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One that most probably have never thought about is the keeping of the Passover. Jesus, of course, always kept the Passover Luke ; Jesus kept the Passover on the night before He died:. This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true John Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning…These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you 1 John ,24, So what may have been the first specific departure from the practices of John that we have a historical record of involving John's name?

The changing of the date of Passover! And John warned to not be deceived by those who would not abide in the original practices. Several decades after the Apostle John's death, his disciple Polycarp went to Rome to and objected to the Roman practice of changing Passover from an observance on the 14th of Nisan, to a Sunday observance see Fragments of Irenaeus.

But Roman Bishop Anicetus refused to accept the warning and switch back to the biblical date. Instead, a few decades later, the Roman Bishop Victor attempted to disassociate with all who kept the biblical date of Passover. When told that Bishop Victor wanted people to follow Rome's lead Polycrates of Ephesus wrote and told him:. We observe the exact day; neither adding, nor taking away.

For in Asia also great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again on the day of the Lord's coming, when he shall come with glory from heaven, and shall seek out all the saints. Among these are John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord, and, being a priest, wore the sacerdotal plate. He fell asleep at Ephesus All these observed the fourteenth day of the passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. And I also, Polycrates, the least of you all, do according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have closely followed.

For seven of my relatives were bishops; and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven. I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every Holy Scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ' We ought to obey God rather than man' Eusebius. Church History, Book V, Chapter Translated by Arthur Cushman McGiffert.

Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. Notice that Polycrates claimed that he followed both the Bible and the teachings of the Apostle John in this area. The commemoration of the most sacred paschal feast being then debated, it was unanimously decided, that it would be well that it should be everywhere celebrated upon the same day It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival By rejecting their custom, we establish and hand down to succeeding ages one which is more reasonable Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries Theodoret of Cyrus.

It should be noted that the Apostle Paul credited the Jews for preserving the scriptures Romans , hence anti-semitic declarations to the contrary notwithstanding, Christians must have certain things in common with the Jews. Since Constantine's declarations did not stop everyone from properly observing Passover, a later Roman Emperor decreed the death penalty:.

Edicts of Theodosius against the heretics, A. Is killing those that followed the example of Jesus and John to observe the Passover on the 14th instead of Sunday a sign of a true Christian leader or a sign of supporting antichrist? As Rome extended its reach, it learned that those in the Celtic areas still observed the Biblical passover. Notice the following report:. Pope Vitalin Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to Benedict XVI. Harper, San Francisco, updated ed.

Notice that the above account written by a Catholic priest and scholar acknowledges that Rome changed Passover in Britain from the biblical date which apparently the Celts observed into the 7th century to the Roman Sunday date. Yet notice this statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church :. Doubleday, NY , p. Thus, all who have accepted the Roman change from Passover on the 14th of Nisan to Easter Sunday are clearly not following the teachings and practices of Jesus, John or the Bible , or even what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches.

Pretty much all the doctrines that this article shows are doctrines of antichrist, including the acceptance of Easter Sunday instead of the biblical Passover, were accepted by Martin Luther , John Calvin, and their followers the following two articles contain information regarding Martin Luther: The Similarities and Dissimilarities between Martin Luther and Herbert Armstrong and Sola Scriptura or Prima Luther? And hence all who observe false doctrines are apparently condemned by John as following antichrists.

It may be of interest to note that John also condemned the first one associated with Christianity who attempted to implement Christmas. Here is a short definition from The Catholic Encyclopedia :. New York: Robert Appleton Company, Nihil Obstat. March 1, Remy Lafort, S. While historically most have considered that antipopes falsely claimed the Roman Bishopric when others had it, I would contend that it is reasonable to conclude that one who was elected under false pretenses would also be a false claimant and hence antipope.

Or if a pope changed and became demonically-possessed, such as the situation involving the False Prophet of Revelation , would that not make him an antipope? Most Catholics, at least now, would tend to agree that such a one would be a false claimant to the papal role. If so, that would seem to make him an antipope. Although there have not been any recognized antipopes for several centuries, The Catholic Encyclopedia shows a list of thirty individuals that have been considered antipopes Ibid. Commentary on the Apocalypse. The beast and the false prophet the beast of the earth are seized Cited in Connor, Edward.

The portions quoted above are consistent with the Bible and Church of God teachings and the Bible. Antichrist must have some similarity to the Pope Cited in Mass A. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume I. Nihil Obstat, March 1, It appears likely that, too a degree, the Antichrist will be a demon-possessed or at least demon-influenced pope. This would make the Antichrist an antipope according to Catholic understanding--and while the Antichrist being an antipope is not a majority opinion within Catholicism, it has been a position that some Catholics have suggested throughout the ages.

The final Antichrist will feign some version of Roman Catholicism for a time, yet later allow that faith to be betrayed. Perhaps it should be mentioned that some Catholic writers clearly have understood that the two-horned beast in Revelation 13 is likely to be an antipope and that a negative power will be established in Jerusalem:. Priest E. Sylvester Berry published : The two horns denote a twofold authority - spiritual and temporal.

As indicated by the resemblance to a lamb, the prophet will probably set himself up in Rome as a sort of anti-pope. Antichrist will establish himself in Jerusalem. Berry ES. The Apocalypse of St. John, Quoted in Culleton RG. The Reign of Antichrist. Martin 4th century : The Antichrist would first seize the empire of the East; he would have Jerusalem as his seat and imperial capital.

Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, p. The defenders of the Papal-Antichrist theory Bernard as identifying the Beast of the Apocalypse with the Pope, though St. Bernard speaks in the passage of the Antipope; they appeal to the Abbot Joachim as believing that Antichrist will be elevated to the Apostolic See, while the Abbot really believes that Antichrist will overthrow the Pope and usurp his See Cited in Mass A.

Priest S. Berry 20th Century : Then the earth whence comes the second beast is a symbol of the Gentile nations in revolt against the Church. The two horns denote a twofold authority -- spiritual and temporal From Interpretation of the Apocalypse, quoted in Culleton R. Thus, similar to the genuine Church of God the Church of Rome seems to teach that the two horns represent the spiritual and secular authority of the false prophet.


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A pope certainly would be able to fulfill that. In prophecy, horns are used to represent rulership or authority, and this creature is pictured with two horns. Revelation reveals that this second beast insists that all give their allegiance and loyalty to the Holy Roman Empire, the beast whose deadly wound was healed v. This second beast is described as performing great miracles, which will deceive humanity vv. Throughout the medieval period, the Church of Rome did exactly this! Why the two horns? The Church of Rome is both an ecclesiastical and a civil government.

The pope is both a religious leader and a civil head of state. Bible prophecy shows that the church-state union of the Middle Ages was a forerunner of end-time events whose scale will be far grander Ogwyn J. It is also interesting to note that the Roman Catholic Church does believe that there are references in John's writings to Rome, and that they a re negative.

Specifically, John warned about Babylon, which they acknowledge is a reference to Rome, throughout the Book of Revelation , called the Book of the Apocalypse in Roman Catholic writings. Here is some of what John the Apostle wrote Catholic Rheims translation :. And the woman was clothed round about with purple and scarlet, and gilded with gold, and precious stone, and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of the abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And in her forehead a name written, "Mystery": Babylon the great, mother of the fornications and the abominations of the earth.

And I marveled when I had seen her, with great admiration. And the Angel said to me, Why doest thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast which thou sawest, was, and is not, and shall come up out of the bottomless depth, and go into destruction: and the inhabitants on the earth whose names are not written in the book of life from the making of the world shall marvel, seeing the beast that was, and is not.

