SID: Okay. We settled it. We settled that it’s never too late.
SID: Whatever your age. I’ve got to tell you this, John. I am 76 years of age and do you know I am just walking into my destiny. So give me a break if you’re 50 or 60. You know what I’m saying?
JOHN: Come on. I love it.
SID: All right. So how does, the big question really that people are asking as they’re watching us is how do I know my call?
JOHN: Okay. So first of all, I’ve got to get, I want everybody on the same page. God has a calling on your life whether it’s ministry or whether you are called to the marketplace, or whether you’re called to be a stay home mom and raise up champions. There is a Divine calling on your life. Every one of us have it and God prepared that calling for your life before you were born. Let me give you an example of another one that’s just mind blowing. I had dinner. This man wanted to have dinner with me last year. Well he’s a Navy SEAL instructor. Okay. That’s the elite of the elite when you’re an instructor. He went to two years of Bible school, was in his third year of internship, got accused of sleeping with a girl in the church. They threw him out, took away everything from him. He said, “John, three years of work gone.” He said, “My relationship with Jesus was superficial. He said, “I was saved, but it was superficial.” He said, “When I lost everything after three years of work, I started seeking God like I had never sought him before.” And he said, “God spoke to me and [said] I’ve called you to the military, not to ministry.” He said, “So I went to the Army, I went to the Air Force, I went to the Marines.” He said, “Nothing.” He said, “I went to the Navy, the last one. The recruiter has gone [through] everything. Nothing. Just flat.” So the recruiter in desperation brings out the special things. He starts reading down the special assignments and he gets to the word “SEALS” and he goes, “That’s it. That’s what I’m supposed to do.” And the guy goes, “No, no, no, no. Only .1 percent of them ever make it All of us flunked out of it. And he goes, “I don’t care. That’s what I’m supposed to do.” Well what a recruiter didn’t know and he didn’t know is he didn’t know how to swim. Secondly, he had such narrow ear openings they had to put tubes in his ears when he was a child. So if he went and had a little bit of water in his ears he was in excruciating pain.
SID: He couldn’t be a SEAL. It was impossible.
JOHN: He taught himself how to swim. He kept praying for God to heal his ears. He finally went two feet, five feet, ten feet, he was fine. The whole story is amazing. But he told me stories of combat that night at dinner, and which literally caused the hair on my arm to stand up. I mean, his phone called his parents when they were getting their truck blown up and the parents prayed. I could go and on, and on with other stories. Anyway, how do we know our calling?
SID: Give us some tips.
JOHN: There’s three very strong points made in Scripture on how we find out our calling. Number one, we seek God earnestly. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 that “God rewards those who diligently seek him in faith.” It does not say he rewards those who casually seek him in wonder and doubt. When I got saved I was heading, I was going to head to Harvard and get my M.B.A. with my engineering degree from Purdue, and I was going to become a corporate manager, and I was going to marry a pretty girl, take three vacations a year, and pay my tithes. That would be my way of serving God. But I knew there was something not right. And I remember my Thanksgiving vacation my senior year. All my fraternity brothers went home. I told my mom I’m not coming home for Thanksgiving. And I fasted those four days, and I said, God, I got to know what you put me on this earth to do. And as a result of that fast, the last thing I wanted to do was to be in ministry. I wanted nothing to do with ministry. But God showed me clearly, I’ve called you to preach. What are you going to do about it? And I remember surrendering in that fraternity, and I said, God, I’ll do it. The second way you find your calling is you get planted in the House of God. You get planted.
SID: Today, more and more people are saying church isn’t relevant to me, I don’t need to go unless you’re a part of the body.
JOHN: Right. God says, “Those who are planted,” Psalm 90, “Those who are planted in the House of God shall flourish in the courts of our God.” The courts of our God would be the judgment seat of Christ. So let me put it to you this way. If I have a peach seed, I may not know that’s a peach seed. How do I find out what it is? Plant it in the ground. It will grow up to what it was created to be. Hello, if I plant a peach seed I don’t get a cotton bush. I get a peach tree. When we’re planted in the House of God we flourish into what we’re created to do, whether it’s in the marketplace, whether it’s staying at home as a mom, whether it’s in the medical field, whether it’s in government, whether it’s in ministry, that’s where we flourish in the courts of our God. And the third way to know our calling is to avoid entanglements. Why are many called and why are only few chosen? We’re all called. Every one watching us is called. Why are only a few ending up fulfilling their destiny? Because only few will put aside the entanglements, security, money and relationships are the three biggest, to fulfill our destiny. If you look at Moses, Moses was one of the greatest pastors we’ve ever seen. He had over three million in his congregation, but he only had two guys in his whole church fulfill their destiny.
