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UPDATED--Pope Benedict resigned- will the next pope validate Malachy's prophecy?

Here is an update:

The news broke early this morning EST, and I wrote this entry initially a mere few minutes before I had to leave for work. In the essay I wrote century instead of millennium. I apologize for using the wrong word. I have since fixed the mistake.

There is a bit more news now about the reactions of the Bishops when Pope Benedict tendered his resignation. I find their reactions very interesting. This really is big news. The Guardian reporter wrote:

Pope Benedict XVI resigns owing to age and declining health
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world and left the Catholic church reeling when he said on Monday that he would resign – the first pope to do so since the middle ages. The move, announced without warning, will take place on 28 February and leave the papacy vacant until a successor is chosen. A Vatican spokesman said the pontiff's aides were "incredulous" when he told them he would step down because he was too weak to fulfil his duties. The pope summoned a meeting of cardinals to tell them of "a decision of great importance for the life of the church". One of those called to hear the announcement, the Mexican prelate Monsignor Dr Oscar Sánchez, said none of the cardinals had expected it. "The pope took a sheet of paper and read from it. He just said that he was resigning and that he would be finishing on February 28," he said. "The cardinals were just looking at one another. Then the pope got to his feet, gave his benediction and left. It was so simple; the simplest thing imaginable. Extraordinary. Nobody expected it. Then we all left in silence. There was absolute silence … and sadness."

Photo: AFP Agence France-Presse Lightning strikes St Peter's dome at Vatican on day the Pope announced resignation, by Filippo Monteforte

Thirdly, I was asked in the comment stream why I believe the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is a false church. With the unbelievable amount of hits on this essay and the intensity with which the world is now looking at and discussing the RCC, I will be happy to answer. It is a good chance to witness for the true faith of Jesus. I answered in a separate essay shortly and here is the link.

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Pope Benedict to resign at the end of February
"Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February, the Vatican Press Office tells Fox News.
A spokesman for the Vatican did not have any more information, and the announcement was just made to the Catholic church. A pope has not resigned for 600 years."

Now, THAT is historic, something happening that hasn't happened for over half a millennium.

No doubt, the 'Prophecy of the Popes' will come up in your mind at this historic moment in time. I say, 'Watch, test all things, dispense with the false and hold fast to the good.'

With high levels of skepticism and even with one eye shut, holding our nose, I refer to the "The Prophecy of the Popes" by Malachy. This 'extra-biblical' prophecy according to a Wikipedia definition "is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They purport to describe each of the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few anti-popes), beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with the successor of current pope Benedict XVI, a pope described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome."

In effect, this extra-biblical prophecy says that the next pope will be called Petrus Romanus and will be the last pope presiding over the papacy during a time of terrible global tribulation.

The longest and final motto of Malachy's prophecy reads in the original Latin:
"In eſecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit. Petrus Romanus, qui paſcet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus tranſactis ciuitas ſepticollis diruetur, & Iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum ſuum. Finis."

This is usually translated into English as:
"In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop]. Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End."

I am no fan of extra-biblical revelation. However, it IS pretty interesting that a guy in some tiny Irish town a thousand years ago made a list of popes that ends at exactly a time when true believers see the biblical prophecies already coming together. Malachy could have listed 100 popes, or 150 popes, but he didn't. The list ends...at this point in time just as Christians are seeing the tribulation events appearing on the horizon. That merits a 'hmmmm' from me.

Compelling, but don't build a doctrine out of it. The currently reported weakness of the Pope and the prospect of installing another one is always interesting because by far the Roman Catholic Church is one of the largest false religions in the world, with roots that can be directly traced back to the first false religion, Babylon. For that reason alone, the new Pope is worth watching, because it is highly likely the Catholic religion will have some role to play when true believers are raptured away. As head of that religion, the Pope will need to send assurances to the billion Catholics left behind. The Pope, whoever he will be, will be prominent in the news and on the world stage. There are approximately 1.1 billion Catholics, and 1.5 billion Muslims so the number of false religion adherents left behind will undoubtedly embody and perpetuate the Lie. (2 Thess 2:11).

If the next pope is Peter the Roman, we tend to will believe the prophecy of Malachy. If he is not Peter the Roman, then we know according to the standard for prophetic validation set out in Deut. 18:21-22 the prophecy was false. Because with all things, the bible is the only standard of truth.


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  1. Only God can see the hearts of those who truly follow Christ. stop being self righteous.

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    1. God sees hearts, but we see doctrine. It is not self-righteous to point to false doctrine and warn people not to follow. Here are just a few of the scriptures that tell us to steer clear of false doctrine and to warn others:

      Romans 16:17, 1 John 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1-3, 1 John 4:1-3, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-5...

