Vatican and Israel in a historical accord

4 12 2007

Latest News from the Straits Times

VATICAN CITY – ISRAEL and the Vatican are close to concluding a historic bilateral accord on the legal and financial status of the Roman Catholic Church in Israel, the country’s ambassador said.

‘We are very close to the conclusion of this historic accord,’ Mr Oded Ben Hur was quoted as saying by Italy’s ANSA news agency at a debate organised by a pontifical university in Rome on Monday.

The text under negotiation is the economic section of the fundamental agreement on relations the Vatican and Israel signed in December 1993.

‘About 85 per cent of the text has been examined and approved by the representatives of Israel and the Vatican,’ said the ambassador.

Negotiations on the text resumed in 2004 after a 10-year hiatus, and Mr Ben Hur said the next round of talks will take place on Dec 13 in Israel.

The two sides are seeking to hammer out an agreement concerning the legal and tax status of Church property in Israel and the commercial activities of Christian communities there.

The Vatican is seeking tax-exempt status for Church institutions. — AFP

Everything is moving according to what so many have taught about the bilateral relations will increase between the Vatican and Israel, and out of the former head of the Roman Empire, will an anti Christ come. Well a lot of people (Christians and even within the Catholic Community) speculated* the next Pope in place will be the Anti Christ.

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Eyes on Israel

4 12 2007

Latest Reports from Israel Today

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem this week announced the completion of the solid gold crown the Bible instructs Israel’s high priest to wear while conducting his duties at the Temple, reported Israel National News.

The crown took craftsman carefully following descriptions contained in the Bible, Jewish holy texts and various historical sources more than one year to make.

The crown will be on display in Jerusalem’s Old City until the time that the Third Temple is built on the Temple Mount and Israel’s priestly caste resumes its activities there.

The Temple Institute has for decades been preparing the garments and articles needed for the day the Temple is rebuilt.

Temple Institute Director Rabbi Chaim Richman told Israel National News the next task is the completion of architectural blueprints for the Third Temple, including cost projections and detailed electrical and plumbing schematics.

This means, the time for Israel to build the Temple is near. This event is significant because it will spark off conflicts with the Arabs, and usher the introduction of the Anti Christ in the making of the false peace treaty. Let’s keep all eyes on God, as what transpires in Israel, will be a sign for us, that Jesus is coming back real soon. The world is ready for His coming as it was 2000 years ago.

Another excerpt from Prophezine.

Today some big news came out. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced that they have finally received the crown of the High Priest. The new crow replaces the older one, which was in accordance with scripture. After much research and reading the scriptures, commentaries and even historical accounts including Josephus, the new crown was produced.

“The new tzitz is an improvement on one made several years ago, in that it has a back piece, in accordance with some commentators and the account of Josephus.  In addition, it has a locking mechanism so that it will not slip off the Priest’s head, and can be adjusted to fit heads of different sizes.  The old one will be preserved, of course as a “spare,” in keeping with the Mishnaic account that several models of various vessels were kept in the Temple, in case the need arose to replace one.

Asked what project they’re working on at present, Rabbi Richman said, “We have begun work on 120 sets of garments for ‘regular’ priests, not the High Priest.  This involves special thread from India, etc.  In addition, we have begun work on architectural blueprints for the Third Temple, including cost projection, modern supplies, electricity, plumbing, computers, etc.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124443

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this so important?”

It will be the third temple, the one that will be built during the tribulation that the Antichrist will go into and defile as foretold in scripture.

Daniel 9:27 (KJV) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

A special note here; this temple that will be built during the tribulation is God’s temple, not the antichrist’s as some believe. Paul, writing to the Thessalonians and speaking of the antichrist makes it very clear that the temple is the temple of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

We know that we as Christians will not be here to watch the Temple go up, but the fact that the Jews are so focused on their efforts to the building the temple itself is very exciting in deed. This means that we will not be here for much longer.

It is truly an exciting time to be alive.