Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – (Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo, Mt. Tabor)
Caesarea Maritima - this site was insignificant until Herod the Great began to develop it into a magnificent harbor befitting his kingdom. The harbor was built using materials that would allow the concrete to harden underwater. The forty-acre harbor would accommodate 300 ships, much larger than the modern harbor existing today.
Megiddo is a tell in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km southeast of Haifa, known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. In ancient times Megiddo was an important city-state. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement. Megiddo is strategically located at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge overlooking the Jezreel Valley from the west.
This site is now protected as Megiddo National Park and is a World Heritage Site.
The Book of Revelation mentions an apocalyptic military amassment at Armageddon, a name derived from the Hebrew "Har Megiddo" meaning "Mount of Megiddo." "Armageddon" has become a byword for the end of the age.
Megiddo was a site of great importance in the ancient world. It guarded the western branch of a narrow pass and trade route connecting Egypt and Assyria. Because of its strategic location, Megiddo was the site of several historical battles. Megiddo is mentioned in Ancient Egyptian writings because one of Egypt's mighty kings, Thutmose III, waged war upon the city in 1478 B.C.E. The battle is described in detail in the hieroglyphics found on the walls of his temple in Upper Egypt.
Mentioned in the Bible as "Derekh HaYam" or "Way of the Sea," it became an important military artery of the Roman Empire and was known as the Via Maris.
Mount Tabor is located six miles northeast of Nazareth on the edge of the plain of Jezreel. It is 1,843 feet above sea level. Although Mount Tabor is not mentioned in the New Testament, Christian tradition places the Transfiguration on this site