This post is a quick summary of my experiences at TBN Israel Tour 2012.
I signed up for the TBN Israel tour in April 2012. (TBN stands for Trinity Broadcasting Network for those who are not familiar) It was my first package tour in a very long time. I’m a free-and-easy traveller and dreaded the strict itinerary of a package tour but I was drawn to the idea of seeing and listening to Pastor Joseph Prince preach in the Holy Land.
Here’s a promotional video of the tour.
The tour, as expected, was too rushed. Our tour guide was warm but spoke very fast. I was glad we had a very knowledgeable bus leader. He filled in a lot of details that were of spiritual significance for some of the locations we visited.
Pastor Prince preached his heart out for Jesus in 3 separate locations. And at each location, there were precious moments.
The Haas Promenade is located on high grounds and it offers a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Erina has wonderful pictures at her blog and there are helpful information at the Jerusalem Insider Guide. We arrived early and had time to take photos of the wonderful scenery. Unfortunately my camera isn’t great and all I could show for my efforts was this.
A view of the stage as we start to find seats.
Pastor Joseph Prince at Southern Steps on 12 September 2012
The Southern steps refers to the steps at the southern end of the Temple Mount. It is believed that Christ taught on these very steps in front of the gates.
The steps are actually quite wide and form a natural theatre. I can see why it is good place to preach. There wasn’t any seats left when we arrived. We walked all the way up to the top of the Southern Steps. All along the railings there were people. It was hard to find a good viewing place. A few American ladies who were standing against a railing decided to make room for us by moving their belongings a little. We stood together there singing and worshipping Jesus. Sisters from across the globe worshipping together. Awesome! They even got all excited when we pointed out Pastor Mathews as the high priest when he walked by.
Pastor Joseph Prince at Caesarea By The Sea on 13 September 2012
Paul preached his last sermon at Caesarea by the sea. I didn’t know that there was a huge amphitheater there. If you sit right at the top, you can see the ocean.
The stage was set up right in front of the theatre back facing the ocean. As the place filled up with people, excitement rose.
There was a touching moment where Dr Paul Crouch prayed over his son Matt and handed over the broadcasting work of TBN to him. Pastor Prince said that it was like Moses passing the leadership to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land to Joshua. Dr Paul died shortly after this.
The video is quite long, the sermon starts at around 1:41:00 hr.
This last event at Caesarea by the Sea was most important to me. I was reminded again that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb and My Righteousness. I was so blessed and hope you will be too.
You are deeply loved, highly favoured, greatly blessed!