Sid: This week I’m believing that God’s going to allow me to speak about the next, the greates, and I believe the last move of God’s Spirit on planet earth. I’ve called it the One New Man from Ephesians the second chapter that the Messiah came for this purpose to break down the middle wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles to form One New Man in Messiah and thus make peace, or shalom, or completeness. You are incomplete Christian without the Jew, you are incomplete Jew without the Christian we need each other. And when the two become one we’ve become the One New Man and the One New Man has a name. His name in Hebrew is Yeshua and in English it’s Jesus, it’s the Body of Messiah so that we can have a dwelling place for God.
Now on yesterday’s broadcast I said the very first Zionist, the Zionist is someone that believes the Jewish people are entitled to the physical land of Israel unconditionally and forever. And the very first Zionist was not Theodore Hertzel it was Almighty God. And as I explained in Zachariah in the Living Bible God says “He that touches Israel is the same as someone that pokes their finger in God’s eye.” Now there is so many scriptures supporting what I am saying and what Zachariah said, but it’s summarized best and you want to remember this to show this to people that have unfortunately have bought into the worldly anti-Semitism even I say sadly in the church. Psalm 105 verse 8 it’s talking about God. It says He (God) remembers His covenant forever.” Remember the word forever by the way, “The word which He commanded for a thousand generations.” Remember the word He commanded for a thousand generations, so there’s a covenant forever, His word is for a thousand generations. I mean God did this 2 times you would have thought that would have been enough. But then again in the 9th verse “The covenant which He made with Abraham, His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute to Israel as an everlasting covenant.” Remember the word everlasting, so if we remember the 3 things I told you to remember. We remember forever, a thousand generations, and everlasting. Now what was this covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not Ishmael the father of the Arab people? But what was this covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He felt that it necessary to say in 3 different ways the same thing forever, a thousand generations, and everlasting. This is it the 11th verse saying “To you I will give the land of Canaan (that’s Israel) as the allotment of your inheritance’ Forhow long?“Everlasting, a thousand generations, and forever.”
Why is this so important? I’m going to tell you why it’s so important do you remember the prophetic words that Derek Prince said just before he died? What is God up to on planet earth right now so simple and so articulate he said “The restoration of Israel and the judgment of the nations.” You see the two are tied together and I’m going to give you an Old Covenant witness and a New Covenant witness proving this. Joel the 3rd chapter says that “The nations of earth will be judged for one issue and one issue only.” Joel in the 3rd chapter says “For dividing up My land.” Whose land is it? God’s, who did He give it to? The physical seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.For how long?Everlasting, forever and a thousand generations. What is the single issue the nations of the world are going to be judged on in the last day? “Dividing up my land” read it in Joel 3. Then flip over to the New Covenant with me in Matthew the 25th chapter this is a…you’re all familiar with this story but many have missed its meaning and its point. This is a story who knows the difference between a goat and a sheep and it’s a parable. The goat represents a nation that has a mind of its own. The sheep represents a nation that follows the shepherd. In the latter days some nations will be goat nations, I wouldn’t want to be living in a goat nation. And other nations will be sheep nations. I’d like to live in a sheep nation because that means that God’s kingdom is ruling that’s my kind of nation. But it’s so amazing see our peanut brain would come up with lots of reasons why God would judge America or God would judge Europe or God would judge France or Italy or any country. But God tells us why He will judge in the latter days it’s the same thing that Joel said.
In Matthew 25 verse 40 Jesus says “As you have done unto the least of these my brethren.” Now was he talking about Christians? No, why? Because Jesus hadn’t died and rose from the dead and there were no Christians at that time. So who were His brethren after the flesh? The ones that Paul said “My heart’s desire and prayer to God is that they might be saved.” The one that Paul said “I’d give up my very salvation for them.” His brethren after the flesh are the Jewish people. And so Jesus says “As you have done unto the least of these my brethren (the physical Jew) you’ve done unto me.” So you see why Derek Prince came up with that statement just before he died that prophetic word from God. What is God up to?The restoration of Israel not a Palestinian State and a Jewish State, the restoration of Israel. And by the way that’s what He’s up to right now with the church. Not a Jewish church and a Gentile church. The restoration of the church, the middle wall of separation coming down and God always judges Israel Himself. However God always uses Israel to judge the nations. “He that touches Israel touches the apple of God’s eye.”
