Posted by: adventlife | January 27, 2015

Who is the Biblical Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation? by Nic Samojluk

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In the video listed below, Pastor Doug Batchelor identifies the biblical antichrist and the Beast of the book of Revelation with Rome based on what the Catholic Church has done in the past and what prophecy predicts it will do in the future, perhaps ignoring what recent Popes have been doing in the present. Is this the manner God judges us? Does the Lord judge us on the basis of what our ancestors have done in the past or what our children might do in the future? I encourage you to watch the video and then read the rest of this article:

How to identify the biblical antichrist

What is the safest manner of identifying the biblical antichrist? Batchelor did not provide a biblical reference in support of his conclusion that Pope Francis and his predecessors do in fact match the description of the biblical antichrist. He simply referred to the fact that the great Reformers believed that Rome did play said role in the past.

Following the example of the noble Bereans, I did some checking and discovered that there are only four references to the antichrist in the Bible, and they all declare that the antichrist denies that Jesus is the Christ. If you have access to a computer or a Bible Concordance, you can check this out. My question is: Has Pope Francis or his immediate predecessors ever denied that Jesus is the Christ?

How to identify the “beast” described in the book of Revelation

Next we need to ask ourselves: What did prompt the great Reformers to identify the Catholic Popes with the “beast” of the book of Revelation. The answer is quite simple. Because of the historical Inquisition orchestrated by the Catholic Church during the Middle ages.

The Catholic Church did persecute and did exterminate hundreds of innocent Christians with the excuse that certain groups of dissenters were actually heretics and had no right to live. The beast image found in the last book of the Bible is reasonable; isn’t this what beasts of prey do? They prey on the weak members of the animal kingdom.

My question is: Does this apply to Pope Francis? How many innocent victims did he persecute and kill so far? None. On the contrary, the best evidence Batchelor has documented indicates that he is the most respected leader for peace in the world. Did not Jesus say “blessed are the peacemakers”?

The role of current behavior

Does current behavior play a role in God’s judgment? Does the Lord ignore our present attitude and behavior? Is the current Pope responsible for the past sins of the church? Is Pope Francis guilty of the crimes committed during the Inquisition centuries ago? Is he responsible for the crimes Popes may commit in the future? Should we overlook the good behavior of the recent and the present rulers in Rome?

The shifting application of the beast imagery

When John wrote the book of Revelation, the role of the biblical “beast” was played by the pagan emperors of Rome. They persecuted and killed Christians by the thousands. This role ceased when the empire collapsed and was eventually replaced by the Catholic Popes, who in turn began persecuting heretics. This means that the beastly role shifted from pagan Rome to its Christian counterpart, and Protestants were not excluded from participating in playing said role.

The big question

The big question is: Who is playing this biblical role today? If the current occupier of the Holy See is busy searching for peace in the world instead of persecuting and killing innocent human beings, who is behaving today as pagan and Christian Rome did during the Inquisition? Is someone playing said role today?

Some likely candidates

Here are some likely candidates for the role of the antichrist: ISIS and Boko Haran, who are killing innocent people by the thousands and beheading innocent children; the United States who has legalized the mass slaughter of 58,000 unborn children; and the Adventist Church, who has participated in the profit from this genocide.

The conditionality of prophetical predictions

We Adventists delight in quoting the predictions found in the Bible and in the writings of Ellen White that describe the final victory of God’s chosen people forgetting that God’s promises are conditional. Notice what happened to the promise the Lord made concerning the future of the house of Priest Eli:

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“Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. [1 Sam 2:30]

The fall of Babylon

The book of Revelation describes the moral fall of Babylon and Adventists have followed the tradition inherited from Protestants of applying this prediction to the Catholic Church. What we prefer to ignore is statements from Mrs. White where she warns that we can become a “sister” to Babylon:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR 380.1}
If the sin of adultery among Adventists prompted her to warn us that we were in danger of becoming “a sister of Babylon,” I wonder what she would say today knowing that thousand of innocent babies were killed in the medical institutions she help found.

The predicted control of world commerce

Pastor Batchelor applies the following prediction found in Rev. 13 to Rome:

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It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. [Rev. 13: 16-17]

The problem I see is that this seems to apply to the second beast of Revelations which points to the United States. In fact this prophecy probably refers to the trade embargo imposed by the U.S. and the United Nations on Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, and Iran. Why faulting the Pope for this?

The predicted control of fire from heaven

The same reasoning could be used for the following prediction:

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And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. [Rev. 13:13] Don’t forget Hiroshima and the Iraq wars! Did not the U.S. cause fire to come down from heaven on its enemies?

Final Remarks

There is no doubt that centuries ago the Catholic Church did play the persecuting role symbolized by wild beasts. It is also a fact that biblical predictions seem to point to Rome as participating in similar activities in the future.

Nevertheless, I am of the opinion that we need to credit the current popes with the good actions they have been performing in the present, especially the search for world peace and the protection of the unborn’s right to life. In this, their action seem to shame my own Adventist Church for its participation in the lucrative abortion business.

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  1. […] More: https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/who-is-the-biblical-antichrist-and-the-beast-of-revelati… […]

  2. “as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event SO LONG DOUBTED AND DISBELIEVED is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before.” The Great Controversy, p. 606. (emphasis mine)

    “The defenders of popery declare that the church has been maligned; and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of today by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times, and plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her sentiments.

    Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? . . . Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed, and Rome be re-instated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution.” GC88 564.

    Just as surely as you are reading these words, the Sunday law crisis is coming and will be fulfilled to the letter.

    The oldest Catholic publication in America boasts that the Catholic takeover of the United States is almost complete:

    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/catholic-takeover-us-almost-complete

    The thickening signs are all around us! Now is no time to get wobbly on biblical truths!

  3. We should not yield to the temptation of reading the prophetical prediction of future events as historical facts. We cannot ignore what both the Bible and Ellen White do remind us that God’s warnings and promises are contingent on human behavior. Consider the following predictions:

    Conditional Promises to Solomon

    17“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,

    18I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’

    19“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

    20then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

    21This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’

    22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ ” [2 Chron.]

    Conditional Promises

    ”If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.” [Jer. 18:7-10]

    Conditional Promises

    ”But if you are careful to obey me, declares the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on it, then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.” [Jeremiah 17:24-25]

    ”This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” [Deut. 30:19]

    —Notice how God explained a prediction which failed due to Eli’s disobedience:

    New International Version
    “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. [1 Sam 2:30]

    —Ellen White did tell us that God promises and threatening are conditional and subject to our obedience to God’s commands.

    “But has the word of the Lord failed? Never! It should be remembered that the promises and threatenings of God are alike conditional.” Selected Messages Book 1, p. 67]

    I conclude that we must not read biblical and inspired predictions as historical facts because God’s promises and warnings are contingent on our human behavior.

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