Thursday, March 31, 2011

So Maybe the Papacy IS the Anti-Christ: A Compelling Argument

For years I thought the Papacy was "Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots" (which Ted Pike believes is actually Talmudic Judaism) because of the scarlet and purple robes and whatnot worn by the Pope, Cardinals, and priests at large, and because sometime in the second century AD and beyond the organized Christian churches began to go astray, highlighted by Contantine's turning Christianity into the state religion of the Roman Empire, and, untimately, turning Reformation protestant denominations into similar whores that put someone or something else ahead of Christ.

And while a lot of what Pike says about Talmudic Judaism is true and it is easy to think present-day Israel could be the whore of Babylon, an equally and maybe even better case can be made for the Catholic Church holding that title.

And, in fact, the author of the article here, entitled "Who is the Anti-Christ makes an even better claim that the Papacy is indeed the Anti-Christ. His (or her) argument is strengthened by the fact that he or she actually identifies not only the four "beast" kingdoms in Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 (Babylon, Mede-Persia, Greece, Rome), but also the "10 toes of iron and clay" or the ten kingdoms that come out of the Roman Empire, and, most importantly, the 3 that get uprooted by the "little horn," that is, the entity that would later be identified as "the Anti-Christ," or, as with Second Thessalonians, the "Son of Perdition" or "Man of sin" that would exalt himself as the same as the Most High God. To further back up this claim many original Catholic church writings are sited, including quotes by various Popes as to their "Divine Nature" as "God's Representatives on Earth," and includes the so-called Sacrament of Confession whereby a priest forgives sins (only God or Christ can forgive sins!If a priest could forgive sins then why the heck would God have asked His only Son to be the final sin offering???) And there is more here that could convince someone that the Pope is that Man of sin.

However, the hard part is that the author does NOT take the typical futurist (or atypical preterist) position on the end-times, but the rather rare "historicist" position in that the "1260 days" or "42 months" spoken of by Daniel and in Revelation is in fact 1260 years, beginning in 538 AD when the Papacy established Roman Catholicism as the state religion of the reconstituted Roman Empire and later Holy Roman Empire along with the rest of western Europe), and ending when Napoleon's brother captured the Pope in Rome in 1798--exactly 1260 years in time span.

The final kicker is that, as stated in Revelation, while the "Beast" (that is, the "anti-Christ") is "wounded" it comes back to life after a time (see Rev. 13:3-8).

Yet, "another beast" in Revelation 13:11-17 comes to the fore which causes "the earth and those that swell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" and causes the followers to make an image to the first beast, or be killed, and causes all those who worship the beast to have a mark in the right hand or forehead.

So that, now we have TWO beasts, and if one is the Papacy, then the other is...

The second beast has "two horns like a lamb" and speaks like a dragon, as well as makes fire come down from heaven in the sight of men. Hmmmm.

And, by the way...those who have God's name written on their foreheads instead of the mark of the beast are those who KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and the faith of Jesus. That is, the Ten Commandments INCLUDING KEEPING THE SEVENTH DAY HOLY (Sunday is NOT the seventh day!) and refuse to worship graven images (which the Catholic Church took out of the Ten Commandments, splitting the tenth into the ninth and tenth...thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife and thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. In other words, the Papacy violated God's TIMES AND LAWS and substituted their own.

Since most Christians worship in Sunday, Catholic or Protestant or Non-Denominational, and I am guilty of that as well, this could wind up a very serious issue when the time comes. Observation of Christmas and Easter might also fall under this issue.

But, I am not done in this series by a long shot. There are more positions that need looking into.

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