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Biblical Places in Israel Itinerary.
Israel is one of the hottest destinations on the planet for its many places of religious and historical significance. It’s an old country with a very intriguing history. It gathers the highest number of holy places of Christianity in the world. Visiting sites that are so important to millions of people across the globe is always an honor. It truly feels inspiring to stand in the place where many of the most timeless tales told in the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran took place.
If you’ve thought about visiting Israel, then you may be interested to read about some of the best Biblical places and their meanings that you can visit in the country. Whether you adhere to the teachings of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, this is a significant place for your religion.
All biblical locations that are listed below have a small number² that you can click on. You will then see the corresponding Bible quote associated with this place.
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Biblical places in Jerusalem
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Although you can visit all of these places by yourself, it’s so much better to join one of the Jerusalem tours. For a little money, you will not only be taken to all the biblical locations but also get to know the incredible history of each place. You will be sure you won’t miss anything and make the most of your trip to Jerusalem.
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The Temple Mount 1
The Temple Mount is the site where King Solomon’s temple is thought to have once stood. It has a great religious significance to millions around the globe and it’s probably the holiest place on this Earth. Here are the top Israel Biblical sites that are worth seeing at the Temple Mount:
Dome of the Rock
This Islamic shrine is a really important religious site to all the three world’s biggest religions.
It’s also believed that it’s where Abraham wanted to sacrifice his son, Isaac, for God. 3
Last but not least- it’s believed that the legendary Ark of the Covenant is hidden under the Well of Souls located under the Dome of the Rock. 4
The most important place for Jews is what’s left from the Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus has been visited it many times throughout his life. When he was 12 years old that’s where his parents found him 5. It’s also where he got angry about making a market out of his Father’s home 6. Finally, it’s where he had been teaching 7.
Men and women are not allowed to get to the Wall together. There is a separate section for each sex.
Via Dolorosa 8
Your Jerusalem pilgrimage won’t be complete without walking through the Via Dolorosa. It was where Jesus was carrying the cross on his way to Golgotha.
If you are looking for a peaceful place where you can meditate on Jesus’s suffering, you may be quite disappointed. The Way of Sorrow is stuffed with shops, restaurants, and hordes of people. Nine stations are located on the narrow streets of Jerusalem, the final five are inside the Holy Sepulchre church.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Golgotha / Calvary 9
Calvary is where Jesus died on the cross. Historians don’t know the exact place of Golgotha, but it’s believed to be located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There is a Calvary chapel inside a church where you can pray for a while.
For all of you who decided to walk along the Via Dolorosa, stations 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th are located at Calvary.
Jesus’s Tomb 10
After Jesus died on Golgotha Mount, he was placed in the tomb and resurrected 3 days later. No matter what Catholic Holy Land tours you are going to attend, you will probably need to wait in a long line to get inside the tomb. I’ve been in Israel twice, on September and February, and each time it took us about an hour waiting to see the tomb. Was it worth it? Not really. You have about 5 seconds inside the tomb, as the other tourists are waiting to get inside too. You won’t have time to pray, or even take a photo.
Jesus’s Tomb is the last, 14th Station of the Cross.
Chapel of Adam
Right below the Golgotha, there is a final resting place of Adam, the very first human. It has a great allegorical meaning. A man (Adam) has brought the death into this world 11, and the man (Jesus) has conquered it many years later 12.
Stone of Anointing
It’s believed that the Stone of Unction is a place where the body of Jesus was placed before the burial.
The Franciscan Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene
It’s believed that it’s where Jesus met Saint Mary Magdalene after he has raised from the dead 13.
It’s the final resting place of St Joseph of Arimathea, the man who took care of Jesus’s body after the crucifixion 14.
Prison of Christ
The chapel is a part of Ambulatory. It’s believed it’s where Jesus was imprisoned before the crucifixion.
It’s important to distinguish Mount Zion and Mount Sinai. The first is located in the heart of Jerusalem, whereas the second in Egypt. Moses received Ten Commandments from God on the peak Mount Sinai.
It’s believed that both the Last Supper 15, and the assumption of Mary, Jesus’s Mother, into Heaven took place somewhere around today’s Abbey of the Dormition. The Cenacle is open to the public, and it’s located on the upper floor of King David’s Tomb.
Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu
The church was built in a place where Peter denies Jesus three times 16.
BONUS INFO: It’s usually not a part of Catholic pilgrimages to Israel but there is one specific spot on Mount Zion that’s worth visiting. The final resting place of Oskar Schindler, German who saved 1,200 Jews during World War II, is located there.
Mount of Olives
Where to stay in Jerusalem & Recommended tours in Jerusalem
Best Hotel Jerusalem Old City
When it comes to accommodation, we chose Abraham Hostel. More info about this amazing place later on in this paragraph.
For those of you who are looking for a good hotel Jerusalem Old City, check out Gloria Hotel. It has all you need to make your trip to Jerusalem perfect- excellent location, comfy rooms, yummy food, and even free parking.
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As I mentioned above, we’ve been staying at Abraham Hostel and it was absolutely amazing! If you are looking for the best Jerusalem accommodation, that should be your place to go. Even though it’s officially a hostel, it’s so much more than that. We had a private room with a private bedroom, so it felt more like a hotel than a hostel. There is a lot going on at Abraham Hostel. It’s located within the walking distance from all the important sites of the Holy City.
Abraham owns a travel company as well, that’s why you can book with them many Jerusalem day tours, including:
Jerusalem Old City Tour
We have been attending this tour and it was AWESOME! Our Jerusalem tour guide was very informative and took us to the places we wouldn’t be able to find by ourselves.
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Jerusalem to Petra Tour
My, oh my, visiting Petra was a highlight of our trip to the Middle East. Seeing the Lost City of Stone, going to Wadi Rum, staying at Bedouin’s Camp and stargazing was an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for best tours from Jerusalem to Petra, you won’t be able to find anything better. Crossing the border takes a lot of time that’s why a day trip to Petra from Jerusalem is not available. You need to stay in Jordan for at least one night.
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Bethlehem tour from Jerusalem
We took West Bank Tour that include more places in Palestine than just Bethlehem. We got to know more about the conflict, and had the chance to listen both the Israeli’ and Palestinian’s point of view. Our Israel tour guide was very informative.
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Jerusalem day trip to Masada Dead Sea and Ein Gedi
Reaching the top of Masada early in the morning is one of the best hikes in Israel. It’s good to combine Masada tour with traveling to the Dead Sea. After getting tired, you will be able to jump into the saltiest water in the world. No matter what month you are visiting Israel- it’s always warm there. The photo that you can see below was taken on February.
It’s really worth to go there, as the sea is shrinking every year. Scientists predict that it may completely disappear in the future. Dead Sea cosmetics are one of the best Israel souvenirs that you can bring back home, so it’s a pretty good place for shopping as well.
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Tel Aviv city is relatively new, so you can’t find there many Catholic pilgrimage sites. There is one place worth visiting tough – Jaffa. This one of the oldest Mediterranean ports is mentioned many times in the Bible. It’s where St Peter resurrected Dorkas 19. St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa was built in the memory of this miracle.
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Bethlehem is said to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. It’s located in today’s Palestine territories and it’s a part of all the Catholic pilgrimage tours.
Church of the Nativity
All the Holyland tours have Church of the Nativity in the itinerary. No wonder why- it’s where Jesus was born 20. There is a silver star inside the church that marks the exact place of the stable and the hay crib.
It is believed that many important people of Christianity have been buried under today’s Nativity Church, including Saint Jerome.
