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Episode: “The Kingdom Begins”
Viewing the Temple Mount, Zola teaches about the beginning of Messiah’s thousand-year reign on Earth and day-to-day life in the Messianic Kingdom. Discussion: The Jews and Israel are central to God’s plan.
Series: “Thy Kingdom Come (2018)”
The Future of Believers
Originally produced in 2001 and now refreshed with improved sound and picture quality, each of the 12 programs of Thy Kingdom Come searches Bible prophecy to reveal the glorious future events awaiting all Believers in Messiah. In the studio, David and Kirsten Hart introduce Zola Levitt’s timeless, on-location teachings and his original music, with analysis from senior theologian, Dr. Jeffrey Seif.

Caption transcript for Thy Kingdom Come (2018): “The Kingdom Begins” (7/12)

  • 00:01 David Hart: As we watch the news these days,
  • 00:02 we see that our world is fallen and flawed.
  • 00:05 Ever hope for a better world?
  • 00:07 That day and kingdom is coming.
  • 00:09 Find out more about that today on "Zola Levitt Presents."
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  • 00:18 male announcer: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
  • 00:20 for Israel is that they might be saved.
  • 00:24 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
  • 00:27 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:30 that call upon him."
  • 00:32 "Zola Levitt Presents."
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  • 00:50 David: Thank you for joining us on "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:51 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:53 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:54 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:55 David: We are in the middle of our series,
  • 00:57 "Thy Kingdom Come," which first aired in 2001
  • 00:59 with our founder Zola Levitt.
  • 01:01 We have our senior theologian.
  • 01:05 It's a great title for you, fits you perfectly.
  • 01:07 Jeffrey: It means I'm over 60.
  • 01:08 Kirsten: We don't have any kind of title like that,
  • 01:10 so that's a good title.
  • 01:12 David: Great to have you with us.
  • 01:13 Jeffrey: You're not that old.
  • 01:14 Hey, it's great to be with you too.
  • 01:16 And what a program to be on, by the way,
  • 01:17 to look at things to come.
  • 01:19 Kirsten: A thousand years.
  • 01:21 A thousand years in Jerusalem, he'll be reigning.
  • 01:24 What in the world does that look like?
  • 01:25 Jeffrey: It's hard to grasp.
  • 01:27 People don't talk about it. We will.
  • 01:28 Kirsten: I think it's the best.
  • 01:30 I think it's--so, will we be old?
  • 01:32 Will we just remain at a certain age?
  • 01:35 What is 1,000 years?
  • 01:37 Jeffrey: Honey, you're timeless.
  • 01:38 The rest of us might age.
  • 01:39 You shouldn't worry. It's gonna be good.
  • 01:41 We're gonna have a look at the book and find out
  • 01:43 with Zola Levitt.
  • 01:45 David: That's right.
  • 01:46 Right now, let's go to Zola in Israel.
  • 01:49 Zola Levitt: Well, the kingdom, the thousand-year
  • 01:52 reign, the thing we're gonna pray for, "Thy Kingdom Come,"
  • 01:55 this is germane to the Christian life.
  • 01:58 We don't talk enough about it in the church,
  • 02:00 but Luke 12:31-32 says, "But rather seek ye the kingdom
  • 02:04 of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • 02:08 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure
  • 02:12 to give you the kingdom."
  • 02:14 The kingdom is gonna be a wonderful age to live in,
  • 02:16 my goodness.
  • 02:18 The population basically will start out with all believers.
  • 02:22 Old Testament saints, I mean from the Garden of Eden
  • 02:25 all the way through, then the entire Christian church.
  • 02:30 All the believers translated in the rapture came back
  • 02:34 with the Lord.
  • 02:35 We were in heaven with the Lord for the judgment seat of the
  • 02:37 righteous and the wedding to the Lord, and then we return
  • 02:39 in the second coming to start the kingdom along with
  • 02:43 the resurrected Old Testament saints.
