The numerous references to the “appearance” and attributes of the Antichrist, son of perdition, man of sin, mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, all and without exception apply to a single church. One or the other description may apply to different faiths at certain points, but only one religious institution can unite each individual description. The Roman Catholic Church.
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Even the first reformers (Luther, Wesley, Amsdorf, Flacius, Nigrinus, Chytraus, Calvin, Williams, Spurgeon, etc.), no matter how different their individual emphases may have been, nevertheless had a common denominator: The one in the book of Daniel and in “Anti-Christ” described in Revelation is the papacy in Rome. The Protestant churches have long since abandoned this truth found in the Bible. The reasons for this are in the efforts in ecumenism and in the “education” of the so-called theologians. By no means do these “studies” spread the Word of God (Theos = God, Logos = Word). This has already progressed so far that the Protestant movements vanished into thin air in the meantime. But this “strange transformation” of the Protestant churches does not alter the prophecies and descriptions contained in the Bible by a jot. This also applies to the insights of the early reformers who have apparently fallen into oblivion. One relies on the convenience of the masses, preferring to believe the “authorities” instead of taking the Holy Scriptures into one’s own hands and bringing the “mental apparatus” that has been stunted in everyday life back into shape.
Revelation 2:9 (Epistle to Church of Smyrna)
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”
–> The church of Smyrna symbolizes the time at the beginning of the 4th century when Christianity was recognized by the Roman Empire. In the year 321 AD. Emperor Constantine issued the “Sunday Law” in “honour of the sun”. The first clear splits from the gospel message brought into the world by Jesus Christ are already clearly recognizable. The first churches of teachings mixed with pagan dogmas are formed.
“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”
–> Pergamum is referred to in the missive to this church as the “throne of Satan”. This period of time includes, among other things, the transfer of the (once Babylonian) title “Pontifex Maximus” from the then emperor Gratian to the bishop of Rome. After the state recognition of Christianity, the apostasy from the pure Christian faith continues to progress. The bishop of Rome (“papacy”) is gaining increasing influence and power.
“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.”
–> The letter to Thyatira symbolizes the time when the Catholic Church achieves absolute power. After the Bishop of Rome from Rom. Emperor Justinian (Eastern Rome) received the title “Corrector of Heresy”, the “early Pope” now held not only political power but also a religious monopoly. From the year 538 AD. the pope or the “new emperor of (western) Rome” ruled absolutely. Jezebel in the Old Testament stands as a parallel for the Rom. Catholic Church. She procured a coveted wine estate for her husband, Ahab, King of Israel, by murdering the original owner, Naboth. The church also claims its own infallibility (although it was only made official dogma in 1870) while at the same time spreading more and more heresies.
“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”
–> The dragon represents Satan, who was persecuting the woman (congregation). This congregation teaches the true gospel (e.g. Waldensians, Huguenots, Albigensians) and is a thorn in Satan’s side. The persecution of the true Christians who have kept the testimony of Christ and also kept the (real) Sabbath is in full swing. The Romans were responsible for the mass persecution and annihilation in the Middle Ages and the time thereafter. Catholic Church. From history we know today that the persecuted groups mainly fled to sparsely populated areas (e.g. America, South Africa). “A time and two times and half a time” represents a prophetic 3.5 times making 1260 years. This prophecy was also fulfilled. After the seizure of power by the papacy in 538, the tyranny lasted for 1,260 years. In 1798, Napoleon sent his general Berthier to St. Peter’s Basilica to summarily depose the Pope. The political power of the papacy was thus (temporarily) ended.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
–> The descriptions in Revelation chapter 13, verses 1 to 10 describe the “beast out of the sea”. The sea is a symbol of peoples, nations and languages, that is, a dense population. This clarifies the opposite case like “desert” or “earth”, which represent a sparsely populated area. An animal is a political power. This is evident from the descriptions in the book of Daniel, chapter 7. This also applies to the beasts described in Daniel 7, each of which describes a world empire (the known world at the time). Thus the lion stands for Babylon, the bear for Medo-Persia and the panther for Greece. The fourth and final “monster” in Daniel 7 is supported by history. It was the Roman Empire. From this fourth beast came a little horn, which speaks blasphemous things and also blasphemes the people of heaven. Among the latter are the angels. Even the Babylonians used small (fat) children’s angels. Revelation 13 describes the beast out of the sea accordingly. 10 crowns describe the West Roman Empire, which has broken down into 10 Germanic tribes. According to Daniel 7, three of them blew out the little horn. Historically, kingdoms have indeed been used by the bishop of Rome to destroy the “apostate” kingdoms. This affected the Ostrogoths, the Vandals and the Heruli.
In fact, the Roman Catholic Church Babylonian teachings (lion’s jaws), Greek philosophy (panther) and an organization according to Medo-Persian template (bear). The dragon describes Satan and is the giving power behind the beast. Pope Gregory XIII. and Paul V. even had the dragon depicted in their coats of arms. It doesn’t get any clearer. 42 prophetic months again describe the period of activity of the beast and these are again 1260 years (like 3.5 times), i.e. up to the deposition of the Pope in 1798 by Napoleon.
This “political degradation” of the Pope is described in Revelation as a “mortal wound”. However, this wound will heal again. The “beast out of the abyss” described in Revelation 11 (and 17) came out almost simultaneously with the fall of the Pope. A new satanic political power that began in the bloodthirsty French Revolution. The driving force for this power is again the Roman Catholic. Church based on the effects of the Jesuit order and their controlled numerous secret organizations. Atheism was born and human reason was raised to the highest level. This was symbolized impressively with the “enthronement” of a prostitute as the “goddess of reason” in Notre Dame, Paris.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
–> A misunderstanding is to assign the well-known number “666” directly to Satan. The verse clearly states that it is a matter of a person’s number. One of the “self-designations” used by the Pope is “vicarius filii dei” (Vicar Son of God). There is no “u” in the original Latin, so it was actually written “vicarivs”. If you add up all the Roman numerals contained in the title, you get “666”.
In the meantime, the Catholic Kirch sometimes vehemently denied ever having used this title. No wonder, because a “representative of the Son of God on earth” is no longer allowed to exist. Because of ecumenism, there can no longer be a “son of God” since this would be incompatible with other religions.
However, the Catholic Church itself left its own writings in which the term “vicarius filii dei” can be found. For example in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol 058” from 1966. There the following statement can be found on page 421:
Chapter 17 of Revelation also gives a biblical description of the long-acting Antichrist and his future conduct and actions. Here is how verses 1 through 6 describe:
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
–> The Bible itself provides the meanings of the symbols. A woman represents a congregation (church), a whore represents an apostate congregation (church). This apostate church sits “on many waters”, that is, among many peoples. The kings (rulers) of the countries got involved with the apostate church and also adopted their heresies (“wine of fornication”). What other church uses purple, scarlet and pageantry than Roman Catholicism? Church? While Jesus Christ never acted in secret but openly, the Roman Catholic Church diffusely, subtly and, above all, through secret organizations (“secret as a name on the forehead”). Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, as the supreme head of the Inquisition (modern: Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), emphasized in September 2000 that the Catholic church was not about a sister church, but about the mother of all churches. Ratzinger could not have proven the identity of the “mother of harlots” described in Revelation 17 any better.
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”
–> The city of Rome is built on seven mountains.
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
–> From this verse it is clear that it is a city. There is only one church on this planet that has included a city in its proper name. This is Rome, or the Roman Catholic Church.
History cannot be changed, but memory and its representation in the present can be changed, according to the “Catholic definition”. It is therefore always worth looking at older literature that has survived the “modification of memories”. In the book “History of the Romanism” by John Dowling (1807 to 1878) the following small summary can be found on page 512:
“No computation can reach the numbers who have been put to death, in different ways, on account of their maintaining the profession of the Gospel, and opposing the corruptions of the Church of Rome. A MILLION of poor Waldenses perished in France; NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND orthodox Christians were slain in less than thirty years after the institutio of the order of the Jesuits. The Duke of Alva boasted of having put to death in the Netherlands, THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND by the hand of the common executioner during the space of a few years. The Inquisition destroyed, by various tortures, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND within thirty years. These are a few specimens, and but a few, of those which history has recordet; but the total amound will newer be known till the earth shall disclose her blood, and no more cover her slain”
The term “Vatican” is an abbreviation of “Vaticanus”. In Latin, the prefix “vati” describes a prophecy. The word part “anus” means “old woman”. Vatican is therefore called “the old woman of prophecy”. This institution is well aware of its “identity,” which is described in the Bible (Revelation 17).
This “woman” has seen herself as the “Supreme Kingdom of the World” (Holy See) since its founding in 1929. Some of the things taken for granted by Catholics are still relatively recent invented teachings. This applies in particular to the myths surrounding Mary. The dogma of the “Immaculate Recipient” has only existed officially since 1854 and her bodily ascension (“Assumption of Mary”) only since 1951. Not a syllable of these teachings can be found in the Bible. Furthermore, it is unmistakable that behind the Catholic Mary there is secret worship of the “Egyptian goddess” Isis (Info).
The prefix “anti” not only stands for “against”, but above all for “instead of”. Some popes (e.g. Innocent III., Leo XIII.) claimed to be the “actual god on earth” (Info). In their self-image, the popes act “in place of Christ”, i.e. “anti”.
Knowledge of the Antichrist was already widespread before the actual Reformation. Numerous theologians have clearly identified the “man of sin”.
A representation of biblical statements about the Antichrist and the applicable characteristics and actions of the Roman Catholic Church: here
Bible verses from King James Version