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Series: “The Gospel According to Isaiah”
The Gospel of Isaiah, written 700 years before Christ, reveals the Jewish nature of our Messiah and the fulfillment of His coming as the Lamb of God. See why New Testament authors have quoted Isaiah more than any other Old Testament source and why this Old Testament narrative is often called the 5th Gospel.
Episode: “Jesus’ Birth”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif takes us through the drama of Jesus’ miraculous birth as described by Isaiah the prophet. Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would come as a “root out of dry ground” and that “His name shall be called Immanuel, meaning God with us.”

Caption transcript for The Gospel According to Isaiah: “Jesus’ Birth” (1/8)

  • 00:12 HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN.
  • 00:17 WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS AND BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES.
  • 00:24 HE IS BROUGHT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER.
  • 00:29 WRITTEN 700 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST,
  • 00:32 ISAIAH KNEW THAT THIS PROPHETIC SCRIPTURE
  • 00:34 WOULD ONE DAY BE FULFILLED IN THE LAMB OF GOD, JESUS.
  • 00:46 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN. I'M SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:49 I'M HERE WITH DR. JEFFREY SEIF AND WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ISAIAH TODAY.
  • 00:53 BUT, FIRST I'D LIKE TO READ YOU SOME SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:55 IT'S FROM 2 TIMOTHY 3:16.
  • 01:06 JEFF, I KNOW OF NO OTHER WONDERFUL WRITER IN THE BIBLE EXCEPT ISAIAH
  • 01:11 THAT EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW OF JEWISH DESCENT, THAT COMES TO MESSIAH,
  • 01:16 ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT ISAIAH AND WHAT A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL WRITER HE WAS
  • 01:19 AND HOW IN INSPIRATIONAL THEY WERE FOR HIM.
  • 01:22 ABSOLUTELY, WHEN QUESTIONED,
  • 01:23 JEWISH PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME TO FAITH IN JESUS,
  • 01:26 WILL CREDIT THAT OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET ISAIAH MORE THAN ANYONE
  • 01:30 AS THE ONE THAT HELPED THEM MAKE THAT MOVE OVER INTO A BELIEF IN JESUS.
  • 01:34 I LOVE IT AND I DON'T KNOW, YOU'D THINK THERE WOULD BE OTHER WRITERS OF THE BIBLE
  • 01:39 THAT THEY WOULD QUOTE, YOU KNOW THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS, MAYBE, BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT,
  • 01:42 IT'S ALWAYS ISAIAH.
  • 01:44 HE IS SO INSPIRATION AND SO INSTRUCTIVE IN OUR SALVATION.
  • 01:48 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 01:50 411 TIMES NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS ARE PICKING PIN OR QUILL AND WRITING OUT ISAIAH WORDS.
  • 01:54 FASCINATING STORY.
  • 01:56 IT'S A STORY WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE ISAIAH STORY
  • 02:00 AND TELL THE STORY OF JESUS THEREIN.
  • 02:03 ISAIAH IS AN 8TH CENTURY PROPHET BEFORE CHRIST
  • 02:06 WHO TELLS ABOUT JESUS' BIRTH, HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
  • 02:10 BEGINNING WITH HIS BIRTH, ISAIAH CHAPTER 53, IT ALL STARTS THERE.
  • 02:22 AND JOSEPH ALSO WENT UP FROM GALILEE,
  • 02:25 OUT OF THE CITY OF NAZARETH INTO JUDEA UNTO THE CITY OF DAVID,
  • 02:29 WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM TO BE TAXED WITH MARY HIS ESPOUSED WIFE BEING GREAT WITH CHILD.
  • 02:35 AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRST BORN SON AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHES
  • 02:41 AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN.
  • 02:49 THE PROPHET ISAIAH SAID IN THE SECOND CHAPTER
  • 02:57 THE LORD'S MOUNTAIN WILL BE LIFTED HIGH IN VERSE 3 OF THE SECOND CHAPTER HE GOES ON..
  • 03:15 WHAT A PLEASURE IT IS TO BE HERE IN THE HOLY LAND
  • 03:18 TO TELL THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.
  • 03:23 WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK IN TIME TO THE 8TH CENTURY B.C.
  • 03:28 AND LOOK AT THE GREATEST PROPHET IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 03:32 WE'RE GOING TO PUT A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO THE TEXT.
  • 03:35 WE WANT TO KNOW, DID THIS PROPHET SPEAK ABOUT THE MESHIACH, ABOUT THE MESSIAH,
  • 03:41 WHAT DID HE SAY AND HOW DID HE SAY IT?
  • 03:45 INTERESTED AS I AM IN HIS WORDS, I WANT YOU TO OPEN UP WITH ME TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 53.
  • 03:52 I WANT TO READ THIS IN MY VERSION.
  • 03:55 I WANT YOU TO READ IT ALONG IN YOURS BEGINNING IN VERSE 1.
  • 05:33 WHO IS THIS PERSONALITY SPOKEN OF HERE IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
  • 05:38 MANY, MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE JESUS?
  • 05:41 WHO IS THE PERSONALITY THE PROPHET SAYS, WHO'S GOING TO BELIEVE THIS?
  • 05:46 TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?
  • 05:49 WHO IS THIS PERSON WHO IT SAYS THAT HE SPRUNG UP AS A ROOT OUT OF DRY GROUND,
  • 05:54 THIS PERSONALITY WHO WENT ON TO THEN BE DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN?
  • 06:00 I'D LIKE YOU TO LOOK WITH ME MORE CLOSELY PLEASE, IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 53, VERSE 2.
  • 06:07 I'M PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE EXPRESSION
  • 06:10 "THAT HE CAME FORTH AS A ROOT OUT OF DRY GROUND".
  • 06:13 LAST TIME I CHECKED, LIFE DOESN'T COME FROM THE EARTH IF IT'S NOT WATERED.
  • 06:19 WHAT MEANS THE PROPHET IN SAYING THAT THIS MESHIACH,
  • 06:23 THE DELIVERER COMES OUT OF DRY GROUND?
  • 06:26 I THINK HE LEFT SOME CLUES IF YOU'LL LOOK IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 11, VERSE 1.
  • 06:33 I WANT TO GO BACK TO ANOTHER PREDICTION HERE
  • 06:35 WHERE ISAIAH SAYS THERE SHALL COME FORTH A SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE
  • 06:42 AND A TWIG SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS.
  • 06:46 HE SAYS THERE'LL COME FORTH A BRANCH.
  • 06:50 HE SAYS HE'LL COME FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE.
  • 06:53 AS YOU MIGHT RECALL, JESSE IS DAVID'S PARENT.
  • 06:58 YOU MAY REMEMBER, AS WELL, THAT WHEN YESHUA, WHEN JESUS WALKED THE EARTH FROM THE HOLY LAND,
  • 07:03 INDIVIDUALS USED TO CALL OUT "BEN DAVID, SON OF DAVID".
  • 07:08 YOU MIGHT RECALL, AS WELL THAT THE BOOK OF MATTHEW,
  • 07:11 THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW STARTS OFF
  • 07:13 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:20 THE BOOK OF THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF ABRAHAM.
  • 07:26 HERE WE'RE TOLD THIS TWIG WILL SPRING FORTH FROM A STUMP.
  • 07:31 THERE'S A TREE THAT'S CUT DOWN COMPARABLE TO WHAT I'M SITTING ON
  • 07:36 AND OUT OF THAT WILL COME FORTH THIS BRANCH, THIS EARTH THAT'S NOT WATERED
  • 07:42 AND OUT OF THAT WILL COME FORTH THE DELIVERER.
  • 07:45 COULD IT BE THAT WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE
  • 07:48 IS REFERENCED TO WOMB THAT BRINGS FORTH LIFE WHERE THERE SHOULDN'T BE LIFE IN THAT WOMB?
  • 07:56 IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME PLEASE IN ISAIAH 7:14
  • 08:01 THERE'S ANOTHER FASCINATING VERSE IN HERE.
  • 08:03 THIS IS INCREDIBLE.
