By Gilbert Lillo http://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com.au/
I do not know the Antichrist’s background or nationality, but I think I know his previous job before he takes over the presidency of the EU. (I’d better say the new Caesar’s throne). I got it from the interpretation of Revelation 17 verses 9, 10 and 11. The 7 hills represent Roman Catholicism: v 9. Wherefore the 7 heads that are 7 kings are 7 popes: v10.
The clue to a proper interpretation is to be found in Rev. 17: 9, 10, 11. There we see 7 mounts that typify Rome, even Roman Catholicism, (v.9). Therefore, the 7 kings are the kings of Rome, i.e. the popes; the last 7 popes. “Five are fallen, and ONE IS, (i.e. this one is the Antichrist, the man of sin, the son of perdition), and the other is not yet come…”, (v.10). We could count these popes since the creation of the EEC, the former name of this present European Union which was born officially on March 25th 1957, when the Treaty of Rome was signed by France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Bear in mind that the beast is formed by 7 heads (religious aspect: Roman Catholicism) and 10 horns (civilian and military aspects: The European nations).
True it is that Pius XII was still on duty that year but it was his last year, and moreover this verse says that these 5 popes are fallen. What does it mean that they are fallen? I think it deals with the traditional attitude of Vatican toward the Jews. As a matter of fact Catholics are post-millennialist and their Replacement theology, i.e. interpreting the nation of Israel as their Holy Mother Church in all the prophecies concerning the glorious future of this nation, requires the nonexistence of any Hebrew State. Pius XII was an ally to Hitler with whom he signed a Concordat in 1933, when he was yet known as cardinal Pacelli. (Actually he signed the treaty with Von Papen a devout Catholic and fervent Nazi, and the prelate Montini who became later Paul VI participated in the meetings). Pius XII never fell before the Jews, he always treated them scornfully and hatefully.
On the other hand, John XXIII fell from this arrogant and devilish attitude toward the Jews, and wherefore I deem we should start to count the last 7 popes at the beginning of the Vatican 2 council. John XXIII’s famous encyclical “Nostra Aetate”, (Our Days), in its fourth part speaks of the bond that ties the people of the ‘New Covenant’ Christians to Abraham’s stock (Jews). It states that even though some Jewish authorities and those who followed them called for Jesus death, the blame for this cannot be laid at the door of all those Jews present at that time, nor can the Jews in our time be held as guilty, thus repudiating an indiscriminate charge of Jewish deicide; ‘the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God’.
The Declaration also decries all displays of antisemitism made at any time by anyone. Moreover, it states that the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead did not press for the death of Christ. The Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. All should see to it, then, that in Catechetical work or in the preaching of the word of God they do not teach anything that does not conform to the truth of the Gospel and the spirit of Christ. Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel’s spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone…
A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE
Therefore I believe that we have 2 good reasons to start the list of the 7 popes by John XXIII: 1st the Treaty of Rome, 2nd the change of attitude toward the Jews that started after Pius ‘decease, for this change of attitude must endure till comes pope #6. Of course this friendly attitude is not because of the Gospel’s spiritual love, but because of political reasons which led them to acknowledge the Hebrew State in 1993! Number 6 will not fall in such attitude, he will not keep a respectful attitude toward Israel, but will go back to the traditional position that Rome upheld for centuries, and i.e. that the Jews are dangerous heretics like the Protestants. Moreover the pope Frances I we have today on stage is 82 years old, and that imports that if he were the eschatological Antichrist, he should sit that at roughly 90 years old in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, (at the end of the 7 years of the great Tribulation, viz. Daniel’s 70th week), demanding universal adoration of his own person after having conquered the whole world. It seems to me that it is too much for such an old pope! Satan needs a young and charismatic leader, full of energy, not an old man in his senile decay with a tremulous voice…
Hence I give you my list of the 5 kings who are fallen, who are the popes preceding the Antichrist:
1st John XXIII (1958/1963),
2nd Paul VI (1963/1978),
3rd John Paul II (1978/2005),
4th Benedict XVI (2005/2013),
5th Frances I (2013/?).
After, if I am not wrong, should come Number 6; the Antichrist, the last emperor of the last Roman Empire. That man of sin should be followed by pope Number 7 for a short time, before Number 6 becomes pope Number 8, and claims to be God. (Some will say that I forgot Albino Luciani known as John Paul I, but he is not to be considered as a pope in this list of 7, for he did not reign as a pope because he refused to wear the pope’s mitre, which is the symbol of his supreme authority above all powers on earth; he just accepted the “pallium”; the rod that any bishop of any city holds, because did not want to be the bishop of the bishops. Wherefore after one month, during the year 1978. (He was probably murdered). Why is the Antichrist the sixth pope? Because verse 10 says about the sixth king: “and ONE IS”.
