Preparing to Feast with the Lord

In just a few hours the Feast will begin with a desert celebration down in Ein Gedi. Months of hard work, extensive planning, long rehearsals and considerable travel costs will all be forgotten as thousands of believers from 100 countries will join together in worship before their God, united in prophetic statement they will be making to the world that one day every knee will bow and worship the King who is coming to Feast with us. Hallelujah!

Here's a taste of what has gone into this process. The first video below showcases some of the rehearsals for the Feast. I think you'll agree that there's a lot of worship going on already!

The second video is a timelapse of the stage being built where special mention must be made of the outstanding work the logistics crew does every year as they labour in a spirit of servanthood. They are to be commended.

Enjoy the videos and don't forget to watch the Feast live »

6 Hours to Go

Building the Stage - Timelapse

“You will be comforted … in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3-10

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount along the Sea of Galilee gives us a first glimpse of the message of righteousness and salvation that He uncompromisingly preached and instilled into His disciples. Today’s visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Christ proclaimed these proverbs was an opportunity to evaluate and refocus our hearts. Am I living the way that Christ has commanded? That is a question that I must ask myself every day.  Following Christ is hard work! It is much easier and fun to sin, but what is truly the greater cost?

Sea of Galilee

Yesterday on the bus ride many of the tour members told their testimonies and path to Israel. We all have come to the Holy Land for our own reasons, but the underlying reason is that God has called us here to a place that will build our faith even stronger. Verse 4 of the Beatitudes is especially relevant in my life currently. It touches on the theme of mourning and comfort which is ultimately how God directed me to this land. Isaiah 66:13 states “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” It was this verse that spoke to my heart at a time of deep sadness. In the time I have been in Israel I have felt a spiritual and physical renewal come upon me. He promised me comfort and I have found so much more. Faith changes our lives!

Sunrise over Galilee

The blessings of Israel are numerous. Driving throughout the Galilee one sees a land that is fertile and provides the people and the world with some of the best produce in the world. The Sea of Galilee itself provides a bounty of fish. And the hillsides are seem as if they are paintings, created with perfect brushstrokes, detailing cypress trees and splashes of color for the beautiful.


I could continue to come to this land just for the scenic views and the wonderful food throughout the country, but it is the opportunity to meet and touch God that will forever draw me back to Israel. I hope you would consider taking an opportunity to experience Israel and be in the land where our Savior came into this world for our salvation.

   ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles

Jeremy Carney is guest blogging for the ICEJ as a member of this year's tour to the Feast of Tabernacles.  Contact us about joining us for next year's Feast! »

Building Faith While Touring Israel

We said goodbye to Jerusalem this morning, but only for a few days before we return to the beautiful city on a hill to begin celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Could anyone actually ever say goodbye to Jerusalem? My hunch is “no.”  Before leaving the Dan Boutique Hotel, I awoke at 5:00AM in order to snap a few photos of the sun rising into horizon just beyond the Mount of Olives over Jordan. There is a reason that Jerusalem is nicknamed the “Golden City.” The sun just seems to shine different here than anywhere I have ever been.

Jerusalem Sunrise

After breakfast the group loaded the tour bus and headed north to the land our Savior began his ministry…the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, Kenny, our tour guide, educated the group on various points of Biblical and national history as we drove up the Mediterranean Coast of Israel. After a pit stop that allowed me to grab a delicious cappuccino, Kenny encouraged the group to give individual testimonies about our faith and what led us to Israel. The faith of this group is strong and the love each of us has for God is amazing. It is evident that God ordained this group of people to come together in Israel to pray for this nation and its people. We anticipate God meeting us each and every place we go in Israel and it is spiritually uplifting to see how God is using each of us and how He prepares us and our hearts each and every day.

As we approached our first tour stop of the day in Atlit, we placed the testimonies on hold until we returned to the bus. For those who do not know, Atlit was the site of a former British detention camp for “illegal immigrants” coming into Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of the detainees were Holocaust survivors attempting to come home to establish a Jewish state. In 1945, the late and former Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, planned a raid that liberated over 200 Jewish detainees. This event at Atlit represents, in my opinion, the tenacity and dedication the Jews had in returning to their homeland and reestablishing the Jewish nation of Israel.


From Atlit the group traveled north through Haifa and stopped in Acre, also known as Akko, which is an ancient port city that served as a staging ground for the European Christian Crusaders attempting to gain control of the Holy Land. Akko provided stunning views of the Mediterranean and trip back into history with the fortified stone walls and remnants of the lighthouse that dates back to the Middle Ages. Akko was truly a charming city that echoes a time long gone.

The final tour stop before making our way to the Sea of Galilee may be Israel’s best kept secret. Rosh Hanikra, which sits on the Mediterranean Coast where the Israel and Lebanon borders come together, has to be one of the most beautiful sites in Israel, and maybe even the world. The group rode cable cars to see the underground grottos carved out of the rock by years of water and salt crashing into the beautiful white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra. The peace and calming effect of the waves crashing and the warm, golden sun over the Mediterranean made me believe I might have entered Heaven along the way!

  Rosh Hanikra  

Today was a full day of stops and travel from Jerusalem that allowed me and the other tour members to take in the land of the Galilee region of Northern Israel. A day after an emotional visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and a day before we begin retracing the footsteps of Christ, this tour day where we were able to relax and enjoy the history and beautiful sites was perfectly scheduled.

So now I sit on the banks of the Sea of Galilee at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar. I am blown away at the moment to even consider that I, a Southern boy from Tennessee, am at the place where Christ walked on water and calmed the storms. Someone! Anyone! Please pinch me!! 

   Jeremy Carney