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First ICEJ Oceania Conference in Fiji

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3 Aug 2017 (All day)
From Jerusalem to the Ends of the Earth

THE ICEJ HOSTS THE FIRST OCEANIA CONFERNCE IN FIJI

On the first Sunday of June, the city of New York held the 53rd annual “Celebrate Israel” parade, which also commemorated the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. Across the oceans, about 8,000 miles from the Big Apple, a tiny island nation had just hosted the inaugural ICEJ Oceania Conference. It was a historic occasion for Fiji and Oceania as the conference culminated in a march on the 27th of May, much like the New York City parade where people, including the ICEJ representatives from the Oceania region as well as Jerusalem, took to the streets of Suva (Fiji’s capital) in solidarity with the Jewish State and showed their outpouring of love for Israel.

The speakers at the event, ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler and ICEJ Arise Director Jani Salokangas came all the way from Jerusalem to awaken our love for Israel. They were there simply to remind us of our responsibility to Israel and to the city of Jerusalem as commanded by the Scriptures. God requires us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122), and imagine if we do more than pray, if we contribute financially and bless the people of Israel in every way.

Before Jesus was taken up to heaven, He first promised and later gifted the disciples with another helper, the Holy Spirit. He adds: “But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Those words right there, ‘the ends of the earth’, is why Fiji and the islands of Oceania are significant to Israel.

Our friends from Jerusalem at the rally relayed how momentous travelling from Jerusalem to Fiji was for them – from the land of Israel, the Pacific Islands are the furthest landmark on earth. What does God say about the ‘ends of the earth’? In Job 28:24 we read: “His eyes are over the ends of the earth.” Surely, it was God who ordained our ancestors to voyage the Pacific Ocean. While they were great voyagers and used the stars to guide their way, I agree with Dr. Bühler that it must have been the Spirit of the Lord who directed them to this land, knowing how prophetic this land would be in fulfilling His Word.

In the Oceania states, ICEJ is represented in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The ICEJ Oceania conference saw the launching of the work of ICEJ in Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Samoa with the hope that these men and women of the kingdom will take hold of the ICEJ vision and set sail in their respective island nations.

Wherever you may be, in the Pacific or in the world, if you are like me you stand with Israel and you stand for God’s purposes for Israel, then connect with your nearest ICEJ branch. Perhaps you are thinking of being in Jerusalem in October for the Feast of Tabernacles – please do! I have no doubt that the Glory of God will be manifested in all its power and splendor over the Holy Land and over every heart that stands with Israel.