In the near future, sometime in the 2020’s, the Protestant Churches, led by the Anglican Church, will repent, reform, and seek unification with the Catholic Church. The Orthodox Churches, on their on initiative, will also seek unification with the Catholic Church. The Pope of that time (not Pope Francis, not his successor) will approve of unification.
The Church will then be restructured to have seven parts: two fishes and fives loaves. The two fishes are the Latin Rite and the Eastern Rite (all the Eastern Churches, including the Orthodox). The five loaves are five different Rites, all derived from the Protestant Churches. The many Protestant denominations will consolidate, to form five groups.
The conservative Catholic subculture and many Orthodox Christians will object to unification and this restructuring. They will have the same attitude toward the Protestants that the elder son had toward the prodigal son. They will object bitterly (just as the conservatives bitterly object to Pope Francis).
Subsequently, a great Ecumenical Council will approve of Unification, and will correct many errors of doctrine and discipline, including those errors of conservatives.
Then, in the distant future, a subsequent restructuring of the Church will give the Church twelve branches, just as Israel has twelve tribes.
The restructuring of the Church to have seven parts in unity occurs during the first part of the tribulation. The subsequent restructuring into twelves parts occurs about a century before the second part of the tribulation, during the kingdom of the ten kings. There will be one Church for each of the ten kingdoms, plus the Latin Rite and the Eastern Rite.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.