INSIDE ITEMS ¼ cBe He God Or The Devil d........3 Shalom From Sandra.............4 News &Views....................5-6 Classic Zola........................7 DeSeifering Our World...........8 ZLM Mission Report..............9 Our Man In Jerusalem...........10 Editorials.......................11-14 Bulletin Board....................18 Hebrew Lesson...................19 Select Briefs..................20-21 Letters To ZLM................22-24 Mark:On The Money.............25 Editorials......................26-31 TV Airing Schedule..............30 Is this Russian-Iranian connection prophetic? A new ZLM TV series develops this theme. F EBRUARY 2008 cBrethren,my heart 9s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. d 3R OMANS 10:1 By Jim Heintz, Associated Press Russia has begun delivering eight planned shipments of nuclear fuel to an Iranian nuclear power plant at the center of the international tensions over Tehran 9s atomic program, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The U.S. has been unhappy about Russia helping Iran build the Bushehr nuclear plant. But President Bush has supported Russia in providing uranium fuel to Iran as long as Moscow retrieves the used reactor fuel for reprocessing, as stipulated in an agreement between Russia and Iran.
cIf that 9s the case 4if the Russians are willing to do that, which I support 4then the Iranians do not need ... more. less.
to know how to enrich, d Bush said. Iran contends the plant is strictly for civilian purposes, but critics say it could be used to advance efforts to build nuclear weapons. The construction of the Bushehr plant has been frequently delayed.<br><br> Russia announced that its construction disputes with Iran had been resolved and said fuel deliveries would continued next page Russia Ships Nuclear Fuel To Iran Pray For The Peaceof Pakistan ByDr.JeffreyL.Seif Benazir Bhutto, 54,was assassi- nated on 27 December 2007. Democratically elected as the first female prime minister of the Muslim country of Pakistan, she served as a leader in an Islamic world where women typically are not granted access to power. She served her first term from 1988 to1990 and held the post again from 1993 through 1996.<br><br> While making a fresh bid to influence Pakistani politics in 2007, she was mercilessly slain by Islamic extremists. In the same year, 40 suicide attacks left 770 Pakistanis dead, and many others wounded 4 further evidence of a world on fire. See Jeff 9s complete tribute at www.levitt.com/news Bushehr nuclear power plant Benazir Bhutto 2FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377).<br><br> RUSSIA SHIPS NUCLEAR FUEL TO IRAN continued begin about a half year before Bushehr was expected to go into service. cAll fuel that will be delivered will be under the control and guarantees of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the whole time it stays on Iranian territory, d the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. cMoreover, the Iranian side gave additional written guarantees that the fuel will be used only for the Bushehr nuclear power plant. d The Russian Foreign Ministry reiterat- ed its calls for Iran to halt enrichment, saying the Russian deliveries mean Tehran has cno objective need d for its own enrichment facility.<br><br> However, Iranian vice president Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said Iran would continue its enrichment activities at a facility in the central city of Natanz to provide fuel for another nuclear reactor it plans in southwestern Iran. Aghazadeh said it will take several moreyears for Iran to install 50,000 centrifuges in Natanz, an industrial- scale enrichment plant, to produce the fuel needed for its second nuclear reactor. This month, Zola Levitt Ministries will be shooting an eight-part prophecy series in Israel wherein we 9ll look more closely at Ezekiel 9s predictions about what Zola once called the ccoming Russian invasion of Israel. d Stay tuned. 4Jeffrey Seif Israel: Iran Could Have Nuclear Bomb By 2010 By Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters Israel believes Iran will have the resources to create a nuclear weapon by 2010 despite a U.S.<br><br> intelligence report that it was not building an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. Olmert told his cabinet that Iran was continuing to enrich uranium and develop ballistic missiles and that Israel would press the U.N. 9s International Atomic Energy Agency to cexpose Iran 9s nuclear weapons activity. d The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said Iran 9s nuclear weapons pro- gram was frozen in 2003 and remained on hold, contradicting an earlier report that the Islamic Republic was bent on building the bomb.<br><br> Olmert said Israel would continue seeking further sanc- tions against Iran, which he said would have enriched enough uranium to create a nuclear weapon by 2010. Israel says an Iranian nuclear weapon would pose a threat to its existence. Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei W ONBY O NE !<br><br> Will you please help us build our army of Jewish-loving, Christian Zionists? If everyone on our mailing list would speak to one or more like-minded friends, and encourage them to call us at 1-800-WONDERS to request our Levitt Letter, we could double our outreach overnight. Please help.<br><br> Notify a friend today. Have them contact us today and help us build can army of one. d Thanks. 4Jeffrey Seif FEBRUARY 2008 P.O.<br><br> BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 3 WHAT A WORLD! c...Be He God Or The Devil d By Dr. David Reagan European leaders, gathered in Lisbon, Portugal, signed cThe Treaty of Lisbon, d which represents an attempt to fur- therstrengthen the European Union, increasing its powers as a super-state while diminishing the national sover- eignty of its 27 member states.<br><br> Unlike the previously proposed consti- tution which required public approval, this treaty will bypass the public since it must be approved only by the parlia- ment of each member state. The pact aims to create a more effective, cen- tralized foreign policy, stronger central leadership, and more democratic decision-making. A new post of foreign minister 4in all but name only 4is being created to give the EU a unified voice in foreign policy.<br><br> He will speak for the EU at international conferences and at world organizations like the United Nations. The European Parliament, which until now has been primarily a debating society, is being given greater power to modify or reject legislation proposed by the EU Commission. The most important change from a biblical viewpoint is the creation of a supreme leadership post.<br><br> In the past the EU has been ruled by a committee called the cEuropean Council d which is made up of the heads of government of the member nations. The chairmanship of this committee rotates every six months. The new treaty creates a full- time president of this Council who will be elected by the heads of government for a two-and-one-half year term, renewable once.<br><br> What the EU has lacked is a strong, centralized executive. The new treaty takes the first step in creat- ing this official by providing for an elected president of the Council. I have anticipated this development for a long time.