ANTICHRIST IS NOT THE POPE . . .
A System, nor Totality of Babylon the Great!*

 By

 Doug Krieger

 

 

Antichrist-Babylon the Great—from evangelical author Dave Hunt and his Woman Rides the Beast, to Peter Waldo’s identification of the Antichrist as the Roman Imperial Church of the 12th Century—the stigma Antichrist abides the Roman Sea.

 

Martin Luther’s classic, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, was the most potent Reformational declaration of his three great 1520’s works—the peak year of his theological Reformational radicalism.  This treatise is the nexus of the Protestant Reformation—without question it is the pinnacle of Luther’s quest for individualism and responsibility for one’s personal salvation.

 

“Luther’s position changed dramatically with the publication of the Babylonian Captivity, the second of his great treatises of 1520.  It was here that Luther took an explicitly insurrectionary position, writing that the pope was the antichrist and arguing that true Christianity had to be rescued from the ‘Babylonian Captivity’ into which the Roman Church had led it.  The Captivity marked the crowning moment of Luther’s theological radicalism and represents the point of irreparable fracture between his own writings and the Roman Church.”  (The Manhattan Rare Book Company, The Babylonian Captivity by Martin Luther)

 

It was only when Luther identified the Papacy and its “system” with the Antichrist that he and those immediate reformers of his era broke free from the indulgent corruption inflicted upon the Church.

The “Babylonian Captivity” and the Antichrist—and their simultaneous declaration as the “seat of Antichrist” forever linked the system of the Papacy with that of Antichrist and Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.  When one mentioned Babylon the Great amongst the early Protestants, there was a subsequent announcement of Antichrist’s “system.”

 

Through the post-Reformational centuries—especially the first three centuries up through the mid-1700s—Antichrist and Babylon the Great, in the minds of Protestants, and their eschatologists, the Historicists—became inseparable from the Holy Sea.  When one spoke of Rome’s persecutions of Protestants and their forebears amongst the Catharists, Vaudois,  Albigenses, Waldensians, Lollards, Hussites, Utraquists, Taborites, Moravians, Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, John Huss et al., Antichrist and/or at least the “system of antichrist” embodied in the Roman Church was the apostate foe who perpetrated such persecutions.

 

Before there ever was a formal declaration of the “Protestant” faith, announced at the Diet of Spryer in 1529, there were people like Wycliffe of England, who started out as a Catholic Reformer.  Wycliffe insisted that the English government should remove corrupt churchmen and confiscate their properties—furthermore, he said that the “Pope is the Antichrist” – the “man of sin” who exalts himself above God.  Both he and his followers, the Lollards, were severely persecuted (cir. 1350 – 1500).

 

In Hunting Heretics (February, 2002), former Roman Catholic nun, Mary Ann Collins, connects the founding of the Inquisition staffed by Dominican friars from 1180 to 1230 and their persecution of the Waldensians, to their final victim in 1826.

 

The Office of the Inquisition still exists. It is located in the Vatican. In 1965 its name was changed to “The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.” In 1981 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed up this most potent branch of the Holy Sea—perhaps you would now know his name as Pope Benedict XVI, successor to Pope John Paul II.

 

The June 5, 2004 article published by the BBC News entitled Vatican Dispels Inquisition Myths by Verity Murphy makes an astounding exposure of Catholic oversight of Inquisitional History:  The denial of it!

 

“The Vatican has published a new study on the abuses committed by the medieval Inquisition and come to a rather surprising conclusion - that in fact the much feared judges of heresy were not as brutal as previously believed.  According to the 800-page report, the Inquisition that spread fear throughout Europe throughout the Middle Ages did not use execution or torture to anything like the extent history would have us believe. In fact the book's editor, Professor Agostino Borromeo, claims that in Spain only 1.8% of those investigated by the notorious Spanish Inquisition were killed.”

 

On the other hand, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and Dave Hunt’s Woman Rides the Beast lay claim to untold millions who died throughout Europe and elsewhere in the Inquisitors’ torture chambers.  There is such a preponderance of historical evidence to this fact, that to deny it would be akin to the denial of the Holocaust and six million Jews who perished in the Final Solution.

 

ANTICHRIST AS A PAPAL SYSTEM—NOT A PERSON PER SE

  

In Westminster Confession of Faith, 25.6, it states:

 

“There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalts himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.” (Antichrist, from Wikipedia)

 

 The London Baptist Confession of 1689, 26.4, it proclaims:

 

“The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner; neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” (Ibid.)

 

An elaborate, but inclusive, presentation of the doctrine of the Antichrist and its Romish affiliations can be found in Can We Identify Antichrist?  by the Bible Students Congregation of New Brunswick, Canada @ www.bible411.com.

 

Historicists are determined to link Antichrist with Rome’s Counter Reformation led by the Jesuits—a sampling of that and links to affirm this nefarious “source” of Futurism’s Antichrist as a person, not a system, and especially not the Papal system, will suffice:

 

“In response to the majority Protestant identification of the Papacy as Antichrist, the modern view of Futurism (Christian eschatology), a product of the Counter-Reformation, was advanced beginning in the 16th Century. This theory was developed by a Jesuit priest named Francisco Ribera in his 1585 treatise on the Apocalypse of John entitled In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarij. This view was then codified by St. Bellarmine, who gives in full the Catholic theory set forth by the Greek and Latin Fathers, of a personal Antichrist to come just before the end of the world and to be accepted by the Jews and enthroned in the temple at Jerusalem—thus endeavoring to dispose of the Protestant exposition which saw Antichrist in the pope. Bellarmine's interpretation, in modified form, is now accepted by most premillennial dispensationalists.[5] (Wikipedia, Antichrist)

 

Reformed theologians—who claim the Reformational mantle—are all the more derisive in their comments regarding Futurists amongst the dispensationalists who they say embrace the Jesuits’ Antichrist:

 

“Identifying that ‘man of sin’, called the Antichrist, has become a favorite project for all those who put their interests and energies towards the task of studying eschatology. A public steeped in the post-modern culture of ‘reality television’ and real-time despotic villains cannot help but be fascinated with the concept of a soon approaching, intrinsically evil, all-powerful world leader.   Since most of those who call themselves ‘Christians’ today are woefully ignorant of history, and are naturally inclined to believe whatever pabulum is spewed upon them from millionaire pop-prophecy teachers and the pop-theology pimps in the pulpits of America, it is natural that many disturbing eschatological mythologies would sprout up in such fertile ground.

