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Due to all the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, many have been inquiring whether the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem will still be hosting its annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem this October. In response, the ICEJ leadership wishes to advise you of the following:

First of all, we indeed will be holding a Feast of Tabernacles celebration from 2-7 October 2020, as scheduled. The Bible instructs us to “keep the Feast” (Zechariah 14:16; Acts 18:21), and that we will do!

However, we will have to remain flexible in our planning over coming weeks with regards to where and how the Feast will take place this year. This will depend on several factors that are in the hands of Israeli authorities and other government officials around the world, including:

  1. Will international flights to and from Israel be resumed by early October
  2. Will Israel allow non-citizens and non-residents to enter the country, and will they require some sort of health check or quarantine of incoming visitors
  3. Will large public meetings be allowed in Israel
  4. If large meetings are allowed, will social distancing still be required
  5. Will hotels, transport and tourist sites be operating again in Israel

Based on recent encouraging reports of a gradual easing in restrictions, we are hopeful that most of these questions and concerns will be resolved in the coming weeks. Thus, we should be able to make more definite decisions for this year’s Feast by mid-summer. More details on how you can attend the Feast will be forthcoming, so please check back with us here or email in the weeks ahead. 

Meanwhile, if you are planning your flights and hotels to Jerusalem for the Feast, please make sure you have taken full advantage of any refund policies available.

We appreciate your prayers regarding this year’s Feast and look forward to celebrating it with you in October.

“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)


“… I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem…”  

(Acts 18:21)



“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God… The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”  (Isaiah 40:1,3)

For 2000 years, the stones of antisemitism blocked the path between Jews and Christians. How do we overcome that?

Forty years ago, a group of Christians from 32 nations gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles just as the last national embassies were abandoning the city. In response, they stepped out and offered a hand of friendship and solidarity to Israel and the Jewish people. From this pivotal moment, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was born.

Today, we continue to follow the path of those Christians who have gone before us. Isaiah spoke of a ministry of comfort and a prophetic work to prepare a highway for the Lord – a work of removing the stones and obstacles that have separated Jews and Christians in the past.

The prophet Isaiah also foretold of a day when a highway would connect Egypt and Assyria with Israel – and become a blessing in the midst of the earth. Today, we are starting to see believers from these nations coming together, and the pages of the Bible are coming to life before our very eyes. The ancient division between Arab and Jew is being reconciled.

“Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  (Isaiah 40:4-5)

At the Feast of Tabernacles 2020, the ICEJ will be marking 40 years of comforting and blessing Israel, and of working for reconciliation between the Jewish people and the Gentile nations, and especially the Arab world.

We invite you to come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with us.

Come clear the path; Remove every hindrance between you and an encounter with the God of Israel.

Come celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles …. and what God is doing with Israel and the nations today!

This is your invitation to Prepare the Way.


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