Hoyle Israel Tour 2018

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tracing the life and world of Jesus on a Shoresh Study Tour, we will walk in His steps on roads from Galilee to Jerusalem. Our goal is to obtain a better understanding of the ministry of Jesus with application of His teachings for us in 2018.  Jesus will breathe fresh life into us as we arrive at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on October 21. Our first night will be at the Seasons Hotel on the Mediterranean Coast. The Holy Spirit will ignite our Spirit as we stroll the beach and count our many blessings. Scaled Up Chutzpah

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Sea of Galilee

DAY TWO: Monday Oct 22 we will travel eastward inland to Galilee and visit the fabulous ruins of the Herodian city of Caesarea Maritima, the site of the conversion of Cornelius. ARRIVAL IN THE LAND OF PROMISE Joppa/ Jaffa Peter’s home. Peter raises Tabitha (Dorcas) from the dead (Acts 9:36-42). He stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner.
When Peter was praying on the roof, he had a vision of a large sheet filled with animals being lowered from heaven (Acts 9:43-10:23), signaling to him to go with the messengers from Cornelius.”While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you.  So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” ( A word of knowledge given to Peter)  Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?” The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”  Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests…..” Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the family of Cornelius

are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”…. Peter had said when he entered the home of Cornelius “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.”……”34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism  but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”….”44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.  For they heard them speaking in tongues  and praising God. ” ACTS chapter 10.

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Elijah on the coast of Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, with a spectacular view over the North of Israel, near the spot where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, altar and even the water.  Elijah had the prophets of Baal slaughtered at the Brook Kishon.  We conclude our day at ancient Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus.  We will stay overnight at Ma’agan Holiday Resort, on the Sea of Galilee.

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The ruins of Chorazin, a typical Galilean village

We begin our 3rd day visiting Biblical sites along the Sea of Galilee that testify to God’s faithfulness to His Word, past, present and future. Herod the Great began to develop it into a magnificent harbor. Josephus called his palace, built on a promontory jutting out into the waters of Caesarea, the “most magnificent”.  The lack of fresh water at Herod’s new city required a lengthy aqueduct to bring water from springs at the base of Mount Carmel nearly ten miles away.  In order that the water would flow by the pull of gravity, the aqueduct was built on arches and the gradient was carefully measured. Peter came from Jaffa, God spoke through the vision, Cornelius and his house hold were the first gentiles to receive Messiah. Paul sailed from here to Rome. Continue along the ancient route to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s cities, and according to the Book of Revelation, possibly the assembly point for the armies marching to the battle of Armageddon. Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and place of His early ministry. In the time of Jesus it was an isolated village with a population less than two hundred. Today Nazareth is home to more than 60,000 Israeli Arabs. The Catholic Church has built the largest church building in the Middle East where it is believed the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to Mary. Chorazin gives us a glimpse of village life, the Jewish religion, and the Pharisees.  We then take steps towards the site where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.  We will consider the Kingdom of God in this well studied teaching of Jesus.  We then descend the mountain and arrive at Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived during the majority of His ministry.

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Tabgha, Israel “Loaves and Fishes multiplied”

In Tabgha we will see the site that commemorates the miracle of multiplying the loaves and fishes. Tabgha is also where Jesus met the disciples after His resurrection.  We will also enjoy a contemplative time of prayer on the shore of the lake. We will visit Kibbutz Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat”, a Galilean fishing boat from the First Century.  From Kibbutz we sail out on a boat for some worship and reflective prayer together.  After dinner we will meet a local Messianic Believer. We overnight at same Holiday Resort on the Sea of Galilee.

