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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’ Resurrection”
The concept of resurrection from the dead did not originate in the New Testament. Jeff explains that Isaiah prophesied that Christ the Messiah would conquer death and the grave. Witness a celebration of Jesus’ miraculous fulfillment of prophecy at the Garden Tomb. In addition, Zola and Dr. Michael Wise discuss Messianic prophecy from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Caption transcript for The Gospel According to Isaiah: “Jesus’ Resurrection” (5/8)

  • 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, ISAIAH KNEW THAT THIS PROPHETIC SCRIPTURE WOULD ONE DAY BE
  • 00:35 FULFILLED IN THE LAMB OF GOD, JESUS.
  • 00:46 WELL A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:49 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:51 SHALOM JEFF. HOW ARE YOU?
  • 00:53 GOOD, AND WHAT DO WE HAVE ON THE MENU TODAY?
  • 00:56 I THINK PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO
  • 00:58 IS WE TEACH ABOUT THE SALVATION,
  • 01:00 THE GOOD NEWS OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR MESSIAH.
  • 01:03 YES, AND WE'RE TEACHING IT FROM ISAIAH WHO LIVED SOME 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS.
  • 01:10 A GREAT OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET WHO ENVISIONED WITH THE SPIRIT OF INSPIRATION THAT
  • 01:16 MESSIAH WOULD COME AND DIE ON THE CROSS, BE BURIED AND HE'D RISE AGAIN ON THE 3RD DAY.
  • 01:21 AND WE'LL CONSIDER THAT AND MORE IN THIS PROGRAM WON'T WE?
  • 01:25 AMEN JEFF. AMEN.
  • 01:29 WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM IS THE ARM OF THE LORD REVEALED?
  • 01:34 FOR HE WAS CUT OFF OUT OF THE LAND OFTHE LIVING.
  • 01:36 FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE HE WAS STRICKEN AND HE MADE HIS GRAVE WITH THE WICKED,
  • 01:41 WITH THE RICH IN HIS DEATH.
  • 01:47 "AND THOU SHALT MAKE HIS SOUL AN OFFERING FOR SIN.
  • 01:51 HE SHALL PROLONG HIS DAYS AND THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD SHALL PROSPER IN HIS HAND."
  • 02:01 AND UP FROM THE GRAVE HE ROSE.
  • 02:05 GOODNESS, IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO COME TO YOU FROM THE GARDEN TOMB IN JERUSALEM.
  • 02:09 IF THERE'S A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE ON EARTH I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT IS.
  • 02:16 I FIND IT FASCINATING PERSONALLY THAT IN THE MIDST OF THIS STORM TOSSED MIDDLE EAST
  • 02:22 HERE WE ARE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM WHERE THERE'S CALM, THERE'S PEACE, THE BIRDS CHIRP.
  • 02:28 IT MUST HAVE BEEN JUST LIKE THIS ON THAT WONDERFUL MORNING SOME 2000 YEARS AGO
  • 02:37 WHEN MARY CAME TO THE TOMB AMAZED TO DISCOVER THAT THE TOMB WAS EMPTY.
  • 02:45 AS AMAZING AS THAT IS, WORTH NOTING IS THE FACT THAT THE NOTION OF AN EMPTY TOMB
  • 02:52 OF A RETURNING TO LIFE OF A COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD
  • 02:56 IS NOT AN EXCLUSIVELY NEW TESTAMENT NOTION.
  • 03:00 THE REASON WHY I SAY THIS IS THAT IN THE 8TH CENTURY BC THE PROPHET ISAIAH HAD ENVISIONED
  • 03:09 UNDER THE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT GRAVES WOULD OPEN,
  • 03:14 THAT THERE'D BE A BURSTING FORTH OF NEW LIFE FROM DEATH.
  • 03:18 IN FACT, PICKING UP IN THE 25TH CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH IN THE 8TH VERSE HE SAYS,
  • 03:27 AND I'LL DO THIS IN HEBREW AND THEN IN ENGLISH.
  • 03:48 MY, HAVE WE HEARD THAT BEFORE?
  • 03:51 JOHN, THE REVELATOR, SPEAKS OF TIME WHEN THE LORD
  • 03:55 WILL WIPE AWAY TEARS FROM OUR EYES WHEN LIFE RETURNS.
  • 03:59 AND HERE WE HAVE IN THE 8TH CENTURY BC WHERE THIS GREAT PROPHET SAYS MUCH THE SAME.
  • 04:06 AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD HE'S EVEN MORE EXPLICIT.
