De Gloria Olivae (The Glory of the Olive) is the motto that St Malachy attributed to Pope Benedict XVI. Proponents of the prophecies have generally try to draw a connection between Benedict and the Olivetan order to explain this motto. Benedict’s choice of papal name is after Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch.
Benedict’s name is a sound reference to the motto by St Malachy. In fact St Benedict is the patron saint of Europe and the olive is a symbol of peace thus implying that the head of church is a herald of peace in Europe and to the world.
However there could be a hidden truth behind his motto. Like Jesus in the Garden of the Gethsemane (the garden of olives) has let himself in the Lord’s will to sacrifice for the salvation of mankind, could the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI imply he’s sacrificing himself and preparing us to the Second Coming? Is Pope Benedict XVI part of the Olivet Prophecy?
Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass at the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem – 15th May 2009
According to Gospel of Matthew Chapter 24 (as part of the Olivet Prophecy):
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Could the two men be the two Popes, i.e. the ‘retired’ Pope Benedict XVI and the one who’ll take the seat in Rome? If so what will happen to Benedict XVI if he’s taken? Read also about the last angelus of Pope Benedict XVI.