Christian Churches of God No. 288 The Last Pope: Examining Nostradamus and Malachy

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Christian Churches of God

No. 288

The Last Pope:
Examining Nostradamus
and Malachy

(Edition 5.0 20000108-20050501-20080313-20130214-20130316)

Nostradamus has made some startling prophecies that have come true. He has also made some that have been misunderstood and dismissed incorrectly. The purpose here is to examine and perhaps explain two prophecies he made which have a religious significance and one of which has come true and one of which is due to come into play in the near future. Malachy was a Catholic Archbishop of the twelfth century who wrote an uncanny list of every pope until the end. We will examine them both here. According to Malachy Francis I is the last pope.
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The Last Pope: Examining Nostradamus and Malachy

Nostradamus or Michel de Nostredame was a practitioner of medicine in Provencale, France. His writings were published at Lyons in 1555, as ‘centuries’ or groups of one hundred quatrains. His quatrains have been criticised as ramblings and ravings obtained under delusions and demonic influence. Whatever the basis, there is a simple and rational explanation to them and in some a startlingly true revelation, which could only be really understood after the event. The purpose of this paper is to look at some of these and to explain what they probably mean. One is a startling and true prediction concerning the murder of a pope. Others concern the possible commencement of what is described somewhat as the end of this phase of the control and life on Earth, as we know it.
Even if only one or two of Nostradamus’ predictions are true, we are still confronted with the fact of the matter. Also, even if the demons are capable of this performance and it can be laid at their feet, we are nevertheless faced with the fact that if it was not God giving this guidance, then the demons or some other agency has this demonstrated capacity outside of biblical prophecy to predict events.
Another of the factors that come into play is that of the translations of the quatrains themselves from the medieval French. We will start with the death of Pope Pius XI.
Nostradamus wrote a number of works concerning the popes. There were also a number of works written by the Nazis in his name and some spurious quatrains were published during World War II.
One of the popes with which he seems to have been concerned was Pius XI.

At C.5:Q.92 he wrote:

Après le Siège tenu dix et sept ans,

Cinq changeront en tel révolu terme:

Puis sera l’un esleu de même temps

Qui des Romains ne sera trop conforme.

We see this text translated by De Fontbrune as:

After a Pontificate of seventeen years, five years will see changes that put an end to the revolution. Then at the same time will be elected one who is only too like the Romans.

This rendering has a series of implications about what was to happen in Rome over this period. The revolution aspect has been ignored to date, but that is in fact what is happening. Also, the last of the five popes was to be a foreigner, but more like the Romans than was considered desirable or wholesome.
The first time that the Seat (i.e. the papacy) was held for seventeen years was with Pius XI (1857-1939) who was indeed elderly. He was elected Pope on 6 February 1922 and died on 10 February 1939 after a pontificate of 17 years and four days (cf. De Fontbrune, Nostradamus 1: Countdown to Apocalypse, Pan Books 1983, p. 212).
He was succeeded by Eugenio Pacelli, a Roman of an aristocratic family who became Pius XII. He reigned nineteen years and died on 9 October 1958.
In 1956 a work was published at Fresno, California, written by a Catholic named Edward Connor (Prophecy for Today, Academic Library Guild, 1956). It was a series of discussions on the prophetic works of the Roman Catholic Church and included discussion of some works of Nostradamus and also on those of the Catholic prophets down through the ages, concerning the end of the age. The uncanny and startlingly accurate prophecies of Malachy O’Morgair, Archbishop of Armagh Ireland (died 1148), were coming to a close. On a visit to Pope Innocent II in Rome in 1139, he was granted a vision of all the popes of the future (ibid., p. 15). When coupled with those visions of Nostradamus and others, the prophecies showed that there might be a coming crisis for the Church. Nostradamus is dismissed by them as some of his prophecies seem to prophesy the downfall of the [Roman] Church (ibid., p. 10). They had interpreted a prophecy of Nostradamus as saying,

After the seat is held seventeen years five shall change in the same length of the years (ibid.).

