Ask Google “Who is the antichrist?” and the first non-purchased return is:
Perhaps that’s because “Google” was “born” on the same day (September 27th) that the Company of Loyola1 were consecrated by Alessandro “Pope Paul III” Farnese2 to become the inversely-named “Society of Jesus”: the Jesuits.3
Above it is an ad from “Lion & Lamb Ministries” but when you click on the ad it brings you to a general home page that doesn’t answer your question. Instead you are encouraged to indulge in several false doctrines such as the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”4, 5, “Dispensationalism”6 / “Zionism”7, 8, Futurism9, 10, etc. These are heresies fabricated by the Catholic Church and her masters of deception, the Jesuits, to specifically obscure Rome as the answer to this question.
Third from the top might surprise you if you don’t know all the “facts”. It’s from “Amazing Facts” and does disclose Rome as the Fourth and Final Beast, however, “Amazing Facts” is the Seventh Day Adventist ministry of Doug Batchelor.
Today, Adventists are the last Protestants in existence. Sadly, only a handful of their preachers take even their own religion seriously, such as Professor Walter Veith.
If Rome controls all media (and it does), you may wonder if Doug Batchelor has had some help and perhaps you might get the answer you seek if you’ve seen Batchelor’s teaching on “Heaven” and “Hell”.
In it, without explanation, he dresses in a suit split down the middle half black and half white.
The answer can be found in the alternating black and white floor tiles of any Masonic Hall.
In fact, Adventism was founded by Freemason William Miller who humiliated “Protestant” Christians by predicting the return of Jesus Christ in 1843. When Christ didn’t appear, Miller re-predicted His Return the year following!
Miller was a member of “Morning Star No. 27” Lodge, the same Lodge was implicated in the disappearance of Freemason whistleblower Captain William Morgan in 1826.
There are no specific descriptions of the devil in the Christian Bible but most scholars consider Isaiah 14 to contain metaphors about the Great Adversary and verse 12 calls him the “shining son of the dawn”.12
Morning Star No. 27 Lodge has been erased from existence but there was such a Lodge founded in Poultney, Vermont, in the year 1807.13
It was both telling and appropriate for Batchelor to wear his super-villain costume when preaching on the “temporary” nature of Heaven and Hell as it is a Luciferian doctrine designed to encourage the Fallen that their punishment won’t last forever14 and to likewise dishearten the Saved as to their fleeting rewards.
A New Testament word search15 of “Eternal Life” or “Eternal Salvation” proves this categorically wrong and, given the damage it does, perhaps even heretical.
But when the Kindness and the Love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His Mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His Grace we should become heirs according to the hope of Eternal Life. ~ Titus 3:4-7
So who is the Antichrist?
Christians live in a cloud of confusion but was there a time when the identity of the Antichrist was clear?
Any serious study should bring up this passage:
Now, brethren, concerning the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the Day of Christ had come.
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 God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. ~ II Thessalonians 2:1-417
Has there been a “falling away”?
Do we exist in a civilization where deception is the rule, not the exception?
Who is the “Man of Sin”?
He is also the “Son of Perdition” and that title is only mentioned in one other place.
The Antichrist, therefore, is someone intimately acquainted with Jesus Christ and the Gospel Message yet betrays and mocks Him.
And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.
But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” ~ Luke 22:47-48
The office of the Papacy clearly fulfills this prophecy and it is filled with men of the most debased and debauched natures.
In Rome, a de Medici was sitting in the Papal Seat; Giovanni di Lorenzo de´Medici (“Pope Leo X”). …
In 1488, Giovanni de Medici’s father, Lorenzo il Magnifico (“Lorenzo the Magnificent”), ruler of the Province of Florentine, prevailed upon his relative, Giovanni Battista Cybo (Pope Innocent VIII) to make his son a cardinal, which Cybo did.
Having bought Giovanni the cardinalcy at such a young age (13) he was forbidden to wear the insignia or deliberate as Cardinal for another 3 years.
In 1513, de Medici was “elected” Pope. Clearly a political decision, after it was made, the College of Cardinals realized de Medici had never been ordained a priest. This minor oversight was rectified on a date that proved the Papacy was far more “Roman” than “Christian” — the Ides of March (the 15th) of that same year — the date memorialized as the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Medici maintained and even increased his lavish lifestyle which included the sexual perversions of the upper class. Pope Leo was well-known as a “lover of boys”.
Leo X was said to have invited guests to lavish banquets with up to 65 courses at which little boys jumped naked out of puddings.