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    2. The Bible says the church is the pillar and foundation of truth. This makes sense to me because the church existed first before the canon of scripture...the Bible. It also says that Scripture is profitable for teaching but it doesn't say it is sufficient. So, I think you are missing something when looking at the church.

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    3. Hi Anonymous,

      The bible is sufficient. If you would be so kind as to look into this short explanation of the question:

      "What is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture? What does it mean that the Bible is sufficient?"
      http://www.gotquestions.org/sufficiency-of-Scripture.html#ixzz2MEm0vTvl

      It begins this way-

      "The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. To say the Scriptures are sufficient means that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service."

      The Roman Catholic Church teaches that man must work, man must adhere to traditions (which are man-made) and has has corrupted scripture by adding to it.(http://www.gotquestions.org/apocrypha-deuterocanonical.html).

      I really don't think I am overlooking anything...


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    4. Go to ur bible find d prophecies about d end tym n compare it wid d RCC n it Will tell u ur overlooking something. I mean d BIBLE not d ROMAN BIBLE. seek 4 ur own salvation first. d laws of man n God conflict. take it serious. may God give u wisdom n understanding in ur research to d truth amen...

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  2. you talk about False Religion, and you mention Catholics and "Muslims". it only shows you really dont know what your talking. Muslim is not religion, but "ISLAM" is. Muslim are the followers of ISLAM who believes in 1 GOD Alone and that is ALLAH (s.w.a.). If your a Christian, and u sound like 1, please kindly analyze things before u say things.... because as you try to think you are the 1 who will be save, you will end up left behind. Even Bible teaches of 1 GOD only! and that GOD is the same GOD worship by all the Prophets starting from Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus & Mohammed (P.b.u.)

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    1. The God of the bible is NOT the God of Islam, a religion that Muslims practice. Islam is a false religion. Event he Muslims say the God of Christianity isn't the same God: The Shahada is the Islamic proclamation that "There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah." Mohammed was a false prophet who did not utter Christian truth and cannot be compared to Jesus (who was officiating in the role of prophet but IS GOD)

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    2. I have only one question for anyone who believes that Mohammed is a prophet. Mohammed's parents were from the line of Adam, Jesus was born of a virgin. Who is Jesus' father if it is not Adam?

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    3. Jesus is God and was from the beginning (John 1:1-2). Jesus has no father, His father is God and Jesus IS God.

      Mohammad was a guy like any other guy. He was born, he was not saved, he was under the influence of satan, and he came up with a false religion. He died, And he went to hell for his unrepented of sins. Period.

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    4. JESUS is the only begotten son of GOD. HE IS the extension of his FATHER.

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    5. Yes I agree Jesus is the only begotten son of God. I am not sure what you mean by being an extension. God is one God in three Persons. The Trinity concept is hard to understand though and harder to explain, so that might be exactly what you meant. In any case, the doctrine of the Trinity is is described here:
      http://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html

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    6. Was the Trinity concept introduced into the Christian church around 3AD when the RCC born? Prior to the introduction of this false doctrine, was Jesus not preached as God manifest in the flesh; the "I AM"; the "Son of God"!

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    7. No. The trinity doctrine was introduced in Genesis 1. It is biblical and a fact. It was truth from the beginning. Read Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:2, Genesis 1:26-27.

      More here
      http://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html

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  3. Look guys, let's respect The Pope's decision. Whatever reason he has, it might be related to his health. Please, respect him and pray.

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  4. Incorrect: 'Now, THAT is historic, something happening that hasn't happened for over half a century.'...should read 'Now, THAT is historic, something happening that hasn't happened for over half a millennium. [A century is 100 years; a millennium is 1000.]

    Incorrect: 'Roman Catholic Church is one of the largest false religions in the world...should read 'RCC is the ONE TRUE CHURCH founded by Jesus Christ, the Saviour, and is being persecuted by the DEVIL in and through lies and deceptions...such as this website!'

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    1. I corrected the century wording. That's what I get for rushing this morning and not proofreading it before I left for work. :)

      The RCC is one of the world's biggest false religions. It was not founded by Jesus. RCC preaches a different Jesus and therefore is a false one.(2 Corinthians 11:4).

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    2. Whatever happened to, "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it." Apostolic Succession?

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    3. Anonymous, you are referring to Matthew 16:18. "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. "

      Jesus did not come to serve, suffer, and die so He could build His church on Peter. If that was so, Christianity is a #fail. Why? If the church was built on Peter and Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, that was a lie, because the gates of hell prevailed against Peter and crucified him. Peter died an ignoble death and it seemed that through Peter's death that hell won. But not so!

