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Messiah is Our Peace: A Messianic Journey

October 10, 2018 - October 21, 2018

with Dr. Michael Rydelnik and Dr. Lina Abujamra



Trip Description

Join Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Israel expert (Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute, Open Line radio host, Bible teacher, author of Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict) and Dr. Lina Abujamra (author, Bible teacher and radio host of Today’s Single Christian, and Pediatric Emergency Room physician) for a trip of a lifetime to the Land of Israel. The focus of this trip is Messiah is our Peace, evidenced throughout the Scriptures, around the world and across the Land of Israel in the unity of followers of Messiah from all ethnic backgrounds and walks of life.

This amazing trip departs October 10, 2018, and returns October 21, 2018. This is a two bus tour and registration is limited. By the way, October is an ideal weather-time to be in Israel.  The temperatures are pleasantly warm and the rainy season has not yet started.

Join Dr. Michael Rydelnik and Dr. Lina Abujamra for an amazing, fun time learning the Scriptures on location in Israel, the land of the Bible.  Together you will explore your spiritual heritage, deepen your walk with the Lord Jesus, and have a wonderful time!

At every point along the way, from Dan to BeerSheva, Dr. Rydelnik’s  great love for the Bible and for God’s Holy Land, and his vast experience and knowledge of Israel, will expand your understanding of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

As you experience the beauty and history of Israel, you will learn the Scriptures at places you have known through your own Bible study at home; but will now see with your eyes on location. Following the paths of Abraham and the Prophets, walking where Jesus our Lord walked, overlooking Israel’s ancient borders, sailing on the Sea of Galilee and climbing the rocky wilderness you will have unforgettable times of prayer, worship, laughter and learning.

Seeing Israel with these experienced, knowledgeable Bible teachers will definitely be a rewarding spiritual experience as you come to understand more deeply the essential truth that Messiah is our peace. Come and visit amazing Biblical sites from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. Like Abraham, you will: Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth (Genesis 13:17).

Take an ‘arm-chair-tour’ of what is ahead on your journey to Israel as you look through the Itinerary link.  This is only a brief snapshot of some of the places you will visit. (Please note, this itinerary is subject to change depending on flight arrival times, weather, and circumstances beyond our control or knowledge at time the trip is posted.)

On this tour you will to see for yourself where the key events of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Book of Acts actually occurred.  Understand the Scriptures as never before from a ground-level perspective as you pray, sing, worship, study, laugh and learn in “His Holy Land” (Psalm 78:54).

This is a two bus tour and space is limited, so please register early.


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Day 1 - Wednesday - 10/10/2018

Depart USA for this Messianic Journey

Enjoy your flight to Israel from Chicago or New York City. Read, chat, study, rest or sleep as you begin your Messianic Journey to Israel.

Day 2 - Thursday - 10/11/2018

Shalom Israel!

After arriving at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, you’ll roll into Biblical history at the ancient port city of Jaffa, where Jonah tried to flee from the LORD, and Peter had his ministry-changing vision. Then, drive up the Mediterranean coast through the ultra modern city of Tel Aviv to our hotel in historic Caesarea.

Hotel: Dan Caesarea, Caesarea

Day 3 - Friday - 10/12/2018

Caesarea, Mt. Carmel ~ Mediterranean Coast

Walk through Herod’s luxurious port of Caesarea; sing God’s praises in the Roman amphitheater in this city where the Apostle Paul stood trial. On Mount Carmel, see where the LORD gave Elijah victory over the prophets of Baal. Explore Megiddo, the ancient guard city of the Jezreel valley, the future site of end time events, Armageddon. Learn more about Jesus the Nazarene overlooking His boyhood home of Nazareth.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth Tiberias

Day 4 - Saturday - 10/13/2018

Abraham to Jesus ~ Northern Galilee

Splash through the streams of Tel Dan, source of the Jordan River. See the actual ancient Canaanite Gate through which Abraham entered to rescue Lot. At Caesarea Philippi, worship Jesus as Messiah at the place where Peter declared: “You are the Messiah!”

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth Tiberias

Day 5 - Sunday - 10/14/2018

Walking with Messiah ~ Sea of Galilee

Spend the day around the Sea of Galilee in the villages where Jesus the Messiah spent most of His ministry years. “Sail” the Sea of Galilee and worship the Lord on the water on which Jesus walked. Get an overview of the Galilee from Mount Arbel; learn more of Jesus as you study the Scriptures in His home base of Capernaum. The Gospels will spring from the pages of Scriptures to unforgettable memories and spiritual transformation.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth Tiberias

Day 6 - Monday - 10/15/2018

Saul, Elijah, & Jesus' Baptism, Qumran ~ The Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea

Explore the extensive archaeological exactions of Beit Shean, important in the life of King Saul. At  the springs of Ein Harod, see where Gideon selected his 300 warriors. Walk through Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. On the drive down the Jordan Valley, stop near Jericho, at the Jordan River where the Jewish people crossed into the Promised Land and later, John the Baptist did much of his wilderness ministry. Float in the Dead Sea, and spend the night at the lowest place on earth.

