Extra-Biblical Last Pope

The Last Pope Prophecy

 

 

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In 1139, an Irish archbishop, St. Malachy, prophesied that there would be 112 more popes before Judgment Day. In his descriptions, some appear to align with reality in some way. For example, Benedict is noted as the “glory of the olive,” and the Olivetans are affiliated with Benedictine Order. Pope Benedict XVI, the 111th Pope, announced his resignation, which is an extremely rare occurrence in itself as Popes die in office, and started a rage among prophecy watchers. Pope Francis, the 112th, was voted in to office shortly after. At the end of the prophecy by St. Malachy, he says, “In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit… Peter the Roman [Pope Francis], who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations; and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [Rome, mentioned in the Book of Revelation] will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”

 

Interesting enough in itself but certainly should not be taken as law. You can see the correlations in St. Malachy’s “alleged to some” prophecy to the events of the Bible, especially Revelation. If you consider that we are living in the last days, it appears that St. Malachy would be correct after all, but being that it might not be direct from God, you should approach it with skepticism. Consider the event following just after Pope Benedict XVI resigned: lightning struck the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, not once, but twice.

 

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In Luke 10:18 Jesus says he saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Does this mean that Satan came down in a lightning bolt into the Basilica and is now indwelling in Pope Francis? Certainly not! Perhaps it is mere coincidence but it is certainly an interesting perspective. If I were to give an honest opinion of the prophecy of the last pope, I would lean toward agreeing with it but not because it came from St. Malachy. I believe we are in the last days now with or without this prophecy but again, it’s an interesting observation and addition to the signs of the times.

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