International Prayer Conference - Jerusalem 2013

A World Turned Upside Down

January 21st - 28th, 2013

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:20-21

We are living in a world turned upside down, where good is evil and evil is good. Today (19 April) is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day Israel remembers the 6 million+ Jews who were slaughtered in Nazi occupied Europe. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu continues to evoke the Holocaust in reference to the Iranian nuclear project and Iran’s often stated aim to see Israel totally destroyed. Because of his linking of the Holocaust and the events of today the P.M. has been mocked and ridiculed by many but the comparison of the two eras is very relevant.

For a moment let us remove the Jewish/Israel element from the situation. In 1936 when Hitler invaded the demilitarized Rhineland the world powers (of the day), the U.K. and France did nothing but talk. The truth was that Germany’s army was very weak and a concerted effort by Britain and France would have stopped Hitler, probably removed him and spared the world World War II and 60 million lives.

If we fast forward to today, the attitude of the nations toward the Iranian nuclear project and its ambition to become a world power shows an alarming similarity to the nations passive attitude toward Germany’s rearmament and Hitler’s invasion and conquest of Austria and Czechoslovakia.

The truth is that while Israel is #1 or #2 on the Iranian target list it really is the whole world that is at risk from an Iranian nuclear weapon. Why is the world so blind to the threat and the reality of Iran’s Islamic ambitions? Have we truly entered into the time spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12? The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

When we bring Israel back into the picture we see once again the utter callousness of the nations when it comes to the survival of the Jews. Someone recently asked me, “Why does the world hate the Jews so much?” The bottom line to that question is that for better or worse, with faith or even without faith, the Jewish people are a living demonstration of the reality of God. More than that, if there is no Israel the Lord will not return. Yeshua is speaking to the Jewish people of Jerusalem and He says, For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (Matthew 23:39) There is some heavenly mathematics here and I believe that the Lord awaits a Jewish-Israeli reception committee, inviting Him back before He returns.

The Middle East is changing so fast it is hard to keep up with it day to day. There is rebellion in Syria but Assad is still holding on by killing his own people. Here too the world is good at talking but has done nothing, and part of this passivity has to do with Syria’s relationship with Iran. Egypt is moving toward canceling the peace treaty with Israel and is likely to have an Islamist President to go with their Islamist Parliament.

We cannot say what burdens we will be praying into nine months from now. Hopefully the Iranian nuclear project will be destroyed by then, either by a sovereign act of God or by men (most likely Israel) taking responsibility and bombing these demonic nuclear weapons sites. If the Iranians get the bomb it will mean the death of millions and eventually the destruction of Iran. Will the world wake up and act in time or will they continue to talk and procrastinate as they did 76 years ago?

In a world turned upside down, we will use the blueprint and the plumb line that the Lord has provided in His Word and we will trust God to bring the answers to our prayers.

If we look back on the previous 27 years of the IPCJ, we see that while we are moving closer to that Great and Terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:31), many of our prayers have been answered. There is still no Palestinian State, and our Muslim enemies are fighting each other as God continues to confound those who hate Zion (Psalm 129:5). Israel’s economy is one of the strongest in the world, with an unemployment rate that is the envy of both the USA and the EU. We have had the best winter’s rainfall in the last seven years. Aliyah is on the increase from the west and Israelis are getting saved. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16b).

We will be back at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel on Mt. Scopus and we are happy to announce that there will be no price increase this year. As we have the past 2 years we will have a reduced price for anyone 30 years old and under. This year we were blessed to have 17 people aged 30 and under who joined us for the Prayer Conference and some of them for the Prayer Tour as well. We want to thank those of you who brought people of this generation and those who provided money for us to be able to offer scholarships to those youth in need of financial help. Please prayerfully consider helping us again, as together we see the Lord raising up this next generation to carry the baton of prayer and intercession before Him, both here and in the nations.

We will take our places on the walls of Jerusalem 21-28 January, 2013 to pray with the spirit and with our understanding as well (1 Corinthians. 14:15).

For the IFI Team
Eliyahu Ben-Haim

The Next Generation of Intercessors

God is urging us to raise up the next generation of intercessors who understand His prophetic purposes and plans for Israel. Those of you who also feel this urgency and would like to co-labor with us, please consider bringing a younger intercessor with you to attend the conference, or sponsoring one. We are offering a discount on the conference package for those who have not passed their 30th birthday by the end of January 2013. Please contact us for details.

Dear Delegates,

Before you come to Israel—the major end-time spiritual battleground—please make a genuine effort to be right with both God and man. If you are experiencing problems, personal or otherwise, kindly deal with them in advance! Ask your pastor to pray for you and send you out, and if you have prayer partners, make sure they will be lifting you up during your time here. We look forward to seeing you soon! With Thanks, Eliyahu

Post-Conference Prayer Tour

28th January to 2nd February 2013

We will begin our prayer tour this year with a visit to Israel's Biblical roots.

Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal are the places God gave instruction to the People of Israel when they entered the Promised Land.

Now Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal...

Joshua 8:30 

Then all Israel, with their elders and officers and judges, stood on either side of the ark before the priests, the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the stranger as well as he who was born among them. Half of them were in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.