  • 08:05 THE PROPHET SAYS, BEHOLD A YOUNG WOMAN WILL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON
  • 08:10 AND YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL.
  • 08:13 IN THE HEBREW VERSION, HEBREW SCHOLARS TRANSLATED THE TEXT INTO GREEK AND RENDERED IT
  • 08:21 "BEHOLD A VIRGIN WILL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A CHILD
  • 08:25 AND CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL".
  • 08:27 WHAT DOES THE PROPHET MEAN WHEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT THIS COMING VIRGIN CHILD
  • 08:32 THAT WILL MAKE HIS ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA
  • 08:35 AND WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS CHILD FORETOLD, AS WELL.
  • 08:54 AND THE GOVERNMENT MAY BE INCREASED AND OF PEACE THERE'LL BE NO END
  • 08:59 UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID AND UPON HIS KINGDOM
  • 09:02 ATO ESTABLISH IT AND TO UPHOLD IT THROUGH JUSTICE AND THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 09:07 HENCEFORTH AND EVEN FOR EVERMORE.
  • 09:10 THE PROPHET SAYS THE CHILD IS GOING TO BE BORN AND A SON WILL BE GIVEN
  • 09:14 AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR,
  • 09:18 MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
  • 09:22 SO WHAT DO WE HAVE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE VARIOUS CHILD TEXT IN ISAIAH, WHAT DO WE OBSERVE?
  • 09:29 THAT THE MESHIACH, THE MESSIAH COMES FORTH AS A ROOT OUT OF DRY GROUND.
  • 09:34 THAT IS TO SAY, UNWATERED EARTH.
  • 09:37 COULD THIS BE A REFERENCE TO A VIRGIN BIRTH?
  • 09:40 WE'RE TOLD IN THE 11TH CHAPTER THAT THE MESHIACH WILL DELIVER,
  • 09:45 HE WILL COME FORTH FROM A STUMP THAT'S BEEN CUT DOWN, DEAD WOOD OUT OF WHICH EMERGES NEW LIFE.
  • 09:52 COULD THIS SOMEHOW ALLUDE TO A VIRGIN BIRTH?
  • 09:55 WE'RE TOLD IN THE 7TH CHAPTER IN ISAIAH THAT BEHOLD A VIRGIN WILL CONCEIVE
  • 10:00 AND BRING FORTH A SON AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED "GOD WITH US".
  • 10:04 COULD THIS BE A REFERENCE TO THE VIRGIN BIRTH?
  • 10:07 THEN WE'RE TOLD, AS WELL, IN THE 9TH CHAPTER,
  • 10:10 "FOR UNTO US A SON IS BORN, A CHILD IS BORN, A SON IS GIVEN
  • 10:14 AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR,
  • 10:17 MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE".
  • 10:21 IT'S AMAZING THAT WHEN THE PROPHECY IS GIVEN IN THE 53RD CHAPTER OF ISAIAH
  • 10:26 HE STARTS OUT SAYING, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT, WHO'S GOING TO BELIEVE IT
  • 10:31 THAT GOD WOULD MAKE HIS ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA
  • 10:35 THROUGH THE VIRGIN MIRIAM AND HER BETROTHED YOSEF.
  • 10:41 THEY MADE THEIR WAY TO BETHLEHEM; THERE WAS NO ROOM AT THE INN.
  • 10:46 AND THE PROMISE WAS DELIVERED IN A PLACE LIKE THIS SOME 2000 YEARS AGO.
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  • 11:55 IN THE 8TH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST, ISAIAH LIVED AND MINISTERED
  • 12:00 AND HE SHARED THAT AT SOME POINT IN TIME, IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE,
  • 12:05 GOD WAS GOING TO SEND A REDEEMER INTO THE WORLD.
  • 12:09 HE SAID IN THE 7TH CHAPTER THAT HE BE BORN OF A VIRGIN.
  • 12:13 HE SAID IN THE 9TH CHAPTER THAT HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR,
  • 12:17 MIGHT GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
  • 12:21 HE SAID IN THE 11TH CHAPTER THAT HE WOULD SPRING FORTH FROM DAVIDIC STOCK
  • 12:27 AND HE SAID IN THE 53RD CHAPTER THAT THIS PERSON WOULD COME FROM A ROOT OUT OF DRY GROUND,
  • 12:33 HE'D COME FROM A WOMB THAT HADN'T YET BEEN INSEMINATED.
