by Shirley Miller
April 2, 2005
This Lampholder edition briefly looks at Catholic prophecy and the
prophecy of St. Malachy.
Non-Catholics may find this
Catholic prophecy very interesting because of an
interest in eschatology and
other Biblical end-times prophecy.
THE LAST GREAT POPE
Pope John Paul II
1920 - 2005
Pope John Paul II to a small group of Catholics in Germany in 1980
and as quoted by the German magazine Stimme des Glaubens regarding the Third Secret of Fatima.
should be sufficient for all Christians to know this much -
a message in which it is said that the oceans will flood entire
sections of the earth; that, from one moment to the other,
millions of people will perish... there is no longer any point in
really wanting to publish this secret message.
Many want to
know merely out of curiosity, or because of their taste for
sensationalism, but they forget that 'to know' implies for them a
responsibility. It is dangerous to want to satisfy one's curiosity
only, if one is convinced that we can do nothing against a
catastrophe that has been predicted."
Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005
Abbot (Merlin) Joachim (d. 1202) wrote about a coming "great pope,"
who would emerge on the world scene near the end-times,
Pope shall be both pastor and reformer...," he wrote. John of Vatiguerro (13th Century) wrote, "After many tribulations a Pope
will be elected out of those who escaped persecution... he will be
devoid of fear."
Pope John Paul II has been referred to by many as
"the fearless pope."
In the coming weeks, Pope John Paul II will be honored as a man of
peace, a friend to the Jews, a sympathizer to the Muslim/Palestinian
cause, and the Catholic pope who helped to bring down communism. In
his love for children, he was outspoken in the fight against
abortion and the plight of the helpless - the unborn.
During the upcoming funeral proceedings honoring the pope, you may
hear many faithful Catholics, priests, bishops, and theologians
refer to John Paul II as "the great pope." This
bestowed upon John Paul may have prophetic significance in the
time-line in both Catholicism and overall Biblical history. Even if
you are not Catholic, the world will honor a good man, a man of
peace, and perhaps, "the last great pope."
There are a number of really interesting prophecies as to why Pope
John Paul may be remembered as the last great pope, and they are all
associated with the end-times.
Some are of Catholic origin and other
prophetic examples using the marking of the papal succession as
time-pointers to the emergence of the anti-christ.
ST. MALACHY O'MORGAIR, ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH, IRELAND
St. Malachy (1049 - 1148) was an Irish Bishop, prophet, and seer,
who prophesied the reign of future popes by a one-sentence verse to
describe each popes' characteristics.
During a visit to Rome, St. Malachy had a vision of the papal lineage. Malachy's prophecy
remained hidden in the Vatican until it was discovered in 1595. Some
reports indicate St. Malachy's visions were merely a fabrication
done some 600 years later by a Belgian monk named Arnold de Wion
(also de Wyon); but after reading St. Malachy's list of popes, there
is an interesting prophetic scenario that emerges.
There are two versions of St. Malachy's prophecy:
In the latter, the 111th pope [Gloria Olivae], is passed over and the list skips right to the last, the
112th pope. So which version is correct?
In both accounts, the list begins with Pope Celestine II (1146). In
Malachy's list of 112 popes, he gives the characteristics of the
last three future popes including and following [what some have
interpreted to be] John Paul II, the 110th pope. Malachy doesn't
give any indication as to what happens after the last pope, so many
scholars conclude this to mean the end of time.
very old Italian prophecy reads,
"When the White Pope and the
Pope (Head of the Jesuits or an
Anti-Pope) shall die during the same
night, then there will dawn upon the Christian nations the Great
In the papal election, the cardinals gather together to vote by
The cardinals choose three who collect the ballots,
three who count the votes, and three who review the results. Two
votes are taken every morning and two every afternoon until a
two-thirds plus one majority is obtained. Catholic followers in St.
Peter's Square watch the balloting by way of an ancient custom - the
smoke rising from the palace chimney as the ballots are burned.
the majority vote has not been reached, the smoke burns black. When
the majority of ballots have chosen the next pope, the chimney burns
"white smoke" to signal the outcome of the election has been
From what The Lampholder has pieced together on ancient prophecy and
Catholic tradition, there will be
"five" popes leading up to and including "the great pope." The great
pope would be the first of the last three popes who would follow in
succession. The last pope (the anti-pope) will emerge at
approximately the same time the anti-christ comes to power on the
According to some ancient prophetic texts, the papal
time-line is very important because the final three popes, including
John Paul II, were to usher in the final age of the papal lineage of
the Catholic church.
According to the Paduan commentary, Pius XII (1939-1958) was the
pope chosen at the beginning of the anti-christ's reign.(2)
obviously incorrect because Pope Pius XII doesn't fit the papal
genealogical time-line. According to Catholic tradition, a pope
chosen to reign near the beginning of the anti-christ's rule would
never be coronated. This pope would be assassinated before he was
crowned [or soon thereafter.] Pope Pius XII reigned for almost 19
years, and so he would have to be excluded in the count.
be the reason why one version of Malachy's prophecy skips the 111th
pope and jumps to the 112th - the 111th pope never really gets the
chance to reign as pope. Also, Pius XII was the first of the five
popes in succession leading up to John Paul II (the 110th pope).