      Jesus is the rock upon which the church is built. He is building His church on Peter's confession of who Jesus is. In that verse, Peter is replying to the question Jesus posed in v. 13, "Who do you say the Son of Man is?" Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, son of God and it is upon that FACT that Jesus built His church. Our church is not built on a mere man, but upon the grace and perfection of the Sinless God-Man who came to take our wrath for our sins. Peter passed away but Jesus will never pass away.

      Here is a scriptural handling of the unbliblical concept of Apostolic Succession
      http://www.gotquestions.org/apostolic-succession.html

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    4. The Catholic church is the one true church. Although raised in the Church of England,I have always felt this, and then with study have come to know it. Many have changed the bible to suit themselves, with their own versions of the truth. This site with its unsound biblical knowledgeable and theology does nothing to convince or dissuade.

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    5. Anonymous, what did you study that convinced you that a combination of God's grace plus our works is the correct scheme to gain entry to the kingdom? What was the bible verse, or doctrine, or teaching that led you to that conclusion?

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    6. If you are not catholic and do not like the office of the Pope so be it.

      Go back to worrying about the rapture and counting the number of days till the endtimes. What if the rapture has already happened and you didn't make that bus?

      put down the snakes and quite babbling in what ever language you call tongues.

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    7. Hi Anonymous,
      I am not Catholic and I do not like the office of Pope. However, a Christian cannot say ‘so be it.” The Office of pope is a false office, and the pope is the most influential and well-known false prophet on earth. It is a Christian duty to warn others who are falling for false doctrines. We do this out of love, because we wish to see no one lost. 1 John 4:1, 1 Timothy 6:3, Acts 20:29, Jude 1:3 are just a few examples of the warnings and duties for the Christian to contend for the faith by warning against false doctrines.

      Taking a “So be it” attitude is the same as seeing a child tied to the railroad tracks, with a train bearing down, and saying, “oh well, la la la.” We do not remain silent when danger threatens physical safety in this life, how much more do we speak out when we see someone in danger of an eternal danger to their very soul?

      You will know when the rapture happens because millions of Christians will disappear instantly, leaving whatever they were doing or driving, behind. The Tribulation will then begin, and you will definitely know because almost immediately, a quarter of the world’s people will die (Revelation 6:6). You may be one of those who die in the onset of this terrible time. Please listen to what we are saying here: there is one way to heaven, and Catholicism is not it. Born-again belief is the way.

      Please be respectful when commenting. I do not believe that anyone here is babbling. We are discussing important matters.

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    8. Believers we're not here criticize one another. we're here caution ourselves where d world is heading towards, doom n if we're not careful we will be part of there condemnation..as at now noone can claim His church is d true one but d RCC has a question mark on it...yh dere is soo much about dis church dat history n d Prophecies of d Holy Bible can point to u dat u will marvel..brethren let d truth ourselves.let ask questions y does d Holy Bible prophecies talk soo much about dis church..think .leave judgement to only God HE is d true Judge..

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    9. Anonymous, thank you for your two comments. I confess I have a hard time reading and understanding them because you choose not to use standard English.

      U is spelled "you", d is spelled "the" and dat is spelled "that." It is your choice, of course, to use whatever style of spelling you want, but just to let you know that as a writer, we learn not to make it harder for people to want to read, understand, and engage with our writing, but to make it easier.

      The other reason is that we want to fade our personality into the background more so people can concentrate on what we are saying, not how we are saying it. This brings the comment out more in front,rather than present any barriers to the content by putting ourselves out front.

      No we are not here to criticize one another but we are here to warn and make a righteous judgment. Every book of the NT mentions false teachers or false doctrines (except Philemon). The NT writers spent a lot of time "criticizing" false doctrine and false teachers, which means the Holy Spirit did so. I will "criticize" false teachers all day long if it alerts one unwary brother to its dangers. You are not doing anyone any favors by letting an antichrist spirit permeate the church or a heart.

      Realize what criticism IS, please. "That is an ugly dress" is criticism. "Your teaching style stinks" is criticism. Beware of false teachers bringing destruction is not criticism.

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  5. You mean half a millennium, not half a century. This is a really interesting development.

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    1. yes, thanks- I corrected the century faux pas. I think it is really interesting too. For one thing, the popes have advance notice so the jockeying for the next pope can begin. Usually it's a death that convenes the council to choose the next pope, which they do after the last one dies. But as of now they have at least two weeks to think about the successor.

