False Claims about the Antichrist

1. False: that the Antichrist will attack the Church from within; that the Antichrist will be a Pope, or that the false prophet of the Antichrist will be a Pope, or similar claims. Wrong.

The Antichrist takes control of the whole world politically and militarily. He is never a religious leader, except that, once he gains political and military control of the whole world, he proclaims himself to be Divine, or be God or a god.

{7:23} And thus he said, “The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom on earth, which will be greater than all the kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth, and will trample and crush it.
{7:24} Moreover, the ten horns of the same kingdom will be ten kings, and another will rise up after them, and he will be mightier than the ones before him, and he will bring down three kings.

The fourth “beast” is the kingdom of the ten kings. It includes all the nations on earth: “will devour the whole earth”. And then the Antichrist becomes one of these ten kings. So he is a political leader who rules over one of the ten kingdoms. Then he defeats three kings, taking control of a total of four of the ten kingdoms in the kingdom of the ten kings.

At La Salette, the Blessed Virgin Mary said that the Antichrist and his associates (his peers in doing evil) will win military victories at a young age. So the Antichrist will at first have military power, prior to political power.

Therefore, the Antichrist is not a religious leader within the Catholic Church. The Antichrist is never a Catholic deacon, or priest, or Bishop. The Antichrist is never a Roman Pontiff, nor is he ever an antipope, someone who falsely claims to be Pope or an invalid pope. He rises to political and military power. And that is absolutely necessary for him to reach his goal of world domination. For the world in that future time is very sinful and very hateful toward Christians:

Jesus, speaking about the End Times, says “And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name.” (Mt 10:22) and “Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.” (Mt 24:9). So, during the tribulation, the world will hate Christians. Therefore, the Antichrist cannot rise to world power by being a Christian leader, and by deceiving Christians into supporting him. So the Antichrist never represents himself as if he were a Pope or Bishop or priest. The world will hate Christians, Jews, and Muslims during that time. For as the centuries pass, the world becomes ever more sinful, and therefore ever more hateful of those who worship God.

Once the Antichrist gains control of the world, then he tries to cause the world to worship him as if he were God or the Son of God (or whatever the specific claims might be): “he sits in the temple of God, presenting himself as if he were God.”

2. False: that the Antichrist rises to power by deceiving the world with speeches promising peace and prosperity.

The rise to power of the Antichrist in that future time is by political and military power, by betrayal and deceptive negotiations, and certainly by false promises. He might well make speeches promising whatever people desire, such as prosperity and wealth, etc. But that is much like almost any politician. It does not help to identify him.

However, he does not promise peace in the sense of a loving harmony of all human persons. Why would he make such a promise to a very sinful world? The Antichrist cannot rise to power until the world becomes an exceedingly wicked place, with few holy persons left. So he cannot rise to power by making promises such as a holy leader might make, not even by lying promises. He promises the sinful of the world what they desire, which is wealth, food, entertainments, and every kind of sinful self-indulgence.
{11:24} And he will enter into rich and resourceful cities, and he will do what his fathers never did, nor his fathers’ fathers. He will scatter their spoils, and their prey, and their riches, and will form a plan against the most steadfast, and this until a time.

When he wins some of his first battles, as he rises to power within the kingdom of the North (Europe), the Antichrist robs the defeated and gives the spoils of war to his supporters. He does not become popular by promising peace and love for the world; that is not what the sinful world of his future time wants.

3. False: that the Antichrist pretends to be a holy preacher, like Jesus during His Ministry; that the Antichrist will have 12 Apostles, like Jesus; that the Antichrist will dress and pretend to act like Jesus, preaching to crowds, etc.

The Antichrist seeks to become the absolute dictator of the whole world. And he reaches this goal by political and military power, not by pretending to be a holy preacher. He behaves like a military dictator, until he gains power over the whole world, and then he pretends to be a god. But he is not someone pretending to be Christ-like. Rather, he preaches unmitigated unveiled extreme evil; he promotes the most grave sins: sexual sins, murder, slavery, as well as extreme hatred of all past and present religions but his own. No Christian would ever confuse the Antichrist with someone who is in any Christian sense “holy”.

The Antichrist does not dress like Jesus of Nazareth; he does not try to speak or act like Jesus. And he does not have 12 Apostles.

4. False claims about the name of the Antichrist and the number 666.

There are many different false claims on these points. The name of the Antichrist will have six letters in his first, middle, and last names each. It is as simple as that. There is no need to give each letter in his name a numerical value and then add them up, as has so often been claimed.

