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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: “Rebounding from Devastation”
From the ancient ruins of a first-century estate, Jeff explores the prophetic position of Jesus as the Deliverer. At this location, we learn that God sent the Messiah to set the captives free and heal the brokenhearted. We also discover the Hebrew meaning behind the Lord's Prayer, and enjoy an enlightening interview with Zola and Ra'anan Gissin, the former Chief Advisor to Ariel Sharon.

Caption transcript for The Gospel According to Isaiah: “Rebounding from Devastation” (7/8)

  • 00:13 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
  • 00:34 WOULD ONE DAY BE FULFILLED IN THE LAMB OF GOD,...JESUS
  • 00:47 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:49 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:52 SHALOM JEFF. HOW ARE YOU DOING?
  • 00:53 AND ON THE MENU TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT ISAIAH.
  • 00:56 ISAIAH.
  • 00:58 ISN'T ISAIAH WONDERFUL INSPIRATION OF HOPE
  • 01:00 AND REBOUNDING AND REBUILDING
  • 01:02 THAT GOD DOES IN OUR LIVES?
  • 01:03 RIGHT.
  • 01:04 AND THAT'S THE STORY ON THE MENU FOR TODAY.
  • 01:06 LOOKING OUT OF ISAIAH CHAPTER 61
  • 01:08 WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A DRAMA. WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A TEXT.
  • 01:11 IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW GOD CAN RAISE US UP FROM A RUINED ESTATE.
  • 01:15 THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE "GOOD NEWS" SO GOOD,
  • 01:17 THAT WE CAN MAKE A LIFE SO BAD WITH SIN, DESPAIR, DECAY AND DISORIENTATION,
  • 01:23 BUT GOD CAN, WILL AND DOES TURN IT AROUND AS PREDICTED BY ISAIAH THE PROPHET...
  • 01:33 "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON YOU,"
  • 01:35 "BECAUSE THE LORD HATH ANOINTED YOU TO PREACH GOOD TIDINGS UNTO THE MEEK."
  • 01:40 "HE HATH SENT THEE TO BIND UP THE BROKEN ONE."
  • 01:43 "TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES."
  • 01:46 "AND THE OPENING OF THE PRISON TO THEM THAT ARE BOUND."
  • 01:49 "TO GIVE UNT0 THEM BEAUTY FOR ASHES, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS."
  • 01:58 I'M WONDERING IF THEY FLED DOWN HERE.WONDERING AS THE FOREIGNERS OVERRAN JERUSALEM,
  • 02:07 WHEN THEY ARE SCURRYING FOR PLACES TO HIDE, KNOWING THAT THEIR LIVES HUNG IN THE BALANCE.
  • 02:17 THEY KNEW THEY COULDN'T WIN SO THEY PROBABLY RAN TO DIFFERENT CRACKS AND CREVICES IN THE CITY
  • 02:24 TO HIDE AND HOPE THAT THE WHOLE THING WOULD PASS THEM.
  • 02:30 BUT I DOUBT THERE WERE MANY SURVIVORS IN THIS HOUSE.
  • 02:35 THIS WAS A FINE HOUSE RIGHT UP CLOSE TO THE "BEIT HA-MIKDASH".
  • 02:45 THIS IS THE HOME OF A JEWISH ARISTOCRAT.YOU CAN TELL THESE FINE MOSAICS,
  • 02:52 AND I KNOW THEY WERE TORAH OBSERVANT TOO.
  • 02:55 THERE'S "MIKVAOT", RITUAL BATHS, ALL OVER THE PLACE.
  • 02:59 AND I'M SURE THERE WAS FINE FOOD IN THIS HOME.I'M SURE THERE WAS FINE MUSIC
  • 03:06 AND I'M SURE THOSE WHO LIVED HERE COUNTED THEMSELVES FORTUNATE.
  • 03:11 THAT IS UNTIL THE WORLD WENT SOUR.
  • 03:15 UNTIL IT ALL TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND WHAT WAS A HOME OF SONG AND JOY BECAME A HOUSE OF TERROR.
  • 03:24 MANY DIED, MOST, IF NOT ALL.
  • 03:30 AND THE BEST THAT THOSE COULD HOPE FOR THAT SURVIVED THE DEBACLE WOULD BE...
  • 03:35 TO BE CARTED OFF INTO SLAVERY IN A FOREIGN LAND.
  • 03:40 AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FORTUNATE.
