Search This Blog

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Candidates for the Antichrist Who Came and Went

Ever since the biblical book of Revelations has been studied, people have been on the look out for the “Antichrist.” Recently though, as in the past several hundred years, some biblical scholars have claimed that this past belief in a single Antichrist is mistaken and that multiple “antichrists” exist as anyone who goes against the ways of Christ. That idea seems kind of extensive. Technically speaking, anyone who is not a Christian is an antichrist in this manner of thinking, not to mention the countless Christians who do not follow their own creed. However, the idea of a single Antichrist that would acquire all secular power and perform the deeds and works of Satan on Earth before the Second Coming of Christ still carried and continues to carry weight with the Christian community since a great many Christians are looking toward the Second Coming to solve all worldly problems and to prove the validity of their religion to nonbelievers. The large number of Christian believers almost seem to enjoy naming candidates for THE Antichrist, particularly in times of turmoil. Here are some famous ones (who perhaps even were very deserving of the title) that came and went without the world coming to an end. The modern favorites might even join the “antichrists” on this list in the next several decades with no Armageddon resulting from them either.

Frederick the Great

Although later history would know King Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor as Frederick the Great, even he was pointed out as the Antichrist during part of his reign. He certainly had a hard time of it while he was the Holy Roman Emperor though. While Frederick tried his best to be the ruler of Germany, Burgundy, Italy, Sicily and Jerusalem by being an avid patron of the arts and sciences, particularly the support of poetry, he still could not escape making enemies since his empire was always having trouble with the Papal States. Even though Frederick could speak six languages (Sicilian, French, German, Latin, Arabic, and Greek), none of those tongues could keep him away from issues with the pope (Gregory IX and then Innocent IV). Frederick’s eldest son tried to take over before his father was ready to hand power down to him at the same time the pope wanted Frederick to go on yet another crusade to “reclaim” the Holy Land again. Since he was busy with his own affairs, Frederick stayed at home to settle his empire instead of running off to Jerusalem—making Gregory IX excommunicate him and denounce him as the Antichrist. Still trying to get things in order when Innocent IV tried to make him go on a crusade, that pope excommunicated him too and sent out pamphlets calling Frederick the Antichrist so that other European monarchs might invade Frederick’s territory. The fact that we still call him Frederick the Great though lets us know that his actions as diligently ruling most of continental Europe means that whatever the pope said the normal people were not going to call their great king the Antichrist.

Pope Innocent IV

Yep, for every name caller there is his opponent. While Pope Innocent IV tried to proclaim Frederick as the Antichrist because of his refusal to fund and follow through with a war over Jerusalem yet again, they do not call Frederick “the Great” for nothing. He used his popularity throughout his entire kingdom and empire to turn the finger right back at Pope Innocent IV. While it may seem a bit odd to name the pope as the Antichrist, it was actually common place during the Reformation. Martin Luther himself called the papacy in general as those against Christ and the pope, as their leader, would be the Antichrist. Several other major reformers liked to preach against the pope as the Antichrist to put more poignancy to their religious movements away from the Church. Yet, Frederick spoke against Innocent IV for several reasons. He wanted to make people not believe Innocent’s claims that he was the Antichrist, add cohesiveness to his empire against the Papal States, and perhaps even to add legitimacy to his claim to the Italian throne which would include Vatican City itself. Frederick hired a theologian to help him build a case as Innocent IV to be the Antichrist who came up with the idea that Innocent’s name actually equaled the number of the beast (666) when it was broken down by the theological study of numbers called gramatria. The “over reaching” attribute of Innocent IV made Frederick’s job of labeling him the Antichrist rather easy. After Innocent called Frederick the Antichrist, the pope then sent a messenger party on a 3,000 mile trip that took a year and a half to complete to the leader of the Mongols (Kuyuk Khan) at that time. Innocent wanted Kuyuk to know that as the pope he had dominion over all kingdoms and peoples on Earth—including the Mongols, even though they were not even Christians. However, like all popes, Innocent IV was old when he was elected and soon died (even though Frederick preceded him in the afterlife) after his failed attempts to have Christian control of the world and to overthrow both Frederick and his natural heir Manfred.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was infamous for a lot of things—stealing dictatorial power over the French people, invading and conquering parts of Europe, and overcompensating for his short stature with wealthy and military prowess. However, a lesser known element of Emperor Napoleon is that he was denounced as the Antichrist by his opponents. They did not have to really stretch themselves for proof of Napoleon being the Antichrist though as he made it relatively easy. Napoleon invaded Italy and took the pope captive. After six weeks of being under guard by French troops, the pope died in captivity. Napoleon seemed to feel a bit guilty once the pope had died under his watch and decided to re-establish the Catholic Church within France. Even though this seemingly peace making act made the Church lessen on its campaign of words that claimed Napoleon as the Antichrist, it quickly recanted any positives as Napoleon continued to sack monasteries when he invaded a new land and secularize schools and any charitable institutions. Napoleon truly was becoming a viable Antichrist candidate with his secular movements wrapped up in his military exploits. Yet, Napoleon was eventually imprisoned in exile, broke out, regained power, and then was imprisoned in exile again on Saint Helena. He lived on a very shabby estate on the island, most likely as a way to hasten his bad health into death. Dead and gone without the end of the world either.

