“…that Man of Sin… the Son of Perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess.2:1-12)
This past weekend – Saturday, April 2, 2005 – the pope of Rome, John Paul II, died and passed into eternity.
For over a quarter of a century, this man reigned as pope in the Vatican – Satan’s Seat. He was the leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics. The turbulent years of the 1980s and 1990s are in so many ways dominated by the words and works of John Paul II. He presided over the world’s most iniquitous religion, Satan’s masterpiece itself, guiding it through some of its greatest setbacks and some of its greatest triumphs (for itself, that is).
He was, without a doubt, the most charismatic and popular pope in the history of the Papacy. Never was there a pope like this one, winning over hundreds of millions of people, both Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic. He was loved the world over. He was “the peoples’ pope”, an actor who knew how to work the crowds, and who made the Papacy accessible in a sense to millions as never before. Other popes before him had been remote, hardly ever leaving the Vatican and when they did so, being carried shoulder-high on golden seats, remote from their followers. This pope was different.
And as a result, under this man the Roman Papacy was given a “friendlier” face than it ever had before. He travelled the world, meeting world leaders and the common people, smiling, shaking hands, his charisma winning their hearts.
But what was happening, all this time? The Papal religion was being promoted! Romanism was being seen, by millions, as a beautiful and good religion! John Paul II truly was the greatest Public Relations Officer for Roman Catholicism that Rome has ever had!
You will now begin to hear the praises heaped upon his head by so-called “Christian”, “Evangelical” leaders the world over: men like Billy Graham, for example, who long ago declared John Paul II to be “the moral leader of the world”, “the greatest religious leader of the modern world”, an evangelist who was “pointing men to Christ”; and many, many others will all sing his praises, speaking of him as a great Christian man, many even saying he was the greatest Christian man in all the world! They will tell the world that he is now in heaven. For weeks to come, we will hear such men saying such things!
He will, I have no doubt, go down in history, in the eyes of the world, as one of the three or four greatest figures of the twentieth century, along with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, and perhaps one or two more. But just as Mandela and Gorbachev don’t deserve such an honour, nor does he! What is the truth about John Paul II? Far from being a great man in the real sense of the word, and as far from the kingdom of God, and thus from being a Christian man, as it is possible to get, he was a wicked man (see 2 Thess.2:8), and a lost man; and as unpalatable as it is to the multitudes of Roman Catholics, and indeed the people of the world, to hear, biblically the truth is that this man was not a servant of Christ, but was in fact (as all popes before him were, and as all popes after him will be) the Antichrist of Holy Scripture! – the greatest enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, His blessed Gospel, and His true Church in all the world! This is the categorical teaching of Paul the apostle, writing by divine inspiration, in 2 Thess.2:3,4. John Paul II was the head of the most vile false religion on the planet, a monstrous, iniquitous religious system masquerading as a church, which is called in Holy Scripture, by the Holy Spirit, the Great Whore, and also, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Rev.17:1,5).
Christians must learn to always view things as God views them. Roman Catholics call their religious system the “Roman Catholic Church”; but the Lord in His Word calls it “the Great Whore.” Roman Catholics call it “Holy Mother Church”; but the Lord in His Word calls it “the Mother of Harlots.” Roman Catholics call it “the Bride of Christ”; but the Lord in His Word calls it a harlot, a prostitute. And Roman Catholics call their pope “the Holy Father”; but the Lord in His Word calls him “the Man of Sin and Son of Perdition”; “that Wicked”!