Going down from the Mount of Olives through the Kidron Valley and into Jerusalem.
Hanging out with Dr. James Tabor at Biblical Tamar. Fascinating archaeological site. The remains date back all the way to the Abrahamic period. If you are interested in learning more click here.
This grotto at Caesarea Philippi is known as “the gates of hell” or “the gates of hades.” It was known in the Greco-Roman world as a portal to the underworld/realm of the dead. This is where Jesus made his statement about the gates of hades not being able to prevail against the Church. He was using his surroundings to illustrate a point: not even death (and maybe paganism?) could stop the advance of the Church. For a cool and informative breakdown on this click here.
The stones from the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus predicted this event, which marked the end of the old covenant age when he said “Not one stone shall be left upon another” (Matthew 24:2). This event also was the vindication of the true Israel (Jews and Gentiles in Messiah) and the true temple.
Ancient tombs outside of Jerusalem.
Driving through the Arava to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Cave 4 at Qumran where most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Breathtaking view from the top of Masada, an ancient Jewish fortress.
The judgment seat of Pontius Pilate and the stairs leading up to it. This is where the bloodied and beaten Jesus stood trial (for us). Easily the most emotional part of my trip. Thank you Lord.
The apostate temple set up at Dan by King Jeroboam (2 Kings 12). What an amazing discovery. To read more about it click here.