THE ISRAEL REPORTJanuary/February 2000
According to this agreement, Jerusalem should be an international city based on international resolutions and an international guarantee. (The UN decided on more than one occasion that Jerusalem should be an international city.) They also decided that any step or activity taken by Israel to change this position of Jerusalem is against the law. The agreement also recognises a "Palestinian" state in the land of Israel and agrees on cooperation between the Vatican and the PLO and the Vatican committed itself to assist the so-called "Palestinians". Authorities in the Vatican explained: "the agreement paves the way for establishment of full diplomatic relations with a Palestinian state when it is founded". The PLO representative in the Vatican stated: "This is an historical covenant".
It is no accident that this covenant was signed one month before the Pope's visit to Israel. The agreement is part of the long-term policy of the Vatican against Israel ever since the State of Israel was founded. This is a continuation of the historical hostility of the Vatican against the Jewish people. The Jewish people in the exile, mainly in Europe, and later also in South America have been persecuted by the Popes and the Roman Catholic Church and many millions were killed in terrible ways during the Inquisition, the pogroms and, in our time, in the Holocaust when 6 million Jews were killed including 1.5 million children and babies. During the Holocaust the Pope did not even try to prevent this killing or even state that he was against it. He was silent.
On the other hand, the leader of the PLO terrorist organisation, Yasser Arafat, continues, through this covenant, the long, bloody struggle of terror against Israel and Jews and his hands are covered in Jewish blood. His goal was, and still is, to destroy the State of Israel and bring another holocaust on the Jews in the land of Israel. He has now merely changed his strategy when he found that he could not achieve his goal by the means of terror. He has now decided to try to achieve his goal through diplomatic means and the so-called "Peace" negotiations. What he did not succeed in achieving on the battlefield because the G-d of Israel did not allow him to, he is now trying to achieve around the negotiating table.
The traditional anti-Israeli position of both these sides created this covenant against the G-d and people of Israel. They joined forces against Israel and Jerusalem as the godly eternal capital of Israel. Yesterday's picture of the terrorist Yasser Arafat kissing the hand of the Pope after the signing of the covenant, showed an unholy and hypocritical covenant between a mass-murderer and a Pope who the Vatican says is holy. How could the Pope allow this hand which is full of Jewish blood to hold his hand and kiss it. More than being a covenant between two lovers, this was a covenant of hate against Israel.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry reacted immediately and stated that Jerusalem was, is and will forever be the capital of Israel and no covenant or statement will ever change this fact. This statement is a result and continuation of the Word of G-d from thousands of years ago when the G-d of Israel made Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel.
For thousands of years, Jerusalem, the beloved city of G-d and Israel, the eternal capital of the G-d and people of Israel, was the heart, soul and focus of G-d and His people, Israel. G-d dwelt in the midst of His people on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Great songs and exciting prophecies were dedicated by G-d, Israel and the prophets to the city which gave strength, joy and comfort to this nation under good or bad circumstances. After the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 CE, as well as after the first destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, the people of Israel swore before being taken into exile: "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm137:5,6) Jerusalem was in their hearts and hopes in the darkness of the terrible exile. The hope to come back to Jerusalem and the Promised Land, to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and again to worship their beloved G-d gave them great strength to overcome and survive all the terrible persecutions and this is the reason that G-d brought His people back to Jerusalem and to the Promised Land because He so wanted to dwell among them again in the land and city which He promised them in an eternal covenant. He promised Israel that no covenant against the G-d and people of Israel and the land and Jerusalem will last. Through His prophet, Isaiah, He called such a similar anti-godly covenant a covenant with death. In Isaiah 28:15 He said "Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hidden ourselves;" (Isaiah28:15) He stated very clearly that such a covenant would not work but would turn against those who signed it. " And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trampled down by it." (Isaiah28:18)
Only a cornerstone in Zion for the house of G-d and Israel for the covenant between them can and will work. "Therefore thus said the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation; he who believes shall not make haste." (Isaiah28:16)
Through the prophet Zechariah, the G-d of Israel promised before all the nations that He is determined to redeem Israel in the end-times, the time in which we are now living, to give Jerusalem, the land and the Temple Mount back to them and to dwell among them forever and no one will take Jerusalem from them again. "Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts; I was zealous for Zion with great zeal, and I was zealous for her with great fury. Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the Holy Mountain. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for the fullness of days. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts: If it is marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in my eyes? says the Lord of hosts. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, who spoke on the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, saying that the temple might be built. For before these days there was no wage for man, nor any wage for beast; nor was there any peace to him who went out or who came in, because of the adversary; for I set all men everyone against his neighbour. But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days, says the Lord of hosts. For there shall be the seed of peace; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her produce, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, but let your hands be strong. For thus says the Lord of hosts: As I intended to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, says the Lord of hosts, and I did not relent; So do I intend in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear." (Zechariah8:1-15)
The Pope and Yasser Arafat are trying to prevent G-d from fulfilling His Word. They are still deluded, exactly as they were when Israel was in the exile and they stated and believed that the G-d of Israel divorced His people, Israel, and forgot them and that they are the new Israel. They did not want to accept and believe all the promises of G-d in the Scriptures that His covenant with Israel is an eternal covenant of love and He does not behave like mankind when they divorce their beloved wife for another one. He explained so clearly in prophecy that His love to Israel and His marriage covenant with His wife as He referred to Israel and His faithfulness to His firstborn son, as Israel is called when Moses was sent to Pharaoh to tell him to let the Israelites go, is eternal. At the same time His call to the nations was to stop their hatred and persecution of Israel and to help them to be redeemed. "Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am the Lord; for those who wait for me shall not be ashamed." (Isaiah 49:14)
