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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’ Condemnation”
Speaking from the Church of the Gallicantu, Jeff explores the story of Jesus’ arrest and condemnation by the Pharisees and Pilate. Believed to be the location of Caiaphas’ house, the Gallicantu is where Peter denied the Lord three times before the rooster crowed.

Caption transcript for The Gospel According to Isaiah: “Jesus’ Condemnation” (3/8)

  • 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.
  • 00:45 SHALOM, JEFFREY SEIF HERE AND I'M HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:50 SHALOM.
  • 00:52 WE ARE GOING TO DO THE 3RD OF AN 8 PART TREATMENT
  • 00:56 OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISAIAH.
  • 00:59 IN THIS SEGMENT WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE CONCEPT OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT
  • 01:05 AS WE EXPLORE WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS ABOUT JESUS AND THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 01:10 NOT A PRETTY SIGHT JEFF, BUT ONE I THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER.
  • 01:19 IT'S A PICTURE THAT WE CANNOT FORGET.
  • 01:22 TRUE, IT'S NOT A GREAT STORY IT'S A BIBLICAL STORY.
  • 01:26 IT'S NOT EVEN A NEW TESTAMENT BIBLICAL STORY AS WE SEE WHEN WE EXPLORE ISAIAH.
  • 01:32 WE'RE GOING BACK SEVEN HUNDRED OR SO YEARS BEFORE JESUS
  • 01:35 AND WE WILL SEE HOW THE STORY OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT IS TOLD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TEXT.
  • 01:42 HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN.
  • 01:45 A MAN OF SORROWS AND ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF AND WE HID AS IT WERE OUR FACES FROM HIM.
  • 01:51 HE WAS DESPISED AND WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT.
  • 01:54 SURELY HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS
  • 01:57 YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN AND SMITTEN OF GOD AND AFFLICTED.
  • 02:01 BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS.
  • 02:04 HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES.
  • 02:06 THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
  • 02:13 SPEAKING FROM THE CHURCH OF THE GALLICANTU, THE LATIN FOR "WHERE THE ROOSTER SANG",
  • 02:24 WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THE STORY OF YESHUA'S ARREST.
  • 02:30 YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT HE WAS ARRESTED IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
  • 02:35 HE WAS MANHANDLED BY SOLDIERS AND BROUGHT TO THE RESIDENCE OF CAIAPHAS.
  • 02:41 BEHIND ME HERE AT THE CHURCH OF THE GALLICANTU
  • 02:45 IS A RELIEF THAT DEPICTS WHEN THE LORD WAS TAKEN AWAY.
  • 02:50 IT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN THESE STEPS THAT HE TROD OR STEPS LIKE THEM.
  • 02:55 I'M STANDING ATOP RIGHT NOW WHAT WAS THE RESIDENCE OF CAIAPHAS HIMSELF.
  • 03:01 BEFORE SPEAKING TO THE CONTEXT TO THE SITE WHERE I AM,
  • 03:06 I'D LIKE TO LOOK AT THE BIBLICAL TEXT, ONE WRITTEN IN THE 8TH CENTURY BC
  • 03:14 MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS PRIOR A GREAT OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET LIVED AND WALKED
  • 03:20 AND HIS NAME WAS ISAIAH.
  • 03:22 IN THE 53RD CHAPTER OF ISAIAH, PREDICTED WAS THAT THE MESHIACH, THAT THE MESSIAH
  • 03:29 WAS GOING TO BE MAN-HANDLED, REJECTED AND SPIRITED AWAY.
  • 03:33 IN CHAPTER 53 VERSE 3 HE SAYS.
  • 04:08 INTERESTINGLY, FASCINATINGLY, PROPHETICALLY,
  • 04:13 ISAIAH HAD GIVEN VOICE TO THE FACT THAT THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO COME AND BE HUMBLE.
  • 04:18 HE WAS GOING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF MAN
  • 04:22 AND BE SPIRITED AWAY TO A RATHER INGLORIOUS END
  • 04:27 FROM WHICH HE WOULD RISE VICTORIOUS AT THE RESURRECTION.
  • 04:30 BUT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.
  • 04:32 OUR STORY TODAY IN THIS THE 3RD OF AN 8 PART SERIES OF ISAIAH
  • 04:37 EXPLORES WHAT THE PROPHET SAYS ABOUT JESUS ARREST,
  • 04:43 HIS ULTIMATE REJECTION CULMINATING FINALLY IN THE CROSS.
