The Jerusalem Watch aims to connect everyone passionate about Jerusalem, her past, present and future to the Heart of Zion – the ancient Biblical Jerusalem, also know as the City of David – the place where it all began.
Millions of people around the world feel a deep personal and spiritual connection to Jerusalem and are seeking a meaningful way to express their devotion and commitment. In recent times, Ancient Jerusalem has been shaking off the dust, rising to take her rightful place as spoken by the prophet Isaiah.
Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit enthroned, O Jerusalem;
In response to this the Jerusalem Watch initiative was developed, offering those passionate about Jerusalem a tangible opportunity to connect by taking an active role in uncovering the glory and history of Biblical Jerusalem; literally becoming part of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
By joining this group of dedicated people from around the world, you are assisting us in releasing the ancient city from her millennia old prison – shaking off the dust, and committing to see her rise and take her rightful place as a “Praise to the Earth” in the days to come.
Ancient Jerusalem has only been actively excavated in the last 25 years, following in the footsteps of the earlier excavators during the late 1800’s and 1900’s. Visitors can again enjoy the legendary Hezekiah’s tunnel, the Gihon spring, the palace of the Davidic Dynasty and the final ascent of the pilgrim road from the Second Temple Period, leading from the Shiloach Pool up to Temple Mount.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee
The word “shalom” in its essence doesn’t mean peace. The actual meaning of shalom refers to a state of wholeness, balance and wellbeing on the deepest level of the soul. Directly translated from Hebrew this verse says: “Ask (or petition) for Jerusalem’s wholeness“. Join the Jerusalem Watch and turn word into deed. Become a tangible part of Jerusalem’s path to wholeness and wellbeing.
The City of David – Ancient Jerusalem has been rising from the ashes, shaking off chapters of dust. This is her story…
Jerusalem –The Eternal Capital
Jerusalem, then known as Shalem, is first mentioned in the Bible when Abraham meets with Melchizedek in the Valley of Shaveh (better known as the Kidron Valley) in Genesis 14:18.
But the story of Jerusalem comes to the fore when David enters the scene. After a seven and a half year reign as king of Judah in Hebron, representatives of the tribes of Israel called upon David to lead a united Israel as king. David chose the stronghold of Zion as the new capital of the tribal confederation of Israel. When David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites, he named it The City of David.
Jerusalem stood central within the tribal territories. A constant water supply from the Gihon Spring and its geographical position in terms of defense as a high ridge towering over the enclaving valleys, contributed to David’s choice. But even more important, according to Jewish tradition, the fortified city bordered the mountain where Abraham bound Isaac and where Jacob saw the ladder leading up to the Heavens. It was the meeting place of Heaven and Earth – the place that God chose as His abode among His people – the site of the future Temple Mount. David fused the holy site with the political seat of power, unifying the spiritual and political culture of Israel, establishing her as the eternal capital.