012: Did John the Baptist Hear God’s Voice in Qumran? (Podcast)

One of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

QUMRAN: A Place of Mystery. Where one of the greatest discoveries in history was made – the Dead Sea Scrolls. Yet, it’s also the location of the Essene sect, a group shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

  • Hans speaking to us at Qumran

    Was John the Baptist a part of the Essenes for a while?

  • Did God speak to him through the clouded theology of the sect?
  • Did Jesus visit the Essenes in Jerusalem?
  • Have you ever wondered if God can speak to you through the ordinary “stuff” of life?

Listen in today to discouver the possible Biblical connections with Qumran and the Essenes that you may not even be aware of.

Today, our group is sitting under a tent, surrounded by the parched beauty and craggy mountains of the desert.

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(See photos of Qumran and the Dead Sea at the end of this post.)

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In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The background of the Essenes, what they believed and how they lived
  • How Jesus Personalized His message to each group (Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots)
  • The possible connection between Jesus and the Essenes as evidenced by preparations for the Last Supper.
  • Scriptural references that show that John the Baptist may have been with the Essenes for a time.

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Photos from Qumran and the Dea Sea:

Arlen & Elsa Salte and friend hiking in the desert mountains of Qumran

 

QUMRAN, ISRAEL – Essene ritual bath

 

Essene ruins: Qumran Israel

 

Dead Sea Scroll at Qumran, Israel

 

Float like a cork in the mineral-rich Dead Sea

 

The beauty of the Dead Sea

 

Cover yourself in the rich minerals of the Dead Sea – but don’t get it in your eyes!

011: Jesus Reveals He Is Messiah in Nazareth

Mary’s Well in Nazareth, Israel.

It’s in this once humble town of Nazareth where Jesus spent most of His life! For 30 years, he lived as “God Incognito.”

Here, Jesus spent almost 90% of his earthly life, walking in holiness and humility. Here, Jesus learned the demanding but highly-skilled trade of a tekton (Greek) alongside His father, Joseph.

Jesus’ quiet life suddenly changed when He stood up in the synagogue and proclaimed Himself as the Messiah.

Today, our group is standing in the courtyard of St Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church, close to Mary’s Well.  Here, Hans shares a word of hope and challenge to each of us to be open to God’s unexpected ways of answering our prayers.

Are we ready to hear?

Listen in below:

(See photos of Nazareth, Mary’s Well and the highly-regarded Nazareth Village at the end of this post.)

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In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The tie of Nazareth to the Hebrew name for Christian today.
  • Jesus was more than a carpenter.
  • How Nazareth is tied to Biblical prophecy regarding the Messiah.
  • Some photos below from Nazareth 

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Photos from Nazareth (Photos from Arlen Salte and Linnea Salte):

Hans speaks to us outside of St Gabriel Church, close to Mary’s Well

 

By the water source in St Gabriel Church

 

Nazareth Village

 

Nazareth Village

 

View from the Nazareth Village site to modern Nazareth

 

Weavers in Nazareth Village

 

Synagogue representation in Nazareth Village

 

Scroll in the Synagogue in Nazareth Village, open to Isaiah

010: God’s Humble Glory at Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem: Podcast

It’s one of the highlights of any visit to Bethlehem – a visit to Shepherds Field!

Shepherd’s Field outside Bethlehem

In today’s episode, we have just left a grotto (cave) that would be similar to a place where Jesus was born. We have an unforgettable time of worship.

Now, as Hans speaks, our group is at an overlook at Shepherd’s Field. According to many scholars, this is the place where the angels appeared to the shepherds, proclaiming the birth of the Messiah.

As we gaze down at the valley below, we can’t help but wonder how the shepherds felt that night.

Listen in now as Hans shares a stirring message from Shepherd’s Field that not only fits for Christmas time, nut all year long.

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(See our special Christmas gift to you at the end of this post.)

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In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  1. An insight into the year when Jesus was born.
  2. Mary and Joseph’s great step of faith
  3. The Bethlehem connection between King David and Jesus
  4. Why Bethlehem was an appropriate place for Jesus to be born

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Our Christmas Gift To You: Click the link below to listen to Arlen’s entire best-selling Christmas classical guitar album from 1979.

Feel free to stream it or download the entire album for free:

 

009: Podcast – The Past Meets The Future at Megiddo

Megiddo, or Tel Megiddo, is the site of an ancient city in northern Israel’s Jezreel valley. It is believed to be the place where the armies will gather for Armageddon. The picture shows an aerial view of Tel Megiddo. Photo by Itamar Grinberg.

It’s one of the most important sites in the world – Megiddo!

Megiddo stands at the very hub of history. It was a central stop on the greatest trading route of the ancient world, which crossed the land bridge of Canaan to link the far reaches of the Fertile Crescent – Egypt in the south and Mesopotamia in the north.

This is why Tel Megiddo was one of the most strategic posts in the known world thousands of years ago. It was said, “He who guards Megiddo controls the world’s trade route and this way, they control the world.”

Historians believe that more battles were fought at Megiddo (Tel Megiddo) and the surrounding Jezreel Valley than anywhere else on earth.

Egyptians, Israelites, Midianites, Amalekites, Philistines, Greeks, Muslims, Crusaders, Mongols, British, Germans, Arabs, Ottomons, Australians and Israelis have all fought and died here.

The names of the warring leaders reverberate throughout history: Thutmose III of Egypt, Deborah, Barak, Sisera, Shishak, Jehu, Joram, Jezebel, Josiah, Gideon, Saul and Jonathan, Jezebel, Saladin, Napoleon, and Allenby. These are just some of the most famous names and there are countless others whose names were never recorded.

