In 1139 A.D. the Catholic Saint Malachy was said to have experienced visions during a trip to Rome. He subsequently put these visions to paper and penned a document containing 112 short phrases purporting to describe all future popes that would head the Catholic Church. Though not a part of official Catholic dogma or church teachings, this Prophecy of the PopesÂ is well known by Vatican officials and church scholarsÂ becauseÂ it has beenÂ remarkably accurate about naming the last 111 heads of one of the worldâ€™s oldest and most widespread religions.
According to researchers, theologians and evangelical scholars, the phrases Malachy scribed in his writings offer up the â€œnature, name, destiny or coat of armsâ€ of every pope in succession and culminate with the naming of the 112th pope.Â The coat of arms is represented in every ring designed for the reigning pope!
The morning of February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be retiring.Â Jokingly referred to as â€œGodâ€™s Rottweilerâ€ in some circles, the German born 111th Pontiff as described in Malachyâ€™s prophecy is called theÂ Gloria Olivae, orÂ â€glory of the olive,â€ which some supporters of the prophecy suggest is a reference to the Benedictine Order of monks from whom Benedict got his name. The Benedictine Order of monks are also known as theÂ Olivetans, and are represented by an olive branch, leaving many to believe that Saint Malachy was, once again, as he was in the past, correct.
Now, according to prophecy, the 112th Pope will step up to head the Church, and he will be namedÂ Petrus Romanus, or Peter, the Roman.
Whether youâ€™re Catholic, Christian or non-Christian, the fact that a 900 year old prophecy is coming to a close has got to be intriguing. And one way or the other, whether Malachyâ€™s predictions turn out to be true or not, the prophecy concludes with the next Pope.
Eerily, the prophecy describes the Catholic Churchâ€™s last Pontiff as overseeing a whole new era, and one that will be met with great difficulty and destruction. A quote from Malachy:
â€œIn extreme persecution the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied byÂ Peter the Romanâ€¦â€
â€œWho will pasture his sheep in many tribulations and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed,Â and the terrible or fearsome Judge will judge his people. The End.â€
Prophecy of the Popes â€“ Attributed to St. Malachy circa Â 1139 A.D.
Within the Book of Revelation, also known asÂ TheÂ Apocalypse of John,Â are references to the destruction of a City of Seven Hills.Â This city is Rome and to the many trials that will be faced by mankind ahead of the finalÂ judgement, the rapture, the rise of the anti-christ, seven years of tribulations, and the end of days.Â Suffice it to say, if the prophecy is accurate, then the world will soon be engulfed in a battle between good and evil.
The idea by many Catholics that the next pope on St. Malachyâ€™s list heralds the beginning of â€œgreat apostasyâ€ followed by â€œgreat tribulationâ€ sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, something many non-Catholics agree with. This will give rise to the false prophet, who according to the book of Revelation leads the worldâ€™s religious communities into embracing a political leader known as the Antichrist.Â
Throughout history, Catholic priestsâ€”some deceased nowâ€”have been surprisingly outspoken on what they have seen as this inevitable danger rising from within the ranks of Catholicism as a result of secret â€œIlluminati-Masonicâ€ influences. These priests claim secret knowledge of a multinational power Â elite and occult hierarchy operating behind supernatural and global political machinations. Among this secret society are sinister false Catholic infiltrators who understand that, as the Roman Catholic Church represents one-sixth of the worldâ€™s population and over half of all Christians, it is indispensable for controlling future global elements in matters of church and state and the fulfillment of a diabolical plan called â€œAlta Vendita,â€ which assumes control of the papacy and helps the False Prophet deceive the worldâ€™s faithful (including Catholics) into worshiping Antichrist.
As stated by Dr. Michael Lake on the front cover of an unprecedented report, Catholic and evangelical scholars alike have dreaded this moment for centuries. Unfortunately â€“ as you will discover in the next 90 days â€“ time for avoiding Peter the Roman just ran out.
The prophecy begins in 1143 with the election of Pope Celestine II, who is described in Latin as â€œEx caÅ¿tro Tiberis,â€ or â€œFrom a castle of the Tiber.â€ Celestine II was born in central Italy in a city that sits on the banks of the Tiber River.
Pope John Paul II is referred to as â€œDe labore folis,â€ or â€œfrom the labour of the sun,â€ and is the only pope to have been born on the day of an eclipse and entombed on one as well.
There are scores of similarÂ parallelsÂ between prophecy and pope, adding all the more credence to its legitimacy.
In its last prediction, though the prophecy refers to Petrus Romanus as the shepherd that will pasture his sheep, it may not necessarily mean the Pope will be on the side of the people, or even God. According toÂ Thomas Horn, the author ofÂ Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here, the last pope is not the anti-christ, but he may well beÂ the false prophet who ushers him inÂ – a chilling thought for the billions of Catholics and Christians around the world:
The important fact is this. The very next Pope, following Pope Benedict the XVI who, according to a lot of news coming out of Rome right now â€“ his days are numbered. Heâ€™s getting older, heâ€™s getting feeble, he may retireâ€¦And the pope did retire. The next Pope is the final one on a 900 year old prophecy.
Imagine how historical this moment is with regard to end times Bible prophecy.Â
Whether coincidence, self fulfilling through the machinations of man, or otherworldly affects, Malachyâ€™s writings have certainly held the attention of the highest levels at the Vatican for centuries, and perhaps even influenced its decisions.
Now, with Benedict the XVI stepping down, we enter its final phase, and weâ€™ll soon learn how accurate it really is.
 Dr. Michael K. Lake
Chancellor and Senior Professor of Theology/Ministry and Senior Professor of Biblical Life Education; A.A. – United Theological Seminary ô€‚™ Th.B. – Christian Bible College ô€‚™ Th.M. – Christian Bible Seminary ô€‚™ M.A. – Faith Theological Seminary ô€‚™ Th.D. – North American School of Theology ô€‚™ D.R.E. – New Covenant International Bible College ô€‚™ D.Psy. – Faith Theological Seminary
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