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Episode: “‘You Are the Light of the World’”
Jesus told His disciples, “You are the light of the world.” Speaking from the Messianic synagogue Baruch HaShem, Jeff explains the significance of light to the celebration of Hanukkah as well as its prophetic type in Jesus Christ. Jeff interviews Rabbi Martin J. Waldman about the increase of Messianic Jews in the world today, and we see a timely interview with Zola and Messianic believer Simcha Davidov.
Series: “The Feast of Lights”
Since the dawn of time, forces of darkness have amassed and threatened the Jews with extinction. However, in every generation, God provided a leader who would shine the Light of God’s faithfulness. Hanukkah—the Jewish Feast of Lights harks back to a time when a cruel, anti-Semitic dictator threatened to wipe out the Hebrews. But the Lord’s Deliverer arose, lit the lamp of hope, and saved Israel. From generation to generation, Jews have lit lamps in their homes to commemorate the victory and retell the story of the Feast of Lights.

Caption transcript for The Feast of Lights: “‘You Are the Light of the World’” (2/3)

  • 00:07 FROM TIME IN IMMEMORIAL...
  • 00:09 FORCES OF DARKNESS HAVE UNMASKED AND THREATENED THE JEWS WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:13 IN EVERY GENERATION, HOWEVER, GOD PROVIDED A LEADER
  • 00:17 WHO WOULD SHINE THE LIGHT OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS.
  • 00:20 HANUKKAH, THE JEWISH FEAST OF LIGHTS, HARKS BACK TO A TIME
  • 00:25 WHEN JUDAISM WAS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:28 A HERO EMERGED, LIT THE LAMP OF HOPE AND DELIVERED ISRAEL.
  • 00:33 FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION JEWS LIGHT LAMPS IN THEIR HOMES TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTORY
  • 00:39 AND TO RETELL THE STORY OF....
  • 00:47 SHALOM, JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:52 NAHUK SHAMAETH >>NAHUK SHAMAETH TO YOU TOO.
  • 00:54 BY THE WAY, THAT'S THE WAY
  • 00:56 JEWISH PEOPLE SAY "HAPPY HOLIDAYS"
  • 00:59 AND WE ARE LOOKING AT A HOLIDAY AREN'T WE?
  • 01:01 THE HOLIDAY OF HANUKKAH
  • 01:03 THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
  • 01:05 THE FEAST OF RE-DEDICATION.
  • 01:07 WHAT A WONDERFUL VISUAL WE HAVE FOR US.
  • 01:09 THEY PLAY GAMES, THEY EAT;
  • 01:11 THEY DO WHAT IS A WONDERFUL THING.
  • 01:14 THEY SPIN THE DREIDEL, AND THEY PLAY THE GAME.
  • 01:16 WHAT ARE THESE?
  • 01:17 WELL, THERE'S "NES GADOL HIYAH SHAM"
  • 01:21 IN HEBREW, "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE"
  • 01:25 AND I HAD HEARD THAT THEY WOULD PLAY THIS GAME
  • 01:27 SO THAT THE ROMANS WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.
  • 01:29 ONLY THEY KNEW THE HEBREW LETTERS
  • 01:31 ARE YOU ANY GOOD AT PLAYING THIS?
  • 01:33 OH, SOMETIMES I WON ALL THE CHOCOLATES, SOMETIMES I DIDN'T
  • 01:37 OH,THERE YOU GO. HEY, YOU WON! THAT'S BINGO >>THAT'S RIGHT!
  • 01:39 YOU GOT ON THE "HEH" THERE >>THAT'S RIGHT I GOT THE "HEH"!
  • 01:41 THAT'S ROLLING UP THE WINNING NUMBER
  • 01:43 YES, AND THEN THEY LIGHT THE CANDLE.
  • 01:44 THEY LIGHT THE MENORAH.
  • 01:46 IT'S A NINE ARM MENORAH
  • 01:48 AND THEY TAKE THE SERVANT CANDLE OR THE SHAMASH,
  • 01:50 AND THEY LIGHT EACH ONE EVERY SINGLE NIGHT TO
  • 01:53 COMMEMORATE EACH NIGHT THAT THE OIL STAYED.
  • 01:56 I THINK IT'S FASCINATING THE WAY THE JEWISH PEOPLE KEEP LIGHT AROUND
  • 02:00 AND KEEP LIGHT ALIVE.
  • 02:01 YES
  • 02:02 HANUKKAH IS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION,
  • 02:04 IT'S THE FEAST OF LIGHTS
  • 02:06 AND THE WHOLE THING WITH PIERCING THE DARKNESS IS RATHER STRIKING.
  • 02:09 WELL, REMEMBER GOD SAID THEY WERE TO BE A LIGHT UNTO THE GENTILES
  • 02:13 YES.
  • 02:14 AND HERE VERY VISUAL LIGHT.
  • 02:17 RIGHT, AND FOR PEOPLE THAT'S BEEN SO ENGULFED IN THE DARKNESS.
