SDA Adventist claim 538 AD – 1798 AD = 1260 years prove the Papacy is the Anti-Christ and that Catholic Church oppressed God’s peoples.
On another thread the question was asked
Since many people today believe the Catholic Church oppressed people in the “Dark Ages” it is good to respond by educating them about two particular Popes who lived holy lives.
SDA Adventist claim 538 AD – 1798 AD = 1260 years prove the Papacy is the Anti-Christ
Their interpretation of Revelation chapters 11 – 13 is that the Anti-Christ will reign 1260. They claim the Catholic legal authorities. This combined power was used by the Church used its religious authority to control secular and Catholic Church to oppress God’s people during this time.
And even today many other Protestants as well as Atheists believe the Catholic Church controlled secular authorities for the purpose of oppressing and controlling people.
During this long period you can find both good and bad examples of Catholic individuals. But, throughout this period it was more of the state trying to control the Church, and the Catholic Church trying to break free and assert its independence from the state, than it was the Church controlling the State governments.
The Seventh Day Adventist claim is based on one historian’s account that the Papacy had suffered a mortal blow when Napoleon’s General Berthier entered Rome on February 10, 1798, and imprisoned Pope Pius VI, the Bishop of Rome.
And counting 1260 years backward from AD 1798, the Seventh Day Adventists ended up with AD 538 as being the beginning of the Anti-Christ. They hold that the Papacy ruled the
“Dark Ages” from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D., or 1260 years during which it oppressed God’s people.
Revelation 13:4 – 5
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”
42 months = 3.5 years
Also see Revelation 11:3, and 12:14
Two good examples are of Popes Vigilius (died 555 Ad),
and Pope Saint Martin I, martyred in 653 AD.
They lived holy lives resisting control of the State.
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