  • 04:49 IN CONJUNCTION WITH TELLING THAT STORY AND GIVEN THE FACT
  • 04:53 THAT SO OFTEN INDIVIDUALS TALK ABOUT HOW THE JEWS REJECTED CHRIST,
  • 04:57 I'D LIKE YOU TO GO WITH ME PLEASE TO THE 18TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
  • 05:02 THEREIN THE STORY IS TOLD HOW SOME 2000 YEARS AGO JESUS CAME TO THIS VERY PLACE,
  • 05:10 THE RESIDENCE OF CAIAPHAS THE HIGH PRIEST
  • 05:15 AND THERE HE WAS HANDED OFF TO A RATHER INGLORIOUS ENDING
  • 05:20 OR SO IT WOULD SEEM AN ENDING ON CALVARY'S CROSS.
  • 05:23 WE'RE TOLD THAT WHEN JESUS WAS ARRESTED IN THAT GARDEN,
  • 05:27 YOU'LL SEE THIS IF YOU LOOK AT 3 AND 4 IN YOUR BIBLE IN THE 18TH CHAPTER OF THE JOHANNITE TEXT,
  • 05:31 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, YOU'LL SEE THAT WHEN THEY CAME TO ARREST JESUS IN THE GARDEN THAT NIGHT,
  • 05:36 THEY CAME WITH TORCHES, LANTERNS AND WEAPONS.
  • 05:39 WHY DID THEY COME AND ARREST JESUS WITH TORCHES, LANTERNS AND WEAPONS?
  • 05:43 BECAUSE THEY GOT HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  • 05:46 AND WHY DID THEY ARREST JESUS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?
  • 05:49 BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T ARREST JESUS DURING THE DAY.
  • 05:52 AND WHY COULDN'T THEY ARREST JESUS DURING THE DAY?
  • 05:55 BECAUSE CROWDS OF JEWS WERE RUNNING AROUND THE CITY SAYING
  • 06:04 REMEMBER WHEN JESUS CAME INTO JERUSALEM SOME 2000 YEARS AGO, THEY LINED THE STREETS.
  • 06:10 JESUS ENJOYED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF POPULARITY
  • 06:14 AMONGST THE RANK AND FILE OF THE JEWISH POPULATION.
  • 06:19 BUT, THERE WERE THOSE OF THE RULING ELITE THAT WERE JEALOUS AND HOLDING POWER AS THEY DID,
  • 06:25 THERE WERE SOME OF THEM, CAIAPHAS AS A FOREMOST,
  • 06:29 THAT WERE MINDED TO HAVE JESUS SPIRITED AWAY AND EXECUTED.
  • 06:32 BUT, GOD HAD A PLAN TO BRING ABOUT GOOD IN THE WORLD
  • 06:36 THROUGH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, DID HE NOT?
  • 06:38 WE'RE GOING TO RETURN TO THIS STORY IN A MOMENT
  • 06:40 AND CONTINUE TO LOOK AT JESUS ULTIMATE REJECTION
  • 06:44 AS WE CONSIDER THIS AND MORE IN THE 53RD CHAPTER OF ISAIAH.
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  • 07:29 BEHIND ME IS THE MT. OF OLIVES, AT THE BASE OF WHICH IS THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
  • 07:37 YOU MIGHT RECALL IT WAS A FATEFUL EVENING MANY YEARS AGO
  • 07:42 WHEN FOLLOWING THE CELEBRATION OF THE PASSOVER SEDER, THE JEWISH HOLIDAY OF PESSACH,
  • 07:48 YESHUA AND SOME OF HIS DISCIPLES WENT OUT TO PRAY IN THAT GARDEN.
  • 07:56 BUT, THE BLISS OF PRAYER WAS INTERRUPTED.
  • 08:00 JUDAS, WHO LEFT THE SUPPER PREVIOUSLY, HAD PROCURED A BAND OF SOLDIERS
  • 08:06 AND HE BROKE THE NIGHT AS HE AND THOSE TROOPS
  • 08:10 PRESENTED WITH THE EXPRESSED PURPOSE OF TAKING JESUS INTO CUSTODY.
  • 08:16 WE'VE ALREADY CONSIDERED IN THE ISAIAH TEXT HOW PRESAGED,
  • 08:20 HOW FORETOLD WAS IT THAT THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO BE REJECTED AND TAKEN AWAY.
