POPES AND SORCERY, DIVINE INTERVENTION AND PROPHECY
Popes and sorcery
Some of the highest authorities of the Catholic Church are associated with legends of SORCERY, PACTS with DEMONS, black MAGIC, and NECROMANCY. The legends probably were created out of jealousy and political intrigue, as all the “sorcerer popes” were involved in controversies. An accusation of sorcery was not uncommon in fights for control of the papacy.
Leo I (r. 440–461)
Also called St. Leo the Great, Leo I was said to practice sorcery and black magic. He waged a power struggle against his bishops and attacked Manichaeism in Italy.
Leo III (r. 795–816)
Leo III was credited with writing a magical grimoire, the Enchiridion of Pope Leo, which was published in the early 16th century. The book claims to be based on a collection of PRAYERS that the pope gave to Roman emperor Charlemagne as a gift upon his coronation. Charlemagne reportedly had protected Leo III when he was physically attacked by the family of his predecessor. The CHARMS deal with various protections against evil and misfortune.
Sylvester II (r. 999–1003)
A learned man interested in science and the arts, Sylvester II also was a reputed necromancer who won the papacy through spells and a pact with the devil. He was said to have a lifelong demon mistress named Meridiana, who satisfied his carnal lust and provided him material wealth. According to legend, Sylvester II sold his soul to the devil, who gave him a bronze head which gave oracular responses. The head predicted that Sylvester would not die, “except at Jerusalem,” and so the pope decided that he would never visit that city.
While giving Mass one day at a church in Rome, Sylvester fell gravely ill. Remembering the PROPHECY, he asked for the name of the church and was told it was the Holy Cross of Jerusalem. He knew the prophecy had come true and resigned himself to his fate. He had a bed put in the chapel and then summoned his cardinals, confessing to them that he had dealt with demons. He instructed that his corpse should be placed on a chariot of green wood, drawn by one black horse and one white. The horses should be neither driven nor led. He was to be buried wherever they stopped. Then Sylvester died. The horses stopped in the Lateran, and Sylvester was buried. According to Lore, his tomb sweats prior to the death of a prominent person. If a pope is going to die, the sweat is so heavy that it turns into a stream and creates a large puddle, and Sylvester’s bones shake and rattle.
Gregory VII (r. 1081–1084)
The Synod of Bressanone pronounced Gregory VII a sorcerer on June 25, 1080, prior to his becoming pope. He was an austere reformer and was strongly opposed by cardinals.
Honorius III (r. 1216–1227)
Honorius III is the alleged author of a magical GRIMOIRE, the Grimoire of Honorious or the Constitution of Honorius. (In some early copies, Honorius II is credited as the author.) The grimoire was published in the early 17th century and was probably written strictly as a commercial venture with the pope’s name added for authenticity. The book combines Christian and kabbalistic elements and deals especially with rites of EXORCISM. The tone of the book is aptly described by ELIPHAS LEVI:
. . . the mystery of darksome evocations is expounded therein with a terrific knowledge concealed under superstitious and sacrilegious forms. Fastings, watchings, profanation of mysteries, allegorical ceremonies and bloody sacrifices are combined with artful malice.
Boniface VIII (r. 1294–1303)
Boniface VIII found his authority seriously challenged by the monarchies of Western Europe. He possessed a keen and superior intellect, which was tarnished by a short temper and impulsive nature. Philip IV of France, one of his main opponents and whom he intended to excommunicate, used defamation, forgery, and intimidation against him, including accusations of sorcery and heresy. Boniface was charged with making a pact with demons and conjuring them regularly; keeping an imp in a ring on his finger; infidelity; and, when still a cardinal, sacrificing a cock in a black magic spell one night in a garden. Furthermore, it was said that when he died, he confessed his demonic pacts on his deathbed, and his moment of death caused “so much thunder and tempest, with dragons flying in the air and vomiting flames, and such lightning and other prodigies, that the people of Rome believed that the whole city was going to be swallowed up in the abyss.” Boniface was exonerated of all charges posthumously in 1312.
Benedict XIII (r. 1394–1423)
An antipope, Benedict XIII was believed to hold continuous traffic with spirits, to keep two demons in a little bag, and to search out books on magic.
John XXIII (r. 1410–1415)
An antipope, said to be saved by magic. When John XXIII was deposed by the Council of Constance, he was saved by Abramelin the Mage, who helped his escape from prison.
Sixtus V (r. 1585–1590)
Sixtus V supposedly sold his soul to the devil to gain the papacy. Born Felice Peretti, he entered the Franciscan order and was sent in 1565 to Spain to investigate the alleged heresy of the archbishop of Toledo. He stirred up much animosity in Spain, and when he was named pope in 1585, the Spaniards accused him of entering into a pact with Satan. The devil granted Sixtus a six-year reign. After five years, the pope fell gravely ill, and the devil appeared at his bedside one night to collect his soul. The pope protested that he still had another year remaining in his contract. The devil said he was reneging on one year because Sixtus earlier had sentenced to death a young man who was one year too young to be executed, according to law. The pope had no rebuttal and died. During his papacy, Sixtus spent huge sums of money on public works projects, such as the completion of the dome of Saint Peter’s Church in the Vatican. He also authorized Philip II of Spain to send his armada against England, but the armada was defeated by English witches who cast SPELLS to raise terrible storms at sea.
