Messianic Jews march in Jerusalem Day parade

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 |  by Sara Fischer

[Photo: Messianic Jews marching in Jerusalem. Their t-shirts read: www.Yeshua.co.il - the time for Yeshua has come]

Messianic Jews on Tuesday joined in the central march kicking off the 40th anniversary celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem.

“We love Jerusalem, how can anyone not love Jerusalem,” Janet from Toronto with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) told Israel Today.

Joining the members of the largest Messianic Jewish organization in North America were Israeli Messianics carrying a slightly different message.

Members of the congregation Jerusalem Assembly donned navy blue polo shirts, which read: www.Yeshua.co.il - the time for Yeshua has come. The intent was to lead people to their Hebrew-language website, an entirely evangelistic outlet to show Israelis that the Messiah has come.

An estimated 10,000 participated in the Jerusalem Day parade, including dancers, acrobats, actors, farmers driving decrepit old tractors and many dressed in traditional clothing. Concerts were held until the early hours of the morning at Jerusalem’s main parks and the city was illuminated by blue lights strung around the walls of the Old City near David’s Citadel.

In a broader sense, Jerusalem Day commemorates the three-front 1967 Six Day War, when Israel, hemmed in by its enemies, launched a spectacular offensive destroying the military capabilities of its more powerful Egyptian and Syrian foes.

As the war progressed, and Jordan ignored pleas to stay out of the fighting, Israeli paratroopers marched into Jerusalem's Old City, recapturing the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, where Jewish soldiers stood in awe of the beloved foundation stones of the Second Temple where their forefathers once worshipped their God some 2,000 years earlier.

Today, most Israelis will enthusiastically agree with the slogan displayed on the blue and white MJAA T-shirts: “Jerusalem is forever the eternal capital of the Jewish people.”

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