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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 “There 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”. The 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 for 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. We 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 Karyn 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. We 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 Message 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