Bible Museum tour summer 2012
Bible Museum tour summer 2012
From 2008 to 2012 I have had the privilege and honor of traveling to Perth Western Australia and London England. These two trips to the other side of the world were very powerful and insightful. In Perth Western Australia I worked as a manager for a basketball team and was a youth intern at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. While I lived in Perth I made friends that helped shape me into who I am today. In 2010 I went to London England over spring break. While I was there I met up with my neighbor Allison Kaye Parker who is the mother of one of my closest and dearest Australian mates. When I met up with her in London that was the highlight of my trip because, I have not seen her in two years. Those two trips were very life changing and insightful but the Bible Museum tour of 2012 was the trip that changed my life forever. This trip made me feel ecstatic about my faith and the Bible.
The Bible Museum tour was a two-week journey to London England, Paris France, Athens Greece, Cairo Egypt and Israel. While on this trip I traveled with my mother Susie Jackson, my brother Joel Jackson as well as Dr. North and many other people. The tour began with a trip to London England and we traveled to see the British Museum and all of the biblical artifacts that the Brit’s uncovered we also visited Westminster Abbey and we spent a total of at least 5 days in London.
The next country we visited was Paris. We only spent one day in Paris so there's not much to talk about here. We went to an art gallery and saw some artwork of the early believers which were very interesting and amazingly well put together. Joel, my mom, and I didn't really like Paris because the French were really not that nice and plus the plane was extremely small.
The next part of the tour was in Cairo Egypt. We went and saw the pyramids and saw and sailed down the Nile River, which was the river that Moses turned into blood in the book of Exodus with his staff. This was the country that started getting me psyched for the remainder of our trip because this was the country that held the Israelites captive for four hundred years. I asked Dr. North a question about the Nile, I asked him people say that Jesus was alive 2,000 years ago so would the Nile have been turned the blood by Moses 2400 years ago? Dr. North said I was correct. This happened in Exodus 7:20-21. The text reads Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
After my time in Egypt I traveled to Athens Greece where I saw ancient Corinth where the apostle Paul preached the gospel and was tried and convicted by the Jews. You will find information of this place in the book of ACTS, which was written by Luke, who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He also wrote his own account of Jesus's life in the book of Luke. As I walked through ancient Corinth my heart was going a hundred miles an hour I was so excited because I was now walking where the apostle Paul walked. I had the opportunity to see ruins of a 3,000-member church that the apostle Paul could of preached in. I also saw the place where Paul was put on trial in the book of Acts in chapter 17. As I walked through Greece my heart was just filled with happiness and joy because I was walking in one of the places that was mentioned in the Bible. I also had the opportunity to walk where my friend Daniel Parker walked and I saw some of the things that she saw! I felt like I was in heaven while I was walking through Corinth but the trip was not over.
The last and final stop on the Bible Museum tour of 2012 was Israel! I was getting so excited as I packed up and got ready to leave for Israel. I was so excited I could barely contain myself I was so pumped! I now had the opportunity, the honor and, the privilege of walking where my Lord Jesus Christ walked. I finally got to see where most of the Bible was written and had taken place. I have read the Bible over and over again. I have read Matthew, Mark, Luke and, John over and over again but this was going to be 10,000 times no, 300 trillion times, better than reading the Bible and those four gospels. I can't explain it without having my spirit jump up and down like a little kid on their birthday or Christmas! When I stepped foot in Israel I was just smiling from ear to ear and my heart was going a hundred miles an hour. When I got to my hotel in Jerusalem I had to find a private place to sit and gather myself so I chose the bathroom. I know it sounds crazy but it was the only private place I could find. I went into the bathroom closed the door and sat down. While I was sitting down I asked God what do you want me to take away from this part of the trip? He said to me very gently I don't want you asking me any more questions about Danielle, your family situation or who you're going to marry. Focus on me and your time here. You will learn and experience things here in Israel that no one in your group will ever experience or learn. I want you here and I brought you here for here for a reason.