  • 08:25 NOW, LOOKING AT THE 18TH CHAPTER OF JOHN'S GOSPEL,
  • 08:29 WE COME TO A PLACE WHERE THE STORY UNFOLDS IN VERSE 3
  • 08:45 RECALL, IT WAS THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING.
  • 08:48 JESUS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
  • 08:50 LOOKING IN VERSE 12, JOHN TELLS US..
  • 09:20 YOU MIGHT REMEMBER IN JOHN'S GOSPEL SOME TIME EARLIER,
  • 09:24 YESHUA HAD COME AND HE HAD RAISED ELIEZER, LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD,
  • 09:30 CREATING SUCH A STIR IN THE PROCESS
  • 09:34 AS THE CROWDS WERE SO EXCITED ABOUT WHO WAS THIS ONE THAT RAISES FROM THE DEAD,
  • 09:39 THAT THE HIGH PRIEST WAS PARTICULARLY DISCONCERTED AND SAID,
  • 09:43 LOOK WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.
  • 09:45 THE WHOLE JEWISH WORLD IS GOING AFTER HIM AND WHAT WAS THE THING THAT HE DECIDED TO DO.
  • 09:52 WELL, IT WAS PASSOVER TIME.
  • 09:55 JESUS WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED THE PASSOVER JUST ON THE OUTSKIRTS,
  • 09:58 JUST SOMEWHAT REMOVED FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT, WHICH IS BEHIND ME.
  • 10:02 HE THEN AFTER THAT PASSOVER SEDER WENT TO THE MT. OF OLIVES TO THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN,
  • 10:07 TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE WHERE HE WAS THEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
  • 10:12 IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING AND THEN HE WAS TAKEN FROM THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE
  • 10:19 TO CAIAPHAS' RESIDENCE, THE PLACE FROM WHICH I STAND TODAY.
  • 10:27 TODAY A GREAT SHRINE IS BUILT ATOP THE SITE.
  • 10:31 IN FACT, I'M HERE BESIDE A STATUE AND THERE'S A LATIN AT THE BASE OF THE STATUE,
  • 10:38 WHICH SAYS, "I DON'T KNOW HIM."
  • 10:42 YOU MIGHT RECALL THERE WAS PETER EMBOLDENED AS HE WAS,
  • 10:47 HE SAID, LORD, I'LL NEVER DENY YOU IN RESPONSE TO WHICH THAT FATEFUL EVENING THE LORD SAYS,
  • 10:54 YOU'RE GOING TO DENY ME 3 TIMES AND THE COCK IS GOING TO CROW THIS EVENING.
  • 11:00 WELL, WE PICK UP IN THE NARRATIVE HERE IN JOHN IN VERSE 15 WITH PETER HIMSELF.
  • 11:11 ARGUABLY THAT OTHER DISCIPLE IS JOHN HIMSELF
  • 11:14 WHO'S NOT INTERESTED IN MENTIONING HIMSELF BY NAME.
  • 11:18 IT SEEMS TO BE HIS HABIT TO BE PARTICULARLY HUMBLE.
  • 11:30 JOHN HIMSELF FOLLOWED JESUS MORE CLOSELY, BUT PETER BEGAN TO PEEL OFF.
  • 11:38 YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE EXPRESSION TO "PETER OUT", WHICH MEANS TO RUN OUT OF STEAM.
  • 11:43 JOHN HIMSELF FOLLOWS ALONG, BUT PETER CREATES DISTANCE.
  • 12:01 I DON'T THINK IT WAS JUST ACCIDENTAL THAT PETER WAS AT THE MARGINS HOWEVER.
  • 12:16 NUMBER ONE DENIAL.
  • 12:31 HERE WE HAVE THE FIRE.
  • 12:34 MOVING ON DOWN TO VERSE 25..
  • 12:58 NOW, WHAT HAVE WE HERE?
  • 13:00 THE STORY OF PETER'S DENIAL IS OFTEN TOLD,
  • 13:04 BUT IT'S PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR PURPOSES TO NOTE THAT JESUS' REJECTION,
  • 13:13 JESUS BEING PUSHED TO THE PERIPHERY WAS SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN
  • 13:18 BECAUSE OF PETER'S DENIAL, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED
  • 13:22 BECAUSE THE JUDEAN HIGH PRIEST AND HIS CRONIES
  • 13:26 WERE OF THE PERSUASION THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT JESUS IN IT,
  • 13:30 THE REASON WHY JESUS WAS MARGINALIZED WAS BECAUSE
  • 13:34 PREDICTED IN THE HOLY WRIT IN THE 8TH CENTURY BC, MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS PRIOR,
  • 13:41 WAS THE FACT THAT THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO MAKE HIS ENTRANCE
  • 13:44 ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA AND BE DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MEN.
