Mount Carmel and the Jezreel Valley

Mt. Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility in the Bible.  It was referred to as “the excellency of Carmel” in Isaiah 35:2.  Solomon praised his beloved: “Thine head upon thee is like Carmel,” Song of Solomon 7:5.  But for Carmel to wither was a sign of devastating judgment Nahum 1:4.

Mt. Carmel

Statue of Elijah on top of Mt. Carmel

The statue at the Mt. Carmel Monastery reflects the Lord’s victory over the prophets of Baal.  Shortly after God rained down fire from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, altar and even the water, Elijah had the prophets of Baal slaughtered at the Brook Kishon – something which should have happened long before!

“Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.”
1 Kings 18:38 – 40

Mt. Carmel Montestery

Mt. Carmel Monastery

Mt. Carmel Monastery

Inside the Mt. Carmel Monastery

Mt. Carmel Monastery Courtyard

Mt. Carmel Monastery Courtyard

This is a breath taking view of the Jezreel Valley or also known as the Valley of Megiddo. This site, according to Revelation, is where the final battle  will be between the forces of good and evil. The Battle of Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 ”

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

Mt. Carmel Lookout

Mt. Carmel Lookout over the Jezreel Valley

Click here to watch a video I took of the jezreel valley


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