On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI sitting on his red and gold throne, dressed in his red robe surrounded by robed Catholic clergy, softly uttered his resignation. The news shocked the airwaves as this was the first pope to step down in 600 years since the middle ages. That same day the BBC reported that lightning struck the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Adding another dose of mysticism, 13 days later the white smoke billowing from the Vatican chimney pipe revealed that a new pope was elected by the conclave of Cardinals on March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina takes the name Francis, a 13th Century Catholic Saint and becomes Pope Francis. In Biblical numerology 13 and 11 represent negative numbers associated with the horned Devil and rebellion. In Revelation, it is chapter 13th that the apostle John stands on the sands of the sea witnesses the Antichrist Beast rise out of the waters with seven heads, ten horns and written across one of the heads, the names of blasphemy. Revelation 13 tells us that the false prophet performs miracles and advocates for the Antichrist.
It is in the 13th chapter we are given the numerical riddle identifying the Antichrist by the number of his name and his number is 666. The False Prophet breathes life into the image of the beast and causes all to worship it. This takes us to our next number. Pope Francis is now the 266 pope, which is one six shy of 666, and 66 represents Nebuchadnezzar’s idolatrous golden image in the book of Daniel, which Babylonians were forced to worship. It was 6 cubits high and 6 cubits wide and foreshadows Revelation 13’s idol. Incidentally, the practice of Satanism and the founding of the Church of Satan began in 1966.
In Satanism both 13 and 11 are numbers, which identify the devil. Numerology is an inherent part of Satanism. The number 11 represents the sign of Aries, the 11th sign of the Zodiac and its symbol of the water bearer who is represented by Belial, a name of the Devil mentioned 16 times in the Old Testament and one time written by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. Men or women who committed the most evil, rebellious deeds were called children of, sons or daughters of Belial. Aries is also symbolized by the ram, which lines up with the two horned lamb of Revelation, which is a young ram. Jesus is depicted in the Bible as the lamb and the False Prophet as the young ram. The number 13 is long associated with the Devil and is used throughout Satanism. The Tarot death card is the 13th card.
The Beast who rises from the sea has ten horns, which are ten kings. The little horn of Daniel is the Antichrist, and all 11 horns represent heads of countries and political leaders. The false prophet has two horns like a lamb. Like Jesus who is represented by a lamb, Revelation’s lamb with horns signifies a religious leader but one that is in sheep’s clothing.
Horns in the Revelation and the book of Daniel symbolize leaders of countries. The pontiff fits the role of the false prophet because his first horn represents his leadership of the Catholic church. His second horn depicts the Pope as the Sovereign of Vatican City State. Vatican City was established as an independent state in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty. Vatican City is the world’s smallest country and it functions like any other country even issuing its own coins. In 2002 Vatican City began issuing Euros as its official currency. It is a micro-state which means it lies within a larger country within the European Union. The head of Vatican City is the pope. Thus the two horns can represent his being the head of the vast Catholic church and of his country, Vatican city. The two horns can also signify the false prophet's leadership of his church and his position with the Antichrist.
The false prophet’s two horns in addition to the 11 horns of the 10 kings and little horn of the Antichrist give us a total of 13 horns that in total represents the beast, which again is a number of the devil. The Beast rises from the sea while the False Prophet is a beast who rises from the earth. Aleteia the Worldwide Catholic Network from Rome reported that Pope Francis is a pope “from the ends of the earth.” Coincidence?
Pope Francis is 76 years old, born in 1936 in Buenos Aries to Italian parents who migrated to Argentina. The pope speaks fluent Italian because of his Italian heritage. He obtained a degree in chemistry, philosophy and theology, he was also a teacher, teaching at colleges. On 13 December 1969, he was ordained a priest. On the 13th day during the month, he is ordained a priest and elected pope.
Cardinal Jorge Mario chose the name Francis after Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan order and who devoted himself to a life of poverty while preaching repentance. Francis saw a vision and afterwards the stigmata appeared on his hand. He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds. He is often portrayed with a bird, in his hand. In 1979, Pope John Paul II named Francis the Patron of Ecology. According to Fox News, the pope picked Francis because he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi because of his work for peace and the poor.
