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Final Day of the Feast 2019

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19 Nov 2019
Final Day of the Feast 2019

The Spirit of Prayer Descends on Jerusalem
By: Kayla Muchnik

The closing session at the Tower of David opened with songs of praise echoing off the Old City walls of Jerusalem, and powerfully sealed all that God had done throughout the Feast. “This could be the most important session of the Feast, because we are going to pray”, ICEJ President Jürgen Bühler said in his welcome. “The basis of everything in our lives is the Word of God”, Jürgen stated. “Jesus fought the enemy by saying, ‘It is written.’” As the crowd prayed in the Tower of David, near the very place where Jesus was tried before Pilate in Herod’s Palace, Jürgen declared: “I believe we will make decisions today that will change our lives and nations.” Rev. Juha Ketola petitioned for God to pour out the spirit of prayer, enabling us to pray in agreement with God’s heart. “I want him to roll off the shame of Egypt in my life”, Juha explained. “I want to walk in the supernatural power of prayer and His word.” 

David Parsons led a time of prayer for Succot joy and laughter in the Holy Spirit, and Mojmir Kallus oversaw a series of prayers for the nations. During this time of prayer, an Egyptian brother approached Jürgen and said, “Put your glasses on and look into the sky. Do you see the double rainbow?” A God-given sign He truly was with us. Through each day of the Feast, the Holy Spirit wove a common thread of truth: We must go back to the Beginning; we must go back to the Word of God! God spoke and created; everything foundational in our faith is revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. We pray God will bring you back to the great Beginnings in His Word, and launch you into a grand, new beginning with Him! 

Love Above All Else
By: Ryan Tsuen, ICEJ Graphic Designer

Love above all else. These were the first words that came to mind as I looked at the many people gathered around me on the final morning of ICEJ’s Feast of Tabernacles 2019. In this historic, iconic landmark of the Old City of Jerusalem – the Museum of the Tower of David – pilgrims entered into a powerful time of worship and prayer. This closing session of the week-long festivities is always a cherished and precious time: To pray and reflect on what God had done throughout the week; to contemplate things He had spoken to us individually, and as a Body; and to “pray it forward” as we interceded on behalf of our own nations and the Body of Christ around the world. 

As leaders and representatives stepped forward to pray, the Lord ignited a fresh fire of passion and a deeper desire for His Word. Jürgen Bühler released an exhortation to the Feast pilgrims “to be a people who treasure the Word of God…[because] the basis of everything in our lives is the Word of God”. It is this Word that existed in the Beginning; this Word that became flesh and atoned for the sins of the world; this Word that is God’s love letter to His people.
What a unique and memorable time to be standing side-by-side among the many people of the nations gathered here in Jerusalem, the city so dear to the Father’s heart.

Learning Together in the Succah
Each year, in preparation for the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles, an outdoor Succah is erected on the grounds of Jerusalem’s Pais Arena. The Succah is a “hidden gem” of the Feast, serving as a gathering place for pilgrims to intercede for their nations and each other, experience the festive atmosphere of this annual Jewish tradition of “sitting together in the Succah”, and gain greater perspective of the Feasts of the Lord through daily seminars. Dr Jacob Keegstra, ICEJ-Netherlands National Director and author of “God’s Prophetic Feasts”, provided an excellent introduction to Succot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. Keegstra discussed the biblical background, what Jesus did, and the prophetic significance of this particular Feast of the Lord. Rabbi Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director of Operation Lifeshield and Torah Scribe (Sofer STaM) spoke on the mystery of the Hebrew “Alefbet”, the significance of how the Torah begins, and tied it together with the Hebrew Torah’s final word: Israel. Daniel Goldstein, founder of Jerusalem-based Jewels of Judaism, walked through the various biblical and Jewish calendars and helped attendees begin to decipher – and embrace – the mystery of the biblical calendar, the Hebrew months, and the annual Feasts of the Lord. All three seminars are available as MP3 downloads at ICEJstore.com, and come highly recommended.

New in 2019
Thank you to Chris Mitchell, CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief, for serving as MC for the Feast’s evening celebrations in the Pais Arena.

 

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