Now why is Israel front and center right now? Why does the devil try to exterminate all of the Jewish people? Well I’ve always thought the reason is that Jesus said “I won’t return until the Jewish people say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Baruch habaB’shem Adonai,Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” But that’s not the main reason God is interested as Reinhard Bonnke says “In plundering hell to populate heaven.” And the church has yet to wake up, has yet to have the light bulbs come on about God’s law of evangelism. It’s summarized in Romans 1:16 Paul says “I’m not ashamed of the gospel because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first.” And some would say “Well, that means that God started with the Jew and then went to the Gentile. And that’s what it does mean, but if you study scripture you’ll see that there’s a pattern. And when the pattern is right as my friend Dick Rueben like to preach the glory comes down and when the pattern is wrong you’re not going to have the glory. So what is the law of evangelism? When you reach out to the Jew first it opens up a supernatural door of evangelism to all people. When you reach out to all people you will not reach as many people. But when you reach out to the Jew first you bump into the blessing of God Genesis 12:3 that’s what Paul was so exciting about. In Genesis 12:3 God says “I God will bless those who bless the Jewish people and I will curse those who curse them.” And there’s the law of sowing and reaping, when you plant a seed of evangelism by reaching out to a Jewish person you are going to have a harvest of evangelism.
Take a look at what happens when a Jew and a Gentle get together in the Old Covenant. Esther a Jew, who did she marry? A king, the king needed Esther, Esther needed the king. The One New Man, what did it cause? Nothing short of revival in the land, you read the book of Esther. Let’s take a look at another example of a Jew needing a Gentile and a Gentile needing a Jew. Ruth the Gentile marries Boaz the Jew. What kind of fruit came from that union? Jesus. I’ll tell you you read Amos the 9th chapter verse 11-13 I’ll pick up right there on tomorrow’s broadcast it talks about…it only talks about the greatest revival in history by reaching out to the Jew first. I want you to do this right now, I want you to reach out to the Jew first.
Sid: Well my guest is red hot for the Messiah because my guest is me and I can tell you I am red hot for the Messiah. I want it to be just you and me this week because I mean because 1977 we have had a daily radio broadcast and we’re about ready to change it to a one hour radio show that will be available in 3 different ways for you to pick it up. The first way is you can go to our web and just go to Sidroth.org. The second way is go the iTunes and search for Sid Roth and subscribe to the Messianic Vision Podcast, then the third way is you can go right to that ISN app. You just open the app store on your phone or tablet, search Sid Roth and download our ISN app, and ISN stands for “It’s Supernatural Television Network.” So you can get archives of our television shows, all of the new shows that we’ve got started. And you can get our radio broadcast any one of those 3 ways.
Now on yesterday’s broadcast I was kind of rehearsing some of our history. So we started one of the first Messianic Jewish… certainly one of the first I have ever heard of Messianic Jewish Congregation. And I knew nothing I was Senior man in the Lord and I was about a year old in the Lord in this group of Jewish believers in the Messiah. But we would have our meeting, and I remember I went to my Orthodox Jewish father and I said “Dad I’m going to have a Shabbat Service.” Now you have to understand he thinks I believe in Jesus and I want to have a Shabbat Service and the two don’t make any sense. So what did he do? He kicks me out of the house. So I get you know I went to the synagogue, I went to a traditional synagogue but I despise… let me explain why. As a Jewish person I learned to read Hebrew and I’m very grateful that I do it. So I would go to a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 hour service all in Hebrew that Id didn’t understand one word. You put a kid in that environment and they’re not going to like it, I wasn’t abnormal. So I purposely learned as little as I possibly could. So I didn’t know how to do a Shabbat Service but this whole group we had an election and they said “We want to have a Messianic Jewish Congregation.” So what did I do? We had our first service and a miracle happened. A Jewish man came to the Lord that was an Orthodox Jewish man that was a Cantor. And so all of a sudden out Messianic Jewish Congregation had a Cantor. And his name was Cantor Bernie Rubenstein and so it became one of the flagship congregations in the country. But then after a couple of years I realized that I really don’t know anything we need a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. So we found a Messianic Jewish Rabbi in Miami, Florida that had lost his congregation and I’d never found out why. And we had a Messianic Congregation without a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. And I think they said he was too Jewish for them or something. But I didn’t understand stuff like that. So we brought Manny Brotman up and he I’ll tell you what he preached messages like I’d never heard before about Jesus all from the