Dead Catholics, Bogus Popes and Nutty Christians

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Social media, from Twitter, to Facebook, to YouTube, are abuzz over the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict. Prophecy students who should know better as well as preachers, are stumbling over themselves trying to connect the dots and somehow prove that with this latest announcement, that it will bring in the final false prophet (Pope). But in order to do so, they are using the ramblings of a dead Catholic whose own life was filled with occultism (Malachy was a self described seer) not to mention Malachy’s position of being a priest and then Bishop of the Catholic church.

It must be understood that the church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, nor does it rely on any prophecy which adds to the word of God – ever! The Apostle warned the Thessalonians of this in the following text, “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thess. 2:2-3

There were rumblings, writings and rumors during Paul’s day which were claiming that the second coming had already taken place, Paul was making the case that this was not only false, but those who were teaching it were equally false. The fact was, Paul gave two significant signs to look for just before the second coming, 1. A powerful falling from the faith (apostasy) 2. The revealing of the man of sin – the Antichrist.

So how do we know when that time of revealing has come? Jesus gave us the answer in Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” There is your answer, when you see the man of sin who Paul stated in 2 Thess. 2:2 is revealed, he will be revealed because he will desolate the temple. Daniel 12:11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.” The prophet Daniel says that the daily sacrifice will be occurring in the temple, which brings us to the one major sign that we will be near the end – the 3rd temple.

So what do we make of Malachy’s prophecy? We don’t because it’s false. Here’s why, the word of God needs no outside foundation to prove its accuracy. Meaning, Malachy could very well have seen something in the future, but that does not make him correct, it just makes him deceived. Malachy was a supporter of the Catholic church, that same church which killed many early Christians, the same church which has lead many to eternal damnation by its teachings of works and the prayers to dead people. Malachy’s so called prophecies cannot be accepted because they add to the word of what is to come. That is why the word of God warns us about adding to the word of God – “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” Revelation 22:18

We do not run after false prophets who lead people astray in their word and the reason is simple, they are deceivers, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;” Deut. 13:1-2

Jesus further gave us a warning of not following after weird prophecies and prophets – “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matt. 24:24

There is coming such a strong delusion of deception that if the believer is not rooted and grounded in the word, they will be at risk to becoming deceived by the final events to come upon the earth. Jesus warned us 3 times NOT to be deceived. We should take his warning to heart.

Yet, once again, we see Christians jumping at another false event or false sign and thinking that this is the sign of the second coming – it’s not. Again, we have already been given the word what is coming, apostasy and then the man of sin is revealed, how is he revealed? He will go into the temple, when is the temple built? We do not know, however, it is clearly asserted in the word that the temple will already have been built so we can assume with good and grounded truth that the sign of assurance we will have entered into the final chapter of our world will be the rebuilding of the temple, NOT the passing or resignation of a Catholic Pope, but a third temple being built.

We are already in the time of sorrows (Matt. 24:8) but we have yet to enter into that final, terrible time of judgment when the world will rock to and fro under the weight of sin and death, not to mention the rise of Antichrist and his wrath upon the church itself. But it will not be foretold by a dead Catholic seer, it will be because we were already warned by the word of God itself what to look for at the time of the end.

Do I believe in prophecy? Yes I do. Do I walk after the pattern of a prophet? Yes I do. But every key prophetic announcement having to do with the final great end times was given to us in the word, and no prophet, seer or Pope can alter that, nor should they. This is why we must not base our end time theology by the front page of the newspaper or by CNN or Fox News. While we can gather notes and monitor what is happening in the world by what is happening per se’, the final compass we go by is in the word itself, then and only then will the headlines reflect the word of God and how we’ll know we’ve reached that point, not until then.

Stop running after dead people and their notes to find the answers to the end time of our world, read your Bible instead, it’s all in there.

Christopher Gregory

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