Today was a long but rewarding day! We started out with breakfast at our transitional hotel in Netanya. The food is very Mediterranean with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish. I had tomato & cucumber salad with tuna fish and some scrambled eggs for breakfast. I know it sounds weird, but it was really delicious with freshly (and I mean freshly!) squeezed orange juice.
We traveled after breakfast 10 minutes north to Caesaria by the Sea. You can view pics of it on Facebook! It was a city built by Herod the Great to be a Rome away from Rome. I was asked to sing in the amphitheater that was built by Herod's men. We also saw his palace, which is where Paul was tried by Felix in Acts 22, and this city was the home to Cornelius the Roman Centurion who got saved in Acts 10! The ruins of the inner harbor was also visible which is likely where Paul boarded the ship for Rome.
From here we went to the Northeast about 40 minutes to Mt. Carmel. We saw the place where Elijah called down fire from Heaven and looked off at the Brook Kishon in the Valley where he took the prophets of Baal and slew them.
We then traveled up the Valley of Jezreel (also known as Plain of Megiddo or Armageddon) to the ancient ruins of the city of Megiddo. Read more about this on www.zechariah123.blogspot.com.
From there we went across the Valley to the Hills of Galilee and up to Nazareth! In Nazareth we saw the Mt. of Precipice, which is where they tried to throw Jesus off after they rejected His claim to be Messiah (Luke 4), the place Gabriel met with Mary, and the brook where Mary likely brought Jesus as a young boy to draw water. We also took a tour of a replica village of life in Nazareth during the time of Christ.
From Nazareth we went about 20 minutes East to Cana and saw where He performed His first miracle of turning the water into wine. After this, we travelled about an hour east to Tiberias, which is on the Sea of Galilee and checked into a new hotel.
All in all, today was awesome! As a history buff, I got to see some great archaeological sites from Roman times in Israel. But more importantly, I got to see the Bible come alive before me! History and archaeology are His Story! They prove and don't disprove the Bible! It was like stepping back in time to when it was all happening! You could imagine yourself there during the times of Solomon, Jesus, and Paul! I can't wait to get back and share all my pictures and all that God has shown me on this journey! May God bless you and keep you until tomorrow!