60,000 Participate in Jerusalem March, Showing Support for Israel

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is hosting a Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, with thousands of Christians from over 90 nations participating.  The Jerusalem March each year falls during the Feast of Tabernacles, making it possible for those Christians celebrating the Feast to join in the 60,000-strong participants (not all of whom are Christians) who take to the streets to show love and support for Israel and the Jewish people.

That event ended just hours ago and you can find a report and festive videos and pictures in the Jerusalem Post.  Enjoy!

 

Word from Jerusalem – October 2017

Hi friends! If you’re not following the Feast of Tabernacles celebration going on in Jerusalem, I encourage you to catch some of the action!  The Feast events are sponsored by my good friends at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  Events are live streamed here.

Meanwhile, ICEJ recently released the October issue of Word from Jerusalem and I believe it is one of the best issues I have read!  You will find these articles and more:

  • Jerusalem’s Prophetic Connections to the Ends of the Earth – this article chronicles ICEJ Executive Director’s journey to Fiji and details the end of Gentile rule.
  • The Battle for Jerusalem – the literal and spiritual battleground during the the Six Day War and reunification of Jerusalem.
  • Aliyah after Arrival – a look at the difficulties faced by some Ethiopians Jews after aliyah to Israel.
  • Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Caesarea – the incredible story of the Holy Spirit breaking into the Gentile world for the first time.
  • Does Israel Receive the Most US Foreign Aid? – the answer is no, but read this article to understand!

You will be blessed by this issue!  Shabbat Shalom!

Feast of Tabernacles 2017 Begins Wednesday Evening!

Friends, the last and most joyous of the 7 Jewish feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles, commences tomorrow evening at sundown.  The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah, the civil new year) kicked off the fall feasts the evening of September 20, and Yom Kippur (the holiest day on the Jewish calendar) was commemorated on September 29-30.  Now, the celebration begins!  Jews around the world are preparing their sukkot (temporary shelters) and will enjoy fellowship with family and friends.

The 7 feasts are actually Biblical feasts, and all have past, present and future significance.  Most importantly, though, Jesus the Messiah is the prophetic fulfillment of every feast!  The Feast of Tabernacles, though, is very unique!    It is the only feast in which the Bible tells us that Gentiles are invited to come up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord alongside the Jewish people!

Related imageThus, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) has, for 35 years, sponsored the Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Ein Gedi and Jerusalem. Over 6,000 Christians from 100+ nations are expected to invade Jerusalem’s Pais Arena October 6-11 to celebrate the Feast with our Jewish kinsmen! Watch a joyous celebration it will be!

I want you to know about this very special event!  Check out the Feast of Tabernacles website for a full description of the celebration, and to find out how to watch the festivities online.  Perhaps you will plan to attend next year’s Feast of Tabernacles, when we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday!

Go to the website to learn about the significance of the Feast of Tabernacles, then get involved with the Feast and rejoice as we await the prophetic fulfillment of the Millennial Kingdom!

Into the West Bank!

Ok gang, what do you think when you hear “West Bank?”  Border walls? Terrorists? Danger?  Well, while there is a degree of each of those, I want you to have a better understanding of the West Bank!

If you are a student of the Bible, you know that a great many of our Bible heros (as well as some villains!) were known to have lived or traveled in Judea and Samaria.  Think of Joshua and the tabernacle in Shiloh (Joshua 18-22), Elijah and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), many kings who ruled from Samaria (1 Kings, 2 Kings), the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), even Jesus meeting the woman at the well (John 4).  All these things (and literally dozens more) happened in the area we know today as the West Bank.  Thus, we can safely say that Samaria is an important part of the Bible land.

2017-0907 Green Line Wall

What a blessing to be invited as a guest of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) on Thursday as their staff toured Samaria.  I’m in Israel for the sixth time, but have never experienced this unique journey.  So, aboard a chartered bus with Boaz (our guide), we headed west out of Jerusalem and traveled along the infamous wall at the Green Line.  Today I’ll give you the lay of the land, because it will be Israel - J&S Mapimportant as I share with you in the days ahead!  On the map to the LEFT, notice first that Judea (to the south) and Samaria (to the north) make up what is known today as the West Bank.  The West Bank surrounds Jerusalem (actually cutting it virtually in half), with only territory to the west being Israeli-controlled.

The West Bank is said to be “disputed territory,” because following the 1967 War, armistice lines were drawn.  Those lines NEVER became official borders, though the Palestinians won favor in the court of world opinion and thus, their contention is that the land is theirs, despite the fact that Israel decisively won the Six Day War (of 1967), taking back all territory.  Today, we hear about the “1967 borders,” but technically, there is no such thing!

And who keeps it all safe for both Israelis and Palestinians?  The IDF!  Here is an Israeli military prep facility, a group of IDF soldiers being trained in the area, and a watch tower at one of the intersections that cross over the Green Line:

Today, Samaria is governed by the Shomron Regional Council (similar to counties in the US), and our group was a guest of the Council as we toured.  They wanted to further familiarize ICEJ about Samaria, because the truth of Samaria needs to get out, and Christians seem to be stepping in to tell the story!  Here are some facts about Samaria:

  • Roughly 1080 square miles – about 12% of Israel
  • Over 720,000 Jewish residents live beyond the “Green Line” (450,000 in 250 towns, 270,000 in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem)
  • 1.8M Arabs in the West Bank (2.9M by their statistics)
  • 70% of roads are closed to Jews, 1% are closed to Arabs
  • Home Front Command designated Samaritan Jewish communities to absorb 500,000 Israelis in case of missile war!

You see, the media would like for us to believe the West Bank is illegally “occupied territory” by Israelis, and because of that, conditions are so bad that the Palestinians must depend upon others to exist.  That is not so!  Jews and Arabs most definitely have their own cities and villages within the territory and, in some places, live side-by-side.  There are some very nice Jewish neighborhoods within Samaria, yet some of these are the “illegal settlements” you hear about on the news.

The talk about “Israeli occupiers” and “illegal settlements” is pure media hype, perpetuated by the mentality that someone “owes” them something.  The Arabs in the area live very well and have their own settlements, which are uncontested.  Those on believe differently truly need to go and see for themselves!

Next, I’ll share about a very incredible phenomena of Jews and Arabs working side-by-side to the benefit of all and despite BDS!  Keep an eye out for it!