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JOURNAL OF PROPHECY.
“ NOT THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD."-1 Cor. II. 6.
SCIANT IGITUR, QUI PROPHETAS NON INTELLIGUNT, NEC SCIRE DESIDERANT,
ASSERENTES SE TANTUM EVANGELIO ESSE CONTENTOS,
CHRISTI NESCIRE MYSTERIUM,
JEROME IN EP. AD EPH.
JOURNAL OF PROPHECY.
ART. I.-IS THE POPE THE ANTICHRIST ?
PART I. Is the Pope Antichrist at all?
If so, is he the last Antichrist we have to look for? or is he destined to give place before a yet clearer manifestation of the Evil One in the last of the latter days?
Are there, or are there not, several distinct Antichristian systems, corresponding to the monarchies of Daniel—of which the Roman is the worst and bloodiest—distinctly referred to in Scripture as existing till near the coming of the Lord, when all will be headed up, combined, and united, under the last great Antichrist ? Do not the discrepancies between our prophetic commentators arise from their endeavouring to fix all the predictions of Scripture upon one form of evil, instead of rightly dividing them between the four ?* and would not a converted Nestorian, on seeing all cast out of the Church who refused to worship the “Mother of God,” have been justified in applying to the Greek apostasy some of those words which we refer exclusively to the Roman Church? These are grave questions. Let them be approached with humility and in prayer, for they are not to be lightly meddled with. On their right solution depends not only the soundness of our opinions, but also their practical influence upon our conduct. The writer feels that he ventures much in raising them. Let us, however, seek the truth, and leave results to follow.
First, Is the Pope Antichrist ? and especially the Antichrist with whom we have to contend ? Such is our first ques
* Daniel expressly declares that all the four beasts, and the whole of Nebuchadnezzar's image, are to be in existence, and that the gold, the silver, the brass, the iron, and the mingled iron and porcelain, are to be found together till the stone falls, and the reign of Christ begins; yet that the whole shall be combined in one image. Compare Daniel xi. 45, with chap. ii. 12.