The Prophecy of the Popes by St. Malachy

The‘Prophecy of the Popes’ given by St. Malachy is very mysterious. The end of the prophecy is the most mysterious as there is debate about whether there are any claimants to the papacy between ‘Glory of the Olive’ and the last one ‘Peter the Roman’.  Also, it is noteworthy to point out that the prophecy of St. Malachy does not distinguish between real popes and anti-popes.  They all appear equally in the prophecy, and it is likely that St. Malachy himself might not have known which would be which.

There are many interpretations and speculations about the prophecy of St. Malachy.  We are concerned only about how this prophecy relates to the Old Testament being a complete prefigurement of the history of the Catholic Church.   Reading and contemplating the prophecy of St. Malachy in light of this glorious prefigurement, the ‘Prophecy of the Popes’ takes on a new significance.

End of the Old Testament

The Prophecy of the Popes concludes with the end of Christian history and the destruction of Rome.  Since the whole history of the Catholic Church is prefigured by the whole history of Israel in the Old Testament, then to find the parallel with the end of Christian history, we need to look at the end of the Old Testament history, and the invasion of Jerusalem by the Greeks, and it’s eventual destruction by the Romans in 70 AD (this is not in Old Testament, but the Jews in Jerusalem at that time were still following the Old Covenant).

As our material demonstrates, at the end of the Old Testament in the Books of the Maccabees, the Temple was invaded by Antiochus IV Epiphanes.  He tore down all the Temple ornaments, put up a second altar, instituted a new sacrifice that he wanted all the Jews to perform, women thrust themselves into the holy places of the Temple and much more.  This is demonstrated to be a prefigurement of Vatican II and Novus Ordo.  Click here for our material that demonstrates this, and click here for our video on the same topic.

Thus, we see that during the final persecution of the Jewish people, the Greeks took over the Jewish Temple.  The Jewish Faith survived, but it was only because of one old priest who started a rebellion and fled to the hills.  This was Mathathias and the  Maccabean Revolt.  We have demonstrated this to be a parallel for Archbishop Lefebvre and the SSPX.  Just as Antiochus IV Ephiphanes had to contend with Mathathias, so to did John Paul II have to contend with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.  However, in the Old Testament, both Antiochus and Mathathias died… but the story continued.  New Greek kings took the place of Antiochus and they wresteled with the Maccabees, just like Benedict XVI wrestled with the SSPX.

Mathathias refused to perform the ‘new’ sacrifice of Antiochus.  He fled to the hills and started a rebellion.

In the Old Testament, it wasn’t long before Rome entered into the story.  At first, Rome was the friend of the Maccabees and gave them political cover against the Greeks.  Time went by and Christ was born.  With the birth of Christ and the founding of the Church, the new people of God became the followers of Christ and His Church.  The Jews ceased to be the people of God.  This created an interesting situation for the Jews who chose not to follow Jesus Christ.  They were under the impression that they still were the chosen people of God.  They were surprised, therefore, when the Romans completely destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD.

New Testament Fulfillments

Thus, by use of the parallels between the Old Testament and Church history, the following picture emerges.  Let’s look at the last three prophecies of St. Malachy.

De Labore Solis – Of the Labor of the Sun / Eclipse of the Sun

This phrase corresponds with John Paul II.  Like we noted above, it was Antiochus that reigned in Jerusalem when Mathathias fled to the hills, and it was John Paul II who reigned in Rome when Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was ‘excommunicated’ and rebelled.  John Paul II was extremely popular and charismatic.  He was considered to be devoutly Catholic even though he performed many acts of great apostasy.  If anyone was an eclipse of God’s Church, it would have been him.  Similarly, Antiochus called himself a ‘god’, and forced his will on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  Antiochus was the great eclipse of the Old Testament Covenant.

“The Church will be in eclipse” – Our Lady of LaSalette

Gloria Olivae – The Glory of the Olive

In the Old Testament, after the death of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Greeks came to realize that they could not stop the Maccabees.  So, the strategy of the Greeks then sought to compromise with them instead.  However, even though the Greeks held out the ‘olive branch of peace’ there was an instance or two in which the Greeks tried to trick the Maccabees by giving them false confidences and assurances.  The Maccabees smelled the trap, and got out in time.

This situation in the Old Testament is remarkably similar to the situation with the SSPX under the reign of Benedict XVI.  The Vatican realized that the ‘excommunication’ of the SSPX wasn’t stopping its growth worldwide, so the strategy developed into one of compromise.  Soon, there was talk of regularizing the SSPX, and talks were progressing under Benedict XVI , the “Glory of the Olive”.  However, these plans disintegrated at the last minute and the deal was cancelled.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX meets with Benedict XVI in 2005

As far as the term, “Glory of the Olive”, it is worth noting that the olive is highly associated with Greece.  Given that Benedict XVI is paralleled with the post Antiochus Greek kings, this makes his prophesied name significant.

Petrus Romanus – Peter the Roman

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In the Books of the Maccabees, there arose a stalemate between the Maccabees and the Greek kings of Jerusalem.  They both operated in Jerusalem, but there was tension between hellenizing Jews and the Maccabees.  The Maccabees had to accept the rule of the Greek kings in a compromise to allow them to keep the true Jewish religion available to the people.  This of course is remarkably like the situation with the SSPX and the Vatican during and after the time of Benedict XVI.  Benedict XVI lifted the ‘excommunications’ of the SSPX bishops, and then a period of argument and ambiguity followed in which many opinions were given concerning the canonical status of the SSPX.  However, the SSPX recognized the claimants to the papacy in Rome and in exchange, many people crossed over to the SSPX from Novus Ordo.

Next, in the Old Testament, a deal was made between the Romans and the Maccabees.  Over time, the Romans increased their authority over Jerusalem until they eventually drove the Greeks out of Jerusalem completely.  At this point, the Jews were in the hands of the Romans.  The culmination of this was the eventual destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.  Now, is it a coincidence that Francis, the current papal claimant, has the prophesied name of “Peter the Roman”?  Also, Francis seems to be the fulfillment of the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi, that a ‘destroyer’ will come at the end. Click here for that prophecy.  St. Francis was the great re-builder of the  Church, the last Francis will apparently be the destroyer.

Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans

Thus, just like in the prophecy of St. Malachy that ends with the destruction of the great city, Rome…. so too did Jerusalem get destroyed by the Romans.  Thus, Francis as “Peter the ROMAN”, is highly significant.  As a final note, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, the Jews still thought they were God’s chosen people, when in fact, they were not.  So too when Francis brings about the destruction of “Rome”, and Novus Ordo, adherents to Novus Ordo will think they are in God’s Church, when in fact, they are not.  It’s Traditional Catholicism, that which was kept alive by Archbishop Marcel Lefebfre (the New Mathathias) which has not changed God’s laws and the Holy Liturgy.  By reason of the parallels, the adherents to Novus Ordo are paralleled by those Jews who followed the new religion of Antiochus.

Is this Petrus Romanus, and the prophesied final ‘destroyer’?

That is why, in the Book of the Apocalypse, God says to His people in the Whore of Babylon  “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues” Apocalypse 18:4.                                      Book of the Apocalypse Chapter 17-18

That is to say… “Come out of Jerusalem my people before the Romans destroy it”


“Come out of Novus Ordo, my people, before Petrus Romanus, the destroyer, destroys it”