To find the true Antichrist of Bible Prophecy, each and every description in prophecy, must fit, because the Bible does not make any mistakes. Does each antichrist prophecy point to the Roman Catholic church, the Papacy? Take a look and see for yourself.
1. "horn" "beast" - The antichrist is a nation or kingdom
(Daniel 7:8,17,23-24, Rev. 13:1-3)
The beast and little horn are symbols
for a power at war with God's people at the end of time.
The Bible explains its own symbols, here is an example:
"the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon
the earth." Daniel 7:23-24 A beast or horn in Bible prophecy represents a nation or kingdom and it's leader.
Does the Papacy fit this point? Yes - The Papacy while being a church is also a nation, Vatican City, where the Pope, it's leader, resides. The independent country is located within Rome Italy. The Pope who is the leader of the Catholic Church is also the leader of this tiny nation. The Vatican has issued its own coins and now has a vatican Euro. It has its own postage stamps, its own bank, an independent phone system, and even has a small military and police force called the swiss guard. It even sends and receives ambassadors from around the world.
2. It is a "little" nation (see Daniel 7:8)
That the vatican is a small nation will be contested by no one, it is the smallest nation in the world. The Vatican City State is a recognized national territory under international law. It is the smallest sovereign state in the world at 0.44 square kilometres (44 ha/110 acres).
3. Rises "Among Them"
The prophecy declares that the little horn nation would have to arise within the proximity of the other 10 horns, within the divisions of the former western Roman empire. The Vatican Papal state fufills this point as well, arising in the middle of Italy.
|The Battle between Christ and the Antichrist as revealed in the Origin of the Word Vandalism: The Vandals hated the Roman Catholic veneration of images and idols, because the Holy Scriptures clearly declares that type of behaviour to be sin. (See Exodus 20:4-6, and Jeremiah 10:1-15)
The Vandals became so well known for their defacing and destroying of the Catholic idols that their behaviour was named after them, vandalism. What happened to the Vandals? The Papacy used the Ostrogoths to destroy the enemy that exposed her errors and defaced her idols.
Today, you will still see that the veneration of images, idol worship, is still a large part of the Catholic religion. You will find images and idols in the churches, in cars and taxis, in homes, and even hanging about the neck.
In many countries, the Catholics parade their idols during special celebrations, carrying them throughout the cities and villages just as is mentioned in Jeremiah 10:5.
God says to His followers, "be not afraid of them."
4-5. Rises "after" the first horns, and "three of the first horns plucked up" as it comes into power
Almost all historians agree that by the year 476 A.D. the Western Roman empire had been divided into 10 parts. The Anglo-Saxons became England, the Francs became France, the Suevi became Portugual, the Bergundians became the Swiss, the Alamani became Germany, the Visigoths became Spain, and the Lombards became Italy.
The Bible Prophecy says that as the Papacy came into power three of the divisions of the Roman empire would perish. (Daniel 7:8)
Three of the original ten divisions of Rome are no longer with us today. The Heruli, Vandals, and the Ostrogoths are now extinct, this is no coincidence, the Bible predicted that three of the original 10 horns would be "Plucked up by the roots." This is another direct fulfillment of prophecy.
(The Heruli, Vandals, and Ostrogoths all resisted the Papacy, and by 538 AD they were all "plucked up" out of their place. This tiny little country which didn't even have an army used others to do its dirty work, it still does this today, the Papacy has never really changed.) Most credible historians start the reign of the Papacy in 538 AD.
6. "Diverse" from the other kingdoms, Daniel 7:24
The Papacy fits this prophecy perfectly as well,
the other divisions of the former Roman empire are nations and countries, while the Papal State is recognized as both a country and a church. The Roman Catholic church believes it has "authority" in religious matters, this is far different from the other nations of Europe.
7. "eyes of man, and mouth speaking great things"
The Bible indicates that this little country would have a significant leader who speaks "great things." This man is no puppet, he would have the authority to determine direction, make decisions, and "speak" make laws based on his own view and he would even speak "great words against the most High." Daniel 7:25
The leader of the Papacy is called the Pope, he is all powerful, and he does say great things against God, even going so far as to think that he takes the place of God.
popes] hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty."
Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII (New
York: Benziger, 1903), p. 304.
"The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ,
but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of flesh." Catholic National, July 1895.
"The leader of the Catholic church is defined by the faith
as the Vicar of Jesus Christ (and is accepted as such by believers).
