John’s Historicistic Epistles

     Ninth.   The Johannine Antichrist was regarded as

"apostasy" by Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Augustine, Primasius, Gregory the Great, and Haymo.   The Johannine Antichrist was regarded preeminently as the "Papacy" by Robert Greathead, Joachim, P.J. d'Olivi, Ubertino of Casale, Eberhard of Salzburg, the Waldensians, Michael of Cesena, John of Rupescissa, John Milicz, John Wycliffe, John Purvey, Water Brute, John Huss, and Savonarola. 

     This is the position also of every Protestant Reformer and every single  authentic post-reformational Protestant without exception.   Thus for example: Luther, Melanchthon, Osiander, Amsdorff, Funck, Virgil Solis, Nigrinus, Chytraeus, Oecolampadius, Bullinger, Ridley, Latimer, Cranmer, Bale, Jewel, Calvin, Knox, Napier, Brightman, Pareus, Downhame, James I, Mede, More, all the divines of the Westminster Assembly, Tillinghast, Sherwin, Jurieu, Cocceius, Fleming, Sir Isaac Newton, Lowth, Bishop Thomas Newton, Fletcher, Bengel, Petri, Willison, Brown, and Fairbairn etc.