  • 02:46 And the third group will be the sheep, the martyrs of the
  • 02:49 Tribulation period, the ones who were beheaded for their faith,
  • 02:55 and also the living of the time when the Lord holds
  • 03:00 the sheep and goats' judgment.
  • 03:02 The people alive who have not taken the number of the beast
  • 03:08 and somehow survive the Tribulation will be designated
  • 03:11 as sheep and taken to the kingdom.
  • 03:13 The believers who were beheaded
  • 03:14 will be resurrected at this time,
  • 03:16 like the Old Testament saints, and also taken to the kingdom.
  • 03:20 So on day one of the kingdom, we'll have a society
  • 03:24 entirely of believers.
  • 03:28 But you know, these people that came in in their natural bodies
  • 03:30 from the Tribulation, the sheep, if a woman is pregnant
  • 03:34 and she has her baby on day two, that is the first unbeliever
  • 03:38 in the kingdom.
  • 03:40 And so it will be, people in natural bodies who did not go in
  • 03:42 the rapture, who were not changed for immortality will
  • 03:47 marry and give in marriage right along, and they will have
  • 03:51 a great many children.
  • 03:52 There will be no death in the kingdom, or very little death.
  • 03:56 The prophet says it'll be a shame for a man to die
  • 03:58 at 100 years old.
  • 04:00 Most people survive the entire 1,000-year kingdom.
  • 04:04 Therefore, there is an ever-growing population of
  • 04:07 unbelievers in the kingdom.
  • 04:10 People suppose it's a time of bliss and so forth.
  • 04:12 There is a time of bliss coming, which is eternity,
  • 04:15 but the kingdom has some unbelievers.
  • 04:17 Naturally, the pressure'll be on them to be saved
  • 04:20 and they probably will be saved.
  • 04:23 Jesus Christ, I guess, will be on television every night.
  • 04:25 He'll be in the temple in Jerusalem.
  • 04:28 He'll be here in this city which I didn't introduce to you
  • 04:31 because I'm sure you know it.
  • 04:33 This is Jerusalem and this is the heart of the kingdom.
  • 04:38 Now, Daniel 7:13-14 says, "I saw in the night visions, and,
  • 04:44 behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
  • 04:48 and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him
  • 04:51 near before him."
  • 04:53 This is a parallel to the Revelation scenes of the throne
  • 04:57 room in heaven, and here's the Son coming before the Father.
  • 05:00 And it says, "And there was given him dominion, and glory,
  • 05:03 and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should
  • 05:07 serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
  • 05:10 which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which
  • 05:14 shall not be destroyed.
  • 05:16 So, the kingdom goes on.
  • 05:18 Nobody can stop it, nobody can hurt it, and it is for us.
  • 05:23 This indeed is the time that the meek shall inherit the earth.
  • 05:28 This is exactly the meaning of that.
  • 05:32 Dwight Pentecost wrote a magnificent article in his
  • 05:36 "Things to Come," and I just wanted to quote from it
  • 05:39 because it's said so well.
  • 05:41 "This Millennial time period," he wrote, "looked at from the
  • 05:45 Father's side will be the public earthly honoring of His Son
  • 05:48 just where men dishonored Him on this earth.
  • 05:51 It will be the carrying out of God's promises to His Son,
  • 05:54 and the prophecies concerning Him, to," quote, "give unto Him
  • 05:57 the throne of His father David," unquote.
  • 06:01 "It is the final trial of sinful man on this earth
  • 06:04 before the earth is destroyed.
  • 06:05 It will be God's answer of the prayer of his saints: 'Thy
  • 06:08 Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'
  • 06:11 Looked at from the perspective of Christ it is the time after
  • 06:14 His long patience, He receives the kingdom of the world,
  • 06:18 which He has been constantly 'expecting,' there at God's
  • 06:20 right hand, and He will reign in righteousness.
