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2019 Feast of Tabernacles: 13-18 Oct

2019 Feast of Tabernacles

  • Sunday, 13 October - Desert Celebration at Ein Gedi Spa. Evening program to begin at approximately 18:30. More information to follow.

  • Monday, 14 October – Mid-Morning Communion at Garden Tomb.

  • Monday, 14 October  – Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremonies at Pais Arena. Begins at approximately 20:30.
     
  • Tuesday, 15 October - Morning and evening sessions at Pais Arena.
     
  • Wednesday, 16 October - Morning and evening sessions at Pais Arena.
     
  • Thursday, 17 October - Morning and evening sessions at Pais Arena.  The Jerusalem March will be held beginning at Sacher Park and ending at the First Station.  Israeli Night will be held this evening at the Pais Arena.
     
  • Friday, 18 October – Morning prayer meeting to close the Feast will be held at the Tower of David, located inside the old city. Beginning at 9:00 to 12:00.

Please note that schedule and venues are subject to change.

For more information on the 2019 Feast of Tabernacles please email us.

ICEJ Events

ICEJ Events

The ICEJ is probably best known for annually hosting the Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles - a multicultural event that draws thousands of pilgrims to Jerusalem for teaching, worship and prayer.

In addition, ICEJ speakers undertake teaching tours, seminars, and conferences across the globe.

The ICEJ is committed to telling the truth about Israel, and helping the church to understand the wonderful faithfulness of God through the fulfillment of His promises to the Jewish people.

Pastors Conference in the Galilee

Spring 2011 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Join pastors and ministry leaders from around the world as we gather around the Sea of Galilee to explore the challenging theme of what it takes to bring the Kingdom of God into a broken world.

There is no doubt that our world is beset with many troubles and conflicts, not least of which are the financial troubles of the globe.

This coupled with the emerging dangers facing Israel, as reflected in Iran's desire to acquire nuclear capability, makes our gathering at the feet of Jesus essential and urgent.

We must leave equipped to be relevant preachers in a world that needs hope and the message that we bring. This message remains good news!

Featured Speakers

Malcolm Hedding
Jürgen Bühler
Peter Watt
Allen Jackson

An Assemblies of God Minister and church

planter from South Africa Malcolm Hedding currently serves as the ICEJ Executive Director in Jerusalem. A leading theologian, Malcolm travels extensively, teaching on Israel and helping the Church understand the unique times in which we live.

Jürgen Bühler joined the ICEJ in 1999 after finishing his PhD in Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He serves on the ICEJ International Board, is the National Director of the ICEJ’s German Branch and an ordained minister of the German Pentecostal movement.

Peter Watt has ministered in South Africa and internationally for nearly forty years. He is an accomplished scholar, has written many books and papers and holds a doctorate in Missiology from the University of South Africa. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Assemblies of God of Southern Africa.

Allen Jackson is the senior pastor of World Outreach in Murfreesboro TN - a congregation that has grown to over 6000 members under his leadership. He holds degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University, and currently serves on the Board of the ICEJ’s USA Branch.

 

Susan Michael
David Elms
Juha Keyola

Susan Michael is Director of the US Branch of the ICEJ and a member of the International Board in Jerusalem, having served in various capacities with the ICEJ for 30 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Theology and a Master's in Judeo-Christian studies.

David Elms is the founding Pastor of Kingsway Christian Center in Liverpool. He has a strong gift of discernment and richly devotional ministry that helps people experience more fully the grace of God. David currently serves as Director of the ICEJ’s UK Branch.

A graduate of the International Bible Institute of London, Juha Ketola has been ministering as an itinerant minister in Finland and abroad since 2000, holding church meetings and gospel outreaches with the local church leaders. He currently serves as National Director of the ICEJ’s Finnish Branch.

Profile: Rev Malcolm Hedding, ICEJ Executive Director

By Lela Gilbert


A Noble Lineage

As a young ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, South African native Malcolm Hedding confronted the apartheid system from the pulpit and was forced to flee his homeland. Today, he is a prominent Christian Zionist leader based in Jerusalem who is challenging the incessant branding of Israel with the "apartheid" label.

Hedding was born in 1952 into a family of British descent that had settled in the Eastern Cape region. His father, Guy Usher Hedding, managed a gold mine and learned to speak the "click" language of the local Xhosa peoples, eventually mastering many other African dialects.

"My father was greatly loved by all the black African mine workers under his supervision, because he always treated them with respect," says Hedding. "They even twice crowned him as an African king."

"In the 1960s, there was a major land dispute between the government and the African people in one of the provinces," he recalls. "The government wanted to take away some land with huge platinum deposits, and the Africans asked my father to come represent their cause. Thousands of Africans had come to protest, and I will never forget when we arrived there was a shout of joy that 'the king' had come. He confronted the government and was very successful.

"My father instilled within us values that let us know we should not just accept the system; that we should never rob the black people of their dignity or dehumanize them."

The system was apartheid, which had taken root when the Nationalist Party swept into power in 1948 and consolidated its political grip on the country.


A False Foundation

According to Hedding, in many respects apartheid was a theological system. The architect of its Calvinist form was a Dutch Reformed minister, Daniel Detoitas, while the first apartheid prime minister was also a Dutch Reformed minister, Daniel Francois Malan.

"The Dutch Calvinists' platform was a false notion, another deviant form of replacement theology based on the biblical injunction that believers ought to keep themselves 'separate' from the heathens. You can see who the heathens were - they were the blacks. And of course the righteous people of God were the whites. So they built this system, vindicating it on false theological grounds," explains Hedding.

At one time, he notes, the prime minister of the country was Balthazar Johannes Vorster and the moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church was his brother, Koot Vorster. So the Vorster brothers tied up the country politically and ideologically.

"In a sense, it was a limited democracy for the whites only. An estimated 170,000 Afrikaners effectively held power over 40 million blacks because of the undemocratic nature of the system," he says.


Preaching Equality

Hedding entered the ministry in the early 1970s as a member of the Assemblies of God of Southern Africa. This was primarily a black movement founded in part by a black preacher, Nicholas Bhengu. For this reason, the racial tensions within the Assemblies of God were never the same as in the rest of the country.

"As the years passed, my emotional and cultural resistance to the apartheid system was fortified by my theological education," Hedding notes. "I didn't need to be convinced because of my father's example. But the word of God brought further understanding - passages like Ephesians, which speaks of 'one new man' in Christ who is neither Jew nor Greek, neither male nor female. This means that in the Christian life, there are to be no prejudices or hatred, nor any sense of discrimination between people groups or gender groups. We are all equal in the sight of God."

Once he had his own pulpit, Hedding began to attack apartheid in public. "I always tried to show my congregation why it was wrong and unacceptable, and that if they couldn't change the political system, they should at least treat people of color with absolute dignity and respect and love and courtesy."

Hedding was also interested in Israel and his understanding of the dangers of theologies that "replace" Israel was accentuated by apartheid. "I came to realize just how deviant the various replacement theologies can be, and the evil they birth. I was living in an environment that said: 'We are the people of God, the new Israel. We, the Christians, are living among pagans, these dirty people, and we have to keep ourselves separate.' Many scriptures were taken out of context and applied in this way."


The 'Plant' Uprooted

Pastoring churches in the Transvaal, where he had grown up, and later in Durban, Hedding continued preaching against apartheid and by the early 1980s had developed a nationwide ministry, traveling widely in response to frequent speaking invitations. He insists he never politicized his message, but attacked the issue from a biblical perspective.

"If my message contradicted some political party's platform, then so be it," he says. "I was living out my conscience. And more and more, for various reasons, I was invited to preach all over the country."

Before long he was holding seminars on this issue, even for business groups. Strangely enough, even some Dutch Reformed churches invited him to preach on the subject. "That's when things got hot," Hedding notes with a smile.