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  6. I agree Elizabeth that the only source of truth is the divne word of God which we should always go by to test all things ,it is intresting though that his resign is come at this time when we know that the second coming of Christ is close at hand but as you have stated we will wait and see if anything comes from this if not then we know the prophecy of the popes is false ether way let us keep reaching out with the Gospel and lead as many into the truth of Gods presious word and look up for our Saviour is coming soon . God bless

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    1. Thanks Mark. Good words, thanks for commenting :)

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  7. I just read that the leading front runner to replace Pope Benedict is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, the current president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 October 2009. He is 64 years old and would be the first black pope if appointed. So there's one point for a potential "Peter" but questionable if he also would be "the Roman". I also wanted to point out in your post that 600 years is half a millennium, instead of half a century. Good post by the way.

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    1. Really interesting about Peter he front-runner...:)

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    2. And doesn't it mean that if he is pope, and moves to the Vatican, he would be Peter the Roman, even if he takes a different name?

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    3. 1 timothy 4:1-3 says in the last days many shall depart from the faith giving in to seducing spirits doctrines of devils forbidding to marry and forbidding meats. What denomination has these restrictions? The Catholic Church does.

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    4. I think several false religions have restrictions on foods...not just RCC...

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  8. This analysis is rubbish! The end of the Catholic church is the end of Christianity so keeping an eye on the church is keeping an eye on the fate of Christianity. There is no hoax like rapture. Read Revelation 2:10-11, Revelation 13:5-10 and Matthew 24: 9-13. It never mentioned Christians dissapearing at a time they are supposed to stand firm to prove their faith. Christians in pagan Rome were not spared the jaws of the lions. Peter and Paul were not spared of death so I wonder why this so-called escape theory spread by false pastors. If a false Pope arises, he will be the one supported and loved by Pentecostals. The true conservative pope will go into hiding and will be supported by the few traditional Catholics. That is the truth!

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    1. The Roman Catholic Church is a false church which is not blessed by Jesus and holds no truth. The RCC is a blight tot he name of Jesus. The rapture is described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, and 2 Thess 2 is a corrective sent tot he Thessalonians to remind them about the truth of what Paul had taught them. People who claim the rapture is an escape theory usually have a martyr complex, but if you understood the truth about the Tribulation you would be begging to escape it! Hallelujah for the escape! The Groom is not going to drag His Bride thru the mud. We will be in heaven before the Tribulation and the RCC will be here because the Catholics who believe Catholic dogma are not saved and will not enter the kingdom.

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    2. Catholic dogma? Since it was the original formal Christian religion organized, I don't see it as you do. Catholics are at risk because their leaders have not explained any of this prophecy, but rather told them it's "symbolic." Most Catholics are practicing Christians and will most certainly enter the kingdom. Condemning a billion people is pretty rough stuff. Be careful. That might just keep you out of the Kingdom.

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    3. The RCC was not the original religion- the faith as delivered by Jesus to the saints was original. (Jude 1:3). What keeps a person out of the kingdom is lack of faith in the same Jesus as revealed in the bible and His Gospel without additions or subtractions. It IS heartbreaking and rough to know that a billion Catholics will miss the rapture and most likely not enter heaven. Same with Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists, along with all false religions. Jesus said MANY will find the broad road to destruction. Many.

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  9. excellent evaluation and good counsel

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    1. Elizabeth, I pray I could express my convictions as well as you are. God has blessed you and you are an inspiration. Thank you

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  10. I'm sure everyone in the Vatican knows this prophecy. Wouldn't that cause the next pope to intentionally not call himself "Peter"?

    Brian

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    1. Brian you can go here to see he list of all 112 popes that Malachy prophesied about an determine if the names were stretched or not to match the prophecy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

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  11. Wow! This is very interesting! I wonder if they went on to elect this old, frail man to fulfill this prophecy. He might be out of there based on instruction (but I can imagine willingly!)

    I've always thought the prophecy was from a demonic source and I just don't think it's enough to say it's FROM God if it comes to pass. The king of this world has the power to make things conveniently happen as long as God allows it. Maybe it was all planned and God is allowing the execution of this demonic "revelation" to work into His timeline for whatever reason just like He continues to allow Satan's plans for Babylon, The Antichrist, one world religion to continue to work into His plan of the end times.

    That's just my take on it but all I know is that Satan is an ultimate and powerful deceiver and the Catholic Church (second to Babylon false religion system) is one of his masterpieces. I'll definitely be watching along with you, supposedly the next pope will be elected around Easter! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I hope you are doing well. I'm also sorry for your loss and pray God will continue to comfort the hearts of you and loved ones.

