September 10, 2015
Our last full day in Israel was spent exploring Jerusalem and area around Bethlehem. We started out practicing our archeological skills at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in the Tsurim Valley. We then traveled to the area of Bethlehem and visited the Herodian a massive fortress/mausoleum project build by Herod. The site overlooks the Bethlehem area. Our afternoon was spent visiting the Israel Museum with an amazing model of 1st Century Jerusalem and the Friends of Zion Museum. We closed out our day with an excellent dinner and fellowship at the Dolphin Yam Restaurant. We said our goodbye’s to our Ronen, our OUTSTANDING Tour Guide, are getting packed for our 3am wakeup call.
September 9, 2015
This morning we were off early to continue exploring Jerusalem. We started at Jerusalem’s beginnings as the “City of David”, walking Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Most of the day was spent walking Jesus’ route from the Mt. of Olives down to the Kidron Valley, up to Old Jerusalem ending at Golgotha.
September 8, 2015
What an incredible day! We encountered a sandstorm, which affected the visibility and caused me to concentrate more on the places we encountered. We encountered the rigid dress code in order to go up on the temple mount. We went into the rabbinic tunnels, which was a very exciting experience. The most exciting part was seeing the unearthed original stones from the construction Herod did, and walking on the same roadways that Jesus himself walked, the same stones He walked on, on his way up to the temple. Knowing my Lord walked those roads was amazing and very moving.
September 7, 2015
This morning we left the Sea of Galilee and began making our way south west, ultimately arriving in Jerusalem in the evening. During our travels we visited Tel Beit She’an and the Roman City Scythopolis, Mt of Precipice directly across from Jesus’ Nazareth and looking over the Jezreel Valley. We traveled to Mt Carmel and on to Ceasarea and the Mediterranean Sea. We are now in Jerusalem and are ready to begin exploring the City tomorrow.
September 6, 2015
We spent our Sunday exploring northern Israel moving from the Mt. of Beatitudes, close to Capernaum; into the Golan Heights, visiting Katzrin and looking into Syria; exploring Ceasarea Philippi and Dan and seeing into Lebanon. Richard, Matt and Ronen provided us with descriptive teachings from the Old and New Testaments and modern Israel’s history. Our day was very full placing us in the physical, sociological and political times in which God’s word has been revealed.
September 5, 2015
This morning we began our day on a boat that took us to the area around Capernaum, Christ’s headquarters for his ministry. During our travels on Saturday we hiked Mt. Arabel, visited the recently discovered ruins of 1st century Magdela, think Mary Magdalena, with its Synagog. In the afternoon, after a Falafal lunch, we arrived in Capernaum, where Jesus lived and taught. Richard and Matt taught us in Capernaum’s Synagog in the area where the Bible tells us Jeus taught. AMAZING! We ended our day with a bonfire on the beach on the Sea of Galilee. What a GREAT day!
September 3, 2015
We began our day early, departing our hotel at 6:30 for the Negev Desert. During our travels today we visited:
Ein Avdat an Israel National Park and part of the Desert of Zin. A challenging area to traverse but filled with unexpected beautify and vistas.
We visited a reconstructed Bedouin Camp. Learning as well as receiving a little taste of how the Patriarchs lived, traveled and Bedouin hospitality.
We traveled to the tell of Be’er Sheva an ongoing archeological site and an area frequented by the Patriarchs.
Late in the afternoon we returned to our hotel by the Dead Sea and spent some time floating in the sea, experiencing its therapeutic properties.
Tomorrow we explore the Judean Wilderness and end our day at the Sea of Galilee.
September 2, 2015
WOW, our 1st full day in Israel was a full day! Our leaders, Richard & Matt, with our guide Ronan, took us to 5 sites starting in Israel’s hill country and ending at the lowest place on Earth the Dead Sea. We were busy exploring the area, learning the site’s role in the Bible as well as its influence on Israel’s history and culture.
We began our day with a full breakfast buffet at Neve Yearim Hotel and departed at 7:30am to visit 5 sites:
August 31, 2015
Well here we are, heading towards airports, bags packed, our routines and everyday life behind us and the Beautiful Land of Israel before us. The last 24 hours are a mixture of rushing to purchase one more thing, packing, and also stirring on God’s Word and the many lessons we experience in His Revelation and will soon see brightly in their actual locations.
Pictures and stories will soon be up and spreading, but remember God has our senses set up to first experience this in our hearts.