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Episode: “The Battle for Time”
History is not spiraling out of control, but is moving in accordance with a predetermined plan—a message this segment forcefully underscores. Daniel’s prophecies mention Jesus’ first coming, His death, the destruction of Jerusalem, the re-gathering of Israel, the still-to-come Tribulation period, the Messiah’s second coming, and the final battle.
Series: “Daniel and the Last Days’ Battle for Planet Earth”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif compares today’s news to yesterday’s prophecies, demonstrating that we are living in ominous times. Co-host Sandra Levitt gives key insights to help viewers perceive world events with a Word-inspired perspective. Zola makes special contributions in brief teaching episodes, pre-recorded interview segments, and with his timeless music. In addition to being loaded with prophetic insights, drama, music, interviews and more, this series invites viewers to secure their appointments with destiny by receiving Israel’s Messiah—whom we call Jesus.

Caption transcript for Daniel and the Last Days’ Battle for Planet Earth: “The Battle for Time” (2/8)

  • 00:42 ANGER IN GAZA
  • 00:44 WAR IN LEBANON
  • 00:46 RUMBLINGS IN IRAN
  • 00:48 AS THE WORLD FOCUSES ON THE MIDEAST QUAGMIRE,
  • 00:53 ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES PRESENTS:
  • 01:01 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:06 SHALOM. HELLO. WELCOME BACK.
  • 01:07 JEFF, WHERE ARE WE GOING TODAY?
  • 01:09 WELL, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TIME.
  • 01:11 YOU EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION, "IT'S ABOUT TIME"?
  • 01:14 LET'S LOOK AT TIME IN DANIEL.
  • 01:16 I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY LOOKING IN CHAPTER 12, VERSE 8, HE SAYS,
  • 01:22 AFTER THE LORD GIVING HIM A VISION.
  • 01:30 HE'S BEFUDDLED, HE'S CONFUSED.
  • 01:42 SEEMS TO ME THAT IN TEXT TIME IS MARKED OUT.
  • 01:46 IT'S UNFOLDING ACCORDING TO A CERTAIN PROGRAM
  • 01:50 AND THERE'S THIS TIME OF THE END.
  • 01:52 AND THE DANIEL PROPHECY COMES ALIVE AS WE MOVE TOWARD THAT TIME.
  • 01:58 FASCINATING STORY!
  • 01:59 IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 02:00 THEY WERE LOOKING FOR TIME.
  • 02:03 THEY WATCHED THE TIME.
  • 02:04 THE LOOKING AND COMING OF THE MESSIAH,
  • 02:05 THEY'RE WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH.
  • 02:07 AND DANIEL IS TALKING ABOUT THE MESSIAH'S COMING.
  • 02:10 "GO ON YOUR WAY AND SEAL IT UP" AND WE GO ON.
  • 02:14 BUT EVERYBODY LOOKS AT TIME,
  • 02:16 WHAT TIME IS IT?
  • 02:17 WE WEAR WATCHES, THE SUN, THE MOON,
  • 02:19 EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 02:21 JEWISH PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT HISTORY DOESN'T' JUST SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL.
  • 02:26 BUT THERE'S A CERTAIN ORDER TO TIME AS IT UNFOLDS.
  • 02:30 RIGHT, THAT'S THEIR BOOK.
  • 02:32 YES. AND IN THIS BOOK WE SEE SECRETS TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN TIME BEFORE THE END OF TIME.
  • 02:38 YOU'RE GOING TO ENJOY IT
  • 02:40 AS WE LOOK AT DANIEL AND THE LAST DAYS' BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH.
  • 02:53 ABOUT THE TIME OF JESUS BIRTH
  • 02:55 ANCIENT WISE MEN SUCH AS THE ESSENES
  • 02:58 SEARCHED THE HEAVENS FOR ANSWERS TO VEXING EARTHLY DILEMMAS.
  • 03:03 SOME THOUGHT THE MOVEMENT OF THE SUN AND MOON
  • 03:06 WOULD TELL THEM WHEN THEY COULD EXPECT
  • 03:08 THE LONG AWAITED DELIVERER.
  • 03:21 THE ANCIENT ESSENES BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE LIVING AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF TIME.
  • 03:24 WHILE DRIVING TO THEIR 1ST CENTURY HEADQUARTERS,
  • 03:27 I WONDERED IF THE PROPHET DANIEL MIGHT PERHAPS DO A BETTER JOB
  • 03:31 OF DECIPHERING THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS.
  • 03:36 "IT'S ABOUT TIME."
  • 03:37 THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY WHEN THEY'RE FRUSTRATED.
  • 03:39 "IT'S ABOUT TIME".
  • 03:41 WELL, AT THIS PLACE IT REALLY IS ABOUT TIME. OR IT WAS ABOUT TIME ANYWAY.