Old Testament. I found out that there’s nothing new in the New Testament. It’s all in the Old Testament if you have eyes to see it. But before he came up let me tell you what the service was like. I didn’t know anything, as good as Manny was, and he’s in heaven right, now when I didn’t know anything it was better, I knew nothing. All I knew was Jesus was real, I didn’t know the Bible, I didn’t know anything. And so we would have our service, we would sing a little bit and then I would give an invitation and at least 1 Jewish person or more would come to the Lord every service. So what did we do for the second service? I didn’t have to do a message because the next person that came to the Lord they’re the ones the week before when they came to the Lord they gave them the next week gave the message. It was exciting, I didn’t realized how exciting it was and every week Jewish people were coming to the Lord and then the next week they’d share their testimony of how they came to the Lord. Now one of the first people that came to the Lord was Cantor Bernie Rubenstein and this fellow Manny Brotman when he started… when he became a Rabbi I volunteered my services to him because frankly God was so blessing my oil business I didn’t have to work too much and I was making lots of money. So I learned Messianic Jewish evangelism from one of the best, Manny Brotman. And then one day Manny said “I’ve been offered to do a radio show Sid I want you to be the announcer” and I said “No, Manny I don’t want to be the announcer I don’t want to be behind the microphone I want to be on the business side.” And he said “You understand me better than anyone else, you’ve spent all of this time learning what I know you are the announcer.” And I have to tell you I said “Okay,” and I figured I could just adlib it and I couldn’t even get out announcement, it was awful. So Manny after awhile said “I’ll tell you what go home write it out and then come back.” And I did it and I got through the announcement. But then a very peculiar thing started happening every time that Manny was supposed to do the radio broadcast he had an appointment and couldn’t come, every time. So if I didn’t do the interview there would have been no radio show. So kicking and screaming that’s how I got into radio and I found out that God had given me a gift in this. So since 1977 Messianic Vision has been on the air Monday through Friday. And as a matter of fact we got a hold of one of the first radio shows I’ve ever did, would you like to hear that? Guess who it is? Cantor Bernie Rubinstein.
Sid interviewing Cantor Bernie Rubinstein. That theme music was sung by Mrs. Betty Berniski a Messianic Jewish Believer from Baltimore, Maryland. I just want to publically thank the Lord for her life and for the voice that He’s given her. My special guest in the studio is Bernie Rubinstein a good friend in the Messiah a Cantor of Beth Messiah synagogue in Washington, DC welcome to the Messianic Vision.
Sid: Shalom Bernie.
Bernie: I was told by my friend to read the 53 Chapter of Isaiah. And I read it and I reread it and I didn’t quite understand what it meant. I began to question my Rabbi concerning the significance of this if in deed the suffering servant it Israel how can Israel suffer for the sins of Israel?” I said logically speaking this doesn’t even make sense. I said “It seems to me that just by reading this that we are talking about a suffering servant, one man even in terms of the grammatical structure as it is found in the original Hebrew it is not talking about a group of people. And is talking about one man who will come for the purpose of bearing upon himself the sins of his people Israel.
Sid: I mean when you knew this what did the Rabbi retort to this?
Bernie: His retort to me was a question, he said “What has prompted you to ask me these questions?”
Sid: What was your answer?
Bernie: I said I’m looking for truth. And I told him very very frankly I’m not concerned about blaspheming against the traditions of my people. I’m concerned about finding out what’s God’s will in my life. Shabbat Shalom.
Sid: Shabbat Shalom to you Bernie I’m looking forward to you coming back on Monday and all of my Mishpochah, all of my family out there the Messianic family. Until Monday this is Sid Roth a voice crying over the airwaves “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” The Bible tells us of God’s unending eternal love for the nation Israel. God says “I will bless those that bless My people, he that touches Israel touches the apple of God’s eye.” Now more than ever we are admonished to… closing song “Pray for the People of Jerusalem.”
Sid: I have to tell you I didn’t even recognize my voice when I heard that. And it was 2 weeks so it’s 2 CD’s and it really is historic because back in 1977. And because your Mishpochah, because your family I want you to have these 2 and I want you to know for your gift of any size what it’s going to go for. It’s going to go for setting up our “It’s Supernatural Television Network.” I mean it’s on the air but for the overhead etcetera because we don’t ask for money on this network it’s an amazing network. It’s going to go for our project of mailing evangelistic books all over the world to Jewish people. We’ve mailed over 2 million, or distributed over 2 million of my book “They Thought For Themselves.” I’ll get into that a little later on in the week. It’s going to go for our television shows.
