jewish leader Pinchas Goldschmidt and leading European rabbis are set to meet with the Pope to discuss anti-Semitism in Europe.
Leading European rabbis are set to meet with Pope Francis on Monday. The meeting will take place in the Vatican, the first time that a delegation of leading rabbis has ever met with the Pope there. The delegation will be led by Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis.
Commenting on the upcoming meeting, the Interfax news service quoted Rabbi Goldschmidt as saying that “An era of constructive dialogue between the Vatican and Europe has arrived. We are allies today and we deeply respect Pope Francis as a person who has played an enormous role in promoting the development of inter-faith dialogue and in establishing peaceful relations between nations and religions. We hope that jointly we will ward off the danger of Islamic radicalism threatening Europe.
“We are also deeply concerned about the fate of European Jews, many of whom are leaving their homes under this threat,” Rabbi Goldschmidt added. According to EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, “many streets in our European cities have become hunting grounds for Jews, and some Jews are now forced to avoid community institutions and synagogues as a result. Some are choosing to leave the continent, many are afraid to walk the streets and even more are retreating behind high walls and barbed wire. This has become the new reality of Jewish life in Europe.”
Source: Israel National News
It is never wrong to talk and have a dialogue with people of other faiths. Like Jewish leaders visiting the Vatican to have a conversation with the Pope.
The problem with this President of the Conference of European Rabbis, is that he accept the authority of the Pope. That the Pontiff has a special role in “establishing peaceful relations between nations and religions”.
If the Pope was a representative of Jesus the Messiah, “peaceful relations between nations” would not be on his agenda. The Messiah explained that he did not come with “peace’, but with a sword. And that the “peace” the World can offer is rather pointless.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
Jesus did not promote “peace between religions” either. He said that all who had come before Him were “thief’s and robbers”. Including Buddha and thousands of Hindu “gods”. And that only He could save a man from his sins. Only when you understand that you are an enemy of God, the true peace that Jesus offers can be understood. Accepting the death and resurrection of the Messiah as the lone salvation there is, will lead to a surrender to His Lordship.
Only as a follower of Jesus the Messiah, a man can have peace with God. And all Christians should pray for the chance to share the gospel with other people. Even in a hostile environment, where they run the risk of being martyred.
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“I saw a woman drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, an will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not and yet is. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eight, and is one of the seven, and is going to perdition. The ten hors which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” Revelation 17:1-13 NKJ. Time is short people, repent and believe In Jesus! Peace comes only through Jesus Christ! He paid our sin debt because He loved us and gave His life for us. We are no good! There is none good, no not one! Praise the Lord! Shalom
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John 14:12 … “You Will Do Even Greater Things Than These…”
Posted: 12 Apr 2015 05:00 AM PDT
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone
steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do
the things that I do; and he will do even greater things
than these, because I go to the Father.
It is my sincere desire that you will see the Truth in this Scripture and what it is telling us in our day. The context in which Jesus is speaking is the night before His death, when He partook of the Passover Seder with His disciples.
He has announced that one of them will betray Him, and that He will soon be leaving them. He also foretells Peter’s denial, which understandably upsets His followers. They cannot conceive of the ministry without Him, and they want to know where He is going and how they are to follow Him.
Christ comforts them by telling them that He is going away to prepare a place for them, and by now they should know who He is and believe that He and the Father are One. At the very least, they should know Him by the works that He has done. And then He gives them the astonishing news that is our Scripture today: If anyone believes in Him, they will be able to continue His work, doing as He has done. Better yet, they will do even GREATER things!
Have you ever taken these words to heart? What is Jesus saying? If we are able to do the things that He did, don’t you think we should be clear regarding what He is talking about? What, exactly, are “the works” that He did?
First of all, Jesus’s ministry on earth consisted of the following: 1) He preached the Gospel. 2) He healed the sick. 3) He cast out demons. 4) He made Disciples to spread the Gospel. So here’s my question … Did Jesus say that after He was gone, they would only be able to do some of the things He did? No! In fact, we see the Disciples throughout the Books of Acts performing miracles of healings. In Acts 3, Peter heals a man who has been lame his entire life. In Acts 5, we read that the sick were brought to the apostles in the hope that even their shadow would pass over the sick and heal them. In Acts 20, we find Paul resurrecting a man from the dead by simply putting his arms around him.
We also have many examples of the casting out of demons. In Acts 8, Philip is in Samaria, preaching Christ. And demons began pouring out of the listeners as they believed in Philip’s preaching of the Gospel message. Mark 6 reports of the Apostles preaching across the countryside of the need for men to repent of their sins, “and they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” Acts 19 even records that the mere touch of Paul’s handkerchiefs and aprons resulted in “diseases departing from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”
To the detriment of Christ’s Church, I have often heard the statement, “That authority and those powers were given to the Twelve Apostles. They were not given to us.” I disagree. If you will recall, Jesus sends 70 disciples out into “every city and place”. What are their marching orders: “Heal the sick, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you” (Luke 10:9), and “I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19).
