Who is the Antichrist?
you will not read this tract. Many of us are afraid to face truth, because
usually the truth requires us to act, and perhaps even to change our comfortable
way of life. Others will not read because of prejudice. We have become so
familiar with the ways and the mind of the world, the standards of men, that we
automatically reject that which is not popular. Yet it may be possible that a
fearful time is just ahead of all of us, when a terrible holocaust will be
unleashed upon the whole world. Can you afford to ignore facts? Shouldn’t you
at least examine the evidence? Do not be among the fearful ones who would bury
their heads in the sand. At least, read what is said before you make up your
mind. It may be that you will be saved from the greatest deception that has ever
come upon the human race.
The Bible states plainly that the Antichrist will be revealed
before Jesus returns to take His church to be with Him. It is stated so plainly
that it is very difficult to understand how some have come to believe otherwise.
2 Thess. 2:3 tells us:
"Let no man deceive you by any means for that day
shall not come except there come a falling away first and the man of sin be
It has been confidently believed by Christians for many years
that the return of Jesus is at hand. At the very door. If this is true, then
surely the Antichrist must be already revealed (if the word of God is true).
Yet, where is he? Clearly the Bible tells us that "that day" (the day
of our gathering together to Jesus) shall not come until the Antichrist first
comes and performs his marvellous deceptions in the sight of the whole world
(please read 2 Thess. 2:1-12).
Sometimes we become so set in our ways, and so sold on a
certain idea that we cannot recognize the truth, even when it comes and taps us
on the shoulder. Most of us have a preconceived idea of the Antichrist as being
a fierce, warlike, physically strong person (such as Saddam Hussein of Ghaddafi),
but is this what the Bible says? Not at all. The Bible speaks of the Antichrist
as being chiefly a person who will hurt mankind by distorting the truth of God,
thereby deceiving the whole world and leading men to lose their souls, (rather
than their physical lives) (2 Thess. 2:10-12). Even many religious people will
regard this Antichrist as a good and godly man. This is why he will have such
great power to deceive.
My sincere prayer is that this tract may be, in the hand of God, a means of
opening your eyes to the deadly deception which is even now fastening the whole
world in the grip of the Antichrist.
WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST
Who is the Antichrist? Hundreds of years ago the apostle Paul
predicted that before Jesus returned to this earth, a certain man would come who
would be the great enemy of God’s truth and of God’s people (2 Thess. 2:1-4)
This prophecy has been fulfilled! This man of sin has arrived! He
is presently living upon the earth and he is fulfilling every point of the
prophecy right before our eyes.
Who is this Antichrist? You will find strong evidence in this
tract that the POPE OF ROME is the Antichrist. Yes, the Pope of Rome, the ruler
of the Vatican and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Please look at the
evidence. Do not reject what has been said until you at least examine the facts.
Here are some marks by which we may identify the
1. His coming would be supported with "signs and
wonders (2 Thess.2:9)."
2. He would be a blasphemer who would even act as if he
were God (2 Thess. 2:4).
3. He would be admired by the whole world (Rev. 13:3).
4. He would honour a strange god (Dan.11:39).
5. He would use peace as a means of destroying many
(Dan. 8:25. See also 1 Thess. 5:3).
6. He would possess great power and authority, but not
by his own personal strength (Rev. 13:2; Dan. 8:24).
7. He would be a persecutor of true Christians (Rev.
Let us now see how all these marks are applicable to the
Pope of Rome.
1. HIS COMING SUPPORTED BY SIGNS AND
WONDERS (2 Thess. 2:9)
The Roman Catholic theologian, Malachi Martin, in his book,
"The Keys Of This Blood", tells us that before the end of this century
there will be a miraculous sign in the sky, involving the virgin Mary and the
sun, which will convince the whole world that the Pope is the rightful ruler of
this planet. This, he says, is the confident expectation of Pope John Paul II.
