- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Element; New edition edition (6 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862047324
- ISBN-13: 978-1862047327
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Last Pope: The Decline and Fall of the Church of Rome - The Prophecies of St.Malachy for the New Millennium Paperback – 6 Apr 2000
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In 1139 St. Malachy set out from Ireland on a harrowing pilgrimage to Rome. On sighting the eternal city he fell to the ground and began murmuring Latin verses. Each signifying the future destiny of the popes. His words were suppressed for over three hundred years by the Vatican. To this day 90 percent of the saint's prophecies have come true, unfolding in chronological sequence. And there remain predictions which have yet to unfold; for Malachy foresaw an end to the Roman Catholic Church and predicted the fates of the popes until Judgement Day.
After John Paul II dies only two popes remain on the Doomsday list… will this forbidding prophetic coda of a Catholic apocalypse be fulfilled?
In this complete study of the prophecies in almost a hundred years, rogue scholar John Hogue presents an account of the fates of the popes and eight hundred years of Catholic prophecy, including those of contemporaries such as Nostradamus. His masterly work uncovers the truth about St. Malachy's prophecies and reveals their significance as an account of the papal progression which Vatican policy-makers have found too threatening to acknowledge.
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John Hogue is a widely recognized authority on the predictions of Nostradamus. He is in constant demand by major media as an expert on prophecy. He lives in Seattle and is author of 9 books including Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies, Nostradamus: The New Revelations and The Millennium Book of Prophecy, 1000 for 2000: Startling Predictions for the New Millennium.
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I am not a big believer in prophecy, neither its accuracy or its usefulness except in the general sense of reminding people to repent for their sins. I am particularly wary of prophecies of the end of the world. Not only have all predictions of the end of the world been thus far wrong (and there have been many) but also Jesus himself said, "but of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32). If the Father did not reveal the time of the Day of Judgement to his Son, I find it hard to believe that He has or plans on revealing it to anyone else until it is upon us.
This book did not do anything to change my feelings about the usefulness of accuracy of prophecy. As always, these prophecies (usually consisting of no more than three or four words) are twisted into shape to fit the popes that have so far come along--sometimes referring to heraldry, the pope's name, his birthplace, the deeds of his life, etc. If the prophecies had all referred to the same thing (such as heraldry), they would be much more convincing. But so much happens in a person's life that it is easy to make a few words fit anyone's life and certainly these few phrases have no useful predictive power.
Here is where the book really falls flat. In analyzing the two prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled, Hogue offers us numerous interpretations--almost none of which come even close to hitting the mark. Writing in early 1998, Hogue was convinced John Paul II would be dead by 1999. Well, it is late 2001 and the old man is still going strong. None of what Hogue expected to be by this year has even remotely come to pass other than some general talk of floods, famines, wars, earthquakes, etc., which can fit almost any year in human history.
What this book seem mostly to be is an opportunity to criticize the past 1000 years of the papacy. I have many criticisms of the papacy myself but this book is almost universally negative and, believe it or not, the papacy has generated some positive things in the world as well. In analyzing the popes of the twentieth century Hogue is a little fairer but, in the end, the papacy suffers. It's fun to wonder about the future but, all in all, I find this book to be useless beyond stirring the imagination a bit. Not a bad thing, but not enough.
A reasonable inference is that the judge who inspires dread is God. Traditional, classical, pre-Protestant, pre-American, pre-Hogueian Christianity (i.e the faith of the fathers) teaches that ALL shall be judged by God (specifically in His Second Person)at the end of the world, not just the membership of the Catholic Church. There is no basis in scripture or Tradition for a belief in an antecedent, limited judgement applicable to Catholics exclusively.
To summarize, if John Hogue and his fellow anti-Catholics look forward to the day when St. Malachy's prophecy is fulfilled and those pesky Catholics are finally out of the way, on that day they shall find themselves out of the way as well. But even then, they shall be confronted with the Church Triumphant.
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