Sunday, June 8, 2014
Pope Francis hosts Islamic and Jewish Prayers at the Vatican
As we have seen in the news, this tremendous "unprecedented" move by Pope Francis to host both Peres and Abbas for prayers at the Vatican, in an effort to "promote" and progress peace talks among the Palestinians (Muslims) and the Jews
Why you ask, is this so important? It seems like a good move to working toward finding peace in the Middle East between Jews and Muslims. Well one thing the news doesn't tell us is that the three religions involved, Islam, Judaism and Christianity (though the Vatican is NOT a true Christian church, it is apostate and teaches a false gospel (Galatians 1:8,9; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-10)), de facto making whatever Pope a false prophet, though I believe this one IS THE False Prophet spoken of in scriptures (Revelation 13: 11, 19:20).
Revelation 13:11, 12 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
All three faiths have Endtime scenarios involved, awaiting their version of a Messiah or Mahdi to return and usher humanity into a great era of peace, prosperity and blessing. But everything uttered in God's word through the Hebrew prophets, and the Apostles has been fulfilled on time. In Daniel's prophecy in chapter 9:24-27, on the last Seventy "Sevens" or Shabuas destined for the Jews, as it is written:
Daniel 9:24 24 "Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
We know from scripture that after the first seven shabuas, and the 62 shabuas, Messiah was cut off, Yeshua was crucified by the Roman soldiers under the Political authority of the Romans and Religous authority of the Jewish leaders, who did not understand that Messiah must come first as a suffering servant (see Isaiah 53). So According to Daniel 9, we have the Messiah cut off after the first 69 shabuas or "weeks", which leaves one final week or shabua to be fulfilled.
During this time, Yahweh extended the good news of salvation to the Gentile world, so that the gospel might be preached in every nation. As Yeshua tells us in Matt. 24:14 -
Matthew 24:14 14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
And indeed it has. The gospel has gone forth into the world and been carried to every continent on earth. Some of the only countries on earth where the gospel is not known are Islamic countries where they forbid the people of the book from sharing the news about Yeshua, the promised and returning Jewish Messiah.
So why is this "meeting" of prayers and meditations so important at the Vatican today? Daniel's prophecy tells us of the remaining shabua, the 70th:
Daniel 9:27 27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week [shabua], but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
Earlier I cited Nowtheendbegins' article on this matter, though I do not agree that Revelation 17 and 18 are describing the Vatican system. Many Catholic and Protestant theologians have interpreted it this way, but that was before the rising of the American empire! I believe "the city that reigns over the kings of the earth" (Rev. 17:18) is none other than New York! It fits the prophecies of the scriptures Revelation 17 and 18 more precisely, and today, does indeed reign over the kings of the earth!
Who the final man of sin, the man of lawlessness is remains to be seen. Daniel tells us that he will "confirm a covenant with the many for one shabua," and in the middle of the shabua, will stop sacrifice at the Jewish Temple. The Apostle Paul, born-again into the truth about Yeshua, the Messiah, tells us that this one will "opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God (Yahweh/Yeshua), displaying himself as being God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
The only way to escape the coming destruction and horrors that are facing mankind is to cry out to the Lord Yeshua, for forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die!" (John 11:25) Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! (Rom 10:13).
For you are saved by grace, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8,9).