  • 03:43 WELL SO MUCH FOR THE BAD NEWS.
  • 03:46 STANDING HERE ON THIS RUIN, PEOPLE DON'T WALK HERE ANYMORE, THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO.
  • 03:53 WE HAD TO SECURE PERMISSION FOR ME JUST TO COME AND STAND ON THESE STONES.
  • 03:58 SOME OF THE LAST PEOPLE THAT WOULD STAND HERE WERE THOSE THAT LIVED HERE AND HAD THEIR LIVES
  • 04:04 INTERRUPTED BY THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS THAT I JUST DESCRIBED. WELL SO MUCH FOR THE BAD NEWS.
  • 04:12 THE GOOD NEWS IS...
  • 04:14 ...IF WE CAN FIND GOOD NEWS OUT OF THIS RUIN.
  • 04:18 THE GOOD NEWS IS, EIGHT CENTURIES BEFORE IT ALL HAPPENED
  • 04:24 THERE WAS A PROPHET ISAIAH, THE GREATEST PROPHET IN OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY.
  • 04:30 IN THE 53RD CHAPTER AND ELSEWHERE,
  • 04:32 HE DESCRIBES IT AS SOME POINT IN TIME GOD IS GOING TO SEND...
  • 04:40 ...THE "MASHIACH" AND IN THIS SERIES
  • 04:42 WE HAVE BEEN DESCRIBING SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS MESSIAH.
  • 04:48 HERE WE NOTE IN CHAPTER 53, VERSE 10...
  • 05:04 RHETORICALLY I WANT TO ASK THE QUESTION,
  • 05:07 "WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES FOR THIS PERSON, FOR THIS DELIVERER?"
  • 05:12 IF YOU'LL TURN WITH ME PLEASE IN YOUR BIBLES TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 61,
  • 05:18 WE'RE MOVING TOWARD THE END OF THE STORY AND HERE HE SAYS...
  • 05:42 I THINK IT'S A FASCINATING STORY
  • 05:44 THAT THOUGH THROUGH SAD CIRCUMSTANCES AND PERSONAL MISFORTUNES,
  • 05:49 INDIVIDUALS FIND THEMSELVES AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES,
  • 05:54 OVERRUN BY FORCES THAT THEY'RE POWERLESS TO HOLD AT BAY,
  • 05:59 IT'S GREAT TO KNOW THERE'S A GOD THAT LOOKS OVER HIS WORD, THAT HE LOOKS OVER HIS PEOPLE
  • 06:05 AND HE HAS A MIND TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THEM, TO OPEN THE EYES OF THOSE THAT ARE BOUND
  • 06:13 AND TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD'S GOOD PLEASURE.AS HE SAYS HERE...
  • 06:19 "SPEAKING HEBREW"
  • 06:23 AND DON'T WE WANT THE GOOD LORD SINGING OVER US LIKE THAT?
  • 06:28 SOMETIMES LIFE CAN BE SO HARD. WE'RE BETRAYED BY PEOPLE, IF NOT DISAPPOINTED.
  • 06:36 WE'RE BETRAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 06:38 SOMETIMES WE CAN FEEL THAT WE'RE BETRAYED BY OUR OWN BODY WITH ILL HEALTH,
  • 06:43 WE'RE BETRAYED BY CLOSE FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES. SOMETIMES THE WORLD CAN TURN UPSIDE DOWN.
  • 06:48 THE PROPHET GOES ON TO SAY...
  • 07:25 ISN'T THAT A GREAT STORY?HERE IN ISAIAH, EIGHT CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS CAME,
  • 07:33 PREDICTED IS THAT THE MESSIAH IS GOING TO COME TO ACCOMPLISH A GOOD PURPOSE.
  • 07:40 AND WHAT'S THAT PURPOSE?
  • 07:42 WELL ISAIAH GOES ON TO DESCRIBE THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON THIS MESSIAH.
  • 07:46 AND WHAT DOES HE DO?
  • 07:48 HE PROCLAIMS THE YEAR OF THE LORD'S FAVOR UPON THOSE
  • 07:52 WHO FEEL THAT LIFE HAS SET THEM IN A PLACE OF DISFAVOR.
  • 07:58 THAT'S WHY THE GOSPEL IS CALLED "GOOD NEWS".
