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The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck

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  • - ERICK STAKELBECK: THIS WEEK ON THE WATCHMAN,
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  • WELCOME TO THE SHEPHERD'S FIELD.
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  • THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE THE ANGELS OF THE LORD APPEARED
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  • AND ANNOUNCED TO THE WORLD THAT THE PROMISED ONE,
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  • THE MESSIAH, HAD BEEN BORN.
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  • THIS WEEK, BIBLICAL HISTORIAN, AARON EIME,
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  • TAKES US ON A TOUR OF BETHLEHEM TO THE VERY PLACE
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  • WHERE IT ALL HAPPENED.
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  • IT'S THE STORY OF THE NATIVITY, OF THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS.
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  • THIS WEEK ON THE WATCHMAN,
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  • ONLY WITH CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL,
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  • ONLY RIGHT HERE ON TBN AND FROM THE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM.
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • [SOLEMN MUSIC]
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  • [SOLEMN MUSIC]
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  • AARON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
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  • WITH US TODAY HERE IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • WHAT A VIEW AND WHAT A PLACE.
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  • THIS IS SHEPHERD'S FIELD;
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  • A LOT OF HISTORY HERE FROM OUR BIBLE.
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  • WHY IS THIS SPOT SO IMPORTANT?
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  • - THIS IS A GREAT SPOT TO START THE JOURNEY
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  • OF LOOKING AT THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS.
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  • THIS IS THE HISTORICAL SPOT FOR THE ANNUNCIATION
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  • OF THE GOOD NEWS THAT THERE WOULD BE
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  • TO US A SAVIOR IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • - WHAT WE ACTUALLY SEE AROUND US DOESN'T ACTUALLY
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  • OFTEN LOOK LIKE A FIELD WHEN YOU FIRST COME HERE.
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  • - YEAH. - IN THE MODERN FARMING,
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  • WE TEND TO HAVE FIELDS THAT ARE NICE AND FLAT.
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  • - SURE. - BUT IN THE ANCIENT WORLD,
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  • FARMING WAS OFTEN TERRACED.
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  • SO WHAT WE SEE AROUND US ARE A LOT OF TERRACED ROCKS,
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  • WE FIND-- - YEAH, THERE'S LEVELS HERE.
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  • THERE'S A LOT OF LEVELS.
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  • - THIS IS WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE SOME SORT
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  • OF FRUIT BEARING TREE, WHETHER THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN OLIVE
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  • OR SOME SORT OF CITRUS OR SOME SORT OF FRUIT.
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  • AND THEN IN AMONGST THE TREES, IN THE EVENINGS,
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  • IN THE COOL OF THE EVENINGS AND GOING INTO THE NIGHT,
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  • THE SHEPHERDS WOULD BRING THEIR FLOCKS JUST
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  • TO GRAZE AND BE SHELTERED AMONGST THE TREES
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  • AND THEY WOULD CARE AND GUARD FOR THEM.
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  • IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, SHEPHERDS WERE THE HEROES.
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  • THEY WERE THE LORDS, THEY WERE THE RULERS.
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  • -[ERIK] ABRAHAM, KING DAVID.
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  • - ABRAHAM, KING DAVID; WE WERE ALWAYS LOOKING
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  • FOR THE GREAT SHEPHERDS TO COME
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  • AND TAKE CARE OF US, THE WANDERERS.
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  • THEN, AS WE PROGRESSED INTO THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD,
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  • ALL THE WEALTHY PEOPLE MOVED INTO TOWN.
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  • WHO WAS GONNA CARE FOR THE FLOCKS?
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  • WELL, THAT TENDED TO BE THE POOR,
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  • THAT TENDED TO BE THE MORE OUTCAST, THE LOWLY.
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  • AND HERE, YOU FIND THAT ON ONE HAND,
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  • IT WAS GONNA BE GENTILE KINGS WHO WERE GOING
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  • TO COME VISIT THE MESSIAH.
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  • - THE THREE WISE MEN. - THE THREE WISE MEN,
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  • AND AT THE SAME TIME,
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  • GOD WAS ALSO GOING TO BE CARING FOR THE POOR,
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  • THE OUTCAST, THE LOWLY.
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  • IT SHOWS US A LITTLE BIT OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
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  • ARCHEOLOGICALLY, BIBLICALLY, WE FIND THE STORY OF A PLACE
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  • CALLED MIGDAL EDER, ARRIVING IN GENESIS,
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  • WHERE JACOB HAS BURIED RACHEL NOT FAR FROM HERE.
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  • -[ERICK] YEAH, RACHEL'S TOMB RIGHT HERE IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • - RACHEL'S TOMB, NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE
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  • AND HE'S CAMPED AT A PLACE CALLED MIGDAL EDER,
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  • WHICH THEN REAPPEARS AGAIN IN THE PROPHET MICAH.
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  • IN MICAH CHAPTER FOUR, WE GET AN AMAZING STORY
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  • WHERE THE PROPHET SAYS, YOU, THE TOWER OF THE FLOCKS,
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  • MIGDAL EDER, YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE
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  • THE DAUGHTER OF THE KING.
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  • YOUR REDEEMER IS COMING TO YOU.
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  • WELL, IN MIDRASH,
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  • A JEWISH COMMENTARY OF THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD,
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  • WE DISCOVER THAT MIGDAL EDER WAS A PLACE WHERE THEY
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  • WOULD KEEP THE FLOCKS FOR THE SACRIFICE IN THE TEMPLE.
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  • - WOW, SO THIS WAS ACTUALLY A CRUCIAL ROLE
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  • THAT THE SHEPHERDS PLAYED, AARON.
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  • LOOK, THEY WERE TENDING THE FLOCKS
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  • THAT WOULD BE SACRIFICED IN THE TEMPLE.
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  • - THESE LOWLY OUTCASTS, THE LOWEST RUNG OF SOCIETY,
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  • WERE GUARDING SOME OF THE MOST PRECIOUS ANIMALS
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  • THAT WE WOULD HAVE.
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  • - WOW. - THE SACRIFICES THAT WE
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  • WOULD GIVE, GIVE UNTO THE LORD.
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  • SO HERE, YOU HAVE THESE SHEPHERDS AND THEY'RE GUARDING
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  • SOME OF THE MOST PRECIOUS THINGS THAT
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  • THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE, THE SACRIFICIAL ANIMALS, LAMBS,
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  • WAITING FOR THE LAMB OF GOD AS PART OF THEIR PROPHECY.
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  • AND THEN, SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE, IN THESE TERRACED GARDENS,
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  • IN THESE TERRACED FIELDS, AT NIGHT, THE ANGELICOS COMES
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  • AND SAID, BEHOLD, TO YOU, THIS DAY IS BORN,
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  • IN THE TOWN OF DAVID, NOT FAR FROM HERE.
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  • - YOU KNOW AARON, IN MY MIND'S EYE,
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  • EVEN WHEN YOU'RE A LITTLE KID,
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  • YOU CAN PICTURE THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • YOU HEAR IT, YOU THINK OF THE SHEPHERD'S FIELD,
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  • AND I CAN SEE IT IN MY MIND'S EYE.