SID: I want the full reward. You want the full reward. Would you pray a supernatural prayer right now that we have the full reward?
JOHN: Father, I pray for every single person watching right now under the sound of my voice, I ask that the Holy Spirit would literally come into the living room, the office. No matter where these men and women are watching, or children, I’m asking that your presence would come. And I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for clarity to come to you, for direction to come to you. Before you were born God created you and also placed a calling upon your life. I speak that calling forth. I command in the name of Jesus for the revelation of that calling to come forth in your life and in Jesus’ name I pray, Father, for every person that they would lay aside the hindrances, the entanglements that they would plant themselves in the local church and that they would seek you diligently. And as they do, Father, reveal to them why they’ve put on this earth that they might make their eternity much more precious in your eyes, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
SID: And I say at Academy Rewards Night you will get a full reward.
Sid RothComments Off on Our Guest Dr. Chauncey Crandall
SID: Now you just heard about Jeff, who was flatlined, dead, dead. But what you didn’t hear is what he saw on the other side. What did he report to you?
DR. CRANDALL: Well you know, as soon as Jeff woke up three days later, he accepted the Lord as Savior. But he had the most amazing story and I kept asking him, “Where were you that day that I was praying over your body?” And he said, “I’m so disappointed. I’m so disappointed.” He said, “I was worth nothing. I was in total darkness forever and ever, and these men came in and they threw me in the trash. I was worth nothing to anyone.” He was in Hell. But that day he accepted Jesus as Christ and Lord his Savior. But he also told me that during that time he was gone that there were ministering angels, Sid, that were over him, helping him in the intensive care unit, ministering to him and bringing life into his body.
SID: Tell me about the man where the Glory cloud came in.
DR. CRANDALL: Yes. This was amazing. This was another gentleman that came in with a massive heart attack and he was crying out. He was in so much pain, Sid. It was like he was entering Hell. I had never seen a man scream in pain. The agony of his pain was like someone cutting off his leg. We couldn’t control the pain and we were working on him. And I stepped back from the operating room table, and I prayed, “Lord, life into this man. I pray for this man, Lord.” And the Lord said, “Tell him to cry on my name for my mercy.” So I stepped back up. I tried to do the procedure. I couldn’t because of the pain, the screaming, the agony that he was in. And all of a sudden, I looked at him and I said, “My brother, you’re dying. Cry on the name of Jesus now! My brother, cry on the name of Jesus now! You’re dying!” And all of a sudden this man, on his back on the operating room table cried out to God, “Jesus, I need your mercy, Lord! Jesus, I need your mercy, Lord!” And all of a sudden the Holy Spirit descended through the ceiling as if like a cloud encompassed that man. His whole body, all of a sudden, life came into him. Color came into him. The pain left him, Sid. I could think clearly. I entered into his heart. I opened the artery and that man is alive today because he called on the name of Jesus.
SID: Based on your study and the experiences that you’ve had, what has God shown you Heaven is like?
DR. CRANDALL: In, Heaven, from the experiences that I have had with patients, is a place of total peace and love. You will see your family there, Sid, if they are believers in Christ. I just had a woman that reported the other day that when she passed she met her mother in Heaven and not only her mother, her dog was there, too, that had passed. Isn’t that amazing.
SID: We have a lot of pet lovers here, I can tell.
DR. CRANDALL: But I’ve had other patients that said there are the streets of gold and they’re surrounded by flowers that are more brilliant than any color that you or I could imagine, that there are rivers, clear rivers. A woman reported, “My son was swimming in a clear river with other children. It was the river of God. There were fish in the river. There were children. They were laughing. They were playing. They were splashing. And then suddenly that vision shifted that there were children running in a field with Jesus.” It’s glorious. It’s all the promises that we look for in Heaven. From this life we just gently take one step into the heavenlies and we’re with Jesus, Sid.
SID: You told me about a crisis in your life, and if you don’t mind, you had a son.
DR. CRANDALL: Yes.
SID: That developed, I believe it was cancer.
