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Pope as Anti-Christ

June 29 2017 at 4:01 AM
Wayne  (Login vgretz_8)

The Pope as Anti Christ

One of the Pope's titles is Vicar of Christ upon earth.

(Ecclesiastical Latin papa from Greek papas, a variant of pappas father, in classical Latin pappas -- Juvenal, "Satires" 6:633). The title pope, once used with far greater latitude (see below, section V), is at present employed solely to denote the Bishop of Rome, who, in virtue of his position as successor of St. Peter, is the chief pastor of the whole Church, the Vicar of Christ upon earth.
—The Catholic Encyclopedia 1908

What is meant by Vicar?

(Lat. vicarius, from vice, “instead of”)—The Catholic Encyclopedia 1908

(from Latin vicarius, “substitute”), an official acting in some special way for a superior, primarily an ecclesiastical title in the Christian Church. In the Roman Empire as reorganized by Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284–305), the vicarius was an important official, and the title remained in use for secular officials in the Middle Ages. In the Roman Catholic Church, “vicar of Christ” became the special designation of the popes starting in the 8th century, and eventually it replaced the older title of “vicar of St. Peter.”—Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite

What is meant by the Greek word “Anti” ?

A.  Thayer's Greek Definition

Thayer Definition:
1) over against, opposite to, before
2) for, instead of, in place of (something)
       2a) instead of
       2b) for
       2c) for that, because
       2d) wherefore, for this cause
Part of Speech: preposition
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: a primary particle

B.  BDAG Lexicon
ἀντί prep. w. gen. (Hom.+; for lit. s. on ἀνά, beg.); orig. mng. local, ‘opposite’, then of various types of correspondence ranging from replacement to equivalence. A marker

1. indicating that one person or thing is, or is to be, replaced by another, instead of, in place of ἀντὶ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ Ἡρῴδου in place of his father Herod Mt 2:22 (cp. Hdt. 1, 108; X., An. 1, 1, 4; Appian, Mithrid, 7 §23 Νικομήδης ἀντὶ Προυσίου ἐβασίλευε, Syr. 69 §364; 3 Km 11:43; Tob 1:15, 21; 1 Macc 3:1; 9:31 al.; Jos., Ant. 15, 9). ἀ. ἰχθύος ὄφιν instead of a fish, a snake Lk 11:11 (Paroem. Gr.: Zenobius [Hadr.] 1, 88 ἀντὶ πέρκης σκορπίον, prob. from Attic comedy: Kock III 678 [Adesp.]; Paus. 9, 41, 3 Cronos receives ἀντὶ Διὸς πέτρον to swallow). ἀ. τῆς προκειμένης αὐτῷ χαρᾶς ὑπέμεινεν σταυρόν Hb 12:2 (cp. PHib 170 [247 BC] ἀντὶ φιλίας ἔχθραν; 3 Macc 4:6 , 8); sense 3 is also prob., depending on the mng. of πρόκειμαι (q.v. 2 and 3). Cp. Hs 1:8; 9, 29, 4.

2. indicating that one thing is equiv. to another, for, as, in place of (Diod. S. 3, 30, 3) κόμη ἀ. περιβολαίου hair as a covering 1 Cor 11:15. ὀφθαλμὸν ἀ. ὀφθαλμοῦ καὶ ὀδόντα ἀ. ὀδόντος Mt 5:38 (Ex 21:24). κακὸν ἀ. κακοῦ ἀποδίδωμι (cp. Ael. Aristid. 38 p. 711 D.: ἴσα ἀντ᾽ ἴσων ἀποδ.; Pr 17:13; Mel., P. 72, 531 κακὰ ἀντὶ ἀγαθῶν [cp. Ps 34:12].—SIG 145, 9 τὰ κακὰ ἀντὶ τ. ἀγαθῶν) Ro 12:17; 1 Th 5:15; 1 Pt 3:9. λοιδορίαν ἀ. λοιδορίας ibid. (Dionys. Soph., Ep. 40 χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος= gift in return for gift). Differently to be understood is χάριν ἀ. χάριτος grace after or upon grace (i.e. God's favor comes in ever new streams; cp. Philo, Poster. Cain. 145 διὰ τὰς πρώτας χάριτας … ἑτέρας ἀντ᾽ ἐκείνων καὶ τρίτας ἀντὶ τ. δευτέρων καὶ ἀεὶ νέας ἀντὶ παλαιοτέρων … ἐπιδίδωσι. Theognis 344 ἀντ᾽ ἀνιῶν ἀνίας) J 1:16 (JBover, Biblica 6, 1925, 454-60; PJoüon, RSR 22, ’32, 206; WNewton, CBQ 1, ’39, 160-63).

3. indicating a process of intervention. Gen 44:33 shows how the sense ‘in place of’ can develop into in behalf of, for someone, so that ἀ. becomes =ὑπέρ (s. Rossberg [s.v. ἀνά] 18.—Diod. S. 20, 33, 7 αὐτὸν ἀντ᾽ ἐκείνου τὴν τιμωρίαν ὑπέχειν=he would have to take the punishment for him [i.e., his son]; Ael. Aristid. 51, 24 K.=27 p. 540 D.: Φιλουμένη ψυχὴν ἀντὶ ψυχῆς κ. σῶμα ἀντὶ σώματος ἀντέδωκεν, τὰ αὑτῆς ἀντὶ τῶν ἐμῶν) δοῦναι ἀ. ἐμοῦ καὶ σοῦ pay (it) for me and for yourself Mt 17:27. λύτρον ἀ. πολλῶν a ransom for many 20:28; Mk 10:45 (Appian, Syr. 60 §314 διδόναι τι ἀντὶ τῆς σωτηρίας, Bell. Civ. 5, 39 §166 ἐμοὶ ἀντὶ πάντων ὑμῶν καταχρήσασθαι=inflict punishment on me in place of all of you; Jos., Ant. 14, 107 τὴν δοκὸν αὐτῷ τὴν χρυσῆν λύτρον ἀ. πάντων ἔδωκεν; cp. Eur., Alc. 524). S. the lit. on λύτρον.—W. articular inf. (Ael. Aristid. 34 p. 654 D.; Jos., Ant. 16, 107) ἀ. τοῦ λέγειν ὑμᾶς instead of (your) saying Js 4:15 (B-D-F §403; Rob. 574; Mlt-Turner 258).—Replacing the gen. of price (even in Hdt. et al., s. Kühner-G. I 454; cp. Hdt. 3, 59 νῆσον ἀντὶ χρημάτων παρέλαβον; Pla., Rep. 371d; Jos., Ant. 4, 118) ἀ. βρώσεως μιᾶς ἀπέδοτο (in exchange) for a single meal Hb 12:16. So perh. also vs. 2 (s. 1 above).

