SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world, you guys are really enthusiastic, where it’s naturally supernatural. One of the signs of the soon return of the Messiah is Jewish people coming to believe that Jesus is the anointed one, is the Messiah, not just of Israel, but of the whole world. Well my guest is a Jewish woman from Brooklyn that had surgery, that supernaturally, this wasn’t the purpose for the surgery, but supernaturally her voice changed and she has a voice like Barbra Streisand. Now Michelle, you don’t know this, but I love the Brooklyn accent. I love people that were born in Brooklyn. And you’re Jewish. You were born and raised in Brooklyn, one of my favorite places. But if someone had said to you as a young person, what is your belief in God, what would you have said?
MICHELLE: First of all, thank you for loving my hometown. I’m a Brooklyner, I’m a little Jewish girl from Brooklyn, darling, you know. But my family growing up believed God was very far away. If he did exist at all, my dad actually wasn’t even sure he existed because of the Holocaust and all the horrible crusades, and things that happened to Jews. So my, we weren’t really sure there was a God and I didn’t feel connected to God if there was one at that time.
SID: Did you ever go to synagogue on high holidays?
MICHELLE: Yes we did. High holidays we went, especially Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, yeah.
SID: Okay. Now you were raised in a pretty abusive situation. Your mom was bipolar, a lot of fighting going on. You had verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse.
MICHELLE: You know Sid, I grew up with a mother who was bipolar, manic-depressive. I’m not sure you’ve experienced that, but it’s basically a swing of behaviors from extremely happy, joyful, fun, supportive to extremely sad or angry. And in my case, it was extremely traumatizing. My mom would get so angry that she would actually wrestle me to the ground in anger. Later on, she explained that she would actually see red and couldn’t even control this behavior. It was a completely chemical imbalance. And she would then apologize and say, “I am so sorry. I love you, I love you, I love you.” This was traumatizing for me.
SID: But at age eight something amazing happened to you. Explain.
MICHELLE: I remember crying out in my little bedroom. I had this beautiful bedroom with a pretty canopy. I felt so safe there. And I would pray, I cried out, “God, whoever you are, wherever you are, I just want to die.” I can’t believe an eight year old would think that. I have a six year old. But it is just amazing they have the capacity to feel even that much pain. And I felt, I heard the voice of God in my heart at that very moment. It was so awesome. He said, “Michelle Gold, you cannot die. I have a plan and a purpose for your life. You’re going to sing and write songs, and your songs are going to bring healing to the world.”
SID: Now in your house, music was like a god.
MICHELLE: Oh my goodness, yeah. I mean, in some ways it was fun. We sat around the piano. Mom sang like Ethel Merman. My dad sings like Tony Bennett. He’s such a beautiful man. And my brother sounds like a lead singer of Metallica. You can imagine the sounds in my house.
SID: So you’re going to be rich and famous. You go to Miami and you meet your cousin. He’s going to make you a star. But he does something different. You’re walking on the beach.
MICHELLE: Oh my gosh, what a shock.
SID: And he leads you to the Messiah.
MICHELLE: What a shock. Oh my gosh. I went to Florida to be famous. You know, a lot of people think, you know, you have this emptiness and you want to fill it up, and different things. And I always thought fame. That’s it. I just need to be known. If people knew me they would love me and I would feel fulfilled. But it’s so not true. So not true. But at the time, I fled to Florida My cousin was a Jewish believer in Yeshua Jesus. He was actually partly disowned by some of the family. My uncle was the very first, my mother’s brother, to receive Jesus, and was, he was actually someone we were not allowed to speak to. He told my cousin and my cousin told me on Miami Beach in the middle of a production session. We took a break, walking along the beach, and he said, “Michelle, Jesus is the Messiah.” He said, “All the first believers were Jewish people. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, they were Jewish. And the most Jewish thing you can do is believe in your Messiah. You know, at the time you didn’t need to explain Isaiah 53 or even those awesome scriptures, but I believed it. I had the faith of a child. I said, “Right now I receive Jesus right now as my Messiah.” And this beautiful grace came over me. It was awesome.
SID: You know, what Michelle is describing right now is, there’s a Hebrew word. It’s called
“shalom.” In fact, would you go sing that for us right now.
MICHELLE: That would be awesome. I’d love to do that.
SID: You see, with Jesus you have shalom. Without Jesus, you don’t have shalom. You say, oh Sid, there’s got to be another way. No. There’s no other name given on to man in which we must be saved. His name is, in Hebrew, Yeshua, in English, Jesus.
MICHELLE: [music, singing] [Hebrew] How can I rejoice when my people are crying. How can I sing when Jerusalem is… Can you hear me calling shalom, shalom, shalom. My people cry shalom. I see Christ. Shalom. We say shalom, shalom, shalom. My people cry shalom. I see Christ. Shalom. Thousands of years have come and gone. What have we learned, what have we become. When will this war come to an end. I’m looking forward to the day when Messiah comes to join me, I’ll turn to my enemy and say, you’re my sister, you’re my brother and say shalom! Shalom! I’ll turn to my enemy and say shalom! Shalom, my people cry. Shalom!