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Golan Heights

On day 4, October 24, Mike’s 66th birthday we will travel through Northern Israel. We will climb the Golan Heights, then along the lower slopes of Mount Hermon (Israel’s tallest mountain) and most likely the site of The Transfiguration “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” Matthew 17:1 Then to Caesarea, Philippi where Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah.  We will visit the old testament city of Dan, and the city gate from the time of Abraham. We will walk along a pleasant stream and discuss the meaning of “living water”.  We will pass thru Druze Village on the road to Damascus where the Apostle Paul met Jesus. We will overnight at Ma’agan Holiday Resort, Sea of Galilee. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38 – On

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Getting baptized in the Jordan River

October 25th we will go to the Jordan River and discuss the ministry of John the Baptist and his relationship with Jesus. Mike and I will be baptized in the Jordan!  “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Phil 2:1-4  AMEN

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Mt Hermon – site of Transfiguration

DAY 6 we will seek refuge in the meaning of “wilderness” in the Judean desert. We will discuss the temptation of Jesus. We will see Herod the Great’s magnificent fortress in Masada,  also the place of the last stand of the Zealots.  We then enter the sub-tropical oasis of Ein Gedi. Weather permitting, we will see the waterfalls and wildlife in the nature reserve. We will float in the therapeutic mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. The evening will ascent to Jerusalem, the City of the Great King. The Director of Shoresh will lead us on a short stroll to a rooftop panorama of the Old City and share some testimonies. We will stay overnight at the Christ Church Guest house in Jerusalem.

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Buoyant Dead Sea water floating

DAY 7 We will walk the steps of Jesus during His last week in Jerusalem. We will learn what His death, burial and resurrection meant to the Jewish people of the First century. We will visit the Mount of Olives, the site of Jesus ascension to heaven. We will view a tomb from the time of Jesus and enter Gethsemane.  We then cross the Kidron Valley and walk through Stephen’s Gate to examine the Pool of Bethesda. We will tour the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is believed to be the place where Jesus was buried and resurrected.  We will have reflective prayer time at the peaceful Garden Tomb. We overnight at the Christ Church Guesthouse in Jerusalem.holy_Sepulchre_v22

DAY 8 is Sunday October 28 and we will have the option to attend the worship services at Christ Church, the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East. Shoresh will provide a list of interesting ways to spend a free day in Jerusalem.  We overnight at Christ Church.holy_24

DAY 9 will be devoted to learning about Jerusalem in the days of Jesus. We will study how worship was performed in the temple. We will get the Jewish perspective about the Sadducees and their attitude towards Jesus. Important events in the Book of Acts will be discussed.  We will go to the Temple Mount and learn the claims of Islam. We then will visit the most holy site of Judaism, the Western Wall of prayer.  We will visit palatial mansions and discuss Pentecost. Overnight at Christ Church in Jerusalem. TempleMount_11_13_NEW

DAY 10 we study both the tragedy and the wonder of the Lord’s redemptive power. We will discuss the annihilation of six million Jews in the Nazi genocide, God coming to earth, and the loving witness of Christians. We will celebrate the Bible prophesy about the restoration and spiritual rebirth of the Jewish people.  We will tour the Christ Church Heritage Centre to learn about CMJ’s 200 year history of ministry to the Jewish people. We travel to Yad VaShem, the Israel Memorial Museum to the Holocaust. We will examine the spiritual and theological roots of the genocide. We will take a short drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels heralded the advent of Messiah. Our evening meal will be a celebration of a Jewish Passover Seder, making Biblical connections to the “last supper”. We overnight at Christ Church in Jerusalem.

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Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

DAY 11 Wednesday October 31, 2018 we say farewell to Israel and fly home. We praise God for all the exciting planned revelations in His living word! The City of David Original site of Jerusalem. The City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Years later, David’s son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah. Today, deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient
world. These biblical finds span thousands of years of history including both First and Second Temple Jerusalem. Continue underground to the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years. Visitors seeking adventure can trek through knee deep water in King Hezekiah’s 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering, continuing to the Shiloah Pool, the major water drawing source in biblical times.

