The Antichrist in Scripture – The Popes According to Luther and Calvin

1.   Church History from Daniel’s Babylon to the Protestant Reformation

Around 540 B.C., Daniel1 predicted that all new prophesying would cease — soon after the then-still-future baptism and death of Jesus Christ.   This would be near the time of the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem temple in A.D. 70 — and also near the time the Bible would be completed.   Thereafter, not even the Pope of Rome could add to that Prophetic Scripture — without being plagued by God, for polluting it.   See too: Second Peter 1:16-21; 2:1-3; Revelation 22:18f.

In Daniel 12:1a (cf. 10:5-21), God in the sixth century B.C. predicted that ‘Michael’ would arise or "stand up."   For Michael is "the great Prince" of the children of Daniel’s people, the nation of Israel.   In Hebrew, ‘Michael’ (or Miy-ka-’El) means: ‘Who is like the Triune God?’