  • 02:20 HANUKKAH TELLS THE STORY ABOUT HOW DARKNESS HAD ENGULFED THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 02:26 BUT GOD IS THE PROTECTOR OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 02:29 AND LO AND BEHOLD THE JEWS ARE STILL HERE,
  • 02:31 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING.
  • 02:33 ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME AND GONE.
  • 02:36 THE ROMANS HAVE COME AND GONE,
  • 02:37 THE GREEKS HAVE COME AND GONE.
  • 02:39 BUT THE JEWS ARE STILL HERE.
  • 02:40 AND WE'RE STILL HERE.
  • 02:42 GREAT THOUGHT AS WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT HANUKKAH.
  • 02:49 AFTER THE HARVEST DAY THE OLIVES WOULD BE COLLECTED
  • 02:53 AND TAKEN DOWN TO THE CRUSHING INSTALLATION.
  • 02:56 AT THAT POINT THE OLIVES WOULD BE PLACED INTO A STONE BASIN, ALL TWENTY TO FORTY POUNDS,
  • 03:02 AND EVEN MORE AS THE OLIVES HAD BEEN GATHERED FROM THE VARIOUS TREES.
  • 03:06 AND IN THE BASIN YOU HAVE A STONE WHEEL THAT'S STANCE.
  • 03:10 ATTACHED TO THIS WHEEL IS A WOODEN BEAM
  • 03:14 AND EITHER BY PEOPLE PUSHING THIS STONE WHEEL AROUND ON THE OLIVES
  • 03:17 OR A DONKEY PULLING THE WHEEL,
  • 03:19 THE WHEEL WOULD ROTATE ON TOP OF THE OLIVES AND COMPLETELY CRUSH THE OLIVE FRUIT INTO A MASH.
  • 03:25 NOW DURING THIS CRUSHING PROCESS IT WOULD OF COURSE BE OLIVE OIL THAT WAS RELEASED.
  • 03:30 THIS INITIAL OLIVE OIL WAS USED FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
  • 03:35 AND WE KNOW FROM THE BIBLE AS
  • 03:36 WELL AS OTHER ANCIENT LITERATURE
  • 03:38 THAT OLIVE OIL HAD BOTH SECULAR
  • 03:40 AS WELL SACRED PURPOSES.
  • 03:42 AND ESPECIALLY FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES THIS INITIAL OLIVE OIL
  • 03:46 WOULD BE COLLECTED AND USED IN THE ANOINTING OF PRIESTS AND KINGS, PROPHETS.
  • 03:52 THESE BASKETS ARE FILLED WITH THE MASH AND THEN BROUGHT OVER HERE TO THE BEAM PRESS
  • 03:58 WHICH IS THE SECOND STAGE OF THE OLIVE PRODUCTION.
  • 04:06 NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL OF THESE BASKETS THAT ARE PLACED ONE ABOVE THE OTHER
  • 04:11 ON TOP OF THIS STONE TABLE THAT YOU SEE HERE
  • 04:14 AND ACROSS THE TOP OF THESE BASKETS IS LAID A PIECE OF WOOD THAT WOULD PROVIDE EVENNESS
  • 04:19 TO THE SQUEEZING THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE UNDERNEATH THIS WOODEN BEAM.
  • 04:34 NOW THE WEIGHTING IS DONE BY STONES.
  • 04:38 EACH STONE IS QUITE HEAVY.
  • 04:39 WOULD TAKE BETWEEN TWO TO FOUR MEN TO LIFT A STONE LIKE THIS,
  • 04:43 WHERE ROPES WOULD BE ATTACHED AND LAID AT THIS END OF THE BEAM.
  • 04:47 WITH EVERY STONE THAT'S ATTACHED,
  • 04:49 MORE WEIGHT IS GOING TO BE GIVEN TO SQUEEZE DOWN ON THESE BASKETS
  • 04:53 AND GET OUT ALL THE OLIVE OIL POSSIBLE,
  • 04:57 WHICH THEN FLOWS INTO THE CHANNEL AND DOWN A SHOOT SUCH AS YOU SEE HERE INTO THEIR BASIN.
  • 05:05 OLIVE OIL, A PRECIOUS COMMODITY DEEMED LIQUID GOLD IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.
  • 05:13 IT WAS USED IN THE HOME AND TEMPLE ALIKE
  • 05:16 AND WE ARE GOING TO BE TELLING THE STORY ABOUT OIL AS WE CONTINUE.
  • 05:21 THE FEAST OF LIGHTS CELEBRATES A GREAT MIRACLE THAT HAPPENED MANY, MANY YEARS AGO
  • 05:26 WHEN JUDAISM WAS THREATENED WITH DESTRUCTION
  • 05:30 BENEATH THE YOKE OF
  • 05:31 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES
  • 05:32 BENT ON ISRAEL'S DEMISE.
  • 05:35 BUT A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE.
