Safety in Jerusalem- 07/23/17 Update

by Steve Ray on July 23, 2017

UPDATE 07/23/17:

As stated last week I confirm that none of the localized problems in Jerusalem have anything to do with our pilgrimages or itinerary.

Just like gang fighting in localized areas of Chicago or New York have no effect on tourists and businesses in normal areas. Have no fear. If questions, email me at sray@me.com.

ORIGINAL POST:

A few days ago two Israeli police officers were killed in Jerusalem. This was a targeted assassination of police and has nothing to do with tourists or pilgrims. The subsequent closure of Temple Mount and subsequent killing of the attackers took place on Temple Mount an area which we don’t even visit during our regular tours.

Our recent group in Jerusalem at Notre Dame

Bottom line: this has nothing to do with our pilgrimages and should not cause any concern for our trips. These kind of things happen in a very confined area – an area that does not relate to our pilgrimages.

Considering there are more murders and victims of crime in single major cities per year than Israel, one could make the argument it is more dangerous here or in Europe than in Israel. Chicago has more shootings in a month than Israel does in years.

I will repeat what I said so often, I have taken thousands of people to the Holy Land and we have never had a problem and no one has ever felt in danger. Nothing has changed. Same old, same old. I have been to Jerusalem and all over Israel more than 150 times and I can confirm that it is far safer in Israel than in most cities in America.

Last week in the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem

Don’t believe me? Ask any of our thousands of pilgrims. If you need to contact me about his, or have a phone call, contact me at sray@me.com. Just returned home from Jerusalem!

As of Sunday morning, Temple Mount has been reopened for Muslims to go pray at their mosque. Israel has an unprecedented number of visitors this year and buses are everywhere. Over 3 million pilgrims and tourists will fill the country.

Our next four pilgrimages this year to the Holy Land are already full with a waiting list. Our trips for next year are already filling fast.

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The messenger clambered off the ship with mixed emotions: joy and distress. The mission had been successful but new problems had arisen. It was like climbing up a sandy slope: three steps up and sliding two steps back. He had to find Paul quickly. The problems were serious and needed immediate attention.

When the Church today is struggling with problems, it is easy to imagine and long for a Golden Age in the early years of the Church, especially during the life of the apostles. But, the Church has never had a Golden Age. There have always been troubles. St. Paul struggled daily with false teachers, deceptive brethren, persecution, immoral conduct in the churches, and believers confused about the truth.

The messenger scurried through the streets of Corinth and found Paul and assured him of the continuing faith and love among the Thessalonians, which was no small feat because they were being persecuted suffering for Christ. They had been greatly helped a few months earlier by Paul’s letter comforting them about their loved ones who had died they would be raised bodily from the dead when Christ returned and his return was soon.

Their worries about the dead had been resolved by Paul’s earlier letter. What a great relief those who had died and been buried would rise bodily at the sound of the trumpet. But now another misunderstanding or false teaching had infiltrated the ranks.

Paul’s good news had been warmly received. But the new problems which had raised their ugly heads. Paul was deeply concerned. He feared the persecution would cause some to stumble and fall away from the Lord, but more distressing was the news that someone was deceiving his friends, even writing false letters in his name.

He had to warn them quickly not to listen to false teaching whether it was in a letter supposedly from him or even from a prophecy or a spirit proclaiming that the day of the Lord had already come. The Second Coming of Christ, or the parousia, was both immediate and extended. It was coming soon, but it had not already taken place, nor would it today or tomorrow.

The false teaching had caused two problems. First, it had unsettled those who thought they had been left behind—missed the boat; and second, it was causing many to become lazy and idle expecting Jesus to return before the week was out. The crisis in Thessalonica was not just theoretical. It was real. Imagine the situation:…

For the whole intro to St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians, click here.

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