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Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam!
Qui sibi nomen imposuit: Franciscum, 'Ingis ardens'
Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.97 ~
Romain Pontife garde de t'approcher,
Roman Pontiff beware of approaching,
|The Third Secret of Fatima (excerpt)
And we saw in an immense light ... a Bishop dressed in White. We had the impression that it was the Holy Father. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; 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; having reached the top of the mountain, 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.
Updated: June 28, 2016 (5:33 PM EDT).
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: A page of this type can no longer stand alone without creating great confusion. As time has passed it has doubtlessly become more difficult to distinguish the established prophecies concerning the office of the Pope and the future of the Vatican on the one hand, and news events regarding the current Pope and how they may or may not be applied to these established prophecies on the other. Because of this, there have been instances where the same material has had to appear on this page twice.
There should be TWO pages, in other words.
This page should deal with the BACKGROUND of established papal prophecies and the background of the current pope (in this case Pope Francis). This information will never change unless the current pope dies or retires and another pope is elected.
The second page should deal with events like controversial statements made by the Pope or upcoming papal visits wherever they can be applied to prophecy.
We will call this second page Pope Francis and the Rose Prophecy: The Current View.
Henceforth, you will see a link section at this location, with a brief announcement of the news to be discussed. You will click on it to get to Pope Francis and the Rose Prophecy: The Current View where the news event(s) will be discussed in greater detail in prophetic analysis. If there is anything in discussion that is not easily understood, refer back to the background information on this page.
An announcement linking to The Current View will not be considered an update to this page.
IS POPE FRANCIS SOON TO BE THREATENED BY A GREAT SCHISM?
|Posters critical of Pope
Francis appear around Rome - February
Will the pope finally visit Iraq once IS is defeated? - December 22, 2016.
Pope to Mark Fatima Centenary With May 2017 Trip to Portugal - December 15, 2016.
|Rome (CNN) Posters
of a stern-looking Pope Francis appeared on walls around
Rome on Saturday, condemning his actions against some
conservative Catholics and asking, "Where is your
mercy?" Written in local Roman
dialect, the posters lamented that the Pope
had "removed priests; decapitated the Knights of
Malta" and "ignored Cardinals," echoing
some of the major complaints some conservative Catholics
have about Pope Francis' recent decisions ...
Continue to: Pope Francis and the Rose Prophecy: The Current View
Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.97: The Prophecy of the City Between Two Rivers and The Rose
Should Pope Francis, or any future pope, choose to venture into the Mesopotamian "land between two rivers," then I must revert to the original premise of this page when it was created in May 1999 to warn the late Pope John Paul II of possible assassination if he visited Iraq. At that time, my website was located at the now long gone web host known as GeoCities.
Over the last few years, militants loyal to their "emir," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have been massacring Iraqi and Syrian Christians by the many thousands, subjecting them, along with Zoroastrians and Muslims not willing to follow Sharia law, to beheadings, garrotings, mass shootings, and being burned alive in metal cages; subjecting them to the mass abductions of their wives and fiancées; subjecting their unmarried women and girls into forced marriages with the jihadists or else being raped and murdered; and subjecting their children to mass beheadings or being dashed to pieces. They are known under the anacronyms of ISIS and ISIL, calling the territories they have raped, pillaged, ruined, and taken control of by force as a caliphate known as the Islamic State (IS).
Over the last two years, their caliph, a once obscure terrorist leader, has become a potential antichrist ... and if not a candidate for the beast of Revelation 13, still quite possibly a fulfillment of one of the other dark figures found in both Biblical and Islamic prophecy who will precede him.
How many Christians will die before Francis will feel OBLIGATED to visit Iraq or Syria and bless the bodies of the slain Christian martyrs is unknown. It may well fall to a successor to carry out such a mission. The prophetic implications of a papal visit to any part of Iraq or Syria are potentially dreadful.
Nostradamus was preoccupied ... obsessed even ... with a land that is famous for its two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, at least two infamous tyrants that would rule over it, several military campaigns, and one horrific conflict involving Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and what appears to be the United States. This conflict may well be the ongoing Syrian Civil War which, despite a ceasefire agreement hammered out by Russia and the United States, shows every evidence that it is continuing. In a final battle, an adversary called the bloody Alus is killed or seriously wounded, the country responsible suffers major casualties, and a "black and angry one" ultimately takes control of the region. There is evidence that some factions fighting this war will be allied with a powerful country ruled by a female leader.
Before any of that happens, there is a prophecy relating to a visiting pope: one who travels to a city watered by two rivers. Nostradamus has identified the "land between two rivers" in certain other quatrains as "Mesopotamia" ... thus Iraq or Syria. I cannot shake the belief that Quatrain 2.97 was one of a group of quatrains dealing with near future events in either country.
|Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.97 ~
Pontife garde de t'approcher,
Pontiff beware of your approaching,
Quatrain 2.97 suggests an anti-Christian leader, who at this time would most likely be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (IS), will order the Pope and everyone in his entourage to be gunned down during a visit to a river port city in Iraq or possibly in Syria. According to Nostradamus they will bleed from the mouth due to internal hemorrhaging. The prophecy also states that the deadly visit will be scheduled to take place "when the Rose will flourish." Roses can bloom anytime between mid-May and throughout September, although the big flush for Old European roses, the kind Nostradamus would have been most familiar with, is usually in June. An alternative meaning of "the Rose" will be explored further below.
I tell you, if the mass slaughter and rape of innocents does not end, the Pope will be forced to go to that terrible place. And then the odds increase terribly that he and everyone who accompanies him will fall victim not only to the warning of the bloodshed in Quatrain 2.97, but possibly to the Third Secret of Fatima prophecy concerning a "Bishop dressed in White" who enters a large city half-destroyed, prays over the corpses lying on the city streets, and is assassinated along with his clergy as they seek to ascend a holy mountain with a rugged cross at its summit.
The Third Secret of Fatima Prophecy
It remains clear as ever that the above prophetic verse, Quatrain 2.97, inked by Michel de Notredame in 1554, does have some characteristics that are similar to what was revealed concerning the prophecy revealed in the Third Secret of Fatima as to possibly be another facet of the vision. Then again, there are striking differences.
In any event, there is now no question that the vision contained in the Third Secret of Fatima was not fulfilled with the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981 as suggested by leading cardinals after the release of the transcript on June 26, 2000.
VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2000 (VIS) - Given below is the complete translation of the original Portuguese text of the third part of the secret of Fatima, revealed to the three shepherd children at Cova da Iria-Fatima on July 13, 1917, and committed to paper by Sr. Lucia on January 3, 1944:
"I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine. "After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'.
And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; 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; having reached the top of the mountain, 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. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."
It has been declared that the May 1981 attack on Pope John Paul II's life in Rome by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca was the fulfillment of the Third Secret of Fatima.
This plainly cannot be the meaning of the Third Secret.
First of all, according to the translated text of the letter written by Sr. Lucia, "the Bishop dressed in White" is accompanied by a large number of bishops, priests, nuns, and various lay people -- all of whom are killed along with the pope.
Secondly, and this is most important, the Pope visits a large (and probably major) city that is half-destroyed and littered with corpses. It is quite obvious that a major war is going on at the time since so many dead people lay in the streets. If not for all the corpses, the city might otherwise be numerous ancient ruins allowed to still be standing in a part of an otherwise thriving city.
Thirdly, the Pope and his clergy are killed by soldiers (or else people who are similar to soldiers, such as the IS terrorist militants) ... and not by a single deranged man in a crowd.
The mountain with the rugged cross at its top is a mystery if applied to Mesopotamia. I can find no evidence of a holy mountain associated with Christianity existing anywhere in Iraq or Syria! Could the mountain somehow be symbolic, a metaphor for the tribulation of the Holy Church and Christendom? If you know of such a mountain with a cross at its summit near to where the Islamic State is holding territory in Iraq and the adjacent part of Syria ... or anywhere in Iraq ... please do leave a comment on my forum or blog or via email!
The sprinkling of souls with the blood of the martyrs by angels may be the sealing of the 144,000 of the tribes of children of Israel as described in the Book of Revelation.
If not, it is something that will precede that event and involve the blessing upon the faithful.
We are introduced to a new figure -- what may be an angel of the Apocalypse described as "an Angel with a flaming sword." He is actually introduced well before the appearance of the Bishop in White. Mary stays the world-consuming fire from his hand. This suggests that nuclear war has nearly occurred in the recent past but was prevented by Mary's intercession and prayer.
I strongly believe there is linkage between the "Roman Pontiff" and his clergy who are slain in Nostradamus' Quatrain 2.97 and the "Bishop dressed in White" and his clergy and lay people who are gunned down in the Third Secret of Fatima.
Since the vision clearly states that the "Bishop clothed in White" (the Pope) will be slain along with "the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious" by soldiers firing bullets, I submit to you that this is remarkably similar to Quatrain 2.97 which warns the pontiff that both "you and yours" will come to spit blood in a city watered or arroused by two rivers. Even though, by miracle, Saint John Paul II was spared during the attack on his life by Mehmet Ali Agca thirty-four years ago, this does not explain why he alone was attacked when the Third Secret states that the Bishop in White will crawl over the corpses of his entourage and followers. This is also what Quatrain 2.97 indicates when saying "both you and yours."
Because the pope is described as being "afflicted with pain and sorrow" one might conclude that this is a frail and elderly pontiff. However, we cannot discount the possibility that the "pain and sorrow" is a result of the terrible war and persecution to come.
I have little doubt that events described in Quatrain 2.97 and the Third Secret of Fatima will happen. And if events are as predestined as they appear to be in the Third Secret of Fatima, then all the warnings in the world will not save the then-reigning Pope or those who will be slain with him.
Where is the "big city?" Assuming it is located in Iraq or Syria, it could be Erbil, in northern Iraq, Baghdad in central Iraq, Najaf, in southern Iraq, or possibly Basra. However, I fear it may yet be the capital:
Islamic ahadith: The Sufyani will then send an army to Iraq, killing 100,000 in Az-Zawra (Baghdad).
The IS could have killed as many as 500,000 people in Baghdad if they had blown up the Mosul Dam in 2014! If they had accomplished such an horrific act, would Pope Francis have felt compelled to fly to Baghdad to pray for the souls of those lying dead in its streets?
Almost as a warning to the Pope NOT to travel to Iraq, three members of his family died in a car crash near Cordoba in Argentina: the wife of his nephew and their two sons.
There are cities in Iraq and neighbouring Syria watered by both the Tigris and Euphrates, the city of Basra in particular (not far from the ancient city of Ur). But it matters little. For a pope these days to be in any city in the "land between two rivers" (Iraq) is death! To the Islamic State, formerly ISIS, formerly Al Qaeda in Iraq, responsible for unspeakable acts of blood-letting and carnage, especially against Christians, he is one of several iconic symbols representing what they hate most about the "infidel" Christian West.
Still, one must always be mindful of the possibility that IS and its leader may be destroyed by the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, or Turkey. Then again, ISIS could be destroyed by the Shi'a in Iran and southern Iraq. This could conceivably set up an alternative scenario in Iraq that may be just as dreadful as the one currently emerging. If so, it may yet fall to militant Shi'a leader Muqtada al-Sadr in southern Iraq, who also caused much death in southern Baghdad and places such as Karbala, to dispatch the new "pontiff of Rome."
Unfortunately, Francis or his successor risk possible assassination in any city arroused by two rivers. An act of terrorism against the Pope and his entourage could occur anywhere in the world at the behest of any terrorist leader who may order a pope and everyone in his entourage to be shot by terrorists during a visit to a major port city near a dual river system. According to Nostradamus they will all bleed from the mouth from internal hemorrhaging.
Due to similarities between Quatrain 2.97 and a prominent theme in the text released in 2000 of the Third Secret of Fatima, I also suspect the papal visit will occur during a major war or even a global war. After all, there are already half-destroyed cities in Syria and Iraq ... a result of the campaign of mass death carried out by either Bashar al-Assad or ISIS. Soon there may be half-destroyed cities in Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, and the rest of the Balkans as well.
We cannot apply ourselves to anything specific concerning any trip to Iraq or Syria, until we know exactly where it will be and when.
As Benedict XVI looks on in our background for the time being, we can thankfully say the election of Francis did not take place in the shadow of mourning the death of a pope as was the case in 2005. Pontiff emeritus Benedictus, though advanced in years, remains alive though frail in body on Vatican grounds and may yet enjoy more years of life ahead. Thus the election of his successor was truly a celebration and not the conclusion of a long papal funerary rite as is often the case.
Still, the world is a dark and evil place, much more so at this time than it was during the reigns of Saint John XXII and Saint John Paul II and his successor, Benedict XVI. For prophecy tells us the challenges to come are dreadful ones indeed. And the new pope, Francis, and those who may follow, will be forced to contend with them, perhaps to the very death.
Many have noted with wonder the fact that Pope Francis is the first pontiff to be elected from Latin America ... from the nation of Argentina.
Nostradamus actually predicted that a pope from Latin America would be elected. But the wise sage also made another prediction in the same prophecy, and in so doing, supports my long-held belief that the greatest pope in Vatican history will come from France. This is what he says:
|Nostradamus, Quatrain 5.49 ~
l'Espaigne mais de l'antique France
from Spain but from ancient France
When Nostradamus mentions a "trembling ship" in his quatrains and its pope, he is referring to a time when the Church is in danger of breaking up (schism) or being terribly troubled and its very existence threatened by world events. According to the French prophet, when this state of affairs reaches its most critical point, the Pope from Spain (or Latin America) will no longer be in power and a French pope shall be elected. This time of trouble may be happening quite soon as it seems clear that "the enemy" is either the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or else ... Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia is currently backing Assad against the IS. Thus, it is possible the West may also choose what they consider to be the lesser of two evils. Then again, the enemy to which a promise is made may be Russia and Vladimir Putin, who is much more capable of directly harming Europe and Rome than either al-Baghdadi or al-Assad. Or the enemy may be Iran, the nation now in the process of leading the Shi'a resistance against the Sunni-backed, Sharia-run caliphate known as the Islamic State. The prophet Daniel warns that Persia (Iran) will eventually declare war on Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. Why remains a mystery at this time. The same prophecy uses the Hebrew word "Yawan" which can also be applied to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Iran and Saudi Arabia have nearly come to blows twice since Arab Spring regarding the proxy war being fought in Yemen.
As for the cruel plague, it will seep into Europe and America from Africa: possibly the dreaded epidemic known as ebola. It is a horrible disease, one to be feared, and its effects on the body are most cruel indeed.
The implications of the last two lines are that there is little time left to the pope from the Spanish American nation of Argentina.
