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Episode: “Raised to Walk”
After touring the Mt. of Beatitudes and Capernaum, Zola speaks at the Jordan River. Christians Rhett and Virginia Sanders give their perspectives on the importance of Israel to believers.
Series: “Voices From Israel”
This ten-program series not only traverses the physical land of Israel with a group of pilgrims visiting Biblical sites, but also scans Israel’s wide political landscape with the perspectives of government officials, so-called settlers and even Palestinians.

Caption transcript for Voices From Israel: “Raised to Walk” (6/10)

  • 00:07 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR HERITAGE.
  • 00:09 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR DREAM.
  • 00:11 PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE ARE IN CHARGE OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14 I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TIMES IN HISTORY WHEN CHRISTIANS
  • 00:17 HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE WERE BEING ATTACKED.
  • 00:19 WE WILL ULTIMATELY SEE THE WORLD CHANGE.
  • 00:23 GOD'S PURPOSES FOR ISRAEL JUST MARCH ON, DON'T THEY?
  • 00:32 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:33 WELL, WE'RE BACK WITH OUR "VOICES FROM ISRAEL" SERIES
  • 00:37 WHERE WE'RE SORT OF GOING ALONG WITH ONE OF OUR TOURS AND LOOKING AT THE SITES.
  • 00:40 LATER IN THE PROGRAM WE'RE GOING TO INTERVIEW A RETIRED AMERICAN PASTOR AND HIS WIFE
  • 00:45 WHO HAVE THROWN IN THEIR LOT WITH ISRAEL AND LIVE THERE NOW.
  • 00:48 BUT, TONY, TONY DERRICK IS OUR TRAVEL MANAGER
  • 00:51 AND HE TAKES ALL OF OUR TOURS AND WHERE ARE WE GOING TO VISIT TODAY?
  • 00:56 WE ARE HEADING UP TODAY TO THE MOUNT OF BEATITUDES,
  • 00:58 WHERE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WAS PREACHED. >>EXACTLY.
  • 01:00 A FAMOUS PLACE AND A VERY FAMILIAR PLACE.
  • 01:03 WE WILL THEN GO TO CAPERNAUM AND THEN TO, AT THE END OF THE DAY,
  • 01:08 SOMETHING PEOPLE ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO, THE JORDAN RIVER BAPTISMAL SITE.
  • 01:12 OH, YES, THEY SURE DO AND I ENCOURAGE THEM TO BE BAPTIZED.
  • 01:16 I WAS BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN.
  • 01:18 IT GIVES YOU A LIFETIME STORY.
  • 01:20 YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS SAVED IN THE EARLY 70S,
  • 01:23 THERE WERE SO FEW JEWS SAVED THAT TIME AND AGAIN THEY WOULD CALL MY RADIO PROGRAM
  • 01:27 AND PEOPLE WOULD SAY, WELL, WERE YOU BAPTIZED?
  • 01:30 LIKE IT WASN'T QUITE PROPER.
  • 01:32 ONE LADY SAID,-- I SAID, YES I WAS.
  • 01:34 WELL, WAS IT IN A BAPTIST CHURCH?
  • 01:36 I SAID NO, IT WAS IN THE JORDAN RIVER AND THAT PUT AN END TO THE ARGUMENT.
  • 01:41 IF YOU CAN BE BAPTIZED IN THE SAME WATER AS THE KING, YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GO WRONG.
  • 01:47 THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.
  • 01:49 WELL, LET'S JOIN OUR TOUR AND TAKE A LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL GALILEE.
  • 01:52 ON THE DAY WE ARRIVE AT THE MOUNT OF BEATITUDES OVERLOOKING THE SEA OF GALILEE,
  • 01:58 THE WEATHER IS PERFECT, AS IT IS MUCH OF THE TIME HERE.
  • 02:02 WE MAKE OUR WAY PAST THE CHURCH ON THE SUMMIT
  • 02:05 AND WALK TO A COVERED AREA WHERE ZOLA OPENS UP THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 02:09 HE GAVE A SERMON ABOUT JEWISH LAW TO UNSAVED JEWS BUT, IN DOING THAT,
  • 02:16 ENUNCIATED THE TRUE CENTRAL PILLAR OF CHRISTIANITY,
  • 02:22 THE PLAIN, THE MEEK, THE ONES WHO FEEL IN DEBT TO GOD BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS
  • 02:26 AND PRAY FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS.
  • 02:29 THEY ARE THE ONES GOING TO HAVE THIS KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
  • 02:35 THERE WAS A LAW ABOUT MURDER AND THEY ALL KNEW IT, BUT HE RAISED THE STANDARD.
  • 02:44 IF YOU'RE ANGRY WITH A BROTHER, YOU MIGHT AS WELL MURDER HIM.
