Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new Pontiff, Pope Francis I. A Prophecy of the Popes written in the 110s, according to the Catholic Church, claims that this will be the last Pope. The prophecy, written by St. Malacy, calls the man Petrus Romanus and claims he will reign during the end of the world.
But, while there are other signs, does this one mesh with Bibilcal End Time prophecy? No, it isn’t a Biblical prophecy, however they might try to make Francis I into Petrus Romanus.
There are many signs being fulfilled that show we are int he end times, though.
I want to explain that, and how to use current events in telling about Jesus.
First, the Bible makes it clear a prophecy can’t be from God unless it is 100% accurate. People say this Papal prophecy has been, but a lot is because of coats of arms and such that don’t relate to anything but names. However, even if it was right doesn’t mean it was from God.
Let me give an example. I wrote sports for my school paper years ago. Once before the NFL season I correctly predicted the teams to be in and the winner of the Super Bowl that year.
It was an educated guess. It only came from studying the teams, a bright young quarterback who it didn’t take hindsight to know was a rising superstar, and the fact the other conference featered a rising team and a defending champ with a quarterback with injury concerns.
God doesn’t want us to live by fear, but He also wants us to have faith in His Word alone. Yes, some people have End Times scenarios, and some may have a few things right based on studying the Bible. Some of the better ones include David Reagan, Thomas Ice, and others listed in the featured End times writers here, including one, Wilfred Hahn, who is a global economist and strategist focused mostly on the budding one world economy.
his studies might help us undertand the “fiscal cliff” and what might happen in a global economic meltdown. But, he and the others might likely be wrong about a few things, though they have more accuracy, based on their studies, than St. Malacy’s prophecy.
Either way, we must never trust ANYTHING outside the Bible for what we believe. It is completely trustworthy, unlike a certain high school student who picked one year’s Super Bowl right before the season but has totally whiffed on other sports pecitions.
So, you ask, how can I use this to spread the Gospel?
1. People will worry and you can give them hope.
Tell them what is important is that Jesus will return for His church (1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, etc.), and they need to be ready. They can do that by trusting Him to forgiven for their sin and make them new inside. Send them to forgiveness.godlife.com, hope.godlife.com, Jesus2020.mobi, or one of our other websites.
In doing this, you just have to ask if they’ve ever thought about the end of the world. This leads to my second point.
2. Use signs that God *did* give us.
Jesus said there would be intense earthquakes in many different places, famines, many wars and threats of them, scary signs in the sky (like the man space rocks and massive solar flares, disease, and many other things. (Matthew 24, Luke 21, etc.) Wickedness, lawlessness, and so on would increase (1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, etc.) Jerusalem would be a cup of trembling to all who touch it (Zech. 12:2). There would be a one world ecumenical religious system where man tries to reach up to God, even though we can’t because of sin. People must accept that God reached down to them and died for their sins and rose from the dead, and trust Him to forgive them by faith alone as they call on Him to do so.
These things, when people mention them, can be met with a reply, “That is a sign in the Bible that the end is near. Jesus told us to be ready. The first step is to make sure you know your sins are forgiven so He can take you home. If you are met with a hard question, you can ask me or go to www.gotquestions.org.
Or direct them there themselves, but witnessing is much better when they see you care, and one way they will see that is when you make an effort like that to find out.
People may ask about things like climate change – you can say that while that specifically is debated by some, the Book of Revelation does say people will be burned with scorching heat. Again, directing the talk to God.
So, you may ask, how to share the Gospel? You can give your own testimony with it, nd it will help, in how you trusted Christ as Saviour. But, you can also give them the Romans Road (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9, 10:10, 10:13). Or, ABC – Admit you’re a sinner, Believe Jesus Christ, God in flesh, died for your sin and rose again, taking your punishment for your sin, Choose to Call on Jesus to save them fromt he punishment for their sins and make them new inside.
Finally, remember that when Jesus said the end is near, that could be years away. This prophecy, like my Super Bowl prediction, may or may not be true. What is important is to be telling others about Jesus and doing what we were created to do. Pray for Him to guide us. Speak out in love and share how these people can have the love, joy, peace, comfort, and so much more in this world.
Jesus told us we would have life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10) He wants us to live every day with the certainty that come what may, he will be there to guide us in this life, as well as taking us to heaven to be with Him forever someday.
There will be many false Christ’s – another sign. However, Jesus Christ will come down just as He was seen going up in Acts 1. Till the time when he comes for His church, we must be about the business of telling others about Him. And, current events give us many chances.
I went back to school for Masters in Ministry after years as wills & estates attorney. I'm looking for work as an evangelist or pastor somewhere; e-mail me if you'd like to takl to me about coming to your church. I have numerous visual and other handicaps the Lord has helped me overcome, & have lived on my own for years, with no need for asight aides; I can even read print like this with my nise a few inches away for hours on end. the Lord has been so good to me. I had head knowledge as a youth, really only remember getting heart knowledge - trusting Jesus Christ as my *personal* Saviour - when I was in college. To see all articles by Doug Click Here!