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A six part series on Zionist-Israeli history (with more to be added):

Zion is an age-old name for Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people who sought to restore their freedom and independence in their ancestral homeland.

Theodore Herzl founded the modern Zionist movement in 1897, but the dream of restoration and return had always been at the core of Judaism and Jewish identity. Rome tried to obliterate the millennia-old Jewish state in the first century, but unlike other nations conquered in ancient times, the Jews survived and never lost their profound attachment to their land of origin. Jews lived in the land of Israel continuously for 3,000 years. Those forced into exile expressed their yearning to return in their daily liturgy and prayers. For 2,000 years, many came back in periodic waves of immigration. By the late 1860s, Jews once again were the majority in Jerusalem.

 Zionists adapted this historic dream to modern political ideals and circumstances. They were inspired by National Liberation movements and driven by ongoing anti-Jewish persecution and discrimination that occurred even in progressive Europe. The Zionists believed that if the scattered Jews reunited in their historic homeland, joining the Jews who were already there, they could restore their freedom, be free from prejudice and further develop their unique culture.

Disagreements arose among Zionists as Jews from different countries and with different ideologies—religious and secular, socialist and conservative—joined together. But they united around fundamental principles that combined idealism and practicality. They would seek official support from other national governments. They would return legally, purchase the land and restore it through their own labor. Zionists envisioned living in friendship with non-Jewish residents and believed the entire region would benefit from their restoration of the land.

Within 50 years, the Zionist dream became a reality. Britain recognized the thriving communities Jews had built and in the 1917 Balfour Declaration, endorsed the “Zionist aspirations.” In 1920, the League of Nations reinforced this commitment and carved out the Palestine Mandate from the defeated Ottoman Empire for the Jewish homeland.

On May 14, 1948, Israel was reestablished as a modern state and recognized by the community of nations. It lived up to the Zionist dream. Israel began with a Jewish majority that had purchased and settled the land and accorded full civil, political and cultural rights to all its minorities, including Arabs, Muslims and Christians.

Today, Jewish and non-Jewish Zionists around the world support the State of Israel and hope to see the full Zionist vision realized—a safe and thriving Israel living at peace with its neighbors.

Satan was defeated at the cross!

By: Pastor John Hagee

Satan is determined to keep the world from grasping the fact he and his evil empire have been forever defeated at the Cross of Calvary.  Jesus went to the Cross and stripped Him of all his authority and gave it to the believers.

Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren.”  Why does he accuse us?  What is his motive?  It can be stated in one phrase:  To make us feel guilty.  As long as Satan can make you feel guilty over the past, you can’t defeat him.  Guilt is the key to your defeat and the blood of the Cross is the key to our victory.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul wrote, “God made Him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  That’s the exchange.  God took my sins and gave me the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ.  NEVER allow Satan to drag up your past sins.  They have been forgiven and forgotten.  They have been buried in the deepest sea never to be remembered any more.  When God sees you, all he can see is the righteousness of His perfect Son.  It’s not possible for Him to see your sin.  One thing God can’t do…He can’t remember your sin once it is forgiven by Jesus Christ.

 

Isaiah 47:13-14—You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.  Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before!    Scripture mentions six forms of demonic practice!

(1.) Horoscopes.  Seeking direction for your life from any other source that God is idolatry and behind every physical idol is a demon spirit.  Isaiah clearly stated God’s position on horoscopes (Isaiah 47:13-14). (2.) Divination.  Briefly defined, divination is the employment of supernatural revelation to predict your future.  Any revelation of the future that does not glorify Christ and is not uplifting is the spirit of divination. ( 3)  Necromancy. This term is from “nekros” meaning a dead body and “manteia” meaning divination.  Necromancy is the consulting of the dead for direction in life.  Saul did this (1 Samuel 28:8) and God took the throne of Israel form him and he committed suicide the next day.  Some charismatic writers are openly talking about consulting the dead for inspiration to write books, etc. It’s a dangerous thing and a heinous sin. (2 Chronicles 33:6). (4.) Magic. The magicians of Egypt had supernatural powers through magic.  When Moses came before Pharaoh and threw his staff down and it become a snake, then the magicians of Pharaoh’s court, Jannes and Jambres, threw their staffs down and their staffs also became snakes. The superior power of God’s kingdom was evidenced by the fact that Moses’ snake consumed the snakes of the magicians.

The last hurdle the Children of Israel had to clear before they were delivered from Egypt’s bondage was the occult.  The last hurdle the church will have to clear is the battle with the occult.

It is to be understood that magic is far more than slight of hand.  Magic in the Biblical dimension involves the supernatural power of the occult.

(5.) Witchcraft. This is the use of supernatural power to place curses or spells on other people.  Any person who seeks to control another person beyond the dimension of spiritual authority God has permitted in Scripture is practicing witchcraft.

A mother or father trying to control their thirty-year-old married son or daughter is practicing witchcraft.  The spiritual leader who tries to manipulate people for his won purposes is practicing witchcraft.

(6.) Sorcery.  This is the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.  Sorcery is distinguished from witchcraft in that it may be practiced by anyone with the appropriate knowledge, using charms, spells or potions.  Witchcraft is considered to result from an inherent mystical power and to be practiced by invisible means.

In Acts 19:19 Paul had the Jews and Greeks of Ephesus burn their books “which used curious arts (sorcery formulas).”

Revelation 21:27—Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

From time to time God, the master sculptor, places us in the heat of trial and adversity, where our contents can be tested.

We can understand purity of heart in two senses.  The first meaning is to be without hypocrisy, or to be sincere.  The word “sincere” comes from two Latin words.  Sin means “without” and cere means “wax.”

The term refers to stone statues.  The one thing that could make a statue worthless was a crack in the stone.  In an effort to deceive a prospective buyer, a seller might mix rock dust with wax and rub the mixture into a crack on a statue.  In dim inside light, the wax made the statue appear flawless.  But outside, the sun’s heat would melt the wax and expose the fraud.  Thus for a statue to be “without wax” meant that it was authentic, genuine, just as it appeared to be.

If we have become cosmetic Christians whose faults and defects are hidden by the wax of phony religiosity, we will be exposed as frauds.  We can’t pretend to be pure and get away with it.

Without Defilement

The second meaning of being pure in heart is to be cleansed, or without defilement.  Only the pure will be permitted to enter heaven.  Nothing unclean is going to enter heaven.  And God is the one who determines what it means to be clean.

But aren’t we Christians already pure by the blood of Jesus which was shed upon the cross?  Yes, but we must choose to remain pure.  The Bible says, “Everyone who has this hope in him [to be made like Jesus, to spend eternity with Him in heaven] purifies himself, just as He [Jesus] is pure” (1 John 3:3).

In another place it says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom [do you see the connections here between mourning over wrongdoing and purity of heart?].  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:9-10).