Pope John Paul II is the first of the last three popes leading to
the reign of
the anti-christ. Although short-lived, the next elected
pope would follow in the traditions and work of Pope John Paul II.
The succession of popes may present a very interesting picture of
the timing of world and end-time events; but where did the countdown
According to ancient prophecy and St. Malachy's papal
time-line, the counting of the five began after Pope Pius XI which
would make John Paul II the fifth, and the last great pope, in the
line of prophetic popes.
Papal Lineage to the end-times
(According to St. Malachy's prophecy)
Piux XI 1922-1939 - Fides Intrepida (fearless faith)
Pius XII 1939-1958 - Pastor Angelicus (the 1st of the Angelic
In 1945, Pope Pius XII stated, "The world is on the verge of a
frightful abyss ... Men
must prepare themselves for suffering such as mankind has never
John XXIII 1958-1963 - Pastor and mariner; shepherd and sailor
Paul VI 1963-1978 - Flos Florum (Flower of flowers)
John Paul I 1978 - De Medietate Lunae (Of the half moon) (born
Albino Luciani, in
Canale d'Ogardo, diocese of Belluno, (aka lovely moon) (John Paul I
reigned for 34
days from half a moon to the next half... before he died suddenly
110th Pope - John Paul II 1978-2005 De Labore Solis (he was born
during a solar eclipse
May 18, 1920 and died near a partial solar eclipse on April 8, 2005;
i.e., the pope of
the eclipse; the labor, or eclipse, of the Sun; the true pope) -
one version of St. Malachy omits De medietate Lunae (from half of
Pope John Paul II's funeral is to be held "during" the solar eclipse
on April 8th!
111th Pope? “De Gloria Olivae” From the Glory of the Olive (The
112th Pope? The Last Pope - Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman; the
"During the last persecution of the Holy Roman
Church, there will
sit upon the throne, Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep amid
and when these are passed, the City of the Seven Hills (Rome) will
be utterly destroyed,
and the awful Judge will then judge the people" - St. Malachy
There are a number of other reasons why
Pope John Paul could be
associated with the last great pope:
the color of the great pope's
funeral robe was foretold to be the color red, rather than white
after John Paul, the Vatican portrait gallery has a space for only
two more papal portraits
and the last great pope would previously
have been a cardinal
It will be the last great pope that will reign just prior to the
coming tribulation as Werdin d'Otrante (13 Century) wrote,
Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Anti-Christ."
St. Hildegard's Prophecy
St Hildegard (d.1179) wrote about a day of destruction that will
come upon the entire world -
"A powerful wind will rise in the North
carrying heavy fog and the densest dust (darkness?) by divine
command and it will fill their throats and eyes so they will cease
their savagery and be stricken with a great fear...
Before the Comet
comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want
and famine. The great nation [the United States] in the ocean that
is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent by an
earthquake, storm and tidal waves will be devastated.
It will be
divided, and in great part be submerged... The Comet by its
tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many
countries, causing much want and many plagues.
All sea coast cities
will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves,
and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape
will die from a horrible disease.
For in none of those cities does a
person live according to the laws of God."
Pope John Paul II and The Secret of Fatima
"The Third Secret is apocalyptic and therefore corresponds to the
eschatological texts of Sacred Scripture. This is what Cardinal
Ratzinger pointed out when he revealed that the Secret concerns the
‘novissimi' - the ‘last things' and corresponds to what is revealed
in Sacred Scripture. Pope John Paul II, when asked about the
Secret in Germany, stated that,
"we must be prepared to undergo great
trials in the not too distant future, trials that will require us to
be ready to give up our lives..."
Pope John Paul II, as Karol
Cardinal Wojtyla, elaborated this theme during a visit to the United
States in 1976:
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest
historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think
that wide circles of the American Society or wide circles of the
Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final
confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel
versus the anti-Gospel. It is a trial which the Church must take
There were three parts to the Secret of Fatima.
The first two parts
have long ago been revealed. These were concerning the appearance of
the Angel at Fatima in 1916 and the Vision of Hell which Our Lady
showed the children in July 1917. The third part of the Secret has
not yet been officially revealed as such.
The following reported dialogue of Pope John Paul II concerning the
Third Secret of Fatima, the secret that was opened by Pope
John XXIII in 1960 and which has not been fully and officially
revealed by the Vatican, is very interesting.
This Secret was revealed by Our Lady on July 13, 1917, to Lucia,
Jacinta and Francisco. It was entrusted to Lucia to transmit it to
the Holy Father. This she did by means of a letter which was opened
in 1960 as Our Lady indicated was to be done. It was this secret
that the children, on August 13, 1917, would not reveal to the
Masonic mayor of Ourem - even after being imprisoned and threatened
The children would rather die than disobey Our Lady in
this matter. But that it was to be eventually made public seems to
be Lucia's understanding, because in the book by Father De Marchi,
which Sister Lucia personally approved of, the author indicated that
the Secret would be revealed by the Holy Father.
Here is the confirmation, almost to the letter also, of the
apocalyptic prophecy in the unofficial version of the
'Third Secret' which for years has been in circulation without being
...the waters of the ocean will become vapor, and the
foam will rise up overwhelming and drowning everything. Millions and
millions of people will die hourly...)"