Did you know that we’re on the air 28 times a week in Israel? We’re on in the nation Ukraine, we’re on in the nation Ukraine on secular TV and in Israel it’s Christian and secular. We’re on Discovery network in the United States. Can you imagine how many unsaved people that we’re reaching. And there are so many different programs that we are doing for evangelism. We even have a program to reach Muslim’s which we can’t talk about. But I’ve got a letter I’ll read sometime during this week about a Muslim person that came to the Lord but I want to send. I mean this is as far as I’m concerned one of the most amazing interviews. And I’ll tell you why it’s so amazing, it’s starting again. It was a move of God’s Spirit when I started that Messianic Jewish Congregation and I could feel it in the wind it’s another move of God’s Spirit on Jewish people. So I want to send the 2 CD’s of my interview with Cantor Bernie Rubinstein for a gift of any size.
Sid: Well, He did it again I got interrupted by the Holy Spirit someone’s hip and back was just healed in Jesus Name. And some one with even your little finger it’s painful when you bend it you’ll find that the pain is gone in Jesus Name. My guest Dr. James Maloney, on yesterday’s broadcast we found out about a gift that you know James I would say that it would provoke me to jealousy. But according to the Bible it’s the Gentile believer that’s supposed the Jew to jealousy and until recently you would have been classified there but however you found out an amazing story about your grandparents. Tell me about them your mother’s parents.
James: Well, just prior to my adoptive Dad’s death I didn’t know this all these 40 some years I mean I would have people come up to me if it happened once it happened a dozen times over 40 some years “You do not know this Brother Maloney but you’re Jewish.” And I would just well “Thank you of course.”
James: Prints of God but I found out through my Dad who’s gone on to be with the Lord my adoptive Dad that my Grandmother her parents lived in Tel Aviv, she and her parents moved to Berlin and they got a business and my grandmother which is quite unusual a German gentleman who converted to Judaism which is very very rare. They had this business of course when Hitler came in and destroyed the business burned them down right prior to closing the borders he did permit 400,000 visa’s out but to individuals to get out of the country only 100,000 got Visa’s 300,000 were taken to the camps. Well one of the 100,000 was my grandmother and her husband and when they came to America of all places they could have gone to other nations they were sent to America my biological Mom was born in 1940 and I was born 16 years later 1956. So yeah I’m…
Sid: So, you know what I’m seeing James, I am seeing that the devil tried to snuff your life out twice, once in the holocaust of your grandparents. The second when you were a neglected baby and just brutal beatings but at age 15 you had an encounter with the Lord tell me about that.
James: Well, you know Sid I never thought about that, that’s a revelation that the enemy tried to snuff me out before I was born thank you for that. I was very broken because of my upbringing even though my adoptive parents loved me I know they did but because of certain scenarios situations in the house there was just no communication. And so with the wounding of rejection I was at 14 I was very suicidal, I don’t think that a teenager can not be suicidal at that age and I was. And I just couldn’t take it any more and I remember on New Years Eve of 1970 December 31 I cried out and I said “God if you’re real I didn’t know I mean I knew God was real all I had to do was look upon the handiwork of creation and see that He was real. And I remember telling God I said “I need You to live in me,” I didn’t even know what it meant Sid to be born again. Jesus, Yeshua coming into your heart and becoming your Messiah I didn’t know your Savior and Lord. And I’m trying to convince Him to come into my heart and I wept myself to sleep. And January 1st of 1971 as I laid there in bed I was 15 I saw a flickering of a light on the floor thought it was a little strange because the sun hadn’t even come up. And then this light spread and it became very tall and wherever the light was I could not see the wall or the ceiling. And I just felt compelled that whoever was standing in that light I wasn’t seeing a form it was a person of royalty and I need to get down on my knees and I did. And I was just very bold and I just took my hands and I put it in that light and that light covered my hands all the way up to my elbows I could not see my hands, my wrist all the way up to my elbow because of the glory, the light. And when I did I looked right down in front of my hands in between my arms and then I saw physically 2 outstretched hands come out towards me. And I could tell by the nail print and the upper part of the hand that they were the hands of Jesus. And Jesus spoke to me and He spoke to me audibly and He said “I’ve heard your cry for acceptance and I’ve heard your cry for reality and He said “I love you just the way that you are.” Because that’s what I needed to hear and at that time I was gloriously born again and that started my trek.