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To God be the glory forever and ever! In July Barb will attend the Messianic Jews Conference in Puerto Vallarta.  We are currently blessed to study and practice the Shawn Bolz Words of Knowledge e-course with Andy and Karyn Spicer. Words of knowledge is a tool that brings God glory as we open our heart and mouth to speak what the Holy Spirit is revealing. In September for Barbs birthday we will be on a cruise along the California coastline, to British Columbia, and Victoria. To top off my experiential learning,  we travel to a number of Biblical sites in Israel in October 2018.  Jesus continues to take great pleasure in blessing us. We are learning and growing “in Him” as we expect more and more revelation.  How great is our Father who has so much to say to us….through His written Word and directly. Amen Spiritual-Gifts-Wisdom-Knowledge-and-FaithThere are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Words of Knowledge spoken over Michael Hoyle on July 5, 2018 at Priscilla’s casa.  “The War Angel is still standing next to Michael and ready to be engaged in prayers of spiritual warfare”.  Prov-23-12The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, we just need to tune in to what the Spirit is saying. “I sense the Lord showing me a hammer and plywood, a hurricane. You are resourceful, dismantling the nails from plywood, you straighten them out to be used again. Perhaps a dark storm, a hurricane of emotions has passed, the sun is out now and Michael has been prepared to drive in a blue car.” The blue car represents the Prophetic. We are NOT to be ruled by our personality of being an introvert or an extrovert. We are God’s chosen, equipped and obedient to the Spirit of God.  “Michael keeps life simple. He simply reads God’s word and does his best to follow it.” We may borrow the love we have 26731009_10155328943765292_4552298221741897335_nfor another and ask the Holy Spirit to give us God’s heart for this person, their family, a career, a passion, a purpose.  We may simply discern that this person has been struggling and say “I feel like the Lord is saying that you have passed through a valley, and now the Lord is increasing your joy. Draw closer to Him and trust that His plan for you is good.”  A final Word for Michael “I see Mike in Israel in one frame of mind. God takes Mike out of that frame and puts Mike in a new frame.” The Passion Translation “Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities.” Romans 8:5 Your personal prayer life is the key to unlocking more words of knowledge. Question your thoughts. Are you sensing the presence of God when receiving revelation or are you more cerebral? “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. 36633851_675517002786852_8775113086219583488_oWe sense a compassion in the heart, a conviction that a basic holiness permeates people.” Galatians 5:23 MSG Focus all your love on the person the Word is for.  God’s love is the currency of revelation. Ask to be filled with His love and activate your readiness to receive words of knowledge. “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 NIV —Priscilla Greer was ordained as a Minister by the Assembly of God Church. She worked as a missionary in Guadalajara for 30 years. Priscilla organized our trip to Israel and hosts the Shawn Bolz e-course training with Andy and Karyn Spicer. Last week Karyn and Sarah had words for Barbara. Sarah is a missionary from the USA and she is working with Andy and Karyn for a month in Mexico. Sarah shared “The Lord is showing me that your relationship with your parents was difficult, but that your relationship with your heavenly Father is growing. You are receiving a rich inheritance from heaven.”  Then 36379008_669424250062794_6030559242396631040_oKaryn smiled and described a rectangular ring that I had inherited from my mother, that I had just touched prior to coming to the e-course. “The Lord is showing me a rectangular ring with a unique cut of stones. The stones represent the gifts you were given by God. I also see them as a blessing, indeed you are so loved by God and you are receiving a rich inheritance of His favor.” To me the large stone represents the Holy Spirit equipping me and speaking to the little stone Barb. During the week I listened to more youtube sermons by Shawn Bolz. He led us thru scripture that confirmed that “all believers” are the rich inheritance of Christ. We are the why that Jesus, our King, left heaven to come to earth! Because of the great joy set before Him, He came to restore us back to Himself. He values us above all the land, all the stuff of kings. Embrace this TRUTH.  Andy Spicer, Karyn Spicer, Sandie DeKeyser, Karen David, Sarah Honaker all saints practicing their gift of knowledge with us.  Lord Jesus increase my love, my ability to hear Your voice, so that I can speak words of knowledge that will turn hearts towards You. AMEN.  2018_new_year.jpgWe are being lavishly blessed before we travel to Israel and we are expecting miracles! SHAMA Lord Jesus we want to know the process of Your heart and mind. Fully activate our mind of Christ.1 Kings 3:9 – The condensed dialogue between King Solomon and God. God asks Solomon “You can have anything you want, what do you desire from God?” Some interpretations say wisdom, others discernment. The original text reads that Solomon asked for SHAMA. Three Rabbi’s agree that SHAMA is a word that is only in the Hebrew culture. When Solomon asked for SHAMA, he asked that he would have the mind of God, that he would be privy to the way God processes thoughts, as if he could make decisions and choose the best always. Solomon asked for SHAMA. ““Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?” The Message36649024_674613152877237_1342556349518577664_o On the 4th of July, Mike read the itinerary for the Shoresh Study tour. When I asked if Mike would like to join us, his only hesitation “Are there any other men going?”  Yes a few couples from Lakeside are also going. I pointed out that we would be in Israel for his 66th birthday and he said “Yes”! We have the FREEDOM to celebrate all of God’s goodness every day, but today I thank God for the precious bloodshed of Jesus so that I could receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit. God delights in pouring out His favor on us and I expect that our Father is thrilled to walk with us in Israel. God gave us a casa that we did not build,  a fountain of living water, and experiences we could not have without His abundant provision. The favor of God allows us to do what others cannot do. We receive words from heaven that we can speak to connect people to the Love of God.  Our Father continues to equip us to achieve His original planned destiny for us. Trusting in what others cannot see—-through our eyes of faith, we know we are favored of God. We know His Word is Truth and we also know that He has much more to personally say to us. Holy Spirit we ask for SHAMA, that we may discern when and what to speak to those you place in our path. Thank You for opening our minds and hearts to receive more and more revelation. We praise the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour!  Hallelujah. Glory to Glo

