Since the beginning of time false prophets have come and gone. So how do we know who is from God and who is not. Often times we don’t, not for awhile anyway. When I was in prayer I was asking the Lord about one particular so-called prophet…I wanted to know if I could believe this person and was He speaking through this person. After five days of prayer, suddenly the Lord spoke and said “by their fruits you shall know them”. This takes time which is why it also takes the Church many years sometimes to determine whether or not an Apparition or Visionary is from God. In Acts 5:34-39 we are told:
34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. [a]But he was killed, and all who [b]followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who [c]followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or [d]action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
if this plan or [d]action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” Important words of advice which the Church adheres to in many cases of alleged visionaries around the World. There are two very important Apparition Sites which the Church is currently looking into and they are Garabandol and Medjugoree. As one may expect, you have many good faith-filled individuals who claim these are not from God, and many faith-filled Christians who say YES they are from God. The Garabandol messages speak about these times we are now in…..claiming that we will go through an Illumination of Conscience called the “Warning; the great Miracle, and the Tribulation period”. If these incidences do occur, then the Church will proclaim them to be valid.
I was in Garabandal and Medjugoree in the year 2000. Both are very poor communities high in the mountains with very sparse populations. I guess I certainly do believe they are from God but we will all have to wait and see.
The reason I am bringing this up is because there is a controversy brewing between two men who are “in the know”. It is in regards to Pope Francis. Dr. Kelly Bowring contends that it is highly plausible that he is the False Pope for these times, and Charlie Johnston contends that No, he is our Pope for these times – a good Pope. What I find really interesting is that you are finding people taking sides with one or the other, and Charlie Johnston stated that Dr. Kelly Bowring is blaspheming God by putting forth his reasons as to why he believes this Pope is the False Pope.
I find this quite interesting and I guess as scripture states: If he is indeed the false pope then he will be overthrown, but if not, then he shall be vindicated by God.
Dr. Kelly Bowring is in good standing with the Church, a Catholic Theologian who has written a number of books on these days, based on Scripture and Prophecies already approved by the Church…..And, Charlie Johnston is also in good standing and is being guided by at least three Priests these last 20 years. He, I believe, is receiving lessons from the Lord and is doing his best to relay those messages to us to help us get through what he terms the “storm”.
However, One is correct and the other is wrong. If Dr. Kelly Bowring is wrong then I am wrong. His reasons for suggesting this possibility are the very same reasons that I have been struggling with since Pope Francis walked out on stage to greet everyone in 2013. The Lord said “By their fruits you shall know them”. I continue to go through all of this in my mind trying to discern but at the same time knowing that God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and who can know the mind of God.
Dr. Kelly Bowrings thoughts on this matter can be found here. He penned an open letter to Pope Francis which I think you may find interesting. He questions him quite pointedly and I cannot believe that he would be guilty of blaspheming God for questioning his statements and intentions.
Here is what Charlie Johnston had to say about Dr. Kelly Bowring.
I am getting a lot of mail from people shaken by the writings of Dr. Kelly Bowring. He was once fairly orthodox, but after being deceived by the fraud who was Maria Divine Mercy, instead of humbly repenting, he has taken up her mantle of trying to defame the lawful authority of Pope Francis – and so lead people away from the safety of the Church and the faith. What he is doing is execrable…and there are European former Catholics (I call them former because, while claiming they are Catholic, they too are trying to pull people off the ship into the Storm-tossed sea) doing the same and mounting an even more furious assault than Bowring. I warned of this last year. These things must come. YOU keep to the safety of the ship which is the Church. As this grows, I will consider other things to do, but for now pray and boldly proclaim your faith – and your fidelity to the Barque of Peter.
So, here you have it. Two faithful Catholics doing their best to serve God and for various reasons totally disagree with one another on something very important. This is very important because prophecy states that the Church will undergo great persecution, satan will enter into the very summit of the Church, and it will look as though the church has died. The faithful will have to go underground to celebrate Mass. The Church will be divided and the False Pope will be in union with the Anti-Christ to bring about a One-World Church, which will be built in Rome.
We may need to make a choice very soon….and that choice is whether or not we should follow Pope Francis. I do think this is extremely important. So, we need to pray, pray, pray that we follow the true leader of the Church and not be misled and stray from the truth. The Lord said many will be deceived and only a small remnant shall be left at the end who follow the Truth. I, personally do not want to be deceived and I pray everyday that I never, ever deny God. This is one of the reasons we absolutely must know our Scriptures.
Before I forget there is also another very important attribute of a false prophet vs a true prophet. Jesus said that those who are of Him will follow in his footsteps. They will be persecuted just as He was persecuted. So…..the False Prophet will be adulated while the true prophets are persecuted. Take a look at Pope Benedict….He is and was very persecuted and the mainstream media did not like him at all…they spoke very ill of him. However, the moment Pope Francis walked on stage someone from CBS said, He was a Saint. They didn’t even know the guy and they were already making comments that he was a Saint. Pope Francis gets a lot of media attention and he is not being persecuted in the least bit by anyone that I know of. This is one of the things I am looking at and also we must look for humility.
Now I know everyone and I mean everyone is saying how humble Pope Francis is….well, if everyone is saying this, even the media, then you know something just is not right. False humility is pretending to be humble and doing things to get noticed or attention.
These are just a few things I am looking at and trying to discern. All of us need to do this and ask for the Holy Spirits guidance into this matter. Do not just assume all is ok. satan is a clever one and he is much more brilliant than any of us will ever be. I know I have been fooled many times so I am much more cautious these days…..Sometimes the Lord will allow us to be deceived to keep us humble and to let us know that we don’t know beans about many things. These are invaluable lessons.
I pray you will receive many blessings this day and be given the gift of discernment. We all need it.