Sid: Now at 19 you saw a little bit more than the hands of Jesus what happened?
James: At 19 years of age I went through an amazing time of prayer and fasting and I was in Bible college, that may sound real spiritual to the hearers but I just didn’t have any money and they didn’t have a cafeteria and I didn’t have no other choice but to fast but God used it you know. And I think I was on a 14 day fast and I just became like a dead person laying on my bed and my face was turned towards the wall, I couldn’t open up my eyes and this is found scriptural in the book of Daniel. Daniel fell as a dead man and as I laid there in my flesh I was just dead this brilliant light I thought “My, if my eyes were open it would blind me.” But this brilliant light stood right there next to my bed and the wall. And I just instinctively see the Holy Spirit was teaching me Sid I just knew instinctively that it was not Jesus, but it was an angelical messenger. And it was a 22 minute experience and basically the angel, the messenger angel laid out aspects of my ministry that I would come into over a 30 or 40 year period. And so far they’ve come to past but there are still some things yet to come to past but that’s how basically one of the main experiences I had that affirmed my calling into the ministry. I’m not saying that a person has to have that encounter but it’s just happened to me and I don’t know why I’m a nobody and so I give God all the glory. It just really encouraged me through the times of great testing.
Sid: But you know something James with what you went through it was so traumatic that I don’t believe as a child I’m saying I don’t believe you’ll ever forget that. And the same thing happened with me and that’s why I know that because when I was 30 and became a believer in Jesus I went through the worst…I was so rescued by Jesus that I can’t even fathom being backslidden, it’s not in my vocabulary! And that’s what God did with you.
James: Yeah, Sid your right what is that I mean being backslidden, I mean I know what it means theologically but as far as experientially I mean I’ve tasted I’ve seen that the Lord is good. I’ve had my eyes opened to Him, I’ve been raptured caught up to heaven I had angelic encounters, He’s visited me, He’s talked with me, He’s appeared in my meetings. You know what are you going to do the miracles, the signs the wonders and just aside from all of those supernatural expressions just the peace, the joy inwardly, you know the sense of righteousness, rightness you know it’s just a part of my DNA and your DNA. And no you can’t, you cannot personally get over something like that and your upbringing as difficult. And I’m sure that those that are listening, I’m sure there’s many that have gone through the same horrible situations in fact I sense that Sid. Even worse, I mean I’ve been hearing testimonies of people going through even more difficult things than I even went through and I just shake my head and my heart breaks but I can relate and there’s this compassion and there’s this sense of destiny you know. There’s this sense of destiny you know that every believer can have and you know.
Sid: And by the way your book “Overwhelmed By the Spirit” I’ll ask a question I’m sure I know the answer to but maybe not why did you write the book “Overwhelmed By the Spirit.”
James: Well, the reason why I wrote the book was because number one I had 2 major life changing encounters in 2012 one in May and one in October. But number two the content of being overwhelmed by the Spirit or the glorious intruder. I had so much to overcome wounding, bruising, issues mentally, emotionally that I came to the realization that the Holy Spirit is our helper, He is our comforter, He is our paraclete and He abides within us. But there’s not just a gentle side as important as that is and the love and of course He aids in us when we need what I term hug therapies from Him. But there’s also more of an aggressive side where if we’ll yield to Him particularly in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. And allow our understanding of the importance of tongues, of speaking in tongues what will happen is it will just elevate you your spirit man will take dominion and it’ll rise up and it will start as you study the word as well as you cooperate the Holy Spirit will start renewing your mind.
SID: Okay, there’s a word, transformation. Guillermo, what does that word mean to you?
MALDONADO: Transformation, Romans 12:1 and 3, the Bible talks about being transformed, being conformed into this age, into this world. And also the Bible talks about being transformed from glory to glory. Okay, the word transformation means to in transit into the maturity of Jesus Christ, to be like Jesus Christ. It’s the process to lead us, is a process to lead us into being like Christ. First, we need to understand transformation is continual, it’s instant, continues and progressive. In other words, the moment you stop being transformed, you stagnate, you get into spiritual dryness and you become religious. That’s why you see many people, religious people don’t believe in transformation because they’re already stagnated. And this is the greatest problem with stagnation, is because you only stagnate and stop right there. You’re going backwards. You’re going into the old habits. That’s what the Bible says, you must be transformed.
SID: You know, I heard a wise man say this. If you are sitting still you’re actually going backwards and you don’t know it.
MALDONADO: That’s what it is. That’s what it is. And I see—
SID: It’s deception.
MALDONADO: Deception. That’s what it is. That’s what religion is. When you conform, you stop being transformed, you conform to another reality, which is your flesh, which is my flesh. And but there’s something that people are watching right now. There’s people that are watching and they’re seeing, I need transformation. There’s three things that birth transformation. Number one, spiritual dissatisfaction, and frustration. Sometimes you feel frustrated. You don’t want to be in that place. You want to change. You go into another level. You went into another dimension. You want to go into another dimension. Number two, hunger. There’s people that are watching that you’re hungry for God. You want more, and but you don’t know. And number three, this is very powerful. If you have exhausted all the resources and you’re still in the same place, and you don’t change, there is a time for change.
SID: Okay. He’s been talking about you. I’m not just saying that. He’s been talking about me. You say that. Now tell them what they can do to be transformed supernaturally rather than stuck.
MALDONADO: And Sid, they need to know where they’re going to be transformed from, because transformation is in transit to be like Christ. In other words, me being changed, another word for transformation is “change”. In other words, me being transformed, me being changed from glory to glory. So but this is what I want to talk, is why we need to change as being believers. The question is, is transformation one time? It’s not. And sometimes when believers came to Christ, they were dramatically changed, but they stagnated. They did not continue being changed. So that’s why the heart of God hardened. And the heart of God hardened for unbelief. The causes of the [hardened] heart: unbelief, sin and disobeying the voice of God. When God is doing, when sin comes in our heart, continued sin is being practiced.
Sid: Now could someone have this hardened heart and not even realize it?
MALDONADO: Yes, yes, because it’s little by little. And the question is, what is a hardened heart?
MALDONADO: Does a heart not feel? Does a heart not sense, not see, not perceive? You can be in the presence of God. You see a lot of people receiving but you. And you say, well the person is not receiving because they’re not sensing. They don’t receive, they don’t receive, they don’t feel God.
SID: And when Guillermo is talking about a hardened heart, he’s not talking about the physical heart. He’s talking about the resting place of the Spirit of God inside of you.
SID: It’s kind of a synonym for heart and spirit are the same. And has He been touching on things with you? Are things dry when you read the Bible?
MALDONADO: Yes, yes.
SID: That same fire, that same excitement?
SID: That’s what you’re telling me.
MALDONADO: Yes, that’s what I’m saying. There’s people that are hungry for God. There are some other people that stagnate, because where the revelation truth stops, that’s where you stop being transformed. And it’s important because of the hardening of the heart. And this causes the hardening of the heart. And, number four, solutions for the hardening of the heart. Well you can’t change the heart outside of the presence of God. You must be in the presence of God and this is the step that we need to take forward to change the heart. So do you feel the need of change? Do you feel stagnated? Have you exhausted all your resources and you’re still in the same place? That’s very hard. Pastors, leaders, believers that are struggling and they say, I’m tired of this, I want to change. And that’s the reason I teach how to change, step by step. But you can’t change it in the natural because transformation is supernatural. You can’t do transformation because, only because of nice positive thinking. You can’t produce power being positive. You need the power. You need the presence of God being changed. The hardened heart, and I can tell you of people that went away totally from God because the heart was hardened.
SID: And it’s deceptive because it’s like, it’s slow. It’s just very, very gradual. Remember, you’re either…in the Kingdom of Heaven there’s only one position, forward.
SID: If you’re sitting still, you are deceived and you’re going backwards. Give us a clue, a nugget on how we can change that hardened heart.
MALDONADO: Transformation of the heart, it takes place, Sid, first with, through a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit, with God, with His presence, with His power. What do you mean? When you go to the scripture you will see all the men in the Bible that impacted nations, kingdoms, and even in nature, they had a supernatural encounter with God. In other words, the opposite you don’t see in the Bible, a man that never had an encounter impacted anything. You just see those men that have a supernatural encounter because those supernatural encounters must be continual, must be often. Because in those supernatural encounters, their heart is being changed, being transformed. That’s the reason of the purpose of transformation is the changing of the heart, is through the supernatural. Number two, through fellowship, prayer and communion. In fellowship with God, He imparts himself to you. In fellowship, that exchange of life. And when we go to God, but the thing is today people don’t pray, don’t seek God, don’t have any fellowship. How are you going to be changed? And number three is through the revelation of truth. In other words, with truth…you cannot be changed without truth, and when that truth comes in our heart, our heart becomes softer. And I can tell you so many blessings.
