The Watchman Episode 144: Reclaiming the True History of the Temple Mount


-[ERICK STAKELBECK] THIS
WEEK ON THE WATCHMAN,
AS THE MOVEMENT TO DENY
ANY JEWISH CONNECTION
TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT
CONTINUES TO GROW.
A TEAM OF ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGIST
IS RECLAIMING THE HISTORY
OF THE WORLD’S HOLIEST
SITE, SEE WHAT THEY FOUND,
AND HOW VOLUNTEERS
FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
ARE HELPING THEM UNCOVER
INCREDIBLE BIBLICAL ARTIFACTS.
– THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS LITERALLY
A BLACK HOLE ARCHEOLOGICAL. THIS IS OUR ONLY CHANCE,
AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE, TO ACTUALLY STUDY MATERIAL
FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT FROM WITHIN THE
TEMPLE MOUNT ITSELF.– PLUS, WE HEAD TO THE DEAD SEATO LEARN HOW ONE ISRAELI
FARMER, IS WORKING TO BRING BACK
AN ANCIENT BIBLICAL PLANT,
RENOWNED FOR ITS HEALING POWERS.
IT’S ALL THIS WEEK, ONLY
RIGHT HERE ON THE WATCHMAN.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] AND WELCOME TO THE WATCHMAN,
TO SAY THAT A JEWISH TEMPLE ONCE STOOD ATOP THE
TEMPLE MOUNT IN JERUSALEM IS NOT JUST HISTORICAL FACT,
IT’S JUST PLAIN COMMON SENSE. ANCIENT ROMAN AND GREEK WRITINGS
AND OF COURSE THE BIBLE, ARE JUST SOME OF THE SOURCES
THAT DESCRIBE IN DETAIL, BOTH THE FIRST TEMPLE,
SOLOMON’S TEMPLE AND THE SECOND TEMPLE,
HEROD’S TEMPLE. THE BIBLE TELLS US
THAT SOLOMON’S TEMPLE WAS HOME TO THE
ARK OF THE COVENANT AND GOD’S DIVINE PRESENCE. WHILE HEROD’S TEMPLE WAS
THE PLACE WHERE JESUS TAUGHT AND CHASED OUT THE
MONEY CHANGERS. IT’S NO WONDER THAT THE
TEMPLE MOUNT IS CONSIDERED THE HOLIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD, AND ESPECIALLY SACRED
TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE. NOW, BOTH TEMPLES WERE
EVENTUALLY DESTROYED, THE FIRST BY THE BABYLONIANS
AND THE SECOND BY THE ROMANS. BUT IF YOU VISIT JERUSALEM
TODAY, YOU CAN STILL SEE THE RUBBLE FROM THE ROMAN
DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE IN THE YEAR AT AD 70. AND OF COURSE, WORSHIPERS
STILL FLOCK TO THE WESTERN WALL WHICH WAS A RETAINING
WALL FOR THE TEMPLE MOUNT. TODAY THE TEMPLE MAN IS
HOME TO THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND AL AQSA MOSQUE
TWO MUSLIM HOLY SITES. BUT UNTIL FAIRLY RECENTLY, THE
FACT THAT TWO JEWISH TEMPLES HAD ALSO STOOD THERE
WAS ACKNOWLEDGED FACT EVEN BY MOST MUSLIM SOURCES. BUT HOW TIME HAVE CHANGED. THESE DAYS MANY
PALESTINIAN LEADERS DENY THAT A JEWISH
TEMPLE EVER EXISTED. AND THE UNITED NATIONS
HAS PASSED RESOLUTIONS IN RECENT YEARS DENYING ANY
JEWISH CLAIM TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT OR EVEN TO JERUSALEM. THANKFULLY, A TEAM OF
ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGIST WITH HELP FROM THOUSANDS
OF VOLUNTEERS IS HELPING TO TAKE BACK THE HISTORY
OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. AND WHAT THEY FOUND
WILL AMAZE YOU. TAKE A LOOK. [UPBEAT MUSIC] WELL, ZACHI THIS IS EXCITING. WE ARE HERE AT THE RELAUNCH OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT
SIFTING PROJECT. TELL US WHAT YOU’RE
DOING HERE RIGHT NOW, WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT? WE ARE TRYING TO
RETRIEVE SAVE, RESEARCH AND PUBLISH ARTIFACTS,
ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDS THAT WERE HIDDEN WITHIN
THE TEMPLE MOUNT SOIL. AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT HAS
NEVER BEEN EXCAVATED BEFORE. THIS IS THE FIRST EVER
ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDS THAT COME FROM WITHIN
THE TEMPLE MOUNT. FOR US TO PROVE THAT THE
TEMPLE MOUNT THAT THE, WHAT’S THE ARABS CALL
HARAM ESH-SHARIF. -[ERICK] YEAH. – WAS THE SITE OF
THE JEWISH TEMPLE. FOR US, IT’S LIKE TO PROVE
IT, WHATEVER WHAT IS WHAT. – YEAH, ITS COMMON SENSE RIGHT? – IT’S COMMON SENSE, IT’S WE HAVE NUMERAL
HISTORICAL SOURCES. -[ERICK] YEAH. – JEWISH, CHRISTIANS
AND MUSLIMS, FROM THOSE THAT LIVED IN JERUSALEM,
OUTSIDE JERUSALEM. – BY THE WAY FOLKS,
YOU PROBABLY SEE PEOPLE BEHIND US WORKING, OF ALL AGES. IT’S EXCITING. THEY’RE SIFTING THROUGH
THIS ANCIENT DIRT FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT, THE
HOLIEST PLACE ON EARTH. AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’LL FIND. YOU’LL SEE SHORTLY. ZACHI GOING TO SHARE SOME OF
THOSE AMAZING FINDS WITH US. BUT LOOK, THE REASON YOU’RE
DOING THIS SIFT ZACHI, WHY IT’S NECESSARY. GIVE US THAT QUICK BACKGROUND. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE
TEMPLE MOUNT AROUND 1999, I GUESS ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO. NOT GOOD, TELL US ABOUT IT. – SO THE MUSLIM AUTHORITIES
EXCAVATED A HUGE PIT IN ORDER TO MAKE
AN NEW ENTRANCE. ACTUALLY THE CONVERTED
AN ANCIENT STRUCTURE CALLED SOLOMON’S STABLES. IT’S A SUB-TERRESTRIAL,
THAT WAS FOUNDED DURING THE EARLY ISLAMIC PERIOD. – ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT? – ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT
IN SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. ON THE MAINS OF THE
SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD, IN THAT LOCATION, HUGE
UNDERGROUND, VAULTED STRUCTURE WAS BUILT LATER ON. AND AS THE CRUSADERS
WAS THE LAST TO USE IT AS STABLES WAS A HOSTESS. AND IT WAS OUT OF USE
DURING ONE SEVEN YEARS AND THEN THEY CONVERTED
THAT TO A MOSQUE. THEY CHANGE THE STATUS
QUO ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT. -[ERICK] SO 400 TRUCKLOADS
OF DIRT WERE REMOVED FROM SACRED GROUND,
THE TEMPLE MOUNT. -[ZACHI] YEAH. -[ERICK] WHERE 3000 YEARS
AGO, SOLOMON’S TEMPLE STOOD. -[ZACHI] YEAH. – WHO KNOWS WHAT’S
UNDER THAT DIRT? THE MUSLIM AUTHORITIES TOOK
THEM FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND JUST DUMP THEM
IN THE KIDRON VALLEY AND ELSEWHERE HERE IN JERUSALEM. IT’S LIKE I THINK PEOPLE
AT HOME WILL BE SHOCKED TO LEARN HOW THEY DID THIS, WHY THEY WERE
ALLOWED TO DO THAT. – I WAS SHOCKED MANY
PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED. – YEAH. – BUT I WAS VERY INTERESTED BECAUSE I WAS AN ARCHEOLOGICAL
STUDENT, THIRD YEAR. AND I WENT WITH ANOTHER FRIEND
AND WE STARTED SURVEYING IT. GABRIEL BARKAY, ONE OF
MY LECTURERS THOSE DAYS, A SENIOR ARCHEOLOGIST, IT IS
WELL, VERY FAMOUS ARCHEOLOGIST. HE JOINED FORCES WITH
A ME AND TOGETHER TOOK US ABOUT THREE YEARS
UNTIL WE GOT THE PERMIT TO DO THIS. THERE WERE MANY
OBSTACLES AND THEN 2004 WE BEGAN THE SIFTING PROJECT. – SO FROM THIS DIRT, THIS
HOLY DIRT THAT YOU RETRIEVED FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT, YOU
GUYS ARE LITERALLY SIFTING THROUGH IT METICULOUSLY
HERE AT THE SIFTING STATIONS AND YOU HAVE FOUND
A HALF A MILLION ARCHEOLOGICAL
DISCOVERIES IN THIS DIRT, FROM THE FIRST TEMPLE
PERIOD, SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD AND BEYOND, RIGHT? – COINS WE HAVE
ABOUT 7000 COINS. WE HAVE ABOUT 100 SEALS
THAT SEAL IMPRESSIONS. WE HAVE THOUSANDS
