The Watchman Episode 145: Walking the Ancient Walls of Jerusalem


– ERICK STAKELBECK: THIS
WEEK ON THE WATCHMAN, WE ARE ON THE WALLS OF
JERUSALEM AS WE TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY THROUGH 3,000
YEARS OF HISTORY OF GOD’S CITY. FROM KING HEZEKIAH TO
HEROD THE GREAT TO THE MACCABEES UP UNTIL THE
MODERN DAY, OUR GOOD FRIEND YOEL FREIMAN SHOWS
US WHERE JERUSALEM HAS BEEN, WHERE IT’S HEADING,
AND WHY IT ALL MATTERS TO YOU. THESE WALLS WILL TALK
THIS WEEK ONLY RIGHT HERE ON THE WATCHMAN. [ MUSIC ] – YOEL FREIMAN: ERICK,
WHERE I’M TAKING YOU NOW NOBODY HAS
PERMISSION TO GO. ONLY YOU NOW. THIS IS THE ANCIENTEST
PLACE IN JERUSALEM. [ MUSIC ] I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU THE
MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN JERUSALEM TODAY. NOT MANY PEOPLE
COME DOWN HERE. NOT MANY PEOPLE
COME DOWN HERE. – BUT WE HAVE A
SPECIAL PERMISSION, YOEL. YOU PULLED SOME STRINGS. – I PULLED SOME STRINGS
ESPECIALLY FOR YOU. – YEAH. AND HERE WE ARE. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO WHAT
MANY HAVE CALLED THE MOST IMPORTANT ARCHEOLOGICAL
DISCOVERY OF THE 20TH CENTURY. – THAT’S EXACTLY HOW
PROFESSOR NACHMANA — THE PROFESSOR WHO DUG
JERUSALEM THAT’S HOW HE DECLARED. ALL HIS LIFE HE WAS
LOOKING FOR THIS WALL, AND HE FOUND THE WALL
THAT SHOWS THE CITY OF DAVID WAS VERY LARGE,
BIG CITY OF A VERY BIG KINGDOM. KING DAVID IF WE LOOK AT
THE MAP, YOU SEE IT’S WRITTEN THERE,
CITY OF DAVID. IT WAS A VERY SMALL TOWN
INCLUDING EVEN A TEMPLE MOUNT, BUT THEN AFTER
DAVID SHLOMO AND THE KINGS THAT CAME AFTER
HIM EXPANDED THE CITY, THE CITY GREW TO THE
WESTERN HILL RIGHT DOWN THERE. WE UNDERSTAND WHERE WE
ARE STANDING, THIS IS JERUSALEM, AND THIS IS
OUTSIDE OF THE CITY. – 2600, 2700. – 2700 YEARS AGO. THIS RED LINE
YOU SEE OVER HERE, THE WALL THAT WAS BUILT
BY HEZEKIAH, THIS IS THIS WALL. YOU ARE STANDING ON THE
ORIGINAL WALL FROM THAT TIME. – 2700 YEARS AGO BUILT
BY THE ONE AND ONLY KING HEZEKIAH, ONE OF
THE GOOD KINGS. – ONE OF THE
GOOD KINGS, RIGHT. – WE’RE HERE RIGHT NOW. – AND WE KNOW THE STORY
OF LACHISH, YOU TOLD THE STORY OF LACHISH. SENNACHERIB’S CELL SOLDIERS
WERE ASCENDING OUT THERE. – THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE. – THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE
WAS STANDING OUT THERE SCREAMING TO THE JEWS
INSIDE THE CITY, GIVE UP! BUT KING HEZEKIAH TURNED
TO THE WALL AND HE PRAYED TO THE LORD. – YES, HE DID. – SO NOW IF YOU LOOK
UP FROM 2700 BC TO 2019 NOWADAYS LOOK
AT THESE HOUSES, YOU CAN SEE VERY WELL WE
WERE BUILT AFTER 1967, MODERN HOUSES, RIGHT? YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN
WE CAME TO JERUSALEM, WE MEANS US, ISRAELIS,
JEWS HAVE A STATE NOW. – BACK TO YOU’RE
ANCESTRAL AND ETERNAL CAPITOL. – AFTER GREAT, GREAT,
