This week as part of the Sukkot celebrations the Parade of the Nations was held in Jerusalem. I was asked by my CFI media team manager Kevin Howard to cover it and get some photos, which I did. Though I have heard about it, I had never seen this parade before, and I must say it was more than I expected. I even caught myself a couple of times, touched by the emotion of seeing so many people from the four corners of our planet, whom I most likely will never see again in this life, come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord and to support Israel.
To my knowledge this occurs in no other city on earth, where foreign peoples come to bless the indigenous people in their own Land. It is a precursor of Zechariah 14:16, which says “Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.”
Many Jewish people, young and not-so-young, watching were amazed and rejoicing, clapping and returning greetings; one man kept saying, “This is amazing! I’ve never seen anything like this!”
There is only one explanation: these are people whose hearts God has touched, and they are His witnesses to His truth in Messiah. May the Gentiles continue to make Israel jealous for Messiah–the whole world needs Him (Romans 11:11-27).
Here’s a little slideshow I put together. Hope you enjoy it! Peace.