The literal and accurate fulfillment of detailed prophecies given hundreds to thousands of years in advanced, is one of the distinguishing features of the Bible, which not only distinguishes it from every other book, religion, and prophet, but also confirms that it truly is the inspired, inerrant, preserved Word of God.
Today we will be reviewing some of the most notable scriptures regarding identification of Antichrist. It is statistically impossible for any other institution to fulfill all of the many prophecies from scripture as does the Roman Catholic Papacy.
It was once said, in Peter Stoner’s book Science Speaks, regarding the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies, that even if there were only eight, “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10(17th)” “That would be one in 100,000,000,000,000,000.“-By Marjorie Lewis Lloyd, Signs of the Times, August 1976. as quoted from Peter Stoner’s book “Science Speaks” Moody Press 1963. The same then, of course, would also apply regarding the prophecies of antichrist.
But just to put it out there, if anyone honestly believes they have viable alternative candidate, who fulfills every prophecy from the Bible regarding antichrist and his kingdom, feel free to e-mail me or comment below, but be sure you have cited each of the 14 prophecies below (including the rest of those in the Bible I’ve not cited, and how those which are yet to be fulfilled will be in the future), being as detailed as possible about how each scripture was fulfilled by the institution/individual you believe it to be regarding, and also provide a historical record to back your claims that can trump or equal the approximate 120 book titles of written history, spanning 400 years, which can be found referenced in this post, that I’m using to prove what is an accurate understanding of the prophetic scriptures, and that has been historically accepted to be true by Bible believers and protestants.
Generally speaking interpretations of prophecy are not new but date back to the time of the Reformation. I encourage folks to see themselves what the various commentators had to say. Links can be found to such commentaries at the resource tab above.
Scriptures on Antichrist
The Bible says in Daniel 7:25 that the beast will “wear out the saints of the most High“, additionally in the New Testament scriptures we read “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…“, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth“-Revelation 17:6, Revelation 18:24. During the inquisitions and crusades of the dark ages, the number of Bible-believers who were tortured and killed as “heretics” by the Roman Catholic papacy is estimated by historians to range between 50-200 million.
“That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no [one] who has a competent knowledge of history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so scanty, that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no power of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.“-History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe by W. E. H. Lecky , Vol. II, p. 32. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910.
“From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of popery.“-History of Romanism,” pp. 541, 542. New York: 1871.
“Need I speak to you of the thirty years’ war in Germany, which was mainly instigated by the Jesuits, in order to deprive the Protestants of the right of free religious worship, secured to them by the treaty of Augsburg? Or of the Irish rebellion, of the inhuman butchery of about fifteen millions of Indians in South America, Mexico and Cuba, by the Spanish papists? In short, it is calculated by authentic historians, that papal Rome has shed the blood of sixty-eight millions of the human race in order to establish her unfounded claims to religious dominion“-The Glorious Reformation by S. S. SCHMUCKER citing Dr. Brownlee’s “Popery an enemy to civil liberty”, p. 105.
“This great antichristian power robbed the church of its gospel light and plunged the world into the Dark Ages. It put to death and thus took away the lives of from fifty to one hundred millions of the saints of the Most High….One thousand years covers the crest of the persecutions when from 50,000,000 to 150,000,000 martyrs died of the sword, at the stake, in dungeons, and of starvation because of the confiscation of their earthly possessions.“-Bunch, Taylor, The Book of Daniel, 1950, p. 170, 185.
(See also “Estimates of The Number Killed by The Papacy in The Middle Ages and Later” by David A. Plaisted, 2006;“Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Foxe, 1563; “A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages” by Henry Charles Lea, 1888, or any of a number of other historical titles of which over 120 area listed here, for more information.)
Christ said, as recorded in Matthew 7:16, “by their fruits ye shall know them.” It’s one thing to realize that this institution has killed so many in the name of religion, but to then realize that the means of torture were among thee most inhumane, gruesome, and cruel to ever be devised by man adds to the veracity of the papacy’s fulfillment of these prophecies. See this link to learn about the most dastardly methods of torture and death which were implemented.
I also recommend checking out the following documentaries which can be viewed for free simply by clicking on its respective link: “Catholic Inquisition“, “The Forbidden Book: History of the Bible“, “A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible“, “Tares Among the Wheat“.
It goes on to say in Daniel 7:25 that she would think to change times and laws. First let us note that Rome declares as much using nearly exact phraseology.
“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate [change] laws,“-Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary
“The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws… The Pope can modify divine law…“-Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, “Papa” art. 2, translated.
Rome would go on to change the Sabbath (the seventh day of the week), commanded to be kept by God in the 10 commandments, to the pagan Sunday (first day of the week), now universally accepted as the “Christian Sabbath” having absolutely no foundation in scripture. From Rome, by the hand of Jesuit Christopher Clavius came the Gregorian Calender which has each month and week named after pagan gods, as well as changing the calculating of time from sundown-sundown to midnight-midnight.
“Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her;–she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.“-Rev. Stephan Keenan, A doctrinal Catechism, On the Obedience Due to the Church, Ch. 3, p.174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York)”
See the following links for many more quotes and much more evidence.
Revelation 17:18 says that the beast reigneth over all the kings of the earth.
As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words, just look for the undeniable proof:
Also, make note of the public record indicating that the majority of those in the political, religious, business, corporate, and entertainment arenas today, are either roman catholic, part of papal knighthoods (such as the Knights of Malta, Knights of Columbus etc,) come from Jesuit universities, or are part of the Masonic brotherhood (Which according to Helena Blavatsky, a 97th Degree Freemason of the Ancient and Primitive Right of Mizraim, and occultist, in her book “ISIS Unveiled”, are “offspring of the sons of Ignatius Loyola” who was of course founder or the Roman Catholic Jesuit Military Order). Just check out the following lists and bear in mind these not exhaustive but only indicate those publicly acknowledged as such:
Also check out my post “Books on Romanism, Etc.” to find titles that include much more evidence.
Revelation 17:4 states “And the woman (always refers to a church throughout prophecy) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls having a golden cup. It just so happens that the bishops of Rome dress in purple while the cardinals scarlet, the papacy always bejeweled in opulence and the golden cup referring to those used in the unbiblical “sacrament” of the mass/eucharist/communion, for which most of the martyrs were killed for rejecting.
Revelation 17:9 says “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sittith”. The underlying Greek word for “mountain” in that passage is the also translated as “hill”, for example in Luke 4:29, and other places. Rome has always historically been considered the city on seven hills and she even admits as much, from the Catholic Encyclopedia, pg.529 “It is within the city of Rome, called The City on Seven Hills, that the entire area of Vatican State Proper is now confined“, see following link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_hills_of_Rome.
1 Timothy 4:3 states she shall teach “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” This is a well-known doctrine of catholic priests, and likewise the Catholic Church teaches “meatless Fridays” see following links:
Revelation 13:18 states “…the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; 666”
“The letters inscribed in the Pope’s miter are these ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’. which is the Latin for ‘VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD.’ Catholics hold that the church, which is a visible society, must have a visible head…., as head of the church, was given the title, ‘VICAR OF CHRIST’.”-Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly) “Bureau of information,” Huntington, Ind., April 18, 1915 (actual scan)
As most know, the Roman letters are also used numerically, called roman numerals. It just so happens the title ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’ has numberical value of 666, see below:
VICARIUS FILII DEI
|THE LITERAL MEANING:||VICARIUS – substituting for, or in place of|
|FILII – means son|
|DEI – means GOD|
112 + 53 + 501 = 666
All of the following titles have the numerical value of 666: “Roman Kingdom,” “The Latin Speaking Man,” “The Latin Kingdom,” “Italian Church,” “Vicar of Christ,” “Captain of the Clergy,” “Vicar of the Court,” etc.; see following link for more information as to how these numerical values were arrived at: http://biblelight.net/666.htm.
Also, if you count up all the points on the Jesuit Seal (The 3 nails, the point at the bottom of the cross, and all of the sun rays), and add them together like so: “1+2+3+4…….” all the way to 36 (the total number of points), you will get 666. And of course its publicly acknowledged that the current pope is a Jesuit.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 states of the antichrist “he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Many who subscribe to the Jesuitical predisponsational-futurism doctrine, either knowingly or by ignorance, are awaiting a third temple to be built in Jerusalem. But once again, we must use the context of the whole of the Bible to get an accurate interpretation of this scripture: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”-Cor. 3:16,”…the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands…“-Acts 7:48
Roman catholic doctrine teaches the pope is literally Christ on earth, and seeks to sit in the temple of God as such, ie. in the minds and hearts of men:
“But to believe that our Lord God the Pope, establisher of said decretal and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical.“-Gloss. in Extravagantes Johannes, xxii, Tit. 14, c. 4, in fin., col. 140, F., T. 3, Corp. Jur. Can. as quoted from “The Catholic faith, or, Doctrines of the Church of Rome contrary to Scripture” by John treat, 1888, P. 536.(scan)
“But to believe that our Lord God the Pope the establisher of said decretal, and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical“–The Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII
“Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, thou art our physician, thou art our governor, thou art our husbandman, thou art finally another God on earth”-Christopher Marcellus to Pope Julius II, 1512
See following links for list of many more historical quotes:
The Bible states that antichrist would appear and claim to be Christian but would be unfaithful to Christ and Biblical doctrine, and actual be practicing ancient mystery religions. (Matthew 7:15; Matthew 24:5, 11-12, 24; 1 John 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:5; Revelation 17:1, 5; etc.) See the following books for a thorough exposition regarding theese matters:
In Revelation 17:3 it states “and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy“. Using the Bible itself to interpret these symbols, we know that a woman is a church (Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:21-27; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2) and a beast is a nation (Daniel 7:17, 23), therefore this verse is indicating that the antichrist system will be a church and nation working as one. Where do we see this? Vatican city which is the seat of the Roman Catholic papacy of course. And how can we be sure this is referring to them? Notice the last part of Revelation 17:3, it says she’s “full of names of blasphemy”. Well how does the Bible define blasphemy? Those who claims to be God, and/or those who claim to be able to forgive sin (John 10:33, Mark 2:7). And to see that by her very doctrines the papacy claims as much, see the following links for quotes from her various councils, etc.: RCC Forgiveness of sins, RCC claims Pope to be God.
