Join Coast Life Church Israel Journey

Led by Pastor DeWayne & Michelle Watson   

June 4 - 13, 2018

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Michelle and I are so looking forward to spending 10 days traveling with you to and through the Holy Land.  The land was made holy by God's decree and Jesus' footprints.  We are going to see, and experience the reality of both as we witness the effects of the Father's hands at work, and the Son's obedience from the manger to the empty grave, to the ascension and his ongoing work of redemption today.  This is going to be a life-changing journey, and we are delighted that we get to share it with you!

Pastor D. 

 

Day 1: Monday, June 4, 2018   –  USA Departure
Our journey begins today as we depart New Orleanais on our way to Israel – the Land of the Bible. Our ELAL flight departs @ 11:50pm. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight. Get some rest…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!

Overnight: On Board     Meals on Board

Day 2: Tuesday, June 5, 2018  -  Arrival in Israel  – Tel Aviv / Welcome Home!

Today we arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Our flight arrives around 5 pm. You will be met and assisted by our Israeli tour guide and bus driver. We drive to Tel Aviv - Israel’s largest and most modern city (20-30 minutes’ drive from the airport). Check in at our Hotel. You’ll have free time to rest and relax in your hotel room or stroll the Tel Aviv famous sidewalk.  After our welcome dinner, we will explore Old Town Jaffa at night. We will arrive in Jaffa and walk through the narrow passages of Old Jaffa, believed to be the oldest port city in the world. See the amazing St. Peter Church at night and take in a spectacular view of the Tel Aviv shoreline from Jaffa’s Hilltop. Return to our hotel   

Meal included: Full Buffet Dinner          Lodging: Herods Tel Aviv

 

Day 3: Wednesdays June 6, 2018 From Tel Aviv to the Sea of Galilee via the Mediterranean
Caesarea / Mt. Carmel / Megiddo / Nazareth / Cana / Sea of Galilee / Tiberia
 
After breakfast, we start our tour heading north to the Sea of Galilee.  We will have a relaxing drive along the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea and stop at Caesarea Maritime (Acts 9:30; Acts 10: 24-48), which was the center of early Christians. Here Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10), and it was also here where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome (Acts 25 & 26). Next, we will stop at Mount Carmel (Muchraka), where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets. Then onto Megiddo (1 Kings 4:28, 9:15; 2 Kings 23:29 & Rev.16:16), and the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16), to see the remains from Solomon's days, and view the site where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought. We continue along the Jezreel Valley to visit the town of Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26, 4:16-29; Matthew 2:23). Our last stop will be in Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first public miracle - the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11).   Drive through the Lower Galilee region to the Sea of Galilee. We’ll check-in at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner        Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Sea of Galilee

 

Day 4: Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Sea of Galilee and the Upper Galilee
 
Mount of Beatitudes / Tabgha / Capernaum / Upper Galilee / Caesarea Philippi
Today we will experience the area of Jesus’ early ministry around the Sea of Galilee.  After breakfast, we will drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit the famous chapel, constructed in 1939 by the noted architect Antonio Barluzzi, and enjoy the breathtaking view. We will continue to Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the 5,000 and Primacy of Peter (Matt. 13; Mark 33-45; John 21). Here we will visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th-century mosaic floor.  Continue onto the 2,000 year old remains of Capernaum (Matt. 4:13, 13:54, 17:24; Luke 7; Mark 1:2; John 4:46-54).  Here we can stand in what is left of the synagogue in which Jesus ministered. It was from this city that Jesus did most of his Galilean ministry, where he performed many miracles, and where Peter's mother-in-law lived and was healed. We will drive to the upper Galilee to visit Banias - ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:13 and Mark 8:27), where Jesus said: “on this rock, I will build my Church”.  We will hike through the natural Banias nature reserve to the waterfalls. We will drive through the natural Hula Valley and the Upper Galilee region back to the Sea of Galilee.  We’ll return to our hotel for dinner and a restful evening. 

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner        Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Sea of Galilee

 

Day 5: Friday, June 8, 2018– Sea of Galilee and Jordan River
Sail on the Sea of Galilee / "Jesus Boat" / Yardenit / Beth Shean / Jericho / Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will board a wooden boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee as the disciples did 2,000 years ago. We will dock at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar and visit the “Ancient Jesus Boat” - the remains of a 2,000-year-old boat that was discovered in 1986.  This boat was used at the time of Jesus and his disciples. We conclude our Galilee tour with a visit to Yardenit – the wonderful baptismal site on the Jordan River. From here we will drive south along the Beth Shean Valley and the ancient city of Beth Shean (Mark 5:20, 7:31)  for an overview of this remarkable archeological site. It was here that after defeating Saul and his sons on Mount Gilboa, the Philistines hung their bodies on the walls of Beth Shean (1 Samuel 31). We will drive south along the Jordanian valley to the town of Jericho. We will visit Tel Jericho and Mt. of Temptation and learn about this ancient and oldest town. From Jericho, we will drive to Jerusalem – the holy city of Zion. Ending our day, we will check-in our hotel for dinner.

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner      Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6: Saturday, June 9, 2018–  Jerusalem Old City Mount of Olives / Garden of Gethsemane/ Lion’s Gate / Via Delarosa / St. Anne Church / Pool of Bethesda / Judgment Hall of Pilate / Church of the Holy Sepulcher / Christian Quarter / Garden Tomb

Today we walk where Jesus walked! After breakfast, we will head to the top of the Mount of Olives to stand where the Lord ascended into heaven (Acts 1) as we take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern Gate where the Prince of Peace will enter (Ezekiel 44). We will pass by Pater Noster Church and visit Dominus Flevit where “the Lord wept” as he beheld the Holy City, and take the Palm Sunday Road down to the Garden of Gethsemane where we will see 2,000-year-old olive trees that date back to the time of Christ. We will enter the Old City via the Lion’s Gate.  The Lion’s Gate, located in the eastern wall of the Old City, is the entrance marking the beginning of the last walk of Jesus from prison to the crucifixion – the Via Delarosa.  We will start our walk along the Stations of the Cross to visit St. Anne Church (we’ll sing with an 11 second echo!), the Pool of Bethesda, then continuing to the Judgment Hall of Pilate and all the way to the Church of  the Holy Sepulcher (Matt. 27:33-57, 28:10).  We will enjoy some free time to rest and shop at the colorful Old City bazaars. We will end our day visiting the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. Return to our hotel for dinner.

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner   Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Leonardo Jerusalem

 

Day 7: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Jerusalem Old & New CityTemple Mount Archaeological Excavations / Southern Wall / Southern Steps / Davidson Center / Western Wall /Jewish Quarter / Mt. Zion / Room of the Last Supper / Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

Following breakfast, we will head to the Old City and enter via the Dung Gate to visit the Western Wall (“Wailing Wall”) – the holiest site in Judaism and one of the original ancient walls that retained the Temple.  We will continue to the Southern Temple Mount archaeological excavations.  Here we will visit the “Southern Steps” – the archaeological reconstruction of the Temple Steps where Jesus walked so often.  From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money changers who were exploiting the people. We will visit the unearthed southern end of the western wall, the paved street and the Robinson’s Arch.  At the Davidson Center museum, we will view a documentary of the excavation and a 10-minute film describing a visit of a pilgrim to the second temple as it was in Jesus’ time.  We will walk through the historic Jewish Quarter all the way to Mt. Zion.  We will visit the room of the last supper and then continue to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. According to tradition, this was the place of the palace of the high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest. (Mark 14: 72) We will return to our hotel for dinner.  

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner      Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8: Monday, June 11, 2018 -  Dead Sea / Masada / Ein Gedi /  Qumran 
Today we will explore the Dead Sea and the Judean desert region and its biblical and historical sites.  After early breakfast, we will drive to the Dead Sea to visit one of the most spectacular sites in Israel – the 1,50 feet mountaintop fortress of Masada. We will ascend to Masada by cable car and discover the 1st-century Synagogue, Herod’s  Bathhouse and many other sites.  We will continue along the shores of the Dead Sea and stop for an overview at Ein Gedi, where David hid in a cave when running from Saul (1 Samuel 23). It was here that David composed several of his Psalms. Next, we will visit Qumran and walk through the ruins of this ancient Essene community. In this spot, an amazing cache of ancient biblical texts was discovered in 1947 - commonly called the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will have free time to float on the dead sea before driving back to Jerusalem.

Meals included: Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner      Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 9: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 -  Bethlehem / "Yad Vashem" Holocaust Museum /Shire of the Book / Holy Land Model / Farwell Dinner
After breakfast enjoy a free morning. Around noon we will check out from our hotel. We will drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1‐7). We venture out to Shepherd’s Field, referenced in Luke 2:8‐20, where an angel appeared to announce the birth of Jesus. We will head to the new city of Jerusalem and pass by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.  We will head to Mt. Herzl area for a visit to the newly renovated Holocaust Museum – “Yad Vashem”.   From here we will continue the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit the Holy Land model to view Jerusalem as it looked like during the second temple period. We will depart from Jerusalem and drive to the village of Abu Gosh to enjoy our great Farwell dinner. From here a short transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our departure flight back to New Orleans.

Day 10: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 -   Arrive back in the US

Today we arrive back in New Orleans.
* Remember to bring your Bible and
notepad as we study the Scriptures at each site identified in the Bible.


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