This Diabolical Man is Identified in the Scriptures and It is Important That We Know About Him
The Hebrew prophets accurately predicted the last day events. But their most chilling prophecies concern the Antichrist.
War In Heaven
Right from the beginning, our world has been in the middle of a battle between good and evil. The archangel known as Lucifer, served God with Michael and Gabriel. But then he rebelled and... "There was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon... And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." --Revelation 12:7-9 NASB
Satan is "the god of this world." He deceives and corrupts. And as the end approaches... "Terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time." --Revelation 12:12b NLT
It is important to understand that what's coming in the future for the world is fundamentally based upon the war between God and Satan. We just happen to be the battleground where that war is being fought. Satan wants to deceive and corrupt as many people on earth as he can so that he can flaunt all of this in God's face. And part of Satan's plan is to bring his kingdom and bring his hand picked beast to take control of the world.
The Fierce Beast
In Daniel 7, the prophet received a vision of several beasts. The last one worried him: "There before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left." Daniel 7:7 NIV
Now an angel interpreted this vision for Daniel. He said: "'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom.'" Daniel 7:23-24a NIV
We know that Daniel's prophecies are very accurate because so many of them have come to pass. He accurately predicted several future empires: Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. But the angel revealed that this final empire was different from the others. I believe that is because it was both an empire and also a religious system. Let's take a deeper look at how this fierce beast handed itself over the next 1800 years.
In AD 313, Roman Emperor Constantine declared himself the head of a hierarchical state-church. By doing that he was recognized a Christianized version of a truly pagan religion (that goes back to Babylon). This hybrid religious organism would become known as the Roman Catholic Church. This was to become the fierce beast which was to be different than Daniel's other kingdoms. And this kingdom was to rise out of the Roman Empire and be the beginning of the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy.
Right from the beginning, the Roman church waged war against all true Christians. To this church/state, only two groups exist: Catholics and everyone else. Anyone not embracing the Roman church was considered a heretic worthy of destruction. It was this belief that was at the core of its . actions and which spawned what we now think of as the Dark Ages,
During this time, popes and
priests systematically slaughtered millions through its inquisitions and
persecutions. When a truly satanic organization embarks upon a quest to
stamp out witches and warlords the results are truly horrific. Just a look
at the sadistic instruments of torture that these men invented absolutely
boggles one's mind, as does the estimated total victim count of 150 million!
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Fortunately, the Protestant Reformation slowed down this Roman juggernaut of terror, but it didn't end the wickedness, it just managed to send it underground. Many monasteries and nunneries that were able to stay out of the eyes of the public often hid underground torture chambers that remained filled with dead and dying victims along with myriads of baby skeletons. (The babies were from the nuns who were forced to service the priests; once they gave birth, the babies were asphyxiated by the mother superior).
The Secret Order of the Jesuits
In 1540, as an answer to the Protestant Reformation, the Roman church founded the Jesuit Order, as an army of assassins. In the beginning they were tasked with bringing the Protestants back into the fold, using whatever methods necessary (including murder). Jesuits usually don't wear robes and they are trained to be subversive in all sorts of trades. They can be highly educated lawyers, politicians, and businessmen who are to work their way up into positions of power in every organization that is not Catholic. To the world their deadly agenda is invisible, but these saboteurs are able to identify themselves to one another through elaborate secret hand signs and code words.
The Jesuit oath demands
their operatives obey any wicked order which might engage the perceived
enemies of the church in political intrigues, spying, assassinations and
even the fomenting revolutions. They'll perform any plot against any
individual or non Catholic group including all Protestants, Jews pagans and
Throughout their history, the Jesuits have assassinated many kings and presidents (including a few popes who crossed them). They have helped to foment many revolutionaries and wars (including the devastating 30 year's war in Europe). Abraham Lincoln believed they instigated the American Civil War by tricking the South into attacking the North with the promises of Vatican gold and support. Lincoln said: "This war would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits."
Joseph Stalin was trained for seven years in a Jesuit school in Tiflis where he was the star pupil. After his graduation he was instructed to infiltrate the Bolshevik revolutionary movement where he maneuvered and deceived his way up through the ranks. Stalin was arrested several times and sent to Siberia, only to freed because of the power and connections of his Jesuit handlers. Eventually he assassinated Lenin and took over complete control of Russia. He killed millions of his own people and also ordered all the Eastern Orthodox churches to be taken away and given to the Roman Catholics.