  • 04:11 IN THE 26TH CHAPTER HE SAYS.
  • 04:38 VERY EXPLICIT IS IT NOT? FASCINATING.
  • 04:41 IT SOUNDS LIKE NEW TESTAMENT LANGUAGE,
  • 04:43 BUT IT'S WRITTEN IN THE 8TH CENTURY BC BY THE PROPHET ISAIAH
  • 04:48 WHO ENVISIONS A COMING BACK TO LIFE.
  • 04:52 ARE NOT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT PROFOUND?
  • 04:56 AND LET ME JUST SAY TO LOOK AT IT FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 04:59 IS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT AS WE'VE ALREADY CONSIDERED IN THIS SERIES.
  • 05:04 THE NOTION OF A MIRACULOUS BIRTH,
  • 05:07 THE MESSIAH'S MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ON TO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA
  • 05:11 FROM THAT MIRACULOUS BIRTH IS SOMETHING THAT'S TALKED ABOUT BY THE PROPHET ISAIAH.
  • 05:15 THE CONCEPT OF SACRIFICE FOR SIN
  • 05:18 IS A CONCEPT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT WE GET WITH MOSES.
  • 05:22 AND HERE A RESURRECTING TO LIFE ISN'T A CONCEPT THAT'S UNIQUE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 05:28 GOODNESS, LATER ON THE PROPHET DANIEL IN THE 12TH CHAPTER OF HIS BOOK
  • 05:32 WILL TALK ABOUT "MANY OF THOSE WHO SLEEP IN THE DUST
  • 05:36 OF THE EARTH SHALL ARISE TO EVERLASTING LIFE
  • 05:40 AND TO SHAME AND EVERLASTING CONTEMPT."
  • 05:42 I THINK IT'S FASCINATING THAT DOCTRINES THAT WE TEND TO THINK OF AS BEING THE EXCLUSIVE
  • 05:48 PROPERTY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT REALLY HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 05:53 IN THE JEWISH BIBLE, COMING FROM JEWISH LITERATURE.
  • 05:57 I THINK THAT THE PROPHET IS REALLY DOING WELL AS HE IN THE 53RD CHAPTER
  • 06:06 SPEAKS ABOUT THE MESSIAH AND HE SAYS
  • 06:20 ISAIAH HAS JUST FINISHED IN THIS CHAPTER MENTIONING THE FACT
  • 06:23 THAT THE MESSIAH IS GOING TO BE CUT OFF.
  • 06:25 HE'S GOING TO BE A SACRIFICE FOR SINS.
  • 06:28 HE'S GOING TO BEAR THE SINS OF MANY AND HE'S GOING TO BE GIVEN UP FOR DEAD, BETRAYED.
  • 06:32 HE'LL BE DEPOSITED IN A RICH MAN'S TOMB.
  • 06:37 AND HERE I AM IN FRONT OF JUST SUCH A PLACE, A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
  • 06:42 NOT FAR FROM HERE IS GOLGOTHA, THE INFAMOUS HILL WHERE JESUS BREATHED HIS LAST,
  • 06:49 WHERE HE GAVE UP THE GHOST AND SAID "IT IS FINISHED."
  • 06:52 WELL IT IS FINISHED BUT IT IS NOT QUITE FINISHED.
  • 06:56 "HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND HE IS THE FIRST BORN OF MANY BRETHREN"
  • 07:01 SAYS PAUL IN AS MUCH AS HE CAME TO LIFE.
  • 07:05 THE UNDERSTANDING IS THOSE THAT RECEIVE HIM WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
  • 07:09 AND THEN WE TOO ARE ONE DAY DEPOSITED IN THE EARTH TO RISE AGAIN.
  • 07:16 WILL IT BE FROM THIS VERY PLACE FROM WHICH THE LORD HAD ARISEN SOME 2000 YEARS AGO?
  • 07:21 NO.BUT IT'LL BE A PLACE LIKE THIS FOR AS WE DIE WE'RE DEPOSITED IN THE EARTH
  • 07:28 IN SOME FORM, SOME FASHION AND SOME PLACE.
  • 07:32 BECAUSE HE ROSE WE TOO HAVE THE PROMISE THAT WE WILL RISE
  • 07:38 AND IT'S NOT JUST A PROMISE THAT IS FOUND IN THE PAGES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 07:43 FOR AS ISAIAH THE PROPHET HAD PREDICTED IN THE 8TH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST
  • 07:48 THROUGH THAT MESSIAH'S ADMINISTRATION
  • 07:51 "THE DEAD SHALL LIVE, THE BODIES SHALL RISE,
  • 07:55 AWAKE OH DWELLERS IN THE DUST."
