A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL, A GREEN BEAUTIFUL AREA.
  • 02:03  THE THING IS  CALLED BANIAS TODAY,
  • 02:06    THAT'S AN ARABIC >>  CORRUPTION OF THE TERM PAN FOR THE GREEK GOD PAN.
  • 02:12 WE WILL REVIEW THAT FOR YOU IN THE LESSON, CEASAREA-PHILIPPI.
  • 02:15   THIS IS THE >>   NORTHERN PART OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:19   THIS IS THE SEA OF GALILEE   AND THE NORTH JORDAN RIVER.
  • 02:22   AND THIS IS >>   THE BOUNDARY OF LEBANON,
  • 02:24 AND OVER HERE, >>   THE BOUNDARY WITH SYRIA.
  • 02:27    AND CEASAREA-PHILIPPI OR >> BANIAS IS WAY UP HERE
  • 02:30   50 MILES UP FROM DAMASCUS.
  • 02:34 WE ARE UP NORTH  IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS.
  • 02:38  AND THIS IS THE AREA THEY ARE  TALKING ABOUT GIVING BACK TO    SYRIA THESE DAYS.
  • 02:42 THERE IS A SIMPLE PROOF    THAT THIS IS JEWISH LAND.
  • 02:45  BEFORE SYRIA WAS EVEN THOUGHT OF, THERE WAS A JEWISH CULTURE   THERE AT CEASAREA-PHILIPPI.
  • 02:52 JESUS AND HIS MEN WERE >>   COMFORTABLE GOING THERE.
  • 02:55   AND THE CITY WAS THERE AND A JEWISH FORTRESS AND SO FORTH.
  • 02:59 IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA THAT OUR TOURS ALWAYS GO THERE.
  • 03:01    AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE IT AWAY.
  • 03:05   MATTHEW 16:13-14 WILL TAKE  US TO OUR LESSON AND IT SAYS:
  • 03:12 WHEN JESUS CAME INTO THE COAST  OF CEASAREA-PHILIPPI HE ASKED
  • 03:16   THE DISCIPLES, "WHOM DO MEN SAY THAT I THE SON OF MAN IS?"
  • 03:21 AND THEY SAID, "SOME SAY YOU ARE JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SOME ELIAS
  • 03:25  "AND OTHERS JEREMIAH, ONE OF THE PROPHETS" AND SO ON.
  • 03:28  WELL, I WENT THERE YEARS AGO  AND I DEALT WITH THIS PASSAGE
  • 03:32  AND WE WILL CUT AWAY TO THAT OLD FOOTAGE RIGHT NOW.
  • 03:34  NOW, I LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT HERE,
  • 03:36 BUT THE LESSON HASN'T CHANGED.
  • 03:37    IN VERSE 15, HE SAYS, "YES,   BUT WHO DO YE SAY THAT I AM?"
  • 03:46  WHAT IS THEIR THEORY.
  • 03:48 NEVER MIND WHAT THE CROWDS ARE SAYING.
  • 03:51 THERE IS A SILENCE, I SUPPOSE,  AND THEN PETER THE IMPULSIVE
  • 03:54 SPEAKS UP, "THOU ART THE CHRIST,   THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD."
  • 04:00   THIS IS PETER'S CONFESSION.
  • 04:02    THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT >>  STATEMENT BECAUSE IT GIVES
  • 04:05 THE MAXIMUM FOR GETTING   INTO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
  • 04:09   THIS IS ENTRY FEE.
  • 04:10    THAT'S ALL IT IS.
  • 04:12 BUT IT HAS TO BE REAL.
  • 04:13   TO RECOGNIZE HE IS   THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 04:15 WHEN HE SAID "CHRIST," >>   IT IS GREEK FOR MESSIAH.
  • 04:20    IT IS NOT A FAMILY NAME.
  • 04:22  JESUS DID NOT   HAVE A FAMILY NAME.
  • 04:24   HE WAS "JESUS OF NAZARETH," WAS THE STYLE OF FAMILY   NAMES THEN.
  • 04:28 CHRIST IS THE GREEK FOR   [ speaking Greek ],
  • 04:30 THE ENGLISH OF WHICH IS MESSIAH.
  • 04:32   THEY'RE ALL THE SAME WORDS.
  • 04:34   SO PETER IS SAYING YOU ARE >>   MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD.
  • 04:36 IN OTHER WORDS,   CO-EQUAL WITH GOD.
  • 04:38  A STUNNING STATEMENT,   AND ONE I SUPPOSE,
  • 04:42   THAT HAD NOT AS YET  BEEN UTTERED BY ANY OF THEM.
  • 04:44 AND THEN THE LORD SAID, "YOU'RE BLESSED, PETER,
  • 04:47    "BLESSED BECAUSE >>OF DIVINE REVELATION."
  • 04:50  NO MAN COULD HAVE TOLD PETER   EXACTLY THIS THING IN TRUTH
  • 04:55  THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 04:58 HE EMPHASIZED IT VERY PERSONALLY BY USING HIS FULL NAME.
