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Christian World News - June 2, 2017

This week on Christian World News: In June of 1967, Jewish forces unified Jerusalem, inspiring Jews all over the world to return to their biblical homeland. Now, 50 years later, we examine the prophecy and the promise of the restoration of Jerusalem. Read Transcript


WHEN MORDECAI GUR, THE

ISRAELI GENERAL, SAID ON

THE RADIO, THE TEMPLE

MOUNT IS IN OUR HANDS, IT

ELECTRIFIED JEWISH

COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE

PLANET.

George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS," IN

JUNE OF 1967, JEWISH

FORCES UNIFIED JERUSALEM,

INSPIRING JEWS ALL OVER

THE WORLD TO RETURN TO

THEIR BIBLICAL HOMELAND.

Wendy: NOW 50 YEARS

LATER, WE EXAM THE

PROPHECY AND THE PROMISE

OF THE RESTORATION OF

JERUSALEM.

*

George: HELLO, AND

WELCOME TO THIS VERY

SPECIAL EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: YES, YOU ARE.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK,

FIVE ARAB NATIONS LAUNCHED

A MASSIVE ATTACK AGAINST

THE NATION OF ISRAEL.

BY THE END OF THE SIX-DAY

WAR, ISRAEL HAD RECAPTURED

JERUSALEM AND THE BIBLE

HEARTLAND OF JUDEA AND

SAMARIA.

George: IT IS A

MIRACULOUS STORY THAT

INVOKES BIBLICAL PROPHECY

AND DIVINE INTERVENTION.

BEHIND THE SCENES, TWO

SUPER POWERS CAME TO THE

BRINK OF ARMAGEDDON.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY.

Chris: JUNE 5th,

1967, THE PRIME MINISTER

SENT A CABLE TO PRESIDENT

LINDEN JOHNSON INFORMING

WAR HAD BEGUN.

HE WROTE: "ISRAEL'S

EXISTENCE AND INTEGRITY

HAVE BACTERI BEEN IN DANGER.

."

HE ADDED A REQUEST,

"PREVENT THE SOVIET UNION

FROM EXPANDING AND EN

LARCHENLARGING CONFLICT."

Chris: MIDDLE EAST

EXPERT JOEL C. ROSENBERG

SAYS WHILE ISRAEL FACED

THE COMBINED MIGHT OF ARAB

COUNTRIES, IT WAS THE

SOVIET UNION CASTING A

GIANT SHADOW OVER THE WAR.

NOW JUNE 5th, 1967,

THE MORNING THAT ESHKOL

ORDERS ISRAELI BOMBERS

INTO ACTION AND THEY'RE

SUCCESSFUL, THE SOVIET

PREMIER DIALS THE HOTLINE

RIGHT INTO THE WHITE HOUSE

AND DEMANDS TO TALK TO

PRESIDENT JOHNSON.

NOW, THE HOTLINE WAS

RARELY USED, EXCEPT IN THE

MOST EXTREME CRISES.

AND THE MESSAGE THAT

KOSIGAN SENT HEAVILY

IMPLIED IF THE UNITED

STATES DIDN'T FORCE ISRAEL

TO BACK DOWN, THAT THE

SOVIETS WERE GOING TO TAKE

DIRECT MILITARY ACTION.

AND THIS TOOK THE CONFLICT

TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT

LEVEL.

Chris: PRESIDENT

JOHNSON HAD TOLD ESHKOL

THE U.S. MIGHT CAUGHT OFF

MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO

ISRAEL IN CASE OF A

PREEMPTIVE STRIKE.

THE ISRAELI LEADERSHIP

WAS ALREADY TAKING A HUGE

RISK THAT JOHNSON WOULD

KEEP HIS WORD.

ONCE THE SOVIETS GOT

INVOLVED, THE DYNAMIC

CHANGED.

SUDDENLY THE JOHNSON WHITE

HOUSE SAW THE CONFLICT NOT

SIMPLY IN TERMS OF

ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN OR

ISRAELI-SYRIAN TERMS, BUT

IN U.S.-SOVIET TERMS.