  • 08:00 WE CAN FIND OURSELVES AMIDST RUINS AS I STAND HERE TODAY, SO MUCH FOR THE BAD NEWS;
  • 08:07 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE GOOD GOD RAISES US UP FROM THOSE RUINS,
  • 08:12 ENABLING US TO WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE
  • 08:15 AND EXPERIENCE NEW CIRCUMSTANCES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT NEW LIFE.
  • 08:32 FOR INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVES OF ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY,
  • 08:36 ASK FOR OUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER.
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  • 08:42 WITH THE LATEST VIDEOS, BOOKS AND MUSIC.
  • 08:45 OUR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE,
  • 08:46 THE INSTITUTE OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES
  • 08:48 INCLUDES READING PACKETS, TEACHING CASSETTES
  • 08:51 AND MAIL-IN TESTS.
  • 08:53 YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING TOUR OF ISRAEL,
  • 08:56 GREECE OR THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE THEME PARK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
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  • 09:06 IF THESE STONES COULD TALK,
  • 09:09 WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?
  • 09:12 WOULD THIS ONE SAY... "AH, ONCE UPON A TIME KING HEROD LEANED AGAINST ME."
  • 09:19 WOULD THIS STEP SAY... "AH, ONCE UPON A TIME PONTIUS PILOT WALKED ON ME."
  • 09:26 WOULD THIS ONE SAY... "AH, I GOT YOU BEAT."
  • 09:29 "ONCE THE SHADOW OF JESUS HIMSELF WAS CAST AGAINST ME."
  • 09:35 WOULD THEY ALL SAY... "AH, BUT LISTEN TO ME AS WELL,"
  • 09:38 "THAT MANY YEARS BEFORE JESUS, THE PROPHET ISAIAH WALKED AMONGST US,"
  • 09:45 "AND HIS SHADOW AND HIS FOOTPRINT IS FOUND ALL OVER THESE ROCKS."
  • 09:49 YOU KNOW THEY'RE ALL RIGHT.
  • 09:52 WE'RE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE TEMPLE MOUNT WAS.
  • 09:57 THIS IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THE JEWISH ELITE RESIDED.
  • 10:01 ISAIAH HIMSELF WAS CUT FROM ROYAL CLOTH AND SO HE WOULD HAVE ENJOYED THIS LIFE OR A SEASON.
  • 10:09 ISAIAH FOR HIS PART GAVE UP ON THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS.
  • 10:14 CALLED AS HE WAS TO BE A PROPHET,
  • 10:17 HE LEFT HIS FORTUNATE ESTATE TO DWELL AMONGST COMMONERS
  • 10:23 AND PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND OH WHAT A MESSAGE IT WAS!
  • 10:28 BEFORE THE BREAK WE CONSIDERED THAT ISAIAH HAD NOTED
  • 10:31 THAT WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A...
  • 10:35 ...HOW CAN I PUT THIS?
  • 10:38 THERE'S GOING TO BE A FALLING. THESE GREAT HOUSES WILL FALL,
  • 10:42 BUT THEN THIS "MASHIACH", THIS MESSIAH WILL RAISE UP INDIVIDUALS FROM THOSE RUINS.
  • 10:47 WHAT A GREAT STORY!
  • 10:49 WHAT I WANT TO DO IS TURN TO ANOTHER WRITER
  • 10:51 HAVING LOOKED AT ISAIAH AND HIS PROMISES OF A NEW LIFE THAT'S AVAILABLE TO WOMEN AND MEN.
  • 10:58 WHAT I WANT TO DO IS PRACTICALLY SEE HOW THAT'S FLESHED OUT IN THE TEACHING OF JESUS.
  • 11:03 IF YOU'LL LOOK IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO THE GOSPEL OF LUKE,
  • 11:07 THE DISCIPLES IN EFFECT CAME TO THE LORD AND SAID,
  • 11:09 "HEY, HOW CAN WE GET A HOLD OF SOME OF THAT KINGDOM POWER?"
  • 11:13 WHEN THEY CAME AND THEY SAID, "LORD TEACH US HOW TO PRAY" WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR IS,
  • 11:18 "HOW CAN I TAP INTO THE RESOURCE BASE THAT'S AVAILABLE IN HEAVEN"
  • 11:21 "TO GET SOME HELP WITH SOME VEXING EARTHLY SITUATIONS?"
  • 11:25 AND HE SAID "WHEN YOU PRAY" IN CHAPTER 11, VERSE 2, "DO IT LIKE THIS."HE SAYS...
