by Epiphany Bible Students

No. 451B


"ISRAEL VS. THE VATICAN - 'Agreeing to Disagree' - But: The small heading grabbed me. It was a small news item appearing in many newspapers around the world. Its importance escaped the attention of most readers - it seemed rather insignificant. One reason: It was just a caption under an indistinct picture of Prime Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Pope John Paul II of the Vatican. The heading read, 'Agreeing to Disagree. ' "The Israeli Prime Minister expressed the hope that a meeting might be arranged for the discussion and consideration of the Vatican's recognition of the State of Israel. The Pope made it clear this was not possible. Nothing more was reported. In the picture caption, Prime Minister Peres stated they would just 'agree to disagree and separate the religious from the political.'

"What IS the Issue? The chief reason for the Vatican's denial is that the Roman Catholic Church and many protestant denominations hold to the 'replacement theology,' i.e., by and large, the church has replaced Israel in God's economy, that Israel is no longer the people of God under the 'everlasting' Abrahamic Covenant - which includes the land of Israel as an 'everlasting possession' (Gen. 17:8). This 'Christian' theology is the corner-stone of anti-Semitism, as stated by Dr. Franklin Littell.

"This is also the reason for the feverish missionary activity. And many denominations and religious groups carrying on missionary activities in Arab lands are themselves anti-Israel and teach hostilities toward Israel and Jews. Yet All Muslin law under which missionaries operate, have the death penalty for Muslims who convert to other faiths.

"Rejecting Israel spiritually also rejects them nationally and politically. This will determine the end-time consummation of all things, the final conflict between the 'Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness.'

"'Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name … Then shall they know I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.' (Ezek. 39:25,28-29) Read also Zephaniah 3:8-9, 14-20."

(By Elmer Josephson - Bible Light Star, Vol, 25, No.1, p. 13)

The Jehovah's Witnesses now discard the Jews and join the "replacement theology." All God's promises to the Jews belong to them. Their first president, Judge Rutherford, wrote a book, Comfort to the Jews, which is exactly as taught by Pastor Russell. But he and the Witnesses changed all that. They overlook what the Apostle Paul wrote, "to the Jew first," as well as what Pastor Russell taught. He was the first Christian minister to give comfort to the Jews. As all denominations taught the "replacement theology," they persecuted Pastor Russell and his followers for his love for the Jews as well as for his refutation of other errors they taught. The Jews loved him, and many fondly called him their Pastor.

"75 YEARS AGO - The Deliverance of Jerusalem: The City of Peace - Jerusalem - has fallen before the bloodless advance of Britain's victorious army. The Eternal City, magnificent even in its neglect, rises in beauty as of yore on its hills and above its valleys, a resplendent symbol of peace, as above the Tower of David the British Lion is unfurled. Fellow Jews! Eighteen centuries and a half have passed since the enemy drove our forefathers from our native land; like lions did they fight and defend our Jerusalem. Their hearts were rent asunder by the mere thought that they might in the end have to leave it. But Rome, in its cruelty, could not extinguish the fire of love which the fugitives bore away in their hearts and handed down from generation to generation with a solemn injunction: No Jew shall laugh aloud until Jerusalem is once more free and astir life. (Dr. Tchlenow's last article before his death.)"

(B'nai B'rith Messenger, July 16, 1993)

"PEACE NOW IS ON THE MARCH AGAIN: Americans for Peace Now has launched an all-out propaganda offensive intended to win American Jewish support for PLO control of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The campaign has been dubbed 'Operation Peace with Security,' an Orwellian title if there ever was one, since Peace Now's idea of 'security' includes forcing Israel back to the 'Auschwitz lines' of 1967 and setting up a PLO state with Jerusalem as its capital. The six-month long campaign will, according to its sponsors, 'finance speaker tours, publications, and public opinion polls, among other things, to demonstrate broad support for the agreements.' Leave it to the dishonest Jewish left to plan public opinion polls whose results have been determined in advance. The most disturbing news, however, is that Peace Now has already received $300,000 in donations for the campaign, and expects to bring in one million dollars in all. If Jews are so devoted to the PLO's agenda can raise millions of dollars, then Jews who are devoted to Israel's well-being must do no less. Now is the time for friends of Israel to redouble their efforts on behalf of the Jewish State - before the left triumphs and Israel goes up in flames."