The Jesuits also orchestrated Adolph Hitler's rise from their earliest clashes with authority, even and writing his so called memoir Mein Kampf. Because they were so skilled at creating revolutions, Hitler listened and rose to power against the Weimar Republic. Later the Fuhrer admitted "I learned much from the Order of the Jesuits..." The organization of the Nazi S.S. was also patterned after the Jesuit Order by Heinrich Himmler (who was himself also a Jesuit).
Today, as the fierce beast of Daniel, the Roman Catholic Church has amassed immense wealth, property, and political influence. With 1.2 billion followers and its hidden army of ruthless operatives, the Vatican is uniquely positioned to steal the reins of a world government.
Ten Nation Confederacy
Now there is a going to a modern day version of Daniel's fierce beast which will rise from the dead. This ten nation confederacy will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. This kingdom will start within Europe, but its conquests will extend worldwide to many other countries.
The Book of Revelation
gives us more information about this kingdom: "I saw a beast coming out of
the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and
on each head a blasphemous name... The dragon gave the beast his power and
his throne and great authority." --Revelation 13:1-2
In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Union. This is likely the foundation of the renewed Roman Empire. Now this confederacy of kings arises from the people, but the real power comes from the devil himself. The confederacy has a throne and great authority but it will take a turn to the dark side.
John tells us: "The ten
horns you saw are ten kings...who for one hour will receive authority as
kings along with the beast. They...will give their power and authority to
the beast." --Revelation 17:12-13 NIV
The confederacy will only rule for a short time, symbolically called "one hour." This will be seven years, divided into two three-and-a-half year periods. The prophets call this period the Tribulation. The man of sin rises out of this confederacy and he's the pivotal figure at the time of the end of time. The Hebrews call him the beast, the little horn, the man of sin, the lawless one, the false prophet, the son of perdition, the fierce beast. But his most terrifying name -- especially for Christians -- is The Antichrist.
Who Is The Antichrist?
Today some claim it is impossible to identify the Antichrist before he reveals himself. Don't believe that. We can know who he is in advance with a high degree of certainty. The prophets have given us enough clues to ID him.
He'll have a religious background, and be considered as a man of peace. He'll likely be a homosexual. He comes riding on a white horse, representing both religion and peace so he'll be an excellent negotiator. He'll hate the true people of God. He'll ruthlessly persecute both Christians and Jews, torturing and slaughtering them whenever possible. This alone is a major clue to his identify.
Because of their contact with and knowledge of the teachings of the pope, many of the greatest Protestant leaders in the past have identified the pope as the Antichrist. Martin Luther said: "We here are of the conviction that 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."
Reformers John Wycliffe, Zwingli, John Calvin, and John Knox all saw the papacy being the seat of the Antichrist. Throughout church history Galileo, John Wesley, Roger Williams, Jonathan Edwards, George Fox, Charles Spurgeon, Cotton Mather, Charles Finney, D.L. Moody, and Charles Hodge all identified the pope as the Antichrist.
With the evil history of the Roman Catholic Church and her many persecutions of true believers, this conclusion is inevitable. No other organization has ever been more antichristian and done more harm to the people of God than the Roman church. With its heretical doctrines and evil deeds, it's hard to come to any other conclusion.
(aka Pope Francis)
But what of the current Pope, Jorge Bergoglio—also known as Pope Francis. If you've watched him in the news, he seems a soft spoken, kindly old man. He kisses babies, plays around with children and common people identify with him. He doesn't fit the image most would expect from the Antichrist. But remember, evil prefers to dress up in sheep's clothing.
Bergoglio is a Roman as both his parents are full-blooded Italians. He served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and he is the first Jesuit pope. He is a well trained subversive, indoctrinated in the Jesuit philosophy that the end justifies the means. When taking his vows, a knife was held to his head; he swore allegiance to the Black Pope--the Jesuit Superior General--along with the Roman Pontiff. In his vows, he renounced all ties with his family, loved ones, and his country.
Pope or not, Jorge Bergoglio is likely a criminal of the worst kind. He's currently being indicted by the International Common Law Court of Justice for Crimes against Humanity and involvement in both child sacrifices and trafficking children through a global criminal network based in Rome. There are eye witnesses of his crimes.
At his first worldwide broadcast of a mass, Pope Francis brazenly had the cantor acknowledge worship for Lucifer, and also declared Christ is Lucifer's son. So the Antichrist is hiding in plain sight. He wears white to hide and flaunt an evil nature which few can see. The Pope IS the Antichrist.