  • 05:03   "BLESSED ART THOU,    SIMON BAR JONAH,"
  • 05:07   YOU CAN HEAR IT IN ARAMAIC:
  • 05:08   [ speaking Aramaic ]  GIVING HIS FULL NAME.
  • 05:14 THIS IS ARAMAIC NAME AND ARAMAIC FORM.
  • 05:16 AND THEREFORE, OF COURSE, JESUS SPOKE ARAMAIC.
  • 05:19   NO ONE QUIBBLES WITH THAT.
  • 05:21  AND HE WOULD HAVE SPOKEN THIS   WAY CERTAINLY TO HIS JEWISH    CONFESSOR, PETER.
  • 05:27 AND SOME ARGUE THAT THE  ENTIRE GOSPELS ARE IN GREEK.
  • 05:30 IT CERTAINLY CAN'T BE.
  • 05:33 IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT ANY KIND OF REMARK LIKE THIS AIMED TO JEWISH    PEOPLE WOULD BE IN GREEK.
  • 05:38 A SHAME IT IS THAT THE   CONFESSION OF MESSIAH FIRST
  • 05:41 COMES IN A GENTILE AREA FROM A FISHERMAN HERE IN GALILEE
  • 05:47    AND NOT FROM THE >>   HIGH PRIEST IN JERUSALEM.
  • 05:52  THAT'S WHERE  IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.
  • 05:54 AND OF COURSE, THE LORD WAS IN    JERUSALEM FIRST BEFORE HE  DEPARTED AND WENT TO GALILEE.
  • 05:58   NOW, THEN, IMPORTANT STUFF.
  • 06:00  IN VERSE 18, THE LORD   TURNS TO PETER AND HE SAYS,
  • 06:05 "THOU ART, PETER, AND UPON THIS  ROCK WILL I BUILD MY CHURCH."
  • 06:11 AND WHAT DOES HE MEAN?
  • 06:13   WELL, FIRST OF ALL,   THE ROCK IS THE PROFESSION
  • 06:16 OF FAITH THAT WE JUST REPEATED.
  • 06:19  "THOU ART THE CHRIST,   THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD."
  • 06:22   THAT IS HOW >>   YOU GET INTO THE CHURCH.
  • 06:24 SO ON THAT IS THE CHURCH BUILT.
  • 06:27    THAT IS PERSON BY PERSON    BY PERSON WHO SAYS THAT.
  • 06:30   NO ONE IS BORN A CHRISTIAN.
  • 06:31  NO ONE BORN INTO THE CHURCH.
  • 06:33  THEY MUST UTTER THAT AND MEAN    THAT TO BE IN THE CHURCH.
  • 06:37   IN THE SECOND WAY THE ROCK   REPRESENTS MESSIAH SMITTEN
  • 06:40   AND THE CRUCIFIXION  IN JERUSALEM.
  • 06:45  IN THE SAME MANNER AS IN THE WILDERNESS WHEN THE PEOPLE NEED
  • 06:48  WATER AND MESSIAH OF COURSE, GIVES THE LIVING WATER.
  • 06:51   MOSES STRUCK A ROCK AND OUT CAME THE LIVING WATER.
  • 06:55   AND WATER THAT KEPT  THEM ALIVE WHILE THEY   WENT TO THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 06:58  SO IN A SECOND SENSE, HE'S THE ROCK.
  • 07:00  THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT THIS PARTICULAR RICH, TYPE OR SYMBOL
  • 07:04   IS FULFILLED IN THE BIBLE.
  • 07:06 BEHIND ME ON THE ROCK CLIFFS OF    BANIAS ARE LITTLE NICHES,
  • 07:11 WHERE LITTLE IDOLS WERE PLACED AND THE WHOLE PLACE IS DEDICATED
  • 07:15  TO THE GOD PAN, THE   FLUTE-PLAYING GOD,
  • 07:18 CREATION OF MEN'S IMAGINATION.
  • 07:21  AND PEOPLE STILL COME HERE TO VISIT AND TO LOOK AT THE THING.
  • 07:24  NOT TO WORSHIP PAN HOPEFULLY.
  • 07:26 BUT TO LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WITH  ITS ROCK CLIFFS DEDICATED TO   THESE GODS.
  • 07:30 AND SO IN A THIRD SENSE, JESUS STANDS WITH THAT AS A BACKDROP
  • 07:34 AND SAYS, HERE IN FRONT OF THESE ROCKS WITH THEIR GODS ON THEM,
  • 07:39   "I BUILD MY  CHURCH ON THIS ROCK."
  • 07:42   WHAT THIS MAN SAID.
  • 07:44    AND IN A FOURTH SENSE, OF COURSE, PETER'S NAME AND SO ON.
  • 07:48  IT WAS A BRILLIANT REMARK AND ONE I CAN MAKE A WHOLE PROGRAM ABOUT.
  • 07:51  BUT THOSE ARE  THE IMPORTANT POINTS.
  • 07:54 THERE IS A RABBINICAL PARABLE BY  THE WAY, THAT SEES ABRAHAM AS    THE ROCK.
  • 07:59  AND EVERY TIME GOD WANTED TO BUILD A FOUNDATION OF THE HUMAN
  • 08:02   RACE HE WOULD STRIKE WATER.
