Mt. Arbel

Photo Gallery

Places of Interest

Mount Arbel

Location

 

1. Mount Arbel is located on the west side of the Sea of Galilee and is the tallest mountain around the Sea of Galilee.

 

2. It has a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee.

 

3. It rises about 1,200 ft. (365 m.) above the Sea of Galilee.

 

4. It has on its eastern side a cliff that drops right down to the Sea of Galilee basin.

 

5. This cliff has many natural caves that have been used throughout history for battles and protection purposes.

 

Historical Background

 

1. History and tradition locate Mount Arbel as the place where Christ gave the Great Commission mandate to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

 

2. Many theologians believe this is the place because it is the tallest mountain in the area and provides a perfect view of the Sea of Galilee.

 

3. Because Christ spent around 60% of His ministry time around the Sea of Galilee, Mount Arbel would have provided the perfect backdrop as Christ gave the powerful Great Commission mandate to His disciples. From this location we can easily see:

 

  • Magdala

  • The area where Christ likely called several of His disciples

  • Chorazin

  • Tabgha - The likely place Christ restored Peter to ministry

  • Capernaum

  • Bethsaida

  • Kursi

  • Where Jesus walked on water and calmed the sea

 

4. The Great Commission was one of the last contacts Christ had with His disciples which shows the importance of this commandment.

 

5. The cliffs of Mount Arbel have natural caves that have been used as shelters for rebels against Herod the Great, revolts against the Romans and again in later periods. There are ruins of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine villages that lie below the cliffs and on its south-western side.

 

Places of Interest (Please See Maps Above)

 

1. Park Entrance

 

2. Lookout location

 

3. Arbel Cliffs

 

4. Magdala

 

5. Sea of Galilee

 

6. Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine villages that lie below the cliffs.

 

7. Ancient Synagogue

 

8. Fortress

 

9. Hiking trail

 

Mount Arbel in the Bible

 

1. Mount Arbel is the believed place where Christ gave the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:16-20: Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

2. What does the phrase, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” mean?  
Colossians 1:15–17: He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

  • Christ is the image of the invisible God. He is God in the flesh so we can understand and know Him better.

  • All things were created by Christ in heaven and on earth.

  • All thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities were created by Him, and He rules over them.

  • He is the head of all things.

  • All of creation is held together and sustained by His power.

 

3. During Christ’s ministry on earth, He performed every class of miracle to show He was Lord of every aspect of creation.

 

  • Sickness – Christ healed every kind of sickness among countless people.

  • Demons and the demonic world – Christ repeatedly cast out demons from many people.

  • Weather – Christ calmed the sea and storms.

  • Nature – Christ cursed a fig tree, and it died.

  • Animals – Christ cast out demons into a herd of swine, He performed the miraculous catches of fish, and He rode into Jerusalem on an untamed donkey.

  • Food – Christ fed 5,000 and 4,000 people.

  • The authority to forgive sins. Only God has this authority, so Christ showed Himself as being fully God.

  • Death – Christ raised a number of people from the dead, and He Himself rose from the dead.

 

4. Every knee in heaven and earth will bow before the authority of Christ.
Philippians 2:9–11: Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

5. Based upon the authority that Christ possesses, He commands us to go and make disciples.
Matthew 28:19–20: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

 

Faith Lesson from Mount Arbel

 

1. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ. Do we truly believe this?

 

2. We are all called to be missionaries.
Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

3. Missionary means “Sent One.” 

 

4. Most missionary work is done on the local level in our own Jerusalem as most are not called to foreign missions.

 

5. Just because we are not foreign missionaries does not mean we aren’t a missionary at our local level.

 

6. Making disciples entails evangelizing.

 

7. In supporting foreign missions, there are a few ways we can be involved:

 

  • We can be goers.  

  • We can be supporters by helping financially.

  • We can be encouragers to those in the field.

  • We can be helpers when missionaries return from the field and need help back home.

  • We can be prayer supporters.

  • Am I involved in foreign missions in at least one of the above ways?

 

8. In fulfilling the Great Commission, it’s not just enough to be a good person and hope our life will show others we’re different. We are commanded to go and speak!

 

9. While baptism does not save us, we are to emphasize it and are to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Have I been baptized and encourage others to be baptized as well?

 

10. We are to teach others to obey all Christ has commanded. Am I involved in doing this?

 

11. We have the promise that the one who has all authority in heaven and on earth will be with us as we go to evangelize and make disciples. We should realize that:

 

  • We are not alone in fulfilling the Great Commission but have Christ present and supernaturally helping us.

