I am the way, the truth, and the life
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
”Jesus, Jew, Muhammad, it’s true: all sons of Abraham”…Bono. Have you been fooled by this rocker, who talks about his love for Jesus, but in reality shows his love for SATAN during his performances. BONO AND THE Emerging church are leading millions away from the TRUTH. The Goal is to merge all religions into ”ONE Religion, ONE God” Click Here
Coexist but only ONE TRUTH, Jesus
The Ecumenical Movement – The Towel of Babel
The first attempt to establish a New World Order, One World Religion was by a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, who came to the land of Shinar and built the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11).
Bab-il has a very interesting eytomology. The word Babel is from the Hebrew Ba-bhel, from Akkadian ba-b-ilu “gate of god.” Bab is the semitic word for gateway or portal and el means deity or god. So Bab-il means gate or portal to god.
These people were attempting to unite into a powerful ecumenical force, building their tower as a monument to a human “gate of god”. Genesis 11:5-9 describes God’s reaction to this early attempt.
Babel is the name used in the Hebrew Bible for the city of Babylon, and is referenced numerous times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 16:19; Revelation 17:5; Revelation 18:2, Revelation 18:10, Revelation 18:21).
While many connect this end-time Babylon with the Roman Church and there may be some legitimate connection, I see this Babylon in a larger context represented by an end-time ecumenical religion embracing not only Roman Catholicism but apostate Protestants and other apostate religions.
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen
Babylon is depicted as a prostitute (Rev. 17:1) with whom the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries., “a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns” (Rev. 17:3), and “a great city that rules over the kings of the earth” (Rev. 17:18).
She is identified as Babylon (Rev. 18:10) or mankind’s last act of defiance against God to build a “gate of god” that will be met with a more permanent fate than their earlier attempt at the Tower of Babel.
Revelation 18 (KJV)
18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
The Deception of the New World Order – One World Religion: “Love & Unity”
This is a powerful broadcast concerning the Emergence and Acceptance of the One World Religion. In this broadcast you will see how the World Council Of Churches is a front for the New World Order, the False Prophet and what Denominations are part of it. Yours may be on the list…
The false Anti-Christ Love & Unity Message
This also uncovers the false Anti-Christ Love & Unity Message of the One World Religion and explains the Truth about the Fear of Death.
Conforming the Church to the New World Order
“We restored the vital center, replacing outdated ideologies with a new vision anchored in basic, enduring values: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and a community of all Americans…. We must shape a 21st Century American revolution – of opportunity, responsibility, and community. … a new nation.” President Clinton, 2000 State of the Union message.
“One Church for One World.” World Council of Churches , 1948
“. . . change will probably be radical, if not total. Those whose lives are dedicated to serving the Church of the past will resist these suggestions with a vehemence that always emerges from threatened hierarchies and dying institutions…. But the seeds of resurrection are present in the exile, and in time those seeds will sprout and bloom. When they do, we will once again be able to see continuity between the Church of the past and the purged and opened church of the future.” Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or die
New World Order Religion and The World Council of Churches
The destruction of ‘Babylon’, a city
In the Book of Revelation, the destruction of ‘Babylon’, a city which seems to be a symbol of every kind of evil, is foretold. The connection with the actual historical city of Babylon is usually held to be metaphorical. It may be that “Babylon” is used here as a metaphor, dysphemism, or ‘code word’ for the power of the Roman Empire, which was oppressing the nascent church much as the Babylonian empire had oppressed the Jewish people in Old Testament times; with the reason given usually being that it was not considered safe or prudent to speak openly against Rome. Wikipedia
New World Order Religion
Everybody over the last few years have been talking about the new world order but what will the religion be?
“America is being Set Up to Receive the Antichrist”
Daniel 7:20 (KJV)
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Daniel 7:21 (KJV)
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Revelation 13:6-7 (KJV)
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:10 (KJV)
Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The Two Kingdoms – The Ecumenical Movement
The Ecumenical Movement is a strategy masterminded by the Papacy in the early 1960’s to strengthen so-called Christian Unity, to bring every Christian in every denomination and church under the control of the Pope. Protestant North America is leading out in this Christian apostasy and only those who learn to totally depend on God will be able to resist.
A strategy masterminded by the Papacy
The build up is getting closer and closer and while many Christians in theWest complain of persecution by the secular powers, they are unaware that there biggest resistance will be among their own fellow Christians.