  • 08:04 SUCH AS TRYING TO BUILD >>   IT IN NOAH'S GENERATION, >>THE FLOOD CAME.
  • 08:07 BUT WHEN HE SAW ABRAHAM COMING,
  • 08:10  SO IT SAYS, GOD SAW A ROCK ON WHICH HE COULD BUILD A FAITHFUL PEOPLE.
  • 08:17 AND SO HE BUILT A CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 08:19  INTERESTING.
  • 08:21    VERSE 19, THE KEYS OF THE   KINGDOM ARE GIVEN TO PETER.
  • 08:24  HE USED THEM TWICE VERY EFFECTIVELY.
  • 08:28 ONCE IN ACTS 2,   FOR THE JEWS AT PENTECOST,
  • 08:31   AND ONCE IN ACTS 10 FOR THE   GENTILES WITH CORNELIUS AT    CEASAREA.
  • 08:36  WE SAID IT IN ONE OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS, IN ACTS 2,
  • 08:39  THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME AND THE    JEWISH MESSAGE CONCERNING    THE PROPHET JOEL.
  • 08:44  "I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON   ALL FLESH AND THE PSALMS OF DAVID."
  • 08:47   THE LORD SAID UNTO MY LORD.
  • 08:49    EXPERT TEACHING TO JEWS.
  • 08:51 AND THEN TO CORNELIUS, "GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF    PERSONS."
  • 08:55   ANY ONE OF ANY NATION THAT FEARS HIM IS RESPECTED WITH HIM.
  • 09:00   AND SO HE OPENED --  PETER IS LIKE THE DOOR KEEPER
  • 09:04  FOR THE KEYS AND OPENS IT FOR    JEWS AT PENTECOST AND FOR GENTILES IN ACTS 10 IN CEASAREA.
  • 09:12 AND THAT IS IN KEEPING WITH THE  ORDER GIVEN IN THE GOSPEL AS
  • 09:15    PAUL WROTE TO THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO THE GREEK.
  • 09:18   OR AS JESUS SAID IN HIS ASCENSION.
  • 09:20  "BE MY DISCIPLES IN JERUSALEM  AND JUDEA AND THEN IN SAMARIA
  • 09:24  "AND THEN TO THE GENTILES AND THEN TO THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF   THE EARTH."
  • 09:27 GOING ON IN VERSE 20, HE DOESN'T WANT THEM TO TELL IT TO ANY MAN.
  • 09:33  TELL NO MAN.
  • 09:34  WHY?
  • 09:35   BECAUSE THE TIMING IS OFF.
  • 09:37  IT IS WRONG.
  • 09:38 THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS >>   MESSIAH-SHIP AWAITED THE >>LAST PASSOVER.
  • 09:42   ACCORDING TO TYPE.
  • 09:44  AT PASSOVER, THE THIRD YEAR,   THEN THE LORD WOULD COME IN
  • 09:47 AND THEY WOULD   SEE THE CONNECTION.
  • 09:50    HOW REMARKABLE, A LAMB IS   SACRIFICED IN EGYPT
  • 09:54 AND JOHN THE BAPTIST BEFORE HE  WAS BEHEADED,
  • 09:57 OF THIS MAN, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SINS  OF THE WORLD.
  • 10:02 AND SEE HE IS EXECUTED ACTUALLY RIGHT ON PASSOVER LIKE WE KILLED    THE LAMB.
  • 10:08   AND WHAT AN    ODD DAY FOR AN EXECUTION.
  • 10:10  IN OTHER WORDS, HE MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A WITNESS TO QUITE A  FEW.
  • 10:14 THAT'S SOWING A SEED DEEP IN RICH SOIL.
  • 10:16    AND IN VERSE 21, >> THE LORD STARTS TO PROPHECY,
  • 10:19   HE HAS TO GO TO JERUSALEM.
  • 10:21   HE HAS TO BE CRUCIFIED AND RAISED AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY.
  • 10:23 AND PETER SAID,    "NO, DON'T LET IT HAPPEN.
  • 10:26 "I WON'T LET IT  HAPPEN TO YOU, LORD."
  • 10:27 HE MEANS WELL.
  • 10:28 THE LORD SAYS,  "GET THEE BEHIND ME."
  • 10:30   IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T SIDE WITH THE DEVIL AGAINST MY PLAN.
  • 10:33    THAT IS MY PLAN.
  • 10:37 AND THE THING YOU CAN'T GRASP,  AND CAN'T UNDERSTAND,
  • 10:39   HERE'S PETER WHO GAVE THIS MAGNIFICENT CONFESSION,
  • 10:41  THE STANDARD OF THE CHRISTIAN  CHURCH FOR ALL OF ITS HISTORY
  • 10:45 AND IN 2000 YEARS AND HE HEARD  THE STATEMENT OF JESUS AND HE
  • 10:49 REACTED TO IT AND LATER HE SAID,  "I DON'T EVEN KNOW THE MAN."
