Zola Levitt was a Jewish Christian who shared the
gospel "through Jewish eyes." He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to
a German Reform Jewish family. Zola accepted Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus
the Christ) as his Messiah in 1971. He had held music degrees from
Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed doctoral
course work Indiana University. He later received an honorary Th.D. from
Faith Bible College in Dallas, Texas. Zola loved music and played the
oboe, English horn, recorder and piano.
Zola Levitt wrote more than fifty books, some
published in several different languages and he composed about two
hundred spiritual songs. His two musicals, Beloved Thief and
Mine Eyes Have Seen were televised nationally while he was still
alive. The book titled: Coming: The End! Russia & Israel in Prophecy
with Dr. Thomas S. McCall was an updated release of Zola's book, The
Coming Russian Invasion of Israel. One chapter, "A Strategy for
Unbelievers," even tells the unsaved how to cope with the Tribulation
period. In reference to this book, Hal Lindsey stated this: "A must for
everyone who wants to know where we are on God's timetable."
Zola was best known as the host for his television
and radio shows. Zola Levitt Presents and also as the host
of two top-rated radio talk shows, The Heart of the Matter in
Dallas and the nationally syndicated Zola Levitt Live. Zola was
also lecturer and tour host on more than eighty trips to Israel, Egypt,
Jordan, Turkey, the areas of the seven churches Mediterranean islands,
European capitals and other destinations. He once taught a course titled
Christ in the Old Testament at Dallas Baptist University and gave
seminars at other educational institutions. His emphasis was most often
on the prophetic Word especially in relation to Israel and the Jewish
people--the roots of Christianity.
His national television program, Zola Levitt
Presents aired on INSP, Day Star and Ion Television, and until
August 28, 2006, was seen on TBN and hosted for a time by Jeffrey Seif.
His ministry still offers a correspondence course entitled The
Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies, which teaches the
Jewish roots of the Christian faith. It also publishes a monthly
newsletter, the Levitt Letter.
Zola took his last breath in Dallas on April 19,
2006 and died of lung cancer. His various ministries are still
maintained by former staff and new friends of the website ministry,
committed to carrying on the work Zola Levitt started. He will always be
remembered for saying "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" at the end of
his TV broadcasts. We should all be praying for the "peace of Jerusalem"
as Zola so rightly taught from the Scriptures.