  • 06:23 At last He will be able to confer upon the meek of the
  • 06:26 earth the place and inheritance He ever loved to promise them!
  • 06:30 He will share all His kingly honors with His saints."
  • 06:34 And so, Luke 11:2 says, "And he said unto them,
  • 06:37 When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven,
  • 06:40 Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
  • 06:42 Thy will be done, in heaven, as it is on earth."
  • 06:46 This wonderful prayer, the Lord's prayer,
  • 06:49 is about the kingdom.
  • 06:50 That's exactly its subject.
  • 06:53 Isaiah covers the government of the kingdom in this manner,
  • 06:57 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
  • 07:01 government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be
  • 07:04 called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God,
  • 07:06 The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • 07:09 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall
  • 07:11 be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,
  • 07:14 to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
  • 07:19 from henceforth even for ever.
  • 07:21 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
  • 07:24 So, that should introduce the kingdom.
  • 07:27 And when I come back, I'm gonna tell you a couple of events that
  • 07:30 happened just after the second coming when the Lord
  • 07:34 first establishes the kingdom to come.
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  • 08:57 David: I think Zola would be so happy right now to know
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  • 09:09 Right now, let's go back to Zola's teaching in Jerusalem.
  • 09:14 Zola: Well, you know, Daniel gives a kind of schedule of two
  • 09:17 events at the beginning of the kingdom, or we might say just
  • 09:21 after the second coming, and I was playing with those.
  • 09:25 If you know something about the Jewish calendar and when
  • 09:28 the various feasts occur, you can come up with
  • 09:31 an interesting conclusion.
  • 09:32 And I'm not insisting on this as doctrine, it's just, like I say,
  • 09:36 I was playing with the numbers.
  • 09:37 Daniel 12:11-12 says, "And from the time that the daily
  • 09:42 sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh
  • 09:46 desolate set up," that's the midpoint of the Tribulation
  • 09:49 when the antichrist goes in and blasphemes in the temple.
  • 09:53 The Lord called the abomination of desolation,
  • 09:56 and also the prophet Daniel.
  • 09:58 "There shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days,"
  • 10:02 1,290 days after that midpoint.
  • 10:06 Then it says, "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh
  • 10:08 to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days,"
  • 10:12 1,335 days after that midpoint of the Tribulation.
  • 10:17 Well, what I came up with was this.
  • 10:21 The end of the Tribulation would really be
  • 10:24 1,260 past the blasphemy of the antichrist.
  • 10:28 That's exactly half of a 7-year period with 30-day months,
  • 10:32 and that's actually given in Revelation 11, 1,260 days
  • 10:37 is a half Tribulation period.
  • 10:39 Well, if he wants 1,290 days so it extends 30 days
  • 10:43 into the kingdom, so to speak.
  • 10:45 And then his second number, 1,335 days, that extends
  • 10:49 to 75 days into the kingdom.
  • 10:53 And I started to wonder what events might happen
  • 10:57 at those times.
  • 10:59 There really are two things that have to happen
  • 11:00 as the kingdom gets underway.
  • 11:02 Number one, that judgment of the sheep and the goats.
  • 11:04 When the Lord comes back in the second coming, all the souls
  • 11:08 on earth that are alive have to be gathered before him
  • 11:12 and he judges them, separates the sheep from the goats.
  • 11:17 And the sheep go into the kingdom, the goats are bound
  • 11:19 with Satan 1,000 years until the great white throne of judgment
  • 11:24 at the end of the kingdom.
  • 11:26 Well, he sets up that throne, I supposed, on the 30-day mark,
  • 11:31 and then the second event would be the dedication
  • 11:35 of the kingdom itself, of his millennial temple,
  • 11:38 of the real start of the thing.
  • 11:40 Like Solomon dedicating his temple if you remember, like the
  • 11:45 feast of dedication that they did at rededication when
  • 11:50 the Maccabees overthrew the Greco-Syrians in 165 B.C.,
  • 11:57 and so he would dedicate his kingdom temple
  • 12:00 with a special ceremony.
