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COUNTDOWN TO 2025 AND THE SECRET DESTINY OF AMERICA—PART 23: Afghanistan, Taliban, Isis, the Vatican, and the Final Roman Emperor

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NOTE FROM DR. THOMAS HORN: Due to unfolding events in Afghanistan and the wider middle east, I have decided to leap forward in this series to examine the urgent prophetic implications surrounding the current American administration’s activities, actors, and actions biblically aligned with the battle of Armageddon.

As the whole world watches the Afghanistan debacle most are unaware how deeply the unfolding scenario is tied to end times prophecy, Zeitgeist 2025, and arrival of a Final Roman Emperor—aka, Antichrist and his False Prophet.

Both the Taliban and ISIS are connected to the triggers that set in motion these events and for the balance of this series we will drill down into what you need to know about this rapidly unfolding scenario.

Under Trump we were told that ISIS was wiped out. But numerous news and intelligence agencies are reporting that the Islamic State is back and “poses a threat to Americans in Afghanistan as the Biden administration seeks to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies.

“The threat is real. It is acute. It is persistent. And it is something we are focused on with every tool in our arsenal,” Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, told CNN when asked whether crowds at the Kabul international airport are vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

“President Biden, speaking from the White House, said: ‘We know that terrorists may seek to exploit the situation and target innocent Afghans or American troops.’”[i]

This week, they did just that, killing and wounding dozens including American children and adults. The murderous thugs known as ISIS-K promise this is just the first salvo[ii] and, thanks to Biden, they are armed to the teeth with advanced military weaponry paid for by US taxpayers.



But let me make a prediction that immediately brings this closer to home: Sometime over the next forty-eight months, the Taliban, the Islamic State, and/or their associates, which often fight between their own factions (for example ISIS-K was formed “around six years ago by disaffected members of the Taliban’s Pakistani wing and is thought to be more radical than the Taliban that currently controls most of Afghanistan. The group’s violent attacks—which include dozens this year alone—have often targeted Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority [and] according to The New York Times, thousands of fighters aligned with the Taliban, ISIS-K and al-Qaida have poured into Afghanistan in recent months, creating a complicated dynamic between rival groups”),[iii] are going to use a weapon of mass destruction. It will be of such scope and impact as to raise the international outcry sufficient for even the Vatican to play its first card, which has been primed by subtle references to Just War theory (examined later) in the lead-up to this predicted event. When this WMD (electromagnetic pulse, biological weapon, chemical weapon, dirty radiological bomb, or nuke that causes widespread damage) is used by Taliban and/or ISIS, the Roman pontiff will call for the revitalization of the Christian rules for “Just War.”

A coalition army similar to the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be formed to seriously engage the Islamic radicals. Geopolitics aside, the jihadist will see the Vatican’s sanction of war as a new and final religious crusade—indeed, an actual fulfillment of their thirteen-hundred-year-old Hadith, which allegedly quotes the sayings of the prophet Mohammed concerning a last-days caliphate that goes up against “the army of Rome” to initiate “Malahim”—the equivalent to Armageddon in Christian teachings, a battle that ISIS believes they will ultimately win. This war will, according to ISIS, provoke the coming of Mahdi (their Messiah), the Al-Masih ad-Dajjal (Antichrist), and Isa (Jesus), who spears the Antichrist figure and fights on behalf of the Muslim army.

It is my belief that Pope Francis (or whatever pontiff is sitting on St. Peter’s throne at the Vatican at that time) likewise will view himself—and Rome—as amidst unfolding prophecy, which the current pope has alluded to on several occasions, including connecting ISIS terrorism with the end of the world.[iv] Francis has even recommended that people read Lord of the World—a related 1907 book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson that depicts the reign of Antichrist and the Vatican’s relationship to the end of the world, which both Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict have called “prophetic.” This is not surprising, as the reigning pope is an avowed prophecy believer and allegedly accepts that he could be “Petrus Romanus,” the final pope (#112) from the famous “Prophecy of the Popes” attributed to St. Malachy (that is, unless Francis was not canonically elected, which we will discuss later, an intriguing possibility that presents additional strange and prophetic alternatives to the narrative). The best-selling work by Cris Putnam and myself titled Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here (FREE IN COLLECTION HERE) thoroughly and critically dissected this mystical prophecy and found widespread support for the document from Catholics and even evidence that, down through the years, cardinals elected popes who could somehow be viewed as fulfilling their line in this prophecy. As it involves Pope Francis, here is what the final line in the prophecy says:

In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman [Pope #112, Petrus Romanus], who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.