It was no secret Leo was “a lover of boys” who possessed also “an insatiable love of pleasure”.
Like Pope Paul II, Leo loved parades and his passion was to travel around Rome at the head of a long procession featuring panthers, jesters, and a white elephant called Hanno a gift from the King of Portugal.
Scholar Joseph McCabe said Leo was “a coarse, frivolous, cynical voluptuary, probably addicted to homosexual vice in the Vatican”.
Leo spent much of his childhood in numerous abbeys which, like many monasteries since the time of Leo III (795-816), had become homosexual haunts.
Even before he became pope, Leo X allegedly had been a practicing sodomite.
On the day of his election, Leo suffered from chronic ulcers [venereal skin ulcers, not of the stomach] and had to be carried into the conclave on a stretcher.
Not a few remarked that the ulcers had been caused by his “boyish predilections” … ~ D. Christie Sinton113
Medici was far from unique as a corrupt, immoral and depraved Pope.
Most Catholics go through life and never hear a word of reproach for any pope or member of the clergy. Yet the recorded history of the lives of the clerical hierarchy bears no resemblance to its modern-day portrayal, and the true stories of the popes in particular are among the most misrepresented in religious history.
The Catholic historian and Archbishop of New York, John Cardinal Farley (d. c. 1916), subtly admitted that the “old legends of their dissolute lives may be partly true…that they didn’t sternly insist upon sexual virtue and injustice was a general license of the papal court, but it is probable that moral improvement was at the vanguard of their thinking” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Pecci ed., 1897, iii, p. 207). The real character of the popes as a rule has been so falsely represented that many people don’t know that so many popes were not only decadent but were also the most savage and perfidious of military strategists ever known. Cardinal Farley added this comment:
“The popes were temporal rulers of the civil territory and they naturally had recourse to force the re-establishment or extend the States of the Church until the conclusion of peace was confirmed … their attempts to purify particularly the Duchy of Rome caused them considerable distress and the need to resort to violence, but always on the side of mercy … lives were lost in the service of truth but the legal basis for the Christian Church to hold and transmit properties for the benefit of revenues was given to them [the popes] by Emperor Constantine in 312.” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Pecci ed., ii, pp. 157–169)
The comments of the cardinal warrant our attention, for within them rests a little-known story of the leaders of the Christian religion [not] and reveals that today’s presentation of popes as incorruptible moral oracles is untrue. The hidden history of doctrinal foundations that permitted a papal alliance with conflict and licentiousness, and to what degree decadence among the clergy is “partly true”, provides for an extraordinary story — one that has no precedent or parallel in the history of world religions. ~ Bushby114
Sergius III (? – 911) was accused of ordering the murders of his predecessor Pope Leo V and Antipope Christopher in prison. It is said that his mistress was the young Marozia (later to become a powerful Roman noblewoman), and it was their son who became Pope John XI in 931.115 ~ Shell Harris
Octavianus, the son of Alberic II, became Pope John XII in 955 AD. “Former”, “former” Jesuit Malachi Martin said this about Octavianus —
John XII, perjured himself, breaking his oath to the … Emperor … he stole the Treasury of the Popes and fled to Rome’s enemies … was deposed by a Holy Synod and replaced by Pope Leo VIII … then the apostate returned to Rome, evicted Pope Leo VIII, cut off the nose and tongue and two fingers of the Cardinal-Deacon, flayed the skin off Bishop Otger, cut off the hands of Notary Azzo, and beheaded sixty-three of Rome’s clergy and nobility. … During the night of May 14, 964, while having illicit and filthy relations with a Roman matron, he was surprised in the act of sin by the matron’s angry husband who, in just wrath, smashed his skull with a hammer and thus liberated his evil soul into the grasp of Satan. …” ~ The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, Malachi Martin, p. 126116
Australian “entrepreneur” Tony Bushby is a vicious critic of Christianity and, as such, he (like his innumerable brethren) defames Christendom with the sins of Rome.xxxv This is a purposeful propaganda conflation and the culprits usually behind it reside in Rome! Knowing that her sins are many, she seeks to use them to her advantage.xxxvi
Bushby adds this on Octavianus —
…he opened his inglorious career by invoking pagan gods and goddesses as he flung the dice in gambling sessions. He toasted Satan during a drinking spree and put his notorious mistress/prostitute Marcia in charge of his brothel in the Lateran Palace (Antapodosis, ibid.).
