On June 20, 2019, God inspired me to book another trip to Israel from September 23 - October 10, 2019. As I have discovered with previous trips, it is not always about going, but rather the story that God creates around the idea of going! It is on this basis that I issued an 'Elijah Challenge' to someone who doesn't believe that these trips are inspired by God. What is an "Elijah Challenge"?
In 1 Kings 18:19-40, Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a competition in which he says, "And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God." - 1 Kings 18:24. I did this to prove that God is the inspiration behind this trip to Israel. He doesn't have to answer by fire, only in that He creates some sort of a story behind this trip to prove that He was the inspiration behind it!
So, time will tell if I was right, or not!
On June 20, 2019, God again put it in my heart to book a trip to Israel. Whether or not I end up going on that trip is up to God, as I currently don't have the money to be able to go!
As with previous trips, God has always created a story around the idea of going, whether or not I ended up going on that trip or not! So, I assume this trip will be no different.
I have chronicled my previous trips to Israel in my new book, "Proving God with Numbers - Second Edition", and I am currently writing the third edition! I had no idea I would be writing a second edition, let alone a third! Nevertheless, it was God who prompted me to write the original edition of this book, and it was Him who prompted me to write the second and third editions as well! So, as long as God keeps writing new material for me, I will keep having things to write about in future editions of my book! That is one thing that I have realised through writing this book, that God never stops working for us, anywhere, anytime! So, I assume that will continue, as long as I am alive.
So, getting back to the original topic of this article, on June 20, 2019, just after 4 P.M., God inspired me to book the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. This is one of the most prestigious hotels in all of Israel, and where many global leaders choose to stay when they visit Israel. It has a long and storied history, stretching back to 1931 when it opened. I have stayed there twice before, once in 2010 on my first trip to Israel, and again in 2016 on my third trip. However, it is not cheap. The cheapest room starts at around US$500 per night, on up into the thousands of dollars per night for the most expensive rooms. So, if God wants me to go on this trip, He will have to find a way for me to pay for it!
So, we shall see if He eventually provides for this trip, or whether it is just about the story that He creates around the idea of going! Time will tell. The trip is due to depart N.Z. on September 22, and return on October 10, from Israel. An eighteen-day journey. So, if you would like to help me get to Israel, I am more than happy to hear from you! I suspect the total cost of the trip will be around US$14,000.
Here's a couple of things that I have already noticed about this trip to Israel:
Incidentally, I issued a challenge to someone I know who doesn't believe that these trips are inspired by God! Here's what I said:
"How about we let God decide who is wrong and who is right over the next 3 months between now and September 22?
Since you don’t believe me, and I don’t believe you, we’ll let God decide who is right or not!
If He creates a story around this trip, whether I go or not, that will be proof enough for me, based on what He has done before. I don’t believe that these trips are about going or not, they are more about the story that God creates around them!"
That challenge was issued on June 26, 2019. So, for me, whether I go on this trip or not is besides the point. It is the story that God creates around it that is the point of these trips! Not whether I go or not.
So, we shall see what happens between now and my proposed departure date. If He does nothing, then so be it, I will look a little stupid. If, however, He creates some sort of story around this trip that backs up my claim that these trips are inspired by God, then that will be my proof that God was behind it! So, we shall see. Time will tell!
This article was originally published on June 28, 2019, and updated on the 5th and 6th of July. Additional updates will be made, as and when required.
This is the itinerary that I have for the trip so far:
|King David Hotel, Jerusalem||23 - 28 September|
|Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Eilat||5 - 6 October|
On day 23 (July 12) since God inspired me to book this trip, He started giving me locations to visit/write down. The first one was the Wadi Qelt in Jericho.
|1.||Wadi Qelt, Jericho|
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