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: