Promoting bringing groups of believers and tourists for guided visits to the Hermon site

Bishop Adir Makado, from the UCKG Evangelical Church in Brazil, has an official working meeting with Rafael Naveh, CEO of the Hermon website

Bishop Adir Makado’s meeting (left) with Rafael Naveh, CEO of the Hermon site. Photo of the Hermon site

The chief bishop, Adir Makado, from the Evangelical Church in Brazil, came to visit the Hermon site. At the beginning of the civil year January 1, 2022, the bishop broadcast to tens of millions of church believers around the world, a live broadcast from Mount Hermon in the late hours of the night. Bishop Macedo came to visit the summit of Mount Hermon, befitting his belief that the revelation of Jesus took place at the summit of Mount Hermon, and ascended to a point on the upper level where believers believe the revelation took place. The bishop held an official working meeting with Raphael Naveh, CEO of the Hermon site, during which the two discussed promoting the bringing of groups of believers and tourists for guided visits to the site.

The Church of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG for short) originated in the Evangelical Church founded in Brazil in 1977 by Bishop EDIR MACEDO who aimed to reach needy and incapacitated populations, who were often rejected by other religions. His services as a pastor were gaining popularity and believers, especially among people from the street who joined the growing movement. Church members believe in the Old Testament and the New Testament, and that every Christian is first and foremost a Jew – hence the deep connection to Judaism and Israel: Jesus and his 12 apostles were Jews, not only did Jesus not disregard the principles of the Jewish faith, but he also strengthened and fulfilled what Abraham, Isaac And Jacob began.

The bishops of this church wear kippahs and wrap themselves in prayer shawls, and many prayers are said in 3 languages: Portuguese, English and Hebrew. According to the church’s belief, Mount Hermon is the Transfiguration Mountain of Jesus, about which the New Testament tells how Jesus changed on the summit of Mt. Similar to the position of Mount Sinai where we radiated the face of Moses, in the position of the change of Jesus his clothes turned white. According to the Christian faith the conversion placed Jesus on an equal footing with Moses and the prophet Elijah, and in fact confirmed his status as the Son of God. The story describes the ascent of Jesus to a high mountain, but the name of the mountain is not mentioned.

From the Crusader period the common belief was that the sacred status took place on Mount Tabor but in recent years a large part of evangelical Christianity has begun to claim that it is a different place: a high and impressive mountain as described in the New Testament is Mount Hermon and not Mount Tabor. When one reads in the New Testament the description of a very high and impressive mountain in the north where the change took place, it can be understood that only Mount Hermon fits this definition, even if its name is not mentioned. This is the only mountain from which the whole country can be viewed and there is a match also in terms of the geographical descriptions mentioned in the New Testament.

Currently, there are about 5,000 UCKG churches in Brazil. In 1986, the first church was inaugurated in New York, followed by other churches throughout the United States. Subsequently, other churches were inaugurated around the world: Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, Jamaica and Trinidad. In Europe there are churches in the following countries: England, Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, churches were also founded in Germany, Russia and Romania. UCKG’s first church in Africa was founded in Angola in 1992 and today there are churches in Drap, Mozambique, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda. In Asia there are churches in India, the Philippines and Japan.

Today, the UCKG is present in about 100 countries around the world and numbers about 10 million believers around the world, including two communities in Israel in Jaffa and Haifa. Jean Paulo, head of the Church in Israel, stated: “Prayer from the summit of Mount Hermon is of great importance to many believers around the world. We see the summit of Mount Hermon as a sacred site for Christianity, and from this perception we are happy to come here and offer our prayers even to those who are unable to reach Israel and Mount Hermon, in the hope that many believers will have this moment. “

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