G-d called them to love Him through His people, Israel, and His word to the nations in the end-time was this call: "Thus says the Lord of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities; And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts. I will go also. And many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men from the nations of every language, shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, We will go with you; for we have heard that God is with you." (Zechariah8:20-23)
He warned the nations not to try to take Jerusalem away from Israel. Thousand of years ago, He saw what the enemies of G-d and Israel would try to do to take the capital of Israel away from His people. He warned them of His judgement which will be terrible: "The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel, says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man inside him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the people around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And on that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all who burden themselves with it shall be grievously hurt. And all the peoples of the earth shall be gathered together against it. On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness; and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the nations with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of hosts their God. On that day I will make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among trees, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the peoples around, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, in Jerusalem. And the Lord shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. On that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he who is feeble among them shall be as David on that day; and the house of David shall be like a divine being, like the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass on that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look towards me, regarding those whom the nations have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only son, and shall be in bitterness over him, as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn." (Zechariah12:1-10)
The prophet Obadiah also prophesied about the nations which came to take Jerusalem away from Israel and he warned them of the judgement of G-d which is soon to come. "On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried away his wealth, and foreigners entered his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, you were like one of them. ... For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reward shall return upon your own head. For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; indeed, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions." (Obadiah11,15-17)
We are living in the greatest time in the history of Israel and all mankind. Everyone is called on to come and see what G-d is doing for Israel in these great days - the last days as the prophets called them. All the end-time prophecies of comfort are daily being fulfilled in Israel. G-d is determined to fulfil His end-time plans with Israel and as time becomes shorter and shorter and the accomplishment of G-d's plans come to a climax, the enemies of G-d and Israel are trying and will try even harder to take Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the land away from Israel. They will try to do it through manipulated, false covenants, diplomatic ways, false "peace" negotiations with Israel and even through war - the Gog and Magog war as the prophet Ezekiel called it. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will not fear any of them. We shall fear our One beloved, eternal G-d only, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We were, are and ever will be faithful to the G-d of Israel and the creator of the Universe alone. We shall continue to trust in His promises to redeem, protect and control the destiny of Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the land which G-d gave to Israel forever. The prophecies of Isaiah are being fulfilled daily in Jerusalem and the Promised Land and we see for ourselves what G-d is saying to Jerusalem, His holy mountain, and to His people, Israel, and our hearts are filled with joy and optimism: "Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; from now on there shall no more come to you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus says the Lord, You have sold yourselves for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money. ... How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace; who brings good news of good, who announces salvation; who says to Zion, Your God reigns! The voice of your watchmen is heard; together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord returns to Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah52:1-3,7-10) "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that you may drink deeply, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus says the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like a flowing stream; then shall you suck, you shall be carried upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a storm, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord execute judgment, and by his sword upon all flesh; and the slain by the Lord shall be many. They who sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says the Lord. For I know their works and their thoughts; it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those who escape to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to far off islands, that have not heard my fame, nor have they seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brothers for an offering to the Lord from all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon fleet camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, as the people of Israel bring an offering in a clean utensil to the house of the Lord. And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, says the Lord. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that every new moon, and every sabbath, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men who have transgressed against me; for their worm shall not die, nor shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be a loathing to all flesh." (Isaiah66:10-24)
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is sending out a call to everyone in the world to read these godly Scriptures and others in the Tanach and to share this great event which G-d is doing with Israel at this prophetic and critical time. More than at any time in the past we should learn and teach this Word of G-d to Israel and to the nations to everyone. Speak, call and write letters to your leaders telling them not to support such anti-godly covenants, but to support, encourage and show love to the small people of G-d, Israel, at this prophetic and very critical time when it is so needed and as G-d, through His Scriptures, called on everyone to do; call them to stop and cancel any covenant against Israel and to cooperate with G-d to fulfil His end-time plans for Israel and all the nations. This is not a time to be passive but to listen to the call of G-d and to be a part of it. There is only one covenant and vision that G-d made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob 4000 years ago and He expects everyone in the world to respect it because only this covenant will make the Word of G-d through Isaiah a reality in our lifetime. We shall do everything together with G-d to fulfil this wonderful end-time vision for Israel and all the nations:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, 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 from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord."(Isaiah2:2-25)