Holy Land Tour: Jerusalem and the South
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Holy Land Tour: Jerusalem and the South


Our tour of the holy city of Jerusalem began
with the enormous 37 acre temple mount. This huge foundation structure was built by King
Herod during the life of Christ, with the purpose of expanding the smaller temple platform
so the structure could accommodate the huge number of pilgrims that came here during the
Jewish feasts. Most of the upper portions of the structure were destroyed by the Romans
in 70 AD, only leaving the foundation walls to tell the story of this wonder of the world.
As we climbed up to the sacred mount and passed through security, we felt a keen awareness
of the sacredness of this site. Here once stood Solomon’s and Herod’s temple, and here
the Savior gave many discourses, and cleansed the temple, His Father’s house. We started the tour by first learning of the
washing rituals of the Muslims, who prior to each daily prayer, wash various parts of
their body in preparation to commune with God. We then came to the east stairs of the
Dome of the Rock, where we looked over the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane
and to the thousands of Jewish and Islamic tombs. As we climbed the eastern steps, we
came into view of the breathtaking Dome of the Rock, completed in 691 AD. The building
covers the rock, where according to Jewish tradition, is where Abraham was to offer Isaac
as a sacrifice. The mosque is built of thousands of colorful mosaic tiles, grand arches, beautiful
stone work, and a gilded golden dome. As there have never been formal excavations on the
temple mount, there are many opinions as to where the ancient Jewish temple actually stood.
Several scholars, including our tour guide, Brother Don Parry, believe that the temple
stood to the north of the Dome, at the location of the smaller Dome of the Spirits. This opinion,
in part, comes from the fact that this area is directly in line with the Golden Gate. We concluded our tour of the temple mount,
leaving from the northern gate, near the Lion Gate of the old city. As we left the precincts
of the temple structure, we came to the gardens, church and archaeological remains of the pool
of Bethesda. This pool is where Jesus healed a lame man, commanding him to take up his
bed and walk. Most of the remains are actually of later Byzantine and Crusader churches built
over the pool. The only visible remains of the Herodian pool are the steps located deep
beneath the later churches. While in the beautiful St. Anne’s Church we also took advantage of
the incredible acoustics, singing a favorite hymn as a group. We next walked the Via Dolorosa, or way of
the cross, visiting several churches that mark the traditional path that Jesus took
while carrying the cross to Golgotha. After walking through part of the old city, with
its many steps, ramps, arched ways and narrow streets, we finally came to the Western Wall,
the most sacred site for Jews today. While here, we witnessed several Bar Mitzvahs of
young Jewish boys, explored beneath Wilson’s arch, watched as Jews ritually washed before
prayer, and reverently observed as Jews from around the world left prayers within the cracks
of the stones. We then traveled down the Kotel tunnel, an
excavated tunnel that transverses the western wall below the modern city of Jerusalem. The
tunnel gives a unique look at the ancient wall of the Temple Mount, including one of
the largest building blocks in the world, being 40 feet long and 10 feet tall, and estimated
to weigh 570 tons. We then walked through the long tunnel that runs the length of the
western wall, eventually arriving at the Strouthion Pool, likewise built by King Herod. Our last stop was to visit the ancient remains
of the city of David. Here we saw the likely site of David’s palace, the huge stone stepped
structure which held up the palace, and the later remains of several homes dating to the
time of Christ built on these same ancient stepped stones. We then walked through the
secret tunnel, which led to the Gihon spring. Because the spring was located outside the
city wall and low in the Kidron Valley, the ancient Cannanites and early Israelites used
this passageway to access the waters without actually having to leave the fortified city
walls. Later King Hezekiah decided to cut a new tunnel through the entire city of David,
to bring the waters of the Gihon spring inside the city walls. The tunnel workers started
from opposite sides and somehow met in the center. The tunnel is an ancient marvel of
human engineering. As you exit from Hezekiah’s tunnel, you come to the first century Pool
of Siloam, which is the location where Jesus healed a blind man, commanding him to wash
in the waters of this pool. We then climbed up part of the ancient steps, and through
the Herodian drainage tunnel leading up to the Temple Mount. On Tuesday, our sixth day of the tour, we
left Jerusalem to go into the southern desert to visit Masada, Qumran, and the Dead Sea.
Masada is a fortified palace built by Herod on a huge mountain overlooking the Dead Sea.
Though the entire region is barren and dry, Herod built this palace as a safe place in
time of war, with Roman styled buildings, waterfalls, fountains and luscious gardens.
