Nothing in history has been as carefully scrutinized and studied as what Scripture tells us about the life of Jesus Christ. Yet despite the innumerable commentaries written about the life of the Messiah during His short time on Earth, there are very few exact locations where scholars can say Christ actually walked.
There is one critical exception – the Mount of Olives. And now believers have a priceless opportunity to literally stand in the footprints of Jesus Christ during the WND Tour of Israel. But time is running out, as registration and deposits for the tour must be completed by June 10.
The trip will take place from November 10-20 and travelers can get all the details online at WNDIsraelTour.com or by calling Coral Tours toll-free at 1-866-267-2511.
November is so far in the future it may seem premature to start thinking about it now. But the deadline for this incredible adventure arrives in a matter of days. And on June 10, the opportunity to join WND on this amazing and inspirational journey will be gone.
Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who will be personally guiding guests on this unique tour through the Holy Land, says the Mount of Olives is a site of extraordinary importance.
“One of the places we can with certainty say is the actual place spoken of in Scripture and the place on which the feet of Jesus actually walked is the Mount of Olives,” Cahn said. “There are few places on earth of equal importance. The Mount of Olives is the place where Messiah taught. It’s the place from which He entered Jerusalem on a donkey and the place over which He gazed at Jerusalem and wept. For that reason, on the upcoming pilgrimage to Israel this November, we will make sure to stand on the Mount of Olives, to share and worship.”
However, Cahn said the Mount of Olives isn’t just important because of the role it played in the past. Believers should see the Mount of Olives because the Bible tells Christians it is the exact spot where Jesus will return.
“In a sense, the Mount of Olives is God’s landing strip,” Cahn explained. “It’s where He commissioned His disciples and left this world, ascending into the heavens. And it’s the same place to which He will return, the focal point of the Second Coming, the place on which, according to the Book of Zechariah, His feet will stand.”
Cahn is the author of “The Harbinger,” the New York Times bestseller which captivated the Christian world. He made the New York Times bestseller list again with his book the “Mystery of the Shemitah.” He’s also the inspiration for “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the No. 1 faith movie of 2012 and 2013, and the subject of “The Harbinger Man.” However, Cahn’s own congregation at The Jerusalem Center knows him best because of his innovative series of Scriptural teachings, many of which are now available on DVD.
But even the best DVD is no substitute for receiving in-person instruction at the very locations pilgrims have dreamed of visiting for generations. Cahn says he is ready to create a life-changing experience for anyone who accompanies him on this extraordinary pilgrimage. And this will include worship and prayer at the very spot where Jesus once stood, and where He will stand again during the Second Coming.
“Messiah’s coming was and will be linked to resurrection,” Cahn said. “And He will come to the Mount of Olives… but for the Second Time. In the meantime, we’ll be standing on the mountain where He will stand. We always make sure to take time on the Mount of Olives to share and worship. It has to be the greatest overlook of the Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem. That’s why Messiah stopped and wept for Jerusalem from that mountain. From the Mount of Olives one can see Palm Sunday Road, that is likely the same path down which Messiah rode the donkey into Jerusalem.”
The incredible beauty of the location and the sense of living history will captivate anyone who sets foot in this awe-inspiring and inspirational location.
“The Mount of Olives gets its name, of course, from the olive trees that grew there – and which still grow there,” Cahn said. “In fact, there are olive trees there today which are believed to go back to the days of Messiah.
“One of the peaks on the Mount of Olives is dotted with white stones. These are Jewish graves. The reason so many Jewish people are buried there is because it is a foundation of Jewish belief that Messiah’s coming will be linked to the resurrection of the dead. So the Mount of Olives has always been a prime spot for Jewish people to be buried as they seek to be first in line to be resurrected, upon Messiah’s return.”
But visiting the Mount of Olives isn’t just about reflection and enlightenment – it’s about empathizing, in some small way, with the Messiah Himself by standing in the very spot where He fully surrendered to His imminent betrayal and suffering.
“Near the bottom of the mountain is an area where the olives from the olive trees were harvested, where they were crushed in an olive press to make olive oil,” Cahn said. “In Hebrew the word for ‘Olive Press’ is ‘GatShemen.’ It is from this that we get the word ‘Gethsemane.’ It is in this area that Messiah went with His disciples after the Last Supper to pray. It is here that He said, ‘Not my will but Your will be done.’ It is here that He fully surrendered Himself to His suffering and death on the cross – for us.”
“This year we will be doing something we’ve only recently been able to do – and, again, an experience that is very rare and as far as we know, not done by others: We will be standing among the olive trees of Gethsemane by night – just as Messiah was there in Gethsemane by night. There we will share and worship, even worshiping by candlelight. At night one can picture being there with Messiah as He prayed. And to be in the same place where Messiah fully surrendered to dying for us is one of the most moving things one can ever experience.”
Cahn promises those who participate in this incredible journey will never be the same again. But the opportunity to join this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage is running out. When June 10 arrives, it will have vanished entirely.
The itinerary includes:
Day 1 November 10
Overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 November 11
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel-Aviv where your Coral representative will be waiting to greet and assist you.
Meet your guide and drive to the ancient city of Jaffa where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish, the Apostle Peter raised Tabitha, and where Peter’s vision opened up the Gospel to people from all nations.
Drive by Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. Worship the God of Israel on the shores of the Mediterranean in a special service to usher in the Sabbath in the land of Israel. Experience the Sabbath and a Sabbath dinner in the Holy Land.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 November 12
Drive along the plains of the Sharon and the Mediterranean Sea to the ancient city of Caesarea built by Herod the Great 2000 years ago. See the Roman theater and aqueducts.