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  • 08:43 ONE LEVEL IS JUST HARD TO TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF IT.
  • 08:50 WE'RE GLAD THROUGH THE MIRACLE OF MODERN TELEVISION
  • 08:53 TO BE ABLE TO BRING YOU TO THIS PLACE.
  • 08:54 I'M SURE YOU'RE SAYING IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL
  • 08:58 TO COME HERE YOURSELF AND EXPERIENCE ALL OF THIS.
  • 09:01 HERE WE ARE AT THE PLACE FROM WHICH THE LORD ROSE FROM THE DEAD SOME 2000 YEARS AGO.
  • 09:07 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN.
  • 09:09 SPEAKING OF GARDENS I'D LIKE YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR BIBLES PLEASE
  • 09:13 TO THE 19TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
  • 09:16 I WANT TO COMB THROUGH SOME TEXT HERE THAT TAKES US TO THIS VERY PLACE.
  • 09:20 THE LORD HAS JUST BEEN CRUCIFIED AND PICKING UP IN VERSE 38
  • 09:43 AND HE WAS GIVEN PERMISSION AND HE TOOK THE BODY.
  • 09:47 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 39 THAT NICODEMUS, YOU MIGHT RECALL HIM
  • 09:53 FROM THE 3RD CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
  • 09:55 THEREIN WE LEARNED THAT THERE WAS A MAN IN THE
  • 09:58 THE PHARISEES NAMED NICODEMUS A RULER OF THE JEWS.
  • 10:01 THIS MAN CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT AND SAID TO HIM
  • 10:03 "RABBI, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE A TEACHER COME FROM GOD."
  • 10:08 WHO'S THE "WE"
  • 10:10 AND WHY DOES THIS RELIGIOUS LEADER IN JUDEA REFER TO JESUS
  • 10:14 THE ITINERANT CARPENTER AS "RABBI"?
  • 10:17 HE SAYS "RABBI, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE A TEACHER COME FROM GOD
  • 10:21 FOR NO ONE CAN DO THESE SIGNS THAT YOU DO UNLESS GOD IS WITH THEM."
  • 10:25 JESUS HAD BELIEVERS EVEN AMONGST JUDAISM'S RELIGIOUS ELITE,
  • 10:29 BUT ARGUABLE AT ONE LEVEL NOT ENOUGH.
  • 10:32 BUT EVEN THAT WAS PREORDAINED FOR THE MESSIAH HAD TO BE CRUCIFIED
  • 10:36 AFTER WHICH THEN NICODEMUS COMES ALONG WITH JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA
  • 10:42 A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ELITE COUNSEL
  • 10:44 AND THEY MAKE READY TO GIVE JESUS A DESCENT BURIAL
  • 10:47 RIGHT HERE AT THIS VERY PLACE, ARGUABLY.
  • 10:51 WE'RE TOLD THEY TOOK THE BODY OF JESUS AND BOUND IT IN STRIPS AND THEN MADE READY
  • 10:56 AND JESUS WAS DEPOSITED IN THE TOMB.
  • 10:59 THEN THE RESURRECTION STORY UNFOLDS.
  • 11:03 NOW IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK WE'RE TOLD MIRIAM RAN TO THE TOMB EARLY
  • 11:07 WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK AND SAW THAT THE STONE HAD BEEN ROLLED AWAY.
  • 11:12 HERE IN THE TOMB YOU CAN SEE WHERE THERE WAS A PLACE AT THE MOUTH OF THE TOMB
  • 11:18 WHERE A STONE WOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED.
  • 11:21 THERE'S ACTUALLY A LITTLE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE WORD IS,
  • 11:23 A LITTLE INDENTATION IN THE STONE DOWN THERE, A TRACK THAT THE ROUND STONE WOULD RUN UPON.
  • 11:31 WELL, MIRIAM COMES AND DISCOVERS THAT THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED BACK.
  • 11:36 IN THE WAKE OF WHICH IN VERSE 2 WE'RE TOLD THAT SHE RAN.
  • 11:39 SHE WAS EXCITED AND CAME AND TOLD SIMON PETER AND THE OTHER DISCIPLE JOHN,
  • 11:43 "THEY HAVE TAKE AWAY THE LORD OUT OF THE TOMB AND WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE LAID HIM."
  • 11:49 PETER RAN OUT AND THE OTHER DISCIPLE AS WELL AND THEY FOUND IT TO BE THE CASE.