4. indicating the reason for someth., because of, for the purpose of, ἀ. τούτου for this reason Eph 5:31. W. attraction of the rel. ἀνθ᾽ ὧν in return for which=because (Soph., Ant. 1068; X., An. 1, 3, 4; OGI 90, 35 [196 BC]; PLeid D I, 21; LXX; AscIs 2:14; Jos., Ant. 17, 201; SibOr 5, 68; B-D-F §294, 4) Lk 1:20; 19:44; Ac 12:23; 2 Th 2:10.

5. indicating result, w. implication of being a replacement for someth., wherefore, therefore, so then (Aeschyl., Prom. 31; Thu. 6, 83, 1; 4 Macc 18:3; Jdth 9:3; Jos., Ant. 4, 318) Lk 12:3.—DELG s.v. ἄντα. M-M. EDNT. TW.

C.  Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries
A primary particle; opposite, that is, instead or because of (rarely in addition to): - for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.

D.  JH Moulton and G Miligan—The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament
By far the commonest meaning of ἀντί is the simple “instead of.”


Vicar means “instead of” or “substitute”
Anti (Greek ἀντί) also means “instead of”, “in place of” or denoting substitution.
Christ in Greek is Χριστός
Translate Vicar of Christ into Greek would then be ἀντίχριστος— in English Anti-Christ.

1 John 2:18 GNT Παιδία, ἐσχάτη ὥρα ἐστί, καὶ καθὼς ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἀντίχριστος ἔρχεται, καὶ νῦν ἀντίχριστοι πολλοὶ γεγόνασιν· ὅθεν γινώσκομεν ὅτι ἐσχάτη ὥρα ἐστίν.

1 John 2:18 NRSV Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour.


  1.   That is ingenious thinking. I guess some antichrists would want to substitute - Tomas on Jun 29, 2017, 5:00 AM
  3.   Worship Defintion - Deacon646 on Jun 29, 2017, 11:51 AM
  5.   Trust an INC to come up with that - Hijo on Jun 30, 2017, 4:13 AM
  7.   Related link - Wayne on Jul 7, 2017, 3:41 AM
    1. Quite many biblical scholars are agreed that John meant the number 666 to represent - Tomas on Jul 7, 2017, 6:16 AM
      1. Now considered spurious - Wayne on Aug 4, 2017, 4:18 AM
        1. Whether or not Nero blamed the Christians for the fire, he was responsible for - Tomas on Aug 4, 2017, 5:05 AM
          1. doubtful evidence - Wayne on Sep 1, 2017, 6:33 PM
            1. Catholic authors were writing of the persecution by Nero already around 195. - Tomas on Sep 2, 2017, 3:19 PM
              1. Nero died in year 68 so those Catholic authors weren't there - Wayne on Sep 11, 2017, 4:05 AM
                1. They heard from previous generations of Catholics, what happened. - Tomas on Sep 11, 2017, 4:23 PM
            2. It could be Nero, or it could be some other emperor - Deacon646 on Sep 6, 2017, 5:43 PM
        2. Persecution of Christians in Rome - Deacon646 on Aug 13, 2017, 7:04 PM
          1. Good comment, except that Nero was not hated by Christians, Jesus teaches us - Tomas on Aug 14, 2017, 3:17 AM
            1. Jesus may teach that - Deacon646 on Aug 14, 2017, 3:24 AM
              1. They called him a beast, but still loved him and prayed for him. But he was beastly. - Tomas on Aug 14, 2017, 3:53 AM
  8.   They could not buy or sell anything unless - Wayne on Jul 27, 2017, 4:17 AM
    1. Well, the mark on the right hand OR the forehead was not the sign of the cross. - Tomas on Jul 27, 2017, 4:34 AM
      1. Did you read fully my post? - Wayne on Aug 4, 2017, 4:20 AM
        1. Yes, I did read it fully. But that INC minister taught me it represents the sign of the - Tomas on Aug 4, 2017, 5:25 AM
          1. Mark of the Beast - Deacon646 on Aug 12, 2017, 10:26 PM
            1. Exactly. I think the mark of the beast was allegiance to Nero. - Tomas on Aug 14, 2017, 3:20 AM
              1. About two years before his death Nero was in Greece performing in theater - Wayne on Sep 1, 2017, 6:48 PM
                1. ok - Deacon646 on Sep 1, 2017, 9:32 PM
                  1. You can deduce, persecuting the Christians was not in Nero's agenda - Wayne on Sep 11, 2017, 4:03 AM
                    1. So sometimes Nero was in Greece, and sometimes he was in Rome, and likely - Tomas on Sep 11, 2017, 4:28 PM
                    2. How can one deduce - Deacon646 on Sep 13, 2017, 12:26 PM
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