Pope Francis: History’s Final Pope?

An interesting article by Dave James over on The Alliance for Biblical Integrity:

ABD“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:3–5)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.” (2 Peter 2:1–2)

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On March 13, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Of Buenos Aires was elected as the newest pope of the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 23. Jorge Bergoglio is the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope to take the name “Francis.” However, will Pope Francis be history’s last pope?

That this pope likely will be the last one is the message of Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here, a 2012 book by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam. Because Petrus Romanus suggests that the pope after Benedict XVI will be history’s final pope, the book has received a lot of attention over the past year, and especially since Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. Now the book has received yet another significant boost with the selection of Cardinal Bergoglio.

Petrus Romanus focuses on an obscure prophecy by a 12th century Catholic bishop, St. Malachy (1094-1148), concerning a list of the last 112 popes who would reign from his day until the end of the present age. The Catholic Answers website provides the following information concerning Malachy’s prophecy:

St. Malachy was an Irish bishop who lived in the 12th century. By far the more famous of his prophecies concerns the sequence of popes.

The prophecy consist [sic] of 112 short Latin descriptions of future popes; the prophecies were discovered in 1590 and attributed to Malachy. Each description indicates one identifying trait for each future pope, beginning with Celestine II, who was elected in 1130. In some instances, the descriptions hit home in an uncanny way; they have led to centuries of speculation that the prophecy might be a real one.

Read the article here:

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One Response to Pope Francis: History’s Final Pope?

  1. Louis Accardi says:

    So are we going by the Bible or some extra Biblical piece of literature that seems vague in certain ways. The Latin of these prophecies are character traits and may be open to various interpretations. Although some of this seems striking it is not Canonical or Scripture. Since this prophecy is not Biblical it is not infallible and doesn't carry the divine inspiration as holy scripture nor is it to be trusted as being on the same level as scripture. Obviously, knowing that is true why are evangelical believers putting so much weight on such a prophecy? It does possess the possibility of being wrong because of the very nature of the writing. I think ministers, and many others have jumped on this bandwagon and have not used discernment. Jesus said, that we should weight false prophets by their fruits. The apostle Paul indicated the importance of sound doctrine. If we wait and use those two scriptural principles than we will know for sure in due time if this is indeed the last Pope. Some of what the new Pope has taught seems to go against the very teachings of the Roman Church, but there have been more staunch Catholic Popes and some that were more liberal. We as Protestants do not hold to some of the Catholic beliefs, but is this Pope that much different than some of the others? If he is than he might be the last Pope, but at this time we may be getting ourselves out on a limb by holding to St. Malachy's prophecy to strongly.

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