(IsraelNN.com) Despite four years of political unrest, travel advisories and a prolonged slump in tourism to Israel, over 4,000 Christians from more than 80 nations will arrive in Jerusalem over the next week to take part in the 25th ‘Silver Anniversary’ Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. They will pump at least $10 million into the local economy, accounting for over 15,000 hotel room nights, a boost for the Jerusalem tourism industry.
The international visitors will be joined by over 1,000 local Christians to celebrate the biblical Feast of Sukkot and to stand with the nation of Israel. An additional 2,000 Israelis are also expected to attend various Feast events.
Evangelical Christian leaders, including Dr. Pat Robertson, (Host of the ‘700 Club’ TV program and former chairman of the Christian Coalition in the US) and Brother Yun, a prominent leader of the 100-million member underground Christian church in China, will also take part in this year’s celebration to mark the milestone anniversary. The ICEJ is also hosting a first-time-ever event in the Beit Shean National Park, where the 4000 visitors will enjoy a spectacular, spiritual concert and fireworks in the ancient Roman Amphitheater on Tuesday, September 28.
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For the fourth year in a row, since the outbreak of the Oslo War, the Christian Embassy is hosting the largest international solidarity mission to Israel, as Christians from nations across the world come in person to express their firm commitment to the Jewish State and its people. The Ministry of Tourism in fact calls the ICEJ Feast ‘the largest annual tourism event in Israel.’
“This 25th anniversary marks a special plateau for this event and our ministry,” says Malcolm Hedding, ICEJ Executive Director. “The thousands of Christians ascending to Jerusalem for our annual Feast celebration know that something wonderful is in store for them this year, as they worship the God of Israel and bless the people of Israel. With the presence of figures like Dr. Pat Robertson and Brother Yun, we know that larger crowds and more significant achievements lie ahead.”