There’s nothing like experiencing a sacred time at the most sacred location on Earth. And because of luck – or perhaps because it was meant to be – guests on this year’s WND Israel Tour will have the unique experience of witnessing the Sabbath in Jerusalem itself.
Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who will be joining WND founder Joseph Farah on the tour, said this is an incredible opportunity to for would-be pilgrims still hesitating about participating in this journey.
“One of the most amazing things one can experience is to witness the Sabbath in the Holy City of Jerusalem,” Cahn enthused. “When planning the tour to Israel, we only have limited control as to dates, so we can never guarantee that we can be in Jerusalem for the Sabbath, but on the upcoming tour of Israel this November, it just worked out that we will be in Jerusalem as the Sabbath begins.”
The trip will take place from November 10-20 and travelers can get all the details online and by calling Coral Tours toll-free at 1-866-267-2511.
Hundreds of people already have signed up, and while space remains open, organizers are encouraging those interested to sign up quickly, since airline seats are filling up, and when that happens, fares will increase, possibly substantially.
The trip isn’t just a sightseeing tour. Jonathan Cahn will be helping leading an utterly unique guided tour of all the remarkable locations in the Holy Land.
Cahn is the author of “The Harbinger,” the No. 1 bestselling Christian book in America in 2012 – a book that stayed on the New York Times bestseller list longer than any other title. In 2015, Cahn’s “Mystery of the Shemitah” also became a New York Times bestseller. 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.” Cahn has also released some of his most important teachings on DVD.
Now, Cahn is ready to provide an informative and inspiring experience for tour attendees. And the internationally renowned Bible teacher promises it won’t be a passive experience for anyone who comes.
“In some ways it’s almost like being there in the days of Jesus in the times of the Temple,” Cahn recalled. “Sometimes you’ll hear the blast of the shofar near the Mount of Olives. You won’t know exactly where it’s coming from but it sounds to let Israel know that the sun is about to set and to prepare for the Sabbath.
“Then you start to see Jewish people from around the city and around the nation gather to the Western Wall, observant Jews, non-observant Jews, Orthodox Jews, men, women, children, Israeli soldiers, old men, babies on their mother’s or father’s shoulders, everyone gathering to Wall and the plaza in front of the Temple Mount.
“The sights and sounds of joy and celebration over the Sabbath are things you can’t experience anywhere else. Walking through the celebration is like listening to a hundred radio stations at once, each singing a different song, as each group celebrates the Sabbath in the midst of the others.”
Cahn says tour attendees may even find themselves invited to join the celebration.
“Throughout the celebration are groups in circles dancing to Hebrew songs, circles of men, circles of women, circles of youth, circles of soldiers,” he recounted. “While many might think that they wouldn’t welcome strangers or visitors to join in, it’s just the opposite. They’ll often invite you to join in the dance. And those on one of our tours that did, said it was one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.”
Cahn emphasizes the Sabbath celebration isn’t just scenery, but a deeply meaningful reminder of Jesus’ role as Messiah to the Jewish people and to the world.
“It’s something that most believers have no idea of until they witness, especially in Jerusalem,” Cahn said. “And yet this is a central part of Bible times. The celebration of the Sabbath would have been completely familiar to Jesus who always observed the Sabbath. As you watch the joy and zeal and passion that the Israelis have in celebrating the Sabbath, it’s a powerful reminder that Jesus, the Messiah, said that He was the ‘Lord of the Sabbath.'”
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.