But you cannot identify the Antichrist about of billions of people by finding persons with that number of letters in their name. So it is not useful, until the time of the Antichrist is reached, and the world sees one man rise to power over all ten kingdoms. Then the name and number will make sense. Until then, it is not useful.

5. False: that the Antichrist is in the world today.

The Antichrist is born in the late 2300s and he will rise to power in the early 2400s, taking power over the whole world about 2430-2431. He is not in the world today.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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5 Responses to False Claims about the Antichrist

  1. Sunimal Fernando says:

    Antichrist is Russia or China or some other communist country . They are now ready to gain world power. 666 chip also ready. Tested in Swiden. Jesus told the signs of times. He did not tell tribulations as 3 steps. He will come like a thief. We dont know the dates .I dont know the summary of La salette message .you also not say it clearly .Jesus told to refer only abomination of disolation in Daniel and not the whole chapter.

    • Alex says:

      It is so easy to accuse “the others”, the communists, etc., without seeing the gross errors in the West especially in the USA. Errors that eclipse times what the communists could ever do. It is abortion and it is not only abortion. You would never freeze to death on the street in USSR because you were homeless and unemployed. If the abortions are equal evil that happens sadly everywhere, then God may judge the other sins as well. China cannot qualify even theoretically for the “antichrist” birthing nation, simply because he is said to be “the Assyrian” and a descendant of the Roman empire (ref. Isaiah, Daniel). And Russia, however authoritarian the current regime of Putin is, it is very very far from that beast of the revelation, maybe farther than the USA itself is right now (I cannot say what it will be in a year from now, I hope it converts and fast before it is stricken by God). See the things without pink glasses!

  2. Alex says:

    Ron, you may be perfectly right that the antichrist is not now but after 300 years. Or even 300 years might not be enough in God’s grand plan for the events to develop. Nearly 2,000 years the Christians expected them and none of them guessed correctly. And those were saints.. We simply don’t know, we do our best suggestions.

    What matters for us now is what happens in the next 20-30 years when God gives us to live. We see with our own eyes how the mighty USA crumbles from a winter storm of several days. The country that invented much of the current level technology and electricity, and that teaches other nations how should they behave, and exported technology production to China to the extend China to be the world supplier now not only of clothes but of computers etc. Does it mean USA is doomed to fail? Just see how many doomsday films are produced that show one and the same: the apocalyptic pictures (the name used, not real apocalypse) are seen in the US cities. Is it only Hollywood trick to get more viewers and money? Don’t think so. They tell us in plain sight what is to come.

    What if St Hildegard prophecy of a comet to struck the land beyond the ocean is about to happen much sooner than the antichrist? Actually she suggests exactly that. Without being a dogma. St Hildegard is now a doctor of the Church.

    If it is man made, we may get few more years. if it is a natural catastrophe that is coming, we can’t do anything about, it is a fixed time. As Medjugorje said the secrets are already set with concrete dates. And the tenth secret cannot be cancelled or lessened whatsoever, regardless of the amount of prayers and sacrifices. (That is to say, the secrets 1-9 could).

    The devote ultra conservatives make a big mistake, the mistake of their lifetime and that of their children’s children, when they disregard the reality and hide in their fictional world. Yes some of them are preppers, while others are not. But you can’t survive in the mountain/cave or in your home. You need to accept the hand of God that in most cases for those 2,000 years has been a hand of someone human and sinner as you who nevertheless comes in the name of the Lord.

  3. Alex says:

    2038 comet would fit the publicly announced plans for a Moon base (2024 as a start) and sending manned expedition on Mars (currently three unmanned missions are there from NASA, UAE and China).
    I tend to believe it will not take another 18 years for the Minor Chastisement (comet etc), not the least because of Malachi Martin’s words that envisioned 2017. But who knows? Maybe USA will continue up until 2038 to be the leading force on earth. 18 years are not that much, and those of us who live to see it, better use well that time and the available resources that God has given us. 2021 will be a key year though that may decide much.
    The American Catholics must be ready for everything, to be EMPed tomorrow, and if good comes for another 18 years, thanks be to God. To behave like the harlot of Revelation “I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see” even if only in spiritual way (the worst, btw) will not indulge them later. They must work hard now to win treasure in heaven by helping the poorer, now when they have everything compared to other nations, so they are rewarded later regardless how the future develops. If there is a rescue from the stricken land (let it be 2038) that rescue must be earned hard, it is not free inherited by chance.

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