OF JEWELRY PIECES. GRADUALLY THIS INFORMATION
WILL BE ABSORBED BY SCHOLARS. BY TOURIST GUIDES,
BY SCHOOL BOOKS, HISTORY BOOKS, DOCUMENTARIES. AND THIS WILL BE
COMMON KNOWLEDGE. – WE’RE GONNA SEE SOME OF
THOSE ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS THAT YOU MENTIONED IN A SECOND. SINCE THIS IS THE RELAUNCH OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT
SIFTING PROJECT. THERE’S A GREAT EXHIBITION
SET UP HERE FOLKS. ALSO, I BELIEVE, I’M
GONNA DO SOME SIFTING. – YEAH. – AT ONE OF THESE STATIONS AND
WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW IT’S DONE. OR THEY’LL SHOW
ME HOW IT’S DONE. [UPBEAT MUSIC] WELL YOU ZACHI, THIS
IS WHERE WE CAN SEE SOME OF THE FRUITS OF YOUR
LABOR, ALL THE HARD WORK YOU’VE PUT IN ON THE TEMPLE
MOUNT SIFTING PROJECT OVER THE YEARS. HERE WE HAVE IT SOME
OF YOUR AMAZING FINDS. – WHAT WE DID WE TOOK
DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF FINDS AND WE SHOWED THE SPAN FOR
THE FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD TILL TODAY, ALL OF THE
PERIODS OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. OVER HERE YOU CAN SEE COINS
FROM THE FIRST MEETING COINS OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT
DURING THE PERSIAN PERIOD, THE TIME OF THE RETURN OF ZION. THE YEHUD COINS
THAT WERE MINTED. THE FIRST EVER MINTED COINS
OF IN JERUSALEM AND BY JEWS. OVER YOU CAN SEE FOR EXAMPLE,
THIS IS PONTIUS PILATOS. – PONTIUS PILATE? – YEAH, PONTIUS PILATE COIN.
– A COIN BEARING HIS NAME. – AND YOU HAVE AGRIPPA’S, AND HERE YOU HAVE
A HALF SHEKEL COIN THAT WAS GIVEN AS THE TEMPLE TAX ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF EXODUS. – SO HEROD AGRIPPA, PONTIUS
PILATE, A TEMPLE TAX. – YEAH, YEAH. AND OVER HERE YOU CAN SEE
BYZANTINE COINS EARLY ISLAMIC AND WE HAVE ALSO CRUSADER COINS. SOUNDS LIKE THE CRUSADER
COINS THAT WE HAVE ARE EXTREMELY RARE. – IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE
SOME ARROWHEADS HERE. – AND WE HAVE ARROW HEADS
FROM THE TIME OF KING SOLOMON. THIS IS A VERY
RARE ONE, YOU KNOW, PEACEFUL PERIODS DON’T
LEAVE MUCH REMAINS, SO ONLY EIGHT OF THESE
KIND OF WERE FOUND IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL. SO WE HAVE EIGHT OF
THESE AND THEN HAVE. – FIRST TEMPLE PERIODS. – THIS IS FROM THE DESTRUCTION
OF THE FIRST TEMPLE BY THE BABYLONIANS, FROM
THE ASHKELON PERIOD, THE CRUSADER PERIOD. OVER HERE YOU CAN SEE
ONE EXAMPLE OF DOZENS OF ARCHITECTURAL REMAINS
FROM THE ODIAN PERIOD. AND THIS MIGHT EVEN BE
FROM THE ODIAN TEMPLE, YOU CAN SEE IT WAS A WELL
CUT IN A VERY FINE WAY. IT’S BURNT, IT’S ACTUALLY
PROBABLY EXPLODED FROM THE HEAT. – FROM THE ROMANS WHEN THE
ROMANS BURNED THE TEMPLE. – AND WE ALSO MANAGED TO
RECONSTRUCT FLOOR TILES FROM THE ODIAN PERIOD TO THE COLORFUL
GEOMETRICAL FLOOR PATTERNS THAT DECORATED THE
COURTS AROUND THE TEMPLE THE OLD TEMPLE
– OUT OF THE TEMPLE. – OVER THERE YOU CAN SEE
JUST A SEVERAL SAMPLES OF THE PATTERN THAT WE
MANAGED TO RECONSTRUCT. AND WE’RE STILL WORKING
ON MORE PATTERNS. -[ERICK] WOW. – TO HAVE THE WHOLE COURT WITH THESE KINDS OF
TECHNIQUE IS AMAZING. – IT’S AMAZING, ONLY HERE AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT
SIFTING PROJECT, ZACHI YOU’RE DOING
SUCH INCREDIBLE WORK, WHO KNOWS WHO WALKED ON
THOSE PIECES RIGHT THERE DURING THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD. – NO ONE KNOWS
