SID: Hello. Sid Roth. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. My guest, Alyosha Ryabinov, has been a guest previously. Last time he was on the show, Alyosha, I’ve never gotten reports like this before, but we actually had someone blind get their eye sight.
ALYOSHA: Yeah, that’s correct.
SID: That’s pretty incredible. I mean, you’re so mellow. I mean, got their eye sight! Blind!
ALYOSHA: Very exciting. The person is driving today.
SID: For those that aren’t familiar with you, Alyosha is Jewish, born in Kiev. Alyosha at what, about age six, because you come from a long line of musicians, you started studying the piano and got to the point where as you got older, how many hours a day did you practice?
ALYOSHA: About six to eight.
SID: How did you do that?
ALYOSHA: Well I had a grandmother that was cracking.
SID: And as far as you had no understanding of your Jewishness, but you did take a college course on atheism and that taught you the opposite.
ALYOSHA: Well the only thing I knew about being Jewish that I born to a Jewish family, ethnically. But in college and in school we were required to study atheism. And it’s interesting because when people ask me, where did you learn about God in the first place, I would say the first people that taught me about God were atheist. They have to explain to you who doesn’t exist.
SID: You got a point there. And so you reached a point as you were getting higher education you saw that there was fewer and fewer opportunities in those years for a Jewish person, and so you wanted to go to the U.S. It was near impossible and you decided to pray to this God you learned about from your course on atheism.
ALYOSHA: That’s correct. I wanted to pray to God because I knew no one could help me. And I didn’t know God existed but I wanted to try Him. So I went to pray to God, ended up in church. I knew nothing about church either. But I saw this image of Jesus there and I said, well some people call him God. So I said to him, “Jesus, if you’re God make it possible for us to leave.” And then I left the church, and maybe a week or two passed and we received permission to leave,
SID: Did you attribute that God answered your prayer or what did you think really?
ALYOSHA: Not right away, but I began to think about it.
SID: Okay, you get to the U.S. You investigate your Jewish identity and your sister has an experience, who is also Jewish, has an experience with Jesus. And what did you think about that?
ALYOSHA: Well first I wondered if it’s all right for a Jew to believe, but then I wasn’t educated at all. And my sister brought a lot of literature home, which I began to read and I began to be impressed, you know, with what I read.
SID: And of course, the Bible says a Jewish requires a sign, so Alyosha asked for a sign. What happened?
ALYOSHA: Yeah. I was in my bedroom. It was dark. The sun didn’t come up yet. And suddenly, the bright light came into the room. It was astounding. It stood there for a few moments. I knew it was proof.
SID: Could it have been a streetlight?
ALYOSHA: No. I actually got up to see if a car passed, but there was no noise. There was no sun, nothing. I now believe that there was a supernatural site about God, because Scripture says God is light and God wanted to present Himself to me.
SID: Okay. And then your sister starts a Bible right in your home. You attend and the teacher says to you, “Do you want to make Jesus your Messiah and Lord?” And of course, you were ready to say no, but what happened?
ALYOSHA: I was gonna say no, but instead to my own surprise came out yes.
SID: Why? You’re too logical, Alyosha.
ALYOSHA: I am, but I guess the power of God supersedes the logic. I have to think about it for a while. Why did I say yes?
SID: And then for a season you put down the piano. Even though you won all these competitions in Kiev in Ukraine. Why did you put music down?
ALYOSHA: I felt it was a lot of work, a lot of practice that I had to do in order to just do a two-hour concert. It didn’t seem rewarding to me. And God started to change something in my heart. I really wanted to pursue Him. So I laid music on the altar for a few years.
SID: And you went to Bible college and met a Jewish believer who you married, Jody.
SID: And you went to Israel and you had a few miracles when the two of you went to Israel.
ALYOSHA: Oh that’s correct. I’ve seen several miracles. I saw healings. A boy got healed of epilepsy. But at the same time, it was in Israel when God began to, God filled me with the spirit, with His spirit in Israel, and I began to have a desire to create music for God’s glory.
SID: And he had an encounter with the love of God that moved his music from the realm of top professional to filled with the presence and spirit, and miracle-working power of God. Don’t go away. We’ll here Alyosha play the piano next segment. Be right back.© Copyright 2010 Sid Roth, All rights Reserved. Written For: Sid-Roth.com