Pope Francis’ Christmas speech: Words of a lamb or a dragon?

Pope Francis (Source: presidencia.gov.ar)


Pope Francis spoke about peace and unity today:

December 25, 2013

VATICAN CITY –  In his speech on Christmas Day, Pope Francis said he hopes for a better world, including successful Middle East negotiations in the land of Jesus’ birth…

The pope prayed that Jesus, the `’prince of peace,” would `’bless the land where you chose to come into the world and grant a favorable outcome to the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Heal the wounds of the beloved country of Iraq, once more struck by frequent acts of violence.”

Francis then explained his concept of peace.

`’True peace is not a balancing of opposing forces. It’s not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions,” the pope said in his first Christmas message since being elected pontiff in March. `’Peace calls for daily commitment,” Francis said, reading the pages of his speech which were ruffled by a chilly wind.  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/25/worshippers-pilgrims-rejoice-in-jesus-bethlehem-birthplace/

December 25, 2013

The Pope has called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for “a homemade peace” that can spread across the world.

Speaking to about 70,000 people from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis also made another appeal for the environment to be saved from “human greed and rapacity”.

Celebrating his first Christmas as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church, he centred his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and world) message on the theme of peace.

“Peace is a daily commitment. It is a homemade peace,” he said.

“I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace.”  http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pope-francis-warns-39-anti-christian-39-violence-044301293.html#e25PVUs

December 25, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers…

He also called for dialogue to end the conflicts in Syria, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, and prayed for a “favorable outcome” to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians…

“God is peace: let us ask him to help us to be peacemakers each day, in our life, in our families, in our cities and nations, in the whole world,” he said.  http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-be-peacemakers-all-pope-says-in-first-christmas-message/1817148.html

While on the surface some of this sounds like what a ‘lamb’ may say, could it be part of the speech of a dragon (Revelation 13:11)?

From the ‘lamb’ perspective, Jesus clearly taught that Christians should be peacemakers:

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.  (Matthew 5:9)

Being a real peacemaker is actually good.

Many in the media seem enamored with Pope Francis and many seemed to love his speech today.  As reported here two weeks ago, Time magazine even went so far as to name Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” for 2013 (Time names Pope Francis ‘Person of the Year’).

But there are issues.  Notice the following from the Apostle Paul:

15…As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,  Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” (Romans 10:15-16)

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known. (Romans 3:16-17)

Pope Francis talks of peace, but does not understand nor teach the true gospel.  Yet, the media tend to think that he is, as they also do not know the true gospel nor the way of peace.  Contrary to scripture, Pope Francis’ ecumenical hopes include atheists (see Pope Francis’ ecumenism includes atheists!) and other non-believers, and not to convert them to be believers–this is a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-10).

Furthermore, it has been reported that despite his claims today against ‘division,’ that Pope Francis wants Jerusalem divided (http://www.revolutionwatcher.com/blog/2013/05/02/Pope-Francis-entering-the-Peace-process.aspx).  He also wants to acquire religious sites that are currently under Jewish control (WND: Kerry proposed deal to give Vatican control of at least one ‘holy site’ in Jerusalem)–the Bible indicates that this is not good (Daniel 11:31; Matthew 25:15)

Despite public statements for ‘peace’ and against division, what Pope Francis seems to advocate is for a divided Jerusalem.  Under current conditions, that would seem to lead to a Jerusalem that ends up being surrounded by armies.

Notice some of what the Bible teaches about that:

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matthew 24:15-16)

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.  21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.  22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (Luke 21:20-22)

2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zechariah 14:2)

So, while in certain respects Pope Francis looks like a lamb, the dragon-like implications of what he is saying need to be understood by prophecy watchers.

Some items of related interest may include:

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