Sunday night was the beginning of Sukkot…the Feast of Tabernacles. Though it is a Jewish festival, Christians from nations all over the world have gathered in Jerusalem at the invitation of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It is a celebration of redemption. God’s redeeming love for Israel…His chosen land and His chosen people…and for us as believers! Jesus our Redeemer is being worshipped in dozens of languages, yet all with one accord!
Many of ICEJ’s Feast of Tabernacles events are being streamed live, and then looped throughout the day until the next event. Because the evening sessions in Israel are 7-10 hours ahead of time zones in America, the live events are online during the mid-morning hours. I encourage you to catch a replay of the events at ICEJ’s Live Streaming site if you are not able to see them live. These aren’t the typical “Sunday morning church services” for most of us, but it is glorious to see and hear worship and teaching from cultural perspectives different than our own.
There is a specific purpose in hosting Christians from all over the world for the Feast of Tabernacles. Zechariah 14:12 says:
Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.
The day will come when every nation will go up year after year to worship our Lord and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. The Bible also tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11) Why await that day, when we can go “up to Jerusalem” now with thousands of Christians worldwide to get a head start on that blessing! We may not be able to be there live, but we can join online with a multitude to worship our King! Why not give it a try!
Chag Sameach! (Joyous festival!)