May 2019
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    May 17 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Tired but blessed! This has been the best trip of my lifetime! I will be internalizing all that I have seen and learned for many years to come.

    Highpoints for me:

    1) The boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. God reminded me He has been and will be with me in every storm of my life. He is my ship in rough waters. He commands the wind and the waves.

    2) The Garden Tomb. I was overwhelmed by the love of God and Christ's sacrifice for me. No words can describe my deep sorrow and overwhelming gratefulness for God's gift of salvation.

    Lowpoints for me:

    1) The Bethlehem Nativity is more of a shrine than informational. It did not feel authentic.

    2) David's Tomb was a shrine run by the Catholic Church. 1 Kings 2:10 places David's Tomb in the City of David and not where they claim.

    3) Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    Israel on the ground walking summary:

    123,549 steps
    60.1 miles

    In the air summary:
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  • Day10

    Day 10 – Thursday, May 16, 2019

    May 16 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jewish Quarter
    This morning, our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to date. We continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be an optional water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. Ascending up to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, the Temple Institute, the Burnt House, a 1st Temple period model of Jerusalem, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo. The rest of our day is at Mt. Zion to see David’s Tomb, and the first Church Grotto. We then walk to visit David’s Citadel and go inside to climb the tower for a view of Old Jerusalem and to see the remains of Herod’s palace and possible place of Pilate’s trial of Jesus.Read more

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    The Temple Institute - Third Temple prep

    May 16 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 95 °F

    The Temple Institute's ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. No pictures allowed inside the institute. As part of its ongoing effort to prepare for a future rebuilt Temple, the Temple Institute has been preparing ritual objects suitable for Temple use. Priests and the High Priest garments are made. Actual silver trumpets are done. Altar clay bricks have been made and built to the minimum size requirements. The altar can be quickly dismantled and quickly moved to the temple. White plaster will be applied. Copper wash basin is built and ready. Copper utensils for meal and grain offerings are ready. They say they know where the ark of the covenant is hidden. They say Solomon created secret chambers to hide the ark from invaders. Fearing its capture by the invading Babylonians, King Josiah had it removed from the Holy of Holies, and hidden in a chamber deep beneath the Temple Mount. They will retrieve it when the third Temple is built. They didn't say anything about the third Temple being the dwelling place of God but called it a gathering place for all peoples.

    The Menorah is completed and displayed in the public square. It is made of real gold over a skeleton that is not gold. It weighs almost a ton and is enclosed is a bullet proof safe.
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    Day 9 – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Golgotha, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pool of Bethesda, Gethsemane, Church of All Nations

    We start out the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Next we walk where Jesus walked, beginning with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here.Read more