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  12. A pope has not resigned for 600 years."

    Now, THAT is historic, something happening that hasn't happened for over half a century.

    I think you mean - for over half a millenium. A century being only 100 years, over half... meaning more than 50 years?... You just said it hadn't happened in 600 years!

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    1. Tamla, yes I write too quickly this morning and said century instead of millennium. I have since fixed the mistake. That's what I get for rushing!

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    2. All religion as we know it is false, the Romans got together and decided which doctrine we as people would or wouldn't be allowed to read, teach and learn Mary magdelaine wrote scripture and many more were left out because we were never allowed to seek the truth, once Jesus was killed they killed everything he was teaching also, thus restoring power to the emperor and Rome only

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    3. All religion as we know it is false? Once they killed Jesus they killed everything He was teaching also? What you are saying is that Jesus failed.

      Not so!

      Hebrews 2:8b says, "Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him."

      He is in control of the universe right down to individual men's hearts. But what you are seeing now is sin and death still alive. In the end, He will subject death and Hades to the Lake of Fire, too.

      Get this, Hebrews goes on to verse 10-11
      "For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,"

      No, Anonymous, God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit did not fail. It is a success! He has been bringing sons to glory since His ascension right through to this moment. Ignore the false, and see His grace. We are trophies of grace, the redeemed Bride, soon to be called home. I hope you are with us. But...you must believe in Jesus

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  13. Dear Author: " Now, THAT is historic, something happening that hasn't happened for over half a century. " I think you meant millenium...

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  14. half a century is 50 years

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  15. Interesting times, to be sure. Please explain, if you would, why you consider Roman Catholic church to be a false religion?

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    1. Hello Anonymous, I will answer your question in a separate post forthwith. Look for it tonight.

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  16. Do you mean over half a millennium?

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  17. The next Pope does not have to be called Peter the Roman by name as ALL Popes are Peter the Roman because they follow the path of St Peter as Pope in Rome so it does not matter what the new popes name is. The Devil is indeed very busy!!!!

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  18. You are correct; the Roman Catholic Church will most definitely have some role to play when true believers are raptured. The reason being is that all who believe in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, believe that they are one in being, and that Jesus, God Incarnate, died for our sins, will be saved. Of course Catholics will have a role to play because this is what they believe. Thou Protest too much. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Of COURSE I protest too much! I don't want you to go to hell. Here is the link to the article I wrote about why RCC is a false church
      http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2013/02/catholicism-is-not-christian-religion.html

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  19. Elizabeth, I just want to commend you for your patience while you're bombarded by angry comments. You're doing an excellent job! :-)

    Blessings!

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    1. Hi Anber, thank you so much. I have deleted some, the negative comments that don't add anything to the discussion, like the ones that say only "You're all nuts!" ...those I delete. But mostly I try to remember that Jesus will have more to say to them in person at judgment and it will be worse for them than anything I could ever say to them now. I try to think of it that way

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  20. Remember when lightening stuck the White House on Easter 2011? Is is DEFINITELY telling the world something, and only a few are listening.

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  21. Make a long story short muhammed did not worship the same god as abraham isaac and jacob allah is not the same god as YAHWEH the TRUE and living god and father of YAHSHUAH THE MESSIAH please do your research

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  22. Elizabeth, God bless you and continue standing on the firm foundation of the Word of God! Be strong and courageous!

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  23. Elizabeth Prata: I am with u, I understand ur point of view and I AGREE with u completely! You r CORRECT in what you say! Scripture is TRUTH! Period! JESUS SAID- BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO IS NOT OFFENDED BY ME... KEEP SPEAKING THE TRUTH! THOSE OF THE LORD WILL RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE! others will just have to wait and see 8( the RCC is a BLASPHEMOUS REGIME! anywho **Blessingz!**

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  24. Hi I am a fellow believer in Jesus. thank you for your blog. But remeber Matthew 7:6. I am an ex catholic and have been saved for over 12 years. I have tried to witness to my family and now leave it to trusting in God's omniscience and omnipotence. I contijnue to be ready to provide an answer but realize that not everyone's name will be in the Lamb's book. I hope it involves my loved ones but their stubborness and stiffed necks (pride) will be their undoing. I am not the one who's will is done regarding anything in life especially salvation. I just continue to pray for them. Anyway, Maranatha! keep up the good work.

    Joe

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    1. You're absolutely right, Joe. I agree completely. We witness, and we converse, but at a certain point, we let it go and turn it over to the Holy Spirit. Thanks for the reminder.

