Christians Celebrate Jewish Festival of Sukkot in Jerusalem
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Oct 21
Many Christians are joining Jews in Israel to celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot, otherwise known as “The Feast of Tabernacles.”
The Feast of Tabernacles takes place this year from October 16 through the 23 and commemorates when, during biblical times, the Israelites were required to make a pilgrimage to the Temple.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Media Director David Parsons explained the significance of the festival:
"The prophet Zechariah said one day all the nations would come to worship the Lord and keep the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem [Zechariah 14]," Parsons explained. "You're not only remembering God's provision in the wilderness at this Feast but you're looking forward to the Messianic Kingdom. We believe this is [the] Feast of the birthing of the Messianic Kingdom when the Lord arrives to take up the Throne of David."
A Sukkot parade winds its way through the streets of Jerusalem and, according to CBN News, Jews aren’t the only ones who are celebrating.
Thousands of Christians from around the world traveled to Israel to take part in the festivities.
"We love Israel," a Christian pilgrim from Malaysia remarked. "We stand with Israel and we want to be here. Every year we make a point to be here. We're bringing people to show that there are friends for Israel."
Another pilgrim from Singapore stated, "Israel has been a close ally of Singapore since the beginning and we owe Israel so much. They helped us when we were nothing. Israel was the one who helped us. It is my honor to support Israel on behalf of my country."
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Publication date: October 21, 2016