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Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ

The word “antichrist” is found only in the letters of John in the Bible, specifially first and second John.

1 John 2:18  ¶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 2:22  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 4:3  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.
2 John 1:7  ¶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.

The name “Christ” is a title, not the surname of Jesus. The word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.” Does Satan want to have that title? The Bible teaches that Satan wants to take the place of Christ in our hearts. The Devil wants the worship that is due Jesus to be given to him! Therefore a person who pretends to BE Christ is “antichrist” according to the sense of the meaning of the word in the letters of John!

Most people today think of the prefix “anti-” as meaning “against,” but in context of antichrist it actually means “in place of.” Early Christians understood this word to not mean someone who sought to destroy Christ but someone who sought to set himself up in the place of Christ!

When the Pope calls himself the “Vicar of Christ”, he is literally calling HIMSELF Antichrist! The word “vicar” comes from Middle English, from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicārius, vicarious, a substitute!

When we speak of the Antichrist as most people understand him today, it’s actually more correct to say the “final Antichrist” for all Popes are technically antichrist.

Anti is one of many words in the KJV that has changed in meaning to what most people understand it to mean today. Among the etymology of the word is the meaning of “instead of”. Look up the word “antipope” for it has that very meaning! An antipope was not against Popes but a person who claimed to be Pope while another Pope was reigning.
an·ti·pope

\ˈan-ti-ˌpōp\

noun

: one elected or claiming to be pope in opposition to thepope canonically chosen

Origin: Middle English antepope, from Middle Frenchantipape, from Medieval Latin antipapa, from anti- +papa pope.
First use: 15th century

I recently had a debate with a young man about the meaning of the word “anrichrist” and he conceded I had a point when I brought up the meaning of “antipope”. Wow! This is perhaps one of the first intellectual arguments I ever won! :-)

Pope pius x

The Dec. 23, 2013 edition of Time Magazine referred to Pope Francis position as “the most exalted throne in the world.” Isn’t that the very position that Satan himself seeks? Doesn’t he want to rule the world?

Isaiah 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Doesn’t Satan want the very Son of God, Jesus to worship him?

Matthew 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Doesn’t Satan want to have the title “Christ”? This is the true meaning of Antichrist, a person who claims to BE Christ! Christians hold the true Christ to be Jesus of Nazareth. Satan’s people are seeking to promote their version of Christ who is not the Jesus of the Gospels, not the Christ of the New Testament, but their own version of Christ based on Gnosticism and paganism, the Devil incarnate.

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The true meaning of the word "antichrist" — 11 Comments

  1. “The Pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, he is Jesus Christ Himself, under the veil of flesh.”

    Attributed to Pope Pius X, but the quotation is from where?

    The quote is listed on http://www.the-bible-antichrist.com/antichrist-speaks.html with MANY other quotes that confirm the Pope thinks he is God!

    Are you sure it didn’t originate as a spoof on his words about the Eucharist? “under the veil of bread and wine”.

    Nope

    http://www.ewtn.com/library/catechsm/piusxcat.htm#Sacraments

    Here are what his catechism actually did and does teach about the Pope:

    50 Q. Who is the Pope?
    A. The Pope, who is also called the Sovereign Pontiff, or the Roman Pontiff, is the Successor of St. Peter in the See of Rome, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, and the visible Head of the Church.

    The Apostle Peter never ever visited Rome! To say he did is to rewrite history!

    51 Q. Why is the Roman Pontiff the Successor of St. Peter?
    A. The Roman Pontiff is the Successor of St. Peter because St. Peter united in his own person the dignity of Bishop of Rome and that of Head of the Church; by divine disposition he established his Seat at Rome, and there died; hence, whosoever is elected Bishop of Rome is also heir to all his authority.

    This is a trick for Rome to get all the power! The Russians and the Greeks didn’t fall for it, and that is why they forsook the Bishop of Rome 1000 years ago.

    52 Q. Why is the Roman Pontiff the Vicar of Jesus Christ?
    A. The Roman Pontiff is the Vicar of Jesus Christ because He represents Him on earth and acts in His stead in the government of the Church.

    “Vicar” is another word for substitute. For the Pope to claim he is Jesus Christ on earth is blasphemy and shows he is an antichrist!

    That’s all the falsehoods I will let you post on my blog.

  2. Dear James

    Ask u, First Jesus will coming soon the earth then Second Anti Christ will coming soon in Israel so AC will punish Jewish in Israel only. others courtiers.. I read the Bible verse 1 Thess 4:16-17

  3. Saint Peter never been to Rome, because he was sent to preach Gospel to Jews, Paul was sent to Rome. Catholic church from beginning standing on false teaching.

  4. I totally agree with your assessment, James! It’s so easy to understand, so simple!
    We have a few articles coming out on the American Church, how it’s part of the world religious system and not necessarily of God which will soon be referenced from our front page onsite.
    We classify Christianity along with Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. as world an entity of the world religious system — specifically because it has been totally compromised for more than 1500 years!
    anyway, before I get long-winded, let me just say I’m very happy with what I read on this post!
    In our community work, we specify that we do not discriminate against either Protestants or Catholics, but treat each the same.
    As for some of Dad’s ideas not quite lining up with Scripture and other realities on the ground, I get the verse: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)
    I thank God for that wonderful ol’ crazy prophet for the quality of spiritual training and biblical understanding I received under his leadership! No doubt he’s learning new things in heaven!
    As for guys like you and me, well, we have to keep digging and separating and trying to make heads and tails of everything we’re about until the day we, too, pass on! It’s very commendable when we can let go of those doctrines and shibboleths we once cherished and replace them with things that more closely approach the truth.
    God bless!

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