Jerusalem's Temple Mount and the Vatican

Yasser Arafat is reported by Reuters, on October 23rd, 2000, as having sent a personal appeal to Pope John Paul II to intervene and help resolve the Middle East crisis. The appeal by Arafat was revealed by Nemer Hammad, the top Palestinian Authority official in Italy, who said "Palestinians need the intervention of such a prestigious person who is above politics.''

The major point of contention between Palestinians and Israelis is East Jerusalem and temple mount, the site of Solomon's and Herod's temple, destroyed in 70 A.D. by the armies of Rome. The book of Daniel makes an interesting prediction about temple mount:

Dan 11:45 And he [Antichrist] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Jerusalem lies between two seas, the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, and the glorious holy mountain surely refers to temple mount. It will be very interesting to see what role the Vatican plays in solving the crisis over East Jerusalem. The Bible apparently indicates that very near the end of time, the Pope will actually quit Rome, and move to Jerusalem, in order to exercise control over the glorious holy mountain of God, which is the explicit stated goal of Satan:

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

(The mount of the congregation, temple mount, is north of the old city of David in Jerusalem)

How soon might that happen? Perhaps sooner than we might think. We can only watch, and wait.