FAQ :: Is it true there was an unprecedented interfaith prayer summit at the Vatican?

Yes. Abbas and Peres prayed for peace on the Vatican Lawn on June 8, 2014.

In an unprecedented interfaith prayer summit on a lawn of the Vatican, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday to pray for peace in the Middle East.

“Your presence, dear Presidents, is a great sign of brotherhood which you offer as children of Abraham,” Pope Francis said. “It is also a concrete expression of trust in God, the Lord of history, who today looks upon all of us as brothers and who desires to guide us in his ways.”

Pointing to the innocent victims of war, he encouraged them, saying, “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity.”

It was the first time that Jewish, Christian and Islamic prayers were held together at the Vatican.

“Peace does not come easy,” Peres said during the summit. “We must work with all our might until it is achieved, and achieved quickly. Even if it calls for sacrifice and compromise. The Palestinians are our neighbors. We pray that soon we will live in mutual respect and good neighborliness.”

Quoting the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, Peres said we must have faith that peace is possible, as it is prophesied: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (See Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3.; however these passages are in reference to the Millennial reign of Christ.)

“It is in our hands together, now, Israelis and Palestinians, to realize the great vision and [make it a] reality,” he said. “We can bring peace to our children and grandchildren. This is our obligation, the sacred obligation of parents.”

Mahmoud Abbas, speaking after Peres, stated emphatically that peace and reconciliation was “our goal.”

“Here we are, O God, inclined to peace. Make firm our steps and crown our efforts and endeavors with success,” he prayed, appealing to God to “save our blessed city Jerusalem.”

“O Lord of Heaven and Earth, accept my prayer for the realization of truth, peace and justice in my country Palestine, the region, and the globe as a whole,” he said.

The two presidents met with Pope Francis against a background of growing tensions following the recent formation of the Palestinian Unity Government (PUG) and Israel’s announcement for plans for the construction of 3,300 homes in the disputed territories.

What you have just read has great prophetic significance. During the Tribulation the False Prophet will draw together a ecumenical one-world religion. Some people believe that this pope may be a strong candidate for the False Prophet, but we cannot be sure. However, this unprecedented gathering together of Jewish, Muslim and “Christian” leaders to pray is an indication that the world is moving toward the eventual formation of the one-world religion which will not include true biblical Christianity. The Catholic form of “Christianity” is not biblical, it is a false religion.

1.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/08/pope-francis-peace-israel-palestine-_n_5468328.html 2. news@biblesfor Israel.com