A sign from above?
Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope's shock resignation
Feb 11, 2013.
This was the moment lightning struck the Vatican today - hours after Pope Benedict XVI's bolt-from-the-blue resignation.
The lightning touched the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, after the Pope's shock admission he lacks strength to do the job.
The Vatican stressed that no specific medical condition prompted Benedict's decision to quit - the first pontiff to do so in 600 years.
The move surprised even his closest aides, even though Benedict, 85, had made clear in the past he would step down if he became too old or infirm.
In recent years, the Pope has slowed down significantly, cutting back his foreign travel and limiting his audiences.
He now goes to and from the altar in St Peter's Basilica on a moving platform, to spare him the long walk down the aisle. Occasionally he uses a cane.
His 89-year-old brother, Georg Ratzinger, said doctors had recently advised the Pope not to take any more trans-Atlantic trips.
"His age is weighing on him," Mr Ratzinger said. "At this age my brother wants more rest."
Benedict announced his resignation in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, calling it "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."
He emphasised that carrying out the duties of being pope requires "both strength of mind and body."
He told the cardinals: "I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."
When Benedict was elected aged 78, he was the oldest pope chosen in nearly 300 years.
He raised the possibility of resigning if he were too old or sick to continue, when he was interviewed in 2010 for the book "Light of the World."
"If a pope clearly realises that he is no longer physically, psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right, and under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign," Benedict said.
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had an intimate view as Pope John Paul II, with whom he had worked closely for nearly a quarter-century, suffered through the debilitating end of his papacy.
The Vatican said immediately after his resignation that Benedict would go to Castel Gandolfo, a summer retreat south of Rome, and then would live in a cloistered monastery. Benedict said he would serve the church for the remainder of his days "through a life dedicated to prayer."
Pope Francis And The Prophecy Of The Popes - Is He The Last Pope Ever?
August 21st, 2014
The shocking resignation of Pope Benedict XVI turned the eyes of the world to a 900 year old prophecy by St. Malachy known as "the Prophecy of the Popes". According to tradition, this prophecy was given to St. Malachy when he was summoned to Rome in 1139. The prophecy is a list that gives a description of 112 popes, culminating with "Petrus Romanus" (Peter the Roman) who will be the final pope according to the prophecy. So why are so many people taking this prophecy so seriously? Well, as you will see below, it is because so many of the descriptions of the previous popes have turned out to be so accurate. So what does the prophecy say is coming next? Well, according to the prophecy, a pope known as Peter the Roman will rule during a period of great tribulation and following that "the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people". This seems to fit in very well with what the apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation nearly 2000 years ago. In Revelation chapter 17, John is told that "the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth", and that the seven heads that he saw in his vision "are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." Of course we all know that Rome is the city of seven hills, and that it ruled over the kings of the earth during the time that John wrote the book of Revelation. Later on, in Revelation chapter 18, we read that "her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." So are we rapidly approaching that time? If the Prophecy of the Popes is accurate, it looks as though we may be.
It really did shake up the Catholic world when Pope Benedict XVI suddenly resigned. He was the first pope in nearly 600 years to step down. In fact, the last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII all the way back in 1415.
Just hours after Pope Benedict resigned, lightning struck the roof of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Was someone trying to tell us something?
And then just a short time later Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff. He took the name "Pope Francis" and he was won much of the world over with his charm.
But does Pope Francis fit the Prophecy of the Popes?
Before we get into that, it is important to note that many scholars do have some doubts about the authenticity of the prophecy. The following is from Wikipedia...
The list of alleged prophecies was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, as part of his book Lignum Vitæ. Wyon attributed the list to Saint Malachy, the 12th‑century Bishop of Armagh in Ireland.
According to the traditional account, Malachy was summoned to Rome in 1139 by Pope Innocent II. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Roman Archive, and thereafter forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's biography of Malachy makes no mention of the prophecy, nor is it mentioned in any record prior to its 1595 publication.
But whether the Prophecy of the Popes is correctly attributed to St. Malachy or not, it is still remarkable how accurate the list has been over the centuries. The following examples come from a MarketWatch article...
For instance, John Paul I is listed as “de medietate lunae,” meaning “of the middle of the moon.” Modern interpreters say this predicted that John Paul I’s reign would begin during a half-moon and last just one month, which it did.
His successor, John Paul II, is described by St. Malachy as “de labore solis” or “of the sun’s labor,” supposedly because he was born during a solar eclipse.
Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday, is “gloria olivae” or “glory of the olive,” allegedly because his name “Benedict” is taken from St. Benedict, whose monastic order uses the olive branch as a symbol.
