Israel, Palestine, Singapore · 66 Days · 360 Moments · May 2015

Veronica's adventure in Israel

23 July 2015

Show Esther Marina Bay Golf Course to watch firework on National Day.

14 June 2015

Some of Israeli wine I brought home to Singapore. Enjoyed them with some friends over beef Shabu Shabu dinner last good!

4 June 2015

Walls of the Temple Mount
The Southern Steps to the temple. The wide steps are meant to pace the worshipper a after their ritual cleansing before heading to the temple. The triple gates may be a rebuilt after the damaged. There were new additions called Solomon's stable probably added by the Arabs
The tombs on Mt Olives, village of Siloam... The city of David overlooking the mountain of Abutor, church of at Peter and then mt Zion
The red stain on the rock was a synagogue church... Why is there a Herodian rock on the wall? We are standing in the courtyard of the Umayyad Palace.
The destroyed part of the temple to the Herodian period including the roads at street level. This is the area of commerce in the temple...likely where Jesus flipped the table of money changer. The stone jutting out was part of an arch from the wall is probably one the entrances to the temple. Pict is a shop
The Jerusalem from Canaanite period to present day
Israel - Jerusalem The smallest stone in the temple weighs 2.5 tons.
4 major characteristics of an ancient city: 1. Water - abundant 2. Food - rich soil for agriculture 3. Roads- to connect to other places 4. Topographic Defends 4.
The celebration of a 13 yr old boy coming of age into Judaism. At the age of 13 years, the parents are no longer responsible of the sin of the boy.
Water sipping through the rocks. This is the water catchment area within the Temple Mount.
It took 15 min to chisel a 570 ton rock through some ancient technologies.
Pict 5: Beginning of bed rock We are standing on the street of the Herodian period.
This is the entrance of the priest to the holy of holies.
Rocks are 570 tons to last more than 2000 years with 300 earthquakes a year 7.5 m height 3.5 meters wide 6 m thick
Persian King conquered Jerusalem to rebuild the 2nd temple in 538 BC. It took 70 years to rebuild the temple on the rock/peak of mt Mariah where God deemed as sacred... This is the rock that Abraham was intending to sacrifice Issac.
In the tunnel of the Western Wall, Temple Mount... The different kind of stones showed the different periods of building the Temple. The tunnel is 20-60 ft above the original level. Original city of Jerusalem was at the south of Temple Mount. The old Jerusalem was surrounded by all mountains- Mt Zion, Mt Moriah, Mt Olives and Mt-------. King Solomon built the temple in the north above mt Moriah.
Western Wall of the Temple Mount - going to the Western tunnel.
Breakfast spread @ Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem

3 June 2015

The night view of Temple Mount from Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Our itinerary today and the whole trip. Also, our tickets for all the entries to National Parks and sight-seeing venues.
ARNOLD FRUCHTENBAUM ISRAEL TRIP MAY 2015 Group pictures (but without Geof Howes,who is feeling well).
Look! How clear the ocean (Mediterranean Sea) is and the pretty flowers that are in the park! Enjoy the beauty.
More of the Caesarea and its port
The port of Caesarea
Met a group of Korean young men picked/trained to become priests in a Catholic Church in Korea...really??? Have they already made up their minds??? Is this a joke when there are too many women and not enough male!?!?!?
The theater of Caesarea - this is the most ancient of all theaters found in israel. Built in Herod's time, it continued to be in use for hundreds of years thereafter. It has 2 cavea (seating areas) and could accommodate 4000 spectators. Towards the end of the Byzantine period the theater was converted into a castle, and was deserted after the Arab conquest.
Herodian Amphitheater - a huge U Shapes entertainment structure complete with an arena and hundreds of seats - it was probably used for horse or Chariot racing or other sports and entertainment shows.
Part of the Palace with the mosaic floor of the roman time
The Bath House of Caesarea
The Crusaders period at Caesarea.
Caesarea - once a Phoenician town, King Herod built a city in 37 BC and named it Caesarea in honor of Augustus Caesar.
Caesarea - Section of the Byzantine Street built during the Roman Empire. The Statues originally belonged to the Roman temples brought here in 2nd or 3rd Century AD
Caesarea - this is the remain of a street built during the Roman and Byzantine periods BC - 640 AD.
With some wonderful friends at Caesarea - Renee & Charley Hough
Caesarea-built by the Greek - now a wealthy Jews' choice of residences. Such a beautiful place!
Our lunch @ Expresso House along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea.
Hello! Maagan Holiday Village: Good bye for now! Hope to visit you again another time. Daily Devotion by Ottar G 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

