32 annual Feast of Tabernacles Succot celebrations.
(photo credit: Itzhak Rabihhiya/Rav Tikshoret)
Thousands of Evangelical Christians have arrived in Israel from all over the
world for the 32 annual Feast of Tabernacles Succot celebrations.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has brought over more than 6,000
Christian pilgrims from over 80 countries and five continents – including
Brazil, China, Finland, Gabon and the US, and will be in the country for six
days of festivities and touring activities.
In addition to the ICEJ
pilgrimage, a separate mission of another 3,000 Christians were brought to
Israel from a dozen countries by the Manmin Central Church of South
The pilgrims gathered in Haifa on Saturday for a prayer rally
where they prayed for peace and the safe return of Gilad Schalit. Also in
attendance were 3,000 Messianic Jews from around Israel.
“We welcome all
our national delegates from across the globe to the City of the Great King, the
city of Messiah,” said ICEJ Executive Director Dr.
Juergen Buehler at the
opening of the ICEJ celebrations on Thursday night at Jerusalem’s Binyanei
Ha’uma conference center. “We also welcome the rich presence of God in our
midst, as this is indeed ‘the Feast of the Lord.’”
“This year’s gathering is
again underlining our message that Israel is not isolated, but has millions of
Christian advocates and admirers worldwide… and we all look forward to
celebrating the joyous festival of Succot with our Jewish friends,” Buehler
The festival of Succot has become a notable date in the
evangelical calendar “because of the universalism inherent in the holiday,”
explains the organization’s Spokesman David Parsons. “In King Soloman’s Temple,
70 sacrifices were made during Succot on behalf of the 70 nations of the world
and gentiles were welcomed to come to the Temple to pray to God.
at the end of the book of Zecharia that in the Messianic age, all the nations
will go to Jerusalem to worship here and we see ourselves as forerunners of that
movement,” said Parsons.
The opening gala event was held on Thursday
night at Jerusalem’s Binyanei Ha’uma conference center, and the pilgrims spent
Saturday at the Dead Sea.