The Pope is considered the man on earth who "takes the place"
of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity."
John Paul II, Crossing
the Threshold of Hope, p. 3, 1994
The above statement by the former pope John Paul II fulfills the very definition of the word antichrist, which means a "substitute for christ" or an "ursurper of Christ."
8. "Thinks to change times and laws"
This blasphemy speaking man even thinks he can change God's laws. Even more amazing, is the fact that most of the Christian world, has already been deceived by him, and are even now following his leadership rather than Christ and the Bible, albeit unknowingly. (This is a most perilous situation as multitudes are being set-up to fulfill Revelation 13:3)
Roman Catholic Statements Which Prove the Fullfillment of this Prophecy
"Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. "The Day of the Lord" (dies Dominica) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church's sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy." Sentinel, Pastor's page, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995
Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” -Rev. Peter Geiermann C.SS.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50
From "This Rock" Roman Catholic Magazine
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, NJ ‘News’ on March 18, 1903.
"Protestants ... accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change... But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that ... in observing Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the Church, the pope." Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950.
“Of course these two old quotations are exactly correct. The Catholic Church designated Sunday as the day for corporate worship and gets full credit – or blame – for the change.” This Rock, The Magazine of Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization, p.8, June 1997
For more information on this topic see: Modern and Historic Statements on the Sabbath and the origins of Sunday
History of the Sabbath
For all of you who out there who are reading this article and are surpised to find out that even you have been unknowingly following this man, you need to know that you are not alone. I, myself, the writer of this article was even deceived on this issue until the Lord Jesus Christ had mercy on me and brought me into His marvelous light. By God's grace and because of His great love, I have since changed directions. (see John 14:15)
9. "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;"
The Bible indicates that the antichrist(Papacy), would persecute the saints(Christians who are obedient to Christ), has this happened? Yes, throughout the long period of the dark ages the Roman Catholic church has put untold millions to death. This world wide "mother" church even in this day has a branch called the "Inquisition." You can travel the globe and see evidence of her terrible persecutions that occurred in many places.
The question one needs to ask oneself is this: "Would Jesus torture and kill those who didn't want to follow Him and be His disciples?" Absolutely not. Jesus showed us many examples, He even healed and forgave His enemies. So in the acts of persecuting and forcing people to adopt the Roman Catholic teachings, who are the Papal inquisitors following, Christ or Satan?
10. "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Revelation 18:4
The evidences of this has been reported in public from time to time throughout history. Here are some recent articles:
The Papal resignation islinked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper (2-21-2013) A report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. (View Article Here)
The Vatican on Saturday fought attempts to link Pope Benedict XVI to child sex abuse in a counteroffensive against the widening paedophilia scandals. View Article (3-13-2010)
11. "And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. " Revelation 17:5 Throughout the world the Catholic church is commonly known by her own claim that she is the mother church. The Bible prophecies predicted these shameless claims.
"In its interior, the Papal Throne was placed, making it the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome. In reflection of the basilica's claim to primacy in the world as "mother church", the words Sacrosancta Lateranensis ecclesia omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput (meaning "Most Holy Lateran Church, of all the churches in the city and the world, the mother and head") are incised in the front wall between the main entrance doors." Source Wikipedia.org 10-1-2011
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||Words of Concern
These prophecies which expose the Papacy identify a religious institution.
sincere, Christians in the Roman Catholic church as well as in all churches.
However, these prophecies must be preached because they contain the
strongest warnings against obeying her teachings.
God wants his true hearted followers to turn away from her errors and come out of fellowship with the powers of darkness.
See Revelation 18:1-4.
Wyclif (1324-1384)“Why is it necessary in unbelief to look for
another Antichrist? Hence in the seventh chapter of Daniel Antichrist
is forcefully described by a horn arising in the time of the 4th
For it grew from [among] our powerful ones, more horrible,
more cruel, and more greedy, because by reckoning the pagans and
our Christians by name, a lesser [greater?] struggle for the temporals
is not recorded in any preceding time.
...the horn has arisen from the
ten horns, having eyes and a mouth speaking great things against
the Lofty One, and wearing out the saints of the Most High, and
thinking that he is able to change times and laws.” (Daniel
7:8, 25 quoted)
…"For so our clergy foresee the lord
pope, as it is said of the eighth blaspheming little head."
Translated from Wyclif's, De Veritate Sacrae Scripturae, vol. 3
pp. 262, 263
[Please Note: John Wycliffe - Completed the first English translation
of the Bible]
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