These 70 people were not among the Twelve Apostles. They were nameless, faceless followers of Christ; just like us. They were to heal the sick and announce that the Kingdom of God was near them in the actual presence of Jesus. We are to do the same — use the power that we have been given and announce that the Kingdom of God resides in us, and is available to all who will hear the message of the Gospel. Granted, I believe we have been given a measure of the authority that the Apostles had. But as we prove our trustworthiness, he will give us more authority to accomplish things in His name.
And that leads me to the important point that it is by the authority of Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to do greater things than He. The ability to cast out demons and heal the sick is by no means due to us. Remember the story of the demoniac son in Matthew 17:14-21? A man approaches Jesus and asks for mercy upon his son, who is tormented by demons. The man had brought his son to the Disciples, but they could not cast out the demons. In a moment of frustration, Jesus calls them a “faithless and perverse generation”, and proceeds to “rebuke the demon, who departed out of [the child].”
When the disciples come to Jesus and ask why they were unable to cast out the demons, Jesus tells them “Because of your unbelief … this kind only goes out by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:20-21). We don’t get much explanation beyond this, but it seems reasonable to me that Jesus is saying, You guys were depending only on yourself. Where was the prayer? Where was your sense that the power was God’s, through you?
So unbelief is a very important issue as to whether God’s authority and power are going to be released in my life. I believe that we have absolute authority through Christ, but the measure of my power is relative. Whether we are able to defeat demonic forces in ourselves or others relies on the power we exercise. If that power is compromised by unbelief, fear, rebellion, pride or other sinful emotions, then our authority may be undermined.
Then there is the fact that Christians today will say that Jesus despaired of those who required signs and wonders in order to believe (John 4:48), and that He would not desire us to cast out demons or heal the sick in order to “prove” the validity of the Kingdom of God. But we must be careful to consider the context in which He said this. The demand for these “signs and wonders” in Galilee contrasted with the ready reception (in prior verses) which the Samaritans had given by simply hearing His word.
So, Christ recognizes that some people will need to see signs and wonders to bolster their weak faith before they can grasp any recognition of the blessings of the Kingdom. Paul confirms this in 1 Corinthians 1:22 — and, being a Jew, he knows firsthand, that “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom.” That being said, Christ does not condemn those who need signs, because He knows that these “works of signs and miracles” may lead some to true faith. But I think we can see how He compares those who need signs with those who don’t, when He says to Thomas, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
As followers of Christ — in fact, the Church is His body, and the fullness of Him is to be in each one of us — we should be aligning our lives to release that authority and power into the world, while proclaiming “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe; according to the working of His mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:20). And what is that power? It is the power that raised Christ from the dead! As fellow heirs of the Kingdom of Christ, the authority of God that’s in Jesus Christ is shared with us.
When Jesus Christ left us on earth He said (I’m paraphrasing), “All authority’s been given to me, and now I’m commissioning you. You go out, and you make disciples just as I did. All that I did and all that I taught you, you do the exact same things. You teach others the exact same ways.” Jesus did all that as fully man, using the authority and power that was given to Him by God, the Father. Why are we afraid to do the same? It is clear to me that we are instructed to continue on. Jesus modeled the life we are to live for the Kingdom.
The bottom line is that I want to follow His example and be used by God to help others be set free, to come into the kingdom, and experience the power of God. This is not about me thinking that I can become what’s called a “deliverance minister”. I have no calling on my life to do so; although, clearly, there are people who do. I simply want to come into the fullness of who I am in Christ, and to exercise the power and authority from God over my own spirit and body. Then I will be able to witness to others of the power and authority of Christ that is in me; the power and authority which is in all those who belong to the Kingdom of God.
SIDE NOTE: For those who will say that Christians cannot become “possessed” by demonic spirits, I want to make myself clear. We, as humans, are made up of spirit, body, and mind. Certainly, if we have received salvation in Christ Jesus, our spirits are sealed and belong to God. But, our bodies and our minds can be afflicted by demons in order to take our eyes off our commission. How many Christians do you know that are plagued by pornography, fits of anger, depression? How many suffer from chronic and debilitating illnesses? I believe that if Christians were aware of the power and authority they have to rebuke the demons that are attacking them, they could overcome many of their personal sins and problems. Obviously, those who are indwelt with legions of demons should seek deliverance from a Christian who has received the calling and training.
CONCLUSION: The Westernized Church of Jesus Christ must come to the fulfillment of our Commission. Can we agree that our mission includes doing the works that Jesus did? And can we also agree that today’s Scripture (John 14:12) records Jesus promising that not only will we do the very works that He did, but that we’ll do greater works than He? If we are going to go about fulfilling the Great Commission and doing greater works than our Lord, then we are going to need a greater authority and power than ourselves. God knew that, and that’s why He gave it to us. We have that power right here, right now. It’s the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! It’s time we used it for His Kingdom!