According to him, this was revealed to the Pope in a vision which was given to
him while he was recovering from bullet wounds in a clinic in Rome. Ever since
that day the Pope has been using all the influence he commands to prepare the
world for the day when Mary shall appear, and he will take the reins of power.
From time to time there have been reports that the virgin
Mary has appeared to various people. Sometimes, hundreds, and even thousands of
persons have claimed that they have seen her. In every case, when she has
appeared she has encouraged the people to believe in, and to practice the
customs of the Roman Catholic Church, such as praying to her (Mary) and praying
These appearances have helped to convince people that the
Roman Church is the true church, and that the Pope as head of that church, is
the rightful ruler of this planet. Naturally, the Pope is a firm believer in
Mary, and in 1987 he declared a "Marian Year", calling for 14 months
of special devotion to Mary. (See the Daily Gleaner – June 7, 1987). These
appearances and signs by "Mary are some of the signs and wonders which the
Bible prophesied would accompany the coming of the Antichrist.
Recent appearances by "Mary"
Signs and wonders supporting
the coming of the Antichrist.
a miracle in Yugoslavia
creates a furor in the Catholic Church. - Newsweek - July 20, 1987
* VISIONS OF THE VIRGIN -
* MARTYRED SAINT’S BLOOD LIQUEFIES AT MASS - The
Daily Gleaner - May 2, 1987
* VIRGIN MARY APPEARS IN TRINIDAD - The Daily Gleaner
- Oct. 10, 1991
* VIRGIN MARY ANNOUNCED THE CONVERSION OF RUSSIA IN FATIMA - The
Sunday Gleaner - Jan. 26, 1992
There have in fact been dozens of other sightings of Mary,
both recently as well as in the past. Some of the more celebrated sightings have
taken place in the following countries.
Lourdes in France Denver in the U.S.A.
Knock in Ireland Colfax in California
Hrushiw in Ukraine Fatima in Portugal
Guadalupe in Mexico Cuapa in Nicaragua
Medjugorje in Yugoslavia - Source - Time Magazine -
Dec. 30, 1991
2. HE ACTS AS IF HE WERE GOD
Roman Catholics call the Pope, "Holy Father". This
title is used in the Bible to refer to God only (John 17:11). Jesus said that we
should call no man on earth "Father"
(Matt.23:9). Below are some statements by the Roman Catholic Church concerning
the Pope which are clearly blasphemous:
"We hold upon this earth the place of God
Almighty." - Pope Leo XIII
"The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus
Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself hidden under the veil of flesh. Does
the Pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks ... so that when the Pope speaks
we have no business to examine, we have only to obey." - The Catholic
Mirror - Sept. 2, 1893
"The Pope is of so great dignity, and so exalted that
he is not a mere man, but as it were, God, and the vicar of God ... the Pope
alone is deservedly called by the name, ‘Most Holy’ because he alone is
the vicar of Christ ... he is likewise the divine monarch and supreme emperor
and king of kings ... hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king
of heaven and of earth, and of the lower regions ... he is of so great dignity
and power that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ ... The Pope is
as it were, God on earth." - Prompta Bibliotheca - by Lucius Ferraris
3. HE IS ADMIRED BY THE WHOLE WORLD
The present Pope, John Paul II has become the most well-known
and popular human being on the face of the earth.
"No other Pope – indeed no other human being – had
seen and been seen by so many people. In less than a decade he had become one
of the most recognizable faces and forces in the world." - Life
Magazine – Dec. 1989
From the very start of his career as Pope, John Paul has been
extraordinarily popular. Almost indeed as if there is a supernatural force at
work, guaranteeing success to everything that the Pope does. When he visited the
United States early in his career, he was the first Pope in history to ever do
so. Time magazine paid him the highest tribute by featuring him on the cover of
the magazine under the caption: "John Paul, Superstar." We need to
remember, of course, that a theatrical production entitled, "Jesus Christ,
Superstar," was very popular at that time. By using the same title to refer
to the Pope, Time magazine was suggesting that the Pope could be compared with
Below, is a list of all the countries which John Paul visited
during the first eight years of his career. It gives us an indication of just
how popular this Pope has been. Since this list was published, he has visited
dozens of other countries. He truly is the one man who has been seen by more
people than any other human being alive.