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler is the classic Antichrist example. Everyone freely acknowledges the man had evil oozing from his ears. It is indicated that the Antichrist would originally be a man of the Christian god, and no one can deny that Hitler carried out that requirement in his attack on anyone who was not a German Christian. To most of Europe, World War II certainly could seem like the end of the world with so much death and destruction running rampant across the land. The primary man responsible for this revolution of death was an easy candidate for the Antichrist. However, World War II finally did come to an end in 1945 with an Allies victory, and Hitler was found dead with his newly married bride Eva. Cross him off the list too.

Ronald Reagan

What His Accusers Have To Say
As usual, numbers come into play. It's said that the Antichrist will carry the Mark of the Beast (666). Where was Rockin' Ronnie's mark? In his name, of course, Ronald Wilson Reagan. That's six letters in each name, folks. 666. But it doesn't end there.
People have come up with an entire laundry list of other reasons why Reagan was the Antichrist. They range everywhere from the stupid (Revelation 13:3 - "One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed" refers to James Brady?) to the very stupid (Revelation 13:2 - ".... its feet were like a bear's ...." refers to the state animal of Reagan's adopted home state of California).
Six letters in each name.
Survived a mortal wound (although not to the head).
First Lady wore a lot of red.
Moved to a house at 666 St. Cloud Rd. upon retirement.

Mikhail Gorbachev
The New Coke to Reagan's Pepsi, Gorbachev's ultimately failed attempts to reform the Soviet Union made him so popular on the world stage that it's no surprise books hit the shelves at the height of his power declaring him to be the Antichrist.
It seemed so plausible in 1988. A reformed, sprawling, thriving, atheist Soviet Empire? The prophecy is fulfilled! Run for the hills!
Then the Soviet Union sputtered into collapse, and that was that.
What His Accusers Have To Say
It's a cruel irony that the guy who went to the negotiating table with Regan to help bring the world back from the brink of nuclear Armageddon so frequently got accused of being the Antichrist. You know, the guy who was to bring about Armageddon.

Actually, it's not irony at all, it's prophecy! As this site so helpfully points out, it's the peace itself he helped bring about that marks him as a devil:

As this site informs us, "Many have mentioned that 'mark' on his forehead. The Bible does say in Revelation that the Antichrist will require everyone to 'receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand.' (Revelation 14:9)"
Don't you see? It has the words "mark" and "forehead" right there in the prophecy! And he has a mark on his forehead! 
Charismatic leader
Worldwide popularity
Ruled an enormous empire
Weird thing on his head
Pope Benedict XVI
Joseph Ratzinger, who goes by the stage name "Pope Benedict XVI," is one of the most popular current candidates for the role of Antichrist.
He hasn't really been in place long enough to have racked up any kind of track record of wrongdoing. Sure, there have been plenty of pedophile scandals, but he kind of inherited that problem. And there is the issue of him having been a member of the Hitler Youth. Granted, at the time, joining the Hitler Youth was a requirement for boys of his age, and by most accounts he wasn't too happy about it.
But who lets fact get in the way of a good scandal?
What His Accusers Have To Say
If you Google "Pope Benedict XVI Antichrist" the first result you come across is the mysteriously named website Seems like a good enough place to start. Among the evidence they cite is Revelation 17: 7,9 - "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." If you're asking "What are they babbling about?" keep in mind, Rome sits on seven hills, apparently. Does this mean any Pope in the history of forever fits into that description? Yes, yes it does. But JoeRat is the Pope right now, so it has to be him, right? 

Roman Emperor Nero Ceasar 

There have been many considered the Anti-Christ through the ages, no name comes up more than former Roman emperor Nero Ceasar.
And he's certainly got a decent amount of atrocities under his ancient belt to make him seem like the kind of dude that might sign on to come back someday and end the world. That he once tried to kill his mother by sending her off on a defective ship he built shows a dedication to excessively elaborate plans for destruction. His appointment to the status of emperor at an age (16) when most dudes are still pining for that first hand job and peppering every other sentence with the word "fail" shows he's a real go-getter. Nobody has ever accused the Antichrist of being lazy.
What His Accusers Have To Say
One of the biggest signs that point to Nero being the Antichrist is the number 666. According to people capable of pulling off numberless Hebrew translation magic of this sort, 666 is code for the name Nero Ceasar. The earliest text to point to Nero as the Antichrist is Ascension of Isaiah, which includes the tasty line "lawless king, the slayer of his mother,...will come and there will come with him all the powers of this world, and they will hearken unto him in all that he desires."
Even though the boat thing didn't work out, he did eventually slay moms. And he was unusually harsh towards Christians, like any Antichrist worth his hellfire would be. Maybe there is something to this?

Read more: 5 World Leaders Who Were Accused of Being the Antichrist |


  1. anti Christ or the evil one might appear in the last days of history remember Jesus was fully god and fully a man might this false one pretend to be a world leader that everyone follows if you do not follow this evil one you will die as a saint or holy man but if you choose to serve the evil one you will die and be sent to judgement of nations then cast into lake of fire to be tortured forever and ever.