  • 11:55 WE'RE TOLD SIMON CAME IN VERSE 6 AND RAN INTO THE TOMB AND HE SAW THE LINEN CLOTH LYING THERE
  • 12:05 AND THE HANDKERCHIEF THAT HAD BEEN AROUND HIS HEAD NOT LYING WITH THE LINEN CLOTH
  • 12:09 BUT FOLDED TOGETHER IN A PLACE BY ITSELF.
  • 12:12 THE DISCIPLES AFTER THE WOMEN HAD GIVEN THE REPORT
  • 12:14 THE DISCIPLES COME AND THEY CHECK IT OUT AND FIND IT TO BE JUST AS THE WOMEN HAD SAID.
  • 12:19 THEN THE OTHER DISCIPLE, JOHN, CAME TO THE TOMB AND HE WENT IN AND SAW AND BELIEVED.
  • 12:27 SO WE HAVE HERE THE STORY OF THAT EASTER SUNDAY MORNING.
  • 12:33 WE'RE TOLD THAT MEMBERS OF JUDAISM'S ELITE BURIED JESUS TO GIVE HIM A DIGNIFIED CLOSURE.
  • 12:41 BUT THAT WASN'T THE END REALLY, THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
  • 12:44 IT'S LIKE YOU TAKE A SEED AND YOU PUT IT IN THE EARTH, THAT'S NOT THE END IS IT?
  • 12:50 NO, BECAUSE THE SEED SPRINGS UP AGAIN.
  • 12:52 IN JOHN 12:24 JESUS SAID
  • 13:02 BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS THE SEED IS DEPOSITED IN THE EARTH,
  • 13:05 THE SEED EMERGES FROM THE EARTH AS A PLANT AND THEN IT PRODUCES OTHER SEEDS ON IT
  • 13:10 WHICH IN TURN FALL INTO THE EARTH AND CREATE OTHER PLANTS AND THE GARDEN GROWS.
  • 13:16 AND IS NOT THAT THE STORY OF THE MESSIAH WHO ROSE FROM THE GRAVE FROM THIS PLACE?
  • 13:21 AND NOW THE WORLD OVER THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT BEAR HIS NAME.
  • 13:25 I THINK IT IS FASCINATING THAT IN THESE DAYS THE LORD IS RAISING UP A TESTIMONY,
  • 13:30 A PARTICULAR KIND OF TESTIMONY IN AS MUCH AS THE GOSPEL IS A JEWISH STORY.
  • 13:36 JESUS WAS A JEW, THE FIRST DISCIPLES WERE JEWISH,
  • 13:39 ALL THE ACTORS IN THE DRAMA WERE WOMEN AND MEN OF JEWISH EXTRACT.
  • 13:43 JESUS DIED, HE WAS BURIED, HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE GRAVE
  • 13:47 AND HIS FOLLOWERS WERE ALL OF JEWISH EXTRACT.
  • 13:51 WHAT HAPPENS IS THE STORY, THE GOSPEL, SPREADS BEYOND JUDEA.
  • 13:54 BUT WE LIVE IN A DAY AND TIME WHERE THE GOSPEL IS COMING RIGHT BACK TO THIS VERY PLACE.
  • 14:02 FASCINATING.SO PLEASED TO REPORT THAT STORY.
  • 14:05 I'M PLEASED TO REPORT TO YOU, AS WELL
  • 14:07 THAT THE STORY OF THE MESSIAH'S RISING FROM THE DEAD AND OTHERS WITH HIM
  • 14:11 IS A STORY THAT ISN'T FOUND EXCLUSIVELY IN THE JOANIN TEXT IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
  • 14:16 IT'S NOT THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 14:18 FOR, AS HAS BEEN NOTED PREVIOUSLY THE PROPHET ISAIAH AND DANIEL AND OTHERS
  • 14:24 FOR THAT MATTER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WORLD HAD ENVISIONED
  • 14:27 THAT THIS MESSIAH COMES AND IN THE WAKE OF HIS COMING
  • 14:31 HE WILL BRING OTHERS BACK TO LIFE WITH HIM MUCH AS HE RISES FROM THE GRAVE.
  • 14:35 IN VERSE 11 CONTINUING WITH THE NARRATIVE,
  • 14:38 MARY STOOD OUTSIDE THE TOMB WEEPING.
  • 14:42 AND SHE WEPT AND SHE STOOPED DOWN AND LOOKED INTO THE TOMB
  • 14:45 AND SHE SAW TWO ANGELS IN WHITE SITTING THERE.
