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Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel is the place the place Elijah had his contest with the prophets of Baal. Following the competition you can look west towards the Mediterranean Sea, as Elijah requested his servant to do, to see if there have been any indicators of rain clouds. Trying eastward you’d look down upon the Jezreel Valley the place Elijah ran from Mount Carmel and out ran Ahab’s chariot.

1 Kings 18—1 And it got here to go after many days, that the phrase of the Lord got here to Elijah within the third yr, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I’ll ship rain upon the earth. 2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. 3 And Ahab known as Obadiah, which was the governor of his home. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord drastically: 4 For it was so, when Jezebel minimize off the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 5 And Ahab stated unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we might discover grass to save lots of the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all of the beasts. 6 So that they divided the land between them to go all through it: Ahab went a technique by himself, and Obadiah went one other means by himself. 7 And as Obadiah was in the way in which, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and stated, Artwork thou that my lord Elijah? 8 And he answered him, I’m: go, inform thy lord, Behold, Elijah is right here. 9 And he stated, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest ship thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10 Because the Lord thy God liveth, there is no such thing as a nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not despatched to hunt thee: and once they stated, He’s not there; he took an oath of the dominion and nation, that they discovered thee not. 11 And now thou sayest, Go, inform thy lord, Behold, Elijah is right here. 12 And it shall come to go, as quickly as I’m gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I do know not; and so after I come and inform Ahab, and he can not discover thee, he shall slay me: however I thy servant worry the Lord from my youth. 13 Was it not advised my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred males of the Lord’s prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14 And now thou sayest, Go, inform thy lord, Behold, Elijah is right here: and he shall slay me. 15 And Elijah stated, Because the Lord of hosts liveth, earlier than whom I stand, I’ll certainly shew myself unto him to day. 16 So Obadiah went to satisfy Ahab, and advised him: and Ahab went to satisfy Elijah. 17 And it got here to go, when Ahab noticed Elijah, that Ahab stated unto him, Artwork thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I’ve not troubled Israel; however thou, and thy father’s home, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast adopted Baalim. 19 Now subsequently ship, and collect to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal 4 hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves 4 hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s desk. 20 So Ahab despatched unto all the kids of Israel, and gathered the prophets collectively unto mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah got here unto all of the individuals, and stated, How lengthy halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, observe him: but when Baal, then observe him. And the individuals answered him not a phrase. 22 Then stated Elijah unto the individuals, I, even I solely, stay a prophet of the Lord; however Baal’s prophets are 4 hundred and fifty males. 23 Allow them to subsequently give us two bullocks; and allow them to select one bullock for themselves, and minimize it in items, and lay it on wooden, and put no hearth below: and I’ll costume the opposite bullock, and lay it on wooden, and put no hearth below: 24 And name ye on the title of your gods, and I’ll name on the title of the Lord: and the God that answereth by hearth, let him be God. And all of the individuals answered and stated, It’s effectively spoken. 25 And Elijah stated unto the prophets of Baal, Select you one bullock for yourselves, and costume it first; for ye are many; and name on the title of your gods, however put no hearth below. 26 And so they took the bullock which was given them, they usually dressed it, and known as on the title of Baal from morning even till midday, saying, O Baal, hear us. However there was no voice, nor any that answered. And so they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it got here to go at midday, that Elijah mocked them, and stated, Cry aloud: for he’s a god; both he’s speaking, or he’s pursuing, or he’s in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and should be awaked. 28 And so they cried aloud, and minimize themselves after their method with knives and lancets, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it got here to go, when noon was previous, they usually prophesied till the time of the providing of the night sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to reply, nor any that regarded. 30 And Elijah stated unto all of the individuals, Come close to unto me. And all of the individuals got here close to unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was damaged down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, in accordance with the variety of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the phrase of the Lord got here, saying, Israel shall be thy title: 32 And with the stones he constructed an altar within the title of the Lord: and he made a trench concerning the altar, as nice as would include two measures of seed. 33 And he put the wooden so as, and minimize the bullock in items, and laid him on the wooden, and stated, Fill 4 barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wooden. 34 And he stated, Do it the second time. And so they did it the second time. And he stated, Do it the third time. And so they did it the third time. 35 And the water ran spherical concerning the altar; and he crammed the ditch additionally with water. 36 And it got here to go on the time of the providing of the night sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet got here close to, and stated, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it’s identified today that thou artwork God in Israel, and that I’m thy servant, and that I’ve completed all this stuff at thy phrase. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this individuals might know that thou artwork the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their coronary heart again once more. 38 Then the hearth of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wooden, and the stones, and the mud, and licked up the water that was within the trench. 39 And when all of the individuals noticed it, they fell on their faces: they usually stated, The Lord, he’s the God; the Lord, he’s the God. 40 And Elijah stated unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one in every of them escape. And so they took them: and Elijah introduced them all the way down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. 41 And Elijah stated unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there’s a sound of abundance of rain. 42 So Ahab went as much as eat and to drink. And Elijah went as much as the highest of Carmel; and he solid himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43 And stated to his servant, Go up now, look towards the ocean. And he went up, and seemed, and stated, There’s nothing. And he stated, Go once more seven occasions. 44 And it got here to go on the seventh time, that he stated, Behold, there ariseth slightly cloud out of the ocean, like a person’s hand. And he stated, Go up, say unto Ahab, Put together thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain cease thee not. 45 And it got here to go within the imply whereas, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a fantastic rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran earlier than Ahab to the doorway of Jezreel.