Chapel of the Milk Grotto
Many people believe it’s where baby Jesus, Virgin Mary, and St Joseph found the shelter when they were hiding away from King Herod. According to the Bible, he ordered to kill all the boys younger than 2 years old. Herod was too afraid that the newborn Jewish king will take away his power. 21
Recommended hotels in Bethlehem Palestine
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If you are looking for a cozy place to stay, and want to have all the important Biblical Land places at your fingertips, choose Dar Sitti Aziza. It’s one of the top rated Bethlehem Palestine hotels. Located in the heart of the city, it has all the facilities to make your stay in the Holy Land comfortable. Check out the latest prices for Dar Sitti Aziza here.
All the travelers who prefer home-like experience will enjoy staying at Canawati Apartment. It’s located within the walking distance to the Nativity Church and has a fully equipped kitchen. Check out the latest prices for Canawati Apartment here.
If you are traveling on a budget Habibi Hostel should be your choice. The breakfast is included in the room rate, the rooms are cozy, and the shared bathroom is clean. Check out the latest prices for Habibi Hostel here.
Next place on our list is Mount Sinai. This is the mountain where Moses had been given the ten commandments by God. 22 Historians are not sure where the biblical Mount Sinai is located. Most of them believe it’s in today’s Egypt. There is a group of scientists though that point Mount Karkom as the real Mount Sinai.
Jezreel Valley (Armageddon)
Jezreel Valley is significant to religious people for many reasons. A lot of historical battles took place near this area but many people visit the site because of prophecies depicting it as being an important region for the end times. The land called Megiddo in the Bible is said to be a place where a climactic battle between the forces of good and evil will take place. 23. Pilgrims visit this site and reflect upon the prophecies of the end times.
Many people put a lot of thought into the prophecies of the book of Revelations. Visiting Jezreel Valley (Armageddon), one of the sites that are mentioned in the book can be quite a profound experience. It remains a popular destination for many Christians who are visiting Israel.
If you are attending one of the Catholic pilgrimages to the Holy Land, you need to visit Nazareth. This is where Christ spent a large chunk of his life 24. Here are the top biblical locations in Nazareth:
St. Joseph Church
According to the tradition, it’s where St. Joseph, Virgin Mary’s husband, had his workshop.
The Church of the Annunciation
The Basilica was built in a place where the home of the Virgin Mary once stood. It’s where she found out that she will become the mother of God 25.
Mensa Christi Church
According to the tradition, it’s a place where Jesus come to his disciples after the Resurrection 26.
An angry mob once attacked Christ at this site after he made some proclamations in the Nazareth synagogue. They attempted to throw him off of the mountain 27. People come to this site with that story in mind quite frequently. It’s a popular tourist destination because there is a clear Biblical record of Jesus having been at the location.
Recommended hotels in Nazareth Israel
We’ve been staying at Fauzi Azar and it was absolutely perfect! This hotel Nazareth is located in the old Arab house, in the heart of Nazareth, close to the most important tourist attractions. We really can’t think of anything that we didn’t like about this place.
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If you prefer a home-like experience while traveling, and you are looking for the best Nazaret apartments, check out Airbnb or Apartment of Aamer in the old city. It’s also a great choice for all of you who travel on a budget.
If you are looking for more luxurious Nazareth accommodation, check out Ramada Nazareth hotel. It’s arguably the best place to stay in the town.
A large number of Jesus’s disciples lived in Capernaum Israel, including Peter, John, Andrew, and James. It’s also where Jesus was teaching 28. Visiting a town of such significance is very interesting and it is a site where Jesus was teaching people.
Sea of Galilee
Another very important site for Christianity is the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Lake of Gennesaret. This is the body of water that Christ performed one of his most spectacular miracles on. He walked on water and showed his disciples that anything was possible when you have enough faith 29.
Only ancient ruins remain of Caesarea today but it’s still a place that people like to see with their own eyes. Caesarea is mentioned many times in the New Testament. It’s the place where the occupying forces of Rome gathered 30.
