Much has been said about the Antichrist of the book of Revelation and in this blog we believe that more than ample evidence has been shown that identifies this man as the President of the United States of America Mr. Barack Hussein Obama. Little has been said about the second Beast of Revelation as it is more difficult to identify. In the article posted below the writer makes a good guess as to the identity of this religious leader that will influence the world into worshiping the Antichrist.
The man is definitively a candidate for this position, but I believe that we can not discard the possibility that this man will arise from the present hierarchy of the Catholic church. This institution is global and has a present day membership of 1.166 billion people as shown below.
Church membership in 2007 was 1.147 billion people, increasing from the 1950 figure of 437 million and the 1970 figure of 654 million. On 31 December 2008, membership was 1.166 billion, an increase of 11.54% over the same date in 2000, only slightly greater than the rate of increase of the world population (10.77%). The increase was 33.02% in Africa, but only 1.17% in Europe. It was 15.91% in Asia, 11.39% in Oceania, and 10.93% in the Americas. As a result, Catholics were 17.77% of the total population in Africa, 63.10% in the Americas, 3.05% in Asia, 39.97% in Europe, 26.21% in Oceania, and 17.40% of the world population. Of the world’s Catholics, the proportion living in Africa grew from 12.44% in 2000 to 14.84% in 2008, while those living in Europe fell from 26.81% to 24.31%. Membership of the Catholic Church is attained through baptism. If someone formally leaves the Church, that fact is noted in the register of the person’s baptism.
The article is well written and has a valid argument for this possibility, but the demographics are not there, and the global reach is not comparable.
Please remember that the present Catholic church is a Christian church with millions of true believers in it and that it will not become the apostate church until the Rapture of the Bride has taken place.
Kevin Drake (22 Dec 2010)
“New article of interest at website“
There is a new article entitled “Another Beast” at www.godstimeline.net. It can be found (in either Word or PDF format) under the “Charts and Commentaries” section of the website.
And I beheld another beast
and he spake as a dragon”-Revelation 13:11 coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb,