Who is the Bible Antichrist? Is the antichrist alive today? The following study will reveal the truth from the Word of God about who the antichrist is.
Who is the Bible Antichrist
We know from God's Word that there have been and will be many 'antichrists' in this world...1 John 2:18 ...' Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists.', but this study focuses on the main antichrist, that 'man of sin', the beast of Revelation 13 that will appear to be God-like, but will actually be apostate and draw people away from God and cause people to receive the 'mark of the beast'.
In Daniel 2, we have the story of the 'image' that king Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. The image of a statue had the following features:
Head of gold - This was the Babylon empire 612 - 539BC
Chest and arms of silver - This was the Medo-Persian empire 539 - 331BC
Belly and thighs of brass - This was the Grecian empire 331 - 168BC
Legs of iron - This was the Roman empire 168BC - 476AD
Feet of part iron, part clay - Divided empire (after fall of Rome to present time) 476AD - Today
Note: We must not forget the Rock that comes down and destroys the image. This represents Christ at His second coming. We are living in the time of the feet, which shows we are right at the end of time.
Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he/Babylon was the head of gold, so we know from history what the successive kingdoms were, as above. Notice that the iron (Rome) continues into the feet, but is divided by the clay. So the 'power' of Rome would continue among the last day kingdoms.
Then in Daniel 7, we have a parallel prophecy (with Daniel 2) concerning these kingdoms again, but this time they are depicted as 'beasts':
Lion with wings - This was the Babylon empire
Bear, raised on one side - This was the Medo-Persian empire
Leopard, with 4 wings/heads - This was the Grecian empire
Dreadful, terrible beast - This was Rome (Fourth beast - Fourth Kingdom) see below...
History confirms these successive nations. Some people suggest that these beasts are kingdoms of today, but the Word of God is clear on this .......Daniel 7:23 ...' Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.' ....Babylon was the 1st kingdom, Medo-Persia 2nd, Greece 3rd and Rome 4th.
We need to focus on the fourth 'terrible' beast which was the nation of Rome, because out of this beast came the main antichrist power.
Daniel 7:7 ....' After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.' ……The three ruling kingdoms before Rome were purely 'political' kingdoms, but as we see in this verse, this nation is diverse (different) from the other three. We know from history that the Roman emperor Constantine became a Christian (by name only). He moved his headquarters to Constantinople and left the way for the pope of the Roman catholic church to fill his place of authority. Thus, Rome became a religio-political power. Notice the ten horns also. When Rome fell as a world power, it split into ten different kingdoms.
I believe the main Bible antichrist power in this world to be the Papacy (Roman Catholic Church) with it's headquarters in the Vatican. The remainder of this study will show why I believe this to be the case.
Daniel 7:8 ....' I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.' ……So, what are these horns that come out of the beast? …….. Daniel 7:24 ….' And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise….' ……So the horns are kings/kingdoms that arise out of this nation (Rome). We know from history that when Rome fell, it split into ten kingdoms. Now we have this 'little' horn that arises amongst the other ten and plucks out three of the other horns. The Vatican is recognized as a country and therefore matches this 'little horn'. Or to put it another way, 'little kingdom'. The roman catholic church (the papacy) received its power from pagan Rome, which matches the little horn COMING OUT of the beast. History shows that 3 kingdoms were destroyed after the roman catholic church came to power, because they did not bow to the pope's authority.
Alamanni - became the Germans
AngloSaxons - became the English
Bergundians - became the Swiss
Franks - became the French
Lombards - became the Italians
Suevi - became the Portuguese
Visigoths - became the Spanish
Heruli - Now Extinct (destroyed by papal Rome)
Vandals - Now Extinct (destroyed by papal Rome)
Ostrogoths - Now Extinct (destroyed by papal Rome)
In his book 'God Cares' Dr. Mervyn Maxwell, a theologian and historian summarises the overthrow of these three kingdoms. "The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Herulis in 493. And the Catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and significantly broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538."
Daniel 7:20 …..' And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.'
Daniel 7:25 ….' And he shall speak great words against the most High.'