Over time his activities caught the attention of the Bureau of State Security, which began following and harassing him. In 1986, the BSS even planted a top security agent in his congregation to monitor his sermons and compile a dossier against him.

"Trevor" infiltrated the church posing as a longhaired hippie, wearing sandals, dirty jeans and T-shirts. One sympathetic church leader even opened his home to this apparently poor man. "Then one night Trevor got wonderfully saved," recalls Hedding. "He got converted under my preaching and came forward calling on God for forgiveness. Afterwards, he said he wanted to come and see me."

Hedding thought Trevor wanted to talk about his new lease on life, but instead he walked in later that week with a thick file, laid it on the desk and confessed to spying. He warned Hedding that he would likely be detained without trial and urged him to take his family and flee the country.

Coincidentally, around this same time he had been contacted by Jim Cantelon, a pastor who was starting a church in Jerusalem and suggested that Hedding join the ministry team at what is today King of Kings Community, the largest evangelical fellowship in the city. With the agreement of his church elders, he left South Africa for Israel. While living in Israel, Hedding also was invited to serve as chaplain for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a global Christian Zionist ministry that he now heads.


Unique Credentials

By 1989, apartheid was slowly crumbling and the Hedding family determined it was safe to return to South Africa. They arrived home in Durban the very week hard-liner president P. W. Botha was ousted by F.W. de Klerk, a reformist who released Nelson Mandela from prison shortly thereafter.

The security apparatus let Hedding know he was now "on the good side," and over the next 10 years he founded churches in South Africa and traveled for the ICEJ, preaching in support of Zionism. Then in 2000, he was invited back to Jerusalem by the Christian Embassy's board of trustees to take over leadership of the ministry.
His struggle against apartheid in South Africa and his close involvement with Israel have given Hedding unique credentials to address today's Israel-apartheid analogies. In fact, the UN Conference on Racism in 2001 that spawned the current campaign to brand Israel an apartheid state was held just two blocks away from Hedding's home church in Durban.

"Calling Israel an 'apartheid state' is absolute nonsense," he insists. "You might have structures that look like apartheid, but they're not. The barrier fence has nothing to do with apartheid and everything to do with Israel's self-defense. There was no such barrier until the second intifada, when people were being murdered on the highways. And the country does not dehumanize its minority in the sense of apartheid. The issues are totally different."

Hedding believes Israel has more than proven its desire to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians, while granting political rights to its own Arab citizens within a liberal democratic system. Nevertheless, the Palestinians remain committed to Israel's destruction.

By contrast, he says, it was a tiny minority in South Africa that held power and once democracy came, the Nationalist Party that had dominated the masses disappeared.

"Israel is not trying to dominate the Arab minority or dehumanize it; she's trying to facilitate sovereignty in one way or another while protecting her own citizens from a program of destruction. In no way is it an apartheid system."

He believes the security barrier gave fuel to that idea because it separates people, but it is incorrect fuel. Still, he says people like Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu seize upon it as a physical symbol to further their misguided political agenda.

"When I hear 'apartheid' used in regards to Israel, I think it trivializes the word. In fact, the harsh reality was that 40 million black people were dehumanized, robbed of their dignity and treated like absolute dirt. To trivialize apartheid in that way is an insult to the black peoples of South Africa.

"Of course, it's a very convenient and very emotive word. You have to give them credit - it is a brilliant PR stroke, but it's disingenuous. When people like Desmond Tutu continue to feed this, it is an insult to the very people they tried to liberate."


Attacking the Root

Hedding has concluded that if there is any analogy between the two situations, it is the link between Christian replacement theology that undergirded apartheid and an Islamic version of replacement theology that stands at the heart of the Middle East conflict today.

"Radical Islamic theology and its desire to return the region to Dar al-Islam [House of Islam] is the one core issue that very few people acknowledge. Even though you have groups like Hamas riding on very clear Islamic theological principles, the world makes the constant error of avoiding the theological nature of this conflict. Instead, they are trying to deal with it in a secular, humanistic, political context. They can never solve it because they won't own up to the truth that we are dealing with a conflict with Islam.

