Pastor Familiarization (FAM) Trip

These are Subsidized and under written by Zion’s Watchmen and our partners in Israel at a reduced price (half of a regular trip). Not a reduced trip Itinerary! These trips have an Itinerary that will take you all the places that you have been Preaching and Teaching about. Dates for February 2018 have not been set yet but will Publish as soon as they have been set. The following is an example of an expected Itinerary for this FAM Tour

Zion’s Watchmen FAM TOUR PROGRAM 1-11 FEBRUARY 2016

Day 1
Depart from USA.

Day 2 
Upon our arrival in Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv you will be meet and assist.
We’ll proceed to visit the Independence Hall where the renewed nation of Israel was declared on the 14th of May, 1948. We’ll continue to the ancient city of Joppa, where Simon Peter had a housetop vision (Acts 10) and Jonah set sail. Continue to check in our hotel.
Overnight: Netanya

Day 3
breakfast we will head north along the shores of the Mediterranean to the incredible
Remains of the ancient city of Caesarea Maritime, a city built by King Herod and which later became the seat of Government of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. We will visit the extensive excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the Amphitheater, the Hippodrome and the Roman aqueduct and read the biblical accounts of events that happened there. Then we continue to the crest of Mount Carmel to a place called the Muhrakah where the prophet Elijah Challenged (and beat) the Priests of Ball (1 Kings 18:17-40). We continue to Megiddo, the Armageddon of the Book of Revelations, which is the site where the armies of the world will gather for the great final battle. Continue to our hotel in the Upper Galilee.
Overnight: Galilee

Day 4
This morning we will visit Kibbutz Nof Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat”. This particular archaeological Find is believed to be from the first century and was discovered during a drought and had been buried for 2000 years on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This fishing boat is similar to the vessel described in the Gospels, which carried Jesus and his disciples. We will then take a boat ride over The Sea of Galilee. Then we will go to a baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan at Yardenit, For anyone who would desire to be baptized. Next on our schedule is the nearby village of Mandala, Which were the home of Mary Magdalene and a very important archeological find has recently been discovered at their fishing village. This day’s touring will be completed at a site reputed to be the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5), before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Galilee

Day 5
Today we will drive westward in lower Galilee to Kfar Kedem located in the hill country of Lower Galilee. Here in a community close to both Cana and Nazareth we will enjoy learning and participating in some hands-on methods of farming and shepherding from the day-to day lifestyle Of biblical times. Nearby Nazareth have two interesting areas, the Precipice and the Nazareth Village.Then on to the seaside biblical town where Jesus made his ministry headquarters, Capernaum.
Overnight: Galilee
Day 6
This morning we will be leaving the Galilee and wend our way south toward Jerusalem. It was here Along the slopes of Mt. Gilboa, where Israel’s first king Saul and his son Jonathan fell in battle withThe Philistines. Their bodies were taken to Beit Shean, one of the cities of the Decapolis in the Temple Period. We will stop to study the account of Giodeon’s army being assembled at the spring of Ein Harod before he and his 300 people attacked the4 hordes of the eastern armies, which had invaded the land. It was at the waters of Ein Harod that Gideon collected his people, in accordance with the Godly commands we find recorded in Judges 7 and 8. Then we will continue southward down the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. We will end our day at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in the Old City of Jerusalem at the end of Shabbat.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7
We begin this first day in Jerusalem on Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives to enjoy the
Majestic views over Jerusalem, and what better day than Sunday, “the first day of the week”
(Matt. 28:1) to begin to grasp awesome Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We will
Really “dig” Jerusalem at the Tzurim Valley, on the Mount of Olives where we will not only learn about the science of archaeology from an expert, but also participate in sifting the finds from The area of the Temple Mount. There on the Mount of Olives we will have our Sunday Morning Devotional. Leave Jerusalem to Efrat to CJCUC center for Jewish Christian Understanding for one hour lecture. Continue to Caliber 3, a training site for anti-terrorism techniques, located in the area and on to the Herodium, fortress, palace royal quarters, pool and colonnade, built by Herod the Great. The site conquered and destroyed by the Romans in 71 AD. On our way back to Jerusalem we shall visit Shepherd’s field where the Angel of the Lord appeared to the Shepherds on that first Christmas Eve and announced the birth of the Savior (Lk. 2:8-18).
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8
Next we continue to visit the excavations of the City of David and Pool of Siloam. Then at we shall continue to the Garden of Ophel, which has revealed many remains from the Herodian period including the Hulda Steps, which led up into the Temple Court. We continue to the Israel Museum. We visit to the Holy Land Model of ancient Jerusalem, which gives an excellent view in miniature of the Jerusalem of Jesus’ Day. Then visit the Shrine of the book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Israel Museum. Continue to visit Yad Vashem. Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Continue to visit the Western Wall Tunnel, which starts at the Western Shaft and continues under the Old City to reveal the city at the level it was 2000 years ago.
Overnight: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9
We leave Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea the lowest spot on the face of Earth.
Continue to Qumran – the site of an ancient Jewish community occupied most of the time until the Romans in 68 CE or shortly after destroyed it. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls (In jars) in the caves in the desert – to be discovered 1900 years later. We drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit Ein Gedi (“Spring of the goat”) a desert oasis with waterfalls, pools of water and two large streams. The Bible records those 3000 years ago David hid from king Saul at Ein Gedi. Continue to the Mountain Fortress of Massada, the scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73AD. Ascent and descent by cable car followed by a bathe in the waters of the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 10
After breakfast we continue to the Garden Tomb Gordon’s’ Golgotha Proceed to see the Scroll of Fire, a monument sculptured by the artist Nathan Rapport in The Jerusalem hills and it commemorates Jewish history from the Holocaust until Independence. Continue to Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant in a single combat and Hirbet Kayafa. Proceed to visit the Ayalon Institute.
After dinner we shall continue to Ben Gurion airport for our departure flight
Day 11
Arrive home and start planning a trip for your church and going back to study the Bible in the Land the Bible was written in!!

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