Manipulating the Malachy “Prophecy” in the Run-Up to the Papal Election
It is even entirely possible that Benedict has already “stacked the deck” so that his successor will be the man he has chosen, so as to force the fulfilment of the “prophecy”!
Who will this man be? It is impossible to say for certain, and we will know within a few short weeks. But there can be no doubt that for years Benedict himself has favoured the cardinal Tarcisio Pietro [“Peter” in English] Evasio Bertone, who was born in Romano, Italy, and who was appointed by Benedict as the Vatican secretary of state, essentially the No. 2 man in the Vatican. And it is entirely possible, if not probable, that Benedict deliberately chose Bertone because of his name and birthplace, believing that in this way he could manipulate history so as to bring about the fulfilment of Malachy’s “prophecy”!
In January 2010, when Bertone turned 75, he resigned (as is required of all curia cardinals when they reach this age); but Benedict did not accept his resignation.
Then in January 2012 Benedict named 22 new cardinals. Most were Europeans, mainly Italians in top Vatican positions. Consequently Europeans number over half of all cardinals at this time, and almost a quarter of all voters in the conclave will be Italian. This certainly gives Bertone a very good chance of being elected as the next pope of Rome. By resigning now, Benedict does all he can, albeit indirectly, to influence the choice of the next incumbent of the Vatican throne.
Whether or not Bertone will be chosen, we cannot say. All we can say is that it appears highly probable Benedict would like Bertone to be his successor, in fulfilment (so he believes) of the “prophecy” of Malachy.
And as always with Vatican intrigues, things got decidedly ugly last year. Another serious contender for the next Roman pope is Peter Turkson, a black African cardinal from Ghana (with, also, the “correct” name for “Peter the Roman”). Many within the college of cardinals favour Turkson. In October 2011 Turkson, in a major document, called for a global world authority to control the world economy. This boosted his popularity immensely. But just then the Vatican secretary of state, the cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, called an emergency summit at the Vatican and declared firmly that from then on, all new Vatican documents would first have to be authorised by himself before being published to the world. It was a thinly-disguised power play, as Bertone aims to manipulate events to become the next Roman pope and will brook no opposition to that burning ambition.
But this is by no means to say that Bertone is certain to become “Supreme Pontiff” in the next few weeks! Powerful cardinals and others support him, it is true; but others equally powerful support other contenders. We will have to wait and see. One thing is certain: within the secretive walls of the Vatican, plots and counter-plots are being hatched, alliances are forming and others are breaking, ambitious men are jockeying for position and their followers are engaged in constant furtive discussions and meetings with other possible supporters, and the secret agents of the world powers have their own men on the inside as well, doing all they can to move events in the direction they would like. For all know that the man chosen will be the most powerful man on earth.
The Jesuit Futurist Interpretation of Antichrist and the False Prophet vs. The Biblical Truth
It is also necessary to look beyond the false “prophecy” of Malachy to other statements, by other Papists, of what they believe is yet to come in the world, according to how they have misinterpreted Bible prophecy. It is highly likely that a consideration of these things, in addition to Malachy’s words, have influenced Benedict to take the extraordinary step of resigning the papal office at this precise time.
In 1861 influential Roman Catholic cardinal, Henry Edward Manning, gave a series of lectures, based on his Futurist view of Bible prophecy, in which he stated that at a future time the Roman Catholic “Church” would go through a great crisis of the faith, when Roman Catholic orthodox doctrine would be seriously challenged. By this means many nations would depart from the Roman Catholic religion, the False Prophet would replace the pope of Rome, and this would be tied to the rise of the Antichrist. He believed that secret societies such as the Freemasons had been undermining the Roman Catholic faith for a long time and would continue to do so. He also believed, as did various other earlier Roman Catholic writers, that Rev. 18 predicted the apostacy and then the destruction, at the end of the world, of the Roman Catholic “Church” which reigns from the seven-hilled city of Rome.
He wrote: “The apostasy of the city of Rome… and its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts so new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians, of greatest repute. First, Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera, Gaspar Melus, Viegas, Suarez, Bellarmine, and Bosius, that Rome shall apostatize from the faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ, and return to its ancient paganism.”