  • 03:44 WE ARE AT THE HEADQUARTERS
  • 03:46 OF THE ESSENE COMMUNITY,
  • 03:48 A SECT THAT EXISTED CONTEMPORANEOUS WITH THE TIMES OF JESUS
  • 03:52 WHERE PEOPLE WERE REALLY BENT ON INTERPRETING TIME.
  • 03:55 THEY PENNED LITERATURE.
  • 03:57 WE HAVE EXPERTS COMING IN THIS PROGRAM
  • 03:59 THAT ARE GOING TO BE UNPACKING SOME OF THE MYSTERIES IN ESSENE LITERATURE
  • 04:04 AND GIVING A WINDOW INTO HOW THEY UNDERSTOOD THE TEXT.
  • 04:07 WELL, HERE NOW IN THE 9TH CHAPTER OF DANIEL,
  • 04:11 WE SEE WHERE THIS WISE AUTHOR SPEAKS ABOUT TIME AND HE SAYS IT'S ABOUT TIME.
  • 04:16 OH YES, IT'S ABOUT TIME ALRIGHT. 70 WEEKS IN PARTICULAR.
  • 04:21 IN DANIEL CHAPTER 9 HE TALKS ABOUT TIME.
  • 04:24 OH, HE'S TALKED ABOUT IT IN OTHER WAYS WITH SEEING VISIONS OF BEASTS.
  • 04:28 HE'S SEEN VISIONS OF VARIOUS ANIMALS.
  • 04:32 HE'S SEEN VISIONS OF STATUES
  • 04:34 AND NOW HE'S SEES A VISION OF THE CALENDAR UNFOLDING
  • 04:38 TO A POINT WHERE HE SEES SOMETHING ABOUT
  • 04:40 THE FIRST COMING OF THE MESSIAH
  • 04:42 AND THE SECOND COMING OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 04:44 THIS PROPHECY, THE 70 WEEKS
  • 04:47 IS DEEMED BY SOME TO BE THE MOST FASCINATING PROPHECY IN ALL OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 04:54 VERSE 24 HE SAYS,
  • 05:00 AND THEN HE GOES ON TO DESCRIBE
  • 05:01 69 WEEKS OR ELSEWHERE HE SPEAKS
  • 05:04 WEEKS OF YEARS.
  • 05:06 SO WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT
  • 05:07 A WEEK LITERALLY
  • 05:08 AS MUCH AS A 7 YEAR PERIOD.
  • 05:10 HE SEES 69 WEEKS
  • 05:12 AND THEN A FAMOUS FINAL WEEK,
  • 05:16 A TRIBULATION PERIOD
  • 05:18 AS IT'S REFERRED TO.
  • 05:20 WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE STORY IN DANIEL YOU'LL COME UPON THIS.
  • 05:23 YOU CAN JUST PLEASE READ THE TEXT.IT'S FASCINATING.
  • 05:26 HE SEES A TIME COMING FOR THE CUTTING OFF OF THE ANOINTED ONE.
  • 05:30 WHAT'S FASCINATING ABOUT THIS 70 WEEKS PROPHECY GOING OUT TO 69 WEEKS, OR 69 YEARS,
  • 05:35 IS THE FACT THAT IF ONE TAKES THE LAUNCHING OFF POINT,
  • 05:56 HE GOES OUT 69 YEARS, WEEKS OF YEARS.
  • 05:58 INTERESTINGLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE DECREE IN NEHEMIAH CHAPTER 1 AND CHAPTER 2,
  • 06:02 WHEN JERUSALEM WAS TO BE REBUILT, THIS FALLS ON
  • 06:05 THE 14TH OF MARCH 445
  • 06:09 AND IF YOU TAKE 69 WEEKS
  • 06:11 AND YOU GO BY THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR 360 DAYS IN THAT YEAR,
  • 06:16 YOU ADD UP THOSE DAYS.
  • 06:18 THE MOMENT WHEN THIS SEASON EXPIRES IS WHEN JESUS
  • 06:22 IN APRIL THE 6TH
  • 06:25 MAKES HIS WAY INTO JERUSALEM IN 32 A.D. RIDING ON A HORSE.
  • 06:29 FASCINATING, YOU'LL SEE IN DANIEL.
  • 06:31 HE TALKS ABOUT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH AND BRINGS IT DOWN TO THE DAY.
  • 06:47 IT IS ALL ABOUT TIME.
  • 06:48 I LIKE IN REVELATION 12:12
  • 06:50 AT THE END WHERE IT SAYS,
  • 07:02 JEFF, HIS TIME IS SHORT
  • 07:03 YES. IT'S AN INTERESTING PASSAGE
  • 07:05 FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 07:07 APPARENTLY, THINGS HEAT UP
  • 07:09 AT DAYS END.
