18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: (Genesis 15;18)
“It isn’t the size of Israel that bothers the muslims; it is the existence of Israel.”~Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
The long held antagonistic view of the state of Israel and the Jews has once again reared its ugly head in the form of remarks coming from the Church of Rome. According to an op-ed by Giulio Meotti on the website Ynet news, an Israeli site, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, the Vatican’s representative to Jerusalem, said in an interview with Die Tagespost that “Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible.” He then compared Christians’ condition in today’s Jerusalem with Jesus’ Passion: “We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem.”
Now Fouad Twal was appointed to this position by Herr Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI. This means that anything he might say is papal approved. That is why this is unfortunate and nothing new. Consider the Vatican 2010 synod which stated about Israel that they “cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people. “We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people”, the synod’s document said. “There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.” Twal also denounced what he calls the “the Judaization of Jerusalem,” and attacked Israel for “trying to transform it into an only Hebrew-Jewish city, excluding the other faiths.”
It is obvious that the Vatican is playing the replacement theology card once again. They are ignoring God’s eternal covenant with Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Rome believes they have replaced Israel because the Jews killed Jesus. Yes, that may be technically true, but they also had help from the Romans (interesting the Vatican never denounces Rome). Could it be that the Vatican doesn’t realize that Jesus was born so that He could die for our sins and our salvation? In other words, we all killed Him because of our sin!
There’s been a string of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rhetoric from the Church of Rome lately. Take the story Pope DEMANDS a Palestinian State Soon, which began “On Friday, June 3d, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority which recently brought the terrorist group Hamas into the organization. After the meeting, the pope said “that soon the state of Israel and the Palestinian state must live in security, at peace with their neighbors and within internationally recognized borders.”
Throughout history, the Church of Rome has persecuted the Jews through both words and actions. Consider these examples:
- Fourth century: “Saint Ephraem Syrus calls the Jews the ‘circumcised dogs’ and ‘circumcised vagabonds’, and refers to Judaism as a worthless vineyard which cannot bear fruit. In his writing, Ephraem refers to God’s punishment for the Jews. Because they reviled Jesus, the Lord has banished them from their land, and now they are condemned to wander over the whole face of the earth.”
- 388 AD: “A mob of Christians, at the instigation of their bishop, looted and burned the synagogue in Callinicum, a town on the Euphrates. The Emperor Theodosius wanted those responsible punished and the synagogue rebuilt at the expense of the bishop. But instead of supporting justice, St. Ambrose used God and the bible to insist that the Emperor NOT provide justice to the Jewish victims.”
- 1215: the Fourth Lateran Council required the Jews to wear “distinctive clothing.” More councils followed, either with distinctive clothing or badges to identify the Jews:
Council of Narbonne 1227, Arles 1234, Beziers 1246, Albi 1254, Nimes 1284, Vienna 1289, Avignon 1326 and Vabres 1368. In 1435 it was the king of Sicily requiring this and in circa 1555, it was Pope Paul IV requiring the Jews to wear “distinctive headgear.” (Ever wonder where the Nazi’s got the idea for the yellow badges?”)
- 1940s: “Cardinal Adolf Bertram, Archbishop of Breslau and head of the German Bishops’ Conference, opposes all public protest against the deportation and massacre of the Jews. He has a cordial relationship with Hitler, and in May 1945 he orders requiem masses for Hitler be offered in all his parishes.” (Click here for source )
Of course, the list can go on and on. The Church of Rome has no love for Israel or its people, it never has, and, going on, they never will. No, the Church of Rome favors the invented Palestinians, not the Israelis. One can only looks at the last two popes, Herr Ratzinger who prayed in a mosque and his predecessor JPII who kissed the unholy koran, the book that commands muslims to kill Jews and Christians. I did look for a picture of a pope kissing a Torah scroll but could not find one. The more anti-Israel they are, it is all the more obvious that they will be the foundation of the one world religion during the Tribulation.
The land has been Israel’s since Abraham and his family moved into the Promised Land 3,995 years ago. God made an eternal covenant with Abraham which was passed to his son Isaac and then to Jacob. All one has to do is read in Hebrews:
13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:13-18)
I know that the book of Hebrews is in the Catholic Bible because I looked. It’s time the Church of Rome realizes the meaning of the above verses and changes their rhetoric toward Israel. Of course, that will never happen. And it is only going to grow worse.
And to think that Rome calls all non-Catholic denominations anathema. No Rome, the anathema is you!
Click here for the op-ed