by Jerry Todd, staff writer
Did you ever read “The Prophecies of St. Malachy?” Malachy, an Irish saint, “prophesied’ the reigns of Popes from his time of 1143 AD to the end of his list – the next pope after Benedict XVI in an era of persecution and the destruction of “the seven hilled city.” He didn’t predict their names or state his list as the end of time (nor do I), but he does predict judgment following…interestingly accurate in its 1 to 5 word phrases codifying each succeeding Pope.
E.g., Pope John Paul I was called 869 years ago “of the half moon” – He lived 2 weeks after his coronation. The current Pope is referred to as “Glory of the Olive.” The Olivetans are also known as the Benedictines – his name Benedict XVI.
The next and last in line is “Petrus Romanus” – “Peter the Roman” who in the final persecution will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.”
The historically amazingly accurate list ends there, just like the Mayan calendar.
Ahead lays the Islamic promise to “lay waste to the world and all that is in it”:
At the present time, the hatred of the Islamic countries toward the West has become hatred against Christianity itself. Statesmen are now taking it into account that there is a grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return on a broad scale, and with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power. Muslim writers say, “When the locust swarms darken vast countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words, “We are God’s host, each of us has 99 eggs, and if we had 100, we should lay waste to the world and all that is in it.”
Islamic radicals have been burning churches, slaughtering worshippers, tearing down ancient Buddhist and Hindu shrines – not limiting their aggression to Muslims they disagree with. The use of suicide bombers, by definition makes this spiritual warfare of the most heinous kind. A recent fatwa issued by an Iraqi imam was, “To Christians – convert or die!
An Egyptian screwball wants to destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids as insults to Allah. Would the “seven hilled city” and its content be excluded?
With the American “Great Satan” aiding and abetting with blood and treasure the rise of Islamic Sharia rule in the Middle East and ultimately the world, it might be time to realize we’re involved in far more than politics, but all out spiritual warfare. We know God and his Christ are the ultimate victors. For us the question is how much blood will they shed before the world comes to its senses?
What is that old saying? “May you live in interesting times?”