<br><br> I believe this is paving the way for the rise of the antiChrist, whom I believe will take over the EU and serve as its president. I am reminded of a statement made 60 years ago by Paul Henri-Spaak (1899-1972), the former Prime Minister of Belgium, the first Chairman of the General Assembly of the United Nations (1945), and one of the key founders of the movement toward European unity. He said: cWe do not want another committee.<br><br> We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and, be he God or the devil, we will receive him. d Such a man is on the horizon.<br><br> We are witnessing the resurrection of the Roman Empire, an End Time event prophesied over 2,500 years ago by the prophet Daniel (2:31-45). 4FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). SHALOM FROM SANDRA LEVITT Psalms 118:24 cThis is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it. d King George Tabernacle Baptist Church in King George, Virginia was the first church that asked me to speak after Zola 9s death almost two years ago.<br><br> My friends Becky and Marshall encouraged and supported my speaking to congregations before anyone else. On this particular day, Pastor Sherman Davis was sitting about four rows behind me. When I felt a tap-tap on my shoulder, I turned around and heard him ask, cDo you know where you are going when you die? d Startled by the question, I asked him cDo you know who I am? d I assumed that because I was the wife of Zola Levitt, everyone knew I was a Believer.<br><br> But he kept asking the question. Pastor Davis was just making sure. His wife, Darlene, was in the seat next to him just laughing and shaking her head.<br><br> You could hear her saying, cThat 9s my husband. d I must tell you that it did give me pause. That 9s the kind of witness I want to be. Bold enough to ask a noted Bible teacher 9s wife if she is saved.<br><br> From that day on, Pastor Davis and I have been friends. He was one of the first to call me to speak, and for that I am grateful. He has since gone to Israel as one of our Ambassadors.<br><br> I never thought I would be speaking in front of people, but here I am, even though I came to it saying, cLord, I can 9t do this. d But, I gave each day to Him, and I have done it. Not only have I spoken to many groups, but also I have grown to the point that I cannot wait to tell people about Israel, their Jewish Messiah, and God 9s love. God knew the plans He had for me.<br><br> I just had to follow His lead. I encourage each of you to follow God 9s lead. I know it may not be where you think you can go, but if God is calling you, it is from Him.<br><br> I give God all the glory for the work I do for Him because it is from Him. cI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me d Phil 4:13. Plan on joining Jeff and me on the next tour of Israel, March 23 3April 2, or this summer, June 9 319.Seeing the Land of the Bible will change your life.<br><br> I wish you blessings as you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Sandra Shalom F rom Sandra Please see page 32 for Holy Land 2008 tour details. FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 5 NEWS & VIEWS: ISRAEL DOES NOT STAND ALONE Germany: Duty ToProtect Israel Agence France-Presse, news.yahoo.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she felt a moral duty to protect Israel and would stand firm in the face of Iran 9s nuclear ambitions and its threats to wipe the Jewish state off the map.<br><br> After receiving a prestigious award from the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Merkel said the prize gave her a responsibilityto fight racism and to foster close ties between Germans and the Jewish community. cOnly by accepting Germany 9s past can we lay the foundation for the future. Only in as far as we acknowl- edge our responsibility for the moral catastrophe of Germany 9s history, can we build a humane future. d She said the country could not merely pay lip service to these principles, but will be judged on how firmly it reacts to breaches inside its borders and also beyond them.<br><br> cI believe that in the face of the threat Iran 9s nuclear program poses to Israel, our responsibility must be more than empty words. These words must be backed up by deeds. My government will follow its words with action. d France Vows To Defend Israel By Nicholas Wapshott, www.NYSun.com Reversing the anti- American stance of his many predecessors as president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy heralded a new and optimistic era of American-French relations on his first state visit to the U.S.<br><br> France is ready to defend the existence of Israel, Mr. Sarkozy said, but the existence of a Palestinian Arab cnation state d is essential to end the Jewish state 9s differences with the Palestinians. Mr.<br><br> Sarkozy shrugged off France 9s reputation for anti-Semitism, declaring his full support for the security and integrity of the state of Israel, which, he said, should be guaranteed by international agreement. Mr. Sarkozy told of his efforts, while interior minister, to confront the poison of racial hatred, only to discover that anti-Semitic attacks were not even recorded by his department, which was responsible for law and order.<br><br> German Chancellor Angela Merkel(L) takes seat besides Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. (AFP/DDP/ Marcus Brandt) 6FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). NEWS & VIEWS: CLOTHES THAT KILL Unveiled Women Get Death By Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press Religious vigilantes killed at least 40 women in 2007 in the southern Iraqi city of Basra because of how they dressed, their mutilated bodies found with notes warning against cviolating Islamic teachings. d Police Chief Maj.<br><br> Gen. Jalil Khalaf blamed sectarian groups that he said were trying to impose a strict interpretation of Islam. They dispatch patrols of motorbikes or unlicensed cars with tinted win- dows to accost women not wearing traditional dress and headscarves.<br><br> Before 2003, Basra, Iraq 9s second- largest city, was known for its mixed population and nightlife. Now, in some areas, red graffiti threatens any woman who wears makeup and appears with her hair uncovered: cYour makeup and your decision to forgo the headscarf will bring you death. d Khalaf said bodies have been found in garbage dumps with bullet holes, decapitated, or otherwise mutilated with a sheet of paper nearby saying, cshe was killed for adultery, d or cshe was killed for violating Islamic teach- ings. d In September, the headless bodies of a woman and her 6-year- old son were among those found, he said. No Hijab?<br><br> Father Slays Daughter in Canada AFP, www.breitbart.com Friends and classmates of a 16-year- old girl who police say was murdered by her devout Muslim father in a Toronto suburb told local media she was killed for not wearing a hijab. The victim, Aqsa Parvez, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but tragically passed away. Her father, Muhammad Parvez, 57, was arrested at the scene and formally charged with murder.<br><br> The girl 9s friends told local media she was having troubleat home because she did not conform to the family 9s religious beliefs and refused to wear a traditional Islamic headscarf, or hijab. cShe wanted to go different ways than her family wanted to go, and she wanted to make her own path, but he (her father) wouldn 9t let her, d one of her classmates said. Said another of her friends, cShe just wanted to dress like us, just like a normal person. d The victim 9s 26 year-old brother was charged with obstructing police in the investigation.<br><br> A virtue policewoman apprehends two Islamic dress code violaters in Iran. The police (Mutaween) are demanding separate sidewalks for men and women in Saudi Arabia. High Islamic fashion on display in stores at right.<br><br> What Does God Say About Women 9s Clothes and Hair? By Zola Levitt ( Levitt Letter , Feb. 1996) Ihave been told that our outward appearance is just as important to God as our inward condition.<br><br> That if women are to wear makeup, jewelry, pants, and cut or trim our hair we are out of the will of God. I want to do the Lord 9s will, but am confused especially by the following Scripture: I Cor.11 4 concerning a woman being covered when praying; I Pet.3:3 and I Tim.2:9 4 cplaiting the hair, wearing of gold& d; and Deut.22:5 4 which seems to refer to cross-dressing. Are women 9s pants considered men 9s apparel?<br><br> I realize that we are no longer under the law, but I have been taught that any cmoral d law that was considered an abomination to God is still an abomination. Thank you, K. R.<br><br> Dear K.R. 4 Your letter is a perfect example of the result of churches concentrating on cultural nonessentials rather than on the true imperatives of the Gospel. It reminds me of a family holding a tea party while the house is burning down. This is Old Covenant thinking 4 how to act, dress, etc.<br><br> The Pharisees loved to nitpick about such things. And the belief that God is as concerned about our outward appearance as He is about our inward condition is precisely opposite to Scripture ( cfor man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart d I Sam. 16:7).<br><br> Christ came to set us free from sin, and it is the inward renewing of our hearts and minds through the Holy Spirit that leads to righteous outward actions, not the other way around. God cares about 1) human souls, and 2) Israel and the Church; whether or not women braid their hair is surely low on the list. We need to be concerned above all that our hearts are right with the Lord.<br><br> It is after that point that the Holy Spirit is able to lead us into all truth (John 16:13) and teach us, that we cmay prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God d (Romans 12:2). 4Zola FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 7 CLASSIC ZOLA 8FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377).<br><br> De Seif ering OurWorld By Dr. Jeffrey Seif DE SEIF ERING OUR WORLD frequently (2 Cor. 11:23-33).<br><br> This guy was a virtual riot-maker! Though Paul graciously prayed for his enemies, let 9s remember that he made them too. Had he done nothing with his life 4as seems the case with many Christians today 4 the world would have ignored him, much as it ignores much of the boring and irrelevant in the Church today.<br><br> cPraying for our enemies should not be our priority, as much as making them should be. d It 9s for this and other reasons that I say praying for our enemies should not be our priority, as much as making them should be, by taking stands. Jesus, Paul, and the early brethren did not invoke the ire of the authorities by being really, really nice guys 4the image of today 9s Christians. No.<br><br> They cstirred it up d by boldly contending for principles; and they, as we know, got into trouble by virtue of their so doing. Seems to me that the issue of cpraying for our enemies d is a moot and irrele- vant point for many Christians today. Many simply don 9t have any enemies to pray for because, contrary to the teachings and examples of Jesus and Paul, they are not doing anything to cruffle any feathers d in the world.<br><br> I say, cLet 9s take stands, make enemies and then 4of course 4pray for them. d Should Christians make praying for their enemies an absolute priority? I say , absolutely cNot! d By contrast, I suggest that Christians making enemies should be a priority and then, once made, we should be praying for them. Sound strange?<br><br> Listen up. While Christians are fond of quoting Jesus praying cforgive them; they know not what they do d (Lk. 23:34), we do well to note that, though they didn 9t know what they were doing, Jesus certainly did.<br><br> At one level, they were responding to Jesus 9 having previously and provocatively taken a whip to individuals in the Jewish Temple (see Jn. 2:13-22). Jewish authorities were, in like manner, responding to having been the object of Jesus 9 prophetic scorn in Mt.<br><br> 23:1-35, in the process of which they were referred to as chypo- crites d (v. 14; cf. vv.<br><br> 23, 27), cblind guides d (v. 16; cf. vv.<br><br> 24, 26), cfools d and cblind d (v. 17; cf. v.<br><br> 24); and, as if all this wasn 9t bad enough, Jesus likewise went on record calling them cserpents d and then cbroods of vipers d in v. 33. Though Jesus prayed for His enemies, He also made His enemies on the heels of His provocations.<br><br> Paul, for his part, did much the same. A riot ensued in the wake of Paul 9s early ministry in Damascus, and he was spirited away in a basket to avoid getting killed (Acts 9:23-25). He narrowly escaped Thessalonica, when riots followed there (Acts 17:1-10).<br><br> Luke informs that Paul generated so much discontent in Jerusalem that the authorities ccalled for two centurions& saying 8Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen& and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him to Felix the governor 9 d (Acts 23:23-24). Add Paul 9s own autobiography to this mess, and we learn that he was slashed with whips many times, and on more than one occasion, beaten with rods, stoned with boulders, and imprisoned FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 9 ZLM MISSION REPORT ZLM Mission Trip to Israel By Daniel Williamson To this day I can feel the joy that made my heart jump when I learned I 9d been accepted to join a group going to Israel to minister, love, and encourage God 9s people.<br><br> For this I am grateful to Zola Levitt Ministries 9 cTo The Jew First Fund, d which impacts Israelis and changes them for life. This was my second mission trip to Israel, and I could not wait to get there and start witnessing! I love that the young Israelis are open to listen- ing and hearing the truth.<br><br> They are desperate for The Real Thing. I see a hunger in them for the truth 4the real truth about Yeshua. Out among the people, I had an incredible God-placed urge to tell them that I love them and their coun- try.<br><br> As I did this, the smiles on their faces touched me in a way I will not forget. I feel like I made family in Israel. I made a new home.<br><br> One memorable day, I was drawn to begin a conversation with a man. Then I just listened as he told me about his life and everything he had gone through 4especially in the wars that Israel has fought 4and I was blown away by the stories he told. I remember assuring him that God loved him, and he responded, cYes, I know. d But I repeated myself and said, cIt 9s in a way so much more that He wants you to know. d My heart went out to him because I could sense his hunger for something beyond what he was taught growing up.<br><br> I was able share some Scripture about Yeshua and hand him some teaching materials. It blessed me that he was open and willing to accept me even though I am not from Israel. I learned to let God 9s love shine through me, and to let Him do the work.<br><br> This was an experience I will never forget. It was more than just doing; it was about being the example that Christ told us to be. My heart longs for Israel and the people in such a way that I cannot put into words.<br><br> I am indeed grateful that the supporters of Zola Levitt Ministries sent me to the place I will one day call home. Daniel (left) at the Garden Tomb Will King 10FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). OUR MAN IN JERUSALEM If You Build It, The World Will Protest By Will King, www.imagesofisrael.com Is east Jerusalem a settlement?<br><br> This is the question that many are asking. The Israeli government 9s Housing and Construction Ministry recently announced that it was seeking tenders for building some 300 new homes in Jerusalem. However, the neighborhood, Har Homa, is located in the very southeastern part of the city between Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and the Pales- tinian-occupied city of Bethlehem.<br><br> Its location across the Green Line, the ceasefire line after the Arab invasion of Israel in 1948, has rekindled the debate over Israeli building projects in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank). If you ask a Palestinian Authority official, he will undoubtedly recite the familiar rhetoric: they demand all of the territory in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza that Israel captured in 1967 from Jordan and Egypt (not from cPalestin- ians d).<br><br> Chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia recently said, cJerusalem is part of the Palestinian territories, and (Israel) should not build settle- ments on it, the same as the other areas occupied in 1967. d The United Nations for a very long time has had an anti-Israel agenda in its many General Assembly and sub- committee meetings. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said of the planned expansion in Har Homa: cThe UN position on the illegality of settlements is well known. d The United States has also come out against the plans to build more housing in Jerusalem. In a recent press conference, spokesman for the Department of State Tom Casey said, cYou know our position on settlements.<br><br> It is outlined in the Road Map and we certainly want to see both Israelis and Palestinians honor the commitments that they have made there. d Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters at a separate press conference: cWe are in a time when the goal is to build maxi- mum confidence with the parties, and this doesn 9t help to build confidence. d But how do the Israelis see the issue of building in east Jerusalem? Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 9s office, said in a statement, cIsrael makes a clear distinction between the West Bank and Jerusalem. Israel has never made a commitment to limit our sovereignty in Jerusalem.<br><br> Implemen- tation of the first phase of the Road Map does not apply to Jerusalem. d The Har Homa neighborhood, which today has 5,000 residents on 460 acres, was first built under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997. Although across the Green Line, it is located within Jerusalem 9s municipal bound- aries. Therefore, Israel sees it not as a settlement in Judea and Samaria, but rather as any other part of Jerusalem.<br><br> Israel has already committed itself to a settlement freeze in Judea and Samaria, but Jerusalem is one of the so-called cfinal status issues d that are to be settled only in the final phase of negotiations in the Road Map. The bottom line is that Har Homa is notin violation of the Oslo Accords, the settlement freeze, or the Annapolis Conference. FEBRUARY 2008 P.O.<br><br> BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 11 STUPID INTELLIGENCE was Iran 9s recent war on Israel using its Hezbollah proxy and the fact that there is no conceivable economic reason for the oil-rich nation to purify uranium. President Ahmadinejad praised the NIE and actually pronounced cvictory d over the Bush administration 9s efforts to build an international movement capable of forcing Iran to abandon uranium enrichment. Israeli analysts despaired.<br><br> Minister Yitzhak Cohen compared the NIE to World War II era intelligence reports that discounted evidence of the ongoing Holocaust. Many people, myself included, believe that the likelihood of war in the Middle East has been increased by the NIE. I have some simple questions.<br><br> Who did this? Who are they and what axes are they grinding? Were they encouraged, like author and former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer, by political operatives within the intelligence community to attack President Bush 9s Middle East policy and America 9s alliance withIsrael?<br><br> Are they cin the know d ? I say cno. d We 9ll probably never know all the facts. I recognize the need for secrecy when it comes to ongoing investigations of terrorist organizations and critical international negotiations.<br><br> There are certainly times when the public 9s desire to know has to come second. Right now, however, it looks to me as if an entrenched intelligence bureaucracy, the same people who missed the al- Qaeda threat, are exploiting their secret status to manipulate foreign policy with neither accountability nor oversight. There 9s No Business Like Know Business By Patrick Cox, Contributing Editor If you 9ve been following intelligence reports regarding the Middle East these last few months, you 9re probably as confused as I am about what 9s really going on over there.<br><br> There is, however, one bit of information that is coming through loud and clear in the conflict- ing and bewildering actions of the CIA and other covert agencies: the same public political battle over America 9s relationship with Israel is going on in secret among our most powerful spymasters. A National Intelligence Estimate released in December was clearly designed to give the impression that Iran has called off its own nuclear weapons development program 4 despite Iranian President Ahmadinejad 9s periodic statements bragging of his country 9s success in producing weapons grade uranium. Criticism of the NIE report was swift and furious by legions of experts who pointed out that, hidden in the fine print, were serious warnings that no actual evidence supporting the claims that Iran has abandoned plans to build nuclear weapons exists.<br><br> President Sarkozy of France made the unprecedented point of disagreeing with the U.S. intelligence and agree- ing with Israel 9s opinion that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. President Bush publicly disagreed with the report 9s summary statement, but America 9s mainstream media, normally hyper-skeptical of anything our intelligence agencies say, success- fully sold the report as evidence that the U.S.<br><br> government has been perse- cuting the innocent Iranians 4for- getting apparently Ahmadinejad 9s repeated promises to see Israel cwiped off the map. d Also forgotten 12FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). AND THE SECULARISTS WIN! No Room At The Inn For Bibles By Roya Wolverson, www.Newsweek.com In the rooms of Manhattan 9s trendy Soho Grand Hotel guests can enjoy an eclectic selection of underground music, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and even the living company of a complimentary goldfish.