"If you don't start from the theological foundation, like we did in South Africa, then you can never address this thing honestly. You can't do it by pointing to symbols like the wall and equating them with apartheid. That is a very false and superficial analysis. The source of the conflict is a radical Islamic need to verify their revelation by the dismantling of the Jewish state."

If he could talk to Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu, he would tell them they are being fundamentally dishonest.
"I admire Desmond Tutu in many ways. I heard him preach in South Africa during the apartheid years, and I'll never forget how wonderfully he preached one night in a conference I attended. He preached on the lordship of Jesus and blessed my heart with his message. Today I would say to him: 'Desmond, of all people, you who unearthed the very foundations of the apartheid system, why are you ignoring totally the radical Islamic desire to dismantle the Jewish state? Why do you not have the honesty to get up and say it?'"
 



Lela Gilbert is an award-winning author and journalist. Among her 60 published books is Their Blood Cries Out,  co-authored with Paul Marshall. This article was first published in The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition, January 2007.

ICEJ Conferences

ICEJ conferences focus on bringing an understanding to the Church of God’s purposes for this generation, especially in light of His promises to Israel and her place in God’s plan as a vehicle of world redemption.

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The ICEJ's Feast of Tabernacles

A Prophetic Statement

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." Zechariah 14:16

The Bible describes the Feast of Tabernacles as the third of the three annual feasts which the people of Israel are commanded to celebrate in Jerusalem. During this Feast they recall the 40 years in the wilderness, as well as celebrate and rejoice over the ingathering of the harvest. Traditionally, the Jewish people identify the Feast of Tabernacles with the coming of the Messiah. And they welcome non-Jewish (Gentile) participation, according to the prophetic word in Zechariah 14 that all the nations would come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

In John 7 we read that, on the last, great day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood up in the Temple and declared that rivers of living water would flow from the innermost being of he who believes in Him. For Christians, the Feast is therefore a celebration of joy, but also a time of deepening their relationship and walk with God. The Christian celebration has become known for the splendour of its presentation, and for the powerful times of praise and worship, as the participants are led by an international worship team of gifted singers, musicians and dancers.

Since its inception in 1980 the Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, has been a vital and central part of our ministry of comforting Israel (Isaiah 40:1). Pilgrims come from many nations to worship the Lord, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to bless Israel in this time of regathering. We believe that celebrating the Feast each year honours the Lord in anticipation of the fulfillment of the words spoken by Zechariah.

During the seven days of the Feast, a daily program of seminars and teaching is offered and each evening concludes with a time of worship. These evening celebrations are especially noted for their pageantry in music and dance. An international choir and orchestra lead the people into a time of praise and worship. Those who have gathered from all over the world join their hearts as one to glorify God and to pray for the coming of His Kingdom - in Israel - and in all the earth. There is a variety of other events, including a special event for Israeli guests. Opportunities are also given for the pilgrims to demonstrate, in practical ways, their love for the people of Israel and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Up to 5,000 Christians from over 100 countries have come up to Jerusalem each year (regardless of the current political climate) to stand with Israel. This event has become the largest and most popular annual tourist event in Israel, taking place in the International Convention Center Jerusalem and other venues across Jerusalem.

What happens at the Feast of Tabernacles?

The Feast usually opens in an outdoor worship celebration. During the rest of the week, in-depth seminars during the day, bringing balanced teaching from carefully selected teachers, scholars, and public figures. The seminars seek to offer a broad, yet interwoven impartation of revelation truth, and have annually become a forum for the expression of "present day truth" from Jerusalem to the nations. Varied subjects and themes are presented, with a special focus on the prophetic perspectives of Israel, the Church and eschatology.

Praise and worship led by an international team of singers, musicians, dancers and other artists. Special musical guests from the Jewish community are also regularly featured in the spectacular evening celebrations. The music and worship from the Feast Celebrations in Jerusalem has had a major impact on the Christian world in its understanding of "Davidic Worship."

