Is Pope Francis I the Last Pope?

I'm ashamed to say it, but one of my first thoughts with the unveiling of the new pope was, "Hey, wasn't he supposed to be black?"  And don't believe that to be such a strange thought.

Prepare yourself for the prophecies popularized by the 2012 Thomas Horn and Cris Putnamthe book, Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here.  In it, they explore the alleged prophecies of St. Malachy, a 12th-century Catholic bishop with a decent prediction rate concerning the 112 popes who would follow.  Because Francis I represents the final pope of Malachy's prophecies, we should therefore expect the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church and the ascension of the Antichrist.

In short, the book is psuedo-prophecies aimed at psuedo-spiritual, and Dave James at Herescope captures the reality of this book.  While we can conjecture as to whether events are aligning to a biblically-prophetic scenario, it is but an educated guess, as only the Lord knows the day and the hour.  This book falls short of even that. As James points out, that Francis I
is the final pope cannot be known based on the research, evidence and logic used by Horn and Putnam in drawing their conclusions on this point. Although they have done a tremendous amount of helpful research, the emphasis they place on the accuracy of extra-biblical prophecies and conjecture, including those from pagan sources, and the conclusions they draw from these present serious problems. As it relates to the prophecies, much of the foundation upon which the authors have built is made up of the work of pagans, mystics, frauds, forgers, heretics and false prophets. 

We must foster a love for the Word of God and resign such excitements to the waste-bin of heresy.  God authored a book for our comfort concerning the coming centuries; instead of telling us to look for popes and antichrists, He tells us to live in anticipation for Christ's return.  Our Lord's own words in John 14:1–3 build our anticipation of that moment, and God's grace drives us to be "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Ti 2:11, 13). 

Therefore, let us obey the gospel and fix our eyes on Christ, not on pursuing pagan prognostications and predictions.

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