After 30 years, the Feast of Tabernacles celebration hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) has become an icon of Christian love and support for the Jewish state.
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This year, the theme of the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles is “Jerusalem: A Praise in the Earth,” which harkens back to the founding principle of the ministry – to support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
“The Feast theme of ‘Jerusalem: A Praise in the Earth’ is meant to emphasize the original mandate of our ministry at our founding, which was to stand in solidarity with Israel in its 3000 year-old claim and connection to Jerusalem,” ICEJ Media Director David Parsons told www.Travelujah.com. “The future of this city is once again coming into focus worldwide, and we will be laying stress to the fact that our position remains the same as three decades ago – that Jerusalem is and should remain the united capital of Israel only.”
Parsons said that during this year’s Feast, which began on September 23 and runs through September 29th, the various speakers and lecturers will be expounding upon the “rich biblical truths concerning Jerusalem and its central place in God’s redemptive plan.”
That message will also hit home for many Israelis who remember well the mass exodus of foreign embassies from Jerusalem in 1980 when Israel officially reunited the city by annexing its eastern, Arab-dominated half.
The Feast of Tabernacles and the founding of the ICEJ was a direct response to that exodus, and was welcomed by Israelis who were feeling increasingly isolated as the first major act of Christian kindness since the nation’s rebirth.
Held every year during the week-long biblical feast of Sukkot (tabernacles), the Feast of Tabernacles sees upwards of 5,000 Christians from more than 100 different nations flood Jerusalem carrying a message of love, hope and peace for the Jewish people.
The ICEJ was actually born out of that first Feast of Tabernacles celebration in 1980. The Feast event became the centerpiece of the ICEJ’s mission to comfort Israel and the Jewish people, as well as begin the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy stating that “the nations…shall come up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:16)
During the Feast of Tabernacles, which has for years been held at the Jerusalem Convention Center, participants are treated to daily seminars about Israel’s place in their Christian faith, the Hebraic roots of the Church and the difficulties facing the modern Jewish state. Every evening, the participants come together in the Convention Center’s main hall for a time of worship, biblical performances, and teachings and speeches by renowned scholars and top Israeli officials. Booths are set up for other local Christian ministries engaged in aiding and comforting Israel to get to know the thousands of Feast participants.
On one very special night, as many Israelis as can fit in the Convention Center are invited to come and see just how the Christians are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles and to hear a special message of reconciliation and support after so many centuries of widespread Christian persecution of the Jews.