2 June 2015

Places we traveled today.
Different view from the top. We can also see Nazareth hills... Densely white patch.
A magnificent city view of Haifa from the top. We can see the road that we took leading up to the Golden Dome.
Colony Haifa from the bottom going to the top of the hill. And also the view from the top down.
Interesting plant and agriculture it don't know what these are... Could it be gooseberry? And look at the clear water from Mediterranean Sea.
The old city of Akko... Just like the old city of Jerusalem... It is like a wet market where they sell all kinds of fresh fish, vegetable, meat, spices etc.
The story of El Sazar... A cruel ruler who built a fortress behind these walls to protect himself against the enemies.
These are fishing boats. We just toured the city which is similar to the old city of Jerusalem. It is like a market place.
This is Akko... Jewish- Arab city... One of the oldest cities
Beyond the mountain range is Lebanon in Picture 2. This is the sculpture of metal on the shore of Mediterranean Sea. The ocean is so beautiful... With the sound of waves and gushing of wind! Like a paradise!
The tunnel ends and back to the original entrance of the tunnel.
More of the tunnel and the caves with water from the Mediterranean Sea...simply gorgeous!
Rosh Hanikra - Israeli/Lebanese border. This is the Mediterranean lovely but the cable car is close. The sea is so tempting...can't wait to jump in. We are
Naharayim - Picked Flowers Hill is a memorial garden for 7 girls from Bet Shemesh being murdered in 1997. Soldier's name is Shaked is a reservist who needs to serve 1 nth per year till he is 45years old. This soldier and many others guard this part of the border at Naharayim & "Dams Lane".
The Naharayim and "Dams Lane" - this is the Hydro Electric Power Plant Station built in 1929 @ the border of Jordan & Israel. In 1948, Jordan captured Naharayim but a cease fire agreement divided the border in the middle of the lake. The bridge divides the countries with the 2 flags planted. The dam (now part of Israel) controls the flow of water from Yarmouch River. This river converges into the Jordan River further down that forms the border line between Jordan and Israel. The mountain ranges is in Jordan.
Maagan Kibbutz was founded by Hungarian Jews. 1. The children's school. 2. Kindergarten/ play school for the younger kids divided by age group Kids go to public school outside when they reach 7 years. When they reach 17 years old, they will serve in the military for 3 years. This kibbutz has 150 voting members and about 300 members including non-voting. 3. The old folks helped up voluntarily through sewing, art works and other jobs to make themselves able to contribute to the community.
Maagan (means anchor or place of safety) Kibbutz. Maagan was established in 1949 by a group of Hungarian Jews. About 400 acres of land. Cultivate tomatoes, fruits and vegetables for own consumption and sale. They have bunkers for security reason several meters below the ground to hide when enemies a bomb shelter. There are 20 such bunker They shared their work and everything is being taken care of - lodging, laundry, food, education, medical and pension etc.
Kibbutz - the 1st kibbutz was established by a group of Jewish Russians in 1910 who returned to Israel to start their lives here. Many of them are survivals of the holocaust and war they are very protective of their community. Kibbutz means communal/ togetherness, living in a community. First kibbutz was established in 1910 by a gourd of Jewish Russian who returned to the Promised Land. It is quite like a communist mindset... 1. no private properties, no major ranking etc... 2. Equal wages for everyone 3. Every member has equal voting rights on all issues. Most kibbutz are along the borders and they tend to defend their own community. Each kibbutz is like a village with agriculture, commercial, work etc
A power station built in 1929. This bridge is divided by Jordan and israel. This is very close to the border of Jordan & Israel. The other side is Jordan with the mountain ranges. The river is called Yamult that converges into Jordan river that forms the border.
Daily Devotion by Eddie Lawshe Colossians 3:1-2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Matthew 16:23 What did Peter do that would warrant such a strong rebuke from Jesus? What other Biblical examples of someone doing for the Lord what he believes is the right thing but turns out to be wrong? 1. Cain's sacrifice - underlying rebellion 2. The man who tried to hold the ark and died for doing so 3. Saul - 1 Samuel 13:8-14 - Saul got impatient and lost His kingdom - disobedience. Heart of believers have to be obedient and submissive - restraint to the command of the authority. What is happening to churches in America? Are church leaders being Obedient? Purpose driven? Seeker sensitive? Using a business model to attract the unchurched? Leaving scripture interpretation up to each individual as she sees fit?Not preaching from scripture at all or not preaching the full bible by omitting Bible prophecy, discipline or other tough parts? Joshua 24:15

