With the recent announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign as pope on February 28th I have seen a lot of ‘buzz’ circulating via social media, text, news, etc of ‘The Prophecy Of The Popes’ by Saint Malachy.
The first publication of these prophecies appeared in 1595. This publication was written by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon, but he attributed them to Saint Malachy (a 12th century archbishop).
Many of these prophecies were vague to say the least, but the current focus is on the fact that the next pope is predicted by Malachy’s prophecy to be the last pope who will see the destruction of Rome:
The following is the English translation of this specific prophecy which was originally written in Latin.
“In the extreme 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 terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”
I’m reminded of another prophecy by a vindicated prophet of God. Brother Branham is quoted frequently as referring to a “pope out of America“. This would fit well with the recent predictions by the news media that the next pope will come out of Africa or Latin America, but that is not what he said.
“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.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
54-1219E – “Acts Of The Holy Spirit”
I felt led to write this article to caution against putting too much confidence, or focus on these prophecies of St. Malachy. If the next pope does not come out of the United States you will find yourself out on a limb, and have to decide whether you can admit that you (and St. Malachy) were mistaken, or if you will cling to your own understanding of St. Malachy’s prophecies, and declare that Brother Branham was incorrect instead.
This is the problem we have seen so frequently; people get out on a limb with their assumptions of how a vision or prophecy will be fulfilled, and then have too much pride to admit that it was their own understanding which was incorrect. This leaves them with no option but to submit that Brother Branham or the Bible must have been wrong instead.
I pray that I never have so much pride that I cannot admit when my own understanding is wrong.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
~ Proverbs 3:5-6
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
~ Ephesians 4:14-15