Sid: I just got back from Siberia and I have such news to tell you I mean strap that seatbelt because I am so excited about what I’m going to tell you. On yesterday’s broadcast I explained that Dr. Hudson Taylor in 1855 suddenly he was in the middle of preaching. And this is a proven Missionary that is… you know there are prophets that prophecy and things don’t come to pass and they say “Well, you didn’t believe God enough.” And then there are true prophets that are just like Samuel his words did not hit the ground whatever he said was what God said. And if God said it it had to happen. The reason that it had to happen is because God saw it happen already. That’s why in Deuteronomy the 18th chapter Moses says “You’ll know if a prophet is from God or not he doesn’t make any mistakes.” Well Dr. Hudson Taylor was from God he accurately predicted World War I. And that was in 1855, he accurately prophesied World War II and that was in 1855. Then he said “In Russia I saw that there will come a general all encompassing national spiritual awakenings so great that there could never be another like it. From Russia I saw the awakening spread to many European countries. And then I saw an all out awakening followed by the coming of Messiah.” Well I went with Eric Carlson, Rabbi Carlson is with me right now, and we went to Siberia. We went to a city called Krasnoyarsk, Siberia where we were having a big outreach to the Jewish community. I teamed out with my friend Jonathan Bernis and we partnered to do this gigantic outreach and it is so amazing. I shared this prophesy about Hudson Taylor at the first church that I went to and the Pastor came up to me and he said “Sid there’s a little bit more to that prophesy than you even know. Because the prophesy states that the spiritual awakening will not only begin in Russia, a lot of people say and he didn’t tell me this but I’m just inserting this. A lot of people say “Well Russia has already had a great awakening.” No, they haven’t you have 70 years of Communism and you don’t allow people freedom of religion and then you preach the gospel you’re going to have large numbers come to the Lord. But I’m not talking about a spiritual awakening I’m talking about a swish of God’s Spirit to the point that bars close down. Where immorality is finished; where people repent and are pleading with God for forgiveness of sins; where entire cities change. I mean this is what we’ve been praying for several thousand years now. And it’s about ready to happen I believe and so the revival has not hit Russia yet. It’s just a little bit of rain that came that’s all. But I mean a revival that will hit Russia and according to this prophesy by Dr. Hudson Taylor it’s going to spread to the four corners of the earth and then the Messiah is going to return. What this pastor said to me he got so excited when he said “I was the first one that he had heard share about this Hudson Taylor prophesy.” But he had gotten a hold of it years earlier and was praying at this sports arena. That was the gigantic arena that we had rented for our big Jewish outreach festival. And for years he’d been praying that prophecy. But then I gave him some insight; and then he gave me some insight. He said “Sid the prophesy goes on to say this would take place in the center of Russia. And Krasnoyarsk, that’s the city that we were in, I’d never heard of Krasnoyarsk before, but on the news it says Krasnoyarsk is the exact center of Russia. This is where this revival is going to take place. And then I shared with him one of my favorite prophets, and this is another true prophet of God not only was Dr. Hudson Taylor a prophet of God but Amos was a prophet of God. And you can read it yourself in the book of Amos the 9th chapter. And Amos says in the 11th verse “In that day I will raise up the Tabernacle of David.” Well, the word Tabernacle is the Sukkot, Is the house. If you study this in the Hebrew you’ll find out that it means the family, your ancestry of King David. Well, whose the family or the ancestry of King David; the Jewish people. So it’s saying that a day is coming in which that the Tabernacle or the family or the Jewish people are going to be restored. When this happens it says “All the Gentiles which are called by my name are going to be saved.” In other words, the great, great gentile revival will happen after the restoration of the Jewish people into the church. It’s talking about the One New Man. And when I shared this this pastor, I mean he could not contain himself because he said “Sid I don’t understand it but I’ve had such a love for the Jewish people. Here you’re having this big festival in the center of Russia in Siberia of all places and it’s to reach Jewish people. This is the place that Hudson Taylor said the great revival will break out and I’m going to tell you my expectancy just zoomed. But then there was all sorts of demonic stuff to stop our meeting. Literally the newspapers came out with articles against what we were doing; they were accusing us of all kinds of lies. It seemed like on the news channel where ever I turned they were calling it the Russian word sounded like scandal. And they were calling it the great scandal and so we established our own press conference and we had all the media show up. And Eric you were at that event and we answered questions and all the objections that the media had to what we were doing and all the charges by the Orthodox Jewish Community. They were so smart the Orthodox Jews then that were opposing what we were doing they called their press conference for right after ours and we asked permission to attend. And they said “Yes you can attend but obviously you can’t ask any questions.” And so we were attending their press conference and there were 7 news channels there. There were cameras from 7 different television stations. I mean it was big time news in Krasnoyarsk. And tell me what some of your observations were Eric.