However, the birth name of the Pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, gives additional information. I stated on this page that the next pope after Benedict would most likely be the one Nostradamus called "The Sabine" in the following quatrain (and thus an Italian):
|Nostradamus, Quatrain 5.46 ~
chapeaux rouges querelles & nouveaux schismes,
red hats & quarrels, new schisms
Although born a native of Argentina, the father of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was an Italian immigrant. Thus, Bergoglio is an Italian by birth. Also, choosing the name of Francis, shared by one of Italy's greatest patron saints (St. Francis of Assisi) strongly ties the new pope to Italy in a way no preceding Italian pope has ever aspired to do.
St. Francis was also, and perhaps even more powerfully, linked to that province of Rome settled by the ancient Sabines: the province of Sabina and the beautiful Sabine Hills.
Sabina, the region in the Sabine Hills of Latium named for the Sabines, is the ancient territory that today is still identified mainly with the North-Eastern Province of Rome and the Province of Rieti, Lazio.
This is the path taken by St. Francis when he walked from Assisi to Rome to petition the Pope. Unlike most of the public footpaths in Italy, it is well-marked and the final section cuts right through the Sabine Hills.
The Franciscan Sanctuaries
St. Francis of Assisi was attracted by the Sabina region above all other parts of Italy.
The Sabine hills saw the first Franciscan preaching and the religious prayer that Francis addressed to God from the wildest and most inaccessible natural surroundings.
Following in the footsteps of St. Francis through the Valle Santa (Sacred Valley), visitors will be amazed by nature and mysticism. The area still preserves four sanctuaries which are a widespread evidence of the presence of the Saint during the early part of his life. Francis, during his long stay in Sabina left important traces which legend has tended to amplify.
By identifying himself with St. Francis of Assisi, the new pope has also linked his identitiy to the Sabine pope of Nostradamus' Quatrain 5.46. He is the Sabine.
When I saw the mild, benevolent expression on the bespectacled face of Francis, I immediately recalled another pope who looked much like him: the ill-fated Pope John Paul I, who died mysteriously 33 days after being installed, officially of natural causes. However, it has been alleged by many that he had actually been murdered by poison. John Paul I was the last pope to inaugurate a name never before used (John Paul); in 2013, Pope Francis followed suit.
Quatrain 5.46 indicates that Pope Francis will be greatly harmed by both false accusations concerning his person and ministry and also due to a Great Schism. It is not certain at this time whether it is he or a succeeding pope who will have to flee from Rome, reigning in exile for 25 months before returning to a Rome and Vatican in ruins from a coming great global war.
Seeing the spectre of Pope John Paul I in the face of Pope Francis is not at all reassuring. Like Francis, John Paul I too presented as a humble shepherd and, as Nostradamus warned, died through "too much goodness."
Why might there be a "schism" in the Vatican and the Catholic Church?
We saw the beginnings of a possible schism immediately prior to, during, and briefly following the election of Pope Francis. To anyone paying attention, the Church at that time was rocked by sex scandals and was not far from plunging into a schism. In connection with the threat of a new schism, one of Nostradamus' use of the word Albanois is Alba, the old name for the country of Scotland, which in February 2013 suddenly became quite relevant.
The headlines said it all: Vatican Rocked by Resignation of Scottish Archbishop; Britain's Top Catholic Cleric Quits Amid Unfolding Sex Scandal!
Keith OBrien of Scotland resigns amidst scandal
Allvoices | Edinburgh : United Kingdom | Feb 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM PST
With Pope Benedict XVI ready to step down as the leader of the Catholic Church on Thursday, February 28, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years, scandal has hit his resignation and the selection of a new pope, as today, Cardinal Keith OBrien, head of the Scottish Catholic Church, announced his own resignation amidst allegations that go back three decades.
Scheduled to make his way to Rome for the papal conclave that would elect the new pope sometime before Easter, Cardinal OBrien had come under fire for allegations of inappropriate behavior towards priests, stemming back to the 1980s, with calls for him not to take part in the vote that would elect the new pope. And with the announcement of the Cardinals resignation, which would take immediate effect, this has come to pass, as he will not take part in the conclave, leaving the Scottish Catholic Church and indeed Britain without representation at the papal vote.
In a statement released by Cardinal OBrien, the Cardinal said that he had already submitted his resignation to the Pope as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, to come into effect next month, when the Cardinal turns 75; however, the Pope ordered that the Cardinals resignation take immediate effect.
Cardinal OBrien asked forgiveness of those he had offended, saying, "I have valued the opportunity of serving the people of Scotland and overseas in various ways since becoming a priest. Looking back over my years of ministry: For any good I have been able to do, I thank God. For any failures, I apologise to all whom I have offended. I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me - but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his successor.
So how badly was the Vatican injured? The keyword is injured. I would say without the inclusion of Britain in the March 2013 enclave to elect the current pope, it was very injurious indeed.
Now, once again, there are signs that the sexual misconduct controversy may be returning to pave the way for a "great Schism."
The other meaning of Albanois is the town of Alba in Piedmont, located in northwestern Italy. It may be from here that an antipope will launch a viscious slander against Pope Francis and begin an actual splitting in the Church.
Concluding Quatrain 5.46, what "great sophistry" might be aimed against the new pope?
We cannot possibly imagine how important the prophecies of Malachy may be to some of those who have elected Pope Francis.
It is clear some faction wished to make it appear that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger would be associated with Gloria Olivae ... even down to the detail of having him take the name of Benedict (after the Benedictine order). When a dove, the symbol of peace associated with the olive branch, recently perched on a window sill near the former pope and then was attacked in full view of thousands by a seagull, this hit home the failure of Gloria Olivae to bring about world peace or even a regional peace to the Middle East. Indeed, if ever there was a protracted period of time since the Second World War when events could easily fall into place to create a third more terrible global conflict, the time is now.
Someone knew that the year 2013 would be an extremely dangerous one for a pope ... Benedict or any other pope.
Thus, Pope Benedict elected to "die" via rassegnazione, probably with some degree of urging.
Further down on this page I have set forth an exhaustive amount of evidence that there are those in the Vatican who have allowed nine antipopes to long ago be attributed with mottos listed by Malachy intended exclusively for future popes ... and not antipopes. I also discuss how Benedict XVI was actually "Lumen in Cælo" (and provide examples of the natural phenonema that support this claim).
Because Cardinal Bergoglio is of Italian descent and has identified himself with Italy's Patron saint, Francis of Assisi, it is possible there will be those who will say he is Malachy's final pope Petrus Romanus ('Peter of Rome'). I say no. But it is clear some sort of Vatican spin is making it appear that Francis is the last and final pope on Malachy's list.
Francis visits St. Peter's tomb under Vatican
AP/ April 1, 2013, 4:01 PM
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Monday took an emotional, close-up look at the tomb of Peter, the church's first pontiff, buried beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican said.
By doing so, Francis became the first pontiff to visit the necropolis, where pagans and early Christians were buried, since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago, the Vatican said.
The 45-minute "visit of devotion to the tomb of St. Peter" was private, the Vatican said, but it later released a video of it.
The basilica was built over the location where early Christians would gather in secret, at a time of persecution in ancient Rome, to pray at an unmarked tomb believed to be that of Peter, the apostle Jesus chose to lead his church.
The Vatican first said Francis would pray at Peter's tomb, but later said he prayed instead in the basilica.
|The new pope `'paused in silent prayer, in
profound and emotional meditation" in the Clementine
Chapel in the vast basilica that is `'the closest place
(in the basilica) to the tomb of the Prince of the
Apostles," it said.
During a tour of the necropolis conducted by its director and an Italian cardinal, the pope "climbed up a bit, got closer to the place where the tomb of St. Peter lies, exactly under the central altar and the dome of the basilica," the Vatican said.
Francis walked down the entire main street of the ancient city of the dead, the statement said.
The streets of the necropolis are similar to those of ancient Rome, only they are flanked by tombs instead of shops and apartments.
The Vatican said Francis walked to the necropolis entrance from the hotel on the Vatican grounds where he lives, took the tour and later after paying homage at the tombs of several popes in another underground level known as the grottoes, including Pius XII, Paul XVI and John Paul I strolled back to his residence.
St. Peter's mission was to continue to preach the message of Jesus and reach more souls.
Francis, as a Jesuit, is steeped in the evangelizing mission of the church, and the necropolis tour brings him back to the origins of the church in its simplest years as a community of Christians professing their faith in defiance of the crackdown by Roman emperors.
Peter himself was among the Christian martyrs during Nero's reign. He is believed to have been crucified, head down, on the Vatican hill.
Constantine, the first Christian emperor, had an early basilica built on the slopes of the Vatican Hill, burying the pagan and Christian cemetery necropolis means `city of the dead' that surrounded Peter's burial site.
The current basilica, named after St. Peter, was constructed over the earlier basilica that was deemed unsafe and demolished in the late 15th century.
The Baroque master architect Bernini designed the bronze canopy over the central altar over the spot of Peter's burial site. The current basilica was planned as an awe-inspiring monument that would project the image of a powerful church.
Under popes of the last century, extensive excavations were carried out of the sprawling necropolis. In 1965, archaeologists said they had found the bones of Peter in an area near an ancient Greek inscription saying `'Peter is here."
Being associated with the Vatican's most apocalyptic papal figure would leave the new pope vulnerable to false accusations and debates from both within and outside the Church. Nothing he does will seem right, especially if a world war breaks out, for it will be falsely believed that he is the Pope who will help usher in the end of the world. For some he will become a source of fear rather than of love and admiration (as he currently is now). He will also become the perfect target of assassination for those in the world today who hold great hatred towards Christendom and have only contempt for The Gospels of Jesus and The Book of Revelation!
Ironically, even as Ignis Ardens, his true Malachy motto (if there are any true Malachy mottos), it will be difficult for him to distance himself from such an association should there be the hellfire of a war that possibly becomes nuclear or a fire from heaven in the form of an asteroid impact accompanied by a hail of meteors. As the shadows of war spread outwards from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, China, and North Korea, the world is being prepared for a truly horrific global war which could quickly turn nuclear.
As for an asteroid impact: one may occur at any time. On February 15, 2013, five months prior to the 105th anniversary of The Tunguska Event, we witnessed a huge meteorite exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia (which we may well call 'The Chelyabinsk Event'). Perhaps an even larger asteroid, like the one believed to have impacted Siberia in 1908, is yet to strike the earth, along with many smaller meteorites. This could well become a reality by 2016 when thousands of fragments of a comet may strike the earth.
Also, judging from keywords I have discovered used to search this page, there are those who even believe the next pope will be "the false prophet" from the Book of Revelation. That would be quite a sophistry indeed if taken seriously!
A lot has already happened in the nearly three years and a half years since February 11, 2013, and even more can happen yet.
How long may Pope Francis reign if he is the schismatic pope? No one knows for certain, but if his death is linked with a coming schism in the Church.
Nostradamus continues his prophecy of the Sabine pope:
|Nostradamus, Quatrain 8.93 ~
sans plus obtiendra prelature,
months without further prelature obtained,
According to Nostradamus, a pope, if not Pope Francis himself, will die during "the mother of all Schisms." As a result, there will either be NO POPE at all or else an antipope will reign for seven months. Why? Because there will be chaos in the Catholic Church!
It may well be there will be a series of unsuccessful attempts at new papal elections, all doomed to failure. However, either at the start of a seven-month schism or else following seven months of schism and discord, it will be decided that one will "act as prelate." What is unclear is whether the schism lasts 7 months with an antipope reigning or else 7 months without a pope and then 7 months more with an antipope (for a total of 14 months).
It may be that Benedict pontiff emeritus will be called out of retirement to act as pope. Again, using the word "act" suggests an antipope or, in the case of Benedict, a former living pope invested with the same authority he enjoyed as supreme pontiff. But if this does occur, he will technically be an antipope. Of course the antipope may well be the one who aimed great sophistry against Francis ... a cardinal from Alba, a town near Piedmont in northwestern Italy.
After the reign of the antipope will come a new election and a new pope.
To this person may be attributed the motto Religio depopulata ("Religion Depopulated" or "Religion Laid Waste") ... indicating either a great loss of human life worldwide from various causes and/or mass execution and sacrificing of Christians.
This may or may not be the Pope who flees the Vatican at the time of the "great star" prophesied by Nostradamus. If not, then that fate will fall to the next pope: Fides intrepida ("Intrepid Faith"). However we cannot rule out the possibility that both Religio depopulata and Fides intrepida will be killed, one assassinated, the other a casualty of war.
Either Religio depopulata or Fides intrepida will flee Rome for Avignon, France, take up residence in the old papal castles of Avignon, France, where popes reigned in exile during the 14th century, and will die during an Islamic invasion of southern France after the fall of Marseilles.
Personally, I think the following quatrain is about this future pope who will witness the great star/two suns phenomenon on the night that he is forced to flee the Vatican:
Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.41 ~
grande etoile par sept jours bruslera,
star will burn for seven days,
Catholic prophecy abounds with warnings of a "great comet" or "great star." I will not print them all here, for this page addresses specific warnings to the current pope or his immediate sucessor(s), but here are a few notable ones:
Rigord of St. Denis ~
A comet will be seen in heaven -- a star, that is, with a tail or appendage -- and this apparition will signify destructions and tumults and hard strifes, and withholding of rains, and dryness of the earth, and mighty battles, and the flowing of blood upon the earth of the east, and from beyond the River Habor it will reach to the very end of the west. And the just and the truly righteous will be oppressed and will suffer persecutions, and the house of prayer will be destroyed.
Johann Friede ~
Of mankind there will be more dead than there have been casualties in all wars. In the abodes of the children of light, the Book of Revelations will be read, and in the palaces of the Church they will await the arrival of the great comet.
Hildegard of Bingen ~
Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent by an earthquake, storm and tidal waves will be devastated. It will be divided, and in great part submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea, and lose its colonies in the east through a Tiger and a Lion. The Comet by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. All sea coast cities will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of these cities does a person live according to the laws of God.
We will find scarcely any European prophets who do not agree with Nostradamus concerning the flight of a future pope -- those who bother to relate an entire view of the great global war to come anyway. It should be noted that this flight from Rome always occurs during the height of World War III -- just prior to the "three days of darkness" and the great horrors that follow.
Revelation 8:10-11 ~
The third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Prophets like Alois Irlmaier and Erna Stieglitz agree that a pope will flee Italy when World War III comes to Europe. There is also an ancient prophecy that describes what may be the slowing of the earth's rotation, something that researchers abscribe to the gravitational force exerted upon the earth by an object like a brown dwarf star, something that "Planet X" is purported to be. Liber Vaticinationem Quodam Instinctumentis describes the sun "halting" in the heavens and terrible hot winds that will blow:
the third (world war), the earth shakes,
It is then said that the norma will die "when the wolf (Germany) is hacked to bits."
