In the belief that its members have replaced Israel as the people of God, the Roman Catholic Church has taken for Rome the titles that God gave to Jerusalem: city of God, eternal city, holy city. In 1904, the year of his death, Theodore Herzl, founder of the modern Zionist movement, recorded in his diary that he had asked Pope Pius X for help in establishing the Jewish settlers back in their land. He records that the pope replied, “We cannot prevent the Jews from returning, but we could never condone it.”
In 1919, Cardinal Pietro Gaspari, Secretary of State for the Vatican, confessed, “The thing that frightens us the most is the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine.” Why should the Roman Catholic Church be opposed to and even frightened at the prospect of the Jews returning to their own land in fulfillment of God’s many promises to restore them? If this “only true Church” is that far out of touch with God and His Word in this regard, what other errors does it promote?