Eric: Well Sid not only was there 7 news cameras but there was over a dozen reporters. There was three newspapers represent in this place. And the general feeling of the press was that this was a positive thing. And although most of them didn’t know who God was or didn’t have a relationship with God by hearing the press conference and how you answered the questions there was only 1 or 2 that gave a negative reply and the rest of them were in a positive manner saying this was going to be a good thing for the city. And this was going to be good for the people. And it was amazing how when the questions began being asked and they focused in on and picked up that this was going to be some sort of revival or that there was going to be an outpouring for… as we watched it on the television later on as we saw the interviews it was except for one channel portrayed that this was going to be good thing which even brought out more people to come and find out what was going to happen. And what was going to go on and what was God going to do in these meetings.
Sid: Well you know the Chief Rabbi of the city was there along with an anti-missionary. Well you know what a missionary is an anti-missionary is someone that tries to stop a missionary. And this guy came in from St. Petersburg. And then one of the Chief anti-missionaries from the United States flew in and so they had all of their… they thought that they had everything in order to just totally undermine us. Then in the press conference that they had right after our press conference I found that as they were saying things that I was getting so upset but they weren’t going to allow me to speak. And then the thought crossed my mind “Wait a second, I have a press card; I have my credentials with me.” So I stood up and I said “Excuse me I’m not talking as someone that is involved with the organization that you’re trying to stop from having an outreach meeting to the city, I’m standing up as a member or the press and here are my credentials.” And they of course immediately said “No, you can’t do this you can’t speak.” And the press started screaming “Let him speak, let him speak!” And I wasn’t even aware of this but Jonathan told me that the minute I stood up and the press started screaming “Let him speak!” All of the television cameras almost like in unison turned around away from the Rabbi’s and put their cameras on me.” That must have been a sight to behold; I mean I was so focused I didn’t even see what was going on. Eric, what did it look like to you?
Eric: Awe, it was fantastic, a wall come over the place; a great hush if you will all of the cameras if you will they all turned and you could see the lenses turning and zooming in on you and the translator as you stood up to ask a question. And it was fantastic the press was almost hollering at the board because they did not want you to ask a question. They did not want you to speak at all. And the press in unison “We don’t have any questions because the professors and all of the scholars and all the rabbinic scholars had been going on for so long that the press was actually bored, it was putting them to sleep.” And they wanted to hear your questions and why you had to say to that board.
Sid: And you know I really felt Eric like you read in the book of Acts where Paul was talking to a group of Jewish people and he saw one group was Pharisees and the other group was Sadducees. One group believed in life after death and the other did not believe in it, and he literally I mean he was like an attorney and he divided the group against each other and this was not preconceived on my part. But I stood up and I almost felt like I was an attorney and I literally split the Orthodox Rabbi from the Lubavitcher Rabbi. The Lubavitcher Rabbi he was turning colors because of what I was doing and I was talking about the resurrection. They claim their Rabbi Schneerson is going to rise from the dead as 10 years. And the Orthodox doesn’t believe this; we were having so much fun but we’re out of time right now.