Fransisco Ribera Chances are you have never heard this name before but you definitely should! Martin Luther is very well know for his 95 questions and his defiance of the the catholic church but the catholic church has had the last say of sorts. During the protestant reformation, among reformers and followers it was stated as fact that the catholic church was without a doubt, the harlot church spoken of in Revelation. It was also stated as fact that the papacy was the "anti-christ" incarnate. Of course, you can imagine that "The Church of Rome" was not exceptionally pleased with such accusations. A counter-reformation was launched and two trustworthy and talented Jesuit priests...Francisco Ribera (1537-1591), of Salamanca Spain, and Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), of Rome were given the work of discrediting the "Reformation". The name of the work from Ribera is: "In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarij"(1590). In this book, the idea of a literal "anti-christ" (individual person) is first spoken of in history. Keep in mind, when Christ was asked about anti-christ, he said "even now there are many anti-christs". He certainly didn't advocate that it was one person. Another main focus of the book was to propogate the "Futurist GAP theory". There was also the introduction of the anti-christ rebuilding the actual temple in Jerusalem and many more things that many people assume are "somewhere" in scripture. It may come as a shock that many of the things you blindly believe, are completely made up by men. "Doctines of men". ~Greg D.