  • 02:49 THERE'S A LAW AGAINST ADULTERY AND THEY ALL KNEW IT,
  • 02:52 BUT HE SAID, IF YOU LUST AFTER A WOMAN IN YOUR HEART, THEN THAT'S ADULTERY.
  • 02:57 WOW, HE TOOK THE LAW AND HE MADE A TOUGHER LAW
  • 03:00 AND THAT'S THE LAW WE'LL OBTAIN IN THE KINGDOM
  • 03:01 ON THE UNBELIEVERS IN THE KINGDOM, NOT ON US.
  • 03:06 I ALWAYS SAY THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND THERE'S BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS AGAIN.
  • 03:10 THE GOOD NEWS IS, HE CAME AND SAID THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND AND GOT US READY FOR IT.
  • 03:15 THE BAD NEWS IS, IT'S A VERY HARD LAW INCLUDING,
  • 03:20 CUT THE HAND OFF IF IT OFFENDS THEE,
  • 03:23 PLUCK THE EYE OUT IF IT OFFENDS THEE,
  • 03:25 BE YE PERFECT AS YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT.
  • 03:30 BUT, THE GOOD NEWS AGAIN IS, WE SHALL BE CHANGED.
  • 03:34 AND WHEN WE ARE CHANGED, THESE LUSTS, THESE THIEVING HEARTS,
  • 03:39 THIS WICKEDNESS WILL ALL BE GONE
  • 03:43 AND WE'LL REALLY BE ABLE TO OBEY THE LAW.
  • 03:45 BUT, THE LAW IS STILL HERE ON THE BOOKS AND THE UNBELIEVER IN THE KINGDOM,
  • 03:48 CHILDREN OF THE PEOPLE THAT CAME IN NATURAL BODIES FROM THE TRIBULATION, FOR EXAMPLE,
  • 03:53 THEY'LL HAVE TO OBEY THESE LAWS AND THEY'RE TOUGH.
  • 03:59 SO, THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN, YOU SEE, THE CHRISTIAN IS OUTSIDE THIS LAW.
  • 04:04 YOU'LL BE CHANGED FOR THE KINGDOM, IS FORGIVEN NOW
  • 04:08 EVEN FOR THE SINS I MENTIONED, THE FORGIVENESS OF CHRIST PAYS FOR THEM ALL.
  • 04:13 AFTER WE TAKE THE TIME TO SING AND PRAY, WE HEAD BACK TO THE BUS
  • 04:20 FOR THE SHORT TRIP OVER TO NEARBY CAPERNAUM.
  • 04:23 OUR ISRAELI TOUR GUIDE ZVI RAVI, IS A MESSIANIC BELIEVER.
  • 04:27 HE GIVES US THE CHURCH HISTORY AS WELL AS THE JEWISH PERSPECTIVE OF THIS PLACE.
  • 05:28 FOR BELIEVERS, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A VISIT TO THE GALILEE
  • 05:31 IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 05:35 IT WAS IN WATERS LIKE THESE THAT OUR LORD JESUS WAS BAPTIZED BY HIS COUSIN JOHN.
  • 05:41 HERE THE GROUP GATHERS TO HEAR ZOLA EXPLAIN THE JEWISH CUSTOM OF RITUAL BATHS
  • 05:47 AND THE SYMBOLISM IT HAS FOR ALL CHRISTIANS.
  • 05:59 NOW, ALL CHRISTIANS ARE PRIESTS, BUT THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL PRIESTS IN THE TABERNACLE.
  • 06:05 IT SPEAKS OF CERTAIN OFFERINGS AND SO ON.
  • 06:08 AND SAYS IN VERSE 4
  • 06:17 THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE WATER REGENERATION PROCESS.
  • 06:22 THEN ROMANS 6, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 06:25 ADDRESSES THE WHOLE POINT OF BAPTISM.
  • 06:44 WATER KILLS, GOING UNDER WATER COULD BE VERY BAD FOR YOU
  • 06:48 IF YOU STAY DOWN TOO LONG.
  • 07:16 THE RIVER CLEANS YOU AND IS A PICTURE OF DEATH AND RESURRECTION.
  • 07:22 YOU'RE BURIED WITH HIM IN BAPTISM, I ALWAYS SAY, RAISED TO WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
  • 07:26 WHEN I WAS BAPTIZED IN THIS RIVER, THEY DIDN'T HAVE ALL THIS.
  • 07:29 IT WAS UP THERE BY THE CEMENT PLATFORM.
  • 07:31 DR. TOM MCCALL OF OUR MINISTRY DIPPED ME IN THE WATER.
  • 07:35 AN ISRAELI GUY SWAM OVER AND ASKED WHAT WE WERE DOING.
  • 07:39 THAT'S HOW THE ISRAELIS ARE.
  • 07:40 AND SO WE TOLD HIM A MIKVAH.
  • 07:43 THE JEWS CALL IT A MIKVAH, THEY DIP THEMSELVES IN THE WATER
  • 07:47 AND THE GUY JUST LISTENED BEWILDERED
  • 07:51 ON WHO WE PUT QUITE A WITNESS ON AND THEN SWAM AWAY.
  • 07:55 BUT, WHAT THIS DOES, IT'S NOT JUST A--
  • 08:02 IT IS AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD AND SO FORTH.
  • 08:06 BUT, IT ENABLES YOU TO BE A PRIEST.
  • 08:09 THAT'S WHAT IT DID IN THE FIRST PLACE IN THE TABERNACLE.
  • 08:12 ALL CHRISTIANS ARE PRIESTS I SAID.
  • 08:14 AND LET ME GET YOU THE VERSE FOR IT.
  • 08:35 AND IT'S ESPECIALLY ADDRESSED TO GENTILES BECAUSE PETER SAYS
  • 08:50 SO, ESPECIALLY GENTILES.
  • 08:52 IT'S ONE THING TO SAY A JEWISH GUY IS A PRIEST.
  • 08:55 I'M A PRIEST, I'M A LEVITE.
  • 08:57 MY NAME IS LEVITE.
  • 08:58 LOTS OF JEWS ARE PRIESTS, BUT TO SAY TO GENTILE PEOPLE,
  • 09:03 YOU BECOME A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION.
  • 09:08 ALL THESE TITLES ARE ISRAELI TITLES, A PECULIAR PEOPLE.
  • 09:11 YOU BECOME APPOINTED INTO ISRAEL NOT JUST AS AN ORDINARY ISRAELI, BUT AS A PRIEST.
  • 09:19 SO, YOU'RE DIPPED LIKE A PRIEST AND FROM THERE ON
  • 09:24 ENABLED LIKE A PRIEST TO MINISTER TO THE PEOPLE FOR GOD.
  • 09:29 SO, THAT'S THE WHOLE STORY ON THE BAPTISM.
  • 09:31 SO, AS YOU GO IN THE RIVER, THE MINISTERS WILL ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR FAITH AS ALWAYS,
  • 09:36 BAPTIZE YOU IN THE WATER AND YOU'LL BE RAISED TO WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
  • 09:46 I BAPTIZE YOU, MY LITTLE SISTER IN CHRIST,
  • 09:49 IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 09:52 BURIED IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, RAISED TO WALK IN A NEW WAY OF LIFE.
  • 09:57 (APPLAUSE)
  • 10:03 I SAW MY GRANDDAUGHTER BAPTIZED, A TREMENDOUS TIME.
  • 10:08 IT'S A SPECIAL TIME FOR YOU.
  • 10:10 I WANTED TO BE WITH HER AND DO IT AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 10:13 I COULDN'T THINK OF A BETTER PLACE THAN THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 10:17 ME, TOO.
  • 10:19 I'VE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS EVER SINCE I WAS 12, SO, I FINALLY MADE IT.
  • 10:25 HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED IN CHURCH BEFORE.
  • 10:27 NO, NO, NEVER HAVE.
  • 10:29 THIS IS THE FIRST TIME.
  • 10:30 UH HUH.
  • 10:31 PRAISE THE LORD.
  • 10:34 AMEN.
  • 10:35
  • 10:45 THIS IS MY ROOMMATE ROBERT AND WE WERE TALKING THE OTHER NIGHT
  • 10:48 AND HE'S NEVER BEEN BAPTIZED BEFORE.
  • 10:51 FOR ME TO BE ASSOCIATED IN PART OF THIS, IT WAS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE
  • 10:57 BECAUSE HE'S MY BROTHER IN CHRIST AND WE'LL SPEND ETERNITY TOGETHER WITH OUR LORD.
  • 11:02 AMEN.
  • 11:04 THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, BURIED WITH OUR LORD IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH,
  • 11:08 RAISED TO WALK IN A NEW WAY OF LIFE.
  • 11:10 GLORY.
  • 11:11 HALLELUJAH.
  • 11:16 FOR A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST,
  • 11:21 ASK FOR ZOLA'S FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 11:28 ZOLA'S NEW CATALOG DESCRIBES HIS BOOKS, TEACHING TAPES AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE.
  • 11:35 FOR ZOLA'S FREE NEWSLETTER AND CATALOG
  • 11:45 WELL, TONY, AS AN ORDAINED MINISTER, YOU'RE OFTEN TO BE FOUND IN THE JORDAN.
  • 11:50 YOU HELP US WITH THE BAPTISMS EACH TIME.
  • 11:52 I DO THAT.
  • 11:53 IT'S ALWAYS A JOY TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.
