Who is the antichrist?

666 and the connection to Rome



The term “antichrist” is found 5 times the Bible, all written by John. When most people hear the term “antichrist” they think of a dark sinister dictator such as Hitler. But that is not how the Bible portrays the antichrist. In fact, when John wrote his letters, he said that “even now many antichrists have come.” (1John 2:18, 1John 4:3) And that was 2,000 years ago. We are also told that the antichrist will still be here when Christ returns (2 Thessalonians 2:8). The Bible warns us that the antichrist will deceive us (2John 1:7). Remember, Satan does not come with a pitchfork and pointy horns. That’s not how he works best. He comes as an “angel of light” deceiving, and teaching false doctrine and false Christianity:


2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising,

then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what

their actions deserve.


What are some false teachings? What is the biggest one out there? If you were Satan, and you were going to lead astray large numbers of people, the most effective way to do this would be to come as an imposter. What is the largest body of people that are presented as “Christians”?


“VICARIVS FILII DEI” --the Latin words for the pope’s official title—said to once have even been found inscribed upon the pope’s crown. *See footnote

The ancient Latin alphabet had 23 letters—not 26, and does not contain the letter “U” but uses the letter “V” instead

Notice the use of “V” for “U” in this ancient Roman inscription which reads, “IMP(erati) CAESA RI AUGUSTO” (Meaning Emperor Caesar Augustus) “AUGUSTO” is spelled “AVGVSTO” in Latin


Latin                           English          numerical equivalents

VICARIVS                 vicar                5+1+100+1+5  =  112

FILII                            of the son      1+50+1+1         =    53

DEI                             of God            500+1                =  501



Roman numerals:








“antichrist” simply means “in the place of Christ”  -  “anti” = “in the place of”

The Word of God says JESUS is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:23).

  “Vicar” is defined as one acting as a substitute for, or in the place of, instead of    - See Vicar in the Catholic Encyclopedia


The pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church.


Thus, by very definition, the pope IS the antichrist.  As head of the church, the pope sits in the place of Christ!


The antichrist is not a single person; The antichrist is an office of authority.


Mark 13:5-6

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.


In the Bible, the church of Christ is portrayed as a bride, and Christ as the bridegroom:


Revelation 19:7

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.


The Bible commonly refers to the relationship between husband and wife as equivalent to the relationship between Christ and the church. See Ephesians 5:28-32.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. See John 1:29, Revelation 7:17, etc.


Revelation 21:2

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared

as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.


Revelation 21:9

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came

and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”


See also Matthew 25:1-13, Mark 2:19, Matthew 22:1-14 where Christ typifies Himself as the bridegroom.


Now, if the church is the bride, or wife of Christ, then what would a whore—a perverted bride be? Would not a whore be a perverted church? Would it not be a “church” that is unfaithful to God’s Word?


Read Revelation 17 and notice the great whore is drunk with the blood of the saints. Then read Fox’s Book of Martyrs and notice throughout the ages, how much blood Rome, the pope and the Roman Catholic Church has shed because people followed God’s Word instead of Roman teachings. Rome, in all its various forms, has persecuted more Christians than any other institution on the face of the earth. During the middle ages, the Roman Church put to death untold millions of Christians! It only started with the Roman Empire (Nero is one famous example), and, as the empire decayed, power was transferred from the Roman Emperor to the Roman Pontiff—the pope. As the Roman Empire died out, the office of the pope grew in place of the emperor and remains to this day.


The Bible even warns us where the antichrist will be found. He will be found in a church.


2 Thessalonians 2:4

He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped,

so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.


“God’s temple” represents the church. We are warned that the antichrist will be found in a church! The one that will stand “in the place of Christ” is not a political leader, but the head of a false church!