Hotel: Herod's Dead Sea

Day 7 - Tuesday - 10/16/2018

Masada, Ein Gedi ~ The Wilderness of Judea

Take the cable car up Masada, Herod’s wilderness fortress, where the Jewish resistance made their fated last stand against Rome. Study the Scriptures in the ancient synagogue. Be refreshed in the Oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul. Enjoy a free afternoon at the luxurious Dead Sea hotel: spa, float in the Dead Sea, relax and chat.

Hotel: Herod's Dead Sea

Day 8 - Wednesday - 10/17/2018

The Negev and the Shephelah

Visit Beer Sheva, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s Negev home. Stand in the stream-bed of the Valley of Elah where David choose his five smooth stones to fight Goliath. Overlook Bethlehem’s Shepherd’s Fields  on the way UP TO JERUSALEM! Begin your time in the City of the Great King at the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on view.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Thursday - 10/18/2018

Jewish Quarter, Mount Zion & Yad Vashem

Pray at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and walk below ground level along the Wall to bedrock of this ancient structure chosen by the LORD for His people to worship. Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Worship, as Jesus did, on the Southern Steps of the Temple. Visit the traditional sites of the Upper Room and Mount Zion.  At Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, mourn the death of The Six Million, and stand amazed at the mercy of God in protecting the Jewish people from annihilation.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Friday - 10/19/2018

Modern Jerusalem and the City of David

Walk into David’s original city of Jerusalem, then splash through Hezekiah’s tunnel to the Pool of Siloam, where centuries later the blind man was healed by Jesus. Enjoy the afternoon free in Jerusalem.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Saturday - 10/20/2018

Mount of Olives and the Christian Quarter

Enjoy an early morning walk down the Mount of Olives to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Stroll the Christian Quarter of the Jerusalem’s Old City to the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus at the Garden Tomb.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Sunday - 10/21/2018

Shalom! to Israel and Shalom! USA

Say shalom (farewell) to Israel and hello to the USA. Look forward to time to process and be transformed by all you’ve seen and learned during this Messianic 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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Dr. Lina Abujamra

Dr. Lina Abujamra, author, host of Today’s Single Christian, and founder of Living with Power Ministry is a pediatric emergency room doctor by profession. Lina is passionate about empowering people with biblical truth. A popular Bible teacher, blogger, and conference speaker, she speaks four languages and is the author of three books. She also reaches English and Arabic listeners through weekly podcasts. Born in Lebanon, Lina is single and calls Chicago home. She is excited to join the leadership team of the Messiah is Our Peace Israel Tour.

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At a Glance

Messiah is Our Peace: A Messianic Journey

Dates:  October 10 – October 21, 2018
Trip Cost:  $4850.00
1st payment/ Deposit:  with registration = $850.00
2nd payment/Spring: March 15, 2018  = $2000.00
3rd payment/Summer/ Final : May 15, 2018 = $2000.00

Cost is all inclusive: round-trip flight from Chicago or New York to Tel Aviv. Lodging in 4 Star Israeli Hotels (per-person, double occupancy/price is $4850.00 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 posted daily itinerary is an overview of planned events and sites, and is subject to adjustment as necessary at the time of the tour.  All taxes, fees and tips are included in the cost of the tour.

Single Room:  Single Room Supplement $1160.00 (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).

Flights: Flights are round trip from Chicago, O’Hare or New York’s JFK.

Own (self-arranged) Flights: If you want to make your own flights, there is a $1000.00 deduction (flight credit) from the cost of the trip.  This flight credit will be applied to your Final payment.

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: Read and consider carefully the Physical Requirements and Responsibilities under Terms and Conditions concerning seeing Israel with Messianic Journeys. This is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience; it is a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and have independent mobility and strength.  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

Messiah is Our Peace: A Messianic Journey

$4,850.00 (October 10 – October 21, 2018)

Price Includes:
FLIGHT-Round-trip from Chicago or New York City to Tel Aviv

LODGING – 4-Star  Israeli hotels (double occupancy = 2 people per room, each person pays $4850.00

SINGLE ROOM –  If do not want a roommate, the additional cost of a single room is $1160.00.  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 March 15:   Trip Registration Deposit is refundable less $500.00 cancellation fee.
March 16 – May 15 Cancellation: refund less $1500.00 cancellation fee.
May 16 – July 1 Cancellation: refund less $2500.00 cancellation fee.
After July 1 Cancellation: 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 $500.00 deviation fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted after May 15, 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 re-ticket 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.

Flight times are subject to change by the airline without advance notice.  Messianic Journeys is not responsible for airline flight cancellations, schedule changes and delays, and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from such delays or cancellations, concerning group flights arranged by Messianic Journeys or connecting flights made by individuals.  Messianic Journeys strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to cover any losses that may be incurred.  In the highly unlikely event the airline(s) changes flight schedules, Messianic Journeys reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary as necessary. A corresponding cost increase may occur if additional nights/meals are necessary.

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 conditions and terms.

Questions?  Contact:
PO Box 59122
Chicago, IL  60659