Fulfilling Prophecy?

A news report I read recently sent my heart racing, and prompted me to write this. I wrote recently a post entitled “Were They Right?” This post dealt with the reformers claim that the Roman Catholic Church was the Antichrist. There is another reformer which I didn’t mention, one which wrote extensively on this very topic, and had visions revealing the truth of the apostasy of the papal church. Her name was Ellen G White. In the late 19th century, at a time when America was still strongly opposed to the Roman church having their forbears only recently escaped the tyranny of European popes and kings, E G White wrote that the time was coming when American protestantism would reach out and clasp the hand of the papal power and join with them in establishing a single world govening authority based on doctrines they had in common, and enforcing worship through the use of financial boycott or economic incentives. You can read the full account of this in “The Great Controversy”.
Meanwhile, the news that captured my attention was the following which to my mind is another sure step in the fulfilment of all White wrote.


2 thoughts on “Fulfilling Prophecy?

  1. “…the reformers claim that the Roman Catholic Church was the Antichrist”

    Really? I don’t remember any of the major Reformers (Luther, Calvin, etc.) denouncing the Roman Church as Antichrist. I do recall the pope being identified as Antichrist but not the church.

    • Hi Christopher.
      A follower of Wycliffe, John Purvey, wrote a commentary on the book of Revelation, this being nearly 150 years before Luther. In 1528 Luther reprinted or republished this commentary, and inserted the following preface.

      “This preface, noble reader, you may understand was written by us for this reason–that we might make known to the world that we are not the first to interpret the Papacy as the kingdom of the Antichrist. For many years prior to us, so many and so great men (whose number is large, and their memory eternal) have attempted this so clearly and openly, and that with great spirit and force, that [those] who were driven by the fury of the papal tyranny into the farthest boundaries of the earth, and suffering the most atrocious tortures, nevertheless bravely and faithfully persisted in the confession of the truth.”

      In his book, All Roads Lead to Rome, (pp205,206) Michael de Semlyen says:
      “Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist Confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, John Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently, Spurgeon, Bishop J. C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.”

      With this I can only concur. The reformers all accused different popes being living at different times. In accusing the pope however they were referring to the office he held as leader and spokesman for the system over which they presided. It is the system of ‘popery’ (an old fashioned word I know but fitting) that has replaced Christ in the hearts and minds of millions through false mediators, a false priesthood, a removal of the true ministry of Christ in heaven, attempted changes to the laws of God, false means to salvation, exaltation of tradition above the written word, and a false day of worship. All these and more accurately reflect the meaning of the term ‘Antichrist’…”in the place of Christ”. (Vicarious filli dei).

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