Is Pope Benedict XVI The Antichrist?
Is Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) the Antichrist? He was the first German in many years to be elected as the Pope of Rome. Pope Benedict XVI is also of Germanic European extraction, just like Hitler. Pope Benedict XVI was involved with Adolph Hitler's "Hitler Youth" many years ago.
The Bible clearly says in Revelation that the False Church of Rome will one day use its power to help support the rise of the Antichrist in a renewed Roman Empire. The Bible also says that the Antichrist will arise from within the old Roman Empire, which is for the most part the area that we now call Europe.
Could it be that Pope Benedict XVI will one day become the Antichrist? Look closely at the coldness of his eyes in above photo. Can you really trust this man? Do his eyes remind you of Adolph Hitler's eyes? Do you think that Pope Benedict XVI could be the Antichrist? What are the characteristics of the Antichrist?
In order to help answer such questions, we must look at what the Bible says on such subjects, since the Bible gives us many prophesies concerning the Antichrist. We know that if this is indeed the "Last Time", then it should also mean that the Antichrist will soon be revealed to us:
"...it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come..." (1 John 2:18)
When the Antichrist does come, there will be many, many people who will not be ready. The idea of people not being ready for The Rapture and for the Antichrist was one of the main themes of the "Left Behind" book and movie series. I therefore find it amazing that so many people could read these books or watch these movies, yet still remain quite unprepared for The Rapture and for the coming of the Antichrist.
But who exactly is this Antichrist? Is he Pope Benedict XVI? The identity of the Antichrist has always been a mystery. Nevertheless, many Baptists throughout history have been quite clear about the identity of this Antichrist, or at least about the identity of the "Great Whore" and/or the Second Beast, (the "False Prophet"), a man who will act as the Antichrist's "assistant" as the Antichrist murders all true Christians by beheading and other methods.
The Bible speaks of two different Beasts arising on the world scene at about the same time. The second beast will help the first beast, the Antichrist. The second beast will be his "False Prophet" assistant:
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast..." (Revelation 13:11-12)
Historical Baptists have always held that the Pope of Rome will be such an evil man. Why have so many Baptists been so sure that a future Pope would be either the Antichrist or else the other Beast who would help the Antichrist as he murders all Baptists and other Christians through beheading, in a similar fashion to the way the Muslims who believe the Koran now do. ("Strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them." - Sura 47:4, the Koran)
There are many reasons for this historical Baptist belief. Nevertheless, because of this belief, there are many Baptists who think that Pope Benedict XVI might actually one day become the Antichrist.
The first reason for such a belief by Baptists is that the Bible clearly states that the "Great Whore" will be located in a city, and that this city will sit on "seven mountains" or hills. Rome has often been called "the city of seven hills". Therefore, anyone reading this prophesy when it was written should have understood that Rome was being mentioned, since Rome ruled the world at that time and the city of Rome sat on seven hills. Rome is also the location of the Vatican and the Pope:
"...I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, ... and here is the mind which hath wisdom. ...The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Revelation 17: 7, 9)
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman ... and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls." (Revelation 17:3, 4)
The next reason for this belief by Baptists, is that Popes often wear purple and red (scarlet) and gold and precious gems. In fact, most of the items associated with the "Great Whore" can be seen in the above photo of the Pope, who certainly appears to be decked with plenty of gold.
A further reason for suspecting the Pope to be either the Antichrist or his assistant is the description given in Revelation Chapter 17 of a woman, a woman called the "Great Whore". One of the attributes of a whore is that she will do whatever you ask her to do, in exchange for money, without worrying about the morality of any resulting act of lewdness.
The Roman Catholic Church has been selling ecclesiastical positions to people in exchange for money for many centuries. These are ecclesiastical Catholic Church leadership positions, not merely secular positions. Often people of the vilest moral character became Bishops or obtained some other high position of leadership within the Catholic Church simply by handing the Pope large sums of money. A Whore sells herself for money.
Popes throughout history have shown this whorish, "anything-for-money" characteristic. Perhaps therefore, a Pope may actually become this "Great Whore" after all, since so many Popes have "sold themselves" for the sake of "filthy lucre".
That so many Popes have done just about anything for money, can be seen by how the Protestant Reformation was started. The Pope wanted to gain yet more money. (The Vatican already had large sums of gold.) In his lust for yet more gold, the Pope had Tetzel offer forgiveness of sin to anyone who would pay for it by giving the Pope enough money. Tetzel's slogan, to help the Pope prostitute his ecclesiastical position, was, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from Purgatory springs".
Martin Luther showed the people that this was a "whorish" act by the Pope, because the Pope was offering his spiritual services, (in fact the forgiveness of all sins), in exchange for the "filthy lucre" of money. Luther then started to call the Pope "Antichrist" because the Pope was clearly selling his "services" for money, without regard for what was morally right or wrong, (just like a whore would do).