The fiery invasion of southern France is echoed in this ancient document authored by an unknown clergyman in AD 346. It presages three world wars that will directly involve Germany, the first two as an aggressor and the last as a defender of "the Empire" against the invaders from the East.
According to John of Vitiguerro (13th Century) after this exiled pope's death, there will be no pope at all for 25 months, after which a French pope is elected:
The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome... After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions.
The motto of this "great Pontiff" would be Pastor Angelicus ("Angelic shepherd"). Only then will "peace and union" truly be "reborn."
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The Papal Prophecies of St. Malachy
We are almost certainly obliged to address another prophetic issue I am sure is on the minds of everyone. And, once again, Nostradamus may have clarified some of the muddled controversies presented here.
Well over three years have passed since the white smoke appeared and a new pope was introduced to the world, replacing an uncertain winter season with a season of renewal and hope. That season has since withered away and has been replaced by many seasons and yet another summer of uncertainty and dread.
We must, unfortunately, respect the dark days ahead that may be in store for the entire planet. Pope Benedict XVI's olive branch of peace and reconciliation proved to be ineffective against the dangerous stratagems of evil men, of psychopaths, and of lovers of war, and of a vast subculture dedicated to death rather than life.
Thus a new pope has come, one who needs as much support and aid as possible to achieve his mission. For this is also a man who has been placed in terrible danger by a convergence of prophecies and, perhaps unwittingly, by the very Church he serves.
Unfortunately, four controversies become apparent due to an apparent clash between the prophecies of Malachy and those of the learned scholar, doctor, astronomer, and prophet Michel de Notredame ... Nostradamus.
The first, perhaps, is no longer much of a controversy at all.
There are too many popes -- at least seven of them -- prophesied for the future by Nostradamus. That is far too many to be fulfilled by Pope Francis, whom we are supposed to conclude is none other than the final pope on Malachy's list known as Petrus Romanus ("Peter the Roman").
However, I have learned it has apparently become the Vatican's official position that there may be an indeterminate time (and presumably a number of popes) between "Glory of the Olive" (if that was indeed Benedict XVI) and "Peter the Roman", whom they agree is the last pope.
Indeed, Nostradamus does not foresee the fall of the last Pope happening until the final Antichrist comes to power in 2242 AD.
This is what he has to say about this final pope ("grand Vicaire de la Cappe"):
|Nostradamus, Quatrain 1.25 ~
trouvé, caché de si long siecle,
|Nostradamus, Epistle to Henry II ~
The third Northern king, hearing the complaint of the people of his principal title, shall raise up so great an army, and defying the tradition of his predecessors, shall restore almost everything back into his estate. The great Vicar of the Cape shall be restored to his original estate, but desolate and then by all abandoned, shall return to find the Holy sanctuary [Rome] destroyed by Paganism, and the Old and New Testament will be thrust out and burnt. After that shall the Antichrist be the infernal prince. Again for the last time all the Kingdoms of Christianity shall tremble, even those of the infidels, for a space of 25 years ...
The Moon completes its current 354-year cycle in 2242 AD under the aegis of the Sun ("cycle of the sun"). In 2243, the Moon begins yet another cycle under the aegis of Saturn. The final Antichrist then is likely the beast of Revelation 13 whose reign culminates with the war of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ in either 2245-46 AD (at the conclusion of a 42-month reign), 2249 AD (at the conclusion of a 7-year reign), or else 2267 AD (at the end of a reign and a war together lasting 25 years).
Thus, we can see there is an extremely long period of time spanning the pontificates of Gloria Olivae (if that was indeed Benedict XVI) and Petrus Romanus, some 230 years, if it is true many future popes between the two were not listed as the Vatican claims.
This controversy should begin with the phrase assuming Benedict XVI was really Gloria Olivae ...
As it turns out, because Benedict did not die but instead retired, it is possible that the prophesied office of Gloria Olivae did not likewise go into retirement, but was passed on along!
If so, Pope Francis would not actually be Petrus Romanus (Peter of Rome) but a continuation of Gloria Olivae ... Gloria Olivae II. This could explain why the Vatican has said that between Gloria Olivae and Petrus Romanus may be an indeterminate number of popes! Francis has likewise indicated that he might consider retiring within the next three years. Retirement could prolong indefinitely a series of popes, some being pulled out of retirement temporarily as needed if another retires due to poor health. In the event of a great schism, there could be enough retired popes to function as an emergency pope and one or more antipopes.
Abbot Joachim Merlin prophesied the coming of three angelic pastors who would succeed a great French pontiff. Two of these three could well be in retirement, functioning as "support pontiffs" or "backup popes" to the one reigning pope.
Thus, the office of pope may now be in the process of undergoing a transformation, transitioning into a completely different kind of office.
The Hidden Pope
|Malachy saw fit to give the final pope on
his list, Petrus Romanus, an entire sentence of
description rather than only a motto. There is, in fact,
a possible hidden pope in this prophecy:
In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.
It is assumed that the "dreadful Judge" is none other than God. Yet according to many other prophecies, Rome will be destroyed and a pope elected in exile, a French pope, will return to rebuild Rome's papal palaces and residences.
Often called "the great Pontiff" he will assist another French figure known as the "great Monarch" after the end of World War III to restore peace, order, and law.
Nostradamus says of this pope:
Nostradamus, Quatrain 6.28 ~
great Celt will enter into Rome
With a great mass of exiles and banished:
The great pastor will put to death every man
Who was united over the Alps against the cock.
So, clearly it can be seen that a "great pastor" will return to Rome in the post-war period and will indeed become a "dreadful judge" ... as he will have the power of life and death over the enemies of Christendom.
This controversy suggests that there are nine popes predicted by Nostradamus who have yet to reign:
In order for Francis to be the 112th and final pope, Malachy would have had to count all of the antipopes as well. Here are the antipopes the Vatican applied Malachy's legends to:
Victor IV (1159-1164)
That is 9 antipopes.
Three of these reigned at the same time. One of the three, Innocent III (1179-1180), is listed by the Vatican, but no Malachy motto was attached to him. Another, who is called a counter anti-pope, Benedict XIV (1425-1430), is also listed by the Vatican but not given a Malachy description. Thus, 9 out of 11 antipopes were given mottoes as though they were actual popes.
Did Malachy really foresee the future of these antipopes and regard them as legitimate heirs of St Peter and apply mottos to each of them? I doubt it. He was predicting an orderly line of legitimate papal succession. Half of these antipopes actually confused the line of succession and, of course, were not legitimate heirs of the Holy See.
If this is true then Pope Benedict XVI was really Lumen in cælo ("Light in the Heavens"). Indeed, only 20 months after becoming pope, the brightest comet since Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965 appeared in the northern and southern hemispheres in January 2007. Comet McNaught was so bright it could even be seen overhead in a clear blue sky during the day. The mysterious and ghostly Comet Holmes followed in October 2007 in the constellation Perseus.
Then, only hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, lightning struck the top of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Four days later, people were greeted by the blinding flash of a large meteorite exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Lumen in cælo is to be followed by the apocalyptic-sounding Ignis ardens ("Burning Fire") ... which can mean anything from a nuclear war to fiery meteors plunging to earth from the skies.
Ignis ardens would then be the true motto for the current pontiff of Rome, Pope Francis. With World War III seemingly only months or a few years away, we may find the motto will be most applicable.
After Ignis ardens, more ominously comes Religio depopulata ("Religion Depopulated" or "Religion Laid Waste") ... indicating either a great loss of human life worldwide from various causes and/or mass execution and sacrificing of Christians, not unlike what occurred during the reign of Nero, the French Revolution, or the Nazi genocide of Jews during the Second World War.
After this would come Fides intrepida (Intrepid Faith) who apparently will also come to an early and dreadful end. After a period of 25 months with no pope at all he is followed by the "great Pontiff" of so many prophecies, Pastor angelicus (Angelic Shepherd), who will reign alongside the future "great Monarch" who will bring an end to World War III:
Ancient Irish (author unknown) ~
The close of the war finds a Celt in the Chair of Peter. He is the most perfect of all the popes; chosen miraculously amidst chaos. An angel in human form, he shall be called "Papa Angelorum." This Celt is not an Irish Celt but one born in Galicia, and the only Celt to occupy Peter's throne. He shall, like Peter of old, take his staff and his scrip, and with a few companions start out to reconcile the nations.
The angelic Pope shall place an imperial crown on his head.
Abbot Joachim Merlin ~
He will be the joy of God's elect. This angelic pope will preach the gospel in every country. Through his zeal and solicitude the Greek Church shall be forever reunited to the Catholic Church ... This holy Pope shall be both pastor and reformer. Through him the East and West shall be in everlasting concord. The city of Babylon shall then be the head and guide of the world. Rome, weakened in temporal power, shall forever preserve her spiritual dominion, and shall enjoy great peace. During these happy days the Angelic Pope shall be able to address to Heaven prayers full of sweetness. The dispersed nation shall also enjoy tranquillity. Six and a half years after this time the Pope will render his soul to God. The end of his days shall arrive in an arid province, situated between a river and a lake near the mountains ...
His three immediate successors shall be men of exemplary holiness. One after the other will be models of virtue, and shall work miracles, confirming the teaching of their predecessors. Under their government the Church shall spread, and these Popes shall be called the Angelic Pastors.
Capuchin Friar (1776)
By the Catholic clergy and people the true and lawful Pope will be elected, who shall be a man of great holiness and goodness of life ... A scion of the Carlovingian race, by all considered extinct, will come to Rome to behold and admire the clemency of this Pontiff, who will crown him, and declare him to be the legitimate Emperor of the Romans, and from the Chair of St. Peter, the Pope will lift up the standard, the crucifix, and will give it to the new emperor. This new emperor, with the robust Italian and French people, and with those of other nations, will form a most Powerful host, called the Church Army, through which he shall destroy the Ottoman Empire, all heresies, and shall also totally defeat the Emperor of the North, who is called Mystic Antichrist. The above mentioned new emperor, with the assistance of God and of the Pope, will cooperate to the reformation of abuses; will assume the management of the temporal government; will assign a decent pension to the Supreme Pontiff, and also the bishops and clergy: and they all, being detached from earthly covetousness, will live in peace, which shall last till the end of time.
The three future "angelic popes" who shall follow Pastor angelicus will be Pastor et Nauta ("Pastor and Mariner"), Flos florum ("Flower of Flowers"), and De medietate Lunæ ("of the Half Moon") ... applied erroneously to John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul I.
If true, the late pope, Saint John Paul II, was not De labore Solis ("Labour of the Sun") but actually Crux de Cruce ("Cross of Crosses") ... which would make Saint John Paul II the "Pope of Popes" and one of the greatest popes in all of papal history.
Therefore the bizarre legend De balneis hetruriae ("the Bath of Etruria"), mistakenly applied to Pope Gregory XVI, would be applied to Pope John Paul I, whose pontificate lasted only 33 days. So short and unexpected a reign was his that the motto was likely never fulfilled.
Many believe John Paul I was murdered. Long after Malachy listed the legend De medietate Lunae ("of the Half Moon") which was applied by the Vatican to John Paul I, an unknown Vatican scholar updated the description by adding the cryptic line "and future victim." Another example of forcing a prophecy by adding a brief descriptive phrase. Even so, could it be that if he had lived a longer life and reigned a longer reign, that John Paul I (as De balneis hetruriae) would have been murdered in a bath in Tuscany (similar to how Jean-Paul Marat was assassinated by Charlotte Corday)?
In any event, if Benedict XVI was "Light in the Heaven" and Francis is "Burning Fire," that means there are 9 more popes remaining after the reign of Francis.
That is consistent with what I find in Nostradamus' prophecies. I can easily find nine (9) popes who have yet to reign. I have written an article about each of them on Nostradamus NOW Archives 1.
Now that the potential folly of strictly adhering to Malachy's prophecies has been revealed, we can focus again on Quatrain 2.97 (The Rose Prophecy) and the Third Secret of Fatima.
Similarities, Differences Between Quatrain 2.97 and the Third Secret of Fatima
Obviously, Pope Francis, or any successor, must avoid extensive traveling to cities that match the profile provided by Nostradamus or the Blessed Virgin in the Third Secret of Fatima. Not only will the Pope be assassinated but so too will all clergy people accompanying him ("you and yours").
This shared assassination of the pope and his clergy people ("you and yours") is what Quatrain 2.97 and the Third Secret of Fatima have in common. Another thing they both have in common is that neither prophecy has yet been fulfilled.
However, there are striking differences (or at least striking omissions).
Nostradamus never mentions that the city is half-destroyed. He never says anything about a pope climbing a holy mountain in Quatrain 2.97 ... or in any other quatrain. The Fatima vision, likewise, makes no mention of the city being watered by two rivers nor does it make reference in any fashion to a rose.
Thus, it is entirely possible that Francis could be the pope of Quatrain 2.97 and his successor could be the "Bishop In White" who appears in the Third Secret of Fatima. Either that or else one man, Francis or a successor, may be the pope found in both prophecies.
Because Nostradamus forsees a number of popes to follow Francis, rather than Francis being the final pope named "Peter of Rome" listed by Malachy, it is even possible that Quatrain 2.97 and the Fatima prophecy are about two successors of Francis and that Francis will die a natural death like John Paul II or even retire like Benedict XVI did. Francis has already discussed his possible retirement within the next three years with the news media.
It is impossible to be entirely certain.
As discussed above, "the Rose" may simply be a seasonal dating clue, indicating late spring or possibly summer (or more specifically late May/early June) as the time the Pope will be in danger of succumbing to the prophecy.
Then again, "the Rose" appears in several other Nostradamus quatrains and is used in a far more mysterious manner, as with Quatrain 5.96: "The rose above the middle of the great world."
Thus, it could signify something of a mystical nature ... or an actual person: the late Princess Diana.
One thing has come to my attention: the Rose may function as a key that helps us connect some very important dots. After we review the possible meanings of the Rose, we shall discuss two other quatrains linked together by the rose symbol ... for one of the three rose prophecies actually appears to tell us WHERE the city "watered by two rivers" may be located.
England's Rose. I have long established a possible connection between the Pope and the late Princess of Wales because of the "rose" clue in the final line of Quatrain 2.97.