“This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin.”-The Catholic Encylopaedia Vol xii, article Pope, pg 265
“And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgement of his priest and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse to give absolution, provided the penitent is capable of it.”-Duties and Dignities of the Priest, Liguori, p.27
Revelation 13:3 reads “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” This prophecy finds its fulfillment in this wise: in 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte entered Rome with the intention of overthrowing the Pope taking him captive and and putting him in exile. This was the apparent death of the the papacy’s political power, which was to be “healed” with the revival of their power in 1929 with the signing of an accord by the Pope to support Mussolini in exchange for the return of his papal seat and power. Read more at link below:
Integrally related to the previous prophecy regards the length of time which spanned from Justinian’s decree in 538 AD to the head wound received in 1798 through Napoleon. This period of 1260 years is actually mentioned in numerous prophecies in a couple different ways both old and new testament which I will briefly outline below as well as provide links to follow for a more thorough explanation.
Times Time and half a Time
Remembering the exposition of Daniel 7:25 covered in prophecies #‘s 1 & 2 of this post, we refer to this scripture once again, as it goes on to say that the wearing out of the saints by this system who would change time and laws would be “given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” We know that a “time” refers to a year (Daniel 4:32), thus this scripture refers to a 3 and 1/2 years. The Jews used lunar rather solar calendars as God had appointed (Psalm 104:19 for instance) where a month was 30 days and a year 360 days. Thus 3 and a 1/2 years would equate to 1260 days, which we understand when dealing with prophecy a day equates to a year (Numbers 13:34, Ezekiel 4:6). This same 3 and 1/2 years is also mentioned in (Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 12:14).
Using the same scriptural prophetic interpretations and calculations as mentioned above we understand 42 months would equal 1260 years, this phraseology appears in the following prophecies: Revelation 11:2, Revelation 13:5-7.
For a More Thorough Exposition of the Above Prophecies:
In revelation 17:12 it states “…ten kings….receive power as kings one hour with the beast”
Historically this scripture has been interpreted as being fulfilled as follows:
“(1) the kingdom of the Vandals and Alans in Spain and Africa;
(2) the kingdom of the Suevians in Spain;
(3) the kingdom of the Visigoths;
(4) the kingdom of the Alans in Gallia;
(5) the kingdom of the Burgundians;
(6) the kingdom of the Franks;
(7) the kingdom of the Britons;
(8) the kingdom of the Huns;
(9) the kingdom of the Lombards;
(10) the kingdom of Ravenna
With the beast – With that rising papal power. They would exercise their authority in connection with that, and under its influence.”-Albert Barnes Commentary
It’s worth mentioning however, one of Papal Rome’s daughters, “The Club of Rome”, has actually divided the world stage today into 10 kingdoms. At the link below you will find a link to a leaked dossier as published in William Cooper’s “Behold a Pale Horse”
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”-2 Thessalonians 2:9
Regarding the ministry of the Son of Perdition, we’re told that similar to the magicians of the court of pharaoh in ancient Egypt who sought to rival Moses, this system would use false miracles. Now note how it’s worded “lying signs and wonders”in other words they may involve a degree of trickery or deception.Below you will find some links to substantiate this fulfillment, these are only those I’ve recently come across, this list is certainly not exhaustive.
Did Pope Francis Perform a Miracle in Naples?
Other Bizarre Signs
Additional Links, Etc.
“And here is the nicest person I met in the pedo organisation – Grande Dame Veronica. No idea if that was her true name, considering they changed peoples’ names so I couldn’t ID them easily later. Veronica was my surrogate mother, tutor, mentor within the pedo network, from age 5 until age 14 when she was ritually murdered on the altar at St Mary’s cathedral in Sydney City. The church was packed full of Sydney’s social elite. An organ played, a choir sang, police guarded the doors. Veronica chose to die young because she was sick of abusing children like me. She was a victim forced to turn perpetrator. She lived in private living quarters at Sancta Sophia College at Sydney University.”-Fiona Barnett, Witness and Victim of Satanic Abiuse
“The Pope was recognized as the overall authority in the Christian world by an Anglican and Roman Catholic commission yesterday which described him as a gift to be received by all the Churches”. … if a new united Christian Church was created it would be the ‘Bishop of Rome who would exercise a universal primacy.‘-The Rt. Rev. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and the other co-chariman, added “The Primacy of the Pope is a gift to be shared.” Electronic Telegraph-UK News May 13, 1999 Oliver Poole
World Religion Initiative– http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1094.cfm