This program is scripted from the open and unapologetic perspective of the producers that the land of Jerusalem and Israel is an irrevocable gift of God to the Jewish people. Agree or disagree, you will find this program superbly produced and its arguments challenging.
Jerusalem is unique among all the cities in the world. There is no other city which has an eternal destiny, and there is no other city which has had its history written in advance. The ancient prophets of Israel predicted many significant events in Jerusalem’s history, hundreds and even thousands of years before they happened, and with stunning accuracy. These predictions include many events that are being fulfilled in our own generation, and there are still many more to be fulfilled in the future.
Part 1 of Jerusalem, the Covenant City traces past prophetic history of the Holy City. Part 2 explores what the Bible has to say about Jerusalem’s present and future destiny. We discover that, as we move into the third millennium of the Christian Era, the destiny of the whole world hinges upon the destiny of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. This documentary will bring you a message of challenge and hope that you will not easily forget.
Review: Scenic beauty, hot topic focus, and biblical perspective combine to make JERUSALEM, THE COVENANT CITY a fine documentary for gift-giving or adding to one's library. Narrator Lance Lanbert is filmed on location reviewing past, present, and future as it relates to Jerusalem, referencing scripture verses for those who want to verify his points or see the biblical context--for ex, the three biblical usages of the word "Zion" (city of Jerusalem, land of Israel, and the Jewish people) and their interrelationships. The permanency and overall divine program for Israel are discussed, but only briefly, as the film focuses on Jerusalem specifically.
In addition to the gorgeous panoramas, interesting archival footage is also employed, such as showing the Jerusalem flyover by the Allied aircraft in WWI (Hanukkah, no less), when they dropped leaflets by General Allenby that the inhabitants took as coming from Allah, resulting in the city being taken from the Turks without a single shot.
As the narration moves from past to present, it looks at wars, UN resolutions, and other relevant political highlights that are part of setting the stage for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy regarding Jerusalem. For example, the Arab uproar after Israeli government's 1980 proclamation of Jerusalem as the "eternal and indivisible capital of Israel" is examined, recounting the blackmail ultimatum that all foreign embassies leave Jerusalem or have their oil cut off and the propaganda methods employed by the Arabs to advance illegitimate claims to Jerusalem, which has never been the capital of any other nation except Israel. The movie concludes with sections on signs of the end of the age (not the end of the world) and the destiny of Jerusalem, the future desecration of a rebuilt Holy Place before the time when Messiah will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem and build her Temple.
For clarity, this is not a current events movie (though some of that is inseparable given the topic), but a comprehensive Christian look at the unwaveringly strong things God has to say about Jerusalem, a city mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. Nor is this primarily an evangelistic movie, and nonChristians can at a minimum learn about the Christian perspective through this DVD, but should take note that Jesus as Messiah is unapologetically mentioned as some of the Jerusalem prophecies are too connected to the Messianic prophecies to have avoided this. As for production quality, it's quite professional, attractive, and by no means a yawner.