  • 11:13    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 11:16 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 11:20    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 11:24   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 11:27    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 11:31   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 11:34 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 11:39  WELL, YOU KNOW, GO TO ISRAEL  YOURSELF AND SEE IT.
  • 11:43 BECAUSE WE ARE LIMITED HERE TO  SHOWING IT WITH OUR COUPLE OF >>   CAMERAS.
  • 11:48   CNN AND THE NETWORKS >>   ARE COMMITTED TO >>CRITICIZING THE PLACE.
  • 11:51    THEY AREN'T GOING TO SHOW   YOU ANYTHING REALLY PRETTY.
  • 11:53    AND I WANT YOU TO SEE IT.
  • 11:55 IF NOT WITH US,  WITH SOME OTHER TOUR.
  • 11:57   BUT GET THERE IN THIS LIFE.
  • 11:59 WELL, RECENTLY, TOM, OUR SENIOR    THEOLOGIAN WENT TO BANIAS
  • 12:03  AND HE STOOD ABOUT A HUNDRED   YARDS BACK FROM WHERE I WAS
  • 12:07    IN THAT EARLIER FOOTAGE.
  • 12:09 SORT OF BY THE >>   FACE OF THE ROCK ITSELF.
  • 12:12 WE'LL BETTER UNDERSTAND JESUS' REFERENCE TO THE GATES OF HELL
  • 12:16  WHEN WE HEAR TOM'S TEACHING.
  • 12:19   HERE IS THE ACTUAL GROTTO OF THE GOD PAN.
  • 12:24   IT IS A LARGE CAVE  AND IN ANCIENT TIMES,
  • 12:27    THERE WAS A RIVER >>   BACK THAT WAS VERY DEEP.
  • 12:31    IT WAS CALLED THE RIVER OF THE ABYSS BACK THERE.
  • 12:35 AND THAT'S WHY THEY ASSOCIATED IT WITH THE RIVER STYX.
  • 12:39    IN FRONT OF THIS GROTTO, >>  THERE WAS A TEMPLE
  • 12:43    AND THEY MADE SACRIFICES >>IN THIS TEMPLE TO THE GOD PAN.
  • 12:50 AND THE SACRIFICIAL ANIMALS WERE   THROWN OFF INTO THE ABYSS, INTO THE RIVER.
  • 12:58 IT WAS A MAJOR PART OF  PAGAN WORSHIP IN THOSE DAYS.
  • 13:04  AND AS WE MOVE ALONG,   THIS WHOLE SANCTUARY AREA,
  • 13:08 WE FIND A DEEP NICHE RIGHT HERE  THAT IS THE NICHE OF WORSHIP
  • 13:16 OF THE GOD PAN WITH --    IN ANCIENT TIMES,
  • 13:19  THERE WAS A STATUTE THERE AND PEOPLE WOULD CONGREGATE OUTSIDE
  • 13:24   OF THIS NICHE AREA  AND WORSHIP THE SHEPHERD GOD.
  • 13:28   THE GOD THAT WAS IN  THE FORM OF A MAN AND A GOAT.
  • 13:32   THEY WOULD WORSHIP   HIM IN THIS NICHE.
  • 13:36 AND THE WHOLE AREA HERE WAS A CAMPUS OF WORSHIP TO THE GOD PAN.
  • 13:43   NEXT TO THIS GENERAL AREA,  THERE WAS THE TEMPLE OF ZEUS.
  • 13:49   AND YOU GO ON AND THERE ARE  OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE TO DO
  • 13:53   WITH THE WORSHIP OF PAN AND THE DANCING GOATS AND ALL OF THE
  • 13:57 THINGS THAT WERE A PART  OF THE WORSHIP OF THE GOD PAN
  • 14:02 AND IN MOST IDOLATROUS AREA OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL DURING THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 14:25 HERE WE ARE AT THE VERY GATES OF HELL AS JESUS WAS SAYING ALL OF
  • 14:30 THIS TO HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 14:32   AND IN THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE  GREEKS, THIS WAS WHERE A DEAD
  • 14:37   PERSON ENTERED INTO HADES,  INTO THE RIVER STIX.
  • 14:42  AND THIS WAS MORE OR LESS THE GATE THROUGH WHICH HE ENTERED.
  • 14:48    BUT JESUS SAID, "WITH THE >>   REVELATION THAT YOU HAVE >>RECEIVED, PETER, AND DISCIPLES,
  • 14:54 "YOU ARE GOING TO BE BUILT UPON THIS ROCK AND THE GATES OF HELL
  • 15:02    "WILL NOT PREVAIL >>   AGAINST THIS TESTIMONY."
  • 15:05   THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT   PREVAIL AGAINST THIS TRUTH
  • 15:11 OF THE DEITY AND THE MESSIAHSHIP    OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
  • 15:18  WELL, ALL OF THAT CAME OUT IN   THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS JESUS
  • 15:24 AND HIS THREE CLOSEST DISCIPLES, HIS SORT OF "IN" GROUP,
  • 15:28  PETER, JAMES AND JOHN WENT UP   THE HIGH MOUNTAIN,   PERHAPS MT. HERMON.
