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Mount Tabor

The north and the south, You have created them;
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name. (Psalm 89:12)

For the Christians, Mount Tabor is a holy place as it was chosen by Lord Jesus to be site of His transfiguration.

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured (Grk: metamorphosis) before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

And behold, Moses (representing the law) and Elijah (representing the Prophets) appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-8)
Other Gospel References of this event: Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36

At the foot of Mount Tabor, waiting for the Taxis

If you read Numbers 20, God told Moses to speak to the rock; instead Moses struck the rock with his rod disobeying the command of God. Scriptures says: The Lord was displeased with Moses’ actions and said: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12). Moses was only allowed to see the promised land from Mount Nebo.

Coffee at Mount Tabor
Fellowship at Mount Tabor
Fun time at Mount Tabor

However, when grace of God manifested ie Lord Jesus Christ, Moses did enter the promised land – not physically but spiritually.

Mount Tabor’s winding road access is seen in the above photo. Early pilgrims used to climb thousands of steps cut into the rocky slope to reach the summit. These days hired taxis or mini-buses help get to the top.

This is also believed to be the site for the battle where Prophetess Deborah and Barak together fought against Sisera commander of the Canaanite army of King Jabin of Hazor,and the army of Jabin

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand’?” (Judges 4:4-7)

Daburiyya an arab village (named in honor of the Prophetess Deborah) is located at the foot of Mount Tabor, near the area where the prophetess Deborah judged.

The Church of the Transfiguration

The Church of the Transfiguration is a Franciscan church built by the architect Antonio Barluzzi located on Mount Tabor in Israel. It is traditionally believed to be the site where the Transfiguration of Christ took place. It was built on the ruins of an ancient (4th–6th-century) Byzantine church and a 12th-century church of the Crusader Kingdom period.

Church of Transfiguration

The church contains three grottoes belonging to the Crusader church. They are called tabernacles, and they are said to represent the three huts which Peter desired to build, one for his Master (Jesus) the other two for Moses and Elijah)”. The Grotto of Christ is in the eastern part of the church. Steps lead down to a lower level containing a sanctuary roofed with a modern vault.

A scene depicting the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus in the Church

Barluzzi had created a roof built of alabaster panels, meant to let in as much light as possible in accordance to the biblical event celebrated here. However, the alabaster roof could not be made watertight and had to be covered over with a common, non-translucent roof.

Barluzzi had created a roof built of alabaster panels

Mount Tabor’s height affords uninterrupted panoramas. From the balcony of the Franciscan hospice, the view is of the plain of Jezreel, bounded by the Carmel range and the mountains of Samaria.
The fertile plain is called “the breadbasket of Israel”, a reminder that one of the meanings of Jezreel is “God sows”.

Jezreel Valley

Armies of all the great generals who campaigned in the Middle East have tramped across the plain, from the pharaoh Thutmose III to General Edmund Allenby, and including Alexander the Great and Napoleon.

And in the Book of Revelation, it is named as the scene of the battle of Armageddon (also called Harmagedon or Har-Megiddo), in which good will triumph over evil.

Comments

11 comments

  1. Amazing Bro Mik .. its not only informative but also enlightening…. Mt Tabor experience was a much deeper and much enriching experience..txs fr summing it up ….

  2. Thanks brother for sharing this. Yes it was our first site of the first day. Amazing place. Got to know so much about this place that bro. Michael shared. It was very spiritual trip with lovely people. Israel is very dear to the Lord and we praye for the salvation of Israel

  3. As I went through the photographs and narration, in spirit I wandered through those awesome places and my two year old treasured memories of the places revived.
    My request- please do not miss the unique opportunity of joining the next Israel Tour along with Past. Michael. He is just wonderful spirit filled Guide and Blessing.

  4. Thank you Bro for this wonderful & detailed information about Mt Tabor. It was an awesome place and we could feel the presence of God… And we can never forget the Architect Antonio Barluzzi for constructing many churches in Israel. GOD BLESS YOU Bro. Keep us posted with more articles.

  5. Wow that was so beautiful. God bless you pastor Michael. You have explained so well to the minutest detail. I so wish I could experience it personally. KSM is a blessing to so many. God bless

  6. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures & information regarding Holy Israel tour.May God change the lives of this people. God bless Brother Pastor Michael Fernandes ,Karuna Sadan Ministries and each and every one associated with him.Praise the Lord for he is good!

  7. Amazing and blessed time we had in God’s land. Every tiredness left behind as soon as we landed Israel. Yes thank you Bro Michael for the amazing information and insights you provided, which we shared with friends and relatives and passed on the blessings of Mount Tabor to them too. Thank you Bro Michael for the detailed explanation and information you gave us of all the places we visited. Indeed you blessed us with more knowledge and we are grateful and thankful for everything you do for us. Here would like to mention about the awesome team we had. When you have likeminded people, you tend to enjoy every place you visit. The meeting at Jesus Calls prayer Tower was spirit filled and every word of prophecy accurate. We thank God for making us a part of your Ministry. May we enjoy every trip and may Jesus and his land where he lived and walked and ministered be alive in us always. God bless you and your family abundantly . God bless the team Israel 2017 abundantly. May all of us walk in a different level of anointing from now on.

  8. The place of GOD’S power is released in the place of GOD’S purpose at KSM – through his anointed one Pastor Michael . In fulfillment of Joel 2:28. A teacher grafted into the Vine by circumcision of his heart to the Lord Jesus. God sees the heart and blessed the motive of truly loving the Giver and not the gifts. God bless our pastor always.

  9. Wow!
    Bro, you have explained it so well.
    Went on a trip through my mind remembeing our trip of November 2013.
    Who can ever forget the place where our Lord Jesus came down to live among men on the earth that He created.
    Thank you for making the Bible come alive through the notes.
    God bless you.

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