  • 11:36 SEE GOD WASN'T JUST JESUS' FATHER,
  • 11:38 THROUGH JESUS GOD IS OUR FATHER,
  • 11:40 WE'RE ALL GRAFTED INTO A FAMILY AND I'LL GET TO THAT IN A MOMENT.
  • 11:43 WHEN MY KIDS COME TO ME I WANT TO DO THE BEST I CAN FOR THEM.
  • 11:47 AND OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS OF THE SAME PERSUASION. PRAY LIKE THIS...
  • 11:59 IT'S LOST TO MANY CHRISTIANS, BUT IN THE JEWISH WORLD
  • 12:03 THERE'S A DOCTRINE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.IT'S CALLED...
  • 12:12 IT'S INCUMBENT UPON JEWISH PEOPLE TO MAKE GOD'S NAME LOOK GOOD UPON THE EARTH.
  • 12:17 IT'S NOT ALWAYS BORNE OUT IN PRACTICE BUT IT'S ALWAYS TOLD IN THEORY
  • 12:21 THAT IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THOSE OF THE COVENANT TO MAKE GOD'S NAME LOOK GOOD.
  • 12:26 IN FACT, ISRAEL BEARS GOD'S NAME.
  • 12:28 THE SUFFIX "EL" MEANS GOD AND THOSE THAT CARRY THE NAME SHOULD CARRY IT WELL.
  • 12:34 WELL HERE THE PRAYER IS...
  • 12:47 YOU MIGHT RECALL ELSEWHERE THE LORD SAYS,
  • 12:49 "THOSE OF US THAT LOVE OUR LIFE WILL LOSE IT. BUT THOSE THAT LOSE IT WILL FIND IT."
  • 12:54 WE'RE SO VERY CONCERNED FOR OUR LIVES,
  • 12:56 IF WE JUST LEARNED TO SACRIFICE AND SERVE OTHERS, SERVE A HIGHER PURPOSE,
  • 13:01 BE COMMITTED TO GOD WITH OUR TIME, ENERGIES, RESOURCES, AND BE COMMITTED TO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 13:07 WE'RE SO MUCH OUT FOR OURSELVES.
  • 13:10 WIRED LIKE THAT, WE MISS THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE THAT IF WE LOVE OUR LIFE WE'LL LOSE IT.
  • 13:14 IF WE'RE ADVOCATES FOR HIS KINGDOM, IF WE SAY
  • 13:17 "LORD MAY YOUR NAME BE GREAT UPON THE EARTH AND LET ME USE MY ENERGIES TO FACILITATE THAT",
  • 13:22 IF WE'D BE LIKE THAT, THEN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WOULD USE HIS RESOURCES
  • 13:27 TO HELP US GET FURTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD IN LIFE.
  • 13:30 T'S JUST SO VERY CONTRARY TO NATURE BECAUSE HUMAN NATURE TENDS JUST TO BE OUT FOR ITSELF.
  • 13:35 OH, BUT IF THAT NEW NATURE IS WITHIN YOU,
  • 13:39 THE NATURE,THAT NEW BIRTH, THAT COMES FROM GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 13:42 IF WE COULD JUST LEARN TO RESPOND TO THOSE IMPULSES
  • 13:45 INSTEAD OF OUR OWN BASE IMPULSES WE'D BE THE BETTER FOR IT.
  • 13:47 AND IF WE WOULD PRAY,
  • 13:49 "LORD MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME AND MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN",
  • 13:56 AH SUCH A WONDERFUL KEY THERE. THE PRAYER GOES ON...
  • 14:04 I WANT TO MAKE NOTE AT THIS POINT PARTICULARLY BECAUSE,
  • 14:07 REMEMBER THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE ENSLAVED IN "MITZRAYIM", IN EGYPT.
  • 14:11 THEN GOD DELIVERED THEM FROM EGYPT, BUT IT TOOK YEARS TO ACTUALLY GET TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:17 IN ROUTE THEY WERE IN A WORLD WHERE
  • 14:20 THERE WERE SPARTAN RESOURCES THERE IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 14:22 AND WHAT DID GOD DO?
  • 14:23 HE PROVIDED FOR THEM MIRACULOUSLY.
  • 14:25 AND SOMETIMES WE'RE AT A PLACE WE NEED GOD'S MIRACULOUS PROVISION.
  • 14:30 IT'S GOOD TO KNOW IT'S THERE. HE EVEN SAID TO PRAY FOR IT,
  • 14:32 PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE US OUR DAILY BREAD AND THAT HARKS BACK TO THE MANNA.
