The Ancient City of David.

There are quite a few “City of David”‘s . He grew up in Jerusalem, was king for 7 years in Hebron, then there is the ancient City of David that was occupied by the Jebusites – Jebus. Mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible – or Tanakh. In modern Jerusalem there is the very large city of Jerusalem with near to or over 1 million people – certainly over a million if one counts the “Greater Jerusalem” area. Then there is the “Old City” which has עיר דוד (City of David) on the side of the walls.

Then there is the “Ancient City of David” in the Silwan. From Wikipedia: Silwan (Arabic: سلوان‎,[1]Hebrew: כְּפַר הַשִּׁילוֹחַ Kfar ha-Shiloaḥ) is a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem. Forty Jewish families also live in the area. Silwan is located in East Jerusalem. Silwan began as a farming village, dating back to the 7th century according to local traditions, while the earliest mention of the village is from the year 985. From the 19th century onwards, the village was slowly being incorporated into Jerusalem until it became an urban neighborhood.

This is the rediscovered Jebusite City that survived for approximately 1000 years after David and his general took it over. I believe that – “if the Lord tarries” – this “City of David” will become an even more visited site than the Kotel.

Here is the latest on the Pilgrimage Road – as some call it. The discovered road from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.

Sept 15th, 2019 – Jerusalem Israel

“My Beloved” – my wonderful wife Sarah, gave me a book to read on this trip – Hiking Through. It’s one of those books you get and move into like moving to another world.
It is about life through the eyes of a man who lost his wife through “the C word” and needed to discover why God sends earthquakes into our lives. The man quit his job of 25 years and decided to hike the AT. Along the trail God brought healing in many ways.

It is full of great thoughts – here is one:

“I remember a quote from Benton MacKaye, the originator of the AT. He said the ultimate purpose of the Appalachian Trail would be ‘to walk; to see and to see what you see’. How often we witness a scene of great beauty but don’t comprehend what we see. A beautiful sunset, a bright full moon, brilliant stars on a cloudless night. We ar too busy to see. The stresses of life blind us. Our eyes behold, but we do not grasp the greatness of what God has placed here for our enjoyment.”

Thank you My Beloved for allowing me to come here to Israel to experience some “Trail Magic” along my AT. This is my Appalachian Trail.

Sept 14th 2019 – Jerusalem Israel

Breakfast – Abraham Hostel style of course.

After posting a ton of this stuff to the blog for yesterday I decided at noon it was time to get out and enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem on the street.

The goal of the day would be to visit every “gate” from the outside of the “Old City” clockwise starting at the Damascus Gate where I had my video problem. So I successfully did a video of the Damascus gate. It is in the news often for many reasons – I’ll leave it at that. Hence lots of security.

If you want to find out current events surrounding the Damascus Gate – Google it.

Zedekiah’s Caves – now let the imagination go while what could be hidden in these caves. I’ll give you a hint A of the C.

Below, doors (2) that go to underground places – don’t know where. Across the street there is a quick glimpse at the possible “Hill of the skull”.

Mysterious doors. Golgotha across the street.

Sept 13th 2019 – Jerusalem Israel

A long walk – 5+ miles but somebody has got to do it! 🙂
Outside of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Israel.
On the way back I grabbed an “Israeli Lunch”. Well that’s what I call it. 🙂
Majestic view
A classic stop in Jerusalem.
Strawberry (and other berries) yogurt blended cold drink. Has to be the healthiest drink one could have.
Shabbat dinner at Abraham Hostel

Day One

Made it to Jerusalem via ElAl Airlines on Wednesday September 11th 2019.

On the bus from Bangor Maine to Boston Massachusetts to Logan Airport

I left the part of my family – Sarah, Esther, Solomon and Ellisheva – with a feeling of “I miss you already” – in my living room as they went off to school.

My 18 year old – Joseph – who is moving to Florida with his brother Josh and nephews and nieces soon – drove with me to the bus station. Bought a ticket to Boston. Had an hour before the bus left so we went to Gabriel, Heather, Liam and Daniel’s house a mile away to hang out for a few minutes.

The bus ride was great – relaxing – used my laptop and connection to the Internet to get caught up on this kind of stuff.

At Logan I was looking forward to the fun of Israeli Security and they did not let me down. After coming to the conclusion that I was an odd duck and not fitting the typical tourist profile they informed me that they would call me later for a special run through of my one bag – one bag seemed odd to them for someone that was planning to spend 42 days in Israel – of luggage.

The old duffer (Paw) and 18 year old Joseph at the bus station

I showed up at the gate at 7:45pm (15 minutes early) for the go through and at the gate no one knew anything. So final boarding time came and then they discovered that the security guys did not do the run through and they brought me to a special room where -after delaying the plane for 45 minutes – they finally got that done and off we went to Tel Aviv.

On the plane I got to sit between two CUFI member Christian brother believers – pastors – one in Montana and one in Reno Nevada. Both had just flown from LA to Boston that day and were now on the plane to Tel Aviv.

They slept about 6 hours of the plane ride – I slept about 3 – landed about 2pm Israel time (7am Eastern) – Sat in the airport and let a few folks know that I actually made it there – many were wondering if I was going to make it on the plane at all – and grabbed a שירות – shuttle bus – to Jerusalem. Checked in at Abrahams Hostle and grabbed some supper from the Shook – market – nearby – ate then had a great nights sleep.

Israel September 10th to October 22nd 2019

In 2014 my oldest son (of 7) Joshua (Josh) said he wanted to bring me to Israel. War broke out between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the trip was cancelled. Josh said we are going anyway and decided to go for it – us two – no guide – no group – just going from one adventure to another. Here is a Facebook page of the trip that whetted my appetite for more of the same. So the next year – after meeting a Pastor from Illinois in an online Hebrew class – we went again. Sadly Josh could not come so Fernando and I decided to have our own adventure. Here is a Facebook link to some that trip .

I started to think this could become a habit – go every year. But life got in the way in 2017 and then again in 2018. So I decided to roll those two years and 2019 into one big 6 week trip. And if God is willing September 10th I will be going alone on the big one. So far I have a 6 day reservation at Abraham’s Hostel in Jerusalem. So I can tell Israeli security I’m going somewhere when I board the plane. After that I’m looking to the Golan – If you need some background on just what the Golan is here is a good enough MAP . The light area is the Golan. Why go there? Well honestly it is because that is where much of the possible future prophetic events might be taking place. Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iran, Russia and 10+ other factions are amassing their military there.