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Pope Francis Heading to Holy Land With Rabbi and Imam as Interfaith Wing Men Abraham Skorka and Sheik Omar Abboud Join Pontiff's Trip

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Pope Francis Heading to Holy Land With Rabbi and Imam as Interfaith Wing Men Abraham Skorka and Sheik Omar Abboud Join Pontiff's Trip
(JTA) — With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as his travel companions, Pope Francis is heading to the Middle East with what he hopes will be a powerful message of interfaith respect.

It will be the first time that leaders of other faiths are part of an official papal delegation. The aim is to send “an extremely strong and explicit signal” about interfaith dialogue and the “normality” of having friends of other religions, chief Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters.

Starting Saturday, the three-day pilgrimage will take the 77-year-old pontiff to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel. The packed agenda includes courtesy calls on government leaders; open-air Masses; meetings with Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious authorities; and visits to holy sites of the three religions.

The two men joining Francis are friends with whom the pope frequently collaborated when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires: Rabbi Abraham Skorka, former rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, and Sheik Omar Abboud, a former secretary-general of the Islamic Center of Argentina.

“I don’t expect Francis to wave a magic wand and bring together Jews and Palestinians,” Skorka told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire. “But his charisma and his great humility can give a powerful message of peace for the whole Middle East.”

Since being elected to the papacy in February 2013, Francis, the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years, has become known — and widely hailed — for breaking protocol, shunning the grand trappings of papal power and reaching out to the faithful on a personal level.

On his upcoming trip, Francis has insisted that he will not travel in a bulletproof vehicle or special Popemobile. Rather, he’ll get around in “a normal car or open-topped jeep” in order to be closer to the people who come out to greet him, according to the Vatican spokesman.

Eric Greenberg, the director of communications, outreach and interfaith for the Multi-Faith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, said Francis’ ability to captivate world media means every step of his visit will be watched closely.

“There will be opportunities to deepen the important bilateral relationship between Catholics and Jews, and to boost the larger dialogue among Catholics, Jews and Muslims,” Greenberg said.

Francis will begin his trip in Jordan and proceed the next day by helicopter to Bethlehem for a 6 1/2-hour stay. He will meet there with Palestinian officials, celebrate an open-air Mass in Manger Square and visit with children from Palestinian refugee camps.

The official Vatican program says the pope will be visiting “the state of Palestine,” which has prompted rumors that the Vatican may announce recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

From Bethlehem, Francis will fly by helicopter to Ben Gurion Airport and then to Jerusalem. He will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust center and the Western Wall, where like his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II, he will leave a message in a crack between the stones.

The pope also will visit Christian sites and the Temple Mount, a site that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims and the locus of recent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians protesting Jewish visitors.

In recent years, the Vatican has made the state of Christians in the Middle East a priority issue. Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, said this month that the recent spate of anti-Christian graffiti attacks by Israeli Jewish extremists “poisons the atmosphere of coexistence” surrounding the papal visit. He chided Israeli authorities for not cracking down.

Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s international director for interreligious affairs, said the media attention resulting from the papal trip has prompted some action to be taken against the extremists.

Francis will be the fourth reigning pope to visit Jerusalem. His trip marks the 50th anniversary of the first papal visit to the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI’s pilgrimage in January 1964. On the trip, Paul’s meeting in Jerusalem with Patriarch Athenagoras, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, was a major first step toward reconciling the 1,000-year rift between Western and Eastern Christianity.

The centerpiece of Francis’ stay will be his meeting with Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and an ecumenical joint prayer service with leaders of other Christian churches in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

Paul’s trip, the first by a reigning pope outside of Italy, came in a vastly different context than today in terms of Jewish-Catholic and Vatican-Israel relations. The visit came one year before the Second Vatican Council promulgated its Nostra Aetate declaration, which opened the way to interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Jews.

It also took place decades before the Vatican and Israel established diplomatic relations with a Fundamental Agreement signed at the end of 1993. During his stay in Jerusalem, Paul did not even pronounce the word “Israel.”

For the past 20 years, Israel and the Holy See have attempted to reach agreement on several outstanding bilateral issues, including establishing the juridical rights of the Catholic Church in Israel as well as regulating property and taxation issues.

Just ahead of the pope’s visit, Israeli officials quashed rumors that Israel planned to transfer the Cenacle — the site where Jesus’ Last Supper took place — to the Vatican. Francis is to celebrate Mass at the Cenacle, which is revered by Christians.

