In contemplation of the Book of Revelation’s warning of the rise of the anti-Christ, I submit some inquiries:
Written in 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-5-" Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god–do you not recall that while I was still with you I told you these things?"
Therefore, the anti-Christ will exalt himself above God. He will deceive many people into thinking that he is greater than God. Many (perhaps some Catholics; who knows?) will admire and follow the anti-Christ.
In reference to the Third Fatima Secret, the only way that the anti-Christ will be able to deceive so many people in this manner is to destroy the Papacy and hail himself as the Vicar of Christ. Since the Pope is the Shepherd of God’s Flock, it is necessary to destroy him first in order to control the flock.
I know the famous verse “The gates of the Nether-world shall not prevail against it [the Church]” holds true.
But what assurance do I have that the anti-Christ and his minions won’t infiltrate the Church and vacate the Seat of the Papacy? Does that one verse say it all? Is there absolutely no way that the anti-Christ could become a Pope? And if the anti-Christ could, is it even the right thing to do to swear COMPLETE fidelity to the Vicar of Christ?
These questions have come up in my mind. Please, I would appreciate any Scripture verses or Church documents to quell these concerns of mine.