Chris: THAT LED

JOHNSON TO SEND THE SIXTH

FLEET STEAMING TOWARDS

ISRAEL AS A SHOW OF

SUPPORT.

Chris: WOULD YOU SAY

THE FACT THAT THE SOVIETS

NEVER DID GET INTO THE WAR

PART OF THE MIRACLE OF THE

SIX-DAY WAR?

I THINK IT IS ONE OF

THE UNTOLD STORIES, OR

RARELY TOLD STORIES, OF

GOD'S PROTECTION OF

ISRAEL, IS THE FACT THAT

THE SOVIETS SEEMED TO COME

SO CLOSE, THAT THEY WERE

THREATENING TO THE

AMERICANS, TO THE ISRAELIS

DIRECTLY, AND THEY WERE

PROMISING THEIR ARAB

ALLIES THAT THEY WERE

GOING TO DO MORE, AND THEN

THEY WERE ACTUALLY MOVING

MILITARY FORCES CLOSER AND

CLOSER TO ISRAEL.

Chris: AND ROSENBERG

ALSO SEES THE WAR AS A

PROPHETIC MILESTONE.

THE BIBLE DOES SAY THAT

JERUSALEM WILL COME BACK

UNDER JEWISH CONTROL.

AND IT HAPPENS IN JUNE OF

1967.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JUDEA

AND SAMARIA, WHAT THE

WORLD CALLS THE WEST BANK,

WILL BE IN JEWISH HANDS.

IT'S PART OF THE BIBLICAL

HEARTLAND.

AND GOD SAYS HE WILL

RESTORE THE LAND AND HE'LL

RESTORE THE PEOPLE TO THE

LAND.

AND I THINK THAT YOU ALSO

SEE GOD GIVING THIS LAND

BACK TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

NOT BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT,

BUT BECAUSE GOD HAD

PROMISED IT.

Chris: THE SIX-DAY

WAR BECAME A TURNING POINT

FOR JEWISH IMMIGRATION TO

THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

THROUGHOUT THE OLD

TESTAMENT, GOD SAYS HE IS

GOING TO DRAW THE JEWISH

PEOPLE BACK TO THE LAND.

BUT WHAT IS INTERESTING IS

AT THAT POINT, WHEN

MORDECAI GUR, THE ISRAELI

GENERAL, SAID ON THE

RADIO, THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS

IN OUR HANDS --

[YELLING]

-- WHEN THAT WAS

BROADCAST NOT JUST TO

ISRAEL, BUT WORLDWIDE, IT

LEELECTRIFIED JEWISH

COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE

PLANET.

THE LEVEL OF ALIYAH, JEWS

LEAVING THEIR EXILE

COUNTRIES AND COMING BACK

TO THE LAND OF THEIR

FOREFATHERS, SKYROCKETED

IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

Chris: ALTHOUGH

ISRAEL SURVIVED ONE OF ITS

DARKEST MOMENTS, ROSENBERG

SAYS IT STILL FACES

THREATS FROM THE NORTH,

BACKED BY A FAMILIAR

INTERLOPER.

I SEE THAT THE RUSSIANS

ARE VERY ACTIVELY MOVING

INTO THIS REGION.

THEY HAVE MADE IRAN THEIR

PRIMARY ALLY, AND NOW

THEY'RE WORKING HAND IN

GLOVE WITH IRAN TO PROP UP

BASHAR al-ASSAD, WHO HAS

SLAUGHTERED SOME 500,000

PEOPLE IN SYRIA.

YOU HAVE RUSSIAN FORCES

AND IRANIAN FORCES HELPING

SYRIAN FORCES JUST A FEW

MILES NORTH OF ISRAEL.

Chris: 50 YEARS SINCE

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM,

ROSENBERG SAYS ISRAEL AND

ITS CAPITAL REMAIN ON THE

FRONT LINES.

JERUSALEM WAS REUNITED

50 YEARS AGO, BUT THE

BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM

REMAINS.

IT IS A POLITICAL BATTLE.

IT'S AN ECONOMIC BATTLE.

THERE ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO

ISOLATE ISRAEL POLITICALLY

AROUND THE WORLD.

