By Nathan Jones
The keyword for this day of the Israel tour is "ruins", for with almost 5,000 years of history to this land, there are plenty of amazing ruins to help transport one mentally back through the millennia.
Early this morning we left the beautiful seaport of Tiberias and spent our day heading south to Jerusalem. We drove through Cana where Jesus by turning water into wine started His ministry. Next was Nazareth where Jesus grew up. We climbed high up into Megiddo to overlook where the Battle of Armageddon will take place. Then we visited Beth Shan to see the buried city of Scythopolis. Finally, we drove through the disputed West Bank along the Jordanian border, ending up in Jerusalem.
- 646 Marys, 647 Marys, 648 Marys...
- Nazareth is the hotbed of Palestinian dissidence where frequent anti-Israel demonstrations take place. The oddly empty city roads had our guide concerned at first. No worries, they were all too busy counting Marys. 649, 650, 651...
- An Arab family will build the cinder block frame of a massive house and then leave most of its rooms unfinished. This way they can expand as their family expands and avoid paying taxes because the house is a perpetual work project. Smart, if a little eerie looking.
- At 25 levels, Megiddo has seen a lot of civilizations come and go. The ghost city is now ruled by big centipedes.
Tomorrow for Day 7 and 8 we head into the Old City of Jerusalem to explore its ancient past and learn about its prophetic future.