"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition." - Sir Isaac Newton.
I’m not going to start this series off with Biblical Prophecy, and there’s a lot of that to come. Rather I’m going to start with a more recent prophecy many are not aware of.
Although I am hesitant to provide anything out of scripture, there is something about these prophecies which speak volumes for the times which we are in, and state that we see the world in. There are thing which are happening which the blind and the hopeless cannot see but those who are saved by the wonderful hope in Jesus - The Lord, the Father and the Almighty King of Truth, Love and Forgiveness - can.
St Malachy was born in Armagh in 1094. According to the traditional account, in 1139, Malachy was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future and past popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Roman Archive, and thereafter forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590.
“The Prophecy of the Popes” by St. Malachy is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They detail both popes and anti-popes from 1143AD to the current day. Of course there is always the veil of lies which surround these things, anything to detract attention from the Truth. That is how the enemy operates.There has been some concern about the accuracy of the Prophecy, but, because it is not biblical it is largely disregarded. Little did they know that Joseph Ratzinger would choose the order of St. Benedict whose Crest is an Olive Branch.
St. Malachy prophesied 74 popes before him and 38 popes after him. According to the Prophecy, the last pope is the next one. And it says this: In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church will reign Petrus Romanus, 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 seven hilled city is either Rome or Jerusalem)
There are many different theories about the final pope but the point I am trying to make is that this is the End.
Ratzinger is old, sick and the first ever pope speaking of resignation, due to the butler scandal with his documents.
Besides Malachy, Popes themselves have made prophecies:
• Pope Pius IX (1846-78): “There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with astonishment. This wonder will be preceded by the triumph of revolution. The church will suffer exceedingly. Her servants and her chieftain will be mocked, scourged, and martyred.”
(We have seen revolution all over the Middle East)
• Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903): After saying Mass on October 13, 1884, the Pope suddenly collapsed. Upon waking, he recounted a vision he had seen. "Oh, what a horrible picture I was permitted to see!" he said. He described a period of about 100 years when Satan’s power was to reach its maximum, a decline of moral and spiritual values. Those hundred years would have included most of the 20th century.
(We have seen scandal, sexual perversion, paedophilia, and the the desecration of the sanctity of marriage)
• Pope Pius X (1903-14): This Pope had a number of prophetic visions. In 1909, in the midst of an audience with members of the Franciscan order, he seemed to fall into a trance. Moments passed, then his eyes sprung open and he jumped to his feet. "What I have seen is terrifying!” he cried out. “Will I be the one, or will it be a successor? What is certain is that the Pope will leave Rome and, in leaving the Vatican, he will have to pass over the dead bodies of his priests!" It’s uncertain what this vision alluded to, but it is similar in many respects to the reported third prophecy of Fatima. Later, shortly before his death, another vision came to him: "I have seen one of my successors, of the same name, who was fleeing over the bodies of his brethren. He will take refuge in some hiding place; but after a brief respite, he will die a cruel death. Respect for God has disappeared from human hearts. They wish to efface even God's memory. This perversity is nothing less than the beginning of the last days of the world."
• Pope Pius XII (1939-58) also experienced strange visions of a bleak future. After one of these experiences he told confidants, "Mankind must prepare itself for sufferings such as it has never before experienced… the darkest since the deluge."
It is important to note that the general theme here is suffering for Christians and we must expect this. But with the great assurance that our time will come when we are at the hand of the Father and beneath him, our enemies, are his footstool.
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