Today I want to tell you about 3 Christian international places to visit in Israel, places that Christians often don’t get to see.
Israel is a gorgeous country, absolutely worth seeing, especially for Christians it is after all the land of the Bible, actually the Bible calls Israel the glory of all lands.
That land packs so much in a small area, it has the lowest point on earth for major bodies of water, the Dead Sea, you can ski on Mount Hermon, or you can spend some time in the Negev in the desert tracing the experience of the Israelites who wandered in the desert for 40 years, or you can relax in the vineyards of the coast of Sharon.
Israel is full of amazing sites, both geographical and historical, but most importantly biblical it is the land of the Bible, and don’t put away that business, because of the security threat in Israel.
Israel is very safe, there’s always some kind of threat but there’s lots of police and army presence and in the end you should be safe.
Jesus village in Nazareth
If you want to see Nazareth the city, where Jesus grew up out, skip the big Church of Annunciation Basilica, and head straight for the Jesus village in Nazareth, Jesus village is kind of like a heritage village where they show you how life was in the first century it is run by wonderful Arab Christians from the area you can see houses and farming techniques and so forth from the times of Jesus.
The Dead Sea
The Hebrews call it the sea of salt, it is just an amazing place kind of unreal, even it’s the lowest point on earth, and when you walk into the Dead Sea you are actually walking on salt.
It looks like white sand, but it’s sold around you are the mountains where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls you can see mountains you can see caves in those mountains and most amazingly it seems like you can see faces from the slopes of those mountains in the rocks and maybe Lot’s wife wasn’t the only one who got turned into a pillar of salt and later on turn into rock after God poured out his judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah are these the faces of those who live at Sodom and Gomorrah.
Also known as the gate of mercy, this alone is almost worth the trip to the Holy Land.
Golden Gate is a prophecy fulfilled, one you can see with your own eyes, in Ezekiel 43 we read that the glory of the Lord entered the temple by the gate facing east, this is the gate that used to lead directly to the temple of God in Jerusalem, and then Ezekiel was shown that the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
About six hundred years later, the Lord Jesus Christ did enter the temple physically, he went to the temple through this very gate, on Palm Sunday and then God gave Ezekiel the next vision, in which the gate was blocked up because Jesus went through it already, says that God brought him back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which is the gate closest to the temple of God, the gate that faces east. ‘
It’s clear that this is definitely the Golden Gate, and it says that “the gate was shut and the Lord said, then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east, and it was shut and the Lord said to me this gate shall remain shut it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it for the Lord the God of Israel has entered by it”.
Today we can see with our own eyes that the gate remains shut, it is a prophecy fulfilled, but none of the bus doors will take you to the Golden Gate, to go in a bath store you’ll probably miss it but it’s very easy to find the gate, walk up to it and check it out for yourself of this prophecy from Ezekiel is fulfilled and keep in mind this is an old prophecy Ezekiel prophesied this 2,600 years ago, and today the blocked up gates stands before us as a concrete proof of God’s Word is truth.
By the way, the Jewish people do believe as well that the Messiah will be coming through the gate, and so did the Muslims, and that’s why it was the Muslims who blocked up the gate and prevent the Jewish Messiah from them, and it was the Muslims who established a small graveyard in front of the gate, who thought the arrival of the Messiah who could not cross a cemetery, because he would become unclean, but neither Jews nor the Muslims recognized that it was Jesus Christ who already went through the gate and that’s why the gate remains shut.