WHAT ELSE WOULD BE WHAT FURTHER WOULD BE FOUND. AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE, THESE EVERYTHING
WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS FOUND BY THE PEOPLE WHO
VISIT, FOR TOUR OR VISIT, -[ERICK] YEAH. – THEY COME FOR TOUR OR VISIT. THEY GET THE
INTRODUCTION ON THE SIFT. AND THIS IS A
CROWD SOURCING PROJECT BECAUSE THIS
BELONGS TO EVERYONE. [SOFT MUSIC] – WELL FOLKS, WE’RE HERE WITH
OUR SIFTING EXPERT HILLEL, HE’S GONNA SHOW US
HOW IT’S DONE HERE AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT
SIFTING PROJECT. OKAY, HILLEL, HOW DO WE START? HOW DO WE GET STARTED HERE? – SO WE HAVE OUR BUCKET HERE. LET’S HOPE IT’S A LUCKY ONE, WE’RE GONNA POUR
DOWN HERE OBVIOUSLY. [THE DEBRIS SPLASHES] BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WILL BE TO WASH OUT THE
BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET. – OKAY. – SO LET’S WASH IT DOWN HERE. [WATER SPLASHING] MAKE SURE THERE’S NOTHING
STUCK TO THE BOTTOM. NOW, WE’RE GOING TO
WASH OUR MATERIAL. [WATER SPLASHING] – FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT. [WATER SPLASHING] – OKAY, WE’RE WASHING IT. [WATER SPLASHING] – THIS IS CALLED
WET SIFTING, RIGHT? – THIS IS CALLED
WET SIFTING, YEAH. SO THE FIRST THING THAT POPS
INTO VIEW IS A MOSAIC TILE. – WOW. – YOU SEE, IT HAS
THE ORIGINAL PLASTER THAT WAS USED TO ATTACH
IT TO THE GROUND. – NOW YOU KNEW RIGHT
AWAY WHAT THAT WAS. YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS A LOT? – I’VE BEEN DOING THIS
FOR ABOUT 13 YEARS. – WOW. – HERE’S A NICE PIECE OF
POTTERY THAT I JUST FOUND. NOW, THIS IS NOT A
DIAGNOSTIC SHARD, THIS IS NOT AN INDICATIVE SHARD. BUT AFTER YEARS AND
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, I CAN TELL YOU THAT
THIS IS PROBABLY FROM THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD,
PROBABLY FIRST CENTURY, SO THIS IS ABOUT 2000 YEARS OLD. – WOW. – LOOKS TO BE PROBABLY
PART OF A JAR OF SOME SORT. 2000 YEARS OLD.
– 2000 YEARS OLD? WELL.
– YEAH. – FROM SECOND TEMPLE
PERIOD AMAZING. OUT OF THAT BUCKET, THAT HILLEL JUST DUMP. GOLD IN THAT BUCKET. – WE HAVE ANOTHER
PIECE RIGHT HERE. THIS IS THE RIM OF A BALL. THIS IS THE ACTUAL
RIM OF A BALL. AND YOU CAN SEE THE
TYPICAL WHEEL BURNISHING, TYPICAL OF THE
EIGHTH CENTURY BCE, TIME OF KING HEZEKIAH
AND PROPHET ISAIAH. SO THIS IS FROM THE
FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD. – 2700 YEARS AGO.
– 2700 YEARS AGO. AND NOT ONLY IS IT FOR THEM
FROM THE FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN
IN THE ACTUAL TEMPLE. SO FIRST TEMPLE
PERIOD AND PERHAPS FROM THE FIRST TEMPLE ITSELF. – YOU GOTTA LET ME HOLD THAT. – THAT’S MIND BOGGLING. – THAT IS MIND BOGGLING. WOW, THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY
FROM SOLOMON’S TEMPLE. 2700 YEARS AGO. – THE LAST PERSON TO
EAT FROM THAT BOWL SAW SOLOMON’S TEMPLE
WITH HIS OWN EYES. – THE TEMPLE MOUNT HAS NEVER
BEEN OFFICIALLY EXCAVATED. IN SOME WAYS, THIS IS AS CLOSE
AS WE WILL GET TO DOING THAT. – THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS LITERALLY A BLACK HOLE ARCHEOLOGICALLY. THIS IS THE ONLY CHANCE,
AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE, TO ACTUALLY STUDY MATERIAL
FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT FROM WITHIN THE
TEMPLE MOUNT ITSELF. – YEAH. HILLEL, THANK YOU SO MUCH
MAN, THIS WAS AWESOME. THANKS FOR SHOWING
US HOW IT’S DONE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
BRINGING MY DAUGHTERS HERE TO SIFT WITH YOU NEXT TIME.
– WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT, – THANK YOU HILLEL. [SPEAKS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SOFT MUSIC] THANKS AGAIN TO THE TEAM AT THE
TEMPLE MOUNT SIFTING PROJECT FOR LETTING US TOUCH A
PIECE OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM. WELL, COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK. IN BIBLICAL TIMES, IT WAS
RENOWNED FOR ITS HEALING POWERS. NOW ONE ISRAELI FARMER
IS WORKING TO BRING BACK THE ANCIENT BALM OF GILEAD. YOU WON’T WANNA MISS
THIS FOLKS, STICK AROUND.-[ANNOUNCER] WITH OVER
SEVEN MILLION MEMBERS,
CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAELIS AMERICA’S LARGEST
PRO-ISRAEL ORGANIZATION.
AND FOR ZION SAKE, WE
WILL NOT KEEP SILENT.
WE ARE EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
TO STAND WITH ISRAEL,
OUR GREATEST ALLY
THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL
NOT ONLY SHARE COMMON ENEMIES,
WE ALSO SHARE COMMON VALUES.AT CUFI WE’RE SPEAKING
WITH ONE UNIFIED VOICE
TO STRENGTHEN THE INDISPENSABLE
US ISRAEL ALLIANCE.
WE’RE FIGHTING AGAINST THE
RISING TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
AND MAKING AN IMPACT FOR
ISRAEL, IN COMMUNITIES,
THE MEDIA, ON CAMPUS AND
IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL.
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF
CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL,
VISIT CUFI OR
CALL THE PHONE NUMBER
THAT YOU SEE THERE
ON YOUR SCREEN.
GOD PROMISES A BLESSING
TO THOSE WHO BLESS ISRAEL.
SO JOIN OUR MOVEMENT AND
TAKE A STAND FOR GOD’S LAND.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] – AND WELCOME BACK. IT WAS A LEGENDARY PLANT
IN THE TIMES OF THE BIBLE, THE BALM OF GILEAD. IT WAS USED FOR A
VARIETY OF PURPOSES, INCLUDING MEDICINE AND HEALING. BUT WHAT IF THIS ANCIENT
PLANT COULD BE RESTORED TODAY? ONE ISRAELI FARMER WANTS
TO DO EXACTLY THAT. NEAR THE SHORES OF THE DEAD SEA. TAKE A LOOK. [UPBEAT MUSIC] – I STARTED MY
ADVENTURE 10 YEARS AGO, WITH A NAIVE AND
ROMANTIC VISION TO BRING BACK THE AGRICULTURE OF THE LEGENDARY BALM OF GILEAD, TO THE SHORES OF THE DEAD SEA AND TO REVIVE THE INDUSTRIES THAT WAS ONCE DRIVEN FROM IT. OUR FIRST PLANTS
OF A BALM OF GILEAD WAS ABOUT A FROM A SAUDI ARABIA, BY THE HELP OF A GERMAN
SCIENTIST AND A PASTOR. THE SEEDS WAS BROUGHT TO THE
BOTANIC GARDEN IN JERUSALEM AND GIVAT RAM. THE PROFESSIONALS THEY HAVE
SUCCEEDED PROPAGATING IT. BUT VERY FAST, THEY FOUND
OUT THAT THESE PLANT DON’T LIKE THE
CHILLY OF JERUSALEM. SO THE SPLIT FOR
TWO, HALF OF IT WENT TO THE BOTANIC GARDEN
IN KIBBUTZ EIN GEDI, AND ANOTHER HALF WENT
TO AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN CALLED DOCTOR ELAINE SOLOWEY FROM KIBBUTZ KETURA,
ARABAH DESERT. I GOT MY FIRST
SEEDLINGS FROM ELAINE, AND TOGETHER WITH THEM, I GAINED A TEACHER FOR THE AGRICULTURE. AFTER I GOT MY FIRST SEEDLING
I STARTED PLAYING WITH THEM LEARNING HOW TO GROW THEM,
HOW TO PROPAGATE THEM. A THAT STAGE I WENT TO
HAVE SOME CONSULTMENT FROM A ECONOMIC CONSULTANT. THE CONSERVATIVE CONSULTANT
TOLD ME THAT I’M CRAZY, I’M NOT CONNECTED TO THE GROUND, HE SUGGESTED ME TO
FOCUS ON TOURISM. HE SAID THAT NEW
AGRICULTURE, A NEW INDUSTRY, IS MUCH TOO AMBITIOUS. FOR ONE HAND, I LISTEN TO
HIM, BUT FROM THE OTHER HAND, I KEEP ON LISTENING TO MY HEART. BUT FROM LISTENING TO HIM, I STARTED MAKING A PROGRAM