  • 15:34   IN THE BACKGROUND WHERE THE >>   HILLS BEGAN TO SLOPE UP.
  • 15:42   MANY THOUSANDS OF FEET HERE BEHIND US AT BANIAS AND HE TOOK
  • 15:48   THEM TO THE TRANSFIGURATION OF HIS PERSON.
  • 15:53   HIS VERY DEITY SHOWN FORTH.
  • 15:56  WHAT HAD BEEN HIDDEN THROUGH THE CLOTHING OF HIS HUMAN BODY.
  • 16:02   AND VERY MUCH HIDDEN IN HIS   WEAKNESS AS A HUMAN WAS NOW SHINING FORTH.
  • 16:09  AND WAS BEING   REVEALED TO HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 16:15 NOW, YOU KNOW, THE SAME QUESTION   THAT HE ASKED THE DISCIPLES
  • 16:21   IS BEING ASKED OF US TODAY.
  • 16:24   AND TO YOU, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT THE SON OF MAN IS?
  • 16:30  DO YOU THINK  HE'S JUST A PROPHET?
  • 16:32    DO YOU THINK HE'S >>   JUST A NICE MAN?
  • 16:34    DO YOU THINK HE'S  JUST A GOOD TEACHER?
  • 16:37  OR HAS THE FATHER REVEALED TO   YOU THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH,
  • 16:43   THE CHRIST,   THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD?
  • 16:47  IF HE'S REVEALED THAT TO YOU,
  • 16:49   IT CERTAINLY HASN'T BEEN BY  ANYTHING ANY HUMAN HAS DONE.
  • 16:54 IT HASN'T BEEN  BY ANYTHING ANYBODY TOLD YOU
  • 16:56    OR PERSUADED YOU.
  • 16:58    IT IS BECAUSE THE FATHER >>HAS REVEALED IT TO YOU.
  • 17:06 TOM'S TEACHING IS ALWAYS INFORMATIVE.
  • 17:08  BUT YOU KNOW,  HE BROKE HIS ANKLE UP THERE.
  • 17:10  HE TURNED AROUND RIGHT AFTER   THAT AND SLIPPED ON A ROCK
  • 17:13  AND I WONDER IF IT'S NOT JUST SPIRITUAL WARFARE BECAUSE OF ALL
  • 17:16   THAT HE DISCLOSED UP THERE   ABOUT SATAN AND HIS WORKS.
  • 17:21 ANYWAY, THANKS TO THOSE  OF YOU WHO PICKED UP THE HINT
  • 17:25  AND WROTE IN AND HELPED DEFER THE EXPENSE IN FLYING HIM HOME
  • 17:28    FIRST CLASS AND SO FORTH,   HE'S OKAY.
  • 17:31 HE WORE A CAST FOR A WHILE AND  HAD SURGERY AND CAME THROUGH
  • 17:34   LIKE A TROOPER AND   ALWAYS A SMILE ON HIS FACE.
  • 17:36   YOU KNOW, SPEAKING  OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE.
  • 17:39    THIS IS GOING ON >>IN TEL AVIV THESE DAYS.
  • 17:42   THE MESSIANICS ARE  OPPOSED BY THE ORTHODOX JEWS.
  • 17:45    OH, BOY, THEY ARE   ON OPPOSITE POLES.
  • 17:47  AND KEN BERG OUR PRODUCER NOW TAKES US TO DUGIT IN TEL AVIV,
  • 17:52  THIS IS A COFFEE SHOP AND BOOKSTORE.
  • 17:55   DUGIT HAS REFERENCE  TO A SMALL FISHING BOAT WHICH
  • 17:59   IS AN EXCELLENT IMAGE FOR A PLACE WHERE EVANGELISM IS DONE.
  • 18:14 PEOPLE FROM THE STREET.
  • 18:15    PEOPLE WHO DON'T    KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT GOD,
  • 18:19  THEY COME IN  FOR THE CUP OF COFFEE
  • 18:24  OR BECAUSE OF THE BIG SIGN WE   HAVE AND THEY LOOK
  • 18:26 AND THEY SEE MESSIANIC, MESSIANIC WHAT IS THAT?
  • 18:31 AND MANY PEOPLE COME IN SAYING >>   WHAT ARE YOU GUYS ABOUT?
  • 18:34   WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT, YES.
  • 18:36 SO THE TERM "MESSIANIC" >>   IS NOT NECESSARILY KNOWN
  • 18:38    HERE IN TEL AVIV,  THERE'S A QUESTION AS TO WHAT
  • 18:42    MESSIANIC MEANS;    IS THAT CORRECT?
  • 18:44 ABSOLUTELY NOT.
  • 18:45    IF I WERE TO COME IN HERE  AND ASK YOU AS SOMEONE LIVING
  • 18:49 HERE IN TEL AVIV, WELL, A JEWISH   PERSON, WHAT IS MESSIANIC?
  • 18:52   WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
  • 18:53  I WOULD SAY WE ARE MESSIANICS AND WE ARE ETHNIC JEWS.
  • 19:00   MY MOTHER IS JEWISH >>   AND MY FATHER IS JEWISH.
