Vatican Accepts Jewish Belief: The Messiah Has Not Come

"Then I was pointed to some who are in the great error of believing that it is their duty to go to Old Jerusalem, [See appendix.] and think they have a work to do there before the Lord comes. Such a view is calculated to take the mind and interest from the present work of the Lord, under the message of the third angel; for those who think that they are yet to go to Jerusalem will have their minds there, and their means will be withheld from the cause of present truth to get themselves and others there. I saw that such a mission would accomplish no real good, that it would take a long while to make a very few of the Jews believe even in the first advent of Christ, much more to believe in His second advent. I saw that Satan had greatly deceived some in this thing and that souls all around them in this land could be helped by them and led to keep the commandments of God, but they were leaving them to perish. I also saw that Old Jerusalem never would be built up; and that Satan was doing his utmost to lead the minds of the children of the Lord into these things now, in the gathering time, to keep them from throwing their whole interest into the present work of the Lord, and to cause them to neglect the necessary preparation for the day of the Lord." (Early Writings : Page 74 The Gathering Time)

For purposes of closer political alliances, Roman Catholic Church leaders have officially entered into an agreement with the Jews, which they would prefer not to be widely known.
The following is an article in a Jewish weekly journal, The Jewish Week. The article, dated July  23, 2002,
is titled, “Rome Strikes Deal with Jews.” It was written by Eric J. Greenberg, a staff writer for the weekly.
There are several startling news items here.
According to Vatican teaching:
• The Jews are right in not believing the Messiah has come yet. (Jewish belief includes the concept
that Jesus is not that Messiah.)
• Jews and Catholics both believe in the same
Messiah. (Amazing.)
• The Catholic Church will no longer work for
the conversion of Jews, since they are already converted (i.e., Protestants and Adventists are not converted, but Jews are).
In 1967, during the early thaw of Catholic-Jewish
relations, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg addressed a
Catholic audience about the conflicting Messiah beliefs.
The Orthodox rabbi noted that one difference
between Jews and Catholics is whether the Messiah
is coming for the first or second time. Christians
believe the Messiah—a Jew from Nazareth called
Jesus—came 2,000 years ago and, after dying and being resurrected, will someday return to redeem the
Jews say the Messiah has yet to arrive—a belief
that led to centuries of Christian anti-Semitism and
killings of Jews who refused to accept the Christian
Rabbi Greenberg suggested the dispute be tabled
until the Messiah arrives. When the Messiah comes,
Jews and Christians “can ask him if this is his first
coming or his second,” finally putting the issue to rest.
But this week, the Messiah debate suddenly took
center stage in Jewish-Catholic relations, in an appropriately bizarre and mysterious manner.
It follows the revelation last week, that the Vatican’s
top biblical scholars recently issued a report that
for the first time in nearly 2,000 years apparently
validates as legitimate the Jewish wait for the Messiah.
A 210-page document, titled “The Jewish People
and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible,” by
the Pontifical Biblical Commission and authorized
by the Vatican’s top theologian Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, reportedly states that “the Jewish messianic
wait is not in vain.”
It reportedly says Jews and Christians share their
wait for the Messiah, although Jews are waiting for
the first coming and Christians for the second.
The new document also reportedly contains an
apology to the Jewish people for anti-Semitic passages contained in the New Testament and also
stresses the continuing importance of the Torah for
The book comes to light as anti-Semitism appears
to be increasing around the world from Christian and
Muslim sources.
For example, the Associated Press reported this
week that Russian prosecutors are investigating an antiSemitic Russian Orthodox Church priest, Sergei Nilus,
who allegedly openly calls Jews the antichrist and enemies of Christianity.
But despite the potential significance of the new
Vatican document, it was seemingly buried upon
publication, quietly placed in bookstores in Rome last
November. There was no press conference or public
announcement, unlike many other important Vatican
documents, such as the 1999 “We Remember” Holocaust report.
 In fact, the world was unaware of the new “Messiah doctrine” until last Friday [September 20, 2002],
when the New York Times published a story about it,
based on a short report two days earlier by the Italian
news agency ANSA.
  “Everything in the report is now considered part
of official Church doctrine,” Vatican spokesman
Joaquin Navarro-Valls acknowledged after it became
  Despite its potential significance, the document
still was unavailable in English this week, being
translated only in Italian, French, and Polish. Further, the Vatican did not post it on its web site in any
Vatican Accepts Jewish Belief:
The Messiah Has Not Come
  “For the time being the document . . will not be
available [on] the Internet,” the Pontifical Biblical Commission told one American rabbi Monday, adding, “An
English translation will be available [in] days.”
