A few weeks ago I mentioned that while in Israel, my pastor and I got to do something that none of the other 700 people in our tour group got to do. It's time for me to finally let you in on this awesome experience.
Young, Mohamed asked me what time it was. I told him 1:25 to which he replied, "You must hurry." He went on to say they would allow a few people in at 1:30. So he showed us where to go and we quickly went and got in line. Just as he said, they let a few people "in" and Rick and I were two of "the few."
I won't do in-depth education now as to the significance of the Temple mount (that will be another post but most of you already likely know). What's important to know now is that the Temple Mount is under Arab control and Jewish people are forbidden to go t
The 24 year old Muslim man who gave us our tour
The 24 year old Muslim man who gave us our tour.
here. A sign at the entrance declared such. Now I understood why it was not a part of our "tour" itinerary as many tour guides on our trip were Jewish.
So we pass thru the security check-point and entered the Temple Mount which houses the Dome of the Rock....the 3rd holiest site in Islam. We were immediately met by a 24 year old Muslim young man. He said there were certain places we could not go unless accompanied by a Muslim. He offered us a 45-minute "tour" in exchange for a tip to him... the amount of which was up to us. We readily agreed an embarked on a FASCINATING tour of the Temple Mount.
He indeed took us to some "behind the scenes" places where we saw NO ONE ELSE. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Although we were not allowed to go inside the Al Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock, he did allow to us take pictures as long as we did not speak to anyone.
It was amazing to be standing there on Mt. Moriah, where Abraham took Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice in obedience to God. The site of the first and second Temple...where they housed the Ark of the Covenant, and where Christians believe the third and final Temple will be built.
It was very interesting to hear this young man's perspective on this holy site as it relates to Islam as well as his perspective with regard to the claims of this site by Jews and Christians alike. It was very evident to see how this single solitary spot will likely be the catalyst that will one day make and change world history.
Rick and I felt humbled and grateful that God had given us favor and allowed us to visit up close, this very significant place on Earth. Additionally, we now know "how" to take folks there next October when we return with some of you.
I want to implore you in the strongest way possible to begin saving some money and plan to go with Legacy Five and my pastor Rick White to Israel next October. The Holy Land is one place every single believer needs to experience. It's life-changing. To find out more information about how you can go with us next year, click here.
Next post I will answer the most frequently asked question: Is it safe to travel to Israel?
Until Next Time,
On the Road
Here are our tour dates for the next couple weeks. Be sure to call ahead before driving long distances. We look forward to seeing you out on the road!
For more info visit our schedule page here.
Oct 3 Brainerd, MN Tornstorm Auditorium 7 PM
Oct 5 Byron Center, MI Rush Creek Baptist Church 7 PM
Oct 11 Danville, PA Danville Middle School 7 PM
Oct 12 Jamestown, TN Faith Baptist Tabernacle 7 PM
Oct 18 Richland Center, WI Richland Center High School 7 PM