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  • AS YOU SAID, THE TERRACED FIELD HERE AND YOU CAN TAKE
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  • IT BACK 2.000 YEARS IN YOUR MIND AND YOU CAN REALLY PICTURE
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  • THE ANGELS APPEARING, THE NIGHT LIGHTS UP.
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  • - THE NIGHT LIGHTS UP. - WITH THIS
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  • GLORIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. - YUP.
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  • WE'RE PROBABLY SCARED OFF OUR PANTS.
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  • - YES. - BUT AT THE SAME TIME--
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  • - AND LUKE SAYS THAT THE SHEPHERDS WERE FEARFUL.
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  • - WERE FEARFUL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
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  • YOU CAN'T IGNORE THE VOICE.
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  • - NO. - THE VOICE IS ATTRACTIVE.
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  • YOU WANT TO HEAR WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY TO YOU.
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  • YOU WANT TO HEAR THE MESSAGE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DECLARE
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  • AND THEN WHEN THEY LEAVE AND IT BECOMES DARK AGAIN,
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  • THE ANIMALS JUST MAKING THEIR NOISES QUIETLY,
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  • THE EXCITEMENT THAT STIRS UP IN THESE GUYS.
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  • - YEAH. - TO SAY WELL,
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  • WE'RE GONNA GO WATCH, WE'RE GONNA GO SEEK.
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  • LET'S GO WHERE THIS STORY'S HAPPENING.
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  • LET'S GO SEE THIS BABY.
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  • - YOU KNOW, AARON, IT'S INTERESTING,
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  • BETHLEHEM IS A BUSTLING CITY TODAY.
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  • YOU CAN PROBABLY HEAR THE CONSTRUCTION BEHIND US.
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  • THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE, THERE'S BUILDING HERE.
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  • IT'S A MODERN CITY, BUT THE BIBLICAL HISTORY OF BETHLEHEM,
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  • BEFORE THE TIME OF JESUS, HEY, THIS GOES WAY BACK.
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  • KING DAVID HAS A TIE TO THIS CITY.
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  • - YEP, KING DAVID'S ACTUALLY BORN HERE.
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  • ON THE EVE OF SHAVUOT,
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  • THIS BECOMES KNOWN AS THE CITY OF DAVID, THE TOWN OF DAVID--
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  • - YEAH. - AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
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  • FOR JEWISH PEOPLE.
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  • THEY KNOW THEIR ROOTS, THEY KNOW THEIR LINEAGE,
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  • THEY KNOW WHERE THEY'RE FROM AND THAT'S JUST ACTUALLY
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  • JUST AS IMPORTANT TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • - YES. - YES.
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  • SO THE JOURNEY OF JOSEPH AND MARY
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  • IS GONNA COME BACK TO THIS PLACE.
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  • IT WAS A SMALL TOWN,
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  • IT WAS A REGIONAL TOWN OF A PLACE CALLED EPHRATHAH,
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  • BETHLEHEM EPHRATHA.
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  • WE ACTUALLY NOW HAVE A LOCAL SETTLEMENT CALLED--
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  • -[BOTH] EPHRAT.
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  • -[ERICK] YEAH, OF COURSE, IN ISRAEL.
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  • - SAME AREA. - YEAH.
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  • - THIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT REGIONAL TOWN FOR THE SHEPHERDS
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  • THAT WOULD BE AROUND IT, FOR THE FARMING THAT WAS HERE,
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  • FOR THE MATERIAL THAT IT HELD FOR THE TEMPLE.
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  • AND IT'S GONNA PLAY A CRUCIAL PART OF THE STORY.
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  • - YEAH, AND I THINK, OF COURSE, OLD TESTAMENT, AGAIN,
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  • WE CHRISTIANS NEED TO KNOW OUR JEWISH ROOTS
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  • AND THE JEWISH ROOTS OF OUR FAITH, AARON.
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  • I THINK OF THE BOOK OF MICAH 5:2.
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  • - YEAH. - AND YOU.
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  • - THE CALL OF THE PROPHET THAT, FROM YOU,
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  • BETHLEHEM EPHRATHAH, FROM YOU,
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  • WILL COME THE ANCIENT OF DAYS.
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  • THIS GREAT REDEEMER, THIS GREAT COMING ONE,
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  • WHO WAS FROM TIME OF ALL TOGETHER.
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  • THIS IMMORTAL REDEEMER.
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  • - THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT THE MESSIAH
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  • WOULD BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM,
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  • THEN WE MOVE ON TO THE TIME OF JESUS, THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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  • IT'S ANNOUNCED BY THE ANGELS RIGHT HERE
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  • IN THIS GENERAL AREA HERE,
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  • AT SHEPHERD'S FIELD TO THE SHEPHERDS,
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  • AND THEN WHERE DID THEY GO, AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT?
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  • - THEY WENT INTO TOWN, LOOKING FOR THIS PROMISED COMING ONE,
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  • THIS PROMISED KING, THIS PROMISED REDEEMER.
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  • SO THEY WENT TO BETHLEHEM, NOT FAR FROM HERE.
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  • - AND RIGHT NOW, WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE VERY SPOT
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  • WHERE THEY FOUND HIM.
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  • AARON, LEAD THE WAY TO THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.
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  • LET'S GO.
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • WOW, NOW AARON HERE WE ARE
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  • IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, QUESTION; I'M 6'4",
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  • WHY DO WE HAVE TO DUCK DOWN SO MUCH TO GET
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  • IN THAT SMALL DOORWAY?
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  • - IT IS A SMALL DOOR.
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  • THE DOOR IS CALLED THE DOOR OF HUMBLE ACCESS
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  • OR THE GATES OF HUMILITY.
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  • AND THERE'S A FEW TRADITIONS ABOUT WHY IT'S SO SMALL.
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  • ONE COULD BE THAT FROM A THEOLOGICAL REASON,
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  • OR A SPIRITUAL REASON-- - YEAH.
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  • - WE HAVE BOWED HUMBLY AS WE'RE GONNA ENTER
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  • THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE KING.
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  • - MAKES SENSE.
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  • AND RIGHT NOW, WE SEE THERE'S CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY HERE
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  • AT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, RESTORATION.
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  • THIS IS A GOOD THING.
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  • THIS IS THE, ONE OF THE OLDEST CHURCHES IN THE WORLD.
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  • THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CHURCHES.
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  • - TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY.
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  • -[AARON] OKAY, WELL, QUEEN HELENA,
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  • WHEN CHRISTIANITY HAD BEEN LEGALIZED,
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  • SHE CAME TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND SHE BUILT CHURCHES
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  • WHERE CERTAIN EVENTS HAD BEEN DONE.
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  • -[ERICK] THIS WAS THE MOTHER OF THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE,
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  • THE ROMAN EMPEROR.