  • 13:50 HE WOULD BE A MAN OF SORROWS AND ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF.
  • 13:55 HE'D BE ONE FROM WHOM MEN HID THEIR FACES AND HERE WE'RE LOOKING AT ONE SUCH MAN, WELL,
  • 14:03 IT'S A FIGURE OF ONE WHERE PETER SAYS, I KNOW HIM NOT.
  • 14:11 I THINK IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 14:16 AND IT'S PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO ME
  • 14:18 TO UNDERSCORE THE OLD TESTAMENT, NEW TESTAMENT CONNECTION.
  • 14:23 FARING FROM THE JEWISH WORLD, I KNEW THE STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH,
  • 14:28 I KNEW WHAT CHRISTMAS WAS AND I KNEW THAT JESUS WAS CONDEMNED TO THE CROSS AND REJECTED.
  • 14:33 THESE THINGS I KNEW.
  • 14:34 WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAT THIS STORY UNFOLDS ACCORDING TO A PATTERN
  • 14:42 THAT WAS OUTLINED IN THE JEWISH BIBLE.
  • 14:45 AND THAT'S A STORY WORTH TELLING.
  • 14:49 I'M THRILLED TO NOT JUST PREACH THE GOSPEL BUT TO PREACH THE MESSIANIC JEWISH GOSPEL
  • 14:58 AND UNDERSCORE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE JEWISH LITERATURE
  • 15:03 AND THE JEWISH SAVIOR, THE MESSIAH, ONE KNOWN TO THE WORLD AT LARGE AS JESUS.
  • 15:10 THE ONE KNOWN IN HIS OWN DAY AND TIME BY THE NAME YESHUA.
  • 15:15 A HEBREW VERB THAT NAME IS MEANING..
  • 15:23 SO HERE WE ARE AT THE SPOT, IT'S A FAMOUS SPOT AT ONE LEVEL.
  • 15:27 I THINK PERSONALLY IT'S A SPOT THAT PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO
  • 15:30 SIMPLY BECAUSE WHILE IT'S EASY TO EXPRESS ANGST AND SAY
  • 15:35 "WELL, PETER I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DENIED HIM".
  • 15:38 BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS I THINK IN OUR OWN WAYS ON VARIOUS DAYS
  • 15:44 WE CAN RELATE TO THIS MAN WHO SAYS, "I KNOW HIM NOT".
  • 15:50 PEOPLE CAST DISPERSIONS AT THE JEWS AND SAY "I CAN'T BELIEVE THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS".
  • 15:56 JESUS DIDN'T DIE BECAUSE OF JEWS.
  • 15:58 HE DIED BECAUSE OF ALL OF "YOUS", ALL OF US.
  • 16:02 JESUS DIED BECAUSE OF SIN, NOT BECAUSE OF JEWS PARTICULARLY.
  • 16:06 IN FACT, WE'RE TOLD THAT THE REASON THE SON OF GOD CAME INTO THE WORLD
  • 16:22 SO IT IS THAT JESUS' REJECTION ITSELF IS SOMETHING THAT WAS PART OF HIS PLAN,
  • 16:27 SOMETHING HE SUBMITTED TO.
  • 16:29 AND AGAIN, PARTICULARLY AT THIS JUNCTURE, I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THE FACT
  • 16:33 THAT JESUS' REJECTION IS A STORY THAT WAS TOLD BEFORE JESUS EVER CAME OUT OF MARY'S WOMB.
  • 16:40 FOR ISAIAH THE PROPHET HAD SPOKEN AND PREDICTED
  • 16:44 THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD COME INTO THE WORLD AND INITIALLY BE DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MEN.
  • 16:53 ♪♪
  • 17:53 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 17:54 EVERY TIME I WATCH THAT JEFF, I WANT TO GO BACK TO ISRAEL THAT DAY, RIGHT NOW.
  • 17:59 IT'S HOME. IT'S JUST HOME.
  • 18:01 HOME SWEET HOME FOR THE BIBLE READER.