JERUSALEM IS THE FLASH

POINT.

JERUSALEM IS THE EPICENTER

EPICENTER.

YOU KNOW, FOR 4,000 YEARS,

PEOPLE HAVE WANTED THIS

CITY AND THEY HAVE FOUGHT

HARD TO GET IT.

THE FACT THAT ISRAEL

CONTROLS IT TODAY IS

BIBLICAL, IT IS PROPHETIC,

BUT IT IS ALSO

COMPLICATED.

AND WE NEED TO BE PRAYING

FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

AND PRAYING FOR ISRAEL TO

BE SECURE.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: THANKS, CHRIS.

> CBN HAS PRODUCED A

DOCUDRAMA ABOUT THE

RETAKING OF JERUSALEM, AND

ITS CALLED "IN OUR HANDS."

AND IT WILL BE IN SELECT

THEATERS ON TUESDAY,

JUNE 6th.

CHECK OUT cbnnews.com TO

FIND LOCATIONS AND TIMES

IN YOUR AREA.

George: COMING UP,

WITNESS PROPHECY UNFOLDING

IN THE WEST BANK.

AND SEE WHY THE LAUGHTER

OF THESE CHILDREN SIGNALS

A PIVOTAL POINT IN

HISTORY.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

SINCE 1967, THE WORLD HAS

CALLED ON ISRAEL TO TURN

OVER THE LANDER IT WON IN

THE SIX-DAY WAR IN

EXCHANGE FOR PEACE.

Wendy: BUT THAT IS

UNACCEPTABLE FOR THOSE WHO

BELIEVE GOD GAVE THAT LAND

TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS

PART OF THEIR DIVINE

INHERITANCE.

Chris: MUCH OF THE

WORLD CALLS THE PLAYGROUND

THESE CHILDREN ENJOY AN

OBSTACLE TO PEACE.

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE IN

JUDEA AND SAMARIA,

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE

WEST BANK.

ARE WE WITNESSING PROPHECY

UNFOLDING RIGHT NOW, AFTER

THE 1967 WAR?

ABSOLUTELY.

IT SAYS THAT THE SOUNDS OF

CHILDREN PLAYING AND THE

STREETS WILL BE HEARD ONCE

AGAIN.

YOU HEAR IT.

YOU SEE IT.

*

Chris: I SPOKE WITH

FORMER SHILOH MAYOR DAVID

RUBIN IN SHILO, OFFICER

OVERLOOKING THE HIGHWAY

ABE EISENHOWEABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB

WOULD HAVE TRAVELLED ON.

IT OPENED THE DOOR FOR

JEWISH PEOPLE TO REDEEM

THE BIBLICAL HEARTLAND

AFTER 2,000 YEARS IN

EXILE.

PLACES LIKE JERUSALEM,

HOME OF TWO CONSECUTIVE

JEWISH TEMPLES.

BETHLEHEM, THE BIRTHPLACE

OF JESUS.

HEBRON, WHERE ABRAHAM,

ISAAC, AND JACOB AND THEIR

WIVES ARE BURIED.

AND SHILO, WHERE THE

TABERNACLE STOOD FOR 369

YEARS.

THEY ALL CAME BACK INTO

ISRAELI HANDS.

SO YOU SEE '67, THE

SIX-DAY WAR WAS, IS JUST

LIKE A PROPHETIC PIVOT IN

TIME AND HISTORY?

CLEARLY. CLEARLY.

IT SAYS IN THE BOOK OF

EZEKIEL, THE DRY BONES

BEING PUT BACK TOGETHER

AGAIN.

ISRAEL WAS BEING PUT BACK

TOGETHER AGAIN AS A

NATION.

WE DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO

SHILO, WE DON'T HAVE A

RIGHT TO SCHEM AND WE

DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO

BETHEL AND JER JERICHO, WE

DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE A

RIGHT TO O TE TEL AVIV.

Chris: IT TOOK UNTIL

1978 FOR SHILO SHOULD BE

ESTABLISHED.

