Day 25 (Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi (Gates of Hell), Golan Heights, Mount Hermon)

Today we did many things. First we went to Tel Dan. The most important thing we saw at Tel Dan was a gate that is dated back to the 18th Century. It is one of the oldest things we have seen. There is a high probability that Abraham actually passed through this gate.

This is a picture of the Gate I am discussing. This gate is basically made out of mud and straw. The fact that it is still standing today is ridiculous. Nearly 3000 years old, this gate has seen more history than most other buildings. For me this was incredible. To be able to see something so old that has stood witness to so much history is remarkable. However I am very skeptical of the claims placed on the gate itself.

Out next stop was Caesarea Philippi. It was here that Jesus asked his disciples the famous question, “Who do people say that I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Christ!” The reason Jesus came to this setting was to show that belief in Jesus as Messiah is more powerful than the gates of Hell. Many people believe that this location is actually a gate to Hell. It is here that there was a Temple to Pan. In the back of the Temple, goats were sacrificed. The sacrifice was deemed acceptable if the goat disappeared and then reappeared around the side of the mountain. So there was definitely demonic activity if in fact the stories are true.

If you look at the Temple on the left side you will see the Temple I am talking about regarding the sacrifices. That is a picture of what it looked like in its Prime during the Roman rule. Behind the Temple is a still pool of water.

This is a picture of the back of the Temple today. I must admit being here was chilling.

The last stop was to see Mount Hermon, an absolutely beautiful mountain with white Caps that hold a strategic position between Syria and Lebanon.

Here is a picture of the Mountain. It is gorgeous. Simply seeing it made me want to climb it but unfourtunatly I don’t have time to do that. Honestly Im not even sure if I am qualified to climb a mountain of this magnitude. Still, the thought of it is thrilling.

Today was a great day. There was a lot of driving. I found Abrahams gate mind blowing but I believe my favorite sight today would be Mt. Hermon simply because how beautiful it was.


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2 thoughts on “Day 25 (Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi (Gates of Hell), Golan Heights, Mount Hermon)

  1. Reblogged this on The Templar Knight and commented:
    I was really close to this two weeks ago when I visited the Golan Heights but was unable to visit – how frustrating for me! But great to read your blog and many thanks for these great pictures.

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