Scripture tells us the end-time Antichrist will rise out of the Papacy of Rome. He will gather many and halfway through his term, will turn.
[Thorns like a lamb, but a mouth that spoke like the dragon. All agree that this must be some great impostor, who, under a pretence of religion, shall deceive the souls of men, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. The papists would have it to be Apollonius Tyranæus; but Dr. More has rejected that opinion, and fixes it upon the ecclesiastical powers of the papacy. The pope shows the horns of a lamb, pretends to be the vicar of Christ upon earth, and so to be vested with his power and authority; but his speech betrays him, for he gives forth those false doctrines and cruel decrees which show him to belong to the dragon, and not to the Lamb.]
[By this apostasy we are not to understand a defection in the state, or from civil government, but in spiritual or religious matters, from sound doctrine, instituted worship and church government, and a holy life. The apostle speaks of some very great apostasy, not only of some converted Jews or Gentiles, but such as should be very general, though gradual, and should give occasion to the revelation of rise of antichrist, that man of sin.
A revelation of that man of sin, that is (v. 3), antichrist would take his rise from this general apostasy. The apostle afterwards speaks of the revelation of that wicked one (v. 8), intimating the discovery which should be made of his wickedness, in order to his ruin: here he seems to speak of his rise, which should be occasioned by the general apostasy he had mentioned, and to intimate that all sorts of false doctrines and corruptions should centre in him. Great disputes have been as to who or what is intended by this man of sin and son of perdition: and, if it be not certain that the papal power and tyranny are principally or only intended, yet this is plain, What is here said does very exactly agree thereto. For observe,1. The names of this person, or rather the state and power here spoken of. He is called the man of sin, to denote his egregious wickedness; not only is he addicted to, and practises, wickedness himself, but he also promotes, countenances, and commands sin and wickedness in others; and he is the son of perdition, because he himself is devoted to certain destruction, and is the instrument of destroying many others both in soul and body. These names may properly be applied, for these reasons, to the papal state; and thereto agree also, 2. The characters here given, v. 4. (1.) That he opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or is worshipped; and thus have the bishops of Rome not only opposed God’s authority, and that of the civil magistrates, who are called gods, but have exalted themselves above God and earthly governors, in demanding greater regard to their commands than to the commands of God or the magistrate. (2.) As God, he sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. As God was in the temple of old, and worshipped there, and is in and with his church now, so the antichrist here mentioned is some usurper of God’s authority in the Christian church, who claims divine honours; and to whom can this better apply than to the bishops of Rome, to whom the most blasphemous titles have been given, as Dominus Deus noster papa—Our Lord God the pope; Deus alter in terrâ—Another God on earth; Idem est dominium Dei et papae—The dominion of God and the pope is the same? 3. His rise is mentioned, v. 6, v. 7. Concerning this we are to observe two things:—(1.) There was something that hindered or withheld, or let, until it was taken away. This is supposed to be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not think fit to mention more plainly at that time; and it is notorious that, while this power continued, it prevented the advances of the bishops of Rome to that height of tyranny to which soon afterwards they arrived.]
Read: 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelations 9 & 17, Zechariah 14.
As for the 'mark of the beast' the word 'mark' is referenced 8 times in Revelation.
Strongs Concordance Reference g5480 in the Greek is χάραγμα charagma means: a stamp, an imprinted mark, of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the Antichrist, the mark branded upon horses.
Strong's Concordance Definisiton: χάραγμα cháragma, khar'-ag-mah; from the same as G5482; a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or scupltured figure (statue):—graven, mark.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon: a stamp, or imprinted mark, of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of followers of Antichrist. I do believe the mark will be that of the image on the right. Scripture clearly says a stamp, not an insert.
"Iranian leaders may fawn over Pope Francis in public, but privately they see the Holy See as a useful tool for achieving their global ambitions."
We know the anti-Christ will be a globalist. Such a one will seek a 'One World Order, One World Currency, and a One World Religion.'
A Vision in Prayer
Last night I had a dream. In it Pope Francis did the sign of the cross in the air with his hand toward the Dome of the Rock (that Catholics do: Father, Son, Holy Ghost), and he then took his same right hand and blew a kiss toward the Dome of the Rock.
Chapter 17- This sounds like the Antichrist spirit in Hillary.
This chapter contains another representation of those things that had been revealed before concerning the wickedness and ruin of antichrist. This antichrist had been before represented as a beast, and is now described as a great whore. And here,
I. The apostle is invited to see this vile woman (v. 1, 2).
II. He tells us what an appearance she made (v. 3-6).
III. The mystery of it is explained to him (v. 7-12). And,
IV. Her ruin foretold (v. 13, etc.).
Here we have a new vision, not as to the matter of it, for that is contemporary with what came under the three last vials; but as to the manner of description, etc. Observe,
1. The invitation given to the apostle to take a view of what was here to be represented: Come hither, and I will show thee the judgment of the great whore,etc., v. 1. This is a name of great infamy. A whore [in this passage] is one that is married, and has been false to her husband's bed, has forsaken the guide of her youth, and broken the covenant of God. She had been a prostitute to the kings of the earth, whom she had intoxicated with the wine of her fornication.
2. The appearance she made: it was gay and gaudy, like such sort of creatures: She was arrayed in purple, and scarlet colour, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls, v. 4. Here were all the allurements of worldly honour and riches, pomp and pride, suited to sensual and worldly minds.
3. Her principal seat and residence-upon the beast that had seven heads and ten horns; that is to say, Rome, the city on seven hills, infamous for idolatry, tyranny, and blasphemy.
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. 1 John 2:8
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
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
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. 2 John 1:7
Every one of these Scriptures references the same. The sway of imperial Rome.
Strongs Concordance Reference g500 in the Greek is ἀντίχριστος antichristos means: the adversary of the Messiah.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon:
For Paul teaches that the Antichrist will be an individual man, of the very worst character, instigated by the devil to try and palm himself off as God. The author of the Apocolypse discovers the power of the Antichrist in the sway of imperial Rome.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 13, the word is found 15 times.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 14, the word is found 2 times.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 15, the word is found 1 time.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 16, the word is found 3 times.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 17, the word is found 6 times.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 19, the word is found 3 times.
The word 'beast' is found in the book of Revelation 20, the word is found 2 times.
32 times it is mentioned and every time, it has the same meaning.
Strongs Concordance Reference is g2342 in the Greek θηρίον thērion means an animal, wild animal beast, savage,brutal, ferocious.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon: under figurative of a 'beast' is depicted Antichrist, both his person and his kingdom and his power.
This person is to be wounded to death and healed; some scholars believe the wound will be to the head.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13:3
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation 13:15
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Revelation 14:9-1
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10
Meetings occurring at the UN already for this digital ID. The Lord has been showing me Rouhani controls the UN, more than we are aware.
A few years ago, in prayer, I saw suicide bombing at the Vatican.
I saw the inside of it. When I Googled the interior; it's exactly what I saw. I then saw in prayer, the Grim Reaper standing next to Pope Francis and then saw (ike you see in some Churches- the candle snuffers) I saw a very large candle snuffer snuff out a very large candle enclosed in glass. I sensed it was the Pope.
Revelation Chapter 13
We have, in this chapter, a further discovery and description of the church's enemies: not other enemies than are mentioned before, but described after another manner, that the methods of their enmity may more fully appear. They are represented as two beasts; the first you have an account of (v. 1-10) the second (v. 11, etc.). By the first some understand Rome pagan, and by the second Rome papal; but others understand Rome papal to be represented by both these beasts, by the first in its secular power, by the second in its ecclesiastical.
The Mark of the Beast
The Antichrist will rise out of the Papacy in Rome
Matthew Henry, a Theologian from the 16th & 17th Century.
From what I've seen, and listening to the Lord in prayer; I don't believe Pope Francis is the 'Antichrist'; I thought the next one or one thereafter- but this guy sure the heck is laying the groundwork for the rise of the Antichrist. When Pope Francis met with President Rouhani; I saw a video and a man there in he background, I believe was a Cardinal? I saw such evil in him and felt he could possibly be the Antichrist. Months later I found out he was next in line for the Papacy.
Pope Francis is also laying the groundwork towards the 'One-World Order' and 'One World-Religion' - 'Chris-Lam' and I continue to see in my spirit the connection with the Muslim Religion mixed with Catholicism and especially in light of Catholic Charities being the largest funder of refugee settlement; even though the refugees are illegal; Catholic Charities pays their legal fees rather than obeying Scripture and obeying the God Given Authority in Romans 13 in obeying man made laws and governance.