There is a seperate prophecy by Nostradamus that tells of a time that will come when an apparition of a beloved and famous woman will be seen by millions of people above her grave and that she will speak to them. Could this woman be the late Princess Diana being witnessed by a multitude at her island grave at Althorp? This may begin a time when what Nostradamus calls "the Temple of Diana" will become a new religion or Diana will be made an Anglican saint. It may well be that when this apparition appears, or the new church or sect begins attracting followers, that will be the time the Pope is assassinated.
Click here for a three-section presentation on the relationship of "the rose" to Princess Diana and Pope Francis; more on the coming apparition; what may be the "new Diana," actress and ambassador Angelina Jolie, and Diana's actual replacement, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, recently-wedded to her eldest and favorite son, Prince William; and what prophecy says about the tragic death of "The Rose" in a Paris tunnel.
In November 1999, a critical dream vision emailed to me by Conor concerning three stages in the relationship between a pope and a young woman who is only a ghostly spirit in the final stage, has suggested what may well be a psychic connection between Diana and John Paul II, Diana and Benedict XVI, and possibly Diana and Francis -- one that I believe may establish Paris or Avignon as the city of this pope's doom rather than a city in Iraq or Syria. To view this vision open a Dream Window.
The Mystical Rose. The lady who is associated with "the Rose" and who appears in Conor's dream may instead be the Virgin Mary. If the day of the Rosa Mystica is taken literally, the Pope or his successor may be assassinated on the specific dates of July 13, 2016 or July 13, 2018. Click here to learn more of the Rosa Mystica and its possible relationship to Quatrain 2.97.
The Rosy Cross. The emblem of the Rosicrucian Order, also known as The Order of the Rose and the Cross. Founded in the 15th Century, its mystical rites influenced the Freemasonic societies. However, it is claimed that its true beginning was in 46 AD as a gnostic Christian sect that also embraced Hermeticism (ancient Egyptian mystery beliefs). Today's Rosicrucian orders, and there are many, are either Christian or they are far afield from Christianity (the Golden Dawn, for example) and exalt the magical arts.
It is strongly believed by many that Nostradamus was secretly a Christian Rosicrucian as a number of letters from him to his clients infer an association by the prophet, not to Catholicism, but to Lutheranism. That, combined with heremetic symbology and rites found in a number of his verses indicates this was likely so.
The French seer was among an obscure group in the 16th Century that preserved the secret wisdom of the ancients as well as the original tenets of Christianity ... which included the concept of reincarnation.
Christian Gnostics believed that if spiritual resurrection was not attained in one lifetime, then the soul would be subjected to as many reincarnations as neccessary until spiritual rebirth is attained. In The Apocalypse of Paul, the apostle Paul describes witnessing the soul of a deceased person in a place called the "the fourth heaven" being reincarnated by angelic beings. The apostle Mark relates accounts of secret rites and indoctrinations into the mysteries of the Kingdom of God by Jesus and of people other than Lazurus who were brought back from the dead. All of these writings were removed from what would be considered for the next 1700 years as The Holy Bible and consigned to Old Testament Apocrypha and New Testament Apocrypha. However, it is alleged that the Church fathers did not destroy these writings but held them in secret or hid them until such time the world would be ready for their release. Some of these writings have yet to be found. Others remain guarded by secret religious orders or even by the Catholic Church itself.
The Gilded Rose (aka The Rose of Rialp). A sign given by God to Fr Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, an order operating within today's Catholic Church. The Opus Dei emblem is a cross in the circle of the world above a rose which symbolises Opus Dei women.
Fact and fiction are blurred, but the order founded in 1928 may be a revived secret sect that kept concealed over the centuries the now badly-guarded "secret" that Jesus may have been married to Mary Magdalene and had children and kept hidden the descendants of this Merovingian bloodline.
Controversies about Opus Dei have centered around criticisms of its alleged secretiveness, its recruiting methods, the alleged strict rules governing members, the practice by celibate members of mortification of the flesh, its alleged elitism and misogyny, the alleged right-leaning politics of most of its members, and the alleged participation by some in authoritarian or extreme right-wing governments, especially the Francoist Government of Spain until 1978. Within the Catholic Church, Opus Dei is also criticized for allegedly seeking independence and more influence. (Source: Wikipedia).
Pop icon Madonna is reportedly fascinated by this "church within the Church" and may be seeking membership, even as her Kabbalah organisation falls to legal actions and investigations. Could it mean that Opus Dei will be merged with Kabbalah by Madonna to somehow create a "world religion" around the same time the Pope is assassinated? Or will the Hermetic mysteries, symbolised by the Rose, be made knowledge to the world by today's Rosicrucian orders and Freemason societies?
Unfortunately, we can only speculate about this city. There are a number of cities "watered by two rivers."
Two nations where two large rivers are an important feature that spring immediately to mind are Iraq and France. There is no question that the clairvoyant saw many important future events taking place in Mesopotamia -- a region he was quite concerned about and predicted would be a major battleground in a future war. Although both Syria and Iraq make up this part of the world, he is more specific when he identifies the Mesopotamian nation as being "a land between two rivers" (obviously the Tigris and Euphrates).
Unfortunately, there is no modern Iraqi city that is watered by two rivers or the Tigris and Euphrates. There is a small town named Qurna where the two rivers meet and form the Shatt al-Arab. According to legend, this is the site of the Garden of Eden. But far from being a city, it is barely more than a village and was partially destroyed during the US invasion of 2003. If it were a city, and not a town, it would probably qualify as the city half-destroyed in the Third Secret of Fatima. Not far away is the city of Basrah, also partially depopulated by war. There is also the site of the ancient city of Babylon, where exiled Jews lamented by the banks of its rivers their loss of Zion. Initial work on Babylon's restoration was begun by the late Saddam Hussein in 1983, but three wars, one with Iran and two with the United States, destroyed some of the progress that was made and stalled further construction. Still, plans are currently underway by the US and the Iraqi government to rebuild Babylon as a tourist attraction and entertainment center ... to bring to fruition the dream pursued by Saddam. Lastly, there is the city of Baghdad, the capital of the "land between two rivers" (Iraq), although only the Tigris River runs through it.
As for France, Paris is watered by the two major rivers Seine and Marne.
Another French city that figures prominently in Nostradamus' quatrains concerning France and the Vatican is Avignon. It lies within the V formed by the rivers Rhone and Durance.
In Greece, the great city of Athens is watered by two rivers, the Kifisos and Ilisos.
In North America, the huge metropolis of Montreal in Quebec, Canada lies on the junction of two rivers: the St Lawrence and the Ottawa.
There are many others to be found throughout the world.
Where is the city where there is a nearby mountain with a cross at its summit?
Again, there are many such cities all over the world.
Is there a city watered by two rivers with a nearby mountain with a cross at its summit?
Returning to the city of Paris, the holy mountain, as suggested by a viewer, may well be the hill of the Sacre Couer Cathedral. Paris also is the city of Diana's death ("the Rose") and now the site of several Diana shrines of great significance.
Also in France, the holy mountain of Avignon, as suggested by another viewer, could well be Le rocher des Doms which looks a lot like the one of prophecy. As for the cross at the top of Le rocher des Doms, it likely belongs to the Cathedrale Notre Dame des Doms.
According to the Third Secret of Fatima, the city in question will be half-destroyed. In the case of Paris, a huge metropolis with a population of 2,249,975, the French prophet warns that a second, dreadful revolution will plague the great city again, which will be surrounded by foreign troops that will allow its own people to burn it to the ground. At Avignon, a city of 92,000, a terrible Muslim invasion will bring military destruction there as well.
Montreal, a huge, sprawling, cosmopolitan city between two rivers, is well-known for its holy mountain. The Mount Royal Cross is a monument on top of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It stands at the northeastern edge of the mountain, overlooking the east end of Montreal. The current cross stands 103 feet tall. It was converted to fibre-optic light in 1992, allowing the cross to be lit in red, blue or purple. The cross is usually illuminated in white; the new computerised system permits it to be changed to any colour, including the purple traditionally used between the death of the Pope and the election of the new Pope.
How frightful, indeed, it would be if the half-destroyed metropolis of prophecy is Montreal ... with a population in 2013 of 1,717,767. This would indeed indicate World War III had begun.
The Second Rose Prophecy Indicates Athens May Be The City
However, if we look at our second "rose" prophecy by Nostradamus, it becomes apparent that the city in question may well be ATHENS ... in the nation of Greece. Pope John Paul II visited this great city in 2001, but Pope Benedict XVI did not and Pope Francis has yet to visit there ... and he might not until the fatal blooming of "the Rose" takes place.
Nostradamus, Quatrain 5.31 ~
the land of Attica, leader of wisdom, which at present is the
rose of the world: The Pontiff ruined
and his great pre-eminence, to be subjugated and a shipwreck in the waves.
Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece, is located in the southeastern part of the country along the Attic plain. Three of its sides are mountainous, the Parnis, Penteli and Hymettos Mountains, and two rivers, the Kifisos and Ilisos, flow throughout the city. It has a huge population of 3,737,550.
Athens is truly a city watered by two rivers.
That is all that is required for it to be the city described in Quatrain 2.97.
But could it also be the city of the Fatima vision ... a city where a sacred mountain can be accessed?
There is no notable cross at the top of any of the three mountains listed above, although there are several monastaries. The nearest mountain in Greece that does have a cross at its peak is many miles away on the Greek island of Rhodes (which is obviously not on the Attica plain and quite close to Turkey). However, in 1925, high above Mount Hymettus, just outside of Athens, there was a gigantic cross seen for the space of half an hour.
On the night of September 14, 1925, above the top of Mount Hymettus, over 2,000 of the Faithful witnessed a miracle from God: it took the form of a huge, radiant Byzantine cross:
One of the most astounding signs from God took place during the all-night vigil for the feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, in the year 1925. In the little country chapel of St. John the Theologian at the foot of Mt. Hymettus (which was then miles outside of Athens, but which is now deep within the city limits-so much has the city grown. The section is called St. John Holargos) over two thousand people had gathered to celebrate the feast according to the old calendar reckoning. When Archbishop Papadopoulos got wind of it, he sent a message to the Minister of Interior Affairs, who in turn sent the police to disperse the crowd and arrest the priest. When the police arrived and saw the size of the crowd, they decided to wait until the morning to arrest the priest.
At midnight, just when the procession for Litya was taking place, the people who were standing outside in the court of the little chapel suddenly saw a giant cross forming in the heavens directly above their heads. The Cross, which was lying horizontally, stretched from the little chapel to above the peak of Mt. Hymettus, and was in the form of the Byzantine Cross, with three straight cross-bars. When the people saw it-it was most brilliant and radiant in appearance-they all cried out in fear. The procession and the service came to a stop, and the people fell on their knees weeping and chanting Kyrie eleison. The police, also, became so terrified that they literally threw down their weapons and with tears began to pray with the others. For a half-hour the Cross remained thus in the sky and then slowly began to raise itself until it finally stood straight up and down, and then it slowly disappeared.
Could the answer to the riddle of the cross in the Third Secret of Fatima be that the cross itself is a miracle? Imagine Pope Francis or a successor deciding one day to celebrate the 1925 Miracle of the Cross of Mount Hymettus by visiting Athens and then touring the slope and peak of the holy mountain ... a mountain whose slopes are inside Athens itself (just like the mountain in the Third Secret of Fatima, accessible from the "half-destroyed" city). From its top one can see all of Athens, the tops of the other mountains, and even as far southwest as the Peloponnese.
When we read the Third Secret of Fatima, it becomes apparent that the Cross itself transcends reality, being attended by angelic beings associated with Martyrdom and the sealing of souls.
Thus, there need be no cross at all ... the cross the Pope and his entourage may be paying homage to in the Fatima prophecy may be the miraculous one that appeared upon the feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross. Or could it be that a great monument will be erected there to commemorate the 1925 miracle ... a giant cross?
A future papal trip to Athens and Mount Hymettus could well mark another occasion of importance: an effort to merge the Greek Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church ... the reuniting of the Eastern and Western Roman Empire. Pope Benedict made great strides at the task John Paul II held dear: the reunification of the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Will Francis one day reconcile with the Greek Orthodox Church? This pope seems to be all about unification.
If Athens is the city half-destroyed, then this pope or another will die there "in the land of Attica" at a pivotal moment of future history, for there may be a biblical prophecy that coincides with the murderous attack by soldiers upon him and his entourage.
World War III will either begin or be well under way when a declaration of war by Iran (Persia) is made against Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and the European Union. When Iran invades Macedonia and Greece, Russia will invade Germany and Austria.
The Third Rose Prophecy Indicates a Great Revelation
Nostradamus, Quatrain 5.96 ~
rose above the middle of the great world, for new deeds blood
publicly shed: To speak the truth
they will have closed mouths, then at the time of need the awaited one will come late.
Although one meaning, as we will discover, concerns the murder of Princess Diana ("the Rose") in Paris, another concerns a religious cult, a spectacular suicide, and the release of a great revelation.
It was reported in 2011 by various news sources that a 1970s American mind-control cult similar to Scientology called "The Rose of the World" remains active in other countries, including Russia. An investigation by filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev has concluded without a doubt that Russian supermodel Ruslana Korshunova, who leapt to her death from a building site adjacent to her 9th floor Manhattan apartment on June 28, 2008, belonged to this cult. So too did another prominent model, Anastasia Drozdova, a close friend of Ruslana's, who also leapt to her death in 2009. Both were members of the cult, Rose of the World.
Ruslana allegedly wrote the following on her web page before leaping to her death: "My dream is to fly. Oh, my rainbow it is too high." A search of Anastasia's room yielded the following cryptic message from Rose of the World: "Anastasia, your lullaby is winter's end. You're on your way."
Ruslana's body was found 8.5 metres from the building from which she fell.
Pomerantsev had this to say about Ruslana's alleged suicide "jump":
"8.5 meters? That's not a fall. That's a leap. That's almost flight. She didn't stand on the ledge and take a step off. She took a run and soared."
Manhattan is the financial centre of the world ("middle of the great world"). Ruslana Korshunova's blood was shed publicly, but for what "new deeds" remains a mystery.
Meantime, the return of Jesus Christ was falsely anticipated to occur on May 21, 2011. However, as Nostradamus assures us, He will come much later than anyone dares to imagine.
In some way, this "rose revelation" may be a warning to the current pope that a "two rivers" city or "Holy cross mountain" must be avoided. It could be functioning as a timing clue, just as the time when the roses bloom (May/June) also does.
Unplanned, spontaneous trips could be extemely dangerous. One example of how such a trip could have been disastrous was the former Pope Benedict's June 2011 journey to Croatia and considered visit to nearby Medjugorje.