SID: You know what I would like?
SID: When we come back, I want Guillermo to pray for you. I want him to pray that ice, that shell, it’s like an eggshell that is around you.
MALDONADO: Yes, yes.
SID: It’s going to be penetrated in Jesus’ name. Don’t go away.
Sid: My guest is Rebecca Park Totilo. I’m speaking to her at a hotel at a hotel in Wichita, Kansas and we’re talking about her brand new book “His Majesty Requests An Invitation to the Royal Wedding of the Lamb.” I’m so excited about this book because this book for the very first time takes the ancient customs of the Hebraic wedding. Not the Jewish weddings we have today, but at the time that Jesus walked in the flesh. And shows how many of the statements of Jesus in the New Testament don’t make sense unless you understand the context of the Jewish wedding which then will prepare you for the intimacy of the wedding supper of the Lamb. And not everyone is going to that wedding supper, only those that have made Jesus Lord. And the best way I know to make Jesus Lord is to develop intimacy with Him. And as you develop intimacy with Him you understand what He is saying of the Jewish wedding in the New Covenant it helps develop this intimacy. Anyway on yesterday’s broadcast you’ll be really upset with me if I don’t ask Rebecca a question.
Sid: We found out that her background she was raped as a young person, her father died when she was young, she fell into drugs, into the New Age. She literally had Satan come to her in her dream, and Jesus came to her 3 times and the 3rd time He said “This is your last chance.” And then the next day her sister who was a Christian said to her that she really had to get rid of this the rock and roll music that is in her house and a lot of other things and she was a little shaken because she was comfortable with these things. That’s why the Bible calls it a familiar spirit that she was familiar and they were familiar with her. So you had this moment what did you decide it was your last chance?
Rebecca: Hm. I certainly did know that because I had already brushed death a couple of times and especially when we were talking about yesterday with a handful of pills and following in you know chasing it down with straight vodka. You don’t really realized how far you’ve slip; you know it’s almost like the frog in the kettle where the waters heating up around you because you’ve been in it and you’ve been comfortable with it and you’ve grown to acquire a development towards these things. And I do remember that night that I came home because I lived right next to bars. I was actually one block over where all I had to do was walk around the corner and I’d be there. I can remember that night just taking a handful of speed and then going out and drinking and not even realizing that I had gone from you know drinking orange juice and vodka to just straight vodka. And then it was just too easy, it had become so easy and comfortable to me and I went home for a minute to go get something and I became very ill and when I began to get sick I had actually you know the whole pills had come up out of me. And I knew that at that time that even though I wasn’t walking with the Lord I knew that it was the grace of God because I saw that all of these pills. You see I was so drunk that I didn’t even know I had taken that many pills. They had not even dissolved in my body you know I hadn’t digested them yet. And so it was God’s grace that He had me go home (Laughing) and get this out of my body.
Sid: What might have happened if you hadn’t?
Rebecca: Well I would die for sure because of the alcohol and the speed racing not knowing which way…
Sid: So when He said that it was your last chance it really was.
Rebecca: Hm, hm yes He knew the road I was on was heading me in the wrong direction for sure.
Sid: But you finally decided to go to your apartment to get rid of the junk. What did it feel like when you got rid of the rock music and all of the paraphernalia and things you had?
Rebecca: Well it was a euphoric feeling to get rid of the heaviness because you’re comfortable with it but at the same time it’s a weight on your shoulders.
Sid: It’s an oppression.
Rebecca: It’s oppressive and depressing and my life had become so dark and this apartment was a dungy old dark apartment and it was filled with darkness. And it was a terrible part of town and so immediately I felt the release just that burden had been lifted off of me.
Sid: And the wonderful miracle is you got set free from your addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Sid: But tell me about you went into ministry you were part of a wonderful discipleship program Youth with a Mission. But you were $10,000 in debt.
Rebecca: Do you believe that?
Sid: I mean with you full time with Youth with a Mission how do you settle that $10,000 debt?
Rebecca: Well I don’t know how I even created that much debt as a teenager, but here I was in college.
Sid: But it takes no talent with that plastic called credit cards.
