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Through my Eyes

Feast 2018 Team Member Blog - Part 1

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26 Sep 2018
Through my Eyes

This year the Publications team has two spectacular team members that have been helping us report on what God has been doing during this Feast of Tabernacles. Lily is from America and this is her first time at the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles. Below, you can read about the Feast through this ICEJ team member's eyes.


Through my Eyes – The 2018 FOT as seen by Lily Sironi

More than a Meeting
This morning I am sitting at the Garden Tomb listening to the mingling of praise in every tongue and from every nation. As the voices crescendo, something in me begins to stir. It’s a sense of urgency, one that I believe every believer in the crowd is feeling all at once. Since the moment I laid eyes on the great procession of nations in Ein Gedi, my spirit’s eye was filled with the image of the Lord smiling down on all of his children who had left their differences aside to join in brotherhood. The Great I am, basking in the praises of the people that answered his call to come up to the Feast.

More than Pilgrims
People from all walks of life and all pasts convening for one purpose: to worship at the feet of their savior. In this worship, unity is found and a kinship is born that is stronger than any earthly tie. When preparing for the Feast, I was thinking about the people and how they have come to bless Israel with their presence and prayer. However, what I did not consider until it struck me in the garden tomb this morning was the prophetic significance of this Feast. The Feast is not just a haphazard gathering of Christians that have come to enjoy Israel; it is a prayer and prophecy seat!

More than a Conference
The significance of a group of believers from around the world gathering in Jerusalem, the center of God’s world, to pray and to praise at this time of year cannot be overstated. We have just undergone the atonement of Yom Kippur and the washing of the nation of Israel in the eyes of the Lord, and now the nations are coming to be cleansed as well!

More than the Land of Israel
The Lord says in Joel 3:2, “I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel.” I believe that the Feast is in fact part of the end time intercession for the nations of the earth now taking place. Since they are to be judged on their treatment of God’s nation, those Feast goers from around the globe that are here now in the land interceding for Israel and their nation are not merely pilgrims. They are repairing the breach between the hearts of their nations and that of the land of Israel.

Beyond the Present
As Herve Datro of the Ivory Coast said, “There is coming a day when there will be no more Africans, no more Americans, no more Asians”, and it is coming soon. This is the urgency that has brought us to this Feast, the “glimpse of heaven” (Rebecca Smith, a Feast Pilgrim from Pennsylvania). This urgency is what unites each one of us in our pursuit of His presence during this Feast, not for our sake, but for Zion’s sake and that of the nations of the world.

Photo credit: Reuallin David

The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily state or reflect those of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

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