  • 12:39 SO, 800 OR SO YEARS LATER, A WOMAN IN HEBREW KNOWN AS MIRIAM OR MARY,
  • 12:45 CAME WITH HER BETROTHED YOSEF OR JOSEPH,
  • 12:51 CAME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS, A CAVE LIKE THIS IN THE HOLY LAND,
  • 12:57 FINDING NO ROOM IN THE INN, MIRIAM BEDDED DOWN FOR THE EVENING
  • 13:03 AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE PROMISED MESHIACH, THE MESSIAH.
  • 13:14 ONE OF JESUS FOLLOWERS, MATTHEW TELLS US
  • 13:20 IN THE 1ST CHAPTER OF HIS GOSPEL PICKING UP IN THE 18TH VERSE
  • 13:24 AND BY THE WAY, IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE, PLEASE TURN TO IT.
  • 13:27 NOW THE BIRTH OF YESHUA HA MASHIACH, JESUS CHRIST
  • 13:31 WAS AS FOLLOWS,
  • 13:33 AFTER HIS MOTHER MARY WAS BETROTHED TO JOSEPH,
  • 13:39 BEFORE THEY CAME TOGETHER SHE WAS FOUND WITH CHILD OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 13:46 AND JOSEPH HER BETROTHED, BEING A JUST MAN
  • 13:53 NOT WANTING TO MAKE HER A PUBLIC EXAMPLE WAS MINDED TO PUT HER AWAY SECRETLY.
  • 13:58 BUT WHILE THE THOUGHT ABOUT THESE THINGS,
  • 14:00 AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO HIM IN A DREAM SAYING,
  • 14:02 JOSEPH SON OF DAVID, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TAKE TO YOU MARY YOUR WIFE,
  • 14:10 FOR THAT WHICH IS CONCEIVED OF HER IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 14:17 AND SHE WILL BRING FORTH A SON AND YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME YESHUA OR JESUS
  • 14:23 FOR HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.
  • 14:27 INTERESTINGLY, THE WORD JESUS IS THE ANGLICIZED VERSION OF THE HEBREW YESHUA
  • 14:34 AND YESHUA COMES FROM A HEBREW VERB THAT MEANS TO SAVE, TO DELIVER OR TO REDEEM.
  • 14:40 HERE THE MESSENGER OF THE LORD SAYS CALL HIS NAME YESHUA OR DELIVERER
  • 14:46 FOR HE WILL REDEEM HIS PEOPLE OF THEIR SINS
  • 14:50 AND NOT JUST HIS PEOPLE, THE JEWISH PEOPLE, BUT ALL PEOPLE.
  • 14:54 THE REASON WHY GOD SENT THE MESHIACH INTO THE WORLD
  • 14:58 WAS TO HELP ALL PEOPLE, JEWISH PEOPLE INCLUDED.
  • 15:02 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 22 OF THE SAME CHAPTER
  • 15:25 YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS KNEW, GROWING UP IN A JEWISH FAMILY,
  • 15:30 I'D HEARD ABOUT THE VIRGIN MARY GIVING BIRTH TO THE CHRIST CHILD
  • 15:34 AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A GENTILE STORY, CHRISTIAN STORY.
  • 15:40 I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT THAT IT HAD ITS ROOTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 15:45 THAT ISAIAH PROPHESIES ABOUT THIS CHILD COMING INTO THE WORLD STRIKES ME AS FASCINATING.
  • 15:51 I REMEMBER IT DID THE VERY FIRST TIME I LEARNED THE STORY
  • 15:54 WHEN SOMEONE OPENED UP THE SCRIPTURES AND SHOWED ME
  • 15:57 AND I THOUGHT THAT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT ARE VERY PROFOUND.
  • 16:01 INTERESTINGLY, A LOT OF JEWISH PEOPLE TAKE OFFENSE
  • 16:04 AT THE NOTION OF GOD SENDING THE MESSIAH IN THE WORLD THROUGH A WOMB THAT COULDN'T OPEN.