  • 11:56 I'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE
  • 11:59 GO INTO THE JORDAN RIVER AND WITH TEARS OF JOY, COME OUT OF THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 12:04 OH YES, THEY JUST LOOK LIKE ANGELS WHEN THEY COME OUT IN THOSE WHITE DRESSES,
  • 12:07 THE ROBES THEY GIVE YOU THERE AT THE RIVER.
  • 12:12 IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
  • 12:14 THE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS EXCITED AND IT'S A SPECIAL TIME FOR THEM PERSONALLY, TOO.
  • 12:19 RHETT AND VIRGINIA SANDERS REALLY GO BACK AND FORTH FROM ISRAEL TO THE UNITED STATES.
  • 12:24 WE TALKED WITH THEM AS WELL.
  • 12:38 WELL, VIRGINIA, IT'S UNUSUAL FOR A MOTHER OF 8 AND HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE?
  • 12:44 21.
  • 12:45 ...21 GRANDCHILDREN TO THROW HER LIFE INTO THIS CRAZY LAND.
  • 12:49 WHAT POSSESSED YOU HERE?
  • 12:51 WELL, FOR MANY YEARS THROUGH JUST READING THE WORD OF GOD,
  • 12:55 GOD HAS PUT IT INTO OUR HEARTS,
  • 12:58 A LOVE FOR ISRAEL AND THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 13:00 YES.
  • 13:02 AND TO STUDY, WE'VE STUDIED A LOT OF THE PROPHETS AND BEEN IN THE PSALMS
  • 13:06 AND JUST REALLY REALIZED HOW MANY PROMISES THERE ARE OF GOD
  • 13:09 ABOUT THIS LAND AND OUR HEARTS JUST HAVE BEEN STAMPED WITH JERUSALEM AND MT. ZION
  • 13:14 AND WE JUST HAVE A CALL TO BE HERE.
  • 13:16 NOW, YOUR HUSBAND WAS PASTORING A PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
  • 13:20 HE WAS, YES, AND HE WAS RETIRED IN 1998
  • 13:24 AND HE SAID THE FIRST THING HE WANTED TO DO WAS COME TO JERUSALEM AND WORSHIP THE LORD
  • 13:29 SO WE CAME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY'S FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 13:34 WE STAYED 2 MORE WEEKS AFTER THAT.
  • 13:36 SO, WE'VE COME A LOT.
  • 13:40 WE'VE COME A NUMBER OF TIMES AND JUST TO FULFILL THE CALL AS WE COULD.
  • 13:46 SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DAYS HERE?
  • 13:48 WE'VE CONNECTED UP WITH THOSE THAT ARE HERE
  • 13:51 TO REALLY STAND WITH ISRAEL IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP AND PRAYER FOR ISRAEL.
  • 13:57 AND THAT'S A GREAT PART OF IT.
  • 13:58 PLUS GETTING TO MEET WONDERFUL ISRAELIS AND TALKING WITH THEM,
  • 14:03 JUST SHARING OUR HEART OF LOVE FOR THE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 14:08 AND FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND FOR THE WORD OF GOD
  • 14:11 AND THE PROMISES OF GOD TO ISRAEL AND OF COURSE, FULFILLED IN YESHUA.
  • 14:16 WELL, RHETT, YOU'VE TAKEN ON QUITE A CITY HERE IN YOUR RETIREMENT, MOVE TO JERUSALEM.
  • 14:23 MY GOODNESS.
  • 14:25 WHAT'S THE IDEA?
  • 14:26 ARE YOU GOING TO WITNESS HERE?
  • 14:27 WELL, WE HAVE HAD THIS ON OUR HEARTS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS
  • 14:31 AND OF COURSE HAVE LOVED ISRAEL EVER SINCE WE BEGAN TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 14:35 ONE OF OUR MAJOR OBJECTS OF BEING HERE IS TO WORSHIP THE LORD AND TO PRAISE HIM
  • 14:43 AND TO ENCOURAGE AND LET THE JEWISH PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE CARE,
  • 14:47 THAT WE'RE BEHIND THEM, THAT WE SUPPORT THEM.
  • 14:49 AND I GUESS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST DESIRES I HAVE IS TO
  • 14:53 RADIATE THE LOVE OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB
  • 14:57 SO MUCH THAT I MAKE THEM SO JEALOUS THAT THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY.
  • 15:01 AND OF COURSE, THE ANSWER IS YESHUA.
  • 15:02 YES, YES, YESHUA.
  • 15:05 THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT ROMANS 11 SAYS TO DO.
  • 15:07 EXACTLY, I LOVE THAT.
  • 15:09 THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHAPTERS IN THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 15:11 HOW'S THE RECEPTION HERE?