1 June 2015

These are the areas we covered
Border between Jordan & israel. The town at mid level is Hamat Gader means hot...with hot spring. The settlement belongs to Jordan. There is a river. Those are crocodile farms below in the valley. Yarmuk is the river that divides Israel from Jordan here.
On the Golan Heights. We are 1000 ft above sea level, so we are 1500 ft above the resort.
Syrian border - with the church and the Syrian town far off. These are the Ex Syrian army bunker during the war.
These are extinct volcanoes in the Golan Heights. The building in the front was previously the Syrian army headquarter in the 1967 War. The Syrian border is over the other side of the mountain in picture 2 & 3.
Birkett Ram - Extinct volcano crater lake. The mountain is Mt Hermon where the transfiguration took place.
Lunch @ Druce family - @Majdal Shams - Lebanese Pita making session... The final steps before Bonappetit. We have so much to eat... Fruits, biscuits and Turkish coffee... Yummy! Really hospitable family. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ‘‹
Lunch at a Druce family @ Majdal Sham. This is Lebanese pita. The steps of making.
Caesarea Philippi @ the foot of Mount Nimrod. The last picture is the Sand Verses but I don't know what is this for.
The Hermon river Stream. This is the Banyas stream that flow into the waterfall... Baniass spring.
The surrounding mountain ranges including Mt Ninrod.
Banyas Waterfall- what a beauty... But too full of school kids who are having an excursion at the end of their school term.
Banyas Waterfall -The round mountain is Mt Nimrod.
The huge, majestically looking Pistachio Tree right in the middle of the Tel Dan Spring Park! How nice! The water is icy cold but very refreshing! WOW!!! πŸ‘
The mountains ranges @ the Lebonese/ Israeli border. It is also the birdie of israel & Syria separated by the stream.
The Israelite Gate...quite a walk to the temple..about 0.5 to 1 km away. The king would sit inside the gate to deal with administrative matters.
Tel Dan - the steel structure is the altar and the Lavor is the well for washing and cleansing before entering the altar.
Tel Dan: the Dan spring/ stream is great for white water rafting. The Syrian border is just outside this stream.
More pictures of Lebanon border, valley of Iyon in Israel and mount Hermon.
These are Lebanon territories except the last picture which is another view of Mount Hermon.
This is the Abel Beth Maach Valley, the general that turned against King David was from this city. 2 Samuel 20: 14-22. Another view of Mount Hermon.
Tel Hai - Memorial Garden of Israelite soldiers sacrificing their lives during World War I. The mountain range is upper Galilee..the highest one is Mount Hermon with 3 peaks... The highest is 9,000 ft is in Syria and the lowest peak is 7,000 ft above sea level.
The oil press and the private residences of the city @ Tel Hazor.
Tel Hazor - the Israelite Tower - used to guard the city from invaders across. The mountain ranges of Meron surrounds this city.
The Israelite Citadel - the Palace ( built by the Canaanites) its water system ( built by Ahab) during the Solomonic period. This is the Canaanite worship area. Israeli Tower - built to protect the city where they can see the major roads leading here
Tell Hazor - southern part of Hulah Valley. A very important great ancient city during the Canaanite and Israelite periods. It guards the Hulah Valley from the south and linked Israel (southern Canaan) through Lebanon's Beka Valley to Babylon. Another road led to Phoenicia. It is divided into 2 main era: 1.Canaanite Hazor (Bronze Age) - Both Upper & Lower cities 2. Israelite Hazor ( the Iron Age) - Upper city only The Solomonic Gate 10th century BC. Mud bricks were used to build the city like the Solomon days.
Look! How pretty these pink flowers are and the huge Eucalyptus tree. This place is full of volcanic rocks...dormant volcanoes in the upper galilee mountain ranges...
Gadot lookout- Overlooking the Hula Valley...this is a eucalyptus tree. There is a bridge known as the daughter of jacob's bridge. These are the mountain ranges of Upper Galilee. Interesting sculpture...Metal tree with pink flower!
Daily Devotion by David Simon Valleys & Hills Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. (‭Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭4‬ ASV) Valley here refers to danger, challenges, trials. When we face such dangers or challenges, know that the Lord is with us - FEAR NOT! Song of Songs Valley here refers to rich and blossoming Contrast of Valleys : Mountains Be careful of high mountains - tend to refer to pride and achievements (self effortοΌ‰ Mountain reminds us to be humble. Valley might be tough but if we walk with the Lord, He will lead us to walk to green pasture whenever we face challenges or dangers.
Our itinerary today

31 May 2015

Night view of the city across the Sea of Galilee from Maagan Holiday Village. Wish I have a better camera!
These are where we travelled today.
These are the areas we travelled on Friday 29th May.
More of the pools at Gan HaShelosha Spring... So beautiful. πŸ‘ShiokοΌπŸ‘
Swimming @ the pools from a spring @ Gan HaShelosha, Park Hma'yanot, Gangaroo. This is at the foot of Mount Gulboa. So fun... There were lots of fishes in the pool that cling on to you when you step in. These are therapist fishes... Eating off your dead skin. πŸ˜†πŸ‘πŸ‘
Scenes from Mount Gilboa...the range across the plain is the Gileadites
Lunch - Lamb kebab in Pita bread again
Downhill from Mount Tabor - scenes taken include the Nazareth Hills and the valley.
Mount Tabor - A Catholic Monastery at the Peak of Mount Tabor where they believe is Mount Transfiguration. Inside the church, a room on each side is set up for Elijah and Moses.
Peak of Mount Tabor where the Catholic Monastery church is. Bird's eye view of Mount Moreh and mount Carmel and the Nazareth Hills.
We are at Mount Tabor - the town below is part Christian/ part Arab. The first mount is Mt Moreh and the other is northern border of Nazareth hills.
Mount Moreh: Town Nein is now an Arab town. This is the town where Jesus came by and raised a widow's son back to life. Elisha also brought a Sulamite woman's son back to life on the other side of Mount Moreh. Two resurrection happened on this mountain.
Haha... We are on the way down from mount Moreh...steep hills with the Sulamites town at the foot of the hill.
@ Peak of Mount Moreh - a windy rocky road up to the peak. Overlooking is the Jezreel Valley, left of Mount Tabor and Bet She'an pass to the right of Tabor. What a disappointment! The gate to the Tower was locked on Sunday...otherwise we have a bird eyes' view of the other mountains and plains. Beautiful yellow flowers in Mount Moreh. Look at the rough terrain/ path we have to travel....ever rocky and bumpy but fun! These are places coaches will not be able to take us! In fact a πŸ˜„
Mount Gilboa and Mount Moreh - between them is the valley of shudanmites 3 women were mentioned in the Bible from Sulamites 1. A woman Abidjan with David 2. An unnamed woman with Elisha where they bore a son. 3. Sulamites - in Song of Solomon ... One of Solomon's wife.
Ma'ayan Harod Spring from the Gideon Caves @ the foot of Mount Gilboa. The 2 ways of drinking water: 1. Using the hand scooping up water and lapping like Eddie did and 2: kneeling down with the whole face immerse in the water as demonstrated by Michael. According to the Bible, this is the site where Gideon's soldiers were tried and selected for the war against the Midianites as in Judges 7:16-17. The water is so clean and pure.
From the farmland from Belvoir - Mount Tabor, Mount Moreh and the Gilboa mountain range and the valley between Mt Moreh and Mt Gilboa.
The Agriculture Kibbutz - sunflowers and wheat fields.
Belvoir - The Crusader Castle - other parts of the castle including the trench where the horse stables are. The round top mountain is Mt Tabor while the other is Mt Moreh. πŸ‘
Belvoir - The Crusader Castle/Fortress: the main gate, the place where the narrow opening is for shooting arrows, not windows. The holes in the ceilings are for more air to flow through during dry season and sealed up with stones during wet seasons. The large room with the arch is the dining area. Crusaders were European invaders coming to Israel to conquer the Holy Land in 1095 AD.
@ Bel Voir
Daily Devotion by Charley Faul Church of Corinthians are hyper immune church Church of Galatians is hypo immune church Church of Colossians is also facing a threat from within. Colossians 3:8 Verses 12-16 Is the prescription for this hyper immune disease... Prescription by Paul So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12-16‬ NASB)
Another beautiful morning/day.