<br><br> But, alas, the word of God is nowhere to be found. Unlike traditional hotels, the 10-year- old boutique has never put Bibles in its guest rooms, because csociety evolves, d says hotel spokeswoman Lori DeBlois. Providing Bibles would mean the hotel cwould have to take care of every guest 9s belief. d What might be surprising to many Americans is that the Bible-free room isn 9t a development just in hip New York City hotels.<br><br> Across the country upscale accommodations are doing away with the Bible as a standard room amenity. And in its stead have arrived a slew of clifestyle d products that cater to a younger, hipper (and presumably less religious) clientele. Since 2001 the number of luxury hotels with religious materials in the rooms has dropped by 18 percent, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association.<br><br> The Nashville- based Gideons International, which has distributed copies of the Christian scripture to hotels since 1908, declined to comment on this trend. Edgier chains provide cintimacy kits d with condoms in the minibar, and a cOne Night Stand d package for guests seeking VIP treatment at local night- clubs and late checkout for the hazy morning after. Even the staid Marriott chain, founded by a Mormon, is debating whether or not to include Bibles in its yet-to-be- named boutique chain.<br><br> Marriott spokesman John Wolf says the Bible question is premature for the new venture, which he describes as ccutting-edge, d cmore urban d and cless values-oriented. d Now, there 9s a marketing slogan no one 9s tried yet: cSleep with us. Leave the values at home. d One thing travelers could count on in their hotel rooms: a Bible in the bedside table. But like many traditions, this one may be dying.<br><br> FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 13 GOOD NEWS Green Tea Repairs Brain Cells By Hana Levi Julian, www.IsraelNN.com Green tea has long been thought to have a healing effect on the human body. Now a study by an Israeli scientist has found proof in the laboratory of the Technion Institute of Science in Haifa.<br><br> A research team led by Dr. Silvia Mandel found that green tea extract fed to mice with Parkinson 9s and Alzheimer 9s disease protected the brain cells from dying. It also stopped the process of degeneration in cells that were already affected.<br><br> The research findings showed that the main anti- oxidant polyphenol found in green tea extract, called EGCG, reduced compounds at the molecular level that lead to lesions in the brain. The amount of EGCG injected into the mice was equal to that found in approximately two to four cups of green tea per day. Her study, presented at the Fourth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health in Washington D.C., was one of the first to show the actual mechanism of EGCG when it enters the neurons in the brain.<br><br> Mandel said a cneuro-rescue d study by one of her Ph.D. students showed EGCGnot only prevented further deterioration of brain cells in mice affected with Parkinson 9s disease, but also helped regenerate the neurons that were already damaged. cIn the past, it was thought that once brain cells were damaged, there was no way to repair them.<br><br> The major question is whether these promising results are reproducible in humans, d said Mandel. Muslim Helps Jews Build Synagogue Israel Today Jewish residents in the small, rural town of Springdale, Arkansas finally achieved their dream of building a synagogue, but with unlikely help: that of a Pales- tinian, Muslim contractor. Temple Shalom congregants had met in a home, or wherever they could, until they bought land for a synagogue.<br><br> Contractor Fadil Bayyari, an immigrant to the U.S., waived his regular fee, saving the Temple at least $250,000. Jeremy Hess, a founding member of Temple Shalom and building project coordinator, said Bayyari taught him that cyou can 9t judge anyone except by the character of what they are. d cAbraham is our forefather, d Bayyari said. cWe 9re first cousins.<br><br> How we got to hate each other is beyond me. d What a marvelous story. In today 9s world, I wish that Mr. Bayyari 9s senti- ment was more the crule d and less the cexception. d Would that there were millions more like him.<br><br> 4Jeffrey Seif 14FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). THEOLOGICAL DISPUTE John Hagee Controversy By Dr. Jeffrey L.<br><br> Seif Recently, a consortium of Messianic Jewish scholars proffered an official declaration taking Pastor John Hagee to task for inappropriate theological innovations. Though asked to partici- pate, I declined, because the whole affair saddens me and I didn 9t want to get Zola Levitt Ministries involved. As many of you know, over the years Pastor John Hagee has shown himself to be a real friend of the Jews 4one of the best.<br><br> His intransigent personal and professional support for Israel 4 articulated time and time again in his church, through conferences, and over his syndicated TV program 4has caught the attention of evangelical Christianity and world Jewry, and gained him acceptance in the corri- dors of power in secular and religious Jewish circles. With other Messianic Jewish leaders, I rejoiced in his good success. cJews did not reject Jesus as Messiah d However, in his recent book, In Defense of Israel, Pastor Hagee takes a theological turn that makes many in the Messianic Jewish world feel betrayed and prompts cries of cheresy. d Hagee says: cJews did not reject Jesus as Messiah d (p.<br><br> 132), cJesus was to be a light to the gentiles d 4 not the Jews (p. 133), cthe message of the Gospel was from Israel not to Israel d (p. 134), and chad Jesus permitted himself to become the reigning Messiah to the Jews, he would have missed the sovereign will of God for his life d (p.<br><br> 134). Hagee goes on to say: cit was not the Father 9s will, nor his, to be Messiah d (p. 138), and, cThe Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah of the Jews d (p.<br><br> 140). The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations 4one of the Messianic movement 9s most significant, formal associations of Messianic Jewish theologians and rabbis/pastors 4 tendered a critical response, as have a variety of other Messianic Jews. The MJAA response can be pulled from their website ( www.umjc.net ), where they show Hagee the respect due him but gently unpack what seem to be his errors.<br><br> Pastor Hagee may just be playing with words, wanting to underscore that Jesus came at the first, only to be rejected 4 and thus did not want to be the reigning Messiah anticipated by Israel. Hagee may be saying that when He returns, at the Second Coming, He will be willing to be the glorious and reigning Messiah that Israel envisions and has long anticipated. If this is what Hagee means, maybe we just need to understand him more clearly.<br><br> Zola Levitt Ministries wishes him the best, personally and professionally. We hope he 9ll either help us understand what we 9re missing in what he 9s saying, or that he will rethink what he is saying, and accept the correction from the Messianic Jewish leaders who love him but are concerned by his intellectual waywardness on this point. Pastor John Hagee FEBRUARY 2008 P.O.<br><br> BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 15 FEATURE ITEM Daniel and the Last Days 9 Battlefor Planet Earth Eight 30-minute TV programs on 2 DVDs,offered on page 16. Jeff compares today 9s news to yesterday 9s prophecies,demonstrating that we live in ominous times.Co-host Sandra gives key insights to world events with a Word-inspired perspective.Zola con- tributes with classic teaching episodes,interview segments,and timeless music. The Personal Battle Focuses on Daniel 9s personal faith and piety and underscores the importance of individuals being cready dat day 9s end.Looks at what was on Daniel 9s mind and in his heart.