 

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  4. OCTOBER 20, 2018 UNITED AIRLINES departs GUAD at 6:00 AM – TAXI from San Nicolas pick us up at 3:15 AM to be at immigration with forms completed at 4:00 AM. LUGGAGE: You are allowed one checked in bag up to 50 pounds, one carry on and one personal item such as a purse or a camera, all of it for free.
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  5. Rosh Hashanah 2018 begins Sunday evening, September 9, the beginning of the Hebrew New Year. On every Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, according to the Jewish calendar, in 2018 Yom Kippur begins September 18. The airport in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem completely shuts down as Yom Kippur is indeed the most holy day of the year. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:115) Starting at the Tower of David museum and ending in the Jewish Quarter, one can experience modern Jerusalem as they visually take steps inside breathtaking reconstructions of ancient Jerusalem with a virtual reality headset. This is an option for us on a FREE DAY that we may better understand what each area looked like over time. The narrated voice accompanying the visuals includes commentary and history about ancient religious life, social classes and commercial activities. It includes an overall view of the Temple Mount during the Second Temple period, which then zooms into the Temple as one imagines him or herself standing on the Temple Mount in front of the Temple walls with a 360 degree view. Mr. Lieber, Director of the Tower of David Museum talks about the virtual reality tour. “Visitors are no longer limited by time and space, and every visitor can be immersed in this unique experience,” she said, adding that VR will “fill in the missing pieces” of a traditional museum visit and provide the visitor with a full picture and a deeper understanding of Herod’s Jerusalem. And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim. Isaiah 2:3 (The Israel Bible™)

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  6. Where do we fit in the City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel?
    King David Museum Sound & Light?
    Dead Sea cosmetics, Qumran Museum?
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    Day 2: Sunday, October 21, 2018 ARRIVAL IN THE LAND OF
    PROMISE
    Joppa/ Jaffa Peter’s home
    Peter raises Tabitha (Dorcas) from the dead (Acts 9:36-42). He stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner.
    When Peter was praying on the roof, he had a vision of a large sheet filled with animals being lowered
    from heaven (Acts 9:43-10:23), signaling to him to go with the messengers from Cornelius.
    Overnight: Seasons Hotel, Netanya, Mediterranean Coast

    Day 3: Monday, October 22, 2018
    LIGHT TO THE NATIONS – Jews, Gentiles, and the Messiah
    Caesarea Maritima, – Herod the Great began to develop it into a magnificent harbor. Josephus
    called his palace, built on a promontory jutting out into the waters of Caesarea, the “most magnificent” .
    The lack of fresh water at Herod’s new city required a lengthy aqueduct to bring water from springs at
    the base of Mount Carmel nearly ten miles away.  In order that the water would flow by the pull of
    gravity, the aqueduct was built on arches and the gradient was carefully measured. 
    Peter came from Jaffa, God spoke through the vision, Cornelius and his house hold were the first
    gentiles to receive Messiah. Paul sailed from here to Rome.
    Mount Carmel, with a spectacular view over the North of Israel, near the spot where Elijah
    confronted the prophets of Baal. Fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, altar and
    even the water, Elijah had the prophets of Baal slaughtered at the Brook Kishon
    Continue along the ancient route to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s cities, and according to the
    Book of Revelation, possibly the assembly point for the armies marching to the battle of Armageddon.
    Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and place of His early ministry. In the time of Jesus it was an
    isolated village with a population less than two hundred. Today Nazareth is home to more than 60,000
    Israeli Arabs. The Catholic Church has built the largest church building in the Middle East where it is
    believed the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to Mary. 
    Overnight: Ma’agan Holiday Resort, Sea of Galilee.

