There are numerous articles on the Internet entitled, “The End Times Book Pope Francis Wants You to Read”. It’s about a book written in 1907 by Robert Hugh Benson about the rise of Antichrist. One article from http://culturalmarxism.net/the-end-times-book-pope-francis-wants-you-to-read/ starts off:
During an airplane news conference on his way back from the Philippines, Pope Frances referenced a 1907 book entitled “Lord of the World” and advised all of those in attendance to read it.
Wikipedia confirms these articles.
Lord of the World is a 1907 novel by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson that centers upon the reign of the Anti-Christ and the End of the World. It has been called prophetic by Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_World )
And what does this book say about the Antichrist?
- His name is Julian Felsenburgh. (Sounds like a Jew.)
- He is a secular humanist, a person against all religious beliefs.
- He leads the world in a final battle between humanism and Catholicism.
- He destroys Rome, kills the Pope and all the Cardinals.
- He attempts to destroy all religions and faith on earth.
Folks, whether you think so or not, this is not the idea of Antichrist that the Protestant Reformers had. To a man they all believed that the papacy is the Antichrist and not just a single individual in the future. Pope Francis is reinforcing the false doctrine of a future Antichrist in order to keep people’s eyes off of him as Antichrist! And how did that false doctrine start? It all began with the wrong interpretation of the final Week of Daniel!
Daniel 9:27a And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:
Up to the 18th century, all Protestants and Bible believers believed the “he” of Daniel 9:27 is Jesus Christ and the “covenant” talked about in this verse is the same covenant mentioned in verse 4 of the same chapter:
Daniel 9:4 ¶And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
In other words, “the covenant” is the covenant of grace through faith the God first made with Abraham. It was a covenant already in existence during the time of Daniel. That is why it was “confirmed”, and not something made in the future.
They also believed the “one week” or seven years was 3.5 years of Jesus’ ministry to the Jews, and 3.5 years of His Apostles ministry to the Jews up to the time of the first martyr, Stephen. And they believed the “many” of Daniel 9;27 referred to the believing Jews who received Jesus as Messiah. Why do Christians today believe Daniel 9:27 is talking about a future Antichrist and an Endtime senario that lasts 7 years? It’s because of a false doctrine that was conceived in 1580 by a Jesuit priest, Francesco Ribera, which finally took root in Protestant seminaries sometime in the 19th century. The principle reason to take the final Week of Daniel away from the first 69 weeks and throw it into the future was so Protestants would think of Antichrist as coming in the future so they would get their eyes off the Pope as being Antichrist! This is not speculation but provable facts. For more information please see The 70th Week of Daniel Delusion, and other articles on this site that gives biblical proof about who the real Antichrist is.