When “elected” Pope #112, Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) immediately did several fascinating things to wrap himself in his “Peter the Roman” title:

  • First, he took as his namesake St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian (Roman) friar whose original name was Giovanni but that was later changed to Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone—a name that can literally be translated “Peter the Roman” from the final line of the Prophecy of the Popes.
  • Second, Pope Francis knows that Francis of Assisi was a prophet and that he predicted this final pope would “be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error and death…for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.” It is astonishing that Francis would pick as a namesake a man that foretold this of the final pope.
  • Third, Pope Francis named Pietro Parolin as the Vatican’s secretary of state—a man who could sit on the throne of Peter if Pope Francis retires (like Benedict did), dies, or is killed, and whose name can also be viewed as “Peter the Roman.” If Francis was not canonically elected, Pietro Parolin would actually become the real Pope #112 under that scenario.

And then there are those famous last words from the Prophecy of the Popes itself, which says: “When these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people.” This idea, that the city of Rome will be destroyed during the reign of pope #112 (and just ahead of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as Judge), is a vision repeated in numerous ancient prophecies from Greek, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim cultures. This includes what ISIS draws from their Hadith—that they will go to war against the army of Rome and destroy the Vatican’s headquarters. ISIS even produced a movie that depicts this apocalyptic event culminating in the destruction of Rome.[v] In tandem with the prediction, they have threatened to kill Pope Francis,[vi] and the pontiff has responded by saying he is willing to be assassinated if that is God’s will; he just hopes it doesn’t hurt.[vii] As this narrative continues unfolding toward the conflict I am predicting, it becomes increasingly clear that both Pope Francis and ISIS believe they are engaged in an end-times scenario, making some of what Francis has said and done since his “election” clearer within a larger oracular context.

For example, in addition to what the ISIS Hadith and the Prophecy of the Popes says about the destruction of Rome, shortly after he accepted the pontificate, Pope Francis consecrated the world to “Our Lady of Fatima” during Mass in St. Peter’s Square.[viii] Francis knows the prophecies and controversies connected to Fatima, including the vision of the “Holy Father” (pope) walking among a destroyed city (the Vatican) when ISIS-like fighters run in and kill him. Francis believes in this prophecy (obviously why he dedicated the world to precisely this Marian apparition), and ISIS vows to make it happen. In Petrus Romanus, we noted:

The third part of the Secret of Fatima, which was supposedly released in total by the Vatican June 26, 2000, seems to echo the visions of Pius X. A section of the material reads:

…before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way…on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.[ix]

It’s interesting, given the prediction from Fatima, that Pope Francis has also reached out to Kabbalist rabbis, whose Zohar (the most important work of the Jewish Kabbalah, which was written in medieval Aramaic over seven hundred years ago) also foretells this destruction of Rome (Vaera section, volume 3, section 34) in connection with “Messiah’s” secret arrival in the year 2013 (is this why top rabbis in Israel are saying the hidden Messiah’s presentation to the world is imminent?). And, after this “Messiah” makes himself known to the international community, “the kings of the world will assemble in the great city of Rome, and the Holy One will shower on them fire and hail and meteoric stones until they are all destroyed.”[x]

The depth to which Pope Francis can be thought of as a mystic and believer in such prophecy involving the coming destruction of Rome may also be connected to his knowledge of the Cumaean Sibyl, whose prophecy about the return of the god Apollo (identified in the New Testament as the spirit that will inhabit Antichrist) is encoded on the Great Seal of the United States (as thoroughly examined in Zeitgeist 2025),[xi] as well as in Catholic art (from altars to illustrated books and even her appearance upon the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, where four other Sibyls join her [Paul cast a demon out of one such prophetesses in the New Testament]), and the Old Testament prophets in places of sacred honor. Yet this Cumaean—who sits so prominently inside Catholicism’s most celebrated chapel—gave forth other famous and forgotten prophecies, which we will examine later to show how she was quoted by early Church Fathers and actually connected the end-times Islamic Mahdi with a “Last Roman Emperor”—an eschatological figure whose time, and whose catastrophic war, may now have arrived.

Will Pope Francis be the one to play the role of the Last Roman Emperor? Or will it be another pontiff? Was there something strange about the conclave from which Pope Francis emerged to the pontificate? Something mentioned earlier that suggests he was not actually “canonically elected?”

Even some Catholics think “illegitimate” activity may have gone on behind closed doors during the last conclave[xii] and that, for reasons we do not yet understand, Francis was put in as a temporary “placeholder” until the real pope #112 (Petrus Romanus) could be installed. This, too, might echo the choice of St. Francis of Assisi as a namesake, as the ancient friar did predict, “a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the pontificate.” The mysterious reasons surrounding a “placeholder” pope—a false pope—is largely unknown to the public, but was foresaw by such mystics as Father Herman Bernard Kramer in his work, The Book of Destiny. During an unusual interpretation he made of the twelfth chapter of the book of Revelation concerning “the great wonder” mentioned in verse one, Father Kramer wrote:

The “sign” in heaven is that of a woman with child crying out in her travail and anguish of delivery. In that travail, she gives birth to some definite “person” who is to RULE the Church with a rod of iron (verse 5). It then points to a conflict waged within the Church to elect one who was to “rule all nations” in the manner clearly stated. In accord with the text this is unmistakably a PAPAL ELECTION, for only Christ and his Vicar have the divine right to rule ALL NATIONS… But at this time the great powers may take a menacing attitude to hinder the election of the logical and expected candidate by threats of a general apostasy, assassination or imprisonment of this candidate if elected.[xiii]

Although I disagree with Kramer’s interpretation of the book of Revelation, his fear that “great powers may take a menacing attitude to hinder the election of the logical and expected candidate” echoes the sentiment of priests mentioned elsewhere in our book Petrus Romanus, who see a crises for the Church coming, and the Final Roman Emperor (Antichrist) rising as a result. As we move through 2021, Pope Francis is publicly looking for a global political authority (such as the UN) to come alongside him to implement his religious and social agenda. Will the pope step forward to fulfill the Cumaean Sibyl’s prophecy…or are there others waiting in the wings? Either way, I predict that an ISIS WMD and a call by Rome to sanction war will soon result in both Muslims and Romans engaging in their own apocalyptica.

Taliban, ISIS, and the Final Roman Emperor

Firstly, the Islamic religion is monotheistic and Abrahamic, and it holds its roots in the Quran (Arabic: “the recitation”), which Muslims (followers of the Islamic faith) believe to be the exact and literal words of Allāh (Arabic: “the God [of Abrahamic religions]”). There are many common elements between fundamental Islam and Christianity, such as beliefs in: only one God; the message and teachings of the prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, David (and others), as well as Christ; Christ as a prophet (but not divine in Islam); Old and New Testaments are holy; wickedness of Satan; appearance of Antichrist; and heaven and hell…and so on. A peaceful start, one might think. However, just like there are different denominations within Christianity in which fundamental beliefs and lifestyle practices fluctuate, there are varying sects of Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Kharijites, Ahmadiyya, etc.), under each of which exist numerous different schools of thought—and all with their own views on violence.



To which does ISIS belong? It is said they subscribe to Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam. Wahhabism is described by neutral and unbiased sources as a “religious reform movement…[in which] followers believe that they have a religious obligation…for a restoration of pure monotheistic worship.”[xiv] Even among many Muslims, however, such as those behind the As-Sunnah Foundation of America (ASFA) whose mission statement on the front of their webpage says “Unity, Knowledge, and Understanding for the Muslim Community,”[xv] Wahhabism is “[t]he most extremist pseudo-Sunni movement today.”[xvi] The ASFA goes on to say, “Irrespective of what they think, they [Wahhabis] are not following the Islamic sources authentically.”[xvii]

Other experts say the “best” way to describe ISIS’s belief system is Salafist, a belief in the literal interpretation of the words and deeds of Muhammad and his early successors (salaf being Arabic for “ancestor”) and that while all Wahhabists are Salafists, not all Salafists are Wahhabists.In fact, “Wahhabi” is apparently considered an insult by Salafists.

“Wahhabism,” referring to the subset of Salafism founded by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab (d. 1792), was allied to the House of Saud in the late-eighteenth century and remains as such today. In a nutshell, Wahhabism rejected modern influences on Islam.

Salafism emerged at al-Azhar University in Cairo (according to Tim Furnish, the most influential Islamic academic institution in the world) in the second half of the nineteenth century. Contra the Wahhabists, Salafists tried to reconcile Islam with modernism. ISIS rejects leadership of the House of Saud because they are not the religious or political heirs to Muhammad. (ISIS declared war on Saudi Arabia in December, and the Saudis have been building a high-tech fence along its border with Iraq.)

What they have in common is a “fundamentalist” interpretation of the Quran and Hadiths, a belief that mainstream Sunnis have been wrong about their faith for about a thousand years. And both see themselves as the legitimate, “true” Muslims. ISIS especially engages in takfiri, the practice of excommunicating those who aren’t with the program, but for both groups Shias are right out, absolute heretics.