GREAT VICTORY OF 1967, THE SIX DAYS WAR, AND THE
LORD GAVE US JERUSALEM BACK, BUT WE COME TO THE
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM, THE JEWISH QUARTER IS
DESTROYED, ALMOST 75% OF THE HOUSES ARE
DESTROYED, BUT FOR THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS IT’S THEIR
GIFT FROM GOD, NOTHING TO DISTURB TESTIMONY FROM
DIGGING AND FINDING. AND THEY FOUND ALL THE
MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN ALREADY,
YOU’RE GOING TO SEE TODAY, BUT WHEN PROFESSOR
NAHMAN AVIGAD IN BLESSED MEMORY FOUND THIS WALL,
IT DECLARED THAT THIS IS THE GREATEST
ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY OF THE 20TH CENTURY. – GREATER THAN THE
DEAD SEA SCROLLS. – YES. – WOW. – WOW. WHY? BECAUSE THIS SHOWS THAT
THE KINGDOM OF DAVID WAS A BIG KINGDOM. THIS CITY WAS BIG CITY. IT WAS NOT A SMALL TOWN. SO YOU WERE IN THE CITY
OF DAVID, AND YOU SAW THE BEAUTY. THEY SAY IT’S THE PALACE
OF KING DAVID. BUT DOCTOR EILAT MAZAR
SHE FOUND IT, IT WAS FOUND BEFORE BUT SHE
DECLARED THIS IS THE PALACE OF KING DAVID. BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE
SITTING IN TEL AVIV, VERY FAMOUS PROFESSORS FOR
ARCHAEOLOGY, THEY SAY NO, SHOW US PROOF. – AND BY THE WAY, THIS
WALL YOEL, THIS IS THICK AND WIDE. – THIS IS THICK. THIS IS WIDE. THIS WAS VERY TALL. LOOK OUT THERE ON THAT
SIGN, 24 FEET HIGH. – WOW. JERUSALEM THEN WAS A
MAJESTIC CITY JUST AS IT IS TODAY. – THAT’S RIGHT. JUST AS IT IS TODAY AND
WE HOPE IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY AND GROW BIGGER. WE ARE GOING TO GO FROM
HERE TO SEE THE PLACE WHERE THEY BURIED THE
DEAD, THE WAY THEY BURIED THE DEAD IN THE WALL OR
NEAR THE WALL OF THE WALL BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO
WALK ON THE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY OF TODAY WHICH
WAS VERY SIMILAR TO THE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY OF
JERUSALEM IN THOSE DAYS, AND WE’LL SEE THERE, WE
WALK ON THE WALLS AND WE SEE THE CITY OF JERUSALEM
FROM ABOVE LIKE YOU’RE SEEING THE CITY OF
JERUSALEM FROM BELOW HERE. – YOEL, IF THESE
WALLS COULD TALK, WOW. WHAT A WAY TO START. – THEY WOULD SCREAM. – THEY WOULD SCREAM. THEY WOULD. WHAT A WAY TO START
TODAY’S JOURNEY. HEY, 2700 YEARS AGO,
FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD, THE ORIGINAL WALLS OF
JERUSALEM BUILT BY KING HEZEKIAH. I DON’T KNOW HOW WE CAN
TOP THIS, BUT I THINK WE WILL. LET’S GO TO OUR NEXT
SIT E RIGHT NOW. YOEL, LEAD THE WAY. – ALL RIGHT. – WITH OVER 7 MILLION
MEMBERS, CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL IS
AMERICA’S LARGEST PRO ISRAEL ORGANIZATION, AND
FOR ZION’S SAKE WE WILL NOT KEEP SILENT. WE ARE EDUCATING AND
EMPOWERING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO STAND WITH