And here is understanding, that hath wisdom. The seven heads: are seven hills, upon which the woman sitteth, and they are seven kings Apocalypse Of course, Rome is the most famous city of seven hills in the entire earth. And John is writing that this woman has some influence over worldly kings. Nor must we look for order in the Apocalypse; but we must follow the meaning of those things which are prophesied. Therefore in the trumpets and phials is signified either the desolation of the plagues that are sent upon the earth, or the madness of Antichrist himself, or the cutting off of the peoples, or the diversity of the plagues, or the hope in the kingdom of the saints, or the ruin of states, or the great overthrow of Babylon, that is, the Roman state Victorinus.

Commentary on the Apocalypse, Chapter 7, Verse 8. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7. Some Roman Catholics suggest that by mentioning Babylon, that John is only referring to the Roman state or those that are reprobate However, it appears clear that even the Catholics admit that John is referring to a reprobate church he used the analogy of a woman as Babylon.

A reprobate church would seem to be one that incorporates non-biblical practices such as certain traditions as superior to biblical ones. But irrespective of these passages, John the last living original apostle never writes anything positive about Rome or the church there. These two were cast alive into the pool of fire, burning with brimstone. Revelation ; Douay-Rheims. With that in mind, realize that the Bible suggests that the final Antichrist will tolerate the elimination of the Church of Rome:.

Since the False Prophet, aka the final Antichrist, is eliminated after the Beast supporters destroy the harlot woman of the great seven-hilled city, that is consistent with him betraying the Church of Rome. Furthermore, since the final Antichrist tells people to worship the Beast of the Sea of Revelation 13, this also shows a major betrayal of his feigned faith.

Furthermore, it appears that many Catholic prophecies suggests that it is an antipope that supports a new religious order:. Oba Prophecy. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. Anna-Katarina Emmerick 19th century. There was nothing holy about it Dupont, p. Yves Dupont writer interpreting A. Emmerick , "They wanted to make a new Church, a Church of human manufacture, but God had other designs An anti-pope shall be set up in Rome" Dupont, p. The Prophecy of Premol 5th century " And I see the King of Rome and his Cross and his tiara, shaking the dust off of his shoes, and hastening his flight to other shores.

Thy Church, O Lord, is torn apart by her own children. One camp is faithful to the fleeing Pontiff, the other is subject to the new government of Rome which has broken the tiara. But Almighty God will, in His mercy, put an end to this confusion and a new age will begin. Then, said the Spirit, this is the beginning of the End of Time. Comment : From this prophecy, it is clear that the true Church will be faithful to the Pope in exile; whereas the new Pope in Rome will be, in fact, an anti-pope Dupont, pp.

Jeanne le Royer d. The book was blessed by Pope Paul VI, Many prophecies predict an anti-pope and a schism" Dupont, pp. The Prophets and Our Times. Nihil Obstat: L. Imprimatur: Philip G. Scher, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, November 15, Frederick William Faber died Many believe in a demonical incarnation--this will not be so--but he will be utterly possessed His doctrine as apparent contradiction of no religion, yet a new religion He has an attending pontiff, so separating regal and prophetic office Connor, Edward. Blessed Joachim died : "Towards the end of the world Antichrist will overthrow the Pope and usurp his See" Connor, p.

Merlin 7th century "There will come a German Anti-Pope. Italy and Germany will be sorely troubled. A French King will restore the true Pope" Culleton, p. Francis of Assisi d. Catholic writer and priest P. Translated by JBD. History of Antichrist. English edition , Reprint Priest Herman Kramer This false prophet possibly at the behest of Antichrist usurps the papal supremacy…His assumed spiritual authority and supremacy over the Church would make him resemble the Bishop of Rome… He would be Pontifex Maximus , a title of pagan emperors, having spiritual and temporal authority.

Assuming authority without having it makes him the False Prophet…Though he poses as a lamb, his doctrines betray him Kramer H. The Book of Destiny. Nihil Obstat: J. Considine, O. Francis de Paul By force of arms he shall take possession of a great kingdom. He shall destroy the sect of Mahomet, extirpate all tyrants and heresies.

