Historical Witnesses Against Antichrist Summary

This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study provides a summary of the many testimonies from our family in Messiah, who witnesses against the antichrist Popes of Rome, many who paid for their testimony with their lives.

Arnulf (991), the Bishop of Orleans, proclaimed the Pope as the Antichrist, sitting in the temple of God, and showing himself as God.

Gherbert of Rheims (1000) said; the Pope was the antichrist sitting in the temple of God.

In the book of Waldensian Pastor Leger called “Treatise on Antichrist” written in 1120, said “That treatise brands the Romish Church as the harlot Babylon, and the Papacy as the “man of sin” and antichrist.”

Berenger (1200) said the Roman see to be not the apostolic seat, but the seat of Satan.

Eberhard II (1240), archbishop of Salzburg, affirmed that the Pope was the antichrist.

Waldensian Reinerius Saccho asserted “that the Romish church is not the church of Jesus Christ, but a church of malignants and that it apostatized under Sylvester—and that the Church of Rome is the harlot in the apocalypse.”

Michal of Cesena (1270-1342), who came out of the Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church, declared the Church of Rome to be the Whore of Babylon.

John Wycliffe (1330-1384) Who translated the Latin Vulgate Bible into English, said Antichrist, the head of all these evil men, is the pope of Rome.

Walter Brute (1391), a noted scholar, prophetic expositor and associate of Wycliffe; was martyred for saying the Pope is the Antichrist.

Matthias of Janow (a fourteenth-century Bohemian ecclesiastical writer.) said the Pope is the most wicked Christian, falsely styling himself by that name.

John Purvey (1354–1414), one of the leading followers of the English theologian and reformer John Wycliffe; said the Papacy was the kingdom of the Antichrist.

Sir John Oldcastle (1417), a follower of Wycliffe, proclaimed the Pope as the great Antichrist, the Son of Perdition, the open Adversary of God, and the Abomination standing in the holy place.

William White, a follower of John Wycliffe; said that the pope… is nothing else but a devilish estate and heavy yoke of antichrist, and therefore he is an enemy unto Christ’s truth.

John Huss (1372-1415), a well-educated man from Bohemia, who came under the influence of Wycliffe’s writings, which caused him to break with the church of Rome; proclaimed the Antichrist has been revealed in the Pope for which he was burned to death.

John Purvey, (1354-1428), who was a close associate of John Wycliffe, published a commentary on the Apocalypse in 1390 based on Wycliffe’s sermons; rightly and truly pronounced the Pope as Antichrist.

William Tyndale (1493-1536) was an English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant Reformation; said the Pope is the antichrist and his doctrine sprung of the devil.

Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) was a great Swiss Reformer; proclaimed the might and power of the Devil, that is, of the Antichrist… the Papacy has to be abolished.

John Calvin (1509-1564) was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation; said we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist.

Martin Luther was an Augustinian monk, who the Father called out of the Papal Church. declared “We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist.”

Nicolaus von Amsdorf (1483-1565) was a friend and ardent colleague of Martin Luther; said that the pope is the real, true Antichrist.

Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560), a German Reformer, said that the Roman Pontiff is the antichrist.

Ulriucus Zuinglius, a zealous reformer in Switzerland; said the Pope is the Antichrist whom Paul described.

Confession of the Glastonbury Congregation (1551)…French refugees in England who first gathered under Calvin and Farel; “Moreover I renounce the Pope as the Roman Antichrist, and his whole doctrine and religion…“

London Confession of John à Lasco (1551) “We further beseech thee, O Most Merciful Father, for the preservation of the Churches of this Kingdom, as well as all of the others scattered throughout the entire world, in which the Doctrine of thy Son is being proclaimed, cleansed of the blasphemies of the Roman antichrist.

John Hooper (1551-1554), the Bishop of Gloucester, a proponent of the English Reformation, he was martyred during the Queen Mary Persecutions; said the Pope is the capital enemy of Christ and his religion.

Master John Bradford, who was martyred in 1555, said “the usurped authority of the supremacy of the bishop of Rome is undoubtedly that great Antichrist.”

In 1555 Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester; said before being burned to death, “What fellowship have Christ with Antichrist? Therefore it is not lawful to bear the yoke with the Papists. Come forth from among them, and separate yourselves from them, saith the Lord.’“

Nicholas Ridley (1555), English Bishop of London; said before being burned to death that the See of Rome is the seat of Satan.

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, he was responsible for establishing the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England; said before being burned to death that the Pope is Christ’s enemy, and the antichrist.

Master Bullingham (1562) said the pope is antichrist, Rome religion from hell.

John Maundrel, William Coberly, and John Spicer, three martyrs suffering at Salisbury; said the Pope is God’s enemy.

Minister Robert Drakes, William Tyms, Richard Spurge, Thomas Spurge, John Cavel, and George Ambrose (1556), were burned to death for proclaiming that the Pope is the Antichrist.

John Hullie (1520-1556), a minister; was burned to death for proclaiming that the Pope is the Antichrist.