That left American Jewish and Catholic interfaith leaders scrambling this week for any information.
Initial speculation generally was positive, even
as the interfaith leaders stressed that they were speaking without having seen the text. They also all questioned the “strange” behavior of the Vatican in failing to publicize such a significant document.
“The way it was released is extremely strange,” said
Father John Pawlikowski, director of the Catholic Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union
in Chicago. “Normally they launch these things with
fanfare and press conferences. Also the lack of an authorized English translation is particularly disturbing.”
“It’s very strange,” said Michael Signer, professor
of Jewish Thought and Culture at the University of Notre
Dame. “This is not the most salutary way this could
have been done.”
In Rome, Vatican officials denied they tried to
hide the document, fearing criticism from right-wing
Catholics who oppose theological change.
“There was no intention to hide it,” said a Vatican
spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini.
In the United States, Eugene Fisher, ecumenical
director for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, blamed a Vatican leadership that is understaffed
and “clueless” about what is important to world interest.
But Fisher, who said he saw an English draft of
the text last year, expounded on its importance. He
noted that  the theologically conservative Cardinal
Ratzinger—the second most powerful person in the
Vatican after the Pope—signed off on it.
Ironically, it is the same Cardinal Ratzinger who
alarmed Jewish leaders last year when he declared that
the Church is waiting for the moment when Jews will
“say yes to Christ.”
Asked if Jews must, or should, acknowledge Jesus
as the Messiah, Cardinal Ratzinger told an interviewer,
“We believe that. The fact remains, however, that our
Christian conviction is that Christ is also the Messiah of Israel.”
How that declaration squares with the new “Messiah document” was a source of much speculation
this week. But Fisher contended it’s a major positive
“If you put off the moment that Jews will come to
recognize Jesus as the Messiah until the end of time,
then we don’t need to work or pray for the conversion of Jews to Christianity,” he said. “God already
has the salvation of Jews figured out, and they accepted
it on Sinai; so they are OK.”
“Jews are already with the Father,” he continued. “We do not have a mission to the Jews, but only
a mission with the Jews to the world. The Catholic
Church will never again sanction an organization
devoted to the conversion of the Jews. That is over,
on doctrinal, biblical, and pastoral grounds. Finito.”
Signer, also a Reform rabbi said, “What’s really
new is the validation of the Jewish position as truth,
that the Jewish waiting for the Messiah is a correct
theological viewpoint. If the document says what we
think, it is another very important theological step
in the respect for Judaism as a living tradition.”
“It’s a very important, critical statement,” said Rabbi
Jack Bemporad, head of the Center for Interreligious
Understanding. “Up until now they were saying Jews
are completely and absolutely wrong and we are
waiting in vain and blind to the truth.”
Others were more cautious, noting continued significant differences in Messiah beliefs—particularly that
Christians believe that their Messiah is Jesus who is
also God while for Jews the Messiah is not a divine being
and cannot be Jesus because he died before bringing the
Rabbi James Rudin, senior interreligious adviser
to the American Jewish Committee, raised several concerns.
“Does the new book instruct Catholics to fully
accept the fact there is not only theological space in
God’s universe for Jews/Judaism, but they must also
affirm that the identity of the long awaited Messiah,
so ardently prayed for by Jews for centuries, is unknown and will remain unknown until the Messiah
appears?” he asked.
“That is a clear affirmation of Judaism with no
theological strings attached, no Jesus waiting for Jews
at the end of the theological day. If this is the book’s
message, then it is an important step forward on the
part of the Catholic Church.”
Father Pawlikowski stressed that  the new document also appears to affirm the importance of the
“Jewish Bible,” a new term for the Vatican that he said
would be highly significant if it replaces the traditional
“Old Testament,” which has a negative implication as
being replaced by the “New Testament.”
“The document seems to say that Christians should
never deprecate or see the Jewish Bible as inferior,
which coming from major Vatican biblical scholars
could have profound implications for Catholic religious
and educational material,” Father Pawlikowski said.
All the scholars said the next step is for the Vatican
to make available the English translation as soon as
possible, so it can be studied.
“We hope to see it before the Messiah,” quipped one
frustrated interfaith expert.
End of article.
