The Jerusalem Covenant
Many believers are not familiar with the Jerusalem Covenant. It was signed by Israel's leading religious and political leaders on May 19, 1993. Will the False Messiah also sign this covenant with Jerusalem? These are the days when the final status talks regarding Jerusalem are taking place with Israel and the PLO. Only time will tell.
The text of the Jerusalem Covenant can be found at:
The Jerusalem Covenant
As 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 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.
Why maybe would the False Messiah be willing to sign the Jerusalem covenant?
The hope of the Messianic Age is Isaiah 2:2-4 as it is written:
"(2) And it shall come to pass, in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it, (3) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the TORAH, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn of war anymore."
Inscribed on the United Nations building in NY is Isaiah 2:4, ".. they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks ..."
Is the United Nations the entity that will bring about world peace and fulfill Isaiah 2:4? Hardly. For the quote ignores, that the nations of the world will "beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks" when the TORAH is taught from Jerusalem by the MESSIAH. For HE shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: AND they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks ...
Why might the False Messiah be willing to sign the Jerusalem Covenant? Because it is worded is such a way to promote the internationalization of Jerusalem and make it a city for "all faiths". Let me highlight a part of the Jerusalem covenant for you.
"Today, as 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 towards it. ***** "Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith:" *******
Isaiah 2:2-4 does NOT say this. Isaiah 2:2 is quoted in the Jerusalem Covenant: "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 towards it" but this next verse in Isaiah 2:3 does NOT say (*** Each and every nation will live will live in it by its own faith***) but is says that the TORAH will go forth from Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem covenant continues:
"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, "
Isaiah 2:3 does NOT say that "all the nations will go forward, each with its own Divine Name" but the TORAH will go forth from Jerusalem. In Zechariah 14:16-17, ALL NATIONS will be REQUIRED to keep the Feast of Tabernacles not "each in its own Divine name"
The Jerusalem covenant is written with phrases to be tolerant of all religions. During the days of Isaiah 2:2-4, it is the TORAH which will go forth from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3) and the Messiah will rule them "with a rod of iron" (Revelation 19:15) and HE will JUDGE among the nations (according to the Torah) (Isaiah 2:4).
In Deuteronomy 4:2 it is written:
"You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you"
They have "added" the "universality of Jerusalem being a religion of all faiths" to the Jerusalem covenant.
With the covenant of Jerusalem having this "universality" phrase to it, it fits the agenda of the United Nations plan and goal for Jerusalem in conjuction with the New World Order to have it be an international city of "all faiths".
This phrase in the Jerusalem covenant discussed above is consistent with the goal of the Israel/PLO peace process. The Israel/PLO peace is based upon U.N Resolutions 242 and 338. Implied in U.N. Resolution 242 is for Jerusalem to be divided according to the original U.N. plan for the state of Israel in 1947 and become an international city. So, the false Messiah may be willing to sign the Jerusalem covenant.
Therefore, "pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm 122:6) because "he that keeps Israel neither slumber nor sleep" (Psalm 121:4)