My Conversion at Age Twenty
On Saturday evening, November 13th, 1971, during a party that I had arranged for some college friends, I went upstairs to my room alone, and quietly made a deal with God concerning a desire of mine that I had since early childhood — a deal which resulted in such a change that evening, that shortly thereafter, one day after Sociology class at the Community College of Baltimore, after all the other students had left the classroom, and as I was about to leave, Sociology teacher and recently-elected Baltimore City Council woman Barbara Mikulski — (now U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski) — went and stood in the doorway of the classroom with her fists on her hips to block my exit, and then she curiously asked, “David!, what has happened to you!?” (Because before the deal, I despised her and showed her little respect — even though she had always been kind and considerate towards me.) But after my deal with God, I lost the hatred, and began to show her kindness; and responding to her question about what had happened, I simply told her that I received Jesus. She responded, “I knew something happened to you!”.
Fifteen years later, after a great resurrection had occurred, I changed my name from David Sherman Todd, to David shepherd Israel.
The above profile picture is me posing as a wrestler before my wife in the Spring of 2013.
Below, was me in 1951 looking at my mother trying to get me to smile for the photographer.
Testimony of Israel
I was born David Sherman Todd on January 20th, 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland, and received God as my heavenly Father and Creator and Friend, through Jesus Christ His Son, on November 13th, 1971. I began reading and studying the Bible adventurously; and the Words of Jesus Christ was my highest priority.
On October 29th, 1985, God began calling me, “Israel”. Then at noon on May 5th, 1987, I became a witness and participant in the coming and power of the resurrection and glory of Jesus Christ and of His mighty voice, wherein He also wept, and cried, “I have loved you!”. Afterwards I legally changed my name to David shepherd Israel, and continued with daily routines at work and at home with wife and children, and in reading and studying the Scriptures — but now thinking that the Bible must certainly have something to say about these events.
I then took notice that in Malachi, the last Book of the Old Testament, God’s message to Israel was, “I have loved you!”. In Isaiah 44:5, I read that there would be someone who would sign a legal document before God and “surname himself by the name of Israel”. In Isaiah 49:4, this same person being called Israel by God is reasoning before God, being perplexed — speaking the same things that I myself had spoken in my heart before the Lord on June 14th, 1987 — after being devastated that Christian pastors over me whom I respected and honored, had concluded and conveyed to me very tenderly concerning my Resurrection testimony, that I was mentally in need of professional help.
Going on from there I noticed that the servant Israel in Isaiah 49 is also referred to as David in Isaiah 55 — which name is the birth name referred to in Isaiah 49:1, which name was decided upon and spoken of by his mother before his birth.
Then in Ezekiel, like Isaiah, written hundreds of years after King David’s death — it is said, “I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.” Jeremiah 30:9 also says, “They shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.” And because Ezekiel 37:24 shows that everyone, including David, will have One Shepherd over them, this is a reference to Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd.
Therefore, most importantly: What does Jesus himself have to say about these things?
Jesus being not only the Chief Shepherd, in the tenth chapter of John he says he’s also the Door; and that the person who enters the sheepfold through the Door is the shepherd of the sheep.
But in Isaiah there’s also the key to entering the Door: for in Isaiah 22:22 it says that “the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; so that he shall open, and none will shut; and he will shut, and none will open”. This key is a reference to the Resurrection — to which the Apostle Paul also refers, calling it the “sure mercies of David” (Acts 13:34) — spoken from Isaiah 55:3… where God speaks to this generation of David in verse 4, and to David in verse five, who is a witness of the everlasting covenant, being a witness of Christ’s Resurrection, the key of David — of which Jesus speaks in Revelation 3:7-10, “who opens, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens”— which takes place before the Great Tribulation coming upon the whole world — Jesus also stating and reinstating what he spoke to and from me at noon on May 5th, 1987, when he cried, “I have loved you!”.
And finally, “I Jesus have sent my messenger to testify to you these things in the churches. I Am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.”