The real issue is the timing. By now you have heard of the 1139 AD prophecy of Archbishop Malachy of Armagh, Ireland. First, three disclaimers:
1. Only Bible prophecy has trustworthy credibility. This one is outside the Scriptures.
2. The Roman Catholic Church rejects it.
3. The historical trail has a bit of a blip around 1590.
So what is the big deal? As stated above, it is about the timing. However, it has only struck a nerve because of the uncanny accuracy of his list of Popes and their cryptic descriptions. They really do seem to line up with the historic Popes. (See link above for the details.)
My interest is the timing naming the next Pope as the last one before the Messiah comes. My book, Generation Last, establishes two clear proofs that, indeed. we are living in the last generation of this Age. One proof is from the Old Testament; the other is from the New Testament.
The last Pope of the Malachy prophecy is Peter the Roman. Hal Lindsey mentioned the prophecy eight years ago in this article. Some observers think Pope Benedict has hand-picked the Vatican Secretary of State as his successor.
The claim centers on Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro (Peter in English) Evasio Bertone, born in Romano Canavese, Piedmont, the current secretary of state for the Vatican, who Pope Benedict XVI appointed Camerlengo, or Chamberlain, of the Holy Roman Church April 4, 2007. In the period known as “sede vacante,” when there is no sitting pope, Bertone will be called upon as Camerlengo to serve as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/final-pope-already-running-vatican/#QXfWzQkKpOMqXvpl.99
Here is the last prophecy by Malachy. (Please view the entire chart of all the Popes here):
In the final 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 [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End
Again, it about timing. Is this a confirmation of much Biblical evidence that we are living in the last generation? Time will tell. If this “Pietro from Romano” is Peter the Roman and becomes the next Pope, I would certainly pay close attention to all the other “signs of the times.”
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)