It means: this one is the beast, the Antichrist, the man of sin, the son of perdition. This pope number 6 will do something that has already been done recently by catholic priests in South America. In Barranquilla, one of the biggest cities in Colombia, a priest called Hoyo, left his ministry so as to become the mayor running the affairs of the town hall. The same did, in Paraguay, the bishop called Lugo who was elected president of the Republic; he quit his religious ministry so as to be the president in charge of the Republic. Thus will do the pope number 6, he will leave his functions as pope, in order to run the presidency of the EU.
A PRIEST WHO IS A PRIEST, FOREVER A PRIEST
Bear in mind that according to the Roman canonical laws, a priest, or a bishop or a pope, never loses his priest anointment, even if he leaves the ministry. There is a big international financial crisis today, and Vatican has more gold than the federal bank of the U.S.A. No wonder therefore if pope number 6 would rescue the euro zone financial system, in return for the presidency of the EU. He would then, leave his office as pope temporarily. Although I believe that terror will actually prompt the EU to surrender absolute power to this pope, the eschatological Antichrist. As a matter of fact, the vision of the wrath of the Lamb, which shall occur at the opening of the 6th seal, (Rev.6: 12 to 17), shall make the 10 horns, the governments of the confederate nations of the EU, “give their power and strength unto the beast”: Rev. 17: 13).
Pope number 6 will become the permanent general president of the EU. but he will remain at the same time a pope “out of duty”. Therefore, in Vatican, they will elect a new pope (Number 7) to be in charge of the Catholic Church: “And when he cometh, he must continue a short space”. When Number 6 will take back his office as pope Number 8, Number 7 will retire or will be eliminated… (For years I thought that Pope # 7 could be the false prophet of RV, 19: 20, but recently I discovered that according to the Scriptures and to geopolitics the president of the USA could be the false prophet. We will see this later…) Number 8 who is also Number 6 will be then a genuine Caesar of the new Roman Empire; the supreme leader of that mega European state and will be worshiped as God, for he claims first to be the vicar of Christ on earth, afterward he will proclaim himself God on earth! He will renew with that blasphemous pretension that former Caesars of the old Roman empire used to impose on their subjects of total worship.
Number 6 will be the complete beast on both sides; religious and political. “Nothing new under the sun” said the Preacher… Then shall be fulfilled the prophecy of Revelation 17: 11: “The beast, (the president of the European Union), which was, and is not, is also the eighth (pope), and he is amidst the 7, (since he was pope number 6, legally elected by the counsel of cardinals in Rome), and he goes to perdition (at the second coming of Christ Jesus)”. This is the interpretation I believe. Time will tell very soon, after pope Francis ‘demise, if it is a personal interpretation or a revealed interpretation!
Now I would add something else about Daniel 7: 20 and 24 which interpretation seemed to me difficult till I saw a great, classical picture: “Left behind”, (the first chapter of that series). I do not agree with lots of things taught in this picture although it gives a good frame for unlearned believers in Millenarian eschatology. For instance, they have that the Antichrist will be the president of the UN whereas I see the Antichrist as the president of the EU, and as a former pope. They claim that the 10 horns which are 10 kings (Rev. 17: 12) are actually 10 governors of 10 global areas of the New World Order designed by the UN, whereas I say that these 10 governors are the presidents of the 10 nations which started the EU at Maastricht, and will finally be the real powers (the 10 horns) inside the new Roman Empire at the end of its history; the rest of the nations which now makes part of the EU being reduced to satellites that evolve around these 10 governors who shall be submitted to the son of perdition. But Daniel. 7: 20, 24 tells us that among these governors 3 of them will oppose the Antichrist. Mark well that the Antichrist being the pope, arises after them and was a small king of the small state of Vatican (v.8). Now this small king coming from Vatican will get rid of 3 governors at once. How?
Well I think that Lalonde gave us the answer in his picture when we see the Antichrist killing 2 bankers during a session at the UN in New York. In that movie we see the Antichrist making a show of his power controlling the minds of the ten governors, killings those 2 bankers in front of them, and erasing on the spot that scene from their minds implanting instead a vision of the bankers killing one another during that summit. We are warned in Holy Writ that the man of sin will come “after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish…and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thessalonians. 2: 9, 10, 11). Therefore I believe that the Antichrist will kill 3 presidents of the EU so as to get total control of the new Roman Empire which shall lead the world into the New World Order and into perdition. It may happen during a summit as in the film “Left Behind” or in in other circumstances. God knows the whole picture, but he has given us the testimony of Jesus which the spirit of prophecy which enables us to understand together the words of the prophecy of this book, viz. the Bible.