Sons To Glory Newsletter #9
Andrew's Birthday - November 12, 2015

 

My Trip To the Nation of Israel

by Paul Jablonowski

November 12, 2015

Today is my friend Andrew's birthday, and this newsletter is to honor him and "Christ in him" since we both traveled together to Israel recently on a life changing tour of the Holy Land.

Israel is the Holy Land because the holiest man who has ever walked this earth, Jesus the son of God was born, lived and shed His blood in this land for the sins of the world. There is no one greater than Yahoshua which is Jesus' name in Hebrew. Many pronounce it Yeshua which means salvation.

We visited Israel with Living Stones Israel which is a Messianic Jewish group that not only tours the popular Holy Places in the land, but also introduces you to the Messianic congregations that worship in Israel. Messianic Jews believe that Jesus is God but also continue to honor the Hebrew Sabbaths and traditions. They maintain their Jewish identity in Messiah Yeshua.

Our tour had 33 people from all over the world, including UK, France, Singapore and Scotland. One man in our group had grown up for 29 years in Lebanon and was thrilled to be able to see the land where Jesus walked and to bless the nation of Israel. Many Arabs are now coming to see the love of Jesus and wanting to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. A Kuwaiti Prince is just one of many examples of Arabs coming to faith in Jesus.

For over 20 years now, I have wanted to visit Israel and I was not disappointed! What a miracle nation! We have supported the Israeli based ministry MAOZ Israel since 2002 and Mr. Sorko Ram has an excellent booklet on why we as Gentile Christians should be "foster fathers" to the nation of Israel. Here is a short part of that booklet that is worth reading: To the Jew First

Rather than writing about the many many wonderful experiences we had in Israel, I will simply show some pictures of our times in Israel with short explanations. There was an overwhelming sense of peace and protection throughout this time. I would encourage you to visit the nation of Israel. It was amazing!


Caesarea ancient aqueduct on the Mediterranean Sea

Beit Shean ancient coliseum

Singing on the Sea of Galilee boat ride

Gihon Spring Siloam Tunnel

Springs of Ein Gedi

Rosh HaNikra in northern Israel

View of Jerusalem from the Jerusalem Prayer Tower at King of Kings Ministries

At the border of Lebanon

Getting baptized in Jordan River

Mount of Olives

The four of us stood together in the Garden tomb where Jesus was buried and rose again!

Found Ein Gedi bottled water at an Arab market in Jerusalem on the same day we visited Ein Gedi

The Keshet Arch in northern Israel

The Garden tomb

The kiosk in Tel-Aviv where modern Israel started. Inserted picture is the same kiosk from 100 years ago!

Ron & Elana Cantor who organized the tour

The Joppa gate where the gospel went to the Gentiles

The city of David

The western wailing wall

The garden of Gethsemane

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they will prosper who love you." (Psalm 122)

 

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