  • 07:10 THE DEVIL SEEMS TO HAVE A MORE ACTIVE INTEREST IN STIRRING IT ALL UP.
  • 07:15 THINGS JUST GO FROM BAD TO WORSE IT SEEMS.
  • 07:18 IN NOT JUST WRATH, BUT HE COMES DOWN WITH GREAT WRATH.
  • 07:22 HE'S REALLY ANGRY.
  • 07:24 BUT THIS IS THE END TIME.
  • 07:26 AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW.
  • 07:28 IF WE BELIEVE A PRE-TRIB RAPTURE, WE'RE OUT OF HERE.
  • 07:32 THIS IS FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE LEFT BEHIND.
  • 07:34 THIS IS THE HORROR THAT THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH.
  • 07:37 YES. NOW THE WAY SOMEONE DIVIDES UP TIME
  • 07:40 PROPHECY STUDENTS SEE THAT WORLD GOES TOWARD CERTAIN POINT IN TIME. >>RIGHT.
  • 07:46 THERE'S A RAPTURE,
  • 07:48 THERE'S A TAKING AWAY OF THE BELIEVERS. >>RIGHT.RIGHT.
  • 07:51 AND THEN THERE'S THIS TRIBULATION PERIOD WHEN IT ALL GOES BAD
  • 07:54 AND THAT'S PARTICULARLY WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE. >>BAD TO WORSE.
  • 07:56 BAD TO WORSE IS WHERE IT GOES.
  • 07:58 MY ARGUMENT WOULD BE THAT BEFORE IT GOES BAD
  • 08:00 THE BIRTH PANGS OF IT ALL
  • 08:02 WOULD BE MANIFEST BEFORE THE DAWNING OF THE ERA.
  • 08:04 IT'S LIKE TIME.
  • 08:05 I CAN ALWAYS LOOK BEHIND MY LIFE
  • 08:09 AND SEE WHERE GOD HAS BROUGHT ME.
  • 08:10 IF I HAD THE OVERALL PICTURE OF TIME
  • 08:13 I THINK I WOULD REALLY BE SCARED OF WHAT WAS AHEAD OF ME.
  • 08:16 SO GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD TO US IN GIVING US THESE LITTLE,
  • 08:19 WHAT I CALL "PEAKS" AT TIMES.
  • 08:21 YEAH, AND THIS IS THE WINDOW INTO THE FUTURE.
  • 08:23 WE'RE TOLD THE DEVIL WILL COME DOWN,
  • 08:25 HE KNOWS HIS TIME IS SHORT.
  • 08:27 IT REMINDS ME OF THE FACT THAT HISTORY IS NOT SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL
  • 08:31 BUT IS UNFOLDING ACCORDING TO A PRE-DETERMINED PATTERN.
  • 08:37 THEY LIVED AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF TIME OR SO THEY CONSTRUED IT.
  • 08:40 THEY BELIEVED THAT A COMING GREAT CONFLAGRATION WOULD FACILITATE A CONTEST
  • 08:46 BETWEEN THE SONS OF DARKNESS AND THE SONS OF LIGHT.
  • 08:49 AND THE WORLD WAS GOING TO
  • 08:50 EMERGE OUT OF DARKNESS AND CHAOS
  • 08:52 INTO LIGHT AS THERE WAS
  • 08:54 A NEW ERA DAWNING,
  • 08:56 OR SO THEY BELIEVED.
  • 08:58 THE MESSIANIC ERA.
  • 08:59 AND THE ESSENES HERE IN THIS VICINITY
  • 09:01 BELIEVED THEY WERE HARBINGERS OF THE NEW WORLD TO COME.
  • 09:06 THEY WROTE THEIR BELIEFS IN COMMENTARIES
  • 09:08 SOME OF WHICH WERE PULLED OUT OF CAVES LIKE THIS, CAVE 11,
  • 09:11 VERY FAMOUS CAVE IN FACT.
  • 09:13 IT'S OFF THE BEATEN PATH SOME, WAY UP IN THE MOUNTAIN.
  • 09:20 WE'RE LOOKING FOR TREASURE FOUND IN GOD'S WORD AND WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT DANIEL.
  • 09:23 HERE I'M INTERESTED IN THE 9TH CHAPTER PARTICULARLY.
  • 09:26 AT LEAST THAT'S THE BEGINNING POINT.
  • 09:28 WE'RE LOOKING AT TIME. THE ESSENES BELIEVED IN TIME.
  • 09:31 THEY REGULATED THEIR DAYS VERY CONSCIOUSLY.
  • 09:34 THEY BELIEVED THE YEARS WERE REGULATED CONSCIOUSLY.
  • 09:37 AND THEY BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE AT THE PLACE IN TIME
  • 09:40 WHEN THE NEW WORLD WAS TO COME WITH THE MESSIANIC ERA.