We live in an age when many denominations
are softening—even compromising—their beliefs
in order to obtain greater acceptance by other denominations. Unfortunately, we are doing it also.3
Because he had some very wealthy donors pouring
in lots of money, in the early 1970s, Robert Brinsmead
began mailing his monthly doctrinal magazine, Verdict,
free of charge to thousands of Protestant ministers. They
really did not need his teachings, since he had by that
time been converted by Geofrey Paxton, an Anglican
minister, to a form of “salvation by profession of faith
in Christ, without obedience to the law of God.”
Soon after, our church leaders in Takoma Park
decided that our Ministry magazine should begin doing the same thing. Because our world headquarters,
and all its projects, are funded solely from world tithe
contributions, a large amount of money was made available from the yearly Adventist World Budget for this
costly project. Every other month, the magazine would
contain soothing ecumenical fluff, and would be mailed
at no charge to hundreds of thousands of non-Adventist
Over the years, these bi-monthly mailings have
avoided anything of a doctrinal nature that might offend Protestant pastors. Because of this, instead of being an evangelistic tool, the project became an ecumenical device to help other denominations accept us as a
harmless fellow traveler, free from the oddities of historic Adventism.
This Ministry mailing project dovetailed nicely with
our other ecumenical efforts to be accepted by the other
denominations: Bert B. Beach’s chairmanship of a primary interfaith doctrinal committee at World Council
of Churches (WCC) headquarters in Geneva (on which
he had sat as a voting member since 1967), our “personal representatives” at the WCC, the full membership of some of our foreign conferences and unions in
the WCC, and our increasing participation in local ecumenical gatherings. By the early 1990s, our leaders
found they had to be increasingly circumspect as to
our public statements and activities, so we would not
lose our standing with the other churches.
By the mid-1990s, we had successfully completed
an extended theological “dialogue” with the Lutherans.
By the late 1990s, we had entered into an agreement at
Geneva, with representatives of other denominations,
to publish and preach less about the Seventh-day Sabbath—a very embarrassing topic to the other churches.
At about the same time, as an expression of our
continued good will, our GC Ministerial Association
began publishing books by Protestant ministers for sale
in Protestant bookstores and in our own ABCs. All of
the books have been listed on the Ministerial Association bookstore list on the internet.
(A wealth of data on the the Evangelical Conferences
and our ecumenical connections will be found in the
books listed on page four.)
When the September 11 tragedy occurred, our leaders conceived a plan to greatly increase our popularity
with non-Adventist ministers: We would provide them,
free of charge, a booklet they could carry around with
them and use to help dying people get to their form of
heaven: the Islamic heaven, the Buddhist heaven, the
Jewish heaven, or whatever. It was thought that this
would be a wonderful way to demonstrate our tolerance for (frankly, even confidence in) the values of all
the world’s religions.
So the idea for the “Emergency Ministry” packet
was born. The plan was somewhat costly, since it was
to be mailed to hundreds of thousands of Protestant,
Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, etc. ministers, priests, gurus, etc. But, since the General Conference no longer
had the heavy expense caused by its lawsuits against
small Adventist groups, it could now afford to put some
of the extra money into these packets.
The 14-page  “Emergency Ministry: Information
and Resource for Clergy” packet consists, first, of an
opening cover letter by James A. Cress (GC Ministerial
Association Secretary), on his General Conference letterhead. The next 12 pages contains nearly 20 prayers,
readings, or incantations, acceptable to one or the other
of seven large world religions.
Many of the ministers who received the packet made
photocopies and shared them around. The copy sent
to us had obviously been xeroxed several times. The
original had been mailed to an Adventist minister.
Here are samples of what you will find in this packet,
mailed free of charge to tens of thousands of ministers:
“Catholic emergency ministration: If a dying person desires ministry, repeat with him/her the following: 1. The Hail Mary. ‘Hail Mary, full of grace . . Holy
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at
the hour of our death . .’
“Islamic: If a dying person desires ministry, repeat
with him/her the following: 1. The Allah Ekber. ‘There
is no god but Allah and Muhammad is God’s apostle.’ ”
—On and on it goes, for Protestants, Jews, Buddhists (“Repeat with him the Tisarana: ‘Buddham
saranam gacchami; I take refuge in the Buddha.’ ”),
Hindu, and Orthodox
Adventist Leaders Teach Paganism
PART ONE  OF THREEA mixture of Protestantism, Catholicism, and paganism is being mailed out in great quantity to religious leaders around the world, unknowingly paid for
by faithful Adventist believers—and the material is to
be used in the last hour or minutes before death, not to
bring them to Christ, but to confirm them in the hope
that their pagan god will save them after they expire.