<br><br> The Battle for Time History is not spiraling out of control,but is moving in accordance with a pre- determined plan.Daniel 9s prophecies mention Jesus 9first coming,His death, the destruction of Jerusalem,the re-gathering of Israel,the still-to-come Tribulation period,the Messiah 9s second coming,and the final battle. The Culture Battle Those troubled by today 9s headlines will appreciate Daniel 9s ancient prophecies of a cWestern d(Greek) culture squaring off against an cEastern d(Persian) culture. These connections prove both interesting and alarming.<br><br> The Spiritual Battle That we cwrestle not with flesh and blood dbecomes apparent as we consider the emergence and naming of carchangels d 4both Gabriel and Michael.Here we discuss the roles and functions of angels,particularly their service in helpingBelievers personally and Israel politically. The Leader of the Evil Empire Characteristics of the antiChrist 9s person and administration are considered in this segment,along with a brief description of his limits and eventual demise. The Battle Plan This program considers the antiChrist 9s temporary dominion and his displace- ment when the Messiah eventually returns.Daniel notes the devil 9s influence over the world,informing us that his day will come 4at the end.<br><br> The Battle Royal,I The dreaded cBattle of Armageddon dis explored as we examine Daniel 9s prophetic assessment of the world 9s final countdown and conflict. The Battle Royal,II Here we follow Christ 9s triumphant entrance onto the stage of the human drama and witness the consequent displacement of wickedness.After we explore the prophetic words of John and Zechariah,viewers 9hearts will warm as we say, cHe is coming soon 4and we must be ready! d O RDER F ORM ___ Zola 9s Introduction to Hebrew $29 _____ ___ Whose Land Is It? $4 _____ ___ Woman By Divine Design $10 _____ Zola & Jeff onVideo DVD & VHS Qty Videos Price Total ___ Audio/VHS Package) $399 Value $99 _____ ___ A Child Is Born (1 prog) (1-VHS) $19 _____ (1-DVD) $19 _____ ___ A Pilgrim 9s Journey (9 prog)(3-VHS) $49 _____ (3-DVD) $49 _____ ___ Age Of Terror (8 prog)(2-DVD)$49_____ ___ Bad Moon Rising(8 prog)(2-DVD)$49_____ ___ Beloved Thief 3 Musical (1-VHS) $19 _____ (60 min)(1-DVD) $19 _____ ___The Best of Zola 9s Music Videos (2-DVD)$49_____ ___ The Bible: The Whole Story(2-DVD)$39 _____ (7 prog) ___ The Covenants of God(2-VHS)$49_____ (8 prog)(2-DVD)$49_____ ___ The Crusaders (8 prog) (2-DVD)$49_____ ___ Daniel & Last Days 9Battle...(2-DVD)$49 _____ (8 prog) ___ Evidence of God (8 prog) (2-VHS) $49_____ (2-DVD)$49_____ ___ Feast of Lights (3 prog) (1-DVD) $19_____ ___ Genesis One (2 prog) (1-VHS) $19_____ ___ Gospel According to Isaiah(2-DVD)$49_____ (8 prog) ___ The Holocaust (6 prog) (2-VHS) $39 _____ (2-DVD) $39 _____ ___Holy Days of Our Lord(11 prog)(3-DVD)$69_____ ___In Loving Memory (90 min) (1-DVD)$19_____ ___Israel,TheChurch&TheFuture(3-VHS)$69_____ (7 hr) (4-DVD)$69 _____ ___Israel My Love (6 prog)(2-DVD)$39_____ ___ Mine Eyes Have Seen(1 Music DVD)$19_____ ___ The Miracle of Passover(1-VHS)$19_____ (2 prog)(1-DVD)$19 _____ ___ Revelation (6 prog) (2-DVD)$39 _____ ___ Roadmap to Armageddon (3-VHS)$69 _____ (12 prog) ___ Secrets of the Scrolls (2-VHS) $49 _____ (7 prog) (2-DVD) $49 ____The Seven Feasts of Israel(2-VHS)$49 _____ (7 prog) (2-DVD) $49 _____ ___ Sons of Israel (9 prog) (3-VHS)$59_____ (3-DVD) $59 _____ ___ The Stones Cry Out (12 prog)(3-DVD)$69 _____ ___ Tell It On the Mountains (3-VHS) $59 _____ (9 prog) ___ The Temple (6 prog) (2-VHS) $39 _____ (2-DVD) $39 _____ ___ This Is Israel (12 prog) (3-VHS)$69_____ ___ Thy Kingdom Come(3-VHS)$69 _____ (12 prog) (3-DVD)$69 _____ ___Upon This Rock Special-(1-VHS)$19_____ (60 min)(1-DVD)$19_____ ___Voices From Israel (10 prog) (3-VHS)$59_____ ___ The Witnessing Series (1-VHS) $29_____ (1-DVD) $29_____ ___ cWhose Land is It? d(1-VHS) $19_____ ( 3 prog)(1-DVD) $19_____ Z OLA 9 S C LASSIC 12-B OOKLET S TUDY L IBRARY S PECIAL O FFER : 50 OF Z OLA 9 S C LASSIC S TUDY B OOKS A BOVE (M IXOR M ATCH ) $49____ MATERIALS LIST, SPECIAL OFFERS & ORDER FORM Books Qty Books Price Total ___ The Spirit of Pentecost $3 _____ ___ The Seven Feasts of Israel $3 _____ ___ The Miracle of Passover $3 _____ ___ The Promised Land $3 _____ ___A Christian Love Story $3_____ ___ The Second Coming $3 _____ ___ Seven Churches $3 _____ ___ Glory!<br><br> The Future of Believers$3 _____ ___ How Can a Gentile Be Saved?$3 _____ ___ In My Father 9s House $3 _____ ___ Israel, My Promised $3 _____ ___ Jerusalem Forever $3 _____ ___An Israeli Love Story $8 _____ ___ Battles With Seminaries$10_____ ___ The Beginning of The End $8 _____ ___ The Bible Jesus Read $10_____ ___ Broken Branches: Zola on Replacement Theology $5 _____ ___ Coming: The End! 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FEBRUARY 2008 P.O.<br><br> BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 17 Any amount that exceeds the listed price is considered a tax-deductible gift to our ministry. Name Shipping Address Billing Address (if different) City State Zip Donor # Phone No. ( ) (See number above your name on mailing label) My check is enclosed for $Please charge $ to: Card #Exp.<br><br> / Card ID# required OOOO Cardholder 9s Signature 18FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). ZLM Bulletin Board Zola 9s Tours to Israel: See page 32 for details cCome Home! d Increase Church Membership When churches invite any of our ministry 9s four speakersto teach their congregations, we mail announcements to our newsletter subscribers so that they can attend the events.Many churches have noticed impressive turnouts of new guests who appreciate messianic,pro-Israel teaching. Please contact our ministry for information on inviting Jeff,Sandra,Dr.Tom McCall,or Dr.Todd Baker (above) to demonstrate a Passover celebration or to speak on topics ranging from The Seven Feasts of Israel to Biblical ProphecyFulfillment in Modern Times.<br><br> 102-year-old ZLM Donor At Leonard Barnes 9s 100th birthday celebra- tion on January 30,2006,the White House presented him an American flag that once flew over the Capitol Building.Are any of our Levitt Letter readers older than 102? $99 VHS/Audiocassette Closeout 3 75% Discount Here 9s your chance to add $399 worth of our ministry 9s VHS tapes and audiocassettes to your library or gift inventory f or only $99 plus tax and shipping (please use the order form on page 17).The six VHS titles alone are worth more than $250,and then we add nine music tapes plus seven teach- ing-tape titles. This is a whole bunch of teaching and music at a 75% discount!<br><br> What a terrific contribution to your church or to that special someone who prefers tapes.We cannot promise which items you 9ll receive,but they 9re all new in the wrapper and the same titles currently offered at full price on DVDs and CDs. This cA udio/VHS P ack age doffer is good only while supplies last. Join the King David Club Help us bring in the Kingdom!!