In 2007, my eldest son moved to Jerusalem working as a journalist and writer. Since then he has done interviews with government officials, academics, and "the man on the street." Joshua maintains a news web site that draws from his contacts in the middle east: the Israeli government, middle eastern universities, and public relations outlets. His reporting, analysis, and insights are unique in reporting on Israel and the middle east.
Our study, "The Language of the Bridegroom" is now complete with workbook, discussion outlines, and audio discussion. Read more.
The "Holy Land" is a place of exploitation. From the Fourth Century on there have been countless shams that prey on hapless pilgrims who don't know the first thing about the Jewish Messiah, much less about biblical history. Their ignorance is not to be condemned; it is merely more evidence of nearly two millennia of "Jesus" myths foisted upon sincere men by less sincere men.
To be sure, there are valid and precious connections between Messiah, His first disciples, and the Land of Israel… but they are not to be found inside the gaudy walls of the "Church of [fill in the blank]" - so save your tour dollars.
For a Messianic connection, all the true follower needs to see is the Sea of Galilee, the Arbel cliffs, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem to appreciate the historicity of the Bible. But that is not what makes the Land special. As good as it might be to "walk where Yeshua walked" that is not the draw that the Land has to His true followers. There is something else. Something that, without the Scriptures, we would find inexplicable.
To the eye, it is a reasonably pleasant land, but less so than the highlands of Scotland, and the lowlands of the Atlantic coast. To the senses, it is appealing, but less so than the streets of Paris or Florence.
And yet, our hearts leap at the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of it.
It is because He is there. It is because He has etched upon it His eternal Name. To all of us that know the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, it is our home and it eternally matters because it matters to our G-d.
For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which HaShem your G-d cares; the eyes of HaShem your G-d are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.