  • 16:10 THE NOTION OF A VIRGIN BIRTH SEEMED PROBLEMATIC FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, I GRANT,
  • 16:15 BUT AS I PONDERED IT AS I REFLECT UPON IT NOW,
  • 16:18 I'M REMINDED OF THE FACT IN THE BIBLE, IN THE JEWISH BIBLE,
  • 16:21 GOD ALWAYS DID MIRACULOUS THINGS THROUGH BIRTHS THAT NATURALLY COULDN'T HAPPEN.
  • 16:29 FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STORY OF ABRAHAM AND SARAH,
  • 16:34 THERE'S A STORY OF A MAN WHO WAS FRUSTRATED BECAUSE SARAH COULDN'T CONCEIVE A CHILD.
  • 16:39 FINALLY IN CHAPTER 15, VERSE 3, AFFIRMED TO HIM IS THAT HIS ANGST BEING WHAT WAS,
  • 16:47 GOD SAYS I'M STILL GOING TO DELIVER A CHILD FOR YOU,
  • 16:49 THERE THE JEWISH RACE, THE BIOLOGICAL HEBREW RACE
  • 16:54 CAME FROM A WOMB THAT GOD HAD MIRACULOUSLY OPENED UP.
  • 16:57 THEN WE'RE TOLD THE SON ISAAC, HE'S GOING TO MARRY A WOMAN REBECCA
  • 17:03 AND WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 25:21 OF GENESIS THAT SHE COULDN'T HAVE A CHILD,
  • 17:08 BUT THAT THE PARENTS INTERCEDED FOR HER AND THE LORD MIRACULOUSLY OPENED THE WOMB.
  • 17:14 THEN THEIR SON JACOB, HE MARRIES, HE MARRIES A WOMAN, RACHEL.
  • 17:21 WE'RE TOLD THAT SHE WAS SICK WITH GRIEF IN CHAPTER 30, VERSES 1 AND 2
  • 17:26 BEING UNABLE TO BEAR A CHILD AND THEN GOD OPENS HER WOMB.
  • 17:30 I FIND IT FASCINATING, FRANKLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT HE PATRIARCHS, ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB,
  • 17:35 THE HEBREW RACE COMES THROUGH WOMBS THAT CAN'T OPEN
  • 17:38 AND HOW FASCINATING IT IS THAT THE LORD SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD
  • 17:42 THE MESSIAH OF JEWISH EXTRACT THROUGH A WOMB THAT COULDN'T OPEN.
  • 17:47 IT'S ALL IN THE BIBLE, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISAIAH,
  • 17:50 PREDICTED HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE HE WAS BORN
  • 17:53 THAT THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO COME INTO THE WORLD AND COME INTO THE WORLD THROUGH A VIRGIN.
  • 18:17 ♪FOLLOW ME TO GALILEE♪
  • 18:19 AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, DO NOT BE AFRAID,
  • 18:22 GO TELL MY BRETHREN TO GO INTO GALILEE, THERE THEY WILL SEE ME.
  • 18:29 IT STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH TO KNOW THAT JESUS WALKED ON THE WATER AND THAT WE CAN CALL OUT TO HIM.
  • 18:34 IT MAKES THE WHOLE SCRIPTURES COME TO LIFE.
  • 18:47 ISAIAH IS GREAT.
  • 18:50 IT'S GREAT TO LOOK AT ISAIAH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 18:52 AND IT'S GREAT TO LOOK AT SOME LIVES THAT WERE TOUCHED BY ISAIAH IN THE MODERN WORLD.
  • 18:58 SANDRA, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WERE WITH JACOB DAMKANI IN ISRAEL
  • 19:01 AND HAD A GREAT STORY TO TELL.
  • 19:03 I WAS AND BEFORE WE GOT TO THE INTERVIEW,
  • 19:05 WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE WERE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AND HIS TESTIMONY.
  • 19:08 HE SAID, YOU KNOW, ISAIAH 53 REALLY WAS HOW I CAME TO KNOW MESSIAH.
