Israel


The origin of the Holy Land concept is found in the renaming of the Land of Canaan as the Land of Israel (e.g. Genesis 15:18-21). The uniqueness of the Land of Israel is thus ‘Geo-Theological’ and not merely climatic. This is the land which faces the entrance of the spiritual world, that sphere of existence that lies beyond the physical world known to us through our senses. This is the key to the land’s unique status with regard to prophecy and prayer, and also with regard to the commandments. The Land of Israel is also classified as the National Home or Land of Destiny, The concept of the land being holy is especially prominent in the Book of Numbers. The land is also considered holy in the Hebrew Bible because God’s “holy people” settle there. The Holy Land is significant in Christianity, mainly because it is the place of Birth, Ministry, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Saviour or Messiah to Christianity.

According to the New Testament, Jerusalem was the city to which Jesus was brought as a child, to be presented at the Temple (Luke 2:22) and to attend festivals (Luke 2: 42). According to the Gospels, Jesus preached and healed in Jerusalem, especially in the Temple courts. There is also an account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, chasing various traders out of the sacred precincts (Mark 11: 15). At the end of each of the Gospels, there are accounts of Jesus’ Last Supper in an ‘Upper Room’ in Jerusalem, His arrest in Gethsemane, His trial, His crucifixion at Golgotha, His burial nearby and His resurrection and ascension and prophecy to return.

Tradition holds that the place of the Last Supper is the Cenacle, on the second floor of a building on Mount Zion where David’s Tomb is on the first floor. The place of Jesus’ anguished prayer and betrayal, Gethsemane, is probably somewhere near the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives. Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate may have taken place at the Antonia Fortress, to the north of the Temple area. Popularly, the exterior pavement where the trial was conducted is beneath the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Other Christians believe that Pilate tried Jesus at Herod’s Palace on Mount Zion.

The Via Dolorosa, or way of suffering, is the traditional route to Golgotha, the place of crucifixion, and is an important pilgrimage. The route ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (perhaps the most holy place for Christians). The Holy Sepulcher is traditionally believed to be the location of Golgotha and Jesus’ nearby tomb. The original church was built in 336 by Constantine I. The Garden Tomb is also a popular pilgrimage site. No matter your health or financial position, Shareworld Travels would like to welcome you and your group to the unforgettable Land of Jacob, the Land of Milk and Honey, the H O L Y L A N D as we all know.

ISRAEL - Suggested Itinerary

DAY 01: CHECK IN – DEPARTURE – (ACCRA – ISTANBUL)

Check in at 17:00pm and Departure at 20:00pm.Dinner and overnight on flight. (D)

DAY 02: ISTANBUL - TEL AVIV

Upon our Istanbul arrival at 06:40am, we will wait for the Tel Aviv flight which departs at 09:50am and arrive at 12:40pm. Upon Tel Aviv airport arrival, we will be met by our Partners to transfer us to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D)

DAY 03: MT. OF BEATITUDES - TABGHA – CAPERNAUM - SEA OF GALILEE –RIVER JORDAN

After early breakfast we depart to Jordan Valley. We pass through Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. We ascend to visit Mount of Beatitudes, the Sanctuary of the Sermon on the Mount; it was here that Jesus chose His 12 disciples. We visit Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. We also visit the Church of the Primacy where Jesus delegated the Primacy of the Church to Peter. We visit the village of Capernaum, referred to in the New Testament as a centre of Jesus' ministry after He left Nazareth. See also the Ancient Synagogue and Peter's house. As a sign of having the inner feeling of how Jesus sailed around Galilee, we take a boat ride at the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias. We finally visit the Baptismal site of River Jordan where it flows out to the Sea of Galilee. It is the River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 04: MT. CARMEL = NAZARETH - CANA.

After early breakfast we begin our pilgrimage by visiting Mount Carmel, venerated as a sacred spot since ancient times, it was originally a sanctuary of Baal whose prophets Elijah defeated. We continue to visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, where He studied and worked, forging the theories that would shape the years to come. We have the privilege to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and walk to St. Joseph's workshop. We continue to visit the village of Cana, which has not changed much outwardly since the times when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding celebration. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 05: JERUSALEM CITY

After breakfast we descend to visit Mt. of Ascension; Garden of Gethsemane; and also visit the Church of All Nations. We visit Mount Zion where the traditional tomb of King David is found. We also visit the Room of the Last Supper (Upper Room). We continue to visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne. We walk along the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) - the route Jesus took to Crucifixion. We go through Dung Gate to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall (30min of Prayer and drop a prayer requests.). We continue to see the Dome of the Rock at Mount Moriah (where Isaac was to be sacrificed by Abraham). Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus (the possible house of Caiaphas). Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 06: - SHEPHERD FIELD - NATIVITY - JERICHO- DEAD SEA.

After breakfast we visit the Shepherds Field (where the Star appeared to the Shepherds).We continue our visit to the Church of Nativity where CHRIST was born. Continue to visit Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world; it is the site of Joshua's first dramatic conquest when the city walls collapsed at the sound of his trumpets [Joshua 4:5-6]. We board a Cable Car to Mount of Temptation. We visit Elisha's spring and also See Zacchaeus Tree (Sycamore Tree). We continue to Dead Sea for floating. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 07: - SHOPPING DAY

After breakfast, we board our bus to Shop at the Damascus gate in Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 08: - ACCRA.

After early breakfast, we drive to Tel Aviv Airport for our departure home.

Arrival in Accra will be at 19:40pm. Dinner on flight (B, D)

Note*

NB: * This suggested Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time.

       *B = Breakfast             D = Dinner

       *Airlines: TURKISH, ETHIOPIAN.

 

 

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