Tabernacles ’22 Tour of Israel (With Jesus at Sukkot): REVISED ITINERARY

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October 6 – 19, 2022
Hosted by Martin Weatherston

A unique tour that allows us as disciples and pilgrims to experience the liturgical richness of the Biblical fall feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and anticipate the second coming of Jesus of Nazareth. We will spend the majority of our time based at historic Christ Church Guest House in the Old City of Jerusalem, with time along the Mediterranean coast and in the Galilee as well. In addition to worship, lectures and tours, our two weeks will have a good amount of free time for you to explore the Holy City on your own and soak up the atmosphere of the holiday. During Sukkot Jerusalem is an exciting place, filled with Jewish people as well as Christians from every corner of the world. Join us as we rejoice in the hope of the kingdom of God.

Day1: Thursday, October 6, 2022
ARRIVAL IN THE LAND OF PROMISE
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. After airport PCR test, we will be met by our guide and bus driver. Overnight: Grand Beach, Tel Aviv

Day 2: Friday, October 7, 2022
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE PATRIARCHS & AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE
We begin our journey by climbing up through the strategic lowlands into the Mountains of Judea, to the burial Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where we will look at God’s covenants with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Next, we shall continue in the steps of the Patriarchs to the southern desert region called the Negev in the Bible (a name it still carries today). Here we visit Tel Beersheva, one of the most impressive and ancient fortified cities of the Kingdom of Judah. We will also visit a number of sites associated with the ANZAC forces in WWI and the Battle of Beersheva, including the famous charge of the Australian Light Horse.
In the evening, we will meet with the pastor of the messianic congregation, Howard Bass (to be confirmed closer to the date).
Overnight: Leonardo, Beer Sheva.

Day 2: Saturday, October 8, 2022
THE JUDEAN DESERT – Seeking Refuge in the Wilderness
Our theme today is the wilderness and what it signified to the ancient Israelites. We begin our day at Masada, Herod the Great’s magnificent fortress palace in the desert, and the last stand of the Zealots, a Jewish revolutionary group at the time of Jesus. From Masada we drive north to the beautiful subtropical oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul. Depending on conditions, we can walk into the nature reserve and possibly to the waterfalls. We may see some wildlife, including the furry rock badger and the graceful ibex. We will also discuss the temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness. Our last site visit will be Qumran, likely the home of the Essenes, a First Century Jewish sect which may have influenced early Christianity, and the site of the most exciting archaeological discovery ever made in Israel – the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will finish our afternoon by enjoying a float in the therapeutic mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. At the end of the day we will make the final ascent to Jerusalem – the City of the Great King.
Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Jerusalem

Day 3: Sunday, October 9, 2022
EREV SUKKOT – Introduction to Jerusalem & Decorating the Sukkah
Our goal this morning is to get a basic orientation to Jerusalem. An early start will take us up to the Temple Mount, where we’ll consider some of Jesus’ activities there, as well as the claims of Islam. After a visit to the Western Wall place of prayer, Judaism’s most holy site, we will walk back to Christ Church via the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most likely site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. From here, we will venture into bustling and vibrant New City. For a glimpse of modern Israeli society, we will follow pedestrian streets: along Jaffa Road to Zion Square, then up Ben Yehuda Street to the colorful Mahane Yehuda open-air market, where Jerusalemites shop for some of the best and freshest foods in Israel and sit in cozy cafes. After lunch we will return to Christ Church to decorate a sukkah, the traditional temporary hut constructed to celebrate the holiday. Our sukkah will be built in the Christ Church courtyard, and be a key focus for welcoming visitors during the holiday.
Overnight: Christ Church Guesthouse, Jerusalem