Who takes the next step?  We do.  It’s not God’s job to chase us down.  It’s up to us to call upon Him.

from: www.jhm.org

Evidence from Tacitus

Although there is overwhelming evidence that the New Testament is an accurate and trustworthy historical document, many people are still reluctant to believe what it says unless there is also some independent, non-biblical testimony that corroborates its statements. In the introduction to one of his books, F.F. Bruce tells about a Christian correspondent who was told by an agnostic friend that “apart from obscure references in Josephus and the like,” there was no historical evidence for the life of Jesus outside the Bible. This, he wrote to Bruce, had caused him “great concern and some little upset in [his] spiritual life.” He concludes his letter by asking, “Is such collateral proof available, and if not, are there reasons for the lack of it?” The answer to this question is, “Yes, such collateral proof is available,” and we will be looking at some of it in this article.

Let’s begin our inquiry with a passage that historian Edwin Yamauchi calls “probably the most important reference to Jesus outside the New Testament.” Reporting on Emperor Nero’s decision to blame the Christians for the fire that had destroyed Rome in A.D. 64, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote:

Nero fastened the guilt . . . on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome. . . .

What all can we learn from this ancient (and rather unsympathetic) reference to Jesus and the early Christians? Notice, first, that Tacitus reports Christians derived their name from a historical person called Christus (from the Latin), or Christ. He is said to have “suffered the extreme penalty,” obviously alluding to the Roman method of execution known as crucifixion. This is said to have occurred during the reign of Tiberius and by the sentence of Pontius Pilatus. This confirms much of what the Gospels tell us about the death of Jesus.

But what are we to make of Tacitus’ rather enigmatic statement that Christ’s death briefly checked “a most mischievous superstition,” which subsequently arose not only in Judaea, but also in Rome? One historian suggests that Tacitus is here “bearing indirect . . . testimony to the conviction of the early church that the Christ who had been crucified had risen from the grave.” While this interpretation is admittedly speculative, it does help explain the otherwise bizarre occurrence of a rapidly growing religion based on the worship of a man who had been crucified as a criminal. How else might one explain that?

Evidence from Pliny the Younger

Another important source of evidence about Jesus and early Christianity can be found in the letters of Pliny the Younger to Emperor Trajan. Pliny was the Roman governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. In one of his letters, dated around A.D. 112, he asks Trajan’s advice about the appropriate way to conduct legal proceedings against those accused of being Christians. Pliny says that he needed to consult the emperor about this issue because a great multitude of every age, class, and sex stood accused of Christianity.

At one point in his letter, Pliny relates some of the information he has learned about these Christians:

They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food–but food of an ordinary and innocent kind.

This passage provides us with a number of interesting insights into the beliefs and practices of early Christians. First, we see that Christians regularly met on a certain fixed day for worship. Second, their worship was directed to Christ, demonstrating that they firmly believed in His divinity. Furthermore, one scholar interprets Pliny’s statement that hymns were sung to Christ, as to a god, as a reference to the rather distinctive fact that, “unlike other gods who were worshipped, Christ was a person who had lived on earth.” If this interpretation is correct, Pliny understood that Christians were worshipping an actual historical person as God! Of course, this agrees perfectly with the New Testament doctrine that Jesus was both God and man.

Not only does Pliny’s letter help us understand what early Christians believed about Jesus’ person, it also reveals the high esteem to which they held His teachings. For instance, Pliny notes that Christians bound themselves by a solemn oath not to violate various moral standards, which find their source in the ethical teachings of Jesus. In addition, Pliny’s reference to the Christian custom of sharing a common meal likely alludes to their observance of communion and the “love feast.” This interpretation helps explain the Christian claim that the meal was merely food of an ordinary and innocent kind. They were attempting to counter the charge, sometimes made by non-Christians, of practicing “ritual cannibalism.” The Christians of that day humbly repudiated such slanderous attacks on Jesus’ teachings. We must sometimes do the same today.

Evidence from Josephus

Perhaps the most remarkable reference to Jesus outside the Bible can be found in the writings of Josephus, a first century Jewish historian. On two occasions, in his Jewish Antiquities, he mentions Jesus. The second, less revealing, reference describes the condemnation of one “James” by the Jewish Sanhedrin. This James, says Josephus, was “the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ.” F.F. Bruce points out how this agrees with Paul’s description of James in Galatians 1:19 as “the Lord’s brother.” And Edwin Yamauchi informs us that “few scholars have questioned” that Josephus actually penned this passage.

As interesting as this brief reference is, there is an earlier one, which is truly astonishing. Called the “Testimonium Flavianum,” the relevant portion declares:

About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he . . . wrought surprising feats. . . . He was the Christ. When Pilate . . .condemned him to be crucified, those who had . . . come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared . . . restored to life. . . . And the tribe of Christians . . . has . . . not disappeared.

Did Josephus really write this? Most scholars think the core of the passage originated with Josephus, but that it was later altered by a Christian editor, possibly between the third and fourth century A.D. But why do they think it was altered? Josephus was not a Christian, and it is difficult to believe that anyone but a Christian would have made some of these statements.

For instance, the claim that Jesus was a wise man seems authentic, but the qualifying phrase, “if indeed one ought to call him a man,” is suspect. It implies that Jesus was more than human, and it is quite unlikely that Josephus would have said that! It is also difficult to believe he would have flatly asserted that Jesus was the Christ, especially when he later refers to Jesus as “the so-called” Christ. Finally, the claim that on the third day Jesus appeared to His disciples restored to life, inasmuch as it affirms Jesus’ resurrection, is quite unlikely to come from a non-Christian!

But even if we disregard the questionable parts of this passage, we are still left with a good deal of corroborating information about the biblical Jesus. We read that he was a wise man who performed surprising feats. And although He was crucified under Pilate, His followers continued their discipleship and became known as Christians. When we combine these statements with Josephus’ later reference to Jesus as “the so-called Christ,” a rather detailed picture emerges which harmonizes quite well with the biblical record. It increasingly appears that the “biblical Jesus” and the “historical Jesus” are one and the same!

Evidence from the Babylonian Talmud

There are only a few clear references to Jesus in the Babylonian Talmud, a collection of Jewish rabbinical writings compiled between approximately A.D. 70-500. Given this time frame, it is naturally supposed that earlier references to Jesus are more likely to be historically reliable than later ones. In the case of the Talmud, the earliest period of compilation occurred between A.D. 70-200. The most significant reference to Jesus from this period states:

On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald . . . cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.”

Let’s examine this passage. You may have noticed that it refers to someone named “Yeshu.” So why do we think this is Jesus? Actually, “Yeshu” (or “Yeshua”) is how Jesus’ name is pronounced in Hebrew. But what does the passage mean by saying that Jesus “was hanged”? Doesn’t the New Testament say he was crucified? Indeed it does. But the term “hanged” can function as a synonym for “crucified.” For instance, Galatians 3:13 declares that Christ was “hanged” (see also Deuteronomy 21:23)  , and Luke 23:39 applies this term to the criminals who were crucified with Jesus. So the Talmud declares that Jesus was crucified on the eve of Passover. But what of the cry of the herald that Jesus was to be stoned? This may simply indicate what the Jewish leaders were planning to do. If so, Roman involvement changed their plans!