The fortified mountain later became the last stand for the Jewish rebels, who unsuccessfully
from 66-70 AD sought their independence from the grip of Rome. We next came to Qumran, the ancient home to
a Jewish sect who were know for their daily washings in the numerous ritual baths, or
mikvahs, and who wrote and hid away what is now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. To finish
our day, we swam, or better stated, floated in the Dead Sea. Because the Dead Sea contains
one third salt, you can actually hold up your hands and feet above the surface of the water,
and still not sink. A few of us decided to add a little extra weight to see if that would
do the trick. On Wednesday, we once again left Jerusalem
to travel to Bethlehem, the birth place of the Savior. We first visited the Shepherd’s
field church, which marks the traditional site of where the angels appeared to the shepherds
to bring them glad tidings of great joy. We then came to the traditional site of the birth
of Christ at the Church of the Nativity. The church was originally built under the direction
of Constantine in 327 AD over a cave, which had been revered by earlier Christians as
the grotto or cave where Jesus was born. We then returned to Jerusalem and toured the
Israeli museum, admiring the enormous and incredible model of Jerusalem and Herod’s
temple in the first century. The model is one of the best representations of the city,
and is an amazing tool to visualize the Jerusalem Jesus would have known. We then went through
the Shrine of the Book, where Brother Don Parry taught us from his vast knowledge and
understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What an experience, to listen to one of the leading
scholars of the Dead Sea scrolls, while standing in the Shrine of the Book! We then visited
the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, which stands as a somber witness of the atrocities that
were committed against the Jews during World War II. The last day of our official tour began on
the hillside of the Mt. of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane. While sitting within the beautifully
landscaped garden, we pondered and learned of the atonement of the Savior. We learned
of how the word Gethsemane means olive press, and of how the Savior was pressed down, bearing
our sins and sorrows. We discussed the importance of the Tabernacle, the Day of Atonement, and
the high priest, and how each of these pointed to the atoning sacrifice of the Savior. We
then toured the Church of All Nations, built over the rock, where tradition says that Jesus
prayed while in Gethsemane. The church is designed to create the atmosphere of night,
with stars on the ceiling, blue light coming in through the stained glass windows, and
angels holding up their hands in prayer, to symbolize that night of nights. One of the
murals, depicting when the soldiers fell back at the words of Christ when he spake “I AM”,
shows that even the trees and flames of the torches fell back at the power of the Savior’s
words. We next came to an overlook of the city of
Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. The view gives you a full perspective for the size
of the Temple Mount, and for the grandeur and beauty of Jerusalem. We then drove to
the BYU Jerusalem Center where we walked the halls of this sacred school of the Lord. In
the chapel, we heard a gorgeous organ recital as we overlooked the breathtaking view of
the old city of Jerusalem. Several of us also tried our hand at an ancient olive crusher
located at the center. Some were more successful than others… Our next stop was the traditional tomb of
King David, which interestingly enough is located directly below the traditional site
of the Last Supper. How poignant, that King David be memorialized by the Jews under the
commemorative room where Jesus Christ, the descendant of David and heir to his kingdom,
would hold his last Passover meal, and institute the sacrament. We next came to the Church
of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is built over the possible site of the imprisonment
of Jesus and of the home of Caiaphas the high priest. This is also the traditional site
where it is said that Peter denied the Savior three times before the cock crowed. To finish our Holy Land tour, we visited the
Garden Tomb and the hill of Golgotha. Here we learned of the crucifixion and burial of
the Savior in the borrowed tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Each of us had the chance to
enter the tomb, and to feel of the spirit and power of this sacred site. It is difficult
to describe the feelings that we each had as we thought of the Savior of the world,
and of this culminating act of the resurrection which took place at this tomb, or at a similar
tomb nearby. To conclude the day, within the confines of the garden, we gathered and bore
testimony of Jesus Christ, of His life, His mission, and of His atonement. Though the
trip had now concluded for most of us, we felt gratitude in our hearts for what we had
learned, seen and felt. We all had come away with a stronger desire to be better followers
of the man, who 2000 years ago, walked these very streets where we had walked.