30 May 2015

Relaxing on the stony beach of Sea of Galilee at the resort. So nice with the breeze and siping red Israeli wine and munching nuts... πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Relaxing on the stony beach of Sea of Galilee at the resort. So nice with the breeze and siping red Israeli wine and munching nuts... πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Lunch at a Lebanese Restaurant @ Tiberias... Many shops are close because of Sabbath... This place is kind of lifeless on Sabbath but the beaches are time! Tourists are stranded in their hotels....look at the gigs on the fig tree... Saw that along the way to the car park after lunch.
Sabbath Service @ Maagan Holiday Sermon Continues...3 Jesus offers a spiritual way while she is focusing on physical earth. What is lacking? Repentance It is the kindness of God that lead us to repentance. Jesus did not insult her but pointed her to repentance and then by giving her a gift of salvation not by her own deeds but freely given to her through her repentance. Holy Communion Exodus 6:6 Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. (‭Exodus‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ NASB) Men's effort is useless...only God's useful. Hebrews 10 One Sacrifice of Christ is Sufficient Thank you Jesus! All glory to YOU! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈ
Sabbath Service @ Maagan Holiday Continue Sermon by Stephen Armstrong John 4 Jesus goes to Galilee & met the woman of Samaria at a well This is Jacob's well The woman was surprised by: 1. Request from a Jew 2. Request from a man Jesus started the conversation and engaged her. He initiated the conversation with a purpose. V 10: Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NASB) Living water is flowing water - clean and pure flowing water This woman is not seeking the true as she lacked 2 things: 1. She doesn't know the gift of God and did not have the gift nor asked for it. 2. The woman is speaking of earthly thing (rule/ culture) while Jesus is speaking of spiritual thing. She is living with a religious chip on her shoulder who does not know the truth and the word of God.
Sabbath Service @ Maagan Holiday Praise & worship: 1. Amazing Grace 2. Rested Assurance 3. This is my Father's World Our Prayers: Psalm 147 Praise for Jerusalem's Restoration & Prosperity Daniel 9:4 Psalm 20 Prayer for Victory over Enemies Isaiah 48:16 "Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord G OD has sent Me, and His Spirit." Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭48‬:‭16-17‬ NASB) John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ NASB) John 15:22 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭26‬ NASB) John 16:10-13
Good is Sabbath Day! We have a day off on our own. Start off with a good breakfast and then attend a church service delivered by several members of the tour group. Pastor Armstrong, Charley and David.