The passage also tells us why Jesus was crucified. It claims He practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy! Since this accusation comes from a rather hostile source, we should not be too surprised if Jesus is described somewhat differently than in the New Testament. But if we make allowances for this, what might such charges imply about Jesus?

Interestingly, both accusations have close parallels in the canonical gospels. For instance, the charge of sorcery is similar to the Pharisees’ accusation that Jesus cast out demons “by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” But notice this: such a charge actually tends to confirm the New Testament claim that Jesus performed miraculous feats. Apparently Jesus’ miracles were too well attested to deny. The only alternative was to ascribe them to sorcery! Likewise, the charge of enticing Israel to apostasy parallels Luke’s account of the Jewish leaders who accused Jesus of misleading the nation with his teaching. Such a charge tends to corroborate the New Testament record of Jesus’ powerful teaching ministry. Thus, if read carefully, this passage from the Talmud confirms much of our knowledge about Jesus from the New Testament.

Evidence from Lucian

Lucian of Samosata was a second century Greek satirist. In one of his works, he wrote of the early Christians as follows:

The Christians . . . worship a man to this day–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. . . . [It] was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.

Although Lucian is jesting here at the early Christians, he does make some significant comments about their founder. For instance, he says the Christians worshipped a man, “who introduced their novel rites.” And though this man’s followers clearly thought quite highly of Him, He so angered many of His contemporaries with His teaching that He “was crucified on that account.”

Although Lucian does not mention his name, he is clearly referring to Jesus. But what did Jesus teach to arouse such wrath? According to Lucian, he taught that all men are brothers from the moment of their conversion. That’s harmless enough. But what did this conversion involve? It involved denying the Greek gods, worshipping Jesus, and living according to His teachings. It’s not too difficult to imagine someone being killed for teaching that. Though Lucian doesn’t say so explicitly, the Christian denial of other gods combined with their worship of Jesus implies the belief that Jesus was more than human. Since they denied other gods in order to worship Him, they apparently thought Jesus a greater God than any that Greece had to offer!

Let’s summarize what we’ve learned about Jesus from this examination of ancient non-Christian sources. First, both Josephus and Lucian indicate that Jesus was regarded as wise. Second, Pliny, the Talmud, and Lucian imply He was a powerful and revered teacher. Third, both Josephus and the Talmud indicate He performed miraculous feats. Fourth, Tacitus, Josephus, the Talmud, and Lucian all mention that He was crucified. Tacitus and Josephus say this occurred under Pontius Pilate. And the Talmud declares it happened on the eve of Passover. Fifth, there are possible references to the Christian belief in Jesus’ resurrection in both Tacitus and Josephus. Sixth, Josephus records that Jesus’ followers believed He was the Christ, or Messiah. And finally, both Pliny and Lucian indicate that Christians worshipped Jesus as God!

I hope you see how this small selection of ancient non-Christian sources helps corroborate our knowledge of Jesus from the gospels. Of course, there are many ancient Christian sources of information about Jesus as well. But since the historical reliability of the canonical gospels is so well established, I invite you to read those for an authoritative “life of Jesus!”

Below are the spiritual beliefs on which I and Christians base their faith: 

The Bible—We affirm our confidence in God’s inerrant Word. We treasure its truths, and we respect its reproofs.  The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written centuries ago by chosen men of God. The Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. See 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; and 2 Peter 1:20-21                                .                                                             

God the Father—We acknowledge the Creator-God as our heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all our ways.

As the first person of the Trinity, the Father is the source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular. And although there is one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, just, loving, true, and unchangeable God, in the unity of the one God there are three divine persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—equal in power but distinct in roles. See Psalm 103:19 ;  Matthew 28:19; and 1 Peter 1:2

The Lord Jesus Christ—We claim Jesus Christ as our Lord—the very God who came in human flesh—the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.

As the second person of the Trinity, the Son reveals the Father. According to the Father’s plan, the eternal Son humbled Himself and became incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. See  John1:1–3,14;   Philippians2:5-8 ; Hebrews1:1–3;and  1John5:11–12

The Holy Spirit—We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead who is incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.

As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. Though pervasively present and active in creation, the Holy Spirit specially dwells among God’s people and uniquely indwells individual believers, giving them new life and empowering them for lives of personal holiness.See  John14:26   Acts1:5,8   1Corinthians6:19–20  and Ephesians1:13–14

The Depravity of Humanity—We confess that Adam’s fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth made possible by the Savior’s substitutionary death and miraculous, bodily resurrection. As a result of Adam’s rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Unable and unwilling to please God, all humans are undeserving of His blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins—spiritually and, ultimately, physically. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Christ. See  Genesis 3  Jeremiah 17:9  and   Romans 3:10–18, 23; 5:12

SalvationWe believe the offer of salvation is God’s love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.

Because fallen humans are unable to save themselves, God, according to His own sovereign mercy, acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity. Simply through believing the good news that Christ died for his or her sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin, declared righteous by God, reborn into new life, and guaranteed eternal life with God. See   John 3:16   Romans 10:9–10      1 Corinthians 15:1–5 ; and  Ephesians1:4–12; 2:8–9                                        .                                

The Return of Christ—We anticipate our Lord’s promised return, which could occur at any moment.

According to the Father’s plan, Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to unbelievers. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. It could begin at any moment. Though the details of Christ’s return are sometimes unclear, its reality is certain, and all believers are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming. See  1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11     2 Thessalonians 2:1–12     Hebrews 9:28; and   Revelation 19:11–16                                        .                                

Resurrection of HumanityWe are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond—believers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.

Though a believer’s spirit is ushered into the Lord’s presence immediately upon physical death, the fullness of salvation awaits Christ’s return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body which can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradise, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins. See John 11:23–27  1 Corinthians15:51–57      1 Thessalonians 4:13–18  ; and  Revelation 20:4–21:5

The Body of Christ—We know the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head.

The body of Christ is the ever-enlarging universal church consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another. See   Romans 12:4–5 ;     1 Corinthians 12:12–14 Ephesians 4:11–16 ; and  1 Peter 2:9–10

The Family of GodWe are grateful to be a part of the local church, which exists to proclaim God’s truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God.

 Believers are called to faithful membership in a visible, local congregation for the purpose of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is marked by God-glorifying worship, Scripture-centered teaching, intimate fellowship, and vivid expressions of the church’s faith, hope, and love through evangelism, disciple-making, financial support, and service. See   Acts 2:41–47;   Philippians 2:1–4 ; and    Hebrews 10:24–25                                        .

By: Robert Mock: “Destination Yisra’el

Pope John Paul II celebrates mass at Site of the Last Supper
Pope John Paul II celebrates mass at the Traditional Site of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City

With the recent election of the new Pope, Pope Francis I will now sit on the throne of the Vatican in Rome. This new “Jesuit Saint” whose ministry to the poor and the downtrodden in Argentina, has been carefully scripted into his future image is now being transmitted around the world as the new personification of the Roman Catholic “Jesus Christ” who will bring “Peace” to the Middle East.

