Temple Mount Flyover

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Lately my son, Barry, and I have been experimenting with shooting aerial video from a remote control helicopter.  The Old City of Jerusalem is a no fly zone.  However, we received special permission to video the Jerusalem excavation where I am a staff member. This morning we had one take at flying over the Old City in the early light of dawn.   We had a great challenge, though; we couldn’t see what the camera saw. We were shooting blind due to a monitor malfunction.  As the Bible says, sometimes we have to be blind to truly see.

The shot that you see takes in the “City of the Great King” (Matt 5:35).  As Barry pilots the copter, our camera slowly approaches the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher can be seen to the north (left) where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead.  Beneath the Dome of the Rock is the outcropping where God provided a substitute sacrifice for Isaac and where the Holy of Holies was located in the temple of Yahweh, the temple that Jesus stood next to and said of Himself, “…something greater than the temple is here.” (Matt 12:6). In the background is the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended into heaven and where he will return.  Just as with the Bible, so too the city of Jerusalem is all about Jesus!

Lately, our hearts have been heavy with all the spilled blood and turmoil going on in and around Jerusalem.  Peace is a person.  Jerusalem shall be the city of peace when the Prince of Peace comes and takes his rightful throne!

Come Lord Jesus!

Joel & Family


  1. Tomi on July 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    It appears God piloted the plane, it was an awesome overview of the sacred City. Thank you SO much!!

    • SourceFlix on July 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      We were thrilled and amazed when we saw the footage! God is GOOD!!

  2. Lee and Kathy Baker on July 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Awesome video… Truly inspiring to see the city in this view.

    • SourceFlix on July 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM


  3. Guillermo Peña Cedeño on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Thank you for the message and music, and for the video of Jerusalem, the City of our Great King! Come Lord Jesus, I say after you! May He always bless you!

    • SourceFlix on July 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you! And may you be richly blessed as we all wait for the coming of that day.

  4. Pauline Fowler on July 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Thank you so much and what a wonderful thing for you and Barry to do together.

    • SourceFlix on July 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      We are having a great time!!!
      Thanks Pauline!

  5. Kristine on July 12, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Thank you so much! I have never been there and would love to go one day but for now I will just see your video! Thank you again!! God bless you all!

    • SourceFlix on July 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Till that day…!
      Bless you!!

  6. Steve & Connie Baum on July 12, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Wonderful footage…. Barry not Joel at the controls, let the little children come to me… Fly on Barry.

    • SourceFlix on July 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      He’s hooked!!! 🙂

  7. Joanne Rivers on July 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    That was awesome! What a blessing to able to do these videos. I want to come back to Israel and experience the trip all over again. May our Father continue to bless and inspire you to do greater things for HIS kingdom. Love you Kramer family!

    • SourceFlix on July 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Thank you, Joanne! Our love to you and your family!!!

  8. Wayne Stiles on July 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Very, very nice. Thanks for your ministry of video.

    Keep them coming, and I’ll keep sharing them. 🙂

    • SourceFlix on July 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Thank you, Wayne! It’s my intention to keep them coming!!

  9. Garth Lamb on July 15, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Have been there myself,but never could have seen it the way you have shown it to us.Awesome work. Jesus will thank you some day. We thank you now.

  10. Wes Boyett on July 17, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    Loved it! Dont see how you did it w/o getting shot down, but love every second of it! Wes

  11. Ruth Dutton on July 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Thank you, Barry, for this wonderful piece, especially at a time when we are so moved to cry out to the LORD for His mercy for Jerusalem, and the precious people of the region, whether they live in Israel, Gaza or the West Bank. You are all in my heart and prayers to our Almighty Father. ruth

    • SourceFlix on July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Thank you, Ruth! We join you in crying out!!!

  12. Chip Thompson on July 20, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    God is Good; All the Time! Amazing footage, especially when it had to be done blind! I am amazed at the height and distance the photo-copter can fly! Wouldn’t have thought it was possible. Brings back tons of memories from our trips to Israel. We love you guys.


  13. Dave and Laura Shull on January 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    That was really great to see it from the air. We miss Israel. God is amazing .

  14. Jerry Holt on May 6, 2015 at 2:13 AM

    Great job Barry!

    • SourceFlix on May 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

      Thanks Jerry! 🙂

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