You’ve been telling Dawn you want to know more about the origins of Tsiyon (i.e. my testimony) and in this program she get’s me to spill the beans! Can you believe it, she actually starts with my childhood! At my age I almost forgot I ever had a childhood, until she asked me the question. From there she draws out the story of my life leading up to and including my own personal “burning bush” encounter with YHWH that has shaped the direction of my life for the last quarter century. This program includes some uncomfortably personal stuff that will not only give you insight into what makes Eliyahu ben David tick, but more importantly (and the reason I was willing to get into this), you will get a look at the world around us and even into the heart of God in a way you probably have never seen either before. I found this to be the perfect launching point to explain exactly where redeemed Israel is at today, where we need to get to, how to begin, and exactly why we must make the trip. I’m warning you to be prepared, the woman really started to tap into my radical self!
Davidic aspirations ran high among the Jews of the first century, fueling a parade of Davidic contenders for the messianic throne. This misplaced messianic fervor proved to be a catalyst to rebellion and insurrection against the Roman super-state, bringing on harsh reprisals and the eventual destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 CE. Some of the Davidic players commented on in this program include Menahem, the grandson of Judas the Galilean, John of Gischala, and Simon bar Gjora. In fact, you will learn that there was a Davidic king on the Throne in Jerusalem at the time of its destruction! You will be amazed to hear what happened to him and his administration following the Roman victory. You will also learn that a Davidic dynasty of Y’shua’s family continued among the early believers into at least the fourth century, at which time they were driven underground after a final and fateful meeting with Pope Sylvester of the Roman Church. Some desposynos discussed in this program include Symeon son of Joseph’s brother Clopas, Yeshua’s cousin and the successor to James the Just after his martyrdom; also the grandsons of Jude, the Lord’s brother; Thebouthis, a Davidic rival to Symeon who introduced heresies among the believers; also comments on the whole line of desposyni including such names as Zachary, Joseph, John, James, Joses, Simeon, and Matthias – all the way down to the fateful meeting of a delegation of Nazareans headed by a member of the Lord’s family named Joses with Pope Sylvester in 318 CE. This program contains a lot of vital “Church History” that definitely is NOT the same ol’ story you heard in Sunday School!