Looking through the telescope of history, it is thereby important for descendants of the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel” to bear in mind that it was this same Orthodox Jewish rabbi who spoke to his disciples concerning the “last days” but gave with this prophecy a warning:

Matthew 24:4 – “And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.” For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the new of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such this must happen, but the end is yet to come.

For people will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world; all this is but the beginning of the ‘birth pain.’ At that time you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and put to death, and all peoples will hate you because of me.

At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool many people; and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from the Torah.”

With these words in mind, recently the outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon left his official post in the Israeli government and when he did, it was revealed that he has left a stain of deception which screamed out in the recent headlines in the Jerusalem Post that announced:

Jerusalem Post – “Jerusalem is on verge of signing agreement to formalize diplomatic relations with the Holy See.”Why would the State of Israel be signing diplomatic relations with the Vatican? The international news has been quiet for almost eight years on any diplomatic moves by the Vatican with the State of Israel. With this announcement there came the report of “conflicting and disturbing reports” concerning the status of the “Upper Room” (Cenacle Shrine of the Coenaculum) where it is believed that the Jewish rabbi, Yahshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene) once hosted with his disciples the “Last Supper” that occurred on Wednesday evening according to the Passover traditions of the Essenes.

The Tomb of King David

What is most interesting is that this Prince of David was actually presiding over a “Passover” season meal with his disciples in a place that the Nazarene history called the “House with the Upper Room.” What was even more amazing was that this “Upper Room” was located physically in the midst of the Essene Quarters of southwestern section of the ancient walled city of Jerusalem. Not only that, this Prince of King David, known as Rabbi Yahshua was sitting right over the traditional Tomb of King David; a powerful political statement.

Today, this same site is now the central campus of the Diaspora Yeshiva on the hill called Mount Zion. Back in October, 2005, BibleSearchers Reflections quoting Israel National News stated this report:

Israel National News – “An official Vatican newspaper has reported that during his upcoming visit to the Vatican, President Moshe Katsav will sign an agreement giving parts of David’s Tomb over to papal control. If such an agreement is signed, it will put an end to drawn out negotiations that began in 1998. Israeli and Vatican representatives began discussing issues of jurisdiction over certain sites around seven years ago. These sites include various buildings and parcels of land that the Catholic Church claims it used to control.

The church is now seeking to reclaim its ownership of these sites. Among the places under debate is an area that the church refers to as the site of the “last supper,” which is situated at the burial site of Kings David, Solomon, Rechavam (Rehoboam), Assa (Asa), Chezekiyahu (Hezekiah) and Amatzia (Amaziah). The Vatican newspaper, El Messagero, reports that President Katsav is expected to sign an agreement during his visit that will give the church control over the upper part of David’s Tomb. The church has already shown Israel a trial agreement, according to which the Vatican will receive.”

The news after that time went underground. Now eight years later it is resurfacing again. This time it was not open to the media or to the Jewish people but in the back offices of the Foreign Ministry department. In 2005, there was an uproar that was led in part by the indomitable Jewish Israeli reporter Barry Chamish, that uncloaked the underhanded diplomatic agreements that were about to be signed by the Israeli President Moshe Katsav. This included also the threat, later to Israeli President Olmert of creating a “Jewish Holocaust in Rome” if the State of Israel did not accept the Vatican sovereignty to the site of the “House with the Upper Room”, and did not accept the “Spanish Initiative” to remove Israeli soldiers in Gaza and replace them with soldiers from Vatican Europe.

It was Richard Owen in Rome in “The Times on Line” who continued to document this historic move by the Vatican on October 13, 2005, in an article titled, “Vatican offers swap deal to regain site of Last Supper.”

The Times on Line – “Vatican is hoping to regain control of the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. It will, in exchange, hand over to the Jewish community the historic synagogue at Toledo in Spain, at present a Catholic church. The proposals, contained in a draft agreement between the Israeli Government and the Vatican, come on the eve of a state visit to the Vatican next month by President Katsav. Final details on a long-delayed accord on the status of Roman Catholic properties in the Holy Land are expected to be agreed during the visit, marking a new era of reconciliation between Christians and Jews after centuries of hostility.”

The current site of the “Church with the Upper Room” was rebuilt by the Roman Christian Crusaders in the 13th century upon the earlier foundations of the original Jewish Hebrew Nazarene Synagogue that was spared by the Roman general Titus in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Today, it is also believed that three walls of this current structure still exist from its earliest Jewish roots built by the guardians of King David’s Tomb.

The Holy Zion Octagonal Church was later built by Theodosius I about 382 CE, and later enlarged by Bishop John II into a rectangular basilica with five naves alongside and outside the original and ancient foundations of the historic Synagogue of the Nazarene’s Apostles. This latter building was razed by the Persian in 614 CE, and partially rebuilt by the Patriarch Modestus.

It is stated that the entire structure was razed to the ground by the Muslim caliph, Al-Hakim in the 7th century CE, and afterwards was replaced by the current structure built by the Roman Christian Crusaders in the 12th century as a five aisled basilica in what is called today the Dormition Abbey named after the Jewish Princess of David whom the Roman Christian Church recognizes as Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The strangest fact is that this same site was once located within the walled compound of the ancient Essene Quarters that was located at the southwestern corner of the Walled Old City of David. These secretive people, the Essenes, who were probably disciples of the famed Torah giant and Nasi of the Great Sanhedrin, Hillel the Great and his Vice-President, Menahem the Essene where they were stationed both in Damascus, where their disciples fled in 20 BCE, in the Essene Quarter of Jerusalem and at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

In ancient times, there were four religious parties in the 1st century Temple of Herod era culture in Jerusalem. These were the Sadducees that included the aristocratic families of the high priests of Jerusalem, the Pharisees Beit Shammai, the competing yeshiva (Jewish seminary) to Beit Hillel, the party of the Scribes and the Lawyers (Mechoqeck), and what was known as the 4th Philosophy or the 4th Party of Judaism; the Essenes and the Hassidim. As BibleSearchers Reflections wrote in 1999:

House with an Upper Room called the Cenacle
The House with an Upper Room called the Cenacle

BibleSearchers Reflections – “The tradition of the Essenes goes back to about 150 BC when the Chasidim, rebelled and split off from the Jewish hierarchy in protest to their secular accommodation with Persian and Roman authorities. They were the most mysterious of all the sects in Judea. Outside of Josephus and Philo, the early Jewish and Christian scholars had very little documentation until the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered in the Qumran site near the Dead Sea about this mysterious sect.

The most prominent thesis accepted today is that Qumran was a library and manuscript production site, and possibly the major headquarters of the Essenes in Judea. Hundreds of documents, scrolls and fragments have been discovered and catalogued on every book of the Old Testament except the Book of Esther. Also included were scores of books and commentaries outside the Old Testament Canon.

What was even more revealing were the words and their meaning of their literature such as, ‘the poor’, ‘the meek’, the ‘four thousand’, the ‘five thousand’, the ‘elect’, which were used in the teachings and ministry of the Nazarene. They were a prophetic group with a defined apocalyptic mission. They felt they were to wait the soon coming messiah and to protect him when he arrived.