<br><br> If you can donate $10,000,you will receive the following with our grateful thanks: One each of all our teaching materials (more than $2,400 worth),for your own library,or to give away. One $500 discount on each of up to four (4) of our tours to Israel. A one-on-one telephone conference with Jeff to discuss this ministry 9s goals,plans,and visions.<br><br> The Importance of Giving By John J. Parsons Hebrew Lesson The Importance of Giving In Jewish tradition, tzedakah is an act of righteousness that comes from our duty to help others in need. It is sometimes understood as ccharity, d but the root word means justice or fairness rather than philanthropy or generosity.<br><br> Tzedakah means cdoing the right thing d by demonstrating tzedek (justice, fairness) in your life. The Scriptures command: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: cjustice, justice you shall pursue d (Deut.16:20), and therefore helping others in need is a divine imperative. A person who routinely practices righteousness is called a tzaddik, a righteous man (a tzedeket is a righteous woman).<br><br> Followers of Yeshua (Jesus) are to be known as tzaddikim (Matt. 5:16; 1 John 2:29, 3:7,10) because they demonstrate their love by giving to others. Some of the Jewish sages have said that practicing tzedakah is among the highest of all the mitzvot (commandments), along with teshuvah (repentance) and tefillah (prayer).<br><br> Indeed, tzedakah is declared to be life-giving: be 9orach-tzedakah chayim 4 cin the path of tzedakah there is life. d Note that this verse further identifies the tzaddik as gracious (from chanan, one of the key attributes of the Name of the Lord given in Ex. 34:6-7) and giving (from natan, the root of the Hebrew word for gift). The tzaddik goes beyond the obligation to perform tzedakah as a mere outward duty and practices benevolent love.<br><br> Of course the greatest act of tzedakah was demonstrated by the gracious gift of Yeshua as our sacrifice for sin. He alone truly fulfilled the Torah of Moses and gave Himself as a sacrificial offering upon the cross at Moriah to save the world from the wrath of God (2 Cor. 5:19; John 3:36).<br><br> By means of His substitutionary death, those who trust in Him are also justified as tzaddikim, since cthe tzaddik shall live by faith d (see Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal.<br><br> 3:11). Ultimately, then, this verse is about Jesus 4 the Righteous One who is gracious and giving to all who call upon him. Blessed be His Name.<br><br> FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 19 20FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). SELECT BRIEFS Atheism For Kids By Gene Edward Veith, www.leaderu.com It sounds like a storyline for one of the projected new Narnia books: A wizard creates another parallel fantasy world, one that is, in every way, the exact opposite of Narnia.<br><br> Whereas Narnia is a realm of light, moral order, and Christian symbolism, this new world is grounded in darkness, rebel- lion, and atheistic symbolism. This new parallel universe grows in popularity and power, whereupon the wizard and his minions launch an attack on Narnia itself. But this is not a storyline for a new Narnia book; the attack on Narnia is happening in the real world.<br><br> Philip Pullman is the author of His Dark Materials, a bestselling fantasy trilogy for children that in sales and popularity ranks just behind the Harry Potter series. Pullman 9s seriesis about a cosmic struggle against the cKingdom of Heaven. d Its ruler is an old man with a white beard 4described as a doddering, senile sadist 4who tries to make everyone conform to his wishes at the threat of eternal punishment. This is Mr.<br><br> Pullman 9s portrayal of God. Hypocritical churches enforce His tyrannies on Earth. The children in the novels must join with rebel angels to overthrow this tyrant and to replace this authoritarian hierarchy with a more egalitarian cRepublic of Heaven. d The storyline unfolds in a labyrinthine plot that is part science fiction and part dark fantasy, seasoned with old-fashioned scientific materialism, libertarian ethics, and esoteric symbolism.<br><br> The anti-Christian subtext of the series grows from book to book. Readers can easily miss it in the first U.S.Torture Tactics volume, The Golden Compass. In the second, The Subtle Knife, the caricature of God as a cruel old man becomes explicit.<br><br> By the third, The Amber Spyglass, characters are openly going beyond the fantasy universe to say things like, cThe Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that 9s all. d Read this entire book review and Veith 9s conclusions at www.levitt.com/news . Embarrassed To Be A Christian news.bbc.co.uk Tony Blair avoided talking about his religious views while in office for fear of being labeled ca nutter, d the former UK prime ministerrevealed. In an interview for the BBC One production The Blair Years, he said that his faith had been chugely important d to his premiership.<br><br> His ex-spokesman Alastair Campbell once told reporters: cWe don 9t do God. d Campbell has now acknowledged to the program that his former boss cdoes do FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 21 SELECT BRIEFS continued God in quite a big way, d but that both men feared the public would be wary. During the interview, Blair said having faith was a crucial component for him in having the character to take on the prime minister 9s job.<br><br> cFor me, having faith was an important part of being able to do that, d he said. But while it was commonplace in the U.S. and elsewhere for politicians to talk about their religious convictions, he added, cyou talk about it in our system and, frankly, people do think you 9re a nut. d Campbell added that the former prime minister always asked his aides to find him a church to attend, wher- ever he happened to be, each Sunday.<br><br> cI think his close circle always under- stood that there was a part of him that was really, really important. On that kind of spiritual level it did inform a lot of what he talked about, what he read... what he felt was important. d Greek Church: cNoLandToJews! d By Aaron Klein, www.WorldNetDaily.com Theophilos III, the man enthroned as Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, has been asked by church leaders to cancel the sale to Jewish groups of landconstituting a key entrance to Jerusalem 9s Old City.<br><br> Ownership of the land in question 4two hotels that make up a large section of the Jaffa Gate, the principal entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem 4could be crucial in the future status of Jerusalem during up- coming Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The question of the ownership of the Jaffa Gate properties is at the center of a debate. A top church official said Theophilos 9 leadership will stand against selling land to Jews.<br><br> cAny deal that can serve the judiazation of Jerusalem is against the policy Theophilos wants the church to adopt. Eastern Jerusalem is for the Palestinians. d Muslim Activists Infiltrate Presidential Debates www.WorldNetDaily.com Radical Islamist groups are planting activists posing as ordinary Muslim Americans to ask candidates questions at the presidential debates. The controversial Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR), several of whose leaders have been prosecuted on terror-related charges, sent the executive director of its Chicago chapter to take part in the Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, which was supposed to be an opportunity for cordinary people d to ply candidates with questions.