The Modern Church Apostasy & Ecumenical Movement
This Ecumenical movement that has been underway since the times of constantine, is most certainly the iron in the midst of the ten toes of clay in the statue that Daniel saw in his prophecy of the ends times. this is and must be made clear to the masses to understand the difference between the two gospels, one is the true GOSPEL which THE LORD JESUS CHRIST preached and the Apostles one of power and repentance and radical sacrifice VS todays ecumenical movement which should be a clear farce, but the problem is is that masses are following this gospel not because they havent been warned but because their deeds are evil and would rather have darkness rather than light. they love not the truth have received the strong delusion promised from God which is yes from the true God but it isnt the blessing of God it is the FINAL JUDGEMENT of GOD on HIS VERY OWN PEOPLE for not heeding the true call of the gospel.
this is a remake of a video I made over two years ago and is more updated , it has more info there that may be of assistance. thank you for watching this updated version of the video
Excommunicated Priest.. Exposes New World Order
Listen to this riveting 1986 speech given by now deceased Priest John O’Conner exposing Benjamin Creme, Maitreya, Freemasonry, Global elite, Antichrist communist movement, new age occult practices, church infiltration of the homosexual movement, the Federal Reserve and more. After this speech O’Conner was ORDERED to under go a psychological evaluation and then later dismissed from the church!
The One World Religion & The New World Order is forming – NWO
The One World Religion is forming. The Pied Piper of ecumenism is bringing its daughters back into the embrace of the Harlot adorned in scarlet and purple.
It is not the people we have issues with, but the apostate church systems which are bringing the people into God’s wrath and judgment. We love people, and this is why we extend God’s warning”
The One World Religion is forming.
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning”
Revelation 18:4-5, 7-9
Kenneth Copeland Is Selling His Flock To The Vatican
WARNING: The video you are about to see is shocking. It is a blatant, full-frontal assault by the Vatican to, once again, attempt to swallow up the professing Christian church like they did back in 325 AD when the Catholic Church was invented. What you will hear Kenneth Copeland and Anglican priest Tony Palmer – a personal friend and confidant of Pope Francis – say is that “if you are born again, then you are a Catholic” among a host of other outright lies.
Kenneth Copeland is a false teacher of the prosperity gospel, and is to be avoided at all costs. Christians are not Catholics, and never will be. The Catholic Church is an invention of the Devil, and is the one that has spilled the blood of the martyrs. Share this video with every one you know
T. D. Jakes and Oprah EXPOSED – there are Many Paths to God
True Gospel is being perverted! Be aware! T. D. Jakes agrees with Oprah that there are many paths to God.”Jesus Christ is a product” ??? Men have turned the Word Of God into a corporation or big business where profits are the main goal, not salvation through Jesus Christ!
It was T.D. Jakes who said the controversial statement, “I think that Jesus is the product.”
T.D. Jakes: Pastor or Businessman?
T.D. Jakes is an author, writer, film producer, and pastor of a mega church right down the lane from Joel Osteen’s arena. The health and wealth message of Jakes is only the beginning of the problems associated with this fella. If you are interested in the sermon from Jakes, it’s called “dangerous deliverance Pt. 2. on itunes
Bishop Jakes’ Drama & Message, “WOMAN, THOU ART LOOSED,” will be another major theatrical release for the Kingdom of God.
It is sad that any so-called “preacher” of the Gospel would live in a $1,700,000 mansion, while so many poor people are starving to death in this world. It is wicked! T.D. Jakes is an imposter, a phony. The Apostle Paul reminds the believers at Corinth that nether he nor his fellow laborers in Christ tried to make a gain from them. Paul didn’t try to get their money. In contrast, T.D. Jakes has made a gigantic gain off many people, thus violating the Word of God. Preachers are not supposed to be greedy. 1st Timothy 3:1-3 plainly teaches that if a man wants to be a Bishop (pastor) over people, then he should not be greedy of filthy lucre. The Health, wealth, and prosperity Gospel propagated by these imposters of the Trinity Broadcasting Network and false prophets such as T.D. Jakes is an abomination unto the lord Jesus Christ.
“Jakes is completely ecumenical.
“Jakes is completely ecumenical. He often speaks at Promise Keepers and other ecumenical forums. He supports heretics like Robert Schuller. Jakes himself has a background in the Jesus-only doctrine that denies the Trinity. Recently Dr. Norman Geisler charged Jake with promoting the “old, old heresy” of modalism which denies the doctrine of the Trinity (Calvary Contender, August 15, 2001).