29 May 2015

Absolutely magnificent scenery to wrap up the day. We are standing at the Look out place from the Highway. Across is the Jordan Valley where Jordan river flows into Sea of Galilee. We can also see the Kibbutz and the Maagan Village resort we are staying across the water. The resort is directly in line with the tiny island in the water.
Mount Tabor (tradition - mount of transfiguration). Mount Of transfiguration is actually Mount Hermon which is one of the highest mountain in the north. We will be there in 3 days' time. Awesome! πŸ˜€
Megiddo Park - flowers
Tel Megiddo - The southern Stables - horses and the chariots and other excavations and sites.
Megido - water system, storage and the spring. The spring is 183 steps below. Wonder how long they took to dig this tunnel which is very cool and nice inside. When we reached the spring, the water seems dirty but actually it is very clear and clean when you throw a pebble into it. The water is covered by a top layer of dust. We took another way out by climbing only 80 steps. Amazing engineering and digging skills in the ancient time. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘
Mt Megido - city gate during the Canaanites & Solomonic periods.
From Mt Meggido: 2. Mount Carmel 3. Nazareth Hill 4. Mount Tabor 5. Mount Moreh 6. Mount Giboh 7. Samaria Hills 8 Meggido pass
Megiddo is a Canaanite city - built perhaps towards the end of the middle Canaanites period 16th Century BC. The is the valley of Armageddon. The fighting does not take place here but in Jerusalem and Petra. This is a place where the meeting of Anti Christ and the 10 rulers take place.
From Mount Carmel - I hope and think I got it right.... Mt Tabor, Nazareth Hill, Mt Moreh, Mt Giboh and Samaria range.
The 2 runways are meant for military planes hidden underground.
Carmelite Monastery - the statue is Elijah beheading a prophet of Baal. We are standing at Mt Carmel. Bird's eye view: Mt Tabor, Nazareth Hill/town, Mt Moreh, Mt Giboh and the Samaria Range. There are 2 military runways for military planes which are hidden underground. Wow! Secret mission is to find the underground planes!
Our lunch stop - not again! Hummus and lamb in a pita bread! Quite tired of these but no choice!!! I missed my chicken rice, laksa, fish ball noodles, char kway teow, prawn mee, Popiah and wanton noodles!!!! πŸ˜©πŸ˜”πŸ˜’πŸ‘ŽπŸ½πŸ˜ We had a good lunch nevertheless. The little cutie is Lur with her mom, sister of the restaurant owner. Haha..she is the highlight of lunch...catching all the attention! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜˜ God is good! ❀️
The tombs of Bet She'arim..,spooky and creepy with man made sound and rhythm...weird! Found out some people were there trying to commune with the death... πŸ˜©πŸ˜πŸ˜©πŸ˜–πŸ˜±
Bet She'arim - contains the ruin of ancient Jewish town which was built at the top of the hill and the remains of an ancient underground Jewish cemetery. Rabbi Judah the Prince, head of Sanhedrin and refactor of the Mishnah, is buried here in the 3rd- 4th century AD. Many tombs were broken into but the burglars found no treasure. Very creepy, spooky and unsettling - with weird sound. Found some people in there in the dark making these noises trying to connect with the death or something! Look at the coffins.....Yaks! πŸ˜–πŸ˜«πŸ˜¨πŸ˜±πŸ˜‘
This is the mountain of Nazareth and the cliff where the Jews wanted to push Jesus off the cliff (Luke 4:28-31). On the right, quite a distance away rounded top hill is Mt Tabor. And they were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things; and they rose up, and cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way. And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath day: (‭Luke‬ ‭4‬:‭28-31‬ ASV)
Nazareth - This is a very dense city with very narrow roads...lots of shops with window display....ladies long gowns seem very much an in thing here...haha...there must be lots of parties to go to for the Muslims!?!?!?
City of Nazareth - it has become a Muslim town with more and more dominance by the Arabians.
Nazareth - Jesus hometown where he grew up! Busy street - and we have no problem getting parking spots!!! Praise the Lord! Amen!!!
This is the town of Cana...not (tradition). The real Cana is several miles north of here where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. Behind the arch on the street is Jonah's hometown called Gath Hepher which is on top the hill. Next stop is Nazareth...Jesus hometown where he grew up.
Qarne Hittin - view of the 2 horns from a kibbutz of a Lowe plain
Mount Qarne Hittin - more scenes where Upper Galilee mountain range is.
Qarne Hittin : an extinct volcano. Yavel is the valley followed by Tiberias and the cliff of Arbel and then the round top hill is the Mount Tabor (traditionally Mt of transfiguration) where Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus.
Gorgeous very spiky plants in the mountain (Qarne Hittin) with beautiful colored flowers and many thorns. 😍
Such a coola Daily Devotion - Steve Armstrong John 6:1-13 Jesus fed the 5000 at the Bethsaida hill. This passage illustrates a man leading a group of people. Thousands follow Him without food. He fed them with 12 baskets full. Picture of Moses leading the Israelis out of Egypt through the desert. Moses fed them with mana from heaven. John 6:14-15 They saw a "sign" - meaning it is a form of "communication" from God Both events happened at Passover. Moses led the people out of bondage to sin with the 10 commandments while Jesus led people out of bondage to salvation to life. Deuteronomy 18 Moses mentioned about a prophet in the future... The Jews knew that but they stopped short of acknowledging Jesus is the Messiah! Listen to Verse by Verse Podcast on John 6... More details and insights... Simply Awesome! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈ

28 May 2015

Today we went round the Sea of Galilee and went on a boat ride at Tiberias.
@ Arbel - the Tiberias town from mountain top
Some amazing pretty flowers and shrubs in many parts of Israel. Don't know the names but very pretty and unusual. Strikingly attractive. They must be real tough to survive under such terrain and weather conditions.
Cliffs of Arbel ... Standing 700 feet above the Sea of Galilee, the Cliffs of Arbel provide a panoramic view stretching from the Golan Heights to the Jordan River valley. The snow-capped Mount Herman can be seen in the distance on clear days.
Arbel - The historian Josephus documented the Roman conquest of Hasmonean rebels living in the cliffs in the 1st century. The story goes that Herod the Great sent soldiers over the edge of the cliff by lowering huge baskets. The soldiers then reached into the cliff dwellings and hurled the Hasmoneans to their death, and set fire to the dwellings to finish the job.
Set sail from the city of Triberia. On the boat ride across Sea of Galilee after a yumlicious St Peter's meal...loads of fun... Singing, dancing and taking many many pictures! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
St Peter's fish with an Israeli sheckel in its mouth. Shoik! My best meal so far... Simply Yumlicious!!!πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ‘β€οΈ
Mt of Beautitudes - Dr Arnold did not go there as he said he was not interested to visit a Catholic Church! I was telling some tour mates about the acoustic but Arnold was not keen. πŸ˜”
Korazim (Chorazin) is an archaeological site mentioned in the New Testament as a city condemned by Jesus (together with Bethsaida and Capernaum) for rejecting him. Korazim was a Jewish town renowned for its good wheat in Talmudic times. In the 16th century, Jewish fishermen used to reside here. The town's ruins are spread over an area of 25 acres, subdivided into five separate quarters, with a synagogue in the centre. The ruins at the site include a large, impressive synagogue which was built with black basalt stones and decorated with Jewish motifs. Close by is a ritual bath, surrounded by public and residential buildings.
Almagor - north side of Galilee. This is a religious & a military overlooking the border of Syria over the mountain range. Jordan river flowing into the Sea of Galilee. Below is the plain of Bethesda. The mountain range is the Golan Heights and the other side is Syria.
The family tree from Adam to Jesus. Picture of the Sea of Galilee from Capernaum.
The Late 4th century AD "White Synagogue" built upon the remains of the "Synagogue of Jesus".
Capharnaum - Sea of Galilee Statute of Apostle Peter and his home in downtown Capharnaum.
Jordan river and the mountain of Galilee. This part of the Jordan river flows into the Sea of Galilee.
Bethsaida - City gate. The King who was sitting inside the gate were judged on the judicial, commercial and religious standard within the gate.
Bethsaida - different houses - Winegrower's, Fisherman's & Bit Hilani Type Palace.
Bethsaida - a major city of Geshur - home land of King David's wife, Ma'acah. They had a son Absalom. Destroyed by Assyrian in 732 BC and was rebuilt in 3rd century AD. Birthplace of Peter, Andrew and Philip.
Kursi or Gerassa - east of Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed the miracle of the swine (Mark 5). It was also the venue of a Byzantine Church and monastery built in the 5th century AD. Noticed some of the mosaic floor tiles were damaged - deliberately by the Muslim disfiguring those with animal faces.
This place is Mitzpenokyev. There are mines still hidden in the ground. This was part of the Syrian territory until 1967. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘The main trade is fishing which are done in the night not daytime. The fishes went deep in the lake during daytime.
Hill Hippoo (or sussit - rounded top) is an ancient city in Galilee - first Christian city. En Gev is the kibbutz based on fishing.
Daily Devotion by Otis Reedy Song: I know the Master of the Wind who can calm the storm and make the sun shines again. True contentment comes from the understanding, doing and walking and obeying God. We need to be contented with whatever God gives or let us have in this world. Luke 3:14 Be content with what we have! Philippians 4:11 Learnt to be content! 1 Timothy 6:6-8 Contentment brings joy and peace into our life! Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬ NASB) So be CONTENT!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™
What a great greeting first thing in the morning! It was a great start - weather was cool in the morning after a day if scorching Sun with temperature of 40+ C. Thank you Father, it is awesome! Today's itinerary is visiting sites all around the Sea of Galilee... πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸ™