Ascend to the top of Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged and defeated the prophets of Baal. View the Valley of Armageddon, the destination of all end-time prophecy.
Journey through the heartland of Israel to Mt. Gilboah and see where so much of the Bible took place (Saul, David, Gideon, etc.). See the place where Gideon’s army overcame the Midianites. Ascend to the top of Mt. Arbel and behold the beautiful land and Sea of Galilee. Drive to Tiberias.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel near the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4 November 13
After breakfast, attend Sunday morning service near the Sea of Galilee. See Gedara where Messiah healed the demoniac.
Drive to visit Sepphoris, an ancient city that Joseph and Messiah, as carpenters, may have helped to build!
At Kibbutz Misgav stand on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, see the Hula Valley and the Good Fence. Drive to Tel Hatzor (Joshua 11:13) where Joshua destroyed Canaanite Hatzor and the Israelites resettled.
At the northern shore walk the ancient city of Capernaum, the town where Messiah ministered and drew His Disciples (Matthew 4:13). Visit the excavation of the house of the apostle Peter and the ancient synagogue of Capernaum.
In the evening, experience a special candlelight service on the very ground of the ancient synagogue of Korazim where Messiah actually stood and ministered!
Dinner and overnight: Hotel near the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5 November 14
Enter an Israeli army base. Drive to the city of Cana of Galilee, where Messiah performed his first miracle at the wedding (John 2: 1-11) and there renew the consecration to your beloved with vows in a special ceremony under the olive trees of Cana.
Stop for an overview of Nazareth. Stand on the Mt. of Precipice where Messiah would have stood and see the Valley of Jezreel. See Migdal, the home of Mary Magdalene.
Journey on the road to Damascus – for lunch you will be able to experience the St. Peter fish from the Sea of Galilee. Spend a special time with the Lord on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee where Messiah called His disciples. End the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel near the Sea of Galilee.
Day 6 November 15
Start the day at the baptismal site Yardenit in a special baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. Drive to Bet Shemesh, the land of Samson (Judges 13).
Stand in the Valley of Elah and re-live the battle of David and Goliath. Continue south to Philistine country and stop at Tel Lachish, one of the most important cities in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Journey through the wilderness of Judea to a very special wilderness experience in a Bedouin tent city at Kfar Hanokdim, where you will experience a camel ride and an unforgettable night in Bedouin tents. Partake in a Bedouin dinner and worship under the stars of the wilderness.
Dinner and overnight: Bedouin Tent in Kfar Hanokdim
Day 7 November 16
Experience a wilderness safari by jeep or safari truck to the mountain fortress of Masada. Ascend by cable car.
Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, the bathhouse, the storerooms, the ramp, and the oldest synagogue in the world. Continue on to Springs of En Gedi in the desert oasis where King David dwelt with God.
For lunch you will be served lunch boxes to be eaten at the wilderness. Continue on to the shore of the lowest place on planet Earth and experience what it is to “float” on the Dead Sea.
Drive by the caves of the Dead Sea scrolls. In the early evening ascend the mountains to take in a view of Jerusalem. Behold the Holy City from the ridge of Mount Scopus.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem. After dinner attend the lecture of Mr. Joseph Farah and an outside guest.
Day 8 November 17
Ascend the Temple Mount to stand in the actual ground where once stood the Holy Temple of God, the Outer Courts, the Court of the Priests, the Holy Place, the Holy of Holies.
Walk through Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial. See the Kidron and Hinnom Valley and visit the ancient City of David, David’s palace and the Pool of Siloam where Messiah healed the blind man.
There will be time for shopping before we leave for the hills of Judea, near the biblical city of Modin, the home of the Maccabbees, where you will be able to take part of prophecy by planting a tree in the Holy Land at Neot Kdumim.
Worship the Lord on the hills overlooking the little town of Bethlehem under the stars by night.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem. After dinner take part in a biblical night adventure of discovery as you walk under the Temple Mount through the Rabbis’ Tunnel!
Day 9 November 18
Enter today the Walled City of Jerusalem via the Lion’s Gate, through which end-time prophecy was fulfilled and Israel regained Jerusalem. Stand by the actual Pool of Bethesda where Messiah healed the crippled man. Enter St. Ann’s Church.
Continue and stand on the traditional ancient pavement where Messiah was taken before Pilate. Walk the streets of the Old City through the ancient colorful bazaar (the Shuk) and through the ancient Cardo to the Jewish Quarter. Time for shopping.
Approach the holiest site in the Jewish world and pray at the Western Wall. Usher in the biblical Sabbath in Jerusalem with a special service on the actual steps of the Temple where Messiah Himself walked.
Take an unforgettable prophetic journey in between the Temple and the Mount of Olives to the Eastern Gate, the Golden Gate, through which Messiah will walk. Experience the coming of the Sabbath at the Western Wall as observant Jews gather from all over to worship.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime service among the olive trees at the Garden of Gethsemane by night.
Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 10 November 19
In the morning ascend the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City. Explore the top of the Mount of Olives to view the wilderness, Lazarus and Bethany.
See the house of Caiaphas where Messiah was taken and put on trial. Stand in the upper room and pray in the traditional dwelling where the disciples received the Holy Spirit.
End the day with a special service at Calvary/ Golgotha and the empty garden tomb.
Seal up your pilgrimage with a special farewell dinner of Celebration.
Leave for the airport for your flight back to the USA or stay overnight and fly the next day.
Day 11 – November 20 – Sunday: Tel Aviv – USA
Your flight departs around midnight or in the morning. Arrive in the USA the same day.