We are living in exciting times. The Signposts point to Jesus soon return.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Report: Vatican Pushing for Control of Mount Zion

Prophecy Sign:  The Gentile takeover of Jerusalem, (seat of the future False Prophet?)

Mount Zion - Jerusalem

How interesting is this?  The Vatican is bound and determined to wrestle the control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem from the Israelis.  Reports suggest this just might happen as soon as May of this year when the Pope visits Israel.  This is all going on at the same time the Obama administration is attempting to carve up the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land for the creation of yet another Muslim Arab state, (Palestine).

Right on target, the Gentile world is beginning to take over more and more of the land that God gave as an eternal inheritance to his chosen nation, the Jews.  Bible prophecy tells us that this is precisely what will happen as both Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are measured out for the Gentiles who will then trample on it for a period of time.

I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. Revelation 11:1-2 NIV

They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Luke 21:24 NIV

Meanwhile the new Pope just keeps growing in rock star popularity as even evangelical Christians look upon him as the way of future Christianity, (less stand-fast strident belief in biblical doctrine and more touchy feely inclusiveness).  If this new Pope isn't the future False Prophet, he sure is the template of the coming Beast of the Earth, (Revelation 13:11).

Report: Vatican Pushing for Control of Mount Zion
Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials. The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Office, Tourism Ministry, Police, Kotel Rabbi’s Office, and more. During the meeting, representatives of Christian groups in the capital pushed Jerusalem leaders to give the Catholic Church control over the Mount Zion area that includes the “Hall of the Last Supper.” There have been reports that Israel’s government is planning to turn the building in question over to the Vatican prior to the Pope’s expected visit in May.

Pope of the Evangelicals
While evangelicals do not share Catholics' interest in the flourishing of the Catholic Church, evangelicals still have a stake in his popularity and success. The rise of Pope Francis suggests to evangelicals that even in this new century, Christians can have a faithful presence and influence in American public life.
These types of evangelicals believe the more strident, partisan faith the previous generation was known for harmed the church's standing in this nation. The question they are testing in their work, and the core question of Francis' papacy, is whether a more inclusive, pastoral, and humble approach will be enough to maintain a strong Christian voice in America's marketplace of ideas. Pope Francis' effort in this regard is supported in some important ways by the institution of his church. In a nation that is openly critiquing Christian doctrine like never before, the rituals and history of the Catholic Church provide a reminder of the tradition of the faith. Young evangelicals' felt need for this reminder is leading some to join liturgical churches.

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