So today is the last day of the tour! Crazy! Isn’t that always how it feels at the end of something you’ve been anticipating? Like how did we get to the end? Anyway, it’s not really the end ’cause up next is a conference. Yay!
So most of my previous pics have just been of RP and I, but it has definitely been a tour with all 43 of us English-speaking ones. So today’s pics are imbued with a bit more of the tour flava.
Sun rising over Galilee
Jordan River (waaaay commercialized)
The Date Store for souvenirs - yay for decorating with burlap coffee sacks!
Sweet saints from Switzerland enjoying a coffee at the Date Store
Amichai our fearless tour guide overlooking the valley of Jezreel
More sweet saints from Texas and Vancouver
The tour group marching up the hill of Megiddo
RP & a brother from Cali
So I want to say something about this last picture. This is RP and our second guide reading ministry portions as we were on the Hill of Megiddo overlooking the valley of Armageddon. These times were the highlight of the trip. Being able to be physically in these spots while reading about their spiritual significance was awesome. Not only that, but then we prayed. We prayed for the Lord to train us in this age to fight with Him so that we will be qualified to return with Him in the physical fight at the end of this age. Hallelujah!
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I’ve become a tourist. Sneaker-with-capris-wearing, lanyard-toting, camera-around-the-neck-dangling tourist. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try to be cooler, but these days are pretty long and comfort is of necessity.
Today was Jerusalem – day 2. This city breathes religion. I can see why the Lord had to leave Jerusalem to come out of the religious atmosphere.
First stop – The Temple mount and the Dome of the Rock:
Here we were on Mount Zion where we prayed for the reality of the Body of Christ!
Second stop – The Garden Tomb:
There is no way to know for sure where the Lord was crucified and buried but there is compelling evidence that this may be the place.
Next up – the Temple Institute:
Here they have prepared
all most of the items for the temple.
Finally – an The Davidson center/ archeological park:
So I haven’t talked that much about the geography and archeology of the temple mount but it’s really quite amazing. For the most part you’re just going to have to come to Israel to really understand it. (Pause). So I just spent a long time talking to RP and I still don’t really get it all, but the main crazy thing I didn’t realize was that King Herod (the same one who killed all the Jewish firstborn) also built this massive platform for the temple to sit on. That’s the Temple Mount. He basically razed part of Mt. Zion on one side of the temple, and filled in dirt on the other side of the temple in order to build a level piazza surrounding the temple. Then in order to keep it all together he walled it all in with this massive wall, like 100 feet tall with a cornerstone that weighed as much as 2 cargo planes!! Anyway over the centuries, people came and built their homes right up against that wall so that most of it got buried under construction. So now there are only some small exposed areas of the wall (I.e. the Western or wailing wall). And since the Jews can’t go up to the temple mount, because the Muslims have control of the site, they instead come to this section of the wall since it is the closest they can get to the site of the Holy of Holies. Crazy, huh?
So that last pic is of Robert standing in an excavated area near the southwestern corner which used to be a shop. Paul may have stood right there and bought a lamb for sacrifice!
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