Bible Prophecy Research
Title: The Jerusalem Covenant
Date: July 31, 2000
... my husband has placed on his website (http://vaulterjohn.tripod.com/covenant.html
) a copy of a covenant that
was published in the "Israel 1992" magazine. This was a publication of
The Jerusalem Post. It was originally published for Jerusalem Day May
31, 1992. If I understand the importance of this national holiday, it is
to commemorate the re-unification of the eternal city. This document was
to be circulated to all the Jewish communities in the world for one
year. Then returned to Israel where leaders in the highest offices would
also sign it. The essence of this covenant was to announce the
indivisible character of Israel's capital . It amounts to a worldwide
public proclamation and it flies in the face of those (EU, Vatican,
Arabs, etc,) who advocate making Jerusalem an "international city". Yet,
in the last few hours of the Camp David II summit, Bill Clinton proposes
that he will allow the American Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem and he will personally go to Jerusalem and lay the
cornerstone. Barak was in agreement while still in the U.S. and why
should he not be? The state of Israel will finally get world recognition
as a nation with its capital Jerusalem. Interesting, that one single man
could stand in the way of moving an embassy, when the country's
political representatives voted overwhelmingly to do this 5 years ago.
But, then again this is not just "a moving" of people and office stuff.
No, it would be a confirming of a covenant that has been waiting since
1948, but more specifically since the Jews back in the land circulated
the Jerusalem Covenant.
May 31, 1992
Text of The Jerusalem Covenant:
AS OF THIS DAY, Jerusalem day, the twenty-eighth day of the month of
Iyar in the year five thousand seven hundred fifty-two; one thousand
nine hundred and twenty-two years after the destruction of the Second
Temple; forty-four years since the founding of the State of Israel;
twenty-five years since the Six Day War during which the Israel Defense
Forces, in defense of our very existence, broke through the walls of the
city and restored the Temple Mount and the unity of Jerusalem; twelve
years since the Knesset of Israel reestablished that Jerusalem, "unified
and whole, is the Capital of Israel"; "the State of Israel is the State
of the Jewish People" and the Capital of Israel is the Capital of the
People of Israel.
We have gathered together in Zion, national leaders and heads of our
communities everywhere, to enter into a covenant with Jerusalem, as was
done bye the leaders of our nation and all the people of Israel upon
Israel's return to its Land from the Babylonian exile; and the people
and their leaders vowed to "dwell in Jerusalem, the Holy City".
ONCE AGAIN, "our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem - Jerusalem
built as a city joined together" which "unites the people of Israel to
one another", and "links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem."
WE HAVE RETURNED to the place that the lord vowed to bestow upon the
descendants of Abraham, Father of our Nation; to the City of David, King
of Israel; where Solomon, son of David, built a Holy Temple; a Capital
City which became the Mother of all Israel; a metropolis for justice and
righteousness and for the wisdom and insights of the ancient world;
where a Second Temple was erected in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah.
In this city the prophets of the Lord prophesied; in this city the Sages
taught Torah; in this City the Sanhedrin convened in session in its
stone chamber. "For there were the seats of Justice, the Throne of the
House of David", "for out Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the
Lord from Jerusalem."
TODAY AS OF OLD, we hold fast to the truth of the words of the Prophets
of Israel, that all the inhabitants of the world shall enter within the
gates of Jerusalem; "And it shall come to pass at the end of days, the
mountain of the House of the Lord will be well established at the peak
of the mountains and will tower above the hills, and all the nations
shall stream toweards it.
Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith: "For all the
nations will go forward, each with its own Divine Name; we shall go in
the name of the Lord our God forever and ever, "And in this spirit the
Knesset of the State of Israel has enacted a law: the places holy to the
peoples of all religions shall be protected from any desecration and
from any restriction of free access to them.
JERUSALEM - peace and tranquillity shall reign in the city: "Pray for
the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there be
peace within your walls, and tranquillity within your palaces." Out of
Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to
all the inhabitants of the earth: "And they shall beat their swords into
plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up
sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more." Our sages,
peace be upon them, said: in the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will
comfort Jerusalem only with peace.
FROM THIS PLACE, we once again take this vow: "If I forget thee, O
Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to
my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at
the very height of my rejoicing."
And with all these understanding, we enter into this Covenant and write:
"We shall bind you to us forever; we shall bind you to us with
faithfulness, with righteousness and justice, with steadfast love and
compassion. We love you, O Jerusalem, with eternal love, with unbounded
love, under siege and when liberated from the yoke of oppressors. We
have been martyred for you; we have yearned for you, we have clung to
you. Our faithfulness to you we shall bequeath to our children after us.
Forevermore, our home shall be within you.
In certification of this covenant, we sign:
Yeshayahu Barrel who was Director-General of the Ministry for Jerusalem
Affairs, presided over the presentation, initiating "a world-wide
celebration to reaffirm the bond between the Jewish people and
Mendham Leon (a Justice) who was Deputy President of the Israeli
Supreme Court drafted the document.
Chain Herzog was president of Israel at the time. He received the signed
document once it was circulated around the world and returned to Israel.
This should have been May 19, 1993 or 28th of Iyar, 5753. I do not know
of all the dignitaries and leaders of Israel that signed the covenant,
but there should have been some very high ranking individuals.