With the newly minted title of Pope Emeritus- maybe both?
There are fairly strong arguments for both positions, but with the currently evolving situation at the Vatican, is it possible that both are true?
The antichrist will apparently be gay: The Pope Emeritus is rumored to have a live-in boyfriend.
Dan 11:33And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Dan 11:34Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
Dan 11:35And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
Dan 11:36And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Dan 11:3Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
The False Prophet will point to the Antichrist as the legitimate world leader (Rev.13-11-13)....the Popes have claimed that title for centuries. For one who claims that title to point to another who claims that title presented some philosophical and theological problems. This new situation may clear all that up.
I have believed for many years that the False Prophet would be the Pope
From the Catholic News Service-online:
Pope to gather with 200 religious leaders at interfaith prayer service
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Pope Benedict XVI comes to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington for an early-evening interfaith prayer service April 17, 2008 with Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and representatives of other religions, space will be at a premium. There will be room for only about 200 people, according to Father James Massa, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Of those, about 50 will be reserved for Catholics, he added, with the rest allotted to representatives of the non-Christian religions participating in what is expected to be a 45-minute service. Among those expected to be invited are representatives of major religious organizations that either work with the Catholic Church in areas of common interest or are in dialogue with Catholic representatives. The pope also with gather with leaders from other Christian denominations at an ecumenical prayer service at a Catholic church in New York April 18.
I also believed the leader of the EU or specifically the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy which was Javior Solana, but currently Catherine Ashton, would turn out to be the antichrist, but that is playing out rather badly. Or at least not as strongly as I once believed.
Argument for the Pope being the antichrist:
As Martin Luther grew in his appreciation of the gospel, he also grew in his recognition that the Papacy is the Antichrist. A 1954 WELS pamphlet entitled Antichrist put it this way: "It was because Luther cherished the Gospel so dearly that his faith instinctively recoiled and protested in unmistakable terms when the Pope put himself in the place of Christ and declared His work insufficient and in vain. That is the use to which Luther's faith put the prophecy of Scripture. For him the tenet that the Pope is the Antichrist was an article of faith."
Luther left no doubt where he stood concerning the Papacy when he wrote, "This teaching [of the supremacy of the pope] shows forcefully that the Pope is the very Antichrist, who has exalted himself above, and opposed himself against Christ, because he will not permit Christians to be saved without his power, which, nevertheless, is nothing, and is neither ordained nor commanded by God. This is, properly speaking, to exalt himself above all that is called God. . . . The Pope, however, prohibits this faith, saying that to be saved a person must obey him" (Smalcald Articles, II, IV, 10-12).
In the centuries after Luther's death, Lutherans accepted this confessional statement without reservation or qualification. In the 1860s, however, doubts about this confessional statement were raised within Lutheranism. They arose from the Iowa Synod, which refused to grant doctrinal status to the teaching that the Papacy is the Antichrist. They listed this teaching under the category of "open questions." The Missouri Synod took the lead, at that time, in defending the view of the Lutheran Confessions that the prophecies of Antichrist have been fulfilled in the Papacy.
also: From Ianpaisley.org/antichrist.asp
— Dr. J. A. Wylie
Go to the original site for a complete explanation.
Keep vigilant, watch closely. Some believe the throne of Peter will soon move to Jerusalem, and will still have a throne in the Vatican. See Here. The Pope Emeritus will stay in the Vatican city, while the soon coming pope may have a move in the future with the new status upgrade with Israel!
Just found this other site declaring that the New Jerusalem Initiative makes Old Jerusalm the 2nd Vatican State to be estabished.
This may all wrap up very soon!
Of interest now: Timing of the Rapture. Go here.