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In addition to Wormwood and the Mark of the Beast playing out in the middle of the Great Tribulation period, THE MESSENGER also mysteriously and dynamically connects my vision of the pope in chapter 1 of this book, and the second vision of Apophis from 2019, to the judgment of Mystery Babylon, which I believe will also transpire in the midst of Daniel’s seventy weeks. I explained this connection and why it is important recently in my 2020 Defender Virtual Conference presentation. From the transcript, here is what I told the audience of thousands: “If the visions I had were meant to tie what at first appear to be two unrelated things together: 1) The resignation of Pope Benedict, which paved way for the election of Pope Francis; and 2) the vision of Apophis striking earth in 2029, then we have uncovered a marvelous and very concerning revelation.”

Why did I say that?

First, I have always said these moments of ecstasis are like pieces of a larger puzzle I do not yet understand. I was asked recently by the host of one of the largest Christian TV programs what my seeing the resignation of Pope Benedict a year in advance has to do with the 2019 vision of Apophis? Why would God show me such random, seemingly unrelated things? Until now my response has been “I do not know? It’s like I am seeing pieces of a much larger picture I do not yet comprehend.


Now, let me explain a bit more about how Rome and the Pope will soon be combined with arrival of Wormwood.

Both Catholics and protestant evangelicals see the current Pope echoing a prophesied roll in pushing socialism, the system Antichrist will employ. In fact several Catholic defenders of the Faith including the largest Catholic News agencies in the world (CAN and EWTN News) as well as Rome’s leading theologians like Archbishop Carlo Viganò have recently stated publicly that Francis is this man from the Books of Revelation and Daniel, even writing letters to President Trump to warn him that Francis is leading the way for the ‘children of darkness’ we see on the streets calling for a Marxist/Socialist uprising.

BUT FOR MYSTIC CATHOLICS… IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Many of them believe in The Prophecy of the Popes, which predicted 900-years ago that 112 pontiffs—from the day St. Malachy had his divine vision in Rome and forward—would arrive, with the last one ruling over the Vatican when the church and world enter the great tribulation period according to that prophecy. Francis is #112 on this list, and his namesake, Francis of Assisi, predicted this final pope would be a deceiver.


Now follow me here. In our bestselling book Petrus Romanus, I especially featured retired professor of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, eminent Catholic theologian, and former Jesuit priest, Malachi Martin, who had privileged information pertaining to secretive Church and world issues, including the Third Secret of Fátima, which many believe has never been released and that Martin hinted spelled out parts of a plan to formally install the dreaded False Prophet during a “Final Conclave.” Martin’s book, Windswept House depicted how a pope would be secretly forced from office (Benedict?) and replaced by a Jesuit-backed leader who would help establish a final New World Order (Francis?) under Antichrist.

More recently, in a shocking interview titled Is Francis the last Pope? which you can google and read for yourself, published by the two largest Catholic News agencies in the world, the personal secretary to Pope Benedict and the Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis, Archbishop George Gänswein was specifically asked about this “Prophesy of Malachy” better known as the Prophecy of the Popes, the retirement of Benedict, and whether Francis himself believes he is this last pontiff.

The interview began by making direct reference to questions that I myself had raised regarding the dual lightning strikes atop St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of February 11, 2013, on the same day of Benedict’s public resignation announcement. I followed that with commentary about the inauguration of Francis and how, “for a few adepts of history and secret orders,” this sign from Heaven was deliciously staged. I had written that because the term “inaugurate” is from the Latin inauguratio and refers to the archaic ceremony by which the Roman augurs (“soothsayers”) approved a king or ruler through lightning omens as being “sanctioned by the gods.” As for Petrus Romanus, his “inauguration” was sealed by the same omen the ancient augurs used in determining the will of the gods for a king in that part of Rome—thunder and lightning as the most important auspice and sign that Jupiter—the father of Apollo—was watching.

It turns out that I was not alone in my ponderings, as the Catholic news agencies confirmed, writing: “many observers chose to interpret this (lightning strikes) as a divine reaction to the historical announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation, made that very morning.” Then the catholic article went on to say, “As his personal secretary, Archbishop Gänswein, reminisced about how both he and Benedict only found out about the lightning strike after the event and that the impression to them was “one of a sign from above, a reaction,’ Ganswein told Badde who conducted the interview. When Ganswein showed Benedict images of the spectacular incident a few days later, the pope asked whether this was some kind of digital montage, Gänswein said, before adding: “however, nature had spoken,’” he said, echoing what I had published online in 2013.

But then the astonishing report made an important disclosure, adding: “During the interview, Paul Badde referenced… The “Prophecy of the Popes”—according to which, Pope Francis may be considered to be the last pope, to which Archbishop Gänswein admitted: “Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history—that gives me the shivers [and] speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, this is a wake-up call.”