Day 4: Monday, October 10, 2022
FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT – Free Morning & Afternoon Teaching
The morning is free as we take in the beginning of the Sukkot holiday. Tour participants can rest, reflect, shop, or for the energetic, perhaps a walk on the walls of the Old City. Shoresh will provide a list of interesting options for those who want to explore on their own. In the afternoon, David Pileggi will deliver his first lecture, entitled “The Place of Jerusalem”.
Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 5: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
SECOND DAY OF SUKKOT – Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus
Today will be devoted to learning about Jerusalem in Jesus’ day, when the Temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish life. We will study how worship was performed in the temple, the Sadducees and Jesus’ attitude towards them, and generally enrich our insight into many important events in the gospels and book of Acts. We will begin at the Western Wall Tunnels to walk at what was street level in the time of Jesus. Time permitting, we may stop to examine St Anne’s and the remains of the Pool of Bethesda, followed by the Davidson Centre. We continue our day at the excavations near the base of the Temple Mount and discuss Pentecost on the Southern Steps where Jesus walked. We then make our way through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City to see the Herodian Villas, the palatial mansions that were the home to the Sadducees, the ruling priesthood at the time of Jesus. Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 6: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
THIRD DAY OF SUKKOT – Yad VaShem and the Israel Museum
In the morning, we will visit Yad VaShem, the Israel Memorial Museum to the Holocaust. Here we examine the spiritual and theological roots of the most notorious genocide in history and the connection between the Church, Jesus and the Jewish people prior to and during this period of time. There we will also visit the Children’s memorial and discuss the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Christian relations today. We will end our day at the Israel Museum, where we will view a Model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus as well as the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 7: Thursday, October 13, 2022
FOURTH DAY OF SUKKOT – Second Lecture and Beit Immanuel
In the morning, we will have the second lecture on “Holiness and Purity in Ancient Israel” will be delivered. After lunch at Christ Church, we will drive to Beit Immanuel Guest House in Tel Aviv where we will join the Messianic Congregation service.
Afternoon bus: Beit Immanuel (6-8pm)
Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 8: Friday, October 14, 2022
FIFTH DAY OF SUKKOT – Bethlehem, Garden Tomb
In the morning, we will drive to Bethlehem to visit Shepherds’ Fields. We continue our day with a reflective time at a site that wonderfully illustrates Jesus’ burial and resurrection, the peaceful Garden Tomb. Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 9: Saturday, October 15, 2022
SIXTH DAY OF SUKKOT – church of St. Peter in Gallicantu
IN THE STEPS OF JESUS – Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurrection
We will start our day with a visit to the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu a possible place of Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus (Christine Sakakibara). The rest of the day, we focus on sites related to the Biblical passages concerning Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. Our goal is to understand why He was crucified, how He was buried, and what it meant to the Jewish people of the First Century that He was raised from the dead. From there, we take in a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, the site of Jesus’ ascension to heaven and His future second coming. After viewing a tomb from the time of Jesus, we will walk down the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane. Next we cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through Dung Gate. Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 10: Sunday, October 16, 2022
SEVENTH DAY OF SUKKOT – Christ Church Service, City of David
After breakfast, we will join the morning worship service at Christ Church. After service we will enjoy a tour of the Christ Church Heritage Centre to learn about CMJ’s 200-year history of ministry to the Jewish people. Next, we visit the place where it all began – the City of David. Here, we will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam.
Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 11: Monday, October 17, 2022
SHMINI ATZERET/ SIMCHAT TORAH: Free Morning & Afternoon Teaching
In the afternoon, we will have a final lecture: “The Relationship between Worship in the Temple, the Church, and The New Jerusalem”. Overnight: Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem

Day 13: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
SAMARIA, ANCIENT ISRAEL & THE GALILEE.
Today we say farewell to Jerusalem and travel north into the northern homeland of the Patriarchs, of the Israelites under Joshua, and later the breakaway Kingdom of Israel. We will focus on our roots in the Old Testament, which are vital to our understanding of the New Testament. In the morning, we visit Tel Shiloh, the long-time location of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Time permitting, we may also visit Jacob’s Well and Mt. Gerazim (the “Mount of Blessing” from Joshua’s time). We will conclude our day at the Galilee Experience to take in the multimedia overview of the history of the Land of Israel. Overnight: Ginnosar Kibutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day 14: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
THE GALILEE continued.
On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we will explore Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived during the majority of His ministry. Here we will enjoy a contemplative time on the shore of the Lake. Next we will visit Beit Bracha (with lunch and some free time on the veranda), a CMJ center on the shores of Galilee where we’ll hear about the work of the ministry and take part in a review of your pilgrimage. Later in the afternoon we will set sail for a boat ride on the Lake to enjoy the views and some worship, prayer and reflective time. We will conclude our day at inspirational Magdala, where we will see the oldest synagogue excavated in the north. After a farewell dinner we head to the airport to catch our flight home.

FOOTNOTE: We will have an opportunity to join the annual Sukkot celebration conference organized by the Vision for Israel led by Barry and Batya Segal and join the Jerusalem March of Nations (time and date to be announced closer to the event).

Please note: Some countries require PCR test to be taken before departure from Israel as of February 21, 2022. Requirements TBD closer to the date of the tour.

PLEASE NOTE:
• Itinerary and accommodation subject to change if conditions necessitate.
• Some days involve a significant amount of walking and/or steep climbing. Every effort will be made to enable all tour members to fully participate at every site, but in some cases that may not be possible

Registration forms may be obtained by emailing Martin at weatherstonm@gmail.com by the end of May.