 

“The uniform reformed position that the Papacy is the seat of Antichrist, and the Bishop of Rome that ‘man of sin’, is now under renewed attack by both Futurists and Preterists, who would put forth pet prophetic interpretations that require that we discover Antichrist somewhere other than in Ecclesiastical Rome.” (The Doctrine of the Papal Antichrist, Michael Bunker)

 

Reformist theologians, and their historicist counterparts, claim that futurists are inconsistent in their interpretation of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 to wit:

 

“The literal Man of sin concept holds that the four beasts of Daniel 7 represent four governments or empires.  The ‘little horn’ of the fourth beast (vss. 8, 11, 20) symbolizes a single individual who is the Man of sin.  At the same time this concept claims that the Leopard Beast of Revelation 13 pictures not a government, but a personal Man of Sin and that the ten horns (verse 1) picture ten governments that support this worldwide dictator.  But this interpretation is completely inconsistent with itself.

 

“Once the Bible identifies a symbol, then we are on shaky ground to assign that symbol a different meaning. Since Daniel identifies these beasts as governments, most agree that these beasts of Daniel 7 are universal empires: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. By what logic then are the beasts of Revelation symbolic of an individual when beasts in Daniel are admittedly governments? Also, is it not inconsistent to claim the little horn in Daniel is a man, whereas the horns of Revelation are governments? Consistency requires a uniform application of the beasts and horns in both Daniel and Revelation.” (Can We Identify Antichrist?  www.bible411.com)

 

Since this is not an exhaustive treatise on this subject, suffice it to say that reformists, historicists, Covenantalists et al are loathe to admit that Antichrist can be anything but the Papal system and the inheritor of the Fourth Beast (the Roman Empire) which was and is the Roman Catholic Church.

 

To accomplish their eschatology, they place the blame of a personification of the Antichrist in a final personage juxtaposed to the person of Christ Himself (a real person who walked upon the face of this earth) in a “system.”  The same can be said of Paul’s Man of Sin, the Lawless One, the Mystery of Iniquity, that Wicked One (II Thess. 2:3-9)—in all cases the emphasis is always upon a “system” and not an actual personage.

 

Again, let it be repeated, the identity of the Man of Sin as the Papacy did not come into actual existence until at or near the commencement of the second millennium—to the contrary, the early Church Fathers held to a personal manifestation of that Man of Sin, the Antichrist, and in no way saw him as a “system.”

 

I find it somewhat disingenuous of Historicists and Reformers to decry the Jesuits in their future Antichrist as THE attempt to take the “Antichrist onus” off of the Papacy and to place it on a future and personal Antichrist—when the early Church Fathers did that very thing!

 

Furthermore, the “restrainer” when “taken out of the way” (II Thessalonians 2:6-8—“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time . . . for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way . . . and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”) is the fourth beast, i.e., the Roman Empire.  Once the Roman Empire was taken out of the way, the Man of Sin, the Papal System, was revealed!

 

The historicists-reformers use the writings of the Early Church Fathers to confirm their “antichrist system.”  It is preposterous to conjecture any “system” from the tractates of Hippolytus when he is so abundantly clear that the Antichrist will be a real, yet future, personage—in Hippolytus’ case, a Jew, just as Jesus was a Jew, even so the future Antichrist will spring from the tribe of Dan.  We covered this is our last article; The Antichrist is Not a Jew, Part II.

 

Again, the early Church, under successive Roman persecutions, found it altogether plausible—not only from Scripture, but by dent of reoccurring persecution—that the future Antichrist would be a Roman Prince:

 

“The Roman emperor beginning with Nero, sometimes together with the four emperors who succeeded him in the year following his suicide, until the elevation of Nero's general Vespasian to emperor, have been interpreted from very early times, either alone or collectively as the Beast of the Apocalypse.” (The Antichrist, Wikipedia).

 

Preterists, in particular, who see the fulfillment of the Antichrist in the person of Nero, as well as nearly all Bible prophecy fulfilled at or near the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D., certainly have no problem with identifying Antichrist as a Roman Prince.

 

Once again, however, Preterism—though their claim to doctrinal purity astounds—precludes the FACT (though try they may to deduce John’s Revelation and writings prior to 70 AD) that the Beloved’s writings are post-70 AD and project eschatology beyond their pivotal conclusion and, most certainly, they do not concur with the Early Church Fathers whose personification of Antichrist as either a Roman Prince or an apostate Jew yet future, militates against their narrow prophetical graphic.

 

“I want to point out that if the time of authorship of Revelation is in fact 97AD, an entire approach to interpreting Revelation is false. That is the ‘Preterist’ approach, that most all of the prophecies were fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. In other words, if the date of authorship is AD 97, we need not even consider that particular interpretation of Revelation. On the other hand remember, interpreting Revelation from a ‘futurists’ point of view, that the prophetic events of Revelation will take place in the future, does not depend on either date of authorship to make it’s case.

 

“At this time, with the documentation I have been exposed to, I would personally support the authorship date of AD 97. In that year, it had been about 64 years since Jesus had ascended to Heaven. It had been about 37 years since Paul wrote his letter to the Church in Ephesus (one of the 7 churches of Revelation). In 70 AD the Romans destroyed Jerusalem dispersing its population, both Jew and Christian throughout the world. All of the other original disciples had died according to early historians and church tradition. Rome was very much still in charge of the world. The level of Christian persecution varied from emperor to emperor, but was always great.” (Introduction to Revelation)

 

JESUITS, THE BLACK POPE, DA VINCI CODE, OPUS DEI, OUR LADY OF FATIMA – THE PLOT THICKENS

 

Exotic extrapolations of the “system” producing an ultimate Antichrist who is the very Beast of Revelation 13—the final Antichrist, the embodiment, even incarnation of Satan himself, has been proposed by some historicists.  Theirs is a world fraught with centuries steeped in conspiracy and ultimate world domination. Many are well meaning brethren who see in sundry Roman Catholicism all the earmarks of an ultimate Black Pope who will be the personification of evil—the Antichrist.  Yes, there is conviction of such a personage even among Catholics, let along their Protestant counterparts!