ISRAEL, OUR GREATEST ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE UNITED STATES AND IS
RELEVANT 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 SIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND MAKING
AN IMPACT FOR ISRAEL IN COMMUNITIES, THE MEDIA
ARE, ON CAMPUS, AND IN OUR NATION’S CAPITOL. AND WE NEED YOUR HELP. TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF
CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL, VISIT OUR WEB
SITE OR CALL THE 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. [ MUSIC ] – YOEL, YOU TOOK US
2700 YEARS BACK AT THE ORIGINAL WALLS BUILT BY
KING HEZEKIAH OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF DAVID. NOW WE’RE MOVING FORWARD
IN HISTORY A LITTLE BIT BUT NOT TOO MUCH. WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW? – WE ARE NOW, ABOVE US
IS THE WALL OF THE CITY OF JERUSALEM THAT WAS
BUILT BY THE SULTAN, TURKISH SULTAN. YOU KNOW HIS NAME. – SULEIMAN THE
MAGNIFICENT. – THAT’S RIGHT, SULEIMAN
THE MAGNIFICENT. LOOK AT THE MAGNIFICENT
WALLS OF MODERN ARCHAEOLOGY, BUT DOWN
BELOW, YOU SEE BEDROCK DOWN BELOW HERE. ON TOP OF THE BEDROCK WE
SEE STONES THAT ARE FROM A DIFFERENT PERIOD WHICH
IS THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD, HASMONEAN PERIOD
WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE FOUNDATION OF THE WALL
THAT WAS BUILT BY SULEIMAN. – NOW, THIS IS ABOUT
2200 YEARS AGO, THE TIME OF THE MACABEES. – THAT IS RIGHT. THIS IS BEDROCK, AND
THERE ARE SQUARE WALLS IN THE BEDROCK SO THE
BEDROCK IS ORIGINAL, RIGHT. IF IT IS ORIGINAL, HOW
COME THERE IS SQUARE? I MEAN, NATURE
DOESN’T MAKE THIS. – NO. – SO THIS WAS
MADE BY MAN. – NOW YOEL, WHEN YOU SAY
ANCIENT, YOU MEAN 2700 YEARS AGO. – THAT’S WHAT
I’M SAYING. WE CAME FROM THE BIG
WALL, 2700 YEARS AGO. AND THIS IS ALSO FROM THE
SAME TIME APPROXIMATELY. – FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD. – FIRST TEMPLE
PERIOD DEFINITELY. – HEZEKIAH, THE
PROPHET ISAIAH. – THAT’S RIGHT. AND THAT’S HOW THEY
BURIED PEOPLE IN THOSE DAYS. THEY WOULD PUT
THE MAN INSIDE. THIS WOULD COVER THE
ENTRANCE SO NO ANIMALS WOULD BE ABLE TO ENTER. THEY’D COME AFTER A YEAR,
THEY’D COLLECT THE BONES THAT ARE LEFT, AND THEY’D
ADD IT TO THE PILE OF BONES OF HIS FATHERS AND
HIS ANCIENT FATHER AS RIGHT OVER THERE. IT’S WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE
IN THE BOOKS OF PROPHETS THAT THE KING WHEN HE
DIED HE’D BE BURIED WITH HIS FATHER AND THE
FATHERS BEFORE. SO THAT’S EXACTLY
HOW THEY DID IT. SOME PLACES THEY DID, YOU
KNOW, THE CAVE IS INSIDE, BUT THERE WOULD BE
WHAT YOU CAN SEE HERE. THIS IS THE BEDROCK AND
PROBABLY ALSO WAS THE SAME HERE. THERE WAS A WALL ABOVE
— THERE WERE MORE WALLS, AND THE BODY WOULD BE PUT
THERE, AND THEN THEY WERE PUT INSIDE WITH THE
