Exposing the Antichrist, by Sean Sutton
Who does the Bible identify as the Antichrist?
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An excerpt from the book "Mystery Babylon & the Agents of Antichrist" (Available in the Store)
Many individuals have failed in their attempts to “pin the tail” on the “end-time” Antichrist. During World War II, some believed that Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini was the Antichrist. In more recent times, some have “nominated” the following “candidates” for the title of end-time Antichrist: Ronald Wilson Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles, Juan Carlos of Spain, etc. Some folks have gone to great efforts – such as writing a book – to prove that their “candidate” must surely be the end-time Antichrist!
But why all of this guessing and speculating on the identity of the man whom these folks believe must surely be the end-time Antichrist, when the Holy Bible clearly identifies “the Antichrist”. Author and former Dominican priest of 22 years, Richard Bennett,1 tells us:
“It is sad that many Bible believers of our own day will say that they know who the Christ is, but they do not know who the Antichrist is. It [Ed.: i.e., the identity of the Antichrist] is proclaimed in Second Thessalonians 2 as BOTH a system AND a person: the ‘man of sin’ and the one who would sit in the ‘temple [Ed.: Greek: “naos”] of God’ calling himself God. And the only one in the pages of history who has done this is the Pope. [Ed.: Every time the Apostle Paul used the Greek word “naos” for “temple” in his epistles – his letters – found in the New Testament, he always applied that Greek word “naos” to the body of believers in Christ – and not to a physical temple or building!] To this day the Pope calls himself ‘the holy father’, which is a title of God; and he calls himself the ‘Vicar of Christ’, which is a title of the Holy Spirit [Ed.: of God]. So he [Ed.: i.e. the Pope] sits in the ‘temple of God’ [Ed: i.e., the body of believers], calling himself God…
“Now the Bible believers [Ed.: of old] saw these things, and they saw that it was historically true [Ed.: that the Papacy had fulfilled the Bible prophecies concerning the Antichrist and the whore of Revelation] – unlike many Bible believers of our own day, who say they do not know who the Antichrist is – and they are looking for something to come in the future times whereby they will get implanted with a computer chip or something in their brain or some other of these wild ideas that go around. Whereby in the pages of Scripture we see these things prophesied [Ed.: about the Antichrist and the whore of Revelation], and we see them fulfilled [Ed.: in the Papacy].
“…In those days [Ed.: i.e., in earlier centuries] the [Ed.: Roman Catholic] cardinals wore scarlet and [Ed.: the Roman Catholic] bishops [Ed.: wore] purple. And to this day the Roman Church still boasts these two colors [Ed.: i.e., scarlet and purple, respectively, for her cardinals and bishops].
“…[Ed.: These are] the real colors of [Ed.: Papal] Rome, and this is what was prophesized of her. And that’s only one of the [Ed.: prophesized] details. She [Ed.: i.e., Papal Rome] holds the golden cup [Ed.: in her hand]. She is the only system that has drunk the blood of the saints over such a long period of time. [Ed.: The monstrous “holy” Inquisition was carried out for over six centuries, and it was responsible for the murder of up to 50 million Bible-believing Christians!] This is fact! It is not something that is surmised. This can be verified on the pages of history.”2
Before continuing in this exposé concerning the identity of the Antichrist according to the Bible, let’s make one thing abundantly clear: I am by NO MEANS “anti-Roman Catholic” as far as individual Catholics are concerned! I have many friends and family members who are Roman Catholic, and I love them just the same! However, I am definitely against the Vatican hierarchy and their various secret societies such as the Jesuits and Knights of Malta (and all of their subsidiaries) who have waged war on innocent people in the precious name of Christ. I ask that you carefully consider the following quote, which encapsulates my thoughts concerning why I have written this work in the first place:
“We are told to love one another as Christ has loved us. Pop psychology trivializes that command by equating it with a ‘positive’ attitude. Forgotten is the first duty of love: to speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15). Real love does not flatter or soothe when correction is needed but [rather] points out the error which is blinding and harming the loved one. Christ said, ‘As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent’ (Revelation 3:19). Instead, the idea is now current that love excludes rebuke, ignores the truth, and seeks unity at any price. Only disaster can result.”4
Most of these speculators on the end-time Antichrist fail in their “identification mission” because they fail to see that the Holy Scriptures describe the Antichrist as a “man”, as an “office”, as a “religious system”, and as a “religious-secular power”. The Holy Bible gives us numerous clues as to the identity of the Antichrist through its use of such terms as the “little (or, other) horn” (Daniel 7:8, 20-21, and 24-26); “that man of sin” (II Thessalonians 2:3); “the son of perdition” (II Thessalonians 2:3); “the number of the beast” (Revelation 13:18); “the number of a man” (i.e., six hundred and sixty-six: Revelation 13:18); “the great whore” (Revelation 17:1, 15-16; and 19:2); the “mother of harlots” (Revelation 17:5); “Babylon” (Revelation 14:8; and 16:19); “Babylon the Great” (Revelation 17:5 and 18:2); “that great (or, mighty) city” (Revelation 14:8; and 18:10 and 21); and, by the term “Antichrist” itself (I John 2:18 and 22; I John 4:3; and II John 7).
Additionally, the Bible at times uses the term “beast” figuratively to refer to a “kingdom” or to an “empire”, for example: Daniel 7:7, 19, and 23; Revelation 13:1-8, and 11-18; 14:9 and 11; 15:2; 16:2, 10, and 13; 17:3, 7-8, 11-13, and 16-17; 19:19 and 20; and 20:4 and 10.
Obviously Papal Rome is not being referred to in ALL of the uses of the term “beast” mentioned in the previous paragraph. (Remember, the term “beast” is often used in the Bible to figuratively represent a “kingdom” or an “empire”.) SOME of the “beasts” mentioned in Daniel (chapters 7 and 8), and in Revelation (esp. chapters 13 through 17) obviously refer to kingdoms and empires that preceded Rome. HOWEVER, one of the four “beasts” described in the book of Revelation is clearly the Pagan Imperial Roman Empire, from whose “ashes” the proverbial “phoenix”, called the Papacy (i.e., the “little horn” of Daniel chapter 7), arose!
Here are two other major mistakes made by those who are trying to identify the “end-time” Antichrist:
1. Many of them fail to understand that the Roman Empire had at least two major phases: (a.) the PAGAN Imperial Roman Empire (which was later divided into Eastern and Western sections); and, (b.) the PAPAL “Holy” Roman Empire – a secular-ecclesiastical power (under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome – later called the Pope), which arose like the proverbial “phoenix” from the “ashes” of the Western portion of the PAGAN Imperial Roman Empire, and which eventually came to be called “PAPAL Rome”.
2. Many of them apparently fail to recognize the fact that Papal Rome is not strictly and simply a “religious” power. For many centuries Papal Rome was BOTH a religious power AND a secular power. The pope was not only the religious ruler of Western Christendom, but he was also the secular ruler – and the sovereign – of his own Papal States. Additionally, for over 1000 years the popes “ruled over” the “kings of the Earth”, crowning and dethroning European kings and emperors whenever they, for the most part, desired! Indeed, Papal Rome despotically ruled the European continent for over a thousand years! The Holy Bible also clearly shows that Papal Rome is a religious harlot/whore who is riding a “beast” (a figure of a “kingdom” or “empire”, or a composite kingdom or empire), steering that “beast” in whatever direction she desires!
To this very day the Pope is BOTH a religious ruler AND a secular ruler (i.e., ruling over Vatican City – the Vatican State – a geopolitical entity that has diplomatic relations with many of the nations of the world)! As BOTH a secular AND religious power, the Papacy can easily be found in the Holy Bible as BOTH a geopolitical “beast” (i.e., a “kingdom”) AND as a religious “whore” or “harlot”, i.e., counterfeit Christianity!
The characteristics of the Antichrist, or “little horn” found in Daniel 7 include the following:
[1.] It “Came up among” the 10 horns (Daniel 7:8)-Rome geographically arose among the 10 tribal kingdoms of divided Rome.
[2.] It has a man as a figurehead (v.8)-The Pope speaks for Rome.
[3.] It would uproot, or destroy, 3 of the horns [tribal kingdoms](v.8)-Papal Rome destroyed the Ostrogoths, Vandals, and Heruli since their leaders did not submit to the Pope.
[4.] It would be diverse, or different, from the 10 horns [tribal kingdoms](v. 24)-Papal Rome is different in that it is an amalgamation of both Church & State
[5.] It would make war against, or persecute, the saints [Christians](v. 25)-The Papacy admits this herself. Some estimate that she directly killed 50 million and were involved in indirectly killing 150 million.
[6.] It emerges from the 4th kingdom [Pagan Rome](v. 7, 8)-Papal Rome is merely Pagan Rome “baptized.” The renowned Isaac Newton understood the fact that the “little horn” Antichrist was referring to the Papacy when he wrote “… the little horn is a little kingdom. It was a horn of the fourth Beast, and rooted up three of his first horns; and therefore we are to look for it among the nations of the Latin Empire, after the rise of the ten ten horns. [Ed.: the little horn with “eyes and a mouth”] is the CHURCH OF ROME.”5
Historian and professor Alexander Clarence Flick comments on the transition from pagan to papal Rome:
“The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised... The very capital of the old Roman Empire became the capital of the Christian empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of the pope.”6
[7.] God’s people [the saints] would be given into his hand for 1,260 years7 (v. 25)-The Catholic Church was officially confirmed by Justinian’s decree in 533 AD, [The History of the Christian Church, Volume 3, p. 327] and the Catholic Church was officially “head of all Christendom” when the last of the three kingdoms was uprooted in 538 A.D.. But after 1,260 years exactly, in 1798 Napoleon’s general, Berthier, took the pope captive and overthrew the Papacy. Thus was the Church of Rome dealt a “deadly wound” to its head.
[8.] It would “speak great words against the Most High,” or blaspheme God (v. 25) [Biblical blasphemy is claiming to be God/Christ (John 10:33) and/or claiming to forgive sins (Luke 5:21)]-The Papacy is guilty of both of these crimes against God. Catholic sources confirm these claims:
“The [Bishop of Rome] is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ himself hidden under the veil of flesh. Does the [Bishop of Rome] speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks.”8
“Does the Priest truly forgive the sins, or does he only declare that they are remitted? The Priest does really and truly forgive the sins in virtue of the power given to him by Christ.”9
[9.] The little horn would “intend to change times and laws” (v.25)- The only law spoken of in the Bible is the law of God, which the Catholic church has claimed to change. In the Catholic catechisms and in certain Catholic Bibles the Papacy has omitted the 2nd commandment which forbids the worship/veneration of images and has shortened the 4th commandment from 94 words to eight – dividing the tenth commandment into two commandments to make up for getting rid of the 2nd. Not only have they shortened the 4th commandment of the Sabbath, but they are responsible for “changing” the day from Saturday to Sunday. The word for times is doubly applicable to the Papacy for they invented the Gregorian calendar and “Christianized” the pagan festivals. Again from Catholic sources we quote:
“The [Bishop of Rome] is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws… The [Bishop of Rome] can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent [representative] of God upon Earth.”10
“The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the fields; sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the East, images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison, are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church.”11
“The church took the pagan philosophy and made it the buckler of faith against the heathen. She took the pagan, Roman Pantheon, temple of all the gods, and made it sacred to all the martyrs; so it stands to this day. She took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday. She took the pagan Easter and made it the feast we celebrate during the season.”12
Professor of Religion at Harvard University, Dr. Edwin Goodenough, comments on the above in his book, “Religious Tradition and Myth,” stating that “The [Ed.: Catholic] Church did everything it could to stamp out such ‘pagan’ rites, but had to capitulate and allow the rites to continue with only the name of the local deity changed to some Christian saint’s name.”13
Please carefully consider the following quotations:
“The word ‘antichrist’ literally means ‘opposed to’ or ‘in the place of’ Christ, and in its most subtle and diabolical manifestation it concerns something which [Ed.: or someone who] claims loyalty to Jesus while really leading away from Him…
“Specifically, Hell’s Harlot [Ed.: as described in Revelation 17] has these identifiable characteristics:
[1.] She is a ‘Mother’ [Ed.: The Roman Church claims to be the mother Church.] (Revelation 17:5)
[2.] She has harlot daughters [Ed.: i.e., the Protestant denominations] (Rev. 17:5)
[3.] She sits on ‘seven mountains’ [Ed.: Rome is the famous city sitting on seven hills.] (Rev. 17:9)
[4.] Her colors are ‘purple and scarlet’ [Ed.: the colors of Catholic bishops and cardinals] (Rev. 17:4)
[5.] She is extremely wealthy with lots of ‘gold’ [Ed.: Papal Rome has grand sums of gold.] (Rev. 17:4)
[6.] She is ‘drunk with the blood of the saints’ [Ed.: via “Holy” Inquisition, crusades, etc.] (Rev. 17:6)
[7.] She is a ‘great city’ [Ed.: i.e., Rome] (Rev. 17:18)
[8.] She has ruled ‘over the kings of the earth’ [Ed.: Popes ruled Europe over 1000 years!] (Rev. 17:18)
[9.] She intoxicates ‘all nations’ with her ‘wine’ [Ed.: i.e., her doctrine] (Rev. 14:8)
[10.] Many of God’s own people are still inside of her (Rev. 18:4)”14
If a person carefully examines the book of Revelation (especially chapters 13 through 18), the book of Daniel (especially the “little horn” in chapter 7), the comments of the Apostle Paul concerning the “man of sin” and the “son of perdition”, the comments of the Apostle John concerning the “antichrist”, and the true history of Papal Rome, then how can that person come to any other conclusion than that Papal Rome is that murderous religious “harlot” and Antichrist system that is clearly described on the pages of Holy Scripture?...
The above excerpt is not a personal, or new, interpretation of Bible prophecy. The belief that the seat of Antichrist has been occupied for hundreds of years, rather than being a mere individual in the future, was taught by ALL of the Protestant Reformers! This is why the root word in Protestantism is PROTEST – because the founders of Protestant denominations were ALL protesting the Papal Antichrist and Mystery Babylon! Do you doubt this fact? If so, click this link to read these statements from the Reformers themselves.
The eminent statesman Sir Robert Peel prophetically said: “The day is not distant, and it may be very near, when we shall all have to fight the battle of the Reformation over again.” That day has come.