The tone and intrigue vested in the writings of the “conspiratorialists” is remarkable—it literally “sucks you into their black conspiratorial hole” from whence there is no recovery!  Even so, the novel and movie staring Tom Hanks of the Da Vinci Code—it’s truly mesmerizing.  Now, a sample of the conspiratorial mind . . . from the fertile imagination of The Remnant of God, The Spectrum—whose sounds and sights are congruent with those of Barbara Aho:

 

“You’ve gotten familiar with the role played by, for instance, the Khazarian Zionists (who invented the word ‘Jew’ to disguise their adopted heritage, as distinguished from the biblical Judeans), or the role played by the Banksters (banking gangsters) controlling the economies of the world, by the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the Committee of 300 (the 17 wealthiest so-called “elite” families))—the Rothschilds in England and Rockefellers in America and Bronfmans in Canada, and on and on, comprising the physical power structure of the New World Order puppets under the direction of darkly motivated, other-dimensional ‘master deceivers’ commonly known as Lucifer or Satan and their ‘fallen angel’ cohorts.”

 

Is your interest perked?—after all, something has to be behind all of this!  Let’s read on . . .

 

“While all of those details contribute to understanding the Larger Picture, what you are about to read fills in a most important Missing Link in this entire structure.  And I don’t mean a little side issue; I mean a link so central—yet so well hidden from general public view, and for so long—that even the most studied of ‘conspiracy theory’ scholars probably have not put together much of the information that is going to be presented here.

 

“Let’s call this story the ‘Jesuit-Vatican connection’ to the unfolding New World Order agenda.  You make up your own mind just how absolutely central, yet well hidden, has been this link!  There’s a good reason the secret Vatican library is so extensive and yet remains so intact from outside intrusion, despite the many others who would like to possess such a collection of information detailing much ‘censored’ data about our true, other-worldy cultural heritage.

 

“When one reads a work like Vatican Assassins, one can’t help but reflect back on the purposely ‘adjusted’ and watered down and boring moments in high school history class.  Meanwhile, the true history of what has gone on is dynamic and full of calculated intrigue.” (Rick Martin, The Black Pope)

 

Now the conspiratorial mind of the Vatican Assassins, Eric Jon Phelps—it won’t take long before you reach the outer perimeters of the black hole from whence there is no escape, no rational exclusion from the abyss of utter conspiracy; here, there is no confusion—all makes unfathomable sense; dots are finally connected . . . it’s only a matter of time!

“The Jesuit General is the absolute, complete, and total dictator and autocrat of the Order.  When he speaks, his provincials move.  The provincials are his major subordinates.  There are around 83 provincials right now.

 

“As I understand it, the Jesuit Order has divided the world into 83 regions.  Ok?  For each region, there is a Jesuit provincial.  There are 10 provincials in the United States.  There is one for Central America.  There is one for Ireland.  They’ve divided up the world into these provinces.

 

“So it’s old Babylonian provincial government, centered in Nebuchadnezzar or the Jesuit General himself; so it’s strictly a Roman form of government where all the states or provinces are subordinate to this worldwide sovereign.

 

“The Jesuit General exercises full and complete power over the Order.  He meets with his provincials.  When they decide to start a war or an agitation, he gets the information from the provincial of that country, how best to go about this, the demeanor of the people, and then he uses legitimate grievances to foam an agitation—like the 1964 Civil Rights Movement. 

 

“That was ALL a Jesuit agitation, completely, because the end result was more consolidation of power in Washington with the 1964 Civil Rights Act that was written by [the longtime President of the University of Notre Dame, the Reverend] Theodore Hesburgh.

 

“The Jesuit General rules the world through his provincials.  And the provincials then, of course, rule the lower Jesuits, and there are many Jesuits who are not ‘professed’, so many of the lower Jesuits have no idea what’s going on at the top.  They have no concept of the power of their Order.

 

“It’s just like Freemasonry.  The lower Freemasons have no idea that the High Shriner Freemasons are working for the Jesuit General.  They think that they’re just doing works and being good people.  But the bottom line is that the high-level Freemasons are subject, also, to the Jesuit General because the Jesuit General, with Fredrick the Great (of Prussia), wrote the High Degrees, the last 8 Degrees, of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry when Fredrick protected them when they were suppressed by the Pope in 1773.” (Ibid. The Black Pope, The Spectrum, Phelps)

 

Now, Phelps, ultimately discloses his Protestant roots in this Papal conspiracy . . . but it takes a while . . . certainly, the Martin-Phelps “Axis of Conspiracy” dialogue is classical post-Reformational conspiracy theory—alive, well, and ever-innovative in its hatred toward Rome:

 

Martin:  One of my questions has to do with the Oath and it’s similarity to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, and I wrote that question before I got back to the Protocols portion of your book.

 

“Phelps:  The Jesuits obviously wrote the Protocols because they have carried out every protocol in that little handbook.  They have carried everything out.  And, Alberto Rivera says—and he was a Jesuit—he was greatly maligned, not helped at all by the Apostate, Protestants, and Baptists in this country; he was helped, somewhat, by Jack Chick.  Jack Chick published his story in six volumes, titled Alberto I, II, III, IV, V, & VI.

 

“Alberto Rivera says that it was Jews aligned with the Pope who published the Protocols.  Well, I tend to feel that it was just the Jesuits themselves because they and they alone, were the ones who were able to bring this to pass.

 

“They’re the ones in the government.  They’re the ones behind professional sports.  The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers is a Knight of Malta.  The owner of the Detroit Lions is a Knight of Malta.  All your top owners of these ball clubs, for the most part, are Knights of Malta, getting the people whooped up in this hoopla over games and sports, while they’re busy creating a tyranny.  So, that was one of the things in the Protocols—that they would create ‘amusements.’

 

“Another one they used was Walt Disney, 33rd-degree Freemason—Disneyworld, Disneyland.  Another one was Milton Hersey, with Hersey Park.  They create all of these amusements and games and pastimes to get the people drunk with pleasure, while they’re busy overthrowing the Protestant form of government.” (Ibid. The Black Pope)

 

Yes, according to Phelps, a Protestant Reformation that was countered by Rome’s Jesuits, is the real culprit; to wit:

 

“The Council of Trent was the response of Rome to the Protestant Reformation.  Remember—the Protestant Reformation brought us all of the political liberty that we know of today.  There’s no such thing as national sovereignty without the Reformation.  There’s no such thing as private rights without the Reformation.  There’s no such thing as the Law of Nations, as we know of it today, of Montesquieu and the others, without the Reformation.

