3,000,000 reportedly see Francis in Rio: Might he be the last pope?


The popularity of Pope Francis has been confirmed in Brazil:

Pope Francis draws 3M to Rio vigil

July 28, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO –  Pope Francis drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Rio’s Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he chastised the Brazilian church for failing to stem the “exodus” of Catholics to evangelical congregations.

Francis headed into the final hours of his first international trip riding a remarkable wave of popularity… Many of those actually paying attention to the vigil had tears in their eyes, moved by Francis’ call for them to build up their church like his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, was called to do…

In the longest and most important speech of his four-month pontificate, Francis took a direct swipe at the “intellectual” message of the church that so characterized the pontificate of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Speaking to Brazil’s bishops, he said ordinary Catholics simply don’t understand such lofty ideas and need to hear the simpler message of love, forgiveness and mercy that is at the core of the Catholic faith.

“At times we lose people because they don’t understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people,” he said…He carried that message to a meeting with Brazil’s political, economic and intellectual elite, urging them to look out for the poorest and use their leadership positions to work for the common good. He also called for greater dialogue between generations, religions and peoples during the speech at Rio’s grand municipal theater. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/28/pope-francis-draws-3m-to-rio-vigil/

July 28, 2013

A reported three million pilgrims have packed Brazil’s Copacabana Beach to hear Pope Francis address their all-night vigil as his first international trip ending atop a remarkable wave of popularity.

Overnight pilgrims camped out on the famous stretch of beach ahead of a Mass to be celebrated there later on Sunday.

Such is the appeal of the new pope that some commenters noted that the new head of the Catholic church had ‘rock star’ appeal – drawing more people to see him than the Rolling Stones did on their visit to the beach in 2006. Mick Jagger and his band drew a much reported one million fans.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-ends-first-foreign-trip-with-crowd-of-three-million-people-at-copacabana-beach-vigil-8735274.html

July 27, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO—Pope Francis’s killer pace is wearing out his aides.

The 76-year-old Argentine Jesuit, who lost most of one lung following an infection in his youth, has been acting like a man half his age during his first international trip as pope, adding in events at the last minute to his already full schedule and gamely going with the flow after heavy rains forced major changes in the World Youth Day agenda.  http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/features/faith/16997-pope-s-killer-pace-wearing-out-his-aides

Here is some of what Pope Francis said today in Rio de Janeiro:

Dear young friends…The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you! May Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always accompany you with her tenderness http://wydcentral.org/final-mass-with-pope-francis-on-copacabana/

UPDATE 1:40 pm PDT: Afterwards, Pope Francis made other statements:

Following the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Francis held Mary up as the model for the life of Christians…

“May Mary teach us by her life what it means to be a missionary disciple,” the Pope prayed.

He remarked that each time the Angelus is prayed, “we recall the event that changed the history of mankind for ever.”

Immediately after receiving the grace of becoming God’s mother, Mary went in haste to help her kinswoman Elizabeth, Pope Francis noted, rather than basking in her own radiance.

“There, my dear friends, we have our model.”  http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/news/pope-mary-the-model-of-evangelization-2967001

(The ‘Angelus’ originated with the 11th-century monastic custom of reciting three Hail Marys during the evening bell.)

This pontiff is popular.  He promotes ecumenical dialogue and often speaks of helping the poor.  To many, he looks “like a lamb” (cf. Revelation 13:11). And his emotional appeal is affecting people.

Regarding the intellectualism comment made earlier by Francis, notice the following from the Bible:

4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)

There will also be increased knowledge of the truth at the time of the end (cf. Matthew 24:14).  Yet, Catholic ‘prophets’ have seemingly feared this:

Anne Catherine Emmerich January 27, 1822 Then my guide exhorted me anew to pray and, as far as I could, to incite others to pray for sinners and especially for erring priests. ‘Very evil times are coming,’ he said. ‘The non-Catholics will mislead many. They will use every possible means to entice them from the Church, and great disturbances will follow.’ (Schmöger, p. 348)

Nursing Nun of Bellay (died 1820): “All these things shall come to pass once the wicked have succeeded in circulating large numbers of bad books.” (Dupont, p.51)

Trappistine Nun of Notre Dame des Gardes. “Chastisement will come when a very large number of bad books have been spread” (Dupont, p 114).

