“Lord, I am here. . . .here on the Mount of Olives. If You would to return right now, that would be just fine with me!” These are the words I found myself praying as I stood on that mountain - realizing that was the very place our Lord will return. (Zech. 14:3-5, Matt. 24:2-4)
Our trip to Israel far exceeded our expectations. We toured several cities to include Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. We stood in the Caesarea Theatre where the chariot races took place and on Mount Mikado - where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought. That was a very sobering thought and view. We also visited the church where Jesus turned the water into wine. The boat ride on the Sea of Galilee was an incredible experience as we looked out at the same landscape Jesus and the disciples saw. You will remember that this is where He walked on the water. We saw the temple where Jesus preached when the paralyzed man was was lowered through the roof described in Mark 2:4; saw the City of David, and David’s tomb. One day on the tour bus we drove past the tomb of Rachel.
It was a beautiful day when we gathered under the shade trees at the Mount of Beatitudes and sat on the rocks (possibly the same rocks where the disciples sat.) The is where Jesus preached one of the most important sermons in His ministry. Tom Dooley read His Words from Matthew 5- The Beatitudes. Imaging what it must have been like that day 2000 years ago and the reality of just where we were - was a highlight of the trip.
I know you will want to hear more about our Israel experience and I will continue with more details of our tour in the next few days . . . to include photographs. I invite you to continue to check my BLOG for the rest of the story.
Thank you for your prayer for the recent Conferences where I was a guest speaker. I believe they went well.