This is without doubt one of the very fertile valleys in Israel.

Look to the east by south east you may even see Mount Gilboa

Trying instantly east from Mount Carmel within the distance previous the Jezreel valley is Nazareth. Simply north of Mount Tabor.

Trying north throughout the Haifa harbor you may see the traditional metropolis of Akko or (Acre), Ptolemais. This was the port metropolis that most of the crusaders arrived by ship landed in Palestine. The partitions and fortifications of this vital Crusader’s metropolis nonetheless stand at present in lots of locations all through the town.

Bible References

Judges 1:31—31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

Acts 21:6–7—6 And once we had taken our depart one in every of one other, we took ship; they usually returned house once more. 7 And once we had completed our course from Tyre, we got here to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them someday.

Accho was Asher’s portion, however by no means was wrested from the unique dwellers (Judges 1:31). Paul landed right here from Tyre, and stayed someday with Christian brethren, earlier than crusing on to Caesarea

Ptolemais within the New Testomony, Jean d’Acre (named from the knights of John of Jerusalem); it has been known as “the important thing of Palestine.”

Its sands have been employed by the Sidonians in making glass. The title is akin to the Arab Akeh, a sandy shore heated by the solar.

The chief seaport in Syria, 30 miles S. of Tyre; on the N. of the one inlet on the Palestine coast, with Carmel on the S. facet. The gap throughout is eight miles.

The river Belus flows into the ocean shut below the city partitions. (Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Digital Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)

This seaport was the leaping off level for most of the crusaders who sailed to the Holy Land.

Acco, Ptolemais, Acre: This city turned an vital place due to the one pure harbor on Israel’s coast line.

Similar as “Acco” in Judges 1:31. Ptolemais was essentially the most distinguished city on the Phoenician seacoast in Maccabean occasions (1 Macc 5:15,55; 10:1,58,60; 12:48), and is as soon as talked about within the New Testomony in Acts 21:7 as a seaport at which Paul landed for someday, visiting the “brethren” within the place.

Fashionable Arabic ‘Akka, English Acre; the King James Model Accho: A city on the Syrian coast a number of miles north of Carmel, on a small promontory on the north facet of a broad bay that lies between it and the trendy city of Haifa. This bay furnishes the perfect anchorage for ships of any on this coast besides that of St. George, at Beirut, and Alexandretta on the excessive north.

It fell inside the bounds assigned to the Israelites, significantly to the tribe of Asher, however they have been by no means capable of take it (Josh 19:24–31; Judges 1:31). It was, like Tyre and Sidon, too sturdy for them to assault and it turned certainly a fortress of bizarre energy, in order that it many a siege, usually baffling its assailants.

Within the interval of the Crusades it was essentially the most well-known stronghold on the coast, and in very early occasions it was a spot of significance and seems within the Inform el-Amarna Letters as a possession of the Egyptian kings. Its governor wrote to his suzerain professing loyalty when the northern cities have been falling away (Amos Tab 17 BM, 95 B). The Egyptian suzerainty over the coast, which was established by Thothmes III about 1480 B.C., was apparently misplaced within the 14th century, as is indicated in Inform el-Amarna Letters, however was regained below Seti I and his extra well-known son Rameses II within the thirteenth, to be once more misplaced within the twelfth when the Phoenician cities appear to have established their independence. Sidon nevertheless surpassed her sisters in energy and exercised a form of hegemony over the Phoenician cities, at the very least within the south, and Acco was included in it (Rawl. Phoenica, 407–8). However when Assyria stumbled on the scene it needed to undergo this energy, though it revolted each time Assyria turned weak, as seems from the point out of its subjugation by Sennacherib, and by Asshur-bani-pal. (from Worldwide Commonplace Bible Encyclopaedia, Digital Database Copyright © 1996, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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