The world has been abuzz today following the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is abdicating the papal throne at the end of the month. This is historic for two reasons - 1) it marks the first time in 600 years that a sitting pope has resigned the Papacy and 2) if an ancient 12th century prophecy is to be believed, his successor will be the final pope that ushers in the Great Tribulation promised in Revelation. Whaaaaaa? That shit cray! Well hear me out, because what follows is one of the more intriguing items I've stumbled upon in my 17 years of 'reading weird stuff about the end of the world.' Enjoy!
A little background - the now infamous 'Prophecy of the Popes' was composed in 1139 by an Irish bishop by the name of Malachy O'Morgair ('St. Malachy'), who, while in Rome in an audience with then-Pope Innocent II, experienced a vision of the next 112 popes, ascribing cryptic Latin phrases to each with descriptors such as his religious order's coat of arms, birthplace, surname, or events that take place during his reign. In layman's terms, he basically gave short descriptions in Latin about what characteristics would describe future popes. Critics say these were forged in the late 16th century or that even the great Nostradamus wrote these and had them hidden for fifty years. To this day the Catholic Church rejects them as being a forgery. For what its worth, the Catholic Church also treats accounts of boys being molested by priests as a 'forgery' as well. So consider the source. Cynics have said that these ultimately became a case of 'seek and ye shall find' - ie, if you read the Latin descriptor, you can 'back into' the pope in question and say "See - the prophecy works!!!! Look!!!!!" According to one of my links below, "apparently, 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 attibuted to the next Pope in the prophecies!" With poor slobs pulling stunts like this, how can the prophecy be taken seriously?
Well, simply put, if this was a forgery for the first three hundred years, and some jerk-off took it over and made up some prophecies, then why the successful hit rate for the next four hundred years? I'm not saying all of these were crystal clear prophecies, but some of them were dead on balls accurate:
Gregory IX (1227-1241) - Avis Ostiensis(Bird of Ostia)
Hist.: before his election he was Cardinal of Ostia
Urban IV (1261-1264)
Hierusalem Campaniæ(Jerusalem of Champagne)
Hist.: native of Troyes, Champagne, later patriarch of Jerusalem
Nicholas IV (1288-1292)
Ex eremo celsus(elevated from a hermit)
Hist.: prior to his election he was a hermit in the monastery of Pouilles
Clement V (1305-1314)
De fessis Aquitanicis(ribbon of Aquitaine)
Hist.: was archbishop of Bordeaux in Aquitaine
John XXII (1316-1334)
De sutore osseo(of the cobbler of Osseo)
Hist.: Family name Ossa, son of a shoe-maker
Clement IX (1667-1669)
Sydus Olorum(constellation of swans)
Hist.: upon his election, he was apparently the occupant of the Chamber of Swans in the Vatican.
Gregory XVI (1831-1846)
De balneis hetruriæ(bath of Etruria)
Hist.: prior to his election he was member of an order founded by Saint Romuald, at Balneo, in Etruria, present day Toscany.
Benedict XV (1914-1922)
Religio depopulata(Religion laid waste)
Hist.: This Pope reigned during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia which store the establishment of Communism.
John XXIII (1958-1963)
Pastor et Nauta(pastor and marine)
Hist.: prior to his election he was patriarch of Venice, a marine city, home of the gondolas
John Paul I (1978)
De medietate Lunæ(of the half of the moon)
Hist.: Albino Luciani, born in Canale d'Agardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected pope on August 26, his reign lasted about a month, from half a moon to the next half...
John Paul II (1978-2005)
De labore Solis(of the eclipse of the sun, or from the labour of the sun)
Hist.: Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. His Funeral occurred on 8 April, 2005 when there was a solar eclipse visible in the Americas.
Benedict XVI (2005-2013)
Gloria olivæThe Benedictine order traditionally said this Pope would come from their order, since a branch of the Benedictine order is called the Olivetans. St Benedict is said to have prophesied that before the end of the world, a member of his order would be Pope and would triumphantly lead the Church in its fight against evil.