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  • - CONSTANTINE'S MOTHER, AND SHE ACTUALLY WAS A BELIEVER,
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  • SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN.
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  • - YEAH. - AND SHE CAME HERE
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  • A LITTLE LATER IN HER LIFE.
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  • - THIS WAS THE FOURTH CENTURY ABOUT?
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  • - YES, IN THE 320S.
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  • DURING 327, SHE CAME HERE AND SHE CONSTRUCTED ESSENTIALLY
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  • THE SHAPE OF THE CHURCH THAT WE SEE TODAY.
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  • - OKAY. - IN FACT,
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  • THEY'RE ACTUALLY DIGGING THE FLOOR OF HER CHURCH,
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  • AND PRESERVING IT.
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  • - YEAH, I LOVE THAT THEY'RE DOING THE RESTORATION
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  • AND FOLKS, PEOPLE LOVE THIS PLACE.
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  • YOU CAN SEE TOURISTS ALL AROUND US.
  • 00:09:12.160 --> 00:09:14.150
  • WE'RE APPROACHING CHRISTMAS TIME HERE
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  • AT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY. THIS IS THE PLACE.
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  • - YEAH. - WHERE JESUS WAS BORN.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND.
  • 00:09:19.170 --> 00:09:20.210
  • WE'RE GOING TO SEE WHERE HE WAS BORN,
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  • BUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY, AARON.
  • 00:09:22.050 --> 00:09:23.190
  • - SURE; THE CHURCH STAYED IN FUNCTION
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  • FOR ONLY A LITTLE WHILE.
  • 00:09:26.000 --> 00:09:27.290
  • IT WAS ACTUALLY DESTROYED DURING
  • 00:09:28.010 --> 00:09:29.170
  • THE SAMARITAN REVOLT IN THE 330S.
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  • - OKAY, SO WOW, THAT'S A SHORT RUN.
  • 00:09:32.040 --> 00:09:33.210
  • - A SHORT RUN, BUT THEN IT WAS REINVIGORATED
  • 00:09:33.230 --> 00:09:37.140
  • BY EMPEROR JUSTINIAN IN 565 AND PRETTY MUCH STAY
  • 00:09:37.160 --> 00:09:41.260
  • THAT WAY SINCE.
  • 00:09:41.280 --> 00:09:43.120
  • IT'S BEEN A CONTINUOUSLY USED CHURCH FOR NEARLY 1.500 YEARS.
  • 00:09:43.140 --> 00:09:46.120
  • - WOW, AMAZING.
  • 00:09:46.140 --> 00:09:47.210
  • THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CHURCHES IN THE WORLD.
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • YOU TOLD US THAT JESUS WAS OBVIOUSLY OF THE LINE OF DAVID,
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  • SO PROPHETICALLY, THE MESSIAH HAD TO BE BORN
  • 00:10:04.290 --> 00:10:07.280
  • IN THE CITY OF DAVID, IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:09.050
  • BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON TOO, RIGHT,
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:10.290
  • THAT JOSEPH, MARY AND JESUS CAME TO THIS TOWN.
  • 00:10:11.010 --> 00:10:14.040
  • - WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A, IN HISTORY,
  • 00:10:14.060 --> 00:10:16.280
  • A NEW CAESAR HAD COME TO POWER.
  • 00:10:17.000 --> 00:10:19.110
  • - YEAH. - AND HE WANTED
  • 00:10:19.130 --> 00:10:20.210
  • TO TAX HIS EMPIRE SO HE COULD FUND HIS EMPIRE.
  • 00:10:20.230 --> 00:10:22.240
  • SO HE WAS GONNA TAKE A CENSUS.
  • 00:10:22.260 --> 00:10:25.030
  • AND SO, IN TRADITION, IN THE MIDDLE EAST,
  • 00:10:25.050 --> 00:10:27.290
  • IN JEWISH TRADITION, THEY ALL KNEW THEIR LINEAGE
  • 00:10:28.010 --> 00:10:29.240
  • AND SO THEY WOULD RETURN BACK TO
  • 00:10:29.260 --> 00:10:31.250
  • THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS TO BE COUNTED,
  • 00:10:31.270 --> 00:10:34.100
  • TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH THEY SHOULD PAY.
  • 00:10:34.120 --> 00:10:36.290
  • - SO THEY CAME FROM NAZARETH?
  • 00:10:37.010 --> 00:10:38.090
  • - JOSEPH AND MARY HAD BEEN LIVING IN NAZARETH.
  • 00:10:38.110 --> 00:10:40.210
  • IT'S WHERE THEY HAD SET UP SHOP, SO TO SPEAK.
  • 00:10:40.230 --> 00:10:43.240
  • - RIGHT. - BUT THEY MADE
  • 00:10:43.260 --> 00:10:45.050
  • THE PILGRIMAGE DOWN HERE, EVEN A VERY PREGNANT MARY.
  • 00:10:45.070 --> 00:10:49.020
  • THAT WAS NO EXCUSE.
  • 00:10:49.040 --> 00:10:50.070
  • -[ERICK] THAT'S KIND OF A LONG JOURNEY.
  • 00:10:50.090 --> 00:10:51.200
  • - IT'S A LONG JOURNEY. - NAZARETH IS FURTHER UP NORTH
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:52.240
  • IN THE GALILEE REGION.
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:53.270
  • WE'RE DOWN IN JUDEA IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:10:53.290 --> 00:10:55.060
  • - ALL OF DAVID'S FAMILY WOULD HAVE COME HERE.
  • 00:10:55.080 --> 00:10:57.130
  • ALL OF THOSE WHO WERE OF THE HOUSE
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  • OF DAVID WOULD HAVE COME HERE, NOT JUST THEM.
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:01.180
  • AND SO THAT'S ALSO COMMEMORATED HERE.
  • 00:11:01.200 --> 00:11:05.040
  • AND THE STORY IS FULL OF HOPE AND IT'S FULL OF,
  • 00:11:05.060 --> 00:11:07.260
  • IT'S A BABY. - YEAH.
  • 00:11:07.280 --> 00:11:09.110
  • - IT'S FULL OF MYSTERY, IT'S FULL OF ANGELIC VISITATION,
  • 00:11:09.130 --> 00:11:12.290
  • BUT THERE'S A DANGEROUS SIDE TO THE STORY.
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:14.130
  • THERE'S A DARK SIDE TO THE STORY.
  • 00:11:14.150 --> 00:11:17.280
  • THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE,
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  • THERE'S ANOTHER GUY WHO WANTS TO BE KING.
  • 00:11:19.270 --> 00:11:22.170
  • HE'S COMING IN TO THE STORY TOO,
  • 00:11:22.190 --> 00:11:24.130
  • AND SO, IN AMONGST THE BIRTH, THERE'S DANGER.
  • 00:11:24.150 --> 00:11:27.060
  • IN AMONGST HOPE, IN AMONGST JOY, THERE'S TENSION,
  • 00:11:27.080 --> 00:11:31.290
  • WITH THE DECREE OF HEROD TO KILL THE BABIES.