  • 12:03 Well, from there, I decided, well, the end of the kingdom,
  • 12:06 we know when the second coming is.
  • 12:08 It's on a day of atonement, because in Zechariah 12:10 it
  • 12:12 says, "Israel will look upon him whom they've pierced and mourn
  • 12:15 for him as for an only son, and a fountain of cleansing will be
  • 12:18 open until the house of David."
  • 12:20 Paul says, "All Israel will be saved when the deliverer
  • 12:22 shall come out of Zion."
  • 12:24 So the second coming is on a day of atonement,
  • 12:29 and we know the date.
  • 12:30 It's the tenth day of the seventh month.
  • 12:32 That's the day of atonement every year.
  • 12:34 So, to get to the 30-day mark, we just go over to the 10th day
  • 12:38 of the 8th month.
  • 12:40 Now, that I think is when the Lord sets up that throne of
  • 12:42 judgment, 30 days, answering to the idea that David was 30 when
  • 12:48 he began to reign, Solomon was 30 when he began to reign, the
  • 12:51 Lord was 30 when he began his earthly ministry of teaching.
  • 12:55 Thirty seems to be, in Jewish culture and most every culture,
  • 12:59 the age of the career maturity of a man, you might say.
  • 13:04 A man could drive a car at 16, and he can vote at 21, but we
  • 13:09 know that he should be about 30 before he's found his career.
  • 13:13 And Jesus as the great judge in the kingdom then comes
  • 13:16 to his throne, let's say at the 30-day period.
  • 13:19 More compelling though is the 75 days.
  • 13:22 If you go from the 10th day of the 7th month, 30 days would be
  • 13:26 the 10th day of the 8th month, 30 more days, making 60 the 10th
  • 13:30 day of the 9th month, then you need 15 more days to make up 75.
  • 13:35 That would be the 25th day of the 9th month.
  • 13:38 The 25th of Kislev.
  • 13:40 That's not just any day, that's Hanukkah.
  • 13:43 That's the feast of dedication.
  • 13:45 Jesus celebrated it.
  • 13:46 In John 10:22 it says, "It was winter and he came down
  • 13:49 to Jerusalem for the feast of dedication."
  • 13:52 That feast is when they rededicated the temple after
  • 13:56 Antiochus, and it will be evidently the day that Christ
  • 14:00 will dedicate his memorial temple on earth,
  • 14:04 his ruling house in the kingdom to come.
  • 14:06 That's my guess as to what those numbers in Daniel refer to.
  • 14:10 Now, the government will be set up and it will be righteous
  • 14:14 for a change.
  • 14:15 Oh, won't that be nice?
  • 14:17 And there's quite a bit of commentary in Scripture on not
  • 14:20 just the king, but on the people that assist him in governing.
  • 14:24 Isaiah 11:4-9 describes the kingdom itself
  • 14:27 with these great passages.
  • 14:29 "With righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with
  • 14:31 equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite
  • 14:34 the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and the breath of his
  • 14:36 lips shall he slay the wicked."
  • 14:38 And then all the passages that follow about the lion eating
  • 14:42 straw like the ox, and a child playing at the snake's den.
  • 14:46 And "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy
  • 14:50 mountain," the passage ends, "for the earth shall be full of
  • 14:53 the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
  • 14:57 What a wonderful time that'll be.
  • 15:00 And then in regard to these judges, princes, people that
  • 15:03 help the Lord govern, Ezekiel 45:8 says, "In the land shall be
  • 15:08 his possession in Israel: and my princes shall no more oppress my
  • 15:12 people; and the rest of the land shall they give to the house
  • 15:15 of Israel according to their tribes."
  • 15:17 It's a reference to the whole house of Israel which includes
  • 15:21 believers of all times.