  • 18:03 IT'S WONDERFUL.
  • 18:05 THE BIBLE JUST COMES ALIVE.
  • 18:06 ONCE YOU'VE SEEN ISRAEL EVERYTHING COMES ALIVE.
  • 18:09 I LOVED, LOVED YOUR TEACHING DOWN AT THE MT. OF OLIVES, DOWN AT GETHSEMANE.
  • 18:13 THAT IS A WONDERFUL TEACHING ABOUT PETER AND THE SUFFERING SERVANT.
  • 18:16 WONDERFUL TEACHING.
  • 18:18 YOU KNOW IF THE LORD HADN'T RAISE UP ISRAEL AS A NATION-STATE
  • 18:20 WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO TEACH FROM THAT LAND WOULD WE?
  • 18:23 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 18:24 BUT LOOK AT THE EXPERIENCES WE GET TO KNOW.
  • 18:26 WE GET TO SEE CAIAPHAS' HOUSE, ACTUAL STONES.
  • 18:29 WE GET TO SEE WHERE PETER DENIED THE LORD.
  • 18:32 IT'S A VISUAL FOR US TO REMEMBER WHAT A HORRIBLE PRICE MESSIAH PAID FOR US.
  • 18:38 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 18:40 YOU KNOW THE AVERAGE CHRISTIAN READS THE BIBLE AND A MESSAGE IN CHURCH AND STARES AT A PODIUM.
  • 18:45 BUT, HERE, THROUGH THE MIRACLE OF MODERN TELEVISION,
  • 18:48 WE GET TO DO ISRAEL AS A BACKDROP AND I THINK IT ENHANCES ONE'S ABILITY TO SEE THE STORY.
  • 18:53 YOU KNOW IT'S REALLY INTERESTING WHEN WE'RE IN ISRAEL THERE IS A PLACE THAT PEOPLE CRY.
  • 18:58 AT EVERY SINGLE PLACE WE GO TO SOMEBODY REALLY GETS EMOTIONAL
  • 19:02 BECAUSE IT'S THE LAND OF THE BIBLE.
  • 19:05 IT'S THE LAND OF THE BIBLE AND GOD'S BRINGING PEOPLE BACK TO THE LAND OF THE BIBLE.
  • 19:08 WE'RE LOOKING HERE AT ISAIAH AND I'M REMINDED OF A VERSE IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 60:9,
  • 19:15 THE PROMISE IS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 19:23 SO IT IS THAT WE LIVE IN A DAY AND TIME WHEN ALL OVER THE WORLD JEWS ARE MAKING THEIR WAY BACK.
  • 19:29 ITS SOMETHING OF A SECOND EXODUS.
  • 19:31 AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE EXODUS,
  • 19:33 THE MIRACLE OF THE REGATHERING OF JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE MODERN NATION-STATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 19:41 AND SO THEY COME BY AIR, ARRIVING AT BEN-GURION AIRPORT IN TEL AVIV
  • 19:45 AND BY SHIP AT THE PORT OF HAIFA.
  • 19:47 THESE RUSSIAN IMMIGRANTS SETTING THEIR FEET ON ISRAEL'S SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 19:52 ARE PART OF AN AMAZING STORY OF CHRISTIAN COMPASSION.
  • 19:55 AN IMMENSE UNDERTAKING NAMED "OPERATION EXODUS"
  • 19:59 CALLS FOR FIFTY SAILINGS FROM ODESSA, RUSSIA TO HAIFA
  • 20:03 BRINGING 25,000 JEWISH IMMIGRANTS.
  • 20:06 WE TALKED TO SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS ABOUT THEIR VOYAGE TO ODESSA
  • 20:09 AND THEIR RETURN TO ISRAEL.
  • 20:11 WHEN WE CAME IN IT WAS VERY, JUST VERY OPPRESSIVE, VERY DARK
  • 20:16 AND YOU SAW A FEW OF THE RUSSIAN OFFICIALS
  • 20:19 AND THEY CAME ON BOARD ALL WITH THEIR UNIFORMS ON
  • 20:23 AND VERY STARK AND IT WAS VERY, VERY COLD.
  • 20:26 BUT THEN A COUPLE HOURS LATER THE FIRST "OLEH" CAME ON AND IT WAS AN EXCITING TIME.