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  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:35.180
  • - AND THAT IS ALSO COMMEMORATED HERE.
  • 00:11:35.200 --> 00:11:36.150
  • VERY CLOSE BY,
  • 00:11:36.170 --> 00:11:37.220
  • AT A PLACE CALLED THE CHAPEL OF THE INNOCENTS,
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:39.140
  • WE'LL GO THERE VERY SOON.
  • 00:11:39.160 --> 00:11:40.270
  • - YEAH. - THEY REMEMBER
  • 00:11:40.290 --> 00:11:43.100
  • THAT AS JESUS WAS COMING INTO THE WORLD,
  • 00:11:43.120 --> 00:11:46.270
  • IT WAS A PLACE FILLED WITH TENSION AND DANGER.
  • 00:11:46.290 --> 00:11:49.110
  • - YEAH, HEROD SENT OUT THE DECREE
  • 00:11:49.130 --> 00:11:51.150
  • THAT THE BABIES SHOULD BE SLAUGHTERED.
  • 00:11:51.170 --> 00:11:53.120
  • HE WANTED TO SNUFF OUT THE MESSIAH IN THE WOMB.
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:56.040
  • HE KNEW THE PROPHECIES, HEROD KNEW THEM.
  • 00:11:56.060 --> 00:11:57.210
  • - HE KNEW THEM, HE HAD BEEN TOLD THEM,
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  • AND HE WAS JEALOUS.
  • 00:11:59.270 --> 00:12:02.070
  • HE WANTED TO PRESERVE HIS KINGSHIP.
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:03.260
  • - CHRISTMAS, SUCH A TIME OF GREAT JOY,
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:06.010
  • BUT THERE IS THAT DARK TWIST,
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:07.180
  • THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENCE.
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:09.040
  • TAKE US NOW TO THE CHAPEL
  • 00:12:09.060 --> 00:12:10.060
  • OF THE INNOCENCE THAT YOU MENTIONED.
  • 00:12:10.080 --> 00:12:12.020
  • - YEAH, LET'S GO AND REMEMBER THE BABIES.
  • 00:12:12.040 --> 00:12:13.060
  • - LET'S DO IT.
  • 00:12:13.080 --> 00:12:16.100
  • -[NARRATOR] COMING UP, SEE HOW THE FIRST CHRISTMAS
  • 00:12:16.120 --> 00:12:18.170
  • ALMOST DIDN'T HAPPEN.
  • 00:12:18.190 --> 00:12:20.070
  • AND LATER, WE VISIT THE VERY SPOT IN BETHLEHEM
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:23.140
  • WHERE JESUS WAS BORN.
  • 00:12:23.160 --> 00:12:25.110
  • DON'T MOVE.
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:27.120
  • - [ANNOUNCER] EVERY YEAR, THE CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL
  • 00:12:27.140 --> 00:12:30.040
  • WASHINGTON SUMMIT GETS BIGGER, BETTER AND MORE POWERFUL.
  • 00:12:30.060 --> 00:12:33.220
  • - I HAVE FAITH THAT WITH GOD'S HELP,
  • 00:12:33.240 --> 00:12:35.200
  • WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN GATHERED HERE,
  • 00:12:35.220 --> 00:12:37.120
  • WITH ALL THOSE THAT CHERISH ISRAEL AND
  • 00:12:37.140 --> 00:12:39.200
  • WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE,
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:42.220
  • THE BEST DAYS FOR ISRAEL AND FOR AMERICA TOGETHER,
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:46.230
  • ARE YET TO COME.
  • 00:12:46.250 --> 00:12:48.180
  • - WHAT'S AMAZING ABOUT CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL
  • 00:12:48.200 --> 00:12:51.270
  • IS NOT JUST HE POWER OF YOUR VOICE.
  • 00:12:51.290 --> 00:12:54.140
  • IT'S ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CAUSE YOU
  • 00:12:54.160 --> 00:12:57.040
  • HAVE DEDICATED YOUR VOICE TO.
  • 00:12:57.060 --> 00:12:59.100
  • STANDING UP AGAINST THIS GLOBAL PRESSURE CAMPAIGN ON ISRAEL
  • 00:12:59.120 --> 00:13:03.010
  • AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR FRIENDSHIP
  • 00:13:03.030 --> 00:13:06.180
  • AND THE HEART OF AMERICA.
  • 00:13:06.200 --> 00:13:08.140
  • AND THE TIP OF THE SPHERE IS CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:12.030
  • - [ANNOUNCER] JOIN PASTOR HAGEE AND TOP LEADERS
  • 00:13:12.050 --> 00:13:14.220
  • FROM ISRAEL AND AMERICA THIS JULY
  • 00:13:14.240 --> 00:13:17.080
  • FOR THE 2019 CUFI WASHINGTON SUMMIT.
  • 00:13:17.100 --> 00:13:20.130
  • REGISTER NOW AT WWW.CUFI.ORG/SUMMIT.
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:25.000
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:38.160
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:49.020
  • - THE MOST COMMON COMMAND THAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:13:49.040 --> 00:13:52.140
  • IS TO REMEMBER. - YES.
  • 00:13:52.160 --> 00:13:54.000
  • - GOD ASKS US TO REMEMBER MORE TIMES THAN ANY OTHER COMMAND.
  • 00:13:54.020 --> 00:13:57.200
  • SO AS PART OF REMEMBERING THE STORY,
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:59.080
  • A LOT OF THE STORIES ARE CAPTURED IN ART
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:13:59.120
  • OR IN CHAPELS THAT FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON THE EVENT.
  • 00:14:02.210 --> 00:14:07.170
  • I THINK THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD IMAGE OF SOME
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:09.250
  • OF THE MAJESTY, BEAUTY AND TRAGEDY--
  • 00:14:09.270 --> 00:14:12.150
  • -[ERICK] YEAH, THIS IS STRIKING.
  • 00:14:12.170 --> 00:14:13.200
  • -[AARON] THAT IS INHERENT IN THE STORY.
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.080
  • -[ERICK] WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:16.150
  • - WE HAVE THE BOTTOM PANEL, WE SEE KING HEROD,
  • 00:14:16.170 --> 00:14:20.110
  • THE KING OF THE JEWS AT THE TIME, NERVOUS,
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:24.000
  • AFRAID OF ANOTHER KING OF THE JEWS BEING BORN.
  • 00:14:24.020 --> 00:14:26.250
  • - PARANOID, NASTY MAN.
  • 00:14:26.270 --> 00:14:29.020
  • - SETS OUT TO UNDO HIS RIVAL.
  • 00:14:29.040 --> 00:14:31.070
  • HE'S GONNA MURDER HIS RIVAL.
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:33.270
  • HE ASKS HIS GUARDS TO KILL ALL THE KIDS BORN IN BETHLEHEM
  • 00:14:33.290 --> 00:14:37.000
  • BETWEEN, BELOW THE AGE OF TWO.