  • 15:23 If the church is adopted and inherits the blessings of
  • 15:27 Israel, well, this is one of the inheritances,
  • 15:29 a portion of the land in Israel, and no more corrupt governors,
  • 15:34 or princes they call them, over these people,
  • 15:36 but perfectly righteous ones.
  • 15:40 The disciples were wondering if they could have position
  • 15:43 in the kingdom.
  • 15:44 They spoke to Jesus about it and he said in Matthew 19:28,
  • 15:48 "Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the
  • 15:51 regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his
  • 15:55 glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones,
  • 15:58 judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
  • 16:01 So, the disciples do have an important position
  • 16:03 in the kingdom to come.
  • 16:05 Zechariah 3:7 says, "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt
  • 16:09 walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge,
  • 16:12 then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep
  • 16:16 my courts, and I will give thee places
  • 16:19 to walk among these that stand by," an implication
  • 16:22 that all of us who follow him are rewarded
  • 16:24 in the kingdom to come.
  • 16:27 And that ends with a great verse, Zechariah 3:10, "In that
  • 16:31 day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his
  • 16:35 neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree."
  • 16:39 The Scofield Bible says, "Verse 10 marks the time
  • 16:41 of fulfillment as in the future kingdom.
  • 16:44 It speaks of a security which Israel has never known since
  • 16:47 the captivity, nor will know till the time
  • 16:50 the kingdom comes," and that's quite right.
  • 16:55 Israel now is in terrible tension, as you know.
  • 16:58 It sort of always has been.
  • 17:00 It's always been a difficult place to be and I think that's
  • 17:04 just because it's real interesting to the enemy of God.
  • 17:07 If he could somehow get rid of Jerusalem, get rid of the Jewish
  • 17:10 people, this Bible would be the relic book of an extinct people
  • 17:15 and of no interest.
  • 17:16 But as long as they're here and as long as they survive,
  • 17:18 and they will survive, you can count on this Bible being
  • 17:22 important to the whole world.
  • 17:24 Isaiah 26 wraps it up this way, "And I will restore thy judges
  • 17:28 as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning:
  • 17:32 afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness,
  • 17:36 the faithful city."
  • 17:38 This city that you see behind me is the capital of Israel today
  • 17:42 and will be the capital for 1,000 years of the kingdom
  • 17:46 to come.
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  • 19:06 announcer: Our resource this week,
  • 19:07 the Hebrew names of God cards.
  • 19:10 This collection includes 12 vibrant, high-quality art cards,
  • 19:14 each with Old and New Testament connections on the back,
  • 19:17 with Scripture and beautifully written devotionals.
  • 19:21 These art cards can be used for personal reflection, group
  • 19:24 discussion, or as a beautiful gift for your friend or pastor.
  • 19:29 For this resource and more, call 1-800-WONDERS
  • 19:32 or visit us at levitt.com.
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  • 20:09 Kirsten: The first time that we went to Israel, I remember
  • 20:12 someone on the tour bus telling us, in Jerusalem,
  • 20:17 "Pick out your place that you wanna live because you're
  • 20:20 gonna be here for 1,000 years."
  • 20:22 That's an amazing part of this program today
  • 20:26 that we're learning about the 1,000-year reign of Christ
  • 20:29 in Jerusalem, one city.
  • 20:32 And the greatest thing is we can go and you can go see
  • 20:36 that place where he will reign for 1,000 years.
  • 20:38 We go every year, two times a year.
  • 20:40 David: That's right.
  • 20:41 You can find all the information on levitt.com.
  • 20:43 Join us on a Zola Levitt tour.
  • 20:46 Kirsten: Dr. Seif right here with us, 1,000 years.
  • 20:49 I know at the beginning of the program I said,
  • 20:51 "Will we be young or old?"
  • 20:53 But I don't think it'll even matter, will it?
  • 20:54 David: What does it look like?
  • 20:56 Jeffrey: Well, it's tragic.
