Revelation Answer to Question #6
6. Who is Antichrist?
"ANTICHRISTOS can mean either against Christ or instead
of Christ... combining the two, 'one who, assuming the guise of Christ, opposes
Christ.'" (W.E. VINE'S
expository dictionary of new testament words.)
|2. Instead of
For three centuries, Protestants identified the papacy as the antichrist
because it replaced the Kingdom of God on earth by marrying the kings of the earth
and setting up its own Kingdomwithout waiting for the second coming of Christ. It
also replaced the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ by instituting the celebration
of the mass which proposes to sacrifice Christ over and over again.
How fitting that a Jesuit priest (Ribera) taught the antichrist was a literal
man instead of the Papacythe system!
Even more amazing, in
1830 the Protestant John Darby, founder of the Plymouth Brethren, began to promote the
same idea of a one-man antichrist! Today the majority of Protestants have bought into a
The "mystery of iniquity" (another name for antichrist), Paul said,
"is already at work" in his day (2 Thessalonians 2:7). A system of
error was already forming in the Apostle's day.
Antichrist is not one man, but an organization including a whole false church.
In parallel contrast, it is still a "mystery" to most people today that
"Christ" includes Jesus' body members. "Even the mystery which hath
been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints .
. . which
is Christ in you, the hope of glory." "Now ye are the body of Christ.
. ." (Colossians 1:26,27; 1 Corinthians 12:27).
The papacy, with its head and church, is a counterfeit replacement of Christ,
Head and Body. Therefore, it is antichrist, the "Mystery of Iniquity."
THE CHURCH OF GOD,
THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
DURING THE MILLENNIUM
successors— Chief or High Priest, head and representative and mouthpiece.
||our Lord and
Head and representative; the High-Priest of our profession or order.
High-Priests of the Papal Hierarchy; its lord, head and mouthpiece.
deriving their official dignity and rights and privileges of service through Aaron, whose
body they represented, typified the church of Christ.
glorified, the body of Christ, sharers of his glory, majesty, and office of ruler: whose
offices will differ, as star differeth from star in glory.
of Rome consists of the bishops and prelates, who share the dignities of the hierarchy,
though differing in degrees of honor
— cardinals, bishops, etc.
Subject to the Hierarchy are assistants,
services connected with the typical Tabernacle
—teaching, etc. An inferior order of
priests not permitted to enter the Most Holy Sanctuary (typical of the spiritual nature),
neither to look therein.
Kingdom of God; through whom the glorified church will have more direct contact with the
world, in teaching, governing, etc., and who also will have close communion with the
spiritual church in glory.
not parts or members of the church or hierarchy, but called "Brothers" and
"Sisters." Of these are the teachers, nurses, etc., in direct contact with the
people as well as with the hierarchy.
and directed by the above described hierarchy. And in Moses, who was a type of the
complete Christ, they had prophet, priest and king united, typical of Christ's Millennial
authority. Acts 3:22
taught, directed, ruled and helped by the above described Kingdom of God and its earthly
representatives, which will have all power, and must be obeyed; and all who obey not will
be "destroyed [cut off]." Acts 3:23
obedience of the World to its rule and teachings
as being the Kingdom of God. The lower
priesthood is its agent. When in power, it attempted to enforce its laws, and to "cut
off" those who obeyed not.
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STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES on Daniel 9.
on "Can We Identify Antichrist?"
For booklet on
"Church Union and the Antichrist."
For Information on Who Will Be "Left
to Question #3 on The Seven Years' Tribulation.
more information on Anti-christ and the Man of Sin.
information on Historicism, Futurism, Ribera and the Counter
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