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First Black Pope? Sign of End Times?

On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective Feb. 28, citing poor health, speculation is already mounting about his potential replacement.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,  Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Wassaw Nsuta, Ghana.

And Cardinal Peter Turkson, is qualified enough to be a potential option. He is President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Wassaw Nsuta, Ghana. He was ordained for the Diocese of Cape Coast on 20 July 1975 and holds a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

At a 2009 news conference, Turkson was asked whether he thought the time was right for a black Pope. “Why not?” Turkson replied. He argued that every man who agrees to be ordained a priest has to be willing to be a Pope, and is given training along the way as bishop and cardinal.

He could be the first Black Pope!

This is more significant than just being the first Black Pope. Many prophecy wonks believe that a Pope named ‘Peter the Roman’ will be the last Pope. “The Prophecy of the Popes,” attributed to Saint Malachy, is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. The prophecy claims that this pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome.

He could be the last Pope!

This prophecy is interesting, we have to hope in a sense that it is true. The end of the papal seat would be the first great step toward a truly catholic church. This is an opportunity for Reformed Christians to call the Roman communion back to the Scriptures (having called ourselves back first, of course). We pray that Roman Catholics would return to the tradition of Gregory – who refused the title “Universal Pope.”

Our prayer for the Roman Catholic Church should be that of St. Clement:

“For it is to the humble that Christ belongs, not to those who exalt themselves over his flock. The scepter of the majesty of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, did not come with the pomp of pride or arrogance, though he could have, but in humility”

Is this the End Times?

Evangelicals and Catholics will now begin to speculate on how today’s news will be a sign of the “end times,”  but we know that the end is NOT yet. We need to read the future in the context of what our Lord has said in His word, not human events. The newspaper is not God’s means of relaying prophesy. Everything we need to know has already been printed and we can find comfort and boldness in His word. The sky is not falling. St. John’s Apocalypse teaches instead that Christians will overcome all opposition through the work of Jesus Christ. Most of the confusion over the meaning of the prophecy has resulted from a failure to read this book in the context of the entirety of scripture.

St. John writes that the book concerns “the things which must shortly take place” (1:1), and warns that “the time is near” (1:3). In case we might miss it, he says again, at the close of the book, that “the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place” (22:6). Given the fact that one important proof of a true prophet lay in the fact that his predictions came true (Deut. 18:21-22), St. John’s first-century readers had every reason to expect his book to have immediate significance. The words “shortly” and “near” simply cannot be made to mean anything but what they say. Some will object to this on the basis of 2 Peter 3:8, that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” But the context there is entirely different: Peter is exhorting his first-century readers to have patience with respect to God’s promises…

David Chilton,  Days of Vengeance

Days of Vengeance David Chilton Steve MaciasDavid Chilton wrote the most comprehensive verse by verse treatment of the Book of Revelation. His book The Days of Vengeance  still remains one of the most helpful tools at truly understanding what is meant by the “end times.”

Revelation remains, though, a challenging and relevant book for us, not because it gives an outline of world history with special reference to our era, but because it shows us that Christ is in control of world history, and how we should live and pray and worship. In vivid powerful imagery it teaches us what it means to believe in God’s sovereignty and justice.

Gordon Wenham
The College of St. Paul and St. Mary Cheltenham, England 

Buy today: The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation

Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit and a link is given.

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The Consistent Constitutionalist

On my way to work this morning I heard Jerry Doyle interview Ron Paul’s official blogger, Jack Hunter. Hunter did a terrific job elaborating the Paul strategy in the weeks ahead. By the way, Doyle has come out and endorsed Ron Paul.  Hunter answered several questions that continue to be asked in this election cycle. Though the media portrays Paul as “the crazy uncle,” this crazy uncle might just have a chance of winning Iowa.

The Huffington Post and others are now placing their attention on the CNN/Time Poll, which shows Romney ahead of the pack with 25% followed by Ron Paul’s 22%. But the FiveThirtyEight blog of the NYT casts some doubts on the latest poll. With Santorum improving on his numbers and Gingrich essentially bidding adieu to Iowa, Paul has remained the consistent top-tier candidate in Iowa granting him a prestigious end on the third of January.

Finally, the Washington Post concluded their daily pinocchio test, which is usually a futile exercise in pseudo fact-checking. But on this one they asked whether Ron Paul was a conservative constitutionalist. They concluded:

Paul has distinguished himself as the most consistent candidate in the GOP field. He votes according to his principles almost 100 percent of the time, establishing a reputation as an uncompromising representative. In short, voters know exactly what to expect from him — which should make it easy to decide whether to vote for him.