  • 05:37 THE TEMPLE TO JEHOVAH WAS DEDICATED AFRESH
  • 05:41 AND THERE WAS A MIRACLE THAT OLIVE OIL THAT WAS GATHERED FOR BUT ONE DAY LASTED FOR EIGHT,
  • 05:48 HENCE...
  • 05:53 THAT WAS THERE.
  • 05:55 HERE WE ARE IN BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION, A MESSIANIC CONGREGATION
  • 05:57 WHERE THE LIGHT OF GOD'S PRESENCE SHINES.
  • 06:20 THE WINDOWS SILLS IN THE TEMPLE WERE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY
  • 06:24 WHERE THE LIGHT THAT WAS RADIANT THEREIN WOULD BE DISPENSED WITHOUT.
  • 06:29 CONVERSELY WHEN ARCHITECTS BUILD BUILDINGS TODAY
  • 06:32 THE IDEA IS TO GET THE LIGHT IN FROM THE ENVIRONMENT.
  • 06:35 BUT THAT LITTLE NUANCE IS VERY TELLING IN JUDAISM,
  • 06:38 THE BELIEF WAS THAT THE "BEIT HA-MIKDASH", THE HOLY HILL WAS A LIGHT THAT WAS SET ON A HILL.
  • 06:44 YOU MIGHT RECALL THE LORD HIMSELF EMPLOYED OUT UNDERSTANDING IN SAYING
  • 06:48 THAT YOUWERE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD SPEAKING TO HIS "TALMIDIM", HIS DISCIPLES,
  • 06:52 SAYING THEN THAT A CITY SET ON A HILL SHOULD NOT BE HIDDEN BUT GIVE LIGHT TO ALL IN THE HOUSE.
  • 06:59 WELL THERE'S A TIME WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE REMEMBER A MIRACLE OF LIGHTS PARTICULARLY,
  • 07:04 IT'S THE HOLIDAY OF HANUKKAH.
  • 07:08 THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WAYS IN JUDAISM WERE THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
  • 07:12 AS ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES WAS BENT ON DESTROYING JUDAISM.
  • 07:18 GOD, HOWEVER, SEEMED VERY BENT ON PRESERVING.
  • 07:21 I FIND IT TO BE A VERY INTERESTING STORY PERSONALLY.
  • 07:24 IT'S NOT A STORY THAT'S UNIQUE TO ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES
  • 07:28 FOR IN EVERY GENERATION WE SEE INDIVIDUALS RAISE THEIR HOARY HEAD
  • 07:33 AND INVEST ENERGY AT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 07:36 I'M LOOKING HERE AT PSALMS 119, LOOKING IN VERSES 86 THROUGH 88.
  • 07:43 THEREIN THE AUTHOR SAYS...
  • 07:53 THAT'S A GREAT HANUKKAH TEXT THERE.
  • 07:55 THEY PERSECUTED ME WRONGLY, AND STILL DO FOR THAT MATTER. AND THE PSALMIST SAYS...
  • 08:04 DAVID WAS 1,000 BC.
  • 08:07 THIS STORY OF LOOKING TO ERADICATE JEWS IS NOT NEWS AT ONE LEVEL. IT'S BEEN AROUND.
  • 08:14 HE SAYS THEY ALMOST MADE AN END OF ME ON EARTH...
  • 08:31 I THINK THIS IS A GREAT PSALM FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 08:36 CERTAINLY IT HARKS BACK TO THE STORY OF DAYS GONE BY
  • 08:40 WHEN IN PREVIOUS DAYS ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, HITLER, SOME ISLAMIC CONQUEROR, WHATEVER,
  • 08:47 PEOPLE FOR REASONS OF THEIR OWN ARE BENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 08:53 AND HERE THE PSALMIST SAYS, "LORD REVIVE ME. KEEP ME ALIVE."
  • 08:57 AND SURELY IT IS THAT
  • 08:58 "GOD WHO KEEPS WATCH OVER ISRAEL
  • 09:01 NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS."
  • 09:03 AND THOUGH THE TROUBLES MAY COME
  • 09:06 "GOD IS AN EVER PRESENT HELP
  • 09:08 IN TIME OF TROUBLE."
  • 09:09 AND SO THE JEWISH PEOPLE GO ON THROUGH HISTORY.
  • 09:14 THERE'S A STORY IN HISTORY THAT HAS WALKED OFF THE PAGES IN CERTAIN RESPECTS
  • 09:19 THAT'S EMERGING TODAY AND AS WE LOOK AT HANUKKAH,
  • 09:22 THAT IS THE STORY THAT WE RECALL GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IN KEEPING WATCH OVER JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 09:27 I'M REMINDED OF THE STORY THE EMERGENCE OF MESSIANIC JUDAISM IN THIS OUR CENTURY.
  • 09:35 THE LAST TWENTY YEARS HAVE BEEN FASCINATING FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 09:39 WE'VE SEEN AN ENORMOUS REVIVAL OF JEWISH PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH
  • 09:45 HERE AT BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION IN DALLAS WE'RE AT A PLACE
  • 09:49 WHERE JEWISH PEOPLE GATHER ON A WEEKLY BASIS WITH NONE JEWISH FRIENDS AND SYMPATHIZERS.