BONES OF HIS FATHERS AND ANCIENT FATHERS. WE FOUND IN THAT OTHER
CAVE I TOLD YOU ABOUT, WE FOUND A VERY BEAUTIFUL
LITTLE PIECE OF SILVER. ON THAT PIECE OF SILVER
ARE WRITTEN THE WORDS IN HEBREW. [ SPEAKING HEBREW ] YOU KNOW THESE WORDS. – YES. THAT IS THE
PRIESTLY BLESSING. – THAT’S RIGHT. ALSO 2700 YEARS AGO, YOU
CAN FIND IT IN THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, VERY BEAUTIFUL
PIECE OF WORK, FOUND IN A CAVE LIKE THIS. – LET’S GO UP A
LEVEL HERE ON THE OLD CITY WALLS, ABOVE THAT
THE HASMONEAN, THE MACCABEE PERIOD. – MACCABEE PERIOD. – 2200 YEARS AGO OR SO. – 2200, 2300
YEARS AGO, RIGHT. – OKAY. TELL US A LITTLE BIT
MORE ABOUT THAT PERIOD. – KING ALEXANDER THE
GREAT, EVERYBODY HEARD THAT NAME ALEXANDER THE
GREAT, CONQUERS THE WORLD BRINGING NEWS, I HAVE A
NEW CULTURE TO BRING TO THE WORLD. THE HELLENISM WAY OF LIFE
IS THE WAY OF THE BODY, EAT AND DRINK, ENJOY LIFE
OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD, BUT BY JEWS LOOK ALSO FOR
THE SPIRITUAL PART, FOR THE PART OF THE
SOUL AS WE CALL IT. THE SOUL NEEDS DIFFERENT
FOOD, SO THERE WAS A BIT OF DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE
— GREEK WANTED THE JEWS TO ACCEPT THEIR CULTURE AND
THE JEWS DID NOT ACCEPT THEIR CULTURE. THEY TRIED TO FORCE THEM. STARTED A WAR. THE MACABEES WERE THE
LEADERS OF THIS WORLD. – JUDAH THE HAMMER. – JUDAH THE HAMMER, HIS
FATHER MATTATHIAS, AND ALL THE BROTHERS, AND
THEY WON THE WATER. ONE LITTLE MISTAKE. THE MACABEES
WERE PRIESTS. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO
SERVE IN THE TEMPLE, AND THEY TOOK THE KINGDOM. AND FROM THAT TIME ON IT
WAS A LITTLE WAY DOWN. THEN WHEN THEY STARTED TO
GO DOWN, THEY BRING THE ROMANS IN, AND THE ROMANS
WERE HERE FOR 700 YEARS. – JERUSALEM HAS
BEEN CONQUERED AND RECONQUERED, BUT THE
JEWISH PEOPLE ARE BACK HERE NEVER TO BE UPROOTED
AGAIN FROM THEIR ANCIENT AND ANCESTRAL CAPITOL,
BUT BEFORE WE GOT TO THAT GLORIOUS MOMENT IN 1967,
YOEL, WE HAD ALSO THE OTTOMAN PERIOD HERE
WHICH WE SEE IN FRONT OF US. – RIGHT. – TELL US ABOUT THE
WALLS OF SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT. – WELL, WHEN SULEIMAN
MAGNIFICENT ONCE STARTS — HE’S A MAGNIFICENT
SULTAN, SO HE WANTS TO SHOW HIS GREATNESS, SO HE
BUILDS ON TOP OF THE OLD WALLS HIS NEW WALL. HE BUILT A VERY
WONDERFUL WALL. YOU CAN SEE THE
WALL FROM HERE. YOU SEE THE CRACKS FOR
THOSE SHOOTERS, THE ARROW SHOOTERS THERE. RIGHT UP THERE, YOU SEE? – YOU CAN SEE IT. – AND IN THE GATES ARE
ALSO VERY BEAUTIFUL AND FROM ABOVE YOU CAN SEE
ALL THE LENGTH OF THE WALL — YOU KNOW, THE CITY
OF JERUSALEM INSIDE IS ONLY ONE SQUARE
KILOMETER. IT’S A HUGE WALL,
VERY VERY MASSIVE. – AND THAT’S THE
MOST RECENT WALL. – YES. – THAT PEOPLE ARE
SEEING RIGHT NOW. THE UPPERMOST WALL HERE
FROM SULEIMAN, 1500’S, 1600’S A.D..
– THAT’S RIGHT. 1530’S HE STARTED
TO BUILD THE WALL. TOOK HIM 20 YEARS. AND YOU SEE WHAT
THEY DID, ALSO VERY INTERESTING ABOUT THAT,
THE STONES THEY’VE USED. HIS CITY WAS
DESTROYED MANY TIMES. MANY STONES FROM
DIFFERENT PERIODS, AND THE PART OF THE WALL OVER
THERE YOU CAN SEE A STONE THERE, BELONGED TO THE
TENTH ROMAN LEGION IN THE WAR OF SULEIMAN. WHEN WE GO TO THE
SOUTHERN PART, WE’LL SEE ALSO THAT HE USED ALL
KINDS OF STONES TO BUILD THIS WALL, BUT IT IS
A MAGNIFICENT WORK. – YES. AS YOU SAID, YOEL, LAYER
AFTER LAYER AFTER LAYER. WE’RE GOING THROUGH 2700
YEARS OF HISTORY RIGHT HERE JUST IN THIS ONE
SPOT OUTSIDE THE OLD CITY WALLS. FROM HEZEKIAH TO THE
MACABEES TO THE OTTOMANS AND THEN TODAY. NOW, WE’RE GOING TO
SCALE THESE WALLS. WE’RE GOING TO GO
ABOVE AND LOOK DOWN. WHERE ARE WE GOING NEXT? – WE ARE GOING NEXT TO
CLIMB THE TOWER OF DAVID, WALK ON THE WALLS, SEE
THIS AREA THAT YOU SEE HERE ON THIS SIDE. THEY CALL IT THE
VALLEY OF HINNOM. – YEAH, AND WE CAN SEE
JERUSALEM TODAY THRIVING AND BUSTLING. THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE
BACK, AND THEY’RE HERE TO STAY. – THEY’RE HERE TO STAY. – YOEL, LEAD THE WAY. LET’S GO TO
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IS THAT? – YES, IT IS. NOW, THAT’S MAGNIFICENT. – RIGHT. [ MUSIC ]– TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
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ZION’S SAKE.[ MUSIC ] – YOEL, WE HAVE A
SPECTACULAR VIEW OF JERUSALEM RIGHT NOW HIGH
ON TOP OF THE OLD CITY WALLS. SET THE SCENE FOR US. WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW? – WE ARE FROM THIS SIDE
LOOKING AT MOUNT ZION. RIGHT OVER HERE. MOUNT ZION. IN THE BACK WE SAW THE
FIRST HOUSE THAT WAS BUILT OUTSIDE OF THE OLD
CITY WHERE THE BOILER LINE WAS. ON YOUR LEFT SIDE, YOU
CAN SEE THE ARMENIAN QUARTER. WE ARE JUST WALKING NOW
ON TOP OF THE PALACE OF KING HEROD. – KING HEROD, THE GREAT,
THE MAD KING, THE MAD BUILDER. – THE MAD BUILDER,
THE MAD KING, RIGHT. HE’S A MAN WHO BUILT THE
TEMPLE THAT WE KNOW. OUR SAGES OF BLESSED
MEMORY SAID THE ONE WHO DID NOT SEE KING HEROD’S
TEMPLE DID NOT SEE BEAUTY IN HIS LIFE. BUT I HAVE HEARD THAT
SOMEBODY SAID THAT THE PALACE OF KING HEROD WAS
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE TEMPLE. WHY IS THAT YOU KNOW? BECAUSE HEROD LOVED HEROD
MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD. HEROD AS WE KNOW KILLED
HIS WIFE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA, KILLED HIS
CHILDREN, KILLED ALL THE SAGES OF BLESSED MEMORY,
BUT HE HAS A GREAT RIGHT, YOU HAD THE RIGHT TO
BUILD THE TEMPLE. – YEAH, THE
SECOND TEMPLE. – THE SECOND TEMPLE, AND
HE BUILT HIMSELF VERY BEAUTIFUL PALACES. CAESAREA. – MASADA, CAESAREA. – HERODIAN. 40 PALACES. THAT IS RIGHT. BUT THE MOUNTAIN OF
MOUNT ZION IS HERE. YOU KNOW THE WORD ZION
REFERS TO JERUSALEM, AND AS I TOLD YOU ABOUT THE
SECRETS OF THE TORAH, THE WORDS ZION IS THE
INNER NAME OF THE WORD JERUSALEM. – WELL, YOEL, WE
HAVE AN AUDIENCE HERE. WE HAVE SOME GREAT
STUDENTS FROM ISRAEL TOURING FROM THE OLD
CITY WALLS OF JERUSALEM. HEY, WE’VE BEEN TALKING