 

“So, when the Reformation came with their doctrines of salvation by grace through faith alone, and that there was no need for the priesthood to go to Heaven—that all we need is salvation in Christ, and Romans 1:17:  the righteous shall live by faith.  When the Reformation came, it completely stripped Rome of its spiritual power.  The priests were no longer wanted because the people were getting the Word of God in a Bible, specifically in Holland, England, and Germany.  And so, with these great revivals breaking forth and the Reformation happening, nations were breaking away from the power of the Pope.  The Holy Roman Empire was breaking up.  Charles V, the Emperor, resigned and became a monk and a gardener.  So, the Lord was moving mightily in breaking the power of the Holy Roman Empire, started by Charlemagne and the Pope.” (Ibid. The Black Pope)

 

Wow, Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, as it turns out, is NOT a Jewish conspiracy, but one set up to look like one orchestrated by the Jesuits!  Now, that’s conspiracy!

 

Good grief—it’s hard to keep up with the conspiracies . . . but, now that we’re in the black hole . . . just what is the ultimate goal of the Jesuits, who were themselves the Counter Reformation specialists, ultimately gone out of control, later diminished by the Papacy itself, but who regrouped under the French Revolution and Napoleon (according to Phelps et al) . . . so, just what is the ultimate goal of these Jesuits, and of the current Jesuit General,  Count Hans Kolvenbach?

 

THE JESUITS TURN ON THE POPE AND CONTROL THE PAPACY

 

Phelps leaves you awestruck . . . so many dots are randomly connected, with historical truth interspersed (and there are many historical facts interspersed to his fantasies) that, although he is repeatedly discredited by historical fact . . . one is nevertheless absorbed by his convolutions—in sum, he makes the Da Vinci Code pale into a light-weight, superficial account of the Merovingians, Mary Magdalene, the Quest for the Holy Grail and how the bloodline of Jesus will issue in the ultimate Antichrist!

 

So, Phelps postulates how the Jesuits were chastised by Pope Clement XIII (1758-1769) but regrouped and actually control today’s Papacy:

 

“Remember that they (i.e., the Jesuits) were in control of Napoleon.  A Jesuit by the name of Abbie Sieyes—you can find him, again, in Ridpath’s History of the World—Abbie Sieyes was a Jesuit-trained individual, and I believe he was a Jesuit.  He was on the Directory, and he was also on the Consulate; he was the second counsel.  Napoleon was the first; he was the second.  He was the advisor and director of Napoleon.  Abbie Sieyes, being the Jesuit that he was, ordered Napoleon to imprison the Pope for 5 years, and he did! 

 

“So, the Pope was in prison for 5 years until 1814, when he restored the Jesuit Order.  The Pope, prior to that, was killed.  They brought him over the mountains of the Alps, and he died through that debacle.

 

“The Jesuits thoroughly humiliated the papacy.  They used their French soldiers to overturn St. Peter’s chair, and they found, written in Arabic: ‘There is no other God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.’  And THAT is what is under St. Peter’s chair today.  That was stolen from some kalif during the Crusades.

 

“So, they completely intimidated the Pope and showed their power.  The Pope then restored them with a Papal Bull, calling upon the vengeance of the Apostles Peter and Paul . . . for anyone who would ever suppress the Jesuit Order ever again.  When the Jesuits were ‘reinstalled’ in all their power, that’s when they were in control of the Pope, and from then on they have been.

 

“Any Pope who resists them gets punished or murdered.  And all the Popes know it.  When Pius IX wanted a liberal constitution for the Italian people in 1849, all of the Italians were delighted.  Here is a liberal Pope; he’s going to give us constitutional rights; we’re going to have a constitution.

 

“The Jesuits raised up a revolution with Garibaldi and their Freemasons, and drove Pius IX from his throne.  He had to stay in Gaeta for about a year.  When he returned to Rome, under the protection of Napoleon III’s French army—actually, it was the republic’s army that would later be his ‘army of the empire’—but they returned with a French army, protecting the Pope, he became the most fanatical absolutist, pursuant to the wishes of the Jesuits.

 

“So, Pius IX was punished.  But the Popes who don’t obey, like, what was it, In God’s Name, the Pope who was murdered after 33 days, when he didn’t go along with the Jesuit Order, they ended his life.” (Ibid. The Black Pope)

 

This freewheeling exchange wherein Phelps can’t remember the name of John Paul I astounds . . . never mind, we’re just after the ultimate goal of the Jesuits . . . but first, some insightful connection between the Jesuits, Armageddon, and the State of Israel:

 

“We first have to remember the creation of the nation of Israel.  World War I prepared the land for the people.  World War II prepared the people for the land.  World War III, the battle of Armageddon, will ‘prepare the people for their messiah’—with national repentance and realizing that ‘Jesus, the messiah, is the savior and will deliver them.’

 

“The present government of Israel was set up by the High Masonic Rothschild-controlled Jews, and Rothschild has had an alliance with the Jesuit General since 1876, with Adam Weishaupt.  This is the very same Rothschild powers who betrayed the Jews into the hands of the Nazis, killing many Jews all throughout Europe, betraying their own Jewish people.  These are the very same powers who run the nation of Israel today.

 

“I read a very interesting paragraph by Mark Lane in his book Plausible Denial when he tells about a Jew in Israel who wrote about certain criminal Jews, involved with the Nazis, who are now with the Mossad, something along those lines.  The man who wrote the article was gunned-down in front of his home.

 

“So, Rome controls the Israeli government.  It controls the Israeli government through the Mossad.”

 

Double grief, now the Jesuits control the State of Israel!  These ramblings are the stuff of the Da Vinci Code and the Black Pope.  Hang on now—we’re cutting to the chase:

 

“You see, all these things (e.g., WWI and WWII, communism, etc.) were used to unite Catholics and Protestants together here (in the USA), so that, ultimately, Rome would be in control of all the Protestant denominations through the National Council of Churches and the Royal Council of Churches.  And that’s what they got.  They took Princeton; they took Dartmouth College.  All the great Protestant Universities are now in the hands of the Masons and the Jesuits.  Harvard has a Jesuit House.  They’re controlled.  And so, wherever they control education, they control the politics.  And they control the education in China, Russia, all the Communist countries.  Now that they have all of the dictators installed all throughout the world, they don’t need the Cold War anymore.  So now they can proceed with their next agenda, and that’s the unification of Europe, the building up of Russia, and the destruction of the Western Empire.  And that’s their next agenda.”

 

Now we’re getting somewhere:  The Destruction of Western Empire.  How will this be done?  As you read the Phelps and Martin dialogue—a dialogue which is excruciatingly familiar to the ramblings of Barbara Aho, Madame Blavatsky, British Israelism, and a host of the bizarre—the Jesuits are maneuvering the Presidency into an absolute dictatorship where the Commander-in-Chief subsumes the balance of powers of Congress and Supreme Court. 

 

Now, note how the Beast, the Papacy, and Antichrist culminate in this massive takeover:

 

“Absolutism is their great doctrine, that absolute power resides in the hands of the General.  He is limited by no constitution.  He is limited by no law.  This is the Great Doctrine of Divine Right, the Divine Right of Kings that was so fought against by the Calvinists.  We Bible-believing Calvinists believe in the Rule of Law.  The Law is king.  Rutherford’s ‘Lex Rex.’  The Jesuits believe the king is the law—Louis XIV: ‘I am the law.’  So, it’s going to be a universal, world-wide king who, himself, is the law.  All authority will be in him, as he rules the world from Jerusalem, as the Beast.”

 

Now, the Protestant theology of the Papal Antichrist comes into total focus—somehow, the US Presidency must become subservient to the Jesuits’ Pope; that’s why the Jesuits are maneuvering (as Phelps surmises) the control of the Presidency (and, no doubt Opus Dei plays a role in all this).

 

“I’m saying that what’s in position now will ultimately bring in the future Pope, whoever he is, and whatever it may be, as a Universal Absolutist—the Universal Monarch of the World, in Jerusalem.”

 

We are simply left in a “conspiratorial conundrum” by Phelps, as the Presidency of the USA, the leadership of the Western Empire, is utterly subverted and the Jesuit-controlled Black Pope ascends to the world stage where he becomes none other than the supreme potentate, the Antichrist.

 

Strangely enough, Phelps claims to be a dispensationalist!  Hold on to your eschatological sanity here . . .

 

“I’m saying that will literally happen.  There will be a Pope, who will be killed; he will receive a mortal wound.  And this is going to happen in the 70th week of Daniel.  He will receive a mortal wound, according to Revelation 13.

 

“This is the Beast, and he will come back to life.  He comes back to life, mid-trib, at the very time that Satan and his angels are cast out of Heaven by Michael and his angels.  At this time, Satan goes and he indwells the Beast, this Pope.  Now he comes back to life, just like Christ.  He was dead; now he’s resurrected.

 

“And what is he going to do?  He’s going to destroy the Catholic Church.  He’s going to destroy the Vatican; and he’s going to go down in Jerusalem and demand to be worshipped as God, for three and a half years.

 

“That’s why the Vatican is indestructible.  No one can destroy the Vatican.  All the armies in the world couldn’t destroy it.  It has been determined that it will be destroyed by the Anti-Christ.  And he, alone, can do it.”

 

Carefully observe how the Pope, not a political leader, is now the all-inclusive fulcrum of evil—the Antichrist himself!  Indeed, the Beast, the Antichrist-Pope, will turn on Catholics and all who claim the name of Christ!  The likes of Phelps are not an isolated phenomenon amongst Protestantism gone theologically berserk—a host of conspiratorialists are “out there” (much like “the truth is out there”).  Please meander through the quagmire of conspiracy by going to this web site and confirm one thing—you will observe so many dots being connected that eventually—“the whole world has gone mad, except thee and me, and sometimes I think thee as well.” (See:  Illuminati News)

 

THE JEWISH-CATHOLIC – ZIONIST-PAPAL PLOT OF BARBARA AHO – Opus Dei Decoded!

Protestants have no end to their historical, eschatological prattling—and nothing is as inscrutable an effort as the writings of British Israelite, Barbara Aho.  Watch how she weaves the Vatican and Jersualem into a most amazing mosaic of conspiratorial bliss; eventually, to Aho—and if you go far enough into her world of Merovingian Dynasties and Da Vinci Codes—the Jews are behind all efforts of world domination; therefore, the Catholic lay organization, Opus Dei, are naught but a front for the Jews-Jesuits to gain world domination.

 

“Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by Jose Maria Escrivá de Balaguer, a crypto-Jew whose surname was originally ‘Escriba’ which means ‘Scribe.’ In 1982, Pope John Paul II made Opus Dei a ‘personal prelature,’ a privilege conferred upon no other religious order.  In other words, this organization, founded by a crypto-Jew, is accountable to no one but the Pope.  That might not be a problem per se, except there is convincing evidence that Pope John Paul II was one of the many Jewish popes of the Catholic Church, including the present Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger).  After a record-breaking canonization process of 27 years, Pope John Paul II declared the Jewish Escrivá a saint of the Roman Catholic Church .

 

“It is imperative to understand that Opus Dei is not fundamentally a Catholic organization but a front for B’nai B’rith, which is directly under the high cabal of International Jewry, the Prieuré de Sion.  An informative Catholic website, Opus Dei Alert has exposed Opus Dei as a Jewish front and Escrivá as a Marrano Jew.”

 

To Barbara Aho, and her clan of conspiratorialists, tracing the roots of Opus Dei to the expulsion of all non-Catholic Christians, Moslems, and Jews from Spain in 1492 was no easy fete, but the circuitous route was transversed!

  

“Around 1492 A.D. the top Jews in Spain had wormed their way into high positions of Church and State by pretending to be Catholics. These false Marrano Jews, as they were called, were involved in treacheries against Spain and The Church. The Catholic Church’s Glorious Inquisition was used to confront this grave attack on Catholic Life, with the holy purpose of weeding out these infiltrating Jews, who were masquerading as converts, whose sole purpose (the Jewish infiltrators) was to subvert the Catholic Church from within, while remaining undetected…

 

“There is much evidence that Opus Dei’s, unholy founder ‘Escriva’ came from very proximate Jewish ancestry. Some point out that ‘Escriva’s’ changing his name a documented five (5) times, was a stealthy ‘shell game’ tactic he (‘Escriva’) utilized to keep his anti-Catholic roots hidden. Yet, although he may have thought it expedient to keep his alleged Talmudic background in the dark and from public scrutiny; he (Escriva) during this era of the ‘uneducated Catholic’ nonetheless, brazenly showed himself as one to have openly and knowingly judaized. [That is only of course presupposing he ever intentionally held the Catholic Faith and not just demonically exuded, just enough of a calculated veneer of Catholicism exteriorly, in order to snatch the unthinking and/or unwary Catholic into his anti-Christ Marrano Money Cult.]” (Opus Dei’s Rabbis: The Enemy Has Possession of the Citadel)

 

Ultimately – if you follow the convoluted reasonings of Aho’s Jewish-Catholic conspiracy – and how Opus Dei has taken over from where the Marrano Jews left off . . . well, Catholics and Jews alike should find all of these reasonings the height of intellectual insanity!  Farfetched?  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

 

“(US) Supreme Court Justices (i.e., Catholic Justices like Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, and, of course, Chief Justice John Roberts) who (Note:  At this point she doesn’t qualify her “who.”) are involved in Opus Dei are not only linked with the high cabal of International Jewry but they have been indoctrinated in the Talmud, which is the basis of Josemaria Escrivá's teachings. For this reason alone, these Justices would give preferentiality to Talmudic Law over Constitutional Law, a partiality which renders these Roman Catholic justices on the Supreme Court suspect as being crypto-Jews. As documented in Mystery Babylon: Catholic or Jewish?, Jewish “Marranos” infiltrated the Roman Catholic Church in massive numbers during the Middle Ages and represent a Fifth Column within that Church to the present day.

 

“Besides the five possible crypto-Jews, there are two overt Jews on the High Court—Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   Considering that there are 5.2 million Jews out of nearly 300 million people in the U.S., a 7:2 ratio of Jewish vs. Gentile Justices (on the US Supreme Court) is hardly an equitable situation.  Adding to the disproportionate numbers the fact that there are several Opus Dei Justices, five possible covert Jews and two overt Jews, and that all of these Justices have been indoctrinated in the Talmud as the divinely-inspired word of God, there appears to be an enemy presence in the highest court of the land.

 

“Those Christians who take consolation in the fact that liberals will finally be forced to abide by the Ten Commandments, have a surprise in store for themselves under the judicial watch of an Opus Dei Supreme Court. Foremost is the prospect that the Judeo-Masonic Noahide Laws will be enforced by this Talmudic body when the rest of the world has had enough bloodshed at the hands of the ‘Christian’ Dominionists.  This transition will occur when the Jewish Antichrist rises to power and establishes the Jerusalem Sanhedrin as the Supreme Court of the World.

 

“Soon thereafter, when the U.S. Supreme Court is officially transformed into the U.S. Sanhedrin, the Ten Commandments will be replaced by the Talmud-mandated Seven Noahide Laws as a legal means of eliminating the violence of Roman Catholicism and Christianity, as well as the right-wing Catholics and Christians who foment wars and persecutions in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Death of the Phoenix, Final Act for the United States of America, Act VI, The New Reformation, Scene I, Enter Scorpio, The Supreme Court and Opus Dei, Barbara Aho, Watch Unto Prayer Ministries) 

 

By now you have lost your senses, mind, and marbles!  And, imagine, Watch Unto Prayer, according to Alexa, is approximately the 2,000th most popular web site in the world!

 

Perhaps I should have placed Barbara’s synthesis of Opus Dei and its final Jewish conclusion in our initial two settings:  THE ANTICHRIST IS NOT A JEW, Parts I and II.  My reasonings to include herein have more to do with the incredible Catholic-Jewish amalgam for world supremacy and the final Antichrist . . . for Aho’s Antichrist is strangely similar to that of Phelps’ Black Pope—she simply traces his serpentine origins back to the Marrano Jews who converted to Catholicism around 1492!

 

In both the ramblings of Phelps and Aho, the reoccurring theme takes the eschatological focus off the Roman Prince—the political leader of the Western Empire—and upon the Papacy (the “Black Pope”) or an ultimate political leader from Europe, a clandestine Jew whose bloodlines can be traced (akin to the Da Vinci Code) back through to Mary Magdalene.  It is this Jew (fake Catholic) who will be the future and consummate Antichrist.  Both squarely place the ultimate Antichrist as a future Roman Catholic Pontiff (subverted no less in Aho’s scenario by a world-wide Jewish conspiracy) . . .

 “Since few are wise to the Merovingian (Jewish) infiltration and takeover of the Roman Catholic Church or that celibacy, homosexuality and pederasty are sacred rites of the Merovingians, and given that the secret societies, which are under the oversight of the Prieuré de Sion, control the news media which has sensationalized these scandals, and considering the effectiveness of this ingenious and carefully executed plan, we submit that the mighty fall of this citadel of Christendom is a fait accompli.” (This is Barbara Aho’s complete quote including parenthesis.) (THE MEROVINGIAN DYNASTY SATANIC BLOODLINE OF THE ANTICHRIST & FALSE PROPHET, by Barbara Aho)

 

To be fair, Phelps’ Papal Antichrist hails from a purer strain than that of Aho’s Jewish-Catholic conspiracy (he appears wholly Gentile and outwardly Catholic or purely religious—although Jews are somehow involved); whereas Aho’s tends to be more political (i.e., not directly connected with overt Papal or religious manifestations per se).  On the one hand Aho’s Antichrist subscribes to the political side of the Antichrist equation with her Merovingian dynasty collaborating with the Mother of Harlots (i.e., the Catholic Church), while on the other hand, Phelps’ Antichrist finds its source through religio-political intrigue within the Catholic Church, whereupon, through the surreptitious overthrow of the Western Empire (led by the USA) the corrupted Jesuit-inspired Catholics will have taken over both the Roman Church, as well as the political  leadership of the world—both Phelps and Aho see their Antichrist winding up in the Jerusalem Temple declaring himself as god.  Both use the Roman Catholic Church and the ultimate Antichrist as their eschatological motif.

 

OUR LADY OF FATIMA & THE PROPHECIES OF ST. MALACHY – “PETER THE ROMAN”

 

It is general knowledge that the third prophecy allegedly committed to Sister Lucy in the apparitions witnessed by her at Fatima, Portugal, has embedded within the allegedly undisclosed third revelation of the final identity of the Antichrist.  In sum, the third revelation is apocalyptic in nature; forgive the rather lengthily discourse on this Catholic apocalyptic mystery; however, its significance is altogether impressive and it is worthy of our immediate consideration:

“The Third Secret is apocalyptic and therefore corresponds to the eschatological texts of Sacred Scripture. This is what Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out when he revealed that the Secret concerns the ‘novissimi’ – the ‘last things’ and corresponds to what is revealed in Sacred Scripture.  Pope John Paul II, when asked about the Third Secret in Germany, stated that ‘We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not too distant future, trials that will require us to be ready to give up our lives....’  Pope John Paul II, as Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, elaborated this theme during a visit to the United States in 1976: ‘We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American Society or wide circles of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.  It is a trial which the Church must take up.’