  • 09:55 AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
  • 09:56 THEY WORSHIP THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB,
  • 10:01 INDIVIDUALS THAT WANT TO EXPERIMENT WITH BEING JEWISH ON ONE HAND
  • 10:05 AND A FOLLOWER OF JESUS ON THE OTHER.
  • 10:08 IT SADDENS ME AT ONE LEVEL MUCH AS ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANESWANTED TO RID THE WORLD OF JUDAISM,
  • 10:14 I THINK THERE ARE SOME MISINFORMED INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE CHURCH
  • 10:17 THAT WANT TO RID JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS OF THINGS JEWISH.
  • 10:22 THAT IS TO SAY THE THINKING IS,
  • 10:24 "WELL NOW THAT YOU'VE ACCEPTED JESUS YOU NEED TO SHED ALL OF THESE JEWISH TRAPPINGS."
  • 10:27 WELL LET ME JUST TELL YOU IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT TO BE THE CASE.
  • 10:32 INDIVIDUALS OF JEWISH EXTRACT ARE COMING TO FAITH IN DROVES AND BEING JOINED BY INDIVIDUALS
  • 10:38 THAT ARE NON-JEWISH BUT HAVE A SPECIAL BURDEN ON THEIR PLACE FOR JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 10:42 AND THEY GATHER TOGETHER AND WORSHIP,
  • 10:44 THEY'RE INTERESTED IN RECONCILIATION BETWEEN JEWS AND NON-JEWS,
  • 10:48 THEY'RE INTERESTED IN WORSHIPPING JESUS THE MESSIAH TOGETHER ALL SAVED BY GRACE
  • 10:53 COMING TO TERMS WITH EACH OTHER AS THROUGH MESSIAH, JESUS
  • 10:57 THE WALLS OF HOSTILITY ARE BROKEN DOWN
  • 11:00 AND THEY HAVE PEACE IN THE ONE WHO HAS MADE BOTH ONE
  • 11:03 AND BROKEN DOWN THE DIVIDING WALL OF HOSTILITIES IN DAYS GONE BY.
  • 11:07 THAT SAID, I BELIEVE THAT MUSLIMS CAN BE CONVERTED
  • 11:11 AND COME TO FAITH IN MESSIAH AND BE UNITED WITH JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 11:14 OTHER PEOPLE FROM OTHER PERSUASIONS CAN LIKEWISE COME TO FAITH,
  • 11:19 JEWISH PEOPLE CAN COME TO FAITH IN JESUS.
  • 11:21 IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT
  • 11:23 THE "KEHILLA", THE CONGREGATION
  • 11:25 OF THE FAITHFUL, IS A PLACE
  • 11:26 WHERE LOVE IS EXPRESSED AND
  • 11:27 BROADCAST IN THE WORLD
  • 11:30 LIKE TO THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD THAT JESUS REALLY IS.
  • 11:32 A LIGHT THAT WE CELEBRATE THIS SEASON IN HANUKKAH.
  • 11:48 YOU KNOW JEFF IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE THE SYNAGOGUE TODAY.
  • 11:51 YOU'RE INTERVIEWING AND TALKING AND TEACHING
  • 11:53 IN THE BARUCH HASHEM IN DALLAS.
  • 11:55 YES, A WONDERFUL SYNAGOGUE.
  • 11:57 BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF SYNAGOGUE.
  • 12:00 IT IS VERY DIFFERENT. IT'S A MESSIANIC.
  • 12:02 YES, AND LITTLE DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT IN MAJOR CITIES ACROSS AMERICA NOW,
  • 12:07 THERE ARE THESE CONGREGATIONS OF JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 12:09 WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS.
  • 12:11 THEY ASK ME ALL THE TIME, "HOW MANY JEWS ARE THERE IN ISRAEL THAT HAVE BEEN SAVED
  • 12:14 THAT ARE REAL BELIEVERS?" AND I SAY,
  • 12:16 "I SAY SIX THOUSAND",
  • 12:17 BUT I DID NOT KNOW THERE'S MORE THAN THAT.
  • 12:19 YES, I GOT A RESEARCH GRANT TWO YEARS AGO TO GO OVER THERE AND LOOK IT UP.
  • 12:23 WE'RE LOOKING IN THE VICINITY OF TEN THOUSAND MESSIANIC JEWS IN ISRAEL TODAY
  • 12:27 AND WE'RE LOOKING AT CONGREGATIONS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY MAJOR CITY,
  • 12:32 ABOUT 140 OF THEM.
  • 12:33 IT REALLY IS QUITE A STORY TO TELL.
  • 12:35 WELL RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING TO HEAR A STORY FROM RABBI MARTY WALDMAN,
  • 12:41 A SPIRITUAL LEADER OF BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION,
  • 12:43 A MAJOR MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION IN DALLAS, TEXAS. YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT!
