Saturday, December 3, 2016

Part Four: Thousands of Christians Join the Annual Jerusalem March

A highlight of my Jerusalem Sukkot Celebration was to participate in the 3-mile march in the heart of Jerusalem. It was estimated that 80 nations were represented in the thousands of Christians who marched. This yearly event originated in 1980 when a couple from Canada, Merv and Merla Watson, began the festive celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) to show solidarity with the State of Israel. Thirteen countries had withdrawn their embassies in reaction to Israel's declaration of Jerusalem as their eternal capital that year. The International Christian Embassy was established in response to the hurt the Jewish people felt, and the Christian celebration of the Feast has become a yearly event.  I was blessed to meet the Watsons, who are outstanding professional musicians. Merla has written 500 songs, and I knew some of them, such as "Jehovah Jireh" and "Awake, O Israel." She plays the violin and viola beautifully, and they both have excellent voices, leading in worship. Our group was treated to a concert, and Merla gave her testimony of a miracle healing after a grand piano fell on her hand and crushed it! She showed me the scars.

Doris and I had come prepared to march in our American flag kimonos, but we decided it would be better to give the visibility to our Cry for Zion T-shirts. We gave out little American flags and candy to the children who clamored for them along the parade route. We soon gave out of our supply, but we still had our wide smiles, and we waved to the enthusiastic Israelis lining the streets, sometimes engaging them in quick conversation. I told them we were praying for them. They loved us, and we loved them. It was awesome!

Maybe we can wear our kimonas on the Fourth of July! Ha!

Waiting in the park to line up for the March - Nancy talking to an Israeli

The Asian nations were very well represented!

Yea! We completed the March!
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem (battle of Armageddon) shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles" (Zech. 14:16). Here we are, rehearsing!

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