Vatican in control as thousands of Christian and Catholic pilgrims descended on the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Tuesday’s annual Christmas Eve celebrations.
For years now, Pope Francis from the Vatican has been supporting Palestine over Israel at every opportunity, and that support has paid big dividends. In 2015, Pope Francis signed a treaty giving official Vatican recognition to the state of Palestine. Last year the Catholic pope met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how they might go about overturning President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the list goes on and on. So what do we see on Christmas Eve 2019 in the town where Jesus was born? We see the hand-picked representative of the Vatican, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, crossing through the army checkpoint, and being escorted by uniformed Palestinian scouts as a conquering hero.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:15-17 (KJV)
The ultimate goal of the Vatican is to seize control of Israel, and more specifically Jerusalem, a goal that will be accomplished during the time of Jacob’s trouble when the One World Religion of Chrislam will be in full effect. But for now, the Vatican is content with what they have been able to conquer so far. In 2020, you can expect to see more full-throated support of the demonic Two-State Solution from Pope Francis as his relationship with the Palestinians deepens. The Vatican is a country and Pope Francis is king over it, and soon he or another pope will rule the world for 7 short years from Vatican City and ultimately, Jerusalem.
Thousands arrive in Bethlehem as Christmas festivities begin
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The Church of the Nativity, where Catholics believe Jesus was born, was set to host Palestinian dignitaries and pilgrims from around the world for a midnight Mass. Uniformed Palestinian scouts wearing yellow and gold capes and playing drums and bagpipes paraded past assembled visitors in Manger Square, bedecked with a large Christmas tree.
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the head Catholic cleric in Israel and the West Bank, crossed an army checkpoint from Jerusalem to Bethlehem ahead of the holiday prayers, where he was greeted by prominent members of Bethlehem’s Catholic community.
Pizzaballa said that he draws hope from the “desire, especially in the youth, to do something for their societies, families. This is my hope, is that these people can make Christmas not just today, but everyday, because that’s what we need,” he said.
Christmas festivities are typically a boost for Bethlehem’s flagging economy and for the West Bank’s dwindling Christian population, which has shrunk over the decades compared to the general population.
Palestinian Authority Tourism Minister Rula Maaya said the number of foreign tourists visiting the West Bank rose to 3.5 million in 2019, from 3 million the previous year. At least 15,000 pilgrims were staying overnight in Bethlehem for Christmas, she said. READ MORE
Vatican Representative Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa Enters Bethlehem 2018
The handpicked Vatican representative and Catholic archbishop for the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, arrives in Bethlehem for Christmas 2018 celebrations and will later lead midnight mass.
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