9. The Birth of "The International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem"

Q. Since 1948, the State of Israel has protected the Holy Places of all religions, and encouraged tourists. Something very significant happened in 1980 when the Knesset declared officially Jerusalem as the "undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel." May we hear about that?

Yes. As a result of that proclamation, 13 foreign embassies closed their doors and withdrew from the Holy City. A number of Christians living in Israel had already made plans for an international Christian celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles Sukkot. The abandonment of Israel by the nations was met by a heart-felt response from Christians who felt the call of God from the Hebrew Prophet Isaiah: Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people, saith your God (Chapter 40).

On September 30, 1980, one thousand Christians from 23 nations formed themselves into "THE INTER-NATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY, JERUSALEM." As Mayor Teddy Kollek unveiled the Embassy plaque out-side the Embassy, he said that this was "a great day for Jerusalem." The International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem defines what it is:

The Embassy does not represent any government, denomination, church organization, Christian busi-nessmen, group or political party. It does represent the concern of millions of Bible-believing Christians who love and honour the Jewish people and who wish to obey the will of God concerning them.

Since 1980, Christians in affiliation with the Embassy have defended the Jewish people on every front: the plight of Jews in Russia has been spoken to; anti-Semites have heard their answers; anti-Zionist charges in the United Nations have an answer; nations are encouraged to buy Israeli products and plant trees in Israel, and so forth. The Christian Embassy has earned great credibility with the Government and the people of Israel. Every year they join with Israel in their celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.

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