Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope: Antichrist or False Prophet? Now possibly both?

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 11:32And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

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 Council of Trent declared that 'even those priests who are living in mortal sin exercise the same function of forgiving sins as ministers of Christ', and it pronounced a curse on 'those who say that priests in mortal sin have not the power of binding and loosing'. The Church, in fact, declared in other words that the most immoral man, if a priest, holds the place of the Saviour Himself when he says: 'I absolve thee.')

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Photos of the Week

St. Peter's Basilica

The full moon is seen above the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, early Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Benedict signed a legal document, issued Monday, with some line-by-line changes to the 1996 Vatican law governing the election of a new pope. It is one of his last acts as pope before resigning Thursday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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.

United Religions Initiative
Within a few weeks of the election of Benedict XVI, the new Pope selected Levada to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body that guards against heresy in the Church. Levada became the highest ranked American prelate in Catholic history, and is now a member of the College of Cardinals – with a vote in the next Papal Conclave. Levada invited a group of URI leaders to accompany him to Rome for his March 2006 installation, and the URI delegation said that they were the first interfaith delegation ever to attend a consistory of Cardinals.
The meaning of all this is clear: the top leaders of the Catholic Church now tolerate or favor this movement, and will not act to disassociate the Church from it.

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

'The same line of proof which establishes that Christ is the promised Messiah, conversely applied, establishes that the Roman system is the predicted Apostasy. In the life of Christ we behold the CONVERSE of what Antichrist must be; and in the prophecy of the Antichrist we are shown the CONVERSE of what Christ must be and was. And when we place the Papacy between the two, and compare it with each, we find on the one hand, that it is the perfect CONVERSE of Christ as seen in His life; and on the other, that it is the perfect image of the Antichrist, as shown in the prophecy of him. WE CONCLUDE, THEREFORE, THAT IF JESUS OF NAZARETH BE THE CHRIST, THE ROMAN PAPACY IS THE ANTICHRIST.'
— 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.

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