  • 15:13 WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SO WARMLY BY, OF COURSE, MESSIANIC BELIEVERS,
  • 15:20 CHRISTIANS WHO LIVE IN THE LAND AND MINISTERING HERE,
  • 15:22 BUT I WOULD SAY PROBABLY ONE OF THE WARMEST RECEPTIONS WE'VE HAD
  • 15:26 HAS BEEN THE ISRAELIS, THE JEWISH PEOPLE THEMSELVES.
  • 15:30 THEY ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE.
  • 15:33 ARE YOU FROM AMERICA? WHY ARE YOU HERE NOW? AREN'T YOU AFRAID?
  • 15:36 THE KEY IS THAT WHEN THEY FIND OUT WE'RE HERE BECAUSE
  • 15:43 WE LOVE THEM AND AS I TELL EACH ONE OF THEM,
  • 15:47 EVERYTHING THAT I HOLD DEAR AND PRECIOUS,
  • 15:51 THE MOST PRECIOUS THINGS IN MY LIFE CAME FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 15:55 AND THAT MY SAVIOR, YESHUA, IS A JEW THROUGH AND THROUGH
  • 16:00 AS WELL AS BEING GOD THE SON AND HE IS THE REASON I'M HERE TO SHOW HIS LOVE AND THEY RESPOND.
  • 16:08 THEY REALLY DO WARM UP.
  • 16:10 I THINK PEOPLE IN AMERICA DON'T REALIZE HOW MANY BELIEVERS THERE REALLY ARE OVER HERE.
  • 16:15 IT'S INCREDIBLE. IT REALLY IS.
  • 16:17 WE'VE RUN INTO 3 TAXI DRIVERS THAT ARE MESSIANIC BELIEVERS AND THEY HAVE BEEN A DELIGHT.
  • 16:26 IN FACT, THEY HAVE BEEN AFTER US TO GET TOGETHER FOR A GOOD OLD PRAYER MEETING,
  • 16:31 WHICH WE HAD ONE PRAYER MEETING WITH THEM IN A LITTLE SHOP OVER IN ONE OF THE SECTIONS OF TOWN.
  • 16:35 BUT, THEY ARE A REFRESHING GROUP.
  • 16:38 IT'S A DELIGHT.
  • 16:39 IT'S VERY INSPIRING TO BE HERE.
  • 16:42 YOU FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
  • 16:44 YOU KNOW, THE MOST EXCITING AND THRILLING THING TO ME
  • 16:46 IS WHAT GOD IS DOING RIGHT NOW IN THIS LAND.
  • 16:49 THERE ARE THINGS HAPPENING HERE.
  • 16:51 OH, YAH. >>IT IS EXCITING.
  • 16:53 I THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE JEWISH BELIEVERS IN THIS LAND
  • 16:59 THAN EVER BEFORE IN HISTORY, EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 17:01 I MAY BE WRONG ON MY STATISTICS THERE, BUT IT SEEMS TO ME
  • 17:05 THAT WE'RE SEEING A REAL MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AMONG THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS THEY TURN TO YESHUA.
  • 17:11 THAT'S INTERESTING.
  • 17:13 ONE STATISTIC THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME IS SOMEBODY,
  • 17:15 I DON'T KNOW HOW HE COUNTS THEM, BUT THERE ARE 6,000, HE SAID, MESSIANIC BELIEVERS IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:20 AND I STOPPED TO THINK ON PENTECOST, THAT HALF THAT MANY AND THEY CHANGED THE WORLD.
  • 17:25 THAT'S RIGHT. AMEN.
  • 17:26 LOOK, AMERICANS WOULD WANT ME TO ASK YOU,
  • 17:30 AREN'T YOU AFRAID TO BE HERE FOR WHAT WE READ IN THE PAPER?
  • 17:33 NOT AT ALL.
  • 17:35 HONESTLY THERE IS SUCH A PEACE AND SERENITY, I KNOW THERE ARE TROUBLESOME TIMES ALL OVER.
  • 17:41 BUT, I FEEL AS SAFE HERE AS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
  • 17:45 OF COURSE, I'M CONVINCED THAT THE ONLY SAFE PLACE TO BE
  • 17:48 IS IN THE CENTER OF THE WILL OF GOD AND WE KNOW WE'RE IN THAT.
  • 17:52 WELL, OK BROTHER.
  • 17:53 I APPRECIATE TALKING WITH YOU.
  • 17:55 GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR MINISTRY.
  • 17:57 WE PRAISE THE LORD FOR YOU ALL.
  • 17:59 THANK YOU.
  • 18:00 IT'S A MUTUAL BLESSING BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THE SANDERS GOING TO ISRAEL.
  • 18:05 THEY ARE BLESSED BY ISRAEL AND ISRAEL IS CERTAINLY BLESSED BY THEIR COMPANY.