The timing of this papal visit to Zagreb was potentially dangerous had Pope Benedict decided to take a train or plane afterwards to Medjugorje and then climb Medjugorje Cross Mountain, the highest Golgotha in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Especially in light of the following revelation:
Cache of guns found but police have not confirmed if they have halted an assassination attempt on Holy Father
Scottish Catholic Observer
May 31, 2011
A Croatian student has been arrested after posting weird comments about Pope Benedict XVI on Facebook ahead of the Papal visit to the country this weekend. The arrest was made in the southern village of Skabrnja and the 22-year-old, who lives with his father, was found with two guns and 300 rounds of ammunition, according to police reports.
Croatian police have not confirmed whether they believe they halted an assassination attempt on the Holy Father, who is due to arrive in Zagreb on Saturday.
Prior to the incident, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that the Pope feels at home in Croatia, a country with deep Christian and Catholic roots that has preserved with loyalty in difficult times. Today, Croatia faces the challenge of secularisation: the family and youth are crucial challenges it has to deal with, Fr Lombardi said. Thats why the central events of the Popes trip are his participation in the meeting with Croatian Catholic Families, and with young people.
This occurred on the heels of the arrest the previous week of former Bosnian Serb military general Ratko Mladic for genocide. Since the arrest and pending trial in the Netherlands, thousands of Serbs rioted and clashed with police in support of Mladic. The region, once again, threatened to become inflamed with passions ... then came the report of a foiled assassination. A city like Zagreb or Belgrade could have been torn asunder if just the wrong events had taken place.
Although when reading the Third Secret of Fatima one gets the feeling that the "big city" is quite near to the "mountain," this need not be the case. In this age of air travel they could be miles apart yet the trip from one to the other might only be 15 to 20 minutes, more or less. The Croatian city of Zagreb is this close in terms of air travel. It is not watered by two rivers, but it is "big" enough with a population of 785,964.
Yet, hop on a plane, and the Pope could be in the pastoral village of Medjugorje in less than half an hour.
The most famous and holy mountain in the world at this time is Cross Mountain in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is accessed from Apparition Mountain where a Marian apparition appeared before six children on June 24, 1981. Two of the six children have continued to receive messages from the Virgin Mary every month since that date. Medugorje has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics (and people of other faiths) in the world and has turned into Europe's third most important religious place, where each year more than 1 million people visit. It has been estimated that 30 million pilgrims have come to Medugorje since the reputed apparitions began in 1981. Many have reported visual phenomena including the sun spinning in the sky or changing colors and figures such as hearts and crosses around the sun.
Unfortunately, Nostradamus does not say. Aside from the possible season of late spring or summer, a year is not given. Nor is there any planetary alignment contained in Quatrains 2.97 or 5.31 as a dating clue. Likewise, the Fatima revelation, as much as we know, reveals only that such an event will occur at a time of major, probably global, war (unless the half-destroyed city is in ruins due to a massive terrorist attack).
I believe that history repeats itself (more or less) at intervals of seven years and multiples of seven years. I call this mathematically-based theory "base 7 numerology" although it is not true numerology, but a mathematically-contrived system based on observation of historical patterns ... a way to understand and anticipate the workings of a very real natural phenomenon.
The key to the future, in other words, lies in the past. History truly does repeat itself, yet not always exactly.
I use real historical events, their months and years, as the index or precedent(s) for the projected future event. I also use real prophecy and close observation of current events to calculate in what direction we are heading. I find that to the year I am usually between 71% and 91% successful with my predictions.
So, according to my base 7 system of numerology, when might the current pope be in danger?
Some things are hidden from us, however perfect God's number 7 may be. There are some events we are meant to be confused about, and that we cannot be allowed to tamper with .. for better or for worse. Yet, it is surprising the many things we are allowed to know about in advance ... and to change or at least postpone. Evidence of the number 7, and multiples thereof, working through diverse historical patterns and trends is more plentiful than one man alone can possibly predict. Often I discover, after it is too late, that yet another "base 7" historical repetition has played out.
Still, some things are intended to be hidden. All of these projections of past events repeating again in some fashion in the future and the dating "vectors" for them are merely "windows of opportunity." That is all they are: opportunities for an event to happen again in some way. Yet, by anticipating the future through the study of past events and repetitive trends, these projections can fulfill the same function as prophecy.
There are three established assassination and assassination attempt "windows of opportunity" to be concerned about: September 1978, May 1981, and May 1982.
The first is September 1978. This was a "Triple Pope" year. August, September, and October were marked by the deaths of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, and Pope John Paul II's ascension to the Holy See.
The last repetition of that year was 2013. I believed and predicted that Pope Benedict XVI would die of natural causes like Pope Paul VI. Instead he was the first pope to retire in Vatican history.
It then stood to reason that his successor, who turned out to be Pope Francis, might die after a brief reign like Pope John Paul I who, it is widely believed, was murdered by poison. It would have happened no later than September 2013. Nerves became frayed in June 2013, one month before Francis was to visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when mass protests and terrible riots broke out that lasted for many days and involved millions of people. Parts of the city went up in flames.
I felt it necessary to warn against the planned July 2013 visit. Indeed, the trip was nearly canceled by Vatican officials. Fortunately, the rioting ended a few weeks beforehand and peace prevailed during the papal visit. An opportunity for 2013 to become another Triple Pope year failed.
Had Francis died after a short reign, the next pope might well have been the one Nostradamus called "Paul the celibate." He would have fled Rome during the appearance of an unusually bright comet and later died at Avignon during a military attack on southern France. When that might have happened is unknown since the third pope of 1978, John Paul II, reigned a very long time. Avignon is a city between two rivers.
Of course, Francis did not die and a third pope was not elected.
Still, anxiety was high in 2013 because two major comets were predicted by astronomers to appear. The first, the much anticipated Comet PanSTARRS, turned out to be yet another fizzle. Because of its timing, I never believed it would be a danger anyway, unless it were to portend disaster in Rio. A greater expectation awaited for November 2013 with Comet ISON (yet another major disappointment). That would have been during the time of the third pope had Francis died earlier in the year. If ISON had been an extremely bright comet and a third pope had been elected by August, September, or October, World War III might have begun at that time. Again, fortunately this was not the case.
The year 1978 comes around again in 2020. Will 2020 become the next "Triple Pope" year?
The other two base 7 dates to be concerned about are May 2016, due to the attempted assassination and serious injuring of Pope John Paul II when he was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca in May 1981, and May 2017, due to a second attempt on the Pope's life in May 1982 when he was attacked by a bayonet-wielding priest.
May 2016 has passed, and Pope Francis safely completed a papal visit to Armenia in June. Still, May 1981 will continue to be an influence throughout the remainder of 2016. After that, May 2017 will be the last window of opportunity until September 2020.
Again, May 1982 will wield its influence throughout the year 2017.
We should be very concerned about 2017: the May 1982 attack on John Paul II occurred in Fátima, Portugal. Whether or not John Paul II was wounded by the bayonet was not allowed to be reported. But Fátima is the source of the Third Secret prophecy and it is to Fátima that Francis will travel on either May 13, 2017 ... on the 100th anniversary of the first apparition (the roses will be blooming then too) .... or October 13, 2017 ... on the 100th anniversary of the last apparition!
The decision has not yet been made and it may well be either or both. Or it may yet be another date: July 13, 2017 ... on the 100th anniversary of the revealing of the Third Secret.
I must emphasize that new precedents can always be created and not one of these three years may be the year of impact. In the face of established prophecy, vigilance has to be maintained at all times.
Quatrain 2.97, by itself, reads like a papal visit gone horribly wrong. It sings with a sense of peacetime in spring or summer, with roses abloom, perhaps with what may be a beautiful apparition of Diana occurring at the same time in England -- all shattered by the crackling guns of assassins.
However, in sharp contrast to this scenario is the Third Secret of Fatima which says the city will be gloomy and half-destroyed, apparently by war, and that the visiting pope will bless the dead bodies of the inhabitants before he and his entire ENTOURAGE are killed BY SOLDIERS.
The entourage is the detail that may link the two prophecies. Nostradamus says "both you and yours" to the pope who will die, thus indicating others accompanying him will also die.
However, I must stress this as a possibility: Quatrain 2.97 may deal with the first murdered pope (Francis or his successor) and the Third Secret of Fatima prophecy may concern the next murdered pope, "Paul the Celibate" (Pope Paul VII? Pope John Paul III?).
Thus, we may see: 1) a murdered "Rose Pope," 2) a murdered "Paul the Celibate" (Pol Mensolee) during a military attack, 3) followed by the election of a French pope in exile ... not to officially return to take power in Rome and the Vatican for another 25 months.
In a series of frightening quatrains, Nostradamus describes an invasion of southern France via the Pyrenees and from the port at Marseilles. It culminates with nearly a million dead French civilians killed by "fire from the sky" as they flee northwards toward Lyon (which is also captured by the enemy). I believe the cause of the "fire" may be Fuel Air Explosives, sometimes called the poor man's nuclear bomb. The devastation from FAEs is nearly as horrific as that caused by atomic bombs, only without the radiation.
This southern advance I believe will either be led by 1) by a powerful, united Arab leader much to the bewilderment of The West and to other nations like Russia and China; the major nations not having expected this to happen, or 2) by powerful Iranian ("Persian") and "Median" allies of Moscow (Iranians, Kurds, and Muslim groups from the former Soviet Union). In addition, if the second instance prevails, Russian forces will press westward into Austria and Germany from the former Warsaw Pact and north into Scandinavia. Either way, the world will be at war.
"Pol Mensolee"/"Paul the celibate" (Nostradamus)
The next pope, whenever he is elected, will likely be called Paul VII or else John Paul III.
If Francis fails to fulfill the role of Petrus Romanus, but instead proves to be Ignis ardens, upon his death or retirement it will be said of him that he was one of the "indeterminant number of popes" not named by Malachy that would reign between Gloria Olivae and Petrus Romanus. Upon the election of his successor it may be said that he is the Tribulation pope. But this will be wrong, as he shall have a successor who will be French and reign many years.
This next pope was a frontrunner in the election that followed the death of Pope John Paul II and again in the election that followed Pope Benedict's official retirement. The current Archbishop of Milan and former Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, retains the right to participate in any future conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday on November 7, 2021.
The reign of "Pol Mensolee" will be short, for war will come to Western Europe and he shall be forced to flee Rome. He will escape to France, only to be killed-in-action in Avignon during a military attack.
Nostradamus, Quatrain 1.37 ~
short time before the sun sets, conflict is engaged, a great
nation in doubt:
Overcome, the marine port will not reply, Pontiff and grave to be both in foreign places.
Nostradamus, Quatrain 8.46 ~
the celibate will die three leagues from the Rhone, the two
nearest flee the destructive monster:
When Mars will make a most horrible throne, the cock and the eagle, France, the three brothers.
John of the Cleft Rock (14th Century)
Towards the end of the world, tyrants and hostile mobs will rob the Church and the clergy of all their possessions and will afflict and martyr them. Those who heap the most abuse upon them will be held in high esteem.
At that time, the Pope with his cardinals will have to flee Rome in tragic circumstances to a place where they will be unknown. The Pope will die a cruel death in his exile. The sufferings of the Church will be much greater than at any previous time in her history. But God will raise a holy Pope, and the Angels will rejoice. Enlightened by God, this man will rebuild almost the whole world through his holiness. He will lead everyone to the true Faith.
Pope Pius X (1835 - 1914)
"What I have seen is terrifying! Will I be the one, or will it be a successor? What is certain is that the Pope will leave Rome and, in leaving the Vatican, he will have to pass over the dead bodies of his priests! Do not tell anyone this while I am alive."
"I saw one of my successors taking to flight over the bodies of his brethren. He will take refuge in disguise somewhere and after a short retirement he will die a cruel death. The present wickedness of the world is only the beginning of the sorrows which must take place before the end of the world. Respect for God has disappeared from human hearts. They wish to efface even God's memory. This perversity is nothing less than the beginning of the last days of the world."
Watch Out For Planet Mars
We were able to rule out an August 27, 2003 dating for the above Quatrain 8.46 when global war failed to occur at the time Mars achieved its closest opposition to earth in 60,000 years. Therefore, Nostradamus might only be writing of Mars in its usual role of the God of War.
However, in July 2018, Mars will undergo its second closest opposition to earth in 60,000 years ... with the August 2003 opposition being the only closer one. To the human eye there will be no difference at all:
On July 31, 2018 Mars will only be 35.8 million miles from Earth ... the closest approach since August 27, 2003 when it was only 34.6 million miles and the closest at that time in 60,000 years.
In other words, if not for the August 2003 opposition, the coming July 2018 opposition would be the closest in 60,000 years. Scientists calculate they won't get that close again until August 28, 2287.
Once again, "Mars will make a most horrible throne."
Thus, according to Quatrain 8.46 above, a pope who flees Rome will die nine miles (three leagues) from Tarascon, in Avignon. As mentioned already, Avignon is situated in the V formed by the rivers Rhone and Durance. He will literally be between two rivers.
Diana, the possible "rose" of Quatrain 2.97, died in northern France, in Paris, watered by the rivers Seine and Marne.
So there is an interesting symmetry here: northern France for Diana, southern France for Pol Mensolee (Paul VII or John Paul III).
So Quatrain 2.97 apparently happens during a time of war, just as the Fatima vision suggests.
The fiery invasion of southern France is also echoed in an ancient document authored by an unknown clergyman in AD 346. Entitled the Liber Vaticinationem Quodam Instinctumentis, it presages three world wars that will directly involve Germany, the first two as an aggressor and the last as a defender of "the Empire" against the invaders from the East:
the third (world war), the earth shakes,
It is then said that the norma will die "when the wolf (Germany) is hacked to bits."
According to Nostradamus many of the towns and cities in this region, such as Carcassonne, Comminges, Foix, Auch, Mazeres, Nice, Frejus, and Antibes will be attacked by enemies with weapons that bring down "fire from the sky."
During this invasion, the Pope dies approaching Le Rocher des Doms. Nearly a million French will die along with him or be taken captive:
All of the inhabitants of Marseilles
Citizens of Marseilles are pursued by Islamic forces as far as the major French city of Lyon 150 miles to the north. The southern cities of Toulouse and Narbonne are sacked, and the total number of French killed or taken prisoner fleeing 'the awful winds' of atomic and FAE (Fuel Air Explosive) attacks are 1,000,000.
In any event, I must lay out this scenario, if not as a warning to Francis (whose name does not really conform to "Paul"), then to the one who follows after him.
