SAUDI ARABIA - Muslims, Christians, and Jews to Meet in Jerusalem?

Arno Froese

The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League has taken the unprecedented and potentially controversial step of urging Muslims to form a delegation alongside Christians and Jewish religious leaders to visit Jerusalem as a step toward peace.

“We should send a peace convoy that is representative of all three Abrahamic religions. They should be Muslim, Christian and Jewish and they should visit all holy sites,” Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Alissa told Fox News in an interview. “They should meet everyone and find common ground, and they should provide fertile ground to find solutions for peace.”

Alissa stressed the delegation should be made up of religious leaders from each of the three faiths, instead of political figures. “They should be independent of politics, they should have no political agenda whatsoever. They will be more influential without a political agenda because they are independent,” he said.

Nor should the delegation be viewed as an effort from any particular nation, Alissa said. “This visit is not from Saudi Arabia and it should not represent Saudi Arabia,” said the former Saudi justice minister. “It comes from the Muslim world, the Christian world and the Jewish world. It has no relevance to any country whatsoever.”

Alissa said he sees the prospective meeting in Jerusalem as a step toward what will some day be a more broad cross-faith acceptance of different faiths. For example, while Saudi Kingdom itself still only officially recognizes Islam in its laws, Alssa said “without a doubt” the time will come when all people can go to any country and openly practice whatever faith they choose., 5 October 2018

Arno's commentary

It would be difficult to determine the motivating factor of Prince Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Alissa, but religious ecumenism is the prevailing spirit the world over. We add that his statement, “…all people can go to any country and openly practice whatever faith they choose,” will be true in the future, although right now Saudi Arabia is one of the most anti-Christian countries in the word; even forbidding visitors to take one’s own Bible into their country. Nevertheless, this dialog-based ecumenical movement will in the end succeed, but we repeat: only temporarily. When the world worships the image of the beast, holding to “…whatever faith they choose,” it will end in the final confrontation between light and darkness, truth and lie, the Creator and Antichrist, who will be defeated.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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