The Essenes, about one hundred fifty years before Yahshua HaNotzri’s (Jesus the Nazarene’s) birth, split as part of the Chasidim separatists, over the Sadducee party who were working as ‘accomplices’ with the Romans to rule and for the security of Judea. To them, the Sadducees were usurpers of the role of the temple priests. Later the High Priest from the descendants of the Levitical priestly line of Zadok, the appointed High Priest of King David, but they too, were collaborators with Herod the Great, who brought them over from the Jewish temple in Leontopolis in Egypt.”

Understandable, during this era, Imperial Rome was trying to take control of Judea using Herod the Great as their ally and accomplice. In the year of 37 BCE, Herod the Great sent a courier to Alexandria, Egypt and to the Jewish temple at Leontopolis. The noted priest by the name of Boethus was requested to return to the land of Israel and assume the control of the office of the high priest in the Temple in Jerusalem that Herod the Great was now expanding to become the largest and most opulent temple in the world.

The Zadokians, according to some experts had set up a separate Temple service outside of Jerusalem, at Khirbet Mird, a Hasmonean Palace, which they claimed was ministered by the pure line of Zadok temple priests. Yet, it was in year of 6 CE that the high priests now ruling as the official high priests of the House of Zadok became corrupted when the famed high priestly dynasty of Ananus (Ananias) the Great took control of the office of high priest by out bidding “bribing” the Procurator of Rome sent to rule the Roman province of Judea and whose dynastic family virtually controlled the office of the high priest until the temple was destroyed in 70 CE.

To the Essenes, Herod the Great was the personification of evil. The princes of the House of David and Solomon by this time were being followed by the masses of Jewish peasants, who rose in revolt against Rome, and became known as the Zealots of Judea. What is known is that one of their prime duties was to become the guardians of every Prince of David; each of whose life was watched and protected by the Secret Guardians of the Essenes.

The Cenacle was later destroyed again in 1219, yet was again spared and rebuilt in 1340 CE, when the Franciscan Order of Friars took custody and possession of this site. This possession by the Roman Catholic Church lasted only 200 years when in 1552, the Ottoman Turks took possession and transformed this building into an Islamic Mosque.

The truth of this fact is that within the Cenacle is a semicircular niche called a mihrab that indicated to the Muslim worshippers the qibla, or the direction where the Kaaba in Mecca was located. This was important to know by every Muslim worshipper for they were to pray towards that direction; not towards the Temple Mount and the sight of Solomon’s Temple but towards Mecca. This again suggests the disregard that the Arabs who lived during the Middle Ages had towards the Temple Mount. Even then the Arabs did not place any sanctity to this place but only further to the East in Mecca.

It was in 1967, when the State of Israel won the 6-day war against her Muslim neighbors who once again sought to annihilate the Jewish people in Israel. Amazingly, it was seven hundred years earlier that a famous 12th century Jewish rabbinic sage, Rabbi Judah ben Samuel predicted, in that in the year of 1967 the Jewish people would once again take possession of all Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

He proclaimed that they, the Jewish people, would hold possession of this site for one Jubilee (fifty years) before the Messiah son of David would begin his messianic reign in Jerusalem in the year of 2017. Nowhere in any biblical or Jewish prophecy does it suggest that the Jews with the State of Israel will relinquish sovereignty of the Temple Mount. The Nazarene Judaism prophetic testimony stated that there would be “Two Witnesses” who would protect Jerusalem and the Holy Land for 1260 days (3½ years) up until about 18 hours before the revealing of the Messiah, when they would be executed as the Islamic hordes dance over their bodies. That said, there are numerous hints that a Jewish temple or a Temple for all religions (Masonic Temple) would be built upon the Temple Mount in an ecumenical bid to “Peace, with Great Security” for the whole earth.

Since 1967, the Jewish government in Jerusalem has faithfully guarded and allowed peoples from all religions to worship in every holy site in the State of Israel. This is a historical fact to the credit of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It contrasts, non-the-less, against the Arab guardians of the Temple Mount called the Islamic Waqf, who have desecrated every bit of Jewish evidence upon the Temple Mount even though the State of Israel still maintains sovereign control and that they have been given only semi-autonomous rule over the Temple Mount.

When we look at the history of the Roman Christian Church, we also see an even more predator like role, of possession for the sake of power, greed and control. This gave rise to the Roman Catholic Inquisition in the 13th century and its role of destroying all forms of free speech and the right to the free expression of worship.

What is the historical truth today? Of all peoples that come to worship in the Holy Land of Israel, as former Labor MK Daniel ben Simon shockingly observed, only the Jewish people are discriminated from worshipping upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; the holiest sacred place in Judaism today. Another historical truth, the Cenacle where the disciples of the Jewish rabbi called Jesus the Nazarene participated in a sacred ritual called the “Last Supper” that was akin to the Wednesday evening Passover rituals as celebrated by the ancient Essenes in Judea.

As a matter of symbolism, it was a statement of authority when Yahshua, the Prince of David sat in his reclining couch as was the custom in that age. Why? He was sitting directly over the Tomb of David. The fact that it was protected and guarded by the Essenes in its original site in the 1st century city of Jerusalem and that it was the Essenes who were the guardians of all Princes of David, suggest, that layers of hidden truth still remains as to the identity of this mysterious rabbi who claimed that his only mission was that he was “sent by his Father, to find the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)

When all the apparent and literal knowledge we know of this “One Man” who has made the most profound impact upon human history, whether it be in its most simple understanding (peshat) or in his most hidden and mysterious meanings (sod) and understandings, the most profound implication is that the Roman Christian “Jesus Christ” and the Jewish Orthodox Nazarene “Jesus the Nazarene” are about the same historical man, but the Roman Christian Jesus of corruption of the Prince of David Yahshua.

There is overwhelming evidence that the Jewish messiah of the Nazarenes was lifted out of the philosophic and religious domain of historical Judaism in the 1st century Temple of Herod era and corrupted and replaced with the philosophical and religious understanding of the Greco-Roman Hellenistic world at that time.

The archetypical and historical reality is that when the Jewish (yehudi) neshama soul was placed in time and space in Judea and Galilee as an observant Jew, a prince of David, and a Jewish Pharisee who evoked the halakhic understanding of Torah after the Yeshiva (school) of Hillel the Great, his imprint upon the majority of the peasantry class of Jews was profound in its impact. Yet this understanding was three centuries later carefully remolded and amalgamation with the surrounding pagan ideas of Mithraism and the Roman gods of the Greco-Roman world.

It was the First Church of Rome that destroyed the documentation and original historical archives of this Jewish prince of David and messiah and replaced its authentic Jewish history with a power structure that rose up in history as the Roman Catholic (world-wide) Church who sought to smother all of his authentic Jewish roots.