It’s also where Herod the Great ordered the census that caused Mary and Joseph to flee 31. Stepping foot near the area where Herod ordered the execution of newborn children is quite surreal.
Save your time and book your Caesarea tour online here.
Recommended Caesarea hotels
Surprisingly, there are not so many Caesarea hotels worth recommending. Most tourists decide to go there on a day trip, without staying overnight. Anyway, if you are looking for good accommodation in Caesarea, check out Alma or Eldad Place-caesarea.
This is another site that was mentioned in the Bible more than once 32. Golan Heights are a part of many Israel guided tours. Even though nothing spectacular happened there, it’s still a place worth visiting, as it’s one of the Israel biblical sites.
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This is the village where Jesus Christ famously turned water into wine. 33 Miracles are certainly something that attracts many tourists to particular locations. The water-into-wine miracle is one of the most famous acts that Christ performed during his time on the earth. Being able to visit the actual place where this astonishing act happened is awe-inspiring. Kafr Kanna should definitely be a part of your Holy Land pilgrimage catholic itinerary.
Visiting Mount Azazel can be interesting because it is thought to be the spot of the scapegoat ceremony depicted in the book of Leviticus 35. It isn’t a populated area now but some desert tours will take you through the site.
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Most believers know the story of the walls of Jericho. The Israelites marched around the walls for days and eventually sounded their horns. The mighty walls of Jericho came crashing down, allowing the Israeli forces to win victory in battle 36. It’s an astonishing tale and you can visit the site where ancient Jericho stood all those years ago.
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Mount Carmel was once a place where the false god Baal was worshiped. It is at this place where the prophet Elijah challenged 450 prophets of this deity to a contest at this site. The contest was to determine the fate of Israel and which god was in charge of the land 37. Of course, Elijah won the day and the rest is history.
The Dead Sea has its own religious significance but many also like to seek out the sites where Sodom and Gomorrah 38 once stood. Of course, you’ll remember that one of these towns, in particular, was said to be reduced to a pillar of salt. Dead Sea vacation is a popular choice among the travelers visiting Isreal but most of them are not aware that this place also has a religious significance.
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This is the site also known as the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus had a profound experience in this area that caused his face to shine like the sun. That’s where he met Elijah and Moses, and his disciples heard the voice of God 39.
Mount of Beatitudes
This is a site where Christ recounted eight blessings, one of the most famous of his teachings 40. Today the beautiful Catholic chapel stands at the top of the mountain. It was built in memory of Jesus’s famous speech.
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Recommended guided tours Israel:
- Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
- “then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
- “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
- “Now Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was two and a half cubits, and its width one and a half cubits, and its height one and a half cubits; and he overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a gold molding for it all around. He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet; even two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.”
- “Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.” Luke 2:46
- “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.” Matthew 21:12
- “Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.” John 8:2
- “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” John 19:16-18
- “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33
- “Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.” Mark 15:46
- “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—” Romans 5:12-21
- “but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” 2 Timothy 1:10
- “Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).” John 20:16
- “When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.” Matthew 27:57
- “He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.” Matthew 26:17-30
- “Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour, still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:54-62
- “On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.” 1 Kings 11:7
- “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” Mark 13:1-37
- “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Acts 9:36-43
- “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,” Matthew 2:1
- “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16-18
- “The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.”
- “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon”. Revelations 16:15-16
- “And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:11
- “Six months after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee. The angel went to a virgin promised in marriage to a descendant of David named Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary. (…) You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. (…) Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38
- “A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 20:24-29
- “They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” Luke 4:29-30
- “And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.” Luke 4:31-37
- ” Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.” Matthew 14:22-33
- “And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;” Acts 23:23-35
- “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16-18
- “And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities.” Joshua 21:27
- “Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” John 2:1-11
- “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan”. Mark 1:9
- “The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the LORD. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the LORD.” Leviticus 16:10
- “Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6
- “So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:16-45
- “Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.” Genesis 19
- “After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” Matthew 17:1-13
- “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12