This is the extraordinary covenant statement signed by Messianic believers
on the 11th October 2023 in Jerusalem during the war.
Our Covenant Declaration with the God of Israel
We stand here this day, the 11 th of October 2023, in Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, the City where God has placed His Name forever. As representatives of the first fruit, holy messianic remnant of Israel, we stand before the God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua ha’Mashiach, to affirm God’s faithfulness to His covenantal promises to His first-born-son nation, Israel. (Ex 4:22)
We affirm that the same God who made covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their physical offspring forever, the same God who made covenant with Moses and Israel on Mount Sinai, the same God who made an everlasting covenant with David and his offspring forever, has fulfilled His covenantal promises to His people Israel, when He made the new and everlasting covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah according to the Word spoken through the prophet Jeremiah. (Jer 31:31-34)
This New Covenant was initiated and sealed at the last supper Passover meal of Yeshua and was ratified through His death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father. Those believers among the early, apostolic, Messianic Jewish Kehilah in Jerusalem and Israel, were the first heirs of this New Covenant
inheritance promised to Israel. We acknowledge that this New Covenant, secured by the shed blood of Messiah, is the only way God has given to Israel to be redeemed and to receive the promise of final adoption as His first-born-son-nation.
We acknowledge also, that according to the scriptures, Yeshua, God’s only Begotten Son, is the first and only legitimate heir to the Father’s Vineyard, Israel. This inheritance belongs to Him, the firstborn Son; yet by faith in Yeshua we also understand that by receiving Yeshua as our King and Lord, we have become his
brothers and heirs together with Him. (Galatians 4:1-5) By turning to Him in faith, we, the Jewish remnant in this land of Israel, who have been justified and sanctified by His blood and Word, joyfully participate with Him, in this inheritance of the firstborn. This “Vineyard Inheritance” given by God specifically to Israel—the Jewish people– includes the adoption, the glory, the covenants and all the promises made to Israel; it also guarantees the right of inheritance to the land of Israel. (Rom 9:1-5; 2 Cor 1:20) Our repentance and restoration to the Father through Messiah Yeshua grafts us back into our own Cultivated Olive Tree, the Israel of God. (Rom 11:16-24; Gal 6:16) As the natural branches of this tree, we rejoice to be grafted together with all of the “wild,” gentile branches, our brothers in Messiah from among the nations.
Once again, we acknowledge before heaven the great sin and guilt of our people Israel, in both demanding the death of God’s beloved Son and of casting Him out of the Vineyard of which He alone is the rightful Heir. As a people and nation, we have greatly sinned, by presuming that as God’s chosen people and first-born- son-nation, we could seize the covenantal inheritance for ourselves while rejecting and disinheriting the true Heir, Yeshua our King. We acknowledge before heaven that only as our people bow before our crucified and glorified King and receive Him back as Redeemer and Lord, can we inherit God’s promises to us as a nation through His new and eternal covenant. For these and for many other sins of our people, we bend our knees before the God of Heaven and ask His forgiveness. Not only have we rejected our King, but we have also rejected and despised the ambassadors He has sent us, those who have borne His name in faithfulness to Him.
In addition, since the rebirth of our nation in 1948, we have killed and encouraged the killing of the unborn and have spilled much innocent blood. We have defiled this holy land by our corrupt, immoral, idolatrous and abominable ways. We have prided ourselves in wanting to make Tel Aviv the homosexual capital of the world; we have rejected and disdained the commandments of God as handed down to us in the Scriptures by our fathers. We have hated one another and the non-Jew in our land without cause and we are worthy only of God’s righteous judgments. We have taken all the glory for ourselves in all that concerns the restoration and defense of our nation and land. We have worshiped the golden calf of mammon and made him our god. We thus bend our knees before our Father in the name of our
Messiah Redeemer, Yeshua ha’Mashiach, and ask forgiveness for these sins and for a multitude of other sins that we have committed against Him and others.
We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins as the Body of Messiah in the Land. As our people are divided and splintered amongst themselves, so have we not honored one another and have been divided and splintered amongst ourselves as Yeshua’s disciples.
We have often failed in our priesthood for our people by not living lives worthy of our calling and of not reflecting the true Image of our King before our people. We have occupied ourselves more with the cares of the world than with the concerns of His Kingdom and the spread of the Gospel.
