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2018 Jordan and Israel Christian Tour with Pastor Paul and Brenda Van Noy

April 11-23, 2018

A  Jordan and Israel Christian tour is planned at the height of Israel’s 70th anniversary! You will be a part of history and momentous celebrations and activities. Pastor Paul will be providing in-depth teachings and fellowship that will lend fresh insight as you study the Word in the place that God has set apart for Himself. You will be comfortable but moved! You will be awestruck and filled! Join us, as we fellowship together on our trip to the Holy Land. This journey takes us to the amazing sites of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and to the Old Testament sites that are used in God’s teachings throughout His Word. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us! The tour is only $4,899 including airfare from Spokane or Portland. Tips and fees included. Price is applicable for those under deposit prior to December 15, 2017, There will be a moderate price increase after December 15, 2017. What a great opportunity for us to fellowship together!


Day2018 Christian Tour – Itinerary at a Glance
April 11Depart this morning
April 12Arrive Tel Aviv, Mediterranean Sea
April 13Jaffa, Valley of Elah, Beth Shemesh, Beersheba, Wilderness of Zin, Abraham’s Well, Mitzpeh Ramon, Avdat, Negev, overnight Eilat
April 14Wadi Rum, Petra, Seir Mountains, King’s Highway, overnight Eilat
April 15Rift Valley, Dead Sea, Timna, Tabernacle in the Desert, Masada, overnight on the Dead Sea
April 16Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho, Beth Shean, Tiberias, Jordan River, Magdala, overnight Sea of Galilee
April 17Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. of Beatitudes, Dan, Golan Heights, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, overnight Galilee
April 18Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Martime, Gibeon, Mt. Scopus, enter Jerusalem next 5 days
April 1970th Anniversary today! Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Peter in Gallicantu, Bethlehem, Israeli Museum. City celebrates with a fly over for 70th anniversary and Tower of David Sound and Light Show for 70th Anniversary.
April 20Jaffa Gate, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Gihon Spring
April 21Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, Garden Tomb
April 22Free morning, then visit Mamre, Maresha, Hebron, Lachish, Gath, Gibeon. End at the Tel Aviv airport
April 23Arrive back in the USA


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*B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day2018 Jordan and Israel Christian Tour –  Itinerary
Apr 11Today at 6:00AM from Spokane as we make our way to our nonstop flight from Los Angeles.

“Now the LORD said to Abraham, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you” (Genesis 12:1)

Apr 12I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” (Psalm 122:1)

Arrival TLV – After passport control and baggage claim we will meet our guide, board our bus and drive to Tel Aviv and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast=B, L=Lunch, D=Dinner (BD)

Apr 13“Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. he angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” ( Acts 10:4-6)

We start our day by driving through a scenic route to Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Jonah set sail for Tarshish from Jaffa but was swallowed by a large fish. Jaffa was also the home of Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter. Peter had his vision here while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner. We then drive through the Philistine cities starting with the area of Beth Shemesh on our way to Beersheba. We stop in the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17). We continue through the Philistine country to Beershseba, the city of the Patriarchs We start with a visit at Abraham’s Well in Beersheba. We then drive south to view the stupendous wilderness of Zin; one of the major Israelite way stations en route to the Land of Canaan. This is where Moses’ sister, Miriam, died and where the people challenged Moses and Aaron to explain why they were liberated from slavery, only to be brought out to die in the wilderness. (Numbers 20). Some scholars believe it was in this area that the Israelites spent a majority of their wilderness “wandering,” for there are abundant sources of water. We’ll talk about Abraham and Sarah in the Negev. (Genesis 13:1). We continue To Avdat the city of Aretas the Nabatean who built up this city from a camel station. To this period of expansion we may date Paul’s report in 2 Corinthians 11:32-33: “In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.” We then drive to Mizpeh Rimon Observatory to view the eerie lunar landscape of the crater and learn of the geology of the area and the path of the Nabatean Spice Route. We continue through the Negev down to Eilat the southern most Israeli modern city located on the northern shores of the Red Sea and check into a hotel in Eilat for dinner and overnight. We continue south through the Negev and dwell some time on the Desert experience as we drive through the Negev down to Eilat for dinner and overnight in the Red Sea town of Eilat. (BD)

Apr 14Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD. (Isaiah 60:6)

