Saturday, November 1, 2008

Elijah on Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, is due north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Coast about 100 kilometers (62 miles) in Haifa. Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table." 1st Kings 18:19. After Elijah's successful demonstration that the God of Israel is the only God, he proceeded to execute the false prophets represented by the statue below. And Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!" So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there. 1st Kings 18:40

From the western side of Mount Carmel, you have a beautiful view of Haifa Bay. Akko is located on the northern side of the bay.

On top of Mount Carmel, these Druze ladies were making homemade pita. It was very good.

From the eastern side of Mount Carmel, you can see the Valley of Megiddo (Armageddon) in the distance. After Elijah's prayer for rain was answered, this would be the direction that he ran past King Ahab's chariot. ... "There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!" So he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’" Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. 1st Kings 18:44-46

Another view of Armageddon from Mount Carmel. If you zoom in, the white rocked city on the mountain in the center is Nazareth. The rounded mountain to the right of Nazareth would be Mount Tabor. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene." Matthew 2:23.
Carmel Beach on the Mediterranean Sea.

Sunset on the Med.

Again a few minutes later.

Another quick trip to the Galilee. These flowers are in Capernaum.

The ruins of Capernaum's temple on my second visit there. These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. John 6:59.

It is easy to understand why there is nothing but ruins here. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades. He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." Luke 10:15-16.

From the back of the synagogue. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea ... Matthew 4:13
The garden at the entrance to Capernaum.

"Danger: Cliff Edge" in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

When you are in the Galilee, always go on top of Mount Arbel, even if it's hazy. In this photo, you can see two hikers on the right hand side to get a perspective of how big is the Arbel cliff.
The Jordan River just before it flows into the Sea of Galilee. In the distance, you can see people "floating the Jordan". "Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the floodplain of the Jordan. Jeremiah 49:19; 50:44.

Dates on a palm tree in Capernaum.
Close up of flowers in the entrance garden at Capernaum.

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