  • 18:10 NOW WE TALKED TO A VERY INTERESTING PERSON,
  • 18:12 FRIEND OF OURS FOR MANY YEARS, DAVID DOLAN.
  • 18:15 HE WAS A REPORTER FOR ONE OF OUR MAJOR NETWORKS
  • 18:17 AND THE PROBLEM WAS, HE DID SOMETHING VERY OFFENSIVE TO AN AMERICAN TELEVISION NETWORK.
  • 18:22 HE KEPT TELLING THE TRUTH.
  • 18:24 HE KEPT SAYING THAT ISRAEL, A SISTER DEMOCRACY AND A FREE COUNTRY
  • 18:27 WAS SOMEHOW BETTER THAN THE PALESTINIAN POLICE STATE.
  • 18:31 HE SAID THAT ISRAEL WAS NOT THE OVERLORDS BUT REALLY UNDERDOG IN THE BATTLE.
  • 18:37 SO, ANYWAY HE WAS FIRED.
  • 18:39 WE HAD HIM ON THE PROGRAM AND HE TALKED ABOUT IT.
  • 18:43 BUT, HIS REPORTS JUST COULDN'T BE TOLERATED.
  • 18:46 THEY WEREN'T BLAND ENOUGH.
  • 18:48 LET'S GO TALK TO HIM NOW.
  • 18:50 I'VE MOVED TO THIS LOCATION AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY LAST YEAR
  • 18:56 BEING ABLE TO LOOK OUT OF MY WINDOW AT THE MT. OF OLIVES
  • 18:59 AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE OLD CITY,
  • 19:02 THE AREA WHERE MAYBE 70% OF THE THINGS IN THE BIBLE TOOK PLACE.
  • 19:07 IT'S SUCH AN INSPIRING PLACE TO BE.
  • 19:10 IN FACT, IT'S TOO INSPIRING.
  • 19:12 I'M TRYING TO WORK ON MY COMPUTER AND OFTEN I JUST LOOK UP
  • 19:15 AND THE SCENE IS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I STOP WORKING AND GAZE OUT THE WINDOW.
  • 19:20 BUT, THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAST YEAR.
  • 19:23 I CONTINUE TO DO A LOT OF WRITING AND RADIO WORK AND SOME TELEVISION WORK AND PRAYING.
  • 19:29 IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO PRAY FROM AS WELL.
  • 19:31 WE HAVE TO, I THINK, CALL A SPADE A SPADE HERE.
  • 19:34 THERE'S A TERRORIST WAR BEING WAGED AGAINST ISRAEL,
  • 19:38 NOT JUST TERRORISM, BUT A TERRORIST WAR.
  • 19:41 THIS IS ANOTHER FORM OF WARFARE AND REALLY IT'S THE MOST INSIDIOUS FORM OF WARFARE
  • 19:46 BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT FIGHTING AGAINST ARMED SOLDIERS
  • 19:51 THAT ARE WEARING UNIFORMS THAT ARE CLEARLY MARKED AS SUCH.
  • 19:54 YOU'RE FIGHTING AGAINST SHADOWY GROUPS AND TERRORISTS THAT POP INTO BUILDINGS AND RESTAURANTS
  • 20:01 AND TRAINS AND BUSES AND BLOW THEMSELVES UP OR SET UP A BOMB
  • 20:04 AND THEN ESCAPE AND KILL THEMSELVES AND KILL CIVILIANS IN THE PROCESS.
  • 20:08 HOW DO YOU FIGHT THAT? WHO DO YOU GO AFTER?
  • 20:11 WHERE ARE THEY? WHAT'S THEIR ADDRESS?
  • 20:13 ALL ON THESE ARE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
  • 20:16 AND AGAIN IT'S A GORILLA WAR AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE DEMOCRACIES ON THE RUN
  • 20:23 BECAUSE DEMOCRACIES HAVE TO ANSWER TO THEIR PEOPLE
  • 20:25 AND CIVILIAN VOTERS DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT CIVILIANS ARE BEING KILLED
  • 20:30 IN THE RESPONSES TO THESE ATTACKS.
  • 20:33 WELL, NEITHER DO THE GOVERNMENTS, THE U.S. OR ISRAEL.
  • 20:36 BUT, IT'S INEVITABLE THAT SOME CIVILIANS ARE GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP IN IT, AS ANY WAR.
  • 20:40 BUT, AGAIN, THIS IS A WAR, NOT ONE THAT ISRAEL CHOSE.
  • 20:44 SHE WAS WILLING TO MAKE PEACE.
  • 20:46 I BELIEVE THAT HER OFFERS FOR OVER 90% OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA, THE WEST BANK
  • 20:51 TO YASSER ARAFAT WERE GENUINE ONES.
