DAY 13 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15: SOUTHERN BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL, RED SEA, TIMNAH, MACHTESH RAMON, TEL AVIV, FLIGHT HOME (for some)
Today we re-crossed back into Israel. After a chilly start, the weather was sunny and warm most of the day (high 70s), but cooler towards evening. This would be our last full day of our trip!
Jordan-Israel Border Crossing
Following Sammy’s wake-up call (our guide yelling good morning), we ate breakfast and then load the bus. On our way from Wadi Rum to the Rabin Border Crossing and back into Israel, one of the buses had radiator problems. Thankfully after a temporary fix, we made it to the border. The crossing was relatively quick. Eli, Shlomo, David, and Meshaich greeted us with warm smiles on the Israel side.
Coral Beach/Red Sea
Driving south of Elat, Israel’s port city on the Red Sea, we enjoyed a little over an hour at Coral Beach, a national nature preserve. Some enjoyed swimming in the clear waters of the Red Sea, seeing brightly-colored fish and coral. It was a nice time of sitting on the beach as well and enjoying the view.
“Seeing the full-size replica of the Tabernacle today was really amazing! Just to think that this served as the ‘portable’ Tent of Meeting where God met with His people. Jesus came to fulfill this tabernacle once and for all!”
About noon, we drove northward through the Aravah to TImnah. Here we saw a full-size model of the Tabernacle (Exodus 25, and about 50 others chapters dedicated to the building and care of this transportable Tabernacle). We had a guided tour from a Messianic believer from Ukraine. We read from Hebrews 9 and celebrated Christ’s fulfillment of the Tabernacle as our High Priest. Just north of Timnah is Yovata, a dairy kibbutz. We enjoyed their famous ice cream here!
For the next 1.5 hours we drove through the Desert of Paran and the Machtesh Ramon. This is Israel’s grand canyon. Standing on the top rim/edge of this crater at sunset, we learned about this region’s unique geological formations. We also took our last group picture of the tour here.
Tel Aviv Area Hotel/Dinner
Continuing northwest and driving by Beersheba (Gen 21, 26), we arrived at our hotel near the airport. After dinner, some in the group were taken to the airport for their night-flight home. Most in the group retired early since most in the group fly home in the early morning hours tomorrow.
DAY 14– FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16: ARRIVE BACK IN THE U.S.A.
Most in the group flew home on early morning flights.