 

“There were three parts to the Secret of Fatima. The first two parts have long ago been revealed. These were concerning the appearance of the Angel at Fatima in 1916 and the Vision of Hell which Our Lady showed the children in July 1917.  The third part of the Secret has not yet been officially revealed as such.

 

“The following reported dialogue of Pope John Paul II concerning the famous Third Secret of Fatima, the secret that was opened by Pope John XXIII in 1960 and which has not been fully and officially revealed by the Vatican, is very interesting.

 

“This Secret was revealed by Our Lady on July 13, 1917, to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. It was entrusted to Lucia to transmit it to the Holy Father. This she did by means of a letter which was opened in 1960 as Our Lady indicated was to be done. It was this secret that the children, on August 13, 1917, would not reveal to the Masonic mayor of Ourem - even after being imprisoned and threatened with death. The children would rather die than disobey Our Lady in this matter. But that it was to be eventually made public seems to be Lucia’s understanding, because in the book by Father De Marchi, which Sister Lucia personally approved of, the author indicated that the Secret would be revealed by the Holy Father.

 

“Here is the confirmation, almost to the letter also, of the apocalyptic prophecy in the unofficial version of the:  ‘Third Secret’ which for years has been in circulation without being denied: ‘... the waters of the ocean will become vapor, and the foam will rise up overwhelming and drowning everything. Millions and millions of people will die hourly ...’)” (Pope John Paul II, and The Secret of Fatima, Lampholder Publications, An International Prophecy Journal) 

 

Cardinal Ratzinger, in November 1984, read the Third Secret of Sister Lucy, and revealed that it was exceedingly apocalyptic in nature . . . and there is, of course, the famous prognostications of Fr. Joachin Alonso and Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinitè:

 

“While the precise wording of the Secret remains unknown to the public, the labors of such famous Fatima scholars as Father Joachin Alonso (former official archivist of Fatima) and Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinitè have nevertheless provided invaluable insights into its meaning and contents. The latter’s monumental 850-page work, The Third Secret is particularly noteworthy in this regard.” (The Third Secret of Fatima, The Fatima Network)

 

And, what might these disclosures of Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinitè entail?

 

“In his book, Frère Michel reports that, when questioned about the Secret, Sister Lucy said: ‘It’s in the Gospel and in the Apocalypse, read them!’ He notes that she then particularly indicated Chapters VIII through XIII of the Apocalypse (Chapter XIII specifically concerns the rise of the Antichrist). In his study of the Third Secret, Frère Michel builds a powerful and compelling case that the Third Secret is a grave warning of apostasy within the Catholic Faith and a serious indictment of those in the Church hierarchy who have promoted dissent and outright heresy.

 

“A wave of diabolical disorientation will be hurled over the world. Satan will introduce himself even to the highest summit of the Church. He will blind the minds and harden the hearts of pastors. And God will deliver them to themselves as a chastisement for their refusal to obey the requests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will be the great apostasy predicted for the ‘last times’; ‘the False Lamb’ and ‘False Prophet’ will betray the Church to the profit of ‘the Beast,’ according to the prophecy of the Apocalypse.” (The Story of Fatima, The Fatima Network)

 

Thence is the Antichrist intimately connected with Our Lady of Fatima and ipso facto the Catholic Church’s supreme leadership in the minds of many Catholics vis-à-vis the Visions of Our Lady of Fatima.

 

ST. MALACHY’S PROPHECY OF THE POPES

The short, cryptic prophecies of St. Malachy, the Primate of Ireland, made circa 1140 while on a visit to Rome, about each Pope from his time ‘till the End of Time—are all based on visions he had at the time.

“From what we know of recent Popes, these prophecies are accurate, based on interior evidence alone. What is so very sobering is the fact there are only 2 Popes left after Pope John Paul II!!   Some Christian scholars claim that according to St. Malachy Benedict XVI is the last Pope.” (The Prophecies of Malachy, Marialand)

Catholic fascination for either an ultimate Papal Antichrist or at least a future Pope (or, for that matter the current one, Pope Benedict XVI) who will embrace the Antichrist as the real Christ may come as a shock to Christians outside Rome’s umbrella; however, there is ample discussion among Catholics regarding these matters.

 

The Prophecy of St. Malachy details some 112 future Popes until Daniel’s 70th Week.  Pope #110 is known as the “World Traveler” (i.e., Pope John Paul II).  After his passing there would be two more Popes.  Pope #111 was designated by St. Malachy as “Olive’s Glory” and Pope #112 as “Peter The Roman.”

 

“About the year A.D. 1139, Saint Malachy O'Morgair, Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, wrote down a list of Popes. He listed 112 future Popes, each described by a phrase in Latin.  There has been increasing interest in this list among Roman Catholics, for two reasons. First, the descriptions of Popes #109 and #110 match the pontificates of Popes John Paul I and John Paul II to a tee. Second, there are only two more Popes on the list, and the last Pope on the list is given a long apocalyptic description, instead of a quaint and cryptic phrase.” (The Future and the Popes, Catholic Planet)

 

Catholic Planet continues these disclosures:

 

“Pope #111 (i.e., Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI) on St. Malachy’s list is given the phrase: ‘From the Glory of the Olive.’ This prophetic phrase has several meanings which correctly apply to the next Pope after John Paul II.

“What is the glory of the olive? The olive branch is a well-known symbol of peace. The glory of the olive is peace. The next Pope after John Paul II will be a man of great peace. Peace will be his banner, peace will be his work, peace will be his goal. He will seek peace among individuals, among nations, among Catholics, between Catholics and other Christians, and between Catholics and adherents of other religions. The next Pope after John Paul II will have a Pontificate distinguished for seeking Peace around the world. He is correctly called the Pope of Peace.

”St. Malachy's prophecy about John Paul II fit his Pontificate well, once it began. But, before being elected Pope, Karol Wojtyla did not distinguish himself by traveling constantly. The next Pope after John Paul II may not have distinguished himself yet in works of peace-making. Or, he may have distinguished himself in peace-making in God’s eyes, but not yet in the eyes of the world.”

 

“Pope Benedict XVI will die prior to, or at the very beginning of, World War III. Therefore, he will die in either 2009 or 2010. His reign will be short, like the reign of the holy Pope who reigns after him. I am not certain when Pope Benedict's reign will begin. He must have some number of years in his brief reign, to accomplish his tasks of peace-making. He must therefore be elected soon.” (Note:  This apparently was written prior to Pope Benedict’s Pontificate.) (Ibid. Catholic Planet)

 

Finally, Pope Peter the Roman:

 

“Pope #112 on St. Malachy's list is given this description: ‘In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there shall reign Peter the Roman who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the terrible judge will judge the people.’” (Ibid. Catholic Planet)

 

Catholic Planet (CP) simply believes that Pope #112 is the final Pope on St. Malachy’s list of 112 Popes; however, it is this Pope who, according to CP commences the events in the Revelation.

 

Other impressions regarding Pope “Peter The Roman” . . .

 

“PETER THE ROMAN - This final Pope will likely be Satan, taking the form of a man named Peter who will gain a worldwide allegiance and adoration. He will be the final antichrist which prophecy students have long foretold. If it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. The 112th prophesy states: ‘In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.’” (Papal Prophecies, St. Malachy, Crystal Links)

 

And, from a religious writer in Italy:

 

“Petrus Romanus:  This final Pope will take the form of a man named Peter who will gain a worldwide allegiance and adoration. He will be the final antichrist which prophecy students have long foretold. If it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. The 112th prophesy states: ‘In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.’

“Although the theory that the prophecies of Malachy might be 16th century forgeries has been put forward from time to time, it is of particular interest that one of the most respectable and outstanding historians of the 16th century seems to have accepted them completely. Onofrio Panvinio became corrector and reviser of the Vatican Library in 1556. Most interpreters of Malachy rely on his ‘Epitome Romanorum Pontificum’ when commenting on the first 69 popes on Malachy’s list.

“The problem with the prophecies as listed in The Prophecies of St. Malachy, (published by the Thomas A. Nelson, a Catholic Publishing House), is that Malachy’s original works listed only 111 Popes, not 112. Sometime between the first and subsequent printings the 112th, Petrus Romanus, was added to Malachy’s prophecy.” (Prophecies for the New Pope, Egberto Fontevilla-Mozzi, JAR Editorial Staff, VISTA MAGAZINE, cir. April, 2005)

 

THE WOMAN RIDES  THE BEAST—A Final Word

 

Would someone please take careful note:  THE WOMAN RIDES THE BEAST . . . not the other way around where the Beast is supported by the Woman!

 

This picture, taken from Revelation 17-18 presents an apostate church, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth riding upon the Ten-horned Beast from the Abyss wherein this apostate church is providing “moral covering” for the dastardly deeds of the civil administration or state—the ENTIRE affair is MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT.  However, be it altogether clear, that it is the BEAST who provides terrestrial support for the corrupted ecclesial expediency.

This exceedingly introductory piece simply states how Rome has become the focal point—not only of Protestant outrage, contemporary conspiratorialists, but of Catholics themselves.  Antichrist as the Beast and, most assuredly, as his False Prophet (i.e., the “Second Beast”), is the embodiment of the Papacy—both as a system of antichrist, and even as the ultimate Antichrist himself!

 

Our other writings—which do not permit repetition here—clearly point out that it is the original concept of the Antichrist, held by the Early Church Fathers, revived by Jesuits (Francisco Ribera—though he is NOT the originator of such a concept), accepted by Premillenarians a la John Darby and many others since the popularization of the eschatology in the modern era (i.e., the Antichrist is yet future and is the final Roman Prince or “Coming Prince”) that makes the Papacy’s designation as the ultimate Antichrist (system or person) problematic.

 

“Francisco Ribera was a Jesuit, and he wrote a book on Bible Prophecy in 1585-1590 (?) with the perspective of ‘futurism’.  However, Ribera did not invent futurism!  The key element of a future antichrist is easily seen in scripture itself and requires no inventiveness of any kind.  Ribera simply read 2 Thess 2:3-4 and took the words ‘temple of God’ to mean a literal rebuilt temple in Jerusalem instead of the view of the reformers that the ‘temple of God’ was referring to the Church, because, of course, the body is the temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19, John 2:21)  If anything, the view of the reformers was more inventive (requiring a sort of spiritualized substitution of words) than Ribera’s view!  Additionally, it is far more obvious to see the 1260 days and/or 42 months, of Revelation 12 & 13 as 3.5 years of 1260 literal days than as 1260 years. It takes no evil inventive subversive genius to simply believe what the Bible says!  But the view of a future antichrist in a future literal temple is so clearly evident in the scriptures (and not an invented heresy) that it was also taught by men over 1000 years earlier by Church Fathers such as Irenaeus & Hippolytus around 125 AD.  You can look those names up in a search engine and find that Irenaeus & Hippolytus interpreted Daniel's 70th week as a future event, with a future antichrist to come during a final period of tribulation.  To read Irenaeus, see ‘IRENAEUS AGAINST HERESIES - BOOK V’, Chapter 25, paragraph 4 at http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0103525.htm or http://www.ccel.org/fathers/ANF-01/iren/iren5.html or http://www.gnosis.org/library/advh5.htm   To read in the Bible about the antichrist to come, see Daniel 7-12, 2 Thess 2, Matt 24, and Rev 12-13.” (Taken from www.bibleprophecy.org – The Jesuits and the Rapture)

 

The confusion over Antichrist’s entitlements and of Papal complicity with the final Antichrist is understandable—due to the religio-politico implications connected with the two, both in Scripture, as well as in history.  However, the metaphors are irrefutable—and history bears witness.  The West ascribed to the “Doctrine of the Two Swords” wherein the words of Jesus:  “Render unto the Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s” . . . have created in the past, the present, and most assuredly the future, a Church-State tension which is dynamic, persistent, and irrevocable. 

 

The judgments of religious Babylon are carried out in Revelation 17; the judgments of commercial Babylon are orchestrated in Revelation 18; and, finally, the judgments of civil-political Babylon are climaxed in Revelation 19:

 

THE JUDGMENT OF RELIGIOUS BABYLON

 

“And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast . . . and the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire . . . for God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled” (Revelation 17:12-12, 16-17).

 

THE JUDGMENT OF COMMERCIAL BABYLON

 

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city!  For in one hour your judgment has come’” (Revelation 18:9-10)

 

THE JUDGMENT OF POLITICAL BABYLON

 

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.  Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.  These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:19-20).

 

The Mother of Harlots is judged in Revelation 17; the bastion of Commercial Babylon is destroyed in Revelation 18; and finally, the Beast and the Second Beast, the False Prophet, are directly defeated and cast into the “lake of fire burning with brimstone” by the divine intervention when “the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” (Revelation 19:19a)

 

  

*This is Part III in a series entitled:  ANTICHRIST IS NOT A JEW, THE POPE, ISLAM, NOR A JOKE”