  • 19:13 COMPLETELY UNSCRIPTED, HE JUST CAME OUT WITH IT.
  • 19:16 UNSCRIPTED, I HAD NO IDEA HE WAS GOING TO SAY IT.
  • 19:17 WHAT WE HAD TOLD HIM WAS THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT TESTIMONIES AND WHAT WAS HIS TESTIMONY.
  • 19:22 WHEN WE GOT THROUGH TALKING TO HIM AND WE SAID,
  • 19:24 WE'RE DOING A PROGRAM ON ISAIAH AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW IT WAS A "GOD THING".
  • 19:30 WE KNEW IT RIGHT THEN AND THERE THAT IT WAS A "GOD THING".
  • 19:32 HE AND MILLIONS LIKE HIM, MILLIONS IS MAYBE OVERSTATED,
  • 19:35 BUT JEWISH PEOPLE, SO MANY HAVE COME TO FAITH THROUGH ISAIAH.
  • 19:39 LET'S GO TO THAT INTERVIEW NOW.
  • 19:41 SHALOM, JACOB, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
  • 19:44 WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR PARENTS AND I KNOW YOUR PARENTS COME FROM IRAN.
  • 19:48 WHAT A TIMELY ISSUE TO TALK ABOUT, COMING FROM IRAN AND COMING TO KNOW THE MESSIAH.
  • 19:53 HOW DID YOU COME TO KNOW THE MESSIAH?
  • 19:55 FOR ME IT ALL STARTED IN NEW JERSEY.
  • 19:58 IN NEW JERSEY.
  • 19:59 OF ALL PLACES, >>OF ALL PLACES, >>NEW JERSEY,
  • 20:01 HAS ANY GOOD THING COME OUT OF NEW JERSEY?
  • 20:03 WELL, I DON'T KNOW, YOU TELL ME.
  • 20:05 FOR ME IT WAS.
  • 20:06 FOR ME INDEED SOMETHING GREAT HAPPENED WHEN A MAN NAMED JEFF
  • 20:10 WALKED INTO MY SHOP,
  • 20:12 I WAS IMPORTING AT THE TIME FROM MEXICO, FROM ISRAEL, GIFTS, JEWELRY
  • 20:17 AND ON MY DESK I HAD MY BIBLE AND WHEN I SAY MY BIBLE, I REFER TO THE OLD TESTAMENT ONLY.
  • 20:24 THIS MAN WHEN HE SEE THE BIBLE IN HEBREW, HE GETS REALLY EXCITED, HE'S ALL SHINING
  • 20:31 AND HE BEGINS TO REALLY CONFRONT ME WITH YESHUA.
  • 20:35 WHERE WAS HE FROM?
  • 20:36 NEW JERSEY.
  • 20:38 HE WAS FROM NEW JERSEY, ALSO, BUT HE KNEW IT WAS A HEBREW BIBLE.
  • 20:40 RIGHT, HE KNEW ENOUGH ABOUT HEBREW, HE LIVED IN ISRAEL FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
  • 20:45 HE WAS KNOWLEDGEABLE SOMEWHAT OF HEBREW
  • 20:48 AND FOR HIM IT WAS A GREAT SURPRISE TO MEET AN ISRAELI.
  • 20:54 SO, HE STARTED REALLY SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH ME
  • 20:57 AND THE FIRST REACTION LIKE MOST JEWS, WAIT A MINUTE, I'M A JEW, WE HAVE GOD, YOU HAVE THE SON.
  • 21:04 I DON'T NEED YESHUA..
  • 21:05 WE HAVE MOSES, YOU HAVE..
  • 21:07 RIGHT.
  • 21:09 BUT, THE GUY WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 21:13 AND HE BEGAN TO REALLY OPEN THE OLD TESTAMENT TO ME.
  • 21:17 THIS WASN'T LIKE A WORK OF ONE DAY
  • 21:20 AND HE STARTED VISITING ME ONCE A WEEK, TWICE A WEEK RIGHT BEFORE I CLOSE THE SHOP
  • 21:28 AND BEGIN TO UNFOLD PROPHECIES BEFORE ME.
