The Historic view of the Antichrist

1 John 2


18 Little children, it is the last time, and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now there are many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they should have continued with us. But this cometh to pass, that it might appear, that they are not all of us.

20 But ye have an ointment from that Holy one, and know all things.

21 I have not written unto you, because ye know not the truth: but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is that Christ? the same is that Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.

24 Let therefore abide in you that same which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning, shall remain in you, ye shall also continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even that eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you, concerning them that deceive you.

27 But that anointing which ye received of him, dwelleth in you: and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and it is true and is not lying, and as it taught you, ye shall abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him, that when he shall appear, we may be bold, and not be ashamed before him, at his coming.

29If ye know that he is righteous, know ye that he which doeth righteously, is born of him.

Baron Porcelli made the case from the historical record, including statements and documents of the Church of Rome itself, that the ‘Vicar of Christ’ – the dynasty of Popes (the papacy) – is the Biblical Antichrist. A compelling read, and one of the best books I’ve read on Bible prophecy, it opens with a detailed explanation of the term.


A type of Antichrist — Insight from the Geneva Bible


Psalm 52

1599 Geneva Bible 

52  1  David describeth the arrogant tyranny of his adversary Doeg: who by false surmises cause Ahimelech with the rest of the Priests to be slain. 5 David prophesieth his destruction,  6 and encourageth the faithful to put their confidence in God, whose judgments are most sharp against his adversaries.  9 And finally, he rendereth thanks to God for his deliverance. In this Psalm is timely set forth the kingdom of Antichrist.

To him that excelleth. A Psalm of David to give instruction. When Doeg the Edomite came and showed Saul, and said to him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

Why boastest thou thyself in thy wickedness, O [a]man of power? the loving-kindness of God endureth daily.

Thy tongue imagineth [b]mischief, and is like a sharp razor, that cutteth deceitfully.

Thou dost love evil more than good, and lies more than to speak the [c]truth. Selah.

Thou lovest all words that may destroy: O deceitful tongue!

So shall God [d]destroy thee forever: he shall take thee and pluck thee out of thy tabernacle, and [e]root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

The [f]righteous also shall see it, [g]and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying,

Behold the man that took not God for his strength, but trusteth unto the multitude of his riches, and put his strength [h]in his malice.

But I shall be like a [I]green olive tree in the house of God: for I trusted in the mercy of God forever and ever.

I will always praise thee, for that thou hast done [j]this, and I will [k]hope in thy name, because it is good before thy Saints.


[a] Psalm 52:1 O Doeg, which hast credit with the tyrant Saul, and hast power to murder the Saints of God.

[b] Psalm 52:2 Thy malice moveth thee by crafty flatteries and lies to accuse and destroy the innocents.

[c] Psalm 52:3 Hebrew, righteousness.

[d] Psalm 52:5 Though God forbear for a time, yet at length he will recompense thy falsehood.

[e] Psalm 52:5 Albeit thou seem to be never so sure settled.

[f] Psalm 52:6 For the eyes of the reprobate are shut up at God’s judgments.

[g] Psalm 52:6 With joyful reverence, seeing that he taketh their part against the wicked.

[h] Psalm 52:7 Or, in his substance.

[i] Psalm 52:8 He rejoiceth to have a place among the servants of God, that he may grow in the knowledge of godliness.

[j] Psalm 52:9 Executed his vengeance.

[k] Psalm 52:9 Or, wait upon thy grace and promise.

Revelation 13

[i]And there was given unto him a mouth, that spake great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him, [j]to do two and forty months.

And he opened his mouth unto blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his Name, [k]and his tabernacle, [l]and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them, and power was given him over every kindred, and tongue, and nation.


[i] Revelation 13:5.  The second member containing an history of the acts of the beast, as I said verse 1. The history of them is concluded in two points, the beginning and the manner of them. The beginning is the gift of the Dragon, who put and inspired into the beast both his impiety against God and his eminity and injustice against all men, especially against the godly and those that were of the household of faith, the fifth verse. The manner of the acts or actions done, is of two sorts both impious in mind, and blasphemous in speech against God, his Church and the godly, verse six, and also most cruel and injurious in deeds, even such as were done of most raging enemies and of most insolent and proud conquerors, the seventh verse.

[j] Revelation 13:5.  Namely his actions and manner of dealing. As concerning those two and forty months, I have spoken of them before in the twelfth Chapter and second verse.

[k] Revelation 13:6.  That is, the holy Church, the true house of the living God.

[l] Revelation 13:6.  That is, the godly in several who hid themselves from his cruelty. For this bloody beast surcharged those holy souls most falsely with innumerable accusations for the Name of Christ, as we read in Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Arnobius, Minutius, Eusebius, Augustine, and others: which example the latter times followed most diligently in destroying the flock of Christ and we in our own memory have found by experience to our incredible grief. Concerning heaven, see the eleventh Chapter and twelfth verse.


Quote of the day – Carlos Gonzalez


Recently I’ve come to see how important this simple statement is:

“The Roman Catholic Church is called apostate by Protestants because they were not always a false church.”

Carlos Gonzalez




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Go read! Paul Flynn



From his article in The Megiddo Review:

For centuries the Church held to the Biblical position that the Pope of Rome is that man of sin and son of perdition, otherwise known as the Antichrist describe in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Is it any wonder that with the almost universal rejection of this doctrine in mainstream evangelicalism today, we see widespread growing acceptance of the Papacy within the fold of the visible Church?



What Made the Reformation Unconquerable

This Saturday, October 31, we celebrate Reformation Day. In memory of this important age, I’m reblogging this. As this blogger demonstrates, being true to the Lord and recognizing the enemy were hallmarks of the Reformation. These saints are with God, and it can be said of them, that like those before and after them:
Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The Antipas Chronicles

606px-Foxe-martyrs-iconoclasm-1563Wikipedia on the Historicist understanding of Daniel 2 and 7:

Just as scholars note parallels between the prophetic chapters, so too have historicists since the Protestant Reformation. “The Reformation … was really born of a twofold discovery–first, the rediscovery of Christ and His salvation; and second, the discovery of the identity of Antichrist and his subversions.”[11] “The reformers were unanimous in its acceptance. And it was this interpretation of prophecy that lent emphasis to their reformatory action. It led them to protest against Rome with extraordinary strength and undaunted courage. … This was the rallying point and the battle cry that made the Reformation unconquerable.”[12]

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