Recently, someone I have high respect for has made this comment concerning the “Last Pope Prophecy”. Now don’t get me wrong, the bible is the final authority on all things. I believe everything in the King James bible to be true. I don’t go willy-nilly believing every little prophecy I hear. Such as the Y2K Bug or the Mayan calendar garbage. I don’t point fingers at people and call them the anitchrist. If it doesn’t line up with what the bible says, then it’s false.
We are going to go through a prophecy in the bible that you actually learned in history class. It was given to Daniel around the year 550 BC. The events in this prophecy were foretold nearly 400 years before the events completed. What I hope to show you is how prophecy works and what to watch for according to the King James bible.
1-3 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4-7 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
8-12 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
13-15 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16-22 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
23-25 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
26-27 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
One of the great things about the King James bible is that it interprets itself, or rather God has interpreted it for us. We don’t need any other interpretation, or an “easier to read” version to understand God’s word. In case you are still struggling to understand this prophecy I will do my best to explain it.
Daniel had this vision after Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians captured Jerusalem. During the time of the vision Belshazzar was ruler. Daniel had a vision of a ram with two horns, and a he goat. The angel Gabriel told Daniel what they were. The ram with two horns was the Persian Empire and the horns, being prophetic images of kings, were the Median King and the Persian king. The he goat, which was the Greek Empire, over threw the Persian Empire. The horn of the he goat was none other then Alexander the Great. That “great horn”, as the prophecy calls him, was broken and four notable horns came up in his place. These four horns were Alexander’s generals. Alexander’s Empire was divided between the four of them. Seleucus (Syria), Ptolemy I (Egypt), Pergamon (Asia Minor) and, Macedon.
Now the prophecy says that from one of the four horns comes forth a little horn that magnifies himself and takes away the daily sacrifice and defiles the temple. That little horn was Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who came from the Seleucus line of leadership. Antiochus ruled from 175 BC-164 BC, had a statue of himself placed in the Jewish temple to be worshiped and had a pig slaughtered in the Jewish temple which is an abomination. He was a tyrant and persecuted the Jews. This led to the Maccabean Revolt in which the Jews regained their temple and had to cleanse it. A menorah was lit as tradition of the cleansing but the Jewish people had only enough oil to burn it one day. The menorah miraculously lasted for eight days by then they were able to get more oil. Thus, Hanukkah was started to celebrate the event.
Ok, so I gave a little more info than what the vision told. By doing that, I wanted to show you how prophecy unfolds and develops into real events. The bible doesn’t give specific names nor does it give each and every thing that happens during these times. It gives enough detail and translation that we can figure it out by watching the events in the world around us.
Now to this “Last Pope Prophecy”. My respected friend has said that this prophecy is not foretold in the bible, hence, it is not true and we should not pay any attention to it. If you haven’t read about this prophecy you may want to go check it out. I’m only going to highlight the last pope, which could possibly be the next one we are about to get in a few short weeks.
Translated from Latin it says:
“Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.”
Compare to Revelation 17:9
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
This is speaking of “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth”. In the bible churches are referred to as women. This woman, or church, is the mother. The Vatican, Catholicism, is considered the Mother Church. From Catholicism we have gained all of our christian religions, her daughters. The Vatican, or Vatican City, sits on seven hills. Revelation 17 tells me that the Vatican has something to do with the end times. Now, this pope prophecy, as far as I have seen from my own study of the popes after reading it years ago, tells me that this is something we need to be watching. Am I going to take it to heart that this is the end? NO! I am merely watching it. It could be an event that leads to the end and I want to be prepared as Jesus told me to do so that I will not be in the dark and taken by a thief in the night.
The bible doesn’t come out and say who the last pope is or the events that lead to it. It doesn’t even mention a pope or popes. It does, however, give us enough information of events to watch for.
Concerning the Catholic “mother” church and her “Harlot” daughters. Revelation 18:4 says And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
That is warning enough for me to take heed. As a side note, one of the Cardinals up for the papal vote is, interestingly enough, Peter Turkson, a resident of Rome. If this prophecy is a farse, so be it, but if it comes to life, I will know the next events thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through His word, the King James bible.
With all that being said I want you to go back to Daniel’s prophecy. Jesus said in Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:). The Daniel 8 prophecy is what He was speaking of. The end time antichrist will do the same thing as Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The bible says Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. It’s happened before and will happen again. We need to be watching for the events that lead to it by watching the events of the world around us.