According to author and theologian Chris Putnam, this is a Seventh Day Adventist theory but there is a very compelling logic behind the theory. It wasn't just pulled out of a hat and made to look neat.
In the Book of Revelation, there is mention of 8 kings. The kings are widely believed to be Popes. The 8th King/Pope is one of the earlier 7 Popes. The angel speaking to John of Patmos emphasizes the 6th King/Pope who happens to be John Paul II. Where are we counting from? Since the Lateran Treaty was signed on February 11, 1929. Notice something about the date? Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11, 2013! That's Eighty-four years to the day!
Pope Benedict XVI has retired to Castle Gandolfo. Some more info tying his new place of residence to the Lateran Treaty, directly from the Vatican website:
With the Lateran Treaty of 1929, Italy recognized the full ownership by the Holy See of the Pontifical Palace of Castel Gandolfo along with the adjacent Villa del Moro and Villa Cybo, and further agreed to hand over “the Villa Barberini in Castel Gandolfo along with all of its endowments, appurtenances and dependencies” (cf. Lateran Treaty, art. 14). Sometime later Pope Pius XI wanted to make the papal residence complete with the acquisition of some orchards near Albano in order to establish a small farm. [source]
Pope John Paul II has a webcam fixed on his tomb so anyone with an internet connection can view it. The given reason for this is that so people can take a virtual pilgrimage to his tomb. Well, then why don't they set up a webcam to some other pope's tombs? Will they set up a webcam for Pope Benedict XVI when he goes? [See the webcam here: http://www.vaticanstate.va/EN/Monuments/webcam/index?cam=webcam2&testo=Tomba%20di%20Giovanni%20Paolo%20II]
Another oddity I found while researching this topic is this article about Pope John Paul II's Facebook Resurrection. It was reported in the AP but the article is no longer available through cliking the link in this article/blog post. I wanted to link to his Facebook page (or is it a regular profile?) but could not decided which one it was! Maybe it was taken down? Anywho, it's like they're trying to get the public ready so if he does return it won't be a complete shock. But I think it's safe to say, if anyone arose from the dead after so many years, nothing would soften the blow to the senses.
The chilling thing to consider is, this lines up with the idea that the next pope, whoever it may be, is the final pope before Rome is destroyed and "the terrible judge judges his people."
Here is the video floating around Youtube (in 2 parts):
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