  • 09:44 BUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT NEW WORLD AND GOOD WORLD, THERE WAS A BAD WORLD TOO.
  • 09:48 A BAD MOON RISING OR SO THEY PERCEIVED IT.
  • 09:51 AND THEY DIDN'T PERCEIVE IT ALONE.
  • 09:53 DANIEL FOR HIS PART ENVISIONED IN CHAPTER 9, VERSE 27, THAT THERE WOULD BE
  • 09:58 THIS ANTI-MESSIAH
  • 10:00 WHO WOULD MAKE A COVENANT
  • 10:01 WITH INDIVIDUALS FOR 7 YEARS, FOR ONE WEEK.
  • 10:04 BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT 7 YEAR PERIOD
  • 10:07 CALLED THE TRIBULATION PERIOD,
  • 10:09 HE WOULD SHOW HIS COLORS, HIS DARK COLORS.
  • 10:13 INDIVIDUALS THOUGHT HE WAS THE SAVIOR IN MANY RESPECTS.
  • 10:16 BUT INSTEAD THEY FIND HIM TO BE A VULTURE,
  • 10:19 ONE WHO ONLY INTENDS TO TRAP IT'S PREY
  • 10:22 AND THEN PECK AWAY AT IT, TO EAT IT AND TO DESTROY IT.
  • 10:26 DANIEL TELLS US THAT HE WILL CAUSE SACRIFICE TO CEASE IN A REBUILT TEMPLE,
  • 10:31 THAT HE WILL PROCLAIM HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD,
  • 10:34 AND THAT HE WILL THEN PRESENT WITH THESE ABOMINATIONS,
  • 10:37 THIS ABOMINATION WHICH MAKES DESOLATE ACCORDING TO DANIEL CHAPTER 9, VERSE 27.
  • 10:44 AND THEN THERE WOULD BE AN END HE SAYS,
  • 10:46 THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN UNTIL THE END, UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION.
  • 10:50 THE ESSENES SPECIALIZED ACCORDING TO JOSEPHUS IN LOOKING AT THE END
  • 10:54 BUT WE REALLY GET OUR READ OF THE END FROM THE BOOK REVELATION.
  • 10:58 THEREIN JOHN SPOKE FROM A CAVE AS WELL.
  • 11:00 IT WAS AN ISLAND OF PATMOS. NOT HERE.
  • 11:03 SEEMINGLY AT THE EDGE OF CIVILIZED WORLD HERE IN THE DEAD SEA AREA.
  • 11:08 FOR JOHN'S PART, HE WAS TAKEN AWAY TO AN ISLAND AND FROM A CAVE HE WAS GIVEN A WORD.
  • 11:13 AND I WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT HE HAD TO SAY REAL QUICK IN REVELATION CHAPTERS 12 AND 13.
  • 11:19 HE SPEAKS AT THE FIRST ABOUT A WOMAN IN HEAVEN WHO GIVES BIRTH TO A CHILD.
  • 11:24 HE SAYS IN VERSE 5 THAT SHE BEARS A MALE CHILD,
  • 11:29 ONE WHO IS GOING TO RULE THE WORLD, THE MESSIAH,
  • 11:31 ONE WHO EVENTUALLY IS GOING TO HOLD SWAY OVER GOD'S CREATION.
  • 11:35 JOHN SEES AS WELL THAT THIS BEAST WILL EMERGE
  • 11:38 AND YOU KNOW IN AS MUCH AS DANIEL TALKS ABOUT BEASTS, SO DOES JOHN.
  • 11:42 THIS BEAST EMERGES TO TRY AND KILL THE CHILD.
  • 11:45 BUT TWAS NOT TO BE. WE'RE TOLD THE CHILD ESCAPED TO THE WILDERNESS
  • 11:49 AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS IS HE GOES AFTER THE WOMAN WHO GIVES BIRTH TO THE CHILD.
  • 11:55 AND PRAY TELL, WHO WAS IT THAT BROUGHT THE MALE CHILD, THE CHRIST CHILD INTO THE WORLD?
  • 12:00 JESUS CAME THROUGH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 12:03 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 12, CHAPTER 12, THE DEVIL WAS ENRAGED
  • 12:07 AND THAT HE THEN SETS HIS WRATH ON THE WOMAN IN VERSE 13.
  • 12:11 JOHN SAYS,
  • 12:29 INTERESTINGLY THERE ARE DESCENDANTS OF THIS WOMAN,
  • 12:32 OF COURSE THE WOMAN - JESUS CAME THROUGH THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 12:35 AND THERE ARE DESCENDANTS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT COME TO FAITH.