Now think about that folks… given that both current popes and their closest advisors at the Vatican have considered whether Pope Francis is the last pope—Petrus Romanus—and that the reality “gives them the shivers” and is perceived by them as “a wake-up call,” is it any wonder that conservative scholars within the Catholic Church have taken an increasingly careful view of pope Francis? And is the subsequent question of whether Pope Francis is the “False Prophet” the reason Canon Lawyers and Theologians for the Vatican hosted a Conference in Paris a while back to discuss “how to depose a heretical pope”?

Keep in mind that Catholic and Protestants historically have viewed the Prophecy of the Popes as only one of many omens predicting the role that Rome would play in the end times and that ultimately the predicted destruction of the seven-hilled city of Rome—which I believe could very well happen as Apophis rains down asteroid debris in 2029—also identifies the Roman Catholic Church as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). This woman that rides the scarlet-colored beast is very clearly described by John as a city that sits on seven mountains that rules over the kings of the earth (cf. Revelation 17:9; 17:8). At the time John wrote this, there was only one city on seven hills that ruled over the kings of the earth and that was Rome. Now while Rome as a military and political force eventually disappeared from history, the seven hilled city continued as a spiritual and religious force that continues to this day to host the kings of the earth, which bow to kiss the pope’s ring.

If one accepts the veracity of Malachy’s vision, which many Catholics do, then the Roman Catholic Church is necessarily the woman who rides the beast.

But how else might this connect to 2029, Apophis as Wormwood, and the final pope? The final lines of the Prophecy of the Popes also predict that Rome will be destroyed: “In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations; when they are over, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible and fearsome Judge will judge his people.”

This seems to corresponds with:

  • The book of Revelation 17–18, which speaks of her fiery destruction.
  • The seven hundred-year old Zohar which says just before Messiah arrives the “kings of the earth” will gather in Rome and will suddenly be are killed by fiery objects falling from the sky. Could that be asteroid debris from the breakup of Apophis / Wormwood?
  • Allegedly the true 3rd Secret of Fatima and other Catholic sources likewise describe Rome being destroyed by fiery heavenly objects.
  • Even the Sibylline Oracles Book 2 prophesied of end-times Rome and what sounds like asteroid debris: And then shall, after these, appear of men, The tenth race, when the earth-shaking Lightener Shall break the zeal for idols and shall shake the people of seven-hilled Rome, and riches great shall perish, burned by Vulcan’s fiery flame. And then shall bloody signs from heaven descend. Of course Vulcan, mentioned here by Apollo’s seer, is the god that Manly P. Hall said empowers the Freemasons hands with “the seething energies of Lucifer,” and it was Malachi Martin who said the Freemasons would be the Superforce behind bringing Rome under control of Antichrist.


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By the way, it wasn’t only Malachi Martin who said the Vatican under the papacy of a Jesuit would become a machine of Antichrist’s final world order. Numerous other famous priests and theologians in the Catholic church have taught and warned the same for hundreds of years.

One of the most famous was Dr. Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, the Lord Archbishop of Westminster from 1865–1892. Before conversion to Catholicism he was an influential Anglican cleric but lost faith in the Church of England in 1850. He became a significant presence in setting the direction of the modern Catholic Church, and achieved particular fame for his doctrine of papal infallibility (the dogma that the pope is preserved from even the possibility of error when he speaks “ex cathedra”), which became dogma during the First Vatican Council of 1870. Manning’s unrelenting emphasis on the prerogatives and powers of the pope, including authority over local temporal and spiritual hierarchies such as local bishops, defined ultramontanism in his day—the idea that papal superiority should exist even over councils and kings.

But those facts make Manning all the more remarkable given how during the 1800–1900s a series of scholarly opinions were published outlining how events in the Roman Catholic Church combined with long-time anti-papist goals by secret Masonic infiltrators would give rise in the last days to great apostasy in Rome and the advent of Antichrist. Among the strongest proponents of this eschatology was Cardinal Manning himself, who delivered a series of lectures in 1861 under the title “The Present Crises of the Holy See Tested by Prophecy” (later incorporated into a larger study entitled “The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ”) in which Manning foresaw a future crises in the Roman Catholic Church initiated by the type of ecumenism and flexible dogma that many modern conservative Catholics have loathed following the Second Vatican Council and the teachings of the current pope Francis. Manning believed this change to orthodoxy would undermine the authority of the Church and finally result in a departure of the profession of Catholic faith by the nations together with the displacement of the true pope by a false prophet, thus ushering in the Antichrist and global apostasy. Manning also believed, like Malachi Martin later echoed, secret societies like the Freemasons were part of this conspiracy. He wrote: “The secret societies have long ago undermined and honeycombed the Christian society of Europe, and are at this moment struggling onward towards Rome, the center of all Christian order in the world,”[i]. But when he looked at the prophecy in Revelation 18 concerning the end-time destruction of Mystery Babylon, Manning saw it was the hand of God in judgment of worldwide apostasy emanating from Rome:

We read in the Book Apocalypse, of the city of Rome, that she said in the pride of her heart, “I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and sorrow I shall not see. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day: death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire, because God is strong who shall judge her.” Some of the greatest writers of the Church tell us that…the great City of Seven Hills…the city of Rome will probably become apostate…and that Rome will again be punished, for he will depart from it; and the judgment of God will fall…[ii]

