Head Name Number Count
3 Gregory XVI (16) 136
4 Benedict XIV (14) 105
Antipope Benedict XVI 0
8 Antichrist New Name..(1) 1
Anyone capable of performing math calculations can confirm from this record, that the count is correct.
There is only one more space to fill to make the count complete. The current pope, Benedict XVI is an interim antipope, preceding the Antichrist. The number of an antipope cannot count toward the total, because an antipope counts as a zero. Only a legitimate pontificate can contribute to the count of the number.
The events after the death of John Paul II also confirm the prophecy and this research as the correct interpretation. Benedict XVI, because his name has been used by other popes, and is a name that has been declared "fallen," he is an antipope. We have entered another interim waiting period of an undetermined length of time. He "withholdeth," until he is "taken out of the way" (2Thess 2:6, 7) then the "wicked" one
will be revealed. So long as the antipope Benedict XVI remains in office, the Antichrist is held back, for it is the office that he holds that the Antichrist must have. Thus, when the Antichrist comes, Benedict XVI will be removed.
7/24/05: This prophecy has been shown to be correct, and a perfect match of the prophecy up to
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the time of John Paul. There is no reason to consider that with the papal election after John Paul II's death, that the new pope will not also fulfill the prophecy. He indeed has fulfilled this prophecy. It has since shown that the antipope that I have always retained in this interpretation as a possibility is indeed confirmed as outlined in the prophecy.
On Sunday, March 22, 1998, I had sent this email; "So far, in my study, I have figured that there will be a new pope shortly. This new pope will only reign for a short term, (unknown duration, but short). He will then be followed by the Antichrist. Though the next pope would ultimately become an antipope due to his being deposed, the count will remain at 665, awaiting the Antichrist pope, who will not adopt the papal names but will use his own name. This new name results in adding '1' to 665."
7/24/05: The initial conclusion this research produced was that the next pope after John Paul II would be an antipope. In order to have an antipope, it was determined that it would be known at his election that he would become an antipope, if the name that is chosen by the new pope elect was taken from the roster of 79 names of the popes that have already been used. Thus a new pope that chooses a papal name that had already been used, would automatically be an antipope, and the next new name would constitute the final "1" needed to complete the count to 666, and would be the Antichrist. So it was a simple outcome: a new name for the next pope would make him the Antichrist, and a used name would make him an antipope.
I have since come to understand that the used papal name could not come from any name prior to the last seven papal names, because it would enter into the equation an eighth papal mountain that does not constitute a count of "1" but a count exceeding "1" and though he himself would become deposed, his introduction of another "mountain" is not permitted in the interpretation of this prophecy. It would change the number of the mountains, and it would permanently render the count in excess of 666. So the possible antipope must come from one of the last seven heads. Benedict is the fourth papal name since 1798, of which the prophecy declares as having already "fallen." This declaration of being already fallen affirms the conclusion that Benedict XVI is an antipope. If Benedict XVI is not declared an antipope, then his contribution to the continuing count will stand, for there is no other reason shown in the historic record for a legitimate pope's number to be nullified, other than if he becomes an antipope.
Many Catholic writers and theologians also have anticipated that the Antichrist would become the last pope. A few ancient and contemporary Catholic writers have also predicted the rise of an antipope, who precedes the Antichrist. These predictions are not the basis for this 666 count interpretation, but are provided to give you some insight as to what some Catholic theologians are saying. Here are some notes from "The Reign of Antichrist 1951, R.
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"St. Cyril of Constantinople: 'Foretells the fall of the Church and papal throne.'
"St. Francis of Assisi wrote: 'There will be an uncanonically elected pope, who will cause a great Schism."
"Abbot Joachim wrote: 'Towards the end of the world, Antichrist will overthrow the Pope and usurp his See.'
"Sister Ludmilla of Prague wrote; 'After the world war. one will endeavor to prevent the Pope from exercising his sacred office.'
