Holy Land Research Institute
At the Cross-Roads of Archaeology, Education, and Restoration
At the Cross-Roads of Archaeology, Education, and Restoration
Watch the Bible come to life as Prof. Winder uses archaeological and historical evidence to inspire a closer relationship with the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. See artifacts from ancient times and gain insight into the Age of the Patriarchs.
Our greatest desire is to introduce people to the truths of G-ds Word, providing the perspective of the Old and New Covenants, to discover Gods Plan of Redemption, that was paid in full by Y'shua Ha Meshiach, Jesus The Christ.
Holy Land Research Institute Periodicals and Restoration Updates, bring you the latest discoveries in Biblical evidence that verifies Biblical history...digging a little deeper to build our faith a little higher.
Your prayers and support make it possible to re-establish the Christian Heritage on Mount Hermon, Israel, while restoring the ancient Church of the Transfiguration; as we invigorate the study of Gods Word around the world promoting a closer relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
On this Day of Rosh Hashanna, 9/21/17, We look forward to the coming year.
A fter thirty five years of doing research in the Holy Land, and always mixing Archaeology with Biblical teaching; it is with answered prayer that the Holy Land Research Institute was birthed. It is our Mission Statement to inform our supporters of the latest discoveries in Biblical Archaeology, using the evidence to share the Good News; all while restoring the ancient Church of the Transfiguration, and the lost Christian Heritage on Mount Hermon, through the Damascus Road Museum and our Academy of Archaeological Etiquette.
You may ask, “How on Earth did Brother Thomas get enlisted into this monumental project”? As fate would have it, my old friend and Religious Scholar, Dr. Hurtak, turns out to be a friend of Terresa Nacli, the daughter of the Nacli Family from Majdal Shams, who is related to the builders of the ancient Church. He knew of my research on Mount Hermon, and the Transfiguration that I completed in 1993 while attending the Institute of Holy Land Studies, (now, Jerusalem University), and my eight years on staff at Trinity Southwest University, deeply involved in the City of Sodom excavation, it’s promotions, and cultural affairs in Jordan. Next thing you know…Brother Thomas becomes the Project Manager and Resident Archaeologist for this exciting project. No doubt, only our God could connect those dots!
In Future DIGGING DEEPER Periodicals and Updates, we’ll explore existing scholarship concerning currently excepted, and memorialized traditional locations of Biblical sites; including Mount Sinai, the Temple Mount, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Red Sea Crossing, The City of David, and the Empty Tomb, as well as Biblical personalities like Abraham and the Patriarchs, Noah, the Nephilim, King David, Moses, and the Hebrews, to mention a few.
Also in the DIGGING DEEPER Updates will be the progress reports on the Church of the Transfiguration Restoration Project, the Museum, the Academy, and our Open Hands Community Outreach. This mission not only restores an old church and re-establishes the Christian Heritage of the Golan Heights, but we pray it will provide the space for an Academy, and Museum.
It seems impossible that the Druzes were forgotten by the Church for nearly a hundred years, but when the local Christians were driven out by Jihadists after WWI, and the territory became the southern portion of the Nation of Syria; not even the Marianites returned. The Orthodox Church lost their roots in the Syrian Druzes region on Mount Hermon and had to seek other places to serve. The Christian Druzes reluctantly migrated to Europe and the America’s. Today, the Druzes that remain in Israel, proudly serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and enjoy the benefits of full citizenship. It is time to bring Peace, of the Prince of Peace, back to these incredibly strong and resilient people on Mount Hermon.
We are humbled by this calling and the accountability it demands, and promise to be reliable, honest, and faithful to this Mission…not collecting treasures of this world, but treasures in Heaven, for the Kingdom of God and His Children.
May the Lord bless you for your prayers, your fellowship, and your support.
Prof. Thomas Winder
CEO & Executive Director
Mt: 16:18. “…upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”.
Isaiah 61:4 "And they will rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations."
While attending the Institute of Holy Land Studies, (now Jerusalem University), in 1993, Prof. Winder explored the events surrounding the Transfiguration of Christ. His research eventually took him to Majdal Shams, near Nimrods Fortress, on the Road to Damascus.
The Abrahamic Covenant, for instance, involved a 'Fire Pot, and a Lamp', that explain Redemption, the Trinity, and G-ds great love. Re-creation and Restoration for the soul, body, and spirit.
Visit the video section for Rev. Winder's testimony of when G-d spoke to him before dying on November 6, 2005. And many other videos concerning the Church of Majdal Shams, Archaeological digs, and sermons on Redemption.
From Hawaii to the East Coast, Prof. Winder has shared the Good News, from an Archaeologist perspective. In Churches of all Denominations, Institutions, as well as Retirement Centers; "Brother Thomas" inspires the young and the old, a-like, to explore the Bible as the greatest adventure in life.
Our E-mailed Periodicals, and Restoration Updates inform our subcribers of exciting new Archaeological discoveries relating to Biblical History, as well as the progress reports of the Church Restoration on Mount Hermon, Israel.
Seeing Israel and Jordan transforms lives; as one experiances the geography of the Holy Land, the Biblical stories become alive. From empty tombs, to Temples, mountains and seas; come and walk where Jesus walked, get baptized in the Jordan River, and re-dedicate your lives to His Kingdom and His Righteousness.
Thomas Winder at the Cathedral of Faith, San Jose, California
On November 6, 2005, the Lord spoke to me before I died, he said, "Don't worry Thomas, I'm not finished with you".
Revival at Kings Chapel, Lanai
Thomas Winder and Leen Ritmyer on the Temple of Sodom.
Speaking at Crossroads Church, on Kauai.
Your gifts make it possible to reach the World and the Druzes community of Northern Israel.