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