"The Pope from Ancient France" aka "The Cardinal of France" (Nostradamus)
I believe the above cardinal of France, André Armand Vingt-Trois, may be the same "cardinal of France" Nostradamus tells us will appear during World War III and that this man will be elected pope to become the "great Pontiff." Many candidates have been placed by interpreters of prophecy; however, I have been consistant about my belief that Vingt-Trois will be the French pontiff since at least 2004. Nostradamus even names him in one quatrain when London is under attack and a highly-placed high priestess, none other than "the whore of Babylon," is killed along with many of her sect.
The Vatican will be in exile at this time. When the war ends, he will return to Rome and will become the greatest pope of our age: "The great Pontiff" who shall rule alongside the "The Great Monarch."
However, according to John of Vitiguerro (13th Century) there may be no pope at all for 25 months, after which the French pope is elected:
The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome... After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions.
This could delay the "great Pontiff" coming to power until 2020 ... but only if the second closest opposition of Mars in the last 60,000 years in July 2018 is of prophetic significance. After all, the closest opposition of August 2003 came and went without a third world war taking place.
Vingt-Trois will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves until he reaches the age of 80, on November 7, 2022.
Here is yet another prophecy concerning a French pontiff:
This certainly appears to be about the pope who, in most prophecies, comes to power near or at the end of World War III along with "the Great Monarch" (whom Nostradamus names "Chiren" in the quatrains).
Then again, perhaps the "great Pontiff" comes to power before the great and terrible war begins and the "Great Monarch" (who is usually French) does not take action and defeat the enemies from "the East" until near the end of the war. Thus, speculation concerning the identity of this monarch will remain a subject of debate until this destined "first king" of Europe drives out the Eastern armies. However, if he is to be a descendent of Pepin the Short, he would have to be of Carolingian blood, long thought to be extinct.
Upon this issue of the "great Pontiff" many prophecies are in contradiction: some say the wartime pope flees Rome and dies in exile, there is no pope or only antipopes for a few years, and then another pope (the "great Pontiff") is elected and installed at the end of the world war; others say the wartime pontiff flees Rome, goes into temporary exile, and is restored to the Vatican when the war ends.
Which shall it be?
Benedict XVI, pontiff emeritus: Future German Antipope?
Benedict XVI may be retired and no longer a pope, but he is very much alive and can still function as an antipope.
There is a lengthy (too lengthy for this page) prophecy by Merlin that would suggest that the now retired Benedict XVI might come to be regarded as a "German Anti-Pope" after which another pope is restored as "true Pope" by the French monarch near the end of the war.
Note that Merlin somewhat contradicts Joachim who says the Pope will select the great Monarch and restore him to the long vacant imperial throne of the Charlemagne empire. Here it is the monarch who restores the Pope. Also, in this instance, the pope from Germany is called an "Anti-Pope." Time will tell.
Although the following quatrain alone does not identify who "the great Pontiff" may be, it is important in setting the stage for one that does. Note that a time will come when the Pope has his own army. No pope has had a real army of his own since the 16th Century. And since this prophecy was never fulfilled during the 16th Century, during or after the death of Nostradamus, it must be futuristic.
Apparently the Cardinal Legate will be taken hostage at sea by terrorists ("pirates"), troubling a shaky peace. The Pope's private army will be doubled, indicating he already has had one for some period of time.
Again we see a new pope with a private army. During the latter stages of World War III, he will order a task force into lower Germany, Austria, and the former Yugoslavia to drive out what foreign forces still remain in these countries. War criminals will be pursued and captured, weapons confiscated, prisoners released from death camps, and valuables restored to the survivors.
Note that in line 3 the Pope is associated with the "crooked cross of iron": Nostradamus' description in other quatrains of the Nazi swastika. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler youth and served in the German army for two years before deserting to America. For this reason, I believe this quatrain, at least, and possibly Quatrain 5.44 above, may be about a German antipope, the now-retired Benedict XVI, and events yet to come in the near future.
The Name of the Rose
Nostradamus may be providing the pontiff with a double clue as to the time when he and his entourage may be gunned down by assassins.
"When blooms the rose" not only indicates the season of summer but the July 1 to August 31 period when the memory of Princess Diana, "England's Rose" is honored each year at Althorp, London, and the tunnel in Paris.
AS AN APPARITION
|Nostradamus seems to have prophesied the death of Princess Diana, her "temple" at Althorp, and her reappearance to the world as a miraculous apparition. Sacred ground, especially from Nostradamus' strict European Christian perspective, is usually burial ground: earth that has been consecrated by the Church or by a Christian ceremony made suitable for burial of the dead. Thus, the woman whose voice is discerned coming from the ground is dead. Therefore, what we are experiencing in this quatrain is a woman of tremendous importance, adored and loved in death as well as in life, returning to communicate a message to her worshippers and to the entire world. This final event has been presaged by a growing number of paranormal apparitions sighted in various parts of the world, including the UK, by large numbers of people and entire communities. Most recently Diana's ghost appeared quite clearly in a church in Scotland and was captured on camera, the video since going viral. This, however, was but a precursor of the event predicted by Nostradamus.|
Diana's spirit appearance at Althorp, or before a multitude elsewhere, should occur after the founding of a new, false religion (ISIS?) and just prior to Iraq entering a huge regional conflict in the Middle East (the still ongoing war in Syria and parts of Iraq) just before World War III is triggered:
|So very terrible will this war be that many
hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people will
be delivered up as human sacrifices to Vulcan, the God of
Fire. They will be soldiers and luckless civilians
incinerated by terrible weapons, including nuclear
weapons. Also, perhaps, their dead bodies will be
collected and mass cremated. In one quatrain, Nostradamus
links Babylon (Iraq) to "the infernal gods of
Hannibal," and thusly to the worship of Ba'al Hammon
who was honoured in Carthage by the taking of criminals,
slaves, war prisoners, and other people unlucky to be
captives and burning them alive at an altar before a
statue shaped like a giant bull or ox. One such bull was
made of bronze and hollow on the inside. The human
sacrifice was shut up inside its belly and roasted alive,
his or her screams sounding like the bellowing of a bull
when issuing forth from the statue's metallic nostrils.
Later, when the trap door of the bull's stomach was
opened, the victims' bones tumbled out, glistening like
Fersod (change the "F" to an "L) = el-Sodr. Modernised, "el" becomes "al", thus el-Sodr becomes al-Sodr, which sounds like the actual spelling, al-Sadr. Sadr City is a southern suburban district of the city of Baghdad.
During the reign of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein it was called Saddam City. After the US invasion of Iraq ended in May 2003, the district was renamed Sadr City after the deceased Shi'a leader Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr. Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi'a mullah who leads the Mahdi Army (also spelled as Mehdi Army) in Iraq, is the son of the man the city was named after, and used Sadr City as a base of operations against US occupational forces between 2004 and 2007. If al-Sadr ever becomes leader of Iraq, which is possible, this would make Baghdad his city by namesake.
Muqtada al-Sadr may well be the "king of Babylon" prophesied by both Nostradamus and the Biblical prophet Jeremiah to appear in the latter days. Jeremiah warns that at the conclusion of the great war, Babylon (Iraq) will be utterly destroyed by many nations from beyond the Middle East, likely from Europe, as well as by the former Mede nations such as Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. Afterwards, it will remain uninhabitable forever. Nostradamus specifically predicts the armies that are arrayed against "the King of Babylon" at the conclusion of World War III will be led by "the King of Europe" allied with those of Russia.
The huge regional conflict to occur in the Middle East will be ignited by a figure named Alus sanguinaire: "The bloody Alus." This is possibly Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (al-Us sad). Then again, it may be connected to the brutal regime and "caliphate" known as ISIS/ISIL or, as they prefer to be known, the Islamic State, and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Once again, I point to the coming visit by Pope Francis to Fatima, Portugal near the 100th anniversary of the Third Secret of Fatima on July 13, 2017 and the July 31, 2018 dating of Mars' second closest opposition in 60,000 years.
AS A REPLACEMENT
Angelina Jolie: The New Diana
This is actually rather shocking. But watching Pope Francis greet UN ambassador and actress Angelina Jolie in January 2015 gave me a sense of de ja vu ... when Pope John Paul II greeted Princess Diana. Note that both women are wearing black.
Could it be that instead of England's Rose we are witnessing the flourishing of the World's Rose in the person of Angelina Jolie?
|It seems to me that if there is a danger to
anyone other than the Pope in 2017 or 2018, it would have
to be someone who comes in close to being another
Princess Diana, and possibly one who is an actress. And
there is only one person I can think of who fits
Ms. Jolie, one of the world's most famous actresses and UN ambassadors, known just as well for her humanitarian and charity work as Princess Diana was, is also very vocal about world affairs. Recently she went on the offensive against the notorious terrorist caliphate known as Islamic State (or ISIS) in a very public way.
Angelina Jolie warns ISIS using rape as weapon of war on unprecedented scale - September 9, 2015.
ISIS, thus far, has said nothing publically about Jolie's remarks or threatened her. But I fear that day may well come.
One can see that although Angelina Jolie is not royalty as was Princess Diana, she is a major global diplomat and humanitarian, something that Princess Diana also was. But while on the subject of royalty:
Angelina Jolie's meeting with Pope Francis came three months after she received an honorary Damehood from Queen Elizabeth II.
The Oscar-winning actress met the Queen in October 2014, and was presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The monarch herself received Angelina, who starred as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Changeling, and who was named by Forbes as Hollywood's highest-paid actress.
Angelina Jolie has been in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. Jolie also is to play the role of Cleopatra in an upcoming movie to be filmed in 2016 with a tentative projected release in 2017. Then again, the film may never get made. In any case, she has definite ties to Egypt. Husband Brad Pitt and Angelina have spent much time in that country since June 2012.
Thus, from a prophecy perspective, it is quite possible Angelina Jolie may outdo Princess Diana in stature. Because she has almost all the requirements to become "The Woman Clothed With the Sun": The Woman of Revelation 12:1-6.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
There is one problem.
Angelina Jolie had both ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed. For her to become pregnant would require a miracle. Yet, such miracles do happen and make major news when they do. Such a miracle child would without question have the attention of the entire planet.
I believe Revelation 12 is linked to the vision Jeane Dixon had in 1962 concerning the birth of a future messiah.
The wilderness mentioned in Revelation 12 simply means the places where there are desert sands and scant vegetation. Thus, the woman will be hidden in the desert for a period of 1,260 days: 42 months (3 1/2 years). Still, if Dixon's vision is related to Revelation 12, she will be murdered, stabbed in the back by an assailant.
Thus, if Angelina Jolie is the woman of Revelation 12, and the dragon in this case represents an antichrist system, possibly either the Sufyani (ISIS) or the Dajjal of Islamic prophecy, she will be attacked but escape in August/September 2018, only to be captured and killed 42 months later ... in February/March 2022.
Again, this is a big "if" that Angelina Jolie is the woman of Revelation 12. Still it is not something to be entirely dismissed. She is the closest we have come to someone like Princess Diana since the death of Diana. Remarkably so.
Kate Middleton: An English Rose By Any Other Name
On April 24, 2011, the time finally arrived for a substitute "England's Rose" ... a woman who would marry Diana's eldest son and pretender to the throne, Prince William. For that is what people are beginning to call the former Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (Kate Middleton), now Duchess of Cambridge. Like the late Princess Diana did when she was alive, Kate is also setting new fashion trends. She is the most popular female to marry into royalty since Diana ... many are counting on her to take Diana's place in their hearts. Will she be able to do this?
It is still much too early to tell if a link between England's new rose and the Pope has been established. Stay tuned.
As much as I dislike having to do this, my assertion that Nostradamus used "the Rose" to represent Princess Diana will hold no water unless I discuss a quatrain that seems to indicate that her death would be linked to a conspiracy. Only after Diana's death did I understand this prediction, because it had been many years since I had heard her called "England's Rose" -- for so very long she had been "Di," "Lady Di," "Princess Di," or simply "Diana" to her adoring fans and admirers.
Above the middle of the great world,
|Diana was the most famous and glamorous
woman in "the great world." If the second line
does apply to her, she was killed because of "new
deeds": possibly her affair with boyfriend Dodi
al-Fayed. The French authorities have frustrated the
international public which adored Diana by being
tight-lipped about the investigation. It is doubtful they
will ever "speak the truth," perhaps because
French secret police were involved in the murder plot.
The last line remains a mystery, unless it refers to the tardy coronation of an aging Prince Charles. Then again, if the "awaited one" is a spiritual leader, it could refer to Pope Francis. It must be noted that Pope John Paul II's funeral was held exactly 7 years and 7 months after the funeral of Princess Diana. The election of Francis may be coded by "will come late" as the time between funerals.
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In a recent letter from a visitor to this web site I was enlightened on yet another connexion to the rose. The Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has also been called the Rosa Mystica (Mystical Rose) since her appearances in Montichiari, Italy in 1947 and 1968.
The writer states that she thinks "that the 'blooming of the rose' could very well be the acceptance of her many calls to Prayer, and Penance for the sake of World Peace. The number of Reported apparitions has skyrocketed in the last forty years or so and if a small percentage are real then this will truly be what even secular media have called The Age of Mary."
According to one web site dedicated to providing information on Mary as Rosa Mystica:
"Since antiquity the rose was considered a symbol of mystery. For early Christians the rose is a visual expression for paradise (Catacombs of Callixtus, 3rd century) but also for martyrdom (Cyprian, Ep. 10). The Marian interpretation of this symbol dates to the 5th century (Sedulius Caelius). He is probably the first to call Mary a 'rose among thorns' (Carmen paschale II, 28-31).
Frequent Marian references to rose and rosebush were made in medieval times with special reference to Isaiah 11,1 ('...a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse / and from his roots a bud shall blossom.').
Medieval authors had a second source for their use of mystical rose: the verse from Sir. 24, 14 ('like a palm tree in Engedi, like a rosebush in Jericho') which makes reference to God graced fertility and growth, again a reference to the mysterious generation of Christ from the womb of Mary.
It is based on these two traditions that the expression rosa mystica was coined by the author of the Litanies of Loreto, and subsequently used in hymns ('Es ist ein Ros...') and art (center of the labyrinth of Chartres)."
I have also uncovered something else of interest in my research. Another, more specific meaning may be found regarding the "blooming of the rose." Since Montichiari, some Catholics celebrate July 13 as the Day of Mary.
Therefore, if an actual month or season is being referenced by Nostradamus in association with someone named "the rose," in a strange way it might not matter whether we mean the Virgin Mary or Princess Diana. For Mary, the season is summer, specifically the month of July (and more specifically July 13). For Diana, the season is also summer, and July/August marks the Althorp season when her life is reflected upon -- from her birth on July 1 to her death on August 31.