  • We have all the power and authority necessary in Christ, our helper, so we don’t need to fear any demonic or contrary force.

 

12. Do I realize Christ is with me in every aspect as I strive to fulfill the Great Commission?
 

Biblical Sites of Israel

 

Jerusalem Area

 

Jerusalem Overview

Jerusalem Holy Sites Overview

 

Antonia Fortress

Chapel of the Ascension: Ascension & Return of Christ

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

City of David Overview

 

Dominus Flevit Church: Triumphal Entry

Eastern Gate

 

Garden of Gethsemane

 

Garden Tomb: Resurrection of Christ

 

Gethsemane to Golgotha:

Christ's Path to the Cross

Hezekiah's Broad Wall

 

Hinnom Valley Overview

 

House of Caiaphas: Peter's Denial of Christ

 

Kidron Valley: Judgment of God

 

Mary's Tomb

 

Mount of Olives Overview

 

Pater Noster Church: Lord's Prayer

Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne 

Church

 

Pool of Siloam

Prophecy, Proof the Bible Is True: Mount of Olives

 

Solomon's Temple

Temple Mount Overview

 

Temple Southern Stairs

 

Temple Cleansing by Jesus

 

Temple & the Early Church

Tomb of the Prophets

 

The Upper Room

(David's Tomb)

 

Via Dolorosa

 

Walls of Jerusalem History

 

Western Wall & Tunnels Tour

 
Sea of Galilee

 

Sea of Galilee Overview

 

Bethsaida

 

Calling of the Disciples

 

Capernaum Overview

 

Chorazin

 

Feeding of the 5,000

 

Jesus Walks on Water, Calms the Sea

 

Kursi: Demonic Man Healed

 

Magdala: Mary Magdalene

 

Mount of Beatitudes

 

Mt. Arbel: Great Commission

 

Sower's Cove: Parables of the Kingdom

 

Tabgha: Restoration of Peter

Yardenit Baptismal Site

All Other Sites

 

Ai: Khirbet el-Maqatir 

Arad

Beer Sheba: The Patriarchs

 

Bethel

 

Bethlehem Overview

Bethlehem: Church of Nativity

 

Bethlehem: David & the Psalms

Bethlehem: Herodian Fortress

 

Bethlehem: Naomi, Ruth, Boaz

 

Bethlehem: Shepherds' Field

Beth Shean

 

Beth Shean Amphitheater

 

Beth-Shemesh

 

Caesarea Maritima Overview

 

Caesarea Philippi

 

Cana: First Miracle of Jesus

Dan (City of Dan)

 

Emmaus Road 

 

En-Gedi: Living Waters

 

Exodus, Red Sea Crossing, Mt. Sinai

 

Gezer: On Crossroads of the World

Gibeon - Nabi Samwil

 

Gideon's Spring

 

Gilgal

 

Hazor

Hebron Overview

 

Inn of the Good Samaritan

 

Jericho Overview

 

Joppa (Jaffa, Yafo) Overview

Jordan River Overview

Jordan River: Crossing into the Promised Land

Jordan River Baptismal Site of Jesus (Qsar al-Yahud)

Judean Wilderness

Judean Wilderness: Testing of Jesus

 

Kadesh Barnea

Lachish

 

Masada

 

Megiddo: Armageddon

 

Mt. Carmel & Elijah

 

Mt. Tabor: Transfiguration of Christ

 

Nazareth Overview

 

Nazareth: Church of Annunciation

 

Nazareth: Mt. Precipice

Qumran: Dead Sea Scrolls

Samaria (Sabastia)

 

Sepphoris (Tsipori, Zippori)

 

Shechem

 

Shiloh: Center of Worship

 

Sodom & Gomorrah

St. George's Monastery (Wadi Qelt)

 

Timnah: Life of Samson

Timna Park: Tabernacle Replica

 

Valley of Elah: David & Goliath

Holy Land Site

Experience the Holy Land Online!

Digital Book Cover Front - Israel Book (
Israel Biblical Sites Bible Companion (L

HolyLandSite.com is a Ministry of

Go Missions to Mexico

196 Hambrick Ave., Sutherlin, OR   97479

San Quintín, Baja California, Mexico (Mexico Address)

Phones:  541 603 0881 (U.S.A.)  011 52 616 166 2827 (Mexico)

If HolyLandSite.com is helpful to you and you would like to support our work, please make a secure donation to Missions to Mexico.

© 2014-2019 by Go Missions to Mexico Ministries