27 May 2015

Our route that extended northward to sea of Galilee from Jerusalem.
Maagan Resort @ Sea of Galilee - My Room 109, a one-bedroom suite facing the Sea of Galilee. Nice! We can swim at the sea itself or the swimming pool! After a whole day tour, it is so nice to have a dip. Shiok!the night scene across the sea - amazingly beautiful! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
The cotton tree at a memorial garden where several girls were killed by the extremist Muslim at the border of Jordan and Israel.
We are at the highest point of Bet She'an. There were 7 entrances guarded by a city. The Giborah mountain range is within the Israeli territory. There is a small stream that flows into the Jordan river
City of Bet She'an - destroyed in 745 AD by an earthquake.
Abel Mehola - where Elijah came from. Across the Jordan river is Gilead of Jordan
The network followed by the Jordan river and country of Jordan. There are 3 fences at the border. Gilead is over at the Jordan border
Wadi feria - where Abraham ..,,,
Plantations of Date Trees
Jericho is now under Ethel control of Palestinians. They are divided into Modern day Jericho and New Jericho (closest to the camera). Ancient Jericho is midway from the hill where the tower is. It is also where Jesus was tempted.
Nabi Nusa Muslim tomb of Moses - on the wrong side of the river. You can see Moses' tomb from the top of the hill.
This is the St George Monastery where the priest lived there their whole life until they die. Built in the 6th century, this Greek orthodox Catholic monastery lived the priests who spent their whole lives meditating and learning about the laws and rules.
Wadi Qelt with spring in the area where there are trees. Jericho was built behind the valle. These are the Benjamin territories.
This is the plain of Judah (Maale Adummin - meaning red sand) and The other side is Benjamin
Daily Devotion - Geoff Howes Joshua 10 & 2 Corinthians Take Captives the bad things in our life and put them to death. A great quote: Yesterday is History; Tomorrow is Mystery Today is Opportunity

26 May 2015

The Western Wall - prayer and wailing walls - male and female separated. The walls are made of many different periods of construction that none of these represent the ancient temple wall.
The Golden Menorah
Herodian quarter - the home of a very wealthy man
More of the Herodian Quarter
The Herodian quarter some 2000 years ago
Inside the oldest synagogue - the scrolls or Torah and the Menorahs - the electric and the candle version. The 4 tassels is worn by the Jewish rabbi in this synagogue - Deuteronomy 22:12
The incomplete Austrian Synagogue
Jerusalem in the First temple period in 1000-500 BC
The reconstruction of the Cardo view to the South