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  25. Not sure what to think about all of this, as this whole 'Pope Prophecy' is all new to me. I am a Christ follower. I have a personal relationship with The True Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, that's what He teaches too. Relationship not religion. I do think it's wrong to condemn every person in the Catholic church. There are millions of people in millions of non-Catholic churches all over the world who are just practicing their religion. They have no relationship with Jesus Christ and don't trust in Him. My view is, and I believe it's biblical, if someone who is Catholic or Mormon, has a relationship with The True Jesus and trusts only in Him for their salvation, they are saved. If they are trusting in the eucharist or their baptism or their works or a saint or Joseph Smith to save them, then, I feel, yes, they will perish. But, I think it's wrong to condemn an entire religion of people based on it's teachings. God knows the heart of a man. It's not for us to judge. But, thank you for putting the word out there about these things. This is my first time to your blog. I'll be back. :0)

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    1. Thank you for visiting the blog and sharing your thoughts. I agree that God knows what is in the heart of a man, but we can hear what is on their tongue and we can see what they write. Any Mormon or Catholic (two false religions you mentioned) who adheres to the teachings of those religions are not saved. It is not judging their heart but warning them of the danger their souls are in! We are told to watch for false doctrines and keep the church pure, and to help those who are stumbling. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

      Who do we think those people are saying 'Lord, Lord?' Mormons believe in A Jesus. Catholics believe in A Jesus. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in A Jesus. Not THE Jesus. Jesus will reply to them, "I never knew you." This is not judgment but repeating the facts of the verse I've shared. Many will be sent away from Jesus on judgment day, and all because we failed to warn them of the false doctrines they believed? Say is i=s not so?

      Undoubtedly some few in the false religions in places will be saved, those who they believe and do the Father's will. Maybe they haven't extricated themselves yet, maybe they just converted. But overall, yes, billions are condemned already, because they do not have the saving faith Jesus delivered to the saints once for all.

      Of course we judge, we have to make a righteous judgment. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, "Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” That means by studiously applying the Holy Spirit's delivered wisdom and understanding of the scriptures, to judge rightly. This includes judging between true and false doctrine. If we "never judged" we'd fall for anything.

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  26. I would like to correct a few of your false interpretations..

    * Catholics do not "worship" Mary. They honor her (huge difference), and pray to her as an intercessor. Do you really think Christ will condemn someone for honoring his Holy Mother?

    * The rosary isn't a meaningless repetition. The repetition is symbolic of dedication and devotion, and something is only meaningless if you personally hold it meaningless in your heart. For some, saying the rosary is deeply meaningful spiritually.

    * Indulgences are not "selling forgiveness for money." There is nothing monetary involved. It fosters accountability for sinful actions, and encourages dedication.

    * The Catholic Church does not consider purgatory a place, rather it is a state of perfect communion with God through purification.

    * Nobody EVER said that the Pope is any sort of substitution for Christ. How can you make up a lie like that, and publish it to the world? Show me in Canon Law, or anywhere in Catholic history where the Pope was declared a substitute for Christ? The Pope is the Earthly authority figure of the Church, but nobody considers him to be God. In a state of bias you are putting a misleading spin on the concept of papal infallibility.

    * You claim that the Catholic interpretation of John 20:23 is false, but can't explain why.

    * Mortal vs. venial sins is false? Check out Matthew 6:12 and 1 Cor. 6:9-10. It is indeed true.

    * I've looked at 3 different translations of scripture used in Catholic faith, and the 2nd commandment is in every single one, including the term "graven image," which you claim to be omitted. Where do you get your information?

    * Transubstantiation not true? Says who? Jesus didn't say it was a symbol. He said "this IS my body" repeatedly. It seems you would rather trust your human interpretation/spin than follow Christ's own commands... You might be interested in checking out the Miracle of Lanciano.

    * The Catholic church does not believe you are saved by works before faith. The emphasis on works is not to say your salvation depends on it. It's to instill OBEDIENCE as God commands throughout scripture. Remember in the book of Samuel- obedience before sacrifice? Do you think that someone can be disobedient and live a life of wickedness and rebellion, and be admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven merely because they had faith inside? I find it interesting that you will condemn all Catholics to hell, yet you imply that all you need is a belief to get into Heaven, regardless of your works/behavior. I find it somewhat tragic that you so confidently cast a God-sized judgment on billions of people simply because their beliefs don't jive with your personal interpretation. It's even more tragic that out of all the religions and evil in the world you choose to dedicate your time, energy, and hatred to attacking Catholicism. I'm sure God is impressed with your disobedience and self-righteousness.