The facts still exist that the pathway of halakhic Torah truth as espoused by 1st century Judaism was permitted by the G-d of Israel to become the pathway of restoration eventually for the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. It was they who completely lost their identity, their way, and their G-d. Even so, the G-d of Israel promised them that He would restore them also to their chosen destiny as Klal Yisrael (All Israel).

Since the day of the liberation of Eastern Jerusalem from the Occupiers of the State of Jordan in 1967, this site, the “Upper Room” sitting directly over the Tomb of King David has also been for almost one Jubilee the site of Jewish religious schools called yeshivas. Today they are teaching the new generations of observant Jews how to live and keep the commands of the Torah.

Yet, like the Temple Mount, who also the State of Israel claims sovereignty rights over its possession, did give control of the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf, only to have the Waqf begin a process of systematically destroying all the evidence of its Jewish heritage and replace it with Islamic mosques forbidden by Jews and Christians alike from entering. So today, the sites of these Jewish seminaries (yeshivas) are now being threatened to be turned over to the control of the apostate Christianity called the Roman Catholic Church.

Palestinian youths hurl stones Israeli riot police

Palestinian youths hurl stone towards Israeli riot police during scuffles at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the sacred Temple Mount of Judaism on October 5, 2012. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)

Yet, Jews have already walked that walk before, when in 1967, they turned over the managing control of the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem. What did they receive in return; riots, Jewish people arrested, rocks thrown down from the Temple Mount to the praying worshippers below and more recently throwing “fire bombs” as Israeli police protecting the Temple Mount that turned one policeman into a fireball? All of these things are committed by the Islamic occupiers while the Jews have to observe that the sanctity of the site where once stood the two sacred temples of Judaism; Solomon’s Temple and King Herod’s Temple while they also observe children playing games, adults loitering with abandonment, and no real care given to the real sanctity of this site to the G-d of Israel.

Muslim Arabs stoning Jews praying at the Western Wall
The Muslim Arabs stoning Jews praying at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem while accusing Israel of “Sacrilege”

The control of the Cenacle officially had been sought by the Roman Christian Church every since the days of Oslo Peace Accord in the early 1990s when in that agreement, the Temple Mount was to have been given possession to the Roman Catholic Church. It was in the year of 2005 that this fact was made official, when this same dispute once again flared up and again the G-d of Israel put His divine finger down and halted this hegemony of sovereign power sought by the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, it was done in the strangest of ways.

At that time, the official negotiator of the “Upper Room” was the President of Israel, President Moshe Katsav. Yet this same Israeli president later received his reward by the Divine when on December 3, 2011, President Moshe Katsav began serving a seven year sentence in the Israeli Maasiyahu Prison in Ramla for two counts of rape, obstruction of Justice plus other charges in a landmark decision that was upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court. Will this same scenario also be repeated today? Or will the City of Jerusalem truly have to descend once again to the 49th level of Tuma (Degradation) as it did in the 40 years between 30 CE and 70 CE when the entire city of David and Herod’s Temple were destroyed in a fiery inferno. As BibleSearchers Reflections wrote in 2005 in the article titled: “The Vatican seeks to reclaim it own; “The Vatican wants Jerusalem”:

BibleSearchers Reflections – “Within all the conflicts of the Middle East, the first implication is what Jesuit Father Francesco Rossi de Gasperis of the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Jerusalem called a “theological negation of the people of Israel, a kind of cultural and spiritual Shoah, not dissimilar to what was seen in the churches of Europe during the age of ‘Christendom’.”

By creating a Catholic Church within Israel and “for Israel” comes from its deep seated denial for even the very existence of the state of Israel. Over the course of Christian history, the original “Church” was actually a Hebrew community composed of Jews that were faithful to the Torah, believers in the Jewish rabbi, Yahshua haMaschiah (Jesus the Messiah). Is the guiding hand of the G-d of Israel even calling the core of the Catholic faithful back to a “historical turning point,” nominating a Catholic bishop ´ad Judaeos´? Is the soul of the Catholics also at stake in that the overarching bid to gain control over the holy sites of Jerusalem will in turn radically change the nature of Christian Catholicism today?

While this shift may isolate the Jewish secular Zionists, it also isolates a Latin patriarchate that is intentionally of an “overwhelming Palestinian character.” This political and religious battle for the hearts of souls of both the Arabs and the Jews, the Vatican is playing very carefully. It is a battle that does have its costs.

Latin patriarch of Jerusalem

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem carries a figure of the baby Jesus through St Catherine’s church in Manger Square

Over the years the Latin patriarchate has overtly declared its diminishing interest in any dialogue with the Jewish people. In the city of Jerusalem, there is no Catholic library at all. In 2001, the Pontifical Institute “Ratisbonne” in Jerusalem was shut down and placed for sale. The contenders to buy were the Opus Dei (of Dan Brown’s “De Vinci Code” fame), the Salesians and the Neocatechumenal Way. Abbot Gourion came under the wrath of the patriarchate for receiving an honorary award in one of the halls of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament while the Melkite pastor of Nazareth, Émile Shoufani, who though an Arab is not anti-Semitic nor anti-Israeli when he was attacked mercilessly for taking an ecumenical pilgrimage of Jews and Palestinians together to Auschwitz.

While the prophetic vision of bringing all men to Jerusalem as the “house of the Lord of hosts” is seriously considered in the revival of Hebrew Christianity, the Jewish rabbinate see a threat to the survival of Judaism with the rise of Jewish believers who believe in Jesus as the Jewish and Christian messiah. The pathway to the expectations of the coming of the coming messiah may bring some unexpected surprises to both Christians and Jews.

This rift or fissure in the Catholic community is serious and thought provoking especially within the orthodox circles of the Roman Church. The Christian Church is already fractured by many different denominations. Now within the Catholic community the dialogue centers around whether the Hebrew-speaking Catholic ecclesiastical church should remain separate or in close affiliation with the Arab Latin patriarchate. Though the Jewish Catholic members number about 250 members, it is a vibrant community with its leader, French Benedictine abbot, Fr. Jean-Baptiste Gourion of the Monastery of the Resurrection in Abu Ghosh. What is fascinating is that in Israel, two of the three main Catholic representatives in Israel are of Jewish descent. This tension between the Jewish and the Arab interests keeps the Roman Catholic Church embroiled in the broader issues between the Israeli-Palestinian and the Jewish-Christian.”

With the inauguration of the new Pope Francis I, as the visible supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church, we may be in for a big surprise if the Prophecy of St. Malachi comes to its final prophetic fulfillment.

Today, the outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister, Daniel Ayalon, who has retired and Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, who has recently taken a leave of absence awaiting trial for charges of fraud and breach of truth are about to face off in court over charges that include money laundering and bribery. Both of these “servants of the State of Israel” officially represented the State of Israel with the Vatican in Rome’s legal dispute for sovereignty rights to multiple sites in Judea and Samaria.

According to the LA Times, outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon will now become an instrumental witness against his former boss and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s senior ally with Lukud-Beitinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman. It was this controversial Israeli foreign minister who was indicted in December, 2012 on charges of fraud and breach of trust that included prior charges of money-laundering and bribery.

