BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | 2 FEB 2012
1: THE RIVER JORDAN | Jordan River | ARRIVED JUNE 1, 2012 | The River Jordan, or the Jordan River, is called Nehar haYarden. It is 251km (156 mi) long in Western Asia that flows and empties out into the Dead Sea but also goes through the Sea of Galilee. | Here
3: The River is the eastern border of Israel, including the Palestinian disputed area, separating it from Jordan (Moab and Ammon)
5: THE TRIBUTARIES The Hasbani (Arabic: Hasbani, Hebrew: Snir) flows from Mount Lebanon. The Banias (Arabic: Banias, Hebrew: Hermon), sources from a spring at Banias at the foot of Mount Hermon. The Dan (Hebrew: Dan, Arabic: Leddan), also starts at the base of Mount Hermon. The Iyon Hebrew: Iyon, Arabic: Dardara or Braghith), comes from Lebanon.
6: The Disputed Areas | There is a huge ongoing dispute about these lands in...well, to be politically correct, in the middle of somewhere. But speaking from a religious view, I see these lands as Israeli land, that the Palestinians have intruded on. This battle started in 1967, when officially recorded, and has continued until now. That's about 45 years!
7: Now for the Maps of Israel
10: Healing & | Miracles of the | Jordan River | II Kings 2:19 - 22 Healing of the Water: 19 The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.” 20 “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken. | II Kings 5:1-19 Naaman Healed of Leprosy Namaan was a commanding official ans soldier who was burdened with leprosy. He decided to go to Israel to be healed of his illness. Elisha heard about this man and asked of him. Elisha told him to go was in the Jordan River seven times but Naaman was hesitant. He thought that Elisha was going to wave his hand like a magic wand in the name of God or at least pick a "cleaner" river. But Naaman went anyway, only after his servants made him feel ashamed for rejecting the prophet. After washing, Naaman was cleaned, rejoiced and proclaimed that he knew that the only God was the God of Israel.
11: http://frmilovan.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/the-jordan-reversed-its-flow/ The link above includes a video and a journal entry about the time the Jordan reversed it's flow. According to the entry, I think the Video is flipped but you can still see the change in movement :) | Joshua 3:14-17 14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
13: sydney harbor bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbor since it opened in 1932. It is the worlds largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Bridge has always been the focal point.
14: maroubra beach | SYDNEY
15: AYRES ROCK/ULURU the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark.
17: Our trip has been amazing!! The locals are as warm and nice as expected. We've been able to visit all of the places on my list and I got to hold a Koala Bear! Woohoo!! Now I can check that off the bucket list. I love it so much here it’s going to be hard to leave, but the fun isn't over yet...we still have 5 more days to explore beautiful Australia.
18: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA
20: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.
22: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957.
24: Farewell Australia... until next time....