  • 14:36 HE GOES ON TO SAY...
  • 14:48 IF WE'RE JUST PLAIN HONEST HERE
  • 14:50 AND WE JUST THINK ABOUT IT,
  • 14:52 A LOT OF US GO THROUGH LIFE, WE DON'T FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 14:55 WE'RE ANGRY AT THEM.WE'VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED BY SOME PEOPLE, BETRAYED, ABANDONED.
  • 15:02 WHAT HAPPENS IS WE JUST GIVE UP ON PEOPLE AND GO THROUGH LIFE ANGRY.
  • 15:08 EVEN IF WE'RE NOT HAVING TANTRUMS ALL THE TIME,
  • 15:10 THERE CAN BE THIS SLOW, SIMMERING ANGST BECAUSE WE'RE JUST ANGRY AT THE WORLD.
  • 15:16 WELL WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS?
  • 15:18 I READ HERE THAT HE SAYS THE LORD....
  • 15:20 "FORGIVES US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US."
  • 15:27 YOU'VE GOT TO HEAR ME ON THIS; YOU'VE GOT TO BE THIS WAY.
  • 15:30 SEE, TRUTH IS, WE WALK AROUND ALL HOLIER THAN THOU LIKE WE DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS,
  • 15:35 BUT GOD'S HONEST TRUTH IS THAT SIN IS JUST PART OF HUMAN NATURE,
  • 15:38 IT'S PART OF THE EXPERIENCE AND SOMETIMES SIN RAISES IT'S HOARY HEAD
  • 15:42 AND WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO IS GO TO GOD AND SAY...
  • 15:44 "LORD, LISTEN, I'M ASKING YOU GOD...MY PERFORMANCE HASN'T BEEN QUITE PERFECT"
  • 15:48 "AND I'M SAYING LORD I WANT TO OWN UP TO IT, CONFESS IT LORD,"
  • 15:52 "I WANT YOU TO FORGIVE ME FOR THAT."
  • 15:54 AND IF WE DO THAT, AND WE NEED TO DO THAT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
  • 15:57 AND WE SHOULD EXPECT HIM TO FORGIVE US BECAUSE HE PROMISES THAT HE WILL.
  • 16:01 WELL IF THAT'S THE NATURE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM,
  • 16:03 IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY,
  • 16:05 THAT SHOULD BE OUR RELATIONSHIP TOWARD OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.
  • 16:08 NOW HEAR THAT PRINCIPLE IF YOU FORGET ANYTHING ELSE THAT I'VE TOLD YOU...I'VE...TOLD YOU.
  • 16:12 WELL I HOPE THAT YOU'LL CONSTRUE THAT THIS IS THE BIBLE TALKING TO YOU NOT ME.
  • 16:15 I'M JUST THE MESSENGER.
  • 16:18 WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT ISAIAH WHO PROMISED IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST,
  • 16:21 THAT MESSIAH IS GOING TO COME AND HE'S GOING TO RAISE UP FORMER DEVASTATIONS,
  • 16:25 HE'S GOING TO BUILD RUINS, HE'S GOING TO REBUILD LIVES.
  • 16:29 AND I'M PRACTICALLY HERE JUST LOOKING AT SOME TEXT THAT TELLS HOW HE'S GOING TO DO THAT.
  • 16:32 HE'S NOT JUST GOING TO WAVE THE MAGIC WAND OVER US
  • 16:35 AND "PRESTO" AND ALL THE SPARKLIES COME DOWN AND WE HAVE A PERFECT LIFE.
  • 16:39 TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WHAT WE GET WHEN WE ASK CHRIST INTO OUR HEART,
  • 16:42 WE'RE TOLD THAT HIS DIVINE POWER HAS GRANTED US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS.
  • 16:48 WE'RE TOLD THAT WE HAVE THE SEED THAT'S PLANTED WITHIN US, THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
  • 16:51 BUT LIKE ANY SEED IT'S GOT TO BE WATERED.AND IF WE WATER IT, IT GROWS.
  • 16:55 THIS IS SEED WATER RIGHT HERE.
  • 16:58 HEY, I HOPE YOU'VE HEARD FROM ISAIAH AND I HOPE YOU'VE HEARD FROM JESUS.
  • 17:02 IT'S GOOD NEWS INDEED ISN'T IT, THAT HE RAISES UP THE FORMER DEVASTATIONS?