Yet, there is a far greater military gathering coming here according to many Bible scholars than ever before in the history of the world.

That’s where Hans takes us today.

Our group is standing at an overlook on Megiddo, gazing at the valley floor below and the skies above. Megiddo is filled with scriptural prophecy.

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(See photos of Megiddo at the end of this post.)

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In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The strategic significance of Megiddo throughout history
  • The birth pangs of the end times but the joyful end
  • The harmony of prophetic fulfillment that brings trials and revival.
  • Some photos below from Megiddo (Tel Megiddo)

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Photos from ‘Tel’ Megiddo (Photos from Arlen Salte and Adobe Stock):

Tel Megiddo an historical, geographical, and theological ruins site between the Carmel Ridge and the Valley of Jezreel in the Western Galilee, Israel.

 

The reconstructed southern stables at Tel Megiddo National Park

 

Ancient Gates: Tel Megiddo, Israel

 

Ruins at the Tel Megiddo National park – a UNESCO work heritage site, northern Israel

 

Chariot: Megiddo

 

 

Water tunnel: Megiddo

 

 

Grain storage system: Megiddo

 

View over Jezreel Valley from Tel Megiddo National Park, Israel

 

 

Walk the Walls of Jerusalem with us. A Video for You!

A few months ago we had an opportunity to walk the ramparts on the walls of Jerusalem.

The Walls of Jerusalem

This was a profoundly moving time as we prayed for each quarter of Jerusalem (JewishMuslimArmenianChristian).

In 2018, Israel will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Founding of the State of Israel. We’ll walk the walls again.

Would you like to join us?

What an amazing time to visit Jerusalem and to pray! We’ll do just that during Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level 2018.

Elsa taking a break along the walk. We won’t rush you.

Please take a look below at a short video we shot while walking the walls just 4 months ago.

If you’re not signed up yet, we’d love to invite you, your friends, your church and your family to join us on this most historic year.

For your free brochure, just email us here.

In Christ,
Arlen, Elsa & Hans

PS – The tour is almost sold out, even though it’s 7 months from now.

006 Podcast: Visiting Tel Dan, where the Northern Golden Calf was worshipped

Path leading to the Golden Calf

Each one of us has been given a free will from God. We are not robots. We can choose God’s wisdom and see the blessings or we can choose our own way and face the natural consequences of this choice.

In today’s podcast, we travel back in time 3,000 years to learn lessons that Solomon and those who came after him had to learn the hard way.

Perhaps when you think of Israel you only think of desert or the Mediterranean or the rolling hills along the Galilee. But, if you head into Northern Israel, you come to the Tel Dan Nature Reserve.

Stark photo we took of the Tel Dan altar location

Here, you can walk through verdant forests with the cascading waters where the mighty Jordan River begins.  Once you walk through the forest, you come to the ancient city of Leshem and then a little further, you come to the actual location where the golden calf in northern Israel was placed. It is a stirring and sobering experience.

That’s where this episode takes place.

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In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The jealousy that fueled the building of the Northern Calf
  • Why the River Jordan is called Jordan (a quick Hebrew lesson).
  • Most people think Solomon simply prayed for wisdom. Learn the original Hebrew word that describes what Solomon really prayed for.
  • The far-reaching results of ignoring God’s wisdom.
  • Our third tour tip: The worst time to visit!  

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Our Next Tour Hans, Arlen & Elsa are leading:

In this Episode, we mentioned one tour: Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level 2018. This amazing spiritual journey of a lifetime will sell out. You can get your free brochure and learn more here.

 

 

 

005: Paul’s Waiting Period in Prison in Caesarea Maritima

Have you ever struggled while you wait for God’s answer to your situation? Be comforted and strengthened today in this episode of the Break Forth Journeys Podcast. You’ll identify with the Apostle Paul as he went through his own waiting period.

Today’s episode takes place on one of our tours in Caesarea By The Sea (Caesarea Maritima), as we stand close to the spot where it is believed that the Apostle Paul was imprisoned. You’ll hear the fury of the wind and the crashing of the waves as Hans shares about God’s grace under pressure. Well, listen on in as Hans shares a word for you today:

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The Link We Mentioned In This Episode:

Do you want to be better prepared for the delicious Israeli street food? Here is a great link. Just click here.

Photos from Caesarea Maritima:

When Arlen and Elsa were at Caesarea Maritima last time, they went camera crazy as this is such an astounding spot. Check out some of the photos below:

 

 

A Heart-Warming Word from an Orthodox Rabbi

Let’s all admit it. We’re all tired of everyone ‘yelling’ at each other, whether it’s on Social Media, on the nightly news or in face to face violent protests.

Isn’t it time we listened to each other?

Watch this 2-minute, heart-warming video from our good friend, Moshe (Moses) who runs the Biblical Shop in the Old City of Jerusalem.

We think you’ll be encouraged:

Why don’t you join us in 2018 during Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level? We’ll get a chance to share with Moshe heart to heart when we’re in Jerusalem. We’re almost sold out. For your free brochure and all the details, please email us at info@breakforthjourneys.com

A Powerful Prayer from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast

As Founders of the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, we prepared for a pithy keynote message from Congresswoman and former USA Presidential Candidate, Michele Bachmann.

But, unexpectedly, God led her to change her plans and our plans as well.

What happening instead was powerful. She prayed. We prayed.

As you watch Michele Bachman’s stirring video below from the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, we encourage you to pray along.