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Reformers' interpretations of the AntiChrist

Discussion in 'Traditional Adventists' started by reddogs, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

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    The Protestant churches today and even some brethren are backing away from identifying the AntiChrist power, and yet the Reformers and even those before them saw clearly who the AntiChrist was. What is happening to the churches today, are they becoming blind and forgetful of the truth they once saw clearly. Here is a list I came across of Pre-Reformation and Reformers Interpretations:

    Date Name Reference Interpretation

    c. 1310 Dante Alighieri
    Rev. 17 Harlot=Roman Church

    c. 1331 Michael of Cesena
    Rev. 17 Harlot/Antichrist=Roman Church, Pope

    c. 1345 Johannes de Rupescissa
    Antichrist, Rev. 17 Babylon, Rev. 17 Harlot=Pope/Roman church


    c. 1350 Francesco Petrarch
    Rev. 17 Harlot=Papal Court

    c. 1367 John Milicz
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Man of Sin=Papacy


    c. 1379 John Wycliffe
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn. Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot=Pope/Papacy


    c. 1388 Matthias of Janow
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Man of Sin. Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon=Hierarchy/Papacy


    c. 1390 John Purvey
    Antichrist, Rev. 13 666, Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon=Pope/Papacy


    c. 1393 Walter Brute
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin=Papacy/Bishop of Rome/Papacy

    c. 1412 John Huss
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Pope/Papacy


    c. 1497 Girolamo Savonarola
    Antichrist, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon=Pope/Papacy

    Reformation Era Interpretations:

    1522 Martin Luther
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1543 Philipp Melanchthon
    Antichrist, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1545 Andreas Osiander
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1554 Nicolaus von Amsdorf
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1558 Johann Funck
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1560 Virgil Solis
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1570 Georg Nigrinus
    Antichrist= Pope

    1572 David Chytraeus
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin= Papacy

    1530 Johann Oecolampadius
    Antichrist, Little Horn=Papacy

    1557 Heinrich Bullinger
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1550 William Tyndale
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1545 George Joys
    Antichrist, Little Horn=Papacy

    1554 Nicholas Ridley
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Rev. 17 Harlot. Rev. 17 Babylon
    Rev. 17 Beast=Papacy

    1553 Hugh Latimer
    Antichrist=Papacy

    1582 Thomas Cranmer
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    1550 John Bale
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon
    Rev. 17 Beast=Papacy

    1562 John Jewel
    Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon
    Rev. 17 Beast=Papacy

    1587 John Foxe
    Antichrist, Man of Sin=Bishop of Rome

    1563 Anglican Formulas
    Antichrist=Papacy

    1547 John Knox
    Antichrist, Little Horn=Church of Rome/Papacy

    1593 John Napier
    Antichrist, Man of Sin, Rev. 13 1st Beast, Rev. 17 Harlot, Rev. 17 Babylon
    Rev. 17 Beast =Pope/Papacy/Latin Empire

    1614 Thomas Brightman
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Pope/Papacy

    1618 David Pareus
    Antichrist, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Beast=Pope/Papacy

    Sir Isaac Newton
    Antichrist, Little Horn, Man of Sin, Rev. 17 Harlot
    Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy

    John Wesley
    Man of Sin. Rev. 17 Harlot. Rev. 17 Babylon=Papacy also Antichrist

    And they ask the question, "In view of the foregoing Reformation interpretations identifying Papacy as the Antichrist and Man of Sin, why do so many Evangelical Protestants today believe the Man of Sin and Antichrist are future individuals?"

    Are we failing in our duty to warm the churches of the Reformation, as we see them drift back to Papal Power, the AntiChrist.
     
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  2. The Righterzpen

    The Righterzpen Jesus is my Shield in any Desert or Storm

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    33 AD - Jesus Christ
    Son of Perdition = Judas Iscariot (John 17:12)

    1st Century - Apostle John
    Spirit of Anti-Christ = anyone who doesn't preach the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (1 John 4:3)

    1st Century - writer of Revelation
    Babylon mother of harlots = Jerusalem.

    Revelation 11:8, - "....where our Lord was crucified...
    1 Peter 5:13 - ".... church at Babylon elect together with you....."
    Luke 13:34 - ".... killed the prophets..."
    Revelation 17:6 "..drunk with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus Christ..."
    Revelation 18:24 ".... and in her was found the blood of the prophets and the saints and all who were slain upon the earth..."

    Revelation 17 - It's a city that sits on 7 mountains. (Jerusalem sits on 7 mountains.)

    There were 7 kings. Five had passed, the 6th was reigning at the time of the writing of Revelation and the 7th was yet to come. (There were 7 Herods who reigned between the temple being reconstructed and subsequently destroyed in 70 AD. Herod the Great being appointed king of Judea in 37 BC was the first king and Herod Agrippa II was the 7th king who died in about 100 AD.

    10 kings were yet to come. (Making an assumption here that this means they'd come at the very end.) There are 10 nations in the current middle east who's peoples are named in the book of Acts as being present at Pentecost. (Acts 2:9-11)

    So, if one of these horns / former heads (described in Daniel as a horn & revelation as a head) is a current national entity, who are the other nine, who were part of these historic empires, represented also by these beasts in Daniel and end up making the whore desolate?

    Well, I scratched my head about that one a while before I decided to overlay a map of the current middle east over the boundaries of the ancient Babylonian, Persian and Greek empires and guess what I got?

    Within those boundaries; (Babylonian, Persian and Greek empires (having occurred in different eras) overlap each other) currently today are 10 nations. (Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and of course Israel (Lebanon had been part of Agrippa II's jurisdiction. It was the last "head" standing of ancient Israel before the destruction (by the sword) of the temple in 70 AD.))
     
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  3. eleos1954

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    Many of the "protestant" churches are ignoring history and the valuable teaching of the reformists many who gave their lives and stood on the truth. They were called Protestants.

    2 Timothy 4

    3For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. 4So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    Protestant definition:

    a member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation

    'Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.'

    and so it goes.

    "Protestants" should go study or re-study the reformation and also read about the counter-reformation ... in depth .... and understand the principles.
     
  4. Heavenhome

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    I agree and can you imagine all those who were martyred simply because they God and that the Bible was for all men to read and understand, how would they see things nowadays with many considering that the Pope and his church just another branch of Christianity?
    It is beyond shameful.
     
  5. Aussie Pete

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    I believe that there will be a worldwide religious movement (3 frogs, maybe) where Talmudic Judaism, Islam and Roman Catholicism unite. There is already a religion called Chrislam. The Roman Catholic hierarchy have been calling Islam, Judaism and Islam the "great religions" for a very long time. The problem is that Christianity is not a religion. There are Catholics who are born again and "Reformed" church attenders who are no more born again than my cat. The true church, those who are born again, will reject this syncretism out of hand. Many who are nominal believers will be drawn into it.

    The great enemy of Christianity is religion of all kinds, including "Christianism" ( I made that word up). It has the outward appearance of godliness but has no power. Avoid it like the plague.
     
  6. Jonaitis

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    It was the prevailing view of those who wrote/held to the Reformed Confessions.

    "There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God."

    - Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 25 Section 6
     
  7. BobRyan

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    And Baptist Confession of Faith 26.4
    The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)
     
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