He “liked to have around him a collection of Scarlet Women”, said the monk-chronicler Benedict of Soracte, and at his trial for the murder of an opponent his clergy swore on oath that he’d had incestuous relations with his sisters and had raped his nuns (Annals of Beneventum in the Monumenta Germaniae, v).117
Rome has done an excellent job covering the tracks of the true power players. Whilst truth-seekers focus on names like Soros, Rockefeller and Rothschild (urged on by well-placed propagandists), the names they should be looking in to escape themxxxvii — names like de Medici, Orsini, Colonna, Aldobrandini, Breakspear (alternately Breakspeare), Farnese…and Borgia. ~ Secret History, Cirucci18
One of Ireland’s greatest Protestant preachers, Henry Grattan Guinness, confirms this and elucidates two more parallels.
The face of the man of sin is the face of a false apostle, the dark face of a Judas.
Written upon the wall of the temple, in letters of light, just above the proud, false, central figure, is the name “son of perdition.”
The man of sin is a Judas, a secret enemy while a seeming friend a “familiar friend,” yet a fatal foe who betrays with a kiss and a “hail, master!”
There are several features in this portrait which I must ask you specially to notice.
Observe the place occupied by the man of sin the “temple” or house of God.
This is not, and cannot be, any Jewish temple.
Paul, who uses this expression in his prophetic portrait of Romanism, employs it both in Corinthians and Ephesians with reference to the Christian Church.
In the second Epistle to the Corinthians, writing to Gentile Christians, he says, “Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them.”
In Ephesians he calls the Church “a holy temple,” a “habitation of God through the Spirit”; and he would never have applied it to the Jewish temple, which, with all other Jewish things, he regarded as mere shadows of Christian realities. To Paul emphatically the temple of God was the Church of Christ.
This is the temple in which his prophetic eye saw the man of sin seated. It is no question of his bodily location in any structure of wood and stone, but of something far higher.
The temple of God is that “spiritual house” in which He dwells. It is built of “living stones,” of true believers.
It is here that the man of sin was to usurp the place of God.
This is the “mystery,” the dread danger, the deadly evil, predicted by the Apostle.
It is no person in a temple of stone, but a power in the Christian Church.
Observe next the character of the man of sin.
He is at once an imitation of Christ, and a contrast to Him. He occupies His position, but is totally unlike Him, and opposed to Him. He has usurped His place and His prerogatives; but, so far from truly representing Him, he represents His great enemy.
As Christ acts for God, so the man of sin acts for Satan, who indeed produces him for this very purpose. His coming is “after the working of Satan.”
Christ and he are antagonistic powers: the power of light, and the power of darkness; the majesty of heaven, and the might of hell.
And as the Son of God humbled Himself, so the “man of sin” exalts himself.
There is infinite self-abasement in the one, the Divine nature stooping to humanity; and infinite self-exaltation in the other, the human and satanic assuming to be Divine.
Observe here that it is not asserted that the man of sin will say that he is God, but that he will show himself as such. The words are, “He as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” or is Divine, or a Divine being (ἀποδεικνύντα ἑαυτὸν ὅτι ἔστιν Θεός).
There is no article here before the name God. The expression indicates that the man of sin would show himself by acts and professions to be possessed of superhuman and Divine dignity, authority, and power.
Observe the position of the man of sin.
Notice the word καθίσαι, “sitteth,” and connect with it κάθισμα, a seat, a word which occurs three times in the New Testament. It is used twice with reference to the seats in the temple of those who sold doves, who turned the house of God into a house of merchandise and den of thieves; and once in the sentence, “the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.”
From κάθισμα comes “cathedral,” the “bishop’s seat,” and also the expression ex cathedra; as when we say the pope speaks ex cathedra, or from his seat, officially.
There, in that exalted cathedral position, and claiming to represent God, the man of sin was to act and abide as the pretended vicar, but real antagonist, of Christ, undermining His authority, abolishing His laws, and oppressing His people.
Observe the words, “who opposeth.”
It is possible effectually to oppose another without being his avowed antagonist; so the professions of the predicted power might be friendly, while his actions would be those of an opponent of the gospel of Christ.19
In March of 2000, Karol Józef “Pope John Paul II” Wojtyła, now a Saint of the Catholic Church, gave a special Mass in Israel to “honor children”.
As we now are aware of the millions of children who have been violated, raped and even murdered by Catholic clergy, the hypocrisy is palpable.
Although mainstream media refused to report on the event, it was not lost upon the Catholic faithful.
