Who is the Antichrist? Part 2 Identifying Him

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If you have not read part 1 of this study, please do not read part 2 until you do so, since it can only cause unnecessary confusion. “Let all things be done decently and in order.” -1 Corinthians 14:40.

Now that we know that the antichrist resides in ROME, we need to find out who in Rome fits all 16 biblical identifying marks. Some say the Antichrist was the Emperor Nero, because he furiously attacked and killed thousands of Christians. Nero was certainty a antichrist, but he wasn’t THE antichrist… why? Well he does not fit all 16 of the identification marks we have come up with in part 1. Nevertheless, someone fits all these, and we are about to find out who it is. Come, let us reason together…

“He that answereth (to turn back, see your concordance) a matter before he heareth it, it is folly (silliness) and shame (disgrace) unto him.” –Proverbs 18:13

1. He will rise up out of the ten divisions of Rome.

It’s a proven fact that the Roman Catholic Church (after is has turned into a supposed Christian church, not while being Pagan Rome), with the Popes at its head, is found within Western Europe, and it came up ‘among’ the ten divisions, and ‘after’ the ten horns (Daniel 7:24). The first Pope was Constantine at about 313 A.D. The “Papacy” came into the picture with power after 476 A.D., and at 538 AD was where the papacy received complete power of church and state with military protection. It was in 476 AD that PAGAN Rome fell, which resulted in the formation of these 10 kingdoms.


2. He will destroy three of these kings of these ten divisions, the Heruli, Vandals and the Ostrogoths.

In his rise to power, all of Eastern Europe bowed the knee to the Pope except these three Gothic tribes. These were destroyed:

-The Heruli – destroyed by the Roman Pope in 492AD

-The Vandals – destroyed by the Roman Pope in 534AD

-The Ostrogoths – destroyed by the Roman Pope in 538AD

The power of these kings were given to the Pope. The power of the Papacy was established by Justinian’s decree in 533 AD and was carried out by force of arms in 538 AD with the overthrow of the Ostrogoths by Justinian’s general, Belisarius. 538 AD was the beginning reign of terror of the Papacy with full power, where he began to use threats of torture and death to force others to bow to the Pope and to the authority of the Catholic Church. This is also where the 1260-year prophecy begins. More on this on Identification mark #14.

“Catholic emperors of the eastern empire found ways to help the pope by eliminating three of the Arian tribes. (These “Arian type” nations would not agree with the pope’s plans) The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Heruls in 492. And the catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and signifcally broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538.” -The Heruls, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths – “plucked up by the roots.” -C. Mervyn Maxwell, God Cares Vol. 1, p. 129


“In 538AD, the year when the Ostrogoths collapsed, it was out of the smoking ruins of the western Roman Empire and after the overthrow of the three Arian kingdoms that the pope of Rome emerged as the most important single individual in the West, the head of a closely organized church with a carefully defined creed and with vast potential for political influence. Dozens of writers have pointed out that the real survivor of the ancient Roman Empire was the Church of Rome.” -E.G. McKenzie, “Catholic Church” p. 14.

(The Divine Program of the World’s History, by H. Grattan Gueness, pp. 318-321.
Historian Machiavelli also comments on the ten divisions of Rome after the death of the last Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus).

3. He will “speak great words against the most high” Meaning, he will speak “blasphemy” (Rev. 13:5), which means to claim to be God and to forgive sins (See John 10:33, Mark 2:7).

Look up those verses, John 10:33 and Mark 2:7. The Priests claim to be able to forgive sins, and the Popes have claimed many times to be God on earth:

“This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin.” -The Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol 12, -article “Pope” pg 265


“Thou art the shepherd, thou art the physician, thou art the director, thou art the husbandman, and finally thou art another God on earth.” -Labbe and Coccart’s “History of the Councils,” Volume XIV, col. 109.

The title “Lord God the Pope,” is found in a gloss on the Extravagants of Pope John XXII, title 14, chapter 4, Declaramus.

One of the biblical definitions of “worship” is to “kiss the hand.” Look up the Greek word “proskuneo” translated “worship” in your concordance. Here are some more quotes, look them up yourselves!