They did not quote the full text as we see above. The first part of the quatrain they interpreted as meaning either that five shall change in five years – which did not happen as Pius XII was still on the throne – or, alternatively, it meant that five shall change in seventeen years, the number of the years of the duration of his papacy at that time. This they also dismissed as being unlikely as there were only a few months to go and Pius XII showed no sign of dying and was in good health. By the time they distributed the book it would be past time anyway. Why were they at pains to discredit Nostradamus? The answer was that he, and Malachy also, showed an end to the Roman Catholic Church – and soon. Also, in this prophecy, Nostradamus had seemingly predicted a fast turnover in popes at this end time, or so it seems, if it were to be in 17 years. The problem lay in the small number of popes left to go before the coming of the Messiah. We will examine this later.
What they had not taken into account was that Nostradamus had an uncanny ability to construct these quatrains, because they portrayed some very significant events. The problem lay in the French. The word ans in this context could mean year or years. In this case they constructed it as plural and interpreted it as meaning five years for the number of popes, or seventeen years for the same number of years of the reign mentioned.
Why is all that so important? The answer was that it was very important. As we know John XXIII succeeded Pius XII as Pope after his death in 1958. John died on 3 June 1963 and was succeeded by Paul VI.
The Reign of the Five Popes

This first reign after the seat was held seventeen years by Pius XI, i.e. the reign of Pius XII, was also prophesied by Nostradamus but ignored. In the same century some thirty-six quatrains earlier at C.5:Q.56 he wrote:

Par le décès du très vieillard pontife,

Sera esleu Romain do bon aage:

Qu’il sera dict que le Siège debiffe

Et long tiendra et de picuant ouvrage.

De Fontbrune interprets this as meaning:

After the very aged Pope’s death, a middle aged pope will be elected. He will be accused of harming the Holy See and will last a long time, doing controversial work.

Pacelli was sixty-three when he was elected in 1939 and did last longer than Pius XI, and indeed, a very long time. He was also very controversial. From 1923, after the ascension of Pius XI in 1922, the churches had introduced some strange ideas in Germany such as euthanasia. Hitler merely restated the premise in 1939 as an order. The Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches were antidemocratic. They saw the union of church and state as enforcing only their system. Thus they actually reinforced the Nazi system as an extension of the one church and state. From 1932, the elements of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches worked hand-in-hand with the Nazis to establish concentration camps and commence to eliminate all non-Trinitarians and specifically Sabbatarians, including Jews, from Europe. The Lutheran Church took over a concentration camp near Hamburg, as early as 1933.
The Catholics in Europe under Pius XII, assisted in the establishment of what was recently proven to be more than 10,000 camps, and it now seems certain that the total is of some 15,000 or more concentration and extermination camps. They attempted to deliberately and systematically exterminate the entire Sabbath-keeping or non-RC/Lutheran Bible scholarship from Europe. The Jews were only half of the Holocaust, and in fact it now appears certain that they were not even near half of the number of people murdered by the Nazi system in Europe. Hitler was not an aberration of 1930s Germany. He was a product of his time and conditioning under the Lutherans. With the help of the Vatican under Pius XII at the end of the war, the papacy helped Nazi war criminals to evade trial and used their influence to place them in South America and Australia. Some were used in Australia in security roles. Using this type of mentality perhaps did much damage to Australian residents. During WWII, the Roman Catholic Church under Pius XII aided and abetted, or at least condoned, the extermination of a large number of law-abiding citizens, many of whom had committed the sole crime in their eyes of being Jews or Sabbatarian (Unitarian) Christians, or of some other non-Catholic denomination. Nostradamus was himself of Jewish extraction. This fact has another significance as we will see.
However, our friends in California under Connor could hardly be writing a criticism of a living pope for the world to see and ask questions concerning his activities, could they? They were all at pains to hide it from the world. Malachy names this pope the Angelic Shepherd with incredible irony. No other single pope or person presided over the mass extermination, by his own people, of so many Sabbath-keeping Jews and Christians in the entire history of the Jewish tribe and the Christian religion. This entire matter will be examined in the forthcoming work The Holocaust: The Fifth Seal of Persecution (see also
The consequence of the error was to end in, at the very least, a failure to prevent murder, as we will see. In the end when the truth is finally told, and the deceitful historians in European universities admit the truth, the Roman Catholic Church will be seen for what it is and stand condemned in the eyes of the world. This is the controversial aspect of the activities of the Roman Curia under Pius XII, and both before and after his election.
John XXIII succeeded him on 28 October 1958 and he reigned until 3 June 1963. He was actually John XXIV but the previous John XXIII (1410-1415) (Baldassare Cossa: d. 1419) appropriately named Stag of the Siren by Malachy, had been totally evil with a harem of over 200 nuns. He also was a sodomite. He had been declared an antipope. They were embarrassed at this pope, although there were many as bad, and so they tried to reclaim the name John. He was termed The Shepherd and the Sailor. In John XXIII’s time another revolution was commenced in the church under Vatican II. Here the genuine concerns of the church were aired amid new schools of thought and attitudes were developed.
From this time the church attempted to review its position and doctrines, and this was to come to a head not all that long after, as we will see. The process later resulted in financial scandals, murder and a counter-revolution in the Vatican.
Giovanni Battista Montini, Paul VI, was the third pope, and in 1978 he was succeeded by Albino Luciani, John Paul I. This man was the fourth pope in the prophecy. The five popes are thus: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II, covering the period from 1939 to 1978.
Catholic views of the prophecies