Now some have suggested others, especially a man like Barack Obama could be the Antichrist. But it is doubtful the American President has such an evil pedigree. Obama is highly unlikely to rise to this position of power. If Pope Francis isn't the Antichrist, the odds overwhelmingly favor a future pope being the man of sin.
The Nature Of Evil
Satan's war with God is being fought in the
spiritual realm. He and his minions have devised clever deceptions to
distract us from what's coming with enticing entertainment designed to drug
us into a stupor. Many ordinary people can't imagine that they're lifestyles
and forms of idolatry could be preparing them to accept the Antichrist once
he is revealed.
When he takes power, the beast will unleash pure terror. The light of righteousness is already flickering; wickedness is breathing down our necks. Already lurid decapitations assault us on prime time TV, but other even more vile atrocities are carefully hidden away. Evil never reveals itself all at once.
The Mark of The
The Beast will unleash a cashless system. He: "...
causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free
men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their
forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except
the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his
name." --Revelation 13:16-17 NASB
While this could be biometric technology implanted under the skin, the mark sounds more like a membership tattoo which must be prominently displayed on your body in order to buy and sell. The prophet John tells us: "Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six." --Revelation 13:18
The mark is a clue to be deciphered. Wise men will calculate the numerical value of the Antichrist's name which will likely total three sixes.
"If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, ... he will be tormented with fire and brimstone..." --Revelation 14:9-10
Taking the mark will be an act of worship offered to the Antichrist. When ordered to take the mark, it would be better to starve than to be thrown into hell.
How will the most evil man in human history be sold
to the public? He'll likely be unassuming on the surface, he'll have a
smooth demeanor, a sense of humor and a charismatic personality. With an
infectious smile and promises of world peace, he'll galvanize the world's
support, neutralizing the psyche of those who have nothing else to believe
Many Protestant false prophets will be fooled and seduced by him. He'll seem to be a man of religious principle, but he'll speak fresh and convincing lies. Nothing he says can be trusted.
Underneath his peaceful facade is pure evil. He'll be a true psychopath without a sliver of conscience. He'll have participated in satanic rituals and be complicit in dark crimes that would make your skin crawl. Possessed by the devil himself, he'll perform miraculous signs at his coming out party at the middle of the Tribulation. That's when he'll demand and receive absolute worship for himself and his Abominable image in the temple.
This man is surely alive, right now. He's orchestrating his rise to power. Through careful behind-the-scenes maneuvering, he'll amass the world's largest and most powerful empire. Once he's at the pinnacle of power it will be too late to stop him. His agenda includes ordering the deaths of billions. Christians and Jews will be savagely persecuted, tortured and exterminated.
Realizing how easy this man will fool and seduce the world, it is essential that you prepare your heart and mind to spot this villain. The prophets clearly state that only the spiritually wise will recognize him. Those who are wicked, as well as the naive, will simply be fooled.
The Normalcy Bias
The Normalcy Bias is a psychological state people
enter into when faced with a slow but impending crisis that could shatter
their lives. We tell ourselves that since nothing like this has ever
happened, that it never will happen. This state of mind causes people to
ignore the reality of approaching disasters, underestimating and minimizing
the risks until it is too late.
Before the Nazis took power, there were half a million Jews in Germany. When anti-Semitic persecution began, only 100,000 Jews fled. For the rest, the Normalcy Bias kicked in and they assumed the situation couldn't get any worse. But they were wrong.
This same psychological response also happened in the days before the flood. Even though Noah continually preached that the world would be destroyed if it didn't repent, no one grasped the seriousness of their situation.
Jesus said "...before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage... they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away." --Matthew 24: 37-39
The same thing also happened in Sodom. Jesus said they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building, "...but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone... and destroyed them all." Luke 17:28-29
Jesus then predicted: "It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed." Luke 17:30
The Normalcy Bias will impact mankind at the end of the age before the Lord returns.
This means that if you want to save yourself from destruction, you must eliminate your spiritual blindness. If you refuse to open your eyes, you will be fooled. You won't comprehend what's coming until its too late.
"Oh, how deaf and blind you are toward me! Why won't you listen? Why do you refuse to see?" --Isaiah 42:18
Mankind is deaf and blind towards God. We refuse to hear and to see what He's trying to tell us. If you want to be saved from the judgment that awaits you, you need to listen to Him. What you need most is a change of your opinion about the nature of sin.
The only hope we have against the trauma that's coming, is through repentance and turning to the One who alone offers eternal life: and that is Jesus Christ. If you don't know for certain that you are a believer, I would encourage you to take a look at our article and video on How to Become A Christian.