    Day 4: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE – Visiting sites as we try to picture daily life and religion in
    the First Century. Today we can visualize where the majority of the ministry of Jesus took place: miracles
    and teachings. Chorazin, the well-preserved ruins of a typical Galilean village. The synagogue at

    Chorazin is a typical “Galilean” style synagogue. This excavated synagogue dates from the 2nd century,
    where we study village life, Jewish religion, and the Pharisees.
    Mount of Beatitudes, The suggestion of this hill for the location of the Sermon on the Mount is
    a good one.  Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God on this Galilean hillside. Mt. 5-7
    Capernaum, Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: “Leaving Nazareth
    he went and lived in Capernaum” (Matt 4:13). Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen living in
    the village. Matthew the tax collector also dwelt here. Capernaum is one of the three cities cursed by
    Jesus for its lack of faith. (Also known as Bethsaida and Chorazin.) Excavations have revealed a
    synagogue from the time of Jesus with walls made of worked stone and 4 feet thick. These earlier walls
    were preserved up to 3 feet high and the entire western wall still exists. In this synagogue, Jesus gave
    sermon on the bread of life (John 6:35-59).In Capernaum, Jesus healed the servant of the centurion. 
    This Roman official was credited with building the synagogue (Luke 7:3). Jesus was confronted by a
    demoniac while teaching here (Mark 1:21-27).
    Tabgha, Tabgha is the traditional location for the calling of the disciples.  It is believed that here
    Jesus walked along the shore and called out to Simon Peter and Andrew who were casting their nets
    into the lake.  Walking along, Jesus saw two other brothers, James and John who were preparing their
    nets with their father Zebedee.  Jesus called all of these men to follow him. The seven springs that
    emerged at Tabgha (today only six have been discovered) produced water warmer than that of the Sea
    of Galilee.  This warmer water helped the production of algae, which in turn attracted the fish. 
    Fishermen thus have frequented this area for thousands of years. In John 21, Jesus met again with the
    disciples, after the resurrection, for the “last breakfast.”  Here he restored Peter to himself after the
    disciple’s three denials by asking him three times if Peter loved Jesus. The rock is the traditional place
    where Jesus stood and called out to the disciples. A Byzantine mosaic commemorates the multiplication
    of loaves and fish. Here we will share in communion and or enjoy a contemplative time on the shore of
    the lake. Kibbutz Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat”, a Galilean fishing boat from the First Century
    and set sail for a boat ride on the lake to enjoy the views and some worship, prayer and reflective time.
    After dinner, we will meet with a local believer.
    Overnight: Ma’agan Holiday Resort, Sea of Galilee

    Day 5: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    NORTHERN ISRAEL – “Who Do Men Say That I Am?”
    We will seek to understand what the Jewish people of 2,000 years ago expected of the Messiah, and
    how that was fulfilled in Jesus. Today we explore Northern Israel, one of the most beautiful regions of
    the country. Golan Heights The Golan Heights belonged to the country of Syria until 1967. 
    During the Six Day War, Israel took this high ground overlooking the Huleh Basin and Sea of Galilee. 
    Today evidence of Syrian habitation, including military bases and mosques (right) lie in ruins throughout
    the area.  The region is now populated by Druze (who there before the war) and Israelis who have
    moved in since the war.  Syria insists on the return of the Golan Heights as part of any peace agreement.
    At Katzrin we will visit a reconstructed Talmudic village. Ancient Katzrin Park features a third century
    Jewish village modeled after Talmudic times, including a dwelling with domestic artifacts that were used
    during the year, as well as a reconstructed early synagogue. Next we will travel along the lower slopes of
    Mount Hermon – Israel’s highest mountain, and the most likely site of the Transfiguration.
    Caesarea Philippi, location of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan River. This is the