Jakes appears with and supports the most radical of the Charismatics today, including Paul and Jan Crouch and the Trinity Broadcasting Network. This is the network that is helped popularize such unscriptural practices and phenomena as hysterical laughing, spirit slaying, Christian rock and roll, healing in the atonement, and evangelical Catholicism. In August 1995, Jakes appeared at Oral Roberts University with a lineup of some of the biggest names in the Word-faith movement, including R.W. Schambach, Lester Sumrall, and T.L. Osborn. One of Jakes’ fellow speakers at that conference was Rodney Howard-Browne, who blasphemously calls himself the “Holy Ghost bartender” because of the strange drunkenness that has manifested during his meetings.
Jakes himself believes in the prosperity gospel. Like many of the Trinity Broadcasting Network preachers, Jakes falsely claims that Jesus was rich and that God wants us to be rich, too. He and his wife live in a $1.7 million mansion.
I saw Jakes preaching on the television a few weeks ago, and right in the midst of his preaching he began babbling away in mutterings he called “tongues.” In direct disobedience to the Bible, there was not even an attempt to interpret the “tongues.” -David Cloud, Way of Life Ministries (Read entire article).
America is going to Hell while greedy and crooked sinister ministers are getting rich abusing the name of Jesus. TBN and their associates have turned the ministry into a den of thieves. Jesus never intended for the church to be a money machine. The Apostle Paul was trying to help people, not take their money, which is clear from 2nd Corinthians 12:17-18….David J. Stewart
Paula White, Her New Book is Not About Salvation via Christ
Paula White tells Larry King how heathens will gain so much from her book about themselves and says nothing of the book being in any way an effort to help anyone find the Lord Jesus Christ. Which makes the book worthless. It’s nothing but the indulgence of self glory, while failing to express that submission to Christ is the only way to salvation. It fails to tell how that without Christ we are nothing.
Paula White calls T,D Jakes her spiritual Father, well as the saying goes birds of the feather will flock together
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (KJV)
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Paula White uses the Lord’s name for personal profit. Not to honestly help those in need of the Savior, the one and Only Lord Jesus Christ.
Do not look for Christ in Paula, He is not there. Begin reading the Holy Bible for yourself and learning of who Jesus Christ really is and how He is the ONLY HOPE for your soul.
America’s Churches Pledge Their Allegiance to the New World Order
Evangelist Anita Uncovers the following:
– The Majority of America’s Pastors Serving as Agents of the Shadow Government
– Most of These Pastors invited to White House for their marching orders on what to preach and do
– First Directive of these pastors: Preach from Romans 13
– Feel Good Message setting up congregants to be subservient, blind, lukewarm, naked, passive and to fall away when The Persecution Hits America
– The Dream the Lord gave me concerning Walmart and the New World Order
– Over 6,000 Fully Staffed and Fully Operational FEMA Camps
and much, much, more…
Following are characteristics that qualifies a person as a potential domestic terrorist according to the DHS, TSA and FEMA:
– Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
– Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)
– Survivalist literature (fictional books such as “Patriots” and “One Second After” are mentioned by name)
Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)
– Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, anti-Christ)
– Expressed fears of Big Brother or big government
– Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties
– Belief in a New World Order conspiracy
People engaged in the above activities or mind-set may be considered “extremists” or “militia groups” that exist in our communities and are “hiding in plain sight, ready to attack.”
– Whistleblower James Wesley Rawles (18 year Veteran of Law Enforcement
– FEMA trainer teaches local law enforcement “Founding Fathers Were Terrorist”
and much, much, more…
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The Ecumenical Movement Building the False World Church
“The attainment of the ‘Coming Great Church,’ proclaiming one Gospel to the whole world … implies the surrender of distinctive evangelical truth … The one Gospel to be preached certainly will not be the Gospel of salvation through the exclusive merits of Christ …”(1)
“Already we can see the beginning stages of what the Bible prophesies. An incredible worldwide delusion is gathering momentum.”(2)
When the Word of God is not accepted as the final and complete revelation of God to man, when it is not the basis for faith, life and doctrine, when the very foundation of Christianity, namely the Bible, is denied, then compromise and confusion is a natural result. That such a result is not an accidental outcome, but rather a deliberate strategy of the Ecumenical Movement, with its ultimate aim of bringing about a world-church, shall be revealed.
Ecumenism sets aside the authority of the Bible, doctrinal differences become blurred and the distinction between truth and error becomes irrelevant in this quest for spiritual unity. In this venture to establish a world religion, the World Council of Churches can be seen as the headquarters, whereas the Ecumenical Movement comprises the ground-troops in the field of battle.