Yet, Danny Ayalon also has shadows of corruption hovering over him. Over the years he has been implicated in cozy relations now not only as the chief negotiator with the Vatican in Rome but with numerous Christian Evangelical Organization who also continually seek possession to claim and possess the sacred land in the Land of Israel, but also the political rights, to “missionize” and proselytized Jews into becoming “apostate Christians.” According to JewishIsrael:

JewishIsrael – “JewishIsrael has repeatedly expressed concern over any negotiations which would compromise Mount Zion. We have been especially concerned over Daniel Ayalon’s position as chief negotiator on Vatican issues, since he is a maverick when it comes to ventures to grant Christians special status in Israel.

Both Daniel Ayalon and his wife, Anne, are intimately involved with the Evangelical and Catholic communities and have comfortably appeared on missionary television . Anne has significant business and real estate dealings with the Christian community and was listed as a “Talking Head” for the Pope’s Visit on Christian-Israeli Relations” in a pamphlet put out by The Israel Project (T.I.P.) at the time of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in May 2009

In November 2005, this writer reacted to reports of an apparent swap deal between Israel and the Vatican which would grant the Vatican control of the Upper Room. I was in correspondence with David Chappell, then deputy managing editor of the Times of London, who confirmed my concerns of a draft agreement. At the time, a number of activists formed the Committee to Save Mt. Zion and effective pressure was exerted on the Israeli government to abandon the plans to relinquish control of the Upper Room.”

It is important to look at the context of the above international diplomatic push for the Roman Catholic Church to take possession of one of Israel’s most important landmarks, the tomb of King David. It is also important to see these present international Vatican thrusts to not only grab Mount Zion that not only includes the ancient site of the “Church with the Upper Room” and sits literally over the “Tomb of King David”.

Pope Francis I
Pope Francis I

So we ask, will we soon see Pope Francis I, who is being reincarnated as the new Francis of Assisi in the Roman Catholic Church, now carry forth the mantle of the Franciscan Order of Friars who have over the centuries sought complete control and rights to the Land of Israel?

Will this current pope, representing the Roman Catholic “Saint” Francis of Assisi, one of the most venerated religious figures in religious history also carry the mantle of the transformed human life by giving up wealth and fortune and become one of the iconic poor where wealth is evil and poor is righteous except for global possession, when “The Church” has every spiritual right to become the temporal and spiritual ruler over the entire world?

Though Barry Chamish and Benjamin Fulford do not walk in the corridors of international power that seek Power, Greed, and Control over the entire world, they both, being Jewish, do appear to pose the microscope of international investigation with the same premise, the global powers that have controlled the world of the past, are still active and well today. As Benjamin Fulford recently posted his perspective on the New Pope, the New Israeli government and their relationships as the One World Order is created to rule during the “Last Days”, as we read the hints of this fact in the following:

Benjamin Fulford – “It may be just a coincidence but it may also be a sign that something big is about to happen. There will be a new Pope, a new Bank of Japan governor and a new Israeli government taking office on March 19th, a date of occult significance for Asian secret societies (and also, by sheer coincidence, this writer’s birthday).

Pope Francis has already made it clear the soon to be reformed Vatican bank will now be spending its money helping the poorest and weakest people on the planet. Haruhiko Kuroda, the new BOJ governor, also supports plans to use Japan’s overseas assets, the world’s largest, to finance a major campaign to end poverty and stop environmental destruction. The new Israeli government is bankrupt and cannot finance anything but perhaps they are about to become serious about peace for the first time since that troubled country came into being.

There are also many reports of bad guys dropping off the radar screen recently.

In Japan, for example, the Zionist slave and war-mongering right-wing crypto-North Korean pseudo-nationalist politician Shintaro Ishihara has gone into hiding, according to Japanese military intelligence. This is clear a sign the entire post-war cabal apparatus for secret control of Japan is falling apart. In the US and Europe the arrests and resignations are continuing as well. See this site for a partial list:

As far as Queen Elizabeth, (who like the Pope supports a big push to end poverty), is concerned, this is what an MI5 source had to say:

“She is well. She has some ‘lingering’ symptoms which she said last week that the doctors can’t explain. This serves to confirm our previous reports of avoiding the Rome trip [for security reasons]. She has missed some public appointments in the UK also but is working hard behind the scenes.”

However, the biggest change in the past week has been at the Vatican. Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become Pope, chose March 19th to formally take the job because it is the Feast day of St. Joseph, the guardian of Jesus.

The name Francis was chosen for a series of reasons, according to a P2 freemason source. First of all, St. Francis of Assisi, among other things, introduced the concept of caring for nature to Catholicism. Another namesake, Francis Xavier, was the top Jesuit for Japan and India. Finally, the third head of the Jesuits, Francis Borgia (from the aristocratic Italian family) challenged corrupt popes.

The Jesuits are also featured as prominent fighters against Satan, notably in the movie the Exorcist, which was supposedly based on a true story.

However, there is also a spooky side to the name because the Pope’s family comes from Rome and one of his birth names was Peter. For believers in the prophecies of St. Malachi, it means he is Peter the Roman, the last pope. The prophecy of Malachi, according to Wikipedia, ends thus:

“Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

If Pope Francis is serious about reforming the Vatican bank, he will confront the Satanic cabal that has illegally commandeered the Western financial system. The last time somebody tried to do that, the (Rothschild) cabal staged the 911 terror attacks to preserve their financial control. It is thus extremely urgent to make sure the cabalists are prevented from any attempt to destroy Rome and its priceless cultural and social heritage.”

As we see with the “Signs of the Times” swirling around us, it suggests that there is truly more undercurrents flowing in the vast prophetic river than we can imagine. It appears that all the mini-streams of prophetic history are now merging into the final raging vortex of the “time of the end”. The important thing to remember, the G-d of Israel is the sovereign G-d of the Universe. His power and control is universal and in the end, the rule of our planetary system will be by the Maschiah ben David, who will rule with the “Rod in his mouth” as evil people and as evil systems will be destroyed. Only then will the Era of Messianic Torah Enlightenment begin in Israel.

What God Can Do!!!

Isn’t it simply amazing what God can do? Honestly, from time to time, I believe the world, including Christians, need a reminder of how truly amazing our God is. God is so amazing in His mercy that in spite of the judgment that we deserve, His mercies are renewed every morning. Our God is so amazing in His provision that you and I can say He provides our every need according to His riches in glory. God is so amazing that He can take a marriage that is destroyed by selfishness and mend it. He can breathe new life into a dead business that the economy has devoured. He can do the impossible.

It is amazing what God accomplished with a coward who was afraid to confront the problem he faced. In the book of Judges, we meet Gideon and find an individual that was too afraid to believe that God could do anything good with him. We find an individual that is dealing with a dangerous combination: blame and bad memory. You see, Gideon had spent most of his childhood listening to people tell him how good God used to be. Yet, while hearing about God’s goodness in the past, Gideon knew nothing of it in his present day. So, rather than try to find out why this goodness was no longer seen, Gideon blamed God and said, “He has forsaken us!”