"Father Jerome Votin wrote; '.The shepherd (Pope) will be smitten and the sheep scattered.'
"Since Antichrist simulates Christ, and the Pope is an image of Christ, Antichrist must have some similarity to the Pope." Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 1 Fr. Maas.
"I am convinced that it is theologically necessary that Antichrist be a pope." Last Days of the Catholic Church, 1978, W.F. Strojie, p. 7.
"I agree. Antichrist, the Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, to deserve these titles must hold a unique spiritual office, one in which the greatest possible doctrinal disciplinary and moral corruption can be accomplished. And to oppose Christ who is all Truth the essential procedure of Antichrist will not be one of force but of deception. This follows from St. Paul's prophecy of a great spiritual blindness in the time of Antichrist and the Great Apostasy. With due respect for possible non-Catholic claimants, I scoff at the notion that anyone other than a pope could be the Antichrist." The Popes of Rome, Ronald Cooke.
"Strojie is not alone among Roman Catholic writers in his concerns about the modern papacy. Malachy Martin is also concerned although not as outspoken in his criticisms as Strojie. Martin speaks of a 'new agenda' which the pope seems to be desirous of fulfilling which involves far more than the future of the Roman Catholic institution. The Popes of Rome, Ronald Cooke.
"Saint Malachy was a 12th century Irish monk, who, while on a visit to Rome had a vision of all the popes who would ever reign. Malachy 'saw'-and committed to paper-a series of
Latin phrases describing the popes to come. He catalogued each one with an epigrammatic verse, such as 'the tears of the sun.' Reportedly it was entrusted to Pope Innocent II in 1140. But for some reason it was "lost" in the Vatican for 400 years, only to be 'discovered' in 1595 A. D.. Malachy's predictions reputedly were made in 1139 while he was on a pilgrimage to the Vatican, where he was appointed papal legate for Ireland. On his last trek to the Holy See in Rome, in 1148, Malachy accurately predicted the place and time of his own death: Clairvaux, France, on All Souls Day, November 2, of that same year. The Popes of Rome, Ronald Cooke.
"In his predictions for the pope to follow John Paul II he gives this motto: The Glory of the Olive. It is interesting that Jesus gave his apocalyptic prophecy about the end of time from the Mount of Olives. This Pope will reign during the beginning of the tribulation Jesus spoke of. The 111th prophesy is 'Gloria Olivae' (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil. Traditionally, the olive branch has been associated with peace, but in both the Old and New Testaments it also serves as an emblem for the Jews. Putting the two together, some commentators believe that the reign of this pope will be a peaceful one during which the prophesied conversion of the Jews will take place." The Popes of Rome, Ronald Cooke.
The popes that were predicted in Malachy's line-up do not guarantee their status as being legitimate popes. Malachy listed all the antipopes from his time as well. The motto itself has led many to speculate that his name would be Benedict. Benedict XVI has said that he chose his name in honor of the peace efforts of Benedict XV. It appears then, that the prophecy
of Malachy has converged with the element of the prophecy from the Bible, in regard to the name of Benedict, whom this interpretation demonstrates to be one of the first five that are fallen, which thus makes him an antipope.
The Alignment of 34 Matching Elements of This Prophecy
There are 34 elements of the prophecy that will be shown here that are aligned with 27 of
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these elements seen in history. First, to correctly understand these 34 elements, you must put aside any other interpretations that you think concerning them, as they apply to the interpretation paradigm that you think you already know.
No interpretation can be explained by using the meanings given to the elements from a different interpretation outside of its own paradigm. The definition of a head, or a mountain in one proposed interpretation, cannot be imposed upon a different interpretation. The definition of all 34 of these elements must remain with the explanation that is given here. The raw question is: Does the suggested historic evidence align with the words of the prophecy? The answer is: The alignment is demonstrated to be more accurate than any other interpretation that has ever been presented.
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