  • 21:32 WHAT DID HE START WITH?
  • 21:33 HE REALLY STARTED WITH ISAIAH 53.
  • 21:35 HE REALLY DID START WITH ISAIAH 53.
  • 21:37 ISAIAH 53 AND IT WAS REALLY SHOCKING TO ME FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE
  • 21:43 TO REALLY READ THAT CHAPTER WITH THE INSIGHT OF A CHILD OF GOD NAMED JEFF
  • 21:49 WHO REALLY HAD ME UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT YESHUA
  • 21:54 AND FROM THERE HE TOOK ME TO DANIEL CHAPTER 9
  • 21:57 WHERE WE GREW UP TO THINK WHEN MESSIAH COMES,
  • 22:00 NATIONS SHALL NOT LIFT SWORDS AGAINST NATION,
  • 22:04 THE WOLF WILL DWELL WITH THE LAMB >>THERE WILL BE PEACE.
  • 22:06 BUT, THERE IN DANIEL 9 YOU SEE THAT MESSIAH IS TO BE CUT OFF
  • 22:09 AND THEN HE TAKES ME TO EZEKIEL 36,
  • 22:12 WHICH WAS REALLY POWERFUL WHERE GOD PROMISED,
  • 22:15 AND I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROMISED OF ALL THAT HE, HIMSELF THE ALMIGHTY ONE
  • 22:21 WILL CLEANSE ME, WILL PURIFY ME, WILL JUST GIVE ME A NEW HEART, A NEW SPIRIT
  • 22:29 AND IN THE LIGHT OF THIS GREAT PROMISE OF THE NEW COVENANT IN JEREMIAH 31
  • 22:33 AND FEW OTHER PROPHECIES, I FOUND MYSELF WITH MY BACK UP AGAINST THE WALL
  • 22:38 AND I HAD A DECISION TO MAKE, IT'S EITHER I'M GOING TO LISTEN MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER,
  • 22:43 THE RABBIS I GREW WITH THE TEACHERS IN SCHOOL
  • 22:46 OR AM I GOING TO GIVE ATTENTION TO THE PROPHETS.
  • 22:49 I TELL YOU, WHEN I JUST TOOK TIME TO KEEP EXAMINING THAT
  • 22:55 AND I REALIZED IF I READ THOSE PROPHECIES OBJECTIVELY,
  • 22:59 THEY REALLY DO SPEAK CLEARLY ABOUT YESHUA.
  • 23:04 THAT'S WHERE I FOUND THE COURAGE TO READ THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 23:07 WHEN I SAW WHAT I SAW IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 23:09 I FOUND THE COURAGE TO TAKE AHOLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 23:13 AND BEGIN READING IT AND I WAS SHOCKED.
  • 23:16 EVERYTHING I READ IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BROUGHT ME TO GALILEE.
  • 23:20 WHERE DID YOU START IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 23:21 I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR THIS.
  • 23:22 IN MATTHEW, I START FROM THE BEGINNING.
  • 23:24 YOU DID START FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.
  • 23:26 A LOT OF PEOPLE START IN JOHN, BUT THAT'S INTERESTING.
  • 23:28 I START FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND RIGHT THERE THE LINAGE OF YESHUA GOT AHOLD OF MY ATTENTION
  • 23:32 TO REALLY SEE THAT HE DIDN'T COME FROM NO CATHOLIC POPE,
  • 23:37 BUT HE'S DESCENDANTS OF ISRAEL, RIGHT.
  • 23:40 HE'S A JEWISH MESSIAH.
  • 23:42 I DIDN'T READ NOTHING ABOUT NO EGGS OF EASTER AND NOTHING ABOUT THE TREES OF CHRISTMAS
  • 23:48 AND I DIDN'T HEAR THE SOUNDS OF THE BELLS OF THE CHURCH,
  • 23:51 BUT I HEARD THE SOUND OF THE SHOFAR AND I CAME IN TOUCH WITH THE FEAST, WHICH I GREW UP,
  • 23:57 PESSACH IS PESSACH AND TABERNACLE IS TABERNACLE
  • 24:02 AND THE FEAST OF PENTECOST IS PENTECOST
  • 24:05 AND THE SABBATH IS THE SABBATH,
  • 24:06 AND EVEN HANUKKAH,
  • 24:08 EVEN HANUKKAH IS THERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, YES.