  • 19:03    AND I BELIEVE THAT JESUS,
  • 19:05    HE'S THE MESSIAH >>FOR JEWS AND GENTILES.
  • 19:10  THEY SAY, ARE YOU CHRISTIANS?
  • 19:13 AND I SAY, NOT EXACTLY.
  • 19:16    SAY WHAT IS THAT >>   SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
  • 19:19   AND THAT LEADS TO THE WHOLE   WITNESSING PROCESS.
  • 19:21 HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT SOMETIMES THOSE WHO WOULD NOT OBVIOUSLY GO
  • 19:26 ALONG WITH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING  AND THEY ARE STANDING OUTSIDE
  • 19:29   AND TRYING TO TELL   PEOPLE OTHERWISE, I GUESS.
  • 19:32 SOMETIMES IT IS REALLY   DISTRACTING
  • 19:34   AND SOMETIMES IT IS   VERY DISCOURAGING.
  • 19:37  I MEAN, WE HAVE SEEN HERE SO   MANY TESTIMONIES OF PEOPLE
  • 19:40 COMING TO THE LORD IN SPITE OF  WHAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE DOING.
  • 19:44   AND SO I AM JUST HOLDING ONTO THAT.
  • 19:48  SHAUL, WILL YOU TELL ME HOW YOU   CAME TO YOUR FAITH IN JESUS?
  • 19:52  THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE  THAT WERE ON THE WAY TO YESHUA,
  • 19:57  I'M SURE THAT THEY PRAYED.
  • 20:00 AND THE LAST LINK THAT I CAME TO YESHUA IS THAT ONE DAY AFTER
  • 20:06   BEING IN A CONCERT    OF STEVIE WONDER,
  • 20:08 I SAW AN EVANGELIST GOT BEATEN    BY SOME RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.
  • 20:13    ORTHODOX PEOPLE?
  • 20:15 YES, AND I WAS   IN SHOCK FROM THAT.
  • 20:20 PEOPLE THAT HIT PEOPLE AND HIT THE MAN
  • 20:22 JUST BECAUSE HE   WAS SHARING BOOKS.
  • 20:25 AND AFTERWARDS, I STARTED TO INTERFERE WITH THEM
  • 20:30  AND THEN WHEN WE GO,  WHEN THEY GO,
  • 20:32  I STARTED TO SPEAK WITH HIM.
  • 20:36   AND HE START TO SPEAK VERY CALMLY AND VERY KINDLY
  • 20:38   ABOUT YESHUA, ABOUT JESUS.
  • 20:41  AND I WAS IN SHOCK FROM THAT.
  • 20:44 AND SO I ASKED >>   FOR MORE STUFF FROM HIM.
  • 20:47    AND HE GAVE ME HIS BOOK.
  • 20:49  AND AFTER READING HIS BOOKS,   I JUST -- JUST COMPARED IT
  • 20:54 WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT I HAVE IN  THE HOUSE FROM THE ARMY TIME,
  • 21:00 AND SINCE THEN, GOD OPENED MY EYES AND MY HEART
  • 21:05  AND I STARTED TO READ ALL OF THE BOOKS OF THE PROPHETS
  • 21:08   AND I STARTED FROM GENESIS.
  • 21:11 AFTER A WHILE,  I TALKED WITH DAMKANI
  • 21:16    AGAIN IN SHABBAT >>AND HE INVITED ME TO THE HOUSE.
  • 21:20   DAMKANI WAS THE EVANGELIST?
  • 21:21   DAMKANI WAS  THE EVANGELIST, YEAH.
  • 21:23 AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS    A MEETING OF CONGREGATION
  • 21:29    AND I WAS IMPRESSED VERY >> MUCH FROM THE KINDLY PEOPLE.
  • 21:33    I THOUGHT ALL OF THE TIME  THAT THOSE MESSIANIC JEWISH,
  • 21:37   THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING.
  • 21:39   SO I WANTED TO KNOW  WHAT THEY ARE HIDING.
  • 21:42    AND SO I WAS SURPRISED TO    REALIZE THAT THERE WAS NO HIDING.
  • 21:45    ACTUALLY THERE WAS TRUTH >>  AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.
  • 21:49  AND I JUST OUT OF SUSPICIOUS, BECAUSE ALL OF THE TIME WE ARE
  • 21:54   TAUGHT NOT TO OPEN   THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 21:57 AND THAT BOOK DOES NOT  BELONG TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 22:00  AND EDUCATION >>   ACTUALLY FROM CHILDHOOD,
  • 22:03 I WAS ALL OF THE TIME TERRIFIED >>   TO GO FURTHER THAN THAT.
  • 22:08  AND AFTER TALKING WITH JEWISH WOMAN AND ABOUT HER TESTIMONY,
  • 22:13 EVERYTHING WAS SO CLEAR TO ME.
  • 22:15   AND SO I DECIDED TO ACCEPT    YESHUA TO MY HEART
  • 22:18 AND AFTER I ACCEPT HIM, WHEN I PRAYED,
  • 22:21 I FELT THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
  • 22:24  AND I FELT THE TOUCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MY HEART.