FOR A VISITOR CENTER. AND WHILE THINKING
THAT MAYBE ONE PLANT IS IMPORTANT AS IT IS WILL NOT BE INTERESTING
ENOUGH FOR A TOUR, I STARTED COLLECTING
SOME OTHER PLANTS; IN THE BEGINNING THE PLANTS OF
THE INCENSE OF THE OLD TEMPLE AND THEN SOME MEDICAL
PLANTS FROM THE BIBLE AND PENSION PLANS FROM THE BIBLE AND PERFUME PLANTS
FROM THE BIBLE. AND THEN SOME PERFUME AND
MEDICAL PLANTS FROM THE DESERT. AND ALONG THE YEARS, I BECOME
AN OBSESSIVE COLLECTOR OF MEDICAL AND PERFUME PLANTS. AND AN EXPERT IN
THE FIELD OF PLANTS FROM THE BALSAMON
BOSWELLIA FAMILY WHICH IS THE SOME BOTANIC FAMILY OF THE FRANKINCENSE
AND THE MYRRH. FROM THE BIBLE WE KNOW
THAT THE THREE MAGIS GAVE MIRIAM THE MOTHER OF JESUS, FRANKINCENSE, MYRRH AND GOLD. THERE IS A CLAIM THAT THE
GOLD IS THE BALM OF GILEAD. FIRST OF ALL IT WAS
MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, AND SECOND ON THAT TIME,
THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD, THE ONLY INGREDIENT
OF THE ANOINTING OIL OF THE KINGS OF ISRAEL
WAS THE BALM OF GILEAD. NOW WHEN BABY JESUS WAS BORN,
A SPY CAME TO KING HEROD AND TOLD HIM THAT AS
THE NEW KING OF THE JEW IS GOING TO BE BORN. AND THIS IS WHY KING
HEROD SENT HIS SOLDIERS TO KILL ALL THE LITTLE
BABIES, TO SLAUGHTER THEM. AND THIS IS WHY MIRIAM
RUN AWAY FROM NAZARETH. IN ORDER TO BE THE
KINGS OF THE JEW, YOU HAVE TO BE ANOINTED
WITH THE BALM OF GILEAD. THAT WAS THE ONLY INGREDIENT
OF ANOINTING OIL AT THE TIME, AND SINCE JESUS WAS THE
NEW KING OF THE JEWS HE NEEDED THE BALM OF GILEAD. SO FRANKINCENSE, MYRRH
AND THE BALM OF GILEAD ARE THE PRESENTS
FROM THE THREE MAGIS. AND I SEE MYSELF
NOWADAYS AS A MODERN MAGI THAT BRINGS THIS PLANT
BACK TO HUMANITY. [SOFT MUSIC] – THANKS AGAIN TO GUY
ERLICH FOR HOSTING US AT HIS INCREDIBLE FARM
NEAR THE DEAD SEA. FOLKS, ISRAEL IS THE
LAND OF RESTORATION. SO WHY NOT THE BALM OF GILEAD? WELL UP NEXT, MORE ON
ISRAEL’S RESTORATION AND HOW AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN IT. DON’T MOVE. [SOFT MUSIC] – AMERICA WOULD NOT
BE HERE WITHOUT ISRAEL AND THE IMPORTANT
LESSONS OF JERUSALEM. WE ARE IN LARGE PART WHO WE ARE, AS AMERICANS TO THAT
LONG STANDING CONNECTION. – WE STAND WITH ISRAEL
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN RIGHT OVER WRONG,
IN GOOD OVER EVIL, IN LIBERTY OVER TORMENT. MODERN ISRAEL IS THE
ONLY TRULY FREE NATION THROUGHOUT THE
ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST. IT HAS AN ENORMOUS RESPECT
FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, A SUBJECT OF MANY OF
OUR HEARTS THESE DAYS. – CUFI HAS AN ENORMOUS, ENORMOUS
IMPACT HERE IN WASHINGTON, ACROSS THE COUNTRY
AND ACROSS THE WORLD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS
TO STAND UP AND ENGAGE AND FIGHT, FIGHT FOR
AMERICA, FIGHT FOR ISRAEL, AND FIGHT FOR
DOING WHAT’S RIGHT. – WE MUST SAY NOT HERE,
NOT NOW, NOT EVER, OUR NATION STANDS TOE
TO TOE BACK TO BACK WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL BECAUSE IT’S GOD’S WILL [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] [UPBEAT MUSIC] – WELCOME BACK, THE
UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL HAVE A SPECIAL BOND THAT
IS ONLY GETTING STRONGER. AND IT ALL BEGAN
ON MAY 14TH 1948, WHEN AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT BECAME THE FIRST WORLD
LEADER TO RECOGNIZE THE REBORN STATE OF ISRAEL. HERE’S THE INSIDE STORY OF