Daniel 11:36-37 …..' And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 …..' Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.……This horn had eyes like a man. Well, we know that the roman catholic church has a man at the helm, the pope! Does the roman catholic church say boastful things? Do they exalt the pope AS GOD? We can find the answer in the following small selection of quotes:
"The Pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, he is Jesus Christ Himself, under the veil of the flesh." Evangelical Christendom, January 1, 1895, pg. 15, published in London by J. S. Phillips.
"The Pope is of so great dignity, and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God. and the vicar of God." -Ferraris Ecclesiastical dictionary
"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".
"...the Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power." Lucius Ferraris, in "Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica", Volume V, article on "Papa, Article II", titled "Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility", #1, 5, 13-15, 18, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.
-These words appeared in the Roman Canon Law: "To believe that our Lord God the Pope has not the power to decree as he is decreed, is to be deemed heretical.-I?i the Gloss "Extravagantes" o.f Pope John XXII Cum inter, Tit. XIV, Cap. IV. Ad Callem Sexti Decretalium, Paris, 1685.
"The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land . . . He is the vicegerent of Christ, and is not only a priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords"--La Civilta Cattolica, March 18, 1871.
"The Second Vatican Council teaches that the Bishop of Rome, as Vicar of Christ, has supreme and universal power over the whole Church." General Audience â€" February 24, 1993
Daniel 7:21 ….' I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.'
Daniel 7:25 …..' and shall wear out the saints of the most High.'
Revelation 13:7……' And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them .'
Revelation 17:6 …..' 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 roman catholic church is responsible for the death of millions of Christians, who refused to bow to her. Following are some quotes about the papal persecutions:
"On August 24, 1527, Roman Catholics in France, by prearranged plan, under Jesuit influence, murdered 70,000 Protestants within the space of two months. The Pope rejoiced when he heard the news of the successful outcome."-Western Watchman, Nov.21, 1912 (Catholic)
For the heretics themselves, they are to be 'exterminated,' and any prince neglecting to exterminate them is to be deposed by the Pope, who will release his subjects from their allegiance. Even, if we would otherwise have doubted what 'extermination' means in its final implications, the word is clearly glossed by St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa 2-2, xi, 3) 'remove from the world by death.'" -Dr. G. G. Coulton - ANGLICAN ESSAYS:
"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.
"This horrid butchery was not confined merely to the city of Paris. The like orders were issued from court to the governors of all the provinces in France; so that, in a week's time, about one hundred thousand Protestants were cut to pieces in different parts of the kingdom!........... At Rome the horrid joy was so great, that they appointed a day of high festival, and a jubilee, with great indulgence." --Fox's Book of Martyrs. p35
"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 Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history . . . It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings."--W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition. (An excellent though lengthy article describing in detail the right of the Roman Catholic Church to do this, will be found in The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)
"From the birth of popery 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 40,000 religious murders for every year of the existence of popery to the present day. Of course the average number of victims yearly, was vastly greater, during those gloomy ages when popery was in her glory and reigned despot of the world; and it has been much less since the power of the popes has diminished to tyrannize over the nations, and to compel the princes of the earth, by the terrors of excommunication, interdiction, and deposition, to butcher their heretical subjects."--John Dowling, The History of Romanism, pp. 541-542.
Daniel 7:25 ……' And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws…..' ……..The catholic church claims to have changed the 4th Commandment of God, by changing the day of rest from the 7th day to the 1st. They claim that they have the authority to change the very laws of our Creator! See comments below:
"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate (CHANGE) laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ." Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary
"The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802
"Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honoring the Lord's Day [Sunday]; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ." - At the Council of Laodicea in 363, the Church of Rome
"Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
"Answer: 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." - Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174.
"Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day -Saturday - for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes . Did Christ change the day'? I answer no!
"Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons" - James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter.
"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." - Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), p. 50.
"Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
"1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
"2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
"It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible." - Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975),Chicago, Illinois.
We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church." - Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday .
"But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." - James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.
The catholic church also removed the 2nd Commandment to do with idols, from their catechism for converts.
Note: Right throughout the Old Testament, we can see how important the Sabbath Commandment is to God and how angry it made Him when His people worshiped idols. Yet the catholic church has caused the majority of believers to break the Sabbath Commandment and to bow down to idols!!