  • 14:50 THEN THEY SAID TO HER IN VERSE 13, "WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU WEEPING?"
  • 14:55 SHE SAID, "BECAUSE THEY HAVE TAKEN AWAY MY LORD
  • 14:59 AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE TAKEN HIM."
  • 15:02 NOW WHEN SHE SAID THIS SHE TURNED AROUND
  • 15:04 AND JESUS WAS STANDING THERE BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOW THAT IT WAS JESUS, AT LEAST NOT YET.
  • 15:10 THEN HE SAID TO HER, "WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU WEEPING? WHOM ARE YOU SEEKING?"
  • 15:17 SHE, SUPPOSING HIM TO BE THE GARDENER, IN A VEXED, PERPLEXED STATE SAYS,
  • 15:22 "I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'VE TAKEN THE LORD, I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS."
  • 15:26 THEN IN VERSE 16 HE SAID THE WORD.JESUS SAID TO HER, "MIRIAM", MARY.
  • 15:35 AND WHEN HE CALLED HER BY NAME SHE TURNED AND SAID TO HIM, "RABONNI",
  • 15:43 AND HERE WE FIND IN THE TEXT WHICH IS TO SAY "TEACHER".
  • 15:49 WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
  • 15:51 IS THE INTEREST OF EXPLAINING TO NON JEWS
  • 15:54 WHAT THIS JEWISH STORY IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 15:56 OF COURSE IF JOHN WAS WRITING TO JEWS
  • 15:58 HE WOULDN'T NEED TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT THE WORD "RABBI" MEANS.
  • 16:01 BUT HERE WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT JESUS SEES MARY AND HE SAYS "MIRIAM", MARY.
  • 16:10 THEN SHE TURNS AND LOOKS AT HIM AND DAYS "RABONNI".
  • 16:14 VERY SEMITIC ISN'T IT--VERY JEWISH, VERY AFFECTIONATE.
  • 16:18 I'M WONDERING IF THERE IS SOME NOW THAT HEAR THE LORD CALLING THEIR NAME OUT,
  • 16:23 THAT IS, JUST THROUGH YOUR OWN VEXED CIRCUMSTANCES, YOUR OWN WORLD BEING UPSIDE DOWN
  • 16:30 AS MARY'S WAS CERTAINLY SOME 2000 YEARS AGO,
  • 16:33 HER WORLD HAD JUST SPUN AROUND 360 DEGREES AND SHE WAS DIZZY FROM IT ALL.
  • 16:38 BUT THEN SHE HEARD THAT VOICE AND SHE TURNED AND REFOCUSED ON JESUS.
  • 16:44 MIGHT THERE BE SOME AS A RESULT OF THE VISITING THE STORY OF JESUS' RESURRECTION HERE
  • 16:51 AT THE PLACE WHERE IT ALL TOOK PLACE, MIGHT THERE BE SOME THAT HEAR THAT VOICE AS WELL
  • 16:56 AND YOU'D BE MINDED TO SAY "RABONNI, JESUS, MY TEACHER?"
  • 17:01 I CERTAINLY WOULD HOPE THAT WOULD BE THE CASE AND THAT IN RESPONSE TO THIS PROGRAM
  • 17:07 THAT YOU'LL MAKE YOUR WAY TO A GOOD BIBLE BELIEVING FELLOWSHIP WHERE THE GOSPEL IS TAUGHT.
  • 17:12 I LOVE THE GOSPEL.
  • 17:14 I LOVE IT FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE, BY THE WAY.
  • 17:16 I BELIEVE THAT JESUS WAS JEWISH, THE DISCIPLES WERE JEWISH, IT'S JUST JEWISH THROUGH AND THROUGH.
  • 17:21 I KNOW WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME THAT WHICH WAS A JEWISH GOSPEL BECAME SORT OF UN-JEWISH,
  • 17:27 NON JEWISH, AND EVENTUALLY IT EVEN SEEMED TO BE ANTI JEWISH.
  • 17:30 AND SO STANDING HERE AT THE GARDEN TOMB TO TELL THE STORY OF JESUS' RESURRECTION,
  • 17:34 THOUGH AT ONE LEVEL IT SOUNDS PERFECTLY CHRISTIAN,
  • 17:37 THE TRUTH BE KNOWN, WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME
  • 17:41 THE CHURCH HAS LOST ROOTS OF ITS JEWISH FAITH, LOST A VISION FOR THAT.
