The papal title “vicarius filii dei” (Vicarious Son of God) is very controversial. Above all, the Catholic Church itself denies ever having used this title. Because of ecumenism this title needs to be swept under the carpet. But the written “witnesses” speak clearly of the opposite.
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The Greek prefix “Anti” (ἀντί) is mostly used as ” against” and thus also as “counter-Christ”. However, this prefix is also understood in the sense of “instead of” and thus also as “instead of Christ”. Therefore, the “papal self-designation” Vicarius Christi (representative of Christ) can of course also be understood in the sense of “Pope is on earth instead of Christ”, i.e. “Anti-Christ”. The term “Christ” is borrowed from the Greek (Christos) and means the same as in Hebrew “Messiah” and thus simply “anointed”. In the sense of Rom. Catholic Church can also be about any anointed one.
Such a designation is e.g. in Isaiah 45:1:
“Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;”
In the original text of the Old Testament, “לִמְשִׁיחֹו” (mashiach), meaning Messiah, stands for anointed. So the Lord calls Cyrus, king of Medo-Persia, a Messiah. Therefore, especially in the Rom. Catholic Church should always be questioned as to who is actually meant when they use the term “Christ”.
The dispute over the identity and time of arrival of the so-called “Anti-Christ” is great. For the majority of Evangelicals, this Anti-Christ will only come in the future (futurism), for others it was already here with the former king of the Greek Empire, Antiochus Epiphanes II (preterism). Other interpretations hold the then Roman general Titus for the Anti-Christ, who in the year 70 AD. completely destroyed Jerusalem. Others speak of Emperor Nero because of his massive persecution of Christians.
Despite various differences of opinion, the early reformers agreed on one thing. The anti-Christ (“in place of Christ”) is clearly the Rom. Catholic Church. The statements of the Book of Daniel (Chapter 7) and Revelation (Chapter 13), as well as further explanations of the apostles clearly identify the Church of Rome as the great adversary or blasphemous “representative” of Christ on earth. The details in the Bible are simply unambiguous. Rome’s church responded promptly. In time for the Council of Trent, the two Jesuits Franciscus Ribera and Robert Cardinal Bellarmine developed an interpretation of the Bible in which the Anti-Christ would only appear in the future. Thus the Rom. Church pulled out of the spotlight. With great success. A majority of evangelicals today believe these stories and walk in the delusions of futurism or preterism.
Since the Middle Ages, the popes have described themselves as God’s representative on earth, even as “quasi God” and of course he had to be “honoured” accordingly. One of the self-designations was the designation “vicarius filii dei”, i.e. “representative son of God”. A designation that already appears in the document on the “Donation of Constantine” (Constitutum Constantini). It should only be mentioned in passing that this ominous donation, in which the entire empire of western Rome was in fact transferred to the bishop of Rome, was a gigantic fraud. But actually also the early appropriated trademark of this institution.
The title “vicarius filii dei” can no longer be associated with Rome for two reasons. First, a “representative of the Son of God” no longer has any place on earth, since there must be no more “Son of God”. The ecumenism no longer allows this, which from the cath. Church is promoted by all means. The “Son of God” is not only defined the truth, but also an exclusivity of (true) Christianity and therefore completely incompatible with other religions. This finally has to be brought under the unified roof of Rome. The clear statement of Jesus, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6) must be denied and eradicated.
The second reason is the designation “vicarius filii dei” itself. For already in the Book of Revelation there is a clear reference:
“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.” (Rev. 13:18)
The language here is clearly “calculation” and not “interpretation” or even “conjecture”. The wording “vicarius filii dei” is Latin, i.e. pure Roman. It contains letters that represent numbers in Roman. This is not “numerology” with fictitious values for letters, but actual numbers. There is no letter “u” in Latin. Therefore, the word “vicarius” is actually written “vicarivs” in the original.
Thus the original wording is “vicarivs filii dei”.
The Roman numerals included in the text are:
v = 5, i = 1, c = 100, i = 1, v = 5, i = 1, l = 50, i = 1, i = 1, d = 500 und i = 1
According to the “instructions” of the Bible, these numbers can now be calculated or added and the result is “666”. According to Rev 13.18, this number is a human being. With the “highest” of the Rom. Catholic Church, which is reflected in the respective person of the Pope, it is a human being.
The controversy surrounding this designation focuses on its use as an official title. The tenor is something like: “The Pope never used this title at any time”. This relates in particular to the thesis that this title once stood on the tiara (triple crown of the pope). That may well be true. However, this self-designation in the “name of the church” can also be found in writings of more recent times. For example in “Acta Postilicae Sedis, Vol 058″ from 1966. On page 421 there is the text: “Qui summi Dei numine et voluntate principem locum in Christi Ecelesia obtinemus, adorandi Filii Dei hic in terris Vicarii Petrique successores”. (“We who, through the deity and will of the Most High God, are given the main place in the Church of Christ to worship the Son of God here on earth as the vicar and successor of Peter.”)
While the above statement is still open to interpretation, other writings can be found which leave no doubt that the “papacy” describes itself as the “representative son of God”..
The Italian Franciscan and canonist Lucius Ferraris (April 18, 1687 – February 24, 1763) was the author of the work “Prompta Bibliotheca canonica, juridica, moralis, theologica, necnon ascetica, polemica, rubricistica, historica”. In the 6th edition of the book from the year 1890 on page 46 the following can be found:
The “Defender of Catholicism” and Cardinal Henry Edward Manning (July 15, 1808 – January 14, 1892) left in his book “The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ” (1862) also evidences that the papacy definitely has the “official representative office” on earth. On pages 140 and 141 even in the two variants “Representative of Christ” and “Representative of the Son of God”.
The “Donation of Constantine” was, to put it mildly, a bluff. The greatest scam of the Middle Ages. In this regard, it can be assumed that the then Emperor Constantine did not recognize the bishop of Rome as the “representative son of God”, but that this only falls back on the obedience of the forger.
So many writings and works can no longer be “sorted out” to get rid of the usage “vicarius filii dei”. The lettering does not necessarily have to have been on the tiara, just as little as the numerous other titles of the pope, but the title “Vicar Son of God” can no longer be denied. An official application was made by the Catholic theologian Dr. Johannes Quasten (May 3, 1900 – March 10, 1987) confirmed by a letter. Quasten was honorary professor at the Catholic Theol. Faculty of the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Between 1938 and 1941, Quasten was a professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
“The title Vicarius Filii Dei as well es the title Vicarius Christi is very common as the title for the Pope”
In addition to the term “Vicarius Filii Dei” there is (at least) another term in circulation that refers to the Roman Catholic Church relates. This designation allows a calculation (not numerology) to get to 666 with the included Roman numerals.
Dvx cleri (head of the clergy)
D=500, v=5, x=10, c=100, l=50, i=1
Even with this designation, adding up all the numbers comes to 666.
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