Dear intercessors around the world!
I trust you all had a blessed Christmas season and a Spirit-filled start into the New Year. As for Israel, the start into 2021 was an extremely challenging one. Israel is into its third lockdown, unemployment and poverty in the land is rising to record levels and new elections are on the way since the unity-government fell apart under the current internal and external pressures. Let us continue to pray for Israel and bless Israel in these challenging and uncertain days!
The change of administration in the US
On January 20, after many tensions and battles regarding election integrity and procedure as well as the storming of the capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Joe Biden was installed as the 46th president of the United States of America. As GPC, we had encouraged prayer for the re-election of Donald Trump for a number of reasons, but mostly for the way he has changed US-Israel relations during his term and the promises he made to continue on that route. How shall we now respond and adapt?
Since the basis of our prayer as GPC was Daniel 2:19-22, our encouragement would be to continue our prayer on this basis:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.“
Our encouragement would be to find peace in the fact that the Lord our God is higher and above this political decision. If our God is willing and able to handle king Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest enemy of Israel at that time, he also can handle Joe Biden, speak to him, transform him and even work through him.
Get Ready For the Return of Jesus!
In this message from Harald Eckert we will primarily deal with Matthew 24 and 25 - The end-time speeches of Jesus in the version of Matthew. These begin at the end of chapter 23 with Jerusalem and finish in chapter 25 with the Last Judgment of the nations, which also stands in relation to Jerusalem as described below. In between, the statements of Jesus are dealt with, which refer to the birth pangs of the Last Days with reference to the coming kingdom of Jesus.
In the second part of the message Harald Eckert goes into the four parables, which begin at the end of chapter 24 and are further elaborated in chapter 25. Each of these four parables deals with a target group that is obviously especially important to Jesus with regard to the Last Days. First of all the spiritual leaders, secondly the universal church of Jesus in the Last Days, thirdly every single believer and fourthly the world of nations.
Europe and Israel under a new European Commission
A new beginning, more of the same or downward spiral
Europe has elected and sworn in a new Commission, which took office on December 1st 2019 in challenging times. We have compiled portraits of two leading personalities, who will likely have a great say in the future shaping of EU-Israel relations: Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission and her Vice-President Josep Borrell, the new High Representative of the European Union. Furthermore, we include our statement on the recent European Court of Justice’s verdict, which stipulates obligatory labelling for Israeli produce originating from beyond the green line.
Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s former minister for family affairs and later minister of defense, finally made it to the top of Europe. On December 1st, on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont, she took over the helm of the European Commission from Jean-Claude Juncker. Von der Leyen, the Brussels-born aristocrat, trained medical doctor, mother of seven, and crown-princess of Angela Merkel’s grace, succeeded in finally reaching the European Parliament’s approval of her commission with the help of Polish and Hungarian Eurosceptic votes. The spotless image of the ever-smiling, multilingual showcase European with her We can do it!-attitude and a sixth sense for publicity and self-promotion was recently clouded by a still ongoing Parliamentary Commission Inquiry concerning a consulting issue during her stint at the German Ministry of Defense. The sometimes-unconventional Christian Democrat, known for her rather liberal views on marriage, has a proven and solid track-record on topics pertaining to Jewish or Israel-related issues.
Dear praying friends around the world!
I have been in Israel with a German prayer tour of almost 20 people for the last ten days. It has been a very substantial tour, praying for Israel and for German-Israel relations.
Israel preparing for elections
As most of you know, Israel is preparing for her next elections (September 17th) after those in April 2019 did not result in a functioning coalition and government. This is the first time in Israel’s history that this has happened. It is a time of uncertainty and the enemies of Israel are trying to take advantage of the situation. This is especially true for Iran and their allies, namely Hezbollah and Hamas. Please continue to pray for God’s hand over the land, its leadership and its security. Please pray for the plans and schemes of the enemies of Israel to be exposed and thwarted in time. Please pray for the elections - that a government will come forth which best serves the redemptive plans and promises of the Lord for Israel.
Dear praying friends around the world!
The first half of 2019 has come to a close. Israel is still in a “between-elections” season and needs our special prayer. The nations are facing several crisis situations around the world. But of course, every crisis carries the potential and the opportunity for repentance and for turning to the living God, the God of the Bible, the God of Israel.
GPC: Looking back at the first half of 2019
As for GPC, the first six months of this year have been extraordinary months. With my visit to East Africa and then to New York in April, the prayer conferences in San Remo, Italy, (May) and Jerusalem, Israel (June), my connection to the White House Council and the Latino Coalition for Israel, as well as the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast movement with their conferences in Jerusalem and Den Hague in the Netherlands, the prayer network has progressed to a new level. I am so grateful for how the Lord is building and strengthening the global praying remnant in general and specifically in the context of GPC! Hallelujah!
GPC: Looking forward to the second half of 2019
As for the second half of 2019, it is time for GPC to consolidate this network on several levels: Prayer, leadership and consultation, legal and financial structure, communication and fundraising. Please pray for me and the core leadership / advisory group to find wisdom, clarity and unity regarding these next steps.
