By Frank Prater
Almost daily the situation changes with information about who may become the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. On any given day, we read where an African cardinal is the front runner. We also hear how Central America with the largest Catholic population in the World would like a Pope from one of their countries. It has also been said, that more than likely it will remain an entity from Europe. As of Thursday, February 21, 2013, CBS news is reporting again that a serious contender for Pope is Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. The Italian paper La Repubblica reported the powerful cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is working behind the scenes to advance Dolan’s chances in the upcoming conclave. In the same CBS report, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, another American is mentioned as a serious contender as well. A powerful Italian cardinal is working to help an American become next Pope, coupled with the thought that the American cardinals will have a powerful voting block in the conclave could give an indication of why there is speculation of a Pope from America. Would having an American as the Pope have any significance on Biblical prophecy? As stated earlier, there are indications in Revelation chapter 13, that the Beast from the Roman Church will have a special relationship with the government's of the World, especially America. Brother William Branham stated that when "the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy," the image of the Beast (World Council of Churches) would be formed, and then the true believers coming from the denominational systems of Christian churches "will go together and cemented by the love of God." Has part of Bro. Branham's statement already been fulfilled, and we now see the part of the church coming together, and being "cemented in love" being fulfilled? In 1954, when he made this statement, no Pope had ever visited America. Pope Paul VI came to New York City in 1965 as the first visiting Pope. The World Council of Churches (Image of the Beast) was formed in New York City in 1948. "…they got the big morgue built there in New York, of that federation of churches, it's the same as in United Nations and things. They're trying to unite all Protestantism together." – quote by Brother William Branham. The Roman Catholic church as of yet is not a member of the council. However, the Roman church sends accredited observers to meetings. Why is the Roman church not yet a member of the WCC? Brother Branham vaguely addresses the subject " They agree on it. And they'll agree upon different prayers, and so forth, the Protestant church will agree upon it. And the catechisms and so forth, the little altar here and there, and the Catholic church is willing to do it. But when it come to the communion, there they fell. Anybody that's ever read history knows that." [The key to the door 62-1007]. Perhaps, we should be watching to see if the issue of communion becomes a matter of concern in the present day situation. Would the Protestants accepting the Catholic interpretation of the Communion be an indication of the complete unity of the Beast and the Image of the Beast? Brother Branham had also stated “and many of the Protestant churches, would gladly accept Catholic, Roman Catholic doctrine, if they could get over the little hump of communion.” “That’s the only thing in the diocese, that stops Catholicism and Protestantism from uniting, is the order of communion.” In conclusion, Bro. Branham said “…And there’s the only thing that they cannot get together on. They’ll do it. Oh, it looks very pretty. It’ll unite, it’ll run all the… Well, the Bible said, “And these beast gave their power unto the whore,” see, united themselves together. Just exactly what the Bible said they would do, they’re doing it now. It’s right in procession, this very week. Not as I have anything against Catholic people, no more than Protestant people.” [The Statue of a perfect man 62-1014M]. Here is something a Pope must do. He must unite the Catholic and Protestant churches together, in the Communion. A few thoughts on Concerning Prophecy!
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.