Sid Roth - Discover the Jewish Roots of the Bible
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. I mean, that's normal. Let me tell you another thing that is normal. I had a One New Man Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Bill Morford came to that One New Man Conference. And tell us what happened. What happened to you, Bill?
Bill Morford: Well that was awesome because one evening, whoever had the service, called out and said, "God is putting gold teeth in mouths right now". And I didn't think much about it. So I participated. I raised my hand because my dentist had told me just a few weeks earlier that there was a tooth that would need a gold crown. And when he finished he asked for, he said, "Be sure to have someone check your mouth". And he repeated that. And so Gwen, my wife, came and said, "Let me look". And she looked in and there was a gold tooth. So we had others.
Sid Roth: Did you ever go back to that dentist who said you needed a gold crown?
Bill Morford: I didn't have to. I went home.
Sid Roth: We had it on Internet and it was also on television when we had our One New Man Conference, and here's the amazing thing. His dentist just happened to be watching. So what did she say when she saw the X-ray, she saw your gold tooth?
Bill Morford: She said she had to look in my mouth to see just how it was, and she told me that no lab on earth could make a gold crown like that.
Sid Roth: You know, as amazing as that is, there's something else that happened that was amazing to Bill. Bill went to Israel in 1984, which changed the whole paradigm. Everything of his understanding and his focus, and he went on a 20-year quest to recapture the Jewish roots of the entire Bible, to recapture what those idioms mean. What's an idiom, by the way?
Bill Morford: Well an idiom, we use in English a lot, is, it's raining cats and dogs.
Sid Roth: But see, there were idioms at the time that the scriptures were written, and they all understood it, so it didn't have to be explained in the scriptures. And he recaptured the power of the Bible. What do you mean by the power of the translation of the Bible?
Bill Morford: Because both the Hebrew and the Greek are very expressive languages, and they have commands, they use different moods and they don't get translated properly. I don't know why the scholars...
Sid Roth: Give me an example of something that where the verb was not translated properly and then it was, and what difference it made.
Bill Morford: All right. I told you my favorite is the Aaronic Blessing, where we're all told, "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift His countenance to you and give you peace". But let me tell you what the Hebrew really says. It's the "Lord WILL bless you and He WILL keep you. The Lord will make His face to shine upon you and He will be gracious to you. The Lord WILL lift His countenance to you and He will establish you in shalom".
Sid Roth: I love it. You see the difference? May the Lord bless you. The Lord WILL bless you. I say that to you right now. You think you're just watching a television show. No, you're not. The Spirit of God says to you, "The Lord WILL bless you". Bill, what happened to you in '84, in Israel?
Bill Morford: Stepping off the plane, I just felt, I'm home. I didn't know why. And I saw Hebrew street signs, different things in Hebrew and I just knew that I had to do digging. And of course, we went to all the Christian sites and it was just blessed all over. It just gave me a hunger to find what Israelites should all know about the power of God and about the ground where Jesus walked.
Sid Roth: He studied Greek under a great Greek scholar. But then God opened up a door where, was he a conservative rabbi?
Bill Morford: He still is.
Sid Roth: A conservative, traditional rabbi taught him Hebrew. But he was not just an ordinary rabbi. Who was his grandfather?
Bill Morford: Eliezer Ben Yehuda.
Sid Roth: And what did Eliezer Ben Yehuda do?
Bill Morford: He wrote a 16-volume dictionary that really introduced Hebrew, reintroduced it as the spoken language of Israel.
Sid Roth: He literally fulfilled Bible prophecy because the Bible says that Jews would be scattered to the four corners of the earth, and in a moment, Israel would become a nation, and the Jews would be maintained as a distinct people and come back to their homeland. But when they came back to the homeland, each one spoke the language from the country they went to. So this rabbi was the grandfather, this rabbi was the one that God picked to reintroduce spoken Hebrew into Israel, and his grandson taught you. It's so amazing what he taught you about Hebrew. But let's whet their appetite in Greek, because you studied Greek. Twenty years he worked on studying the Hebrew, studying the Greek, understanding what the idioms really meant, understanding what the Jewish roots are, understanding the messianic prophecies. When the Bible says, in the New Testament, "sickness", what does the Greek say?
Bill Morford: Well there is a Greek word for "sickness", but there's also a Greek word that means "evil" that has traditionally been translated "sickness".
Sid Roth: So I believe "sickness" is evil. Now that means that when you are sick, don't pamper yourself. Get rid of the evil. Don't go away. Wait until you hear some of the revelation from the ancient Greek and the ancient Hebrew that Bill has found out. It's going to change a lot of your thinking. We'll be right back.
