Holy Ground, Israel the Holy Land
 The experience of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is second to none. The feeling of walking in the footsteps of the Messiah is indescribable. The names of the sites instantly remind us of stories from the Bible: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Judea, Mount of Olives, Calvary, and on and on. The Bible comes alive. You are walking through the pages of THE LIVING WORD!
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 When you get to Jerusalem and travel around you begin to notice some amazing things! Everywhere you look there is a church! Tourism has a great influence on the Israeli economy. Because of the effect of tourism it looks like most of the events in the New Testament took place in churches.  Churches were built over the areas where important events in the Bible took place.

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Church of Annunciation in Nazareth

Photo of the Church of Annunciations
This church marks the site of the Annunciation, which is supposedly where the Archangel Gabriel delivered his message to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.
 Diagram of interior

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Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

 Photo of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem
The church is built above a cave which is supposedly where Christ was born.
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

 Photo of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial.
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 There is a church shaped in the form of a 'tear drop!'
Dominus Flevit

Photo of the church Dominus Flevit

  (Dominus meaning 'The Lord', Flevit meaning 'wept').   The church was designed in 1955 by the famous Italian architect Anton Barluzzi in the shape of a tear drop. Here it is believed that Christ wept as he foresaw the fate of Jerusalem.
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 The church of Pater Noster was built on the place where it is supposed Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's prayer. The prayer is written on the walls of the church.

  Church of the Pater Noster

Photo of the Church of the Pater Noster

The Lord's Prayer in 62 panels
Photo of the Lord's Prayer engraved on the walls

The Church of the Pater Noster remembers Jesus' teaching of the Lord's Prayer to His disciples.  The church is built on top of a cave on the Mount of Olives, long ago associated with the teachings of Jesus.  It's focal point is the cloister, decorated with tiled panels of the Lord's Prayer in 62 languages.
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 Of course, these church buildings where not around in the days of our Lord's visitation on this earth. The angel most likely appeared to Mary in a mud brick house. Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a feed trough. The Lord's Prayer was taught around the Sea of Galilee, on the side of a mountain. (Sermon on the Mount!)   And there is nothing ornate or beautiful about Calvary!

 Picture of three crosses

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 If you are in the Lord your life is taking place on Holy Ground.
  Those invisible holy sites!
 You can't see them now, but you will see them later.
 Like Jacob did at Bethel (Gen 35)...the House of God!

 Jacob battling with an angel

 You must trust now, and know your life...
 will take place on HOLY GROUND, 
 in those invisible sanctuaries of God.

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 "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple." Psalm 27:4

  The temple at Jerusalem

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 Sha'aloo shalom Yerushalayim
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!
In His service and love

Written by Billye Jeane Mercer

     Listing of Churches in Jerusalem
from "
Beyond the Walls: Churches of Jerusalem"

1 - Saint Lazarus' Church
2 -
Church of Beitphage
3 - Basilica of the Agony - Church of all Nations (Gethsemane)
4 - Church of the Assumption (Saint Mary's Tomb)
5 - Church of the Ascension (also known as Dome of the Ascension)
6 - Church of the Ascension - Augusta Victoria
7 -
Church of Saint Mary Magdalene
8 - Convent of the Pater Noster
9 -
Dominus Flevit
10- Church of the the Ascension (Russian)
11- Monastery of the Holy Cross
12- Church of the Visitation
Church of Saint John the Baptist (Ein Kerem)
14- Church of the Redeemer
Church of Saint John the Baptist (Old City)
16- Church of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
18- Ecce Homo Basilica
19- Church of the Flagellation
Church of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross
Church of Saint Anne
22- Church of Saint Mark
23- Saint James' Cathedral
24- Christ Church
25- Dormition Abbey
Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu
27- Church of Saint Andrew
28- Ethiopian Church
29- Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
30- Cathedral of Saint George

by Jonathan Cahn

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