Scenes from our Israel Trip (The Coast and Galilee)

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Here are some photos from our last trip to Israel along with a few thoughts. These shots are primarily from the Galilee.

P.S. You can see enlarged photos by clicking on them.

Jaffa

Upon arrival in Israel, the sun was going down in the West. So we made a quick stop on the seashore in ancient Jaffa (Heb. Yafo). The seashore at dusk was beautiful. Jaffa is, of course, where Jonah set sail and where Peter had a vision that eventually sent him to Caesarea (Acts 10).

Caesarea By the Sea

Our first stop on our first full day was Caesarea by the Sea. A beautiful place full of history and significant to us as believers (e.g. Acts 10). The following are some pics from that site.

Our group makes it way to Herod's Palace.

Allison was always ready to have her picture taken.

This is Brandon, my oldest son. He wasn't in a lot of pictures because he took most of them. Here he stands among the ruins of Herod's Palace.

Mount Carmel & Jezreel Valley

This picture was taken from atop Mount Carmel - the sight of Elijah's confrontation with the prophets of Ba'al. What you are seeing is the Jezreel valley a.k.a the valley of Megiddo (Armageddon). It is here that armies of the world will converge before they march on Jerusalem (Rev. 16:16, Zech. 12:9, 14:2)

This picture is taken from Carmel as well but looks in the direction of the sea. It was this direction that the man saw the cloud the size of a man's hand, as reported to Elijah.

Our children on Mount Carmel (left to right: Alan, Nathan, Allison and Brandon). This was the first time our entire family had been to Israel together.

The Galilee

This picture of Alan and Allison was taken in the gates of ancient Megiddo - one of Solomon's strong cities. It was a windy day and they were looking for refuge.

 

The two shots above are the city of Nazareth and me teaching the group at what is called, "The Precipice." This is believed to be the place where the angry crowds attempted to toss the Messiah over the cliff (Luke 4:28-30). From here you can see for miles and miles through the Galilee.

 

These two pics are the Kinneret Lake (Sea of Galilee) at sunset as we were entering Tiberius. Our stay there was a favorite part of my experience in Israel. There is nothing like waking up and seeing the sun rise over the lake and letting your mind wander back two thousand years.

 

These columns are from an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, built on the site of an older synagogue - very possibly the one Y'shua taught in (Mark 1:21).

 

This is the main street in ancient Bet She'an. The ruins here are extensive and very much intact compared to other archaeological sites in Israel. I could spend days here exploring.

 

Of course, what's a trip to Israel without time for shopping ... for olive oil products!

 

The Golan

This is part of our jeep caravan that rode throughout the Golan Heights. It was a bumpy ride but a lot of fun.

 

Allison, Alan and Nate during a short stop for pictures and discussion.

 

As this sign demonstrates, we were riding through an area that has been contested for decades. We saw remnants of what were Syrian bunkers and machine gun positions up until the Six Day War. The fields are littered with thousands of land mines.

 

We also rode along the banks of the Jordan River - it was mighty cold water.

 

This was on our first Erev Shabbat in the Land. You can't tell but just outside those windows is the Sea of Galilee. It was a beautiful setting to observe such a blessed time.

Next time I'll post a few pictures from the Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea. Shalom.

4 Responses to Scenes from our Israel Trip (The Coast and Galilee)

  1. Linda Rayburn says:

    The pictures are beautiful. I’m so happy that all of your family were able to be there with you. What a special time in the Land for you.

    Linda

  2. Karen Sletten says:

    Love seeing your family again in these pictures. Sweet memories of our trip to Israel with you. Look forward to seeing more. Glad I got to meet ALL of the family. Love in Christ,

    Karen

  3. JAIME LOPEZ says:

    Shalom;
    Hey this is the first time I’ve been able to see your lovely family….. I am glad for you that they were with you…. There is nothing else like it, to be in your favorite place with your loved ones… Take more time with them Bill, as you know, the little ones grow so fast, in a blink, years do pass…..
    And let me thank you, or should I say Brandon, for the pics…, have never been there yet, so I envy all of you….. hopefully, the Lord will make it possible for me soon..

    To me there has never been a greater role being a Dad….

    Shalom to you and your family….

    • Bill says:

      Todah (thank you) Jaime for all the kind comments. Yes it was a great blessing to have all my family in the land with me. More pics to come soon!

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