It’s fascinating to see Israel through the eyes of a first-time visitor. Many react with child-like excitement and wonder, “why didn’t I come years ago?” Several pastors and leaders have even acknowledged that they have unwittingly misinterpreted the Word in their sermons from ignorance about the Land of the Bible.
Consider these 7 compelling reasons why should you visit Israel — especially if you are a pastor or Bible teacher.
1. The Bible will vividly come to life.
You’ll never read the Bible the same after walking the paths of Yeshua and trekking the land where Joshua battled, Elijah called down fire and David reigned. The land and people, sights, sounds and smells will forever influence you. These encounters will shape the way you understand, interpret and teach the Bible — giving you greater accuracy and confidence.
After his first trip to Israel, Pastor Mark Batterson tweeted: “One revelation from our trip to Israel? I read the Bible wrong! Just knowing the geography adds nuances of meaning. TEXT + CONTEXT = AHA!”
Bible teachers spend thousands of dollars on theological education and resources to keep current in ministry. Consider the life-long educational value of a trip to Israel and it’s worth every cent.
George O. Wood, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, has been to Israel more than 40 times! He believes in the experience so much that he initiated a program to enable every Bible student in the denomination to visit Israel at least once in their lifetime.
2. You’ll be able to PRAY for the Middle East with greater insight and intelligence.
Israel is the epicenter of a conflict as old as the patriarchs. CNN and Fox could never fully convey the whole picture. Visiting the Land will enable you to better understand the realities and discern how to pray.
As you meet with Jews and Arabs, hear their stories and see their life contexts, you can put real names and faces to your prayers for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
3. You’ll hear fresh and exciting testimonies of how God at work in Israel TODAY.
Many will tell you how the Lord revealed Himself in a dream or vision. Local ministry leaders can share how the Body has grown ten-fold in the last 20 years.
If you make a point of visiting local believers, you will get to know the Body in the Land and find out how you and your church can partner with local ministries — and receive blessings in return (See Genesis 12:3).
4. A trip to Israel will inspire you and increase your faith for your own nation.
The blessing of God is on Israel. It’s very existence is a miracle that you have to see with your own eyes to believe. People who return to Israel every few years marvel at the progress just since their last visit.
Israel is a shining example, not only of how to survive, but how to thrive against all odds. With limited natural resources, a microscopic piece of real estate, and the existential threats of war and terrorism, the only explanation for Israel’s success is God.
5. Israel is teeming with history and culture.
Whether visiting archaeological sites, roaming the museums, dining in fabulous restaurants or experiencing an evening with the Israel Philharmonic — your senses will feast upon the beauty of Israel and you will be enriched!
6. Israel is a magnificent place to vacation.
You’re going to spend money on a vacation anyway, right? Why not make it here?
Israel boasts one of the most ideal climates in the world. In the winter, you could ski the snow-peaked Mount Hermon in the morning and swim with dolphins along the coral beaches of the Red Sea in the afternoon. Bask in the glory of Mediterranean Sea and sun, float in the mineral rich Dead Sea, and sample the panoply of cultural cuisine available throughout Israel today. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
7. You could even visit Israel for free.
Yes, I said FREE. Most travel companies offer a free trip for every 7-10 people you bring with you. We are convinced that a visit to Israel is a wise investment in your ministry and those you serve — especially if you could visit for FREE! Now what’s your excuse?
Want to take a tour through Israel and see what God is still doing in the Holy Land? Take a peek at the Jerusalem Encounter Tour.