  • 12:38 JOHN MENTIONS, WHETHER
  • 12:39 FIGURATIVELY OR LITERALLY,
  • 12:41 HE SEES 12,000 FROM EACH TRIBE,
  • 12:43 THERE'S A MASSIVE ARMY
  • 12:47 OF BELIEVERS, INDIVIDUALS
  • 12:48 OF JEWISH EXTRACT
  • 12:49 WHO COME TO FAITH.
  • 12:51 AND WHAT HAPPENS IN AS MUCH AS THE DEVIL WASN'T ABLE TO DESTROY THE CHRIST CHILD,
  • 12:54 WERE TOLD HERE THAT HE GOES AFTER THE PEOPLE GROUP
  • 12:56 THAT BRINGS THE MESSIAH INTO THE WORLD,
  • 12:58 EVEN THOSE WHO ACCORDING TO THE TEXT HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS.
  • 13:03 WE'RE TOLD IN THE 13TH CHAPTER
  • 13:05 THAT ONE OF THE WAYS THAT HE INVESTS ENERGIES AGAINST THESE BELIEVERS,
  • 13:10 WE'RE TOLD THAT HE REQUIRES OF THEM A MARK.
  • 13:15 IN VERSE 16 OF THE 13TH CHAPTER,
  • 13:27 AND WITH THE LACK THEREOF INDIVIDUALS ARE UNABLE TO BUY AND SELL
  • 13:31 AND SO THEY HAVE TO FLEE.
  • 13:33 JESUS WARNED THAT WHEN JERUSALEM IS SURROUNDED BY ARMIES IN THESE LAST DAYS,
  • 13:37 LET THOSE IN JUDEA FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS, FLEE TO THE HILLS.
  • 13:40 AND HERE WE ARE AT A HILL.
  • 13:42 ACTUALLY YEARS AGO IT WAS A PLACE OF REFUGE.
  • 13:45 INDIVIDUALS FLED HERE,
  • 13:46 THEY DEPOSITED SCROLLS HERE FOR POSTERITY'S SAKE
  • 13:49 AND NOT JUST IN CAVE 11,
  • 13:51 BUT A PLETHORA OF CAVES ALL ABOUT
  • 13:53 WHERE THEY LEFT A TESTIMONY OF HOW THEY ENVISIONED A WORLD AT DAYS' END.
  • 13:59 IT'S FASCINATING TO ME.
  • 14:01 I THINK THE BEST, BEST, BEST SOURCE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD AT DAYS' END
  • 14:04 IS THE BIBLE ITSELF.
  • 14:06 AND SO HERE IN THIS SERIES WE'RE GOING DOWN A ROAD THAT'S GOING TO LEAD US
  • 14:10 TO UNDERSTANDING DANIEL AND THE LAST DAYS' BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH.
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  • 17:45 WE SEE THESE SIGHTS ALSO
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  • 17:49 "GO TO ISRAEL. LEARN THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL."
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  • 17:54 JEFF, I SEE QUMRAN, I KNOW WHERE QUMRAN IS,
  • 17:57 THE DEAD SEA IS THERE, MASADA IS THERE.
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  • 18:09 THAT ONE TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND
  • 18:11 IS LIKE A YEAR OF BIBLE COLLEGE.
  • 18:13 IT'S A REAL ILLUMINATING EXPERIENCE.
  • 18:15 IT REALLY IS.
  • 18:16 AND EVERYONE THAT COMES ON THE TOUR
  • 18:17 SAYS THE SAME THING,
  • 18:18 "I'M SO GLAD I CAME."
  • 18:20 "MY BIBLE IS NEVER THE SAME".
  • 18:21 RIGHT.AND WE WANT TO SHOW ISRAEL THROUGH JEWISH EYES.
  • 18:24 NOW, SPEAKING OF A SET OF JEWISH EYES,
  • 18:27 IN JERUSALEM THIS LAST TIME
  • 18:29 WE PICKED UP PROFESSOR MAGEN BROSHI,
  • 18:32 FORMER CURATOR OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBIT IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:36 A FASCINATING INDIVIDUAL,
  • 18:39 A SCHOLAR IN HIS OWN RIGHT.
  • 18:41 I REMEMBER WHILE DRIVING WITH HIM
  • 18:43 FROM JERUSALEM TO QUMRAN,
  • 18:44 WE WERE SNOOZING A LITTLE BIT. >>OH GOSH, WHAT FUN!
  • 18:47 AND HE WAS ASKING ME ABOUT MY INTEREST IN THE SCROLLS
  • 18:50 AND I TOLD HIM I USED TO TEACH IT AT A COLLEGE LEVEL.
  • 18:52 AND "WELL, WHO WAS YOUR GUIDE?"
  • 18:54 AND I'D MENTION, WELL GE'ZA VERMES WAS MY HERO,
  • 18:57 WHO WAS AN OXFORD PROFESSOR.
  • 18:59 AND HE GOES, "YES, GE'ZA AND I HAD TEA A FEW WEEKS AGO".
