PART III – A SIDE ROAD & SOME HISTORY
Of course, the move brought condemnation from a significant portion of the international community. It also brought a rocket attack from Hamas that brought Bibi Netanyahu back early from Washington. Significantly, the one rocket traveled 141 kilometers to reach Tel Aviv, where it struck a building causing several non-fatal casualties. The Israeli Air Force responded with bombing runs and reinforcements were placed on the border. Some reserve unites were mobilized and the PM warned that these attacks would not be tolerated.[ii] [Stay tuned for more on that.][We’ve been talking about the coming rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, a part of the End Times Plan. However, events in Israel necessarily connect with that future rebuilding project. And this last week was pregnant with prophetic significance.] In 1967, Syria, Jordan and Egypt conspired to launch an attack against Israel to end that nation’s existence. God had other plans. During the course of that war, Israel seized East Jerusalem, (the site of the Temple Mount, the West Bank and the Golan Heights, from Syria. Damascus had used the Golan as a launch pad for harassing attacks against Israel and their occupation by Syria made Israel extremely vulnerable. The Israelis realized that if they gave them away they would be handing Syria a major strategic advantage. So in 1981, Israel officially annexed the Golan to the screeching objections of the international community. Well this last week, President Trump did the brave thing and recognized Israel’s permanent ownership. International law holds that land seized in war must be returned to the country that originally owned it. But Netanyahu and Trump are setting a course that flies in the face of that principle. Israel’s Prime Minister made the argument to justify the annexation just prior to the upcoming election. “There is a very important principle in international life. When you start wars of aggression, you lose territory, do not come and claim it afterwards. It belongs to us. Everyone says you can’t hold an occupied territory, but this proves you can. If occupied in a defensive war, then it’s ours.”[i]
And while this Arab / Israeli struggle is going on, there is an interesting international dynamic going on regarding the disposition of a future Temple. The Vatican is behind much of the intrigue. In 2014, Israeli National News (Arutz Sheva) reported that the government was exploring the possibility of handing over control of David’s tomb to the Roman Catholic Church. “A Knesset Member said Thursday that Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef told him that the Prime Minister’s bureau contacted him and asked to grant halakhic permission for Israel to hand over the Tomb of David to the Vatican.”[iii] Vatican interest should have come as no surprise in the light of recent history.
We can look at some very interesting developments in the relations of the Roman Catholic Church, the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. All of these deal with the status of the City of Jerusalem: It’s future role and who will control it in the future. The entire peace process in the Middle East is caught up with this question. Let’s look at some of the highlights before analyzing them.
- 1993 – Then Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres concludes a secret deal with the Vatican to have the Church take over sovereignty of Jerusalem’s Old City. Jerusalem would become “the second Vatican of the world with all three major religions represented”.
- 1994 – French intellectual, Marek Halter reveals to the Israeli press that he helped arrange a deal between Israel and the Vatican that would create a Palestinian State and make East Jerusalem an international city.
- 2000 – Arafat publicly signs on to the deal of Vatican control of Jerusalem.
- 2000 – Rome declares that it is “essential that religious leaders” control Jerusalem’s Holy sites.[iv]
So what’s that all about? Since the time of the Crusades, Rome has been seeking control of Jerusalem. You see, the Vatican holds to something called ‘Replacement Theology’, wherein the Catholic Church has become the New Israel in God’s economy. The problem with that is that Israel’s very physical existence in fulfillment of dozens of Biblical prophecies, – not to mention their control over Jerusalem presents a very real problem to that deal.[v]
It is interesting that the Vatican solution would have the Temple Mount divided among Jews, Christians and Muslims, – but remaining under Vatican control. It’s been reported that this was part of a secret deal that bypassed Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.[vi] It is perhaps even more interesting that a combined Temple has already been designed that would serve all three of the great monotheistic faiths.[vii] Sketches of this new Temple had been available on the Internet, and in fact one such artist’s rendering can still be found in the archived files of David Bay’s Cutting Edge News. It shows a building with several large pyramidal wings, formed into the shape of the Star of David. The Temple, – a part of the Illuminati originated New Jerusalem Covenant Project, – is designed as a “combination Temple/Church/Mosque.”[viii] According to the New England Chapter of the House of Theosophy, the creation of this combined house of worship is all part of that political solution for the New Jerusalem.
It would sound loony-bin crazy to me too, – if it did not line up so well with Biblical prophecy. First, Revelation 11:1-2 says: “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” That speaks of the End Times reconstruction of the Temple and an area built solely for the Gentiles. Now Perry Stone reveals that Jewish scholarship shows that it would take exactly 42 months to fulfill the ceremonial requirements from the turning of the first shovel to the dedication of the Temple.[ix] Daniel 9:27 tells us that Antichrist shall “confirm a covenant with many for one week.” That’s referring to a seven year treaty, – 84 months. But verse 27 goes on, “But in the middle of the week, he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.” Catch that: “on a wing of the temple?” So again we visit 2Thesslonians 2:3-4 as it explains that “abomination that causes desolation” goes on to inform us that when “the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition….he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
But notice the timing; – “in the middle of the week,” – half of 84 months is 42 months, – the exact time needed to dedicate the new Temple. It is also the exact time “given unto the Gentiles” to “tread under foot” “the holy city.” Interesting indeed!
[i] Netanyahu Says Golan Heights Move ‘Proves You Can’ Keep Occupied Territory, March 26, 2019
[ii] ISRAEL MOBILIZES ARMY AND CALLS UP RESERVES, NTEB, March 25, 2019
[iii] Netanyahu Seeking to Give David’s Tomb to Vatican?, Arutz Sheva, 01/05/2014
[iv] Joel Bainerman, The Vatican Agenda
[v] Joel Bainerman, The Vatican Agenda
[vi] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 88-89
[vii] David Bay, Cutting Edge Ministries # 1052
[viii] Bill Lambert, the Director of the New England branch of the House of Theosophy, as quoted in an August 1991 lecture titled Possible and Probable Events in the Future, as recorded and by David Bay of Cutting Edge Ministries in several of his Cutting Edge News Updates.
[ix] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 127