If Rosa Mystica is the key to Quatrain 2.97, and the Day of Mary is the clue to the "blooming of the Rose," then Pope Benedict XVI or the one who follows him may be assassinated on a specific date: July 13, 2008 or July 13, 2009.
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Pope Benedict XVI in Prophecy
the Rose Prophecy nor the Third Secret of Fatima shall touch this
However, because this may be a Triple Pope year, his successor might
have a very short reign and succumb to the most dire of prophecies.
|Pope Benedict to resign at the end
of the month, Vatican says
February 11, 2013
Rome (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN Monday.
The 85-year-old pope is resigning "because of advanced age," Benedict told the cardinals of the Catholic Church on Monday.
"Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," the pope told the cardinals, according to the Vatican.
The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. He did so to end a civil war within the church in which more than one man claimed to be pope.
just a pilgrim,' Benedict XVI says in public farewell
March 1, 2013 ¶ Rome (CNN) -- Benedict XVI's time as pope came to a historic end Thursday, as he became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign as leader of the world's Roman Catholics, who now number 1.2 billion. Torchlit crowds stood before the gates of the Castel Gandolfo residence, waiting to see the Swiss Guards, the soldiers who traditionally protect the pope, salute and close the doors on the stroke of 8 p.m.
The guards' departure from the papal summer home brings Benedict's papacy to a formal end. The protection of Benedict there falls now to Vatican police. The process of transition to that new pope now begins. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church is without a leader. Benedict, who will now be known as "pontiff emeritus," will spend the next few weeks at the peaceful, hilltop Castel Gandolfo residence before moving to a small monastery on Vatican grounds.
"I am no longer the pope but I am still in the church. I'm just a pilgrim who is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this earth. I would still -- with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength -- like to work for the common good and the good of the church and of humanity. I feel very supported by your kindness. Let us go forward with the Lord for good of the church and the world. Thank you."
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (2/13/13), UPDATED (3/1/13): Before continuing, I believe the timing of Benedict's resignation proves I am correct about Malachy's list of mottos of future popes being misinterpreted and misapplied. It is now clear the following nine antipopes should not have been included in the list: Victor IV (1159-1164), Paschal III (1164-1168), Callistus III (1168-1178), Nicholas V (1328-1330), Clement VII (1378-1394), Benedict XIII (1394-1423), Alexander V (1409-1410), John XXIII (1410-1415), and Felix V (1440-1449).
As has been a matter of record for the last eight years on this page, I do not believe Pope Benedict XVI was 'Gloria Olivae' but rather 'Lumen in Cælo' ('Light in the Sky'). Two distinct naked eye comets appeared during his reign: Comet McNaught (2007), a major and historic comet that could even be seen during daytime, and the easy to find Comet Holmes (also in 2007) visible every night, all night, for over a month in the northern hemisphere constellation of Perseus.
In addition, Comet PanSTARRS, now delighting southern hemisphere viewers, shall become even brighter in the evening sky in the northern hemisphere beginning on March 7.
The comet just reached the threshold of naked eye visibility as a morning object on February 11 ... the same day Pope Benedict announced to the world his decision to resign the papacy. PanSTARRS shall be bright throughout the entire month of March, and especially bright March 12 and 13, near to when a conclave will begin the process to elect a new pope by Easter, March 31.
Pope Benedict XVI, Benedictus, pontiff emeritus, 'Lumen in Cælo'
Thus, it appears that a major comet has marked Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement, and has brightened considerably in time to attend his actual resignation and the entire month to follow during which there shall be no pope. However, until the next pope is elected, in the meantime the "light in heaven" will grow brighter whilst Benedict XVI remains pontiff emeritus. Truly, if any pope deserved the motto Lumen in Cælo, is it not Benedict XVI?
And, if this is not enough ... as further proof that Pope Benedict XVI is 'Lumen in Cælo', two other notable lights in the heaven were seen while Benedict was still officially pope. One of these also occurred on the day he announced his resignation, the other on 15 February:
The pope quits, a meteor hits
Is it the end of the
Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Feb. 11, lightning struck the top of the St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican.
Is it the end of the world as we know it? It has been a busy weekPope Benedict XVI quit the papacy, the first time it has been done in about 600 years.
Then this morning, the country woke up to news of a bus-sized meteor striking Earth and unleashing as much power as an atomic bomb.
Plus, many have seen that picture of lightning striking St. Peters Basilica taken earlier this week, shortly after the pope made his announcement.
There may be more to Benedict's resignation than his concerns about his age or possible health problems. Lest we forget, exactly one year ago the following warning was released to the public:
We might even regard the arrival of Comet PanSTARRS along with the lightning striking the basilica of St. Peter's dome as Benedict's 'Light in the Sky' and the meteorite exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia as a sign of the coming 'Burning Fire.' We might say all three of these are portents associated with the transfer of power over the period from Benedict to Francis, demonstrating characteristics of both.
Pope Benedict XVI: "Gloria Olivae" Was Clearly a Forced Malachy Motto
It had long been whispered in the Vatican halls that a Benedictine would lead when all the nations of Christendom would come to be in grave peril from the enemies gathering in the East. The author of this folly was a 12th Century monk named St Malachy who conferred upon the 111th pope on his list the motto of Gloria Olivae, which translated means "the Glory of the Olive."
The order St Benedict founded, the Benedictines, is also known as the "Olivetans." Clearly, someone in the Vatican went to a lot of trouble to force the prophecy of Malachy to come true. Being a Benedictine is one thing, but electing a pope to take on the name of Benedict would make it appear that the prophecy had been sealed.
This, after the shortest election conclave in Vatican history, leaves little room for doubt that this rite of passage was all planned out in advance.
The choice of Benedict almost guaranteed that a world war was looming on the horizon.
Why? The last Benedict, Benedict XV, became pope in 1914 just before World War I broke out. He spent the next four years trying to get the warring nations of Europe to mend their differences and end the most calamitous conflict in world history up to that time.
So, this tells us several things. The Vatican believed at the time of Benedict's election, and still believes, that World War III is right around the corner. They wanted a pope in power who could live up to the name given by Malachy: "Glory of the Olive" -- a name which also signifies the role of the peacemaker (to this day "offering an olive branch" is a gesture of peace). Thus, they hoped Pope Benedict XVI would be instrumental in bringing a quick end to the coming world war, preventing it from happening, or leading all of Christendom in the coming great conflict of good against evil where the West and Christianity will emerge victorious.
And let us not forget that Benedict still lives ... as a retired pope. Should anything happen to Pope Francis, should he be assassinated by warlike forces, Benedict could be pulled out of retirement in an effort to make the peace.
It is even possible that by retiring, rather than dying, Benedict's motto of Gloria Olivae has been passed on to Pope Francis. Think of it as Benedict being Gloria Olivae Part One and Francis as Gloria Olivae Part Two. If this is what has happened, Petrus Romanus may still be in the future: the next pope to be elected.
At first alienating the Islamic world with 14th Century maledictions; afterwards he bowed to Mecca from what was once Constantinople, stood amid the ruins atop Mount Nebo to view the Holy Land where Moses once stood, and appealed for reconciliation between Jews and Muslims from a podium in Amman. He was also the first pope to enter the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City and the first pope to pray at the Western Wall.
He was the first pope to visit Great Britain in 30 years, and his was the first state visit by a pope since the 16th century when King Henry VIII broke from Rome. To that end, he won the admiration of the Archbishop of Canterbury who joined with him in calls for a marriage between The Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church. Indeed, if any pope ever came close to establishing a unified Christian Church, it may well have been Pope Benedict XVI.
Also, Pope Benedict XVI was the first Pope to have presided over the Beatification of his predecessor in over 1,000 years of Church history and the first retired Pope ever to assist the reigning Pope, Francis, in a ceremony to bestow sainthood on two former popes: Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII.
If he is to be called upon to be pope once again should Francis die, then the legacy of Benedict XVI is not yet complete.
The passing of Pope John Paul the Great, the third-longest living pope in all of Vatican history, the period of mourning, the grand public funeral, and the historic election of Pope Benedict XVI, was the only major news story during the month of April 2005.
One can easily recognise the career of John Paul II in the following quatrain:
Because of the passing of the very
Lest we forget, because of the natural death of the elderly Pope Paul VI (and the short one-month reign of Pope John Paul I, not mentioned in this quatrain), a pope of "good age" -- 58-year-old Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla -- was elected. The new pope, taking the name John Paul II, was youthful and vigorous when he first came to the sacred office in October 1978, a former sportsman, mountain climber and football player, and an active skier and swimmer.
He was (and is) a very controversial pope whose ideas were and are not always popular in the Vatican. To some he had been seen to have failed in reforming the Catholic Church itself, maintaining extremely controversial policies on contraception and homosexuality until quite recently, whilst failing to arrest a decline in congregations (again, until quite recently). This is likely what Nostradamus means by his being "accused of weakening the Holy See." On the other hand, the Pope has always been consistently and universally praised for attempting to build greater understanding between Judaism, Islam and Christianity, visiting more countries than any previous pope, and promoting non-violent revolution against oppressive regimes, especially communism.
The last line is painfully obvious: John Paul II has held the papacy the third longest of all popes in history, with "stinging effort" indicating the assassination attempt on his life in 1981 by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, an attempted stabbing by a bayonet-wielding Spanish priest in 1982, and his continuing endurance whilst suffering from the ravages of arthritis and Parkinson's disease.
This quatrain does not speak of death at all -- but of a long life!
It would appear that the following Nostradamus prophecy below also applied to the late Pope John Paul the Great. Even so, there are certain specifics in the quatrain that have yet to play out. So only Time will tell for certain.
The Pope was indeed "dispersed" in the night, just as I maintained he would be:
Lines 1 and 2 inform us there will be a comet that will begin or end as a circumpolar object when the Pope dies. Such a comet did arrive this year and ended up, at low naked eye visibility, in Ursa Minor. It remains there still; however, it has faded to a binocular, small telescopic object. Comet Machholz first became visible in the southeast in December 2004 and brightened to magnitude 3 when it crossed near Castor and Pollux and the Pleiades in January 2005. For those who enjoy dark skies very far away from city lights (10 to 50 miles away depending on the size of the city), Machholz appeared like smaller version of the greenish-blue comet Hyakutake that appeared spectacular even to city dwellers back in March 1996.
If Machholz is the comet of prophecy, it makes all the more sense that this was the time for the Pope to succumb to catastrophic illness and old age.
What will be happening in Italy and Greece is not altogether clear.
Greece will likely become a part of a major Balkan conflict prophesied by a living Austrian prophet from Kremms, the Seer of Waldviertel, and also prophesied by Nostradamus. This Balkans conflict is to occur during a terrible war in the Middle East. As for Italy, civil war or revolution in that country is also prophesied to begin shortly after.
Then again, the references to Greece and Italy could relate to a rash of deadly earthquakes or escalating acts of terrorism by Al Qaeda and other groups in both countries. Nostradamus specifically predicts unprecedented terrorism for Italy from those who once worshipped the ancient gods of Hannibal (Tunisia and Libya) and from the direction of Babel (Iraq) before the coming of a great and terrible world war.
What else could be meant by "the night dispersed" besides the time of day when the Pope would die? It could mean a dispersal of "night" worldwide by extraordinary means.
Perhaps, unknown to us, "Planet X" is finally closing in on Earth. Earthquake and volcanic activity has been increasingly violent and almost unprecedented. It is now said that the ancient super-volcano Toba will reawaken and erupt in the Pacific, unleashing enough fire to burn away 30% or more of the planet's forests and grasslands in a rain of super-heated plasma and produce enough ash to plunge the world into a "nuclear winter." Ever larger meteor sightings and collisions are also on the increase, suggesting we may be entering a debris field or "tail" belonging to this celestial body. Therefore, the "it" that "appears towards Ursa Minor, the Tropic of Cancer, and the bearded star (Comet Machholz)" may be the brown dwarf star of myth and antiquity, Nibiru, also regarded by many to be the Wormwood of Revelation.
As I have mentioned before elsewhere, if we are to be visited by such a nightmare as ancient Nibiru, the prophet Mother Shipton warns we will be thrashed by the "dragon's tail" twice. The red dragon star's first passage, an inbound one, will be the least destructive of the two according to Mother Shipton. The outbound passage, almost forty years later, will wipe out at least 5/6 of humanity, reducing the global population to "such a tiny band."
Then again "the night dispersed" could be a poetic way of saying that the papal policies of the Pope's long career will be dispersed on the night of his death. This would then suggest that his successor will be a quite different person who will change many of the Vatican's positions on various social and international issues.
Pope John Paul II: "De Labore Solis" or "De Medietate Lunae?"
According to the 12th Century prophet St Malachy there are only two more popes to follow Pope John Paul II: "Glory of the Olive" (supposedly the newly-elected pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI) and lastly, "Peter the Roman." The now-deceased John Paul II was supposed to have the motto: "De Labore Solis" or "Labour of the Sun." Many prophecy commentators thought that meant John Paul would undergo many tribulations during the late 20th Century, also called the Century of the Sun in astrology. Otherwise, the motto was a mystery and Malachy's predictions potentially unreliable.
As if to prove the motto was correct, there was a partial eclipse of the sun in southern Europe during the funeral on Friday, April 8, 2005. And there is more evidence suggesting John Paul the Great was "Labour of the Sun" according to the following article from NewsMax:
Prophecy on Pope Fulfilled by Eclipses?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:55 p.m. EDT
A 10th Century Irish bishop - St. Malachy - predicted every pope that would preside over the Catholic Church. Almost ten centuries ago, Malachy predicted this pope would be noted by an eclipse of the sun.
In an eerie coincidence, John Paul II was the only known pope to be born on the day of a solar eclipse.
But the prophetic link doesn't end there. Pope John Paul II will be buried this Friday during another solar eclipse.
Astronomers say that on Friday, the day of the Pope's funeral, a partial solar eclipse will blot out most of the sun and darken a wide area of the world, from the South Pacific to the Western Hemisphere.
Solar eclipses are not unusual. But what makes this coming Friday's eclipse notable is the fact that there was a near total eclipse of the sun seen across Europe on May 18, 1920, the very day that John Paul II was born in Poland.
Adding fuel to the arcane speculation about these events is the prophecy of St. Malachy. Malachy was discovered to have left behind a prophetic list of all future popes beginning with Pope Celestine II, whose papacy began in 1143 A.D., up to and including the 112th. The list includes John Paul and just two more popes who will follow him.
In his list of popes, he uses a single line in Latin identifying a characteristic of each pope.