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:40.010
  • EVERYONE IS BEING KILLED.
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:41.160
  • - THIS WAS A MASSACRE.
  • 00:14:41.180 --> 00:14:42.150
  • - THIS IS A MASSACRE.
  • 00:14:42.170 --> 00:14:44.000
  • THIS IS TRAGIC, THIS IS PAINFUL, THIS IS SUFFERING,
  • 00:14:44.020 --> 00:14:47.030
  • AS WELL AS A JOYFUL PART OF THE STORY, THE COMING REDEEMER,
  • 00:14:47.050 --> 00:14:51.120
  • THERE IS DARKNESS.
  • 00:14:51.140 --> 00:14:52.290
  • - AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS, YEAH, THE CHAPEL OF THE INNOCENTS,
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:54.280
  • WHERE WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW, AARON.
  • 00:14:55.000 --> 00:14:56.060
  • THIS COMMEMORATES THIS HEINOUS ACT BY HEROD.
  • 00:14:56.080 --> 00:14:58.100
  • AND THE OLD TESTAMENT TALKS ABOUT THIS, RIGHT?
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:15:00.120
  • - IT DOES.
  • 00:15:00.140 --> 00:15:01.250
  • THE PROPHETS REFLECT THAT RACHEL, WHO'S ALSO BURIED HERE,
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:05.010
  • SHE IS WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN.
  • 00:15:05.030 --> 00:15:07.120
  • HERE WE HAVE JESUS AND HIS FAMILY RUNNING INTO EGYPT--
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:10.290
  • - YEAH. - FLEEING TOWARDS EGYPT.
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:12.090
  • HE IS A HAPPY LITTLE BABY.
  • 00:15:12.110 --> 00:15:13.260
  • HE'S WITH HIS PARENTS.
  • 00:15:13.280 --> 00:15:15.050
  • HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BACK HERE.
  • 00:15:15.070 --> 00:15:19.280
  • AT THE TIME, BETHLEHEM WOULD HAVE BEEN FULL OF MEMBERS
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:23.090
  • OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF DAVID.
  • 00:15:23.110 --> 00:15:24.120
  • - YEAH, JESUS' COUSINS, RELATIVES.
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.140
  • - HIS COUSINS, HIS RELATIVES; THEY'RE ALL BEING KILLED.
  • 00:15:26.160 --> 00:15:28.240
  • -[ERICK] THEY ALL HAVE TO COME HERE FOR THE CENSUS,
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:30.100
  • BECAUSE THIS WAS THE PLACE OF THEIR FAMILY, LINEAGE, DAVID.
  • 00:15:30.120 --> 00:15:33.060
  • - INDEED, AND ALL WE HAVE LEFT
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:35.220
  • IS THE LAST OF THE DAVIDIC LINE.
  • 00:15:35.240 --> 00:15:37.190
  • - AND THIS IS JOHN THE BAPTIST.
  • 00:15:37.210 --> 00:15:38.280
  • - THIS IS JOHN THE BAPTIST.
  • 00:15:39.000 --> 00:15:40.050
  • THIS IS HIS COUSIN AND HE ALSO FLEES AND HIDES.
  • 00:15:40.070 --> 00:15:43.140
  • JUXTAPOSE THIS, THE BABIES ARE NOW TAKEN TO BE
  • 00:15:43.160 --> 00:15:46.120
  • WITH THE LORD, AND NOW THEY'RE IN HEAVEN, SO THEY'RE HAPPY.
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:50.020
  • AND YET, JESUS, BEING OLDER, HIS EXPRESSION IS HE'S SAD.
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:54.020
  • HE KNOWS WHERE THEY'VE COME FROM.
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:56.010
  • THEY DIDN'T GET TO ENJOY LIFE LIKE THEY SHOULD HAVE,
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:59.170
  • AND I THINK THIS IMAGE REALLY CAPTURED--
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:02.250
  • - YEAH. - THE JOY AND THE PAIN.
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:05.290
  • - I THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO SEE, AARON,
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:09.090
  • BECAUSE THE CHRISTMAS STORY CAME AT A PRICE.
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:12.160
  • - THE CHRISTMAS STORY, IT CAME AT A PRICE.
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:14.270
  • THERE WAS A BLESSING AND THERE WAS SUFFERING AND THE TWO,
  • 00:16:14.290 --> 00:16:17.210
  • AS IS SO OFTEN IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, THEY GO TOGETHER.
  • 00:16:17.230 --> 00:16:20.150
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
  • 00:16:20.170 --> 00:16:32.130
  • SO UNDERNEATH THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY,
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:36.050
  • WHAT WE FIND ARE LOTS OF CAVE STRUCTURES.
  • 00:16:36.070 --> 00:16:38.140
  • AND THOSE CAVES ARE IMPORTANT TO THE STORY.
  • 00:16:38.160 --> 00:16:40.170
  • - YEAH, THIS IS AMAZING.
  • 00:16:40.190 --> 00:16:41.210
  • THIS PLACE, LIKE YOU SAID, AARON,
  • 00:16:41.230 --> 00:16:43.000
  • 1500 YEARS OLD, THE CHURCH ITSELF.
  • 00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:44.210
  • - GOD BLESSED ISRAEL WITH LOTS OF ROCK.
  • 00:16:44.230 --> 00:16:46.110
  • - YES, HE DID.
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:47.100
  • - JESUS AND HIS FAMILY,
  • 00:16:47.120 --> 00:16:48.180
  • THEY COME TO BETHLEHEM AS PART OF THE CENSUS.
  • 00:16:48.200 --> 00:16:50.080
  • AND THEY WERE GONNA STAY WITH THE FAMILY,
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:52.100
  • SOME SORT OF COUSIN OR DISTANT RELATIVE
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:54.220
  • THAT WAS STILL LIVING HERE.
  • 00:16:54.240 --> 00:16:55.290
  • BUT THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM.
  • 00:16:56.010 --> 00:16:58.040
  • WE READ IN THE GOSPELS OF NO ROOM IN THE INN
  • 00:16:58.060 --> 00:17:01.080
  • AND IN OUR WAY OF READING INN, WE THINK OF HOTEL.
  • 00:17:01.100 --> 00:17:04.060
  • - YEAH. - WHAT WE REALLY
  • 00:17:04.080 --> 00:17:05.130
  • SHOULD THINK OF IS IT WAS THE GUEST ROOM
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:07.220
  • OF THE FAMILY HOUSE.
  • 00:17:07.240 --> 00:17:08.240
  • - SO THESE WERE JESUS' KIN.
  • 00:17:08.260 --> 00:17:10.140
  • THAT'S INTERESTING, AARON.
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:11.290
  • I ALWAYS THINK OF SOME ANGRY INN KEEPER TURNING THEM AWAY--
  • 00:17:12.010 --> 00:17:14.030
  • - YEAH. - AND SAYING,
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:14.290
  • SLEEP OUTSIDE WITH THE COWS.
  • 00:17:15.010 --> 00:17:15.280
  • - NO, THIS WAS FAMILY.
