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TXT: Is the AntiChrist Catholic?

Question: Many scholars today say that the antichrist will come out of the papacy.  Is there truth to this?

Answer:

So you’re asking, ‘who is the antichrist and what do we know about him?’  Well, Revelation13:4-8 says…

and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
[Will he be a religious leader to be worshipped?]

Daniel 9:26 says,

and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
[Will he be a Roman/Italian?]

And Daniel 11:36-37 says,

Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god, and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. 37 “And he will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all.
[Will he be homosexual OR celibate?]

The biblical descriptions above definitely COULD point to the Antichrist being a Roman Catholic Pope in the future.

Author: Chris Mueller

Chris is the teaching pastor at Faith Bible Church – Murrieta.

6 Comments

  1. the pope before this pope dubbed the king of spain as the king of jerusalem which by the way was born in italy rome. this was broadcast on national tv several years ago. i was watching van impe on tv a bible teacher that reports news happenings that pertain to the bible. he said to watch this ceremony on the 5o’clock news and i did. it was quite a sight to behol. since that time i have researched this king. lots of bible prophecy fullfilled in this king. i’m still working on this project.

  2. Are Catholics Christian? Are Catholics saved? I hear some say that they are and some say that they are not. How can I evangelize to my Catholic brothers and sisters?

  3. As a former Catholic I can honestly say that some are, some are not. The Catholic church over the years, has espoused many heresies. It is easy to point the finger at those heresies, things like pergatory, praying to saints, Mary worship, etc, and rightly conclude that they have lost their way. However, the Catholic mass is almost entirely based on Scripture. For example, when my Presbyterian husband went to my uncle’s funeral (first time to step foot in a Catholic church) he was shocked at how much Scripture was quoted. So Catholics DO hear the word of God, and for those God ordained, that Word takes root in their heart. Catholics also recite the Nicene Creed during mass. Although many may do this by rote, it is the basic teaching of the gospel. They ARE hearing it.

    Because of their lack of good, expository & applicational teaching however, Catholics are not really discipled in their faith. Until recently it was also believed, that normal people should not read their Bible for fear of interpreting it incorrectly. Thus, the only Scripture they were exposed to is what they heard on Sunday. As a result, many Catholics are not personally familiar with their Bible. Fortunately, this is a trend which is changing as many serious with their faith are beginning to read it, and truly saved priests are conducting Bible studies for their parishioners. Historically, since Bible teaching was forbidden to the common man, the church developed laws & rules to explain to people how to behave “Biblically” and required church attendance in order to be taught. As a result, most Catholics believe that if they go to church and are good people, then they will be in good standing with God. (The church also teaches the heretical perogatory which complicates things.) I don’t think this mistaken belief is unique to the Catholic church. There are many people sitting in protestant church pews who will tell you the same thing.

    It is important to remember that Catholics are taught that their church is the only one, true Christian church. So for them to leave the Catholic church is equivalent to leaving the faith. (I wasn’t disowned or anything but LOTS of tears were shed on my behalf.) So many truly believing Catholics, who DO understand their salvation, will never leave the church. They will also not be able to tell you that they are “saved”. This wording is completely foreign to them. So how do you know if your Catholic friend is saved? Is church simply a routine for them, or do they really believe? In conversations about the Bible, what is their understanding of faith? My saved mother will say things like, “I was having such a hard time, I couldn’t wait to go to mass.” or “… go talk to God.”

    Catholics who are saved (or searching) have a hunger for the Bible. They want to read it. If they don’t have one, buy them one. Have discussions about Scripture. Whatever you do, do not insult their church. It will shut down any credibility you may have had. Rather, lead them to a deeper understanding of what the church teaches. Help them see their faith as real. I was a saved Catholic for 6 years before leaving the church. I went to protestant Bible studies and worship services. What finally led me to leave was when someone from my Bible study said, “[I understand that you want to stay Catholic] but where do you grow?” It was my desire to grow that finally moved me from the church. Ultimately, lead your Catholic friends to grow.

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  5. – We believe in one, holy, “catholic”, and apostolic Church.
    – We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    An infant baptized – not knowing Jesus – is cleansed of sins?!!

    So Christ Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross for our sins to be fogiven?

    Are you kidding me!!?

  6. @Michael – in that creed, “catholic” is lowercase purposefully, just as you have written it. When written lowercase, the word takes its old meaning of ‘universal’.

    The Apostles Creed is not referencing the Roman Catholic Church, but the church universal, spread around the world.

    Hence, there is one baptism for salvation – not paedobaptism, or even believers’ baptism (which we affirm), but baptism at salvation into the death of Christ, gaining us entry into the body of Christ. Read Romans 6:3-11, Galatians 3:27-29, and 1 Cor 12:13. This is what brings forgiveness of sins, just as Peter said in Acts 2:38.