(Outpost, October 1993, page 2)

Israel will never go up in flames. The Lord will fight for them as "in the day of battle." (Zech. 14:1-3)

QUOTES: "During the 1930's, Albert Einstein and his wife fled Germany for the United States. They arrived in Princeton, New Jersey, where Dr. Einstein would take up a teaching and research position at the university. Their home was in the immediate neighborhood of Princeton Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school. One of the seminary professors was planning a trip to Palestine in 1934 and he wondered if the great physicist could provide him with letters of introduction to Zionist friends or Biblical scholars in the Holy Land. When the professor's wife approached Mrs. Einstein with this request, she exclaimed: 'But my darling, I did not know you are Jews!' The professor's wife said they weren't, they were Christians. Mrs. Einstein then demanded earnestly, why did they wish to meet with Zionists or with Jewish leaders of any sort? The two of them had a long talk about the roots of Christian faith in the Old Testament. 'Besides,' the professor's wife said, 'Jesus was a Jew.' Mrs. Einstein's amazement increased: 'Never in my life has a Christian said that to me!' And she hugged the Christian lady affectionately. (J. R. Blackwood, 'The Einsteins as Princeton neighbors,'

(Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Vol. 3, 1980, p. 66)" (YASHAR, No. 24, April 1993, p. 8)

"THE GREAT 'PEACE' DECEPTION: SECRET. PLAN TO SPLIT JERUSALEM: The euphoria associated with the September 13 signing of the 'peace agreement' between Rabin and Arafat on the White House lawn, has quickly given way to dismay and deep dissatisfaction in vast sections of the Jewish, as well as the non-Jewish, community. The Labor-Meretz team had the element of total surprise in their favor in the beginning, for since all their negotiations - through shadowy leftists, some European, some Israeli - were carried on in stealth, no one had a chance to express criticism. In order to guarantee this secrecy, they did not consult military experts with responsibility for the security of Jews in Israel, and then they railroaded through terms and conditions, with total impunity, and without regard for public opinion. Their advantage of stealth and surprise, however, can no longer be maintained.

"The utter flaws in the peace plan are clear for all to see, especially as demonstrated by recent tragic events, not the least of them being the brutal murder in broad daylight of two Jewish youths near Jericho, an area allotted to the PLO. It does not take much logic to conclude that if such murders take place while the Jewish police and army are still in place, imagine how much more violence can be expected, G-d forbid, when they are removed and Jews are dependent on Palestinian 'police' recruited from the ranks of seasoned murderers and terrorists.

"Large groups are emerging which are totally opposed to the PLO deal as it stands today. These groups are growing daily and will soon be a very substantial factor to be reckoned with, not only in Israel, but in Washington, too.

"The Jerusalem Deception: While Rabin has been repeating his assurance that Jerusalem is not even on the agenda and will never be given up, a secret report is now leaking out, which tells us the opposite. The secret report covers a meeting aimed at formulating a 'Metropolitan Jerusalem,' composed of 17 experts in city planning, along with one representative of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) , Raanan Weiz, who was invited to give the main proposals.

"The meeting took place on September 7, a few days before the signing ceremony in Washington. Here are excerpts from this absolutely mind-boggling and shocking meeting:

"The meeting opened with a description of the need for fundamental changes in the city planning for Jerusalem 'on the heels of the political developments.' The plans call for new construction to house some 300,000 returning Arab refugees, and placing the Old City under international control."

(By Dr. Manfred R. Lehmann - B'nai B'rith Messenger)

"ADVERTISEMENT IN JERUSALEM POST TELL VISITING STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS: JERUSALEM NOT NEGOTIABLE: NEW YORK, NY - The team of State Department officials visiting Israel were greeted upon their arrival by a large advertisement in the Jerusalem Post headlined 'Jerusalem is Not Negotiable.'

"The advertisement was sponsored by American Jewish and Christian organizations that are critical of U.S. pressure on Israel and urge that all of Jerusalem remain under Israel sovereignty.

"The signatories included: The Zionist Organization of America, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Americans For a Safe Israel, the Coalition For Israel, B'rith Shalom, Poalei Agudath Israel of America, the Christians' Israel Political Action Campaign, the International Christian Embassy-Jerusalem, Christians United for Israel, Christian Evangelical Zionist Congress of America and the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel.

"'All Israelis and all good friends of Israel abroad are united in the belief that all of Jerusalem must remain under exclusive Israeli sovereignty,' warns Herbert Zweibon, chairman of Americans For a Safe Israel. 'If the State Department intends to pressure Israel on the Jerusalem issue, it is setting the stage for a major confrontation between supporters of Israel and the Clinton administration.' Zweibon recalled that during the 1992 presidential campaign, both Bill Clinton and Al Gore expressed support for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 'What happened to that promise?' Zweibon asked."

(Las Vegas Israelite, July 23, 1993, p. 4)

"RABIN, 'HOOKED' IN A CHRISTOPHER-PLO-MUBARAK SCENARIO: Now that all the heads of the 184 UN delegations have spoken and enunciated their nations' foreign policies in the opening general debate, one can, to a certain extent, sum up where this World Organization stands on the major issues facing mankind - Yugoslavia, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Cyprus, Haiti, etc., let alone the troublesome problems of finances, human rights, armaments, environment and a host of other problems bedeviling Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, whose burdens and responsibilities are greater than any of those his predecessors had to bear. It stands almost deadlocked.

"This is something to which your correspondent can bear witness. Unfortunately, Mr. Boutros-Ghali is not receiving the support he is asking from the member states - financial and otherwise.

