The Greatest Arch-Abomination

Martin Luther:

“Thus you see whether the Pope is not the greatest arch-abomination of all abominations, to whom Christ and Daniel refer; and the true Antichrist, of whom it is written that he sitteth in the temple of God, among the people, where Christ is named and where his kingdom, spirit, baptism, Word and faith should be: because he interferes with the office and kingdom of Christ by his fanaticism of the spiritual rites of Christ, wants to rule over the consciences and govern with his propositions and works. And he can in truth be called an ‘abomination of desolation,’ who is only destroying and laying waste everything, for as has been said: Christ and my works cannot abide together; if the one stands, the other must go down and be destroyed; wherefore the Pope has made desolate the kingdom of Christ, as far as his diocese reaches, and all who join him have denied Christ.”

~Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol. 1, Sermons on Gospel Texts, The Signs on the Day of Judgment, (Ages Software), qtd. in Rand Windburn, “The Abomination of Desolation: Past, Present or Future? Matthew 24:1-15 Examined,” page 18, online at http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/catalogue/abomination_of_desolation.pdf

A Timeline of Church History (McCarter)

J. Parnell McCarter’s proposed timeline of church history:

http://www.historicism.net/timeline.pdf

I’m not sure I agree that the whore of Babylon is the United States, but it is an interesting thought nevertheless.