  • 20:53 HER OFFER TO TURN BACK MOST OF THE OLD CITY BEHIND US AND A GOOD PORTION OF JERUSALEM
  • 20:59 TO THE PALESTINIANS WAS A SINCERE ONE.
  • 21:01 IT WAS REJECTED BY THE ARAB SIDE AND THEN THIS, NOT REGULAR WAR,
  • 21:05 BUT TERRORIST WAR WAS LAUNCHED IN RESPONSE AND THAT IS THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION HERE.
  • 21:12 NOW, DAVID DOLAN IS A CHRISTIAN BELIEVER
  • 21:15 AND HE FUNCTIONS WITH THE MESSIANIC COMMUNITY IN JERUSALEM,
  • 21:19 THE MOTHER CHURCH AS PAUL CALLS IT.
  • 21:22 WE WERE CURIOUS HOW ALL THIS UNREST AFFECTS THE BELIEVERS.
  • 21:28 THAT'S A DIFFERENT SUBJECT THAN ISRAEL ITSELF.
  • 21:31 SO, WE ASKED DAVID ABOUT THAT.
  • 21:33 THE NUMBER OF BELIEVERS IS GROWING AND IT'S PARTLY DUE TO THE CRISIS.
  • 21:38 YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR ARE FEELING THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION.
  • 21:43 A MAJORITY OF THE ISRAELI CASUALTIES IN THE TERROR ATTACKS HAVE BEEN YOUNG PEOPLE
  • 21:49 DELIBERATELY TARGETED IN MANY CASES BECAUSE THEY WERE YOUNG.
  • 21:53 AND THIS HAS CAUSED MANY OF THEM TO START SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS, TO AT LEAST BEGIN ASKING,
  • 21:58 IS THERE A GOD, IS THERE A REASON WE'RE ON THIS EARTH?
  • 22:01 AND A NUMBER OF THEM HAVE COME TO THE LORD.
  • 22:04 THIS IS TRUE ON THE ARAB SIDE AS WELL, WHERE THERE'S ALSO GREAT UNCERTAINTY
  • 22:08 AND GREAT FEAR AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE THIS TREND CONTINUING.
  • 22:13 THE BOTTOM LINE TELLS US, THE SCRIPTURES TELL US
  • 22:16 THAT THE ISRAELI PEOPLE WILL, IN THE END, CRY OUT TO GOD
  • 22:19 BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE,
  • 22:22 BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE ANNIHILATED,
  • 22:25 ARMIES ARE INVADING FROM THE NORTH IT SAYS IN EZEKIEL 38 AND 39.
  • 22:30 ARMIES ARE INVADING FROM THE EAST IT SAYS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 22:33 ZACHARIAH TELLS US THAT THIS CITY, JERUSALEM WILL BE A MAJOR BATTLEGROUND
  • 22:38 WITH ARMIES SURROUNDING IT AND A SIEGE LAID AGAINST IT,
  • 22:41 THAT ALL THE WORLD WILL COME UP TO FIGHT AGAINST IT.
  • 22:44 SO, THE SCENE IMPLIES THAT THE ISRAELIS ARE GOING TO HAVE NO OTHER OPTION IN THE END
  • 22:49 BUT TO LOOK UPWARDS AND TO CRY OUT TO GOD TO INTERVENE ON THEIR BEHALF
  • 22:53 AND I THINK WE CAN ALREADY SEE, IN THE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS,
  • 22:58 THE FRAMEWORK BEING LAID FOR THAT DEVELOPMENT,
  • 23:01 THAT THE ISRAELIS HAVE RELIED UPON THEIR OWN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THEIR OWN STRENGTH,
  • 23:06 THEIR ALLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES AND NOW EVEN THAT IS BEING CALLED INTO QUESTION.
  • 23:11 THE ISRAELIS WERE VERY SHAKEN BY THE ATTACKS ON 9-11 IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON
  • 23:17 PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY SUCCEEDED AND PARTICULARLY ON THE CAPITOL
  • 23:22 WHICH IN MANY WAYS SHOOK THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE UNITED STATES AS AN ALLY
  • 23:27 THAT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THERE AND READY TO INTERVENE ON ISRAEL'S BEHALF IF NEEDED.
  • 23:32 NOW THEY'RE SEEING, HEY THERE'S A WAR DIRECTED AGAINST AMERICA AS WELL
  • 23:37 AND MAYBE AMERICA WILL NOT BE AT A POSITION TO COME TO ITS AID.
  • 23:41 WELL, THIS OF COURSE IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SCRIPTURES IMPLY,
  • 23:44 ISRAEL WILL STAND ALONE IN THE END AND WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO CALL OUT TO GOD
  • 23:49 AND AGAIN I THINK WE'RE SEEING THAT PROCESS UNFOLD EVEN NOW
  • 23:53 AND IT'S A SCARY ONE FOR THE ISRAELI PUBLIC.
