We began our first full day of our tour with a short drive up the Mediterranean coast to the ancient city of Caesarea. We began by watching the short film about the history of this influential city. After hearing of its rise and fall, we set out to explore the ruins and hear more of its history from our guide, Naftali. Baruch then explained the significance of this city from the believers’ point of view (joyous) and from the Jewish perspective (sad).
Our next stop was Megiddo, which has a historical and a future significance. We know that King Solomon built there:
1 Kings 9:15 King James Version (KJV)
And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the Lord, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
We know that in the future, the Messiah Yeshua will return and defeat the enemies of Israel here. Praise Him!
After a lovely lunch at Megiddo, we headed to Beit Sha’arim. This site contains ancient burial caves, which were inscribed in 2015 into UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The site contains 30 Jewish burial caves from the first-fourth centuries CE, making it the most important site of its kind in the ancient Near East. Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, head of the Sanhedrin and redactor of the Mishnah, was interred here, leading many Jews from the Land of Israel and the Diaspora to choose this as their final resting place.
Baruch shared with the group about the evolution of rabbinical Judaism and how it has veered from Biblical truth.
We then headed to our beautiful hotel situated in the Northern Galilee in the ancient city of Tzfat. This hotel is set on the site of a 700-year-old mamluk khan in the Old City.
After dinner, Baruch led the group on a walking tour of the Old City.