In the beginning of my first day in Israel I saw where David fought Goliath I went through where people believe David swam and cooled down after a hard day’s work. This was very cool and beautiful. The next day my group and I went to Bethlehem and went to were people say Jesus was born. As I traveled through the birth place of Jesus I almost cried. I also saw the manger and was blown away. My heart was racing and I had to fight back the tears. The birth of Jesus could be found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The next stop we made was to the Temple Mount where Jesus argued with the Chief Priest and the teachers of the law. This was where the second temple was built and where the third temple must be built. The Dome of the Rock now stands there. As I walked on the site of the temple mount I could sense Jesus’ presence while I walked on this great Bible site. The next day my group went to a site where some believe Jesus was crucified. That could be located in Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-40, Luke 23:26-49 and John 19:17-37. As I was looking at this the mountain it looked like a skull. As I saw the photo of the mountain I had to fight back the tears but I knew I had to see this. As I kept staring at the photo my mind went back to the time when I first read about the death of Jesus when I was a little kid. This was the story that got me to fall in love with Jesus for the first time. I was just a little kid and I had to fight back the tears. The place where they crucify Jesus in the Bible was called mount of the skull, the mountain looked exactly like a skull but they don't know if this was the actual site because there are two other sites that people say will Jesus could've been crucified.
The next site in the Bible that I saw was the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed for three hours and where he was arrested. This could be found in Matthew 26:36-55, Mark 14:32-51, Luke 22:39-52 and John 18:1-12. As I continued walking around the garden I stopped for a few moments and I felt Jesus' presence there and he told me to keep my eye on Israel and watch what Israel does in the coming years because what they do will lead up to his returning to Earth. He said I love you more than you can ever know and I'm coming back very soon.
The next Bible site that my group and I saw was the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water. I took a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee while I was there on the Sea Galilee I remembered the scripture where Jesus walked on the water and my heart was filled with joy. Then we went and saw the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. That was really cool and powerful for me. Then my group and I saw the pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man in John 9:1-11. When I saw the spot where the pool once was I about cried because that is one of my favorite scriptures and I got to see where it took place.
The next site that my group and I traveled to was the garden tomb. It's not the tomb that Jesus was buried in but it gives you an idea of what the tomb would've looked like. I also got to see the town of Jesus called Capernaum. This town is where Jesus spent most of his time speaking and I also saw remains of a synagogue that Jesus would have preached in. This filled my heart with overwhelming joy because I read multiple times in the Bible about this town! I also got to see the Wailing Wall where Jews go every day and pray for Jesus to return and sanctify their land. When you go to the Wailing Wall you have to cover your head and I saw many Jews with prayer Shawls. I saw many more beautiful inspiring sites I can't mention them all but I know for a fact that as I walked through all of the sites where the Bible took place I came to the realization the Torah and the Bible are 110% accurate. There is one more site that I would like to mention and that is Megiddo the site where the battle of Armageddon takes place in Revelation. Dr. North and his son David North said that in the book of Revelation during the battle of Armageddon there are many armies too many for this site to hold. So therefore the battle of Armageddon could not take place. I asked Dr. North about the book of Revelation before the trip really started taking place and he told me that the book of Revelation couldn't really happen because of certain things and that it was just a picture painted. When I heard this I began to ask myself if the book of Revelation is not going to take place than the Torah and the Bible are completely false and the faith that I have is void. The battle of Armageddon could be found in the book of Revelation. As I walked through Megiddo I knew in my heart of hearts at the battle of Armageddon was going to take place and was going to take place very soon.
So the Bible Museum tour was the trip of trips. It was greater than Perth Western Australia, Singapore, the first time in London and all of the other countries I have visited. This trip made me see the Bible in a whole different way; it put a fire in me to follow Jesus even more and learn from him even more. This trip made me want to go harder for God and Jesus than I have previously done in years past. Every time I read the Bible now I say in my mind and even sometimes out loud I was there! And I would remember all the steps that I took and everything that I had learned! Reading the Bible now gets me even more excited about my faith because I know now that God is real because I was in Athens Greece, Cairo Egypt and Israel; as I walked through the biblical sites that were in all of these great countries I knew for a fact that God is real because I saw his land that he promised to the Israelites. I saw Israel! That proves the Bible is real and God is real! So don't make a mistake about it the Torah is real and the Bible is real and the God who inspired the Bible and the Torah is 110% real! This trip proved to me even though I didn't need the proof Yahweh is real!