The death of Pope Benedict XVI on December 31st 2022 is an important event, it marks the death of the seventh king in the book of the Apocalypse, chapter 17. Chapter 17 is where it is explained that the Beast, the Woman and the Whore of Babylon are of one mind, they work together against Christ and His Church. In my book, (Fatima, The Pope and America), I look into who these three are. It would appear that Pope Benedict the XVI is the Seventh King.
In 1929, the Lateran Treaty between the Vatican the the Papal States created the land locked country we now know as Vatican City. The details can be read online, and it marks the decline of the Church of Jesus Christ. It relegated the Papacy and the Hierarchy to nothing more than any other country, made subject to man. Where at one time the Kings were installed and upheld by the Church, the Church is now subject to man.
The Treaty was signed on February 11, 1929 and became effective on June 7, 1929. The treaty designated the newly established city/state, a Sacerdotal Monarchy, or a Priestly King, where the Pope is a priest and the king of the kingdom. The first Pope of this newly formed “Vatican City” was Pope Pius XI, who was elected on February 5, 1922 and began his Papacy on February 6, 1922.
The List of Popes since 1929:
- 1st. Pope Pius XI
- 2nd. Pope Pius XII
- 3rd. Pope John XXIII
- 4th. Pope Paul VI
- 5th. Pope John Paul I
- 6th. Pope John Paul II
- 7th. Pope Benedict XVI
From what I can gather, the talks for the treaty began two years before the treaty was signed. Pope Benedict was born in 1927, April 16th. So the seventh king’s life spanned the entire period of the seven kings. Pope Benedict died at the age of 95, but if you factor in his age from conception, he was 96. For those that have read my above mentioned book, you know what that means. It is also important to note that Pope Benedict allegedly announced his resignation on February 11th, 2013, the anniversary of the Lateran Treaty.
 And here is the understanding that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman sitteth, and they are seven kings:  Five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come: and when he is come, he must remain a short time.  And the beast which was, and is not: the same also is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into destruction.-Douay-Rheims, Chpt 17, 9-11
The sixth King is Pope John Paul II, the next (The 7th) is Pope Benedict XVI, and remember he was Pope only for seven years, “a short time”. The “eighth”, is the one that comes after is from the 7th. This is the hard one to understand, but the eighth is subject to the 7th. The implication is that there are 8 in all but one is not a king or not a Priestly King. This is Pope Francis, either he is a King and not a Priest or he is a Priest and not a King. I believe Dr. Edmund Mazz’s work, might fill in the blanks on this one. At any rate, any Catholic with eyes to see and ears to hear, knows that Francis is the Destroyer mentioned in the Book of the Apocalypse.
Should be an exciting year, 2023!