<br><br> At the debate, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab stood up and asked if they would help Muslims fight cprejudice d and other cabuses d such as hate crimes. Despite Rehab 9s assertion that Muslims are victims of hate crimes and other abuses, the FBI released 2006 data showing the overwhelming majority of such crimes 466 percent 4target Jews. At the Republican debate in St.<br><br> Petersburg, Florida, a former CAIR intern challenged GOP presidential hopefuls about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Wearing a hijab, Yasmin Elhady complained they 9ve created anger in the Muslim world. cMy question has to do with the current crisis in Iraq, as well as the U.S.<br><br> efforts in Afghan- istan, d she said. cWhat would you do as president to repair the image of America in the eyes of the Muslim world? d Theophilos III 22FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). Some letters have been edited for space.<br><br> Letter From A Muslim Jeff Seif, Your calling yourself a theologian is an exaggeration and a belittlement of the status of theologians. A preacher, author, propagandist, columnist. I can see those titles, but not a theologian.<br><br> Not only is your monthly letter void of any spiritual fruit or gems of religious enlightenment, but it is also full of errors and deception. I hold it in contempt. As for your constant criticism of Islam, you only prove to me your ignorance of Islam.<br><br> Don 9t forget what the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) was calling to 4the worship of the One True God, to enjoin good and forbid evil, to shun sin and disobedience to God, to pray to God and fast, and give to charity to the poor, the destitute, and the needy. I expect your view from the Godless, not from those who claim to be men of God. Re-examine your views and stances.<br><br> May Allah Guide You to the Truth, B. C. Thanks for writing, B.C.<br><br> 3 I believe that everyone who shares a word about God is at that moment serving as a theologian; the only question is whether someone is a good theologian or a bad one. So, though I may be a horrible theologian in your estimation, I am one nonetheless. That out of the way, I commend the virtues espoused in your recitation of Mohammed 9s ccalling, d as you put it.<br><br> If you would please remind everyone in the Middle East who claims to follow Mohammed that this is the essence and substance of Islam, then perhaps theologians like me won 9t take issue with a religion that has lofty rhetoric in theory, but causes untold miseries in practice. May Your Mind and Your Conscience Guide You Back to Reality, 4Jeffrey Seif Thanks for not only a wonderful 2007 but also, if the Lord tarries, what promises to be an eventful and rewarding 2008! Ladies, Left to Right: Jane, Marty, Debbie, Anette, Marta, Dahlia, Sandra, Kate, Sandra, Cynthia.<br><br> Guys, Left to Right: Greg, Mark, Jeff, Will, Scott, Daniel. FEBRUARY 2008 P.O. BOX 12268 " DALLAS, TX 75225-0268 " (214) 696-8844 " WWW.LEVITT.COM 23 LETTERS TO ZLM continued No Icons, Please Shalom, Sandra and Jeff, Have you ever considered a tour to Israel without the Catholic/pagan sites?<br><br> I have been on two tours (not Zola 9s) and was sickened by all the gaudyicons and swirling smoke lanterns. Love your magazine and TV presentation. Yours in Yeshua, H.K.<br><br> Dear H.K. 4 Many people have vested interests in the cHoly Land, d do they not? Some tours are geared to Catholics 9 interests, others to Protestants 9. Participants on Jewish tours disregard all the Christian holy sites and focus, instead, on places deemed significant for modern Jews.<br><br> Typically, pilgrims who come with us want to see Israel through Jewish eyes, and are pleased when we, likewise, embellish their travel experience with prophecy-related insights from the Word. 4Jeffrey Seif On our Israel and Greek tours, we make distinctions between ctraditional d and cauthentic d sites. An example of a ctraditional d site would be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and an example of an authentic site would be the Southern Steps of the Temple in Jerusalem.<br><br> For sure Yeshua walked on these steps. It is important to remember as we follow in the footsteps of Yeshua and the apostles that it is not the exact where, but the why. Our tour has always been heavy on the authentic sitesand I invite you to join us on an upcom- ing tour.<br><br> Blessings, 4Sandra d Rush Order, Please Dear ZLM, Your timeline, c4-5 weeks for processing, d puzzles me. In my humanness, I question your customer service perspective. In my heart, I ask if an increasing desire for knowledge and understanding should be held at bay or even squelched.<br><br> Is not what you supply more important than the next T-shirt, which arrives in 48-72 hours or 24 hours rush? Is this a ploy for hidden fees? I hope not.<br><br> Shalom, M.L.M. Dear M.L.M. 4 Nope&no hidden ploy for hidden fees here, or any other ploys for that matter. This ministry gives away lots of free television and newsletters, and is much more than an order fulfillment company.<br><br> We process many contributions and don 9t mark up our teaching materials very much, and we hire minimal staff so as to conserve funds.Our nominal rush charges aren 9t much compared with our monstrous airtime invoices. 4Mark Hello God! It 9s Sid.<br><br> Can you hear me now?? 24FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS OR DONATIONS, YOU MAY CALL 1-800-WONDERS (966-3377). LETTERS TO ZLM continued Spreading The Gospel In Israel Dear ZLM, Would you kindly address a question about Israel, namely the issue of proselytizing?<br><br> I 9ve heard the country has strong anti-conversion laws. Does this mean that witnessing to a Jewish person is illegal? God Bless, L.<br><br> D. Dear L.D. 3 Judaism 9s national homeland does have a law designed to protect the national character from outside influences, with a provision against religions evangelizing in Israel.<br><br> A democracy, however, the State does not enforce this. Nevertheless, groups of Orthodox discontents do stir up trouble and endeavor to hinder the Gospel 9s advancement 4to no avail, however. The Gospel is expanding in Israel. 4Jeffrey Seif Spreading The Gospel In Prison Dear ZLM, I am an inmate in the North Carolina Correctional System.<br><br> I have found several of your newsletters and enjoy them immensely. I have been struggling with the importance of Christianity maintaining its link to Judaism, and find your outlook fresh and refreshing, as well as informative. Sincerely, D.<br><br> T. The Duties of Deacons Dear Zola Levitt Ministries, About your straight talk, I catch a little grief in the Sunday School class I teach as a deacon, to my biblical description of a deacon 4his duties and attitude. Please pay no heed to the naysayers; stay the course and keep the faith.<br><br> Your Brother in Christ, R. S. Dear R.S. 4 In biblical times, the cdeaconate d acted principally as the church 9s service entity, constituted to dispense grace to those inside and outside the Church.<br><br> Today, with pastoral salaries to approve, with physical plants 9 mortgages to meet, and with the need to manage other tangible church assets, the cdeaconate d has become an institution that charts the church 9s course and keeps the preacher cin line, d i.e., on that course. Disempowered pastors often become mere c