“May You hear in Your heavenly abode and grant whatever the foreigner appeals to You for. Thus all the peoples of the earth will know Your name and revere You, as does Your people Yisrael; and they will recognize that Your name is attached to this House that I have built.” II Chronicles 6:33 (The Israel Bible™)
On Wednesday, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem will begin its 37th annual Feast of Tabernacles, a spectacular week of devotion and learning that will bring together over 6,000 pilgrims from nearly 100 nations. Based on the gathering of nations in Solomon’s Temple for the holiday of Sukkot, the 2017 Feast is expected to be the largest yet, bringing about the prophetic gathering of nations in Jerusalem.
The Feast was first established by ICEJ in 1980, and has grown yearly ever since, with more and more Christians and international figures attending each year.
This year, with 28 parliamentarians from 18 nations affiliated with the Israel Allies Foundation in attendance, the Feast is a rare opportunity for Christians to celebrate as a nation in the world’s holiest city: Jerusalem. The weeklong event culminates in the joyous Parade of Nations, where representatives from each country display their unique love of the God of Israel.
Below is a sampling of photos from 37 years of ICEJ Feasts exhibiting how the unique event has brought together Christians and Jews in the modern miracle that is Israel for nearly 40 years.
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Jerusalem Mayor Theodor “Teddy” Kollek addressed the 1,000 Christians at the first Feast of Tabernacles in 1980. Kollek was mayor of Israel’s eternal capital from 1965-1993. He described the Feast as one of the most moving experiences of his life.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin attended the second Feast.
Tribal flags and dance performance.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attended in 2003.
International dancers at the Feast.
Tribute to Israel’s 60th anniversary.
A Christian group from Fiji attends the opening of the 2014 feast in the desert oasis Ein Gedi.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (center), American philanthropist Ronald Lauder (left) and ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler at the 2014 Feast.
The March of the Nations parade through Jerusalem.
Thousands rejoice and celebrate the opening of the 2014 Feast in Ein Gedi.