PHOTOS by ILLUMINA
Ancient Walls of Jerusalem
This is the portion of Jerusalem's wall built under Hezekiah reign. strong walls were important to withstand attacks from enemies.
It was here that peter the Apostle confessed Jesus as the MESSIAH and the SON of GOD... this site is also referred to as "the Gates of Hell"
Here the Holy Spirit directed the Christians in Antioch to set aside Barnabas and Paul for the work of the GOSPEL. Acts 11:20-22 ,20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
Olive trees are/were very common in Israel and olive was used for cooking and as fuel for lamps. Deutronomy 6:11-13 11 The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land, 12 be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 13 You must fear the Lord your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.
Here is a story in the Bible about the Olive TreeJudges 9:8-15,
8 Once upon a time the trees decided to elect a king. First they said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!’ 9 But it refused, saying, ‘Should I quit producing the olive oil that blesses both God and people, just to wave back and forth over the trees?’
10 “Then they said to the fig tree, ‘You be our king!’ 11 But the fig tree also refused, saying, ‘Should I quit producing my sweet fruit just to wave back and forth over the trees?’
12 “Then they said to the grapevine, ‘You be our king!’ 13 But the grapevine replied, ‘Should I quit producing the wine that cheers both God and people, just to wave back and forth over the trees?’
14 “Then all the trees finally turned to the thorn bush and said, ‘Come, you be our king!’ 15 And the thorn bush replied, ‘If you truly want to make me your king, come and take shelter in my shade. If not, let fire come out from me and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Four fishermen follow Jesus
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.