  • 24:11 AND I TELL YOU, WHEN I REALIZE THAT THIS IS A JEWISH DOCUMENT
  • 24:16 AND I CAME TO UNDERSTAND THAT MY IDENTITY IS NOT BEING JEOPARDIZED.
  • 24:20 I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT, WOW, IF THIS IS TRUE,
  • 24:25 I WANT TO GET AHOLD OF THAT AND AS JEFF PUT IT TO ME,
  • 24:29 YOU ASK GOD AND GOD WILL SHOW YOU AND I TELL YOU,
  • 24:32 ON MY KNEES FOR A FEW WEEKS, GOD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB,
  • 24:39 IF THIS IS MY PROMISED PASSOVER LAMB,
  • 24:43 IF THIS IS THE ONE THAT YOU HAVE PROMISED THAT WILL COME TO CLEANSE ME, PURIFY ME,
  • 24:48 TAKE MY HEART OF STONE AND GIVE ME A HEART OF FLESH
  • 24:52 AND MAKE ME A HABITATION OF YOUR VERY PRESENCE, YOU GIVE ME THAT GREAT TRUTH AND I WILL OBEY,
  • 25:02 I WILL BE YOUR SLAVE, I WILL TACK MY EAR TO THE DOORPOST,
  • 25:05 I WILL SERVE YOU FOR AS LONG AS I LIVE.
  • 25:07 AND IN HIS GRACE AND HIS MERCY, HE HAS COME AND PAID ME A VISIT
  • 25:12 1977 AND NOTHING HAS BEEN THE SAME.
  • 25:18 ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE AND THERE, I REALIZED WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A JEW.
  • 25:23 MY HEART CRY WAS FOR ALL MY PEOPLE ISRAEL
  • 25:27 FOR THEM TO ONCE UNDERSTAND YESHUA IN A JEWISH CONTEXT.
  • 25:32 INFORMATION IS GREAT.
  • 25:36 INSPIRATION IS BETTER.
  • 25:41 WE'VE GOTTEN SOME INFORMATION FROM ISAIAH AND INSPIRATION FROM JACOB DAMKANI.
  • 25:46 BUT, HEAR ME, WHAT'S BETTER THAN INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION IS TRANSFORMATION.
  • 25:55 THAT SAID, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR HEART AND MIND
  • 26:01 TO WHAT'S REVEALED IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 26:04 BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES JACOB DAMKANI HAVE TESTIMONIES,
  • 26:08 BUT EVERYONE AND ANYONE WHO REACHES UP TO GOD
  • 26:12 AND ASKS HIM INTO THEIR HEART AND REPENTS OF THEIR SINS, THEY GET TESTIMONIES, TOO.
  • 26:17 WE WANT THE BEST FOR YOU.
  • 26:20 WE DON'T WANT TO JUST TELL A STORY THAT INFORMS, WE WANT A STORY THAT TRANSFORMS
  • 26:25 AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW AND SANDRA WANTS YOU TO KNOW
  • 26:27 THAT HE PROMISES OF GOD ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU.
  • 26:30 ISN'T THAT RIGHT?
  • 26:32 YOU KNOW, JEFF, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ISAIAH AND HIS NAME MEANS, THE LORD SAVES.
  • 26:36 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SALVATION AND THAT'S GREAT.
  • 26:38 WE'VE GOT MORE PROGRAMS COMING UP, WE'VE GOT AT LEAST 7 MORE
  • 26:41 THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ABOUT SALVATION, ABOUT ISAIAH.
  • 26:44 PLEASE JOIN US.
  • 26:46 AS YOU GO, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM PRAY OR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Jesus' Birth
  2. Jesus' Rejection
  3. Jesus' Condemnation
  4. Jesus' Death
  5. Jesus' Resurrection
  6. The Holy Spirit
  7. Rebounding from Devastation
  8. Summary

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