Will Pope Francis be the last Gentile pope? One of John’s visions indicates that he is the sixth of the seven kings in Rev. 17:10: “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”
John’s focus in Rev-17 is the last seven years of the Church Age. The Church Age (2,000 years) divides into seven minor ages. The seventh age began in 1948—the year of Israel’s declaration of independence—and this seventh age will cease when the 2,000 years have ended.
John’s vision schedules the reign of the seven kings for this seventh age—Laodicea (Rev 3:14). The first of these seven kings (Pope Pius XII) was in office when sixth this age began. Six popes have succeeded him but one Pope [John Paul-1] doesn’t count for he served only 33 days [Aug-Sept of 1978] and made no contribution to the Papal Office. Thus, five kings have fallen and Pope Frances is the sixth of the seven kings.
The seventh king appears again in Rev. 17:11: “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” This king will be the other (and also the eighth) because he will also become the (Jewish) Prime Minister of Israel as the last seven years of the seventh church age begins. This man, to be elected as the last Roman pope, will hijack the Papacy and become the infamous Antichrist.
Read “The Mystery of the Seven Thunders” to learn more details about these kings and many other mysteries in the Book of Revelation.
Original Post Date OPD: 12/02/07
Last Post Date LPD: 05/14/17
This Blog has been recently revised because Pope Benedict’s retirement has proved that the brief tenure of Pope John Paul-1 is not counted, as is hinted at in The Mystery of the Seven Thunders.