  • 00:17:16.000 --> 00:17:17.030
  • AND THEY DIDN'T WANNA SEND THEM AWAY,
  • 00:17:17.050 --> 00:17:18.190
  • BUT TOO MUCH OF THE OTHER FAMILY HAD COME.
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:21.000
  • AND SO THEY DIDN'T WANNA TURN THEM AWAY.
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:22.150
  • THEY PUT THE FAMILY IN THE ONLY SPACE AVAILABLE,
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:25.270
  • WHAT WE TODAY CALL A MUCKSAN.
  • 00:17:25.290 --> 00:17:27.290
  • THEY PUT THEM IN THE STORAGE ROOM.
  • 00:17:28.010 --> 00:17:29.220
  • - YEAH. - IT WOULD HAVE
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:31.290
  • BEEN WARM, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DRY.
  • 00:17:32.010 --> 00:17:34.100
  • IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE DIRTIER WITH SOME ANIMALS,
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:37.210
  • BUT IT'S IN SOMETHING THAT'S VERY HUMBLE, JUST LIKE THIS.
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:41.190
  • THE SAVIOR ENTERS THE WORLD.
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:43.140
  • -[NARRATOR] UP NEXT, SEE THE VERY SPOT IN BETHLEHEM
  • 00:17:43.160 --> 00:17:47.000
  • WHERE THE SAVIOR CAME INTO THE WORLD.
  • 00:17:47.020 --> 00:17:49.100
  • YOU WON'T WANNA MISS THIS; STICK AROUND.
  • 00:17:49.120 --> 00:17:52.000
  • - [ANNOUNCER] IN 2017, CUFI BEGAN SPEAKING OUT PUBLICLY,
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:56.040
  • AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, TO URGE THE WHITE HOUSE
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:59.000
  • TO FULFILL THE PROMISE MADE BY EVERY PRESIDENT
  • 00:17:59.020 --> 00:18:01.260
  • FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES;
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.230
  • MOVE THE US EMBASSY TO THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL, JERUSALEM.
  • 00:18:03.250 --> 00:18:07.290
  • IN 2018, WE WITNESSED HISTORY MADE IN LARGE PART
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:11.080
  • BECAUSE YOU SPOKE OUT.
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.210
  • ON MAY 14, 2018,
  • 00:18:12.230 --> 00:18:15.010
  • 70 YEARS AFTER ISRAEL'S REBIRTH AS A MODERN NATION,
  • 00:18:15.030 --> 00:18:18.080
  • PASTOR JOHN HAGEE PRAYED OVER THE OPENING CEREMONY
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:21.030
  • FOR THE NEW JERUSALEM EMBASSY.
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:23.000
  • TODAY, FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT
  • 00:18:23.020 --> 00:18:25.060
  • TO SUPPORT CUFI'S ONGOING WORK TO DEFEND
  • 00:18:25.080 --> 00:18:27.180
  • AND BLESS THE JEWISH STATE,
  • 00:18:27.200 --> 00:18:29.080
  • WE WILL SEND YOU THIS LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE COIN
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:32.130
  • IN HONOR OF HOW YOUR VOICE HELPED
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.000
  • MOVE THE US EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:36.100
  • THE PRESIDENT HEARD YOU, THE WORLD HEARD YOU,
  • 00:18:36.120 --> 00:18:38.270
  • THE JEWISH PEOPLE HEARD YOU, AND ISRAEL'S ENEMIES HEARD YOU.
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:42.150
  • VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CUFI.ORG/COIN
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:47.020
  • AND ENSURE YOU RECEIVE A REMINDER OF THE MIRACULOUS ROLE
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:50.190
  • YOU PLAYED IN MAKING HISTORY.
  • 00:18:50.210 --> 00:18:52.280
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
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  • - YOU KNOW, AARON, I HAVE THIS PICTURE IN MY MIND,
  • 00:19:17.120 --> 00:19:18.280
  • AND I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE A HOME HAVE THIS PICTURE
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:20.170
  • IN THEIR MIND OF KIND OF LIKE A BARN,
  • 00:19:20.190 --> 00:19:22.210
  • A MANGER OUTSIDE WITH HAY AND COWS AROUND.
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:26.210
  • BUT THIS IS A CAVE.
  • 00:19:26.230 --> 00:19:28.030
  • - YES, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY COME TO ISRAEL,
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:29.150
  • YOU REALIZE IT'S A CAVE STRUCTURE--
  • 00:19:29.170 --> 00:19:32.030
  • - YEAH. - WHERE JESUS WAS BORN,
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.050
  • A VERY EARTHY, VERY HUMBLE--
  • 00:19:33.070 --> 00:19:35.280
  • - EVEN MORE HUMBLE. - EVEN MORE HUMBLE
  • 00:19:36.000 --> 00:19:37.200
  • THAN THE BARN SCENE THAT WE THINK OF.
  • 00:19:37.220 --> 00:19:40.150
  • - RIGHT, AND IN ONE OF THESE CAVES,
  • 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:43.050
  • AND THIS IS THE ONE THAT HAS BECOME THE TRADITIONAL SITE,
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:46.180
  • WE'LL HAVE A STAR WHERE THEY'LL SAY THAT HE
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:48.060
  • WAS ACTUALLY BORN. - YEAH.
  • 00:19:48.080 --> 00:19:49.140
  • - IT'S SILVER. - AND IT'S RIGHT BEHIND US.
  • 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:51.250
  • IT'S BLOCKED BY TOURISTS RIGHT NOW FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:54.130
  • - YES, PEOPLE COMING FROM EVERY NATION.
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:55.280
  • - BUT WE WILL GET A CLOSER LOOK IN A MINUTE.
  • 00:19:56.000 --> 00:19:57.200
  • - THEY WILL KNEEL, THEY WILL PRAY, THEY WILL KISS,
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:20:00.030
  • THEY WILL HOPEFULLY BE REMINDED--
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:02.240
  • - YEAH. - OF THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:04.030
  • AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER CHAPEL OFF TO THE SIDE
  • 00:20:04.050 --> 00:20:07.030
  • WHERE HE WAS PUT IN WHAT WE CALL A MANGER.
  • 00:20:07.050 --> 00:20:09.140
  • - RIGHT. - BASICALLY A FEEDING TROUGH
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:11.270
  • FOR THE ANIMALS. - YEAH.
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:13.000
  • - AND IT'S ROCK; IT'S A ROCK CAVE.
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:17.140
  • - WOW, PRETTY AMAZING.
  • 00:20:17.160 --> 00:20:19.070
  • THE HUMILITY OF THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:21.040
  • TO COME INTO THE WORLD IN A CAVE.
  • 00:20:21.060 --> 00:20:24.150
  • [CHRISTMAS MUSIC]
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  • [CHRISTMAS MUSIC]
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:44.220
  • [CHRISTMAS MUSIC]
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  • AARON, WHAT A DAY WE'VE HAD HERE IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • WE'RE WRAPPING UP HERE AT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.
