“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and
that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is
no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may
be said, See, this is news? It hath been already of old
times which was before us. There is no remembrance of former
things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things
that are to come with those that shall come after.” Ecc
A topic from study that may raise eyebrows
because it is not what is typically being said about events
related to the 70th week of Daniel is addressed
here. It should not be discounted simply for that reason.
Historical facts, as well as God's Word, should cause all
Believers to examine and consider this, as with everything.
It seems the stage is being re-set for Israel.
Events have and are taking place that will put them in the
same predicament as they were in ancient times. Prior to the
birth of The Messiah, ancient Israel was under bondage to
the Romans. We know that Daniel speaks of a prince to come
and his reference to this prince identifies him coming from
the Roman Empire or of that origin. Many people speak of the
Roman Empire as two parts: Western and Eastern. But, it is
important to note that there is an hiearchy that rules over
Rome now and has existed is various forms throughout history
that is often referred to as the Holy Roman Empire. This
“empire” is known today as The Vatican.
people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city
and the sanctuary...” Daniel 9:26 (b)
This refers to the time when the Roman Titus
came in and sacked Jerusalem and, as was prophesied by
Jesus, no stone was left unturned at the Temple. The
“prince” is not the subject of the sentence, but instead
people is the subject. However, this tells us that the
prince that shall come will be of those same people
responsible for destroying the Temple in 70 A.D. The prior
reference in Daniel to the temple is regarding the
rebuilding of Solomon's Temple. We have the temple mentioned
twice in these scriptures. We have the Roman heiarchy
mentioned as well.
There is a huge push now to build a Temple.
This is the great desire of
many Jewish people in Israel and around the world.
Perhaps this will be used as bait to dangle before
them in return for something else. Could that something else
be the control of Jerusalem and of the Holy places there? It
is not beyond the realm of reality. We must remember,
however; that this desired temple is not the Temple of the
Most High God. We are told numerous times in God's Word that
He resides in a temple built by no man's hands.
agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God and they
shall be my people.”
The Pope's recent public statement that, “The
time for all Christians to return to the 'Mother Church' has
come because the Protestants are no longer protesting. It is
time for them to come home” is foreboding. This falls in
line with the obvious agenda of The Vatican down through the
years to unite all religions to itself.
It is part of a plan to unite all religions because,
as the current pope has said, God loves us all and all paths
lead to heaven. There are nefarious reasons behind this plan
but it is being sold in the interest of tolerance and love.
Mainstream Christianity appears to be eating this up. It
must be pointed out here that the Roman Church is not the
mother church. The church is the Ekklesia; those who follow
Jesus Christ alone. He is the Cornerstone upon which His
Church is built. The Pope uses the title Vicarius Christi,
meaning the vicar of Christ.
According to Webster's New Twentieth Century
Dictionary, the word vicar means to act in the place of
another. The Pope claims to alone have authority from God.
He is supposedly the representative of Jesus Christ on earth
and therefore of God, here on earth. Nowhere is this concept
to be found in God's Word. The point to be made is that this
man claims to be Christ in that he has replaced Christ and
acts on His behalf - supposedly.
In 2009, an agreement was signed between
Israel and The Vatican. An article in the news from Israel
Hayom on January 30, 2013 states, “A
historical agreement has been signed between Israel and the
Vatican, ending a 20 year dispute. Israel has granted the
pope an official seat in the room where the Last Supper is
believed to have taken place, on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Israel did not give up its control over the room, as the
Vatican had demanded, but Israel did decide to allow Vatican
representatives a special modicum of control over the site.”
One day afterward, JewishIsrael
went public with a January 2013 report entitled, “Pope to
Get Seat Over the Tomb of King David.” Arutz 7 ran an
exclusive by Italian Journalist, Guilio Meotti entitled, “A
Seat for the Pope at King David's Tomb.” This “seat” over
the Tomb of King David is the Cenacle, or what we refer to
as The Upper Room. The titles of the referenced news pieces
A question comes to this writer's
mind, could the “agreement” be the covenant spoken of in
Daniel 9? Most people are looking toward a peace treaty
between Israel and the PA, but we shouldn't dismiss this
possibility. The Holy See is a force to be reckoned with.
The Vatican is Rome. Is it possible that this very agreement
could put Israel under control of Rome once again? Pressure
on the UN from The Vatican to have Jerusalem handed over to
their control is well-known.
It is interesting that Shimon Peres was involved in
negotiations and is still involved. It is also interesting
that Peres was educated in a Jesuit school. It is telling
that Shimon Peres met with the Pope on April 30th,
The agreement was signed in May, 2009. No
suggestion is being made that a seven year period has begun.
According to Daniel, a covenant will be “confirmed.”
Perhaps this confirmation is tied to the building of
a third temple. It is reported that Rome owns and/or
controls many of the holy sites or surrounding land, despite
the fact that the land was never to have been sold nor given
away (as detailed in The Book of Numbers).
In May 2009, Ha’aretz ran headlines that Peres wanted to
hand over Christian sites in Israel to The Vatican. The
article stated that Peres was pressing the government to
agree to the Vatican's request that Israel surrender control
of six religious sites, among them the Cenacle on Mount Zion.
President Shimon Peres was downright messianic when he
declared: "The new pope will be welcomed in the Holy Land
with love and appreciation by Jews, Muslims and Christians
as one." Chilling, one. Unity. All religions worship the
same god...sound familiar?
In 2014, Pope Francis was in Jerusalem during Pentecost and
held services in the Cenacle. He also held services in the
Tomb of King David itself. He was to have had them in the
Cenacle only. He had them several times and a Muslim Imam
was among the entourage. This ceremony, in one of the most
holy and sacred places to the Jewish people by the pope and
a muslim no less, was an affront to the entire Jewish
It is very troubling that all Jewish worshipers were turned
away by a show of force by Israeli police. These included
They were denied access to the holy sites.
Some might say, “What's wrong with that? The
Catholics are good Christians and they are just trying to
worship God.” It must be understood that the root of The
Vatican is not Christian. It is a paganistic form of
religion that is not similar to what Jesus Christ taught. It
is not the intent of this writer to distress nor offend any
practicing Catholics. However, history is history. Let us
not forget the millions upon millions of Hebrews and
Christians murdered throughout history by the Roman Church.
These were those who would not “convert.”
These developments and events are very intriguing in
consideration of prophecy.
There is no doubt that we are so very close to events
many of us have looked forward to our entire lives. These
events were spoken of by the prophets. It is an exciting
time. Surely our redemption draws near!