  • 22:28 AND FOR THREE HOURS, I WAS OUT  THERE IN UNBELIEVABLE REALITY
  • 22:34  AND I FELT SAFE AND PROTECTED   AND EVERYTHING WAS CHANGED    FROM THAT MOMENT.
  • 22:40    WHY DO YOU THINK >> SO MANY DON'T SEE IT?
  • 22:43   A PART OF IT IS EDUCATION.
  • 22:47  ACTUALLY ME AS A MAN,   AS AN ISRAELI GUY,
  • 22:50    WHEN I WAS YOUNG,   I WAS TAUGHT NOT TO  EVEN TOUCH THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 22:57   UNTIL I WAS SAVED, >>   I DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE
  • 23:00   TO OPEN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 23:04 AND WE WERE TAUGHT THAT   ACTUALLY, THE BLAME OF THE
  • 23:09  HOLOCAUST AND ALL OF THE BAD   THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO THE
  • 23:13   JEWISH NATION, AS A NATION,
  • 23:16 AS A COUNTRY IS JUST BECAUSE OF YESHUA.
  • 23:21  JUST BECAUSE OF HIM, ANTISEMITISM STARTED TO HAPPEN.
  • 23:26 EVERYTHING IS EDUCATION FROM THE DAY THAT WE STARTED TO STUDY IN
  • 23:31  SCHOOL AND EVEN BEFORE THAT, FROM OUR MOTHER'S WOMB.
  • 23:35    WHAT DO YOU FRIENDS THINK   AND YOUR FAMILY ABOUT THIS >>   NEW FAITH THAT YOU HAVE?
  • 23:39 FIRST, THEY REALLY REJECTED THAT   AND HATED WHAT I HAVE DONE.
  • 23:44  THEY THOUGHT  THAT I WAS A TRAITOR.
  • 23:47    MY FATHER DIDN'T WANT TO >>EAT WITH ME AT THE SAME TABLE.
  • 23:50   MY MOTHER THOUGHT, SHE SAID  THAT THIS IS NOT REPENTANCE.
  • 23:53    IF I WANT TO GET,    TO GO AND REPENT,
  • 23:56 I SHOULD GO TO A SYNAGOGUE AND DO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT RABBI ORDERED TO DO.
  • 24:01 AND I SHOW HER THROUGH   THE SCRIPTURES EVERYTHING.
  • 24:04 I TOLD HER THAT REPENTANCE CAN COME ONLY WITH THE POWER OF GOD.
  • 24:08 AND FIRST, THEY  DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT SO MUCH.
  • 24:12  AND THEY CALLED ME ALL OF THE >>   TIME THAT I AM A TRAITOR
  • 24:15   AND I AM A SHUMATE AND MANY  BAD NAMES, BUT AFTER A WHILE,
  • 24:20 MY PARENTS CAME TO THE    CONGREGATION AND THEY SAW
  • 24:25  THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
  • 24:28   IT IS NOT A CHURCH.
  • 24:29  IT IS NOT SOMETHING I HAVE TO  BE A MONK FOR ALL OF MY LIFE
  • 24:35  AND ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT    THEY SEE IN MOVIES OR TV.
  • 24:38 THEY SAW THIS IS SOMETHING REAL, DEEP, AND REAL FRANK AND STRONG.
  • 24:47  AND THEY REACTED AFTER THAT,  THERE WAS SOMETIMES THEY WERE
  • 24:51   OCCASION OF DISAGREEMENTS, BUT THEY REALIZED THAT NOW THEY
  • 24:55 REALIZE IT IS A PART OF MY LIFE,  A VERY, VERY PART, DEEP THING
  • 25:02 AND VERY DEEP THING IN MY LIFE.
  • 25:17    [ music playing ]
  • 25:47   ISRAEL IS CERTAINLY  STILL A PLACE OF REVELATION.
  • 25:49 WE CAN SEE THAT  AND ALSO OF CONFLICT.
  • 25:51  WE CAN SEE THAT, TOO.
  • 25:53    YOU KNOW, ANOTHER MEANING  OF JESUS STANDING UP THERE AT
  • 25:56  CEASAREA-PHILIPPI AND SAYING,
  • 25:58 "UPON THIS ROCK >>   I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH,"
  • 26:00 PICTURE THAT ROCK THE WAY IT WAS WITH THE STATUES OF PAN AND THE
  • 26:03  OTHER GODS ALL OVER IT IN THE BACKDROP BEHIND HIM AS HE SPOKE.
  • 26:08 AND HE IS SAYING ON THIS GREEK AND ROMAN PAGANISM WILL I BUILD   MY CHURCH.
  • 26:13   I WILL BRING THE TRUTH AND  SUPERIMPOSE IT ON THEIR GODS.
  • 26:16 AND INDEED, IN GREECE AND ROME, THE CHURCH REALLY CAUGHT FIRE.
  • 26:20  THAT'S HOW IT   GOT TO EUROPE AND AMERICA.
  • 26:23   IT STARTED FIRST IN ISRAEL.
  • 26:25    BUT THE CHURCH WAS BUILT >>  REALLY IN GREECE AND ROME.