The location for the children’s Mass in Israel was the village of Korazim. This, too, was perfectly appropriate.21
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” ~ Matthew 11:21
UPDATE: 20 November 2019
II Thessalonians 2:1-4 discusses the Papal Antichrist and verses 5 through 12 are just as obscured as they discuss his system.
Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he22 who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
And then the Lawless One23 will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His Mouth and destroy with the brightness of His Appearance.
The coming of the Lawless One is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the Truth24 but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
It is natural, but wrong, to assume that, because the Antichrist is being “restrained”, that which restrains him is good.
Today, most “Evangelicals” preach that the Restrainer is the Holy Spirit, but if that’s so, why didn’t Paul write that? He was being obtuse to spare himself and the early Christians from even more harm than they were already suffering.
The military Roman Empire needed to fall away so that the religious Roman Empire could take its place.
Although Emperors from Julius Caesar on demanded to be worshipped as gods, they never claimed they were the God of the Hebrew (and later) Christian Scriptures (Bible) but their replacements all did: the Popes.
Most of the church fathers held to this view. Under this view, Paul didn’t want to say this outright, because this would have led to persecution for the Church in the first century. On this view, the masculine singular (“he”) would refer to the Roman emperor, while the neuter pronoun (“what”) would refer to the Roman government.
For instance, Preterist Gary DeMar holds that this passage likely refers to the Roman Empire, while the restrainer might refer to King Agrippa, who stopped further killing of Christians after the death of James and tried to stop the Jewish War in AD 66.
However, we do not hold to this view. For one, the Roman Empire did not “restrain” the Antichrist. Specifically, under the Preterist view, Emperor Nero was the Antichrist, and he governed over the Roman Empire! Moreover, King Agrippa did not restrain Nero in any way.
Second, Daniel and Revelation see human government as pushing for the rise of the Antichrist—not restraining him.
Third, the Roman Empire fell in the fifth century AD, so this “restrainer” would have no meaning for today. As Thomas writes25, “Elimination of this solution is sealed when we remember that the Roman Empire has long since ceased to exist, and the appearance of Christ or the lawless one has yet to take place.” ~ Evidence Unseen
The “we” above is actually an “I”: author James M. Rochford of Peoria, Illinois.
He discredits this interpretation, not with facts, but with association.
Preterism is the idea that the Antichrist has come and gone and that all of Bible Prophecy has been fulfilled, which calls into question the judgment of the un-Godly and the existence of the Millennial Kingdom.
You’ll never guess where it came from.
With Rome so clearly depicted as the 4th and final Beast of both Daniel and Revelation, Jesuits needed to disconnect Christians from that interpretation and they used Preterism and Futurism to do it.
Preterism is the idea that most of prophecy has already taken place. It was concocted by a Jesuit.
Preterism was first advanced in 1604 by Jesuit Luis de Alcasar to destroy the Reformed Protestant teaching that the papacy was Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore and the historical Antichrist.
What Scholars Had To Say About Preterism
Henry Alford (an Anglican Greek scholar)
“The praeterist view found no favour and was hardly so much as thought of in the time of primitive Christianity. Those who lived near the date of the book of Revelation itself had no idea that its groups of imagery were intended merely to describe things then passing, and to be in a few years completed. This view is said to have been first promulgated in anything like completeness by the Jesuit Alcasar, in his “Vestigatio Arcani Sensus in Apocalypsi” (1604). Very nearly, the same plan was adopted by Grotius. The next great name among this school of interpreters is that of Bossuet the great antagonist of Protestantism.”
Also dismissing the Jesuit-Romanist Preterist approach, Charles Hodge noted that the preterists of his time for the most part were German Rationalists.
“[they] were German interpreters who, denying any real prediction of the future, confine the views of Daniel and John to their contemporary history”.
He lists some of the liberal scholars such as Ewald, DeWette and Lucke, who not only denied the predictive element in Scripture but also denied the inspiration and authority of the Word of God. ~ Bulletin for Biblical Christianity Today, Dr. Ronald Cooke556
Preterism wasn’t accepted by large groups of Protestants and an alternative interpretation of the End Times was put forth.
Futurism is more appealing in that it acknowledges that much of prophecy is yet future. However it distracts from the 4th Beast and paints the anti-Christ as a man who suddenly appears just before the Tribulation and who stands alone, apart from any organization or system.
The military Roman Empire did restrain the religious empire that spawned the Antichrist.