Yes, Paul is consistent, but with a touch of sarcasm and lunacy, the Washington Post concludes: “…that is according to his definition of the constitution.”

Steve Deace’s Endorsement

To begin Tom Woods makes this compelling video specifically addressed to Steve Deace. Tom offers a case for why Deace should endorse Ron Paul. Deace is a respected Talk Show Host in Iowa and many have sought his endorsement before the Iowa Caucus in less than four weeks. Today he has written a piece almost endorsing Michelle Bachmann whom he believes most closely resembles his principles. Steve stresses that Christian voters should reward faithfulness. It’s a fine article. Bachmann does not have my vote, but among the other neo-cons, she is far superior in principle.

Ron Paul Podcast #1 – Beginning the Conversation

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Ron Paul Podcast!

I hope to re-start my Ron Paul podcast.  2007’s podcast was quite successful; attracting at one time over 500 listeners. The purpose is to offer people commentary on the latest in Paul’s presidential run, and also summarize Paul’s position on a variety of topics. Hope to do my first one in the next 10 days.

Ron Paul Podcast # 7- On Education

Topic: Stay Away From Our Children

This podcast lasts 5 minutes and 16 seconds.

Podcast Notes:

I could spend the time in this podcast talking about the Ron Paul blimp, which will surely make news in the next few days or I could talk about the Boston Tea Party celebration where Paul supporters will raise over 5 million dollars on the 16th and 17th of December. Since Ron Paul has over 75,000 volunteers (more than any other presidential candidate) and since Paul supporters have more blogs and websites than any other candidate, I am sure they will cover these issues in due time.

What I prefer to do is to talk about what Ron Paul believes; because it is what he believes that most intelligent people care about. In these new few minutes I would like to discuss what Ron Paul believes about education. Read more…

Ron Paul Podcast #6

Show #6: Huckabee’s Liberal Record and Paul’s Favoritism

This podcast lasts 3 minutes. For previous podcasts go to archives.

Program notes:

On this 6th podcast I would like to speak briefly about Mike Huckabee’s liberal economic policies. In a recent article by Robert Novak entitled: The False Conservative, Novak details Huckabee’s impressive and clear abilities to articulate a liberal economic policy of increasing taxes and “big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans.”

Novak begins his article with the following words:

Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the “Club for Greed”? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee, who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender — definitely in Iowa and perhaps nationally. Read more…

Ron Paul Podcast #5: Non-Interference and change

Show #5: Non-Interference and change

Show #5: Non-Interference and change

This podcast lasts 5 minutes. For previous podcasts go to archives.

Program notes: Now that the phenomenal fourth quarter “money-bomb” of 4.2 million dollars in one twenty-four day is somewhat passe, we need to see if Paul’s numbers will go up in NH and other parts of the country. As of today, he is fourth in NH with 8%, ahead of Fred Thompson and Huckabee. Fortunately, we don’t have to be worried about the Paul campaign mismanaging the money of loyal supporters. You can’t have this same confidence with the Romney or Giuliani campaign. Read more…

Ron Paul Podcast #4 – Examining Mike Huckabee’s record

Show #4 Topic: Mike Huckabee’s record.

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Content:a) Interview with John Fund concerning Mike Huckabee’s record (5 minutes)
b) My commentary on Mike Huckabee (4 minutes)

This podcast lasts 10 minutes. For previous podcasts go to archives.

Podcast Notes:

And greetings to you…this is Uri Brito for our fourth Ron Paul podcast. You have just heard John Fund from the Wall Street Journal talking to Tucker Carlson about Mike Huckabee’s record. I would like to spend a few minutes further speaking about Huckabee’s record and then making a final observation as to why a Paul campaign is superior and far more conservative to the Huckabee message. Read more…

Ron Paul Podcast #3 – On Foreign Policy

Show #3: 911- Calling Dr. Ron Paul; save us from this senseless foreign policy.

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Also included, a portion of Ron Paul’s response in the first presidential debate.

This podcast lasts 7 minutes. For previous podcasts go to archives.

Podcast Notes:

Today, I would like to speak about Ron Paul’s foreign policy. As anyone who has watched all the debates or even one of them will know, Ron Paul stands away from the pack. He opposes the neo-conservative agenda of policing the world and using force as a way to achieve peace. The idea of achieving Middle Eastern stability through the barrel of a gun is senseless and Paul has made that clear. Read more…

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