    region where Peter made his famous confession that Jesus is the Messiah. Along the way we will pass
    Druze Villages. The Druze people speak Arabic, live in the hills of Galilee and the Golan Heights,
    and have good relations with the Jews of Israel.  The strong relationship between Arab Druze and Israeli
    Jews shows hope for the future of the Middle East. There are 130,000 Israeli Druze who are neither
    Muslims nor Christians. Mt. Bental, a lookout spot near the border with Syria and the area of the
    road to Damascus where the Apostle Paul met the Lord. Dan Nature Reserve, where we see
    the incredible archaeological remains of the OT City of Dan, including the city gate from the
    time of Abraham, and consider ancient Israel’s apostasy. Jeroboam I, the first ruler of the newly seceded
    northern kingdom of Israel, established two sanctuaries to rival the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem:
    Dan, along his northern border, and Bethel, along his southern border not far from Jerusalem. He
    commissioned the construction of two golden calves and installed one at each shrine. He also ordained a
    new priesthood and established a pilgrimage festival on a date of his own choosing. These shrines are
    portrayed as active places of worship throughout the duration of the northern kingdom. The
    headwaters of the Jordan River, the Dan Spring emerges at the base of Mt. Hermon next to Tel Dan.  We
    will also enjoy a pleasant walk by a stream and discuss the meaning of “living water”.
    Overnight: Ma’agan Holiday Resort, Sea of Galilee.

    Day 6: Thursday, October 25, 2018
    THE JORDAN VALLEY – “In the World But Not of It”
    We leave the Galilee and journey south down the spectacular Syrian African Rift Valley to
    the Dead Sea in the arid Judean wilderness.
    We will study the cultural tensions that existed at the time of Jesus
    – between Greco-Roman culture and Jewish culture
    – Greco- Roman culture and the early church
    – the Jewish religious establishment of the day and the early church.
    Jordan River, we will discuss the ministry of John the Baptist and his relationship with Jesus.
    Biblical city of Beit Shean – impressive excavations of its Roman – Byzantine period when it was
    one of the ten Hellenistic cities of the Decapolis. Decapolis, from the Greek word meaning Ten Cities.
    Jesus Christ was well familiar with the neighboring Decapolis. The Decapolis were inhabited primarily by
    Greek people who settled in the region. Beth Shean became the capital city of the Decapolis and was the
    only one on the west side of the Jordan. In the area of the Decapolis…
    -Jesus Christ cured a man of demon possession near Gadara, Mark 5:9-13
    And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for
    him; and everyone was amazed."
    -Jesus cured a man of deafness there, Mark 7:31-35
    -The Lord became very popular in the area: "The news about Him spread throughout all Syria…
    Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from
    beyond the Jordan." Matthew 4:24-25
    Then to the beautiful spring fed pools at Sachne, near the base of Mt. Gilboa. Continuing south to
    the arid Judean Wilderness, passing by the region of Jericho – the oldest and lowest city
    on earth. Qumran, likely the home of the Essenes, a First Century Jewish sect which may have
    influenced early Christianity, and the site of the most exciting archaeological discovery ever made in
    Israel – the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    Overnight: David Spa Hotel, Dead Sea
    Day 7: Friday, October 26, 2018
    THE JUDEAN DESERT – Seeking Refuge in the Wilderness- Masada
    Masada was first built by the Hasmoneans, a Jewish dynasty who ruled Judaea in the years between
    140-37 BC. Then, between 37-31 BC, King Herod the Great’s magnificent fortress palace in the desert,
    built to be as a refuge for himself in case of a revolt. When the Great Revolt of the Jews against the
    Romans broke out in 66 A.D., a group of Jewish people, the Zealots, took over the Masada, which was
    the last Jewish stronghold at the time. About 2-3 months of siege culminated in the construction of a
    siege ramp and tower, the purpose of which was to enable the attackers to enter into the fortified hill.
    However, upon their storming forward, in the spring of 73, they discovered death and destruction. The
    960 Zealots, trapped in their fortress, preferred to die rather than surrender, setting fire to all the
    buildings and committing mass suicide.
    Continuing north we drive to the beautiful subtropical oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul.
    We may walk into the nature reserve and possibly to the waterfalls. We may see some wildlife, including
    the furry rock badger and the graceful ibex. We will finish our afternoon by enjoying a float in the
    therapeutic mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Then we ascend to Jerusalem – the
    City of the Great King. After dinner, the Director of Shoresh will lead us on a short stroll to a
    rooftop panorama of the Old City, and then share some encouraging testimonies.
    Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem.
    Shoresh Tours will provide a list of options for Sunday.
    Day 8: Saturday, October 27, 2018
    INTHE STEPS OF JESUS – Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurrection
    We’ll connect the Biblical passages to Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. Why He was crucified, how He was
    buried, and what it meant to the Jewish people of the First Century that He was raised from the dead.
    We begin our day with a panoramic overlook of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, the site of
    Jesus’ ascension to heaven and His future second coming. We will walk down the Mount of Olives to
    Gethsemane, cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through Stephen’s
    Gate, stopping to examine the remains of the Pool of Bethesda. From here we walk to the
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most likely site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus.
    We end our tour with a reflective time at a site that wonderfully illustrates Jesus’ burial and
    resurrection, the peaceful Garden Tomb.
    Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

