A nuclear free Middle East is not a new idea, Arab nations have
pushed for this before with a little encouragement from the Vatican I’m sure. But now the Vatican has put a new push on the
idea. The notion of a “Middle East zone
free of nuclear weapons” sounds full of love and peace, really who would not
want that? Well... stand back and ask
who has nuclear weapons in the Middle East?
There is not a long list really, just one, Israel and that is not
confirmed nor denied by the Israeli government.
However while you are standing back and looking at the situation just
recall to mind the history of the Jewish people and it becomes very obvious why
they might want to carry a big stick. This
is a people that fought a war of survival every decade for the first forty year
of its existence and prior to statehood endured almost 2000 years of dispersion
and persecution. There is no other
nation with the national experience that Israel has.
It was thought to be in the sixties when Israel started full
scale nuclear bomb production. The story
is that the first bomb produced had the words “never again” welded onto
it. If that is indeed true it underlines
the reason behind Israel wanting the bomb.
It was General Moshe Dayan who
said 'Israel must be like a mad dog, too
dangerous to bother.' Many will have heard of the “Samson
Option,” which Wikepedia describes as “the name that some military analysts
have given to Israel's hypothetical deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with
nuclear weapons as a "last resort" against nations whose military
attacks threaten its existence.” Deep in
Israeli psyche is the idea that they will never again go quietly to their
deaths as many did during the Holocaust.
In fact new Israeli recruits are taken to the top of Masada to remember the
ancient defeat of Jews in that place; they are given a gun and a Hebrew Bible,
and swear to never let Masada fall again.
From reading the Biblical prophecies it has long been
expected that the Roman Catholic Church would oppose Israel at the time of the
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The fact is that history gives us a clear picture of an
enmity between the Jewish people and the Roman Catholic Church. Much of the distain that the Roman Catholic
Church has against Israel stems from the belief that the Jews killed Christ and
therefore are cut off as a people and have been replaced by the church.
From the earliest roots of Zionism the Vatican has been
deeply opposed to it. In examining the
relationship between the Vatican and Israel there is a most valuable book
entitled “The Vatican and Zionism” by Sergio Minerbi, the information contained
in that book is amazing.
Minerbi writes of Theodore Herzl (Considered the father of
political Zionism) that “he harbored no illusions about the Vatican but
correctly identified the Catholic Church as the chief opponent of his vision...”
In conversation with Pope Pius X in 1904 Herzl was told the following:
cannot encourage this movement. We
cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem – but we could never sanction it. The ground of Jerusalem, even if it were not
always sacred, has been sanctified by the life Jesus Christ. As the head of the Church I cannot tell you
otherwise. The Jews have not recognized
our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people.”
Herzl was also asked by the pope whether any thought was
being given to the re building of the temple in Jerusalem, as issue that
worried the pope. Minerbi states that “politically,
Zionism posed a greater threat to the Holy Places in Jerusalem then did the Islamic
regime there. In fact the pope stated to
Herzl that “it is not pleasant to see the Turks in possession of our Holy
Places. We simply have to put up with
that. But to support the Jews in the
acquisition of the Holy Places, that we cannot do.” I think that this statement sums up the
Vatican’s position today, they would much prefer to have a Palestinian state
than the Jewish state. This feeling is
only going to become even stronger as Jewish groups in Israel talk of and
prepare for the building of a third temple in Jerusalem.
From the same book quoting Chaim Weizman (President of the Zionist
Organization, and the first President of the State of Israel) prior to
“Weizmann had to acknowledge that “the Vatican is moving
Heaven and Earth against us, and the old fight between Judaism and Paganism has
been renewed with vigour.”
“If the mandate does not go through this time it never
will. The Catholics have been chiefly
responsible for uniting the Muslims and the Christians against us, because what
the Vatican really wishes to have is something which amounts to power in Palestine,
and it has been using various Catholic members of the League, such as Spain,
Brazil, Italy, Belgium and France, in order to achieve its object, and this is
really the inner meaning of its attacks against us.”
When one starts to understand the true position of the Roman
Catholic Church toward the Jewish state historically, then you can understand
the position today. The Church realized
that it needed to change its tactics, the days of openly murdering your
opponents was not going to work in the 20th century. Instead Mother Teresa was dispatched and
Church today seems not so bad. Now old
fashioned Protestantism and speaking out against the Church is frowned
upon. It is only when one looks at the
Bible and specifically the prophecies in the book of Revelation that you
realize that “she has repented not.” Pope
Pius XII signed a concordat with the Nazi’s and was silent about the millions
of Jews being sent to the ovens, has that changed? Well Pope John Paul II visited Yasser Arafat the
terrorist leader and murder of the Jews more than any other world leader. In 2010 Archbishop Cyrille Bustros said "We Christians cannot speak of the Promised Land as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish
promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all
men and women of all countries have become the chosen people."
With that in mind we look at the news of the Roman Catholic
Church moving to remove Israel of her “Sampson option,” her deterrent for those
around such as Iran to not get any ideas of Jewish annihilation. There can be no good intent, no good motive
in removing Israel’s military superiority, especially when we look at the
Church’s history. This is not just love
and peace. The scriptures tell us that
you know a false prophet by their fruit.
The fruits of the Catholic Church has been deep rooted Anti Semitism for
centuries and don’t be naive, nothing has changed.
Rev 18:4-5, 24
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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."
"And in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
This has been John Billington with you this week, please
come back next week for another edition of the Bible in the News.