In addition to being the first Latin American pope and Francis in the pontificate, he is also the first Jesuit Pope. Jesuits are known for their free thinking, intellectual contributions and are known to be teachers. There are Jesuit-run universities and they have their own presses and publish a variety of academic books. Jesuits are academically oriented.
Jesuits in Latin America received a bad reputation because of their development of liberation theology, a highly controversial movement condemned by Pope John Paul II. Liberation theology is essentially Christianized Marxism. The term first coined in 1973 proposed that the Gospels demanded that the church concentrate its efforts on liberating the world’s people from poverty and oppression. They adopted Marxist ideas, supported revolutionary movements and criticized traditional church institutions. Essentially liberation theology is a form of Christian communism and based on the view that the teachings of Jesus Christ compel Christians to support communism as the ideal governmental system. Christian communists believe that the Apostles practiced communism and that it was taught by Jesus who they hail as the first Marxist.
When Pope Francis was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Argentina, he was accused of not having protected two priests who were kidnapped, and it was suggested that he was partly responsible for the priests' prolonged detention, The human rights group Center for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina actually opposed Francis' selection as pope. CNN also reported that it was even alleged that Francis lied under oath during an investigation into the theft of babies from prisoners during the dictatorship. Francis testified that he never knew about the baby-stealing until after the dictatorship had fallen. An interviewed victim claims that Francis knew about it at the time. She said she had written to Francis about it. These stories hint of a possible dark side to Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has gained notoriety for humility and shunning of the pomp and circumstance that go with being pope, such as his refusal to wear the red mozzetta, standing to receive the Cardinals versus sitting on the papal throne, and taking the minibus with the other Cardinals instead of the papal car. This may even more so be evidence of a maverick, which is not uncommon for a free-thinking intellect to act. If he begins to produce miracles, we might very well have on our hands the false prophet, which only time will tell. A pope would need to be a maverick to team with the Antichrist.
It is not geo-politically unforeseeable given the institutional political seat of the Antichrist, to sit with and partner with a pontiff and for them to form a special relationship. The Antichrist will abolish all religion. The possibility exists for an evil pope to condone the destruction and persecution of the church as he campaigns for the Antichrist.
The next question is how will this pope continue where other popes have left off in their influence in the European Union? This pope in that he is a Jesuit will most likely be more active than previous popes in relation to the politics of the Union. The Guardian named him the radical from Flores, who will reshape the Catholic Church. Domingo Bresci, a priest who studied with Bergoglio in the 50s and later worked with him in Flores and who is now an adviser in the government's religious affairs bureau and a prominent figure in the leftist Liberation Theology movement, said the new pope was not a person to take half measures. Bresci said the world should brace for a transformation of one of its oldest and most conservative religions. He added, …He is going to have an impact on the world; he'll change the power structure of the church and challenge the ostentatious pomp of the Vatican."
Bergoglio demands discipline. When he was made vicar general of Flores in 1992, he insisted that church authorities reveal the properties they owned. When he became archbishop, he reshuffled the clerics who opposed him. Those who know him said Pope Francis is likely to do the same in the Vatican by clearing out the dominant old guard of Cardinals. "Slowly and strategically, he will introduce changes as he becomes more powerful and others become weaker. Bresci, predicted the transformation to be the biggest in half a century or more. "He will be strict on finance. There will be zero tolerance of sexual abuse and homosexual liaisons by priests. This is his style. It comes from Flores."
The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community made up of Bishops who examine EU policy and legislation from a Catholic perspective and maintain a regular dialogue with EU institutions stated Pope Francis’s election:
At this critical time when there is deep confusion about Europe’s future, it may be an opportune moment for the new pontiff to inject fresh enthusiasm into the search for a vision of Europe…
…We feel sure that the Successor of Peter will recognize with pride what has been achieved together by the European nations and encourage Europe’s political leaders – and incidentally all of us at COMECE - to continue, with solidarity and respect for subsidiarity, on the path towards unity in diversity for all within the European family.’
Unity in diversity is the official motto of the EU and right out of the tenets of European federalism, which sprang from Catholic thought. It is the wine in the cup of the Whore spoken of in Revelation Chapter 17, which my book discusses in greater detail. If this pope is not the False Prophet, which time will reveal, we can at the least expect Pope Francis- this Jesuit pope- to embrace federalist ideology, and help lead the governments and peoples of the world to its final one-world destination and further have its influence on the evolving European Union.