This is the "potty"
The next place we went to was Bet Alpha where there is an ancient synagogue which had a mingling of both Jewish and pagan symbolism in a beautiful mosaic covering the entire floor area. It dates back to 560 AD but is now a Kibbutz. In 1929, a person plowing hit the mosaic floor and it was uncovered and preserved.
Next we went to En Harod where we saw the place regarding the story of Jerubbaal, also known as Gideon, as described in Judges 7. We saw the very spot where Gideon was instructed by the Lord to have his men drink from the spring to further weed out the number of people he could take into battle against the Midianites. Gideon had originally had 32,000 men but the Lord instructed him to weed them down to 300 because God wanted it clear that God was the reason for the victory of the Israelites.
Our next stop was incredible. We went to a place called Megiddo which was the chariot fortress of both Solomon and Ahab overlooking the Valley of Armageddon as described in Revelations 16. The fortress had many horse stalls, horse troughs made of stone and areas for the chariots. Our guide pointed out that these stone troughs would be similar to what Jesus was placed in at birth. It would not have been wood as is commonly depicted. It was a phenomenal feeling to look at the beautiful fertile valley that was approximately 40 miles by 27 miles where Jesus will appear for the battle of Armageddon.
Our final stop was at the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Our guide indicated that this may not be the exact spot because John had baptized around several areas in the Jordan River. A large modern complex had been erected here to commemorate Jesus' baptism and God saying " This is my beloved son, etc." There are steps going down into the water where people can be baptized and you can even purchase robes to be baptized in. Can't wait until we are able to download pictures so you can see how spectacular God's country is.