Israel and Egypt Pilgrimages: Israel and Egypt; two countries steeped in rich history and biblical significance. With each rising of a mountain and each depression of a valley, a story is waiting to be told.
Inside some intricately designed churches and monuments, a deeper meaning is held. A meaning and a significance that literally screams off the walls as you glide across the halls.
The story? These two countries tell the tale of how the Israelites were enslaved before God restored them. More importantly, they tell a tale of a historical figure; a person in whom the entire Christian religion hinges upon; Jesus Christ.
These two countries merge as significant events unravel, leading to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Egypt, the land where Joseph and Mary sought refuge as Herod sought out to kill Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:13). Israel, the country where Jesus Christ was born and ultimately died for the sins of the world.
Looking for your next adventure? Then embark on an Israel and Egypt pilgrimage to these two countries, and watch as the entire Bible comes to life. If you’re already packing your bags, below are some of the must-see attractions that you shouldn’t miss out on. Let’s take a look.
Pillar of Lots Wife Visit
The Old Testament, in the book of Genesis, we learn that Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Her fault? She dared to look back as God was destroying Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone as a result of their sin. Her act of disobedience of the orders given by God (Genesis 19:17), led to dire consequences (Genesis 19:26).
Evidence of this event can be viewed at Mount Sodom in Isreal, near the Dead Sea. Numerous studies have revealed that the two cities that disappeared around 1900 B.C were located near the Dead Sea Peninsula. This is exactly where the Pillar of Lot’s Wife is located.
Mount of Olives Visit
It goes without saying that the Mount of Olives holds incredible significance to us as Christians. Also known as Mount Olivet, the mountain is located by the east side of the city of Jerusalem. The Gospels clearly narrate how Jesus Christ frequented this Mountain, often to seclude Himself to pray.
The Gospels further expound on the significant events that took place on this Mount. In fact, at the Garden of Gethsemane located on the Mount of Olives, is exactly where He was betrayed (John 3:1-30). After His death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ stood on this very Mount before ascending to heaven.
By visiting this place, you can get to walk where Jesus Christ walked, and pray where He prayed.
Pool of Bethesda Visit
Israel also referred to as the Holy land, holds one of the world’s greatest treasures. It holds and cradles landmarks and sites where events, that forever changed the course of history, took place. One of those sites is the Pool of Bethesda; where one of Jesus’ miracles occurred.
According to John 5:2-18, this is where Jesus performed His third miracle. The Miracle by the pool of Bethesda is the picture of God’s grace, mercy and love for us. Golgotha
Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This intricately designed church is located in Cairo, Egypt. Although built around the 4th century and named after saints, Sergius and Bacchus were martyred, the church is said to hold biblical significance.
The church is said to have been built on the exact location where Joseph, Mary and Jesus Christ after they fled to Egypt. Other than the fact that Jesus’ family sought refuge in Egypt, we also know that Abraham sought refuge in Egypt as well. Hence, the reason Egypt has long been referred to as the Land of Refuge.
In conclusion, Egypt and Israel are countries every Christian should visit. Get to walk where Jesus Christ walked and climb the Mountain on which Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Visit the Jordan River where Jesus Christ was Baptized. An event where God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are in one place at once. Viewing these sites first hand, and experiencing them can only strengthen your faith all the more.
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