Another reason for thinking that the Pope might be the Antichrist has already been mentioned. This is the fact that Popes have already presided over the murder of millions of Baptists and other Christians during the past few centuries. This murder of true Christians is exactly what the Antichrist will one day do as well.
Since such murders have already taken place countless times in the past under the authority of various Popes, it is no stretch of the imagination to think that yet one more Pope (perhaps Pope Benedict XVI?) will begin once more to commit the mass murder of millions of Baptists and other Christians. You might be able to put a dress on a wolf. If you did, it would still be a wolf. A wolf kills and devours its victims. You could array a "gutter whore" with gold, scarlet, purple, gems and pearls. Nevertheless, she would still be a whore.
Another reason that Baptists and others have given for a Pope being the Antichrist, is that Popes have had a long history of anti-Semitism. Spanish Kings expelled and persecuted the Jews centuries ago under the open and approving eyes of the Pope.
Adolph Hitler was also a Roman Catholic. The Catholic Church never excommunicated Hitler, even though he had killed over 6,000,000 Jews, as well as perhaps 5,000,000 Christians and other "troublemakers" who dared to disagree with Hitler. (Those Jewish/Christian "troublemakers" had to go - they had to be destroyed.) The Roman Catholic Church, by the way, did not at the time openly and publicly oppose those murders of Jews and Christians.
The fact is, Jews, like Christians, have suffered greatly at the hands of the Catholic Church over the centuries. (For example, part of the Catholic Crusades included the murder of large numbers of Jews.) Large numbers of Jews will also be exterminated by the Antichrist in a new Hitler-like holocaust. Because of the way that Popes have treated the Jews of the past, many Baptists and others believe that the Antichrist will be a Pope.
The next reason for believing that a Pope will become the Antichrist is the Ecumenical Movement itself. The Great Whore will gather all of the world's religions together under one great religious umbrella. Doctrine will be de-emphasized. All that will matter is that you "send money". (Doesn't this sound a bit like Tetzel?)
In fact, this prophesied occurrence has already started to happen. The Ecumenical Movement is now bringing Protestants and Baptists back to Rome, using Rick Warren-style Contemporary Christian Music ("CCM") as one effective means to help accomplish this end. Such seductive Satanic Rock Music is helping to draw a whole generation of "church kids" back to the Great Roman Catholic Whore, like the smell of a piece of flypaper drawing flies. (The new "Roman Road" of New Evangelicalism is that old saying, "All roads lead to Rome.")
The fact is, The Devil and his demons are already using the Ecumenical Movement with great effectiveness. This Ecumenical Movement is "gathering together" the world to someday worship the Antichrist. This "gathering together" can be seen in what happened a few yeas ago, (back in the beginning of 2004), when the movie, "The Passion of The Christ" debuted, (which was a clearly Roman Catholic movie produced by the anti-Semitic Mel Gibson). Many Fundamental and Independent Baptists were drawn to this movie. Some Baptists were actually promoting this Great Whorish movie, with a few Baptist pastors even buying blocks of tickets for their entire congregations.
The last reason I will give for thinking that the Pope might be the Antichrist, is that the Antichrist, because of his pride, will exalt himself and oppose Christ and His Gospel. The very name "Anti-Christ" should point to the fact that the Antichrist is against Christ.
The Catholic church teaches that the blood of Jesus shed on the cross was not enough to pay for all of your sins. This is why Popes have always said that you need to also pray the Rosary, do penance, go to confession, take Communion, etc. In other words, the Catholic Church rejects the Gospel of Christ, and replaces Jesus and the Bible with a "gospel" of "salvation by good works".
Some have said that the Antichrist's code or number of "666", might mean that his first, middle, and last names will each have 6 letters to them. I do not know if this is true. Nevertheless, if it is true, then the current Pope is not the Antichrist. Still, since this is just a theory about the Antichrist, then perhaps it is false and Pope Benedict XVI might still become the Antichrist after all. Others have recently suggested that President Barack Hussein Obama is the Antichrist. But others deny that Obama is The One. We do not know yet for sure who the Antichrist is, but we expect the Antichrist to rise to power soon, with perhaps millions of people thronging to support him and telling him that they are one with him.
These are the Last Days. They will be frightening days indeed for those who have not had their sins forgiven and been truly born again. If you have not trusted Jesus Himself to pay for your sins, then you will one day go to Hell along with Hitler, the Popes, the Great Whore's supporters, and those who will one day support the Antichrist and take his "Mark" for their right hand or forehead. Is this really what you want?
Now is the time for you to trust Jesus, while you are still able. As those who take the "Mark of the Beast" will no longer be able to be saved once they have taken it, you will no longer be able to be saved from the penalty of your sins after you die. It will be eternally too late. Therefore, trust Jesus today!