Here are some other examples of the accuracy of this prophecy
#171 Pope Adrian IV (1154-1159) Prophecy -De rure albo (field of Albe). Born in the town of Saint-Alban
#180 Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241) Prophecy - Avis Ostiensis. (Bird of Ostia). Before his election he was Cardinal of Ostia
#194 Pope Nicholas IV (1288-1292) Prophecy - Ex eremo celsus (elevated from a hermit). Prior to his election he was a hermit in the monastery of Pouilles
According to the prophecy, Pope Benedict XVI was the next to last pope.
That means that the final pope comes next.
So what should we expect?
Well, the following is what the prophecy says about the last pope...
"In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End."
And it appears that Pope Francis fits the bill for being "Peter the Roman" quite well. Just check out what investigative journalist Tom Horn told WND about the matter...
Horn has said a pope of Italian descent would fulfill the prophecy, noting Bergoglio is the son of Italian parents and a Jesuit.
“Being a Jesuit is a very important aspect of our prediction in our book,” Horn told WND in an email.
Citing his book, Horn said the name “Petrus Romanus” in the prophecy “implies this pope will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church and will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.”
Horn pointed out the Jesuits order was organized “to stop Protestantism from spreading and to preserve communion with Rome and the successor of Peter.”
He also sees significance in Bergoglio naming himself after Francis of Assisi, an Italian, or Roman, priest whose original name was Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone, “literally, Peter the Roman.”
Many of you that are reading this may be skeptical about that idea that "prophecies" are real. But the truth is that prophecy has always been one of the ways that God self-authenticates Himself.
In other words, God tells us the end from the beginning and that is one of the ways that we know who the one true God is.
In Isaiah 46:9-10 God says this...
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure
Now, if you are a hardcore atheist or you do not want to be confronted with solid evidence that the Christian faith is real, then you better stop reading now. Because if you keep reading there is a good chance that your core beliefs will be shaken.
Throughout the Bible, very specific prophecies were given that were very specifically fulfilled hundreds of years or even thousands of years later.
For example, just check out Psalm 22.
Psalm 22 begins with the following words...
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Do those words sound like something you have heard before?
Of course they do. Jesus said those words from the cross.
When he said those words, he wasn't just saying them because He was in pain. He was actually telling people to go look at Psalm 22.
And in Psalm 22, we find a graphic description of crucifixion. Just check out what Psalm 22:16-18 says...
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
As I noted in an article I wrote a few years ago, this passage is essentially a first person account of being crucified on a cross. Note the similarities between Psalm 22 and the crucifixion of Jesus...
1) Hands and feet pierced.
2) Surrounded by evil men.
3) People are staring and gloating.
4) He can count his bones which implies that He has been stripped down.
5) They divided His garments and cast lots for His clothing which is exactly what happened.
Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before Jesus came, and at the time it was written crucifixion had not even been invented yet. The following is from Wikipedia...
Crucifixion was used among the Seleucids, Carthaginians, and Romans from about the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD.
So while Jesus was hanging on the cross, he was pointing to a prophecy that had been written 1000 years earlier that spoke of Him dying in a way that had not even been invented yet.
Another amazing prophecy can be found in Isaiah chapter 53. It was written about 700 years before the time of Jesus, and in that chapter we are told about a future Messiah who will come and die for our sins.
In fact, we are told seven different times in Isaiah 53 that the Messiah will pay the penalty for our sins...
Isaiah 53:4 - Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows
Isaiah 53:5 - But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 - ...the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:8 - ...for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
Isaiah 53:10 - Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering
Isaiah 53:11 - ...he will bear their iniquities
Isaiah 53:12 - For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
In that chapter we are also told that the future Messiah would die, be assigned a grave with the wicked (Jesus was crucified with thieves), and be with the rich in His death (He was buried in a rich man's tomb)...
Isaiah 53:12 - ...he poured out his life unto death
Isaiah 53:9 - He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death
Also, in verse eleven we are told that the Messiah would would be resurrected after the suffering of his soul...
Isaiah 53:11 - After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied
Even more amazing is what Bible Code researchers have found buried in the text of Isaiah 53. In just those 12 verses, Bible Code researchers found the name of Jesus, the names of all the disciples except for Judas Iscariot, and a whole bunch of other words related to the ministry of Jesus...
Y'shua (Jesus) 53:10
Caiaphas, High Priest 52:15
Annas, High Priest 53:3
The Disciples 53:12
Let Him be crucified 53:8
His Cross 53:6
Lamp of the Lord 53:5
His signature 52:7
From Zion 52:14
Obed (servant) 53:7
From the Atonement Lamb 52:12
But of course all of that is just one giant coincidence, right?
And did you know that the Bible even tells us the year that Jesus would die?
In Daniel 9:24-27, we are told the amount of time that would pass from the order "to restore and rebuild Jerusalem" until the Messiah would come. It also tells us that "the Anointed One will be put to death" and that it would happen before the temple was destroyed.
Well, the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., so it had to have happened prior to that.
Only one man fits the bill - Jesus Christ.
You can find out much more about that amazing prophecy right here.