The work by Connor published in 1956 under the imprimatur of A.J. Willinger, Roman Catholic Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, shows some interesting comments regarding the five popes of the prophecy.

There was only one other interpretation not explored in the work by the Franciscans and that was that it was to be understood as five shall change in the same number of the year. Pius XI died in 1939 and that meant on this explanation that five were to change in 1978.
It was probably for that reason that we have it recorded by a number of authorities that John-Paul I went white on his election, and uttered these words: May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard (or on my account).
Why should he be so alarmed on becoming pope? The answer was that he knew the prophecies as well as any of the others.
Malachy had named this Pope De Midietate Lunae or From the half of the moon. Catholics were speculating that this pope would convert Islam and that was the meaning of the half moon. In other words, it was the crescent of Islam. Connor asks:

Will the conversion of the Mahommedans-whose symbol is the crescent moon - take place in his reign” (p. 16).

The truth is much stranger than fiction. In one month of his election, John Paul I died in very strange circumstances in the Vatican. He lasted one moon and was cut off in the middle of the most far-reaching reforms the Vatican would ever have experienced. He was going to save it from itself and attempt to restore the faith that Jesus Christ had brought to mankind. Allegedly, he was going to rid it of its earthly wealth and put it back to where it should have been before the emperor Constantine destroyed it, by making it a power and the religion of the world power from the Edict of Toleration at Milan in 314. The other and more recent view was that he was also to clear the Vatican of the Masons in the Curia and elsewhere in the churches.
Before he could do that he died in mysterious circumstances. People within the Vatican who knew what happened called it for what they knew it to be, namely murder. The investigative journalist, David Yallop, was asked by sources within the Vatican to investigate the matter and write a book exposing how the pope was murdered. Yallop did that in a brilliant piece of investigative journalism called In God’s Name. He publicly accuses the Curial powers of murdering John-Paul I and challenges some of them to step outside of the Vatican. This has not happened. Fortunately, Yallop’s book is still available and was reprinted in 2007 with additional material.
Another work of interest is the book “Hitler’s Pope” by John Cornwell (1999) in which the author examines the actions of Pope Pius XII during the Nazi era. More information about where to purchase this book and an abridged version can be found at:
Of note is the Wikipedia article ‘Hitler’s Pope’: “More recently, Cornwell acknowledged that he had erred in ascribing evil motives to Pius when writing Hitler's Pope, and said he now found it "impossible to judge" the wartime pontiff's motives. Hitler's Pope remains a highly controversial book within [the] Catholic community that has inspired the writing of many other books on the subject.'s_Pope
Normally a pontiff indicates the type of pontificate he will have by choosing his name. In this case his successor, Karol Jozef Wojtyla, chose the name John Paul II, and one might have expected that he was to continue the reforms of the previous Pope John Paul I and the work that was started under John XXIII and Vatican II. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Malachy and the list of the Popes

Malachy also signals that fact by the names he gave these popes. For centuries he named them by things such as the coats of arms they had, or that of their families, or such significant items that could be seen in hindsight. His accurate prophecies continued from the last decade of the twelfth century down through the centuries until the twentieth when they took a change in nomenclature, and which described their activities and pontificates more accurately. These are all listed alongside the names and rules of the popes in their entirety at Annex A.