The Traveling Pope
Dominican Republic, Mexico, Poland, Ireland, United States, Turkey.
Zaire, Congo Republic, Kenya, Ghana, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, France,
Brazil, West Germany
Philippines, Guam, Japan, Pakistan, Alaska
1982: Equatorial Guinea,
Britain, Argentina, Switzerland, Spain, San Marino.
Nigeria, Benin, Gabon, Portugal,
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras,
Haiti, Poland, France, Austria
South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Spain,
Switzerland, Canada, Puerto Rico Dominican Republic
Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad, Tobago, Belgium, The Netherlands,
Luxembourg, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Kenya,
India, Colombia, St. Lucia, France, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji,
Bangladesh, Singapore, The Seychelles
Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, West Germany, Poland, United States
Two hundred years ago when Pope Pius VI was taken a prisoner
by the armies of Napoleon (1798), the whole world believed that the power of the
Papacy was broken forever. It was confidently predicted that the Roman Catholic
institution would never again be as popular as it had been. Today we stand
amazed as we see the restoration of the popularity and the power of the Pope.
Revelation 13:3 unfolds before our eyes.
"And I saw one of his heads is it were wounded to death;
and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the
What can we say? "Remarkable" is the only word
which we can use when we see how the prophecy has been fulfilled to the very
letter. The Pope is once again the number one man in the world. All the world
indeed wonders after the "beast".
4. HE IS A WORSHIPPER OF A STRANGE GOD (DAN.11:39
The personal motto of Pope John Paul II is "Totus Tuus,"
which means, "All for you." Does this mean that he belongs totally to
God, or to Jesus Christ? No, this means that he belongs totally to Mary (See
Time Magazine – Dec. 30, 1990). This is strange, especially for a man who
claims to be a Christian, for it was Jesus Christ who said:
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve." - Matt. 3:10
According to the Time Magazine of December 30, 1990, John
Paul has visited countless Marian (devoted to Mary) shrines and he prays for
Mary’s help in nearly every speech and prayer that he delivers. This is
especially astonishing when we remember that Mary has been dead for nearly two
thousand years and that today, she sleeps in her grave with all the other
saints, awaiting the call of the life-giver when Jesus shall come again.
Who then is this "Mary" to whom the Pope has
devoted his life? Roman Catholic devotion to Mary has its roots in the ancient
pagan religions which began at the tower of Babel thousands of years ago (see
"The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop).
Pagans worshipped a mother-goddess who was called by the
names of, Semiramis, Ishtar, Astarte, Diana and various other names, depending
on the culture in which she was worshipped. The Roman Catholic Church adopted
this pagan practice hundreds of years ago, in a move which made it easier for
pagans to accept the Roman Catholic faith. Today, the Antichrist worships Mary
as the "Queen of Heaven," but concerning the "Queen of
Heaven", God says:
"The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire
and the women knead their dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and
they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to
anger." (Jeremiah 7:18)
Truly, the Pope is a worshipper of a "strange god".
This is just what God’s word prophesies of the Antichrist.
5. THROUGH PEACE HE SHALL DESTROY MANY (Dan. 8:25)
According to Newsweek Magazine (Sept. 21, 1987), the Pope
"has become a key figure in the search for world peace." This is not
difficult to either accept, or to understand. The Pope speaks about
"peace" more than any other person on the earth. It is the subject of
his speeches everywhere he goes. It is not surprising then that the word of God
tells us that the Antichrist would be a person who would be prominent in the
"Peace" movement. Yet all of this talk of peace is really just a mask
to cover the real intentions of the Pope, which is to once again establish Roman
Catholicism as the most powerful force on the earth with himself in control.