HOW PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN MADE HISTORY AND
WALKED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF AN ANCIENT
BIBLICAL PERSIAN KING. TAKE A LOOK. [UPBEAT MUSIC] – THERE WAS SO MUCH
PRESSURE ON HARRY S. TRUMAN WITH REGARD TO HIS DECISION,
WOULD HE SUPPORT THE JEWS AND THEIR QUEST TO HAVE A
REBIRTH OF THEIR HOMELAND OR WOULD HE GO AGAINST THEM? BECAUSE ALL OF THE
STATE DEPARTMENT AND HIS SECRETARY OF
STATE GEORGE C. MARSHALL ALL SAID DON’T DO IT. DON’T SUPPORT ISRAEL. WE MAY BE FACING WORLD WAR
THREE AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION. AND WE NEED ARAB OIL. IT WOULD BE A
MISTAKE TO DO THIS. BUT HARRY TRUMAN WAS
GREATLY CONCERNED OVER THE SIX MILLION JEWS WHO
HAD DIED IN THE HOLOCAUST, AND OVER THE 1.5 MILLION
JEWS WHO HAD SURVIVED. HE ALSO KNEW HISTORY
VERY, VERY WELL. AND HE KNEW THE BIBLE. HE HAD READ THROUGH THE
BIBLE SIX DIFFERENT TIMES IN HIS LIFETIME. HIS MOTHER CALLED THEM
RIGHT FOOT BAPTIST BECAUSE THEY WERE BAPTIST
WHO LIKE TO DANCE. AND SO TRUMAN KNEW HIS BIBLE. AND HE KNEW THE PROPHETIC
WORDS CONCERNING ISRAEL BEING BROUGHT BACK
INTO THEIR HOMELAND. AND SO HE HAD TO TAKE
INTO ACCOUNT WHAT WAS BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES. BUT HE CAME TO THE DECISION
THAT WHAT WOULD BE BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES
IS TO SUPPORT THE JEWS IN THEIR QUEST FOR A
HOMELAND IN ISRAEL. WELL, THE PROBLEM WAS, IS
THAT HE DIDN’T TELL ANYONE WHAT HIS DECISION
WAS GOING TO BE. AND ZIONISTS WERE
SOMEWHAT PANICKING BECAUSE THE VOTE WAS APPROACHING
IN THE UNITED NATIONS AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW IF
TRUMAN WOULD VOTE FOR THEM OR IF HE WOULD GO AGAINST THEM. AND SO THEY SENT
THEIR TOP DIPLOMAT, A MAN NAMED CHAIM WEIZMANN, WHO WAS KIND OF LIKE
THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT. HE WAS THE ONE WHO
CONVINCED THE BRITISH TO GIVE THEM THE BALFOUR
DECLARATION AFTER WORLD WAR ONE. NOW THIS IS AFTER WORLD WAR TWO. AND THEY SENT HIM IN AGAIN
TO SPEAK TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN BUT HE WOULDN’T SPEAK TO THEM. SO THE ZIONISTS ARE PANICKING. AND THEN SOMEBODY SAID, “HEY, I KNOW THAT PRESIDENT
TRUMAN’S BEST FRIEND “IS A JEW, HIS NAME
IS EDDIE JACOBSON.” SO THEY CALLED HIM
THEY WOKE HIM UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. AND THEY SAID, “YOU GOT
TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE “AND GET TRUMAN TO MEET
WITH CHAIM WEIZEMANN.” EDDIE JACOBSON, ON HIS OWN
DIME, FLEW TO WASHINGTON DC, WALKED INTO THE WHITE
HOUSE UNANNOUNCED AND SAID I’M HERE TO
SEE THE PRESIDENT. AND THE SECRETARY
SAID THAT’S FINE. JUST DON’T TALK ABOUT ZIONISM
OR THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL. AND EDDIE JACOBSON SAID THAT’S
THE ONLY REASON I’M HERE. HE WALKED INTO THE OVAL
OFFICE, SAT DOWN WITH TRUMAN AND THEY HAD SMALL TALK. AND THEN HE STARTED
TO TALK ABOUT ZIONISM AND THE VOTE IN
THE UNITED NATIONS. HARRY TRUMAN SAID,
“I’M NOT TALKING TO YOU “ABOUT THIS, EDDIE. “I TOLD EVERYBODY, I’M
NOT TALKING TO ANYONE.” EDDIE JACOBSON IS THINKING,
WHAT AM I GONNA DO? AND THEN HE HAD AN
IDEA HE SAW A STATUE OF ANDREW JACKSON ON
HARRY TRUMAN’S DESK. AND HE SAID, “HARRY
ALL OUR LIVES. “YOU’VE TOLD ME ABOUT YOUR
HERO, ANDREW JACKSON.” HE SAID, “DO YOU
KNOW WHO MY HERO IS?” AND TRUMAN SAID, “NO,
WHO’S YOUR HERO EDDIE?” HE SAID, “MY HERO
