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Scripture Pictures 11-20 Jerusalem Galilee Banyas Ein Gedi Arbel Negev Via Dolorosa Caesarea Philippi Mount Olives

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1011 Old City of Jerusalem, close up

The Old City of Jerusalem is packed within walls about 1 square mile in area. Jerusalem was built on a mountain - Mount Zion - so the Bible always refers to visiting there as "going up" to Jerusalem. There were three pilgrimage feasts each year that required the Jewish people to go up to Jerusalem to worship: Passover, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and the Feast of Booths. Psalms 120 - 134 are songs of ascent that the worshippers would sing as they traveled up to Jerusalem.

I was glad when they said unto me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together.  Psalm 122:1-3

When the Lord reigns in the Millennial Kingdom, it will be required that "all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths" (Zechariah 14:16).

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1012 Banyas Waterfall, Galilee

Israel - Banyas Waterfall ~ Galilee.  It is fitting that the first Psalm opens the door to 149 others by describing and declaring that the righteous life is overwhelmingly preferable to the life and destiny of the wicked. "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers" Psalm 1:1-3.

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1013 Ein Gedi Waterfall

Israel - Ein Gedi waterfall is set high in a valley that overlooks the Dead Sea. This beautiful desert oasis is said to be one of the hideouts of David when he was hiding himself from King Saul (I Samuel 24:1). 

Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserve me from trouble; Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

1014 Jerusalem, view from Mount of Olives

Jerusalem - The Old City of Jerusalem Ė the classic view from atop the Mount of Olives. When Jesus would come to Jerusalem from Bethany where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived, He would have seen a view similar to this as He neared the ancient Jewish Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount. Today, the Moslem "Dome of the Rock" dominates the cityís skyline.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6

1015 The Arbel and Sea of Galilee

Israel - Although "the Arbel" is not mentioned by name in the New Testament, it is easy to imagine that Jesus and his disciples may have climbed up here once in awhile to pray, rest, and enjoy the great view and refreshing breeze! From this vantage point, you can see all the towns and roads around the Galilee. The fact that Jesus settled in this area (Matthew 4:13-17) is not only a fulfillment of prophecy, it is also strategic genius. Travelers from all over the world would pass through this region and take with them exciting reports of a Man called Jesus who healed the sick, lame and blind, and preached good news of the Kingdom of God.

And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray. Luke 6:12

Matthew. 14:23; 15:29; 28:16
Mark 3:13; 6:31; 6:46
John 6:3; 6:15

1016 Acacia Tree in the Negev

Israel - An acacia tree stands in the expanse of the Negev. God instructed Moses to use acacia wood, also known as shittim wood, in making the ark of the covenant, and just about everything in the Tabernacle, including the table, poles, paneling, bars, pillars, and the altar itself (Exodus 25-39). Something simply ordinary becomes holy unto the Lord when He chooses it for His special purpose. "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit... you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world..." John 15:16, 19. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

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1017 Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem - During Holy Week in Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Christians fill the streets of the Old City. On Good Friday, numerous processions pour into the street called Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrows). Winding their way through the narrow stone streets, they pray, sing, cry, carry crosses, and even graphically enact the events of Jesusí torturous path to Calvary. To the Moslem shopkeepers, it simply means booming sales; to the Jewish soldiers on crowd-control duty, it all looks like foolishness. But to those who come with believing hearts, it is a vivid and stirring reminder of the great love of our Lord, that He would leave His throne in Heaven and come to die for our sins. But He was bruised for our transgressions. He was wounded for our iniquities. ...and by His stripes, we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

 

1018 Wheat Field, Galilee

Israel - For nearly three years, Jesus had traveled around Israel and taught the people, did marvelous signs for the nation, performed miracles for great crowds of people, and proclaimed Himself to be the Messiah in ways that the Jewish people could clearly see. Then came the fateful day described in Matthew 12 where the Scribes confronted Him and accused Him of being demon-possessed, saying thatís how He could do all these things! From that time on, Jesus taught in parables - not to make His message clear, but to hide the meaning from the people who would not believe (Mat. 13:11-13, 34). Then He would privately explain the "mysteries of the kingdom" to His own, such as the parable of the sower and the wheat and tares: He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom. Matthew 13:37

1019 Caesarea Philipi

Israel - Jesus and His disciples journeyed to Caesarea Philippi. Here in this beautiful setting, Jesus questioned His disciples, asking, "Who do men say that the Son of Man is?" After some guesses such as John the Baptist or Elijah, (people obviously recognized His supernatural character), then Jesus asked His disciples, "But who do YE say that I am? Simonís answer is emphatic, using the word "the" in every phrase, "Thou art THE Messiah, THE son of THE God, THE Living One." Jesus is impressed with Simonís answer, because it shows that God the Father had revealed it to Simon. At that moment, Jesus changes Simonís name to "Peter" (petros in Greek, masculine form, meaning rock or stone, such as the ones right there in the riverbed). The second half of Jesusí declaration is: "Upon this rock I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" Matthew 16:18Itís a play on the word "rock," this time using the Greek word petra, the feminine form, meaning huge cliff rock, just like the cliffs at this location. What is the "petra" upon which the church is built? - It is THE understanding of who the Son of Man is!

1020 Mount of Olives

Jerusalem - The Mount of Olives, with the Garden of Gethsemane at its foot was a very special place to the Lord Jesus during His first coming. After His resurrection, He chose this place to say good-bye to His faithful disciples and return to His heavenly home. And one day when the armies of the antichrist are waging war on Jerusalem, He will again stand on the Mount of Olives when He comes with "all the holy ones" at His second coming. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. Zechariah 14:4

   

 

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