Israel/Jordan: May 9-18, 2021 “Following the Hebrew Prophets”
DAY 1 –SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021: DEPART FOR TEL AVIV
Depart on your flight to Israel. After dinner is served, take some time to sit back and relax. You may sleep or enjoy the on-board entertainment. Get ready: there is an adventure ahead! Overnight: In flight.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2021: ARRIVE IN ISRAEL
Arrive at the newly constructed Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our guide will meet us, and together we will transfer to tonight’s hotel. After some dinner, we will get a good night’s rest to prepare us for the day ahead! Overnight: Tel Aviv, Israel area.
DAY 3 – MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021: JAFFA, ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE, MEGIDDO, TEL JEZREEL, SEA OF GALILEE
After breakfast at our hotel, we will head to the ancient port of Jaffa, using the time to prepare the general theme of the trip: “Five Messages from the Hebrew Prophets.” While at the port, we will discuss the heart of the Hebrew prophet, looking at the record of Jonah. Afterward, we will travel north to visit Israel College of the Bible for a special presentation on what God is doing in Israel today among both Jews and Arabs. We will stop for lunch and then make our way to Megiddo, where we will visit the excavations and give special attention to the “Four Time Periods in which God sent the Writer-Prophets.” Following the valley to the ancient city of Jezreel we will stand atop the ruins of the ancient city with its commanding view of the eastern Armageddon Valley. Here we will discuss the “Messianic Solution” of the Prophet Micah and then make our way to our hotel by the Sea. After dinner, join us for a special time on the beach! (conditions permitting) Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee, Israel.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021: SHIEK HUSSEIN BORDER CROSSING, PEREAN LANDSCAPE, BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, DEAD SEA RESORT.
After breakfast, we have views of the Sea of Galilee as we make our way to the border crossing at the Sheik Hussein Bridge into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Today we will follow the path of Jesus and His disciples along the ancient roadway of Perea, with a stop for lunch and a visit to a likely site for “Bethany beyond the Jordan.” Here we will discuss the Prophet Malachi and his emphasis on The Messianic message. On to the Dead Sea resort, where we will check in to our hotel and have one more teaching time to discuss the message of Habakkuk: “The God who Judges Righteously.” With time for relaxation, we will enjoy the resort, have dinner and a good night’s rest. Overnight: Dead Sea resort, Jordan (1 of 2).
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021: MT. NEBO, MADABA, AMMAN
After a hearty breakfast, we depart to view the overlook at Mt. Nebo and discuss the call for “A prophet like Moses.” On to the Madaba map for a reminder of how we came to identify the geographical sites of the Holy Lands. We will take time for lunch and a brief visit to the capital of Jordan, overviewing the city and getting some helpful background on modern Jordan, her King and her people. Overnight: Dead Sea Resort, Jordan (2 of 2).
DAY 6 – THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021: PETRA, WADI RUM
Today we rise early to make a three-hour journey into the desert as we recall Obadiah and his call on “The Judge of Nations.” The fascinating “rose red” city of the Nabateans will place us in the heart of the Seir Mountains, Land of Edomites. After our visit to Petra, we drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoy an amazing jeep ride and have a Bedouin dinner in the desert. Overnight: Wadi Rum Bedouin Village, Jordan.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021: WADI ARABAH BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL, RED SEA, TIMNAH, MACHTESH RAMON
After an early breakfast, we will depart Wadi Rum and head to the Red Sea to cross back into Israel. Greeted once again by our Israeli guide and bus, we drive to the Red Sea and enjoy snorkelling (optional) in the crystal-clear water. Discussing Isaiah’s vision for the desert’s reclamation, we drive north through the Aravah (Rift Valley) to Timnah, the site of an ancient copper mine of the Egyptians. We will also walk through a full-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Continuing north, we drive then drive through the Machtesh Ramon, Israel’s “Grand Canyon.” Overnight: Israel’s Desert.
DAY 8 – SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021: AVDAT, WADI ZIN, LACHISH, JERUSALEM
We will begin today with two nearby Negev sites: Avdat and Wadi Zin along with a visit to the preserved home of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. After our Negev visits we will make our way up to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel (1 or 4).
DAY 9 – SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021: JERUSALEM
Today we will be setting the prophets into historical context at the Israel Museum, (including the Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model). In the afternoon, we will walk the excavations of the City of David, with options for a “wet” or “dry” set of ancient tunnels. Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel (2 or 4).
DAY 10 – MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021: JERUSALEM
Today we will walk down the Mount of Olives, with special attention to the so-called tombs of Haggai and Zechariah. Accessing a garden spot on Olivet, we will take a more careful look at Jeremiah and Lamentations, as well as the promises of Daniel. After lunch, we will take a walk in the Hinnom Valley for a look at the prophecies of Zephaniah. Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel (3 or 4).
DAY 11 – TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021: JERUSALEM
After an early breakfast, we will visit the Ancient Temple Mount with specific designs to reference the Ezekiel Temple prophecy of Ezekiel 40-48 in context. Our wrap up will take place at the Jerusalem Citadel Museum (looking toward the future glory of Jerusalem foretold by the prophets). The balance of the day will be free for shopping and packing! Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel (4 or 4).
DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021: DEPARTURE; ARRIVAL BACK IN THE U.S.A.
We arrive back in the States today. What an incredible trip! Praise be to God for a life-changing experience!
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