  • 20:57 In the world today, people don't wanna deal with Israel
  • 20:58 for 1,000 years.
  • 21:00 They don't wanna deal with it for 1,000 seconds.
  • 21:01 When the United Nations get together, the way they wanna
  • 21:03 deal with Israel is to dismiss it entirely.
  • 21:07 The problem isn't just with the world at large.
  • 21:09 The church at large is predisposed
  • 21:11 to just dismiss Israel.
  • 21:13 When Christian theology initially developed, Israel
  • 21:15 wasn't a player on the stage of nations and people
  • 21:18 thought God was all done, and you know,
  • 21:20 Israel was put to bed, put to rest.
  • 21:23 And theology developed in its Catholic, Orthodox, and
  • 21:26 Protestant varieties, but apparently God didn't read
  • 21:29 the books because Israel has re-emerged fortuitously,
  • 21:33 providentially in the end of days, and it's going to be a
  • 21:36 headquarters in the final of days, but that doesn't comport
  • 21:40 with the sensibilities of many Christians.
  • 21:43 Kirsten: It's almost like they've had a different Bible,
  • 21:45 because the 1,000-year reign of Christ in Jerusalem is
  • 21:48 in this Bible that they dismiss.
  • 21:50 Jeffrey: Right, it's noted specifically in Revelation.
  • 21:52 The devil's unleashed.
  • 21:54 There'll be 1,000--you know, he's bound up for 1,000 years
  • 21:57 and then unleashed.
  • 21:59 There's a period of success and prosperity.
  • 22:01 It's headquartered in Jerusalem.
  • 22:03 For as much as people talk about, "We're gotta go by what
  • 22:05 the Bible says, what the Bible says," they might mean it as far
  • 22:08 as salvation goes, but they don't mean it as far as the Jews
  • 22:11 go, and salvation is from the Jews, not only in century 1
  • 22:15 but in the world to come.
  • 22:17 That's one of the reasons why I think programs like this are
  • 22:20 important, because we wanna take a look at the book in a way
  • 22:23 that includes the Jewish people and their own story.
  • 22:27 And certainly if you look at Revelation, where you get the
  • 22:31 word "millennial kingdom," the early church
  • 22:34 was beholden to that.
  • 22:36 Through time and circumstance, millennialism fell out of vogue.
  • 22:40 It was dusted off and began emerging in the 1800s along
  • 22:43 with the state of Israel.
  • 22:45 I'm so pleased by that.
  • 22:47 When you look at Ezekiel, he gives voice to something of the
  • 22:49 world to come with the bounty and the beauty, gives voice
  • 22:54 to the centralization of Israel in Zechariah where
  • 22:58 the nations come.
  • 22:59 In fact, your son works with the International Christian Embassy
  • 23:02 Jerusalem, and people come now in advance
  • 23:05 of that world to come, correct?
  • 23:07 Kirsten: And they do, but I just--I guess we were
  • 23:11 raised you look forward to this 1,000 years.
  • 23:15 It's something exciting that we were taught, so I'm glad that we
  • 23:17 were in churches that taught about this kingdom.
  • 23:21 And the 1,000 years, I think about growing up as a child,
  • 23:24 we thought, you know, "Are we gonna go up and down?"
  • 23:27 I mean, is there an elevator, escalator, you know what I mean,
  • 23:29 that takes us from heaven down to earth?
  • 23:31 Are all believers on earth at that time?
  • 23:33 Jeffrey: I think there's a blank, you know?
  • 23:35 People look at religion to purchase fire insurance.
  • 23:37 I've accepted Christ.
  • 23:39 When I die, I'm with him and that's that.
  • 23:41 There's no interest beyond that, but the Bible doesn't just give
  • 23:44 voice to our own futures.
  • 23:46 The world doesn't revolve around us entirely.
  • 23:48 Maybe our old world--our own worlds do, but what's God
  • 23:51 up to in the world, not just our world, and what's the plan?