  • 18:02 THAT'S ISRAEL AND THAT'S THE WAY WE SEE IT.
  • 18:04 WE SEE THESE RUINS ON THE TOUR. THEY ARE WONDERFUL VISUALS FOR US JEFF.
  • 18:09 OUT OF THOSE RUINS COMES OUR SALVATION.
  • 18:12 IT'S TRUE. THEY TELL THE STORY OF BIBLE, EVENTS IN DAYS PAST.
  • 18:17 BUT LOOK AT THE REGENERATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 18:19 LOOK AT THE WAY IT'S BEING REBUILT
  • 18:21 AND HEARTS ARE BEING REBUILT
  • 18:23 AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE.
  • 18:25 YES, BECAUSE GOD'S WORD IS THE SAME TODAY, YESTERDAY AND FOREVER
  • 18:29 AND HE PROMISES TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE.
  • 18:32 THOUGH THEY FALL, THEY RISE AGAIN.
  • 18:34 THAT'S RIGHT, AND ISN'T THAT ENCOURAGING FOR ALL OF US?
  • 18:36 I BELIEVE THAT IT IS.
  • 18:38 IN A MOMENT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM RA'ANAN GISSIN,
  • 18:41 AND WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM OUR BELOVED FRIEND ZOLA LEVITT WHO INTERVIEWED HIM.
  • 18:45 I THINK IT'S AMAZING PERSONALLY, ZOLA WAS ABLE TO GET IN FRONT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE.
  • 18:50 THIS FELLOW WAS A FORMER CHIEF ADVISOR TO ARIEL SHARON AND HE IS GOING TO, IN HIS OWN WORDS,
  • 18:56 TELL THE STORY OF ISRAEL'S COMING BACK TO LIFE IN THE MODERN WORLD.
  • 19:02 IT'S A VIBRANT SOCIETY THAT WHERE YOU SEE PERHAPS INSOLVABLE CONFLICTS
  • 19:09 AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS
  • 19:12 AND YOU ALSO SEE A REGENERATION OF THE SOCIETY
  • 19:17 AND THAT REGENERATION COMES ABOUT BECAUSE OF IMMIGRATION THAT COMES TO ISRAEL.
  • 19:22 ABOUT 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS CAME FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
  • 19:26 AND FROM ETHIOPIA IN LESS THAN TEN YEARS.
  • 19:29 IN OTHER WORDS, TEN, TWELVE YEARS AGO, WE WERE 4 MILLION JEWS IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 19:34 NOW WE'RE OVER 5.4 MILLION AND ALL TOGETHER 6.5 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN THIS STATE.
  • 19:41 SO, WITH ALL THOSE DOOMSAYERS THAT SAY
  • 19:43 "WELL YOU KNOW ISRAEL IS FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS, ISRAEL HAS NO FUTURE,"
  • 19:48 "EVENTUALLY IT IS GOING TO
  • 19:49 DISINTEGRATE OR TURN INTO A
  • 19:51 BI-NATIONAL STATE",
  • 19:54 I JUST DRAW YOU TO THE STATISTICS.
  • 19:55 IN 1948, TODAY 55 YEARS AGO, THERE WERE ONLY 600,000
  • 20:00 AND IN THE 30'S THERE WERE ONLY 400,000 LIVING HERE.
  • 20:04 AND TODAY IT'S A SOCIETY OF 6.5 MILLION PEOPLE,
  • 20:08 A VIBRANT ECONOMY, PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADING TODAY IN THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY, IN MEDICINE.
  • 20:15 WE BUILT SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS,
  • 20:18 WE REVIVED THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS 2,000 YEARS DEAD,THE HEBREW LANGUAGE,
  • 20:23 BECAUSE WE OBSERVED PEOPLE COMING FROM 102 COUNTRIES SPEAKING 82 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
  • 20:32 WHAT LANGUAGE COULD THEY SPEAK?
