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Drudge Report Asks Most Pressing Question Of Our Time: Is Pope Francis The Antichrist?

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Pope Francis has positioned himself as the enemy of the American right-wing with his talk of economic inequality, global warming, his tepid welcoming of gay people, and his olive branch to Muslims worldwide.

Given how quickly hes fallen out of favor with the religious right, is it any wonder that Rapture-watchers are now asking whether Pope Francis is the Antichrist. In fact, the question is so pressing that The Drudge Report explored it on Wednesday, pondering in a headline if the Pope was the Antichrist.

The spirit of the antichrist

Antichrist appears exactly five times in the Bible, and all of them are in John.

The first time, in 1 John 2:18, the name appears as a warning against people who deny Christ:

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

Its worth noting that people have been writing commentary about the Gospel of John since the 3rd century of the common era. This is a long hour.

It appears several other times throughout 1 John (2:22, 4:3) and 2 John (1:7), all of them warning about individuals who would deny the divinity of Christ. Nowhere in John does it suggest the antichrist is a single individual; in fact, 1 John 2:18 even says that there have been multiple antichrists (see above).

This is because antichrist is not a proper noun; its a general noun, like anti-discrimination, anti-hate, anti-bigotry, or Antisemitism.

So already The Drudge Report is off to a bad start, but it gets even worse: theres a long history of bloody violence between Catholicism and Protestantism, and Protestants throughout history have made it a hobby of accusing the Pope of being the Antichrist. Its anti-Catholicism in its purest form, a phenomenon deeply rooted in the American religious right.

That the Drudge Report would indulge in this ancient blood feud shouldnt surprise anyone. In their piece, the report links to a Charisma News article that explains Why So Many People Think Pope Francis Is the Antichrist. The answer is because theyre Biblical illiterates, but the post asks whether Francis role as the Antichrist is symbolic of the toxic End of Days theology and the second coming of Christ:

If you type is Pope Francis antichrist into Google, youll get about 425,000 results in .37 seconds. By way of comparison, if you ask Google the same question about Pope Benedict you only get 137,000 and it takes a little longer.47 seconds.

Well, that settles it. Google is never wrong.

The Charisma News piece also cites a Gallup poll from earlier in July that found the Popes popularity has taken a nosedive among conservatives.

Also on the list of evidence convincing people that the Pope is the Antichrist is that the Pope has warmed up to Islam.

The author, Jennifer LeClaire, concludes by citing chatter, and asking if the Popes presence predicts the final days before the mythical and eternally delayed Rapture (its easier to get a flight from LaGuardia Airport that it is Jesus Airlines, clearly):

Could Francis be the final pope before Christs return? Could he be the Antichrist? Is he the False Prophet? The chatter continues.

Heres what we know: More than 50 years ago, a Jesuit priest predicted the resignation of Pope Benedictto the dayand now Tom Horn, who worked with Cris Putnam to unveil a 900-year-old prophecy buried in the library at the Vatican that describes a series of 112 popes, and others are looking at his research. Was he divinely inspired? Was he demonically inspired? Horn asks. Because we know demons know things about times and dispensations, too.

These are strange days in which we live. How do you feel about the Popes stand on homosexuality, Islam, capitalism and the New World Order?

The answer, of course, is no. Theres no such thing as the end of days, the Rapture, or the antichrist. But people will believe anyway, because they want the easy way out.

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    • Rick Derris

      If you grew up in militant evangelical circles, it was common to refer to the pope as an antichrist. Not THE antichrist, but a antichrist nonetheless.

      • DailyAlice

        Lets not forget that many Catholics have made common cause with far-right evangelicals. I personally like the present Pope. Im a Lutheran.

    • Theoldlady

      Not THE Ant-christ, just a false prophet.He represents the one world religious system of Revelations chapter 13. THE ANTI-CHRIST is someone not born in this world. An alien being perhaps coming to earth claiming to be God. Rapture of the church is a lie. It already happened; Matthew chapter 27 starting with verse 51.

    • Vincent Valentine

      I have as much respect for this Pope as I do for the Dalai Lama. If anyone is the antichrist, Im pretty sure the religious right would be it.

    • StrangeOneClearcut

      The Anti-Christ is that guy, Gohmert.God told me this last night.He said I need to clean up the house.

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