Elizabeth Canori-Mora (died 1825): “All men shall rise one against the other, and they shall kill one another without pity. During this sanguinary conflict the avenging arm of God will strike the wicked, and in His mighty power He will punish their pride and presumption. God will employ the powers of {Hades} for the extermination of these impious and heretical persons who desire to overthrow the Church and destroy it to its very foundation…God will allow the demons to strike with death those impious men because they gave themselves up to the infernal powers and had formed with them a compact against the Catholic Church. (Connor, pp.22-23)

Abbe Voclin. “People will speak only of money. Horrible books will be freely available. Intellectuals will argue fiercely among themselves. Then war will break out that will see the rise of the Great Monarch” (Dupont, p. 114).

We in the CCOG will likely make more books and articles that will be perceived to fulfill the above–and even some existing materials that I have written may be considered to be in that category by them already (note: the “Great Monarch” that certain Catholics hope for seems to be the final King of the North that the Bible warns against, so the timing of materials that certain Catholics fear is supposed to be near the time of the end).  Furthermore, a book that I have been working on for years (which I expect to release a draft of in 2014) will better shed the light of truth on the foundations of the Church of Rome and may be perceived as an attempt to destroy the falseness of the Roman church’s very foundations.

Pope Francis taking jabs against intellectualism may be partially motivated by the fact that he does not want to have his church have to deal with facts that will be uncovered about it.  However, he should know that Jesus taught:

22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed (Mark 4:22)

And in my view, Catholic prophets and other leaders have feared this revealing.

Furthermore, it should be of value to understand that Pope Francis’ predecessor specifically warned against the millennial gospel of the kingdom of God message.  Notice:

676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. (Catechism of the Catholic Church. Imprimatur Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Doubleday, NY 1995, p. 194).

It is important to realize that the millennial teaching appears to be the only doctrine associated with Antichrist that is condemned in the current official Catechism of the Catholic Church (which is the first new one in hundreds of years).  Since the millennial message is a key part of Christ’s Gospel of the Kingdom, and “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations” (Matthew 24:14), it is clear, to me at least, that leaders of the Church of Rome have been, and still are, taking steps to downgrade/demonize the message that Jesus wants His Church to be proclaiming.

A reader sent me a link to an article in WND related to Pope Francis:

The 900-year-old prophecy of St. Malachy that predicts Pope Francis, the 112th pontiff in a specific line, will be the last pope applies labels to each Catholic leader, many of which strikingly coordinate with each man’s official coat of arms.

In the WND Films documentary “The Last Pope?” …experts on the ancient prophecy explain how many of these mottoes not only match up with the papal symbols but the men’s origins and life experiences as well.

Malachy was a Catholic saint who lived in Ireland in the 12th century. His “Prophecy of the Popes,” as it has become to be known, forecast that there would be 112 popes from that time until Jesus made His triumphant return to the planet. The sudden and unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was the spark igniting the new wildfire of speculation due to one simple reason: his successor, Pope Francis, is the end of the line.

So is Pope Francis indeed the “last pope”? The prophecy’s moniker for his papacy is “Petrus Romanus,” or “Peter the Roman.”

In the documentary, Tom Horn, co-author of “Petrus Romanus,” says he believes the motto fits just fine.

Explains Horn in the film: “We had given interviews [prior to the election of Pope Francis] saying it would be a mistake to try to nail down the last pope having the Christian name Peter, that in fact the only thing that it would take to fulfill the prophecy would be a cardinal of Italian descent. And low and behold Jorge Bergoglio, Italian descent, parents full-blooded Italians, or in the old language ‘Romans.’

