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For centuries papal Rome was involved in immorality, corruption, wars, torture, murder, and intrigue. Most Protestants and some Catholics of yesteryear therefore concluded that the papacy had to be the antichrist of prophecy, and with that opinion Ellen White agreed.
Ellen White identified the deadly wound of the beast (Rev. 13:3) as being the papacy's loss of power in 1798 at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte. The later healing of that wound she predicted would be the papacy's regaining of its lost supremacy, and she claimed that Rome was actively trying to regain her lost power:
Really? Is the Vatican bent on regaining control of the world and rekindling persecution?
Before we continue, one thing should be pointed out. Daniel 8:24 says that the little horn's "power shall be mighty, but not by his own power." Through the centuries the papacy controlled the minds of men by getting others to do her bidding. While her power was indeed "mighty," it was only so because of the might of the kings and nations that supported her. Thus, any regaining of its previous power would likely involve control of world leaders and their policies, not direct ownership of the entire globe.