A LOT ABOUT THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF JERUSALEM
TODAY, THE OLD CITY, THE WALLS AROUND
THIS GREAT CITY. FIRST TEMPLE, SECOND
TEMPLE, BUT LET’S TAKE IT UP TO THE CURRENT DAY,
I’M THINKING 1948, 1967 WHERE WE ARE STANDING
RIGHT NOW PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN BOTH
OF THOSE CONFLICTS. TELL US ABOUT IT. – ABSOLUTELY. 1948, 1967, WE
ARE IN JORDAN. – THIS WAS JORDAN. – THIS IS JORDAN. BEHIND THIS WALL, ISRAEL. BEHIND THE
WALL IS ISRAEL. I LIVED NOT FAR AWAY
FROM HERE, HALF A MILE. AND FROM 1967, A 14 YEAR
OLD BOY, BUT I HAVE NO CHANCE, NO POSSIBILITY TO
COME INTO THE OLD CITY. – YOU COULDN’T
STAND RIGHT HERE? – I COULDN’T
STAND RIGHT HERE. I COULDN’T GO TO THE
WESTERN WALL, AND I WANTED TO GO TO
THE WESTERN WALL. – OF COURSE. – SO WHAT DID WE DO? WHERE I USED TO LIVE NOT
FAR AWAY LIKE I TOLD YOU, RIGHT OVER THERE, THERE
WAS BARB WIRE BECAUSE IT WAS NO MAN’S LAND, BUT WE
WANTED TO GO ACROSS TO BE ABLE TO LOOK DOWN HERE. RWE USED TO JUMP OVER THE
BARB WIRE, YOU KNOW.♪ NOW I’M IN JORDAN…NOW I’M IN ISRAEL…WE LITERALLY DID THAT,
AND THERE WERE MINE FIELDS. – AND THERE
WERE SNIPERS. – THERE WERE SNIPERS. – ON THESE VERY WALLS,
RIGHT, JORDANIAN SNIPERS. – BUT WE ARE A BIT FAR,
A HALF A MILE, SO WE KNEW THAT. BUT THERE WERE MINE
FIELDS, BUT WE KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE. SO WE WENT AND WE HAD
THESE 300 YARDS TO LOOK OVER THE OLD CITY
OF JERUSALEM. WE WERE KIDS, NOT VERY
WISE THING TO DO. – YEAH. – BUT IN ORDER TO LOOK
AT THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM, THAT PLACE
THAT WE LONGED SO MUCH SAID BY THE RIVER, SO
MUCH TO COME BACK HERE. AND THEN 1967
IT DID HAPPEN. – A MIRACLE. – A MIRACLE, WHAT I SAW
WITH MY OWN EYES HOW IT HAPPENED IN SIX
DAYS, BANG! AND WE ARE HERE, AND WE
CAN GO TO THE WESTERN WALL, WE CAN GO TO THIS. SO THE WALLS THAT WE SEE
HERE WERE SEPARATING US FROM THIS PLACE. – AND YOU LONGED –THE
JEWISH PEOPLE LONGED FOR THEIR ANCESTRAL, ETERNAL
CAPITOL FOR 2,000 YEARS, AND YOU WERE RIGHT
OUTSIDE THE WALLS. – AND THEN THE MIRACLE
HAPPENED, AND WE CAME BACK HERE, THE FIRST TIME
IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD THAT A NATION
RETURNS TO ITS LAND, TO ITS LANGUAGE, TO
ITS HOLY PLACES. – ONLY GOD. – ONLY GOD. – AND NOW WE HAVE
THESE STUDENTS. YOU WERE A YOUNG BOY,
YOEL, 14 YEARS OLD, LONGING TO COME INSIDE
THESE OLD CITY WALLS. NOW WE HAVE ISRAELI
STUDENTS VISITING. YOU SEE THEM ALL AROUND
US TODAY VISITING HERE FREELY AND ENJOYING THEIR
ETERNAL AND ANCESTRAL CAPITOL. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL
THING TO SEE. – IT IS, AND THEY DON’T
EVEN KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE, AND IT’S SO GOOD,
IT’S SO GOOD THAT THEY CAN WALK THROUGH
THIS ZION GATE. LION GATE IS DOWN THERE. THROUGH THE GATE WITHOUT
ANY FEAR INTO THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM. REMARKABLE THING. – HOW ABOUT TODAY? HOW ABOUT THE OLD
CITY WALLS TODAY? THIS SEEMS LIKE A
VERY VERY BIG TOURIST ATTRACTION AND A SOURCE
OF PRIDE FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE. – DAVID BEN GURION WHO
