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Jerusalem United

3000 years ago the Jewish King David established his capital in Jerusalem.

To this day, no other nation can claim a stronger historical or spiritual connection to the city. No other nation has preserved religious freedom for all that live and worship there.

It has never been the capital of any people group besides the Jews. Yet, in 1980, when Jerusalem was declared the capital of the reborn State of Israel, the Embassies of the world relocated to Tel Aviv.

That's when the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was born: to show Christian support for Israel's sovereign claim to an undivided Jerusalem.

Three decades later, that support is needed more than ever.

Today, the world wants to dictate where Jews can and cannot live in Jerusalem. Emboldened by the crackdown on 'settlements' the Palestinians are now claiming all of Israel's capital as their own. It's time to take a stand.

For Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem. And the right to worship God in Zion.

We support Jerusalem United.

The Question of Jerusalem

There is a city in the heart of the Middle East that has truly been the capital of only one nation; a nation whose historical, spiritual and cultural attachment dates back 3,000 years...
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Videos and Analysis on Jerusalem

Get informed on the issue of Jerusalem. Watch videos on the legitimate Jewish claim to the Old City of Jerusalem and read analysis on the issues of sovereignty and diplomacy that impact us all...
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Campaigns

The founding of the ICEJ in 1980 was a statement to the world that there are Christians who stand for the Jewish people's right to live peacefully in their biblical homeland and that we defend their 3,000 year old claim to Jerusalem as their capital.

From the "Mordecai Outcry" for Russian Jews in 1981 to the current "Jerusalem United" campaign, the ICEJ continues to take a stand for the state of Israel and Jewish people around the globe. Join us as we seek to work with the Lord in accomplishing His purposes for His people at this time.

Prayer Campaigns

The ICEJ is committed to the task of calling the people of God to prayer, for Israel, and for the nations of the world. Since January 2011 thousands have joined our Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign...
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Advocacy Campaigns

Whether it is fighting for the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem or opposing the delegitimization of the Jewish people, the ICEJ remains active in standing up for Israel across the world...
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Key Issues

Many of the issues at the heart of the Middle East conflict are complex. Whether it is the existential threat of Iran, or the growing campaign to delegitimize Israel, we need to get better informed...
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July 2012 Prayer Guide

Bnei Menashe community in India (YNET/Shavei Israel)

 “I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and
bring you into your own land.” Ezekiel 36:24

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Dear friends,

One of the primary themes of the Hebrew prophets is of divine deliverance and salvation. God promises national deliverance to Israel (Joel 2:18-27), Judah (Hosea 1:6-7) and even to Egypt (Isaiah 19). But he also reveals himself as an individual deliverer as we can see in the stories of Jonah (2:9-10) or Daniel (Daniel 6).

During the reign of King Hezekiah, Jerusalem and its inhabitants were under siege by the Assyrian army. The king beseeched the living God for deliverance (Isaiah 37:16-20) and God replied that He would “defend this city and save it for My own sake”. That very night, God struck the enemy and thus delivered Jerusalem and her inhabitants from impending disaster. The entire city of Jerusalem was delivered based on the prayer of one man – Hezekiah.  Ernest prayer can save nations and deliver entire cities!

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Prayer Points: July 2012May/June 2012Ma 

Prayers for Israel

  •  Pray for Israel's protection and deliverance from surrounding enemies as the threats of violence and terror spread to borders that were previously quiet. Pray that Israel would quickly complete the security fence along the Sinai border with Egypt, and that workers on the fence would be safe from harm. Pray for the end of any further rocket barrages from Hamas-controlled Gaza.
  • Pray that Israel can speedily resolve the problem of thousands of African migrants illegally entering the country from Sinai. Pray for those now being repatriated to their home nations in Africa, many of whom are Christian, that they would be welcomed home safely and would find work and help their nations develop and prosper.


Prayers for the Middle East

  • Pray for Syria, where over 10,000 people have died in a raging civil war, that the fighting would soon end and order would be restored under a new regime more open to democratic freedoms and friendly relations with Israel. Pray especially for the innocent women and children caught up in this violent struggle.
  • Pray for Egypt, where a leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as the new president. Ask that he ensure freedoms and individual rights, uphold the peace treaty with Israel, and clamp down on terrorist activities in the Sinai directed at Israelis.
  • Pray for Iran and the ongoing P5+1 negotiations which are trying to resolve the international standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Pray that the Iranian regime would agree to voluntarily surrender all its enriched uranium stockpiles, cease all its enrichment activities, and close the Fordo underground nuclear facility. Pray for the churches in Iran, that they would know God’s protection and harvest a multitude of souls.