  • 19:03 AND THEN I'D MENTION JAMES CHARLESWORTH OUT OF PRINCETON.
  • 19:07 "YES, WE SPOKE MOST RECENTLY."
  • 19:09 THIS GUY'S CONNECTED TO THE WORLD OF SCHOLARSHIP.
  • 19:12 BUT THAT'S BEEN HIS LIFE.
  • 19:14 THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS HAVE BEEN HIS LIFE.
  • 19:16 AND I'M SO THRILLED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE AN INTERVIEW. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 19:19 YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE THE INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR BROSHI.
  • 19:23 AND THEN WE'RE FOLLOWING UP WITH ANOTHER SCHOLAR AS WELL.
  • 19:26 WE'RE OF THE MIND TO GIVE WINDOWS INTO HOW JEWISH FOLK INTERPRETED WORLD'S END.
  • 19:32 DANIEL GIVES US A WINDOW INTO THAT WORLD AND WE'RE STANDING AND INTERPRETING OURSELVES.
  • 19:37 BUT NOW LET'S LOOK AND SEE HOW ANCIENT JEWS SAW THE WORLD AT WORLD'S END.
  • 19:43 HAVING OVERSEEN THOSE SCROLLS,
  • 19:46 WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THAT
  • 19:48 ABOUT THE MATERIAL CULTURE,
  • 19:50 ABOUT WHO THE ESSENES WERE?
  • 19:51 THE ESSENES, THEY'RE UNLIKE ANYTHING EXISTING AT THAT TIME.
  • 19:58 THEY WERE THE FIRST MONASTIC COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD.
  • 20:04 IT WAS IN THE WESTERN WORLD.
  • 20:06 THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THEY HAD,
  • 20:08 WAS THIS CONCEPT OF AND REAL UNDERSTANDING OF TIME.
  • 20:11 I REMEMBER SEEING FROM THE ISRAEL MUSEUM
  • 20:13 A TYPE OF CALENDAR THAT WAS FOUND THERE.
  • 20:17 IT WAS ALMOST A SUNDIAL THAT TOLD EXACT TIMES,
  • 20:21 IT HAD ALSO FOR SUMMER AND WINTER AND VARIANCES LIKE THAT.
  • 20:24 I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FASCINATING PIECE.
  • 20:26 CERTAINLY TIME WAS VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM.
  • 20:32 WHEN DO YOU PRAY?
  • 20:35 WHEN DO YOU HAVE YOUR SACRED MEALS?
  • 20:37 EVERY MEAL IN THE COMMUNITY WAS SACRED.
  • 20:40 WHEN DO YOU TAKE
  • 20:42 THE RITUAL BATHS?
  • 20:44 AND SO ON...
  • 20:46 (HERE AT QUMRAN IT WAS MOST IMPORTANT) (SANDRA LEVITT SPEAKING)
  • 20:48 (FOR THE ESSENE'S PRIEST TO BE ACCURATE)
  • 20:51 (IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF THE TIMES AND SEASONS.)
  • 20:52 (WILL TALKED TO (STEPHEN PHANN,)
  • 20:54 (AN EDITOR OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS)
  • 20:56 (ABOUT THIS SUNDIAL'S PLACE)
  • 20:58 (IN DETERMINING ACCURATE TIME.)
  • 20:59 WELL, WILL WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS ACTUALLY A REAL SQUEEZE,
  • 21:05 A FULL MOLD OF THE ORIGINAL SUNDIAL
  • 21:07 THAT THEY FOUND IN THE EASTERN GATE HERE AT QUMRAN.
  • 21:10 HERE AT A PLACE WHERE
  • 21:11 YOU HAD PRIESTS WHO
  • 21:13 ALWAYS HAD TO MAKE SURE
  • 21:14 THAT EVERYTHING WAS
  • 21:16 RIGHT ON TIME
  • 21:16 AS GOD IS ON TIME
  • 21:18 THEY HAVE TO BE ON TIME WITH HIM.
  • 21:20 AND THIS WAS THE MOST EXACT TIMEPIECE THAT WE KNOW OF
  • 21:23 FOR FINDING OUT ONE SINGLE HOUR OF THE DAY.
  • 21:27 RIGHT, THE ESSENES WERE A KIND OF COMMUNITY UNTO THEIR OWN,
  • 21:30 SEPARATE FROM TRADITIONAL JUDAISM AT THE TIME IN MANY WAYS.
  • 21:33 LET ME ASK YOU,
  • 21:35 WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS BEING A SUNDIAL AS OPPOSED TO TRADITIONAL JEWISH COUNTING
  • 21:39 AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE THAT WERE BASED ON THE LUNAR CYCLES?
  • 21:42 WELL, AT THE TEMPLE THEY DID HAVE SUNDIALS
  • 21:45 BUT THEY WEREN'T QUITE LIKE THIS ONE.