Thus, just as the Prophecy of the Popes and numerous Catholic visionary conveyances do, Manning foresaw the destruction of the city of Rome as a result of its partnership with Antichrist. This doctrine would have been unfamiliar to most Catholics in those days, so Manning went on to explain how Catholicism’s greatest theologians agreed with this point of view. He wrote:

The apostasy of the city of Rome…and its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts so new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians, of greatest repute. First, Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states that Rome shall apostatize from the faith and return to its ancient paganism, saying: “But Rome itself in the last times of the world will return to its ancient idolatry, power, and imperial greatness. It will cast out its true Pontiff, altogether apostatize from the Christian faith, terribly persecute the Church, shed the blood of martyrs more cruelly than ever, and will recover its former state of abundant wealth, or even greater than it had under its first rulers.

Then he quotes Lessius, who said: “In the time of Antichrist, Rome shall be destroyed, as we see openly from the thirteenth chapter of the Apocalypse;” and again: “The woman whom thou sawest is the great city, which hath kingdom over the kings of the earth, in which is signified Rome in its impiety, such as it was in the time of St. John, and shall be again at the end of the world.” And Bellarmine: “In the time of Antichrist, Rome shall be desolated and burnt, as we learn from the sixteenth verse of the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse.” On which words the Jesuit Erbermann comments as follows: “We all confess with Bellarmine that the Roman people, a little before the end of the world, will return to paganism, and drive out the Roman Pontiff.”

Viegas, on the eighteenth chapter of the Apocalypse says: “Rome, in the last age of the world, after it has apostatized from the faith, will attain great power and splendor of wealth, and its sway will be widely spread throughout the world, and flourish greatly. Living in luxury and the abundance of all things, it will worship idols, and be steeped in all kinds of superstition, and will pay honor to false gods. And because of the vast effusion of the blood of martyrs which was shed under the emperors, God will most severely and justly avenge them, and it shall be utterly destroyed, and burned by a most terrible and afflicting conflagration.”[iii]

Throughout history including recent times, numerous Catholic priests have built on the foundation laid by Cardinal Manning and other early Catholic authorities and have often been surprisingly outspoken on their agreement regarding the inevitable danger not only of apostate Rome but of the False Prophet rising from within the ranks of Catholicism itself as a result of secret satanic “Illuminati-Masonic” influences. According to Catholic priests in more recent times such as Father E. Sylvester Berry, whose book The Apocalypse of Saint John foretold the usurpation of the Papacy by a false prophet; Father Herman Bernard Kramer, whose work The Book of Destiny painted a terrifying scenario in which Satan enters the church and assassinates the true pope in order that his false pope can rise to rule the world; as well as similar beliefs by priests like Father John F. O’Connor, Father Alfred Kunz, and Father Malachi Martin, who taught this will happen because secret-society and sinister false Catholic infiltrators understand that the geopolitical influence of Rome in the world is indispensable for controlling future global elements in matters of church and state. The Roman Catholic Church represents one-sixth of the world’s population and over half of all professing Christians, has its own diplomatic corps of ambassadors posted in industrialized nations globally, and over one hundred eighty nations of the world send their ambassadors to the capital city, the Vatican.

In a two-hour presentation that last I knew was still available on YouTube, Father O’Connor gave a homily titled “The Reign of the Antichrist,” in which he described how changes within society and in the institution were already at work before his death to provide for the coming of Antichrist. In this sermon and elsewhere, O’Connor outlined the catalyst for this scheme unfolding as a result of “Masonic Conspirators” within the organization whose plan, called “Alta Vendita,” would essentially take control of the papacy and help the False Prophet deceive the world’s faithful (including Catholics) into worshipping Antichrist.

Now… I need to hurry and bring all this to a specific conclusion.

As stated in our bestselling book, Petrus Romanus, the idea by some Catholics that the final pope from St. Malachy’s list heralds the beginning of “great apostasy” followed by “great tribulation” and sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, this could give rise to the False Prophet, who, according to the book of Revelation, leads the world’s religious communities into embracing a political leader known as Antichrist. This marriage of Church and secular government would give unprecedented global influence to the Man of Sin during this period known as the Great Tribulation.

Before you doubt that Pope Francis may be this man, consider how accusations of apostasy are stacking up against him with numerous top Catholic theologians, websites, blogs, and discussion forums deliberating how he is leading the Church toward schism, ironically a fulfillment of the pope’s namesake, Francis of Assisi, who famously predicted about the final pope:

At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error and death.… Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it…for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a but a destroyer.


[i] Cardinal Manning, The Present Crises of the Holy See Tested by Prophecy, reprinted in 2007 under the title,“The Pope & the Antichris” (Tradibooks, Dainte-Croix du Mont, France, 75.

[ii] Ibid., 79–80.

[iii] Ibid., 81–82.



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