to Get Back
I want to
say, I’m thrilled to be here. It was
hard making a decision to come, because I had so much on my plate.
But I really pray that I’m going to receive, and give much, as we bring to
the table what the Lord really shows to us. Thank you, Chris, for your
obedience to the Lord and your faithfulness. And I love what John said that
we are here because we are seekers of truth, because we are open. God’s
work is progressive as we open our hearts to Him. But you know next year
I’m going to be a lot farther than I am today.
know why He chose Abraham? The Scriptures tell us why. Because He knew
Abraham would teach his children and that he would have a teachable spirit.
even know how long ago it was when He started to reveal to me this truth
about Ephraim and Judah. It was long before I could even talk about it,
because by and large, folks just can’t understand in both Christianity and
Judaism. And it was so exasperating to me because I feel that it’s a vital
part of God’s Word. You know it’s there. How we could all have been so
blind, I don’t know. But this is the day that He chose for it to happen.
[to be revealed]
I’m so glad
that the Father allowed us to live now and
has chosen us to be on planet earth at this moment in time. And with
this great privilege, comes the awesome responsibility that we must share as
He opens the door. I do believe this is the day it is to be brought forth,
and I look forward with all my heart to these sessions.
I’m so glad
for Ben Cohen and that you, John, brought him into our lives. I do believe
that he is a man God has really ordained and prepared for this moment of
(Chris asked Polly to tell
some of the things she is doing now for Israel.)
taking Gospel music to Israel in December 1973, right after the Yom Kippur
war. We took a ship load of musicians and tourists, landing at the Port of
Haifa right at the very end of the Yom Kippur War. We were able to give
concerts throughout the state. Since that time the Lord has allowed us to
take many notable Gospel music groups, too numerous to mention, in acts to
Israel and standing in love with them.
ago, I think it was in 1995, the Lord after one of our concert tours, gave
me a theme, though I didn’t understand it at the time. I came home and I
shared it with Hal Lindsay who is a good friend, and he said, “Polly, that
is divinely inspired; that is all of God’s plan.” I said, “I know it
is, brother, but I don’t know what it’s all about.” [how to go forward with it]
And the theme
was: God’s Love for a People (the Jewish people); the people’s love for
the land (of Israel) and the people’s love for a people. It is a musical
drama presentation. [Right,
received the first two parts, but the last one, “The People’s Love for a
People” just didn’t come. Lately, it seems to be falling into place and
we have a group working on it now.
born in a Bible believing family and I knew very early in life that the
Jewish people were a very special people of God. And I knew that there was a
connection there for basically everything of eternal value in our lives, we
received through the Jewish people. But it wasn’t till 1968 when I went to
Israel for the first time that my life was so drastically changed.
And I have to say that I was very happy with my life; I had a
wonderful life with professional
ministries, producing some glorious gospel music productions throughout the
United States and in some foreign countries. Arenas were filled with many
thousands of people.
But when I went to
Israel in 1968, I felt as if I’d come home. I came back such a changed
person. I didn’t really realize what was required of my life, so I gave
myself to studying the Scriptures all over again. I will never forget how
they opened anew to me. It was so powerful! I realized that in the following
days the more I studied, the more reality took place.
The Word, became my road map, my guidebook for life. I really fell in
love with the Scriptures, the Land of Israel and the people of the Land.
From that day to this that love has never changed, even though we’ve been
over some rough places and suffered a lot of misunderstanding, especially in
those early days. And it was very difficult because I didn’t have anyone
to talk to except my teenage daughter. She was the only one that understood.
But I’m so
thankful to God that He did fulfill my life so graciously. My heart and life
has been turned to helping the Jewish people, helping the land of Israel,
and trying to repay in some small way for the great debt that I owe to the
For the past
several years we’ve worked, everything from lobbying Washington D.C. on
what was going on in Lebanon and many other situations.
And no one could
have told me - just like they couldn’t have told you. You just need to
have the experience for yourself.
I love it when it
says how would they get back? It’s to set up roadmarks, the way they came
out and to get in the same way.
up for yourselves roadmarks; place for yourself guideposts. Direct your mind
to the highways, the way by which you went out, return” [Polly, please supply
reference and version]
times Jesus alluded to [the
uniting of the two houses], “I’m
come to the lost sheep of Israel . . . Other sheep I have . . . that
they might be one as I and the father are one.”
And not only that, but in the Gospel
of John is prophecy [of the High Priest]
that Messiah would and
die for the nation and not for that nation only, but that He might gather
together into one all the children of God who are scattered abroad (John
I think that by
and large, the church has not realized all the role of Messiah. In Isaiah 49
“my servant” was understood by the ancient rabbis and theologians to be
referring to the Messiah. One of the roles of Messiah is to gather together
all the children of God and the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
He IS doing it!
at the first verse of the book of James: To whom was he writing? “The
12 tribes that are scattered abroad.”
There are 12 tribes, but at that point they were certainly dispersed.
Want to clarify a point?]
also spoke of the blessing upon Ephraim that it was
“the firstborn” blessing.
Actually most of our translations says Ephraim would become a multitude of
nations, but the Hebrew says, “the
fullness of the Gentiles”. It says that from Ephraim will come the
fullness of the Gentiles.
far as I can ascertain, the only other time the Bible uses the term “the
fullness of the Gentiles” is in Romans 11 when Paul says that when the
fullness of the Gentiles is come then all Israel will be saved.
certainly not one kernel is lost, but these are the ones that their seed
went among the Gentiles and their children were reared as Gentiles.
The role to do this, to gather them together, is Messiah’s,
as He prayed, “That they may be one
as I and the Father are one.” We can’t do it. “Not
by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.” He
is fully capable of taking care of His whole creation. If we play our roles,
He does. We are His people. We are co-workers, we are co-creators if we put
to work the knowledge He gives us, and the help He gives us. Faith, of
course, is active. It’s not just believe, but we really walk it out. One
man can’t do it alone, but it can be accomplish together.
10:6-10 is so powerful: ‘And I will
strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I
will bring THEM back; and because I have had compassion on them and they
will be as though I had not rejected them. And I am the LORD their God, and
I will answer them.
Ephraim will be like a mighty man, and their heart will be glad as if from
wine. Yes, indeed my children will see it and be glad and their heart will
rejoice in the LORD.
will whistle for them to gather them together, for I have redeemed them and
they will be as numerous as they were before when I scattered them from
among the people.
will remember me in the far countries and they with their children will live
and come back and I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather
them from Assyria and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon
until no room can be found for them.’
about real estate in Israel?
in Isaiah 49, it says that the
children are going to say, “ Make room for us for the time is right for us
“Aliyah is really the answer to all this problem of giving away the
continues] I don’t think we
can close without bringing Micah 5 because this again has been recognized
throughout the centuries as being messianic, by Jews and Christians alike.
as for you, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you one will go forth from me to be ruler in Israel. His going forth is
from long ago from the days of eternity.
He will give them up until the time when she which in labor has borne a
child. Then the remainder of his brethren will return to the sons of Israel.
will arise and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord and in the
majesty of the Lord his God; and they will remain for at that time he will
be great to the ends of the earth.
this one will be our peace. . . .” (Vs. 2-5).