  • 21:47 IN FACT, THIS PARTICULAR SUNDIAL
  • 21:48 IS PART OF THE ENOCHIC TELLING OF TIME.
  • 21:52 AND THE BOOK OF ENOCH TELLS TIME ACCORDING TO THE SUN
  • 21:56 AND ACCORDING TO THE RISING OF THE SUN
  • 22:00 AT VARIOUS PLACES ALONG THE HORIZON
  • 22:02 AND FROM THERE THEY GO ON TO SEE THEIR YEAR
  • 22:06 ONLY IN THE TERMS OF THE SUN,
  • 22:07 THE 364 DAY SOLAR YEAR
  • 22:10 WHICH ACTUALLY MAKES THE LUNAR CALENDAR TOTALLY OBSOLETE.
  • 22:15 I THINK IT'S INTERESTING THAT THEY USED A SUNDIAL
  • 22:18 FOR THEIR APPOINTED TIMES AND SEASONS, IF YOU WILL,
  • 22:20 TO TELL THEM WHEN EAT,
  • 22:21 WHEN TO BATHE, ETC., ETC., WHEN TO PRAY.
  • 22:23 YES, WELL, FROM HERE INSIDE THIS PARTICULAR SITE
  • 22:28 HEAVEN CAME DOWN LIKE AN UMBILICUS FROM HEAVEN.
  • 22:31 THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE ANGELS WERE AROUND ABOUT THEM
  • 22:34 AND IT FORMED A WHOLE CONTINUUM GOING UP TO HEAVEN
  • 22:36 WITH ALL THE HEAVENLY BEINGS AROUND THE THRONE
  • 22:39 AND FINALLY GOD HIMSELF THERE.
  • 22:41 SO TIME, IN KEEPING ON TIME, WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
  • 22:45 BECAUSE IF A PERSON THROUGH THE CALENDARS
  • 22:48 HAD THEIR PASSOVER A WEEK TOO EARLY OR A DAY TOO LATE
  • 22:52 THEY WERE SAYING THE PRAYERS THAT USED GOD'S NAME IN IT ON THE WRONG DAY.
  • 22:58 THAT'S USING GOD'S NAME IN VAIN. >>WOW, YEAH.
  • 23:01 SO TIME IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
  • 23:03 AND SO IT WAS REALLY THE PURPOSE
  • 23:05 AND THE RULE OF THE PRIESTS TO INTERPRET TIME PROPERLY
  • 23:08 SO PEOPLE WOULD ACTUALLY BE PROPERLY IN SYNC
  • 23:11 BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH.
  • 23:13 NOW, LET ME ASK YOU,
  • 23:14 AS FAR AS THEIR END TIMES VIEWS,
  • 23:16 WHAT ELSE, WHAT OTHER SCROLLS,
  • 23:18 WHAT OTHER WRITINGS WERE FOUND HERE THAT MADE IT KIND OF,
  • 23:20 IF YOU WILL, INTO CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE?
  • 23:22 THE CONTINUUM THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE
  • 23:28 BETWEEN WHAT WE HAVE AMONG THIS GROUP KNOWN AS THE ESSENES
  • 23:31 WITH ALL THE WRITINGS
  • 23:33 THAT THEY COLLECTED
  • 23:34 AND ALL THE WRITINGS
  • 23:35 THEY WROTE THEMSELVES,
  • 23:36 THE CONNECTION WE PROBABLY HAVE CLOSEST WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 23:40 IS WHAT HAPPENS THROUGH JOHN THE BAPTIST
  • 23:42 WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED EITHER AN EX-ESSENE
  • 23:44 OR PART OF A MISSIONARY WING OF THE ESSENE MOVEMENT.
  • 23:47 BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE ALL BEEN IN AGREEMENT ABOUT
  • 23:50 WAS THE ISSUE OF THE HEART.
  • 23:53 YOU'VE GOT TO GET THE HEART RIGHT. >>RIGHT.
  • 23:55 THE ISSUES OF TIME AND HOW PARTICULAR YOU HAVE TO BE ON THAT
  • 23:59 HAD TO DO WITH HOW MUCH ONE EMPHASIZED THE HEART OVER AGAINST
  • 24:03 THE ISSUES OF HALACHIC RITUAL.
  • 24:06 WELL, STEVE WE'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY
  • 24:09 AND SHARING WITH US EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CALENDAR HERE
  • 24:12 AND ALSO ABOUT THE SITE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 24:13 AND THAT'S DR. STEPHEN PHANN
  • 24:15 AND WILL KING INTERVIEWING HIM.
  • 24:17 I'M REALLY PROUD OF WILL.
  • 24:19 HE'S TAKEN ON THE JOB OF LIVING IN ISRAEL AND REPORTING FOR US.