DR. CRANDALL: Yes.
SID: And it had a profound influence on where you are today. Tell me about that.
DR. CRANDALL: It did. Now my, his name was Chad, and he became very sick at age 11. We had to put him in the hospital and he wasn’t doing well, and we was dying, Sid. And all of a sudden, one day a Glory cloud appeared at the hospital window, a cloud full of thunder and lightning, the presence of God, it came to the hospital, it shook the building. And I said, “No, Lord, not today, not my son, today, Lord!” And all of a sudden my son took his last breath. I held that body in my arms and I cried over him, and I became angry and upset with God, Sid. I said, “Why this? You have more power. You have power over death. You can bring my child back.” And his mother was in the room. She said, “Do you feel the peace?” I said, “No, I don’t feel the peace.” His twin brother was in the room. “Do you feel the peace, Dad?” I said, “No, I don’t feel the peace. I want my son.” And all of a sudden I became angry with God and I said, “Lord, I am going to turn away from you. I don’t want you if it comes to this.” And as I rocked that body for an hour and a half in my arms, Sid, I cried out to God for an explanation. And then suddenly I reflected over my last four years and saw that God was there with every step, and I said, “I made my decision. God, I will follow you, but for the death of my son I want a million souls for the Kingdom of God in Jesus’ name.”
SID: And that’s what drives you today.
DR. CRANDALL: That’s what drives me.
SID: And my understanding is his son, right this moment perhaps, is looking over the balcony of Heaven and saying, “Go Dad! This is for both of us. Go Dad!” Tell me something about what’s coming in your ministry now. Do you travel? Do you see miracles? Do you see souls coming to the Lord? Tell me.
DR. CRANDALL: Well we travel. You know, we’re traveling with Reinhard Bonnke for the most part.
SID: So you see a lot of souls coming to the Lord.
DR. CRANDALL: We see miracles. We speak.
SID: The faith that I discern the presence of God that I discern right now, I want you to pray for the sick right now, to them.
DR. CRANDALL: Yes I will. It’s a blessing for me. You know, brothers and sisters, if you are out there and you are sick in your body, I am going to pray for you. Just put your hand wherever you are, whatever that illness is, wherever it is put your hand there and we will believe in faith. It says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” and it is important for you to be in the Word. Read the Word. As you read the Word your faith will grow in Jesus’ name. The Word builds faith, but I will pray for you like I do on the hospital wards and in the operating room, and on the fields of battle, in third worlds, I will pray and Jesus will touch you. So right now in the mighty name of Jesus, I speak over your body and I speak over that infirmity, and I command that infirmity to leave your body right now in Jesus’ name. I command illness and the spirit of death that is there knocking at you, go in the name of Jesus. And I command it to leave you now. Be healed in Jesus’ mighty name. Father God, bless them and use them, and have them come to know you if they don’t. In the name of Jesus, you are being healed now. The process is happening. Go and report that to your friends and your family, and your colleagues that Jesus touched me today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
SID: And just like Jesus said, it is finished, and that means, in the Greek, paid in full.
SID: Here’s another secret. It’s so simple and it’s so important. Remember the word “instant” I talked about in forgiveness? Here’s another instant. Live in instant repentance. Do you know why? The devil is like a door-to-door salesman. What he does is he puts his foot in the door and then you can’t close the door, so you don’t want to even open the door. The minute that you have a thought that is not good and pure, and holy, and of good report, you know the source, and close the door. Don’t you let that devil get a foothold because he doesn’t play fair. As some people say, well once you repent you never have to repent again, well this was written to believers. Let me read this to you. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Is that good? But if we don’t confess our sins he’s faithful and righteous to not cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Who wants to see God without righteousness? Not me. Okay. I think I made my point. And by the way, I have found the power of proclaiming God’s word out loud. When I was a young believer all of a sudden, I had like a spirit, I’m going to be real with you, I had like a spirit of lust and I’m thinking, I’m a believer, I shouldn’t have this, where is this coming from? Oh, I know where it’s coming from. Not from me. It’s a demonic spirit. So I found a scripture about it, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” And I found that every time I have that spirit whisper in my ears, I would say, “Blessed” out loud, “Blessed are the pure in spirit.” And you know what? What does it say in the Bible? Resist the devil and he will flee. And in the