Much of the world seems to want the Palestinians to have a state of their own. In September 2011, it looked like they had some momentum for their cause. Most of the international community expressed symbolic support for a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.
Of all the supporters, though, one stands out as being especially intriguing: the Roman Catholic Church.
In a statement last September, retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah, together with representatives from various Christian communities in Israel, pledged “support for the diplomatic efforts being deployed to win international recognition for the State of Palestine.”
In his sermon on Christmas Day, the current Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, reiterated Catholic support for Palestinian statehood. “We want a just and comprehensive peace to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We adhere to the position taken by the Holy See, clearly acknowledging the two-state solution with security and internationally recognized borders,” he stated.
This position aligned with what the church has been saying for some time now. In December 2009, for example, Twal and other high-ranking Catholic officials released an overtly anti-Israel, anti-Jewish document detailing the “injustices” against Palestinians by Israel. In it, the Catholic officials implored the international community to “stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades.” There was no recognition of the multiple suicide attacks on innocent Jews, or the thousands of missiles launched at Israeli schools, homes and hospitals.
The document also included a lengthy section reconciling Palestinian “resistance,” a polite term for violence or terrorism, with the biblical instruction to abstain from violence and war. “The aggression against the Palestinian people which is the Israeli occupation, is an evil that must be resisted,” the officials claimed. “It is an evil and a sin that must be resisted and removed.” In other words, no measure of Arab “resistance” is too extreme, or morally or spiritually wrong.
Remember the Crusades?
Can you name a time in history when the Vatican sincerely endorsed Muslim control of Jerusalem? The fact is, history is loaded with examples of the Vatican opposing, often violently, Muslim control of the Holy Land.
History is clear. The Vatican has never supported Muslim control of Jerusalem!
So why is it doing so now? The truth is, it is not!
There are two reasons the Catholic Church for now is making it appear it supports a Palestinian state and greater Muslim influence over Jerusalem.
First, this effort undermines Israel’s control over the city. When it comes to diminishing Israel’s grip on Jerusalem and its holy sites, Catholic officials are happy to let the Palestinians do the dirty work.
Second, the Vatican’s endorsement of Palestinian statehood provides ideal cover for its own ambition to wrest control of Jerusalem from the Jews.
Nobody Else Concerned for Jerusalem?
Don’t forget, Jerusalem is as important to the Vatican as it is to Jews and Muslims. For Catholics, Jerusalem is the birthplace of Christianity and the setting of many important biblical events. The Holy City, as Catholic dogma states, is its universal headquarters. Does anyone really think the Vatican is genuinely interested in ceding control of these sites to Muslims?
At the very least, the Vatican’s endorsement of Palestinian statehood is political chicanery. More than likely, it’s a calculated ruse, part of a Trojan horse strategy by which the Vatican seeks to gain the trust of the Palestinians and international community before more actively staking its claim to Jerusalem and its holy sites.
It’s important to keep an eye on Jerusalem, and especially on the Vatican’s involvement in the city. Bible prophecy tells us Jerusalem is the nucleus of end-time events, and that the Catholic Church will make a play for the Holy City in the final days before Christ’s return. The Trumpet has often pointed to the prophecy in Daniel 11:40, which describes a gigantic clash between Catholic Europe and Iran and its radical Islamic supporters.
Stay tuned! The more the tension rises between Jews and Palestinians—and the more the Catholic Church interferes in Jerusalem—the closer we are to this awesome, history-altering event!
Full article: Why Does the Vatican Want a Palestinian State? (The Trumpet)