  • 20:34 IT WAS JUST AND EXCITING TIME TO SEE THE PEOPLE COMING ON, OLD AND YOUNG,
  • 20:39 PEOPLE IN WHEEL CHAIRS, PEOPLE BEING CARRIED UP IN BLANKETS,
  • 20:43 LITTLE KIDS COMING ON AND YOUNG PEOPLE.
  • 20:48 IT WAS AN EXCITING TIME.
  • 20:50 AS WE WERE PULLING OUT SOMEBODY HAD A SHOFAR
  • 20:52 AND WE BLEW IT AND EVERYONE WAS SINGING.. (HEBREW)
  • 20:57 ON DECK AND EVERYBODY WAS DANCING.
  • 20:59 IT WAS..
  • 21:00 YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
  • 21:03 YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT.
  • 21:05 WE HAD A DAY OF SINGING.
  • 21:07 WE HAD ONE OF OUR PEOPLE SING TO THEM AND I SAW SUCH EMOTION.
  • 21:11 I SAW SUCH TEARS.
  • 21:13 I SAW SUCH JOY FOR ISRAEL.
  • 21:15 AND THEY ALL STOOD UP TO THE FLAG OF ISRAEL.
  • 21:18 IT WAS AN AMAZING THING THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY.
  • 21:20 THE SONG, THE SINGING..
  • 21:22 ISRAEL SONGS AND ALL THE SONGS THAT ARE OF ISRAEL WE SANG TO THEM YESTERDAY.
  • 21:30 AND THEY GOT UP AND A FEW OF THEM HAD COURAGE TO DANCE.
  • 21:33 THEY NEVER DANCED THESE DANCES IN THEIR LIVES
  • 21:35 AND I THINK YESTERDAY THEY BECAME AWARE THEY ARE COMING HOME TO ISRAEL.
  • 21:40 AND IT REALLY HIT THEM.
  • 21:42 WE COULD SEE IT.
  • 21:43 IT WAS CLEAR SAILING THE WHOLE WAY.
  • 21:45 EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL, EVERYTHING.
  • 21:47 IT WAS JUST A BLESSED TRIP, BLESSED.
  • 21:50 BLESSED BY THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
  • 21:52 ONE OF THE SCRIPTURES THAT ESPECIALLY MOTIVATED THE MEN
  • 21:55 WHO ORGANIZED AND FINANCED THIS JOURNEY WAS A SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS..
  • 22:09 SO THEY SAID TO THEMSELVES "WELL, THE SHIPS OF TARSHISH, THAT MEANS SHIPS"
  • 22:13 USUALLY THAT WAS A GENERIC TERM FOR SHIPS IN BIBLICAL TIMES.
  • 22:16 SO, THEY WOULD NOT COME ON AIRPLANES, THEY WOULD COME ON SHIPS.
  • 22:18 AND THEY WOULD BRING THEIR SILVER AND GOLD,
  • 22:20 MEANING THEY WOULD BRING THEIR POSSESSIONS WITH THEM.
  • 22:22 NOW WHEN THE IMMIGRANTS COME ON AIRPLANES THEY ARE ONLY ABLE TO BRING TWO SUITCASES PER PERSON.
  • 22:27 THEY HAVE TO LEAVE ALMOST EVERYTHING THEY OWN BEHIND
  • 22:29 IN RUSSIA OR WHEREVER THEY CAME FROM AND PEOPLE IN RUSSIA HAVE THINGS.
  • 22:33 THEY HAVE HOMES.
  • 22:34 SOMETIMES THEY HAVE CARS.
  • 22:36 AS A MATTER OF FACT THERE'S FIFTEEN CARS ON THIS SHIP
  • 22:38 THAT ARE BROUGHT BY IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
  • 22:40 THAT OBVIOUSLY COULD NEVER HAVE BROUGHT THEIR CARS WITH THEM IF THEY HAD COME ON AIRPLANES.
  • 22:44 AND THERE'S LITERALLY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF LUGGAGE ON THIS BOAT.
  • 22:50 EACH PERSON IS ALLOWED TO BRING 250 KILOS OF LUGGAGE WITH THEM
  • 22:55 INSTEAD OF 40 KILOS LIKE ON AN AIRPLANE.
  • 22:58 AND AS A MATTER OF FACT WE KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE BROUGHT AS MUCH AS 1,000 KILOS PER PERSON.
  • 23:02 SO, WE BELIEVE IT'S A FULFILLMENT OF THAT SCRIPTURE
  • 23:05 THAT THE IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY.