Prayers for the work of the ICEJ

  • Pray for the Summer Hands-On Tour of our Arise Young Adults program, which began on June 28, that the tour would be life-impacting on its participants and a great blessing for Israel.
  • Pray for our new ICEJ branches opening up around the world, as well as for new doors to open for us in other key countries, including in South Korea and Mexico.
  • Pray for our preparations for the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles celebration, that the Lord would continue to fill volunteer positions to help with this year’s Feast. Also join us in asking God to send a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon our gathering in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 62' prayer guide for July 2012 (pdf) »


It is divine deliverance which distinguishes the God of Israel, from all other gods. Our God is a God who longs to deliver! (Isaiah 45:20-22). No other god delivers like Him, period! “I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:11)

His glorious delivering power will be the major proof to mankind that there is a God in heaven. When the prophet Isaiah prays for the deliverance of Israel, he already can see the global reaction “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, Lord, are God” (Isaiah 37:20). But the delivered nation of Israel also will recognise that “the Lord is in their midst” (Joel 2:27). It is true that the greatest testimony to the world today is a delivered people of God! This is true for Israel and for the Church!

God’s deliverance is not only from impending physical harm, but the prophets point to a day when the Lord promises to deliver from sin. The prophet Joel foresees a time when God’s Spirit will be poured out on all humanity. In that day, whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered (Joel 2:28-32).

Finally we have the privilege of knowing the name of our great deliverer: “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Act 4:12) If we pray in this name, prayers are answered, doors will open and mountains need to move. His name is Jesus!  

Therefore as we pray, let us remember that we serve a mighty saviour.  There is no mountain or need which our God cannot overcome. As we pray, let us expect a mighty deliverance for Israel, the Church and for your family and your personal lives.
Yours in Christ,

Dr. Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ Executive Director

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February 2012 Prayer Guide



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On the Winning Side

Every Purim in late winter, the Jewish people remember the story of Esther, the Queen in ancient Persia whose courage and entreaties delivered the Jews from certain destruction.

Young and beautiful, Esther was chosen to be the bride of the powerful King Ahasuerus of Persia. But during her time as Queen, things took a turn for the worse. The evil Haman, the king’s chief counselor, was plotting when and how to annihilate all the Jews in the vast Persian Empire. Esther was safely hidden in the royal palace, her Jewish identity yet unknown, but her uncle Mordecai came and pleaded with her to intervene with the king and save her people. His appeal went as follows:

“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

 

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Prayer Points for February 2012

Prayer for Israel
o    Pray that God would bring His means of deliverance to the fore to vanquish the growing Iranian nuclear threat over Israel and the entire region. May it be done in a way that brings glory to God and reverence and fear among the region’s people for the God of Israel, the God of the Bible.


o    Pray for wisdom and courage in dealing with terrorism directed by Iran and Hizbullah against Israeli diplomatic missions abroad. Offer praise for the minimum injuries inflicted in the recent bombings aimed at Israeli envoys in India Georgia, and Thailand.


o    Pray for Israel's efforts at civil preparedness for massive rocket barrages, as well as for further bolstering of its anti-missile defense systems, including more joint funding from the US administration for additional Arrow batteries.


o    Pray for fresh efforts in the Knesset to deal with the problem of increasing poverty among certain sectors of the Israeli population.

Prayer for the Middle East
o    Pray that the nation of Syria will quickly resolve its raging civil war with minimum casualties and that true freedom and democracy would be realized by the people. Pray that a government more friendly towards Israel, no longer allied with Iran, and more caring about its own people would be installed in Damascus. Also pray for the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria.


o    Pray that the new authorities gradually gaining power in Egypt would fully respect the 1979 peace treaty with Israel and even enhance relations with the Jewish state, as well as end anti-Semitic incitement in the official press and education system.

The Ministry of the ICEJ
o    Pray that the Christian Embassy’s partnership with Yad Vashem would be able to expand its outreach to more Christian leaders and churches worldwide and become an even more effective voice for combating anti-Semitism and hatred against Israel. Pray for generous funding to come in to help us enlarge the work and influence of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.


o    Pray that the new opportunity for the ICEJ on Daystar TV would be a powerful tool for drawing new Christians from around the world into our work and ministry in Jerusalem.

Download the full text of the February prayer letter:
Isaiah 62' prayer guide for February 2012 »


For such a time as this

Esther heeded his warning, made good use of her audience with the king, the Jews were allowed to defend themselves, and their enemy Haman was hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.

This extraordinary appeal of Mordecai still rings powerfully today in light of the new Hamans that are arising in our generation. It teaches us some very important lessons.

