Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Peace And Safety"

A friend of mine who has an interest in Bible prophecy sent this story along to me. For months now, she has been telling me that eventually we would see the Pope, aligned with the EU, negotiate a "peace" agreement which would ensure Israel's safety. I know that many experts in Bible prophecy have been predicting exactly that for some time.

Now, we see this:

VATICAN CITY - Iran's foreign minister met with Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday and gave the pontiff a message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Vatican and news reports said.

Manouchehr Mottaki and Benedict met briefly after the pope's general audience at the Vatican's Paul VI hall, the Vatican said. It released no details of the talks.

Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, said Mottaki brought a message from Ahmadinejad. The Italian agency ANSA and RAI public TV said the letter did not touch on political issues, but religious ones.

The meeting comes weeks after the Vatican indirectly criticized a conference of Holocaust deniers that was held this month in Iran, a Shiite Muslim country. Issuing a statement it said was in connection with the conference, the Holy See said the Holocaust "was a great tragedy before which we cannot remain indifferent" and which must serve as a warning to people's consciences.

Benedict also met earlier this month with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who urged Christians to protest Holocaust denials. Ahmadinejad has frequently called for the destruction of Israel and questioned whether the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews took place.

During Wednesday's general audience, which drew several thousand faithful, Benedict reiterated his call for world peace.

"An ardent appeal for peace on earth, one that can translate in a concrete commitment to build (peace) with our lives: this is the task that Christmas entrusts us with," he told the pilgrims.
On Christmas Day, the pope had called for an end of violence in the Middle East and around the world.

While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
--- I Thessalonians 5:3