This takes care of the second critique, as well.
The idea that the Roman Empire fell “in the 5th century” is, therefore, the most important; either as a flaw or ultimate fulfillment as Daniel and Revelation repeatedly mention four empires:
If Rome disappeared then the Bible is obsolete and of no use to us, but if Rome lives on then the Bible is far more accurate than “Evangelicals” give it credit for.
The capitalization of pronouns is not evident in the original languages of Scripture and modern English language Bibles erroneously capitalize the “he” of II Thessalonians 2:6-7, making the choice for you who the “restrainer” is.
However, even trusted older translations like the King James, although getting II Thessalonians right, fail to capitalize the pronouns of Daniel 9.
Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the Holy Mountain27 of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:”
“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.”
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.”
“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”
“The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
“Then he [He] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He28 shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”
“And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
“Then he [He] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week he [He] shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” ~ The Seventy-Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9:20-27
Daniel 9 maintains a “Chiastic” structure or pattern of “A, B, B, A”.
Who is it that confirms the Covenant with Israel then “breaks” (fulfills) it? —The Christ, not the Antichrist!
The Temple is forever cursed.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
“See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Then Jesus went out and departed from the Temple29, and His disciples30 came up to show Him the buildings of the Temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” ~ Matthew 23:37-24:2
It will never be rebuilt.
Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the Gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?”
“We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law31 but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law no flesh shall be justified.”
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the Law died to the Law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the Grace32 of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died in vain.”
For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. ~ Galatians 2:11-21
That the “restrainer” was the Roman Empire was not lost on Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, more popularly known as “Tertullian” (approximately 155 – 240 AD).
Again, in the second epistle he addresses them with even greater earnestness: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, nor be troubled, either by spirit, or by word,” that is, the word of false prophets, “or by letter,” that is, the letter of false apostles, “as if from us, as that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means.
For that day shall not come, unless indeed there first come a falling away,” he means indeed of this present empire, “and that man of sin be revealed,” that is to say, Antichrist, “the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or religion; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, affirming that he is God. Remember ye not, that when I was with you, I used to tell you these things? And now ye know what detaineth, that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now hinders must hinder, until he be taken out of the way.”7453 What obstacle is there but the Roman state, the falling away of which, by being scattered into ten kingdoms, shall introduce Antichrist upon (its own ruins)? “And then shall be revealed the wicked one, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.”745433
Nor was it lost to John Chrysostom of Antioch.
One may naturally enquire, what is that which withholdeth, and after that would know, why Paul expresses it so obscurely. What then is it that withholdeth, that is, hindereth him from being revealed?
Some indeed say, the grace of the Spirit, but others the Roman empire, to whom I most of all accede.
Because if he meant to say the Spirit, he would not have spoken obscurely, but plainly, that even now the grace of the Spirit, that is the gifts, withhold him. And otherwise he ought now to have come, if he was about to come when the gifts ceased; for they have long since ceased. But because he said this of the Roman empire, he naturally glanced at it, and speaks covertly and darkly. For he did not wish to bring upon himself superfluous enmities, and useless dangers. For if he had said that after a little while 389 the Roman empire would be dissolved, they would immediately have even overwhelmed him, as a pestilent person, and all the faithful, as living and warring to this end. And he did not say that it will be quickly, although he is always saying it—but what? “that he may be revealed in his own season,” he says,
“For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work.” He speaks here of Nero, as if he were the type of Antichrist. For he too wished to be thought a god. And he has well said, “the mystery”; that is, it worketh not openly, as the other, nor without shame. For if there was found a man before that time, he means, who was not much behind Antichrist in wickedness, what wonder, if there shall now be one?
But he did not also wish to point him out plainly: and this not from cowardice, but instructing us not to bring upon ourselves unnecessary enmities, when there is nothing to call for it. So indeed he also says here. “Only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way,” that is, when the Roman empire is taken out of the way, then he shall come. And naturally. For as long as the fear of this empire lasts, no one will willingly exalt himself, but when that is dissolved, he will attack the anarchy, and endeavor to seize upon the government both of man and of God. For as the kingdoms before this were destroyed, for example, that of the Medes by the Babylonians, that of the Babylonians by the Persians, that of the Persians by the Macedonians, that of the Macedonians by the Romans: so will this also be by the Antichrist, and he by Christ, and it will no longer withhold. And these things Daniel delivered to us with great clearness.
“And then,” he says, “shall be revealed the lawless one.” And what after this? The consolation is at hand. “Whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of His mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of His coming, even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan.”