"But such are the eruptive Messianic times in which we live. And this brings us to the most troublesome spot on this planet - the Middle East - an issue, including Jerusalem, soon to be bitterly debated here at the UN when the items on 'Palestine and the Middle East' come up. These debates will now have a new meaning, since the recent Washington world-shaking event which saw President Clinton host and celebrate a 'reconciliation' between terrorist Yasir Arafat and Israel's Six-Day War hero Yitzhak Rabin. No one will ever forget that 'impossible' handshake.

"'Never forget?' Indeed! The original euphoria it created is vanishing - "Because things are not turning out as had been expected from that American-sponsored handshake.

"Violence still continues – both PLO and Hamas murderers are killing innocent Israelis, and not all the Arabs are joining the PLO bandwagon; the boycott of Israel remains in force while Arafat's promises are not being kept. In one of this writer's columns last month, entitled 'A Messianic Eruption? Yes! But … ' I stated: "Despite Arafat's commitments made before the world, this writer has not changed his view. 'G-d works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.' And we have here such a 'wonder.' The wonder lies in the fact that Rabin and Peres agreed to turn Gaza and Jericho over to Arafat and PLO, giving the former murderer of Israeli men, women and children, the courage to publicly declare that his PLO flag will fly over Jerusalem in the future. This action by Peres and Rabin, 'traitorous' in the eyes of many lovers of Zion, is a 'wonder' because it will undoubtedly lead to the fulfillment of prophecy relating to a final conflict depicted in Zechariah, chapter 14 and Ezekiel 38-39. This is Messianism. Zechariah speaks about nations going to battle against Jerusalem 'only to find their grave there.'

"This writer was not alone in questioning Arafat's sincerity. He was joined by other journalists, including Bill Safire of the New York Times and colleagues of THE JEWISH PRESS who voiced dismay at the great deception being played out. In a talk with ShimonPeres, Safire got Rabin's man to confess that the PLO and the Arabs are not living up to their commitments. 'We view peace as a process of give and take.' Safire is quoting Peres as having told him: 'Israel has given, it decided to stop settlements. The Arabs said they would put an end to the boycott in return. Israel lived up to its commitments. The Arabs did not. The Arabs then argued that - should Israel recognize the PLO - they would stop turning their back on Israel. No such thing happened … '

 "This is Shimon Peres speaking, as cited by Safire. In brief, therefore, the Gaza- Jericho peace agreement is a failure and it is incumbent upon Israel to institute new elections.

"What prompted your correspondent to refer to the UN general debate at this critical time, following, the latest Russian 'revolution-a-la-Yeltsin,' was a prominent A.P. photo published on the front page of The New York Times on October 7, captioned 'Israeli- Palestinian Talks Begun in Cairo.' It caught the three, Hosni Mubarak, Arafat and Rabin, in a tell-tale and most revealing posture. Their facial expressions spoke volumes.

"Mubarak, in the center and turning to Rabin, is holding his hands out in a sort of begging gesture as if to say: 'Come on now, Yitzhak, let well enough alone, Arafat knows what he is doing.' Giving the impression of a person hooked and licked, Rabin, with his hands tightly clasped over his crossed legs, appears stunned and dumb. As for Arafat himself, sitting comfortable at the right of Mubarak in a sort of self-righteous mood, with his hands held tight to the sofa, proudly grins as if to say: 'At last, thanks to Christopher and Mubarak, we've got Israel where we wanted them and, in addition, we are helped to dwarf the Jewish State with two billion dollars of aid from the U.S., the West and others.'

"Safire's revelation should give the Labor Party much to be concerned about."

(By David Horowitz of the UN Press - The Jewish Press, October 22, 1993)

"THE DAY OF JERUSALEM - Luke 21:24: 'And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.'

"Jerusalem, the city of peace, has in fact witnessed wars and desolations more than any other city. Quite honestly, given her locality and sad history, she should not be in existence. The lesson of history clearly reveals this. No other city has suffered so many desolations and wars, and survived. Jerusalem has been and is now a thriving city of some 600,000 people. Indeed at the turn of the century no one would have believed that she would ever again become the possession of King David's ancient people. Yet in 1967 against all odds she again became the possession of her rightful owners. This too is a miracle and it is wonderful in our eyes.

"THE DAY OF PRESERVATION - Jeremiah 31:35-36: 'Thus saith Jehovah, who giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirreth up the sea, so that the waves thereof roar; Jehovah of hosts is his name: if these ordinances depart from me, saith Jehovah, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.'

"The survival of the Jewish people in the Diaspora [dispersion] and in their ancient home land is also a miracle without precedent.

"Nevertheless, Israel is still with us and will continue to be. This is another miracle and it is a testimony to the eternal God of Israel.

"At no time in history has Israel soil bloomed and blossomed as it does today … This too is an unprecedented miracle and those, like the writer, who have seen it, can only marvel at the accuracy of the prophetic Word."

(CIA Newsletter - 2nd Quarter 1993)


We wish for all our readers that they will grow in Grace and Knowledge of the Lord for a blessed New Year, as "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." (Prov. 4:18)

ANNOUNCEMENT: The date of our Memorial is March 24, 1994, after six p.m.