Rebecca: Oh yes, I no and I had bought a new car and I had used the credit card for you know purchases and you know going to school and everything. Woo it added up quick! So here I was I had been set free and now it’s like we all recognized that I needed a drastic change in my lifestyle because it would have been too easy for me to fall back in the same habits again with the same people around living in the same area and everything. And so the Lord was showing me it was time to get out of there and get out of there quick. Now it was about 6 or 8 weeks before Youth with a Mission decide the trans-school was going to start. Here it was in the summertime and I was working and I thought it would just be a miracle to have this happen. So we began to just have yard sales and get rid of all of the junk in my house and my car. I actually had some people that helped contribute to help me get out of this mess really fast. And within 6 weeks I was debt free and on an airplane heading towards Hawaii to go to this trans-school. And they had and I did make application with them and they had of course accepted me immediately.
Sid: Not just debt free but free.
Sid: What was it like to be free?
Rebecca: (Laughing) Well that was something new for me because I had years of bondage and you know this stuff that I had been dragging around with me for years on me. But of course for YWAM it was rude awakening for them too. (Laughing) because here I was typically you know students that attend the discipleship trans-school are those that have been born again believers who have been raised in a church or have been walking with the Lord for some time you know and they’re just seeking the Lord for a deeper walk with Him. But here I was coming straight off the streets you know. (Laughing) and you know had been living in fornication and you know a terrible lifestyle and I was on the plane going there. And you know they just had a handful when they got me (Laughing).
Sid: But you know Rebecca I believe that we are right on the verge of seeing 100’s and 1000’s of young people just like yourself radically saved and the church better get ready for people like that.
Sid: Now tell me your not Jewish, where did this Jewish burden come from?
Rebecca: Well I’ve always been curious about my own roots and I’ll tell you the truth I haven’t got very far in my own research of my genealogy you know but that was sort of how it all began. My husband and I was sort of curious about our own you know where we came from in our families bloodline. But what really was stirring inside me was this discontent with the church its self. And being from the streets and living in that lifestyle I was really more comfortable with ministering on the streets with the prostitutes and the drug dealers then I was with the people in the church. Everyone really agreed with me they said “Yeah, your right you really do belong out there.” So having had for instance having had an abortion, in my past I knew how to minister to woman who had been there and who had been in that situation where they had to do that and I was able to minister to those people. That’s where the Lord had placed me. So I never was comfortable inside a pew you know inside a church. And so I guess I’ve always sort of looked beyond that and looking and searching for the truth. And it was actually several years ago while I was pregnant with my fourth child, I had just had my third child, and I would write in the nighttime it would sort of be like 10 to 2 in the morning I would write. And then at the 2:00 feeding I would feed the baby and then from 2:00 to 5:00 I would get on my knees and kneel by his crib and pray for the nation. And I just had such a heavy burden for what was coming upon America I just knew something was going to happen. Now I’m talking about 1997 – ’98 of course prior to Y2K and 911 and everything so nobody was really thinking in that way I don’t think as far as thinking that something was going to come. I had this sense the feeling that something was coming and I did this for 2 years straight. I did I never went to sleep. I would go to bed at 5:00 in the morning and I did this over and over again praying and seeking God and saying “I want to know the truth and I just want to know what the truth is; I want to know what’s on Your heart God.” And I had a passion and burden to know Him in a deeper way. So when I was doing this I suddenly became like Jeremiah the weeping prophet I mean I was crying all the time. I told my husband you know it was just a heaviness seeing what was coming and how people had just sort of fallen asleep and weren’t aware of a hunger for the truth in knowing God in a deeper way. And so I just began to say it for the nations and the Lord began to give me dreams and visions of things that were going to come. And that’s why I had such a heavy burden and that I weeped because I saw what was going to come upon America and I believers if they didn’t wake up. And it was really during this time in my pursuit for truth. And I mean it’s just a simple question and anybody can ask that question you don’t have to know a lot to say “God I want to know what the truth is.” I just over and over asked Him and He would tell me “You know what I really don’t think you really want to know this.” And I would say “God I really want to know, tell me” and that’s when I became weepy and cried because He did show me things. And it was in that question that He began to give me a heart and love for the Jews and for Israel.
Sid: You know what I’m finding Rebecca and I said this for many years but I believe it’s truer today than it’s ever been the dividing line of the church, the dividing line of the nonbelievers will be the same it’s going to be Israel. Oi vey we’re out of time…