Not long ago, a serious ISIS threat-video was released called See You in Dabiq, relating imagery of this upcoming war. The media specialists in ISIS used some digitally altered stock footage to make the film, since the war has not yet happened, as well as original footage filmed in Iraq. At one point in the video, the ISIS flag is raised over sixty other nation flags, representing its domination over opposition. Another scene shows an armored battle tank driving toward the Roman Coliseum, with the voiceover saying, “This is your last crusade, the next time it is us who will take the battle on your own land.”[xviii]From Heavy News:

In the video, tanks can be seen driving towards the Coliseum crumbled in the sand. Footage then cuts to outside buildings of the Italian capital, before zeroing in on the Vatican.…

The film’s dialogue makes claims that the “Dabiq Army” will race into Rome, destroy crucifixes, and enslave Christian women.[xix]

This video trails another, which was released December 2015. Two ISIS radicals sit on a peaceful beach, facing the camera. One speaks in (somewhat broken) English, regarding the November 2015 ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and goes on to list other targets, including the US:

It is a state [referring to the Islamic State]. When you violate its right, your hand is bound to get burned.… All you Crusaders, you claim to want to degrade and fight the Islamic State, while you fail to secure your nations and your capitols. How come shall you degrade us? You call your armies, like France called their armies in the streets of Paris, but rest assured, they will avail them nothing. We will come to them from where they do not expect.… The revenge has started, and the blood will flow. France was the beginning. Tomorrow will be Washington. It will be New York, and it will be Moscow. You Russians, don’t you think that we forgot you! Your time is coming! It is coming! And it will be the worst.… You will not have safety in the bedroom of your houses.… Allah! This event healed our hearts.[xx]

The ensuing article, “ISIS Releases Chilling New ‘End of the World’ Video Showing Final Battle with Crusaders,” from Mirror News had no problem at the time linking all their past violence to their unsettling See You in Dabiq bait, calling forth all powers of the world to challenge them on their own soil, and then taunts that nonbelievers will “burn on the hills of Dabiq.”[xxi]

Under Trump they were temporarily eradicated. Under Biden they are not only revived, but they and their Taliban cousins are now equipped with the latest war making equipment paid for by American taxpayers.

UP NEXT: Jihad and the Coming New Crusade




[iv] Thomas D. Williams, PhD, “After Paris, Pope Francis Tells Christians to Be Ready for the End of the World,” Breitbart, November 15, 2015, last accessed March 15, 2016,

[v] Sophie Jane Evans, “ISIS’s Chilling Death March,”

[vi] Robert Windrem, “ISIS Magazine Debiq Singled Out Pope Francis Ahead of US Trip,” NBC News, September 22, 2015, last accessed March 15, 2016,

[vii] Chris Perez, “Pope Francis: If I’m Assassinated, at Least Make it Painless,” New York Post, March 10, 2015, last accessed March 15, 2016,

[viii] Edward Pentin, “Pope Francis’ Consecrating the World to Mary Culminates Fatima Celebration,” National Catholic Register, October 15, 2013, last accessed March 15, 2016,

[ix] Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam, Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here (Crane,  MO: Defender Publishing, 2012), 454.

[x] Thomas Horn, Zenith 2016: Did Something Begin in the Year 2012 that Will Reach its Apex in 2016? (Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2013), 371.

[xi] For more information on this, see the appendix at the back of this book on the Cumaean Sibyl’s prophecy, the Great Seal, and the design and layout of the Vatican and Washington, DC.

[xii] “Was Pope Francis Canonically Elected?” Catholic Truth, last accessed March 15, 2016,

[xiii] Rev. Herman Bernard Kramer, The Book of Destiny (Belleville, IL: Buechler Publishing Company, 1955), 277.

[xiv] David Commins, The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia (IB Tauris, London, New York: 2006), vi.

[xv] Front page of the As-Sunnah Foundation of America website, ASFA, last accessed February 17, 2016,

[xvi] Zubair Qamar, “Wahhabism: Understanding the Roots and Role Models of Islamic Extremism,” under the “Introduction” header, last accessed February 17, 2016,

[xvii] Ibid.

[xviii] Sophie Jane Evans, “ISIS’s Chilling Death March to the End of the World: Jihadists Release Video Depicting Their Apocalyptic Vision of a Future Battle Culminating in Rome,” DailyMail, December 11, 2015, last accessed February 18, 2016,

[xix] Sam Prince, “WATCH: New ISIS Video Shows Armageddon Battle with the West,” Heavy News, December 11, 2015, last accessed February 18, 2016,

[xx] Video can be seen at the following article: Anthony Bond, Kara O’Neill, Kelly-Ann Mills, “ISIS Release Chilling New ‘End of the World’ Video Showing Final Battle with Crusaders,” Mirror News, December 11, 2015, last accessed February 18, 2016,

[xxi] Tyler Durden, “ISIS Releases New Apocalyptic Video Depicting ‘Final’ Battle with ‘Crusaders’ in Syria,” December 12, 2015, Zero Hedge, last accessed February 18, 2016,

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