The Succession of Popes
April 05 05
With the passing of Pope John Paul II, the world is in mourning. Why? I'll get to that in next week's segment. First, I want to bring your attention to earlier articles in this weekly segment on the succession of popes. If you haven't read the series on The End of Days, you'll want to do that first and you can find the first in the series here. I want to pick up where I left off there talking about the succession of popes according to St. Malachy.
Malachy prophesied that the motto for the 109th pope, John Paul I, would be "from the half of the moon." John Paul I lasted only 33 days, barely over one lunar cycle. He was elected on August 26, 1978, when the moon was in its last quarter. He died on September 28, 1978, again when the moon was in its last quarter. Vatican insiders know that John Paul I was murdered because he sought to change the Catholic church back to it's origins, that is, to the time of the original apostles. Some have said that the moon represents the Church in its original state because the Jews, of whom the Church was born, observe the Biblical lunar cycle. But Roman Catholicism is pagan and is based on a solar cycle. The Romans changed the Sabbath to Sunday and brought in the sun festivals of Easter and Christmas. It is thought that John Paul I was going to change all that.
The motto for John Paul II, the 110th pope, is "from the labor of the sun." John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920, the day of a partial solar eclipse. He will be buried on Friday, April 8, 2005, the day of a total solar eclipse that will be most visible in South America. Because John Paul II took his pontifical name from his predecessor, John Paul I, some thought that he would carry on his predecessor's work of reforming the Catholic system. Nothing could be further from the truth. John Paul II strengthened the false doctrine of Marian worship, the eucharist, and idolatry in general. He was a true son of the sun god.
The next pope, the 111th on Malachy's list, has the motto, "gloria olivae," meaning "the glory of the olive." The olive branch is the symbol of peace, so it is thought that the next pope will usher in, or at least try to usher in, world peace. Some say that because the order of St. Benedict includes a well-known group called the Olivetans, the next pope will come from the order of St. Benedict. Others have said that he may not come specifically from that order, but will take on the name Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict XV was known as an emissary of peace, but he, of course, failed to achieve world peace. The pontificate of Benedict XV began just prior to World War I, so likewise, Benedict XVI's reign will precede World War III. In addition, some speculate that Benedict XVI will be a black man as was Saint Benedict the Black (il moro santo, the holy Moor).
Malachy's original list included only 111 popes dating from Celestine II. The next pope will be the 111th. However, a 112th pope, petrus romanus, or Peter the Roman, was added to the list at some point. Some believe that petrus romanus is indeed a separate pope to come after the next pope who is to be elected later this month. Some believe that petrus romanus is one and the same as gloria olivae. Many have speculated that the current College of Cardinals will elect a man whom they believe will hold office for a short period of time, sort of as a transitional pope. There is a prophecy out there in Catholic circles that says the next pope, the gloria olivae, will last only until 2011 or 2012.
I find all of this very interesting and I will keep watching as events around the world unfold. The most important thing to be watching, however, is the sky, for Yeshua will come on the clouds to call home His Bride. He commands us to watch for His coming and says that we will not know when it will be (Mark 13:35). His coming is imminent. There is nothing that must happen between now and the time of the Rapture. The apostle Paul considered the Rapture possible in his day (1 Corinthians 1:7, 15:51-52; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 4:16, 5:17; Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 2:13). Should we not be looking for it in our day?