  • 17:46 BUT HERE FROM THE HOLY LAND WITH THE GARDEN TOMB BEHIND ME, WITH THE BIBLE IN FRONT OF ME
  • 17:52 AND WITH THE ISAIAH TEXT INTRODUCING ALL OF THIS,
  • 17:54 LET'S REMEMBER THAT SOME 700 OR 800 YEARS BEFORE JESUS CAME OUT OF MARY'S WOMB,
  • 18:00 PREDICTED WAS IT THE MESSIAH WOULD RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.
  • 18:18 IF YOU HAD BUT ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ISRAEL WHAT WOULD THAT ONE WORD BE?
  • 18:21 "INCREDIBLE"
  • 18:23 "FULFILLMENT"
  • 18:24 "UNBELIEVABLE"
  • 18:25 "WOW"
  • 18:27 "SHALOM"
  • 18:28 "FABULOUS"
  • 18:30 SABABA, WHICH MEANS 'AWESOME'."
  • 18:34 "LOVE, THE LOVE OF GOD."
  • 18:37 "PHENOMENAL, PHENOMENAL, PHENOMENAL"
  • 18:48 THAT'S ISRAEL, THAT'S HOW WE SEE IT, WE LOVE ISRAEL.
  • 18:53 THE BIBLE TALKS IN REVELATION ABOUT A NEW HEAVEN, A NEW EARTH AND A NEW JERUSALEM,
  • 18:59 YOU NEED TO SEE JERUSALEM.
  • 19:01 JEFF, IT'S JUST WONDERFUL AND WE LOVE IT!
  • 19:03 IT SURELY IS AND NOT FAR FROM JERUSALEM IS A PLACE CALLED "QUMRAN".
  • 19:08 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 19:09 THE LAST TRIP WE VISITED THERE.
  • 19:11 I REMEMBER IT WELL.
  • 19:13 THIS IS THE SITE WHERE THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS WERE FOUND
  • 19:17 AND I REMEMBER MUSING ABOUT THE MUSEUM THERE LOOKING AT A SCROLL,
  • 19:21 THE PROPHET OF ISAIAH WRITTEN BEFORE THE TIME OF JESUS
  • 19:26 AND THERE I WAS LOOKING AT ISAIAH CHAPTER 53.
  • 19:31 THESE ARE PORTIONS OF EXTRA BIBLICAL TEXT THAT WERE WRITTEN BY THE SCRIBES AT QUMRAN
  • 19:36 SOMETIME AROUND THE TIME OF JESUS' LIFE AND MINISTRY.
  • 19:39 PROFESSOR WEIS CONTENDS THAT THESE TEXTS REFER TO THE MESSIAH.
  • 19:44 SO WHEN YOU SPEAK OF A FIGURE BEING MESSIANIC,
  • 19:49 THEY'VE READ MESSIANIC PROPHECY, THEY DON'T SAY THIS LIGHTLY.
  • 19:52 THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
  • 19:54 THEY KNOW MESSIANIC PROPHECY VERY WELL.
  • 19:56 THEY COPIED A WHOLE BOOK OF ISAIAH FOR EXAMPLE.
  • 19:57 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 19:58 NOW WHAT OTHER MESSIANIC SCROLLS HAVE YOU FOUND?
  • 20:02 THIS IS THE FRAGMENT THAT HAS GOTTEN SOME ATTENTION.
  • 20:04 IT STARTS OFF BY QUOTING THE BOOK OF ISAIAH THE 11TH CHAPTER, THE 1ST VERSE,
  • 20:17 THE ROOT OF JESSE, OF COURSE, JESSE THE FATHER OF DAVID.
  • 20:19 SO HERE WAS A REFERENCE TO A SON OF DAVID
  • 20:22 WHICH WAS OF COURSE OFTEN A MESSIANIC WAY OF REFERRING TO FUTURE FIGURES.
  • 20:27 IT HAD TO BE A SON OF DAVID IN ORDER TO QUALIFY AS THE MESSIAH.
  • 20:31 IT GOES ON TO SAY..
  • 20:33 THE BIBLE EVEN SPECIFIES THAT MESSIAH WHEN HE COMES
  • 20:39 WHOEVER HE MAY BE MUST BE OUT OF THE FAMILY OF DAVID.
  • 20:42 THAT'S RIGHT, AND THE PEOPLE KNEW THAT.
  • 20:43 SURE. >>OKAY.
  • 20:44 SO ANYONE THEY WOULD DESCRIBE AS MESSIAH HAD TO QUALIFY IN THAT WAY.
