Christians gather to look forward to Christ’s return

Ulster Hall
Ulster Hall

Some 500 people gathered in the Ulster Hall last night as part of a ‘pre-emptive’ celebration of the return of Christ to Jerusalem.

Brian Silvester, director of the Northern Ireland and Ireland branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), explained the meaning behind the event.

“Every year since 1980 thousands of Christians have been coming to Jerusalem from over 100 nations to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles,” he said.

“This event was just a little taste of what happens in Jerusalem during the celebrations.

“We had praise and worship artists and the Shalom Dance Team, all from different churches around Northern Ireland.”

A mainly Christian event, one of the guest speakers was Orthodox Jew Stephen Jaffe, co-chair of the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel.

Mr Silvester explained the Christian interest in the Jewish festival.

“The Feast of Tabernacles relates to the prophet foretelling the day coming in the future when all nations will come to Jerusalem and celebrate the coming of the returning King – King Jesus,” he said.

Also speaking was Malcolm Hedding, former executive director of ICEJ, who travels extensively, teaching about the significance of Israel in prophecy.

A third speaker was Allen Jackson, senior pastor of World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, US, who has been recognised by the Christian Coalition of the Israeli Knesset for his continued support.