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Celebrating God’s Faithfulness with Dr. Michael Rydelnik: A Messianic Journey

May 24, 2018 - June 5, 2018

with Dr. Michael Rydelnik


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Trip Description

Join Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Bible teacher and Israel expert (Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute, radio host and teacher on Open Line, nationally broadcast Bible Q&A program) for a trip of a life time to the Land of Israel. The focus of this trip is God’s faithfulness, as evidenced throughout the Scriptures and across the Land of Israel. This Spring is the 70th birthday of the Modern State of Israel, so there will be celebrations galore!

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness with Dr. Michael Rydelnik is a distinctive tour, where you will explore the Land from Dan to BeerSheva with an emphasis on God’s faithfulness throughout the Scriptures and discovering your Biblical heritage as followers of the Messiah of Israel. Study the Bible on location to trace the faithfulness of God from Genesis and the Prophets, to the Gospels, Acts and Revelation. Your time in Israel will enrich your walk with the Messiah Jesus and understanding of Scripture. It will transform your Bible maps from lines on a page to experiential geography and your understanding of Scripture will go from from black and white to joyful color.

Take this amazing opportunity to expand your Bible knowledge and deepen your faith on location, where the events recorded on the pages of Scripture took place. You’ll hike Tel Dan along the source of the Jordan to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter declared: “You are the Messiah.” You will survey Mount Megiddo (future site of the Battle of Armageddon); learn the Scriptures in Jesus’ synagogue of Capernaum; hike to the waterfalls at Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul; float on the Dead Sea; “sail” on the waters of the Sea of Galilee; visit the City of David and splash through Hezekiah’s tunnel. You will pray at the Western Wall and on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount; walk the ancient paths of Jerusalem and celebrate the Resurrection of the Messiah Yeshua in His Holy City.

Join us to deepen your walk with the Lord Jesus as you pray, sing, worship, study, laugh and learn in “His Holy Land” (Psalm 78:54).

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Day 1 - Thursday - 05/24/2018

The Adventure Begins

The flight to Israel begins your Messianic Journey thru Israel to Celebrate God’s Faithfulness. Enjoy the Flight!

Day 2 - Friday - 05/25/2018

Modern Tel Aviv & Ancient Joppa

Walk the ancient alleys of the Biblical port of Joppa where Jonah tried to flee from God, and the Apostle Peter saw an amazing vision on a rooftop. Experience the 1948 birth of the modern State of Israel in Independence Hall. Marvel at the transformation of the sand dunes outside Joppa to an ultra modern Tel Aviv. Appreciate God’s faithfulness in restoring His people to His Promised Land.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Netanya

Day 3 - Saturday - 05/26/2018

Mediterranean Coast: Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel

Walk through Herod’s luxurious port of Caesarea, the seat of Roman government where the first Gentile, Cornelius came to faith in Messiah and where the Apostle Paul stood trial for proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus. Sing God’s praises in the Roman amphitheater where Agrippa failed to give God the glory. On Mount Carmel, see where Deborah defeated the Canaanites and Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, demonstrating the power and faithfulness of God. Explore Megiddo, the ancient guard city of the Jezreel valley and future site of the Battle of Armageddon. Overlook Nazareth, the boyhood home of the Lord Jesus.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinneret, Tiberias

Day 4 - Sunday - 05/27/2018

Northern Galilee: Source of the Jordan to Caesarea Philippi

Splash through the streams of Tel Dan, source of the Jordan River. See the ancient Canaanite city gate where Abraham entered to rescue Lot. Hike around Jeroboam’s altar from the early Northern Kingdom. At Caesarea Philippi worship the Lord Jesus in the city where Peter declared: “You are the Messiah!” Survey the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental on Israel’s Syrian border. Climb through the bunkers and trenches of this strategic military position. The faithfulness of God is evident from the archaeology of Tel Dan to Modern Israel’s current borders.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 5 - Monday - 05/28/2018

Walking with Messiah: Around the Sea of Galilee

Spend the day around the Sea of Galilee where Jesus the Messiah spent most of His ministry years. “Sail” the Sea of Galilee and worship the Lord upon the water on which Jesus walked. Learn more of Messiah Jesus as you study the Scriptures in His home base of Capernaum where the Gospels will spring from the pages of Scriptures to unforgettable spiritual transformation. Visit Migdal, town of Mary Magdalene with its New Testament era synagogue, probably visited by  Messiah Jesus. Rejoice on the Sea of Galilee beach were the Resurrected Messiah Yeshua appeared to His Disciples. Now, as then, He is faithful in calling us to “Follow Me.”

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 6 - Tuesday - 05/29/2018

Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea

Marvel at the extensively excavated Roman city of Beit Shean, important city in the life of King Saul, and later the capital of the Decapolis. Dip your hand in the springs of Ein Harod, where Gideon selected his 300 warriors. Near Jericho, in the Jordan Valley, stand at the Jordan River where Joshua led the Israelites in to the Promised Land, Elijah was taken into heaven on the fiery chariot, and John immersed the Lord Jesus. At Qumran, see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced and preserved showing the reliability of God’s Word. Then relax and float in the Dead Sea at our hotel’s private beach.

Hotel: Herods, Dead Sea

Day 7 - Wednesday - 05/30/2018

Judean Wilderness: Masada & Ein Gedi

Cable car up Masada, Herod’s wilderness Palace-Fortress, to walk where the Jewish resistance made their fated last stand against Rome, after the fall of Jerusalem, AD 73, yet trusted in the faithfulness of God to restore His people. Worship the Messiah Yeshua in Masada’s ancient synagogue as you praise the LORD for His faithful preservation of His people and His restoring them to their Promised Land 70 years ago.  Be refreshed, where David hid from Saul, at beautiful Ein Gedi, the largest oasis on the Dead Sea (maybe you will see Ibex along the pathway).

Hotel: Herods, Dead Sea

Day 8 - Thursday - 05/31/2018

BeerSheva & Up to Jerusalem

The Biblical boundary of Israel is often referred to as “from Dan to BeerSheva.” This desert city was the home of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. From here Abraham journeyed to Mt. Moriah (Jerusalem) to offer Isaac. Today this is a modern university city, capital of the Negev.  Stand in the Valley of Elah where David chose his five smooth stones. Go UP TO JERUSALEM to begin your time in the City of the Great King.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Friday - 06/01/2018

Out of the Ashes: God's Faithfulness in the Holocaust

Morning overview of the City of the Great King, Jerusalem. Then at Yad VaShem, Israel’s Memorial to the Holocaust, mourn the death of The Six Million yet celebrate the faithfulness of the LORD in preserving His people.  At Ammunition Hill. experience the moving events and outstanding recovery of the Jewish Quarter/Old City in the Six Day War (1967). Free time in Jerusalem before celebrating Shabbat meal in the dining room together.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Saturday - 06/02/2018

Jerusalem Christian Quarter: Messiah's Atonement

The focus of this Jerusalem day is understanding more fully the Atonement of our Messiah Jesus. Walk down Mount of Olives and pray in Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City via the Lion’s Gate to the Pools of Bethesda, the Upper Pool of Jerusalem, where Isaiah confronted Ahaz; and were Messiah Jesus healed the lame man. Have lunch (and shop awhile) in the Muristan, the ancient Crusader hospice area near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The day culminates in a celebration of the Resurrection of Messiah Jesus at the Garden Tomb.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Sunday - 06/03/2018

Messiah's Jerusalem: Jewish Quarter & Mount Zion

Walk the winding street of Jerusalem through the beautiful Jewish Quarter of the Old City.  Worship on the Southern Steps of the Temple where Messiah Jesus walked and Peter healed the lame man. Travel back in time to  get a sense of the night Peter denied the Lord in Caiaphas’ courtyard at the Wohl archeological site. Pray at the Western Wall, and go underground to the bedrock of Herod’s era. Go out the Zion Gate to the Upper Room, David’s Tomb and the site of a 1st century Messianic synagogue. Enjoy the souk (bazaar) at the Jaffa Gate, which spans Jerusalem’s history from Herod, through the Crusaders, to the Sultan Suleiman, WWI and the modern Jewish State.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Monday - 06/04/2018

Abraham to David to Messiah to Now

Be part of the archaeological team at the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Who knows what ancient treasures you might discover in the rubble rescued from the Temple Mount. Travel back in time to the days of Abraham at the Genesis Land experience, and enjoy lunch in Abraham’s tent. Explore the ancient City of David, the original Jerusalem, then wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man. At our Farewell dinner, begin to connect all the points of God’s faithfulness from the call of Abraham, to the reign of David, to Messiah King Jesus, to the rebirth of the State of Israel to your own faith walk with the LORD.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 13 - Tuesday - 06/05/2018

Shalom! to Israel and Shalom! USA

Say Shalom (farewell) to Israel and hello (Shalom) to the USA! Enjoy your flight home. Get ready to process  all you’ve experienced and learned of our King Messiah, the LORD’s Word, and God’s faithfulness on this Messianic Jewish Journey.

Hosted by

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute & Open Line Radio Teacher

Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at the Moody Bible Institute; and radio Bible teacher on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, answering listener Bible question every Saturday morning on the Moody Radio Network. He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic, as well as the co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary, with his friend Dr. Michael Vanlaningham. His favorite activities are teaching/studying the Bible in Israel, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of NY with Eva and their Sheltie, Frodo and Boxer, Jake. Eva and Michael also enjoy reading classic literature and watching Golden Age of Hollywood’s black & white films. They have two outstanding adult sons.

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At a Glance

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness:  A Messianic Journey to Israel

Dates:  May 24 – June 5, 2018
Trip Cost:  $4995.00
1st payment / deposit due with registration = $995.00
2nd payment due November 15, 2017  = $2000.00
Final payment due February 15, 2018 = $2000.00

Flights:  Air travel is round trip from Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.  If you do not live in/near these major cities, you are responsible for your own transportation to the closest gate-way city (Chicago, NYC or LA).

**Own Flights: If you want to make your own flight arrangements, there is a $900 per person deduction (flight credit) from the cost of the trip.  This flight credit will be applied to your Final payment.

Single Room:  Single Room Supplement $1350.00 (if you do not want a roommate, chose a single room; the single room supplement is due with the Final payment; single rooms are limited).

Cost is all inclusive:  round-trip flight from Chicago/NYC/LA to Tel Aviv. Lodging in 4 Star Israeli Hotels (double occupancy/price is $4995.00 per person with 2 people per room). Meals included are breakfast and dinner (lunches not included). Touring with a licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Israeli Bus Driver in an air conditioned motor coach. The daily itinerary is an overview of planned events and sites, and is subject to adjustment as necessitated at the time of the tour.  All taxes, fees and tips are included in the cost of the tour.

Registration & Payment is easy: You can register on line and pay with a credit card at this secure web site. 

If you want to pay by check, please call the Messianic Journeys office 773-761-1956. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office.)

Physical Requirements: This is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-tour. It is a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and have independent mobility and strength. Read and consider carefully the Physical Requirements and Responsibilities under Terms and Conditions concerning seeing Israel with  Messianic Journeys. If you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair or personal assistance to walk, so sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Travel/Trip Insurance: After registering for the trip, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you buy Trip/Travel Insurance. Messianic Journeys does not provide Travel Insurance; however if you want to speak with a person to secure insurance, we work with My Travel Agent (630-961-3606).  For more information about why we recommend Travel/Trip Insurance see the FAQ about Trip Insurance.

Questions: See the FAQs tab at the top of the page for answers to many general questions you may have about coming to Israel with Messianic Journeys.

If you have specific questions contact our office. I look forward to hearing from you —

Eva   773-761-1956

Terms & Conditions

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness:  A Messianic Journey in Israel

Dates:  May 24 – June 5, 2018
Trip Cost:  $4995.00 

Price Includes:
FLIGHT-Round-trip from Chicago/ Los Angeles/ New York City to Tel Aviv (**If you want to make your own flight arrangements, there is a $900 credit on the cost of the trip per person, applied at the final payment. )

LODGING – 4-Star  Israeli hotels (double occupancy = 2 people per room, each person pays $4995.00)

SINGLE ROOM –  If do not want a roommate, the additional cost of a single room is $1350.00.  If you want a roommate, but do not have a roommate, we will try to place you with another single traveler of the same gender.  However, if no one is available to room with you, you will be charged for a single room. If you are traveling with (or have been assigned) a roommate who cancels, you will be responsible for a single room if no one else is available to be your roommate.

MEALS – breakfast and dinner daily with coffee, tea.

TOURING –  per itinerary (subject to adjustment) with licensed Israeli Tour Guide in private air-conditioned tour bus with Israeli driver

ALL TIPS  and FEES (for tour guide, driver, porters, dining & hotel staff),  taxes, entrance fees, transportation costs.

The price of this trip is ALL inclusive – it includes everything (except lunches)

Price Does Not include:
Lunches, beverages (other than coffee and tea), personal expenses (snacks, phone, laundry, internet),  travel/trip insurance.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing (e-mail) to the Messianic Journeys office. Refunds for cancellation are based on the time of the cancellation.

Until November 15, 2017: Trip Registration Deposit is refundable less $300.00 cancellation fee.
November 16 – January 15, 2017 : Refund less $1000 cancellation fee.
January 16 – February 15, 2018 : Refund less $2000 cancellation fee.
After February 15, 2018 :  Sorry no refund.

Prices are based on existing U.S. dollar exchange rate, Current costs, fuel charges, and tariff rates are subject to change (beyond our control)  based on the dollar and international market.  Should prices change, you will be notified immediately, and you will be responsible to pay any additional costs.

Deviations and Changes:
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to a $500 deviation fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted after January 31, 2018.

You are responsible for the accuracy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, last and middle) as it appears on your Passport.
Your tickets will be purchased using the Passport Name you supply. If your name is not exactly the same on your ticket and your Passport, your ticket for this tour will be invalid and may have a substantial cost to reticket in the correct name.

You must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months prior to RETURNING to the U.S. If you need a new passport, it takes several weeks to secure one, so don’t delay applying/updating. Non-U.S. Passport holders, please contact Messianic Journeys.

Inoculations & Visas:
No inoculations or visas (for U.S. Citizens) are required for Israel.

One piece of checked luggage, maximum 50 pounds.  Plus, one small personal bag (small enough to comfortably fit on your lap on the tour bus). Luggage is limited due to the tour bus luggage bay capacity.

Trip/Travel Insurance:
Messianic Journeys STRONGLY recommends Trip Insurance.

Messianic Journeys urges you to procure Travel/Trip Insurance immediately after registering for a tour. This type of insurance will cover the cost of your trip should you need to cancel because of an emergency prior to departure, or return mid-trip to the States because of an emergency, illness or injury. 

If you would like to speak with a Travel Agent about this type of Insurance, you could contact Chaim Limor or any of his staff at 630-961-3606 at “My Travel Agent” and tell him you are traveling with Messianic Journeys. He and his staff will be glad to help you with Travel Insurance. Please secure the insurance plan of your choice immediately upon registering with a trip and carry the information with you as you travel. 

Messianic Journeys acts only as agent for the various companies whose accommodations and conveyances are utilized for the tour.  It assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any train, carriage, automobile, airplane, camel or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part.  Neither will Messianic Journeys be responsible for any error, omission, act or any injury, loss, accident or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle  through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers or their luggage.  The tour directors accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, violence, quarantine, or other causes, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the individual.

Physical Requirements  & Responsibility:
Seeing Israel with  Messianic Journeys is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience. Our tours are a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health, and are responsible to have independent mobility and strength.

There is a significant amount of walking over uneven archaeological terrain as well as up hills and stairs. To participate in this tour successfully, you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without assistance and walk at a modest pace for a mile, as well as be able to stand in possibly hot weather.

Individuals registering for this journey accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk without assistance – if you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair  or personal assistance to walk, sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Messianic Journeys & the Tour Host reserves the right to limit participation in this tour at their discretion.

Your payment for this tour signifies full understanding and acceptance of all the above mentioned terms and conditions.

Questions?  contact
PO Box 59122
Chicago, IL  60659