Date: August 31 – September 11, 2019
Length: 12 days and 10 nights.
Leader: Tim Moore
Agent: Discovery Cruises and Tours (DC&T) in Hurst, Texas (817-595-2700)
Cost: The cost is estimated at $4,370 per person. This cost does not include $168 for tips per person. A single room is $1,350 additional. $500 deposit due at time of registration.
This tour focuses upon sites related to the life of Jesus and to His Second Coming. The tour originates out of Dallas or Newark with a flight to Tel Aviv. A sample itinerary for the tour is outlined below:
Depart Dallas in the evening for Tel Aviv.
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] Arrive in Tel Aviv in the afternoon. Proceed to our hotel in Tel Aviv located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. After dinner, the evening will be free for you to stroll along the Mediterranean beach or explore Tel Aviv.
Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will begin our tour of Israel by going first to the ancient port of Jaffa, located just south of modern day Tel Aviv. (Keep in mind that Tel Aviv was not established until the 20th Century.) Jaffa is the port from which the prophet Jonah began his ill-fated voyage. We will stroll through the old city, visiting the traditional site where Peter received the vision that called him to preach to the Gentiles. We will then do a bus tour of Tel Aviv, including a walk through the Carmel Market. The group will then be released to walk down Diezengoff Street, the main shopping area of Tel Aviv. You will be free to select a cafe of your choice for lunch. After lunch we will regather to continue our tour of Tel Aviv. We will visit a bookstore and meeting place in central Tel Aviv that is run by Messianic Jews, and we will likely have a worship service there. We will then proceed to Independence Hall where the Israeli Declaration of Independence was read by David ben Gurion on May 14, 1948. We will complete the day with a visit to the Israeli Mint where you can shop for commemorative medals. We may also try to visit an immigrant relocation center. We will try to get back to the hotel a little early so that you can do some swimming in either the hotel pool or the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will begin our day at the excavations of Caesarea Maritime, the Roman capital in the time of Christ. This is the city where the first Gentile, Cornelius, accepted the Lord. It is also the place where Paul spent two years in prison. Here we will see the Roman amphitheater, the port constructed by King Herod, and the remarkable Roman aqueduct. We will continue north along the Mediterranean coast to Mt. Carmel where we will visit the site of Elijah’s triumph over the prophets of Baal. From this vantage point we will also be able to get a panoramic view of the Valley of Armageddon. We will next proceed to Haifa for a breathtaking view of the city and the harbor. After lunch in Haifa, we will continue north almost to the Lebanese border where we will tour the Crusader city of Akko. The most important edifice in the town is the Hall of the Knights Hospitallers, one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture still in existence. From Akko we will head for our hotel in Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight at the Sheraton Moriah Hotel in Tiberias.
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] This will be a day of worship services at sites that were important in the life of Jesus. We will begin the day with a devotional service at the Hill of the Beatitudes. We will then proceed to the site of the city of Khorazin where there are the remains of a First Century synagogue where Jesus frequently ministered. We will conduct another devotional there which will center on the healing ministry of Jesus. Our next stop will be Capernaum, the town that served as the headquarters for Jesus’ ministry. If possible (depending on the crowds), we will conduct our third devotional of the day at this site. We will next visit the Church of St. Peter at Tabgha, a small church located right on the seashore. We will have a devotional here that will focus on Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance to the Disciples while they were fishing. We will then take a cruise back to Tiberias, stopping the boat in the middle of the sea to conduct a devotional about Peter’s brief walk on the water. After a lunch of St. Peter fish, we will drive to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee to visit one of the oldest kibbutzim in Israel, Kibbutz Deganya, where Moshe Dayan was born and raised. We will conclude the day with a visit to the Christian baptismal site on the Jordan River, just south of the Sea of Galilee. We will conduct a baptismal service for those who desire to be baptized in the Jordan as a witness of their faith. Overnight at the Sheraton Moriah Hotel.
