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Candidates for Peter the Roman

Feb 12, 2013

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his early retirement, shocking much of the world.

Within a few hours, lightning struck the basilica in the Vatican. That is an interesting sign.


There is already speculation about who will succeed Pope Benedict. In light of St. Malachy's prophecy from 1140 AD, I am not sure that anyone will want the job. However, insiders are listing about eight major contenders for the position, speculating also that they might choose a non-European for the first time in history. This is because church membership is declining rapidly in Europe, but it is increasing in Africa and South America. And so Peter Turkson from Ghana is being mentioned.


He is the only front-runner with the name "Peter." Do you suppose he might become "Peter the Roman" in St. Malachy's prophecy? Be watchful.

Over the years many have identified this "Peter the Roman" with "The Antichrist." I myself do not hold to the Futurist view of prophecy, so I think that most "Antichrist" views are based on a false premise. The original Antichrist was Absalom, who usurped David's throne as an "Anti-David." I have written about this elsewhere. You can use the Search key and type in "Absalom" or "Antichrist" to get past articles where this has been mentioned.

If you look at the prophecy itself, you will see that whoever Peter the Roman is, it says nothing about this "Peter" being a bad guy or an Antichrist. It only says that he will reign during a time of tribulation, and afterward the city will be destroyed.

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The end.

Nonetheless, there is no doubt that these are momentous events, and we should be aware and watchful.


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