WAS ONCE UPON A TIME THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL,
IN 1967 HE WAS NOT A PRIME MINISTER. HE WAS NOT IN THE
GOVERNMENT, BUT HE HAD A SUGGESTION TO DESTROY THE
WALLS OF THE OLD CITY. – REALLY? – HE SAID UNITE THE CITY
BY DESTROYING ITS WALLS. WELL, THERE WAS AN
INTERESTING THOUGHT BUT I DON’T THINK IT WAS
PRACTICAL AND I’M GLAD HE DID NOT DO IT ACTUALLY
BECAUSE HERE ARE WALLS INSIDE THE CITY THAT
HE’S ALREADY UNITED. THERE’S NOT ANY
WALLS THAT SEPARATE. AND ALTHOUGH THERE ARE
MANY RELIGIONS HERE AND WE SEE THE DOME OF THE
ROCK AND WE SEE THE CHURCHES, HERE IS THE
CHURCH OF SAINT JAMES, BUT THERE IS NO WALL IN
THE HEART, AND THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. I WANT US TO CONTINUE
THE TOUR ON THE WALLS TO BRING YOU TO THE ENTRANCE
TO THE HOLIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR US, TO THE
ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE, SO WE’RE GOING TO WALK
FROM HERE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL STAIRS THAT
LED US INTO THE TEMPLE. – TO THE HOLY
OF HOLIES. – TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES,
TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD ALMIGHTY. – YOEL, PLEASE
LEAD THE WAY. – VERY WELL. [ MUSIC ] – AMERICA WOULD NOT BE
HERE WITHOUT ISRAEL AND THE IMPORTANT
LESSONS OF JERUSALEM. WE OWE IN LARGE PART WHO
WE ARE AS AMERICANS TO THAT LONGSTANDING
CONNECTION. – WE STAND WITH ISRAEL
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN RIGHT OVER WRONG, IN GOOD
OVER EVIL, IN LIBERTY OVER TYRANNY. – 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. [ APPLAUSE ] [ MUSIC ] – YOEL, WE ARE
WRAPPING UP HERE. RELUCTANTLY WRAPPING UP
BECAUSE THIS WAS QUITE A JOURNEY TODAY. AND HEY, YOU SAVED
PERHAPS THE BEST FOR LAST. AS A JEW OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE
IN THE SHADOW OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME AS
WELL AS A CHRISTIAN, BUT ALSO AS A CHRISTIAN
IT’S PRETTY MUCH A PROBABILITY, VERY LIKELY
THAT JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES WALKED UP THESE
STEPS WHERE WE’RE SITTING RIGHT NOW. SET THE SCENE FOR US. WHERE ARE WE? – WELL, WE’RE ON THE
SOUTHERN STAIRS OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. BEHIND US WAS THE TEMPLE. THE GATES ARE HULDA GATES
HERE, THE EASTERN GATE, OVER THERE THE
WESTERN GATE. AND UNTIL TODAY, EVEN
THE TUNNELS THAT LED THE PEOPLE TO THE TEMPLE
ITSELF EXIST, BUT WE CAN NOT ENTER. – BENEATH. – BENEATH. BENEATH. WHEN YOU GO TO THAT GATE,
IF THAT WALL WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THERE, THE
GATES WOULD BE OPEN, THE TUNNELS ARE STILL THERE,
THE ORIGINAL TUNNELS FROM THE SECOND TEMPLE. – THE MYSTERIES AND
THE SECRETS BENEATH THE TEMPLE MOUNT, FROM
THE TIME OF HEROD 2,000 YEARS AGO. – FROM THE TIME
— YES, EXACTLY. BUT IMAGINE THIS. LOOK, YEARS AGO WHEN I
WAS A CHILD WHEN I GREW UP OVER THERE ON THAT
HILL, I TOLD YOU THAT, I USED TO CROSS BORDERS,
GOING IN MINE FIELDS IN ORDER TO LOOK OVER HERE. – THIS WAS JORDAN. – THIS WAS JORDAN. – THIS WAS JORDAN. – HALF A MILE AWAY