THERE WERE ISRAELIS WHO

WERE COMING HERE, TRYING

TO SET UP TENTS ON THE

LOWER HILLS OF SHILO, AND

THE ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER, WHO WAS LOOKING

OVER HIS SHOULDER AT THE

AMERICAN PRESIDENT, KEPT

SENDING IN THE ARMY TO

CHASE THEM AWAY.

Chris: JUST MONTHS

AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR,

ISRAELIS ESTABLISHED THE

FIRST JEWISH COMMUNITY IN

JUDEA, ABOUT 35 MILES

SOUTH OF SHILO.

JEWS LIVED THERE BEFORE

ISRAEL'S INDEPENDENCE WAR

IN 1948 AND EITHER WERE

EVACUATED OR MASSACRED BY

THE JORDANIANS.

WHEN THIS GROUP OF

ORPHANS OF THOSE WHO ARE

MURDERED NOTIFIED THE

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, IF YOU

DON'T GIVE US THE PERMIT,

WE WILL GO ON WITHOUT A

PERMIT, THE GOVERNMENT

REALLY COULDN'T STAND UP

AGAINST ORPHANS OF THOSE

WHO WERE MURDERED.

AND SO IT WAS ESTABLISHED.

Chris: RABBI WALDMAN

WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO

HELPED ESTABLISH THE NEXT

COMMUNITY IN ANCIENT

HEBRON.

THERE WAS ALWAYS A

JEWISH COMMUNITY IN HEBRON

HEBRON, EVEN DURING THE

2,000 YEARS OF EXILE,

UNTIL 1929, WHEN THE ARABS

MASSACRED THE JEWISH

COMMUNITY HERE.

Chris: A SMALL GROUP

OF FAMILIES RENTED A HOTEL

IN HEBRON FOR THE PASSOVER

SADAR, AND ESSENTIALLY

THEY NEVER LEFT.

I BELIEVE THEN ALWAYS

THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF

ISRAEL WAS WITH US.

EVEN MORE THAN A HALF YEAR

AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR, THE

SPIRITS WERE HIGH AMONG

ALMOST THE ENTIRE

POPULATION.

*

Announcer: THOUSANDS

OF ISRAELI PILGRIMS ENTER

THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

FOR SOLEMN RELIGIOUS

CEREMONIES.

ALL OF THE MILITARY WAS

THERE.

I REMEMBER HEADLINES,

PASSAGES OF THE PROPHETS

HOVERING IN THE AIR.

Chris: AFTER 50

YEARS, SOME 430,000

ISRAELIS LIVE IN MORE THAN

200 COMMUNITIES IN JUDEA

AND SAMARIA.

THE NUMBER JUMPS TO

750,000 IF EASTERN

JERUSALEM NEIGHBORHOODS

ARE INCLUDED.

THE GROWTH HERE HAS

BEEN SO TREMENDOUS.

AND AS WE HAVE GOTTEN

THROUGH THOSE 50 YEARS

AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR, AND

WE'RE LOOKING TO THE

FUTURE, WE HAD THIS VISION

OF BOOMING SHILO ONCE

AGAIN.

Chris: 50 YEARS AGO,

WHAT WOULD THIS PLACE HAVE

LOOKED LOCK?

BARREN DESERT.

IT WAS JUST HILLS OF WEEDS

AND THORNS.

Chris: THERE ARE

8,000 RESIDENTS IN THE

SHILO TOWNSHIP.

MORE THAN 2,000 OF THEM

ARE CHILDREN, WHO STUDY

HERE IN SHILO.

WE LEARNED THAT WHEN

ISRAEL IS NOT IN THE LAND,

THAT THE LAND LAYS BARREN.

THE LAND DOESN'T GIVE ITS

FRUIT.

AND NOW THE LAND OF ISRAEL

IS GIVING OF ITS FRUIT

BECAUSE ISRAEL IS BACK.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT

FRUIT IS WHAT YOU SEE

RIGHT HERE, ALL THESE

CHILDREN HERE.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, SHILO

IN SAMARIA.