“It seems that Pope John Paul II now presides over the universal Church from his place upon Christ’s cross.” -“Auckland Bishop Says Pope Presides From the Cross” AUCKLAND, New Zealand, SEPT. 20, 2004, Zenit.org

“The Pope is of so great dignity, and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God.” -Ferraris Ecclesiastical dictionary


“All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.” – On the Authority of the Councils, book 2, chapter 17.

“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.” -Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous”.

“Pope Nicholas I declared that “the appellation of God had been confirmed by Constantine on the Pope, who, being God, cannot be judged by man.” – Labb IX Dist.: 96 Can. 7, Satis evidentur, Decret Gratian Primer Para.


“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty” -Pope Leo XIII Encyclical Letter of June 20, 1894

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” -Catholic National July 1895.

These quotes are from authoritative works by Catholic dignitaries. For more quotes, refer to the book “National Sunday Law” by A. Jan Marcussen, Appendix 3, p. 77. Contact this ministry for a FREE copy of this book.

4. He will “wear out” the saints of God. He is a persecuting power.

With the killings of faithful martyrs such a Huss and Jerome, the Waldenses, the Lollards, the Bohemians, the killings in Poland, the massacre of Bartholomew, the murders by fire in Spain and Italy, and the secret murders of millions in the cruel institution of the Inquisition, the holy Catholic Church and her Popes are responsible for over 100 million deaths of innocent lovers of Christ. No other institution has killed so many people; the history books are full of blood-soaked page’s of faithful martyrs for Christ.


“More then 300,000 suffered persecution in Spain alone, of whom 31, 912 died in the flames. Millions more were slain for their faith throughout Europe.” Quoted from “The History of the Inquisition in Spain,” by Llorente, pp. 206-208. Printed in Bible Readings for the Home, (Washington: Review & Herald Pub. Assoc., 1942) p. 221.

“The Catholic Church has persecuted … when she thinks it is good to use physical force she will use it… Will the Catholic Church give bond that she will not persecute?… The Catholic Church gives no bonds for her ‘good behavior’.” -Western Watchman, Dec. 24, 1908 (emphasis added).


“For teaching faith contrary to the teaching of the Church of Rome, history records the martyrdom of more than 100 million people.” -Brief Bible Readings p. 16

For more History reference on this fact: “History of Romanism” (1871 ed.), book 6, chapter 5; sec. 62. “The Western Watchmen (Roman Catholic),” of Louis. “The First Two Visions of Daniel,” by T.R. Birks, M.A., pp. 258, 259. See Identification mark #14 for the prophetic period called the Dark Ages, in which this antichrist system committed most of its persecutions.


5. He “thinks to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25.

In Daniel 7:25, speaking of this fourth king, the antichrist, we are told:

“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25

Now compare that with the following quote:

“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” “The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” -Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary.

Which laws has the Roman Catholic Church changed? The second commandment forbidding images, and the fourth commandment! See the Catholic Catechism. Which “law” of God has to do with “time” and is also a “law?” The Sabbath is a law having to do with time; this law has been changed by the Catholic Church, and its no secret:

“It was the Catholic Church which… transferred this rest (Saturday as the Sabbath) to the Sunday… Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church.” -Monsignor Louis Segur, “Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today” page 213.

“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (from Saturday to Sunday) was her act. It could not have been otherwise, as none in those days would have dreamed of doing anything in matters spiritual and religious without her, and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” -Letter from H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.


“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the [Catholic] Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power…. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become Seventh-day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” -Saint Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.

Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…. From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” -Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1990.

“The Catholic Church of its own infallible authority created Sunday a holy day to take the place of the Sabbath of the old law,” -Kansas City Catholic, February 9, 1893

“The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” -Canon and Tradition, p. 263

“The seventh-day Sabbath was solemnized [i.e. observed] by Christ, the Apostles and the primitive Christians – until the Council of Laodicea did, in a manner, quite abolish the observance of it. The Council (A.D. 364) first settled the observance of the Lord’s Day” -Wm Prynne: Dissertations on the Lord’s Day. Prynne was a 17th century Puritan.

“Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:

1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.

2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change.” -Peter R. Kraemer- Catholic Church Extension Society (1975), Chicago, Illinois.

The Catholic Church also claims that if you are not obeying the true Sabbath, but are instead observing Sunday, you are obeying the authority of the Pope:

“From this we may understand how great is the authority of the church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God- an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects profess to take the holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith, since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week demanded by the Bible, but the first day. Which we know is to be kept holy, only from the tradition and teaching of the Catholic church.” – Henry Gibson “Catechism Made Easy” No 2 ninth edition volume one pp. 341, 342 Authoritative quotations on the Sabbath and Sunday.