Let us remember that God will stand with Israel – even if we are silent. But may we never be silent again, and especially when a new Haman has arisen once again in Persia plotting to destroy the Jews.

We want to invite you to join us on the 22nd of February – for a time of prayer and intercession. Many from our global following will be taking part. We need your prayers and support, and if you are able and led, please join us in fasting as well. We believe that as we sow unto the heavens, this will be a year of blessing and great harvest not only for us here in Jerusalem, but also for your life, your family and your community

May the Lord bless you out of Zion!   

 
  
Dr Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ Executive Director 

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June 2011 Prayer Guide

Dr. Jurgen Buhler

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I am writing this prayer update from Manaus overlooking the Rio Negro in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. Manaus, a city of 2 million inhabitants is today one of the most Christianized cities in the world: more than half the population are evangelical believers! On Sundays the public transport system needs to be run at 100% capacity as the streets are packed with people going to church.

The church of Pastor Rene Terra Nova, which is hosting us this weekend, started less than 20 years go in a small garage in a suburb of Manaus. Today they have some 70,000 members. When the church decided to build their first large sanctuary, they began by building a prayer tower which, to this day, is used 24 hours a day to pray for their city, their country and the nation of Israel. Prayer is considered a primary key for today’s revival in South America.

As we pray for Israel today, God will answer our prayers. Jesus Himself makes that promise to us. You might say: “I do not know how to pray.” If this is your question then you are in noble company. Paul the mighty Apostle made precisely that confession when he wrote:

“For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26)

Invite God to teach you through his Holy Spirit how to pray and allow the Spirit of God to pray through you. 

Finally, as you set time aside today to pray for Israel be assured that thousands of Christians around the world are joining you. Just yesterday a Pastor from Bolivia assured me that his church of 5,000 members in Las Paz joins us each month in prayer. And many more do so around the world. 

Israel today needs your prayers more than ever as do all of us who serve with the ministry of the ICEJ in Jerusalem. Thank you for standing with us and with Israel.

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Yours in Jesus,

 
Dr. Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ International Director

Stop a Nuclear Iran

 

On Thursday, September 18, 2008 the ICEJ delivered a global petition to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon signed by over 55,000 Christians from more than 120 countries worldwide demanding that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be indicted for incitement to genocide against Israel.

The petition was delivered to the United Nations on the eve of the Iranian leader's visit to New York to address the Opening of the UN General Assembly, where he was be greeted by a mass rally on Monday demanding a stronger UN and international response to the growing Iranian nuclear threat.

"In a sense, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and the United Nations were both born out of the ashes of the Nazi Holocaust. The silence of most Christian clergy in the face of Germany's horrific bid to annihilate European Jewry left a deep stain on the churches. Yet from it has arisen a sense among multitudes of Christians today that we have an inescapable moral duty to earnestly speak out whenever another genocidal campaign threatens the Jewish People," said Rev. Malcolm Hedding, the ICEJ's Executive Director.

"Unfortunately, we are concerned that just such a genocidal campaign is taking shape in the form of Iran's repeated threats to eliminate the Jewish State and its quest for the nuclear means to carry out these threats," Hedding said.
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The ICEJ Campaign to Stop a Nuclear Iran

ICEJ tells UN: 'Stop a Nuclear Iran'

Over 55,000 Christians from more than 120 countries joined the ICEJ's effort to demand that the United Nations take action against the growing nuclear threat posed by Iran...
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Indicting Ahmadinejad: UN Petition

We wish to express our outrage and alarm at the repeated threats of genocide against the State of Israel emanating from the government of Iran, in violation of the UN Charter and international genocide convention... Full text of UN Petition »

Appeasing Wickedness

In 2008 a group of Christian leaders invited Iran's President to a 'Dialogue Dinner' in New York.The ICEJ was part of a coalition of Christian and Jewish groups that protested this 'appeasement' of wickedness on the streets outside...
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The UN Durban Declaration

In the picturesque Swiss city of Geneva April 20-24, 2009 the United Nations held its second global summit on racism a 'human rights' gathering designed to review the outcomes of the hate-filled fiasco held in Durban, South Africa in the week before the 9/11 attacks of September 2001.

The US, Australia and Germany were among a handful of influential western democracies that joined Israel and Canada at the last minute in boycotting the gathering, in part because the arrival of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Geneva promised to turn the entire event into a farce.

UN protocol dictated that Ahmadinejad was given the platform first as the sole head-of-state in attendance. He used it to accuse Israel of having "a racist government" and commiting genocide against the Palestinians. His speech prompted a mass walkout by European diplomats, and prompted condemnation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who criticized the Iranian leader for using the forum "to accuse, divide and even incite."