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    1. Christians who read this, now you know to pray for Melissa M.

      As for verse John 20:23, remember Mark 2:7 says, "Who can forgive sin but God?" Obviously the RCC teaches something different than what John intended and actually meant. I can explain what the verse means but this preacher did it better than I. If you go here and scan down to the relevant portion where he explains the verse, you will have your answer
      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1577/the-resurrected-christ

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    2. To Melissa M.,,,, Pls watch..
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUFhGQ4Do9s

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    3. Melisa, back up all that with scriptures..... do you know the origin of the rosary?
      where does the Bible recommend or allow you to pray through Mother Mary or Thaddeus? Elizabeth Prata has done so much under the guidance of the Holy spirit to insert knowledge in you and a couple of your colleagues but i pray that the spirit of the lord will convict you into accepting and knowing the trueth, for, it is only the truth that will set you free. My people perish for lack of knoiwledge- thus says the LORD. mAY GOD help you.
      Thanks Prata Elizabeth.

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  27. Revelatiom 17:10

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    1. That verse says "they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while." and Revelation is a prophecy of a future time of tribulation that will come upon the whole world. It has not started yet. Therefore that prophecy is not being fulfilled now, but it is true that God sets up kings and deposes them. (Dan 2:21)

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  28. This is an extremely informative well researched and documented video that clearly shows that the Roman Catholic Church is the whore riding the Beast in Revelation. A false Church drunk on the blood of the true Saints...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUFhGQ4Do9s

    It behooves people to educate themselves.

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    1. I have not had time to vet that video, so any person clicking on it use discernment.

      Anonymous, the whore of Babylon is ALL false religions, RCC included, but also Islam, Hinuism, Buddhism, etc. RCC, large and entrenched as it is, is not the only false religion on earth that will be taking the wrath of God upon themselves during the Tribulation

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  29. sister Elizabeth Thank you! from our Lord Jesus Christ for earnestly contending for the faith. he who confesseth me among men,the same will I confess before my Father who is in Heaven. but, he who denieth me among men, the same will I deny before my Father who is in Heaven. Repent! for the Kingdom of Christ is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel that Jesus Christ, is the way, The Truth, and The life, and that no man can come unto the Father Except by Christ. all religions that do not confess Christ are religions that were created by Satan, to lead people astray unto the second death. what happened to Jerusalem in the time of Jeremiah? Father brought devestation upon the people, because of their political and religious Leaders who corrupted the people by encouraging them to accept other religions. there is nothing new under the sun, what was done then, is being done now and that includes how Father punishes, because Father does not change Mal3v6 I am The Lord, I change not. Heb 13v8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,and for ever. come Quickly Lord Jesus Amen.

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  30. Such wonderful informative comments from one and all.

    Melissa, I pray you will read The Word for yourself and not just swallow and follow the teachings of the RCC. Might I also suggest you check out Mike Gendron' website - you might find it interesting.
    http://proclaimingthegospel.org/


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  31. Petrus Romanus: Read This and Open Your Eyes to the TRUTH from a former catholic to whom God brought out of Egypt and out of the darkness of catholicism. http://prophecyofthepopes.com/ You can read much of the book for free at Raiders News Network. Now I know better of the doctrinization of this organization and the solid mind control it has on good people. This is why they do not want you to read your Bible because if you do, you will discover through the Holy Spirit all of their false doctrines and lies. I have spent almost 8 solid years in constant Bible prophecy study (to make up for lost time). God lifted my veil, I pray that He lifts all of those who are steadfastly trying to defend what is really undefendable in the eyes of God as according to His word (the Bible). Use the Bible (not the changed catholic version) as God's measuring stick. He told you what He considers an abomination and what is good. Use the brain He gave you to discern for yourselves. Stop being led by what you have been spoon fed all your lives (which is really a type of cult mind control and you are a member of a cult, a large one, but still a cult that is controlling you like a puppet.) Jesus is the Rock that the church is built upon. Not a man. For instance, the word "vicar" means "anti" so when the pope calls himself, "the vicar of christ", he is calling himself the anti-christ. You need to know what is really going on in the world. Time is short. Get on the right side. Once you know the truth, correct your brothers with love and show them the truth.

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  32. Excellent Elizebeth!!!!!!!!