“The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant, claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. -The Catholic Universe Bulletin, Aug. 14, 1942, p.4

“It is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it?… will they indeed take the written word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic church and wear the sign of her authority? Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition of the Catholic Church, -Rome’s challenge, page 31

God says, “Remember the Sabbath day… for the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God…” Exodus 20:8-11. Yet the Catholic Church says:

“No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church!” -Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802

We will learn in part 3 how important it is to observe the Sabbath, and how dangerous it is to tamper with God’s law and observe Sunday instead. At the end of this part, I will show you some quotes that show how Sunday observance is rooted in pagan sun worship.

6. He resides in Rome and deceives the nations with “peace.”

Pope calls for a new world order
Thursday, January 1, 2004 Posted: 9:21 AM EST (1421 GMT)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II rang in the New Year on Thursday with a renewed call for peace in the Middle East and Africa and the creation of a new world order based on respect for the dignity of man and equality among nations.

Pope John Paul is responsible for more peace activity between countries and religions around the world then almost any other person or organization on earth. While peace is good, we need to understand what the true intention of this “peace and safety” movement is really about. Look at the following pictures:


The bible very plainly says:

“What communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

We need to have Unity and Peace in TRUTH, which Jesus will accomplish in us, not with other religions, which deny Jesus Christ. This type of peace is dangerous… a compromise!

“And when they shall say, Peace and Safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them.” -1 Thessalonians 5:3.

Dr. Alberto Rivera, Ex-Catholic Jesuit, affirms that while he was a dedicated Jesuit, he was being trained on how to infiltrate all protestant churches and Universities in order to introduce Catholic teachings, and to finally in the end move the crowd to preach the “love gospel” who’s goal is to UNITE ALL religions under one banner (to compromise), no matter what name they may have, whether Baptist or Methodist, as long as they are in unity with the Catholic Church through her beliefs. Her goal, in the end, is to set up the ONE WORLD ORDER with the Pope as the leader. Ex-Priest Chiniquy agrees that this is the ultimate goal of the Catholic Church system and the Jesuit order, to unite the world under the banner of the Pope! Read the books “50 years in the Church of Rome” by Chiniquy and “Double-Cross” by Alberto Rivera.

To unite with unbelievers is strictly forbidding in the scriptures (2 Corinthians 6:14). We are not to unite under “love,” we are to unite under the TRUTH which produces true love.

7. His kingdom is a Political and Religious kingdom, meaning he has unity between “church” and “state.”

Remember, a BEAST in prophecy symbolizes a NATION (Daniel 7:23), and this NATION demanding worship (Rev. 14:9), is pictured as a women (Rev. 17:3-6) which in bible prophecy symbolizes a church (Jer. 6:2). This means that its both political and religious. Dr. Alberto Rivera, the ex-Jesuit, affirms:

“No other religious system has [these] two powers, both political and religious.” -The Godfathers, pg. 3.


“The Vatican is a government itself. It is a political state of which every Roman Catholic becomes a member at the time of baptism… Their allegiance should be to Rome first, then to the country in which they were born.” -Double-Cross, pg. 29

8. Is a great “city” which resides in Rome between 7 mountains (Revelation 17:9 and 18).

It is a known fact that Vatican City (the women of Revelation 17) who is riding the beast (Rome) resides between 7 mountains, or hills. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges this:

“It is within the city of Rome, called The City on Seven Hills, that the entire area of Vatican State Proper is now confined” -The Catholic Encyclopedia, p. 529.