Tiberias to Jerusalem
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will start out with a visit to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. In Nazareth, we will visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. These churches are located over the traditional site where Mary and Joseph lived. We will also visit the traditional site of the synagogue of Nazareth where Jesus preached His first sermon. Our visit to Nazareth will be concluded with a stop at the ancient city well where it is believed the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. From Nazareth, we will drive across the Valley of Armageddon to the tell of Megiddo, the ancient fortress city that guarded the approach to the valley. We will tour the tell, including its fascinating water tunnel. After eating lunch at the Meggido kibbutz, we will proceed back across the Valley of Armageddon to the Jordan River Valley where we will begin to follow the course of the Jordan River south to Jericho. En route we will stop to walk through the incredible excavations at Beit Shean. This is the city where the body of King Saul was nailed to the walls. It is the largest excavation in the land of Israel. We will conclude the day by making our ascent to the city of Jerusalem, “the city of the Great King!” (Psalm 48:2). Upon arrival, we will proceed immediately to the Western Wall for a time of prayer. Then we will go to our hotel, the Sheraton Plaza. We will spend our next five nights at this hotel. In the evening, after supper, you will be free to walk to Ben Yehuda Street in new Jerusalem to visit the shops and the cafes.
The Mount of Olives, the Arab Quarter of the Old City, and New Jerusalem
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We will then stroll down the mount to the Garden of Gethsemane, pausing en route at a lovely chapel called Dominus Flevit. This chapel marks the traditional site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. We will have a devotional at this spot that will focus on the Second Coming of Jesus. We will continue walking down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane where we will visit the Church of All Nations. From Gethsemane, we will proceed to the Lion’s Gate of the Old City and begin our walking tour through the city. After making stops at the Pool of Bethesda and the Crusader Church of St. Anne, we will walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the traditional Catholic site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus). This walk will begin at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion where the pavement floor is located that served as the foundation of the Antonio Fortress. This is the place where Pilate judged Jesus and the soldiers scourged Him. When we finish our walk on the Via Dolorosa, we will proceed to the Joppa Gate on the west side of the Old City. We will drive up to the Promenade for lunch. This is a beautiful new park and strolling area that overlooks the Old City. After lunch, we will proceed to the new city of Jerusalem for a visit to the Mt. Herzl cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. If time permits we will also visit the Dead Sea Scrolls Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
The Dead Sea
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will get an early start for the Dead Sea. Our route will take us back down the main highway to Jericho where we will turn south and start driving along the shores of the Dead Sea. This is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. We will ascend to the top of Herod’s fortress of Masada by cable car and spend considerable time walking around this remarkable site with its fantastic view of the Dead Sea. On our return trip to Jerusalem, we will stop at Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947. We will eat lunch there and then tour the area. From there we will go to the oasis of Ein Gedi where David often hid from Saul and the Philistines. Our next stop will be a kibbutz where Ahava body products are manufactured. We will visit the factory discount store and give you an opportunity to purchase their products. We will then proceed to a spot where you can go swimming in the Dead Sea. Our last stop of the day will be along the road from Jericho to Jerusalem. We will go to the Wadi Kelt and give you an opportunity to see the incredible Monastery of St. George which perches on the side of a steep cliff in the wadi. Overnight in Jerusalem.
The Jewish Quarter of the Old City and Bethlehem
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] We will begin the day on Mt. Zion where we will visit the traditional sites of the tomb of David and the Upper Room where the Last Supper was held. Then we will walk through the Zion Gate and head for the Jewish quarter of the Old City where we will visit the Temple Institute. This Institute is preparing the implements to be used in the Third Temple. We will proceed to the Western Wall (the “Wailing Wall”) and then on to the Temple Mount where we will visit the Dome of the Rock. After lunch, we will tour the archeological tunnel that runs along the Western Wall. We will then proceed to Bethlehem where we will spend the afternoon visiting the shepherd’s fields and the Church of the Nativity. We will also spend some time in Bethlehem shopping. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Free Day in Jerusalem
[Blog: 2014 | 2009] This will be a free day for you to use as you please. You can shop in the Old City, walk the walls, and go through the Cave of Zedekiah. You can visit the Citadel Museum which presents the history of Jerusalem. You can visit the King David Hotel and the YMCA on the west side of the Old City. You may want to go to the spectacular national museum of Israel, one of the world’s greatest archaeological museums. You may want to arrange with the Jewish National Fund to plant some trees. If you are particularly adventuresome, you may want to walk Hezekiah’s tunnel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
We will begin the day with a worship and communion service at the Garden Tomb. We will then head west out of the city toward Tel Aviv, driving to the Arab town of Abu Gosh (the Biblical town of Kiriath-jearim). This is where the Ark of the Covenant rested in a farm house for 70 years. We will visit the Church of the Ark and then go to a beautiful Messianic moshav called Yad Hashmona where we will eat lunch. A moshav is a collective farm which, unlike a kibbutz, divides the profits among its members. After lunch, we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem where you will have the afternoon free to shop, rest, and/or pack your suitcases for the trip back home. That evening we will drive to Tel Aviv to catch our direct flight back to Dallas.