Greek, he will flee as in terror. So like taking the sword, the Word of God, say it: Here, take this devil, take this devil. You got it? Okay. And that works for everything. You got to find a promise, learn it and say it out loud. Now, and speaking of demons, did you know that not all sickness is sickness? A third of Jesus’ ministry was casting demons out of people. Do you realize what our young people are exposing themselves to today? We’re going to have a great move of God’s spirit, and one of the major jobs of the church will be setting these young people free from the demonic whose doors they’ve opened. So you have to recognize whether if you’re praying for a healing or you’re praying for a deliverance. The third most important thing that I wrote down, I love this, it’s practicing the presence of God. You see, there was a fellow by the name of Brother Lawrence and he wrote a book on this subject, and he was a lowly monk. You know what his job was? Washing dishes. But he was so happy. He wasn’t on grumble street. He was so happy because he practiced the presence of God. The presence of God was in washing those dishes. I can do this. You can do this. Psalm 16:8 in the Amplified, “I have set the Lord continually before me.” No, it wasn’t the Lord is continually before me. I have set the Lord. I am conscious that the Lord, I am aware that the Lord, I have willfully said, Lord, you are before me continually. “Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” And when you’re in this presence of God, there is healing. Let me explain this to you. Isaiah 53:5, in the Hebrew, I’m sorry, in the English, it’s translated from the Hebrew in most Bibles, “By his stripes we are healed.” You’ve heard that. Another word for “stripes,” if you look this up in the Hebrew, it’s “By his fellowship I am healed.” You see how important the presence of God is. Now the Holy Spirit and the spoken Word of God work together. Let me show you the first mention of that. It’s found in Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1. That’s a pretty good first mention. “In the beginning was God.” And then the second verse, “And the Spirit of God hovered over the water.” And then the third verse, “God spoke.” So where you miss it is you have to be in the Spirit before you speak the Word of God. Are you with me? This is such an important principle that you have to understand. I heard someone say this once, they said, “If you just have the Word of God, you’ll dry up. It you just have the Spirit of God, you’ll blow up. But if you have the Word of God and the Spirit of God you’ll grow up.” It’s time to grow up.
SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. My guest went, in five years now, from zero miracles to over 3000 miracles. He has meetings where a hundred percent of the people are healed. In fact, he just got back from, I think, five meetings like that in a row, a hundred percent healed. He says, and I believe him, that he’s shocked when people aren’t healed. That’s normal. He wants to make you normal. Are you ready? My guest is Art Thomas, and as you can probably see, he’s 30. What a great age. That’s when the Messiah started. That’s actually when I was called into ministry, when I was 30 years of age. It’s a good time. But Art, I never did what you’re doing. I’m going to, but I never did what you’re doing. You just got back from Uganda. Now tell me about the meetings, how many did you have where everyone was healed?
ART: Out of roughly ten meetings, we had five of them where we saw a hundred percent results.
SID: You know something, when I talk to him, he kind of thinks this is normal. You know that this isn’t normal, Art.
ART: It is now. It is now.
SID: Do you believe that everyone watching us can do what you can do or do you have just a special gift?
ART: No, no. Jesus said in Mark 16, “These signs will accompany those who believe.” That’s the only qualifier. It was not if you’re old enough, if you’ve got credentials, if you’ve had enough experience, if you have enough fruit of the spirit. It was, “if you believe.” And so we have people, a lot of these meetings, I’ll have someone just get saved. Usually I’ll grab one of the kids. They’ve just asked Jesus into their heart, and they come up and show everybody else how to minister healing.
SID: Did they really get healed?
ART: It always works.
SID: Always. I like always. How about you? Okay. I’m going to take you back to 2003, and you had a visitation from an angel. What happened?
ART: Yeah. I was working with a church plant and we were just praying. And I was wanting a life of miracles so desperately. So what I did, you know, I’m praying, God, would you make this happen, and while I’m seeking miracles, this angel appeared to me. I saw it in my spirit, it wasn’t my physical eyes, but it said to me, “The only thing necessary for a life of miracles is the presence of God. So stop seeking miracles and just seek him.” And I learned in time that it wasn’t even about seeking his presence, because he’s always here.
SID: Yes. But you know, I see when you pray, as casual as you are now. Why don’t you work something up?
ART: You don’t have.
SID: Shout just a little bit.
