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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Yankee goes to Jordan and Israel

Yankee goes to Jordan and Israel

Although I have been to Israel 6 times before, I longed to go to Petra in Jordan. I was given the opportunity to travel with Bill Bunkley and his wife, Toni. My wife, Betty, insisted I go. Bill is the radio talk show host for Salem Communications here in Tampa. There were 42 in our group. I was given the privilege to speak at many sites.  
We landed in Ammon, Jordan and went to Mount Nebo where Moses saw into the promise land. We then drove south to Petra where I believe the remnants of Israel will flee when the antichrist breaks the peace treaty with Israel, destroys the new temple, and seeks to annihilate all the Jewish people. I did not know that Petra was over 100 square miles.

I felt that if Indiana Jones could come here, so could I. It was amazing that all those decorative columns behind me were carved out of one solid rock. Several in our group were in their eighties and several were over 75 (including me). We traveled on new beautiful buses by excellent drivers.

We are standing on Masada with the Dead Sea behind us.
The man with his hands on his knees, is in charge of the Israelis military forces on the Golan Heights. He explained that Lebanon (behind us) was part of Iran. He allowed several of the kids (and me of course) to climb upon the tank. We really felt save knowing that these two Israeli girls were helping to protect us. Within minutes two UN security patrols showed up and two Israeli jeeps with soldiers arrived. The very next day, these very roads were blocked and two Israeli jets bombs some areas within miles of where we were. We were about 40 miles from Damascus, Syria.  My daughter, Trina, heard some of this on the news and was concerned about her Pappy. You are saver in Israel than any place on earth.

Friday was the last day of the Muslim Ramadan. About 300,000 were expected on the Temple Mount to pray at the mosque with the gold dome. Thousand of Israeli police were visibly present at all eight gates. I was so excited to be there on Israel's
50th anniversary of the June war of 1967.

When I came to Israel for the first time in 1985 with Dr. Hank Lindstrom, we both ran up to the Eastern Gate and literally touch it. Why? Because we could.

Eze 44:1  Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
Eze 44:2  Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. These sepulchers will not stop the coming Messiah.

Bill assisted me while I baptized 20 people that day in the Jordan River. Coming to Israel is more than a vacation, it is a pilgrimage experience. You can see the Temple Mount and the Eastern Wall in the background. Bill and his wife Toni (standing to the right) were terrific tour host.

Sharing the gospel is always the highlight of any trip. When I asked these young Jewish men how would they recognize their Messiah, they said they did not know. I ask if I could tell them and they responded with great interest. Just keep sowing seeds as you go through life. 

Somehow, riding a camel does not seem like a thing John Wayne would do. Fun though.

Quite, peaceful, contemplation on the Sea of Galilee is what coming to Israel is all about. It is one thing to stand where Jesus stood, and to walk where Jesus walked, but in my spiritual life, do I stand as I ought to stand, and do I walk the path my Lord wants me to walk on a daily basis.

I am planning on another trip around the first 10 days in January 2018. Please email me if you are interest.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for updates on your trip and with pictures. I appreciate
    Your zeal for the Lord it is infectious thank you for all that you do and especially the you tube videos.