Early in the morning we transfer to the nearby Arava Border with Jordan. After the border procedures, we meet our Jordanian guide and board our Jordanian bus and drive north along the Exodus route north to Wadi Rum, made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. This is the heartland of Midian, which played a crucial part in early Israel’s faith (Exodus 3: 1-18). We drive up to Petra, in the heart of the Seir Mountains, where Aaron brother of Moses was buried. Walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra to the Treasure (the one in the Indiana Jones’ movie!). We continue past tombs and burial chambers to one of the largest theaters in Jordan, carved into the sandstone mountains. Apparently some sacrificial rituals used to take place here. Then we walk uphill to the Royal Tombs for the view of the lower part of Petra and its Roman remains. We will end with a fantastic buffet lunch. We walk back to the entrance, board our bus and drive back to the Arava Border to cross back to Israel. Dinner and overnight your second night in Eilat. (BLD)

Apr 15“So we went on, away from our brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the Arabah road from Elath and Ezion-geber….” (Deuteronomy 2:8)

After a leisurely breakfast and a panoramic tour of the city of Eilat we retrace our steps north through the Negev and stop at Timna Park 20 miles north of Eilat in the Arava Valley. It is a region of startling beauty, including ancient copper mines, odd rock formations, and the remains of a Midianite tent-sanctuary related to that of the exodus. At Timna Park, a life-size replica of the biblical tabernacle has been constructed. While no original materials (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) have been used, the model is accurate in every other way based upon the biblical description. We continue driving north heading towards the Dead Sea. We drive along the Western shores of the Dead Sea and stop at Masada. Here we take the cable car to the top, visiting Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 AD). You will have time to grab a piece of pizza, gyro or other light lunch while we are at the visitors center on Masada. We then descent back to the base regain our bus. We then drive to Ein Bokek where we check into our hotel along the shores of the Dead Sea. Here you can also have the opportunity to float or wade through the salty water of the Dead sea or have a mud treatment and relax at minus 1390 feet, as low as you’re ever likely to get. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea hotel. (BD)

Apr 16“And the border shall go down to the Jordan and its termination shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land according to its borders all around.” (Numbers 34:12)

After breakfast we continue driving north along the western shores of the Dead Sea. Our first stop will be at Ein Gedi and we enter the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, rich in flora and fauna, and walk to a lovely waterfall. Here we can also try to imagine a possible cave that brings to mind the biblical reference (1 Samuel 24:1-3), “Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of En Gedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.” Continuing north we stop at Qumran and the possible settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive through Jericho where you can see the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Driving through the Jordan Valley north to Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here we shall view the setting for the death of Saul (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We will survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets. We then continue driving north to Tiberias and stop at the modern Baptismal spot at Yardenit where the Jordan River exits from the Sea of Galilee as it flows south through the Jordan Valley. Here the group has the possibility of renewing the Baptismal vows before heading north to Tiberias and drive along the western shores of the Sea of Galilee where we end our day at the newly discovered and exciting archeological site of the fishing Village of Magdala where we can see a first century synagogue typical of the various synagogues that dotted the Galilee region and where Christ would have first preached the gospel. We will enjoy a special dinner at Magdelina Restaurant opposite the street from Magdala before we check into our hotel in Tiberias for the overnight. (BD)

Apr 17“They got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum…” ( John 6). After landing, “When he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside, and sat down” (Matt. 5:1)

We drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where we visit the synagogue and the place where early Christians remembered Peter’s house. We continue to Tabgha (short for Heptapegon, “seven springs”) to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Ascending the Mt. of Beatitudes, we listen to Jesus’ teachings. On an ancient trade route, we pass Hazor and then go on to Dan. Here we do a nature walk and visit the high place where Jeroboam son of Nebat set up a golden calf. We continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Our route then takes us over the Golan Heights, skirting Mt. Hermon, with a view toward Damascus. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (BD)

Apr 18“We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matth. 20:18)

We drive up to Nazareth. On the way we stop at Cana of the Galilee where Jesus performed his first sign (John 2), commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We proceed towards Nazareth and drive up to the Mt. of Precipi for a panoramic view of the Jezreel and see the connection with Mt. Tabor in the distance and the Carmel Range in the west and the connections to the town of Nazareth down the hill. It is also the location of the events mentioned in ( Luke 4:16-30). This story tells about how angry Jewish worshipers drove Jesus away from the Synagogue, attempted to throw him of the cliffs, and he disappeared before their eyes “in the midst of them”. We then drive to the mound of Megiddo, har megiddo in Hebrew, which gave its name to Armageddon. We then ascend Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. From there we drive towards the Mediterranean coast and drive south along the coastal highway to Caesarea- by – the Sea. We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the East, which became the Christian springboard to the West. After the visit this ancient harbor, we board our bus and we head up the historic Beth Horon road (Joshua 10:10) to the Benjamin Plateau, passing ancient Gibeon and continuing on to Jerusalem. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. (BD)