ART: John says, “The anointing you’ve received abides in you.” It doesn’t say it abides in you if you’re in the right mindset or if you shout loud enough, you know. He’s with you all the time if he lives in you. So I just, you know, I’m down to earth because Jesus is down to earth. In fact, that’s the whole thing he did, he came from Heaven down to Earth to be like us.
SID: Okay. And then the latter part of 2003, you have a vision of Heaven. Already you’re provoking me to jealousy. But you know that’s the call of the Gentile, to provoke the Jew to jealousy. Come on now, that’s your call, Gentiles.
ART: Yeah. You know, we were at a men’s prayer meeting with a small group of men that I was a part of and as we were praying, the best I can call it is a trance, you know, like Peter had when he was, you know, seeing about the Gentiles being saved. And during that time, it was like I was walking in the woods, that were like a beautiful woods that I had never seen before. Everything is lush and green. And even though it’s a thick canopy of leaves over my head, everything is bright and vibrant. And then I realized Jesus was walking next to me. And he took me over to the base of this tree and peeled back the grass as though it was freshly laid with sod, ran his fingers through this rich soil, and he said, “You see everything in my Father’s Kingdom is full of life.” And I said, “What do you mean? The soil is alive?” He said, “No, no, no. I didn’t say it’s alive. I said it’s full of life. Everything in my Father’s Kingdom is full of life. In fact, as a citizen of this Kingdom, you, too are full of life. You are a life-bringing who is full of life.” And then I realized in John 5, Jesus said, “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he chooses.” And I used to think that verse was only about Jesus. But I realized it was right on the heels of him saying that the Son does nothing by himself. He only does what he sees his Father doing, which is also true of me. I can’t do anything by myself. I can only do what he does.
SID: Is that why you’re almost like in an observer? You read what God does, in the Bible, and you just do what he does.
ART: If he says it, it’s true. It’s impossible for God to lie.
SID: I’ll tell you what. You have child-like faith. Did anyone ever tell you that? Never grow up.
ART: I believe you.
SID: Okay. I’m commanding you, never grow up. Okay. You saw a video with Todd White.
ART: I saw a YouTube video. I saw Todd White on there, and he said, “Mark 16, Verses 17 and 18, says, ‘These signs will accompany those who believe,'” and it lists them. And he said, “And that means if these signs don’t accompany you, there must be something up with your belief.” Now I was a youth pastor. I got credentials in the Pentecostal denomination. Surely my belief is perfect, right? You can’t tell me there’s something wrong with my belief. So it made me mad, actually. And in order to prove Todd wrong, I started searching. I threw away, not threw away, but set aside every book I had been reading, every Podcast I had been listening to. For three months, I studied only the four Gospels, The Book of Acts and people who were doing the stuff or had done the stuff like John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, and many of the contemporaries. And when I saw the common thread among them all, which was that they all believed it was always God’s will to heal, and they believed that Jesus paid the price for it with his own blood. He wouldn’t pay for something that he didn’t want, that’s what tipped me over the edge. And I decided, all right, I believe this, I’m going for it.
SID: First miracle, tell me about it.
ART: Well I came to that conclusion three months later. I got up in my youth group and I preached, God wants to heal and he wants to use you to do it. And I still had never laid hands on anybody and seen them healed. But I preached it with boldness. And I had these kids break up into the groups and had them lay hands on each other and minister healing. And I stood back because I still didn’t actually believe God was going to use me, even though I preached it with such boldness. And there was an intern at our church named Josh who had an ear infection and some seventh grade boys were praying for him. And he came up and he said, “Pastor, I feel really bad. They prayed for me, nothing happened. What should I do?” From what I had seen on YouTube, I said, “Well just tell him to minister to you again.” I didn’t know, right? So he goes back to lay hands on him again. This time the seventh grade boys come up, “Pastor, I tried everything. What do we do?” Now I’m just, again, I don’t think I can do anything. I’m just trying to be a smart aleck youth pastor who thinks of something they haven’t tried yet. So I go, “What did you try?” They said, “We laid hands on him.” We said, “Be healed in Jesus’ name. We prayed for him, we asked God to do it. Nothing worked.” I said, “Did you try this?” And I walked up to him and stuck my finger in his ear, and I said, “Open,” just as a joke. And the intern goes, “Oh my goodness, that worked.” Of course, I said the same thing.
SID: Man of great faith.
ART: What I learned out of that is that it’s not so much about what you need to do, it’s about who you believe. I didn’t have to feel the right feeling, think the right thoughts, say the right word. Just let Jesus do what he wants to.
