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GPC "First Friday" Newsletter – June 2021

Dear praying friends, dear brothers and sisters!

Since our last monthly newsletter much has happened in and around Israel. More than 4.000 Rockets have been fired on Israel‘s population. Tensions between Jewish and Arab Israelis have grown. Anti-semitism and hatred against Israel has escalated on the streets of cities in the Western world. In other words: The battle for Jerusalem has further escalated.

Our online conference with the title „Battle for Jerusalem“, 54 years after the re-unification of Jerusaelm, seems to have proven to be even the more timely and relevant. A major focus was on prayer -prayer with leaders from Jerusalem for Jerusalem and Zion as well as prayer for our nations, world regions and continents regarding their attitudes and actions towards Jerusalem and Zion. In that context, it is our privilege and duty to raise our voices on behalf of God’s plans and promises for Jerusalem: „For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, …“ (Is. 62,1). Please have a look at the current schedule and video-clip, plan your weekend accordingly and pass on this information to friends who might be interested to participate.

CONTENT
  • 26-hour online worship and prayer for Jerusalem
  • The battle for Jerusalem in the United Nations
  • First Friday Clip: Invitation to the online prayer call
  • Prayer for GPC


26-hour online worship and prayer for Jerusalem

Click on the following link to find the conference video-streams and the schedule for this important online-prayer-event this coming weekend:

https://globalprayercall.org/en/events/2021-conf

 

The battle for Jerusalem in the United Nations

In recent weeks, against the backdrop of the military battle, there has been a diplomatic battle in the United Nations - a battle for truth, for values and integrity. Please read this letter from the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you about how to pray for your nation concerning their attitudes and actions towards Israel and Jerusalem:
(New York - May 16, 2021) Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan said Sunday that Hamas’ massive attack on Israel was premeditated, sparked by internal Palestinian political unrest and that Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself. Ambassador Erdan spoke at a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council that was called to discuss Israel’s military operation, “Guardians of the Wall” in Gaza.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the discussion, which was attended by the foreign ministers of China, Norway, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, as well the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield.

Ambassador Erdan opened his speech with the story of 16-year-old Nadine Awad, an Arab citizen of Israel, who was murdered along with her father, by a Hamas missile that landed on their home in the central Israeli town of Lod last Wednesday.

Holding up a photo of the young woman, Ambassador Erdan went on to describe how “Over the last week, millions of Israeli children, women and men, have been huddling in bomb shelters, while thousands of Hamas rockets landed all around them.”

“How would you respond, if an organization with a similar fanatic jihadist ideology as ISIS, was bombing Beijing or Moscow or Dublin and shutting down the airports of Paris or Oslo or London?” Ambassador Erdan asked the members of the council, calling on them to support Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself.

Ambassador Erdan told the council that the current assault on Israel “was completely premeditated by Hamas in order to gain political power. It was all a part of their vicious plan. While Hamas seeks the destruction of the State of Israel, it is also vying to take power in the West Bank, and to replace the Palestinian Authority.”

“Hamas was frustrated last month when President Abbas postponed Palestinian elections, after not holding them for 15 years,” Ambassador Erdan continued. “It looked for another way to seize power. So, unfortunately, it chose to escalate tensions in Jerusalem as a pretext to start this war. Buying into Hamas’s political propaganda ploy to portray the massive, unprovoked rocket attacks as a result of the dispute in Sheikh Jarrah is not only wrong, it is dangerous.”

“There is never an excuse to indiscriminately fire rockets at civilians,” said Ambassador Erdan. “There is never a justification for terror. Do you really believe that this property dispute is what caused Hamas to launch this large-scale attack on the people of Israel?”

Ambassador Erdan also shared photographs of Palestinian extremists who used the al-Aqsa Mosque to stockpile rocks and firebombs subsequently used in violent attacks against Jewish worshipers and against the Israeli police in Jerusalem.

“Using non-lethal means, our police were able to disperse the violent riots without a single fatality. I doubt whether there are many police forces anywhere in the world that could have achieved such an outcome. I want to emphasize: Israel deeply cherishes freedom of religion," he continued, holding another photograph showing thousands of Muslims praying at the mosque last week during the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

The ambassador concluded his words calling on members of the UN Security Council to make a choice: “You can create a false moral equivalence - immoral equivalence - between the actions of a democracy that sanctifies life, and those of a terrorist organization that glorifies death, by calling for restraint on all sides, and failing to unequivocally condemn Hamas.”

“Or,” he said: “you can unequivocally condemn Hamas’s indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks, which threaten Israelis and Palestinians alike. You can choose to support Israel’s heroic efforts to defend itself and dismantle Hamas’ infrastructure of terror while doing everything to minimize the number of casualties on both sides.”

“Israel has already made its choice,” said Ambassador Erdan. “We will take all steps necessary to defend our people. Now the choice is yours. The world is watching."
(Source: Press office of Israel’s diplomatic representation at the UN)


First Friday videoclip June 2021

Please have a look at the short invitation clip to our „Battle for Jerusalem“ online prayer call:

https://youtu.be/eip2aVSIo3U


Prayer for GPC

Please pray for the GPC leadership team, the prayer network and all intercessors who are connected in heart and prayer with GPC. Pray for God’s anointing and protection on the call next weekend. Pray for revelation, unity and a spirit of prayer over all time slots throughout the 26 hour time period. Pray for protection on translation and technology. Thank you! May God bless, keep and use you! Schalom!

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