Malachy’s names of the popes were seen as being very accurate and Connor in his work comments on this aspect. Connor dismisses the prophecies of Nostradamus in that if five changed and the seventeen years were up, then the age was drawing to its conclusion and the popes were on a very short and impossible list indeed. More importantly, it would indicate that a major catastrophe might be likely for such change in that short space of time. In all, Connor and the Catholic scholars failed in their entirety to deal correctly with the texts of Scripture, and their own and other prophecy in this regard.
After the death of John Paul I called the Half of the Moon, we see the ascension of John Paul II called De Labore Solis or From the Labour of the Sun. Connor speculates (Conversion of the pagans) after this name and goes on to De Gloria Olivae- From the Glory of the Olive with the speculation (Conversion of the Jews?).
In these terms we see great significance. The moon represented the Church in its original state, and also the calendar of the Church was lunisolar, based on the conjunctions of the moon for its annual Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts. This was changed by the Roman system into a solar-based system, stemming from the sun-cults in seeking to destroy the true system of the original Church. They penetrated Christianity and transferred the day of worship to Sunday and then brought in the pagan or sun-cult festivals of Easter of the Baal-Istar system and of Christmas, the festival of the dies natalis Solis Invicti: the day of the birth of the Invincible Sun (see the paper The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235)).
Here in the last three popes, we were to see the attempt at turning back the clock cut off in half flight and the replacement with the representative of the full-blown sun system. One might also comment that he came from an eastern worker country. Connor’s speculation is not far fetched, as they see it. In Roman Catholic eyes, they are the true church, in spite of the fact that they hold none of the doctrines of the Church founded by Christ and the Apostles. They believe they have the right to exterminate all opposition to themselves, and do just that whenever they have the power to do so. When they do not, they revert to espionage, intrigue and the destruction of individuals who disagree with them. This war has been going on unabated since 590 and even before and has continued since 1850 into the twentieth century, and will not stop until the church is destroyed, as prophesied, by the system arising now in the world.
This Pope is now dead and there are only two popes left on Malachy’s list. The current Pope, Benedict XVI, as we see is called From the Glory of the Olive.
As the Roman Catholic John Bosco predicted in the mid 1800s, he was elected very quickly on the death of the previous Pope John Paul II. If Bosco’s predictions are to be taken seriously, the mention of two columns and the dedication of one to the Virgin may well have a connection to Freemasonry, if we assume the columns are those of Boaz and Jachin of the Temple of King Solomon and referred to so much in Freemasonry. The tying of the ship of state to those columns as Bosco predicts by description is very serious indeed.
The dream in question was narrated May 30 1862 (from Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco).

"Suddenly the Pope falls gravely wounded. Immediately, those who are with him run to help him and they lift him up. A second time the Pope is struck, he falls again and dies. A shout of victory and joy rings out amongst the enemies; from their ships an unspeakable mockery arises.

But hardly is the Pontiff dead than another takes his place. The pilots, having met together, have elected the Pope so promptly that the news of the death of the Pope coincides with the news of the election of the successor. The adversaries begin to lose courage."

"The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin. 

Comment: To apply to Benedict XVI the prophecy must allude to John Paul II being once seriously wounded and then dying from his later Parkinson’s Disease etc., which is exactly what happened.


Malachy allegedly says that there will be another pope after De Gloria Olivae. That pope is called simply Peter the Roman. Malachy says simply that after that event the Terrible Judge will judge the people.

This is the end of the papacy.
So, Benedict XVI, From the Glory of the Olive, will be followed by a Peter the Roman, and after that the Catholics hold that “the terrible judge” will judge the people. They disregard the Bible revelation of the millennial reign of the Messiah from Jerusalem, as contained in Revelation 20:1-10, which all must happen before the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation Chapter 20:11-15.

Revelation 20:1-10 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (RSV)

The reason they disregard this Book is that it shows clearly that the reign of Christ has not yet started and that the Roman Church cannot be acting as the delegates of Christ, as the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4). Revelation shows that Satan is not yet bound, and also that the rule of the world will be at Jerusalem and not Rome.
The Roman Church calls Revelation The Apocalypse so as to conceal the fact that it is the revelation of God to Jesus Christ and hence demonstrate the fact that Christ is not omniscient. Revelation identifies Rome as the seven-hilled city referred to as Babylon in the text.
The conjecture as to who the Glory of the Olive might be has been resolved. However, speculation was endless. Would it be Martini as many suggested, or would he be a Jesuit? Would Opus Dei allow it with the current war raging between them and the Jesuits? Opus Dei has the numbers at 88,000-odd. Would he be a Spaniard that they wanted, or someone from one of their enclaves, or from their power cells in the Americas? Or could he have been a compromise candidate? Could it even have been a Jew? It could have been a Jew. There was one candidate, one last-ditch attempt at placing the system together before the coming of the Messiah. After all, they could have said, “We converted the Jews”, or could they? The Cardinal Archbishop of Paris was a Holocaust victim who was taken and raised by Roman Catholics. He is now dead. However, that union had to take place after more pressing amalgamations. These will occur now, as we will see.
Nostradamus has a prophecy (C.5:Q.49; Lorie, p. 152) that appears to relate to this possibility.