  • 20:33 ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS I WOULD SAY,
  • 20:36 WAS REVIVING THE HEBREW LANGUAGE WHICH IS THE COMMON LANGUAGE OF THESE PEOPLE
  • 20:41 COMING FROM ALL DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 20:52 ♪(FLUTE PLAYING)♪
  • 21:01 ♪(ORCHESTRA PLAYING)♪
  • 21:25 ♪OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN,♪
  • 21:40 ♪HALLOWED BE THY NAME.♪
  • 21:56 ♪THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE♪
  • 22:06 ♪ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.♪
  • 22:17 ♪GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.♪
  • 22:26 ♪AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS.♪
  • 22:37 ♪OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN♪
  • 22:51 ♪HALLOWED BE THY NAME.♪
  • 23:08 ♪AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION♪
  • 23:19 ♪BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.♪
  • 23:29 ♪FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY♪
  • 23:51 ♪FOREVER.♪
  • 24:15 ♪AMEN.♪
  • 24:20 JEFF, I LOVE YOUR TEACHING ON THE LORD'S PRAYER.
  • 24:23 I LOVE THE WAY YOU TAKE THE TEXT
  • 24:24 AND YOU BREAK IT DOWN INTO HEBREW.
  • 24:26 OF COURSE I SAY THIS ABOUT EVERY ONE OF ZOLA'S MUSIC,
  • 24:29 BUT THE MUSIC FROM THE LORD'S PRAYER,
  • 24:32 THAT ZOLA PUT MUSIC TO THE LORD'S PRAYER,
  • 24:34 REALLY DOES MOVE MY HEART.
  • 24:36 YES, AND THE LORD'S PRAYER IS MUSIC INDEED.
  • 24:39 IT'S MUSIC TO THE SOUL.
  • 24:41 IN THIS PROGRAM WE'VE LOOKED AT SOME POLITICAL ISSUES,
  • 24:44 HOW THE LORD IS WORKING IN ISRAEL, ITS REBOUNDING AS A NATION STATE.
  • 24:49 BUT WHEN I THINK RESTORATION, I DON'T THINK AS MUCH POLITICAL AT ONE LEVEL AS I DO PERSONAL,
  • 24:56 AND I'M MINDFUL OF THE TRANSFORMATION THAT'S AVAILABLE.
  • 24:59 BEFORE WE CLOSE IN THIS PROGRAM I WANT TO RAISE THE QUESTION,
  • 25:02 "AND HOW IS IT SOMEONE GETS THAT TRANSFORMATION?"
  • 25:07 AMEN. ASK, SEEK, KNOCK. ASK.
  • 25:10 RIGHT.
  • 25:11 ASK.
  • 25:12 IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS DO THAT.
  • 25:14 THIS IS A MINISTRY IT'S NOT JUST FOX NEWS.
  • 25:17 WE'RE GLAD TO TEACH YOU THE NEWS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE BUT WE WANT GOOD NEWS IN YOU.
  • 25:21 IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7 THE LORD SAYS, "ASK" AS SANDRA REMINDED US.
  • 25:27 "ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND, KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPEN TO YOU."
  • 25:33 IF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS KNOCKING ON YOUR HEART
  • 25:36 AND YOU'RE FEELING WITHIN YOU IMPULSES RESONATING,
  • 25:40 PROMPTING YOU TO TURN YOUR HEART TOWARD THE LORD,
  • 25:42 WHY NOT DO THAT TODAY?ISN'T THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION ANYONE CAN MAKE?
  • 25:47 WE SAY TIME IS SHORT. WE'RE NOT KIDDING.
  • 25:50 I ALWAYS SAY THE LINE WILL BE DRAWN IN THE SAND.
  • 25:54 GOD'S GOING TO SAY SOMETIME,
  • 25:55 "THAT'S IT. MAKE A CHOICE"
  • 25:57 "OR I'LL MAKE IT FOR YOU."
  • 25:58 RIGHT. I BELIEVE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
  • 26:01 NEEDS TO BE SEIZED WITHIN THE LIFETIME OF THE OPPORTUNITY, AND FOR SOME RIGHT NOW,
  • 26:07 THIS IS THE DAY.
  • 26:09 THIS PROGRAM GOES OFF THE AIR IN A MINUTE,
  • 26:11 BUT THIS CAN BE THE BEGINNING OF A WONDERFUL NEW WORLD FOR YOU
  • 26:14 IF YOU'D ONLY GET ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY AND ASK GOD TO COME IN YOUR HEART
  • 26:18 AND GIVE YOU SOME OF THAT RESTORATION DESCRIBED IN THE TEXT.
  • 26:22 NOT ONLY RESTORATION OF ISRAEL BUT RESTORATION OF OUR LIVES
  • 26:25 AND THAT'S REALLY THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 26:27 THANK YOU FOR WATCHING
  • 26:29 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:31 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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