An 876 year old prophecy claims Pope Francis is the final Pope who will reign during a time of great trouble and the destruction of Rome.
The prophecy appears to have credibility because the man who gave it also gave prophecies for every Pope from 1139 to today, a total of 112 Popes. Historians have found his words for previous Popes were accurate. Also adding to his credibility are the facts that Malachy was known to have performed supernatural miracles and was the first Irish saint to be canonized by a Pope.
In 1139 this Irish monk, Malachy of Armagh, was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II. Innocent II was the 164th Pope and reigned from 1130-1143. While in Rome Malachy experienced a divine vision of the future Popes. He fell into a trance and throughout the night spoke Latin phrases describing facts about the reign of each of the remaining Popes. His phrases were recorded and passed down through the generations.
According to the records of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is the 266th Pope to succeed the Apostle Peter, who they believe was the first Pope. However, since Malachy’s list started in 1139 he only received prophetic words for the remaining Popes so his list shows Pope Francis as the 112th Pope.
Malachy not only predicted the number of Popes remaining before the end, but also accurately predicted who they would be by identifying unique facts about each one, such as their birthplaces, family names, personal arms, and their pre-papal titles.
For example, regarding the 104th Pope, Benedict XV, who reigned from 1914-1922, Malachy wrote, “religion depopulated.” During his reign millions of Christians were killed during World War 1 and 200 million people left the Russian Orthodox Church to join the communist party during the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
Another example is the 110th Pope, John Paul II, who reigned from 1978-2005. Malachy wrote about him, “the sun’s labor for eclipse”. John Paul II was born in 1920 on the day of a total solar eclipse. Then after his death John Paul II was buried on the same day as another solar eclipse.
Malachy wrote the following prophecy about the 112th Pope, which is Pope Francis.
“In the final 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 dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
The reference to Peter the Roman could apply to any Pope because Catholics believe the papacy began with the Apostle Peter, so every Pope has functioned in the office of Peter. Also, all Popes have been based in Rome. However, the name has unique applications to Pope Francis for three reasons.
- He took his name from Saint Francis of Assisi who was born with the name Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone. The last part of his name literally means Peter the Roman. Amazingly, Saint Francis of Assisi prophesied the last Pope will be a deceiver, a destroyer who through his words will mislead the world into following the Roman Catholic Church.
- In Feb 2013, Pope Francis became the first Pope to receive an official seat in the hall of the Last Supper, which is also called the Upper Room, in Jerusalem. This hall is believed to be the site where Jesus ate the Last Supper (Mark 15:15) and where Peter along with the other disciples were gathered together on the day of Pentecost. This agreement gives Pope Francis special authority over the second floor of the building so Christian pilgrims can use the facility to celebrate religious functions. This makes Pope Francis the first Pope to reclaim authority over the same facilities used by Peter and the other disciples. This was the culmination of a long campaign by the Catholic Church to regain stewardship over the place where Jesus and His disciples are believed to have had the last supper. The Catholic Church has long pursued control over part of Mount Zion. After nearly 2,000 years it is finally beginning to happen.
- Although Pope Francis has lived most of his life in Argentina, both of his parents were born in Italy. So he was born into an Italian family, which means he could be correctly called a Roman.
The other parts of Malachy’s prophecy are even more amazing because he saw the reign of Pope Francis would be a time of many tribulations including the destruction of Rome. Furthermore, he saw that the 112th Pope would be the final Pope. Then the Lord will judge His people. After that comes the end.
The time of great trouble is consistent with Bible prophecies of the tribulation period and great tribulation period in the last days. The destruction of Rome is not specifically identified in Bible prophecies, but it is consistent with the scriptures because the closer we get to the end the more the focus shifts to Jerusalem as the center of everything happening on the earth. The antichrist and false prophet will not rule from the traditional control centers like Rome, Washington DC, or London. Those cities could all be destroyed because they will reign from Jerusalem.
Malachy’s prophecy is also consistent with a prophetic vision received by Terry Bennett in which he saw the formation of a one-world religion during the seven year period from 2022-2028. When that happens there would be no more need for a Pope because the Catholic Church would be merged into the one-world religion. Details about that vision are shared in my previous post, “Terry Bennett: You Will See 666.”
Considering that Pope Francis is already 78 years old and has only one lung it appears we are getting very close to the last of the last days.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.