Vatican Recognizes Palestinian State
In a new treaty finalized on May 13, the Vatican has officially recognized “the state of Palestine.” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists” (“Vatican recognizes state of Palestine,” The Times of Israel, May 13, 2014). In a papal audience on May 16, Pope Francis called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace.” Three years ago, the Vatican had “welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state.” The Roman Catholic Church has long been opposed to Israel. Jews were slaughtered during the Catholic crusades and placed in ghettos in Catholic-controlled cities. The heresy of Replacement Theology, which replaces Israel with the Church, was fathered by Rome and borrowed from her by Protestants. In 1922, Cardinal Gasparri, Vatican Secretary of State, voiced concern that the British Mandate on Palestine might “give Israel a privileged position and might compromise the rights of the Catholic Church regarding the protection of the Holy Places” (“The Holy See and the Postwar Palestine Issue,” International Affairs, Spring 1984). In 1950, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the Vatican was “intensifying its campaign for the internationalization of Jerusalem” (JTA, Nov. 21, 1950). That campaign did not cease until the 1980s when the Vatican began to support the PLO and its goal of making East Jerusalem its capital. In 1982, Yasser Arafat was received at the Vatican “with all the honor and dignity accorded a head of state.” With the 2015 treaty, the Vatican’s support shifts from the PLO to the Palestinian State. The Vatican is comfortable making treaties with Muslim terrorist organizations that hate Israel, vow her destruction, and persecute professing Christians because she is one of the devil’s chief instruments in human affairs. One day, Mystery Babylon will yoke together with the very Antichrist himself, according to Revelation 17, and Rome doubtless is at the heart of this end-time phenomenon. “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 22, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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