We will arrive in Dallas where you will catch your connecting flight back home.
We use some of the premier air carriers, like Lufthansa and British Air. It is cheaper to fly on an Arab airline like Royal Jordanian, but you have to land in an Arab country where you must spend the night. We will be flying directly into Israel, landing at Tel Aviv. An overnight stay in an Arab country like Jordan raises problems of safety and health, especially health, because a person can get sick easily from drinking the water or eating any uncooked food. Also, a lot of time is wasted crossing the border into Israel. Depending on the number of tourists present at the border, the crossing can take from 2 to 5 hours. And another border crossing must be made at the end of the trip since you must depart from the same airport where you landed. You should also avoid economy carriers like Israir. Their equipment is shoddy; their crew members are rude; their food is awful; and they cram the seats together to load the maximum number of passengers.
Some groups cut costs by using kibbutz motels or Arab hotels. The kibbutz hotels are okay, but they are in remote locations, and they are not first class. The Arab hotels are pretty awful. It would not be unusual to sit in the dining room and watch cats play on the counters in the kitchen! We stay at first class, five-star Jewish hotels.
Be sure to check to see what meals are provided. Some groups provide only breakfast, and it is often continental style. We provide all three meals each day.
Some groups cut costs by using Arab guides. This will absolutely ruin your trip because the Arab guide will spend the entire time running down Israel and giving you a very distorted picture of what is going on in the Middle East.
Make certain to check to see what is covered by the cost of the trip, and what is not covered. Believe it or not, there are unethical tour operators who offer a rock bottom cost that does not even include the entrance fees to the places on the itinerary! Thus, when the group arrives at a site like Masada, they suddenly discover that they must pay the entrance fee, including the cost of the sky tram. Our tours include the entrance fees to all sites listed on the itinerary. When the cost of a trip is so low that it seems too good to be true — beware!
The first time I went to Israel the trip was a gift. I had no choice about the group I would go with. The leader was a wonderful man of God, but he didn’t know anything about Israel or the Jewish people. He had to rely entirely on the guide. I have since been to Israel over 40 times. I know the country and its people very well. And I know how the land relates to the Bible. The staff members I take along are also very knowledgeable about the land and the people. Don’t go with a leader who knows nothing about the land and its people.
The first time I went to Israel, I was not given any resources to help me prepare for the trip. We provide a very carefully prepared booklet that is designed to introduce you to the land and its people. And we provide you with a list of other recommended resources.
The vast majority of tours follow a standard itinerary that is dictated by the tour agency. I personally design every aspect of our tours. That’s one of the reasons that we spend a day in Tel Aviv. Most tours spend no time at all in this city. That’s a shame because there is a lot to see in Tel Aviv, including things like Independence Hall which relate directly to Bible prophecy. Over the years I have diligently sought out unusual, out of the way places for our groups to visit. We see a lot of the standard places, but we go to many that are off the beaten track.
Many group trips to Israel turn out to be just tours, and nothing more. Our trips are spiritual pilgrimages. We go there for spiritual purposes: to draw nearer to the Lord and to develop a better understanding of His Word. We focus on the visitation of sites that relate either to the life of Jesus or to end time Bible prophecy. We conduct devotionals at each of these spots and we do Bible studies when time permits.
The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. I’ll never forget one lady who made her second trip with one of our groups. She was amazed at how nice our hotel was in Tel Aviv the first night. When I told her it was nothing all that special, she explained that on her previous trip her husband had insisted on purchasing the cheapest tour he could find. The result was that on their first night in Tel Aviv, they stayed in a hotel that had no electricity (they were issued candles at the check-in desk!) and had gang baths at the end of each hall! Again, you get what you pay for!
Formerly, Dr. David Reagan served as host of all Lamb & Lion tours. He had led more than 45 pilgrimage groups to Israel since the ministry began in 1980, and was usually accompanied by a staff member who helped with the coordination of the group. Now, one of the ministry’s experienced staff or member of the board of trustees will serve as the tour host. Every member of the Lamb & Lion staff and board has been to Israel, some several times.
Millennial Kingdom Scholarship
Lamb & Lion Ministries is excited to announce the establishment of our Millennial Kingdom Scholarship (MKS). This endeavor will offer young “millennials” (ages 18-29) the opportunity of a lifetime; to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Learn how you can become a sponsor and literally change someone’s life for Eternity!
