April 20, 2005


The Catholic Church has long considered protestant beliefs as schisms (heresies) that broke off the true church, claiming they alone are the true church, the bride of Christ.  The ecumenical character of John Paul II is now being accentuated by Benedict XVI, leaving little doubt that an accelerated effort will be made to draw what they consider the “erring daughters” back into their ranks.  The life and death of John Paul II has done more to set the stage for it than any Pope in church history.  The massive media publicity coverage and full reverence afforded the pre-death, pre-funeral, funeral, and selection of a new Pope, has done more to draw the masses into the catholic belief than any single event in history, and they are, and will, take advantage of the situation to do so.  About one out of every six people on this planet has a connection with the catholic belief, and this will cause that ratio to increase.  The Catholic Church will not only seek to restore and/or strongly influence the protestant churches, but will reach out to Islam and other extremist forms of religion.  There is no question that Pope Benedict will reach out to dialogue with other religions, according to an article by the Associated Press in the Jerusalem Post on April 20, 2005.  The opening paragraph stated: “Pope Benedict XVI pledged Wednesday to work to unify all Christians, reach out to other religions, and continue implementing the Second Vatican Council as he outlined his goals and made clear his pontificate would follow closely the trajectory of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.”  He went on to say: “My primary task will be to work without fail to reunify all Christians and that sentiment alone was not enough, Concrete acts that enter souls and then move the consciences are needed.”

Concerning other religions of the world he said: “I want to continue an open and sincere dialog with other religions, and will do everything in my power to improve the ecumenical cause.”  The Jerusalem Post article by the Associate Press made this assessment of the new Pope’s address: “The message was clearly designed to show that Benedict was intent on following many of the groundbreaking paths charted by Pope John Paul II, who made reaching out to other religions and trying to heal the 1,000 year old schism in Christianity a hall mark of his pontificate.”

The 1,000-year-old-schism to which the article refers is known as the protestant break away from the Catholic Church.  However, the real schism, the breaking away from the truth once delivered to the saints, actually began as a heretical doctrine much earlier near the end of the first century, when the current hierarchy of layers of rulers above catholic church members began with the planted seed of the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes. They wanted to rule over the local church, and later over all the churches.  The seed has brought forth the multilayered hierarchical levels of rulers over the catholic membership, which has been fully manifested in the beautiful pomp and ceremony of the last several weeks.

Revelation 2:6 – But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:15 – So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

The word translated “Nicolaitanes” is composed of two Greek words,  Nikao and Laus, Nikao meaning “To Conquer,” and “Laus,” meaning “People.”  The doctrine of the Nicolatanes was to being the congregation into submission to their doctrine, their teaching, and their authority was not to be questioned.  They would eventually become the rulers of the people by conquering their wills into submission to their doctrine.  One of the ways to keep the masses under subjection is to teach them they can lose their salvation if they do not keep what the catholic rulers identify as the sacraments, which involve works on the part of the believer to keep the gift of salvation given to them by grace through faith in Christ.  This teaching denies the power of the cross as being sufficient to maintain the salvation bought and paid for by the blood of Christ, shed on it as the full price for the sins of all believers.  This doctrine denies the power of Christ to have given complete atonement for the sins of all believers, and adds many other additional requirements, which must be tacked on to his work of redemption and death on the cross for all sins, all of them involving additional works of the believer to be allowed into heaven.  It denies the work of God in Christ fully reconciling the world to himself by the power of the cross.  It denies the full efficiency of God’s grace in Christ alone.

Jude 1:3,4 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. [4] For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning THE GRACE of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 1:17,18 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.   [18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Dr. Oliver Green said of the Nicolaitanes: “Ephesus hated the terrible doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, but Pergamos accepted them.  Ephesus was troubled by their deeds, but by the time their doctrine reached the church at Pergamos, it held the corrupters to her bosom and permitted them to corrupt and poison the sources of purity and morality in the local assembly there.”

Galatians 3:1-3 – O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? [2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, OR BY THE HEARING OF FAITH? [3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 

Romans 10:17 – So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 2:20,21 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. [21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Ephesians 2:8,9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Ironically, the word Nicolaitanes, means “to conquer the people,” and the seed of the Nicolaitanes came in full bloom some 200 years after they planted it.  Dr. J.M. Carroll, the author of “The Trail of Blood,” who died the year before I was born, wrote: “By the beginning of the year A.D. 313, Christianity had won a mighty victory over paganism, and a new emperor had risen to the throne of the Roman Empire.  He evidently recognized something of the mysterious power of this religion that continued to grow in spite of persecution.  History identifies this man as none other than Constantine, who had a wonderful realistic vision.  He saw in the skies a fiery red cross and on that cross written in fiery letters these words – BY THIS THOU SHALT CONQUER.”  How ironic that this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes!  Dr. J.M. Carroll went on to say, concerning what Constantine said he saw in the sky.  “He interpreted it to mean he should become a Christian.  And that by giving up paganism and attaching the spiritual power of the Christian religion onto the temporal power of the Roman Empire, the world could be easily conquered.  Thus the Christian religion would in fact become a universal world religion, and the Roman Empire a universal world empire.”  True churches of the Lord never surrendered  to the early errors of the Nicolaitanes, nor did they follow those churches who later united to become the state religion of the Roman Empire, and there are still churches today that have remained true to the faith once delivered to saints from the time of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ called out, organized, and led the first true church for more than three years before he died for it. He died for all the other local, visible assemblies like it, which were to follow it, as well as for all the individual men and women who would put their faith in Christ alone for the salvation of their souls, and yet never unite with any church.