Henry Adlington, Laurence Pernam, Henry Wye, William Halliwel, Thomas Bowyer, George Searles, Edmund Hurst, Lyon Cawch, Ralph Jackson, John Derifall, John Routh, Elizabeth Pepper, and Agnes George (1556); were all burnt in one fire, for proclaiming the Pope as Antichrist under the devil.

Agnes Prest (1557) was burned to death for proclaiming that the Pope is the Antichrist and the devil.

John Jewel (1522-1571) was bishop of Salisbury and one of the great intellectuals of the English Reformation; proclaimed that the Popes of Rome are the Little Horn of Daniel.

Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520-1575) was a Lutheran reformer from Istria, present day Croatia; said the Roman clergy is the real true great antichrist, and that his kingdom is the real Babylon.

John Knox (1505-1572) was a great leader of the Reformation in Scotland; said “the pope should be recognized as “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.”

Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575) was Zwingli’s intimate friend and succeeded him as chief pastor of the Zurich Cathedral; said the Little Horn is the kingdom of the Roman pope.

William Fulke (1538-1589) was an English Puritan; proclaimed the Pope as the Man of Sin and the Son of Perdition.

Georg Nigrinus (1530 – 1602) an Evangelical theologian and teacher; said the Papacy is the antichrist of which Daniel, Paul, Peter, John and even Christ prophesied.

John Napier (1550-1617) ardent defender of the Protestant cause; proclaimed that Rome is Babylon and the Pope is the Antichrist.

The Geneva Study Bible (1556) included study notes from the Protestant Reformers, that all proclaimed that the Popes of Rome were the antichrist beast.

The Church of England declared that the Papal Church of Rome is the Babylonian beast, saying that the Pope is antichrist, and the Man of Sin.

The Church of Scotland Confession of Faith (1603) declared the Pope as the Antichrist, the man of sin and son of perdition.

The Irish Articles of Religion of 1615 testified that the Bishop of Rome is the Man of Sin.

The London Baptist Confession of 1689, proclaims that the Popes of Rome is the antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ.

Westminster Confession of Faith (1649) which was ratified and established by Act of Parliament in 1649. states that the Popes of Rome is the antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church.

Roger William (1603-1683), who lived in the early Colonial period, the first Baptist Pastor in America; called the Pope’s prisons, the devil’s prisons.

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) in his book, Fall of Babylon,; said that all the characteristics of Antichrist are answered in the Popes of Rome.

Samuel Cooper (1725-1783) in his “A Discourse on the Man of Sin,”; wrote that if Antichrist is not to be found in the chair of St. Peter, he is nowhere to be found.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and also a faithful expositor of Bible prophecy; taught that the Church of Rome was the Little Horn of Daniel.

John Wesley (1703-1791), an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian,; said that the whole succession of popes from Gregory VII. are undoubtedly Antichrist.

Jonathan Edwards, an American preacher and theologian, who is perhaps best known for his role in the Great Awakenings of the mid 1700’s; said that the greatest and most cruel enemy of the Church of Christ is the church of Rome.

From the First Great Awakening in America on into the twentieth century, the vast majority of Protestant ministers of the Gospel recognized the papacy as Antichrist.

Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher (1827) recognized the papacy as the Antichrist.

Dr. H. Grattan Guinness (1835-) pointed to the Roman Catholic Popes as the little horn power of Daniel 7, the Man of Sin in 2nd Thessalonians and the Beast of Revelation 13.

Reverend J. A.Wylie (1808 – 1890) in his Preface to “The Papacy is the Antichrist; says that the Roman system is the predicted Apostacy.

Leroy Edwin Froom (1890–1974) said that the incriminating finger of Bible prophecy was squarely pointed at the Bishop of Rome as the predicted Antichrist of Scripture.

Leroy’s monumental work is “The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers.” Froom spent decades preparing this four volume work where he traces the interpretation of Bible prophecy from apostolic times till the middle of the twentieth century. Froom traveled extensively throughout Europe, examining original sources and carefully documenting his research. Even today, Froom’s work is considered the authority in its field.

Froom says that it is clear that from the 14th till the 18th centuries, the incriminating finger of Bible prophecy was squarely pointed at the Bishop of Rome as the predicted Antichrist of Scripture. After presenting an impressive mass of evidence from the original sources, Froom concludes:

“In Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden, England, and Scotland there had been simultaneous and impressive declarations by voice and pen that the Papacy was the specified Antichrist of prophecy. The symbols of Daniel, Paul, and John were applied with tremendous effect. Hundreds of books and tracts impressed their contention upon the consciousness of Europe. Indeed, it gained so great a hold upon the minds of men that Rome, in alarm, saw that she must successfully counteract this identification of Antichrist with the Papacy, or lose the battle.”

David Nikao

For more detailed quotes from the above people who testified against the Popes of Rome, as the Little Horn of Daniel 7, the Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the antichrist beast of Revelation 13; read Historical Witnesses Against Antichrist

Daniel, Paul and John, all described the Popes of Rome taking power after the Roman Emperor was removed

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