    Day 9: Sunday, October 28, 2018
    WORSHIP SERVICES AND FREE AFTERNOON IN JERUSALEM
    You are invited to attend the worship services at Christ Church, the oldest protestant church in the
    Middle East. The rest of the day is free for rest, reflection, shopping, or for the energetic, perhaps a walk
    on the walls of the Old City. Shoresh Tours will provide a list of interesting options for those who want to
    explore on their own.
    Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

    Day 10: Monday, October 29, 2018
    JERUSALEM IN THE TIME OF JESUS – The Temple at the Center
    We will focus today on Jerusalem in Jesus’ day, when the Temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish
    life: how worship was performed in the temple, the Sadducees and Jesus’ attitude towards them.
    Temple Mount, Then a visit to the Western Wall – Judaism’s most holy site, we will go
    through the subterranean Western Wall Tunnels and walk at what was street level in the
    time of Jesus. We then make our way through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City to
    see the Herodian Villas, the palatial mansions that were the home to the Sadducees, the
    ruling priesthood at the time of Jesus. We complete our day at the excavations near the base of
    the Temple Mount. Pentecost on the Southern Steps where Jesus walked.
    Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem
    Day 11: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    THE RESTORATION OF HOPE – A Garland Instead of Ashes
    We are invited to tour the Christ Church Heritage Centre to learn about CMJ’s 200-
    year history of ministry to the Jewish people. Then we will examine the systematic annihilation
    of six million Jews in the Nazi genocide as we travel to Yad VaShem, the Israeli Memorial
    Museum to the Holocaust. Here we see testimonies of the Jews in these camps. It was an
    amazing experience, very inspirational.
    Bethlehem, Today Bethlehem is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Church of the
    Nativity – “remarkably unimpressive”, According to tradition this is the probable site of the
    birth of Jesus. A star on the floor locates the place of his birth, where Mary gave birth to Jesus
    in the cave.  “Shepherd’s Fields” where the angels heralded the advent of Messiah.
    Jewish Passover Seder meal – This evening we will celebrate the Passover Seder
    meal together to expand our understanding of the role of the Lamb of God, making Biblical
    connections to the “last supper” that Jesus shared with his disciples.
    Leave Christ Church Guest House for Tel Aviv.
    Day 12: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in transit
    UA 955                       Tel Aviv-San Francisco   31 Oct                00:05am-06:15am
    UA 1958                     San Francisco-Houston  31 Oct                09:40am-15:30pm
    UA 378                       Houston-Guadalajara    31 Oct               16:05pm-19:35pm
    The City of David Original site of Jerusalem
    The City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop
    city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Years later, David's
    son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah. Today, deep
    underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient
    world. These biblical finds span thousands of years of history including both First and Second Temple
    Jerusalem. Continue underground to the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over
    1,000 years. Visitors seeking adventure can trek through knee deep water in King Hezekiah's 2,700

    year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering, continuing to the Shiloah Pool, the
    major water drawing source in biblical times.

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