Israel Study tour

March 20-30, 2017

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Where Water Was Turned To Wine

Day 2 … wow. I’m not sure how the team is gonna top day two. It was one word, amazing.

We started the day at Nathaneal, whose name would be turned to Bartholomeu. We stopped there for a teaching and then moved up the street to the church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water to wine.

It was here we got to see one of the giant vats that were excavated. You can see from the picture what this vat looked like. Not what many of us had pictured in our minds. This could have been the same vat that Jesus used in his first miracle. Or at least something very similar to this.

We did a walk through the church and then headed up to our next stop, the Nazareth Village.

A Walk Through the Past

The Nazareth Village is a recreation of Nazareth at the time of Jesus. We got to experience how people dressed, how they worked, how they made wine, how they made clothes, and how they worshiped in the synagogue.

We sang a worship song in the synagogue and felt the spirit of the Lord in that place.


Situated inside a bowl atop the Nazareth ridge north of the Jezreel valley, Nazareth was a relatively isolated village in the time of Jesus with a population less than two hundred. Today Nazareth is home to more than 60,000 Israeli Arabs; Upper Nazareth is home to thousands more Jewish residents.

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The Flock of Storks

We then headed to the Mount of Precipice. What a view. You can get a feel for the view from the pictures below … but those pictures don’t give it quite justice.

Josh taught us the story of Deborah at this spot. During his talk a flock of storks circled overhead. It was pretty amazing. We learned that Israel is a hotbed for bird migration. Throughout the day we say groups of pelicans who were making their annual migrations through Israel.


We then drove a ways to place called Meggido. This place was an architectural paradise. We saw layers upon layers of civilization. The highlight of this visit was walking through the impressive water system (see pics below).


From the earliest times (EB) to the earliest historical records of the area (Thutmose III) to the future (Revelation 16), Megiddo assumes a prominent role. This is largely owing to its strategic location astride the Megiddo Pass (Wadi Ara) and inside the busy Jezreel Valley.

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Sunset at the Sea of Galilee

We could not have timed the visit to the Sea of Galilee any better.

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