Jews venerate the site as King David’s Tomb, and on May 12, hundreds of haredi Orthodox protested there demanding that Israel retain control.

All of these factors and more mean that it is impossible to separate bilateral Israel-Vatican relations from Catholic-Jewish relations, the AJC’s Rosen says.

Papal visits to Israel, he said, demonstrate “the remarkable new Catholic and Christian positive affirmation of the roots of its identity and its commitment to the welfare of the Jewish people.”

Moreover, he said, “I greatly hope that there will still be an opportunity for an interfaith encounter with local representatives of the faiths communities in this land somewhere on the papal itinerary. I actually think that to bring along an Argentinian rabbi and imam is very nice, but if there is no interfaith meeting with the locals, it might be seen locally as rather disingenuous.”

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Read Daniel 7 and 9 and Revelation 13 for your reference. The one world religion is about to occur. Do you know Jesus? If not, please repent, confess and accept Him as Lord of your life before it is too late. God bless you all.
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This moment in time, The LORD God Almighty; The God of Heaven, the earth and the entire Universe; The LORD Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit is going to help us to understand in a very detailed manner the deeper meaning and the significance of The Book of Life.

This is the ultimate Book, the Master Book of the entire universe and mankind. It is the book that forms the benchmark of entry into Heaven; It is The LORD’s book of eternal destiny of mankind.

And so The LORD is going to help us to understand the significance of this Book (The Book of Life) as elaborated and expounded below as we take this very deep journey on The Book of Life Exposure:

1-The Name of People Is Written in this Book of Life while at the same time the names of people can be blotted out (removed) from this Book of Life depending on their spiritual condition.

And this spiritual condition is dependent on the status of the garment that is worn by an individual. If the garment worn is clean, bright, pure white and spotless then ones name will be written in the Book of Life and they become the joy (the delight) of The LORD; infact they walk with The LORD since the presence of The LORD (The Holy Spirit) is upon them and dwells in them. However if one dirtifies/soils/defiles their garment then their names are (will) be blotted out (removed) from the Book of Life.

And this is very beautifully captured in the book of Revelation 3:4-5 which states as follows: “ Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.”

2-Anyone Whose Heart Turns Away from The LORD and decides to go and worship idols and other gods will bring disaster and the wrath of The LORD God Almighty upon themselves; Because The LORD God Almighty is a jealous God and anyone who departs from Him to go and follow idols and other gods will have broken His cardinal commandment which states: ‘“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”’

And so if anyone substitutes The LORD God Almighty with idols and other gods which include Money, jobs, friends, family, Property, Wooden carvings, metallic carvings and even false religions and gods like allah, buddha, mohammed, krishna etc then The LORD will blot out (remove) their names from under heaven i.e from The Book of Life that is stationed in Heaven.

And this is well captured in the book of Deuteronomy 29:18-20 which states as follows: ‘“Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison. When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. The LORD will never be willing to forgive them; his wrath and zeal will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the LORD will blot out their names from under heaven. The LORD will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.”’

3- Whoever Has Sinned Against The LORD will Have Their Names Blotted Out of The Book of Life; And only through Atonement of their Sins Will One Be forgiven and their names Be written in the Book of Life. And the atonement for sins is Through The Blood of The LORD Jesus Christ (The perfect and ultimate sacrifice). Whoever does not have their sins atoned for by seeking, receiving and believing in The Blood of The LORD Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins will perish through eternal punishment in hell.

And all this is wonderfully captured in the book of Exodus 32:31-35 which states as follows: ‘“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.” The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.”’

4- Those whose names are written in The Book of Life will be Raptured into Heaven by being Delivered (Rescued) From The Great Tribulation Period i.e. before the onset of The Great Tribulation period.

And so at that very moment of the Rapture, the question that will be asked to qualify or to disqualify one for the Rapture (Deliverance) will be: “Is Your Name Written in The Book of Life?”

This question will determine whether one is Raptured or Left behind. And this is well captured in the book of Daniel 12:1-4 which states as follows: “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

5-The Book of Life will be used during the Great white throne judgment. And it will be used to check those whose names are not written in it; whereupon they will be thrown into the lake of fire.

