Keeping It Israel

Keeping It Israel

Join Jeff Futers and his guests talking everything Israel as it relates to Christian faith and the church. If you are a Christian and you stand with Israel, you will be encouraged and challenged by this podcast, and if you’re not so sure about the whole Israel thing…you need to learn how your faith connects with Israel and why standing with Israel matters.

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May 5, 2021 35 min

Until the Pandemic put the brakes on, Canadian Filmmaker, Chris Atkins had been going to Israel multiple times a year since 2005. “I know Jerusalem better than Toronto,” Chris tells Jeff. In this episode of “Keeping it Israel” we learn about Israel from the unique lens of the filmmaker who has experienced and observed it from the sky, up-close-and-personal, and literally (or archaeologically) inside-out. Having sampled food all ove...

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In this episode of "Keeping it Israel" Pastor Jim Woodard takes us back in time - well before the Dead Sea Scrolls - to a time when the Hebrew language was pictorial. He talks about how each, ancient – or ‘Paleo’ – Hebrew letter was a picture that reflected ancient Israelite culture and how a better understanding of the Bible’s original language, helps us perceive it ‘3-dimensionally.’

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In this episode of Keeping it Israel, Jeff interviews Israeli tour guide, Isaac Karasenti who updates us with how COVID has impacted and continues to impact tourism in Israel. As a result of the pandemic, Isaac has been out of work for a while, yet he talks about how archaeology in Israel has flourished, resulting in many exciting new discoveries that bring the Bible to life: In Caesarea Philippi, a Byzantine Church has been uneart...

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In this episode of Keeping it Israel, we change it up a bit: Jeff Futers, Executive Director of First Century Foundations sits in the interviewee seat and his producer asks him about his passion for Israel and his book, Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem. Through this special episode, audiences hear about how Jeff very reluctantly went to Israel for the first time yet recounts that upon arriving he felt "a strange sensation... ...

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In this 2nd half of "Tracking Jesus", Jeff Futers  completes his interview with Archaeologist and Israeli Tour Guide, Danny “The Digger” Herman, reaching the grand finale of Danny's top 10 archaeological discoveries that connect to Jesus. This  2nd episode of “Tracking Jesus” talks about what archaeologists consider to be the most stunning finds related to Jesus - finds that bring the New Testament Bible and the final d...

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In this exciting 2-part episode of Keeping it Israel, Jeff Futers interviews Archaeologist and Israeli Tour Guide, Danny “The Digger” Herman to discuss his top 10 list of archaeological discoveries that connect us to Jesus.  This first “Tracking Jesus” episode both validates and brings to life, the New Testament Bible stories about Jesus. 

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March 24, 2021 28 min

Have you ever wondered whether or not there is a connection between the Jewish celebration of Passover and the Christian celebration of Easter? And did you ever wonder whether or not it may be significant that COVID-19 lockdowns began during this season in 2020? In this Passover/Easter half hour special of Keeping it Israel, Jeff asks the intriguing questions, “Should Passover mean anything to Christians? And how does COVID-19 conn...

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Jeff and Gene continue their conversation about the foreshadow of the Feasts of the Lord or the 'appointed times.' In this last episode of our series, Gene dives into how these seven appointed times foreshadow something coming in the future during the age of Messianic fulfillment. He explains how Jesus or Yeshua fulfilled the first four of these and what the eschatological significance is of the last three.

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Jeff and Gene talk about the foreshadow of the Feasts of the Lord or the 'appointed times.' In this first episode on the feasts, Gene gives us an overview of these seven appointed times, including what they mean and why it was that God asked the Jewish people to observe them. Next week, we go deeper and talk about how that Jesus or Yeshua fulfilled the first four of these and what the eschatological significance is of the l...

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Jeff and Gene talk about the foreshadow of Sabbath. Gene explains how serious Sabbath was to the Jewish people during the Old Testament where they would have to cease one day a week from their work, and how Jesus or Yeshua came to liberate us from our 'works' by His grace and one day we will cease forever from our work in His presence!
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Jeff and Gene talk about the foreshadow of the Temple. Gene explains God's plan to give His kids access to the Father through this foreshadow. He uses the tabernacle and the temple in the OT, but when Jesus comes, something amazing happens...and something even more amazing will take place in the last days when we are in the very presence of the Father and the Son!
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In part 3 of our series with Gene Binder, Gene uncovers the foreshadow of the Torah and how it points to Yeshua. God has always been building his eternal family...and all families need a good set of healthy rules. The Torah unified the people of Israel and identified them as a nation giving them rules for imperfect hearts. But when Yeshua/Jesus came he fulfilled or perfected the law for renewed hearts...and one day in eternity, we ...

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In part 2 of our series with Gene Binder, Gene uncovers the foreshadow of God's covenant with Abraham and how it is a picture of a marriage that looks ahead to fulfillment in Yeshua and ultimately consummation at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! Purchase the book "Connecting the Dots" or get the Amazon Kindle Version!

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Jeff interviews author Gene Binder about his book "Connecting the Dots" in the first of what will be a 6 Episode Series on the subject. From the back cover of the book: "God is writing a grand story - and you have a major role to play! Far too often we live life in a limited an small way. Yet the King of the Universe has crafted a grand narrative and invited you to play a part." Learn about the three episodes of his...

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To honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, Jeff interviews author and researcher Kelvin Crombie from Perth, Australia. Kelvin and Jeff were together on a tour of Poland's concentration camps to study the Jewish life then and now as well as learn about the Holocaust. Kelvin has also been involved in a research project documenting the Jewish Christian Victims of the Holocaust. Kelvin's book "Bazyli &...

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January 20, 2021 40 min

Jeff teaches from Ezekiel 35 and 36 a theology of the land of Israel. Why is this land important to God? Why can it never be given away? And who deserves to posses the land of Israel? Watch and listen as we discover the answers from Scripture.
Acknowledgement: Ideas and outline for this talk came from a message by Dr. Wayne Hilsden, King of Kings Community Jerusalem. Used with permission.

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January 15, 2021 37 min

Jeff teaches about the significance of the Magdala stone found at the archaeological site of the home of Mary Magdalene and what is now the Magdala Tourist Center on the shores of Sea of Galilee near Migdal, Israel. Learn how the markings on the stone give us insight into one of the purposes of the first century synagogue as a place for worship and how they point to the temple in Jerusalem. In addition, we point out the likelihood ...

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Jeff interviews Dr. Jeffrey Garcia, the Assistant Professor of New Testament & Second Temple Literature, Nyack College NYC, NY. Dr. Garcia talks about understanding the Scriptures from a Jewish perspective and also shares about his experiences teaching with the Center for Holy Land Studies and why it so important for students of the Bible to go and experience Israel.

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Jeff interviews Shmuel Salway of Lech L'cha, a discipleship ministry that works with Israeli young adults following their army service to encourage them and help them to solidify and grow in their faith in Yeshua. These young people face pressures and stresses during military service that most in North America and other parts of the world couldn't identify with. Follow Lech L'cha on Facebook.

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Jeff interviews Chad Holland, Lead Pastor King of Kings Community Jerusalem and CEO King of Kings Family of Ministries. Chad shares about the situation in Jerusalem after this second COVID-19 lock down. He also talks about vision for the future and the brand new Hebrew worship releases coming out of King of Kings Worship.

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