Day 2: Bible Lands Exploration 2016

Hi again! I apologize for the long hiatus I took from blogging. I hope that you are still looking forward to hearing about our recent tour to the places mentioned in the Bible.

Are you ready for another virtual Bible Lands Exploration?

“Yalla!” (i.e. “Let’s go!” in Hebrew)

I’m done telling you about how Day 1ย went so please allow me to narrate how we fared onย Day 2. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2 BLE Itinerary

Our Day 2 Itinerary at a glance. Can you see the map? ๐Ÿ™‚

We had ourย breakfastย at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel. I was amazed that someย of the staff at the hotel’s restaurant were Filipinos!

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Just a view of how the lobby of Dead Sea Spa Hotel looks like.

After breakfast, we surrendered our keys and checked out all of our luggage. We then hit the road and crossed overย Jordan River viaย King Hussein/Allenby Bridge to get to Israel. Oh no! We did not cross Jordan River on dry ground by the way! We did take our tourย bus. ๐Ÿ™‚

Below are some of my snapshots while crossing Jordan border to Israel.

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The following are: 1) Upper Left: Bedouin tents ย 2) Upper Right: River 3) Lower Left: flock of sheep and other livestock 4) Lower Right: young olive trees orchard

Before facing Israeli customs officers, we said goodbye to Mr. Basam, our Jordanian driver and Ms. Jihan, our tour guide. We were not allowed to take photos in the security check area. We queued up to have our passports stampedย with VISA. The custom officers were very strict. I personally felt nervous because one lady questioned why my old passport is stapled to my new passport. I said that it works that way in other countries. I was relieved that she let me get in after her inquiry to the other lady custom officer. The custom officer in the next window was so lenient that she did not ask me any question after showing her my documents. Thank God!

For some people in our group though, the custom check took rather too long.

After the long wait, we praise God that everyone in our group was allowed to get in!

Coming out of the customs, Mr. Yoni Simmons welcomed us warmlyย and introduced us to “the best driver in the world”, Mr. Firaz.

These two people made sure we are safe and are enjoyingย our tour with them.

Here was our first stop.

Ruins of Jericho

This is known as Tell (i.e. man-made hill) es-Sultan located in Jericho, which is considered the oldest and the lowest city on earth. I got extremely fascinated to see this site because this is a testimony of God’s faithfulness to His promise to Joshua and his army. We saw some remains of food storage and evidences of conflagration on some parts of the walls which must have been caused by the fire from Joshua’s troop’s torches. This site is an evidence of Joshua and his army’s victory after following God’s instruction on how to defeat the Canaanites (Joshua 6).

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Next, we had our quick lunch just across this location at a restaurant called Mount of Temptation Restaurant.

After our meal, we boarded our bus and went straight to our next destination–Antipatris. According toย our tourย leader, thisย was the half point way between Paul’s journey from Jericho to Jerusalem (Acts 23:31). This was also the place where Paul was brought on the way to Caesarea to be tried before the Roman procurator. We also learned thatย this place is also known as Aphek in the OT. This is the “Philistine base against the Israelites at Ebenezer” (1 Samuel 4:1; 29:1).

While listening intently to Dr. Berrey

This is how we normally look like while absorbing all the information being shared by our leaders. ๐Ÿ™‚

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You know what? At this point of our travel,ย my camera’s battery died so I had no chance to take as many photos as I wanted. Thank God for Bro. Kenneth Cheong, who is willing to share some of his snapsย to make this post possible. The following are some of his still shots with lower resolution in Antipatris.

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Another good photo was taken by another brother in Christ, who also diligently took videos ofย snippetsย of our daily tour. Here’s another side of the site.

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Before headingย to our hotel, we were supposed to get off our bus to observe the sunset from Mount Carmel but we ran out of time. Consequently, our tour leader showed us the said mountain from the bus. This siteย was a mountain range unlike my ย ย misnomer about itย (i.e. a cone-shaped mountain). This lime-stoned mountain is known for its beauty and this is the place where Elijah challenged the worshipers of Baal to call upon him (1 Kings 18).

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So yeah, that’s how we fared on Day 2! We are humbled to have stepped on the places tread by heroes of faith such as Joshua, Elijah and Apostle Paul. I can’t thank God enough for such privilege. Glory to His name!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos and I hope to see photos of your recent travel too. God bless you as you continue to seek God daily!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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