The description applied to the 110th pope on his list - John Paul II - is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar Eclipse), which seems to add great weight to the validity of St. Malachys chilling prophecy: that the next two popes chosen to succeed John Paul II will be the last popes.
After the reign of the last pope, "Peter the Roman," St. Malachy wrote, Rome will be destroyed.
As NewsMax.com reported April 3, Saint's Prophecy: Only Two Popes Remain, the 112th prophecy says, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city [Rome] will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people," an indication that the world will end.
Not mentioned in the above article is the legend of the 111th pope -- "Glory of the Olive."
Still, a few thoughts have occurred to me regarding Malachy. Did he count the antipopes as popes? Probably not (which means Benedict XVI is the 101st pope after Celestine II, not the 111th).
Also, regarding De Medietate Lunae which was supposedly applied to the extremely short-lived Pope John Paul the First. 33 days is an awfully short period of time. Is it possible Malachy overlooked John Paul I but saw only John Paul II? After all, "John Paul" was a most unusual name. If so, then that would make "Of the Half Moon" John Paul II's motto and not "Labour of the Sun."
It would apply very well to Pope John Paul the Great. Here is why: both the half moon and crescent moon are symbols of Islam. John Paul II was the first pope to visit the Muslim and Arab nations and open up friendly relations between them and the Vatican. Of course, the Jubilee Year was the zenith year of this embrace of Islamic nations by John Paul II (who also greeted Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Iraqi Prime Minister Tariq Aziz at the Vatican and condemned the then-pending US war in Iraq).
Another matter regarding the moon is a linkage between the late Princess Diana (Diana, Goddess of the Moon) to the Pope.
It is well-known that the Roman goddess, Diana (Artemis in the Greek pantheon), was the goddess of the Moon. Thus, Princess Diana, because of this namesake, is also associated with the moon. Indeed, Nostradamus makes much of this in a few of his prophecies.
Her star and his star rose together, nearly side-by-side. She died in Paris at the zenith of her popularity in August 1997 -- shortly after John Paul visited Paris himself. Not long after her death, John Paul II, almost by default, found his health and his powers moving steadily in decline, then accelerating downhill after 2000.
John Paul II's funeral was held exactly 7 years and 7 months after the funeral of Princess Diana!
Yet another good reason for John Paul II to be given the motto "Of the Half Moon."
So, if this is true, then there are still two popes remaining after the current one, Benedict XVI, who would then be Labour of the Sun and not Glory of the Olives.
Of course, if the 10 antipopes were not counted by Malachy (and I doubt they were), this would have made John Paul II the 100th pope after Celestine II, rather than the 110th. Thus, he would have had whatever motto was applied to Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846).
Still, Pope John Paul II could yet be associated with the sun metaphorically, as a complement to Diana's moon.
Christianity is often associated through symbolism with the sun. Apollo was the Roman sun god and the son of Jupiter. He overthrew his Jovian father (Paganism) and spawned the modern age of Man (Christendom).
However, the late poet and author Robert Graves argues in his book, The White Goddess, that Apollo is synonymous with the age of science, a sterile god who, by usurping the pantheon of the Gods and their one King, has destroyed man's natural association with the supernatural. Thus "divine" intervention is required (the Muse according to Graves, or from a Christian perspective, an angel, the Virgin Mary, etc).
Pope John Paul II was the first pope to make his working devotion to the "woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet." To some this is Mary; to others it is a woman persecuted by the forces of Satan who is about to give birth to a man-child to reign as the "Son of Man."
This woman could have been Princess Diana; and is likely to be still another woman in the future who will succeed in delivering this long-awaited child.
Thus, the pontificate of John Paul II seems to have been symbolised by both sun and moon.
The Original Mission of This Web Page: How Pope John Paul the Great Narrowly Escaped Being the Slain Pontiff of Quatrain 2.97
On October 16, 1998, it was reported that Pope John Paul II was planning to visit Iraq ("the land between two rivers") in the summer of 1999.
The original version of this web page was created in the early spring of 1999 to warn that such a trip might prove dangerous to the Pope and those close to him. In July 1999 it was revealed that he hoped to make a pilgrimage to the ancient city of Ur, the birthplace of Abraham, and meet with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. That visit was postponed until December 1999 and then re-scheduled for January 2000.
Thankfully, on December 10, 1999, it was announced that the trip had been canceled.
Again, during the Jubilee Year, the Pope expressed a desire to visit Baghdad and the ancient city of Ur, and again what might have been a May 2001 trip was canceled.
I am convinced that the Pope narrowly escaped what would have been a likely assassination attempt, probably at the behest of Osama bin Laden, had any of the planned trips to Iraq moved forward in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2003. It is very strange that so many attempted trips to Iraq were cancelled -- in one instance at the request of the United States government.
Were he alive to visit Iraq now, it would be incredibly dangerous -- dangerous beyond belief. Needless to say, Pope Benedict XVI must also refrain from visiting such a perilous place.
A Base 7 Prediction Fulfilled
I believe that history repeats itself (more or less) at intervals of seven years and MULTIPLES of seven years. I call this mathematically-based theory "base 7 numerology" (although it is not true numerology, but a mathematically-contrived system).
The key to the future, in other words, lies in the past. History truly does repeat itself, yet not always exactly.
I use real historical events, their months and years, as the index or precedent(s) for the projected future event. I also use real prophecy and close observation of current events to calculate what direction we are heading. I find that to the year I am usually between 71% and 91% successful with my predictions.
In the appendix of my book, Nostradamus and the Final Age, I indicated that Pope John Paul II might be in danger during the base 7 vector of June/July 1998. On May 4, 1998, three days after I mailed my manuscript out to Llewellyn Worldwide, Alois Estermann, the second-in-command of the Pope's Swiss Guards, was slain by a disgruntled non-commissioned officer. Estermann's wife, Gladys Romero, was also shot to death by Cedrich Tornay who afterwards turned the murder weapon on himself. All three died; blood flowing from their mouths. It was the worst tragedy to befall the Swiss Guards in over five hundred years.
Then on August 29, 1999 -- once again during the season of the rose -- another death plagued the Vatican. The suicide of a worshipper who managed to smuggle a gun into St. Peter's Basilica raised security concerns for the Church and Vatican City four months before the start of the Holy Year. The suicide claimed to be both Christ and Michelangelo.
Benedetto Minnini of the port city of Bari, shot himself in the mouth on the afternoon of August 24 while the basilica was crowded with tourists. A woman videotaping inside happened to catch the suicide on tape, and apparently was the first to alert authorities. Blood flowed from yet another mouth for the second year in a row -- and during a predicted August-October 1999 vector.
One must remember Nostradamus' warning to the Pope: blood will not only flow from his mouth, but from those close to him ("both you and yours"). That is why the main focus of Quatrain 2.97 remains unfulfilled, despite commentators who insist that it is to be applied to Pius VI who died of acute enteritis at Valence in 1799. Pius did not "approach" the city (implying an act of volition), which is indeed watered by two rivers -- he was captured and taken prisoner there. Yes, it was reported that he vomited blood; however, no one in the pope's company died in a similar fashion. Indeed, the pope died alone.
Using my base 7 system yet again, I warned that Pope John Paul might be in danger were he to travel abroad in May 2002, twenty-one (3 x 7) years after the assassination attempt that seriously wounded him.
Here is what happened in May 2002:
Bulgaria on alert for pope's visit -- Security scare as man rushes pope
May 23, 2002 Posted: 2:48 PM EDT (1848 GMT)
SOFIA, Bulgaria (CNN) -- Ailing Pope John Paul II has arrived in Bulgaria for his first papal visit to the country, where all its 27,000 police have been put on duty or standby. It is hoped his four-day visit will heal wounds with the former communist country which was once implicated in the 1981 assassination attempt against the pontiff. The trip is also aimed at bringing a reconciliation of Christianity's eastern and western churches.
The pope praised Christians in largely Orthodox Bulgaria for their resistance to communist-era oppression. The 82-year-old pope, who has looked ever more frail recently, had the strength to make impromptu remarks in Italian after his official speech, thanking Bulgarians for his welcome joking: "The pope is an old man and that's why he is sitting down," while he gestured to Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, who stood by his side during the arrival ceremony.
He urged Bulgaria to retain Christian values as it undertakes difficult social reforms in the push to convert the still deeply poor ex-communist state to a market economy, Reuters news agency reported. He also remembered the victims of east Europe's authoritarian regimes. "Even during the long winter of the totalitarian system, which brought suffering to your country... numberless children of this people remained heroically faithful to Christ, in not a few cases to the point of sacrificing their lives," the pope said. The hard-line communists who ruled Bulgaria from World War Two to 1989 repressed both majority Orthodox Christians, around 80 percent of the 8 million population, and the 80,000 Roman Catholic minority in the name of atheism.
On arrival in Sofia, the pope was carried down the steps of the plane on a lift and his usual ritual of kissing the tarmac on disembarkation was substituted for his blessing a pot of soil lifted to his lips. He was then ferried to the airport terminal on an electric platform. The tour is likely to be a strain on an ailing pope who has been forced to jettison some of his traditional rituals during the two-country tour of Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.
During the first-stage in Azerbaijan, the pope escaped a security alert when a shouting man on crutches rushed towards the altar where the pope was presiding over mass.
Security officials told journalists the man said he wanted to have his picture taken with the pontiff. The situation resolved itself and the man later received a blessing from the pope. The pope survived an assassination attempt 20 years ago in Rome for which three Bulgarians were tried for suspected complicity in the shooting by a Turk but cleared by the Italian court through lack of evidence.
Pope John Paul has said he has "never ceased" to love the Bulgarian people. Foreign Minister Solomon Pasi is quoted by The Associated Press as calling the visit "a blessing," adding: "This visit will wipe out the undeserved taint Bulgaria has carried for the past 20 years."
Helicopters made low sweeps over the capital and army snipers took up positions around the airport as the pope arrived at about 6 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The pontiff, who first visited an Orthodox country in 1999 when he travelled to Romania, is likely to use his Bulgarian trip to renew his call for a reunification of Christianity's eastern and western Churches, which split in 1054.
He is scheduled to visit an Orthodox monastery near the southern town of Rila and hold an outdoor mass in the southeast in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city.
As well as meeting Patriarch Maxim on Friday, the pope will also meet leaders of the one million Bulgarian Muslims and the country's tiny Jewish community, which numbers between 7,000 and 8,000, some of whom worship at the world's largest Sephardic synagogue in Sofia.
He also plans to beatify three Roman Catholic priests who were executed in 1952 after being convicted of spying by the then communist regime.
The pope arrived in Bulgaria from the Azerbaijani capital of Baku after a two-day trip during which he gave mass for all 120 of the country's registered Roman Catholics -- mostly expatriates.
And again, only five days after the end of May:
Pope caught in Vatican bomb scare
June 5, 2002
VATICAN (CNN) -- Pope John Paul II has been caught up in a bomb alert after a man threatened to blow himself up at the Vatican.
The man, who is believed to be mentally unstable, was reported to have phoned a local television station warning that he was about to carry out a bombing at St Peter's Square on Wednesday. The 45-year-old Italian was arrested carrying a hoax bomb -- empty tubes with dangling wires -- after shouting accusations against local politicians, Reuters news agency quoted police as saying.
The pope was holding his weekly general audience at the time, but it is not known how close he was to the incident.
The suspect, who police say has a history of psychological problems, was believed to have been protesting at corruption in his native southern Italy.
He had told the TV station that he was about to blow himself up outside the Vatican post offices in the square, but in fact he made his way to another part where pilgrims were queuing. The man was screaming out that he wanted to meet journalists and magistrates to talk about the alleged corruption.
Police sealed off the area and temporarily stopped the flow of pilgrims into the square before preparations were resumed for the audience.
Back in 2003, I indicated that I believed John Paul II might hold on and finally succumb of natural causes sometime in August-October 2006 -- an important base 7 numerological anniversary (4 x 7) of the deaths of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, and Pope John Paul II's ascension to the Holy See during the same period of 1978.
However, around March 23, 2005, I realised that I had overlooked posting another vector -- one which had disturbing implications -- that indicated the Pope would instead succumb to natural causes around June/July 2005 on the 42nd (6 x 7) anniversary of Pope John XXIII's death on June 30, 1963. This vector was quickly posted to this page on March 24, 2005 and then to the 2005 (Part Two) page on March 31.
This, as it turns out, was the correct vector and only off by two months and twenty-eight days.
Bear in mind that when this June/July 2005 vector was posted on this page on March 24, Vatican officials were playing down concerns about Pope John Paul II's health. The pontiff made a silent and brief appearance from his apartment window overlooking St. Peter's Square that same day, as he had the previous day, silently blessing the faithful gathered below.
So, despite his recent ill health, there was absolutely no reason to suspect with any certainty that the Pope would be dead within the space of nine days due to a sudden onset of sepsis caused by an undiagnosed urinary tract infection.
This is why it was a PREDICTION FULFILLED and without a doubt a base 7 link to 1963 and the death of Pope John XXIII.
The Pope and the President
According to the base 7 system, this year is also the year that President Bush is in greatest danger of falling victim to the Shawnee Curse (also known as the curse of Chief Tecumseh). Therefore 2005 may be very similar to 1963 when Pope John XXIII and President John F Kennedy died four months and twenty-two days apart.
|Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)||President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)|
|Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)||President George W. Bush (2001-2005?)|
An interesting link between John Paul II and John XXIII has been discussed on CNN:
It has been reported that John XXIII's body was in excellent condition when it was exhumed from the cramped grotto under the basilica in 2001 -- 38 years after his death -- and moved to the main floor following his beatification. I have seen recent photos of the body, and can confirm that there were absolutely no signs of decay. John XXIII looks today as he did when he died in June 1963.
John Paul II, who expressed a will to be buried underground, was buried in John XXIII's vacant tomb.
In addition, his name was changed to Pope John Paul the Great and it is quite likely that one day, like John XXIII, he too shall be made a saint.
Now that the most popular pope since John XXIII has died, President George W. Bush will be in extremely grave and mortal danger of death in what is also the 42nd anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
Bush recently crossed the latest dates any president subject to the Tecumseh Curse has survived to: April 12 (FDR) and April 14 (Lincoln) of a year ending in 5.
Having survived this, he may find himself in positive peril of losing his life four months and twenty-two days after the death of Pope John Paul II: around August 24, 2005. Then comes the actual 42nd anniversary of Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 2005. Of course, I would not expect the specific dates to be the ones to worry about, which is why I project by the month or window of months and year and not by the day, month, and year. The base 7 system is rarely exact to the very day.
For more on Bush and the Tecumseh curse, see Signature of Death for US President in 2005.