IS CHAIM WEIZMANN. “HE’S AN OLD MAN, HE’S
COME ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA “TO JUST MEET WITH YOU AND
YOU WON’T MEET WITH HIM, “BECAUSE SOME OF OUR OTHER
LEADERS WERE RUDE TO YOU? “HARRY, THAT DOESN’T
SOUND LIKE YOU. “I THOUGHT YOU COULD TAKE
THE HEAT IN THIS OFFICE.” [LAUGHING] SO HARRY TURNED AROUND, LOOKED
OUT HIS WINDOW FOR A WHILE, TAPPED HIS FINGERS ON HIS
DESK AND TURNED AROUND AND SAID “GO AHEAD AND
SET UP THE MEETING.” SO THEY SNUCK CHAIM WEIZMANN
INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, SO THAT THE PRESS WOULDN’T SEE. AND IT WAS IN THOSE
MEETINGS THAT HARRY TRUMAN MADE HIS DECISION TO SUPPORT
THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL. AND THAT IS WHY
AFTER A YEAR LATER, THE CHIEF RABBI FROM ISRAEL
CAME AND VISITED TRUMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAID,
“YOU ARE A MODERN DAY CYRUS.” AND SO THAT IS WHY I WROTE
THE STORY ABOUT HARRY TRUMAN. [SOFT MUSIC] – UP NEXT MY FINAL THOUGHTS
ON WHAT ALL THIS HISTORY COMING TO LIFE TODAY IN
ISRAEL MEANS FOR YOU. STICK AROUND. [BOMB EXPLODES] -[ANNOUNCER] FROM TERRORISTS
WHO WOULD ANNIHILATE HER WITH BOMBS AND BULLETS,
TO SO CALLED ACTIVIST WHO WOULD ELIMINATE HER
WITH BOYCOTTS AND SANCTIONS. ISRAEL’S ENEMIES
ARE ON THE MARCH. IN WHY ISRAEL, YOU WILL LEARN
HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE DEFENDER OF THE JEWISH STATE,
KNOWLEDGEABLE AND POWERFUL AS YOU STAND UP FOR TRUTH. YOU’LL RECEIVE THE
BIBLICAL EVIDENCE PROVING ISRAEL SPECIAL
PLACE IN GOD’S PLAN. LEARN HOW HIS STEADFAST
COMMITMENT TO HIS PEOPLE IS A MATTER OF
FACT, NOT OPINION. FROM ITS MIRACULOUS
REBIRTH AS A MODERN STATE, TO THE DANGEROUS THREATS
IT PRESENTLY FACES. ISRAEL’S INSPIRING JOURNEY IS
LAID OUT IN THIS SHORT BOOK. SUPPORTING ISRAEL IS A BIBLICAL
MANDATE FOR ALL CHRISTIANS. IN WHY ISRAEL, YOU
WILL DISCOVER WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT
THE JEWISH STATE, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAND
WITH GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE. [UPBEAT MUSIC] – WELCOME BACK TO THE WATCHMAN. FOLKS IT’S SO EXCITING TO BE
IN ISRAEL ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND TO SEE ALL OF THE AMAZING
ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY THAT WE DISCUSSED ON
TODAY’S SHOW UP CLOSE. YOU KNOW, JESUS SAID
IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, THAT OF HIS DISCIPLES
REMAIN SILENT, THE STONES WOULD CRY
OUT WITH THE TRUTH. THAT’S LITERALLY WHAT’S
HAPPENING IN ISRAEL TODAY AS THE ANCIENT STONES AND
RUINS FROM BIBLE TIMES. ARE BREATHING NEW LIFE. AND OUR TEAM AT CHRISTIANS
UNITED FOR ISRAEL HAS A FRONT ROW SEAT
FOR ALL OF THIS. WE ARE AMERICA’S LARGEST
PRO-ISRAEL ORGANIZATION. WITH OVER SEVEN MILLION
MEMBERS AND GROWING EVERY DAY. YOU SEE THE INFORMATION
THERE ON YOUR SCREEN. SO CALL OR CLICK AND
JOIN OUR MOVEMENT. AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, BE
SURE TO LIKE US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR
WATCHMAN YOUTUBE CHANNEL. LOTS OF GREAT TIMELY INFORMATION
COMING TO YOU ACROSS ALL OF OUR CUFI PLATFORMS, AND
WE’RE ONLY GETTING STARTED. SO THANKS FOR
JOINING US THIS WEEK RIGHT HERE ON THE WATCHMAN. UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS. AND REMEMBER, NEVER
HOLD YOUR PEACE. [UPBEAT MUSIC]

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *