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Antichrist Identified!

The Overlooked Reality

Antichrist. The very word conjures up mental images of absolute evil: some future person or entity,
mesmerizing mankind with a masterful and overwhelming deception. As no one wants to be mind-controlled or
deceived, a variety of theories have been offered, suggesting different possibilities as to the identity of
Antichrist.
The thousands of denominations that
make up Protestantism have offered
the most suggestions. Ideas range
from the very broad (Antichrist is an
evil principle, a Muslim, or a demon)
to the very specific (Antichrist is the
devil incarnated into human flesh or
United States’ President Barack
Obama). Other suggestions have been
that the Antichrist is the pope or a
person from the distant past, such as a
Roman emperor known for his
persecution of Christians (Nero,
Diocletian, Julian, Caligula, etc.)
Roman Catholics, who make up the
largest Christian denomination, have
claimed that Antichrist is a real human
being. They declare:

A variety of theories have been offered, suggesting different possibilities
as to the identity of Antichrist. None need be deceived, though. The
Bible is abundantly clear regarding the identity of the antichrist.

Antichrist is an individual
person, a signal enemy of Christ. This excludes the contention of those who explain Antichrist
either as the whole collection of those who oppose Jesus Christ, or as the Papacy. . . . The
individual person of Antichrist will not be a demon, as some of the ancient writers believed ; nor
will he be the person of the devil incarnated in the human nature of Antichrist. He will be a
human person, perhaps of Jewish extraction . . . .1
There is actually some truth to each of these suggestions. The word “antichrist” comes from the Greek word,
ἀντίχριστος (#500: antichristos).

Antichristos can mean either “against Christ”2 or “instead of Christ,” or perhaps, combining the
two [root words], “one who, assuming the guise of Christ, opposes Christ and takes His place. . .
. The antichristos denies Jesus in the flesh is the Christ (2 Jn 2:7); the pseudochristos (5580)
affirms himself to be the Christ.3
The problem with each of these suggested interpretations is that they are too narrow in scope. A careful study
of prophecy reveals just who/what the Antichrist is, and it is huge.
World’s Last Chance believes that the accumulated evidence
presented in Scripture reveals that the Roman Catholic Church
itself is the Biblically foretold antichrist system. Its tentacles
reach to every country on the planet. Its educational system has
influenced minds and shaped laws for centuries. Its system of
confessionals constitutes the largest information-gathering
infrastructure on earth. Antichrist himself is embodied in the
person of Pope Francis, who we firmly believe to be the eighth
and last pope referred to in Revelation 17.
The idea that the pope is the Antichrist first arose in the 11th century, although the idea did not gain in
prominence until taught by the Protestant reformers in the 16th
century. Martin Luther wrote that the papacy is "nothing else
than the kingdom of Babylon and of very Antichrist. For who
is the man of sin and the son of perdition, but he who by his
teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of
souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he
were God? All these conditions have now for many ages been
fulfilled by the papal tyranny."4
The system of Antichrist is primarily the Roman Catholic
Mother-church and, secondarily, all her “daughters” – the
Protestant churches paying homage to the pope by clinging to
worship days calculated on the papal calendar. It is from both
the Mother and her various daughters that the word of
Yahuwah gives the urgent command: “Go out of her, My
people!”
Catholicism fits the definition of “antichrist” in that it’s
doctrines (which have led to the enslavement of entire races
and the slaughter of countless millions) is “against Christ.”
These doctrines are the very opposite of the teachings of the
Meek and Lowly One who was sent “To proclaim liberty to
the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at
liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18)
Pope Francis likewise is the prophesied Antichrist because he
is literally “instead of Christ.” Catholics teach the pope is
holy, the “vicar of Christ” or “Christ on earth.” Vicar is the

English form of the Latin word, vicarius, or “in place of.” The Catholic Encyclopedia states:
Vicar of Christ (Lat. Vicarius Christi), a title of the pope implying his supreme and universal
primacy, both of honor and of jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ. . . . The title Vicar of
Christ is [most] expressive of his supreme headship of the Church on earth, which he bears in
virtue of the commission of Christ and with vicarial power derived from Him. . . . The title
Vicar of God used for the pope by Nicholas III . . . is employed as an equivalent for Vicar of
Christ.5
The Almighty has never authorized anyone to replace Him, or His Son, on earth. Those who claim so, commit
blasphemy against the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Protestant Reformation shone Heavenly light on many truths that had long lain under the accumulated
rubbish of error and tradition. The power of truth enlightened darkened minds and drew many to leave behind
the errors of Catholicism. The Counter-Reformation was an attempt by the papacy to stop the progress of
Protestantism by offering alternative explanations to meet the accusations of the Reformers. Additionally, they
provided alternate interpretations of prophecy to deflect the cutting revelations of the Reformers that the pope
himself was Antichrist.
The Society of Jesus, or Jesuit Order,
was established in 1540 for the express
purpose of spreading the Roman
Catholic version of Christianity to the
world. The conversion of Muslims
was an early goal. Founded by
Ignatious Loyola, a former soldier, and
Francis Xavier, the Jesuits have been
referred to as “God’s Soldiers.”
Although not expressly formed to
counter Protestantism,6 this new order
quickly turned its attention to
countering Protestant teaching and
reconverting its adherents.
The Jesuit Order quickly gained in
power
and
behind-the-scenes
influence, but they never had one of
Click here to read the demonic Jesuit Oath!
their number become pope . . . until
March 13, 2013, when Jorge Mario
Begoglio of Argentina was sworn in as His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, the 266th
pope. Francis, the eighth and final pope foretold in Revelation 17, is unique in a number of ways. He is the
first pope from the Americas, the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere, the first Jesuit pope, and the first
non-European pope in 1,272 years!
The correlation between Francis as the first Jesuit pope while at the same time also being the eighth pope of
prophecy cannot be overlooked. NBC News World was quick to see the significance of Begoglio ascending the

papal throne, observing: “Pope Francis is unique not just for being the first Latin American pope. He's also the
first Jesuit pope, possibly signaling a
renewed emphasis on traditional
Catholic theology by the church.”7
Michael J. Sheeran, Jesuit priest and
President of the Association of Jesuit
Colleges and Universities, was quoted
in the NBC article as commenting on
Francis’ quiet, simple life as a cardinal
in Argentina.
But that simplicity hides a
steely
determination
to
advance Jesuit principles,
especially on the importance of
traditional Catholic teachings
and protection of the poor and
the oppressed, Sheeran said.
That determination emerged
during Bergoglio's service as
the top Jesuit leader of
Argentina beginning in 1973,
Sheeran said, noting, "He was a
tough guy who made sure his
men toed the mark.”

"I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present,
make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics,
Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate
them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex
or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive
these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and
crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever
their execrable race." (Taken from the Jesuit Oath)

"I think you'll find a man who is conservative
theologically but very strong on matters of social
justice," Sheeran said.8
These are portentous words indeed. The Jesuits were
foremost in spreading an alternate explanation for Antichrist
that deflected the attention from the pope and Catholicism. A
theologically conservative pope is far more likely to lead the
way in a return to the papal persecutions of the past “in
defense of the faith” than one who is more moderate in his
views.
The papacy received a deadly wound in 1798 when a French
Huguenot, General Louis Alexandre Berthier, took the pope
prisoner. However, “the process of giving the papacy a
deadly wound began in 1793 with the introduction of a
calendar whose main purpose was to destroy any link to

Christianity.”9 The papacy’s primary proof of her power is the fact that she changed the day of worship from
the Biblical Sabbath to Sunday. A calendar that removed Sunday from the calendar, as did the calendar of the
French Republic, was a blow aimed directly at the power and authority of the papacy.
With the advent of the 20th century, it became politically incorrect to label the pope, as head of the antichrist
system, to be The Antichrist. Thus, many Protestants came up with alternate suppositions of who (or what) the
Antichrist would be when he should appear.
This plays right into the devil’s hands. Doctrines and beliefs that put off to the future what is current and
present in the world today deceive the masses. They look for this or that to appear as harbingers of the
Saviour’s return. And all the while, that blessed event, so long looked for, is steadily approaching.
Christendom looks to the future for Antichrist to appear, when he is here already.
Paul declared: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes
first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called
Eloah [God] or that is worshiped, so that he sits as Yahuwah in the temple of Eloah, showing himself that he is
Eloah.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 3,4)
The world is being deceived into expecting the imminent emergence of the Antichrist, while the real Antichrist
is consolidating his base and power and getting ready to fulfill his Satan-set role! This will be a revival of past
persecutions as all are forced to receive the mark of the beast on pain of death.

The world is being deceived into expecting the imminent emergence of the Antichrist, while the real Antichrist is
consolidating his base and power and getting ready to fulfill his Satan-set role!

John the Revelator was shown a beast, ridden by a harlot. The identifying marks of this prophetic image point
to the papacy. In explaining the symbols to John, the angel stated: “The seven heads are seven mountains on
which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And
when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is
of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Revelation 17:9-11)
WLC has been raising its voice in warning for years to bring attention to this significant passage. The Lateran
Pact of 1929 was a significant development in the healing of the papacy’s “deadly wound.”
Upon ratification of the Lateran Treaty, the papacy recognized the state of Italy, with Rome as its
capital. Italy in return recognized papal sovereignty over the Vatican City, a minute territory of
44 hectares (109 acres), and secured full independence for the pope.10
As outlined in other articles, WLC firmly believes that the eight kings refer to the eight last popes that shall
reign on earth before the coming of the Saviour.

1. First King: Pius XI (1922-1939)
2. Second King: Pius XII (1939-1958)
3. Third King: John XXIII (1958-1963)
4. Fourth King: Paul XI (1963-1978)

5. Fifth King: John Paul I (1978)
6. Sixth King: John Paul II (1978-2005)
7. Seventh King: Benedict XVI (2005-2013)
8. Eighth King: Francis (2013 – Second Coming)

The papacy today is more popular than ever. Consequently, it is more powerful than ever. Protestants, who
used to be first in declaiming the pope as Antichrist, become angry or dismissive when the topic is broached.
Thus, Satan’s vicegerent is stealthily gaining in power and influence while the masses are distracted with
alternate, incorrect interpretations, looking for a future fulfillment of what is being fulfilled under their very
eyes.
WLC strongly believes that in the very near future, Pope Francis will use the USA to impose the counterfeit
Sabbath on the whole world. He will wage a relentless war against Yah's true followers who uphold Yah's true
Sabbath and true calendar.
Scripture warns: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are
punished.” (Proverbs 27:12)
Let all who love Yahuwah, take heed of the words of Scripture: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the
sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short
time.” (Revelation 12:12)

Get out! Get out of Babylon and every one of her daughters. Step free of tradition and error. Embrace the truth
as it is in Yahuwah.

1

http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=863

2

“Christ” comes from the word “Christos” which is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew “Messiah.”

3

The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, #500, p. 965.

4

Martin Luther, First Principles, pp. 196-197.

5

http://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/vicar-of-christ

6

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14081a.htm

7

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/13/17300861-pope-francis-breaks-another-barrier-as-firstjesuit-pontiff?lite, emphasis supplied.
8

Ibid.

9

http://4angelspublications.com/articles/French_Calendar_Reform.pdf

10

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/331566/Lateran-Treaty