Is Pope Francis the False Prophet?
In last week’s article I wrote about the possibility of Emmanuel Macron being the Antichrist, and briefly noted that Putin could be Gog. I soon realized I left out Pope Francis as being a possible candidate for the False Prophet. What reminded me of this prospect is the content of a news story I came across; Francis is once again attacking evangelical Christians—the group which lately seems to be his favorite target.
You would think that the “Holy Father” would be fully distracted by internal matters. The Vatican’s Swiss Guard recently broke up a drug-fueled gay orgy on the Vatican grounds. One of the Pope’s closest aides—the third-highest official in the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell—stands accused of several acts of sexual assault. Another Cardinal used half a million dollars from a Vatican-owned children’s hospital to renovate his luxury flat. Pope Francis also has a 2,000 case backlog of Pedophilia cases.
Francis has a fixation with finding problems with the Trump Administration. He criticized President Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern border by saying, “Societies should build bridges not walls.” Francis has said that it’s immoral for President Trump to try to ban certain immigrants from coming to America. The Pope thinks that this is an evil policy stemming from his belief that our president has become a puppet of the religious right.
Last week, two close associates of Pope Francis co-wrote an article that accused Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist of espousing “apocalyptic geopolitics” and then compared their assertion to being “not much different from that of Islamist extremists.”
The article states that Christian fundamentalism has a doomsday mentality that is “not the product of a religious experience, but a poor and an abusive perversion of it. This is why Francis is carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear. There is a need to fight against the manipulation of this season of anxiety and fear.”
The allegation that Steve Bannon is a Christian fundamentalist who wants to bring about Armageddon is a bald-faced lie. He is an Irish Catholic with basic conservative values. There is nothing in his background that would point to him having any type of extremist views.
It is not biblically wise to label people as spreading “anxiety and fear.” If the opposite is true, these critics are the ones promoting “peace and safety” which the apostle Paul forewarned will be a significant factor as the last days play out:
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
The Pope has a loathing for evangelical Christians which is partly rooted in two baseless liberal falsehoods. Because we think Jesus is coming soon, liberals claim we don’t care about the dangers of “climate change” and if our Lord doesn’t show up, we’ll go straight into the Apocalypse by telling President Trump to push the nuclear button.
The real enemy that Pope Francis needs to warn against is Islam. This religion is aggressively taking over Europe. They probably already have plans for where they want to add minarets to St. Peter’s Basilica.
When Muslims murder people in the name of Allah, Francis is mostly silent. When he does speak, he denies the existence of Islamic terrorism. “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
There is so much satanic delusion working to dull the senses of the general population that even when two Islamist terrorists killed a 85-year-old priest, Jacques Hamel, by slitting his throat on the altar—there was little outrage. Not even from the Pope. A year later, the attack has been completely forgotten.
Pope Francis has all the qualifications to be the False Prophet. He hasn’t yet called for a one world religion, but he is nearly there by stressing interfaith unity when he says, “We are all children of God.” Francis gives homosexuals a free pass by saying, “Who am I to judge?” He is clearly the type of man who would be for in favor of a movement to join together all of the world’s faiths.
The biggest factor against Pope Francis fulfilling the Bible’s prophecies about the False Prophet is his age. If the seven-year Tribulation started today, the Pope would be 87 at the time of Armageddon. Pope John Paul II lived to be 84, and he carried out his duties despite very poor health. If Pope Francis was empowered by Satan, he could live to be 100.
If the Pope is the False Prophet, he has a very simple role to play in Bible prophecy. Because he is so popular, all he would need to do to get people to follow the Antichrist is tell the world, “Here is your savior.” If Pope Francis soon strikes up a tight relationship with a world leader, we may have yet another indication that the Rapture is about to take place.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:11-14).
Temple Mount Movement
Rapture Ready News headlines tell the story. Things are shaking on and around Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is the geographical area most central to Bible prophecy yet future.
Those headlines are:
Muslim authority protests Temple Mount security measures, blocks entrance; Ministers approve bill aiming to take Jerusalem off the negotiating table
Arab-Israeli lawmaker warns of third intifada after Friday attack
Closing the Aksa Mosque;
Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for calm after Temple Mount attack..
No doubt about it, things are moving and shaking on and around the Temple Mount. Considering all the other signals taking place in the world today, the import of this activity should alert the student of Bible prophecy to the lateness of the hour.
The Temple Mount is not only the nucleus problem of the historical, Arab/Israeli ages-long conflict. That place where once sat the Holy of Holies in the midst of the Temple, housing the Shekinah glory of God within the Ark of the Covenant, is at the heart of the spiritual warfare that began with man’s Fall in the Garden.
It is where the ram was provided for the sacrifice God required, sparing Abraham’s son Isaac from serving that purpose. It is very near where God’s own Son hung suspended between Heaven and Hell as sacrifice for the sin of mankind in order to provide eternal salvation.
Mount Moriah is where the Tribulation Temple will be built and where Satan’s evil one, the son of perdition, will claim himself to be God.
There is coming a great, planetary spiritual earthquake, and its epicenter is this very spot that is smack in the middle of our headlines today.
The rumblings from that spiritual seismic area is growing daily.
When three terrorists murdered two Israeli police officers, the latest quivering of Moriah began.
The officers were killed near the gates to the Temple Mount and the Israeli prime minister took action that infuriated the Muslims of the region and around the world.
Netanyahu closed the Temple Mount to Muslim worship at the religion’s sites on the Mount. This brought immediate anger and threats of a third intifada, or violent uprising.
The Israeli prime minister eventually agreed to gradually open some areas for worship on the Temple Mount. (Only Muslims are allowed to worship there; the Jews are forbidden to do so.)
Netanyahu, however, placed detection devices–metal detectors and specially placed surveillance cameras–to restrict possible terrorist activity.
King Abdullah phoned the Israeli prime minister to lobby for the gates to be fully opened, thus access to the worship places restored.
Before leaving on his trip to France and Hungary, Netanyahu dismissed the oft-repeated charge that the Israeli government was “disrupting the status quo” in Jerusalem and at the Temple Mount. This is a charge that has brought on violent rampages from the Arabs in the past.
“I decided that as of tomorrow, in the framework of our policy of maintaining the status-quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures,” Netanyahu said.
“This evening, I held a discussion with the top security leadership and I instructed that metal detectors be placed at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount… which give almost complete control over what goes on there,” the prime minister added.
The action threw the Muslim element into a frenzy of threatened violence. The crowds could be heard shouting: “Disgrace, enough with that, you are suffocating us! Al-Aksa belongs to Muslims!”
The anger is directed at the new safeguards against terrorists bringing weapons into the Temple Mount area. Apparently, the safeguards Netanyahu installed are doing a good job of keeping out those tools of the Muslim militants who plan for future such actions as took the lives of the policemen.
Tremors spawned from the rage that continues to build in and around this most critical promontory on the map of prophecy yet future are scheduled to grow stronger, not weaker. We know that it is all moving toward the time Jesus Himself prophesied nearly 2 millennia ago.
“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:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15-21)