reply to post by trueperspective
Even if nothing happens on that day, I do believe we are very close to the promised second coming. Jesus told us to be aware of the signs, and made
it very clear that we would know the time of his coming if we studied his words to us.
He made it clear that the Jewish people of the day should have recognized that he was their messiah. They didn't for two reasons.
First, the priests and scribes, who DID know, weren't telling the people.
Second,the people should have acted as the Bereans did, and checked out and studied the word for themselves, not relying on others giving them
information, but reading the word for themselves.
Anyway, your point number 4 about Malachy
Martin's famous pope prophecy
, is interesting in the fact that the prophecy doesn't say the last pope will be the false prophet, it just says
there will be a total of 112 popes, and then the End.
If we read Revelation, we see plainly that the False Prophet simply has to be the Pope, leader of the Catholic church, which is both a religion, a
government, and a nation, so to speak. (Which I believe even though I am a former Catholic. I have known many wonderful people who are Catholic
though, and I pray they come out of her, as Jesus said.)
With Benedict being the second to last, and being 83 in April 2010, he may not have much time left. So we have to wonder if there is anyone out there
who may be the possible Peter, the Roman.
Well, in October 2009, Pope Benedict appointed Ghana Cardinal Peter
Kwodo Appiah Turkson to the office of the president of the Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace, as a result of which, he will have to leave Ghana, and go to, where else.........ROME
The reason this is exciting, is because he has been getting a lot more exposure lately and is seen as a very possible candidate to, wait for it,
possibly **BECOME THE NEXT POPE**
Per this article I read:
African Cardinal: Church Ready for Black Pope
An African cardinal has said the election of a black Pope is a good possibility, just as the United Nations has had a black secretary-general and the
United States now has a black president.
Responding to a question at a Vatican press conference today about whether the Catholic Church is ready for a black Pope, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah
Turkson of Ghana replied: “Why not?” He added the church has historically been “very successful” in electing “everyone” as pontiffs.
The cardinal referred to modern day precedents in high profile international positions, such as Kofi Annan chosen to be secretary-general of the
United Nations, and now Barack Obama as president of the United States. “If God would wish to see a black man as a Pope, thanks be to God,” he
said. Turkson, who is himself tipped as papabile (a possible candidate for the papacy), stressed that every priest, when ordained, should accept the
possibility that he may become a bishop, cardinal, or a pontiff.
from another article about the cardinal:
Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson
gets closer to becoming first black pope
Ghana’s first Catholic Cardinal, Peter Appiah Turkson is closer to becoming the first black pope ever of the Catholic Church. Saturday October 24,
2009, Pope Benedict appointed Cardinal Turkson to head the Vatican’s justice and peace office. This position is a high-profile one that cements his
reputation as a possible future candidate for the papal office, according to the Associated Press. The justice and peace office is responsible for
promoting the church’s social teachings on justice issues, such as war, the death penalty and human rights. Turkson told reporters three weeks ago
there was no reason there couldn’t be a black pope, particularly after Barack Obama was elected U.S. president. Turkson’s appointment to his new
post was announced at the end of a three-week Vatican meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa, which Turkson had headed.
One more thing. I want to stress that even though Malachy Martin was Catholic, and his prophecy is remarkably accurate, I believe we should remember
that Revelation makes it clear that the Catholic church is Mystery Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots.
Not all prophecies that come true are given by God, but sometimes God lets prophecies come true to test us, and make sure we are following His
instructions. He basically said if the prophets follow and teach His Gospel, He sent them, but if they teach another Gospel, they aren't His
prophets, even if their prophecies come true. I can say, as a former Catholic, the church does teach a different Gospel, very different.
We are living in exciting times, and Jesus is keeping his promise that we would not be unaware, having given us the signs of the times.
Jesus said He said he was going to prepare a place for us, get to know Him now while you can, so you can join the party when He returns as He
To me, the signs say He is even at the doors.
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