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here with Bill Morford. Bill has spent the last 20 years studying Greek, studying Hebrew and translating the Old and the New Covenant, and he has uncovered things that will make literally your understanding of the scriptures go to a whole new level. He's recaptured the Jewish roots. The idioms, the ancient Jewish idioms, an idiom, an example Bill used earlier was "it's raining cats and dogs". Well we know that today, but you didn't know the idioms of 2000 years ago. Give me a couple idioms that you found and what they mean.
Bill Morford: Okay. One is with the evil eye, and that's in Matthew 5:29, "If your right eye causes you to sin you must tear it out at once and cast it from you".
Sid Roth: And believe it or not, people have read that and tried to please God, and unfortunately, they took their eye out. And that's not what God is say. What is God saying? What's that saying mean?
Bill Morford: It's saying, stop doing it. And what the evil eye is, is being stingy or greedy, and that's defined in Deuteronomy 15:9.
Sid Roth: What about where it talks about cut off your right hand in the New Testament?
Bill Morford: It's the same thing. Stop doing that. The right hand, of course, is the hand of power. It always speaks of power in scripture. So you have to be humble. You have to stop doing whatever it was that you were doing. If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you.
Sid Roth: But it doesn't mean literally cut it off.
Bill Morford: No.
Sid Roth: It means to stop.
Bill Morford: Right.
Sid Roth: Now your understanding of the messianic prophecy, for instance, in a approved Jewish Bible, Isaiah 7:14 says we're going to have a sign. A young woman will conceive and have a child and this child's name will be Emanuel. But in most Christian Bibles, it says, "A virgin will". Who's right?
Bill Morford: Well technically, the Jewish Bible is because the word in Hebrew, "amma", means a marriageable young woman. She is single. And what it is, the whole verse is therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign. "Behold the young woman will conceive and bear a son and she will call his name Emanuel". Well the young woman, unmarried, had to be a virgin.
Sid Roth: There was a translation called the Septuagint. It was called that because 70 traditional rabbis did this translation. How many years before Jesus came was this?
Bill Morford: Two hundred fifty years before Jesus was born.
Sid Roth: All right, 250 years before Jesus was born, these traditional rabbis, the best in the land, translated the Greek version of the Jewish scriptures, and they chose the one Greek word that means exclusively "virgin". You can't get much stronger than that.
Bill Morford: You can't beat that, no. I have three footnotes on that verse. And the first one is, "The sign from the Lord, this birth will be an extraordinary event bringing an extraordinary person known as 'God with us'".
Sid Roth: That's what Emanuel means, God is with us. You know, I think we've kind of satisfied that particular situation. But you had a revelation, Bill, in the 53rd Chapter of Isaiah. It's where it says "stripes". We know what a stripe is. A stripe is where someone is beaten and where blood flood flows, and from this blood, we had such wonderful things happen: forgiveness of sin, healing of diseases. But you found the word "stripe" in the Hebrew means something else also.
Bill Morford: Yes. "Chavuratu" in modern Hebrew means "fellowship with Him". And that's, of course, the only way. That's God with us. It's through fellowship with Him.
Sid Roth: The best way to get a healing is through having intimacy and relationship, and fellowship with God. It's because of his blood that we are healed. But it is because of our fellowship that we have a clear passageway for the healing to manifest in our body. Bill, I asked you to pray last night and see if God wanted you to say something special. What did He tell you?
Bill Morford: Oh, it's on the fellowship.
Sid Roth: Really.
Bill Morford: It's all about relationship. And those of you out there, I know this is more than one person, says, God is not with me. You have to accept God in faith. He said He is with you. His Word says He is with you. He is in you so that you, by focusing on Him will know that He is in you when that torment that you're in now, you're in pain, you have to know that the God who is in you feels that same pain, whether it's physical pain or whether it's emotional distress, depression, whatever, He is with you. He feels that. He will take it.
Sid Roth: I come from a traditional Jewish background. And when I became a believer in the Messiah, I saw the Book of James. James does not sound like a real Jewish name to me. What did you find out?
Bill Morford: That that was changed.
Sid Roth: What was it originally?
Bill Morford: Jacob.
Sid Roth: That's Jewish.
Bill Morford: Right.
Sid Roth: Why did they change Jacob to James? It doesn't make sense?
Bill Morford: Well both the Latin text and the Greek text have Jacob for the name of the book. The name James does not appear in them. The first appearance of the name James is the King James Bible. How about the word "law"? That's so misunderstood and it's all over the place in the New Testament. Was that translated properly?
Bill Morford: No.
Sid Roth: No? Why?
Bill Morford: Tradition.
Sid Roth: Tradition. I wish I had my violin. What should it have been translated?
Bill Morford: Torah.
Sid Roth: What does Torah mean?