  • 12:50 RABBI WALDMAN, GREAT TO SEE YA!
  • 12:52 HEY, THANKS JEFF, IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE HERE WITH YOU.
  • 12:54 YES, THANK YOU FOR OPENING YOUR DOORS AND ALLOWING US TO COME AND FILM HERE IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 12:59 LISTEN, WHAT ELSE WOULD WE DO DURING HANUKKAH?..(LAUGHING)
  • 13:01 WELL TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
  • 13:04 FRANKLY, THE MESSIANIC MOVEMENT IS BURGEONING IN AMERICA, WORLDWIDE IN ISRAEL, CORRECT?
  • 13:09 IT IS, SURE.
  • 13:10 WE'RE SEEING MUCH, MUCH GROWTH
  • 13:12 HERE IN THE UNITED STATES
  • 13:14 AND ALSO AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 13:15 ESPECIALLY EXCITING IS WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ISRAEL.
  • 13:19 YES, AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS BEYOND THIS BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION
  • 13:22 IS LIKE A MEGA CHURCH OF MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS.
  • 13:25 IT'S LARGE.IT'S ONE OF THE LARGER MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUES PROBABLY IN THE WORLD.
  • 13:30 WE'RE NOT THE LARGEST BUT WE'RE PROBABLY IN THE TOP TEN.
  • 13:33 THE LORD'S GIVEN YOU A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY HERE AND LOTS OF FRIENDS BEHIND YOU.
  • 13:38 AND THE LORD GAVE YOU A VISION FOR SOMETHING PARTICULAR BEYOND THE LOCAL CONGREGATION HERE,
  • 13:42 AN UMBRELLA GROUP TO BRING A BUNCH OF PEOPLE TOGETHER.
  • 13:46 CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THAT'S ALL ABOUT?
  • 13:47 YES, THAT INITIATIVE IS CALLED
  • 13:50 "TOWARD JERUSALEM COUNCIL II"
  • 13:52 AND AS YOU MENTIONED THE LORD GAVE IT TO ME.
  • 13:55 I WOULD SAY HE PUT IT IN MY HEART PROBABLY TEN YEARS AGO.
  • 13:59 AND FROM THAT POINT ON WE'VE SEEN A LOT HAPPEN IN TEN YEARS THROUGH OUR TRAVEL,
  • 14:04 THROUGH OUR EXPERIENCES AND INTERACTIONS WITH LEADERS OF THE CHURCH,
  • 14:08 LEADERS OF MESSIANIC GROUPS OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS. IT'S JUST BEEN PHENOMENAL.
  • 14:12 WHAT'S THE VISION?
  • 14:14 "TOWARD JERUSALEM COUNCIL II", THE ULTIMATE VISION THAT CONCRETIZED ALL OF OUR TRAVELS
  • 14:19 IS TO SEE A SECOND JERUSALEM COUNCIL SIMILAR TO THE FIRST,
  • 14:23 KIND OF A MIRROR IMAGE, IF YOU WILL.
  • 14:26 WE BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH HAS OVER THE CENTURIES BECOME
  • 14:32 A LITTLE BIT ASKEW IN TERMS OF IT'S ALIGNMENT WITH ISRAEL AND WITH IT'S JEWISH ROOTS
  • 14:39 AND SO, "TOWARD JERUSALEM COUNCIL II" IS IN ONE WAY
  • 14:42 ATTEMPTING TO RECONCILE THAT OUT OF ALIGNMENT HISTORY.
  • 14:48 SEE, WHEN I LOOK AT HISTORY BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE JEWS IT'S NOT A HAPPY STORY.
  • 14:52 BUT BELIEVING THAT IT'S BETTER TO LIGHT CANDLES THAN IT IS TO FOREVER CURSE THE DARKNESS,
  • 14:57 IT'S NICE TO SEE THE LIGHT OF GOD, HIS LOVE THAT'S SHINING.
  • 15:01 NOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THAT ARE GETTING BEHIND YOU
  • 15:05 AND WANTING TO BE THE REMORSEFUL OF WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH THE JEWS
  • 15:10 AND CHRISTIAN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL THAT.WHAT'S THE STORY? >>OH JEFF, IT'S JUST AMAZING
  • 15:13 BECAUSE WE WERE VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THE OPEN DOORS
  • 15:17 THAT GOD HAD BEEN PROVIDING FOR US IN THE CHURCH.
  • 15:21 OUR PRIMARY MEETINGS AND AS WE CONTINUE OUR MEETINGS CONTINUE TO BE WITH CHURCH LEADERS.
  • 15:28 OF COURSE WE LOVE TO MEET WITH ANY CHURCH FOLKS BUT CHURCH LEADERS HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS,
  • 15:35 OPENED THEIR HEARTS, THE HOLY SPIRIT SEEMS TO BE MINISTERING BEFORE WE EVEN GET THERE.
