God greeted us in Tiberias with an amazing sunrise. The Galilee region is so beautiful and tranquil.
|Thank you Lord!|
We left our home for the first 5 days in Israel, the Ron Beach Hotel in Galilee, to start making our way toward Jerusalem!
|Our home for 5 days|
Our first stop of the day was at the ancient city of Acre or Akko as it is known today on the Mediterranean Coast. Acre was the capital of the crusader world after Jerusalem fell into the hands of the Muslims. This was the entry point of all crusaders into the promised land until it too finally fell into the hands of the Muslims.
The Acre Citadel and its city would have been an amazing site to behold in its day. It is still grand even though it lies in ruins.
|The Citadel of Acre|
|This would have been the first stop for all traders. This was actually built by the Muslims after they defeated the crusaders.|
|Look at the different colors of the columns. They are columns which were pillaged from other sites by the Muslim conquerors to build this site.|
|The Mediterranean Sea had swells of 6-10 feet driven by the strong winds.|
|This is where Elijah's servant would have been looking to see if there were any rain clouds. We certainly had rain today|
|Statue of Elijah slaying the prophets of Baal|
The city was visited by the early apostles often.
- Caesarea founded the home of Roman Procurators, including Pontius Pilate
- Philip (1 of 7 deacons of Jerusalem) was first to preach the gospel in this city - Acts 8:40, 21:8-9
- Peter preached in Cornelius' home where the Holy Spirit was poured out on Gentiles as at Pentecost showing that there is no Jew and Greek, slave or free, male or female when it comes to the gospel - Acts 10
- The Apostle Paul visited the city three times - Acts 9:30; 18:33; 21:8-16
- Paul spent two years in prison here - Acts 23:23-27:2
The city had no access to water, so it had to be brought into the city by the aqueduct that still stands today.
|Aquaduct built by Herod the Great|
|The moat and the base of the walls at Caesarea.|
|The traditional site which many believe is the cave in which Jesus and his disciples spent time in Jerusalem, and also the place where Jesus taught the Lord's Prayer|
The next stop in Jerusalem was the Mt. of Olives and Gethsemane. This is where Jesus spent his last free moments praying to God before he was betrayed by Judas while the disciples couldn't stay awake to pray with him.
|Some of these olive trees are over a thousand years old|
|Gethsemane means "the olive press"|
|The rock which tradition says is where Jesus prayed before he was betrayed|
|The beautiful Church of Gethsemane that now stands there|
We then went to Mt. Scopus to get a view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
|The wall of Jerusalem and Kidron Valley below.|
|It is believed that Jesus was taken to the corner of this wall when he was tempted by the devil to jump down and show his power|
|This is where the main steps leading into Jerusalem once stood|
|You can still see the steps here. The gate was closed up by the Muslims when they conquered Jerusalem.|
|Our home in Jerusalem for the next 6 days|