A 19 August 2009 article by Joel Hilliker on “Working to Inspire an Empire” posted to TheTrumpet.com and showed up in a Google alert. He covers several aspects of the Pope’s papacy from 19 April 2005 to the present.
In the beginning, Pope Benedict tried to reassure critics about “God’s Rottweiler”. The article basically makes the point that the “real Benedict has emerged” to show himself after wielding influence and power in Europe.
The record is impressive: Pope Benedict xvi has been active, determined and aggressive in asserting Roman Catholic authority and positioning the church to play a larger role within Europe and globally. He even seems to view his actions in their historical context—as filling the spiritual component of what he hopes to be yet another revival of that ancient church-state union.
The article then goes on to state that there must be a union of church and state in order for the Holy Roman Empire to revive.
What is not clear is whether or not PCG believes Pope Benedict will be the pope to do this.
Today we see Pope Benedict working feverishly to provide that spiritual lifeblood of European unity. The resulting wave of evangelism will sweep the Continent into Rome’s arms in a bonding of church and state.
It is all now so close to coming to pass. We are witnessing the beginning of the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.
Personally, I don’t think this pope will be the one to fulfill the final week of Daniel’s 70 week prophecy. As I’ve stated before, he is not as charismatic and popular as his predecessor. It seems unlikely he will be able to garner the support needed for uniting all of Europe.