I will just give you few minutes only
just to understand why Israel all the time from the ancient civilization, from
the old days ’til today, why it is important. First of all, you have to know
that this is a circle here. Can you see it? Very clear; it’s a bridge between
Africa and Asia. No one could come actually from the deserts here; that was
almost impossible. If you want to come from Ur, I have another map that says Ur
here, but this is I’m talking about the first millineum before the Christ. So, if
you want to come from who where Ur, where Abraham came, all the way to, for example, to Egypt, no way to pass the desert. There’s no way. Only you have to
go through the Ephrates River then actually to the Mesopotamia area, then to
Damascus, then through Israel, through Israel, then to Gaza, then to Alexandria.
So, you have to know that all day, all the kings in the old days–all the leaders,
all these pharaohs–and all these, you know, and emperors, okay? All that time they were looking to control this piece of land. Because if you control this piece
of land you control all the junction– from the sea, from the lands,
from all over…wherever. If you are coming from Africa or from Asia: look at it!
The Babylonians, they came through this when they destroyed Jerusalem. The
Assyrians they came from here when they destroyed Jerusalem. The Egyptians, they
came when they destroyed Megiddo. You know, Thutmose III, he destroyed Megiddo more than 15 times! So, this is very important. This is all. I just want to
show you how important it is to control this piece of land. And believe it or not,
until today, this piece of land, okay, is the most important part of the
Middle East. And all the problems because of this piece of land that we have today.
Okay, who is going to control? Thank you. So, you have to know that most of the roads, they used to pass from
the land not only progress, right? Now we are talking…! This is Israel at the time of Jesus. If you are coming from Alexandria, you are coming
from Alexandria or from Gaza or from Africa going to Damascus, you have to, in a way, you have to, in a way, pass what we call it the “Via Maris” route. That was what we call it today the “highway”, okay? For years and years and years, ’til the 19th Century, people actually continued to walk the Via Maris route. It starts from Alexandria all the way to Damascus and from Damascus all the way down to Alexandria. You can see hundreds and hundreds of caravans in the old days passing from here and this is very important right now. Why? Because a road that used to connect Damascus with Alexandria…guess where it used to
pass from where?Just below the mountain, we found, actually, we found, what we call
it, the original Roman road and Caperneum was on the Via Maris road! Not
only the Bible is telling us, Matthew 4, now, when we go to Capernaum we will read Matthew 4. Not only Caperneum was located on the Via Maris, not only the Bible, sorry,
is telling us that Caperneum was located, there is a PILLAR, a Roman pillar in Capernaum it was found telling you Caperneum is one of
the cities located on the Via Maris. So, this is, by the way, this is where Jesus
reached fire on Sodom, he reached all the way to Egypt when he was a little kid with Joseph and then ran away; and then he was all the way to Samaria to through the
Decapolis a little bit. So, just to give you the idea that Jesus was all over the country.