Feast of Tabernacles Comes to a Close

While the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles will draw to a close at sundown tonight, the ICEJ-sponsored Feast of Tabernacles celebration has come to an end.  Having drawn thousands of Christians from almost 100 nations to Jerusalem for the celebration, about a quarter million more watched the live stream or recordings from the festive event.

When you draw Christians from around the world together, it is not your old-fashioned, sit-in-a-pew and listen to a preacher scenario!  Worship teams from places such as Brazil, Fiji and, yes, Israel took the stage to lead in worship, and messages were delivered from an international cast of speakers.  The “flavors” were as varied as neopolitan ice cream, but they all had one thing in common: they love Jesus Christ!

If you missed out on the international flare of worship, teaching and just plain ‘ol loving and supporting Israel, why not catch some of the recorded events!  Most are fairly lengthy (usually over 2 hours), but search around…you may find something interesting.  Or, watch the highlights from each day.  Here was the lineup:

  • Night 1 – October 6, 2017: Opening Celebration at Ein Gedi (Speaker: Angus Buchan, South Africa)
  • Night 2 – October 7, 2017: Parade of Nations (Speaker: ICEJ President, Juergen Buehler, Germany)
  • Night 3 – October 8, 2017: The Jerusalem Call (Special Guests)
  • Night 4 – October 9, 2017: Celebration (Speaker: Rene Terra Nova, Brazil)
  • Night 5 – October 10, 2017: Israeli Guest Night (Speaker: Juha Ketola, Finland)

All are available free of charge here.  (Click “Videos” or “Live Streaming”)  Enjoy…then why not plan to visit Israel for the 2018 Feast of Tabernacles!

Jesus and Israel’s Calling

Hi friends…and welcome back!

Many churches today are teaching that, because Israel has rejected God, God has rejected Israel and the church has become the “new Israel.”  That false theology is often called “Replacement Theology,” and it elevates the church today to the place Israel holds in God’s eyes.  It simply is not true!

In fact, one of my favorite passages indicating God’s steadfast and never-ending love for Israel is found in Jeremiah 31:35-36:

Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
The Lord of hosts is His name:
“If this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares the Lord,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”

Just as certain as the sun shines, the moon and stars show up, and the sea roars, God will preserve Israel forever!  True, God loves us…His children…with an everlasting love.  But that does not mean He has abandoned Israel!  God definitely has a plan for Israel, just as He has a plan for us as believers, and even for those who don’t believe.  (That’s not such a good plan!)

We know that Jesus has not, and will not, forget His chosen people!  Romans 15 clearly tells us  that Jesus became a servant of the circumcision (the Jewish people) to confirm all the promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus did not come to annihilate those promises but to affirm them!  Take a look at Jesus and Israel’s Calling:

Rejoice!  God is a faithful God who does not forget His promises!