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Still in Jerusalem

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So much to say but time short Internet on and off constantly

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We are here

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Well Jordan was an amazing place, Petra well worth visiting. Interesting when you look on map and think of the amount of times the rulership of this area has changed hands, Petra, known also as Bozrah in The Bible, was the capital city of the land of Edom, I am told. Amman, the capital of Jordan, was in Ammon back in the day. Very interesting city and much bigger area than we anticipated, we walked for four hours and only saw part of the area.

The stay at Darna Beach was Enjoyed by us all.

Joy and Nehemiah are becoming well versed at border crossings and are great travel companions, its a lot of fun to
travel as a family.

I'll get some pics up when I can get near a fast computer.

Masa il kheer

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South Beach


Now at South Beach, Dharna, Aqaba in Jordan it's amazing. The snorkelling is better than anything we've ever seen, extreme visability, coral formations. Baheb de! Very relaxing, very friendly people. The Jordanian Arabs are great people. We are just sitting down to a meal, watching the sun set over Egypt

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sunny 35 °C

What luxury after Cairo, staying in a resort on the Red Sea.

A pretty comfortable bus trip over the sinai desert, contrary to what we had heard from others about the east delta bus co. modern aircond bus.

The Sinai is different from the west of Suez in that there is a very visible military presence, many checkpoints etc even the locals cannot drive along the road without passport or electronic I.D. card. The Egyptians take very seriously the safety of tourists, shipping, transport etc. and are mindful of nutters within or from outside Egypt that like to blow things up.

Nuweiba is a place that not many people realise, was the scene of the loss of the entire Egyptian army, in one morning, as they tried to follow the departing Israelis through the sea, to Baal Zephon in Midian, which is in modern day Saudi Arabia. This history is recorded in The Holy Bible in The book of Exodus, in chapter 14.

In His day King Solomon erected two huge stone pillars, one on either side of the crossing site, to commerate the event. The one on the Nuweiba foreshore lay fallen in the water for many years, until discovered by Ron Wyatt late last century. It now stands on the hill above the port of Nuweba, on the side of the Dahab road, the written inscriptions sadly worn off from its lengthy period in the surf, which was in all probability, thuosands of years.
The pillar on the Saudi side was still standing where King Solomon had placed it, until Ron wyatt discovered it. The locals had never taken any notice of it and it was in a very remote part of the coast, but in recent times it has been removed an replaced with a steel pole. I guess it caused a few thological probems for the Islamic Saudis. The inscriptions are still intact on this pillar and clearly state who it was erected by and for what purpose.
Interesting stuff.

Ron Wyatt and subsequent other have dived on the crossing site and photographed some of the remains of the Egyptian army. I was very keen to dive here, but unable due to laws stating that I must be with a registered guide.
Also these discoveries make the Egyptians fairly nevous I suspect, for the same reason as the Saudis and also fears of a influx of treasure hunters, damage to their amazing coral reefs etc.

Some photos can be seen on Ron's website www.anchorstone.com

Very slow internet, but I will try to upload some photographs. If not today, asap.

Border crossing at Taba/Eilat tomorrow.

Exodus 14

Crossing the Red Sea
14:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, 7 and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly. 9 The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.

10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night [1] without one coming near the other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging [2] their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw [3] the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

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