Israel Study Tour with Bethel Bible Church

October 24 - November 4, 2015

Led by Eric Barton
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Trip Blog Posts

Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Wednesday November 11 2015 at 12:27 am UTC

Now that we've returned from our study tour you'll hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced! Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did. Also, if you'd like to quickly browse all...

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Our last Day

posted on Wednesday November 04 2015 at 1:21 am UTC

Mount Scopus We started the day in the northeast part of the city of Jerusalem atop Mount Scopus. It was a panoramic view of the Old City. Where we observed the East Gate (also called Golden or Beautiful) and the 2nd coming of Christ through it. Yad Vashem We toured the Holocaust Museum which, when...

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The Temple Mount and The Old City

posted on Tuesday November 03 2015 at 1:17 am UTC

Today was another WOW day! Woke up in Jerusalem, beautiful, cool breeze met us as we walked out the front doors of a 5 star hotel and around the corner where our super great tour guide and bus driver were ready to go! Temple Mount Our first stop of the day was at the Temple Mount! It could have been...

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In Victory

posted on Monday November 02 2015 at 1:13 am UTC

Our final day at the Sea of Galilee began with another sparkling sunrise reflecting off the water. Two women in our group entered that water along with Ross to be baptized. Ross spoke of Jesus’ identification with us at His baptism and how our baptisms in turn proclaim our identification with Him....

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Upon this rock

posted on Sunday November 01 2015 at 1:55 am UTC

Qatzrin: This was a Jewish city that was inhabited from around AD200-800. There were many original ruins from this time, but the site had been built up to recreate what would have been a normal city for the time. We were then able to see what a complete house from that timeframe looked like. We were...

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Galilee, Capernaum, and so much more

posted on Saturday October 31 2015 at 1:09 am UTC

Galilee Boat Ride Today was a very full day. We started with a ride across the Sea of Galilee, and heard the story of Jesus asleep in a boat during a storm, and how He calmed that storm. This made the disciples fear Him instead of the storm; healthy fear that is rightly directed is a good thing. Jesus...

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posted on Friday October 30 2015 at 12:47 am UTC

Nazareth We started our day in the town of Nazareth. We went up to the top of Mount Precipice where it is believed the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus from the top after he had claimed to be the fulfillment (Luke 4) of Isaiah’s prophecy. Jesus essentially says, “I am Jubilee.” It was...

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Fortresses and Hiding Places

posted on Wednesday October 28 2015 at 9:47 pm UTC

Morning devotional by the Dead/Salt Sea and the message was that at a distance, the Sea was desirable and refreshing, but when you actually get there, it was not quite what you expected. The beautiful looking sea is a metaphor for the world today: it is enticing, but can never satisfy us. First stop...

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He is trustworthy

posted on Wednesday October 28 2015 at 3:05 am UTC

In Ein Avdat, the desert: We were led into the barren land that God took the nation of Israel, to show them how He could provide. Even when doubting, God assures us that He is trustworthy. The promises of God are not for the purpose of us possessing them (the land), it is to show us that we are His prized...

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Shephelah: Kiriath Jearim, Azekah, Bet Shemesh, Be’erSheva

posted on Monday October 26 2015 at 11:09 pm UTC

Kiriath Jearim We spent today getting familiar with the geography and topography of Israel as well as learning the importance of the land of Israel and how God used the land to bless the Israelites. In Deuteronomy 8:6 we saw that if they observe the commands of the Lord, walking in His way and revering...

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A long day of travel

posted on Friday October 23 2015 at 6:19 pm UTC

The time has come! Tomorrow evening we'll be meeting up at IAH to board our flight to Istanbul, Turkey and then on to Tel Aviv, Israel! We're excited that you'll be following along with us on this trip. If you want to follow along with our flights, use the links below to track us in the air in real...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday April 09 2015 at 9:25 pm UTC

Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground in Israel, we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family,...

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