George: UP NEXT, WHY

SOME BELIEVE RETAKING THE

TEMPLE MOUNT WAS ONLY THE

FIRST STEP IN AN IMPORTANT

BIBLICAL PROPHECY.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

IT IS A KEY ELEMENT OF

BIBLICAL PROPHECY,

INVOLVING THE RETURN OF

JESUS CHRIST TO THE EARTH.

George: WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT BUILDING A THIRD

TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.

AND NOW THERE IS A

MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL TO MAKE

IT HAPPEN.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN THE

ISRAELIS RETOOK THE TEMPLE

MOUNT BACK IN 1967.

ON JUNE 7, 1967,

ISRAELI BRIGADE COMMANDER

MOTTA GUR MADE AN

ANNOUNCEMENT THAT JEWS HAD

WAITED TO HEAR FOR SOME

2,000 YEARS.

[YELLING]

RETAKING THIS GROUND

BECAUSE IMPORTANT FOR A

NUMBER OF REASONS.

FOR ONE, IT IS WHERE KING

SOLOMON BUILT THE FIRST

JEWISH TEMPLE.

AFTER THE PALESTINIANS

DESTROYED IT, THEY LAID A

NEW ONE.

COMMANDER GUR DECLARED

THAT THE TEMPLE MOUNT WAS

BACK IN JEWISH HANDS, IT

REKINDLED HOPE FOR A

LONG-AWAITED THIRD TEMPLE.

THE SIX-DAY WAR WAS A

MIRACLE OF BIBLICAL

PROPORTIONS AND IT WAS A

CATACLYSMIC OPENING OF NEW

ERA FOR ISRAEL AND FOR THE

WHOLE WORLD.

Chris: RABBI CHAM

RICHMOND IS DEDICATED TO

REBUILDING THE JEWISH

TEMPLE.

HE SEES THE TIME SINCE THE

SIX-DAY WAR AS A PROPHETIC

SHIFT.

IT WOULD BE HARD NOT TO

SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE

PAST 50 YEARS AS A

TREMENDOUS JUMP-START, A

TREMENDOUS FAST FORWARD.

IT IS MORE THAN THAN

PROPHETIC.

IT IS LIKE A KISS FROM

HEAVEN.

IT IS AN INTIMATE BRUSH

WITH THE REALITY OF GOD'S

COMPASSION AND LOVE.

HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

Chris: THE INSTITUTE

SHARES A KEY CONNECTION TO

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM.

ITS FOUNDER, RABBI ISRAEL

ALIAL, SERVED WITH THE

55th BRIGADE THAT

CAPTURED THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

AFTER THE VICTORY, A

JORDANIAN GUIDE GAVE THEM

A REMARKABLE TOUR.

HIS JOB WAS TO CARRY

THE COMPANY MACHINE GUN.

HE ACTUALLY -- THE FIRST

NIGHT OF THE LIBERATION OF

JERUSALEM, HE WAS GIVEN

THE TASK OF GUARDING OVER

THE SPOT OF THE DOME OF

THE ROCK, WHICH IS THE

HOLY OF HOLIEST.

THE STORY HE TOLD US IS

THAT THE SOLDIERS WERE ON

THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND IT

WAS JUST LIKE THE FIRST

HOUR OR SO.

AND THEY WERE APPROACHED

BY A JORDANIAN FELLOW IN

WESTERN DRESS WHO

EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS THE

OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE FOR

THE JORDANIAN PARLIAMENT.

AND HE OFFERED TO TAKE THE

SOLDIERS AND SHOW THEM THE

SIGHTS ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

HE TAKES THE SOLDIERS AND

THE RABBI THERE, AND HE

SAYS, WELL, THIS IS

EXACTLY WHERE THE

SANCTUARY STOOD.

THIS IS WHERE THE ALTER

STOOD.

AND THIS IS WHERE THE

MENORAH STOOD.

HE TELLS THEM ALL OF THESE

THINGS ABOUT THE HISTORY

OF THE HOLY TEMPLE.

FINALLY THE RABBI ASKED

HIM, WHY ARE YOU TELLING

US ALL OF THIS?

HE SAID, WE HAVE TRADITION

FROM OUR FATHERS, AND THEY

FROM THEIR FATHERS, THAT

ONE DAY THE JEWS WOULD

WAGE A WAR AND CONQUER

THIS MOUNTAIN AND REBUILD

THE HOLY TEMPLE.