100 Comments

  • Riewbamut Dympep

    Remember to go on a Holy Land Tour as a pilgrim not merely as a tourist as someone has said "A tourist returns from the tour with memories in a digital camera but a pilgrim with memories in the heart"..

  • Farhana Kiyani

    our holy land mosque al Aqsa .
    ..i love palistain….israel fake country jews wrong religion base on false thoughts and ideas and belives

  • Ganesan Kuppusamy

    You need not go any where or dip in any river, if you follow the right path as the Almighty has not created any religion like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism etc., Was Jesus crucified by man made law. you people blindly believing the contents of scripts by human..in the name of religious text. Bible says that Jesus was son of the Almighty, and messenger of the Almighty. Can a human punish or kill the son of the Almighty. You are bestowed with the knowledge and wisdom by the Almighty. Vivify your common sense..have self thinking and self confidence..and follow the right path and get the blessings of the Almighty.
    Mother is goddess and father is god. Respect females.

  • Faithless Life*

    Allaho Akbar*ReSpct for all holy perSonS*
    Salam oh MuSa(peace be upon him)
    Salam oh ISA ibn e Maryam (peace be upon him)*
    Salam oh Muhammad(peace be upon him)*

  • Zaina Wallah

    الله لا يحرمنا منك يا أقصى الله اكبر لا حوله ولا قوة الا بلالله العلي العظيم

  • ahmad multan

    Jesus may God Bless him, is a MAN, not God himself. How can a God take the form of a man? [ His own creation]. christianity makes no sense.

  • aggiesoldier

    Praying one day I will have the funds to travel there. I am not sure if could even stand in the same places as my Savior did!

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  • Grima Tumebo

    God bless Israel.One day I will see the glory of Solomonic Temple;if God says,all things are possible. From Christian family of 2nd Holy country of Ethiopia.

  • Mike Pokhara

    I was in Israel last year and done most of the tour but I would like to know which tour company you got as I like the area you went to especially the dome rock that ive seen from the top of the hill

  • Errol Collins

    Fake Jews in a land that is not there's, the messiah called them the synagogue of Satan in other worlds they are the seed of Satan, Satan's children.
    There is not one ounce of Jewish blood that runs in their veins, they are Ashkenazim Jews that converted to Judaism and stole the identity of the true Hebrews, they will be destroyed when the messiah returns. Shalom.

  • Designgirl2009

    John 14:6

    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

    King James Version (KJV)

  • airplane800

    The famous researcher Bob Cornuke proved that the real location of the Temple was South in the City of David. The temple Mount was the Antonia Fortification of the Romans and has nothing to do with the Temple. What part of " no rock standing" they don't understand ? Jesus said very clear that would be no rock standing. If you believe that the Temple mount is the location of the Temple you don't believe in the words of Jesus. Do a search about " The Temple" by Bob Cornuke.

  • tubedude54

    What you are showing there is really the remains of the Roman fort Antonia. The Temple with its wall was about 660×660 feet square. This thing is a trapezoid roughly 1500 feet by 900 feet and matches the size of a Roman praetorium! There is evidence that the Romans took and dismantled the entire Temple along with its walls down to the bedrock! Just as the Messiah said… not one stone would be left on another! Saying these walls were part of the Temple is saying that the Messiah lied.

  • nelia nakamura

    its my dream to come and travel too to holy land.its my prayer and by faith i beleived God answer my prayer already.For in him all things are possible.I claim it in Jesus name .Amen.

  • Natasha

    Can you tell me was this trip from Isreal to Rome or Isreal to Jordan im planning on a trip but not sure what tours to go with or places

  • Russell Kandalaft

    I just watched a study of this area. It was NOT built as a temple. It was a Roman fort. Fort Antonia. A standard size for a Roman fort was 36 acres. The study points put that the temple Solomon built, was square and much smaller. The Islamists thought they built their temple on top of Solomon’s temple, but they did not. It is actually 500 feet to the south.

  • King David 7 Shalom 7

    To my people from Israel your prayers have been heard and your wishes will be Granted for a better future for humanity. The kingdom will raise again for Many years with love and respect for all nations King David 7🔯‏שלום

  • my pakistan

    Modren christain r deviated from teaching of God…Abraham PBUH worship one God ,we muslim believe in God of abraham,jews also belive in Abrahamic God,jesuse PBUH also belive in abrahimic God whereas so called christain believe in three gods father,son and holy spirit….in short modren christain r like pagans,both pagans and christain worship idols…may God show them right path.ameen

  • قصي يونس

    All of these in the video that Muslims built these biuldings. There are also romantic buildings. Palestine under Islamic rule was 1300 years. The Al-Aqsa mosque was renovated in the era of Omar ibn al-Khattab, then was built Dome of the Rock and the tribal mosque and the Marwani Mosque and most of the domes in Jerusalem, which you see in the video during the reign of Abdul Malik bin Marwan, and then came the Zionists and then came an extremist Jew burning the mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Muslims renewed the mosque and the Dome of the Rock, as Muslims renewed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

    Now Jordan oversees the church and the Al-Aqsa Mosque

  • Loves Journey

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have fear of planes so I may not travel there until the Lord Comes. What a absolutely beautiful place if I could I would probably live there because it is just so beautiful and a very special place. So to whomeever made this video i want to say thank you again, this means so much to me. Blessings .