WE’RE IN ISRAEL. THIS WAS JORDAN. – HARD TO BELIEVING. HARD TO BELIEVE, RIGHT. THIS IS THE ETERNAL
CAPITOL OF ISRAEL, THE TEMPLE MOUNT. BUT THIS WAS JORDAN. IT WASN’T ISRAEL. – ONLY FOR 19 YEARS. – THAT’S RIGHT. FROM 48 TO 67, 1948,
1967, BUT STILL THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN LITTERED
BETWEEN YOEL’S HOUSE AS A YOUNG BOY AND BETWEEN THE
TEMPLE MOUNT MINE FIELDS. – MINE FIELDS. BUT THE MINE FIELDS ARE
NOT THERE, AND THE ROAD IS OPEN. WE’VE DISCOVERED THE OLD
STAIRCASE, ALL THE PILGRIM’S WAY UP TO
THE TEMPLE MOUNT. AND I THINK IT WILL NOT
BE A LONG TIME UNTIL THOSE GATES WILL BE
OPENED, THE PEARLY GATES, THE GOLDEN GATES TO ENTER
THE TEMPLE MOUNT AGAIN. – WELL YOEL, WHAT AN
AMAZING JOURNEY YOU TOOK US ON TODAY. THIS WAS FUN, MY FRIEND. WE WILL DO IT AGAIN HERE
IN JERUSALEM VERY SOON. – WITH PLEASURE. – YES. ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? HEY, GOOD THINGS
ARE HAPPENING HERE. GREAT THINGS
ARE HAPPENING. BUT IT’S ONLY JUST
THE BEGINNING. – RIGHT. LIKE IF YOU THINK ABOUT
THAT, MANY YEARS AGO, 50 YEARS AGO STANDING THERE,
AND I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER COME. HOW WILL I COME TO THE
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM? I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
COME TO THE PLACE OF THE TEMPLE? I DIDN’T — I
DREAMED ABOUT IT. I DID NOT THINK IT WOULD
BE REAL, BUT HERE WE ARE. WE ARE STANDING
HERE, SITTING HERE. IT’S OPEN FROM
HERE TO THERE. IT’S OPEN FROM
HERE TO EVERYWHERE. – BEING EXCAVATED
EVERYWHERE. NEW DISCOVERIES. – NEW DISCOVERY
RIGHT NOW. THEY FOUND NEW THINGS, NEW
BULAHS AND STAMPS FROM THE TIME 2700 YEARS AGO. I WANT TO TELL YOU
ONE THING ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW, TO FIND THESE
DISCOVERIES, BULAHS WITH THE NAMES COMING FROM THE
BIBLE STRAIGHT TO YOUR FACES, WE DON’T
NEED THIS PROOF. BUT IT’S LOVELY
TO FIND IT. IT’S SWEET. – IT IS. TO COMBINE THE TRUTH OF
GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE, WITH THAT ARCHEOLOGICAL
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IS AN UNBEATABLE COMBINATION. – UNBEATABLE. – YEAH. YOEL, THANK YOU SO
MUCH, MY FRIEND. – THANK YOU. – THANK YOU FOR
JOINING US, FOLKS. LOOK, GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GOD
OF ISRAEL AND ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB SAYS
THROUGH THE PROPHET ISAIAH, ON YOUR WALLS,
OH JERUSALEM, I HAVE SET WATCHMEN DAY AND NIGHT,
THEY WILL NEVER HOLD THEIR PEACE. THIS SHOW IS OBVIOUSLY
CALLED THE WATCHMAN. WE TELL YOU TO NEVER HOLD
YOUR PEACE, AND WE MEAN IT. AND YOU CAN SEE WHY, SO
JOIN OUR TEAM AT CUFI. JOIN THIS MOVEMENT WE
HAVE BUILT AS WE STAND IN THE GAP WITH ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS, AND
WE ARE BRINGING YOU TO PLACES, SPECIAL,
MEANINGFUL, HOLY PLACES THAT YOU JUST WON’T SEE
ANY PLACE ELSE, SO THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS
WEEK ON THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM. UNTIL NEXT TIME GOD BLESS
YOU, AND REMEMBER LIKE THE PROPHET SAID,
NEVER HOLD YOUR PEACE. [ MUSIC ]

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