On Sunday I did not join the group, as I had work which needed to be caught up. Therefore, I want to express my appreciation for the photos which were supplied to me.
The group began the day at the southern wall excavations. These excavations have unearthed amazing structures related to the second temple in the south-west side of the temple mount, including the Robinson arch structure, paved street with evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem, and a flight of stairs leading to the temple.
The group then had a 10:00 am reservation at the City of David. This includes Hezekiah’s Tunnel (see below) and also the Pool of Shiloach, where the blind man was sent to wash (see John chapter 9) in order to regain his sight. This is one of the most significant sites in Israel. King David’s palace has been discovered as well as many other things which confirm various things found in the Scriptures.
The group then went through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. There is an option to go through the wet tunnel or the dry. This amazing tunnel was dug from each end and met in the middle almost perfectly. It dates from the reign of Hezekiah of Judah (late 8th and early 7th century BC) and corresponds to the “water works” mentioned in 2 Kings 20:20 in the Bible. King Hezekiah prepared Jerusalem for an impending siege by the Assyrians, by “blocking the source of the waters of the upper Gihon, and leading them straight down on the west to the City of David” (2 Chronicles 32).
After the tunnel, the group was given time at the Kotel. This was especially nice for those who did not participate in the Shabbat walking tour.
The group ended the touring day at the “pavement” where the soldiers gambled for Yeshua’s clothing. Matthew 27:35 states, `’ And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots (KJV).
The day ended at Beit Chesed (see John 5) this is where the man who was paralysed for 38 years was healed and met Yeshua in the Temple.
I was sorry to have missed the day, but enjoyed hearing about it from the participants.