Query ~ Seven Hills of Rome
“…group of hills on or about which the ancient city of Rome was built. The original city of Romulus was built upon Palatine Hill (#1) (Latin: Mons Palatinus). The other hills are the Capitoline, (#2) Quirinal, (#3) Viminal, (#4) Esquiline, (#5) Caelian, (#6) and Aventine (#7) (known respectively in Latin as the Mons Capitolinus, Mons Quirinalis, Mons Viminalis, Mons Esquilinus, Mons Caelius, and Mons Aventinus).” –http://www.britannica.com/seo/s/seven-hills-of-rome/


9. He is a “man” and his name will equal 666.

The chosen language of the Roman Church is Latin. Is is both their ALPHABET and numeric system. This numeric system is called: ROMAN NUMERALS. Now notice this:


I = 1, O = 0, A = 0, N = 0, E = 0, S = 0. TOTAL = 1

P = 0, A = 0, V = 5, L = 50, V = 5, S = 0. TATAL = 60

S = 0, E = 0, C = 100, V = 5, N = 0, D = 500, O = 0. TATAL = 605

GRAND TOTAL: 605 + 60 + 1 = 666

“The letters inscribed in the Pope’s miter are these ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’. which is the Latin for ‘VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD.’ Catholics hold that the church, which is a visible society, must have a visible head… as head of the church, was given the title, ‘VICAR OF CHRIST’. -Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly) ‘Bureau of information,’ Huntington, Ind., April 18, 1915.

Vicarius Filii Dei, is cited by the rector of Berlin, Andreas Helwig [or Helwich] (1572-1643) in his Antichristus Romanus. Take a look at this website for more documents which contain this title: http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/666.htm

This same exact title for the Pope is used on pages 114 and 122 of this book called, “The Keys of this Blood.” By Malachi Martin, who is a Roman Catholic author.

Let see if this title of the popes will equal 666:

V = 5, I = 1, C = 100, A = 0, R = 0, I = 1, U = 5, S = 0. TOTAL = 112

F = 0, I = 1, L = 50, I = 1, I = 1. TOTAL = 53

D = 500, E = 0, I = 1. TOTAL = 501

GRAND TOTAL = 501 + 112 + 53 = 666

ALL the popes have this title because it means they are all the “Vicar of the Son of God” here on earth.

In HEBREW, the phrase “Roman Man” will also equal 666. Read closely:

(Roman Man)
R = 200, O = 6, M = 40, I = 10, T = 400, I = 10. TOTAL = 666

TOTAL = 666

There are over 50 titles for the pope and his city and religion that will equal 666. Titles such as Vicar of the Court, Italian Church, Roman Kingdom and Holy light of God which is what the Vatican sometimes calls herself. Contact the ministry for references on these.

10. He and his kingdom (the city –Rev. 17:18) are a “Rich” church (Rev. 17:4) wearing the colors purple and scarlet.

“The Catholic Church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual in the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.” –The Vatican Billions, by Avro Manhattan.

Scarlet in the bible represents “SIN” -Isaiah 1:18. Notice in the Pictures below, the PURPLE and SCARLET colors of the Roman Popes and Priests:



“…deplored the roman popes as “monsters of guilt” and declared in a council called by the King of France in 991ad that the pontiff, clad in purple and gold, was, “Antichrist, sitting in the temple of God, and showing himself as God” -Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian church, 8 vols., reprint of the 3d (1910)ed. (Grand Rapids Mich.: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., n.d.)



11. He does not desire “women” and forbids marriage.

“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” -Daniel 11:37.

“In the latter some shall depart from the faith… speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry…” 1 Timothy 4:1-3.


The Catholic Church, through her institution of nuns and priests, and monastery, forbids marriage. See the following quote:

“Celibacy is the renunciation of marriage implicitly or explicitly made, for the more perfect observance of chastity, by all those who receive the Sacrament of Orders in any of the higher grades.” -Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481a.htm).

Yet God blesses marriage, and the bible says we are NOT to forbid marriage (1 Timothy 3:2; 1 Corinthians 7:9, 36).

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife” 1 Timothy 3:2

Have you noticed how this antichrist has tampered with both the Sabbath and Marriage (Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 2:1-3), the only two institutions instituted BEFORE sin?

12. He is famous and everyone admires him (Rev. 13:3) and is among many “peoples and nations and tongues” as represented by the “sea and waters” Rev. 17:15.


Notice the following quotes:

“During his reign, the pope travelled extensively, visiting over 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. He was said to have canonized more people than all popes before him put together (though early records are incomplete). Pope John Paul II was extremely popular worldwide, attracting the largest crowds in history. One of his popular phrases in the early part of his reign was to tell huge crowds “John Paul 2…he loves you…” Pope John Paul II died in the Papal Apartments while a vast crowd kept vigil in St Peter’s Square below. Millions of people flocked to Rome to pay their respects to the body and for his funeral. ” -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_II.

“Pope John Paul II was one of the most significant world figures in the 20th century and one of the most famous popes in the history of the Catholic church. His unprecedented willingness to travel the world and his media savvy allowed him to reach over 1 billion Catholic parishioners in over 100 countries during his long tenure as pope. He drew huge crowds of devoted followers wherever he went, and no doubt many of them will seek to remember him long after his reign has ended.” –Taken from: www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=82160

“The anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death was remembered last night at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI and tens of thousands of people who gathered in and around St. Peter’s Square during a candlelight vigil.” –Monday, April 03, 2006. Pope John Paul II is Remembered.

“Looking tired, Benedict led nearly 100,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans in Mass in St. Peter’s Square.” -Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates Easter Mass, Turns 79. Sunday, Aril 16, 2006 – Yahoo! News.

The world really does “wonder after the beast!”

13. He denies Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:3).

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1 John 4:3

The antichrist has to deny Jesus came in the flesh. Let’s look up the greek word “flesh” in the greek Lexicon and see what it can mean:

Strong’s Hebrew/Greek Concordance:

sarx: Probably from the base of G4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), that is, (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such): – carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]).

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

Thayer Definition:
1) flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers the bones and is permeated with blood) of both man and beasts

2) the body 2a) the body of a man 2b) used of natural or physical origin, generation or relationship 2b1) born of natural generation 2c) the sensuous nature of man, “the animal nature” 2c1) without any suggestion of depravity 2c2) the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin 2c3) the physical nature of man as subject to suffering

3) a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh) whether man or beast

4) the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God

Now… what is our human nature? What are all human beings guilty of according to the bible? They are all guilty of SIN (Romans 3:23). Our human nature if our “want” to, or being “prone” to sin. The bible teaches that although Jesus never sinned, he became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21). It teaches that Jesus came through the line of David (Matthew 1:1) yet David said, “Behold, I was shapen in INIQUITY; and in SIN did my mother conceive me.” -Psalm 51:5. This means that the whole line of David was a lineage individuals with a nature to sin, including Jesus. This is how Jesus, being God, could be tempted to sin (compare James 1:13 with Hebrews 4:15) because he became man, and being made into a man he had the same human nature as man… the ability to sin.

So, how does the Roman Catholic Church teach that Jesus did not come in the flesh (human nature)? Well when they teach that the Virgin Mary was sinless at her conception of the baby Jesus, they in essence teach that Jesus has not come in the flesh, because Jesus came through her lineage, and as David had a nature to sin, she also had a nature to sin. Read the following quote from a Roman Catechism:

491. “Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, ‘full of grace’ through God, [Lk 1:28 .] was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of JESUS Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. -Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (1854): DS 2803.

View the online version of The Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.ziplink.net/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/kerygma/a.pl .

To say that Jesus came into the world this way, born of a virgin who was not of sinful “flesh” as we are all in our human nature, is to say he did not come in the “flesh” of sinful nature because he came through HER lineage!


Now it could be said that Mary overcame the sinful nature as did Jesus, but this would put Mary at the same level as Jesus, and would contradict the following scripture:

“And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” -Luke 1:47

If Mary was not a sinner, why did she need a savior? (see also Romans 3:23).

Also, the above Catechism quote speaks about original sin, and Rome defines original sin like this:

Question. What is Original Sin? Answer. Original Sin is the sin we inherit from Adam, the Father of the Human Race.” -The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine. p. 41

But the bible says different:

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” Ezekiel 18:20

We do not inherit Adams sins. We are NEVER born with original sin; in fact, people bearing original sin does not exist in the bible. What we are cursed with is a Sinful Nature, which is our Human Nature. However, we do NOT inherit the sins of our fathers. So while Jesus NEVER sinned, he was born with the human sinful nature to sin, through a sinful mother who was also of human sinful nature. To say otherwise is to say that Jesus “cheated” when he overcame sin, and would also make you “antichrist.” The Popes of Rome, with their “immaculate conception” theory, fulfill this Identification mark to the very end.

14. This antichrist rules for “42 months” or “3 ½ years” and during this time it persecutes and kills thousand of saints (See Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5).