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He will bring the world to a holy mode of life. There will be one fold and one Shepherd. Comments from writer D. Birch on the above from his book "Francis…speaks in a series of letters to Simeon de Limena, Count of Montalto in great detail of a future Great Monarch who will be a Roman Emperor. Limena was a great patron of St.

Francis' order and also a great military protector of the Church He is described as founding a new religious order. To the reader this may sound like he also become a priest. That is not the case. What happens is that he founds a religious order, part of which contains military men who take religious vows. He will be the head of the military arm of this order. Birch commenting further in his book , "Many of the prophecies speak of the fact that the Great King at first will not be well-liked, especially by the French clergy" Birch, p. Laurence Ricci, S. With His aide a valiant duke will arise from the ancient German house which was humiliated by the French monarch.

This great ruler will restore stolen Church property. Protestantism will cease and the Turkish empire will end. This duke will be the most powerful monarch on earth. At a gathering of men noted for piety and wisdom he will, with the aid of the Pope, introduce new rules , and ban the spirit of confusion. Everywhere there will be one fold and one shepherd" Connor, p. Notice that Francis de Paul prophesied that there will be a new essentially Roman Catholic cross-bearing religious order that will do more good for the Roman Catholic Church than all other religious institutions as it will eliminate nearly all opposition.

This is because the King of the North will successfully work with the Pope to make the world nominally Catholic. However, notice that some of the Catholic clergy will at first oppose this new order these changes to Catholicism but that the probably final pope will embrace them. Priest P. What this sign shall be time alone will reveal. Cornelius a Lapide in Epis. No one can either buy or sell without this mark, as specified in the Apocalypse Hence the idea of someone claiming to be a Roman pope and insisting on some type of cross, yet possibly being the final Antichrist is supported by several Catholic writings.

The Antichrist is likely to claim to be Catholic, but will have changed that faith.

People need to understand this now, before it is too late! All people everywhere should keep the original faith for more details on what that was and who changed, please see the article Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Genuine Church of God? Thus, while some Catholic prophecies praise a new religious order, it is clear that others correctly indicate that a new type of Catholicism will not be true to some of its beliefs. The final Antichrist will betray the Church of Rome since he is with the Beast power until the very end cf.

Revelation ; Furthermore, it needs to be understood that the Great Monarch would seem to be the same person as the ten-horned Beast also known as Father Laurence Ricci, S. At a time when the whole world seems doomed, God will intervene. At a gathering of men noted for piety and wisdom he will, with the aid of the Pope, introduce new rules, and ban the spirit of confusion. Francis of Paola Born in Italy, 15th century. Because many Catholics have long considered Protestantism, and all non-Greco-Roman Catholicism as false.

Notice what one priest reported:. Pope St.

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Pius V teaches in his catechism Kramer P. Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser Born in the 17th century, in Germany …God will bind Satan for a number of years until the days of the Son of Perdition…there will be an ecumenical council which will be the greatest of all councils. By the grace of God, by the power of the Great Monarch, and by the authority of the Holy Pontiff, and by the union of the most devout princes, atheism and every heresy will be banished from the earth.

The Council will define the true sense of Holy Scripture, and this will be believed and accepted by everyone Dupont, p. The Anti-Pope will be recognized as the legitimate Pope of the "church," and the legitimate head of the Vatican State. That "church" will be united with all the false religions. They will be united together under the universality of the Masonic umbrella. In that motley ecumenical union will be the established religion of the so-called civilized world.

This is how we will get into the time of great persecution such as the world has never seen Kramer P. Hence some Catholics are looking to a time that an ecumenical pontiff will appear. Some like the first quotations above are looking forward to that, while many others like the last quotation above consider that this will be a sign of an Anti-pope. Abbott Joachim died …A remarkable Pope will be seated on the pontifical throne, under special protection of the angels. Holy and full of gentleness, he shall undo all wrong, he shall recover the states of the Church, and reunite the exiled temporal powers.

As the only Pastor, he shall reunite the Eastern to the Western Church This holy Pope shall be both pastor and reformer. Through him the East and West shall be in ever lasting concord. The city of Babylon shall then be the head and guide of the world. Rome, weakened in temporal power, shall forever preserve her spiritual dominion, and shall enjoy great peace At the beginning, in order to bring these happy results, having need of a powerful assistance, this holy Pontiff will ask the cooperation of the generous monarch of France Great Monarch … A man of remarkable sanctity will be his successor in the Pontifical chair.

Through him God will work so many prodigies that all men shall revere him Connor, pp. Interestingly, the Roman Catholics do realize that the expression, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! And the Bible says this happens after the Antichrist comes. It needs to be understood that although the above quote is in a book with an Imprimatur high level Roman Catholic approval , some Roman Catholics have somewhat distanced themselves from some of Abott Joachim's writings i.

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Birch, pp. But it is clear that there is confusion amongst Catholic writers. And I believe that those who are warning against an ecumenical antipope who will make changes to their faith and lead the world astray are biblically and historically more correct than those who seem to embrace an ecumenical faith. Perhaps it might be helpful to note that while the Bible shows that the Beast and the False Prophet perform miracles Revelation , certain Catholic prophecies indicate that one of the popes also does miracles:.

Anna-Maria Taigi 19th century …. Peter and St. Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach in the whole world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal who is to become Pope. Christianity, then, will spread throughout the world. He is the Holy Pontiff, chosen by God to withstand the storm. At the end, he will have the gift of miracles , and his name shall be praised over the whole earth Dupont, p. A doctine of Antichrist will be his miracles are true and foretold in ancient writings, hence listen to him.

Yet, because he will not contend for the original faith cf. Jude 3 , he should not be listened to. The following suggest that the Great Monarch may also perform some type of miracles:. Abbe Souffrand died : "The Great Ruler will perform such great and noble deeds that the infidels will be forced to admit the working of God's Providence. Thomas a'Becket 12th Century …"A knight shall come from the West. He shall capture Milan, Lombardy, and the three Crowns. He shall then sail to Cyprus and Famagoste and land at Jaffa, and reach Christ's grave where he will fight.

Wars and wonders shall befall till the people believe in Christ toward the end of the world " Birch, p. Signs will be claimed as proof, yet the Bible warns about that 2 Thessalonians for those who do not teach the true gospel Galatians Revelation ; And because of the wars, economic pressure, and wonders, many will be deceived into accepting the religion of the Beast and the False Prophet Revelation Sadly, also including many Protestants.

A new ecumenical religion is coming, probably trying to claim that it is Roman Catholic, that many will sadly follow. The Great Monarch that many Catholics seem to look forward to is apparently the coming future King of the North that certain other Catholic writings warn against! Even though he had some incorrect ideas, notice what one famous Catholic saint and pontiff wrote:.

Gregory the Great, Pope d. The Reign of Antichrist, p. Part of the reason that at least two-thirds as I believe it will be substantially more than that are likely to follow the changed version of Catholicism is that there is confusion amongst Catholic and other writings. And part of this is because Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and most Protestants simply do not realize that true Christianity was from the beginning, and will be until the end of the Church era, opposed to participation in carnal warfare Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare?

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Because nearly all who profess Christ do not really understand what happened to the true Church in the second through fourth centuries and beyond , their foundation is on sand and thus their combined house shall fall greatly c. Matthew H ughes. T his study makes a useful complement to the Richard Bauckham's Tudor Apocalypse , which looks back to the period at which this book ends. It would have been interesting to see the link made. The book is not cited, perhaps because here the author is approaching the topic from within a different cluster of disciplines. Here we have the story from New Testament times, told principally in terms of the history of the exegesis of 2 Thessalonians.

Antichrist was encouraged to emerge from the pages of Scripture in the course of early Christian debate.

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Afterward we, the living who remain, will be cauht up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall forever be with the Lord" 1 Thessalonians Explore More Now! God , the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.

Jesus , the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried , and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior , declaring, " Jesus is Lord ," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven. What is your response? Or Philosophically?

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