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“A profitless and fanciful belief about the imminent return of Christ had gained wide currency…. First [however,] there must come apostasy in the Church — and a great part of the World turn from God in faithlessness. Indeed, Antichrist must reign in God’s temple….
“Under the Papacy there is nothing more well-known and common, than the [as yet still] ‘future’ coming of Antichrist. And yet they are so dull, that they [Papists] do not see that his tyranny is being exercised over them!… The Papists have imagined an Antichrist who is [only yet] to harass the Church for three and a half years [just before Christ’s Second Coming].