For as fire merely coming on even before its arrival makes torpid and consumes the little animals that are afar off; so also Christ, by His commandment only, and Coming. It is enough for Him to be present, and all these things are destroyed. He will put a stop to the deceit, by only appearing. Then who is this, whose coming is after the working of Satan, “With all display all power,” but nothing true, but for deceit. “And lying wonder,” he says, that is, false, or leading to falsehood.34
Rome is full of “signs and lying wonders”.
In 1916, three Portuguese children were herding sheep when an angel appeared to them on multiple occasions at Cova da Iria (“Irene’s Cove”) just outside of Fátima. Lucia dos Santos was 9 and her cousin Francisco Marto was 8. Francisco’s sister, Jacinta Marto, was 6. The angel taught them how to pray1722 and “sacrifice” on behalf of sinners.1723
On May 13, 1917, Lúcia described seeing a lady “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun”. While they had never spoken to anyone about the angel, Jacinta divulged her sightings to her family despite Lucia’s admonition to keep this experience private. Her disbelieving mother told neighbors as a joke, and within a day the whole village knew. Further appearances were reported on June 13 and July 13. In these, the lady asked the children to do penance and Acts of Reparation and make personal sacrifices to save sinners. According to Lúcia’s account, the lady also confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fátima.
The children subsequently wore tight cords around their waists, performed self-flagellation using stinging nettles, abstained from drinking water on hot days, and performed other works of penance.~ Wikipedia1724
Despite their claims, they were ridiculed by some and the apparition they saw promised to give them powerful prophecies on the 13th of the month, in October of 1917.
Between May and October of 1917, always on the 13th of the month, the children received three secrets. Lucia eventually disclosed them from the Convent where she became a nun. Francisco and Jacinta died just a few short years later in the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-20.
It is important to note that October 13th 1307 is established by the Luciferian Elite as the day Pope Clement V collaborated with France’s King Philip IV and suppressed the Vatican Treasury guardians—the Knights Templar.1725
Sister Lucia wrote her account much later in life under orders from the Bishop of Leiria. In 1940, she sent her recollection to Pope Pius XII.
Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal4.
The first part is the vision of hell5.
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant.
How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.
We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart6.” ~ Fátima In Lucia’s Own Words: Sister Lucia’s Memoirs1726
The second secret stated that a very important country would stand in the balance between “good” and “evil”: Russia.
The war7[World War II] is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius Xl8. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign 9 given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
“To prevent this, I shall come10 to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me11, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world12.” ~ Sister Lucia’s Memoirs1727
When Sister Lucia released her memoirs, Papal authority had passed from Pius XI to Pius XII.
May 13th is celebrated as the first apparition of Mary in 1917 and that was the day the Jesuits made an attempt on the life of John Paul II. He survived after having been shot 4 times and accounted it as a miracle from Our Lady of Fátima.
After the assassination attempt of 13 May 1981, it appeared evident that it was “a mother’s hand that guided the bullet’s path”, enabling “the Pope in his throes” to halt “at the threshold of death” (Pope John Paul II, Meditation from the Policlinico Gemelli to the Italian Bishops, Insegnamenti, XVII, 1 , 1061). On the occasion of a visit to Rome by the then Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, the Pope decided to give him the bullet which had remained in the jeep after the assassination attempt, so that it might be kept in the shrine. By the Bishop’s decision, the bullet was later set in the crown of the statue of Our Lady of Fátima. ~ Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary Of State1728
Catholics everywhere awaited with great anticipation for the third secret.
After the nearly-successful attempt on John Paul II’s life (a Pole named Karol Józef Wojtyła), there were 3 more1729. It was then that the secret was finally released.
The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fátima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God. ~ Sister Lucia’s Memoirs1730
The future Benedict XVI (then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) was chosen to give the Doctrinal Response. Even he seemed unenthused.
A careful reading of the text of the so-called third “secret” of Fátima, published here in its entirety long after the fact and by decision of the Holy Father, will probably prove disappointing or surprising after all the speculation it has stirred. No great mystery is revealed; nor is the future unveiled.1731
But what was noteworthy is that witnesses claim something did show up on October 13th, 1917. From some accounts, it didn’t look like Mary.
“Miracle of the Sun”
On the 610th anniversaryddd of the Templar suppression, Mary appeared to three children as well as anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 Portuguese, depending upon which report you believe.