Joshua 8:33

We will also revisit Israel's modern Zionist roots, and we will be patrolling the borders between Israel and her northern neighbors, Syria and Lebanon. With the conflict raging in Syria and the situation with Iran still brewing, we do not know what will happen here. We only know that Israel needs to be prepared for anything, and we will be praying for that preparation!

We will also visit a place that was rocketed during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

This is a proposed itinerary, which is subject to change according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and according to the political and security situation at the time of the tour.

Prices:

  • For one person sharing a twin/double room: $750
  • For one person in a single room: $1040

Prices include:

  • 5 nights of quality hotel accommodation including dinner and breakfast
  • 5 days of touring in deluxe bus with guide
  • Group transfer to airport
  • Tips for drivers, guides and hotel staff

Not included in prices:

  • Lunches
  • Personal travel insurance

Please note that the Prayer Tour follows on from the Prayer Conference, and bookings will not be accepted from people who have not been part of the Prayer Conference. In order to book for the Prayer Tour fill in the conference Booking Form which can be downloaded above.

Conference Location

Dramatically situated on the slopes of Mount Scopus, The Dan Jerusalem Hotel offers majestic views of Old and New Jerusalem and the Judean Hills. The hotel is ten minutes to the city center and offers a wide range of facilities, such as The Jerusalem Spa, including an indoor pool, gymnasium, and steam room. Guests have the option of eating lunch either at the Castel lounge of the hotel, or there are several places within a 10 minute walk, where a good lunch can be bought at a more reasonable price. Please note there is not going to be a full-board option this year.

Conference Organizer

Intercessors for Israel

Leaders/Speakers

  • Eliyahu Ben-Haim (chairman)
  • Chuck Cohen
  • Lance Lambert
  • Peter Tsukahira
  • Marc Chopinsky
  • Jeremy Smith
  • Devin Mitchell
  • Claude Ezagouri
  • Ofer Amitai

Note: Speakers will be subject to change.

Administration

  • Sonia Waters (Administrator)
  • Colin Ross (Liason)

Conference Program

The program will be subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The following daily format is planned: two Morning Prayer sessions, preceded by practical teaching on intercession and spiritual warfare; one afternoon or more will include short prayer excursions; and in the evenings there are teaching sessions. There will also be a 24- hour prayer room. The conference will begin with dinner on Monday, January 21, 2013, and end after breakfast on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Note: The meetings will be conducted in English; however, we plan to arrange simultaneous translation of all teaching into German and one Scandinavian language. Translation into other languages may be possible depending upon demand. Small groups (less than 10 participants) will have to provide their own translation.

Note: All Israeli Tourism is priced in US Dollars and the foreign currency market is very volatile. We will only accept payments in US Dollars. Thank you for your understanding.

Conference Package

Package includes:
  • Registration
  • Accomodation
  • Board (Food)
  • Morning Coffee
  • Hotel Staff Tips
  • Afternoon Prayer Excursions

Addtional Information

Prices

Because of the unstable political situation and fluctuating exchange rates, we reserve the right to adjust published prices if necessary.

Changes

After receiving your deposit and confirming your booking, we reserve the right to charge $50 per person to cover the administrative cost of processing changes.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your booking, please notify us in writing as soon as possible. The following cancellation fees may be charged:

  • More than 30 days' notice: $50
  • 15–30 days' notice:25% of conference fees
  • 1–14 days' notice: 50% of conference fees

No refunds will be made for cancellations on or after your date of departure.

Passports and Visas

Visitors to Israel must hold a passport valid for at least six months and should have a return ticket. Many visitors, especially those from Europe and America, are not required to apply for a visa in advance. We recommend checking with your nearest Israeli consulate concerning visas. Where necessary, please allow sufficient time for processing your visa application. If you are coming from an African country, please start processing your visa 3 months before the conference.

Insurance

We advise delegates to take personal insurance. Please consult with your local travel agent. We cannot accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, war, quarantine, strike, or other events.

Airport Transportation

When you exit Ben-Gurion International Airport, look for the group/shared taxi service to Jerusalem called Nesher. You will need to wait until the taxi fills up, then they will bring you to The Dan Jerusalem Hotel (former Hyatt Hotel). At press time, the fare was 60 shekels (approximately US $20).

Hotel Delegates

Payment can be made by check or credit card (please, no bank transfers).

CHECK (United States Dollars only):
Please make your check payable to "ISRAM ISRAEL" (our conference facilitator) and mail it via registered mail to Intercessors for Israel, P.O. Box 28368, Jerusalem 91283, Israel, together with the Booking Form.
CREDIT CARD (United States Dollars only):
Please complete the Booking Form and the Credit Card Authorization Form and mail it via registered mail or send it by fax to Intercessors for Israel (Fax: 972-2-622-1273), together with the booking form.
Service Charges

These are included in the prices listed.

Deadline

We require a minimum deposit of $150 when you register and the Balance / full payment by December 31, 2012. Please add $100 to any late payment (after December 31, 2012). We apologize for this late-payment charge; however, due to our administrative burden and requirement to release unused hotel rooms early, we must encourage timely registration and payment. We cannot guarantee room availability after 31st December.

Registration-Only Delegates

You may pay at the conference in cash or with check payable to Intercessors for Israel (sorry, no credit card). To pay in advance, mail your check (no cash) via registered mail to Intercessors for Israel (address above).