  • 15:40 ALL KINDS OF CHURCHES TOO I UNDERSTAND. >>THAT'S RIGHT
  • 15:42 EVERYTHING FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH TO THE FREEST CHARISMATIC CHURCH.
  • 15:48 NOW, SPEAKING OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,
  • 15:50 MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE POPE INVITED YOU TO COME.
  • 15:53 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 15:54 TELL ME ABOUT THAT WOULD YOU PLEASE?
  • 15:56 SURE.ONE OF OUR INITIATIVES TOOK US TO ROME
  • 15:59 AND WHILE WE WERE IN ROME
  • 16:01 WE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL AND AN INVITATION TO VISIT THE POPE IN THE VATICAN.
  • 16:05 SO WE WENT AND WE VISITED WITH THE POPE, WITH THE CURRENT POPE
  • 16:10 AND HE BASICALLY WANTED TO KNOW,
  • 16:13 "HOW DID WE JEWS WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS COME TO KNOW HIM?"
  • 16:19 AND SO EACH OF US, AND THERE WERE ABOUT FIVE OF US, GAVE OUR TESTIMONIES.
  • 16:24 AND AFTER WE COMPLETED OUR TESTIMONIES HE WAS QUITE MOVED AND HIS REACTION WAS,
  • 16:33 "IF YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE THIS IS ESCHATOLOGICAL AND JESUS MUST BE COMING SOON."
  • 16:40 WOW, SO HE CUED INTO THE PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE OF JEWISH PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH.
  • 16:45 OH, ABSOLUTELY.
  • 16:46 OKAY, SO THERE'S A LEADER, I MEAN, HE SPEAKS TO AND FOR MILLIONS.
  • 16:50 WHO ELSE? WHAT OTHER OPEN DOORS HAVE YOU GOTTEN?
  • 16:54 WHEN THIS INITIATIVE FIRST WAS PUT IN MY HEART I FELT THE LORD SAY TO ME,
  • 17:00 "IT NEEDS TO BE CONFIRMED BY JACK HAYFORD."
  • 17:02 OF COURSE I DIDN'T KNOW JACK HAYFORD AT THE TIME
  • 17:04 BUT THE DOOR WAS OPEN FOR ME
  • 17:06 SO I MET WITH JACK HAYFORD AND
  • 17:09 SHARED MY VISION WITH HIM OF "TOWARD JERUSALEM COUNCIL II"
  • 17:13 AS IT IS NOW CALLED AND HE READ IT.IT WAS ON PAPER.HE READ IT AND SAID,
  • 17:18 "MARTY THIS IS GOD."
  • 17:20 AND I ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD PLEASE BE INVOLVED WITH US
  • 17:23 AND HE SAID HE COULDN'T ON DAILY BASIS BUT PLEASE USE HIS NAME,
  • 17:27 ANY DOORS THAT WOULD BE OPENED BY USING HIS NAME, HE'D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.
  • 17:31 WELL, PASTOR JACK'S REALLY FRIENDLY TO MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT ISN'T HE?
  • 17:34 YES, HE IS.
  • 17:35 NOW IF INDIVIDUALS WANT TO GET INVOLVED,
  • 17:37 THEY WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT "TOWARD JERUSALEM COUNCIL II".
  • 17:39 IS THERE A WEB SITE THAT THEY CAN GO TO?
  • 17:40 THEY CAN THEY CAN GO TO
  • 17:42 TJCII.ORG
  • 17:46 WE'LL GET THAT UP ON THE SCREEN AND SO PEOPLE CAN KNOW ABOUT IT.
  • 17:49 LISTEN, I'M REALLY THRILLED,
  • 17:51 I'M SO PLEASED BY OUR FRIENDSHIP THAT'S EXTENDED OVER THE YEARS
  • 17:55 AND IT'S JUST WONDERFUL TO SEE WHAT GOD'S DOING IN MESSIANIC JUDAISM.
  • 17:58 ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY ON THAT BEFORE WE CLOSE OUT?
  • 18:01 YES, MESSIANIC JUDAISM IS BLOSSOMING, IT IS AFFECTING NOW THE GREATER CHURCH WORLD,
  • 18:07 IT IS AFFECTING THE GREATER WORLD COMMUNITY IN GENERAL.
  • 18:10 WE ARE SUCH A SMALL PART OF THE BODY OF MESSIAH AND YET GOD HAS BEGUN TO USE THIS VERY SMALL
  • 18:16 PART OF THE BODY MESSIAH TO AFFECT THE GREATER BODY IN AMAZING WAYS.
  • 18:21 IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL TO SEE.
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  • 19:20 "A LAND OF OLIVE OIL AND HONEY."
  • 19:24 "ARISE, WALK THROUGH THE LAND."
  • 19:29 "FOR ALL THE LAND WHICH THOU SEEST, TO THEE WILL I GIVE IT AND TO THY SEED FOREVER."
  • 19:37 "WORSHIP IN THE SHADOWS OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB."
  • 19:44 "BEHOLD THE LAND OF THE COVENANT."