Nul del’Espangne

Mais de l’antique France

Ne sera lu pour la

Tremblante nacelle,

A l’ennemi sera faite fiance,

Qui dans son regne fera peste cruelle.
Translated this means:

Not from Spain

but from Ancient France

one will be elected for the trembling ship,

to the enemy will make a promise, who in his reign will cause a terrible plague.
So here we see the one elected is for the trembling ship. This line was a reference both to the ill health of John Paul II and the true state of the Catholic Church. He is seen to be making a promise to the enemy. Judah might have rightly seen this as being the case. However, there are more pressing behind-the-scenes enemies and mergers to be attempted. That is why Australia’s RC Cardinal Pell said that we would all be surprised by what this pope does.
Will all the khemarim, the black-cassocked ones of the Baal sun-system be allowed to come together in order to resist the soon coming Antichrist of the Catholic prophecies? This concept is examined in the paper The Messages of Revelation 14 (No. 270). The movement of the false system must take place from Rome, be consolidated and go to Jerusalem in accordance with the Bible system. A Jew would seemingly have been an ideal candidate for this process. However, that was not to be.
Under Charlemagne, King of the Francs, ancient France was the creator of the Germanic Confederation of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The Empire of Charlemagne was not simply French-speaking, but consolidated within it the Germanic tribes and also the southern Danes. That is now Europe.
Thus, the Spanish-speaking world wanted a Spanish or Spanish-speaking pope and they should have prevailed by weight of numbers, but they did not prevail. A European, but not a Spaniard or even an Italian, was elected so that he might consolidate Europe and the factions of Protestantism and the secret societies. That is what has been going on now for some time behind the scenes.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been working for decades at consolidating doctrine in the church from his position as head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. What he wanted to do he has already done on a doctrinal basis. The Inquisition has already been established, and both he and John Paul II set the groundwork in place in 1993. The Catholic lay-author, the late Morris West, said this at the time in criticism of what had been set in place.
They see an agenda of consolidation before the Last Days. However, their agenda is demonstrably anti-biblical.
The Catholic prophecies have foretold of the Antichrist coming for centuries. They are strangely garbled and are actually a mixture of prophecies, which deal with a number of soon-coming prophetic events. The Bible tells of a number of things that have to be in place before the Messiah comes. One is the restoration of the Gospel and its preaching to all nations together with the warnings of the Last Days (cf. Jer. 4:15 and the paper The Warning of the Last Days (No. 44)). The voice of the Last Days, warning of the coming of the Messiah, is to be of Dan and Ephraim which appears to be the new tribe of Joseph referred to in Revelation 7. After that period we will see the Two Witnesses and the final persecutions and wars (cf. the paper The Witnesses (No. 135)).
The Catholic Prophecies speak of an Antichrist of Dan who is killed by the coming of Enoch and Elijah. We would expect the Witnesses of the Bible text to be Enoch and Elijah, as they were the only ones “taken” by God and the purpose was not stated.
At C.1:Q.96, Nostradamus foretells of an iconoclastic prophet, using refined language to continually educate, who is raised in the Last Days.

Celuy qu’aura la charge de destruire,

Temple et sects changes par fantasie,

Plus aux rochers qu’aux

Vivans vienra nuyre,

Par langue ornee d’oreilles ressaisies.

Translated this means:

He that will have the responsibility to break down temples and sects altered through fantasy, will come to harm more the rocks than the living, through ornate language ears will continually be filled.

This is obviously a major re-education process of mankind in the Last Days to eliminate the idolatrous image-worshipping systems of the religions of the Earth. Thus, Nostradamus sees an iconoclast rising in the Last Days to fulfil a mission achieved through ornate language. This is a reference to Ogmius, who chained the ears of his listeners with rhetoric. The anagram used by Nostradamus for Ogmius was Logmion.

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