”…the unity of all faiths into a super world-church for all people…”
The word “ecumenical” comes from the Greek word, which means “the inhabited world.” The Ecumenical Movement had its inception in 1910 at the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh, England. From this conference the growing desire for unity among churches was kept alive and eventually led to the inauguration of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam in 1948. The World Council of Churches can rightly be regarded as the visible expression of ecumenism. Where initially the emphasis of ecumenism was to bring about a visible, outward Christian unity, by removing divisions between the churches, its hidden agenda, which it had since its conception, is now openly propagated, namely the unity of all faiths into a super world-church for all people.
“The genius behind the World Council of Churches has been liberal Protestantism. Its exponents do not accept the full inspiration and authority of the Word of God. They have no sure standard of reference. Thus it is only a step further to think of Christianity as a whole to be itself but an insight into an even larger Truth. That which is best in non-Christian religions may find a place with Christianity at length in the gradual development of a World-Faith…”(3)
On 19 June 1955, a “Festival of Faith” was held in San Francisco with its theme, “The United Nations and World Faith.” Those who took part in this festival included “Christians,” Hindus, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists and some other faiths. The service The service was conducted by Reverend O. Frederick Nolde, a Lutheran minister from Philadelphia. He was also the Director of the Commission of churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches at that time.
From 7 – 20 February 1991, the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches took place in Canberra, Australia. During the opening sessions the delegates had to move through smoke made by burning gum leaves, which is a heathen cleansing ritual of the Aborigines, and was compared to the cleansing and refining fire of the Holy Spirit. During one of the sessions, one of the speakers, a South Korean feminist theologian, professor Chung Hyun Kyung, called up the spirits of the many people in history who had died at the hands of oppressors. She linked these “Han-spirits” with the Holy Spirit and holding up a list of names of these spirits, ritually burned it. At this conference, mission work was said to be a waste of time as God cannot be taken anywhere, because, according to the conference, He is already everywhere. It was also added that all claims of uniqueness, as for instance, that Jesus is the only way to God, or that Christianity is the only true religion, are harmful in a world of religious pluralism.
William Jasper, in his book,“Global Tyranny Step by Step,” says the following of the June 1992 United Nations Earth Summit which was held in Brazil:
“True, there were also ‘Christian’ participants in the summit celebrations. Ministers from the World Council of Churches and Catholic clerics such as Dom Helder Camarra (known as Brazil’s Red Archbishop because of his blatantly pro-communist sympathies) could be found amidst the cymbal-clanging Hare Chrishnas, diapered swamis, saffron-robed gurus, and witch-doctors in loincloths. But they were there because of their affinity for an ecumenical ‘spirit’ that promotes an anti-Christian and syncretistic blend of Christianity and paganism.”(4)
It is also interesting to see that whenever different religions come together, there the representative hand of the Roman Catholic Church is seen in one way or another. The director of International Programs of the United Nations of World Religions, is Louis M. Dolan, a Catholic priest. The Geneva-based World Conference on Religion and Peace, with its aim of bringing all the major religions together, had for its first eight years as President, the Catholic Archbishop Angelo Fernandes. At the 1993 Parliament of World Religions, the Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, together with the Delai Lama (the Tibetan man-god), were amongst the signatories of a declaration that called for greater co-operation between different faiths.
“Roman Catholicism is proving to be the bridge that brings together all faiths. That fact alone is not surprising, but it is astonishing to see evangelical Christians stepping onto that bridge on the one end while at the same time Hindus, Buddhists, and pagans of every stripe are stepping onto it from the other … it will not be long until all sides meet in the middle.”(5)
While on the one hand the pope and the Roman Catholic Church are bringing other non-Christian faiths under its wing, it is also endeavouring to bring back to its fold the so-called “separated brethren,” i.e. those Christian groups who, through the Reformation, had left the Roman Catholic institution. They are not seen as “heretics” anymore, but rather as lost or separated brethren of the one true faith, who must be brought back into the fold of the only true Church, which is not only Catholic, but Roman Catholic. A newspaper article in 1989 carried the following heading:
“Runcie, Pope sign pledge to unite churches.”
