By Frank Prater
We have been asked if there is anything prophetical about the Pope's resigning in February, and the U.S. President visiting Israel in March.The 13th chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, places both the Roman Catholic Church, and the U. S. Government in close proximity in end time prophecies. While many await the appearing of the Antichrist, False Prophet, and Beast, others may see from the scriptures, the first two offices have already been fulfilled, and the Beast is now about to appear. Therefore, it may be said every action of these two offices are significant to prophecy. With anticipation we watch to see what will unfold in the election of the next Pope. Where will he be from, and what will his agenda be? Remember this prophecy from REVELATION 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. All the world will marvel at, and hold in admiration the Beast. Has this happened, or is it yet to happen? What could possibly happen to cause the entire world to hold a man in such high esteem? Watch and see if a Pope arises who will hold sway over every government, especially the U.S. Government … One wonders why the Roman church is withstanding the current U.S. administration on it's policy concerning health care, and abortion. Let's watch and see who dominates in these type of issues.
Many people from differing religious faiths watch in anticipation to see whom will be elected to be the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Prophecies, or statements given centuries ago, and some only a few years past are being examined as we await the outcome of the coming conclave of Catholic Cardinals. Here is one statement: "But it is the prophecy of the 112th and last pope that is most fascinating. St. Malachy predicts, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign "Petrus Romanus" (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people." Mr. Malachy , it is said, was accurate in his descriptions of the Popes. If the above statement is accurate some Bible prophecies of the destruction of the Roman Church by the spirit of Communism will be fulfilled under the next, (the 112th) Pope. Does this statement infer that the 112th Pope will be from Rome? Well, at least we know the next Pope will go to Rome. Will his name be, or will he choose the name Peter? We will know shortly. Here is another statement concerning a pope given by Bro. William Branham: 54-1219E ACTS.OF.THE.HOLY.SPIRIT I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they'll form an image like unto the beast. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together. The real, true believers out of Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, whatever they'll be, will go together and cemented by the love of God, that'll make the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, all the believers. And agnostics and shallow-minded will be cast to one side; they'll go right on into the confederation of churches. Does this statement say there will be an American Pope? Some are watching to see of the next Pope is American. Rev. Branham did say there was a prophecy concerning a Pope being brought from the U.S. and being put over there. However, it does not say it will be the next one (the 112th) . Something is stated however, which we can look at, to see if this is a prophecy: Rev. Branham said the "true Church of God" will at last be cemented together by the love of God. This is the prophecy I am anticipating… The Love of God manifest in the true believers. This characteristic of love, must be manifest before there will ever be a resurrection of the sleeping saints, and a body change of the living saints.
Brother Frank Prater resides in Arkansas with his wife Sister Pam. He is the pastor of Eagle Lighthouse Tabernacle in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also writes a column called Concerning Prophecy for the Eagle’s View newsletter.