  • 23:07 IT'S AN EXODUS EVEN GREATER THAN THE EXODUS TO EGYPT IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS INVOLVED
  • 23:11 AND IN TERMS OF, TO ME, THE MIRACULOUS EVENTS,
  • 23:14 THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION AND THE COMPLETE RELEASE OF THE SOVIET JEWS TO COME,
  • 23:19 EASTERN EUROPE BEING FREED FROM COMMUNISM.
  • 23:21 UNBELIEVABLE, MIRACULOUS EVENTS HAVE TAKEN PLACE
  • 23:24 ALL INVOLVING AROUND THE RELEASE OF THE SOVIET JEWS.
  • 23:26 I THINK ITS GREATER THAN EXODUS TO EGYPT IN MANY WAYS.
  • 23:28 ♪SHORE TO DISTANT SHORE.
  • 23:32 ♪ALWAYS AS OF YORE, ♪YOURS FOREVERMORE.
  • 23:39 ♪NOW THAT WE'VE COME, LORD, ♪NOW THAT WE'RE HOME, LORD,
  • 23:47 ♪STRETCH OUT YOUR ARM ♪AND PROTECT US.
  • 23:55 ♪SHIELD US FROM DANGER, ♪QUIET THE STRANGER.
  • 24:02 ♪SEND OUR MESSIAH AND ♪WE'LL TRULY BE HOME.
  • 24:24 MY HEART STILL THRILLS WHEN I THINK HOW THE LORD
  • 24:28 IS BRINGING JEWISH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD BACK TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 24:35 INDIVIDUALS WHO THEMSELVES WERE DESPISED, REJECTED IN THE WORLD AT LARGE.
  • 24:41 THE LORD IN HIS WORD SAYS THROUGH ISAIAH
  • 24:43 THAT THE COASTLANDS FROM THE COASTLANDS THEY WILL COME IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 60.
  • 24:49 SO IT IS AS WELL, IN AS MUCH AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE GENERALLY
  • 24:53 HAVE HAD SOME BEING DESPISED AND REJECTED TO CONTEND WITH,
  • 24:56 THE QUINTESSENTIAL JEW IN THE WORLD, JESUS HIMSELF,
  • 24:59 WE'RE TOLD IN ISAIAH WAS TO BE DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MEN.
  • 25:04 SANDRA, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT GOD CAN HAVE A WAY WHERE PEOPLE HAVE A TOUGH START,
  • 25:08 BUT STILL THEY REBOUND FROM IT BECAUSE GOD'S GOT A PLAN.
  • 25:12 WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • 25:16 GOD HAS THE PLAN AND HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SEEN THE PLAN
  • 25:20 AND IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO ANY OF US AND IN THE END IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
  • 25:23 I LOVE ISAIAH 6:8 WHERE IT SAYS,
  • 25:35 SOMEBODY FELT THE NEED TO GO AND GET THESE PEOPLE.
  • 25:41 "SEND ME" I THINK IS JUST A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT TO HELP THE JEWISH PEOPLE COME BACK HOME.
  • 25:45 IT'S ENCOURAGING TOO BECAUSE TODAY THERE'S A STIRRING.
  • 25:48 ABSOLUTELY.THERE'S A LOT OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE WORLD.
  • 25:50 THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE JESUS IN THE WORLD.
  • 25:52 THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE JEWS IN THE WORLD.
  • 25:56 THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE IS A STIRRING.
  • 25:59 THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS.THERE IS AN ARMY THAT GOD IS RAISING UP
  • 26:03 TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM, THAT SEES GOD'S HAND
  • 26:07 IN BRINGING THE JEWISH PEOPLE BACK TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND,
  • 26:11 THAT SEES JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. THAT'S A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 26:15 BUT YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN WE GO TO ISRAEL HOW WE FEEL THAT IT'S OUR HOME.
  • 26:20 WE DON'T TO LEAVE EITHER.CAN YOU IMAGINE THESE PEOPLE HAVING BEEN PERSECUTED,
  • 26:25 HAVING BEEN MALIGNED AND BEING ABLE TO REALLY TRULY GO HOME.
  • 26:29 HAS TO BE JUST A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL FEELING FOR THEM.
  • 26:35 I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AGAIN FOR YOUR PRAYERS, FOR YOUR THOUGHTS, FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
  • 26:37 IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IN THESE END TIMES.
  • 26:42 AND REMEMBER 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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