Monday, March 4, 2013
What's in a name?
St Malachy made a prophecy in 1139 concerning the popes of the Catholic Church. He prophesied that there would be 112 popes before the tribulation. Cardinal Ratzinger was the 111th. Ratzinger has just announced that he would retire as early as spring in 2013.
Malachy accurately prophesied the characteristics of the popes who have come into office. For example, Ratzinger is the “Glory of the olive”. The Benedictine Order is also known as the Olivetans, which is a name derived from the Mount of Olives in the New Testament. While Ratzinger was not a Benedictine, he chose the name Benedict after St Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine Order. St Malachy’s prophesied that the last pope would be “Petrus Romanus”. Petrus Romanus would “pasture his sheep” in a tumultuous time period just prior to the tribulation.
Here’s the skinny: According to a biography, St. Malachy, a Catholic Bishop of Ireland, was visiting Rome in 1139 when he went into a trance and had a vision claiming to have seen all the popes following Innocent II until the destruction of the church and the return of Christ.
The result of this vision was that he named 112 popes from that time until the end. For each of these Popes, he wrote prophetically describing each pope in Latin. The manuscript was forgotten until 1590 when it was later found and published. The Latin descriptions are very brief, but scholars have matched them to each successive pope since that time with unusual accuracy. That’s what makes these prophecies so interesting.
Now here come the prophetic punches: St. Malachy’s description of Pope 111 includes the olive! Pope Benedict’s Papal administration is now characterized by the olive tree thanks to Israel. Remember, I always say, keep your eye on Israel for Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. What Israel does or what happens to Israel marks a click on the clock towards prophetic fulfillment.
Here’s what St. Malachy said about Pope Benedict--The prophecy for the 111th Pope was “Gloria Olivae”, which means ‘the glory of the Olive.’ Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its final fight against evil.
Based on this, the Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from its group. So, let’s take a look at a few things that seem to tie the current pope, Benedict XVI, with this prophecy: The olive branch is the symbol of the Order of Saint Benedict Although Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was not a Benedictine, he chose the name in honor of the founder of that order On 5 April 1993, the future Pope Benedict XVI was installed as the cardinal bishop of Velletri-Segni whose coat of arms is emblazoned with three olive trees.
Pope Benedict XVI was born on 16 April, the feast day of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre That seals the deal, right? And guess what? Pope Benedict XVI is old and in failing health. He was born in 1927, turns 85 in April, and was one of the oldest popes ever seated.
Of course some just dismiss the prophecy all together: