The truth on antichrist in the Bible was first discovered by all the early Protestants and even the translators of the King James Bible. Why have all the Churches that originated from these Protestants lost this vital truth? This is a very important topic as it also tells us who enforces the mark of the beast which many do not realize also relates to the battle of Armageddon. Our adversary will stop at nothing to prevent Christians from finding or keeping this truth and I am disappointed that he has managed to steal this truth from so many Churches over the last few centuries. I am going to outright reveal whom all these people knew to be antichrist and then give supporting evidence.
All these well known and famous people understood scripture and history and knew the Papacy is the antichrist power of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 and some of these people were also killed by this Church that ruled for 1260 horrid years. “John Wycliffe, William Tyndale (translated the Bible - Tyndale Bible), Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, John Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.” — All Roads Lead to Rome, by Michael de Semlyen. Dorchestor House Publications, p. 205. 1991.
So what does the bible show to be the origins of antichrist? We find that John said that in his time there were MANY Antichrists and that anyone that denies Jesus came in the flesh is antichrist. 2 John 1:7. This for example would include a Church that denies Jesus came in the flesh by insisting that Christ took on the sinless nature of Mary’s flesh. It may shock you to know that John made it very clear that the origin of antichrist was from the early Church. Note carefully what is said in the following passage and consider who John is referring to when he says US.
1 John 2:18-19 “Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from US, but they were not of US; for if they had been of US, they would no doubt have continued with US: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of US.”
There is no mistaking that John is warning us that antichrist was part of the early Church that he and the other disciples established but they went out on their own and formed their own Church. This is not an individual although could be headed by an individual, especially when you consider that Revelation 13:18 says that 666 is the number of a man heading this beast power. Hover over the links or select the first link for the original image on the titles of the Pope from the article “The number of a man.” Page 17 continued. You will note also that John is pointing out that Antichrist means in place of Christ and not just against Christ. So who is it that claims to be God on Earth and places himself in place of Christ? Which Church broke away from the early Church and makes this blasphemous claim? The quotes below will give further confirmation on the answer to this question.
For those who are not aware of the Bible definitions for blasphemy, John gives the answer to this one also with the following scripture.
John 10:33 “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, makest thyself God.”
“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.” — Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous.”
“We hold upon this earth the place of God almighty.” — Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894.
“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of human flesh.” — Catholic National, July 1895.
The Papacy knows the Bible definition of antichrist so who do they say are antichrist?
“Remember and understand well that where Peter is, there is the Church; that those who refuse to associate in communion with the Chair of Peter belong to Antichrist, not to Christ. He who would separate himself from the Roman Pontiff has no further bond with Christ.” — Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, quoted in “Acts of Leo XIII: Supreme Pontiff”, Rome: Vatican Press, 1896, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 4: “The Book of Christians”, Chapter 4: “There is No Allegiance to Christ Without Submission to the Pope”).
“The (Catholic) Church is the entrance to life; all others are thieves and robbers. On this account we are bound to avoid them....Resist them in defense of the only true and life giving faith, which the Church has received from the Apostles and imparted to her sons.” — St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III, (quoted in article “The Perennial Understanding of the Church”, by Saint Benedict Center).
A study of history and primarily Daniel chapters 2 and 7 and Revelation 13 reveal beyond doubt as to who is the antichrist today and that it can be no other than the Roman Catholic Church, which is partly how all the early protestants discovered the truth also, but we are not going to go into that part of the evidence in this document and instead look at another chapter in Revelation that also shows this can be no other than a Church that is drunk on the “blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Just for a brief look at what many of the late famous theologians understood about the Papacy in regards to Daniel, here is Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible).
The first beast of Revelation 13 that enforces 666 and the Mark of the beast and persecutes the saints is further spoken of in Revelation 14 as the Bible looks further at the consequences of taking the mark and those who do not by worshipping God only and keeping His Commandments. Revelation 14:12. We find in chapter 14 that this same beast is referred to as Babylon and is one and the very same as Mystery Babylon.
The following is a brief scripture breakdown on the most significant points that makes sense of Revelation 17:1-6 and its meaning. Hover your mouse over this passage for a popup tooltip. Starting with point 1:
1. “the great whore [Woman/Church] that sitteth upon many waters: [Peoples/Nations]”
God referred to Israel as His Old Testament Church as SHE and HER etc, and a whore when she committed idolatry which is adultery as the Church is the bride of Christ. Literal Babylon sat on the literal Euphrates river while spiritual Babylon being the Papal Church as they have taken on all the characteristics of literal Babylon sits on a symbolic river Euphrates and symbolizes many nations and people. Jeremiah 3:1-25; Revelation 17:15
As already shown and more detail will be given later below, a Church is symbolized by a woman in the Bible. A beast is a kingdom and so what we have above is a Church in control of a beast or rather should we say a Church in control of a kingdom as was the Papal Church in control of Europe for 1260 years. It was both Church and state. See also Revelation Bible Prophecy in regards to this time period.
These are the exact same colours of the Roman Catholic priest's robes except they are missing the colour blue that the Old Testament priest's robes had which symbolized God's law. It is understood that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were cut from the clear blue sapphire seen on mount Sinai (Exodus 24:10), which makes up the very throne of God (Ezekiel 1:26, 10:1). So, the Ark of the Covenant in the most holy apartment of the sanctuary, the throne of God's presence (the Shekinah glory), contained the blue sapphire tablets of the Ten Commandments.
4. “I saw the woman [Church] drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:”
The Catholic Church tortured and murdered between 50,000,000 and 150,000,00 Christians as heretics for reasons such as translating the Bible as they burned William Tyndale at the stake for that, or keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath that they changed in honour of Sun worship. Millions of Christians died as martyrs trying to spread the Gospel truth. The following quotes reveal what they call a heretic and what they say should be done to heretics and history reveals they did all that and more.
“Heretics (those who are not members of the Catholic Church or who do not hold to Catholic doctrine) worship a God who is a liar, and a Christ who is a liar.” — St. Augustine, (quoted in “Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Graca”, by Fr. J. P. Migne, Paris: 1866, 42:207).
“He is a heretic who does not believe what the Roman Hierarchy teaches.” — The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).
“The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out.” — Public Eccliastical, Vol. 2, p.142.
“When confronted with heresy, she (Catholic Church) does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.” — The Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, H.M.A. Baudrillart, quoted in The Catholic Church, The Renassance, and Protestantism,p 182-183.
“A heretic merits the pains of fire....By the Gospel, the canons, civil law, and custom, heretics must be burned.” — The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).
Watch this re-enactment video of what the Catholic Church typically did to someone who kept God's Sabbath rather than the Pope's counterfeit sabbath.
So what we basically have in Revelation 17:1-6 is an sinful and adulterous Church that is in control of a kingdom (as they were for dark ages) that changed the law of God which is why the scarlet (sin) coloured beast that is further confirmed by the colour blue missing from their colours that symbolizes the law of God. Most Churches today worship on SUNday because they murdered anyone found keeping the Seventh day Sabbath. Why did this happen and what is this Commandment really about? Has Satan got the majority of Christians deceived here? Why does Revelation 13:2 say that Satan (dragon) gave power and authority to this Church? And since scripture says that Satan desires to to be like the most high and worshipped as God. Are there two Commandments that define who we worship and what not to worship? Now which two of the Ten Command did the Roman Catholic Church change? Don't overlook these significant points!
A Church is represented symbolically by a Woman
You will now further note from scripture that a Church in the Bible is frequently referred to as a woman. As already shown, this even includes Israel as the Old Testament Church. You will note from Jeremiah 3:1-25 and Ezekiel 16:26-32 that when she worshipped other gods etc, she was called a “Harlot” and a “Whore.”
Isaiah 54:5-6 “For your Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 6 For the LORD has called you as a WOMAN forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when you were refused, saith your God.”
Ephesians 5:31-32 “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.”
2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
We find also of course that Christ is represented as the Bridegroom and the Church is the bride, which of course is why the Church is represented as a Woman.
Matthew 9:14-15 “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.”
The following verse refers to God's true Church.
Revelation 12:1 “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:”
Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his WIFE has made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
The Papal system is the major theme in Revelation as well as Daniel because since not long after Christ, SHE has continued to have a massive impact on what truly does matter to God, i.e., His Church. She is the root of many false doctrines, has changed God’s law and shed the blood of millions of innocent Christians they called heretics etc. Hover over this link for a document clip or select for full original image to find out why all but about 500 denominations worship on Sunday today. The pagan name Sunday comes from the fact that the day was changed in honour of SUN worship hence the name SUN-day. So here is more evidence on who is the antichrist by proving the Beast power is also Mystery Babylon and is most evident by the fact that this is a woman which represents a Church. When Israel committed spiritual adultery, God called His Old Testament Church a “HARLOT” and a “WHORISH WOMAN” and a “WHORE” and accused her of “FORNICATION” and “ADULTERY.” The Catholic Church is guilty of much worse than Israel including Sun worship. You will note that we are dealing the same situation with this woman (Church).
In a recent address to the nations, Pope Benedict caused a major uproar among many Churches as he referred to the Catholic Church as being the “MOTHER” Church and called for all the daughter Churches to come back to HER. Many of the Churches today are called daughter Churches because they originally came from the Catholic Church, eg: Martin Luther, who had been a Catholic priest established the Lutheran Church. Sadly, many of the daughter Churches have also ignorantly inherited various false doctrines and this is why SHE is called the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” as is mystery Babylon the great.
It is not hard to see that the antichrist power referred to in the Bible is a Church even without the history and main Bible evidence. This document was written with the purpose of trying to help those who are not aware of these facts to see the truth but is quite brief in detail, so for those who want extremely detailed information on the history and the rest of the main Biblical evidence, you can find it on who is the Antichrist?
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