Despite our sins and in everlasting praise to our God for His grace, and as a first-fruit, priestly remnant of the nation of Israel, we believe that we are a sign and guarantee of all that which God has still promised to fulfill for our people, in faithfulness to His Word and covenants. (Rom 11:25-29) The existence and presence of a Messianic Jewish remnant in the land of Israel in these end-times is the sure evidence and seal that God is again turning His Face back to Israel and bringing a final close to the long period in which
He has hid His Face (hester panim) from our people. (Rom 11:30-32) This remnant is the assurance and guarantee of the fulfillment of all that God has committed Himself to fulfill by His Spirit concerning Israel’s final repentance, restoration and submission to the Lordship and Kingship of our Messiah Yeshua. When Israel will be saved as a nation, it will be “life from the dead” for all the Ecclesia and for all nations. (Rom 11:15)
When God’s sons from Israel and from all nations are joined together in holy, covenantal love and are brought to glory (Hebrews 2:10) as mature sons, what Paul foresaw will become a great reality: the deliverance of all creation from its bondage to corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. (Eph 2:11-16; Rom 8:20-22) When Israel acknowledges her sin and comes under the Lordship of Messiah, she will then be given her God-given position amongst the nations as the firstborn son nation to
become a Kingdom of Priests for all nations, and the world will witness the final restoration of all things as was promised by the prophets and the apostles. (Acts 3:21)
In light of this mystery of God in which all believers in Messiah have their part, we, today, as representatives of the Messianic remnant of Jews who dwell in Israel, and as a prophetic priesthood established and rooted in Jerusalem and in the entire land of Israel, choose to take a new step. Our earnest heart is to further the healing and the restoration of the broken altar of Jerusalem, the foundational altar of God’s ultimate reconciliation for the healing of the ancient breach between Israel and her God, the Jewish people and the King of the Jews, Yeshua ha’Mashiach, and the breach which has long existed between Jew and Gentile in Messiah. As Isaiah the prophet prophesied, a remnant of Israel
would “raise up the former desolations and the ancient foundations of many generations; they would be repairers of the breach, the restorers of streets to dwell in and would be called ‘Priests of the Lord.’” (Isaiah 61:4,6; 58:12). Together, as believers from Israel, Jews and Arabs alike, and believers from the nations, we commit ourselves to continue to repair the breach that has existed for centuries between the Jewish and Gentile believers, and ultimately between Israel and the nations.
On this day, the 11th of October 2023, as repentant and reconciled Israelites who have entered into the promised New Covenant inheritance made by the God of Israel with our people through the shed blood of Yeshua ha’Mashiach our King, and as priestly representatives for our nation and as heirs of the promises of God because of Yeshua,
WE AFFIRM OUR COVENANTAL BOND on behalf of our people, the nation of Israel that dwells in the land of Israel, WITH the God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac,
Israel, Moses, David, Elijah and the prophets, the God who is the FATHER OF OUR LORD YESHUA HA’MASHIACH AND WITH THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT that ratifies and fulfills all other covenants made with our people. Israel shall no longer be called Azuvah, Forsaken, but she shall be called Hephzibah, “My delight is in her, a crown of glory in the hand of her God.” (Isaiah 62:1-6)
WE AFFIRM THE COVENANTAL BOND of this City of Jerusalem, the City covenanted to David our father, the City in which God has placed His Name and which has been named, the City of the Great King WITH David’s promised messianic Offspring Yeshua, David’s ONLY legitimate Heir, the One chosen by the Father to build His House and to be seated on David’s throne in Zion forever when He comes to reign over Israel and all its inhabitants and over all the nations in His coming Kingdom. WE AFFIRM THE COVENANTAL BOND BETWEEN the Land of Israel, the land that God calls My Land, the land upon which God’s eyes are always fixed to care for it, (Deuteronomy 11:12) the land promised to our people Israel through the covenant made with our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their seed forever WITH the God of
our fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Moses, David, Elijah and the prophets, the God who is the Father of our Lord Yeshua ha’Mashiach WITH the New and Eternal Covenant that ratifies and fulfills all other covenants made with our people Israel. We proclaim Yeshua as Lord, Heir and King over our people
Israel, over Jerusalem His City and over all the biblical borders of the Land of Israel; we submit our lives and all that we are and have as a nation to His Kingship and Rule! Our Land shall once again become the Holy Land as the fountain of His Blood will be opened to cleanse Land and People from all sin and impurity. (Zech 13:1) The Land will be called Beulah, married in covenantal purity both to God and to Israel. We bow our knees before our King and beseech Him to take full possession by right of His inheritance, of all that is His, Jerusalem His City, Israel, His land and people, and all others who dwell together with Israel in peace!
We welcome You, King Yeshua, King of Israel, King of the Jews, back into Your Vineyard. May You be enthroned in Your restored Temple of living stones, Jews and non-Jews alike, in Jerusalem and Israel, in the Sanctuary of our hearts and bodies! Blessed are You who comes in the Name of the Lord! Blessed are You who reigns in the Name of the Lord! (Matt 23:37-39)