Special Prophecy Update Number 220A

April 24, 2005

Could this be the Year of Three Popes?

Saint Malachy End Time Prophecy

Pope Benedict XVI, in his comments to the cardinals immediately after his election, predicted a “short reign.” His prediction seems to be quite in order due to his age of 78 and his recent medical history, so we could soon have another repeat of what we have just seen over the past several weeks in Rome. The new Pope had a hemorrhagic stroke in 1991 along with other ailments, which raises questions about how long his reign will last. He is number 111 in a long line of Popes, and is the oldest one elected in 275 years. As has been reported in many articles since his election, many consider him to be an “interim” Pope, and that the next election will bring in a younger man. In the midst of all this current activity and stir in the catholic faith, one of their prophets, Malachy, made an interesting prediction in the distant past. He came to Rome in 1139 and presented his prophetic vision to Innocent II. It was placed in the archives of the Catholic Church, and was unknown until 1590. I am not presenting this information as fact. In fact, I am presenting it with “tongue in cheek,” and am only laying it out as a curiosity to those who enjoy this sort of end time rhetoric.

The information which follows was extracted from the 1913 Edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Malachy made 112 short announcements, which were to indicate some noticeable trait of the next 112 Popes who were to follow Celestine II, who was elected in the year 1130, during the time of Malachy. So far, as others have determined, all of the past 110 Popes have exhibited the trait of the mystical names assigned to them by Malachy. The mystical name assigned to John Paul II, number 110, was “de labore solis,” or literally, “from the labor of the sun.” It is interesting that Pope John Paul II was born during an eclipse of the sun. Benedict XVI has become number 111 in Malachy’s predictions of 112 Popes.

The mystical name for number 111 was given by Malachy as “glory olivae,” or literally, “glory of the olives.” Although Benedict XVI is German, born in Bavaria, his last three positions as a cardinal were in Italy at Velletri e Segni, Tiburtino, and Ostia, which is the land of the olives. Ostia is located by the estuary of the Tiber River and its ancient ruins were the Port of Rome.

I did not hear Malachy’s prophecy until 2003 and, quite frankly, do not have confidence in it, however, since it is floating here and there in the “strange and stranger” category, I am inclined to present it just for informational purposes. According to the predictions of Malachy, “The End” is to begin with Benedict XVI, who is number 111 in the long series of Popes, and the next Pope, according to Malachy, will be the last before Christ comes to rule and reign. Number 112 is to finish “The End.” The last Pope, according to the prophecies of Malachy, is to be “Petrus Romanus,” of whom Malachy states the following:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman church there will reign Peter the Roman (Petrus Romanus), who will feed his flock amid tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful judge will judge his people.” Oddly enough, I do believe the seven-hilled city of Rome will indeed be judged and destroyed by the wrath of God, because I do believe it is the great Babylon of Revelation in Chapters 16 to 18. At the time the Book of Revelation was written there was only one city that sat on seven hills and ruled over the known world – the city of Rome.

Rev. 16:19B –And great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Revelation 17:3,9,5,6,16,18 – So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. [9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.. [5] And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. [6] And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. [16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. [17] For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [18] And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

I DO NOT believe Malachy was a prophet of God, but his prophecy is interesting, and it seems that the spirits not of God do always seem to be quite expert at mingling truth and error, so perhaps there is some truth in it. (See Archive Prophecy Update Number 16)

Revelation 18:18,19 – And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! [19] And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

It is also interesting that the ruins of Ostia (the last area over which the new Pope had dominion as a cardinal), were the ancient port of Rome. About 35 miles southeast of Ostia off the coast of Pozzouli, completely submerged under the Mediterranean Sea, lays the great ancient Port Julius, which sank into the sea, in part due to the volcanic eruptions of crater Monte Nuovo and earthquake activity caused by tectonic plate movements. I believe the same thing is going to happen to Rome when the ancient volcano, known as 004, erupts just outside its southeastern city limits. The valley land from the Tiber River estuary eastward into the modern city of Rome will collapse to sink beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, never to be seen again on the surface of the earth.

Revelation 18:20,21 – Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. [21] And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Revelation 18:4-8 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. [5] For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. [6] Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. [7] How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. [8] Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Could this be the year of three Popes and the year of the three frogs that eventually lead to “the end” at Armageddon? I certainly don’t know, but I do know that the events of 2005, 2006, and 2007 are going to be the most interesting prophetic years of this generation.

Revelation 16:13-16 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. [15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Malachy’s biblical name is Malachi. I seriously doubt the prophecies of Malachy, but believe every word of biblical Malachi.

Malachi 4:1-3 – For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Revelation 22:20 – He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

When he does come, he will most assuredly come quickly!