Daniel 11:37 ….' Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women..' ……What does God say that the desire of women shall be? ………Genesis 3:16 ….' and thy desire shall be to thy husband.' …..So, this king doesn't regard marriage between man and woman. The verse above in Daniel 11 is clearly describing the celibacy rules of the roman catholic church.
Revelation 13:1-7 ….' 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.' ……..There are a number of things to pick from these verses. The little horn kingdom, described earlier has now grown into this beast kingdom. Notice it has 7 heads……. Revelation 17:9 ….' The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.' ……..The Vatican is in Rome, which is known as the 'City of Seven Hills'. This beast also has 10 horns like the beast in Daniel 7. But, these 10 kings/kingdoms have not received their power yet ……Revelation 17:12 …..' And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.' ……..It is known that the rulers of this world who are bringing in the New World Order, are organizing the world into 10 regions as follows:
Kingdom 1: Canada and the United States of America
Kingdom 2: European Union - Western Europe
Kingdom 3: Japan
Kingdom 4: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Pacific Islands
Kingdom 5: Eastern Europe
Kingdom 6: Latin America - Mexico, Central and South America
Kingdom 7: North Africa and the Middle East (Moslems)
Kingdom 8: Central Africa
Kingdom 9: South and Southeast Asia
Kingdom 10: Central Asia
……This beast also has the name of blasphemy written on it's heads and was given a mouth to speak great things and blasphemies against God. So, we need to look at God's Word to see what blasphemy is defined as…. Mark 14:61-64 ….' But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy…'
John 10:30-33 …..' I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Matthew 9:2-3 …..' And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.' ……So, these verses would suggest that to blaspheme is to put yourself in the place of God. So, does this match the roman catholic church? Yes, in every way! The catholic people go to the priests for 'confession' to have the priests forgive their sins. Catholics bow down and worship the pope. Also, as we can see previously stated, the catholic religion have quoted many times that the pope is as it were, god on earth! So yes, the roman catholic church is full of blasphemy. See below a few more examples of the blasphemies of the roman catholic church:
Not the Creator of Universe, in Genesis 2:1-3,-but the Catholic Church can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days."-S. C. Mosna, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pp. 366-367.
"The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws... The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth." -Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, "Papa," art. 2, translated.
"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate (CHANGE) laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ." Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary
And since here below Mary was associated so intimately with all the mysteries of our salvation, at her Assumption into heaven Jesus crowned her not only with glory but also with power; He has placed His Mother on His right hand and has given her the power, in virtue of her unique title of Mother of God, to distribute the treasures of eternal life. THE ROLE OF OUR LADY IN EACH MASS by Fr. William G. Most
"The mystery of salvation is revealed to us and is continued and accomplished in the Church...and from this genuine and single source, like 'humble, useful, precious and chaste' water, it reaches the whole world. Dear young people and members of the faithful, like Brother Francis we have to be conscious and absorb this fundamental and revealed truth, consecrated by tradition: 'There is no salvation outside the Church.' From her alone there flows surely and fully the life-giving force destined in Christ and in His Spirit, to renew the whole of humanity, and therefore directing every human being to become a part of the Mystical Body of Christ." (Pope John Paul II, Radio Message for Franciscan Vigil in St. Peter's and Assisi, October 3, 1981, L'Osservatore Romano, October 12, 1981.)
"And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment 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." -Liguori, «Duties and Dignities of the Priest», p.27
"...the power of the priest is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world. ...thus the priest may be called the creator of the Creator..." -The diginity of the priesthood by Liguori, p. 33
What incredible blasphemies the roman catholic church speak!!
Revelation 13:16-18 ….' And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 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.' ………So, this apostate system will force the world to do something which is contrary to the Laws of God, which will in turn cause them to receive the 'mark' of the beast. The Vatican have for centuries, been trying to enforce the Sunday law, (which by the way, WAS enforced back in the early ages). What do the catholic church think about changing the Sabbath to Sunday?:
"Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things." H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons. Nov. 11, 1895
"Sunday is our MARK or authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.
On July 5, 1998, Pope John Paul II, made public Dies Domini, stressing the importance of adhering to the Catholic tradition of Sunday worship. John Paul II stressed three points, including the importance of following "from Sunday to Sunday in the footsteps of Mary", the importance of Sunday being "it is the day of the sun" as followed by 4th century Roman law and reminding American politicians the importance of passing civil legislation respecting "the duty" to keep Sunday Holy.
The Second Vatican Council, after pointing out the origin of Sunday, continued: "On this day Christ's faithful are bound to come together into one place. They should listen to the Word of God and take part in the Eucharist - LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO CARD. FRANCIS ARINZE ...2006
"This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday laws must be enforced." - Quoted as "principles contained in the Constitution" of the original orginization (then called the American Sabbath Union), cited in The Lord's Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6.
Brussels, Belgium, Feb 16, 2009 (CNA).- The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community has welcomed a proposed EU law that would safeguard Sunday as a day of rest from work. - Bishops Back Proposed E.U. Law on Sunday Rest 17-February-2009 -- Catholic News Agency
As you can see from the above small selection of many quotes by the catholic church, they have been pushing for a Sunday law for a long time, and it is now actually happening. The Catholic Church have said in times past, that it is a 'mark' of her authority! Now, the above verse in Rev 13 says that the number of the beast (666), is the number of a man. Could it be the pope? See below:
"The Number of his name" (Revelation 13)
"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. Christ, before his ascension into heaven, appointed St. Peter to act as His representative... Hence to the Bishop of Rome, 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.
LATIN (NOTE: The following is actually Roman Numerals. The Romans used this for their alphabet and their number system)
V.................... 5 F.................... 0 D.................... 500
I..................... 1 I..................... 1 E.................... 0
C.................... 100 L.................... 50 I..................... 1
A.................... 0 I..................... 1 __________
R.................... 0 I..................... 1 501
I..................... 1 __________
Totals... 112 + 53 + 501 = 666
Note: The Vatican are doing their best to cover up this fact, but the historical records have already be noted!
Revelation 17:3 ….' 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.' ……So, if the beast is papal Rome, (ie. The Vatican), then the woman is the catholic church itself, the people of the church. For we know that a pure woman in the Bible represents God's people, i.e. the Bride of Christ, therefore this woman is an apostate church (catholic church). The beast represents the Vatican (Papacy) as a controlling 'civil' power. So the catholic church (people of the church) is 'riding' this civil power and directing it.
Please Note: God has many of His people in the roman catholic church, as He says in Revelation..'come out of her My people.' They have not received the full Bible truth yet, but once they do, they will come out of the roman catholic church.
Revelation 17:4 ……' 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.' …….This verse alone describes the catholic church! This woman is, as we have seen above, the people of the catholic church. There are two main colours that the bishops and cardinals wear in the catholic church. PURPLE and SCARLET! Now, the interesting thing is, God told His priests in the Old Testament to wear the colours, PURPLE, SCARLET and BLUE……Exodus 28:6 ….' And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work……… So the bishops and cardinals are missing the colour blue, why? Let's see from God's Word what the colour blue represents…….. Numbers 15:38-39 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of BLUE: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that you may LOOK UPON IT, and REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring:" ……..there we have it, blue represented the Law of God, the very thing the catholic church has turned away from.
NOTE: If you look on the internet for 'blue laws', you will find they are to do with the Sunday law, which have been put into effect in the past and will soon be put into effect again. So, the catholic church will bring in the color blue, but it will be her own law, NOT God's law.
It also says in the above verse, Rev. 17:4, that the woman was decked in gold and precious stones and pearls. The roman catholic church is one of, if not the wealthiest institution in the world. This of course is covered up, but many books have been written on the immense wealth of the church. She also has a golden cup full of abominations. Well, this study is revealing the abominable things the roman catholic church has done.
Revelation 17:5 …..' And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.' ……The catholic church took on many of the pagan traditions which arose in the Babylon empire. Also, there is a striking resemblance between Babylon and Rome. See following quote: …..' Babylon was the dominant warring power of its day and Rome was the dominant warring power of its own era. Babylon conquered Israel and centuries later, Rome also conquered Israel. Babylon destroyed the first Jerusalem Temple and Rome destroyed the second. Each carried sacred vessels from the Jewish Temple back to Babylon in the east and Rome in the west; each completely destroyed and devastated the city of Jerusalem; each carried away surviving Jews into captivity. Rome was Babylon all over again. As Babylon's "carbon copy," Rome provides a perfect example of history repeating itself! But more to the point, this woman who sits on seven hills which is this church located in Rome, has revived the same pagan teachings that ancient Babylon taught ages ago. She baptizes them, sanctifies them, and brings them into the Christian church.'
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On July 5, 1998, Pope John Paul II, a former Polish cyanide salesman, made public Dies Domini, stressing the importance of adhering to the Catholic tradition of Sunday worship. John Paul II stressed three points, including the importance of following "from Sunday to Sunday in the footsteps of Mary", the importance of Sunday being "it is the day of the sun" as followed by 4th century Roman law and reminding American politicians the importance of passing civil legislation respecting "the duty" to keep Sunday Holy.
This woman is also the 'Mother of harlots'. A harlot would be an apostate/fallen church, so this woman is the MOTHER of the apostate/fallen churches.
'In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love' - Pope John Paul II, "Apostolic Exhortation March 25, 1996
For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, 'the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful? - Pius XI, Encyclical, Mortalium animos, January 6, 1928
"I do declare from my heart, without mental reservation. That the Pope is Christ's vicar-general and is the true and only head of the Universal Church throughout the world, and that by virtue of the Keys of binding and loosing given to his Holiness by Jesus Christ, he has power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred Confirmation, and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power, I will defend this doctrine and his Holiness' rights and customs against all usurpers of the Protestant authority whatsoever, especially against the now pretended authority of the Church of England and all adherents, in regard that they may be usurped and heretical, opposing the Sacred Mother, the Church of Rome. -Oath of the Roman Catholic priests
It also fits, that the catholic church have put Mary in the place of Jesus, as savior and calls her 'mother of God'. See following quotes:
On the floor of the Council, Pope Paul VI declared Mary Mother of the Church. This was not entirely new. Pius XII, in a message to the Marian Congress of Ottawa, Canada, on July 19, 1947 said: "When the little maid of Nazareth uttered her fiat to the message of the angel... she became not only the Mother of God in the physical order of nature, but also in the supernatural order of grace, she became the Mother of all, who... would be made one under the Headship of her Son. The Mother of the Head would be the Mother of the members."
And since here below Mary was associated so intimately with all the mysteries of our salvation, at her Assumption into heaven Jesus crowned her not only with glory but also with power; He has placed His Mother on His right hand and has given her the power, in virtue of her unique title of Mother of God, to distribute the treasures of eternal life. - THE ROLE OF OUR LADY IN EACH MASS by Fr. William G. Most
Note: So, if the roman catholic church is the 'mother', then who are the harlots? Well, it must be those churches that follow some of the teachings of the catholic church and any other apostate religions.
Revelation 17:15 …..' And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.' ……The roman catholic church has by far the largest membership in the world, which consists of all the various nations and people around the globe. Also, the very word 'catholic' means universal.
Below are names of a few previous church leaders who also believed that the papacy (roman catholic church) is the main antichrist power as described in God's Word:
Sir Isaac Newton
Ellen G. White
No other power and no other leader can match perfectly with the 'man of sin' and 'antichrist' power in God's Word, the way that the roman catholic church and the pope does. It's a perfect match, which as you can see above, many of the great church leaders recognized.
The roman catholic church have assumed infallibility (of the pope), which belongs only to God. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. They give indulgences for sin, which goes against the grace of God. They worship graven images, which is idolatry against God. They changed the true Sabbath day of God, which goes against God's ten commandments. They canonize people as saints, which can only be done by God. And, they have destroyed millions of Christians who refused to bow down to her, which goes against the very nature of our loving savior, Jesus Christ.
There is no doubt that the main Bible antichrist power who will shepherd in the 'mark of the beast' is the roman catholic church, with the pope as the antichrist leader!
Remember, Jesus Christ is the ONLY way!
For more great information on the antichrist and 'mark of the beast' visit the following sites. Also, see Abomination of Desolation for more about what the antichrist will do.