Just for the record, this article was approved by Fr. Denis Chicoine former CMRI leader for distribution in late December 1985. Minor changes were made since then.
The Two Horns of AntiChrist & AntiChrists –Joseph B.D. Saraceno
Because of the great demand, I have decided to write about the question of who the Anti-Christ is and when he would come into the world. This is a question that has left us pretty much baffled; that is, until the 1960’s and ‘70’s and the presence of the Second Vatican Council.
One of the most misleading theologies surrounding the Anti-Christ was that he was and could be one person. However, as I will explain further on, it will be clear that this isn’t entirely true. The simple definition of Anti-Christ is and can only be, that he is against the principle of Christ, from the Latin ‘anti’ meaning against. (A god against God). The visible representative of Christ here on earth is the Pope, or, as we say the ‘Vicar of Christ’. In history we have heard of men who claimed to be Popes who were in reality anti-popes. Since they have set themselves up against the true Vicar of Christ, these anti-popes can truly be called ‘anti-Christ’s’. As we know from our catechism, there can be only one Pope on earth at a time. Now we have had in the history of the Church where we had two different men claiming to be the valid Pope. Only one, however, could really be accepted as the legitimate one while the other was illegitimate. Is this to say that we have had more than twenty-five Anti-Christ’s because we have had that many anti-popes? No, such is not the case. The Anti-Christ’s which are referred to in the Gospels deal with the End Times, the great apostasy and the last years before Christ’s return.
The First true AntiChrist which St. John is referring to was Caiphas who represented the God of Moses and had the God, Jesus Christ killed. A god against God. The Synagogue of Satan. However in the future it will be the one sitting in the Chair. St. Bernard a doctor of the Church states he will most likely be a FALSE POPE. (C. Encyclopedia under AntiChist)
What then do we know of the Anti-Christ? To find out, let us briefly review the knowledge we have of this matter by using the texts of the Bible.
In the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, Chapter 2, we read: “He sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he was God.” (verse 4). And again: “For the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (verse 3).
From the Book of the Apocalypse: Christ speaks of the false Apostles.
2:4, “But I have this against thee that thou has left thy first love.”
12: The Church goes into the wilderness.
13:3 And all the earth was in admiration after the beast.
13:11, “And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and it had Two Horns like those of a lamb, but he spoke as a dragon and it exercised all the authority of the former beast.” (Two beasts or two Anti-Christs).
13:13-14 “He will have a deadly wound inflicted upon him but will live. (May 13, 1983)
17:4 “A Golden cup of abominations and the uncleanness of her immorality.”
18:5 “For her sins have reached even to Heaven.” (Meaning Altar area. The Mass.)
19:20 “The Beast was seized, and with it the False Prophet.”
In order to understand the symbolism of the horns, we must go back to the time of Abraham. Abraham was getting ready to sacrifice Isaac when he looked up and saw a ram caught by the horns in the bushes nearby. At the command of God he took Isaac off the altar and offered the ram instead.
Remember seeing a picture of how the devil is depicted? He is always painted red, having two horns and a tail with a pitch fork in his hand.
The High Priest of the Old Law, on the Day of Atonement would enter into the Holy of Holies and there, sacrifice a calf. He would also sprinkle the mercy seat seven times with the blood of the calf for his sins and the sins of the people. Thus we have the modern term “scapegoat.” (John the Baptist one scapegoat, Christ the other). “Behold the Lamb of God…who taketh away the sins of the world.”
There are further instances that we can find of the frequent reference to horns in the Scriptures. In the old law, the bigger ram horns were cleaned, cut out and used as trumpets. Zachary, the father of St. John the Baptist, made reference to horns after the circumcision of his son when he proclaimed “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel…because He has raised up a horn of salvation for us…”Lk. 1:69, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. A term applied to prophets The statue of Moses in the church of St. Peter in the Chains in Rome depicts yet another Old Testament reference to horns. When Moses came down from the mountain after receiving the Ten Commandments he had horns of light about his head because he had been in the presence of God. In imitation of this Aaron wore a horned miter with a Diadem around it and the Pharisees wore horns (under the appearance of little boxes bound together by phylacteries) on their heads and on their weak arm? Each priest would have his favorite Commandment in the boxes along with the passage in Deuteronomy 11:18-22. The boxes also have two symbols engraved on them meaning “The unusual four-pronged (uu,) tradition says, was used on the Ten Commandments. The commandments were engraved all the way through the tablets so they could be seen from either side.
The words of Consecration of a Bishop are, “We, O Lord, place on the head of this Thy Bishop and champion, the helmet of protection and salvation, so that…his head armed with the HORNS of both Testaments, he may seem terrible to the opponents of truth…”
Horns also have the symbols for calling. Thus St. John the Baptist had one horn, or calling, that being as a prophet. (..a horn of salvation Lk: 1:69) Christ, one might say, had many horns (or callings) because of Who He was, High Priest, King & Prophet. Moses had two horns, or two callings, because he was a priest, (religious leader), and a king or leader of his people. In this respect, the case of a modern Anti-Christ gives to him two horns (Apoc. 13:11), or two callings of two religious leaders —Every Pope is a major prophet, (a horn of salvation) (Pope) John, one horn or calling, and (Pope) Paul, one horn or calling, and thus the modern Anti-Christ exercises all the authority of the former beast, John Paul II ( “And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and it had Two Horns like those of a lamb, and it exercised all the authority of the former beast.” [Two beasts or two Anti-Christs]). Apoc. 13:11). Bear in mind that St. Paul tells us that the Anti-Christ’s and the false Prophet will be revealed, and the majority of the religious will follow the beast (false faith) in wonder (Apoc. 14:4). Not all of the people will follow the beast because the faithful will not be fooled or tricked into this trap, therefore THEY won’t be a mystery to the faithful.
Two of the best books written on the Apocalypse are, The Apocalypse of St. John, by Rev. E. S .Berry. 1927 and The Book of Destiny by Rev. Herman B. Kramer. 1956
In Father Berry’s book he alludes to the AntiChrist…… “And I saw a Star fall from heaven upon the earth. Apoc. 9:1. In the fallen star ancient commentators saw a figure of Arius and other early heretics. As a matter of fact, any priest or BISHOP of the Church who becomes the leader of heresy may be compared to a star fallen from heaven. But in this case the star refers to some particular person whose REVOLT from the Church shall lead directly to the reign of Antichrist. pg. 98 (John XXIII)
“Behold I will send you Elias (spirit) a Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Malachias 4:5)
“Do not seal up the words of the Prophecy of this book for the time is at hand… Behold I come quickly…My reward is with Me, to render each one according to his works. Apoc. 22:10.
Dec. 13, 1985 St. Lucy, MV Revised 3-1-10