The temple at Jerusalem that was destroyed in 70 A.D. is not what Paul is referring to (although Rome did do that. History, as well as prophecy, has a way of repeating itself). The word ‘temple’ in the above verse is carried over into the New Testament teaching and indicates either the body of the individual believer, (1Corinthians 3:16) or the whole body of professing Christians (Ephesians 2:20-22). The New Testament uses two words to refer to a temple.Hieron” is used when describing the literal physical temple in Jerusalem. “Hieron” includes the entire aggregate of buildings, balconies, porticos, and outer courts. “Naos”  can describe the literal temple, but only in describing the sacred sanctuaries—the Holy place, and the “Holy of Holies.” “Naos”  also has a second more “metaphysical” meaning. It is also used to refer to the “temple” of the individual body, and also to the body of Christ—the church. In John 2:19-21, Jesus used “naos”  to refer to His body. Elsewhere, the Bible teaches the body of Christ is the church (1Corinthians 6:15,19, Colossians 1:24, Ephesians 1:22-23). The word used in 2Thes 2:4 is “naos”, which is the word that would have to be used if a false leader were going to enter and infiltrate the body of Christ. Since the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed about 2000 years ago, and the antichrist will still be in the temple when Christ returns to destroy him, the only temple that the “man of sin” can occupy is the temple (naos) –the body of Christ—the church.


When the Bible uses prophetic language, a beast represents a kingdom, and a kingdom can also represent a church. Perhaps the beast here represents false Christianity. Notice in Revelation chapter 13 that the beast (kingdom/church) had been wounded by a sword (verses 3,12, and 14). And God uses the sword to illustrate His Wordthe Scriptures. See Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12. As with all apocalyptic language in the Bible, it is difficult to know with certainty, but there is a very strong case to be made that this passage (Revelation 13:3,12,14) represents the great blow that was made to the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation when the Word of God (the Bible) became widely known, and did great damage to Rome. Yet, it recovered and healed and is still here today.


Matthew 23:9

And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.


Outrageous Claims Made For The Pope!

Not only are outlandish claims, such as those above, made regarding the authority of the pope, but he is addressed by various terms (Supreme Pontiff, Holy Father, etc.) which belong only to God. No such terms were given to a mere man in the holy Scriptures. The term “Holy Father” is used only once in God’s word. It is used by Jesus in John 17:11 as He prayed to God the Father. For a mere man to assume the authority and titles which belong only to God, is surely the height of arrogance and blasphemy. If not, why not?

  1. The New York Catholic Catechism, under: Pope, says, “The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth...by divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by one, God himself on earth.”
  2. In his encyclical, “The Reunion of Christendom” (1885), Pope Leo XIII stated that the pope holds “upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”
  3. The Council of Trent declared: “Sitting in that chair in which Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, sat to the close of life, the Catholic Church recognizes in his person the most exalted degree of dignity, and the full jurisdiction not based on constitutions, but emanating from no less authority than from God Himself. As the Successor of St. Peter and the true and legitimate Vicar of Jesus Christ, he therefore, presides over the Universal Church, the Father and Governor of all the faithful, of Bishops, also and of all other prelates, be their station, rant, or power, what they may be.”
  4. The Catholic book, “My Catholic Faith” which is based on the Baltimore Catechism, on page 251, says, “The Pope can make and unmake laws for the entire Church; his authority is supreme and unquestioned. Every bishop, every priest, every member of the Church is subject to him.”


By David J. Riggs



In his encyclical, “The Reunion of Christendom” (1885), Pope Leo XIII said that the pope holds “upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”



More claims of the pope:


Pope Innocent III put in writing, ‘We may according to the ullness of our power, dispose of the law and dispense above the law. Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God. For the Pope holdeth place on earth, not simply of a man but of the true God.’ I Book of Gregory 9 Decret. C3.


The Lateran Council, addressing Pope Julius II in an address delivered by Marcellus states, ‘Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, tou art physician, thou art governor, thou are husbandman, thou finally ART ANOTHER GOD ON EARTH’ Council Edit. Colm. Agrip. 1618.