It had been raining but, as the miracle goes, the rain suddenly stopped and there were two visions—one of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesuseee, seen only by the 3 children of whom only 1 survived into adulthood.
The rest of the people there saw a UFO.
While the rain had stopped, dark clouds continued to obscure the sun, which suddenly bursts through them and is seen to be a soft spinning disk of silver. …
O Seculo (a pro-government, anti-clerical, Lisbon paper):
— the sun O Dia (another Lisbon daily, edition of 17 October 1917):
At one o’clock in the afternoon, midday by the sun, the rain stopped. The sky, pearly grey in colour, illuminated the vast arid landscape with a strange light. The sun had a transparent gauzy veil so that the eyes could easily be fixed upon it. The grey mother-of-pearl tone turned into a sheet of silver which broke up as the clouds were torn apart and the silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds. …
The light turned a beautiful blue, as if it had come through the stained-glass windows of a cathedral, and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands. The blue faded slowly, and then the light seemed to pass through yellow glass. Yellow stains fell against white handkerchiefs, against the dark skirts of the women. They were repeated on the trees, on the stones and on the serra. …
Ti Marto (father of Jacinta and Francisco):
We looked easily at the sun, which for some reason did not blind us. It seemed to flicker on and off, first one way, then another. It cast its rays in many directions and painted everything in different colors—the trees, the people, the air and the ground. But what was most extraordinary, I thought, was that the sun did not hurt our eyes. Everything was still and quiet, and everyone was looking up. Then at a certain moment, the sun appeared to stop spinning. It then began to move and to dance in the sky until it seemed to detach itself from its place and fall upon us. It was a terrible moment.
Dr. Almeida Garrett, PhD (Coimbra University):
…The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a, heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl. Then, suddenly, one heard a clamor, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible. ~ Apparition of 13 October 1917, EWTN1732
Christian author and researcher L.A. Marzulli has suggested that this was an introduction to the “coming great deception”1733 (an “alien disclosure”) and we will see shortly that, if the aliens have an official religion it is Roman Catholicism.
But there has been another purpose exposed for the Fátima apparition and that has been for the Pope to extend the olive branch of “peace” to the Religion of Pieces.
The Blue Army
Did you know that Our Lady of Fátima has an army? —A blue army.
The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima, now mostly known as the World Apostolate of Fátima, is a public international association of the Christian faithful that has as its general purpose “the promotion of the authentic teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and the strict adherence to the tenets of the Gospel; the personal sanctification of adherents through faithful adherence to the Message of Fátima and the promotion of the common good by the spreading of that Message of Fátima”. ~ Wikipedia1734
—And they’re recruiting muslims.
Islam is an Arabic word that can be defined as “to make peace.” … over the centuries, Muslims have engaged in tremendous wars with Christians and Jews. It would seem that there is little hope for peace. However, Heaven’s Peace Plan, involving Our Lady, is evidenced at Fatima, Portugal as well as other places around the world.
The Moors once occupied Portugal. The village of Fatima was given the Islamic name of the well-loved Princess of the nearby Castle of Ourem. She died at an early age after marrying the Count of Ourem and converting to Catholicism. Baptized with the Christian name of Oureana, she was named at birth “Fatima,” like many other Moslem girls, in honor of the daughter of Mohammed. Of his daughter, Fatima, the founder of Islam, Mohammed, said: “She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary.”
It is a fact that Moslems from various nations, especially from the Middle East, make so many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Fatima’s Shrine in Portugal that Portuguese officials have expressed concern. The combination of an Islamic name and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems. God is writing straight with crooked lines, as we will see. Fatima is a part of Heaven’s Peace Plan. It is hope for the world.
In the Koran, the holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is mentioned no less than thirty times. No other woman’s name is even mentioned, not even that of Mohammed’s daughter, Fatima. Among men, only Abraham, Moses, and Noah are mentioned more times than Our Lady. In the Koran, Our Blessed Mother is described as “Virgin, ever Virgin.” The Islamic belief in the virginity of Mary puts to shame the heretical beliefs of those who call themselves Christian, while denying the perpetual virginity of Mary. Make no mistake about it, there is a very special relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Moslems! ~ Fr Ladis J. Cizik, Blue Army National Executive Director1735
There are many questions surrounding the apparition at Fátima. Why would it choose a location so easily identified by muslims?
Is the apparition of Fátima a cunningly-divined hoax for the political power of uniting Catholicism with Islam?