  • Bumble Bee

    Thank you for sharing…I am blessed seeing the videos and I am sure that this video has been a blessing to many other viewers, for people like me who haven't been able to visit..

  • Terence Ricketts

    thank you for this video,the church I attended visited Jerusalem and surrounding city's last October,I couldn't attend but God willing I will one day.

  • Jamil Zoughbi

    very nice trip God bless you
    i notice that you didn't visit sepulchere church? its the most wonderful place!!

  • Babe Licious

    Thank you for sharing this with me. I am tearfully glad to see that all of the great works of Our Lord Jesus Christ did not die in vain over 2000years ago. When I am watching this video even though not present physically I felt I am present spiritually. Jerusalem is so beautiful I am glad to see and hear that Man's evil did not destroy Her. Our Heavenly Mother and Angels of Mercy of God is Restoring her. For All generations and many to follow there after. Peace be with you and May the peace of God also be with All. Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for answering all of our prayer requests. Peace through out our home land and throughout the Eastern Northern Southern and Western Nation's United through the whole world. Connected by Faith made in God's grace and sustained by Jesus Christ s Holy place Holy Jerusalem for all to enjoy.

  • Elvina Yousaf

    Amen Amen Amen Wow wonderful Video I will Must be go HOLY places God bless all of u Amen and Shalom in the Jesus Name Amen

  • Ms. summi

    Look to the clouds for Your Messiah Yeshuah's Glorious return Zech 12-10 Daniel 7-13 and Matthew 24-30 . do not take any microchips rfid 🌺🌺🌸🌸🌼💮🌺🌸🌸

  • Calling All Hands On Deck!

    Thank you, for sharing. I prob won't be able to go to this Jerusalem but I definitely hope I will be part of the "New Jerusalem."

  • Emin Alekperov

    jerusalem never qouted in the qoran , so stop with this false provocation and live like an human been , ooooops you have much to learn from animals before you becoming ahuman hhhhh its a jews land evrey body can come visit , just be carfull from the radical arabs they will stab you and your family in the name of the "islam"

  • Ropate Pareti

    I was there in 2015 as a Peacekeeper in the UNDOF Mission representing Fiji Army and I've been to all those places…So peaceful and wonderful…GB

  • Shoaib Riaz

    Its all our islamic history and they turn to thm and truth turn into lie jesus only was a Prophet by God insha Allah will come again this place again we muslim will hold

  • Sergio Paradiso

    No ano 70 DC com a destruição do templo acabou definitivamente a religião e todos foram expulsos de Jerusalém espalhados pela Ásia.

  • Rohan Siriwardana

    I am buddhist. ..this video was created very nicely. Got some idea about the histry of christianity. watched till the end…interestiing video

  • sudha rani

    Christians please listen to this Jerusalem is not a sacred place
    Believe the truth
    Read 1theselonians 2:15 you will know that jews are against God
    And God's anger will be on them until they are destroyed
    Believe the Bible
    Don't go there

  • BEN NILSSON

    "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

    35. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."

    Gospel of Luke 13:34-35

    Ben, Prophet in the world 🗡🛡💪

  • Gerald Johnson

    Muslims worship a god(Allah) and recognise Jesus the Christ as a prophet only, they do not believe Christ Jesus was and is the Son of the Almighty Creator,(Elohim,) also they think Muhammad was a prophet of god(Allah) and his words of hatred towards many other beliefs including christianity are Infidels, and should be Destroyed, Decieved by Satan all will suffer in Hell for rejecting Fathers only begotten Son, Jesus the Messiah,!!!!****

  • Leo Picollo

    Abba bless you all in the name of yahshua your only son , great is yeshua who died for our sins , all honor and praise to you forever and ever Amen.

  • apo bonifacio

    The Romans destroyed the Temple and the People of Israel, that cause their escaped to exiles to other counties as refugees. Now, They are returning to their homeland, they call their home. I hope they will live harmoniously with what we called the Palestinians in peace. I just need money to visit and see the beauty of Israel one day.

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