  • 23:55 And the Bible speaks to it.
  • 23:57 Many people don't, we do.
  • 23:58 That's why I thank you for helping us get the story out.
  • 24:01 We're really game to get it straight.
  • 24:03 David: Can I also say this?
  • 24:04 I don't think until we started on this program we realized
  • 24:08 how little the church is involved with Israel,
  • 24:11 and I thought that we were.
  • 24:13 I thought every church in America loved Israel and
  • 24:16 supported Israel, but you're making it sound like we need
  • 24:19 to do a whole lot more of that.
  • 24:21 Jeffrey: Well, I think so.
  • 24:22 Of course, you had the experience of being involved in
  • 24:24 churches that were pro-Israel.
  • 24:26 I'm glad they exist, but they are far and few between.
  • 24:29 Denominations are not only not interested in Israel,
  • 24:33 they are increasingly organizing against Israel.
  • 24:36 David: I don't get that.
  • 24:37 Jeffrey: I don't either.
  • 24:39 It reminds me of American politics.
  • 24:40 I can't believe people can be so stupid.
  • 24:43 I mean, how can you read the Bible and not support a Jewish
  • 24:47 presence in the homeland and not see what--we see what God is
  • 24:51 up to in the Word, why can't we see it in the world today?
  • 24:54 They match.
  • 24:55 David: I think it should be mandatory that every pastor has
  • 24:57 to go to Israel for a tour.
  • 24:59 Jeffrey: You know, Zola thought that one trip to Israel
  • 25:01 was worth ten years of Sunday school.
  • 25:03 And really, and let me just say, whether you go with us or not,
  • 25:07 you know, we do tours in and out of Israel
  • 25:09 and you're more than welcome.
  • 25:11 It would be a great way to gift your pastor and the pastor's
  • 25:14 spouse to gift them a trip to Israel.
  • 25:17 And it would be life-changing for them in terms of the
  • 25:20 information they'd get and the inspiration they'd
  • 25:22 come back with, just like you.
  • 25:24 Kirsten: And their preaching changes.
  • 25:25 I was just at a women's conference this past weekend
  • 25:28 and I had the ladies raise their hands.
  • 25:30 I said, "How many of you have gone to Israel?"
  • 25:32 Not one hand raised, and they're all pastors wives.
  • 25:36 And I said, "You've got to go because everything
  • 25:38 in this world is about one city."
  • 25:40 It's all about Jerusalem.
  • 25:43 It's our future.
  • 25:45 Jeffrey: Even if folk don't go with us, just go.
  • 25:48 And if you can't go, invite your friends to watch
  • 25:51 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 25:53 We'll take you.
  • 25:54 I mean, we can't put everybody on the bus, but--
  • 25:57 Buses hold 50 people, this program services 500,000 plus
  • 26:01 on a bad day.
  • 26:02 We'll take you.
  • 26:04 Kirsten: We'll take you. We have so much more to come.
  • 26:06 Next week, we're discussing the marriage,
  • 26:09 the wedding up in heaven.
  • 26:12 I'm a wedding and marriage gal.
  • 26:14 I love a good wedding and that's what we're discussing.
  • 26:16 David: I think it's your favorite week.
  • 26:17 Kirsten: It is, next week. Be sure to join us next week.
  • 26:19 David: Also, we love to end this program with Zola's music.
  • 26:23 Here's one of his songs.
  • 26:24 And we also end this program with...
  • 26:27 Jeffrey: Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 26:29 both: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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Episodes in this series

  1. Overview
  2. The Rapture
  3. The Judgment Seat of the Righteous
  4. The Wedding
  5. The Second Coming
  6. The Throne of Judgment
  7. The Kingdom Begins
  8. The Kingdom in Progress
  9. The Gog & Magog Invasion
  10. The Great White Throne of Judgment
  11. Eternity
  12. The Music

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