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Over 6,000 Christians coming to the Feast

2018 ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem

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16 Sep 2018
Over 6,000 Christians coming to the Feast

Over the coming week, more than 6,000 Christians from nearly 100 nations will be arriving in Jerusalem to take part in the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The week-long festivities will take place from 23 to 28 September, and will once again constitute the largest Christian gathering in Israel this year and the largest solidarity mission to Israel of 2018.

“This year’s Feast is once again drawing thousands of Christians from all over the world, with a marked increase in particular from Africa and Asia,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “They are excited to take part in this unique biblical festival, as well as to join with the Israeli people in celebrating 70 years since the nation’s miraculous rebirth in 1948.”

The 39th annual Feast gathering will kick off on Sunday night, 23 September with an outdoor meal and concert at the Ein Gedi oasis, along the shores of the Dead Sea. The festival then moves up to Jerusalem for the rest of the week of Sukkot, with most events held at the Jerusalem Pais Arena. Other highlights include the popular Jerusalem March through the streets of the capital, and a concluding Prayer Vigil at the historic Tower of David inside the walled Old City.

The most popular annual event in Israel for Christian tourists, the Feast’s economic impact on Israel is expected to be around $18 to $20 million.

Over the past four decades, the Christian celebration of Sukkot has impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews alike. Multitudes of Feast pilgrims have been enriched by the colourful worship experience and by their first-hand encounters with both ancient and modern Israel.
This year’s Feast program will feature a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood, as well as the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this past year. The program will include a special tribute to US Senator Jon Kyl for his key role in initiating the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, mandating the move of the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established during the very first Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in September 1980, at a time when the last thirteen national embassies had just left Jerusalem for Tel Aviv. In response, over 1,000 Christians from some 40 nations attending that first Feast gathering decided to open the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem as an act of comfort and solidarity with the 3000-year old Jewish claim and connection to this city. The ICEJ has since grown into the world’s largest Christian Zionist ministry, with branch offices in over 90 nations and a reach into more than 170 nations worldwide.


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