  • 19:53 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 19:54 PEOPLE ASK ME A LOT TIMES,
  • 19:56 "WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME TO GO TO ISRAEL?"
  • 19:58 AND JEFF I'D TELL THEM,
  • 20:00 "ANY TIME I CAN GO IS MY FAVORITE TIME."
  • 20:02 AND THAT'S MY WISH FOR EVERYONE IS TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 20:04 YES, WITH US OR WITH SOMEONE. >>RIGHT. >>BUT JUST GET THERE.
  • 20:07 IT'S A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 20:08 I AGREE.IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE YOU INTERVIEW MARTY.
  • 20:10 OH, HEY LISTEN, MARTY'S A CHAMP,
  • 20:11 GREAT BROTHER IN THE LORD.
  • 20:13 IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. >>YES.
  • 20:17 I DID NOT REALIZE THAT TILL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
  • 20:19 MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WE LIVE IN DAY AND TIME WHEN THERE'S
  • 20:21 THOUSANDS, AND THOUSANDS, AND THOUSANDS OF JEWISH PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH.
  • 20:25 ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES, THROUGH THIS BROADCAST,
  • 20:27 WE GET INTO HOUSES AND HOMES, HEADS AND HEARTS
  • 20:30 OF JEWISH PEOPLE COAST TO COAST AND ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • 20:32 AND BEARS FRUIT FOR THE KINGDOM.
  • 20:34 ZOLA ALWAYS WOULD SAY,
  • 20:35 "THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE MESSIAH
  • 20:38 AND THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JEWISH BELIEVERS, THAT ACCEPTED MESSIAH.
  • 20:42 RIGHT. RIGHT. >>THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 20:44 IT SURELY IS, AND GOOD NEWS IS WHAT WE TEACH.
  • 20:47 ZOLA INTERVIEWED A TANK COMMANDER, WONDERFUL STORY,
  • 20:50 A BELIEVER COMING TO KNOW THE MESSIAH.
  • 20:54 (ZOLA SPEAKING)
  • 20:54 SIMCHA DAVIDOV IS A JEWISH
  • 20:57 BELIEVER WHO WAS BORN IN ISRAEL.
  • 20:59 I ASKED HIM HOW HE CAME TO HIS
  • 21:00 FAITH IN YESHUA, JESUS.
  • 21:03 FIRST HEARD HIM A LOT THEN I TRAVELED ASIA, AUSTRALIA,
  • 21:07 ENGLAND, CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1975
  • 21:12 AND IN WEST VIRGINIA I WORKED AT WESTINGHOUSE
  • 21:14 AND MANY PEOPLE THERE IN THE BIBLE BELT REALIZED I'M FROM ISRAEL
  • 21:19 AND STARTED SHARING WITH ME ABOUT THE BIBLE, OUR LORD AND THE NEW TESTAMENT YESHUA, JESUS.
  • 21:26 AND I LISTENED AND IN 1978 I STARTED READING, COMPARING PROPHESIES,
  • 21:33 READING THE WHOLE NEW TESTAMENT AND COMPARING THE PROPHESIES FROM OUR PROPHETS
  • 21:38 WITH WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAID ABOUT THE FULFILLMENT IN YESHUA.
  • 21:43 AND IN THE FALL OF '78 I REALIZED THAT THIS IS TRUE.
  • 21:46 AND I WAS GETTING TIRED OF MY OLD LIFESTYLE AND JUST EVERYTHING TO A POINT
  • 21:52 AND I HAD FAITH TO BELIEVE THE YESHUA IS MY MESSIAH
  • 21:56 AND I REMEMBER IN MY OLD LIVING ROOM IN THE FALL OF 1978
  • 21:59 I PRAYED PROBABLY THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, SERIOUSLY PRAYED AND CALLED ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 22:06 ASKED HIM TO FORGIVE MY SINS AND ASKED YESHUA TO COME INTO MY HEART AND SAVE ME
  • 22:12 AND I'VE BEEN SHARING WITH PEOPLE THIS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE.
  • 22:17 IT REALLY CHANGED YOUR LIFE.
  • 22:18 YES, IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
  • 22:20 I'VE NEVER BEEN THE SAME AND FOLLOWING YESHUA SINCE THEN
  • 22:23 AND WENT TO BIBLE COLLEGE IN THE STATES
  • 22:27 AND LEARNED ABOUT THE LORD, STUDYING THE BIBLE. AND THE LAST FEW YEARS
  • 22:32 I'VE BEEN COMING EVERY YEAR TO ISRAEL HELPING IN THE MINISTRY HERE COMING BACK HOME.
  • 22:37 YOU SEEM LIKE A VERY GENTLE, SOFT SPOKEN MAN TO HAVE BEEN A DOCK WORKER
  • 22:41 AND A SOLDIER IN A TERRIBLE WAR.
  • 22:44 HAS YESHUA DONE THIS FOR YOU?
  • 22:46 YEH, HE SURE KIND OF SMOOTHED OUT MY ROUGHED EDGES.