  • 26:28    ON THAT ROCK, SO TO SAY.
  • 26:30    WELL, NATIONAL SALVATION >>  AWAITS HIS RETURN.
  • 26:33 ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED AT THE END.
  • 26:35   ALL OF ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED
  • 26:36   WHEN THE DELIVERER SHALL COME OUT OF ZION,
  • 26:38   PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 11:26.
  • 26:41  WHEN THEY SHALL LOOK UPON HIM   WHOM THEY PIERCED,   IN ZECHARIAH 12:10.
  • 26:45   BUT IT'S A SHAME TO   MAKE THE JEWS WAIT THOUGH.
  • 26:49    MY GOSH, THE TRIBULATION,   ARMAGEDDON, THE ANTICHRIST,
  • 26:52    ALL OF THAT WHEN >>  WE CAN WITNESS TO THEM NOW.
  • 26:55 AND BRING THEM WITH US IN THE RAPTURE.
  • 26:57   GO AHEAD, EVEN IF YOU FAIL,
  • 26:59   YOU HAVE PICKED ONE   OF THE 144,000 IN THE TIME
  • 27:03 OF REVELATION I SUPPOSE   IF YOU WITNESS TO THEM NOW.
  • 27:05  SO MEANWHILE,   WE NEED TO HONOR THE CHOSEN
  • 27:08  PEOPLE AND WE NEED TO >>   WITNESS TO THEM.
  • 27:10  AND GET THIS SERIES,
  • 27:12 THAT'S A START.
  • 27:14   LEARN ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 27:15    AND SEE HOW IT REALLY IS.
  • 27:16    NOT THE WAY THEY SHOW IT
  • 27:17    ON THE NETWORKS.
  • 27:18 THIS IS ISRAEL,
  • 27:19   12 PROGRAMS IN ALL.
  • 27:20   VERY GOOD TESTIMONY
  • 27:21  AND VERY GOOD BIBLE LESSONS.
  • 27:23  ALSO GET OUR   LEVITT LETTER AND CATALOG.
  • 27:26 THOSE ARE ALWAYS FREE.
  • 27:27  JUST SEND US YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.
  • 27:29   AND WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE
  • 27:30   THE GIFTS OF FUNDS, FOLKS.
  • 27:32 THIS IS HOW WE REALLY ARE ABLE
  • 27:34  TO TAKE A TV CREW ALL
  • 27:35   THE WAY TO ISRAEL,
  • 27:36 ALL OF THESE PLACES AND ALL OF
  • 27:37 THE PROBLEMS THAT THAT INVOLVES.
  • 27:39 IT IS QUITE EXPENSIVE,
  • 27:40   BUT WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT.
  • 27:43   AND AS YOU PRAY ABOUT THAT.
  • 27:47 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:48 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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  • 31:16 WHAT A PROGRAM WE HAVE FOR YOU TODAY.
  • 31:18   WE'RE GOING TO THE SITE OF THE BIBLICAL CEASAREA-PHILIPPI,
  • 31:22  IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,  AND THEN THE OPPOSITE
  • 31:25   TO MODERN TEL AVIV   TO A MESSIANIC COFFEE SHOP
  • 31:28  AND BOOKSTORE COMING UP NEXT.
  • 31:30    [ music playing ]
  • 32:02    [ music playing ]
  • 32:09    ISRAEL IS REALLY >>A PLACE OF REVELATION.
  • 32:11 THAT'S WHAT IT  IS ABOVE ALL THINGS.
  • 32:12   THERE GOD REVEALED HIMSELF
  • 32:15  THROUGH BOTH THE OLD   AND NEW TESTAMENTS.
  • 32:18 AND HE'S REVEALING HIMSELF THERE TODAY WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN
  • 32:21    ISRAEL OBVIOUSLY    FOR THE LAST GENERATION.
  • 32:24   AND THIS IS A VERY >>   IMPORTANT POINT.
  • 32:26 THE NEWS NETWORKS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT GOD OR THE BIBLE OR THAT
  • 32:29 ISRAEL IS THE SPECIAL PROMISED  LAND AND GOD IS ACTIVE THERE.
  • 32:35 THE SEMINARIES, DALLAS, MOODY,
  • 32:37  AND THE ONES  WE HAVE CRITICIZED LATELY --
  • 32:40    THAT'S THE FIRST >> LINE OF CRITICISM --
  • 32:43   IS THEY HAVE DE-EMPHASIZED  ISRAEL UNTIL THEIR GRADUATES
  • 32:45  ARE NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE   ABOUT THE PLACE EVEN THOUGH
  • 32:47    AT THE SAME TIME, THEY SAY THEY KNOW GOD
  • 32:50 IS WORKING THERE AND SO FORTH.

Episodes in this series

  1. A Place of Birth
  2. A Place of New Life
  3. A Place of Opportunity
  4. A Place Among Nations
  5. A Place of Blessing
  6. A Place of Healing
  7. A Place of Revelation
  8. A Voice to the Nations
  9. A Place to Call Home
  10. A Place of Peace
  11. A Place of Still Waters
  12. A Place for the King
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