The news regarding Pope Francis’ visit to the United States this week brought to mind a prophecy by an Irish bishop in the 12th century. According to the bishop, known as Saint Malachy, there would be 112 popes with the last one who would rule until the end of the world. Interestingly, Pope Francis just happens to be that 112th pope. Now, many are wondering if the current pope will fulfil this prophetic role.
The following article from IrishCentral.com asks if Pope Francis will be the last pope:
The prophecies of the Irish Saint Malachy, the 12th century bishop of Armagh, have thrilled and dismayed readers for centuries. He has stated there will be only one more pope after Benedict, and during his reign comes the end of the world. So Francis could be the last.
The prediction in full is “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.”
The father of the current pope was Peter or Pietro and was from Italy even though the family moved to Argentina.
In 1139, then Archbishop Malachy went to Rome from Ireland to give an account of his affairs. While there he received a strange vision about the future that included the name of every pope, 112 in all from his time, who would rule until the end of time. We are now at the second last prophecy.
His predictions are taken very seriously. As one report states: “In 1958, before the Conclave that would elect Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Spellman of New York hired a boat, filled it with sheep and sailed up and down the Tiber River, to show that he was “pastor et nautor,” the motto attributed to the next Pope in the prophecies.”
As for the prophecy concerning the 111th pope, Pope Benedict, the prophecy says of him, “Gloria Olivae,” which means “the glory of the Olive.”
The Order of Saint Benedict is also known as the Olivetans, which many claim makes Malachy’s prophecies correct. The next and final pope then should be “Peter Romanus.”
St. Malachy gave an account of his visions to Pope Innocent II, but the document remained unknown in the Roman Archives until its discovery in 1590.
Many of the prophecies are spot on. For example, the one about Urban VIII is Lilium et Rosa (the lily and the rose). He was a native of Florence and on the arms of Florence figure a fleur-de-lis. Pope John Paul II is De labore Solis meaning “of the eclipse of the sun.” Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse.
Peregrinus apostolicus (pilgrim pope), which designates Pius VI, appears to be verified by his many journeys to new lands.
So will Pope Francis be the last pope? The Irish seer of the 12th century has said it will be so. Time will tell. http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/st-malachy-predicted-pope-benedicts-successor-will-be-last-pope-190715001-237789421.html
Indeed, time will tell whether Pope Francis will be the last pope. On the same token, time will tell if Malachy is a true or false prophet. And speaking of time, since we are fast approaching the end of this age and the soon return of Jesus Christ to earth, the question arises: Could there be a connection between Malachy’s prophecy and the false prophet spoken of in Revelation 13:
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
In EndtimeMinistries, minister Irvin Baxter addresses the question, “Is Pope Francis the False Prophet?” After discussing the history behind Malachy’s prophecy and how Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope, one of the fascinating features of the latest pope is that he is the first to be from the Jesuit order of priests also known as the Society of Jesus.
As EndtimeMinistries reports, Liberation Theology is embraced by much of the Jesuit order. Liberation Theology allegedly teaches that if Jesus were on the earth today, he would be a Marxist. It is asserted that Pope Francis has been an avid promoter of social justice or socialism according to Marxist doctrine. Anyone who has paid attention to the news, knows that the pope has been outspoken in his criticism of capitalism and lenient toward socialist views.
These socialist views seem to dovetail with the one-world government promoted by the false prophet on behalf of the first beast in Revelation 13 (note verses 16-17). The first beast (coming up from “the sea”) in verses 1-10 is believed by some to be the Antichrist, a world political leader in the last days. The beast in verses 11-18 (“coming up from out of the earth”) is called the False Prophet, a world religious leader who supports and promotes everything the Antichrist represents. It is believed by certain prophecy experts that the False Prophet in Revelation will be a leader from the Roman Catholic church. Therefore, the question arises on whether the current pope could be the last pope and False Prophet predicted by Archbishop Malachy.
EndtimeMinistries weighs the pros and cons concerning this question:
Will Pope Francis be the False Prophet?
There are some factors that seem to indicate Pope Francis could well be the False Prophet while others would argue against it.
1. The Holy Roman Empire, which will be in power during the reign of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, was reborn on November 3, 2009. (See Endtime’s DVD, Holy Roman Empire Reborn).
2. We are moving into a system of global governance right now through the process of globalization.
3. Most of the world is presently rejecting capitalism and embracing socialism.
4. All the prophecies that are to occur during the reign of the Antichrist and the False Prophet are shaping up at this time. (See Endtime’s DVD series, Understanding the Endtime).
5. Pope Francis is a strong proponent of “social justice”, which is simply a politically correct term for socialism.
6. Pope Francis’ lifestyle of humility and simplicity is causing him to become very popular very quickly.
7. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope ever.
The biggest factor against Pope Francis fulfilling the Bible’s prophecies about the False Prophet is his age.
There is a seven-year period that will begin upon the signing of a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement. The reign of the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be terminated at the end of this seven-year period. If the final seven years started next year, which doesn’t appear likely at this time, the pope would be 84 at the time of Armageddon. If the final seven years begins in two or three years, the pope would be even older by the time all of the prophesied world events culminated. Although it’s not impossible that the False Prophet could fulfil his prophesied role at the age of 86 or 87, it doesn’t appear likely.
Outside of the age factor, it appears that Pope Francis, with his strong embrace of social justice, could qualify as the last pope. If Malachy’s prophecy that the 112th pope will be the last pope is true, then Francis is definitely the False Prophet. However, we must remember that the Bible doesn’t say this, and the Bible must always be our final authority, not Malachy.
The bottom line is that we can’t yet say for sure whether this pope is the final one or whether a future pope will fulfil that role. We will just have to wait and see how events develop. But it certainly is going to be interesting, isn’t it?
DISCLAIMER: I report this information simply to raise awareness of the times in which we are living and what some are saying. While I may not necessarily agree with everything the writers of these articles assert, they do peak our interest in the signs of these times and Bible prophecy concerning Christ’s return. We continue to examine the scriptures to see if these things are so. Only the Bible will have the final say on how these signs will fall into place, not Malachy or any other prophet. We do know that when Jesus comes, there will be no more popes or false prophets.
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