Apr 19“If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace” (Luke 19:42)

Today we will start on the Mt. of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After an orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord weeps”), remembering Jesus’ entry (Luke 19). We continue down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where we will have some quiet time. We then drive to the church grounds called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus. Driving south to the Bethlehem region passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. We will stop for lunch near Shepherd’s Fields before we drive up to Bethlehem. From there we drive back to West Jerusalem passing by the Knesset the Israeli Parliament on our way to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Israel Museum including the outdoor model of Jerusalem as the city may have looked in 66 AD. (BD)

Apr 20“Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:12-14)

First thing this morning, take the ramparts walk on the Old City Walls from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. Descend from the Old City Wall and take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where you may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. We then enter the Western Wall Tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall -mostly preserved in mint condition – including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. Spend some time walking around the Jewish Quarter. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; View the Broad Wall. Take the opportunity to visit the Temple Institute, the Herodion Mansion. Exit Jerusalem by Dung Gate and continue walking along the path to the City of David. The tour starts with a 10 minute 3-D movie. It gives a visual timeline of the geography of the City of David from the original settlement to present day. Then descend into the ground to Hezekiah’s tunnel built somewhere near 700 B.C. and was needed to bring fresh water from outside the fortified City of David (from the Gihon Spring) to the inside (deposited into the Pool of Siloam) so that the city would have drinking water during any siege (the tunnel’s construction is referred to in Isaiah 22:9). As part of the tour you can do the 40 minute walk in knee-high water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. John 9 records the healing of the blind man by putting mud on his eyes and asking him to wash them away. Return back to your hotel for the dinner and overnight. (BD)

Apr 21“He has risen!” (Mark 16:6)

We transfer to Dung Gate where just inside, we walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We view the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk through the Arab Souks, past the Armenian Quarter and exit the Old City through the Mt Zion Gate to visit the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb on the grounds of Mt. Zion. From there we take the bus to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on its grounds. The balance of the day is free. (BD)

Apr 22“So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord“. (Genesis 13:18)

We have a late departure from the hotel this morning. We will leave Jerusalem and end at the airport this evening. We drive to Mamre, recalling God’s three-person visit with Abraham there (Genesis 18), and then to nearby Hebron. From the hill of the ancient city, we shall be able to understand why it became the capital of Judah. We take a close-up view of the fully-preserved Herodian structure (same design as the Temple periphery) honoring the graves of the patriarchs and matriarchs. (Time permitting, we shall go inside to view the mosque and the cenotaphs also.) We then drive down to the Shephelah: the low hills between the mountain and the coast. Here we visit Maresha (aka Beth Guvrin), from which we can see the entire Judaean range to the East as well as Lachish, Gath and the Philistine cities to the West. We explore the intricate caves of Hellenistic Maresha. Then we drive north for a stop in the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17). After reliving this story, we head up the historic Beth Horon road (Joshua 10:10) to the Benjamin Plateau, passing ancient Gibeon and returning to the Tel Aviv airport at 8PM where you will have dinner on your own at the airport prior to boarding your flight. (B)

Apr 23Flight changes in Los Angeles and arrives Spokane at approximately 3:00PM.

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Paul Van Noy – Senior Pastor of the Candlelight Church

Paul Van Noy is founding pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was born in California where he served as a pastor for 14 years before moving to Idaho. He is an expository style teaching pastor and defender of a pre-millennial, pre-tribulational eschatology. He teaches the Bible through a clear and understandable dispensational hermeneutic. His weekly verse by verse Bible studies are enjoyed by both the members of Candlelight Christian Fellowship as well as by many across the country via DVD, the internet, and radio broadcasting. Paul is President of the Ministerial Association for the City of Coeur d’Alene, a community event coordinator, author, conference speaker, and most importantly, a servant of Jesus Christ. Many say Paul is the go to guy for grace-oriented Theology. Paul is happily married to his wife of 38 years – Brenda, has four grown children and 5 grandchildren.

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