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that time of year again when people from all nations of the world
prepare to come up to Jerusalem for the biblical Feast of Tabernacles
Succot celebrations both in obedience to several biblical injunctions
and in anticipation of prophesied future events.
As always, the
premier event is the Feast of Tabernacles celebration hosted by the
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) at the Jerusalem
Convention Center from September 30-October 4.
The theme of this
year's Feast is "The Spirit of Grace and Supplication," and it looks to
improve on upon what has for decades been a very successful gathering of
Christians in support of Israel's restoration.
Travelujah spoke with ICEJ Media Director David Parsons about the event.
How many people are you expecting to attend the Feast?
are expecting our usual numbers of around 5,000 Christians from some 90
nations. Groups are still registering but that is where we should wind
up. Our opening event at Ein Gedi may top that figure alone with the
local attendance added in.
What changes will there be this year to the traditional schedule?
we are moving our traditional Communion Night Service to the Garden
Tomb this year. We will have over 3,000 of our Feast pilgrims taking
part in two separate Communion Services at the Garden Tomb on Monday,
In addition, we are cooperating with the Knesset
Christian Allies' Caucus and the International Israel Allies Foundation
to co-sponsor their annual "Chairmens' Conference" in Jerusalem at the
same time as our Feast. This means that we will have up to 25 MPs from
foreign parliaments here attending the Feast as well as the Chairmen's
The annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem,
sponsored by Eagles' Wings Ministries, will also be held as part of our
Feast this year, on Wednesday afternoon, October 3, in the Jerusalem
What about excursions during the Feast?
We have several bus tours, including:
Start-Up Nation' Tour
Visit to the futuristic showroom of Better Place and tour of the Microsoft offices in Herzliya.
Home Front Preparedness Tour
a former IDF Home Front Command officer as guide, the tour will visit
the newest Magen David Adom emergency response center and the world's
largest bomb-proof underground emergency room recently built at Rambam
Hospital in Haifa.
Tour to Settlement of Efrat for Interfaith Dialogue
tour takes pilgrims to the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding
and Cooperation in the community of Efrat, where renowned Rabbi Shlomo
Riskin will teach on the "Ends of Days" from a Jewish perspective.
Israel's Foes Past-to-Present
Wilson, a noted Israeli tour guide, offers a special journey through
the strategic and beautiful Elah Valley which will trace Israel's
historic enemies down through time, right up to the present. The tour
examines in order the Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks,
Romans and Islamic invaders, right up to the Palestinian Arabs of today.
ICEJ AID Visits with Gaza Evacuee Families
ICEJ AID Department will host a special visit to Nitzan, a community
near Ashdod established in the wake of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza
to house hundreds of Jewish families evacuated from the Gush Katif
settlement bloc. The tour will show how the Christian Embassy has been
helping the Gaza evacuee families and witness the delivery of a portable
bomb shelter being donated by the ICEJ to protect the community's
children from rocket barrages from Gaza.
Do you see an increase in Christian awareness of and interest in Tabernacles and other biblical holy days?
will be the 33rd year of the ICEJ's Christian celebration of the Feast
of Tabernacles in Jerusalem and it is a biblical festival that is indeed
catching on among Christians both here in Israel and across the world.
For instance, the Ein Gedi celebration draws a huge crowd including over
1,000 local Christian and Messianic believers.
celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles have sprung up around the
world. A couple of years ago I did some web searching and counted around
250 Christian celebrations of Succot being held in dozens of nations.
There is now even a special website that helps Christians locate a Feast
celebration near them.
Ryan Jones writes regularly for Travelujah. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.