* Only the children saw “Mary”, even during the October event in 1917. Two of them died shortly thereafter and the third was controlled from a convent. She even admits she was directed to reveal what she saw by Catholic authorities.
It is a terrible thing to be so close to Christ in the Catholic religion yet barred from accepting Him as Savior.
All the more can we therefore feel the emotion with which He reaches out to all Catholics—
And I heard another Voice from Heaven saying, “Come out of her, My People, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to Heaven, and God has remembered her wicked deeds36. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.” ~ Revelation 18:4-6
- By “coincidence” this is also the nickname of the Central Intelligence Agency; an organization of unspeakable crimes founded by a Wall Street / Dupont dynasty lawyer, Knight of Malta and St. Sylvester: William Donovan.
- Google also erases the “Black Nobility” names of Farnese, Medici, Orsini, Colonna, Borgia and Aldobrandini and replaces them with middle-men like Rothschild and Rockefeller.
- The name actually mocks the Company. “Jesuita” derives from Romance languages like Spanish and Italian and means, “Are you Jesus-like?”
- “There’s no need to stand against evil because you’re going to be whisked away before the future Tribulation takes place.”
- “David Nikao” defends Jesuit cosmology but also properly decodes the Revelation timeline; truth mixed with lies, as always.
- “Prophecy and God’s Plan are broken into sections (‘dispensations’) and are not continuous.”
- The best example is “God dealing with ‘the Jews’, then ‘the Church’, then back to ‘the Jews’.”
- What we today call “Israel” is a fabrication of the Luciferian Elite, designed to give cover for the Great Whore of Babylon.
- “Prophecy is ‘yet future’ where the Antichrist (who we have no idea is) will make a covenant with ‘Israel’ then break it halfway through.”
- “Futurism” was concocted by Jesuit Francisco Ribera.
- I consider Walter a dear friend and his “criminal Anti-Semitism” is some of the purest and sound teaching in contemporary Christendom.
- Jesus Christ calls Himself the “Morning Star” in Revelation 22 but this article notes some interesting differences, particularly in language.
- Ancient Craft Masonry in Vermont, Lee Stephen Tillotson, Capital City Press (1920), p. 48
- Here’s a good article from “Got Questions” proving the contrary.
- The Greek αἰωνίου (aiōniou): “eternal”.
- Interesting to note that the location of this mythological terror, Belgium, is a small country that manages to be even more Catholic than its neighbor, France.
- I have capitalized anything unique; “Day of Christ”, “Man of Sin” (a title), “Son of Perdition” (a title), etc.
- Secret History: The erased clues that prove who rules the world from behind the curtain. Johnny Cirucci, CreateSpace (24 November 2016), pp. 152, 154-158
- Romanism And The Reformation: From The Standpoint Of Prophecy, H. Grattan Guinness, F.R.G.S., S. R. Briggs, Corner Of Yonge And Temperance Streets, Toronto (1887), pp. 90-93
- The Crucifix revels in and commemorates the most painful moments of Jesus’ first mission.
- —Satanically so!
- Modern translations erroneously capitalize “he” by interpretation only. Older translations such as the King James or Young’s Literal do not, however neither does the King James capitalize the pronoun in Daniel 9 as it should be.
- Young’s Literal capitalizes this, as it should be, a title.
- Capitalized, singular, only one “Truth”!
- If you’re as educated as Mr. Rochford (who doesn’t even have his Masters, yet), then you automatically know who “Thomas” is. I found the quote in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary with no mention of poor “Thomas”.
- Illuminati Unmasked: Everything you need to know about the “New World Order” and how we will beat it. Johnny Cirucci, CreateSpace (27 January 2015), pp. 185-186
- There’s only one “Holy Mountain”.
- Capitalized in many translations due to the grammar, not proper interpretation.
- Although there were two different Temples it is a unique structure and only one existed at a time.
- I chose to keep “disciples” lower-case because, although it is unique to be a disciple of Christ, the lower-case emphasizes that anyone can do it!
- Only one “Law”.
- God’s Grace is unique!
- The Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 03, Latin Christianity—Its Founder, Tertullian, Philip Schaff (1885), reprinted by Christian Classics Ethereal Library, pp. 1255-1256
- John Chrysostom’s Homily IV on II Thessalonians 2:6-9
- Illuminati Unmasked: Everything you need to know about the “New World Order” and how we will beat it. Johnny Cirucci, CreateSpace (27 January 2015), pp. 662-669
- No-one says “iniquities” anymore.