We then made our way up the Carmel Range of mountains to Mukraqa, or Mt. Carmel. This is the traditional location where it is believed that Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal. We got our first limited view of the Jezreel Valley or the Valley of Har Megiddo or Armageddon. Following our lunch at a Druze Restaurant, we climbed the tel at Megiddo. This chariot city stood guard over the northern part of the Via Maris. Any invading army had to come past Megiddo. At least 32 major battles have been fought in this valley throughout history and the last great battle of history will also be fought here according to the Revelation.
The last part of the day was spent in Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. We stood at the top of the Precipice where they wanted to throw Him to His death for blasphemy. We toured Nazareth Village, a recreation of First Century Nazareth, complete with a shepherd, weaver, carpenter, watchtower, olive press and synagogue. And we walked the old streets past the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation to the Synagogue where Jesus read the words from Isaiah 61 and then told them the prophecy had been fulfilled in their hearing.
The team did well but all were glad when we arrived at the Scots Hotel in Tiberius, our home for the next couple days.