Those of us who are wise will not forget the other statement in the word of God
"When they shall say PEACE and safety, sudden
destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall
not escape." - 1 Thess. 5:3
6. HE WOULD POSSESS GREAT POWER AND AUTHORITY, BUT NOT BY HIS
OWN PERSONAL STRENGTH (Rev. 13:2; Dan. 8:24)
The Pope, as the ruler of the Vatican and the head of the
Roman Catholic Church, is today, the most powerful man on the face of the earth.
Most people do not realize that the Pope was the person who was MOST responsible
for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Does this idea seem foolish to
you? Then look at the following headlines and clips from highly respected news
"The rush to freedom in Eastern Europe is a sweet
victory for John Paul II." - LIFE MAGAZINE - Dec. 1989
"He has helped bring about the greatest policy change
since the Russian Revolution." - LIFE MAGAZINE - Dec. 1989
"THE TRIUMPH OF JOHN PAUL II - The tide of freedom
washing over Eastern Europe answers his most fervent prayer." -
LIFE MAGAZINE - Dec. 1989
"A revolution in the communist world that the Pope
helped spark." - USA TODAY
(Headline) "Gorby’s bow to the Roman legions."
(meaning that Gorbachev gives in to the power of the Roman Catholic Church) -
U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - Nov. 30, 1989
(front cover) "HOLY ALLIANCE: How Reagan and the Pope
conspired to assist Poland’s Solidarity movement and hasten the demise of
communism." - TIME MAGAZINE -Feb. 24, 1992
How was the Pope able to overthrow the mightiest military
power in the world? Not by his own personal military might, for the Vatican has
only a very very small army. However, today, battles are fought and won by
diplomatic and economic manipulation, and in these areas, the Vatican is one of
the strongest forces in the world. Through the various arms of the Roman
Catholic Church such as the Jesuits, Opus Dei, The Knights of Columbus, the
priests, nuns etc. The Pope has millions of agents in every country. The Vatican
is also estimated to be the richest institution in existence, with the Pope as
its head, being in control of all its wealth (see the book, "The Vatican
Billions", by Avro Manhattan). This gives the Pope great economic and
political power with the ability to destabilize and destroy politically, any
country which he chooses. No wonder the Bible says of him:
" ...and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is
like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (Rev. 13:4)
7. HE WOULD BE A PERSECUTOR OF
TRUE CHRISTIANS (Rev. 13:4
Whenever it has had the power to do so, the Roman Catholic
Church, under the various Popes has ALWAYS persecuted those who held different
religious beliefs. The historian W.E.H. Lecky stated:
"The church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than
any other institution that has ever existed among mankind ... it is impossible
to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims."
Albert Barnes, in his, "Notes On Daniel", wrote:
"In the year 1208, a crusade was proclaimed by Pope
Innocent III against the Waldenses and Albigenses, in which a million men
perished. From the beginning of the order of the Jesuits in the year 1540 to
1580, nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred and fifty thousand
perished by the inquisition in thirty years. In the low countries, fifty
thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, burned and buried alive for the crime
of heresy, within the space of thirty-eight years."
Some historians have estimated that more than sixty (60)
million persons were put to death by the Roman Catholic Church during the 1200
years between 550 A.D. and 1750.
Of course, there are many persons who say that these things
are all in the past and that we live in a different age now, when we should
forget all these things. Are these persecutions really over? Has the Papacy
changed? Today, there seems to be a change. All the talk is of love and
brotherhood, but this will only be until Rome has fully regained her supremacy
and is restored to her power. The Bible tells us that before Jesus returns there
will be the fiercest persecutions of God’s people by the Antichrist; a
repetition of the horrors of the past, as all the world will bow before the
popularity and influence of the Antichrist. Those who are skeptical should note
that even today, in the countries where Rome’s power is fully established
there is often fierce persecution of those who are not of the Catholic faith.
