Eschatology is the fancy name for the study of the end times. There are quite a few theories out there about how things are going to work out usually involving a rapture, a great tribulation, a millennium and an Anti-Christ. One of the popular theories includes a significant tribulation to come at the end lasting 7 years out of which the Christian church will be raptured, usually before the great tribulation starts (conveniently). There was even a film called “Left Behind” starring Nicholas Cage produced recently based on this particular view of the end times.
However, had you been born into a Protestant family anytime in the 3 hundred years following the start of the Reformation your ideas of the end times would have followed a different tack, one that is not at all popular these days. In those days the Anti-Christ and the great tribulation were in your face and unmistakable. A pre-tribulation rapture was not even a consideration. Your country was possibly in a war with the forces of the Anti-Christ. If not you were quite possibly struggling to survive in a country under his control. The Bible was a banned book and if you were found with one you could be imprisoned or killed. These are times that many Protestants today seem most eager to forget.
But pick up a King James Version of the Bible today from your shelf and you will read these words in the preface: “…by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,)”
The sad thing is that somehow the man of sin referred to, i.e. the popes, has somehow survived the fatal blow (see Revelation 13:3) and lingered on, much weakened it is true, eventually, by the Truth but still somehow surviving and wielding deadly power still. However not for much longer I believe.
I believe that in the last 20 years in particular major cracks have been appearing in the foundations of the ungodly edifice which is the Roman Catholic religion. I believe that this pope is the last one and that perhaps in the next few weeks or months that he will be deposed and the destruction will be so great that none will be able to replace him. This is the fulfilment of Revelation 18 I believe.
But before you go and dismiss me as some kind of bigot give me a chance over the next few weeks to go into more detail as to why I got here.
And, if you can, read a few good books on the subject. Here are a couple of my favourites:
- D’Aubigne’s History of the Reformation (try and get an unedited and unabridged version) originally written in French with lots of Latin in the notes. This is a massive work (thankfully available on Amazon) which has been translated into English by Henry Beveridge. If you are from a Roman Catholic background like me or just need to get a good understanding of what happened during the Reformation from a believer’s standpoint these volumes are the best reading I know of out there.
- His Waiting Bride by Edgar F. Parkyns (out of print but there are a few copies available on Amazon).