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  33. After reading the comments from anonymous I can't help but think of the scripture..."In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Timothy 3:12 Thank you Elizebeth for your dedication to this blog and your courage to speak the truth. I pray God keeps you steadfast in your witness. God is in you. Let not the demons break you down. Blessings in Christ Jesus! Your sister in Christ, AB

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  34. Late reply, just started reading the blog. I read another interesting story, which may be just that, in which there is another prophecy handed to Pope St. Sylvester who consecrated the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls. From what I recall of it, he was visited by the angel Gabriel, and told to put up a set number of inlets in the Basilica to house medallions with an image of each Pope throughout the ages until the last. What was interesting about it was, until it was recently renovated, there where only two empty inlets left beyond JPII. They've since added several more. I don't think it lends any legitimacy to the "found" Malachy prophecy, but I think that makes it possible that the number that a forger chose was simply borrowed information.
    I would also like to point out from one of your comments that God's church on earth IS a failure. If it wasn't there would be no reason for God to become so digusted with us that he returns to set things straight. I don't believe for a minute that the failure of men to keep pure church, thier misinterpretation of scripture, additions and subtractions, are going to effect thier place in the afterlife so long as they ultimately accept Christ and pray in his name for forgiveness. That's the big important part, and I believe that's no matter what denomonation you've chosen. Nobody here on Earth is perfect, and without that love and forgiveness, NO ONE among us would find our way to Heaven.
    -nick

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    1. Nick,

      God's church is not a failure. If it was, then Jesus is a failure, because God indwells each Christian. Fortunately, though man has been sinful since the beginning (Romans 5:12). However, since death came thought a man, so the resurrection of the dead comes through a man (1 Cor 15:51-52).

      The glorious church is...well, glorious! 3,000 were converted in one day! (Acts 2:41.) Enemies of Christianity tried to stamp it out by forbidding any any further public teaching (Acts 4:18; 5:28), but that only made Peter more bold. Martyrdom actually caused the church to GROW. Two thousand years later, the theme of the Cross still is alive, and so is the church. Nothing can or will overcome the church! (Matthew 16:18)

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    2. On Earth, it is. That fact that it is so splintered, and only about 1/7th of the world's population shows our shortcomings. Two thousand and thirteen years later where are WE without HIM? Jesus didn't fail us, we failed him. My point being, men are not perfect, and neither is any church left in the hands of a man to maintain. When God comes to be with us as it says he will in rev 21:3, then his church on earth will be one and perfect.
      -Nick

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    3. Nick, we failed Him in the Garden of Eden, and have been failing Hi ever since. He loves us anyway, and He sent His son to die as an atonement for our sins. No man after Adam was perfect except for Jesus. He knows His church has sinners in it, but He forgave them and continually forgives them, (1 John 1:9)and He sees us as righteous and clean.(Titus 2:14) No failure here. We are without spot, as Ephesians explains.

      Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Eph 5:25-27)

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  35. Elizabeth may you continue to stand for the word of our God and saviour Jesus Christ.

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    1. Thank you Cheri :). I pray the Spirit lead me and that I do not go astray toward my own way. Comments like yours help me to detect that I'm not drifting, praise Him.

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  36. "If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without Love, I am simply a gong booming or a symbol clashing. If I have a gift of prophesy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without Love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take away my body to burn it, but I am without Love, it will do me no good whatever."
    Just remember Elizabeth, God is Love and Love is God.
    I just want to say I haven't read anyone of your articles when you say the word "Love". The greatest of all commandments is Love, because, God is Love. I feel sorry for you, because you spew so much hate for the RCC and other religions that its hard for me to believe you will ever be part of the rapture you speak about. When you condemn people who Love God you condemn yourself. You seem to be absent from the most important commandment of all to get to Heaven and that is Love. As RC I love even you haters and I pray for you and your soul.

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    1. I love you enough to tell you the truth about your religion that is sending you to hell.

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    2. Anonymous-
      http://www.thirdangelsmessage.com/thebeastanditsmark/

      here`s a link to a video that might open your eyes....

      Sophie

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  37. Very interesting reading.
    All the glory to God, the King of kings.

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  38. Dear Elizabeth, What a great witness to Jesus Christ you are! John.

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    1. John, lol, thank you! I rely on the Spirit always. He is such a great teacher

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  39. http://www.thirdangelsmessage.com/thebeastanditsmark/

    this video was a major eye opener for me! Although I am a Believer (Baptist, actually..) I had always assumed the Catholic church to be wrong in their worship of Mary, but now I am horrified to realize they worship everything but the one true God!!!

    Sophie

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    1. thanks Sophie! They certainly do worship everything except the true God! I haven't seen that video. Thank you for sharing it. At an hour and a half, it isn't likely I'll be able to view it for a few days, but I let the comment go thru anyway with the warning to all that I have not vetted this one. Catholics are not brothers and they need our prayers and evangelization.

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