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- Rapture Ready Radio – 25 Feb 2013
Pope Benedict XVI is resigning in scandals and a new Pope is coming. Will it be Petrus Romanus as the Prophecy of the Popes state?. Is there a significance to this in Biblical prophecy? Find out as the author of Petrus Romanus talks to us about what is going on in the Vatican.
- Tom Horn : Petrus Romanus – the Final Pope, the False Prophet is here?!
… more than a few have pointed to the contemporaneous prophecy of St. Malachy having to do with “the last Pope.” The prophecy, taken from St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” is among a list of verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. First published in 1595, the prophecies were attributed to St. Malachy by a Benedictine historian named Arnold de Wyon, who recorded them in his book, Lignum Vitæ. Tradition holds that Malachy had been called to Rome by Pope Innocent II, and while he was there, he experienced the vision of the future popes, including the last one, which he wrote down in a series of cryptic phrases. According to the prophecy, the next pope (following Benedict XVI) is to be the final pontiff, Petrus Romanus or Peter the Roman.
The prophecy: In persecutione extrema S. R. E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur, et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum. Finis.
Interpretation: 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; when they are over, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome Judge will judge his people. The End.
Some believers in this prophecy say the title Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman) is symbolic of the pontificate, and that the final pope could have a Christian name variation that satisfies this meaning. On this order, the man who in 2002 correctly predicted that the pope succeeding John Paul II would be named Benedict XVI, Ronald L. Conte Jr., believes the next pope will take the name Pius XIII, and that “Peter the Roman” means this pope “will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church; this authority is based on his place as a Successor of Peter” and “will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.” To this, Conte adds, “During the reign of Pope Peter the Roman, the great apostasy begins” and this pope will mark “the first part of the tribulation, during our generation.” 
The idea by some Catholics that the final pope on St. Malachy’s list heralds the beginning of “great apostasy” followed by “great tribulation”—and that this is either the current pope or the next one (some debate exists on this)—sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, something many non-Catholics would agree with. This could give rise to a false prophet, who according to the book of Revelation leads the world’s religious communities into embracing a political leader known as the Antichrist. This marriage of church and secular government would give unprecedented global influence to the Man of Sin during the period known as the Great Tribulation.