Those who affirm this are rewarded by God for supporting this interpretation.34 The ICEJ
statement, referring to Genesis 17, which foretells the covenant with Isaac not Ishmael, also insists on a promise limited to this familial line but with broader benefits.
Thus, it requires a remarkably narrow view of the post-Holocaust Church to suggest, as did Malcolm Hedding, then the executive director of the ICEJ, that "Though centuries of Christian anti-semitism heap shame upon us, it is true that in recent decades a revolution in Jewish/Christian relations has taken place, with the ICEJ at the forefront." (8)
(22.) At the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles, October 13, 2006.
For example, the goal of the ICEJ
is to fulfill the prophetic command to comfort God's people, Israel.
Advertising support is evidently brisk as are subscription sales, which are sold largely through online ads and mailing lists of the iCEJ
and its numerous international evangelical partners.
(34.) For an apologetic look at the politics and theology of the ICEJ
, see Merkley, Christian Attitudes, 170-79.
At the Third International Christian Zionist Congress, held in Jerusalem in February, 1996, under the auspices of the ICEJ
, some 1,500 delegates from over 40 countries proclaimed: "According to God's distribution of nations, the Land of Israel has been given to the Jewish people as an everlasting covenant.
We have covered our costs,=94 Malcolm Hedding, executive director of the ICEJ
The leader of the ICEJ
is Malcolm Hedding, a familiar face to the "700 Club" who is closely associated with early televangelists like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
The group leader is Richard Booker, a Christian minister and the Founder/Director of the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies who will be participating in the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ
) Feast of Tabernacles extravaganza this coming Sukkot holiday.
In a statement, the ICEJ
said that while its members shared with Christians worldwide the firm belief in the soon return to earth of Jesus Christ, it assigned no prophetic significance to the passing of the years 2000 or 2001.