Dear praying friends around the world!
As the “times of shaking” continue, the Lord is expanding His Kingdom. I trust that many of you are personally experiencing His endless grace, His divine protection, His fatherly pruning, and His patient leadership. Certainly, in Israel, in the affairs of the nations and in His body, the believing church, His Kingdom and the preparations for His return are progressing and expanding.
The upcoming Ten Days of Awe, between Sept 18th and 28th 2020.
Through the Jewish calendar and the biblical feasts, the Lord provides a deeply meaningful and precious opportunity for both the Jewish people and the body of Christ to humble ourselves before Him - the creator, judge and redeemer. As GPC, we want to invite you to use this opportunity personally as well as in your priestly calling as you reflect – as a representative of the royal priesthood (1 Pet 2,9) - on the relationship between your nation and Israel. In this unique season of world events, let us put these 10 days of awe to effective use in 2020! Let us use this opportunity to reflect, research and repent for our nations as an expression of the global intercessory body of Christ and ask for HIS redemption and forgiveness for the failings of our nations in their relationship with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel - past and present. How we can take our stand and cooperate in biblical and spiritual unity shall be further explained in this newsletter, in the current First Friday video clip and in further information to be published on our website within the next 1-2 weeks.
Prayer for Israel after the election
Israel has voted! The election strengthened PM Netanyahu and his potential coalition. Still, those involved in the negotiations need wisdom, protection and the right attitudes of heart. Please continue to pray. Please pray especially for president Rivlin as he still has a key role in the processes of negotiation after the elections.
Embassies move to Jerusalem
Please also have a look at this plan from Israeli Foreign Minister Katz. Let us pray that after a new government is formed, this proposal gains new momentum and let us continue to pray for our nations regarding a biblical position towards the status of Jerusalem and the right diplomatic consequences:
Dear prayer partners around the world!
As Israel and many nations are in crisis mode, I personally found the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to be a very inspirational and uplifting time. Others told me that they also felt in the Spirit that Sukkot also was very special this year. Often, it is in a crisis situation that we turn to the Lord in a deeper way. And as we seek the Lord, He also turns to us in a deeper way. Thank you for praying for Israel, for your nation and also for GPC in the context of these precious Biblical feasts and Jewish holidays!
My general sense of direction from the Lord in these special days at the beginning of the Jewish New Year was very much in line with a series of visions Rick Ridings from “Succat Hallel” in Jerusalem received a few years ago. Please have a look here, if you are interested.
Political crisis in Israel
Please continue to pray for Israel in this time of ongoing political turmoil and structural weakness in its leadership. May the Lord open a door for Israel to find a way out of this ongoing deadlock in a way which glorifies God and shows the world that Israel indeed has a living God who has compassion for His people. Please also continue to pray that the Lord would continue to confuse the communications of the enemies of Israel and to thwart every plan they try to forge against her.
Europe: The Rift between Expectation and Reality – to be a World Power
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran-Deal contained many flaws and loopholes, even if it would have been fully and faithfully implemented. Which it wasn’t. Internationally renowned experts like Olli Heinonen or Mark Dubowitz, as well as politicians like Donald Trump or Benjamin Netanyahu have been sounding the alarm for the better part of the last five to six years. But it has only been in the past few months, that the Iranian Regime openly, consciously and admittedly violated fundamental commitments it made under the JCPOA, i.e. de facto breaking it. This happened under immense und unrelenting pressure from the Trump-Administration for Iran’s malign behavior and policies. In a current piece, Dubowitz’ colleagues Jacob Nagel and David Adesnik argue, that the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, has lost its credibility regarding Iran and is in need of a recalibration in order to fulfill its duty and mandate regarding the Iranian nuclear program. 1 The UN has yet to come to grips with the evolving situation in Iran and needs to adapt to the new reality, that the JCPOA might very well end up in the dustbin of history. After the US-withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the decisive players in this process are the three European powers: Germany, France and Great Britain.
“Those nations who bless Israel will be blessed and those nations who curse Israel, will be cursed…” (Gen. 12,3)
This spring has been an unusual spring in many ways from the GPC perspective: Quite intensive and multifaceted:
Intense spring 2019 for Israel and GPC …
In April, elections took place in Israel. And surrounding the elections and the spring holidays, Israel suffered massive attacks from the south (Gaza). Early May we had our GPC conference in San Remo, Italy. Mid-May I was invited by the White House Council (US) and the Latino Coalition for Israel (Central-/South America) to celebrate with Israel and with those two groups of leaders the 1 year anniversary of the move of the US and Guatemalan embassies (photo). And now I am here in Israel for the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast celebrating 52 years of reunification of Jerusalem (June 4-6), followed by the Global Prayer Call Conference (June 7-9) at Succat Hallel (the 24/7 House of Worship and Prayer across from the Temple Mount).