AND I ASSUME YOU'RE

STARTING TOMORROW, AND I

WANT THIS TO BE MY PART IN

HELPING YOU.

Chris: WHAT WAS THEIR

REACTION TO THAT STORY?

THEY WERE REALLY

SURPRISED, BUT THE BOTTOM

LINE IS IN HINDSIGHT, IT

DOESN'T LOOK LIKE WE WERE

READY.

Chris: 50 YEARS

LATER, THAT HAS CHANGED,

GATHERING OFFICIAL TEMPLE

ELEMENTS SUCH AS THE

PRIESTLY GARMENTS.

AND HE IS DISPELLING MYTHS

ON YouTube.

WHAT WAS THE HOLY

TEMPLE REALLY ALL ABOUT?

Chris: ALL OF THIS

MEANS TALK OF REBUILDING

THE TEMPLE IS NO LONGER

CONSIDERED A FRINGE IDEA.

THEY, HOW MANY MEMBERS

OF KNESSET ARE SPEAKING

ABOUT JEWISH RIGHTS TO

PLAN THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

REBUILDING THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

20 YEARS AGO, THESE PEOPLE

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN GIVEN A

MOMENT ON PRIME TIME

TELEVISION TO SAY THESE

THINGS.

THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN

LAUGHED OUT.

Chris: A FEW YEARS

AGO, THESE THINGS WERE

CONSIDERED FRINGE?

ZEALOTS, CRAZY.

10 YEARS AGO, THERE WAS

NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF

KNESSET WHO ASCENDED THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

TODAY WE HAVE 20 MEMBERS

WHO ARE INTERESTED IN

PRAYING ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT AND ARE PART IN THE

BATTLE FOR THE REDEMPTION

OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND

FOR BRINGING THE TEMPLE

MOUNT BACK INTO THE CENTER

OF THE NEXT STEP IN THE

REDEMPTION PROCESS.

Chris: RICHMOND SEES

THE TEMPLE THROUGH THE

EYES OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH

WHO WROTE 3,000 YEARS AGO

THAT GOD'S HOUSE WOULD BE

A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL

NATIONS.

IT MEANS BASICALLY THAT

THERE IS A GOD IN THE

WORLD AND THE BEST IS YET

TO COME.

AND THAT WE ARE SO

CONNECTED THE HIM AND TO

EACH OTHER AND TO THAT

PURPOSE AND TO ALL

HUMANITY, AND IT IS JUST A

WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE TO BE

HERE WITH YOU TODAY, TO BE

LOOKING OUT OVER

JERUSALEM, AND TO REALIZE

THAT WE'RE LIVING IN

PROBABLY THE MOST

IMPORTANT TIME IN HISTORY.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE GOD

OF ISRAEL AND YOU SEE HIS

HAND ON HIS PEOPLE AND YOU

UNDERSTAND THE TREMENDOUS

CHANGES THAT HAVE GONE ON

OVER THE YEARS, YOU SEE

THAT THE ONE WHO BROUGHT

US THIS FAR ISN'T FINISHED

AND WILL KEEP HIS

PROMISES.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM.

Wendy: WHEN WE COME

BACK, HOW RECAPTURING THE

TEMPLE MOUNT OPENED A

WHOLE NEW DOOR TO ANCIENT

HISTORY.

George: IN THE PAST

50 YEARS, ARCHEOLOGISTS

HAVE UNCOVERED SOME OF

HISTORY'S MOST SIGNIFICANT

FINDS & AROUND JERUSALEM.

Wendy: THOSE

DISCOVERIES BECAME

POSSIBLE WHEN ISRAELI

TROOPS CAPTURED EAST

JERUSALEM IN JUNE OF 1967.

Chris: FROM 1948 TO

1967, JERUSALEM WAS A CITY

DIVIDED BY LANDMINES, BARK

CADESBARRICADES AND BARBED

WIRE.

SUDDENLY AFTER YEARS OF

NEGLECT, THE DOORS OF

JERUSALEM WERE OPENED TO

ARCHEOLOGISTS.

THE FIRST DIG TOOK PLACE

HERE AT THE SOUTHWESTERN

WALL OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT

BOBY ALOT MAZAR'S

GRANDFATHER.

MY GRANDFATHER

EXCAVATED FOR 10 YEARS

WITHOUT STOPPING.

HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF WORK

REVEALED FANTASTIC REMAINS

OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM OF

ALL PERIODS.

IT CAUSED THE BOOM OF

ARCHEOLOGY.

THERE WAS SUDDENLY A

BUDGET FOR ARCHEOLOGY.

THERE WAS A PUBLIC

INTEREST IN ARCHEOLOGY OF

JERUSALEM.

Chris: SINCE 1967,

MAZAR AND BARCOT HAVE MADE

SOME OF ISRAEL'S GREATEST

FINDS.

WE SHOWED AND REVEALED

KING DAVID'S PALACE, AND

SHOWED MER MORE ON KING

SOLOMON'S CONSTRUCTION.

WE DISCOVERED THE

EARLIEST MOVEMENT CALLED

MANUSCRIPTS, EVER

DISCOVERED.

THESE ARE TWO TINY SCROLLS

OF SILVER.

"THE LORD BLESS YOU AND

KEEP YOU" IS ON BOTH OF

THEM.

Chris: DO ANY OF

THESE DISCOVERIES CONFIRM

THE BIBLICAL RECORD OF

JERUSALEM?

IN GENERAL, THE ANSWER

IS YES.

THE HISTORY, WHICH EMERGED

FROM THE RESULTS OF THE

EXCAVATION, SITS WELL WITH

THE HISTORICAL DATA

EMBEDDED IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

Chris: PERHAPS

MAZAR'S GREATEST FIND

BROUGHT THE BIBLE TO LIFE.

FROM THE BIBLICAL

TIMES, FINDING THE SEAL

IMPRESSION FROM KING HEZ

HEZEKIAH HIMSELF, THIS IS

UNHEARD OF, TO COME AS

CLOSE AS YOU CAN IMAGINE

TO A BIBLICAL FIGURE, NOT

TO MENTION SUCH A KING AS

KING HEZEKIAH.

TO FIND HIS SEAL

IMPRESSION, IT IS ALMOST

TOUCHING HIM.

Chris: IS THERE ANY

CONNECTION BETWEEN WHAT

YOU'VE DISCOVERED IN THE

TIME WAS JESUS HERE IN

JERUSALEM?

YES, FOR SURE.

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS AND IN

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, THERE

IS A MENTIONING OF THE

EASTERN PORCH OF THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, WHICH

APPEARS UNDER THE NAME OF

THE PORCH OF SOLOMON.

WE HAVE THE FLOORS UPON

WHICH THE COINS WERE

ROLLING WHEN JESUS TURNED

UPSIDE DOWN THE TEMPLES OF

THE MONEY-CHANGERS.

THE BIBLICAL STORIES

AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

STORIES, BY THE WAY, IT

GOES TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY

JUST PROVE QUITE

ACCURATELY THE DEVELOPMENT

OF JERUSALEM AND THE WAY

JERUSALEM IS DESCRIBED,

WHICH IS QUITE ACCURATE.

Chris: TODAY, 50

YEARS AFTER THE WAR,

JERUSALEM IS AN OPEN CITY.

VISITORS CAN COME TO SEE

THE EXCAVATIONS BELOW THE

CITY OF DAVID, AT THE POOL

OF SHILO, WHERE JESUS

HEALED THE BLIND MAN, OR

THE MASSIVE DIG, NEAR THE

WALLS OF THE OLD CITY.

I COME IN THE MORNING

AND I GO TO SLEEP WITH

JERUSALEM.

EXCAVATING JERUSALEM IS

100% ON MY MIND, BESIDES

MY FAMILY, YOU KNOW.

THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE

ON EARTH WHICH CAN COMPETE

WITH JERUSALEM.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

George: ALL RIGHT,

FOLKS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US THIS WEEK.

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT

WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE

AT "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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