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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Date Posted:
8/3/2000

Contents
Introduction
Scripture Prophecy
Cloud of Witnesses
Historic Creeds
The Term 'Antichrist'
Antichrist Portrayed
Antichrist: An Enemy
No Atheist/Communist
Two Bible Mysteries
Unfolding 2 Mysteries
Pope Becomes Monarch
King with Three Crowns
Antichrist's All Power
'Signs and Wonders'
Signs, Wonders, Terror
All Deceivableness
Culmination: Parallel
Over Kings and Nations
Antichrist Exalts Self
Man of Sin
Christ Predicts Papacy
Antichrist: His Doom
The Likeness Fit?
What Think Ye?
Spurgeon on Antichrist


The Term 'Antichrist'


John Paul II claims loudly, 'I am the Vicar of Christ.'
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley

The Apostle John under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God gave this title Antichrist to the apostasy of Christianity.

'Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last time.

They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. l have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.' I John 2:18-23.

'Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

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.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.' I John 4:2--6.

'For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.' II John 1: 7.

It is well known that the whole dynasty of Popes take to themselves the title, 'VICAR OF CHRIST.'

John Paul II claims loudly, 'I am the Vicar of Christ.'

The Apostle John styles the leader of Apostate Christianity, 'the Antichrist.'

The Papal title is the key which unlocks to us the true mystery and character of the Papacy.

'Antichrist' is a Greek word. 'Vicar' is an English word. The words are synonymous. They have exactly the same meaning. 'Antichrist' translated into the English is 'Vice Christ' or 'Vicar of Christ.' 'Vicar of Christ, rendered into the Greek is 'Antichristos' = 'Antichrist.' The ordinary use of the word in the Greek is decisive on this point. So every time the Pope claims to be, 'The Vicar of Christ,' he is pleading at the bar of the world's opinion that he indeed is THE ANTICHRIST.

The Vicar of Christ, the Vice-Christ, the Antichrist, comes in the room and in the stead of the true Christ and must therefore be characterised by deception, dissimulation and counterfeit.

Antichrist poses as the true representative of Christ, not Christ's enemy, hence deception and lying are his stock-in-trade. Atheists, Communists, Mohammedans and many others do not claim to be Christ's sole representatives on earth. They openly declare their opposition, hatred, and undying antagonism to Christ. They don't lie about that. They do not conceal their blasphemies against Christ. They openly declare themselves haters of our Lord Jesus Christ. They wear no masks. Therefore they are not the Antichrist.

Of all the religions on the earth Romanism is the only one which meets all the requirements of Biblical prophecy, as we shall see. Popery alone exhibits all the features of the Antichrist.

If we allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Scriptures, the Facts of History and the Pope's Own Claims, then we will be forced to the conclusion, 'This is indeed the Antichrist.'

We must therefore study the parallel between Christianity and the Papacy, Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Popes, along the entire line of their careers. This parallel is the key to the mystery and explains how the LIE that the Pope was the Vice-Christ or Vicar of Christ misled the whole world, as it is still doing today, into thinking that Romanism is true Christianity. That LIE has wasted ages, overthrown Kingdoms, instituted tortures unmentionable, stained the world with blood and peopled Hell.

'And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.' II Thessalonians 2:11-12.

N.B. The Greek word 'lie' carries the definite article literally reading, 'THE Lie.'

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