Is He Peter the Roman or Not?
March 14 many of us waited almost with our breath’s held to see what the newly chosen pope would call himself. This anticipation was in response to the Malachy prophecy that’s taken a revival since Pope Benedict turned in his two week’s notice. This extremely interesting ancient prophecy suggests that this new Pope may well be the last.
Although a very noble and befitting name for the new Pope, Francis wasn’t Peter. So now are we looking at another one of those false prophecies? Well anything extra-Biblical and outside the realm of God’s word is to be held in suspect, but, according to some armchair quarterbacks, the prophecy lives on.
Who has Pope Francis I named himself after and why? Described as a truly humble man, Pope Francis I is said to have chosen the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Still don’t know where I’m going with this, do you? Okay, here’s the part that intrigued me.
St. Francis of Assisi was born in Italy. He was given the name Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone. The new pope has taken the name of this individual who he hopes to honor as he serves as Pope. Could this be why Malachy described him as Peter the Roman?
Prophecy News Watch author Tom Horn suggests Pope Frances fulfills the Malachy Prophecy. Citing his book, Horn said the name “Petrus Romanus” in the prophecy “implies this pope will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church and will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.”
Regardless, [Tom] Horn said he’s always maintained that it doesn’t take someone whose Christian name is Peter to fulfill the prophecy. “In fact, if any Italian is elected, that would be a fairly transparent fulfillment,” he said. Moreover, he argued, “in a very general sense, every pope could be regarded as ‘Peter the Roman,’ and in that sense, this could be the last one.”
There is only one Peter, the first of the Roman pontiffs, and he was seen in his many successors. He still [is] to serve in the final as in the first persecution. We believe Petrus Romanus represents all the Roman Pontiffs from St. Peter to the recipient Gloria Olivae. Logos Apologia
No pope has ever taken the name Peter, so we probably shouldn’t have expected anything so obvious as that, but most of the popes have been of Italian descent so that part is not unique. Also, Italians don’t automatically regard themselves as Roman, but identify with the city or region in which their family originated. Grace through Truth
The links provided above will take you down into the depths of this subject, but I like how Ken Souza of Navigating the Narrow Road puts it:
Some of us were waiting for "Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone" or "Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson" to become the next pope, but that's not what happened. I often forget that God doesn't necessarily make things that obvious. After all, Jesus spoke in parables, right?
We know how the end times end, but we don’t know the details that lead us there. As investigators, we work to ferret out signs that point us in the direction of the end searching for clues as to how long we have. Ultimately, even with all the fun we have in speculating, it’s all in God’s hands.
No one can deny this: we are in the most unusual of times. The world economy is precariously perched on a cliff, the earth is revolting in fits in earthquakes and unprecedented weather disasters, government leaders are either crazy or have their brains in a fog, asteroids and meteors are becoming as common as sinkholes, and the respect of social restraints are discarded as controlling and repressive.
One way or another, humanity can’t have much longer on this earth as we see the acceleration to self-demise.
And now we have two Catholic popes.
What signs are you seeing?
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