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One of the important places in the scripture you will visit during your Christian tour of Israel is Bethlehem, where according to tradition Mary gave birth to Jesus in a cave, and where it’s currently marked by a star in the Byzantine church the Church of the Nativity that commemorates the birth of Jesus. Scriptures do not mention the existence of a cave, however it was during these times custom to build houses in front of caves, which provided additional shelter for animals and storage space.
In Israel you will find Megiddo (1 Kings 4:28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, Kings 29 and Revelation 16:16), identified as Armageddon (Revelation 16) and where The Book of Revelations describes an apocalyptic military battle. Today on an Israel tour you will find expansive agriculture field, plains, and ancient ruins at Megiddo with over 26 layers of ruins one on top of another on the mount. Here you will also find ruins from Solomon’s time, and beyond.
Often on a holy land tour to Israel, one of the first picturesque views of an ancient city will be that of Jaffa situated on a natural harbor atop a hill on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and only minutes from Tel Aviv. This ancient port city is the oldest municipality in Israel, and famous for being mentioned in the bible stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Peter.
The Mt. of Beatitudes, a must stop during your Holy Land Tour of Israel is where the “Sermon on the Mount” by the Lord was recoded in writings by the apostle Matthew (Matthew 5:7), and Luke (Luke 6) overlooks the four-mile long Plain of Gennesaret, an area in Israel known for it’s fertile lands.
Tiberias (Tverya) is popular with family vacations in Israel, and common stop during your Holy Land Tour in the Galilee area. Tourists can enjoy a variety of attractions and activities in a city that offers great opportunity to enjoy the natural settings, along with biblical history, contemporary attractions, serene quiet with active water sports of all kinds, and pilgrimage sites with unique Christian and tourist attractions.
Christian pilgrims on a Holy Land tour to Israel are amazed when they learn that the gnarled olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are most likely been young saplings when Jesus came and prayed here with his disciples on that fateful night after the Last Supper (Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:32; John 18:1).