Updated the TV show set

Our new TV show studio set for Zola Levitt Presents is continually being updated and improved.  Here’s a shot from our new series, “Jerusalem: Ancient Gates, Future Glory,” which begins broadcast in the week starting October 5, 2014.

New Zola Levitt Presents set

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Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Thanks Zola Tours

By Myles Weiss

Mrs. Zaken delivers thanks from Israel's Ministry of Tourism

Mrs. Zaken delivers thanks from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism

At the farewell dinner of our our 30th anniversary tour, Mrs. Ahuva Zaken delivered thanks and blessings on behalf of the Knesset Ministry of Tourism!

We gratefully accepted their gift of signed plaques of gratitude. We also received a beautiful menorah from our land company, Immanuel Tours, and a huge poster of our pilgrims.

They are on display at ZLM’s Dallas, Texas, headquarters.

 

Myles with Ahuva Zaken as she presents certificate to Zola Tours

Myles with Ahuva Zaken as she presents certificate to Zola Tours

 

Rosemary Schindler with engraved menorah

Rosemary Schindler with engraved menorah

 

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Myles from Mars Hill in Greece

By Myles and Katharine Weiss

Thirty-six pilgrims joined Katharine and Myles for the first leg of the 30th Anniversary Tour.  As we began walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Athens, Myles delivered a solid reminder of Rabbi Saul’s Hebrew origins and his masterful ability to “become all things to all men.”

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The Promise

By Myles Weiss

Immanuel Tours CEO Phillip Meyers

Immanuel Tours CEO Phillip Meyers with Myles Weiss

I interviewed the CEO of Immanuel Tours, our Israel tour land management company, Phillip Meyers. What a story!

He was part of a Hebrew Christian family and was saved from the Holocaust at eight years of age. Raised in England by a Messianic group, he came to Israel to raise his family in faith. Now, he helps host thousands of pilgrims in their life-changing trips to Zion. We are privileged to work with him and his team. We just celebrated Zola Tours’ 30th anniversary of tours to the Holy Land — an outstanding  experience!

 

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With Tommy Waller, modern sign and wonder

By Myles Weiss

In Samaria -- the heartland of Israel

Myles and Tommy Waller in Samaria — the heartland of Israel

Tommy brings his 11 children and 4 grandchildren to plant and harvest grapes alongside Modern Orthodox Jews. Both Jews and Christians recognize the prophetic sign from Joel 2, Amos 9, Ezekiel 36, and Isaiah 49 as the gentiles shoulder the burden of the Jewish return to the Promised Land!

Hundreds come to help each year.

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Our Journey Winds Down

By Myles and Katharine Weiss  Holocaust Memorial - wings

Kol b’seder (all good)

Kol d’vash (all honey!)

Greetings from Jerusalem, where the Earth can be heard groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19) and, most importantly, the Mashiach! HE is the captain of the hosts of The Lord!

We are exhausted from a month of leading, teaching, writing, interceding, and TV production in the pressure cooker of Israel. Of course, there is no other place we want to be or other assignment we would request.

If you have prayed for us, our deepest thanks and heartfelt understanding. Only time will tell how often we were carried on the wings of your prayers. Perhaps also how many times we were protected from harm and covered by your involvement.

For now, we are resting. We actually finished our TV shoot as the first rain drops fell—God’s perfect timing—and today (Shabbat) dawned with glorious blue skies and the sun beaming through majestic white clouds. HE is the Master Artist; His creation sings His praises.

We are in awe of how God is orchestrating lives in these days. Our continual prayer is that the international faith community will land on God’s side and stand with God’s plan for Israel and the emerging shared destiny of Jews and Christians. You know us, and you know we also reach for the deliverance of our Muslim friends from any “occupation of the soul” that inhibits their recognition of God’s sovereignty.

I mean Yahweh, THE God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; not Allah, a desert moon god who opposes the Creator and His scriptural, prophetic plan for Earth and its people. Yahweh/HaShem/Adonai is not willing that any perish, but that all come to eternal life.

We have a couple of days left to tie up some loose ends, and we plan to visit Tel Aviv’s Diaspora Museum. It is there, I am told, that we may find info on my relatives who live here or were lost in the Holocaust. Please pray for this poignant and potentially difficult process.

We love you all and are so very blessed to co-labor with you!
Myles and Katharine
Moti v’ Kala

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Call of Hope from Jerusalem

Myles speaking from the roof of the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations.

Luke 21:28

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30th Anniversary Tour

By Myles and Katharine

By Myles and Katharine Weiss

Share through the pictures below some of what our pilgrims experienced as we traveled and studied together on this Fall Tour that celebrated 30 years of our ministry leading students of the Bible in the Holy Land.

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Upper Room olive tree with Notzrim - shoots

 

As the nations sang in many languages, we shot this picture of the “Notzrim” — the shoots (Modern Hebrew for “Christians”). Myles had just taught in the garden of Gethsemane about the connection between gentile believers in Yeshua and the living olive tree of faith in Israel.

 

 

 

 

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two touring sisters Oct 2013

These two, dear sisters exemplified the good humor, perseverance, and spiritual depth of the Zola community. They laughed and prayed their way through Greece and Israel! They were inspiring to all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Jan Willem van der Hoeven — a passionate watchman (Notzri, the singular of Notzrim) on the walls of Jerusalem — brought a fiery message to our group. He challenged us to add action to our prayers and stand for Israel in the town halls and town squares of America! He is following in the footsteps of Corrie ten Boom and exhorts us to do the same.