  • 20:48 THE FOURTH LINE HERE IS THE ONE THAT'S REALLY INTERESTING THAT SAYS,
  • 20:59 NOW WE KNOW FROM OTHER DEAD SEA SCROLLS THAT THE WORDS
  • 21:02 (SPEAKING HEBREW) PRINCE OF THE CONGREGATION",
  • 21:05 REFER TO THE MESSIANIC SON OF DAVID FIGURE.
  • 21:07 SPEAKING OF THE MESSIANIC FIGURE HERE, WHO'S EVIDENTLY BEING PUT TO DEATH.
  • 21:11 NOW THAT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US.
  • 21:14 AND ESPECIALLY AS THE NEXT LINE THROWS A LITTLE MORE LIGHT ON IT.
  • 21:25 AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT FOLLOWED AFTER, AGAIN IT'S BROKEN.
  • 21:28 PIERCINGS AS IN "THEY SHALL LOOK UPON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED".
  • 21:30 THAT'S RIGHT THEY SHALL LOOK UPON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED AND IT'S THE SAME HEBREW VERB.
  • 21:35 SO IT SEEMS TO BE THAT THIS TEXT IS BRINGING TOGETHER QUOTATIONS FROM VARIOUS PORTIONS
  • 21:40 OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH AND APPLYING THEM TO A FIGURE.
  • 21:43 THIS AUTHOR TRUSTED ISAIAH TO THE DEGREE THAT HE'S REITERATING THIS PROPHECY
  • 21:47 APPLYING IT TO A MESSIANIC FIGURE OF THE TIME.
  • 21:50 BUT IT IS VERY INTERESTING TOO THAT HE APPEARS TO BE REFERRING TO ISAIAH 53,
  • 21:54 BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE EVIDENCE IN GENERAL,
  • 21:56 THAT VERY IMPORTANT CHAPTER OF THE HEBREW BIBLE
  • 21:59 WAS UNDERSTOOD MESSIANICALLY AMONG THE JEWS AT THE TIME OF JESUS APART FROM THIS TEXT.
  • 22:04 OF COURSE THE EARLY CHRISTIANS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
  • 22:07 UNDERSTOOD THAT TEXT TO REFER TO JESUS.
  • 22:09 SO THEY HAD A MESSIANIC UNDERSTANDING OF THAT PORTION OF ISAIAH.
  • 22:12 BUT SCHOLARS HAVE ALWAYS SAID,
  • 22:14 BUT DID THE JEWS, OTHER THAN THOSE THAT BECAME THE EARLY CHRISTIANS,
  • 22:17 HAVE THIS UNDERSTANDING?
  • 22:19 AND OUR EVIDENCE HAS ALWAYS SAID THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE JEWS, THE ONLY EVIDENCE WE REALLY HAD,
  • 22:23 SUGGESTED THAT THE JEWS THOUGHT THE CHAPTER DIDN'T REFER TO AN INDIVIDUAL
  • 22:27 BUT RATHER TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL AS THE SUFFERING SERVANT.
  • 22:30 THAT'S USUALLY THE ANSWER IF ONE IS TRYING TO PROVE THAT PASSAGE TO BE CHRISTOLOGICAL TO A JEW.
  • 22:36 HE SAYS, "MY RABBI SAID THAT'S THE NATION OF ISRAEL, THAT'S GOD'S SERVANT."
  • 22:40 BUT EVIDENTLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WROTE THESE SCROLLS
  • 22:43 THOUGHT THIS APPLIED TO A MAN NOT A NATION.
  • 22:46 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 22:47 AND IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT THIS IS ONE WAY OF INTERPRETING THE SCROLL.
  • 22:49 SCHOLARS ARE GOING TO BE WRITING ABOUT THIS SCROLL AND MANY OTHERS FOR MANY YEARS.
  • 22:53 THERE IS VERY LITTLE THAT'S ABSOLUTELY STRAIGHT FORWARD AS WE STUDY THESE MATERIALS.
  • 22:58 AM I COMPLETELY CRAZY TO SAY THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT FINDS OF MODERN TIMES?
  • 23:02 THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT OUR CENTURY AS THE TIME THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS CAME OUT?
  • 23:08 I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S AN EXAGGERATION AT ALL.
  • 23:10 I'M SO EXCITED I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU, AND I WAS FROM THE FIRST DAY THAT I HEARD OF THIS,
  • 23:16 ESPECIALLY THESE MESSIANIC TEXTS.
  • 23:18 WELL WE HAVE ANOTHER MESSIANIC TEXT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT THAT ONE.
  • 23:21 YES.