Date: November 2-13, 2019
Length: 12 days and 10 nights.
Leader: Tim Moore
Agent: Discovery Cruises and Tours (DC&T) in Hurst, Texas (817-595-2700)
Cost: The cost is estimated at $4,495 per person. This cost does not include $168 for tips per person. A single room is $1,100 additional. $500 deposit due at time of registration.
Week at a Glance
- Leave from DFW on Lufthansa flight to Tel Aviv
- Overnight in Tel Aviv
- Etzel Museum; Independence Museum; Joppa; Palmach Museum; Rabin Square (assassination site)
- *Other possible sites: Kibbutz Yad Mordecai — possibly for lunch as well; otherwise lunch in Joppa
- Overnight in Tel Aviv
- Tel Afek (where Paul stopped overnight — along Via Mares, and battle between Israel and Philistines where Ark was lost — Ebenezer; Tel Megiddo (still along Via Mares), Gideon Spring, possibly top of Mount Gilboa (also site where Saul and Jonathan died)
- *Other possible sites: Mount Carmel, Arsuf
- Overnight in Tiberias
- Golan Heights battlefields; Tel Hazor; Tel Faher (battle of 1967); Mount Bental (Oz-77 Memorial about tank battles in the valley of tears — 1973); Tel Saki in the southern Golan
- *Other possible sites: Caesarea Philippi; Kursi; Birkat Ram (for lunch); Gamla; Nimrod Fortress
- Overnight in Tiberias (**Dan and Meg Price offer testimony)
- Visit Lebanese border; Mt Adir overlook (from 2006 war); Horns of Hattin; Kibbutz Degania (Syrian tank next to Yardenit); Yardenit (for baptisms)
- *Other possible sites: Acco crusader city; Napolean’s defeat near Haifa
- Overnight in Tiberias
- Travel to Jerusalem — visiting sites North of Jerusalem enroute (Mount Tabor—Barak and Deborah/Transfiguration)
- Overnight in Jerusalem
Saturday/Sunday/Monday (6/7/8) – (basing out of Jerusalem):
- 1 Day in Jerusalem: Ammunition Hill/Tomb of Samuel (vista of Gibeon — sun stood still), Radar Hill/Nebi Samuel Overlook; Walk to Western Wall from Lions Gate (following Paratrooper’s footsteps from 1967)
- *Other possible sites: Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock; Hezekiah’s Tunnel)
- 1 Day North/West of Jerusalem: Elah Valley; Tel Lachish; Latrun road/”Burma Road” to Jerusalem (Sha’ar HaGai); Armor Corps Museum at Latrun
- 1 Day in the South (Judea and Negev): Gush Etzion; Elah Valley; Tel Lachish; Beer Sheba (IAF Museum)
- *Other possible sites: Yad Mordechai (possibly for lunch)
- Friends of Israel Museum; Garden of Gethsemane; Garden Tomb
- *Other possibility: A free afternoon
- Leave very early to catch flight back to US
The Battle for Israel tour focuses upon key battle sites throughout Israel which manifest God’s providential protection of His chosen nation. A sample itinerary for the tour is outlined below:
Depart Dallas in the afternoon for Tel Aviv via Frankfurt. We will change planes very early the next morning at Frankfort for our final leg to Tel Aviv.