Shalom, and love in Jesus.
John 14:12 … “You Will Do Even Greater Things Than These…”
How shall we understand this?
As a 100 per cent human being, Jesus had clear cut limitations in his operational mode. He did not have accesss to a microphone, and only a few thousand people could hear his voice. There were no motorbikes around. He would only move around with the speed of a donkey…
Jesus Him self could not fullfil the Great Commision. The body of Christ can. Surely “greater things”.
I read this article and I think “Israel should not see alliances.” I also think “The anti-christ will bring peace in times of turmoil”. Then I think “Every generation believed Jesus would return during their generation and saw evidence of the end times”. “They were wrong”. “What if we are also wrong and the Pope is really a humble man seeking to serve God and man the best way he knows?” If that is the case and I condemn him labeling him the anti-chirst, will I be found guilty of convicting the innocent?” Matthew 12:7 I will keep watching but not yet condemn.
I like Futuret’s reply.
Dear Susan Pyne
Shalom and love in Jesus.
If that is the case and I condemn him labeling him the anti-chirst, will I be found guilty of convicting the innocent?
We must not make the issue of antichrist’s to complicted. The true Church is called to identify false Christs. If the Church can not, she is at best disfunctional. And she is wide open for all kind of false teachers and false prophets.
1 John 2:18
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
How could John know, that many antichrists had already come, without identifying them?
That’s like asking the coyote to make peace between the wolves and the sheep.
You see The Rabbis themselves don’t believe or at best don’t understand The Scriptures. Can Isaiah inspired by YAH’s HOLY SPIRIT be wrong? Read these verses and it will tell you what Israel has to do in order to have peace and do you know that they will actually do it as in effect its already done. Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths and highways.
Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice or right in their goings. They have made them into crooked paths; whoever goes in them does not know peace. [Rom. 3:15-18.]
Isaiah 59:9 Therefore are justice and right far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but [only] see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.
Isaiah 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, yes, we grope like those who have no eyes. We stumble at noonday as in the twilight; in dark places and among those who are full of life and vigor, we are as dead men.
Isaiah 59:11 We all groan and growl like bears and moan plaintively like doves. We look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.
Isaiah 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before You [O Lord], and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know and recognize them [as]:
Isaiah 59:13 Rebelling against and denying the Lord, turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and muttering and moaning from the heart words of falsehood.
Isaiah 59:14 Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off; for truth has fallen in the street (the city’s forum), and uprightness cannot enter [the courts of justice].
Isaiah 59:15 Yes, truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. And the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
Isaiah 59:16 And He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor [no one to intervene on behalf of truth and right]; therefore His own arm brought Him victory, and His own righteousness [having the Spirit without measure] sustained Him. [Isa. 53:11; Col. 2:9; I John 2:1, 2.]
Isaiah 59:17 For [the Lord] put on righteousness as a breastplate or coat of mail, and salvation as a helmet upon His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal [and furious divine jealousy] as a cloak. [Eph. 6:14, 17; I Thess. 5:8.]
Isaiah 59:18 According as their deeds deserve, so will He repay wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; on the foreign islands and coastlands He will make compensation.
Isaiah 59:19 So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]. [Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:29.]
Isaiah 59:20 He shall come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob (Israel) who turn from transgression, says the Lord.
Isaiah 59:21 As for Me, this is My covenant or league with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever. [Jer. 31:33; Rom. 11:26, 27; Gal. 3:29; Heb. 12:22-24.]
Dear Howard Douglas
Shalom, and love in Jesus.
It is not possible to convince secular Jews by using scripture. Pure logic is sometimes enough. In regards to the “rabbis” whom we should not call rabbis, but religious leaders, there are other issues.
1. They want to achive peace with men.
2. They want to secure their own religious authority.
3. They believe all matters about God is complicated. There is no absolute truth.
1. To achieve peace with men, you need to compromise. The most compromising institution on Earth, is the chair of the Pope. Many will seek for solutions there.
2. The rabbis are scared of losing their religious athority. The Pope accepts their claimed authority, in exhange of them accepting his claimed authority. They both agree that all who do not accept their authority, the secular world, is the real enemy.
3. The rabbis accept the gospel of works. That a man can only be saved by doing what the religious leaders claim they must do. Likewise the Pope believe in the goospel of works. A perfect union can be made.
Many of the most powerful “rabbis” in Israel are Kabbalists and modern Kabbalism is fraught with much that is not of God but instead of Satan. Many of them are corrupt: http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2012/06/israels-richest-rabbis-make-hollywood-stars-look-poor-123.html
The corrupt Rabbi Yeshayahu Yosef Pinto turned over “state’s evidence” to Israeli authorities in return for a light, one-year jail term. Many in Israel are turning away from such.
As the whole world knows, the Nazis succeeded in murdering some six million. It also sees its role primarily as that of a peace-maker. https://catalyticministries.com/financials/