The packet concludes with a page explaining its
source as the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offering additional free copies. Tragically, this material has
been approved for distribution by our church headquarters for widest circulation! Distribution is paid for
from the tithe (the only source of income from the Yearly
Budget for the General Conference).
Many decades ago, our evangelists and journals
taught the people about Jesus Christ and the importance of returning to obedience to the law of God,
through Christ’s enabling grace.
Then we graduated to aping the teachings of Protestants and Catholics, that behavior and conduct has
nothing to do with salvation; we can all be saved in our
sins as long as we keep trusting in Jesus.
Now we have descended to a new level: instructing
ministers of other faiths, that it is no longer necessary
to even lead people to Christ before they die; they can
be saved by their statues and pagan gods.
In the name of ecumenism and tolerance, we are
exchanging Adventism for universalism (universal salvation)—because it is more acceptable on the cheap
market of public acceptance.
Continued on the next tract HCR 77, BOX 38A - BEERSHEBA SPRINGS, TN  37305  USA T GRIMS RES PIL
198 pp., 8½ x 11  $15.00 + $3.00
The Beginning of the End [DH–101-118] (1983). The
complete story of the 1954-1956 Martin-Barnhouse conferences with our denominational leaders, which resulted in
the 1957 book, Questions on Doctrine, and partially changed
our beliefs. Aftermath to 1983.  p. 5
Letters to the Churches–Part 1-9 [DH–151-159]
(1983). M.L. Andreasen, our leading Sanctuary scholar at
the time, wrote this protest against the errors of the Evangelical Conferences in 1957. Strongly opposed by leadership for so doing, he died of a broken heart in 1962.  p. 77
An Evangelical History of the Adventist Theological Split—Part 1-3 [WM–852-854] (1998). A non-Adventist
theologian writes about how we compromised our beliefs
during those conferences and afterward  p. 113
Seventh-day Adventists Believe–Part 1-8 [DH–301-
308] (1988). An analysis of doctrinal problems in this second Adventist doctrinal book.  p. 125
Sequel to Questions on Doctrine–Part 1-4 [DH–311-
314] (1989). Comparing our new Adventist doctrinal book
with Questions on Doctrine, our book published in 1957 as
a result of our conferences with Walter Martin.  p. 157
The Martin-Johnsson Debate–Part 1-2 [WM–111-112]
(1985). Walter Martin debates William Johnsson on TV.  p.
Walter Martin and the SDA Church [WM–249] (1990).
Brief history of Martin’s momentous influence on our doctrinal beliefs, written shortly after his death.  p. 179
Walter Martin and the Scholars: Historic Adventism and Hebrews Nine [WM–250-251] (1990).  p. 183
The Atonement: Finished or Unfinished?–Part 1-2
[WM–727-728] (1996).  p. 191
Second Evangelical Conferences [WM–1002] (2001).
p. 197
80 pp. and 132 pp., 8½ x 11
Seventh-day Adventist/Vatican Ecumenical Involvement. Book 1 -  History: 80 pp., $6.00 + $2.50. // Book 2
- Documents: 132 pp., $11.00 + $2.50  (1999). History of
our contacts with the WCC and its branches, in America and
worldwide, from 1957 onward.
138 pp., 8½ x 11  $12.00 + $3.00
A Hundred Years of Ecumenism–Part 1-6 [WM–358-
363] (1991). A study of the entire modern ecumenical movement and Protestant/Catholic involvement.  p. 7
National Council of Churches Nearing Bankruptcy
[WM–971] (2000). A brief report: The NCC is losing favor
with its supporting denominations.  p. 31
The Hungarian Crisis–Part 1-8 [WM–84-91] (1984).
Over a thousand faithful believers are ousted from the Hungarian Union because they are opposed to its membership
in a subsidiary of the World Council of Churches.  p. 33
The Hungarian Crisis: Additional Documents–Part
1-5 [WM–91–A-E] (1984). Additional documents.  p. 65
Hands Across the Gulf: The Lord’s Day Alliance
and Seventh-day Adventists [WM–1024] (2001). An insight into our involvement with the leading Sunday-Law advocacy group.  p. 85
Evangelicals and Catholics Join Ranks [WM–541]
(1994). The remarkable doctrinal statement linking the two
groups.  p. 89
The Christian Coalition / The Catholic Alliance [WM–
723-725] (1996). Objectives of two different religious organizations.  p. 91
Catholic Coercion of Adventist Books [WM–720]
(1996). Part of the reason our denominational books are
changing.  p. 103
The Secret Interchurch Planning Meeting [WM–906]
(1999). Our leaders have agreed to tone down their presentation of the one doctrine which embarrasses Protestants
the most.  p. 107
Update on the Secret Interchurch Planning Meeting [WM–914] (1999). Additional details.  p. 111
Adventist Nomads [WM–1001] (2001). Our Ministerial Association publication, web, and ABC sale of a Baptist
book with two chapters advocating Sundaykeeping.  p. 115
Nomad Removed from ABCs—Part 1-2 [WM–1006-
1007] (2001). Despite earlier protests, the book was not
removed from our ABCs until WM–1001 was released.  p.
Vatican Accepts Jewish Belief: The Messiah Has
Not Come / Adventist Leaders Teach Paganism to NonAdventist Clergy—Part 1-3 [WM–1108-1110]  (2002). In
order to win more friends, the Vatican and Silver Spring
make concessions.  p. 127W 5
In former decades, when a person was nearing
death, our ministers would try to lead him to Christ.
But times have changed. Now we are to leave
him hopelessly mired in the erroneous religious
beliefs he may have.
The following 12-page  Emergency Ministry
packet has been sent to tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventist ministers around the world. It
Adventist Leaders Teach Paganism
has also been sent, compliments of our General
Conference Ministerial Association, to tens of thousands of non-Adventist clergy. It seems we want
every minister in the world to leave people, who
are without Christ, to die in their sins—thinking
that their false religion will save them.
The 12-page packet was sent out with a cover
letter, which we will also include.
“It is an undeniable fact that the hope of immortal blessedness at death has led to a widespread
neglect of the Bible doctrine of the resurrection . .
There is not a doctrine in the gospel on which more
stress is laid; and there is not a doctrine in the
present system of preaching which is treated with
more neglect! . . This has continued until the glorious truth of the resurrection has been almost wholly
obscured and lost sight of by the Christian world.”—
Great Controversy, 547.
“And this is the evidence that the incestuous,
drunken Amnon was at death immediately transported to the abodes of bliss, there to be purified
and prepared for the companionship of sinless angels! A pleasing fable indeed, well suited to gratify
the carnal heart! This is Satan’s own doctrine, and
it does his work effectually. Should we be surprised
that, with such instruction, wickedness abounds?
“The course pursued by this one false teacher
illustrates that of many others. A few words of Scripture are separated from the context . . It is thus that
doubters, unbelievers, and skeptics turn the truth
into a lie. And multitudes have been deceived by their
sophistry and rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal
“If it were true that the souls of all men passed
directly to heaven at the hour of dissolution, then
we might well covet death rather than life.”—Great
Controversy, 539.
“If the dead are already enjoying the bliss of
heaven . . what need of a future judgment? The teachings of God’s Word on these important points are
neither obscure nor contradictory; they may be understood by common minds . . The theory of the
immortality of the soul was one of those false doctrines that Rome, borrowing from paganism, incorporated into the religion of Christendom.”—Great
Controversy, 549.
Oftener, however, it serves the tempter’s purpose
best to lure men to destruction by flattery. The teaching of the demon-gods, in ancient times, fostered the
vilest license. The divine precepts condemning sin
and enforcing righteousness were set aside; truth
was lightly regarded and impurity was not only permitted, but enjoined. Spiritualism declares that there
is no death, no sin, no judgment, no retribution . .
The barriers that God has erected to guard truth,
purity, and reverence, are broken down, and many
are thus emboldened in sin. Does not such teaching
suggest an origin similar to that of demon worship?”—
Evangelism, 608.
“Even sickness and death are of less consequence
than the salvation of souls for whom Christ made so
immense a sacrifice . . One soul is of more value
than the entire world.”—2 Testimonies, 540-541.
“How terrible it is to stand by the coffin of one
who has rejected the appeals of divine mercy! How
terrible to say: Here is a life lost! Here is one who
might have reached the highest standard and gained
immortal life, but he surrendered his life to Satan,
became ensnared by the vain philosophies of men,
and was a plaything of the evil one! The Christian’s
hope is as an anchor to the soul, both sure and steadfast, and entereth into that which is within the veil,
whither Christ the forerunner is for us entered. We
have an individual work to do to prepare for the
great events that are before us.”—Messages to Young
People, 89.
“Had the law of God never been transgressed,
there would have been no death and no need of a
Saviour.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, 363.
—Comfort for those dying in Christ and those
left behind:  2 Selected Messages, 246-276.