“But he names himself after Francis of Assisi. Now this is a Catholic friar who lived in the late 1100s and the early 1200s, but his name of birth Giovanni Di Pietro Di Bernardone, Peter. He was an Italian, or Roman in the old language, a man whose name can be literally translated as Peter the Roman.'”  http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/uncanny-popes-coats-of-arms-back-up-prophecy/#mgoRcmtJOAXhAwMT.99

Although the article did not actually mention Pope Francis’ coat of arms, let me state that according to Wikipedia it was changed from the original one to include an eight-point star in order to better represent ‘Mary’:

The coat of arms of Pope Francis was revealed on 18 March 2013. Francis decided to keep both the arms and motto he used since his episcopal consecration in 1991, however altered to reflect his position as Roman Pontiff…Below the Jesuit emblem is an eight-pointed star, which is a long-standing symbol of the Virgin Mary, and a spikenard (or nard flower) representing Saint Joseph…as pope he changed the tincture of the star and the spikenard from argent (silver) to or (gold). The first version of the papal coat of arms published by the Vatican adopted the five-pointed star from Bergoglio’s previous one, but it was later changed to eight points; the representation of the spikenard was also slightly altered.  Coat of Arms of Pope Francis.  Wikipedia, viewed 07/28/13)

Pope Francis frequently speaks of Mary, has dedicated his pontificate to his version of Mary, and told people in Brazil to turn to ‘Mary’ (see Massive crowds meet Pope Francis at Marion shrine in Brazil and he speaks of ‘Mary’).

Turning people towards Mary, appealing to ecumenical dialogue, appearing as a popular ‘lamb’ to many, frequently taking economic positions (cf. Revelation 13:16-17), and perhaps getting demonic support to function as he does at his age with a missing lung (cf. Revelation 16:13-14), could be signs of the final Antichrist.

While it is still too early to tell for sure if Pope Francis is this individual, many of the items I have discussed in various posts point to that as a possibility (and are consistent with the many of the details I wrote about in my book The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis?). And if he is not, he certainly is setting the stage for the one who will be.

Some items of related interest may include:

The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle This electronic version of a new 186 page book (in the print version). And you do not need an actual Kindle device to read it. Why? Amazon will allow you to download it to almost any device: Please click HERE to download one of Amazon s Free Reader Apps. After you go to for your free Kindle reader and then go to The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle.
The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? What does the Bible say about a pope near this time? Is the final pope to be an antipope and antichrist? Does Catholic prophecy point to Pope Francis as being the dreaded “Peter the Roma”? This 186 page book provides information and answers. This book is available for USD$9.98 in printed form The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis.
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet.” Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy. You can also watch a video titled What Does the Bible teach about the Antichrist?
The Malachy Prophecies and “Peter the Roman” An Irish bishop allegedly predicted something about 112 popes in the 12th century. Pope Benedict XVI was number 111. Francis would seem to be number 112–if he is that one–and if so, he is to reign until Rome is destroyed. May he be an antipope/final Antichrist?
Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism? Was the millennium (sometimes called chiliasm) taught by early Christians? Who condemned it? Will Jesus literally reign for 1000 years on the earth? Is this time near?
What is the Gospel? True religion should be based upon the true gospel. What are some of the different gospels and where did they come from? Do you believe the true or a false gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? You can also see a YouTube video sermon The Gospel of the Kingdom.
Will You Be Deceived by Antichrist? 1964 article by David Jon Hill, originally published in the old Good News magazine.
Could Pope Francis be the Last Pope and Antichrist? According to some interpretations of the prophecies of the popes by the Catholic saint and Bishop Malachy, Pope Francis I is in the position of “Peter the Roman,” the pontiff who reigns during tribulations until around the time of the destruction of Rome. Do biblical prophecies warn of someone that sounds like Peter the Roman? Could Francis I be the heretical antipope of Catholic private prophecies and the final Antichrist of Bible prophecy? This is a YouTube video.
Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions. Whether or not you believe anything happened at Fatima, if you live long enough, you will be affected by its ramifications (cf. Isaiah 47; Revelation 17). Fatima Shock! provides concerned Christians with enough Catholic-documented facts to effectively counter every false Marian argument. In addition to the print version, there is a Kindle version of Fatima Shock! which you can acquire in seconds.

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