I’m sure you have recently heard that current Pope Benedict XIV just announced that he will be officially resigning on February 28th 2013. This will mark him as only the Pope to resign since 1415, almost a century before Columbus sailed for America. That’s a long time ago. Usually, almost all Pope’s die in office; so this announcement of resigning is quite surprising to the whole world, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
With Easter fast approaching early this year on March 31st, the Lenten Season will be full of conversations on who the next Pope will be. Papal candidates are called “Papabili” which in Latin literally means popeable or one who might become pope. According to the modern church law, a pope is selected only from the College of Cardinials who meet in conclave to select the successor. The new Pope must be a cardinal, so the list is fairly short, no more than four or five men.
With an estimated 1.2 Billion Catholics worldwide, this man must lead this modern Catholic Church into the next few decades, through many troubled waters that have appeared in recent years. While there has been a great amount of speculation in modern times about who would be the next Pope, many Catholics are watching closely this next conclave, for they believe that whoever succeeds Pope Benedict XIV will be the “Last Pope.” The reason lies in an ancient prophecy of St. Malachy.
St. Malachy lived in 12th Century Ireland and was Archbishop of Armagh, now a town of over 14,000 in Northern Ireland. He is known for reforming the Irish Church and aligning it more closely with Rome. He also established the first Cistercian abbey in Ireland in 1142. But what he is most know for is the Prophesy of the Popes in which he list 112 short phrases that describe each of the Roman Catholic Popes beginning with Celestine II who was elected in 1143, and concluding with the successor of the current Pope Benedict XVI. He describes the last Pope as the 112th (soon to be elected) and in the prophesy is named “Peter the Roman ” whose reign as pope will see the destruction of the city of Rome. (Now the Catholic church discounts the Prophecy, saying that they have no connection with Malachy except their erroneous attribution to him.)
Pope # 268-The Last Pope- “ In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The end.”
Interestingly every single phrase listing the Popes correctly identifies the Popes down through all 111 which is very remarkable to say the least. So if the next Pope who is elected takes the name Peter or is named Peter, the 112th will also be correctly identified according to St. Malachy’s prophecy. Now this is not bible prophecy by any means but it is a prophecy from a well known respected true Christian of the 12th Century.
The interesting part of all of this is most bible prophecy scholars believe and teach that the Baby Boomer generation is the last generation as well, based on the timeline of clues in the bible which 99% believe started the end time clock with the State of Israel being born in a day just as the bible predicted in May of 1948. In the gospels of Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 Jesus lays out the entire time line of the end of the age and His second coming. Then He says “Truly, Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” meaning the generation that sees the end time things he mentioned.
Since Revelation mentions the city on seven hills , actually seven mountains on which the woman called the great harlot sits and goes on to explain the beast is the Anti-Christ, many believe that the False Prophet who is evil and works with the Anti-Christ will be none other than the Final Pope! The final new world order is three fold; religious, political and financial. It is the False Prophet who demands the world worship the beast or his image. It is the False Prophet who kills all the Christians or anyone who do not take the mark or worship the beast, not the Anti-Christ. It is the False Prophet who causes fire to come down from heaven and makes the image of the beast speak. All must be done in the presence of the Anti-Christ. The False Prophet must be a world religious leader over many over the earth so many scholars assume it has to be the Final Pope. It is the False Prophet who makes it a crime by death to all people who do not worship the beast. Many Christians will be killed or taken to prison and no one will be able to buy or sell anything unless they have the image or the name of the beast on their right hand or forehead. Some bible scholars think this is Islam and the Anti-Christ will be Muslim.
So if the Prophecy of St. Malachy is correct, then it makes sense that this is indeed the final generation and the seven year period know as the great tribulation is upon us very soon. Some key things must happen first though before Jesus returns. 2nd Thessalonians says it won’t happen until the Abomination of desolation declares himself to be God standing in the Jewish Temple (not built yet). A seven year treaty with Israel must be signed and the Temple must be rebuilt which would take only 3 1/2 years. This would happen in the first part of the treaty. And the apostasy must happen. (the great falling away). The good thing is we will all be aware as 1st Thessalonians 5:4 states “But you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief. Sorry Pre-Trib’ers, our gathering together with Jesus happens after all these things take place and at the Last Trumpet as mentioned in Revelation 11 and we will see the two witnesses as well in Jerusalem before Christ returns.
The bottom line is the Final Pope could be the dreaded False Prophet which means the Anti-Christ is alive and ready to come on the scene as well. If you see all these things come into play and someone works a deal with Israel for a seven year peace, then that is the Anti-Christ and seven years later Jesus will bust open the Eastern Sky! Until then, you better prepare the best you know how, buy and save food, change part of your dollars into silver as the world economy will crash at some point and most of all get and stay very close to God and our Lord Jesus Christ….Remember Jesus said don’t fear, all these things must take place……Whether this is the last generation or not, one thing is very clear, God’s word says these things will take place and it’s coming very soon……