Bill Morford: Teaching or instruction.
Sid Roth: Sounds a lot different. If the Bible were, rather than said "law", it would be "teaching". The law you think, I'm not under that law. Teaching? Yeah, I want that teaching. Don't go away. Wait until you hear these other revelations that Bill had. We'll be back.
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here with Bill Morford. And we're finding out such amazing revelations about the roots of the Bible that were literally hijacked, the Jewish roots and the idioms, and the culture, and the power. For instance, I mean, there's so many things I want to ask you about. But the order of the books, in the original order of the Jewish Scriptures it ends in Chronicles, not Malachi. What difference does it make as you read it when you go from Chronicles to Matthew?
Bill Morford: There's a flow that does not exist in the normal Christian book order. But when you go from Chronicles with its genialities and move into Matthew, starting out with the geniality of Jesus, there's just a flow. It actually surprised me. I wasn't looking for that, but it's there.
Sid Roth: Now tell me about an interesting woman in the New Testament by the name of Phoebe. What did you find out about her?
Bill Morford: She was a patroness, sat over others. My verse says, "I am introducing our sister Phoebe to you, since she is also a minister of the congregation in sainthood, so that you would welcome and the Lord is befitting the saints, and you would stand by her in whatever matters she would have need of you. For she has also become a patroness of many, even of me". So that the ones that say that she was a servant...
Sid Roth: It's a bad translation.
Bill Morford: Absolutely.
Sid Roth: So are you telling me she was Paul's pastor in that instance, in effect?
Bill Morford: That's what it sounds like to me, doesn't it?
Sid Roth: Tell me about that there's amazing word in the Hebrew, "anuchi".
Bill Morford: Oh, that's awesome because it means "I Am".
Sid Roth: I Am that I Am.
Bill Morford: Right. But Rabbi Ben Yehuda calls it the "I am of purpose. It's because I Am who I Am, I ordain this to be done". And God always has that, when He uses that word it means that's a verse we have to really pay attention to. So every time He uses that, I use "I Am" in caps and in bold type so that you know that's the anuchi speaking.
Sid Roth: I like the way you refer to it. It's I Am with an attitude. Give me a verse and say it with the attitude God meant it.
Bill Morford: Okay. Isaiah 43:11 is "I Am, I AM your only savior". And this is one of three verses that use the anuchi twice, a double anuchi. One anuchi is really a superlative. I mean, this is awesome. God has ordained this. He's determined this is what's to be done. But when He uses a double, how can we put in English how strong that would be.
Sid Roth: Now tell me something about the most gentile, Christian thing I can think of as a Jewish person that doesn't know Jesus. Communion. It's not very Jewish, is it?
Bill Morford: It's entirely Jewish.
Sid Roth: Explain.
Bill Morford: Well if you want to stay in the New Testament, you can. Luke 22 has Jesus at the Seder, and it records three instances, three blessings there. The first cup actually comes from Exodus 6:6, and it's, "I will bring you out of Egypt". And Jesus lifts that and says the blessing over the wine. Then he says the blessing over the bread. And with the bread that means you're eating the meal, and with the meal they're having a second cup of wine, and that cup, in Exodus 6:6, says, "I will rescue you from your bondage". So that when we take the bread in our communion, we are actually celebrating his taking us out of our bondage. In other words, all deliverance has been done. It's over.
Sid Roth: What's that third cup?
Bill Morford: And the third cup is amazing. Of course this is from Exodus 6:6, and it's Jesus lifts that cup and he said, "This is the renewed covenant of my blood which is being shed for you". And what Exodus 6:6 has for the third cup is it's the cup of redemption. So this is the blood of our kinsman redeemer who has come.
Sid Roth: You can't understand communion without understanding Passover, and it's been hijacked from the church.
Bill Morford: It has.
Sid Roth: It's not so much that you're being legalistic. It's just that you're understanding depth upon depth, upon depth. That's with these biblical feasts God promises that He'll show up. It's an appointment with God. It's so wonderful. Now I've always heard that Paul was a tentmaker. You say untrue. What was Paul?
Bill Morford: He made prayer shawls.
Sid Roth: Prayer shawls?
Bill Morford: Prayer shawls. Because there are other Greek words used for tentmakers, two of them. One for making the small pup tent that a traveler might carry, and one for the huge tents like the Bedouin live in.
Sid Roth: I'm so glad for so many revelations I've learned from Bill Morford. So I'm going to bless you with the revelation he shared with me about the Aaronic Benediction. The Lord WILL bless you. I tell you, the Lord WILL bless you. The Lord WILL keep you. The Lord will cause His countenance to come upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord will grant you his shalom, His completeness in your spirit, in your soul, and in your body in the name of Jesus the Messiah.