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Myles Teaching at Beit She’an

To ensure that our pilgrims receive all the spiritual input they need, we take time at this ancient site to draw distinctions between the Roman worldview and the biblical paradigm.

Folks wept as Myles recounted the cost that Yeshua paid for our eternal salvation.

Myles teaches at Beit Shean

 

Beit She’an, a city in the North District of Israel, has played an important role historically due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and Jezreel Valley.

A tour of Beit She’an is like a walk through time. Among the residential buildings, modern public buildings, and modern shopping centers sit ancient buildings that were once public institutions, archaeological sites, and impressive ruins. Beit She’an is one of the most ancient cities in the country. This historical gem unfolds the fascinating story of a rich period full of changes, climaxing in the National Park of Beit She’an to the north of the city.

Tel Beit She’an – tel (the Hebrew name for abandoned ruins that often appear as hillocks in the countryside) — was first settled in the Chalcolithic Period (some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago). The city has had many conquerors, among them the Egyptians some 3,500 years ago. A few hundred years later, the Philistines conquered it (it was they who fastened Saul’s body to the wall of Beit She’an after the famous battle on Mount Gilbo’a: 1 Samuel 31 .8 – 11). Beit She’an became part of the kingdoms of David and Solomon, and was eventually destroyed in a fire, apparently at the hands of the King of Assyria (in 732 B.C.).

Beit She’an was rebuilt as a Hellenistic city about 2,300 years ago, and was renamed Scythopolis (“City of the Scyths”). In the succeeding Roman period, it spread south, reaching the peak of its greatness in the fifth century A.D., when it had 30,000 – 40,000 inhabitants. The remains of this magnificent city can be clearly seen at the National Park of Beit She’an, one of the country’s most beautiful and impressive national parks. Tel Beit She’an in the northern part is the ancient Beit She’an. To the south and east are the ruins of Roman-Byzantine Scythopolis, which tell of its richness and greatness.

The city extended over an area of some 370 acres, and you can still see the remains of the wall that surrounded it. In addition, several impressive buildings have been uncovered in the national park, including a theatre (still used for events and shows), a public bath-house (the largest found to date in Israel), two magnificent colonnaded streets, a Roman temple, a decorative fountain building (nymphaeum), a large basilica marking the center of the city, and the reconstructed mosaic that depicts Tyche, the Roman Goddess of Good Fortune, holding the Horn of Plenty.

The city remained at its peak for several more years. After the Arab conquest, it sank to the status of a small town. Upon the establishment of the State of Israel, it was resettled and new immigrants came to live here. Today, the city numbers some 18,000 inhabitants.

As mentioned, there are more ruins within the precincts of the new city of Beit She’an, including a Roman amphitheater (hippodrome), an affluent person’s residence from the Byzantine period, and the remains of a Roman-period bridge on Nakhal Kharod, which flows at the outskirts of the city. In another part of the city, ruins from later periods include the remains of a Crusader fortress, a mosque from the Mamluk period, a Turkish government house, and several basalt-stone houses from the time when Beit She’an was under Arabic rule.

The area surrounding the city is profuse with springs and, consequently, there are abundant nature sites.

From GoIsrael.com

Beit Shean amphitheaterBeit Shean night illumination

Beit Shean columnsBeit Shean columns at night

 

 

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Yom Kippur

By Myles Weiss  Myles Solo 3

Yom Kippur ended last evening. The previous night, the cantor (singing rabbi) had recited the famous Kol Nidre, which means All Vows. This haunting prayer-song became part of the liturgy after the Spanish Inquisition. During that “long holocaust” of hundreds of years, many Jewish people were forced to convert to Catholicism to avoid execution. They vowed publicly to eschew Hebrew practices, but secretly kept their Jewish identity alive. They became known as the anusim or hidden ones. God is currently revealing them in the Western world, and many believe they will be part of another aliyah (moving back to Israel) in the coming years, as described in Obadiah 20.Yom Kippur is the Holiest Jewish holiday, and is observed even by secular Jews.

When I was a young boy in Hebrew school, my friends and I would have contests to see who could fast the longest. Not the purpose of a fast, this self aggrandizement, but part of a young approach to Jewish life for some.

Yom Kippur traditions include the following:

  • We don’t eat or drink
  • We don’t wash
  • We don’t use lotions or perfumes
  • We don’t wear leather footwear
  • We abstain from marital relations

There is a tradition of wearing white to symbolize our repentance and reach for purity. This tradition looks forward to the  statement from above:

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”  (Revelation 3:5)

The Day of Atonement was the time for the Cohen Ha Gadol (High Priest) to approach the Lord in the Holy of Holies:

“Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die.”  (Leviticus 16:2)

 The Azazel, or scapegoat, was an integral part of the ceremony:

But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.”  (Leviticus 16:10)

 Since we are living in the time of  “No Temple/No Sacrifice,” some Orthodox  Jews practice kapparot (covering) — they pass a live chicken over the head of the one making repentance, and then the fowl is sacrificed and donated to a needy family for food. It is a sincere, if ineffective, way of repenting, using the three modern practices of the season:

  • Tefilah = prayer
  • Teshuvah = repentance
  • Tzedakah = charity

Yom Kippur is a Holy Day and sets us up to celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, in five days. As the seventh and conclusive Feast, Sukkot contains many prophetic pictures of Emmanuel, which means God with us!

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