The events in Geneva on April 20th just as Israel was beginning the solemn annual observance of Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Memorial Day - provided vindication of President Obama's 11th hour decision to boycott the gathering.

The ICEJ is proud that we played our part in the chorus of voices from both the Jewish and Christian world that called on him to stay away and appreciate the grassroots support of nearly 5,000 online activists who signed up in support of our Boycott Durban II Petition.

That petition was delivered to the White House on Friday April 17th, together with an impassioned plea from ICEJ Executive Director Rev. Malcolm Hedding for President Obama to resist the mounting pressure to send a delegation to Durban II.

Read Rev. Hedding's letter to President Obama

On the ground in Geneva the ICEJ national directors of Switzerland, France and Russia were standing with hundreds of Christians and Jews as part of series of city-wide protests against the Durban II conference and in memory of the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, in the Czech capital of Prague, ICEJ national director Mojmir Kallus spearheaded a rally at the Senate that led to the withdrawal of his nation from Durban II within hours of Ahmadinjad's opening tirade. In Jerusalem ICEJ International Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler refuted the charge of Israeli racism in an extensive debate on the influential Arabic language satellite channel Al-Hurra.

The fight against the rising tide of global anti-Semitism continues.

The Myth of Israeli Apartheid

While Israel was due to mark a solemn day of Holocaust remembrance on Monday April 20, 2009, the United Nations convened in Geneva for its second global anti-racism conference to endorse the outcomes of the anti-Semitic hate-fest that took place in the South African city of Durban on the eve of the 9/11 terror attacks in September 2001.

It is important for Christians to understand the real agenda behind the UN's Durban initiative. That's why, on the eve of the 2009 Geneva conference, we produced a 15 minute interview with ICEJ Director, Rev. Malcolm Hedding, a vocal opponent of Apartheid in South Africa and former resident of the city of Durban. In it he dismantles the myth of Israeli Apartheid.

The Question of Jerusalem


Jerusalem a Settlement?

The Obama administration’s demands in 2009 that east Jerusalem be included in a total freeze on Jewish settlement activity has brought to the fore once again the very issue upon which the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was founded the unity of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was genuinely caught off guard in May of that year when US President Barack Obama began openly insisting on a complete halt to all Jewish building in the disputed territories. The Netanyahu government was trying to work out a deal to allow some continued growth in the settlements when the US State Department then made clear they expected this construction ban to also extend to east Jerusalem.

To be fair, this is not the first American administration to issue twisted directives on Jerusalem. US policy on Jerusalem has long been legally absurd. The astonishing fact is that Washington has never recognised any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. State Department officials often trip over themselves trying to explain this bizarre policy, and always fall back on the empty mantra that “Jerusalem should remain undivided, but is subject to negotiation”.

This position has essentially granted the Arabs a veto over the US power of recognition, which in turn has a huge influence on how other nations worldwide view the city. And the sad truth is that the longer the “Question” of Jerusalem has been left open, the larger that question has become. It has reached the point that Jerusalem has become the capital of everyone else except the Jews.

Thus at the Fatah general assembly in Bethlehem in August, the largest Palestinian faction declared that Jerusalem is "the eternal capital of Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic and Christian worlds".

Capital of the Arab world? Capital of Islam?

The Arabs and Muslims had centuries to make Jerusalem their capital, but never did. It was always considered a ‘backwater’ provincial town when in Arab or Muslim hands. Consider that only one Muslim ruler visited Jerusalem during the two decades it was in Jordanian hands from 1948 through 1967.

The city has truly been the capital of only one nation the Jewish commonwealth based on an historical, spiritual and cultural attachment that dates back 3,000 years.

The recent machinations of the Obama administration have also managed to expose the moral bankruptcy of US policy on Jerusalem. Now Washington may argue that continued Jewish building in Jerusalem might prejudice the outcome of negotiations. But so does continued Arab building! After all, both sides lay claim to east Jerusalem, and even-handedness therefore requires that either all can build or none can build.

Otherwise, you are validating the bitter anomaly that for a mere 19 years of its long history, east Jerusalem was Judenrein rendered so by the force of Arab arms.

This stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the city’s long and glorious past. Whenever the Bible speaks of Jerusalem, from the time the Lord chose the city through the heart of King David (II Chronicles 6), it is speaking of what we know today as east Jerusalem. None of these many verses of Scripture refer to western Jerusalem, because that portion of the modern city only arose within the past 100 years. And this same sacred Book promises that the Lord “will again choose Jerusalem” (Zechariah 2:12).

May that day come speedily!

David Parsons
Media Director
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

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