Speaking of the antichrist, the bible says:

1. “And they (the Saints) shall be given unto his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25

2. “Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” Revelation 13:5

God’s escaped people flee to the wilderness for this same amount of time:

3. “And the women (God’s true church is liken unto a women –Jer. 6:2, Rev. 19:7) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore (sixty) days.” Revelation 12:6

Before we start, keep in mind that bible times are not the same as today. Today we have 365 days a year, and not all our months end in 30 days. However, when the bible uses time, it is using the time of its days, which was 360 days a year, and 30 days per year.

To explain this further, notice in Genesis 7:11, that the bible says the flood rain began to pour on the 17th day of the 2nd month. Genesis 8:3, 4 says it stopped raining at the end of 150 days, and the ark rested on the 17th day of the 7th month. That’s exactly 5 months. Now, 5 months divided by 150 days equals 30 days per month! This is the biblical method of time we are to use in bible prophecy.

Each of these time periods are exactly 1260 years. Let me explain. The first verse is 3 ½ years, because a time is equal to 1 year. You can find this out when you study Daniel 4 how the king went crazy for 7 times, which were 7 years. So if the verse says a “time” that’s 1 year, “times” is 2 years, and a divided time is ½ a year. That’s 3 ½ years! Now, if its 30 days per year, and 360 days a year, then what’s 360 times 3 ½? 1260 years!

The 2nd verse speaks of 42 months. How many days are in 42 months? Well again, if its 30 days per month, that means 42 multiplied by 30 will also equal 1260 years!

But why do I say years instead of days? Because when we are studying bible prophecy, we are told in the bible that a day equals a year:

“I have appointed thee each day for a year…” Ezekiel 4:6

“After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year.” Numbers 14:34

During this time of 1260 years, the antichrist Popes of Rome will persecute and kill millions of Christians. Is this just my personal interpretation? Well, lets see if history backs me up. What year did the pope receive FULL power of, not only the religion, but also of the state with military protection?

“Vigilius… ascended the papal chair in 538 A.D. under the military protection of Belisarius.” -History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 327.

(Note: While the Papacy was already in existence with the first pope being Constantine in 313 AD, it was in 538 AD, after the overthrow of the last horn, the Ostrogoths, that he received full power of the state with military protection, making it an independent religious/political state).

After the overthrow of the Ostrogoths, the papacy began its reign under Emperor Justinian’s decree with military protection. Now, let’s do the math. The pope received absolute power without interference in the year 538 A.D.; now add 1260 years to that date. What do you get?

“In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.” –Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition.

Wow! The popes ruled the world and persecuted Christians for exactly 1260 years from 538 A.D. to 1798, just as prophecy predicted! This is the time history calls “The Dark Ages.”

15. After this time period his power is taken from him and he dies “receives a deadly wound to death” but his power is then given back to him “deadly wound is healed,” read Revelation 13:3

Now the papacy was stopped in his tracts, and the persecution was at an end. But when he was stopped, it was in 1798, and something prophetic took place…

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death…” Revelation 13:3

Remember how we learned in part 1 how a head will symbolize a king? The papacy was “wounded” of his powers when in 1798 Napoleon’s General Berthier took him captive, and his wound was a wound to “death” because soon after the pope dies in prison! General Berthier took the pope captive with his military army, and the bible confirms…

“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” Revelation 13:10

But the rest of Revelation 13:3 says…

“… and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”

Look around you, the Pope and his Vatican government are alive and well today! Why? Because his deadly wound was healed! In 1929 the Italian government once again recognized Vatican City as an independent religio-political state.

“From 11 0’clock this morning there was another sovereign independent state in the world… the sovereign independent state of Vatican City came into existence.” –New York Times, July 7, 1929.

The Pope was again seated as ruler with full power. Notice this SHOCKING quote:

“Mussolini and (Cardinal) Gaspari sign historic Roman pact. The Roman question of tonight was a thing of the past, and the Vatican was at peace with Italy… In affixing the autographs to the memorable document healing the wound of many years, extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides.” –The San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 11, 1929.


(Actual February 11, 1929 Newspaper)

16. The beast is one that was, is not, yet is (Revelation 17:8).

Now for the last identification mark. Let’s put all these dates together. Revelation 17:8 says that this beast is one that was, is not, yet is. That’s exactly what happened after the 1260-year prophecy! Notice:

The Beast…

…that was: The Papacy with his Roman church began to reign in full power in 528 A.D. and continued until 1798 A.D. when Napoleon’s General Berthier took the pope captive and abolished the Vatican government.

…and is not: Between 1798 until 1929 when the Pope was re-seated, the papacy was non-existent.

…yet is: From 1929 until the very present day, Vatican City and the Pope’s of Rome have been once again in full power and the Roman church has been a Church and State ever since.

Need I say more? NO OTHER INSTITUTION with a man at its head can fit all these biblical Identification Marks. The Roman Catholic Church truly is the antichrist system, and her Popes (papacy) are truly ANTICHRIST!

Catholicism: A mixture of Paganism with Christianity

This religion, Roman Catholicism, is a mixture of Pagan rituals, customs, and beliefs. In its early years as a Pagan Roman Empire, as it rose to power it adopted Christianity through Constantine the first Pope (Read about Constantine in the books, “Sabotage?” pp. 19-20, and The Godfathers, pg. 7, both by Ex-Jesuit Alberto Rivera) in the effort to unite both paganism and Christianity in one fold, therefore increasing its members and its riches:

“The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the fields; sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the East, images at a later date, …the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison, are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church. {374}” -An Essay on the “The Development of the Christian Doctrine John Henry “Cardinal Newman” p.359 (Also see According to Dr. E. D. Clarke, Travels, vol. i. p. 352.)

“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen… for the customs of the people are vain, one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” -Jeremiah 10:1-4.

“Confiding then in the power of Christianity to resist the infection of evil, and to transmute the instruments and appendages of demon worship to an evangelical use… the rulers of the church from early times were prepared should occasion arise, to adopt, or imitate, or sanction the existing rites and customs of the (Pagan) populace.” -Development of Christian Doctrine, Cardinal Newman. p. 372.

“The mighty Catholic Church was little more then the Roman Empire baptized.”– A. C, Flick, The Rise of the Mediaeval Church, 1909 edition, p. 148.

“This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of ‘the man of sin’ foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power–a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will. –The Great Controversy between Christ and Satan, pg. 50.

One of the biggest things that helped unite paganism with Christianity was the acceptance of the first day of the week as the day of religious worship in place of the true Sabbath, and the law Constantine decreed to enforce its observance. This was the day the pagans gathered to worship their sun gods:

“This Sunday law constituted no real favoritism to Christianity… It is evident from all his statuatory provisions that the Emperor during the time 313-323 with full consciousness has sought the realization of his religious aim: the amalgamation of heathenism and Christianity.” -Dr. A.Chr. Bang – Kirken og Romerstaten (The Church and the Roman State) p.256. Christiania, 1879.

Millions of people were deceived into believing that this movement was of God, now the persecutions under the Emperor Nero was at an end, and behold, the Emperor Constantine has converted to Christianity! Gullible Christians fell for this deception, but thousands of others understood this to be the antichrist foretold by prophecy.

Ex-Jesuit Alberto Rivera, who was in the inner library of the Vatican studying methods on how to best infiltrate and destroy the Christian churches, learned how Constantine had LIED about his conversion in order to unite paganism and Christianity so that his riches can be increased! Alberto says that he was still “secretly” worshiping his Babylonian sun god BAAL also called “Sol” (see Four Horsemen, Alberto Rivera, pg. 19, and Sabotage, pg. 19). Dr. Rivera says, “When Constantine set himself up as the first pope… he tried to pull Romans and Christians together by mixing Satanic Baal worship with the teachings of Christ. What came out of this mess was the Roman Catholic system.” See The Godfathers, page 7. “Dei Solis,” which is the day of the Sun, and Image worship were introduced into the churches. In order for this to happen, the 2nd commandment was ripped out of the Ten Commandments and the 4th was shortened to only say, “Remember the Sabbath day.” Written thus, ANY day can be the Sabbath, and the day chosen was the day of Baal… SUNday!

You can still notice the many sun symbols and rituals within this apostate church, like Sunday observance, the sun rings over the heads of the statues, the ‘plus’ sign on the baked cakes and her wafer she claims is literally God, etc. (most of these of which were adopted by the infiltrated protestant churches; they are seen in the churches today. Read more on the infiltration of churches by Jesuits in part 3). Pagan images of Jupitar, BAAL, Venus, and more, were brought into the churches, and given Christian names such as Peter, Jesus and Mary. Even Pagan customs were adopted!

“In order to attach to Christianity great attraction in the eyes of the nobility, the priests adopted the outer garments and adornments which were used in pagan cults.” -Life of Constantine, Eusabius, cited in Altai-Nimalaya, p. 94

“The Church did everything it could to stamp out such ‘pagan’ rites, but had to capitualet and allow the rites to continue with only the name of the local diety changed to some Christian saint’s name.” -Religious Tradition and Myth. Dr. Edwin Goodenough, Professor of Religion, Harvard University. p. 56, 57

The Pagans, who were already accustomed to worshiping images, flocked in by the thousands! Paul in Rome already saw these things happening, and constantly warned with tears in his eyes of this soon coming abomination within the churches (Romans 16:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-5, Philippians 3:18-19)!

The Pagans also worshiped a goddess who they called the queen of heaven. She was called Diana by the heathens, Isis by the Egyptians and Semiramis by the Babylonians (see “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop, and “Sabotage?” by Alberto Rivera.). This goddess was one of the most powerful of the deities, right below Baal the sun-god (who was supposed to be her son).

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour our drink offerings unto other gods.” -Jeremiah 7:18

“From ancient Babylon came the cult of the virgin mother-goddess, who was worshiped as the highest of gods” -see S. H. Langdon, Semitic Mythology, 1931 edition.

This too was adopted into the church, and her name was changed to the “Virgin Mary.”

Sunday Worship: Rooted in Paganism

Now, here are the quotes I promised you in regards to the observance of Sunday, and how its observance is rooted in Paganism as well:

“Two dominant elements brought into Christianity from paganism by Rome were Sun worship symbols and the religious practices of ancient Babylon] “The solar theology of the Chaldaeans [Babylonians], had decisive effect . . . [upon the] final form reached by the religion of the pagan Semites, and following them, by that of the Romans when [the Roman emperor] Aurelian, the conqueror of Palmyra, had raised ‘Sol Invictus’ [the invincible sun-god] to the rank of supreme divinity in the Empire”–The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. 11, pp. 643, 646-647. From Palmyra he transferred to the new sanctuary the images of Helios [the sun-god] and Bel, the malaise patron god of Babylon–see Cumont, The Oriental Religions In Roman Paganism, 1911 edition, pp. 114-115, 124.

“In short, sun worship, symbolically speaking, lies at the very heart of the great festivals which the Christian Church celebrates today, and these relics of heathen religion have, through the medium of their sacred rites, curiously enough blended with practices and beliefs utterly antagonistic to the spirit which prompted them.” -Sun Lore of All Ages, Olcott, p. 248.

“The [Catholic] Church took the pagan philosophy and made it the buckler of faith against the heathen. She took the pagan Roman Pantheon, temple of all the gods, and made it sacred to all the martyrs; so it stands to this day. She took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday. She took the pagan Easter and made it the feast we celebrate during this season . . . The Sun was a foremost god with heathendom . . . The sun has worshipers at this hour in Persia and other lands . . . Hence the Church would seem to say, ‘Keep that old pagan name [Sunday]. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’ And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder [another name for BAAL], became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus”–William L. Gildea, “Paschale Gaudium,” in The Catholic World, 58, March, 1894, p. 809 [A Roman Catholic weekly].

(Notice the satanic upside down cross)

“And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”
Revelation 13:2

Martin Luther
“The papacy is the seat of the true and real antichrist personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520) Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 2., pg. 121 by Froom. (In response to a papal bull [official decree]): “I despise and attack it, as impious, false… It is Christ Himself who is condemned therein… I rejoice in having to bear such ills for the best of causes. Already I feel greater liberty in my heart; for at last I know that the pope is antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself.” -D’Aubigné, b.6, ch. 9.


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With over 13 years of experience in apologetics, evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries both in English and Spanish. Having had the opportunity to travel to various states in the USA, and also to Venezuela and Mexico, he has enjoyed the privilege of conducting evangelistic meetings and apologetics seminars. His education includes training in the Medical Field, Adult Education at Valencia College, Biblical Hebrew with the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, and Evangelism with Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is furthering his academic studies in theology while also working as a bible worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Ordained as an elder, Edwin's passion for ministry begins first at home with his wife and kids.

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