I discovered only while putting this timeline together in early Jan 2013, that it was exactly 7 weeks to the day (one of God's numbers) from getting the idea to visit Israel that I departed New Zealand. (Saturday 10th April - Saturday 29th May.)
I left for Israel on what was the Sabbath Day. (6 days of work to be followed by 1 day of rest). It was also approximately 6 years to the day that I launched my website. (6 years of work to be followed by 1 year of rest). A complete cycle.
I was also 33 years old at the time of visiting Israel - the same age that Christ died.
To me, this is the hand of God working. Leaving his fingerprints on all things so you know that it is He that has done these things. It wasn't until I looked back that I could see all His handywork in action!
I arrived into my hotel at 2am on May 31 - just two and a half hours before the Gaza flotilla raid by the Israeli Defense Forces, which killed 9 Turks.
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Business class to Israel via Hong Kong!
Where Jesus stayed and ascended to heaven from.
Where Jesus spent his final few hours before being arrested.
The place of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.
Herod's family tomb in Jerusalem.
Near to the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Herod the Great's palace at Masada.
The house of Simon the Tanner in Jaffa.
Mary's tomb, mother of Jesus, in Jerusalem.
A potential location for Jesus's tomb in Jerusalem.
Jesus's home town of Capernaum.
The House of St. Peter in Capernaum.
The Gulf of Aqaba in Eilat, Southern Israel.
Looking down to the Sea of Galilee near Chorazim.
Built by Herod the Great in 25-13BC.
Walking through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem.
Hezekiah's Tunnel under the City of David near Jerusalem.
The Western Wailing Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.