Following the hugely portentous events of the past few days, since Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication on 11th February, 2013, I would like to add some more commentary as to what I believe is the prophetic significance behind these recent occurrences. As almost everyone on the planet already knows, just hours after the Holy Father announced his abdication, lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica twice.
Whilst the odds of this occurring alone are almost unfathomable, just a few days later, the biggest meteor strike since the 1908 Tunguska event occurred (once again) in Russia, on 15th Feb - the exact same day an entirely unrelated asteroid narrowly missed the earth.
The next day following the 2013 Russian meteor strike, on Feb 16th, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Rome.
All this is to be considered in the backdrop of the apparent near fulfilment of the "Worthy Shepherd Prophecy", which foretold that a papal election would take place " around twelve year shall the millennium have passed". The Worthy Shepherd prophecy goes on to state that this new pope, who is to be equated with the Angelic Pope of Catholic prophecy, will ultimately result in the healing the Church of the Great Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Also to be taken into consideration is the fact that the prophecies of St. Malachy foretell that this would be the last pope, Petrus Romanus, or Peter the Roman:
In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit 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 dreadful judge will judge his people. The End
If we are to accept St. Malachy's list of popes as genuine prophecy, then given the fact that there are no other popes on the list after this point, we would have to equate Petrus Romanus with the Angelic Pope of Catholic prophecy. By the same reasoning, we would also have to connect this new pontiff in St. Malachy's list to the martyr-pope of various private revelations, including the Third Secret of Fatima, which tells that the three shepherd children saw:
...a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
If the hypothesis I present in my book is correct, then the Angelic Pope is to be equated with one of the Two Witnesses of Rev 11, who will "turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers" (Mal 4:6), before being killed by the "beast who rises up from the bottomless pit" (Rev 11:7).
Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.
So if the Worthy Shepherd Prophecy is authentic and correct (which it so far appears to be), and the Angelic Pope will be elevated to the papacy during the next conclave, there is a very real chance that this will indeed be the last pope. The same pope seen in the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima, which apparently depicts the final persecution of Christians under the Antichrist.
The very first prophecies of the Angelic Pope, cited by Roger Bacon in the 13th century, place the Pastor Angelicus directly before the coming of the Antichrist:
Many wise men have thought about this. Reflecting upon divine wisdom, the knowledge of the saints, the truths of history, as well as prophecies both sacred and solid (like those of the Sibyls, of Merlin, of Aquila, of Festo, and of many other wise men), they have thought that the days of the Antichrist would come in this period. Therefore it is necessary that evil be stamped out so that God's elect plainly appear. A very holy pope will first come who will remove all the corruptions in education and the Church and all the rest. Then the world will be renewed and the fullness of peoples will enter in; even the remnants of Israel will be converted to the faith.
(Roger Bacon, The Compendium of Study. Trans. Bernard McGinn, cited in Visions of the End pp190-191)
Whilst the possibility that the next Sovereign Pontiff will be the last pope hinges on the equivalence of the Worthy Shepherd/Angelic Pope prophecies with that of St. Malachy's Petrus Romanus, these recent heavenly portents give us pause for thought.
As well as the signs we have already seen around the announcement of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, we have to take into consideration the fact that a comet (Pan Starrs) will appear during the papal conclave in March, in the same year that one of the brightest comets in human history - Ison is due to appear. In addition, a heavily symbol-laden planetary conjunction took place on the Feast of the Annunciation (Mar 25th) last year, which apparently pointed to the significance of Christ's twelfth birthday (just four days out from the turn of the Mayan calendar), and thus pointing to the 2000th annversary of the "Finding in the Temple" - which will occur this Lenten season at around the time of the papal conclave, when the new "Sweet Christ on Earth" (as St. Catherine of Viena referred to the Pope) will be found among the Doctors of the Church. What are we to make of all this? It's hard to know where to begin...
The amount of material needed to do justice to all of this is going to be quite vast, so I will have to break it up into several different posts.
To be continued...