4 Responses to “Pope Francis Named Person of the Year, Some Thoughts”

  1. Paul says:

    I don’t know. I don’t see it with this pope. He’s experiencing a bit of a honeymoon period because the man he replaced was so uncharismatic. Remember the speculation was that the reason Benedict was selected was to transition away from the previous personally popular pope.

    Knowing that the final pope will have to be part of uniting Europe I don’t see a pope with leftist tendencies from Latin America fitting the bill.

    That being said, we will have to see if his apparent charisma is leveraged for any real purpose.

    John Paul II, even though he was not the final pope, was a consequential pope who I would argue did speed up events by being part of the impetus of the realignment of Europe.

    It seems the current pope seems more interested in other things than political change although who knows what will happen. Sometimes events make the man.

    • @Paul: Well, perhaps being anti-political will be the attraction. After all, he’s been willing to offset several conservative Catholic views, which has some upset at him, and he has gone out of his way to be all-inclusive, which would be required for a One World Religion.

      Having said all of that, I sort of hope he isn’t. Perhaps, just perhaps, we can then set aside all of the “Malarkey” prophecies. ;->

  2. John from Australia says:

    Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

    “The One World Religion” system is set up after the RCC is destroyed, at the beginning of the Millennium.

    1 Macc 1:41-43 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, each abandoning his particular customs. All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king, and many Israelites were in favor of his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath. (NAB).

    “… Antiochus is consistently portrayed as instigating the abolition of Jewish observances… The letters of the king (v.44) complete the agenda … to follow after other customs… The text makes clear that this meant the abandonment of all that was distinctive of Judaism – Jewish festivals, daily sacrifices, sabbaths, circumcision, kosher laws – but it is not clear exactly what replaced them… The proliferation of altars and the various festivals suggest that, rather than the cult of one particular deity or trio of deities, what was established was the worship of various gods and goddesses” (Robert Doran, The First Book of Maccabees, NIB, Vol.4, pp.38-39).

    Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

    The ‘little horn’, who will “exalt and magnify himself above every god” (Daniel 11:36), will not tolerate any competing religions. There will be only one cult, established by the false prophet to worship the resurrected Antichrist, as Revelation reveals.

    Da 2:38d Thou [Nebuchadnezzar] art this head of gold.

    As we know from the PT’s of the 1930s HWA thought Mussolini would be the beast ‘person’, as opposed to the beast ‘kingdom’:

    “The ‘beast’, then, stands for this Roman government, or, for MUSSOLINI, individually, as its head.

    “… and out of mouth of the beast, (Ruler from Rome – Mussolini!), and out of the mouth of the false prophet (great religious ruler closely associated with the “beast”)…” (Herbert W. Armstrong, “How Demons are plunging the world into War,” The Plain Truth, February, 1938, pp.2 & 3).

    But as WW2 progressed:

    “HITLER now emerges as the, “BEAST” of Revelation! For years we have told our listeners and our readers that the “Beast” who revives the Empire of ancient Rome, and fights Christ at ARMAGEDDON, would be Mussolini – or his successor.

    “But in the past few months Hitler has taken over Mussolini and all Italy are now in Hitler’s power… Hitler’s “NEW WORLD ORDER,”…” (Herbert W. Armstrong, THE WAR, at the moment, in Prophecy,” May-June, 1941, p.7).

    “As Hitler’s vision expanded, in the heady days of 1941, it came to embrace all Europe. Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the whole of France north of the Somme were to be incorporated in a Greater Germany, the names of the cities changed… The Alps would be the boundary between ‘the German Empire of the North’, with a new ‘Germania’ as its capital, and ‘the Roman Empire to the South’. The Pope would be hanged in full pontificals in St Peter’s Square…” (Paul Johnson, Modern Times, pp.381-82).

    What role a Pope will play in the Beast’s NEW WORLD ORDER is to be seen. If he is closely associated with the “beast” he will then play his part in destroying the RCC.

    “Eusebius of Caesarea had gained the Emperor’s friendship before the Council of Nicaea and seems to have been one of his close advisers thereafter. He preached at the Emperor’s Tricennalia, or 30th anniversary; and in the Vita set out to create a new theology of politics with Constantine as the new Moses, a notion current as early as 313. Eusebius portrayed Constantine as consciously inspired by the conviction that he had a divine mission to unify the Empire as a manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth…” (F. X. Murphy, Constantine, Catholic Encyclopedia, p.229).

    Could a pope, in the future, create a new theology of politics and religion, with the Beast as the new Christ?

    • John from Australia wrote: “What role a Pope will play in the Beast’s NEW WORLD ORDER is to be seen. If he is closely associated with the ‘beast’ he will then play his part in destroying the RCC.”

      Destroy it? Or, transform it? The RCC has survived by morphing from paganism into “Christianity”. What is to say it won’t morph again? The system of ancient Babylonian worship will evidently not cease until the Beast throws it off of its back. I don’t see that occurring until after the Church and the Anglo-American peoples are thrown into Tribulation.

      “Could a pope, in the future, create a new theology of politics and religion, with the Beast as the new Christ?”

      That’s just it: He will be a new Christ, Messiah, al Mahdi, Kalki, Maitreya, etc. Even the term “Christ” means that something will be taken from the present system and incorporated into the new.