So those are some of the big hits. Of course, other more in-depth analyses have been done on each and every prediction (I've attached links at the bottom for your perusal or if you're just horny). I forgot to add one thing - Pope Benedict was the 111th of the prophesied 112 Popes. Which means we will bear witness to the last pope according to this prophecy. His name is 'Petrus Romanus' ("Peter The Roman"). The Papacy began with St. Peter and will end with a Peter. Here is what the prophecy says about Petrus Romanus:
"In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End."
According to Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn, authors of the 2012 book 'Petrus Romanus' (an exhaustive 500 page book that covers everything having to do with the 112th Pope - great read, BTW), this last pope will become the 'False Prophet' of Revelation, ie - the sidekick of the coming Antichrist. He will lead the Catholic Church to slaughter, unite us under the banner of a 'One World Religion', and basically water down the teachings of Jesus. They also compare the eerie coincidences between Washington DC's masonic symbols/imagery/architecture with the symbols/imagery/architecture of The Vatican. According to these authors, both Washington DC and The Vatican will become the Twin Towers of the New World Order one world government. Ok bad analogy, but you get the point.
Peter The Roman will brainwash Christians worldwide to unite under one religion to worship one universal god (on its face, not an altogether bad thing since it brings fake 'unity' with other word religions, but it is under false pretenses). Cynical atheists reading this - you probably just said to yourself, "Yeah well Christians are already brainwashed to believe in bearded men in the sky who came back from the dead." To that I say, 'fuck you, I'll turn the other cheek and pray for you, Bill Maher, and your half-robot hero Stephen Hawking this night." So in light of today's events, who will be chosen as the diabolical Petrus Romanus? Some front-runners have begun to emerge....
Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana - head of the Vatican's Department for Justice and Peace. He's black and he talks pretty. Reminds me of another hoodwinker.....
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria - also black and represents the growing Catholicism in Africa.
Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan - rumored runner-up in 2005, member of economic council of the Vatican
Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone - camerlengo (Pope's man-servant), Vatican Secretary of State. Main target of Vatileaks scandal related to Pope's Butler 'spilling the beans' on inner workings of Papacy. He's like the 'Puck from Real World III' of the Vatican.
One of these men will most likely assume the role of Petrus Romanus, the last Pope. Peter Turkson seems the current favorite, but his remarks after the 2008 economic crisis gave many pause. He proposed the overhauling of the international financial system by creating a Global Public Authority and a Global Bank that worked in close coordination with all countries. Pope Benedict XVI also echoed these sentiments while stopping short of calling for a 'central bank'. We don't need religious leaders calling for more 'globalism' because it's not going to end well. The last book of the Bible talks ad nauseum about a one world leader, government, currency, religion and complete subservience to an unholy, demonic mindset.
We see it going on in the world now, as our economic system hangs by a thread. We combined the countries of Europe under one currency, which is about to implode. The USA is a country divided along racial, religious, gender, economic, and social status lines, and God gets pushed further and further into the background. The Police State is closing in on us, with drone strikes increasing, wars brewing, currencies crashing, and more and more people succumbing to poverty and dumpster diving. What if the global system crashes? Won't we want a leader to provide stability? Won't we do anything to keep our family safe, even if it means following someone with a questionable past and ulterior motives? What if that leader aligned themself with a spiritual leader with one billion people under his global empire? You can see where this is going. Petrus Romanus will play a huge role in a future global catastrophe, as people look for spiritual strength in times of sadness and despair. He will ultimately flee the 'city of seven hills' ('Rome') as the world crumbles around him. He will help the global dictator impart his will on the innocent and sell a bastardized version of religion to the dumbed-down sweathog texting iphone masses. So are you scared yet? Pay attention to the final Papal Conclave in late March. We'll have a new Pope by Easter. Just in time for all of the other shit to hit the fan. Have a good week hugs and kisses!!!!!!!