I had just sat down with a cup of coffee and my bible when my teenage son asked me a penetrating question.
“Dad, how do you make studying the bible exciting?”
“Exciting?” I questioned.
“Yes, you know interesting.”
I usually can’t think straight until I’ve had at least two cups of coffee and now my morning routine of coffee, bible study, and prayer would turn into a teaching session. I sat there silent for a few minutes thinking. I shot up a quick prayer to heaven asking for wisdom while my son sat there waiting.
I happened to notice the morning paper sitting next to my chair and the answer to my sons question would be found on the front page.
“Well son, here is how I make my bible study exciting, interesting, and current.”
I held up the paper and said, “I accent what’s going on in the world by reading the news and then I ask myself; what does the bible have to say about that?”
My son had a puzzled look on his face and said, “Meaning?”
“Well, let me show you.”
I opened the paper to the morning headline and read: “Lighting struck the Dome of St. Basilica Monday; just hours after Pope Benedick XVI announced that he would resign.”
“So what!” My son challenged.
“Did you ever hear of the St. Malachy prophecy?”
“He was a priest known for uttering a short phrase in Latin to describe all the Popes who would rule the Catholic Church right up till the end of time. These prophecies were stored away in a Vatican vault for three hundred years and they were first published in 1595.They are receiving a lot of attention now that Pope Benedick XVI will be the first Pope to resign in the last six hundred years. According to St. Malachy the next Pope will be “Petrus Romanus,” Peter the Roman. He would be the last Pope and his reign would end in the destruction of Rome.”
Now, this long awaited event seems to be taking place.”
My son thought a minute and then asked, “Are his predictions accurate?
They seem to be. Let's look at the prophecy for the last three Pope's. St. Malachy uttered this phrase for the one hundredth and ninth Pope. “From the midst of the moon.” John Paul I took office in August 1978 with the moon half full and his reign ended in September 1978. He was Pope for only one month---or one moon.
John Paul the II was the next pope. St. Malachy uttered the phrase that this Pope would be “from the labor of the sun.” He was the only Pope born on the same day as the eclipse of the sun, and then he was entombed on the day the sun was eclipsed.
That brings us to Pope Benedict XVI. St. Malachy said this Pope would be “Glory of the olive.” He chose the name Benedict after the symbol of the Benedictine order which just happens to be the olive.
Now that Pope Benedict has resigned St. Malachy called the last pope Petrus Romanus, Peter the Roman. The final segment of the prophecy reads:
“In extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the City of Seven Hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
“Wow! St. Malachy’s prophecy ends with the next Pope “Peter the Roman.” Now, that’s interesting.”
Yep, the bible says in the last days we will see signs and wonders in the heavens. Like lighting hitting the Dome of St. Basillia on the same day as the next to the last Pope resigns and a meteor hitting Russia shortly thereafter. It’s like the heavens are giving us signs and omens just as the Roman Concave meets to elect the last pope.
“Is that a true prophecy dad?”
“I don’t know son, but when you accent world events with your bible study it sure makes the bible come alive in an exciting way.”
It sure does dad, Thanks.
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