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Quotes from historical sources concerning the Antichrist

Tertullian
"...He who now hinders must hinder until he be taken out of the way. What obstacle is there but the Roman State; the falling away of which, by being scattered into ten kingdoms, shall introduce antichrist..."
Source: Tertullian "On the Resurrection" Chapters 24, 25. Christian Apologist in North Africa (200 AD)

John Chrysostom
"Only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way, that is when the Roman Empire is taken out of the way, then he [Antichrist] shall come."
Source: John Chrysostom Homily on 2 Thessalonians 2, Number 4, Bishop of Constantinople (390 AD)

Edward B. Elliot
"We have the consenting testimony of the early fathers, from Irenaeus, the disciple of St. John, down to Chrysostom and Jerome, to the effect that it was understood to be imperial power ruling and residing at Rome."
Source: Edward B. Elliot Commentary on the Apocalypse, Volume 3, Pg. 92 (1862)

Historian Thomas Hobbes
"If a man considers the origin of this great ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the Papacy is none other than the ghost of the deceased Roman empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof."
Source: Thomas Hobbes "Leviathan" p. 457

Reformer Martin Luther
"I know that the pope is Antichrist, and that his seat is that of Satan himself."
"The papacy is a general chase, by command of the Roman Pontiff, for the purpose of running down and destroying souls"
Source: Martin Luther

Reformer John Calvin
"We call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist."
Source: John Calvin

Reformer John Knox
"The pope should be recognized as the very Antichrist."
Source: John Knox Founder of the Presbyterian Church

Reformer John Wesley
"He is in an emphatic sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure."
Source: John Wesley Founder of the Methodist Church

Samuel Adams - American Revolutionary leader and statesman; 1722-1803
(1768) "I did verily believe, as I do still, that much more is to be dreaded from the growth of Popery [Ed.: i.e., the religion of the church of Rome] in America than from the Stamp Act or any other Act destructive of civil rights."
Source: Samuel Adams American Revolutionary leader and statesman; 1722-1803

John Adams (2nd U.S. President; 1735-1826)
"Can free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic Religion?"
"[Note: Adams strongly condemned the Jesuit Order in a letter he wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1816.]"
Source: John Adams 2nd U.S. President

Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President)
"If the American people could learn what I know of the fierce hatred of the priests of Rome against our institutions, our schools, our most sacred rights, and our so dearly bought liberties, they would drive them out as traitors."
Source: Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President who was assassinated by agents of Papal Rome; 1809-1865)

William Ewart Gladstone
"No more cunning plot was ever devised against the freedom, the happiness and the virtue of mankind than Romanism "
[Ed.: i.e., the Roman Catholic system]. (Statement made in a letter to Earl Aberdeen)
Source: William Ewart Gladstone British prime minister and statesman; 1809-1898

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