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    Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement on Monday, February, 11, 2103, and already there is great concern over the "Prophecy of the Popes."

    The Prophecy of the Popes is a series of of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin which purport to predict the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few antipopes), beginning with Pope Celestine II. The prophecies were first published by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon in 1595. Wyon attributes the prophecy to Saint Malachy, the 12th‑century Archbishop of Armagh.

    The current pope, Benedict XVI, would correspond to the penultimate pope described in the prophecy. The list ends with a pope identified as "Peter the Roman," whose pontificate will allegedly bring the destruction of the city of Rome and the beginning of the Apocalypse.

    Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman)

    In recent times, some interpreters of prophetic literature have drawn attention to the prophecies due to their imminent conclusion that Pope Benedict XVI, would correspond to the second last of the papal descriptions, Gloria olivae (the glory of the olive). Saint Benedict and the Benedictine Order, from which Cardianl Joseph Ratzinger took the name "Benedict," uses the "olive" as their symbol. "The Prophecy of the Popes" ends with a prediction of the Apocalypse. The longest and final motto reads:

    "In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit. Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremedus judicabit populum suum. Finis."
    This may be translated into English as:

    "In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop] 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."

    Cardinal Bertone (Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone), S.D.B. (born 2 December 1934) is an Italian prelate and diplomat. A cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, he currently serves as Cardinal Secretary of State and Camerlengo, having previously served as Archbishop of Vercelli from 1991 to 1995, as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, when Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was Prefect, and Archbishop of Genoa from 2002 to 2006.
    Bertone was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003. On 10 May 2008, he was named Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati. Besides his native Italian, Bertone speaks fluent French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. He has some knowledge of English, although he is not fluent, and he can read Polish (and he has a Polish secretary), Latin, Greek and Hebrew.

    Theologians have speculated that the final (false prophet) Antichrist will be a Roman, Greek and Jew. The Holy Bible tells that the final Antichrist (a world political ruler) will be ushered in by the false prophet.

    Beware of Miraculous Signs

    "The Three Secrets of Fátima" consist of a series of visions and prophecies allegedly given by an apparition of the "Virgin Mary" to three young Portuguese shepherds, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, starting on 13 May 1917. The three children were allegedly visited by a Marian apparition six times between May and October 1917.

    By the time of WWI (1914-1918), American leaders and The London Society for the Promotion of Christianity amongst the Jews (aka The Jews' Society) had an obession with the "Millennium" (the future Thousand year reign of Christ on earth). This obsession was based upon a belief that mankind needed to overthrow the Ottoman Empire and restore the Jew-ish people to Palestine in order for the sequence of events to take place for the "Millennium" to happen.

    The apparition of Fátima is now known as "Our Lady of Fátima." Allegedly "The Three Secrets of Fátima" contains information about the Apocalypse, apostasy and Satanic infiltration of the Roman Catholic Church. The appearances of the "Virgin Mary" in Africa and in other parts of the world have been taking place more frequently, and I believe that evil doers may be behind these apparitions---using technology to fool innocent and naive "would be believers."

    In the light of Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican’s notice of his resignation, a lightning bolt hit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican Monday night (2/11/13).

    Revelation 13:11-13 (NLT)
    The Beast out of the Earth

    "11 Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth. He had two horns like those of a lamb, but he spoke with the voice of a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and its people to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
    13 He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching."

    Either lightning striking St. Peter's Basilica was an act of God, or someone is playing out the prophecies of the Holy Bible like a Hollywood Script.

    Cardindal Bertone wrote a book titled, "The Last Secret of Fatima," published first in Italian under a different title in 2007, and then subsequently in English. The book contains a transcribed interview between journalist Giuseppe De Carli and Bertone in which Bertone responds to various criticisms and accusations regarding the content and disclosure of the Third Secret. At one point in the interview, De Carli comments on an unsourced accusation that the Vatican is concealing a one-page text of the "Third Secret," which predicts "the great apostasy" where the Roman Catholic Church will cause Catholics worldwide "to loose faith." Bertone responds as follows:

    "That's absolutely crazy. Look, are you claiming that the prophecy of Fatima is about the apostasy of the Church of Rome?" "That Fatima is a prediction of Rome's transformation into the throne of the Antichrist?"

    Regardless, the appearance of the final Antichrist is believed to take place on The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel (Daniel 7, Matthew 24 and
    2 Thessalonians 2).

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