posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 03:04 PM
So in the Catholic Church, there is the predictions of Saint Malachi that talks about the final Pope, Petrus Romanus; interestingly, Benedict is the
Pope preceding this Pope. When Benedict dies, the very next Pope will be the much awaited "Petrus Romanus" who will "nourish the sheep in many
tribulations". But after this pope - no more Popes! What does that imply? To the many catholics who subscribe to this prediction, it means we are
living in the end times.
In Judaism, there are of course the many predictions in the books of the prophets, but more tantalizingly, there's the predictions of the Zohar.
"Zohar I, Va'era 32a
In the future the children of Yishmael will stir great wars in the world. And the children of Edom [the West] will gather against them, and make war
with them, one on the sea, and one on the land, and one by Jerusalem; and each one will prevail over the other but the Holy Land will not fall to the
hands of Edom.
At the same time, a nation from the end of the world will be awakened against wicked Rome. And it will make war against her for three months, and many
nations will gather there, and they will fall by her hand, until all the children of Edom will gather against her from all corners of the earth. And
then G-d will awaken Himself against them, as it says, a 'a sacrificial slaughter for the Lord in Batzra', and it says, 'to shake the corners of
More precise is the prediction in Zohar III Shalach Lecha 166a
The King of Persia will rule and will conquer many kingdoms. He will rule over the Holy Land for twelve months. He will rule and kill many
(including Moshiach ben Yosef) and afterwards the King (of Persia) will fall and the high holy ones (Israel) will receive the kingship."
Now, this is a pretty incredible prediction. First, it says there will be tribulations in Rome - affirming the prediction of Saint Malachi, then it
predicts that Persia will make war upon Edom (the west), which again seems to be occurring, and then it predicts that Paras (aramaic for Persia) will
attack the 'holy land' i.e. Israel.
In the eyes of many Orthodox Jews, this current geopolitical scenario would appear to be a confirmation of the Zohars predictions.
Now, in Iran, with the Shi'ites, you have the predictions of the Hadith. Some portents of the imminent coming of the Mahdi predicted by the Hadith
The vast majority of people who profess to be Muslim will be so only in name despite their practice of Islamic rites and it will be they who make
war with the Mahdi.
There will be a great conflict in the land of Syria, until it is destroyed.
Death and fear will afflict the people of Baghdad and Iraq. A fire will appear in the sky and a redness will cover them.
Islamic internecine conflict between Sunni's and Shi'ites, and between other groups within these sects proves the first prediction; the second
prediction of a great conflict in Syria would seem to be pretty well matched by the current civil war there; and the 'death and fear' in Baghdad and
Iraq could be seen to be the aftermath of the US war in Iraq.
Whatever your views are of "prophecy", it is pretty amazing that three different religions predicting three different things all find these
predictions coming to fruition in the time period that we currently live in. What are the chances??