And remember, there is another book which records everything (whether good or bad) that is done by each and every person that ever lived on the earth; and each person will be judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

And in the book of life; only those whose sins have been atoned for through The Blood of The LORD Jesus Christ; by them accepting The LORD Jesus Christ into their life and believing in Him will have their names written in the book of Life. Meanwhile, anyone who backslides or do sin and do not repent of their sins and plead for mercy for forgiveness of their sins will have their names blotted out from The Book of Life.

And all this is very beautifully captured in the book of Revelation 20:11-15 which states as follows: “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

6- It is also very important to note that during the White Throne of Judgment whereupon the court of Heaven will be seated, The LORD God Almighty Himself will be seated in this Court and the Central reference point will be The Books, which will then be opened (Including The Book of Life). And this is well captured in the book of Daniel 7:9-10 which states as follows: ‘“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.”’

7-The Redeemed of The LORD will be entitled to the inheritance of The LORD: The New Jerusalem; which will be based in Heaven. And herein will be the glory, the light and the honour of The LORD; because The LORD will dwell amongst His redeemed.

The Redeemed are only those whose names will be found written in The Book of Life. And this is well captured in the book of Revelation 21:22-27 which states as follows: ‘“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”’

8-The Authority that The LORD Jesus Christ has given to His believers to serve Him and to Overcome all the power of the enemy is ultimately intended to ensure that their names are written in The Book of Life.

This should be the ultimate joy for the believers in The LORD Jesus Christ. And this is well captured in the book of Luke 10:17-21 which states as follows: ‘“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”’

9- The redeemed of The LORD will be those who are Holy, and upon where they will dwell will be cleansed with the purifying Holy Fire of The LORD. The LORD will dwell amongst the Redeemed, and since The LORD is Holy, even the place He will dwell in will be Holy and those who will dwell with Him in His presence will be Holy (The Redeemed). And all the Holy Redeemed of The LORD will be those whose names are written (recorded) in The Book of Life.

All this is well captured in the book of Isaiah 4:2-6 ‘“In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the blood stains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”’

And this is also well captured in the book of Hebrews 12:22-24 which states as follows: “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

10- In The record Book of The LORD, The LORD records all the tears shed by His faithful Children. And when His faithful children will be redeemed into Heaven, then all their tears (as recorded in the books) will be wiped away.

And this is well captured in the book of Psalm 56:5-9 ‘“All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down. Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.”’

And then the reward out of this is also well captured in the book of Revelation 21:3-4 which states as follows: ‘“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”’

11- The wicked Ones will Have their names blotted out of The Book of Life. And they will not share in the inheritance of The LORD with The Righteous. These wicked ones are the enemies of The LORD God Almighty; the enemies of the servants of The LORD; The enemies of the sons and daughters of The LORD.

And this is well captured in the book of Psalm 69:19-31 ‘“You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap. May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever. Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them. May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents. For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt. Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation. May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous. But as for me, afflicted and in pain—may your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.”’

12 The LORD Has a Plan for each and every person before they are even born; and this is recorded in The Books of The LORD. And this plan is not to destroy anyone but to prosper everyone spiritually etc and in fulfilling the plan of The LORD for their life.

And so it is upon every person to be in the will of The LORD; by seeking The LORD in prayer, reading the word of The LORD, praise & worship and listening to the voice of The LORD through His direction and guidance; and this can only come through a complete surrender to the LORD, so that The LORD can direct ones entire life. And all this is well captured in the book of Psalm 139:13-18 ‘“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.”’

13 Those who serve The LORD and stand firm in The LORD in preaching and spreading His gospel will have their names written in The Book of Life.

And so in the Book of Life are written the names of those who faithfully serve The LORD and remain firm in Him in preaching and spreading His word. And this is well captured in the book of Philippians 4:1-3 which states as follows: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.”

14- Anyone who worships the beast (The Anti-Christ) and his image and takes the mark of the beast, will have his/her name blotted out of the book of life i.e. their names will not be found written in The Book of Life. And all this is well captured in the book of Revelation 13:7-8 which states as follows: ‘“It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”’

And this is further extensively explained in the book of Revelation 17:7-8 which states as follows: ‘“Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.”’




Precious Jesus,

I acknowledge today that you are LORD and savior of all mankind,

and today I have recognized my shortfall,

I repent and turn away from all sin.

Please cover me with your precious blood,

and establish your word in my life,

that I may be found in righteousness and holiness

and write my name in your book of life

and baptize me with the power of the Holy Spirit

in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.


Shalom!!! Shalom!!! Shalom!!!