As many of you know, I believe the title "antichrist" cannot be applied to the papacy, because the papacy does not fulfill the characteristics of "antichrist" explicitly expounded in the epistles 1 and 2 John. As I see it, the term "antichrist" should not be applied where the Bible does not give us a precedent for doing so. One may call the papacy the "little horn," "man of lawlessness," or "beast" if one believes the passages introducing those figures refer to the papacy. However, the papacy does not correspond to the attributes explicitly predicated of the "antichrist" in the epistles of John.
Adventists with whom I converse frequently respond that insofar as the papacy (allegedly) stands "against" or "in place of" Christ, it deserves being called "antichrist." Nevertheless, even were the papacy so opposed to Christ, one could not call the papacy "the antichrist" (as Adventists do) precisely because "the antichrist" is already identified in 1 John 2.22; 4.3; 2 John 1.7, and its characteristics do not match those of the papacy. Neither does the papacy match the characteristics of "an antichrist" (1 Jn. 2:18), a term is equivocal with "the antichrist" (cf. 1 Jn. 2:22; 2 Jn. 1:7). (And remember, the papacy is not simply "an antichrist" among Adventists; it is "the antichrist.")
Along the same lines, one cannot call the papacy the "antichrist of Bible prophecy" (as Adventists also do) since the application of the term "antichrist" to the papacy is not made by any biblical prophecy. Honestly, I do not understand why Adventist evangelists claim Dan. 7 and Rev. 13 refer to "the antichrist." When I first heard an Adventist evangelist make this claim as a teenager, I was confused, because I knew the Bible does not identify either of these powers as "the antichrist." I wondered on what basis Adventist evangelists issued this claim. I dismissed my doubts then, because I trusted Adventism, and thought I simply hadn't read enough. Years later, however, I came to recognize my initial confusion as appropriate and correct.
I find it sad and frustrating that Adventists, when confronted with these facts, still insist on referring to these entities (or more directly, the papacy) as "the antichrist." They do not have a biblical basis for doing so, and instead, seem bound by an Adventist tradition which refuses correction.
I'd like to know what happened to "give me the Bible."