  • 00:20:54.190 --> 00:20:58.130
  • FIRST OF ALL, BEFORE WE KIND OF WRAP UP
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:21:00.190
  • AND TIE THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS STORY TOGETHER,
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  • TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:04.070
  • YOU'VE BEEN HERE LIVING IN JERUSALEM ACTUALLY,
  • 00:21:04.090 --> 00:21:06.080
  • NOT FAR FROM HERE AT BETHLEHEM, FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
  • 00:21:06.100 --> 00:21:08.170
  • WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE?
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:09.280
  • - WELL, I DIDN'T HEAR THE VOICE OF HEAVEN SAY AARON,
  • 00:21:10.000 --> 00:21:11.280
  • GET THEE TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.070
  • I DROVE HERE FROM ENGLAND, AND I WASN'T--
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:16.160
  • - YOU DROVE FROM ENGLAND?
  • 00:21:16.180 --> 00:21:18.030
  • - YEAH, I DROVE FROM ENGLAND.
  • 00:21:18.050 --> 00:21:19.010
  • - HOW LONG DID THAT TAKE YOU?
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:20.050
  • - IT TOOK ME THREE AND A HALF MONTHS.
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:21.100
  • - OH, IS THAT ALL?
  • 00:21:21.120 --> 00:21:22.030
  • THREE AND A HALF MONTHS.
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:22.290
  • - I STOPPED OFF IN MOROCCO.
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:24.010
  • - WOW. - I DIDN'T INTEND TO STAY,
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:28.000
  • BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED AND I NEVER LEFT.
  • 00:21:28.020 --> 00:21:31.100
  • - WHAT HAPPENED, GOD GOT HOLD OF YOUR HEART?
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:33.060
  • - YES, THE MAJESTY OF THE PLACE,
  • 00:21:33.080 --> 00:21:36.120
  • THE SPECIALNESS OF THE PLACE.
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:37.260
  • - YEAH. - THE UNIQUENESS OF THE LAND,
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:38.290
  • THE PROMISES THAT ARE CONNECTED HERE.
  • 00:21:39.010 --> 00:21:40.260
  • - YEAH. - IT'S THE CENTER
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:42.090
  • OF THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:21:42.110 --> 00:21:43.050
  • - AND YOU'RE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:44.140
  • A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE ONCE SAID
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:45.260
  • THAT YOU DON'T CHOOSE JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM CHOOSES YOU.
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:49.190
  • - WHOEVER SAID THAT IS VERY CORRECT.
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:51.090
  • - HE'S PROPHETIC. - HE'S PROPHETIC.
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  • [LIVELY MUSIC]
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  • THE KINGS OF THE WORLD,
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  • THEY'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO HIDE THE LIGHT.
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:09.020
  • THEY'RE TRYING TO STOP THE LIGHT.
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:10.030
  • - YEAH. - FOR A BRIEF MOMENT
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  • IN TIME, THE LIGHT HAD TO RUN, TO GO INTO EGYPT.
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:15.120
  • AND THE DARKNESS, IT LOOKED FEROCIOUS.
  • 00:22:15.140 --> 00:22:18.080
  • THE CHAPEL OF THE INNOCENTS REMINDED US JUST
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:20.030
  • HOW POWERFUL, SOMETIMES,
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:21.240
  • THE DARKNESS AND THE SUFFERING CAN BE AND THE TENSION.
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:24.160
  • BUT YOU CAN'T STOP THE LIGHT.
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:26.080
  • - YOU CAN'T.
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:27.130
  • - THE LIGHT FIGHTS BACK THE DARKNESS.
  • 00:22:27.150 --> 00:22:28.180
  • THE LIGHT SHINES AGAINST THE DARKNESS.
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:30.070
  • THE LIGHT REVEALS ACTUALLY WHAT THE DARKNESS IS.
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:33.020
  • - AND THAT LIGHT IS JESUS AND AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER,
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  • AARON, HE SO NARROWLY DODGED HEROD'S HOARDS
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:39.260
  • THAT WERE MASSACRING ALL THE CHILDREN.
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:41.240
  • ONLY ONE OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID MADE IT OUT.
  • 00:22:41.260 --> 00:22:43.290
  • THAT WAS JESUS.
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:45.070
  • - YES, THE WHOLE HOUSE OF DAVID HAD TO COME
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:47.160
  • TO BETHLEHEM FOR THE CENSUS.
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:49.150
  • - YEAH. - THE ENEMY TRIED
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:51.050
  • TO STOP THEM, TRIED TO WIPE THEM OUT.
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:53.220
  • GOD PUSHED HIS FAMILY INTO EGYPT TO FULFILL THAT PROMISE--
  • 00:22:53.240 --> 00:22:56.260
  • - YEAH. - WHERE OUT OF EGYPT,
  • 00:22:56.280 --> 00:22:57.220
  • I WILL CALL MY SON.
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:22:58.290
  • THEY HID NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM HERE.
  • 00:22:59.010 --> 00:23:03.170
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:04.210
  • JESUS MADE IT TO EGYPT WITH THE FAMILY
  • 00:23:04.230 --> 00:23:06.080
  • AND OUT OF EGYPT, I WILL CALL MY SON.
  • 00:23:06.100 --> 00:23:08.170
  • GOD CALLED THEM AND NOW LOOK,
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:09.250
  • YOU HAVE THE CHURCH OF NATIVITY,
  • 00:23:09.270 --> 00:23:11.050
  • WE HAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF BELIEVERS,
  • 00:23:11.070 --> 00:23:14.090
  • PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS PASSING THROUGH
  • 00:23:14.110 --> 00:23:16.070
  • THIS CHURCH EVERY YEAR TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE SPOT
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:19.200
  • WHERE JESUS WAS BORN INTO THIS TOWN, BETHLEHEM.
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  • OKAY, WE'RE COMING UP ON CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.120
  • WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS THIS CHRISTMAS?
  • 00:23:24.140 --> 00:23:27.040
  • - MY THOUGHTS THIS CHRISTMAS.
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  • WELL, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST OF SEASONS.
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:30.120
  • IT'S A FAMILY TIME.
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:32.000
  • - YEAH. - GOD WORKS WITH FAMILIES.
  • 00:23:32.020 --> 00:23:35.130
  • - IT'S A TIME OF BLESSING. - YEAH.
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  • - IT'S A TIME OF REMINDING OURSELVES
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  • THAT THE LIGHT PREVAILS AGAINST THE DARKNESS,
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:40.210
  • THAT THE BLESSINGS AND THE HOPE AND THE PROMISES, THEY ALL,
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:43.110
  • THEY GO TOGETHER WITH OUR HUMAN SUFFERING.
  • 00:23:43.130 --> 00:23:46.270
  • SOMETIMES, THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF PAIN IN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:49.270
  • - YEAH. - BUT HOPE OVERCOMES ALL THAT.
  • 00:23:49.290 --> 00:23:52.100
  • - YEAH. - LIGHT OVERCOMES ALL THAT.
