Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Caesarea. Mt. Carmel and Megiddo

Today was our first day of touring with the IFL Israel 2010 tour. We had a great day that started off with a worship service with Chuck Swindoll preaching, Steve Green singing and an appearance of King Agrippa I (Dr. Reg Grant; see picture to the right) at Caesarea on the coast. What a great service.
We also visited Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal so that everyone could decide who truly was the LORD, the God of Israel. The picture to the left has me standing in front of the statue at the site. You can see that Elijah has his foot on the neck of a false prophet of Baal and in his hand is a sword. No fooling around with false teachers of Israel!
After a great outdoor lunch at Megiddo, we toured the site. The picture to the below left has Sharon and I standing in front of a Late Bronze Age (15th-13th Century BC) gate. This was probably standing here when Joshua conquered the land and specifically Megiddo. On the top of the tel (which has approximately 20 levels of human occupation representing the time from the Canaanites to Solomon and beyond) I had a chance to give a devotional about Armageddon (Rev 16:16). In the background of the picture below you can see a small part of the Jezreel Valley where the kings of the world will gather for the final battle. It is a moving experience to read Rev 19:11-16 and to explain that despite the mass of forces arranged against God, Jerusalem, and his people, One will show up whose names is "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords" and He will be the Victorious One!
Tonight we are in a hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee with a full day planned for tomorrow.

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