  • 22:50 I USED TO BE WILD AND I GREW UP IN A KIBBUTZ, ATHEIST, COMPLETELY ATHEIST.
  • 22:57 AN ATHEIST KIBBUTZ? NOBODY BELIEVED IN GOD THEN?
  • 22:59 NO, NO NONE,
  • 23:01 NO ONE IN MY FAMILY, NO ONE IN MY KIBBUTZ TO MY KNOWLEDGE BELIEVED IN GOD,
  • 23:04 DEFINITELY NOT IN YESHUA IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 23:07 YES.
  • 23:09 AND I SERVED IN THE ARMY FOR THREE YEARS AS A TANK COMMANDER.
  • 23:13 YOU WERE A TANK COMMANDER? >>TANK COMMANDER.
  • 23:15 BOY, IT'S A TOUGH JOB.
  • 23:17 THEN I WORKED IN A LOT FOR AWHILE IN 1973 ENLISTED BACK IN THE WAR, YOM KIPPUR WAR.
  • 23:24 AS WE KNOW IT WAS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 23:27 AND MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND ISRAELI' DIED IN THAT WAR, MANY PEOPLE WOUNDED,
  • 23:32 IT WAS A BIG SHOCK IN ISRAEL
  • 23:44 ♪PRAY FOR THE CITY OF GOD.♪
  • 23:48 ♪LIFT UP YOUR EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS.♪
  • 23:52 ♪PRAY FOR THE TREES OF THE HILLS OF JUDEA♪
  • 23:55 ♪AND PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.♪
  • 24:00 ♪PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.♪
  • 24:04 ♪REMEMBER THE LEAST OF HIS BRETHREN.♪
  • 24:08 ♪PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL♪
  • 24:12 ♪AND PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.♪
  • 24:16 ♪SHA'ALU, SHA'ALU SHALOM♪
  • 24:20 ♪SHA'ALU SHALOM.♪
  • 24:24 ♪SHA'ALU, SHA'ALU SHALOM♪
  • 24:28 ♪YERUSHALAYIM.♪
  • 24:48 ♪SHA'ALU, SHA'ALU SHALOM♪
  • 24:52 ♪SHA'ALU SHALOM♪
  • 24:56 ♪SHA'ALU, SHA'ALU SHALOM,♪
  • 24:59 ♪YERUSHALAYIM.♪
  • 25:04 ♪PRAY FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD.♪
  • 25:08 ♪PRAY FOR THE TIME OF HIS COMING.♪
  • 25:12 ♪ PRAY FOR THE TEMPLE OF WORSHIP IN ISRAEL♪
  • 25:15 ♪AND PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM♪ ♪
  • 25:23 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC IS IT NOT?
  • 25:25 AND GREAT STORY.
  • 25:28 DIDN'T YOUR HEART JUST THRILL WHEN RABBI WALDMAN WAS
  • 25:32 SHARING WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH JEWISH PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH
  • 25:35 AND CHRISTIAN PEOPLE GETTING BEHIND THE MOVEMENT?
  • 25:38 ISN'T THAT GREAT?
  • 25:39 IT'S WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO.
  • 25:41 THAT'S WHAT THE GOOD NEWS IS.
  • 25:42 YES, IT SURELY IS.
  • 25:44 I THINK IT'S FASCINATING PERSONALLY THAT JEWISH PEOPLE ARE COMING TO FAITH IN JESUS,
  • 25:49 THEY'RE CELEBRATING HANUKKAH,
  • 25:51 THEY'RE LIVING AS JEWS, EVEN SO, AND IT MAY WELL BE THAT THERE'S SOMEONE
  • 25:55 WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE OF JEWISH EXTRACT AND YOU'RE CURIOUS TO LEARN ABOUT JESUS
  • 26:03 AND YOU'RE INTERESTED HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS AND BE A JEW, EVEN SO.
  • 26:08 AND IF THAT'S YOU I WANT TO WRITE ME A LETTER.
  • 26:11 I'M GOING TO GET BACK TO YOU.
  • 26:13 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN TRYING TO FIND A SYNAGOGUE CLOSE BY LIKE BARUCH HASHEM,
  • 26:17 WE WANT TO STEER YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, SO PLEASE
  • 26:20 IN A MOMENT YOU'LL SEE A P.O. BOX. IF YOU WOULD WRITE US A LETTER
  • 26:24 AND LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP YOU.
  • 26:26 WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
  • 26:28 AND IF THERE'S A NON-JEWISH PERSON AS WELL THAT'S INTERESTED IN JESUS,
  • 26:31 WE LOVE EVERYONE DON'T WE?
  • 26:32 WE DO.
  • 26:34 WE WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW YESHUA HA'MASHIACH, JESUS THE MESSIAH.
  • 26:38 REMEMBER THIS,
  • 26:39 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:41 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Story of Hanukkah
  2. "You Are the Light of the World"
  3. The Feast of Dedication

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Zola Levitt Presents
Levitt Letter
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