When you hear about the things that had befallen Gideon’s generation, you will discover that it was not God who had forsaken Israel, but it was Israel who had forgotten God. Gideon had heard about the Red Sea parting, but he didn’t see it split. He heard about the walls of Jericho falling, but he didn’t see the stones come down. He heard about what the manna from heaven tasted like, but he had never savored the same. Bottom line, Gideon had heard one too many stories about the good ole’ days.

This situation is not unique to Gideon. For some reason, time and distance have a way of rewriting reality. This often causes us, in the theatre of our minds, to embrace a past that was not and resent the world that is. This is not just true at class reunions, it happens in the church all of the time. People talk about revivals of yester year, “back when God was really doing something.” The truth is that there is no shadow or variation of turning in God. That means that what God did back then, He can do again. My God is not a God that He should change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

What was true in Gideon’s day can be said today. Consider the present circumstances we face in America. Like Gideon, we could ask the question, then why has He forsaken us?” If the free, hardworking men and women will give four months of their year to pay taxes to fund a government programs that may get a politician re-elected but will not improve the quality of life for their children? Why is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, which brags of its religious freedom, having a federal judge mandate that a student should not be able to exercise their first amendment right to free speech and pray at their graduation or they can be arrested? Why can your child go to a public school and make arrangements for an abortion without parental consent, but at the same school be told that reading the Bible is not allowed? Has all of this happened because God has forgotten us? Or, is it because we have forgotten God?

In Deuteronomy 28:15, God says, “My commandments, if you worship the false gods of other nations, all of these curses will overtake you.” God makes the choice very simple. You can either choose to obey and receive the blessing, or refuse to obey and walk head first into curses. Why? Not because God has forsaken you, but because you have forgotten Him. This was true in Gideon’s generation and it is true today. When Gideon’s Israel walked away from God, an invading nation would enter and every time there was a harvest, they would steal the crops. Every time there was a bite of food, they would take it. Every house that Israel had built, they would occupy while Israel hid in caves.

Consider the parallel in today’s world. Just as it was in Gideon’s day, God has not forsaken us, but we have forgotten God. The words of Joshua ring true today just as they did in his generation. Joshua looked at Israel and said, “Choose you this day whom you would serve.” In America, we have chosen to follow movie stars instead of Jesus Christ. We have worshiped wealth, rather than the God who gives you the power to get wealth. We have chosen our selfish pleasures rather than looking to God Almighty. So, what is the result? God told us that if we disobeyed our enemies would invade our land (Deuteronomy 28). Look no further than the border crises between Mexico and the U.S. Do not be deceived! This has nothing to do with immigration and the chance at a better life, but has everything to do with protecting and ensuring our national security. While a do nothing Congress festers’ in Washington, D.C., enemies, who wish our destruction, are flooding into our nation without resistance.

In Deuteronomy, with respect to disobedience, God says that, “what you have to eat will be taken from you before you can chew it.” Think of that verse the next time you go fill up at the gas tank. Currently, the price of gas is rising and the cost of food chases closely behind. As a result, you have to decide if it’s going to be a full tank of gas or a full bag of groceries. Meanwhile, with every gallon pumped we are lining the pockets of oil rich foreign nations, most of whom are our enemies, as our government vilifies our own nation’s oil companies that have the ability to support this country with its own natural resources, but are admonished and prevented from doing so under the auspices of greed and environmentalism. Is this happening because God has forsaken us? Or is it because we have forsaken Him?

Lastly, I want to leave with an important point “doing the right thing, the wrong way, will always yield a bad result.” Gideon did the right thing the wrong way and there was a negative consequence. You will also see the supernatural miracles that occurred when Gideon did the right thing the right way – God’s way.

Often times the church engages itself in doing the right thing the wrong way. We want to be the light of the world, but in doing so we become so much like the world that the world can’t tell where we start and they stop. We want to impact society and instead of our changing society through Jesus Christ, we allow society to change us. The church today wants the power of God without the prayer; revival without righteousness; and miracles without submission to God who does the impossible. Today’s church needs to learn that doing the right thing the wrong way will always yield a bad result.

It is time for the church to learn the lessons of Gideon. We must have confidence as we face the problems before us. We must obey God and do things His way! We are the army of the living God marching in battle with a shout of triumph in our lungs. While it may have been easy in the good ole days, God appointed you for such a time as this. Do not whine about yesterday, but learn to be confident and triumphant today!

Gideon

CRUSHING SATAN

If we obey God’s will, He will crush Satan under our feet (Rom. 16:20). The Holy Spirit will guide us to greater fellowship with God and make the victory of Golgotha real to us. The Lord has given us the authority to tread over the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). Victory is a necessary experience of the Christian life. A defeated Christian cannot bear fruit. Depressions, wavering of faith, dullness of the will, darkness in the mind, suppression in the spirit, inability to pray or control the forces that come from outside, and subjection to these forces have not been ordained by God for a Christian. Many believers fail because they do not know or realize the absolute victory that is reserved for them in Christ.

You must have a flexible spirit. That is one of the first principles of revival. A meeting that cannot become elastic and subject to the movements of God, becomes a dead block in the way of the Spirit. The human spirit must be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit that just as He spoke to Philip, and said “Join yourself to this chariot,” so He may make known His will to you, and get as ready a response.

An adaptable spirit is essential to fulfil the will of God. Christ’s spirit was adaptable enough to respond to the needs and questions of Nicodemus. The will of God will be known in your spirit according to the attitude of the person who comes to you. If your spirit is closed, you can pass on no living truth to that person, probably because they are not ready.

If you traced and followed the delicate sense of your spirit it would become acute, and God could then make His will known to you—all in harmony with the written Word, for the Holy Spirit revealing in your spirit God’s mind cannot contradict Himself in God’s Word. It would mean a great deal if we all walked in the spirit and knew when we were speaking from the spirit and when merely from the mind, and therefore empty of spiritual power.

The spirit should illuminate the mind, but when the spirit drops out of co-operation with the Holy Spirit, the mind is left without the needed assistance, and its product is very poor. When you are in the spiritual plane and know the Holy Spirit in your spirit, you recognise there are grave consequences attached to all you do. You cannot go back from the spirit life without stepping into a pathway of failure. The moment you drop from the plane that you have reached you begin to lose spirit strength, and if you do not recover your place quickly you will ultimately sink into deeper failure. The loss not only affects yourself but everyone with whom you have to deal. You may wrongly interpret or reject the words of a servant of God, and that would cause you to go back without knowing it. This hindrance to your spirit life will be maintained while that wrong thought or attitude is held.

If the Holy Spirit has once had the quickening of your mind so that your mind becomes capable of doing what it could not accomplish naturally, then in order to maintain that you will be obliged to live up to the highest point you have attained, and be satisfied with nothing below.

If, after reaching an altitude in the spirit life, you descend, even without knowing it, you will find yourself in the realm where the powers of darkness can buffet you almost as they like. God only manifests His Divine power when you are living and acting at the point to which you have already attained (see Phil. 3: 16).