Arrive in Tel Aviv in the afternoon. Proceed to our hotel in Tel Aviv located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. After dinner, the evening will be free for you to stroll along the Mediterranean beach or explore Tel Aviv. (D)
Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv
We will begin our tour of Israel by visiting the Etzel Museum — commemorating the brave fighters who pre-dated the IDF and helped secure Israel’s independence. Then we’ll go to the site where the modern state of Israel was actually born — Independence Hall. It was at this location that David Ben Gurion declared Israel to be an independent nation on May 14, 1948, fulfilling ancient prophecies regarding the end times. We will then visit the ancient port of Jaffa, located just south of modern-day Tel Aviv. It was here that the IDF fought to secure the Tel Aviv’s southern flank. Jaffa was also the port from which the prophet Jonah began his ill-fated voyage. This old city is also where Peter received the vision that called him to preach to the Gentiles. We’ll also visit the Palmach Museum — honoring another paramilitary wing that was later incorporated into the IDF. Finally, we’ll visit Rabin Square, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Once we get back to the hotel, you can catch up on sleep from the flight over or enjoy another evening along the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (B,L,D)
Tel Aviv to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee
We will hit the ground early this morning as we begin traveling along the Via Mares — the “Way of the Sea”) toward Tiberias. We will visit Ebenezer — the site where Israel fought the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant was lost. If time allows, we will visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah did battle with the prophets of Baal. We’ll also go to Tel Megiddo, the ancient city overlooking the valley that Napolean declared the world’s most perfect battlefield. You’ll look across the Valley of Armageddon where the armies of the world will gather to rebel against the Anti-Christ. Given their animosity toward Jesus Christ, He will defeat them with a word of His mouth as he descends to reign in Jerusalem. While at Megiddo, the ancient fortress city that guarded the approach to the valley, we will tour the tell and its fascinating water tunnel. After eating lunch at the Meggido kibbutz, we will also go to Gideon Spring, where Gideon asked the Lord to confirm his calling and then called down his army so that there would be no doubt that the Lord delivered the victory. Along the way, we’ll also visit Mount Gilboa, where Saul and Jonathan died fighting the Philistines. Other surprises might be in store for this day, but we will eventually end up at our hotel in Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (B,L,D)
This will be a day focused on the northern flank of Israel — the Golan Heights. We will visit several battlefields on the Golan, including Tel Hazor, Tel Faher, and Mount Bental. From this high country, Hafez Assad used to bombard the Jews throughout the Galilee with artillery and rocket fire. To this day, Syria poses a tremendous threat on Israel’s northern border — now due to chaos and the Islamic State as well as Syrian forces themselves. The battle sites from 1967 and 1973 mark the location of hard-won victories for Israel. We will also visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked His disciples who they believed Him to be. In the timeless battle for men’s souls, that question continues to reverberate today. No other answer is as important in the eternal sense. Time permitting, we will also visit Kursi, Gamla, and the Nimrod Fortress. After a full day, we’ll return to our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner that evening, we’ll hear from a couple who serve as missionaries to the Druze people in the Galilee region. (B,L,D)
Northern Israel and the Golan Heights
We will start out early to venture toward the Lebanese border. We’ll visit Mt Adir — overlooking a battle site from the 2006 war. Once a relatively stable northern border, Lebanon became increasingly turbulent as it fell under the sway of Iran. Paramilitary terrorist groups were emboldened to serve as proxy antagonists for the radicalized Iranian state. Over the years, Israel has been subjected to near-constant probes and attacks from Hezbollah, which has periodically erupted into full-scale conflict. If time allows, we will also visit the crusader fortress at Acco — where ostensibly Christian Crusaders maintained a presence in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. Although they came to free the holy sites from the Muslims who had claimed ownership, these often violent conquerors were horribly anti-Semitic as well, slaughtering Jews as well as Muslims. They certainly did not provide an accurate representation of a true disciple of Christ. We will visit the site near Haifa where Napolean was defeated during his attempt to conquer the Holy Land. From there, we’ll return to the Sea of Galilee. We’ll pass by the Horns of Hattin, where Saladin’s Sunni Muslim forces soundly defeated the Crusaders and solidified Muslim control of the land of Israel for hundreds of years. Next, we’ll drive to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee to visit one of the oldest kibbutzim in Israel, Kibbutz Deganya, where Moshe Dayan was born and raised (and where a Syrian tank came to a rest after one modern battle). We will conclude the day with a visit to the Christian baptismal site on the Jordan River, just south of the Sea of Galilee. Those who want to profess their faith in Christ can publicly demonstrate the victory He offers as they participate in a baptism at the Jordan River. Overnight in Tiberias. (B,L,D)
Travel through Central Israel to Jerusalem