Pope Nicholas claimed the title of God. His words are:—‘I am all in all and above all, so that God Himself, and I, the Vicar of God, hath both one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do . . . Wherefore, if those things that I do be said not to be done of man, but of God. WHAT CAN YOU MAKE ME BUT GOD? Again, if prelates of the Church be called and counted of Constantine for gods, I then, being above all prelates, seem by this reason to be ABOVE ALL GODS. Wherefore, no marvel if it be in my power to dispense with all things, yea, with the precepts of Christ.’ See Decret. Par Distinct 96 Ch. 7 Edit Lugd. 1661.


‘I alone despite my unworthiness, am the successor of the Apostles, the Vicar of Jesus Christ: I alone have the mission to guide and direct the barque of Peter; I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.’ — Pope Pius IX. 



The leaders of the Catholic Church understand very clearly that the Word of God—the Bible, opposes their man-made institution and their false teachings. Yet, they persist in their evil and refuse to repent!

Following is an excerpt from an address given by the Cardinals to Pope Pius III, and is preserved in the National Library of Paris, Folio No. 1068, Vol. 2, pp. 650 651:

“Of all the advice that we can offer your holiness we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the gospel suffice which is usually read in mass, and let no one be permitted to read more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as the people want to read more, your interest will fail. The Bible is a book, which more than any other, has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact, if one compares the teaching of the Bible with what takes place in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the Bible, and oftener still, contrary to it.”


If you are in the Roman Catholic Church, God says to you:


“Come out of her, my people,
       so that you will not share in her sins,
       so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

-Revelation 18:4


Get out now while you still can!


Revelation 19:19-21

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to

make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and

with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With

these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped

his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The

rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse,

and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.


Revelation 20:10

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.



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The pope’s coronation (below)


The three beasts and 666 (REV. 13)  Babylon the great riding the beast (REV. 17)

Art used by permission by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992.
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The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious

stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and

the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON


I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who

bore testimony to Jesus.

--Revelation 17:4-6





Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked,

“Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”…

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written

in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

--Revelation 13:4,8




With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

-Revelation 17:2


Pope addressing United Nations session of the General Assembly


“For all the nations have drunk
       the maddening wine of her adulteries.
   The kings of the earth committed adultery with her…”

-Revelation 18:3


“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard

any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”


The sex problems in the Catholic Church stem from forbidding their leaders to marry. See 1Timothy 2:1-5.





‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

-Revelation 18:6



What is the “mark of the beast”?




The pope is the antichrist







*Footnote: Much controversy exists about the existence of such a crown. But whether or not such a crown with this inscription still exists does not matter. Where the title is inscribed is of no importance whatsoever. What matters is the Latin title, VICARIVS FILII DEI (Vicar of the Son of God), is a title which describes the position, or office of the pope, and has even been used to refer to his position by leaders of the Catholic Church itself:

“A small number of Catholic figures referred to the supposed existence of the title in books. In The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ, a book by British Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Henry Edward Cardinal Manning three references were made in English to the Pope as the "Vicar of the Son of God.” [1]. Writing on behalf of James Cardinal Gibbons in 1904, William F. Russell said that the title was "used by the Cardinal who imposes the tiara at the coronation of a Pope," though he couldn't say with certainty whether it appeared on the Pope's tiara. [2] In a signed statement from the early 1940's, Dr. J. Quasten of Catholic University wrote, "The title Vicarius Filii Dei as well as the title Vicarius Christi is very common as the title for the Pope.”[3] **


Much smokescreen is thrown up in an effort to divert attention away from the real issue. The Catholic Church will take issue as to the existence of any such crown with the inscription in question, but the fact remains, the title, VICARIVS FILII DEI exists and is used to refer to the pope even by their own leaders!


1.) See pp. 141, 231, 232 of the second edition published in 1862 in London by Burns & Lambert.

2.) This letter is catalogued as document FRS #35, and is on file at the James White Library of Andrews University.

3.) Dr. Quasten's signed statement is catalogued as document FRS #12, and is also on file at the James White Library. Click here to see it now.


“Vicar of Christ” - a slightly altered, yet equivalent title for the pope used by the Catholic Church today. They are afraid to use the words “Vicar of the Son of God” these days since its exposure as the number of the beast.




** From Wikipedia