  • 23:56 IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM.
  • 23:58 IT'S DIFFICULT TO WATCH BECAUSE MANY CIVILIANS ARE BEING KILLED IN THESE TERROR ATTACKS.
  • 24:02 BUT, IT'S HOPEFUL IN THE END BECAUSE THE GOD OF ISRAEL SAID
  • 24:08 WHEN YOU HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN, YOU'LL TURN TO ME
  • 24:11 AND I WILL TURN BACK TO YOU AND SAVE YOU
  • 24:14 AND THIS IS THE HOPE THAT WE CLING TO IN THE MIDST OF THIS SITUATION.
  • 24:17 NOW, AMERICAN BELIEVERS THAT SUPPORT ISRAEL
  • 24:21 AND OF COURSE BELIEVERS OF OTHER COUNTRIES ARE KNOWN AS CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS THESE DAYS.
  • 24:25 WE ASKED DAVID HOW AMERICAN CHRISTIANS CAN MOST HELP ISRAEL.
  • 24:30 WELL, I THINK ONE OF THE BEST WAYS AMERICANS CAN SUPPORT ISRAEL
  • 24:35 IS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE CONGRESS
  • 24:38 AND SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT TO SUPPORT ISRAEL.
  • 24:42 THE UNITED STATES IS A DEMOCRACY AND OUR LEADERS DO RESPOND TO LETTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS
  • 24:49 FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS, SO I THINK THAT IS A VERY GOOD WAY.
  • 24:53 IF PEOPLE CAN COME, ESPECIALLY NOW.
  • 24:56 THE TOURS ARE BEING CALLED SOLIDARITY TOURS IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS
  • 25:01 BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION.
  • 25:03 THE NUMBER OF VISITORS HAS DROPPED PRECIPITOUSLY, BUT,
  • 25:06 THOSE THAT ARE COMING ARE COMING TO STAND WITH ISRAEL.
  • 25:09 I THINK IF PEOPLE CAN DO THAT IT'S GOOD TO DO AND BY THE WAY, THE SITES ARE STILL ALL HERE
  • 25:15 AND TO SUPPORT CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES THAT ARE WORKING WITH ISRAEL IS ANOTHER WAY
  • 25:21 AND FINALLY, WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY, TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 25:26 I OFTEN POINT OUT THAT THE WORD PEACE IN HEBREW IS SHALOM
  • 25:31 AND IT REALLY DOESN'T MEAN JUST A LACK OF PROBLEMS OR VIOLENCE,
  • 25:34 BUT IT MEANS WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS.
  • 25:36 SO, PRAYING FOR THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LAND, IN OTHER WORDS,
  • 25:40 PRAYING THAT THE MESSIAH'S PEACE WOULD COME TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.
  • 25:50 WELL, DAVID IS REALLY ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS.
  • 25:52 HE'S GOT BOOKS IN THE BOOK STORE.
  • 25:54 HE'S A WONDERFUL SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 25:57 HE'S LIVED IN JERUSALEM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
  • 26:00 YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE HELP ISRAEL?
  • 26:03 WITH PRAYER OF COURSE, WITH SUPPORT OF WHATEVER KIND.
  • 26:08 TELL THEM IN YOUR CHURCH.
  • 26:10 TELL THEM IN THE SEMINARIES FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE TO STOP THEIR GOBBLEDY GOOK
  • 26:12 AND GET BACK TO THE SCRIPTURE AND SUPPORT THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 26:15 IN THE PROMISED LAND AND BY GOING THERE.
  • 26:19 WE TAKE TOURS.
  • 26:20 TAKE A BREAK FROM THE VIOLENCE OF YOUR COMMUNITY AND GO TO A MUCH SAFER PLACE.
  • 26:24 WE SAY IT ALL THE TIME, BUT I'VE TAKEN,
  • 26:28 WELL, IT'LL BE 80 TOURS THIS NOVEMBER AND I'VE NOT HAD A STUBBED FINGER
  • 26:32 OR LOST A WINK OF SLEEP VISITING ISRAEL.
  • 26:35 I COULDN'T SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT DALLAS,
  • 26:37 THE MURDER CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE I HAPPEN TO LIVE.
  • 26:42 SO, TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. YOU'LL LOVE THE PLACE.
  • 26:45 AND SHALOM YERUSHALYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Stand For Truth
  2. Israel and “Palestine” (Celebrating 75 Trips to the Holy Land)
  3. Roots Run Deep
  4. A Place in History
  5. On a Mission
  6. Raised to Walk
  7. On the Outside
  8. For the Future
  9. Top to Bottom
  10. The Last Words

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