We will begin making our way south early this morning toward Jerusalem. We’ll visit Mount Tabor — the site where Deborah took charge of the army of Israel when Barak hesitated. Under her leadership, the Canaanite army under Sisera was defeated. Mount Tabor is also the traditional location of the Transfiguration, where Jesus glory was revealed to his disciples. They walked beside Him every day and recognized the significance of His ministry and even His rightful claim as Messiah. Still, they had not grasped prior to that moment the overwhelming glory of His nature as the Son of God. Even then, they mistakenly presumed to equate the revered Old Testament saints who appeared with Him. We will take the opportunity to magnify the One who commands the armies of heaven. We’ll also stop to walk through the incredible excavations at Beit Shean. This is the city where the body of King Saul was nailed to the walls. It is the largest excavation in the land of Israel. We will have a few other surprises this day as we follow the course of the Jordan River south toward Jericho. We will conclude the day by making our ascent to the city of Jerusalem, “the city of the Great King!” (Psalm 48:2). Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L,D)
Jerusalem—Old City and New
We will start this day in and around the Holy City itself. Our first site will be the Tomb of Samuel. Also known as the Vista of Gibeon, this is where the sun stood still as Joshua and the children of Israel fought the armies of five pagan kings. In answer to Joshua’s prayer, the Lord caused the sun to stand still “for about a whole day” — giving them time to defeat their enemies. More accurately, as Joshua 10:14 records, “the LORD fought for Israel.” We’ll then proceed to Radar Hill and the Samuel Overlook — a commanding view of Jerusalem where recent battles have been waged. Next, we will go to Ammunition Hill. A desperate battle raged here between soldiers of the IDF and dug-in Jordanian forces in 1967. Deemed a critical tactical position during the Six Day War, it has now been considered a tragic victory. At the end of the day, we’ll go to the Lions Gate and follow the path of the IDF paratroopers who retook the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967, ending up at the Western Wall. If time permits, we will also visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Crusader Church of St. Anne, as well as the Holy Sepulcher (the traditional Catholic site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus). Along the way, we’ll stop in at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion where the pavement floor is located that served as the foundation of the Antonio Fortress. This is the place where Pilate judged Jesus and the soldiers scourged Him. On the way back to the hotel, we’ll visit Mt. Herzl military cemetery. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L,D)
North and West of Jerusalem
We will head back out of Jerusalem itself this morning to travel to the Elah Valley — the site of the battle between David and Goliath. We’ll also visit Tel Lachish along the western ascent road to Jerusalem, where King Sennacherib of Assyria began his approach toward Jerusalem. Using bloodthirsty tactics and psychological warfare, Sennacherib attempted to defeat Hezekiah. Once again, the LORD fought for Israel—utterly devastating the army of Assyria. We will continue up the road past Latrun (and the so-called “Burman Road”) where hostile Arab villages repeatedly repulsed and annihilated the armored convoys trekking toward the besieged Jewish quarters of Jerusalem in 1947 and 48. We will spend extra time at the IDF Armor Corps Museum in Latrun. Since we will have left the city for part of this day, we will mark our “second coming” back to the city by stopping at the Mount of Olives. Not only will this offer a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem, it will allow us to conduct a devotional focusing on the Second Coming of Jesus. If time permits, we’ll then stroll down to a lovely chapel called Dominus Flevit before returning to our hotel. This chapel marks the traditional site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L,D)
South of Jerusalem (Judea and the Negev)
We will start out early to go to Gush Etzion, a collection of Jewish outposts that saw intense fighting in the War of Independence. These were some of the original Moshevs (Jewish collective farms) that drew immigrants from Europe before and after World War II. Increasing Arab hostility leading up to 1948 made them dangerous places to live. The day before David Ben Gurion declared independence, Arab forces under the control of the Jordanian Arab Legion captured Kfar Etzion and killed every inhabitant except 3 men and a woman. That outrage became emblematic of the ferocity of the battles that would follow. We will then travel farther into the desolate south of Israel—the Negev. There we will visit Beer Sheba and the IAF Museum. Highlighting the dedication of Israel’s air force, this will offer insight to many of the battles that have waged in the air over the past 70 years—including Operation Moked, the daring opening battle to the Six Day War in 1967. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L,D)
This will be a very special day as we begin at the Friends of Israel Museum. This is a new and amazingly high-tech presentation on some of the heroes who have stood with Israel. If you don’t go to Israel as a committed advocate already, this site will convince you to join the other followers of God’s Word who have determined to bless Israel. We will then go to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus anticipated His great battle with Satan at the Cross. You can almost feel His anguish as we ponder His great sacrifice among olive trees that may spring from the very roots that bore fruit 2,000 years ago. The final site on our pilgrimage will be the Garden Tomb. It was here (or a spot literally within yards of this representative site) where Jesus was buried. On the third day, He manifested His authority and power by defeating Death itself. We will conclude our time together here with a worship and communion service. Time allowing, you will then be free to visit any site in or near Jerusalem during a “free afternoon.” Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Return to Dallas
Very early this morning we depart to catch our flight to Frankfurt. After a plane change, we continue on to Dallas/Fort Worth arriving in the early afternoon. We will return assured anew that our LORD fights for us and with new friends to last a lifetime and beyond!