  • 00:23:52.120 --> 00:23:54.190
  • THE MESSIAH-- - THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:56.240
  • - THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. HE OVERCOMES ALL OF IT.
  • 00:23:56.260 --> 00:23:59.010
  • IT'S A STORY THAT YOU CANNOT STOP.
  • 00:23:59.030 --> 00:24:01.030
  • - AARON, AMEN.
  • 00:24:01.050 --> 00:24:02.150
  • IT WAS A BLAST BEING WITH YOU HERE TODAY IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.070
  • WHAT A JOURNEY, THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
  • 00:24:04.090 --> 00:24:06.030
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, MY FRIEND, AND YOUR FAMILY.
  • 00:24:06.050 --> 00:24:07.260
  • - MERRY CHRISTMAS, BROTHER.
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:09.080
  • - GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:24:09.100 --> 00:24:10.110
  • WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN HERE SOON, AARON.
  • 00:24:10.130 --> 00:24:11.230
  • AFTER THE BREAK, WE'RE WRAPPING UP HERE IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:24:11.250 --> 00:24:13.290
  • THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS, WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
  • 00:24:14.010 --> 00:24:16.170
  • AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU.
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:17.290
  • THAT'S AFTER THE BREAK.
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:19.120
  • IT'S THE WATCHMAN, IT'S CUFI, ONLY RIGHT HERE ON TBN.
  • 00:24:19.140 --> 00:24:22.180
  • DON'T MOVE.
  • 00:24:22.200 --> 00:24:23.170
  • - [ANNOUNCER] IN SPRING 2019,
  • 00:24:23.190 --> 00:24:26.010
  • JOIN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND HISTORIAN, IRVING ROTH,
  • 00:24:26.030 --> 00:24:29.090
  • ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME REMEMBRANCE TOUR THROUGH POLAND.
  • 00:24:29.110 --> 00:24:32.050
  • HIS STORY OF LOSS, SURVIVAL,
  • 00:24:32.070 --> 00:24:34.030
  • AND HOPE WILL BRING THE PAGES OF HISTORY TO LIFE.
  • 00:24:34.050 --> 00:24:36.190
  • AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE STREETS
  • 00:24:36.210 --> 00:24:37.290
  • OF THE INFAMOUS WARSAW GHETTO,
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:40.010
  • THE SILENT BARRACKS OF NAZI DEATH CAMPS LIKE
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:42.200
  • THE ONE WHERE IRVING SLEPT AT AUSCHWITZ AND THE MEMORIALS
  • 00:24:42.220 --> 00:24:45.180
  • TO THE HEROES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO RESCUE
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:48.060
  • THEIR JEWISH NEIGHBORS FROM HITLER'S EVIL PLAN,
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:50.250
  • YOU'LL BE INSPIRED AND CHALLENGED TO PUT
  • 00:24:50.270 --> 00:24:52.290
  • YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION.
  • 00:24:53.010 --> 00:24:54.170
  • YOU'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT
  • 00:24:54.190 --> 00:24:56.220
  • WITH THE LOCAL POLISH JEWISH COMMUNITY
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:58.270
  • AND MEET WITH THE DAUGHTER
  • 00:24:58.290 --> 00:25:00.040
  • OF A FAMOUS HERO OF THE HOLOCAUST,
  • 00:25:00.060 --> 00:25:02.070
  • ONE OF THE RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS HONORED
  • 00:25:02.090 --> 00:25:04.180
  • BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:25:04.200 --> 00:25:06.020
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK WITH
  • 00:25:06.040 --> 00:25:09.070
  • AND LEARN FROM IRVING ROTH AS HE TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY
  • 00:25:09.090 --> 00:25:12.090
  • OF HIS MEMORIES OF LIFE BEFORE,
  • 00:25:12.110 --> 00:25:14.130
  • DURING AND AFTER THE HOLOCAUST.
  • 00:25:14.150 --> 00:25:16.200
  • TO REGISTER FOR THIS HISTORIC TRIP TO POLAND
  • 00:25:16.220 --> 00:25:19.050
  • WITH CUFI AND IRVING ROTH, GO TO THE CUFI WEBSITE,
  • 00:25:19.070 --> 00:25:22.160
  • AND SIGN UP TODAY.
  • 00:25:22.180 --> 00:25:25.020
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
  • 00:25:25.040 --> 00:25:28.060
  • - AND WELCOME BACK, FOLKS.
  • 00:25:28.080 --> 00:25:30.040
  • IT WAS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE IN BETHLEHEM
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:33.050
  • AND TO VISIT THE SIGHT OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:25:33.070 --> 00:25:36.050
  • THE VERY PLACES THAT I'VE HEARD ABOUT SO MANY TIMES
  • 00:25:36.070 --> 00:25:39.070
  • SINCE I WAS A SMALL CHILD.
  • 00:25:39.090 --> 00:25:41.180
  • TO STAND IN THE SHEPHERD'S FIELD WHERE THE ANGELS APPEARED
  • 00:25:41.200 --> 00:25:45.000
  • AND MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WOULD CHANGE
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:47.180
  • THE WORLD FOREVER, TO VISIT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY,
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:51.050
  • AND SEE THE INCREDIBLY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF JESUS,
  • 00:25:51.070 --> 00:25:54.070
  • AN EARLY INDICATOR OF HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD,
  • 00:25:54.090 --> 00:25:57.080
  • NOT TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE,
  • 00:25:57.100 --> 00:26:00.170
  • AND TO REMEMBER KING HEROD'S SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS
  • 00:26:00.190 --> 00:26:04.060
  • AS HE SOUGHT TO ELIMINATE THE COMING SAVIOR
  • 00:26:04.080 --> 00:26:07.040
  • THAT THE SCRIPTURES HAD PROMISED LONG AGO.
  • 00:26:07.060 --> 00:26:09.290
  • THE BOOK OF ISAIAH 9:6 SAYS, FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
  • 00:26:10.010 --> 00:26:15.120
  • UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN,
  • 00:26:15.140 --> 00:26:17.060
  • AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BY UPON HIS SHOULDERS.
  • 00:26:17.080 --> 00:26:20.060
  • AND HE WILL BE CALLED: WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD,
  • 00:26:20.080 --> 00:26:23.290
  • EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
  • 00:26:24.010 --> 00:26:27.130
  • AND IT ALL STARTED IN A LITTLE TOWN CALLED BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:26:27.150 --> 00:26:31.200
  • THANKS FOR JOINING US THERE THIS WEEK.
  • 00:26:31.220 --> 00:26:33.220
  • FROM OUR ENTIRE TEAM HERE AT THE WATCHMAN,
  • 00:26:33.240 --> 00:26:36.110
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOD BLESS YOU, AND REMEMBER,
  • 00:26:36.130 --> 00:26:39.260
  • NEVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.
  • 00:26:39.280 --> 00:26:42.050
  • [DRAMATIC MUSIC]
  • 00:26:42.070 --> 00:26:43.070