“Vatican City – Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie and Pope John Paul signed a joint declaration yesterday on which they pledged to work to reunite the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches.”(6)
The one thing that must be remembered, is that although the Roman Catholic Church, under its Pope and priests, are working towards bring other Christian Churches and other faiths together, it has stated time and again that it will never change or compromise its own theological stand or doctrines. It is willing to accommodate other faiths, but always under its authority and unchanging Roman Catholic teaching. Rome has no desire or intent to compromise. Indeed, it does not have to, because, as we have seen, its teachings and doctrines are a mixture of Christian and heathen practices anyway. In a newspaper article of the Sunday Times of 29 May 1994, the following was reported:
“The Vatican has been urged to accept ancestor worship in Africa…
“The Vatican has been urged to accept ancestor worship in Africa as part of a move towards embracing cultural practices previously condemned by the Roman Catholic Church. Fourteen cardinals and 122 bishops from Africa met in Rome from mid-April to mid-May with members of the Vatican bureaucracy in a special synod to discuss the state of the church on the continent. They called for more ‘inculturation’ through the Africanisation of liturgy and church values; and discussed dialogue with other denominations and faiths, and evangelisation within the African context. The synod suggested ancestor worship should be reinterpreted and viewed along lines similar to veneration of the saints.”(7)
“Pope calls for closer ties with Muslims”
Other newspaper headings and articles continue to confirm the ecumenical effort of the Roman Catholic Church: “Pope calls for closer ties with Muslims” (The Star, 17 April 1996), “The main features of the document the Pope would deliver to the bishops were those of bringing the church closer … to other faiths” (The Citizen, 11 September 1995), “In a statement released on June 1, 1998, 550 high church Anglican clergymen called for unity with Rome under the primacy of the Pope” (Bible Based Ministries Newsletter, June/July 1988, No. 33), “The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, said on August 3, that the prospects for eventual union between the Roman Catholic and Anglican institutions are good” (Southern Cross, September 1, 1991).
The continuous call from the Roman Catholic Church to all other denominations is to return to “… true unity, under one shepherd of the one flock … (and) the seven sacraments”(7) By this, of course, they mean the “one shepherd” to be the Roman Catholic Pope, and the “one flock” the Roman Catholic Church.
The Ecumenical Movement is un-Biblical and anti-Christian. It has come far in establishing its goals. In his newsletter “Gospel Defence League” of August 1995, D Scarborough makes the following observation:
“The International Fellowship of Christian Churches (IFCC), the Dutch Reformed Church, and the Salvation Army have recently joined the South African Council of Churches (SACC) as observer members, and the Roman Catholic Church as a full member. There are no theological objections to joining the SACC and becoming a satellite church of the World Council of Churches? … Has the Ecumenical Movement … turned from the inter-faith movement with its downgrading of Christianity? … The South African Council of Churches (and its mother-body, the World Council of Churches), is heavily committed to the Inter-faith Movement, the New Age Movement, the New World Order and the One World Government.”
Isn’t it time to take an honest look again at the Gospel truths of the Word of God? Unless we take a stand on the eternal truths of the Word of God, we will be dragged along into the compromising and confusing flow of ecumenical deception and ultimate destruction. To those who will stay true to the Word of God the following will apply:
“I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my Word and have not denied my Name … Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth” (Revelation 3:8b,10).
To those who are caught up, through their church affiliation, in the Ecumenical Movement, the Word of God says plainly: “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues …” (Revelation 18:4).
Pope seeks closer ties among Christians, Jews and Muslims (2014)
Embracing peace: Pope Francis embraces Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on May 26. Looking on is Omar Abboud, Muslim leader from Argentina.Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
POPE Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.
At his first appearance on May 26, Pope Francis toured the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, sacred to Muslims as the place from which Mohammed ascended to heaven. The Pope spoke to Muslim leaders there.
Addressing his listeners as “brothers” – rather than “friends,” as indicated in his prepared text – the Pope pointed to Abraham as a common model for Muslims, Jews and Christians, since he was a pilgrim who left “his own people and his own house in order to embark on that spiritual journey to which God called him”.
“We must constantly be prepared to go out from ourselves, docile to God’s call”, especially “his summons to work for peace and justice, to implore these gifts in prayer and to learn from on high mercy, magnanimity and compassion”, the Pope said.
In his remarks to the Pope, the grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein accused Israel of impeding Muslims’ access to Jerusalem’s holy sites.
Pope Francis then visited the Western Wall, the only standing part of the foundation of the Second Temple, destroyed in 70 AD.
The Pope stood for more than a minute and a half with his right hand against the wall, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a written message inside a crack between two blocks.
Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a longtime friend of the Pope from Buenos Aires and an official member of the papal entourage, said the Pope’s message contained the text of the Our Father and of the 122nd Psalm, traditionally prayed by Jewish pilgrims who travel to Jerusalem.
Stepping away from the wall, the Pope simultaneously embraced Rabbi Skorka and Omar Abboud, a Muslim leader from Buenos Aires and a member of the papal entourage.
“We did it,” Rabbi Skorka said he told the Pope and Mr Abboud.
The Pope also visited a memorial to victims of terrorism, a stop that had not appeared on his original itinerary. It was added at the request of Israeli authorities, in reaction to his spontaneous decision the previous day to pray at Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank.
The separation wall, which Israel says it needs to protect itself from terrorism, has been a target of Palestinian protests and international condemnation. At the terrorism memorial, the Pope prayed with his hand against the stone, the same gesture he used at the separation wall and at the Western Wall.
Following a brief wreath-laying at the grave of Theodor Herzl, father of the Zionist movement that led to Israel’s founding, Pope Francis visited the Yad Vashem Memorial to victims of the Holocaust. There he greeted half a dozen survivors of the Nazi genocide, kissing their hands in honour.
“He took my hand in his two hands and kissed my hand. I was dumbfounded. I never had a rabbi do that,” Joe Gottdenker of Toronto told Catholic News Service.
Mr Gottdenker, who was rescued as a baby by a Polish Catholic couple, said he “was moved much more than I had even anticipated”.
In his remarks at Yad Vashem, the Pope echoed and elaborated on God’s words to Adam after the fall, asking: “Who convinced you that you were god? Not only did you torture and kill your brothers and sisters, but you sacrificed them to yourself, because you made yourself a god.”
“Grant us the grace to be ashamed of what we men have done,” the Pope prayed, “to be ashamed of this massive idolatry, of having despised and destroyed our own flesh which you formed from the earth, to which you gave life with your own breath of life.”
Pope Francis’ next stop was a visit to the two chief rabbis of Israel, leaders of the country’s Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities. The Pope told them relations between Jews and Catholics had progressed greatly in the half century since the Second Vatican Council, which declared that Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus and that God’s covenant with them had never been abrogated.
Pope Francis called on Christians and Jews to develop greater appreciation for their common “spiritual heritage”, through deeper knowledge of each other’s faith, especially among the young.
The Pope’s public appearances for the morning ended with a visit to President Shimon Peres at his official residence, where the Pope greeted and blessed a group of children with cancer and planted an olive tree in the garden as a symbol of peace.
The Pope told Mr Peres he wanted to “invent a new beatitude, which I apply to myself, ‘Blessed is the one welcomed into the home of a wise and good man’”.
It was only the latest sign of the Pope’s friendship with Peres, who invited him to Israel shortly after the start of his pontificate. At Yad Vashem, the Pope greeted other dignitaries with a handshake but gave the president a warm embrace.
In his address at the presidential palace, Pope Francis praised Mr Peres as a “man of peace and a peacemaker”, and, as the Pope had done the previous day to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, asked that “all parties avoid initiatives and actions which contradict their stated determination” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Pope also stressed the “universal and cultural significance” of Jerusalem, and its importance to Christians, Muslims and Jews.
“How good it is when pilgrims and residents enjoy free access to the holy places and can freely take part in religious celebrations,” he said.
As in his speeches to Mr Abbas and to the king of Jordan over the previous two days, Pope Francis also spoke up for the local Christian community, telling Mr Peres its members wished to “contribute to the common good and the growth of peace”, and thus deserved to be “full-fledged citizens” of Israel.
2 Peter 3:11-16 (KJV)
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Revelation 14:6-13 (KJV)
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 1:18King James Version (KJV)
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
1. Unity in the Dark, Donald Gillies, Banner of Truth Trust, London, 1964, P. 67.
2. The Seduction of Christianity, Dave Hunt, Harvest House Publishers, Oregon, 1985, P. 60.
3. Unity in the Dark, Donald Gillies, Banner of Truth Trust, London, 1964, P. 52.
4. Global Tyrrany Step by Step, William F Jasper, Western Island Publishers, Wisconsin, 1992, P. 221.
5. A Woman Rides the Beast, Dave Hunt, Harvest House Publishers, Oregon, 1994, P. 427.
6. The Citizen, Tuesday, 3 October 1989.
7. Unity in the Dark, Donals Gillies, banner of Truth Trust, London, 1964, Pp. 30,31.
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