If so, how much of Israel is controlled by the Vatican?
Twenty years of negotiations between Israel and the Vatican over property rights of more than 100 Roman Catholic Church properties in Jerusalem, the Galilee, and the West Bank, is coming to a head. In December 2013, an Israeli delegation headed to the Vatican to discuss long-outstanding demands by the Roman Catholic Church for full authority rights over their places of worship.
In the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, the term Corpus separatum (separated body) was used with regards to Jerusalem. The European Union continues to support an internationalised Jerusalem in terms of the Partition Plan.
The Vatican requires that Israel relinquishes sovereignty of what it terms the “Holy Basin”, which included the Western Wall, the area of the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and a number of Christian sites. It is recommended that these be administered under a “special regime”. The Vatican also lays claim to the so-called Upper Room, or Cenacle where Pope John Paul II held Mass during his visit to Israel in 2000. The sanctuary was seized from Franciscan monks during the Ottoman Empire’s rule around 1551, and the Roman Catholic Church wants it back.
Just how much of a hold does the Roman Catholic Church have over the future of Jerusalem? There have been occasions when Israel has almost bowed under pressure. Israeli President Shimon Peres, for example, lacked the authority to back his agreement to hand over the sovereignty of the holy sites to the Vatican. In 2006, Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, negotiated to give up the “holy basin” until public pressure forced President Moshe Katzav to issue an assurance that such an agreement would not go ahead.
The latest Obama plan opts to resolve the conflict by sharing Jerusalem. Arab refugees would be settled in Arab countries or a future Palestinian state, but not in Israel. Under this plan, the Old City of Jerusalem would be designated an “international zone”.
The Importance of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is first and foremost central to the Jewish faith. Shortly after David was made king, he captured the city of Zion and named it the City of David. (2 Sam 5:7) Once David brought the Ark of the Covenant into the city, it Jerusalem became the heart of worship. Solomon, David’s son, built the first temple 480 years after the children of Israel were brought out of slavery in Egypt (1 Kings 6) and it was destroyed by the Babylonians during the reign of Zedekiah. A second temple was built after the return of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity.
The Roman Claim
The Roman footprint on the soil of the Holy Land goes back to a time shortly before the birth of Christ when Judea fell to Pompey in 63BC. Seventy years after the death of Christ, Jerusalem’s temple was destroyed by Rome and the Jews were dispersed. It was not until Rome suffered its demise as an empire that spiritual Rome was reborn under a new guise. Emperor Constantine purged the gods and goddesses of ancient Rome and merged them into the images of Mary and her son Jesus. Rome’s pagan origins, the clothing of the mystery priesthood, the Papal regalia, the beads and the feast days, were assimilated into Christianity.
An appeal for help by Constantinople’s emperors to the popes led to the Crusades. When Pope Urban II preached the need for a crusade it was to aid Constantinople against the rise of the Seljuks. But the desire of Rome was always to regain Jerusalem.
In 1099 the first Crusaders seized Jerusalem and slaughtered the inhabitants. Godfrey de Bouillon was elected “Defender of the Holy Sepulchre” but died three years later and was succeeded by his brother, Baldwin. The Knights of the Hospital of St. John and the Knights of the Temple of Solomon (the Templars) were established at the core of the new order. During the Third Crusade, the fraternization between the Templars and the Muslims deepened into a more permanent understanding. The hold of the Crusaders over Jerusalem loosened and eventually broke under Saladin the Kurd. By the end of the 6th Crusade in 1240, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Khwarismian Turks and seven thousand Christians were slaughtered.
Rumours of lost Templar treasure still abound. I am certain that what the Knights of the Temple of Solomon found beneath the Temple Mount remains in Jerusalem to this day and the knowledge has been passed down through Freemasonry. Read my novels, Nimrod Twice Born and Opus Dei to see why the Vatican must regain Jerusalem in order to become the unquestioned World Power. The Roman Catholic real estate in Israel is the Vatican’s bargaining chip but for the past twenty years, Israel has fought to retain its sovereignty. The battle is one that Israel will lose. Jerusalem will become an international city.
Obviously Jerusalem figures greatly in Biblical prophecy but let us consider those prophecies which suggest that Jerusalem will become an international city, and those that speak of the rebuilding of the temple.
It could be said that the prophecy in Zechariah 2 was fulfilled in the building of the Second Temple were it not for a far later prophecy in Revelation 11. In each of these, a man was seen with a measuring rod in hand, preparing to measure the temple.
Revelation 11:1 implies the existence of a new temple in Jerusalem. An angel gives John (the writer of Revelation) the measuring rod and he is told specifically not to measure the outer court. This, he says, will be given over to the Gentiles who will “tread under foot” the Holy City for forty-two months. (Rev 11:2)
During this time, two Witnesses will arise to prophesy in the city for 1,260 days. In the Jewish calendar this is equal to the forty-two months during which Jerusalem will be overrun by the Gentile nations. John aligns and fortifies his unity with Zechariah at this point by referring to these prophets as “two olive trees and two candlesticks”.
As any rebuilding of the temple impinges directly on the Dome of the Rock, Muslims are agitated by the preparations underway in Jerusalem. The priesthood is under training, robes have been fashioned, holy vessels used in the sacrifice have been crafted, as have the musical instruments. No detail has been neglected – only the building itself is lacking.
Where Israel and the Vatican Meet
At this point, it appears that the prophecies of Israel and the Vatican flow together. All believe the Temple will be rebuilt, that a king of the house of David will reign over the nations from Jerusalem and that he will bring righteousness and peace to the earth. Is the convergence of faiths possible, and if so, how?
There is another arm of outwardly secular belief that is seeking a similar route. From the United Nations we have seen a thrust towards the creation of what the politicians call a New World Order: a unity of nations under a single government with one man at its head. And, if we are to believe the Protocols of Zion, there will be a convergence of Freemasonry and the papacy with Zionism to place the “supreme Lord of all the world, of the holy seed of David” on Jerusalem’s throne. This man will “direct the education of thought of all humanity.” The king called “the Chosen One of God” according to the Protocols, will come to power through a “Reign of Terror” which will have the nations begging for a new start under a new leader – a Saviour.
Evangelical Christianity concurs with these beliefs, with one notable exception. The ‘supreme lord’ who will apparently come in peace and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem will be accepted as Messiah by Israel. He will have deep connections to the Vatican and many Christians will believe him to be the Christ. However, the Bible shows him to be a usurper and an Antichrist.
How much control the Vatican exercises over Israel will be shown by a series of events that will shortly slot into place – a reign of terror and the acceptance by the Jews of man of peace with Roman connections. Under a seven year peace treaty with Israel, Jerusalem will become an international city and there will be a rebuilding of the temple. Exactly forty-two months (1,260 days) after he assumes power, this man will seat himself in the Holy of Holies in the temple and declare himself God. This will be the final desecration of Jerusalem’s Temple. Can you afford to miss the outcome in Opus Dei?