Consider the following article:
"Between the years 1944 - 1952 there were seventy-six
cases of murder, pillage and rape by priest-led mobs, in Mexico, against
Protestants and their families. Preachers were killed and quartered, and their
homes and churches were sacked and burned. Others were hanged, slain with
machetes, or dragged to death behind horses. Women were violated, and the
small son of a protestant pastor was found with eighty-five knife wounds in
his body." - (from the newsmagazine – "Tiempo" – Feb. 8,
Life magazine, in December 1989 described the Roman Church as
a power that "can never be content to win the day in Eastern Europe
alone." Whose objective, "Is not a holy war against communism; it is
nothing less than the liberation of the world itself." Liberation? What is
the Pope’s idea of "liberation"? There is only one kind of freedom
known by the Papacy: This is the freedom to obey the dictates of Rome. We are
given a hint as to the Pope’s intentions in the book, "The Keys of This
"He (the Pope) insists that men have no reliable hope
of creating a viable geopolitical system unless it is on the basis of Roman
Catholic Christianity." - The Keys of This Blood" – p. 492
Who is the Antichrist? Are you still unconvinced? God will
not make it any plainer. Those who will examine the facts with unbiased eyes
will realize that this tract is speaking the truth.
THE HEART OF THE ISSUE
If a man advocates peace on earth, can he be an evil person?
If a man calls upon the name of God can he be the representative of Satan? If
all the political and religious leaders in the world respect, admire and look up
to the Pope, shouldn’t we also do the same? These seem to be hard questions,
and yet, they are not so hard when we examine the words of Jesus in Matt. 7:21
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven." (see also verses 22-23)
God’s word is deeper than the reasoning of men. He does not
see things in the limited way that we do. The teachings and the works of the
Pope will eventually bring great evil to the world, and that is why he must be
exposed, and his work denounced! Please consider the following key points
1. The doctrines of the Pope are unbiblical. They have
their roots in paganism and are radically opposed to the truths of the gospel.
Prominent among these doctrines are the doctrines of Mary worship and the
praying of the rosary. Everywhere the Pope goes, these are his principal
teachings. Those who accept these doctrines and live by them bring great
dishonour to God, and place themselves in great peril. In actual fact they
will find that in worshipping the dead they are really worshipping demons.
2. The Pope’s plan for world peace means that the whole
world shall bow to the Pope and Roman Catholicism. In other words that the
Pope shall rule the world.
3. The Pope’s final and most daring blasphemy is yet to
be revealed. However, through the study of the Bible prophecies we realize
that this will include a daring defiance of God and His laws and an attempt to
destroy those who keep the commandments of God from the face of the earth.
(Please write for the tract entitled, "The Mark of The Beast.").
When the Bible speaks of the Antichrist, there is one word
which comes up again and again. It is the word, "DECEIVE". Do you
realize the significance of this? The only way a person can deceive you is to
strongly convince you that he is one thing, when in reality he is another. Be
careful then, for the Antichrist comes to you in a cleverly prepared religious
garb, and so excellent is the disguise that the Bible says that he deceives
"the whole world". The only reason why he does not deceive even the
very elect, is because it is impossible. Matt. 24:24 ; 2 Thess. 2:10 ; Rev.
Oh my friend, do you see what this means? We cannot trust in
the opinions of the majority. We cannot even safely trust in the opinions of our
religious leaders. Have we learned nothing from the past? Who were the people
most prominent in the work of denouncing and crucifying the Son of God? It was
the highly learned religious leaders of the day. We must learn to look at things
from God’s point of view if we want to be protected from this, the final and
The Pope has almost come to the climax of his plans. He now
awaits a sign in the heavens to convince the whole world that he is the earth’s
rightful ruler. Will God permit Satan to show this sign? We cannot say for
certain, but we do know that the Bible states that the coming of the Antichrist
will be with marvellous signs and wonders (2 Thess. 2:9). It is more than likely
that the Pope will have his expected sign. Will you be deceived?