The word of God is preached nightly and is central to the evening meetings.

Opportunities for prayer with fellow believers from around the world who have a heart for Israel is a vital part of the Feast programming. In what has become a Feast tradition, pilgrims walk to strategic points to pray over the City. The opportunity to cover Jerusalem in fervent prayers of agreement is a privilege that Feast participants take seriously. It gives opportunity and expression for the nations to literally be "watchmen on the walls" of Jerusalem.

Outdoor Celebration

ICEJ's Feast at Ein Gedi

The Feast of Tabernacles celebration typically commences with an outdoor worship event where newly arrived pilgrims share a meal together under a full moon.

Evening Celebrations

ICEJ Feast Dancers

The participants are led by an international choir and orchestra to lift songs of joy and thanksgiving to the Lord, with a spectacular stage presentation enhanced by worship in dance.

Morning Seminars

ICEJ's Feast Seminars

Seminars continue throughout the week of the conference. Varied subjects and themes are presented, with special focus on prophetic perspectives of Israel and the last days. Between sessions, the pilgrims can visit the exhibit booths in the foyer, where Israeli and international craftsmen display their products.

The Jerusalem March

ICEJ at the Jerusalem March

Feast participants join the thousands of Israeli marchers during the Jerusalem March. Pilgrims don their national costumes and move through the heart of the city, displaying banners of love towards Israel.

Communion Night

ICEJ Feast Communion

It is a time of special beauty and spiritual significance, and the worship reaches new heights as the pilgrims from many different countries partake of the bread and the wine, and consecrate themselves afresh to the Lord's service. For many, it will be the crowning event of the Feast.

Your Personal Invitation...

We warmly invite you to come up to Jerusalem for this year's Feast of Tabernacles. We hope that you will learn more of Israel, her people and her history, and receive further enlightenment concerning the central role she plays in the destiny of this world. Above all, we trust that the keeping of the Feast and your response to the biblical injunction will be a source of blessing to yourself, your family and your nation.

Whether you plan to travel to Israel on your own or with a group, we're more than happy to help you in any way we can. Perhaps this year you'd like to lead a tour group of your own!

There is no better time to travel to Israel than during the Feast of Tabernacles as you can take in all the usual touring experiences, as well as a week-long conference with seven nights of glorious worship.

For questions regarding the Feast of Tabernacles please email us.

Feast Fees

ICEj Feast Booths

Fees listed below are for FULL registration which includes the Friday Evening Desert Celebration at Ein Gedi with a meal:

 

Region

Adult

Youth (6-16)

Child (0-5)

1st World (Canada, Europe, Japan, USA)

US $390

US $135

Free

2nd World (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Far East)

US $390

US $135

Free

3rd World (Developing Countries)

US $390

US $135

Free

 

 

 

 

Ein Gedi Desert Celebration
(Outdoor Event) Only

US $80

US $25

Free

 

Please note:

The Registration Fees cover the cost of events sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  Travel, accommodations, meals, and other expenses associated with visiting Israel are the responsibility of attendees.  It is the responsibility of attendee to obtain the necessary travel documents to and from Israel.

Registration fees are based upon the registrant’s current country of residency. The ICEJ operates on a trust basis; any dishonest registrations will be denied access to the Feast without refund.

Registration for residents of Israel is limited to Israeli ID’s, volunteers with 1 to 5 year volunteer visas, or otherwise verifiable status in Israel.  Volunteers with 3 months Tourist Visa are subject to the fees of their country of residence.

Registration is confirmed upon full payment.  In the case of cancellation, a portion of the registration fee will be refunded up to 30 days (10 September 2014) prior to the event.  After the 10th of September, no refunds will be payable.  Applications for refunds must be in writing. A cancellation fee of $25 (USD) will be withheld per person at the time of refund.

ALL BANK TRANSFER FEES ARE THE REPONSIBILITY OF THE PAYOR.

For questions regarding the Feast of Tabernacles please email us.

 

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