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Originally posted by fredtgreco
Originally posted by Paul manata
how did first century Christians know the identity of the antichrist. They *knew* the pope?
They did not need to know the Pope. The text nowhere says that. They could either know the Spirit of Antichrist which animates the Pope and others, or they could know the one whon restrains AntiChrist. You're really making this 2 Thess. text say more than is there. The Greek just won't allow it.
Are you saying that even if the papacy were to melt way, that the pope would still be *the* antichrist?