SID: Okay. He says it’s so simple that his two-year-old son prays for a miracle. I want to find out about that when we come back.
SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. I just got back from Jerusalem, Israel and I was right in the center of the greatest miracle that has happened since Pentecost. Why is it so important? Not even the miracle I’m going to tell you about. It is because it is shouting the Messiah is coming back soon. Hello. Sid Roth here with Israel Pochtar. And Israel was in Israel when I was in Israel, and we witnessed one of the, not one of the, THE most outstanding miracle that has happened since Pentecost. What happened at Pentecost? Well Peter a fisherman gives a simple little message and 3000 Jewish people come to know the Messiah. Well we had an auditorium jammed pack, something like 650. Now this is not backsliders, this is 650 Jewish people that had never heard the Gospel, standing room only. And all of a sudden, I had words of knowledge. Now what’s going to happen when unsaved Jewish people hear words of knowledge? So many people raised their hand. Israel, I mean, I’m overwhelmed with how many people got instantly healed just as the meeting was started.
ISRAEL: Yes. I can tell you, Sid, when you were there, the Holy Spirit just came and your talk was very convincing. Because I remember watching the faces of people, and you know, with the spirit of faith, people just believed it. They came, many of them, they came as skeptics and non-believers and just one meeting changed their life, and it’s incredible. It’s a miracle.
SID: Would you like to see a clip of all these unsaved Jewish people getting physically healed? Let’s look.
SID: If you have faith that you are having a miracle right now, I would like you to stand up if you want to have a miracle, or don’t have a miracle, don’t stand up. It’s up to you. Now I’m going to count to five and when I say five, test your body and see if the pain is gone. Is that fair? Is that fair? Okay. At five. One, two, three, four, five. If you had a pain when you came in and the pain is gone, I want you to raise your hand high so I can see it. Would you do that right now? Keep your hands up so I can see them. Keep them up. People in the front, turn around and look at all the hands that are up. Look. Okay, there’s more hand. No, you put them down. Put them up. They haven’t all seen them. Please, the ones that have, way back, way back. I’ll wave at you if you wave at me. Is that a miracle? Have you ever seen so many miracles before?
SID: Israel, I am so fascinated with your life. You were born in Crimea, which is the country that’s been under siege for quite a while now and all sorts of problems going on there. And of course, you’re Jewish and there’s no synagogues, there’s no churches. But you had a grandmother that told you about God. Do you remember what she told you?
ISRAEL: Yeah. First of all, she said God exists and is watching you. He knows your every move. He sees you every day. So be careful because [unintelligible] and be careful.
SID: But that put a spark within Israel until he went to school. How old are you, maybe seven years old, the teacher comes in and what does the teacher say to you?
ISRAEL: At this age, for at least in our culture, the teacher was a god, a very important person, big, you know, educated. And she made the class quiet and she said, “I want to announce a very important statement, God does not exist. There is no God.” And she said [unintelligible] they checked it out. There is no God. And she added to it, it was quiet, and she added to it, “Only stupid people believe in God.”
SID: You still prayed to God despite that because of the seed that your grandmother put within you and he could literally feel the presence of God. Then when he was 18, a brand new Gentile believer approached you. What happened?
ISRAEL: He spoke at me about Yeshua, Jesus, and all the Jewishness, and all the obstacles I ever heard just rose in me, and I said, “Traditionally, it’s not for Jewish people, Jesus is not for us.” But he was smart enough to explain the Jewishness of the Bible. I don’t know how he knew that. I believe it’s God, just Holy Spirit moved him. But he said, “Jesus, he was a Jew, a hundred percent Jew. He preached in synagogues and he lived Israel. He never left the territory of Israel.” He said, “The apostles, the holy ones and their pictures in the traditional churches, they all were Jewish.” And he said, “The Bible and New Testament were written by Jews.” Then I said, “Well, keep talking.” He convinced me. And then just…I was ready. By that time, I was ready. I prayed every day, every morning and every night just talking with Heaven, with God, and I didn’t know his name, but just God. And he explained to me that his name is the God of Israel, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Jesus is his son, Yeshua.
SID: The Holy Spirit got a hold of Israel. He’s on fire for God. He’s healing everyone in sight. He’s leading everyone he can lead to the Lord. You come home, you tell your mother the good news, you’re a believer in Yeshua. She doesn’t care. You know, there’s no religion, God is dead. What difference does it make? But she’s very sick. What was wrong?
ISRAEL: Yeah. She was lying in the bed for a month with kidneys. She couldn’t move. That’s why she actually, she really cared. She was very sick. And as I had been told in the little group I joined, that God can heal everybody. And they said to me that I can pray for everybody and lay hands. Now I haven’t seen anybody praying, but I just heard their stories, and I just believed. So I went home and said, Mom, you know, I just found Messiah and became a believer as you told me. And I asked mom, “I would love to pray for you. Is it okay?” She said, yes. [I said,] “Please close your eyes, don’t watch me.” My mom, I am her son and I prayed.
SID: Did you hear what he just said? He said, “Mom, you close your eyes, don’t look at me.” Because he knew he didn’t know what to do. Okay.
ISRAEL: And I laid my hands like I had been told, short prayer, the simplest prayer you can get and asked, “What happened?” “Nothing.” I said, “Well I know God is going to heal you so good-bye.” I left the house. The same evening I came back and she opened the door and told me, and she said, “You left and in three hours I totally got healed and I’m well.” Praise God.
SID: That’s our God. That’s our God. Well okay, so Israel, you realized you don’t know anything. You go to Bible school in Estonia. You meet your wife. You start hearing about Bible prophecies, about the Jews returning to Israel, Israel being a nation in a day. You’re fascinated to discuss it with your wife, and you’re thinking, someday you’re going to go to Israel. But all of a sudden, you hear an audible voice. What did you hear? Who was it that talked to you?
ISRAEL: God was speaking to me. It was obvious God’s strong presence came. And he said to me, “Go to your homeland, go home. You don’t belong here.” And it was surprising, because at that time we had a revival in Crimea and we preached the Gospel everywhere. People were seeing Jesus every day. And I thought, I’m going to the country Israel, I’m going to go to my homeland. When I retire, I will do my job and I will go home.
SID: You know, a lot of American Jews that are believers in the Messiah and non-believers in the Messiah are kind of thinking that. Wrong. I just had to put a commercial in for God, that’s all.
ISRAEL: So I came home and my wife, she received the same word. All my life changed. Our plans changed. It’s now.
SID: So he goes to Israel with a wife and one small child.
ISRAEL: Just born, yeah.
SID: Small child and how much money did you have in your pocket?
ISRAEL: Oh I was rich. I had ten bucks.
SID: Can you imagine going to Israel? He doesn’t speak Hebrew, he’s got $10, he’s going with his wife and a small child, but God has his hand on this young man. And God raised him up as a top evangelist in, I believe, in the Tel Aviv area. And then one day, he’s visiting some people in a small city in Israel. It’s Ashdod, I believe, and all of a sudden, God shows up. What happened? Excuse me, God has a commercial. If you have a pain in your neck and in your back, you are healed in Jesus’ name. Go ahead, Israel.
ISRAEL: So I was driving to the city just praying, relaxing and enjoying, and I hear the crowd, literally. I went to my car to a cloud of glory. Now I assume it took maybe a few seconds, but it was like time had stopped and I had been in a different dimension. So I saw the future of Ashdod and I saw thousands of Messianic believers, Israelis and different nationalities together in one place worshiping Yeshua, in Ashdod. And there is many people, international flags and visitors, and people coming for revival meetings. And I heard the voice of God very clear, “Leave everything behind and move to Ashdod and start a Hebrew-speaking congregation.”
SID: But wait a second. You left everything behind and you came to Tel Aviv, and you’re doing very well now. So when you went home to your wife, what did you say to her and what did she say to you?
ISRAEL: Now I came home. God just spoke to me, excited for joy. I came to my wife and I said, “God spoke to me. We live in Tel Aviv and we’re going to Ashdod.” And her reaction was, Hallelujah! No.
SID: You wish.
ISRAEL: She cried, just cried. Yeah but, she’s a woman of God and she took a few days of prayer, and she back crying again, and she said, “We’re moving to Ashdod. I know it’s our destiny.”
SID: I have to tell you, what this young man did in Ashdod very few people could have done. What this man went through in Ashdod, no one should have to do. But God was with him. His grace, his enabling power is sufficient. And when you hear this, you’ll understand how outrageous what he went through and what God did for him. We’ll be right back.