2 Thessalonians 2: 3 - 4: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Acts of the Holy Spirit; Jeffersonville, Indiana; December 19, 1954
I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they’ll form an image like unto the Beast. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together. The real, true believers out of Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, whatever they’ll be, will go together and cemented by the love of God, that’ll make the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, all the believers. And agnostics and shallow-minded will be cast to one side; they’ll go right on into the confederation of churches.
Saint Malachy (a 12-century archbishop of Armagh, Ireland) is attributed to have predicted the popes from Celestine II to the final Pope of whom it is said… “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people".
On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Pope Francis I after Saint Francis of Assisi whose full name was Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone, an Italian who was once a beggar in Rome, effectively making Bergoglio “Peter the Roman”. Many are expecting for Francis I to be the final Pope whom Satan will incarnate according to 1 Thessalonians 2: 3 - 4. Their focus upon the Man of Sin shows that their vision is not correctly zeroed, for the Bride of Christ is not looking to the Man of Sin, but to the Son of Man (Christ) who will take His Bride home to be with Him eternally before Satan incarnates the Pope.
There are some things in the message of the hour and the scriptures that God will sovereignly reveal in His own time and in His own perfect manner. The first is that Brother Branham said that the Pope would come from the United States. Pope Francis is from Argentina which is part of the Americas but which certainly is not the United States of America. Forcing things to fit for the sake of sounding good is not God’s method of fulfilment, and so people need to be careful and look to Christ to make plain those things which at first glance seem difficult to reconcile. Whether Francis I is the final Pope or there is yet to come a Pope from the United States or whatever God’s plan is, we shall understand these things and know fully in the season of God’s choosing.