With Jesus at Sukkot 2019

October 09 – 24, 2019
Hosted by Martin Weatherston

The Feast of Tabernacles is a time-honoured season for God’s people to go up to Jerusalem. It is the greatest of three ‘pilgrim festivals’ the children of Israel were commanded to attend (Lev. 23:39-47). Yeshua would have kept this Feast every year of His earthly life (John10:2-53). It is an ‘appointed time’ not only for generations of Jewish people but for all generations of His people – including those yet to come in the Millenium (Zech.14: 16-19 & Rev.21:3) Our WJAS Tour has been designed to enable you to experience the liturgical richness of this biblical festival not just as a tourist but as a pilgrim. It is not only an appointed time but an anointed time to celebrate the Feast together with Jewish and Christian believers from all over the world. This action on your part will be prophetic of the fullness of the Gentiles which will lead, in turn, to all Israel being saved (Romans 11;25,26).
For more details, visit….https://www.cmj-israel.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Weatherston%202019.pdf

Tabernacles 2015: a kairos time to visit Israel

Sukkot 2015

If you are a believer whose faith stands on the steadfastness of the Word of God, explore this: Tabernacles is a Biblical and historical feast with a profound prophetic purpose. The Feast plays a major part in the outworking of God’s End-Time purposes and so carries considerable ramifications for the Church.

Consider its timing – and specifically the international Christian observance of the Feast in Jerusalem since 1979. Israel’s God is mightily at work in the midst of the earth today. As they so often do, His acts defy complete comprehension. Yet it is clear He wants us to be aware and to participate in what He is doing.

Foretold repeatedly through the prophets of old is God’s intention to gather His dispersed Chosen People from the four corners of the globe and bring them back into their own land. We are living in the middle of the realization of this pledge. To the mortification of the God-rejecting nations, the Jews are being brought back to – and planted in – the land determined by Divine decree to be exclusively theirs.

According to the Bible, hard on the heels of their phenomenal physical reconstitution will come her spiritual rebirth. And it will change the world. God has determined to pour out upon this nation – but only once they are back in the land – the spirit of grace and supplication that will result in the circumcision of their hearts. And so all Israel will be brought into the New Covenant relationship with the Almighty promised in Jeremiah 31:31. Then – and only then – will God set up the Messianic Kingdom on earth.

As His plan unfolds precisely according to the age-old blueprint, Islamic nations, communist nations, secular humanist nations and once Judeo-Christian nations – OUR nations – are rallying against it. The international community has long been working to reverse the physical restoration of the Jews to the biblical heartland of Israel by conjuring up in that very place an Arab state called Palestine. Thereby (whether they believe it or not and realize it or not), the nations are out to forestall and, were it possible, thwart the glorious purposes of God.

When – as Christians from these increasingly hostile and determined nations – we come to Israel to celebrate the Feast, we come to worship the Lord, to proclaim His promises to the people and land of Israel and in faith, with conviction, to do exploits that spiritually support the restoration of Israel.

If you don’t get it, if this strikes you as error – then go, I urge you, into your prayer closet with the One you call Lord. Ask your heavenly Father to reveal His truth on this vital matter. And ask how He would have you respond.

You do NOT want to miss out on something as vital and as exhilarating as coming on tour with us in September – October; visit ww.cmj.org.au for the details

The writing is on the wall…

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The first blood moon in the tetrad forecast over the coming two years

Did you know that the next Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) will be ushered in by a ‘blood moon’ (total lunar eclipse) on September 27th? Not just any blood moon but a super blood moon. This occurs when the moon is at perigee – closer to the earth than at any other time of the year. Given that it will be centred over Israel, it will appear 14% larger than a regular full moon there. There has never been a super blood moon on the Sukkot following a shemitah (Sabbath) year before.

The Bible sets shemitah years to occur every seven years as an economic reset year; debt is eliminated and slaves go free. To give the land a chance to rest. The current shemitah started in October 2014 and goes until 13 September 2015. The last 2 shemitah years – 2001 and 2008 – have seen highly significant financial crises.

The Jewish Talmud (book of interpretation) says: “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.” In other words, it is a portent of judgement or war in their view.

In Genesis 1:14, we read that God created the sun, moon and the stars not only to give us day and night but also as prophetic signs. During the period from April 2014 to September 2015, there will have been a ‘tetrad’ (four) of these blood moons, each one of them falling on the full moon festivals of Passover or Tabernacles.  As stated, however, only the last one will be visible from the Land of Israel. (Heavenly signs are not considered by the prophets to be significant unless they are).

The above photograph gives you some idea of what will be seen (weather permitting) from Jerusalem on the evening of September 27th. As you can see, it is going to be an amazing spectacle. More than this, however, if the prophets (both Jewish and Christian) are right in their understanding of the times, then has the time come for you to throw caution to the winds, seize the day and make the trip which has been on your bucket list all these years. Can you afford to put it off any longer? Visit <cmj.org.au> for information re this window of opportunity.

Next Year in Jerusalem!

JFP (136 x 193) (200 x 284)The only time this sight will be seen in Israel will be on September 28, 2015 – the Feast of Tabernacles. This will give the buzz normally felt in Jerusalem at this season an extra boost! If this is on your bucket list, there could be no better time or place at which to be ‘With Jesus at Sukkot’. Visit <cmj.org.au > for the details…