  • 23:23 THIS IS A TEXT THAT STARTS OFF AT THE BEGINNING HERE SPEAKING
  • 23:29 APPARENTLY IT SAYS,
  • 23:31 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 23:42 THAT IS THE MESSIAH OF GOD, HIS MESSIAH.
  • 23:49 AND THE TEXT GOES ON TO DESCRIBE SOME OF THE MARVELOUS THINGS
  • 23:52 AND IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER IT'S GOD HIMSELF WHO IS DOING IT OR THE MESSIAH WHO'S DOING IT,
  • 23:56 AND DON'T BELIEVE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE TWO ARE SO CLOSELY FUSED IN THE TEXT
  • 24:01 WHICH GOES ON TO QUOTE PORTIONS AGAIN OF ISAIAH.
  • 24:03 WE HAVE HERE DOWN IN THIS LINE A REFERENCE TO..
  • 24:14 LITERALLY "MAKE TO LIVE THE DEAD".
  • 24:17 SO THIS IS PECULIAR ONLY OF JESUS IF THE GOSPEL IS BELIEVED.
  • 24:22 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 24:24 WE DON'T HAVE EVIDENCE OF SUCH BELIEF ABOUT A MESSIAH AT THE TIME OF THE SCROLLS
  • 24:27 APART FROM THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL THAT THERE WOULD BE A MESSIAH WHO'D RAISE THE DEAD.
  • 24:34 ♪IN THAT HOLY MOUNTAIN ♪IN JERUSALEM
  • 24:38 ♪TAKE HIS SON, HIS SON, ♪HIS ONLY SON.
  • 24:42 ♪SLAY HIM THERE AND TELL THE ♪WORLD JERUSALEM
  • 24:46 ♪OF THY FAITH, THY FAITH ♪THAT IT IS DONE.
  • 24:50 ♪FOR IT IS DONE ♪WE HAVE THE SON,
  • 24:54 ♪THE BLESSED ONE, ♪HIS ONLY SON.
  • 24:58 ♪BELIEVE ON HIM ♪AND IT IS DONE
  • 25:02 ♪AND ALWAYS PRAY ♪SHA'ALU SHALOM.
  • 25:10 ♪SHA'ALU SHALOM ♪YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 25:14 ♪SHA'ALU, SHA'ALU SHALOM.
  • 25:18 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE
  • 25:28 ♪SHA'ALU SHALOM.
  • 25:37 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.
  • 25:39 AMAZING STORY.
  • 25:41 MICHAEL WEIS, SANDRA, IS A RESPECTED ACADEMIC AND FOR HIM TO COME OUT
  • 25:45 AND SO EXPLICITLY GIVE CREDENCE TO THE ISAIAH TEXT IS FASCINATING.
  • 25:50 IT IS FASCINATING.AND WHAT IS FASCINATING IS HE'S NOT A BELIEVER.
  • 25:53 BUT IF YOU WATCH THE SEGMENT IT LOOKS LIKE HE REALLY BELIEVES THERE'S A MESSIAH.
  • 25:59 WELL THEN HE BELIEVES THAT THEY BELIEVED THAT THE TEXT HAD A MESSIANIC GLOSS TO IT.
  • 26:04 THAT'S RIGHT, AND IT'S KIND OF SAD THESE DAYS
  • 26:06 THAT OTHER PEOPLE INTERPRET IT AS BEING "THE LAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 26:10 IT DOESN'T TALK ABOUT THE LAND IT TALKS ABOUT A PERSON, THE PERSON OF MESSIAH.
  • 26:14 I APPRECIATE DR. WEIS FOR WHO HE IS, AND I JUST HOPE MORE PEOPLE
  • 26:19 COME AROUND AND DEVELOP AN APPRECIATION FOR JESUS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 26:25 WE BELIEVE THAT THE MESSIAH HAS COME AND HIS NAME IS JESUS.
  • 26:29 HE'S THE HOPE OF THE WORLD FOR JEWS, FOR ARABS,
  • 26:32 FOR ALL OF US COMING TOGETHER HE IS OUR PEACE ISN'T HE?
  • 26:36 HE'S OUR PEACE, OUR SHALOM.
  • 26:38 BUT YOU KNOW HE IS OUR ONE AND ONLY ATONEMENT.
  • 26:42 WE NEED NO OTHER ATONEMENT, NO OTHER SACRIFICE.HE IS THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
  • 26:47 CORRECT.
  • 26:49 AND IT'S JUST A BLESSING.THANK YOU AGAIN FOR WATCHING.
  • 26:51 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM PRAY FOR 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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