Update January 18, 2016: The Android version of Proclamations is now available. See announcement flyer at the bottom of the article.
Proclamations: This is the name of a free iPhone application (app), inspired from heaven, and developed by a very talented believer in Yeshua from Holland, Erik Niemeijer. The banner on the app Homepage states: “Proclaim the promises of God for and over Jerusalem.” He also says, “I believe this app can stimulate people to pray for the salvation of Israel and proclaim the Word of God.”
Erik states, “After my last visit to Israel, I was determined by the fact that God has so many promises for His people, which we sometimes quickly forget. Many prayer meetings are filled with personal desires and prayers towards Israel, which are certainly sincere, but in which God in His Word already gives clear answers how he will execute his plan. For me personally it has been a quest to make his promises to me. My love for Israel has grown strongly in recent years, and by developing this app, I hope the special place of his land and people also visible to other believers.”
He quotes the word of the Lord on the app website: “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7
This unbelievable and such useful application for believers in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) can be used at all times, everywhere and more than everything, it creates a sense of belonging to community of believers in prayer online. Erik says, “The Bible calls us in the day but also in the times of the ‘night’ – hard times – to bring Israel in prayer to God.”
Erik continues, “The app contains several Biblical texts in Dutch and English, sorted into different themes, such as God’s love for Israel and Prayer for Jerusalem. The verses are quickly available through the built-in search, and in addition, it is also possible to create your own favorites. Currently the app is only available for the iPhone, but I’m still looking for people who want to make the app for Android.”
He gives us an example of the promises part of the app: “Who makes mention/ an appeal (Mazkira | מזכירה) of the Lord. This means that someone else remembers something. This word in modern Hebrew means “secretary”. So we are therefore called and allowed to remind God of His promise.”
The application has recently become available in the App Store. Erik says: “I want believers in Yeshua with this app to ‘shake’ the world towards God’s plan in Israel. Our staff tested the app already, and is very excited about spreading the Word!”
Moreover, he tells us, “Proclamations includes several promises that you can use while praying at home, at work, at church/congregation or when you walk on the walls of Jerusalem.” And he adds, “Let us always remind the Lord day and night of His promises to His people.”
He explains to us his pure motivation for developing this iPhone app, saying, “The ongoing conflict in the Middle East reminds us again and again of the central place that Israel occupies in world history. I hope and expect that seeing God’s plan for Israel will inspire you to be a watchman who prays for and proclaims the fulfillment of His plan. The Bible calls us to remain steadfast, and with this app you will have concrete texts of God’s promises at hand. Let’s go use it as a response to the spiritual conflict around us.”
Erik states, “Jeremiah shows what God expects of us when He is working on the restoration of Israel: “O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.” We are expected to pray for the deliverance of Israel. God is clear in what he asks. He says not only “pray for Israel”, but in Jeremiah 31:7 it is specifically written, “Pray for their salvation.” God is steadfast in His promises for the restoration of Israel, but something important must happen for His plan to be fulfilled. God says that although His plans are established, He will carry them out when the house of Israel requests of Him.” (Ezekiel 36:37)
Erik explains his understanding of this verse: “In my opinion this is the ultimate goal of prayer. Prayer is not asking God to do what we want, rather we must become an instrument for Him to use according to His will so that He can accomplish His purposes. The Word does not proclaim that the people themselves have to come up with prayer topics related to the restoration of Israel. God has already made it clear what He wants to do. But He is waiting for Israel, in line with His will, to come and ask Him to fulfill what He has promised. To us believers in Yeshua, God gives the responsibility and the privilege to stand in the gap for Israel.” We can do this by pleading with God that He will pour out His promised mercy, which many of the House of Israel still have not accepted.
Erik’s vision and goals for Proclamations fits well with the following verses from Isaiah 62: 6-7:
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves;
And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Proclamations has the potential to change the course of our everyday Messianic community life. While passing through the water, facing difficulties, this tool can be a precious baton of warfare and intercession prayer for Israel.
It also reminds us of God’s promises in our lives and perfectly matches our daily need of references in the Word when speaking to people on the street, who need a powerful word of encouragement and salvation prayer. It can also be used for new believers in Yeshua, to whom we want to give a gift from heaven to keep the word of the Lord at their feet as it says in Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Click on the link if you are interested in downloading this free iPhone app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proclamations/id1015079944