  • 24:22 I'M REALLY PROUD OF HIM JEFF.
  • 24:23 YOU REMIND ME OF THE LORD WHO SAID,
  • 24:26 "THIS IS MY BELOVED SON WITH WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED". >>THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 24:29 IT DOES A MOTHER'S HEART GOOD TO SEE A SON OR A DAUGHTER
  • 24:33 FOLLOW IN THE LORD'S FOOTSTEPS. IT REALLY DOES.
  • 24:35 JOHN SAYS, "NO GREATER JOY THAN TO KNOW"
  • 24:37 "THAT MY CHILDREN FOLLOW THE TRUTH". >>RIGHT.ABSOLUTELY.
  • 24:39 SEEMS TO ME THAT A NUMBER OF JEWISH CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE FOLLOWING THE TRUTH.
  • 24:42 IN DANIEL CHAPTER 12 WE'RE TOLD AS WE NOTED AT THE BEGINNING HERE THAT THE WORDS OF THE BOOK
  • 24:48 ARE SEALED UP TO THE END AND AT THE END, THE VERY LAST VERSE, CHAPTER 12, VERSE 13,
  • 25:02 IT'S INTERESTING THAT DANIEL ARISES TO HIS INHERITANCE AT THE END OF DAYS.
  • 25:07 JEWISH PEOPLE BELIEVE IN RISING TO AN INHERITANCE.
  • 25:11 INHERITANCE IS LIKE A FAMILY TERM,
  • 25:13 WHAT YOUR FATHER, WHAT YOUR PARENTS BEQUEATH TO YOU
  • 25:17 AND INTERESTINGLY, AS YOU BROUGHT OUT,
  • 25:19 THE INHERITANCE IS THE RESURRECTION.
  • 25:22 TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE PLEASE.
  • 25:23 RIGHT. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE STORY?
  • 25:25 THE END OF THE STORY IS -
  • 25:26 AND AGAIN IT'S IN DANIEL CHAPTER 12.
  • 25:28 AND IT SAYS IN DANIEL CHAPTER 12, VERSE 2,
  • 25:40 THIS IS RESURRECTION.
  • 25:41 YES, AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT THIS IS THE RESURRECTION
  • 25:44 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TEXT. >>RIGHT.
  • 25:46 IT'S NOT A CHRISTIAN THING.
  • 25:47 THIS IS A JEWISH THING.
  • 25:49 RIGHT. MANY PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT THE CONCEPT OF THE RESURRECTION
  • 25:51 IS BORNE OUT OF NEW TESTAMENT UNDERSTANDING. >>RIGHT. RIGHT.
  • 25:53 IT CERTAINLY IS STRESSED THERE.
  • 25:55 IN JOHN CHAPTER 11, VERSE 25 JESUS SAID,
  • 25:57 "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE". >>AND THE LIFE, ABSOLUTELY.
  • 25:59 BUT REMEMBER THAT BEFORE HE SAID THAT, IT'S PRECIPITATED BY A WOMAN SAYING,
  • 26:03 "I KNOW THAT MY BROTHER WILL RISE AGAIN."
  • 26:06 IN RESPONSE TO WHICH JESUS SAID, "I AM THE RESURRECTION."
  • 26:09 AND THE POINT IS,
  • 26:10 IT WAS ALREADY EXISTENT IN HER FRAME OF THINKING,
  • 26:13 A RESURRECTION.
  • 26:14 THIS IS A JEWISH WOMAN.
  • 26:15 RIGHT.BUT ALSO ABRAHAM AND ISAAC.
  • 26:17 ABRAHAM KNEW THAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ISAAC
  • 26:19 AFTER HE SACRIFICED HIM, HE WOULD SEE HIM AGAIN.
  • 26:22 RESURRECTION AGAIN.
  • 26:24 RIGHT.THAT'S THE ARGUMENT WHY HE'D BE WILLING >>RIGHT. RIGHT
  • 26:26 TO LET HIM BE SLAIN THERE IN MORIAH BECAUSE HE'D RISE AGAIN.
  • 26:29 I THINK IT'S INTERESTING THAT JEWISH PEOPLE DO BELIEVE IN A RESURRECTION,
  • 26:32 AN EMERGENCE FROM THE GRAVE
  • 26:34 AT DAY'S END.
  • 26:35 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 26:36 "THE RESURRECTION
  • 26:38 TO LIFE".
  • 26:39 ABSOLUTELY TO LIFE.
  • 26:40 AND AS YOU GO, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:43 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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  1. The Personal Battle
  2. The Battle for Time
  3. The Culture Battle
  4. The Spiritual Battle
  5. The Leader of the Evil Empire
  6. The Battle Plan
  7. The Battle Royal, Part 1
  8. The Battle Royal, Part 2
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