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“The Antichrist”

Our subject for this article is The Antichrist. Is there such a person as The Antichrist? Is he alive on earth today? Throughout the Middle Ages many of of the persecuted saints believed the Pope to be the Antichrist. Is the Pope the antichrist? Or is So-and-so (fill in a current political leader) the antichrist? How can we know for sure when he is come and who he is? These are common questions that one is asked about the person referred to in the Bible as the antichrist.
I do not believe in prophetic speculation, and so we will make no claims to know the exact identity of the antichrist, nor the exact time of his arrival. We will simply endeavor to give a description of the Biblical facts concerning such a person, and we will make application as to what this Bible truth means to us today.

Biblical Facts About The Antichrist

The word “Antichrist” is only used in the Epistles of John. But this does not mean that he is not mentioned by other inspired writers. For example, the prophet Daniel has prophecies that almost certainly refer to such a person. [See Dan. 7:7-8, 20-26; 8:23-25] In the New testament the inspired apostle mentions “that man of sin,” [See 1 Thess. 2:3-12] and John, who also was inspired of God to write The Revelation, describes one called “the beast.” [See Rev. 13:1-10; 17:8-14] The antichrist is most likely also to be identified with the “false Christs” mentioned by the Lord Jesus in His prophetic discourse of Matt. 24 and 25.
These are not my ideas alone, but as the Smith’s Bible Dictionary states, these texts all speak of the same Antichrist “…by an almost universal consent,…” To these I might also add Dan. 9:26-27 (“the prince that shall come”). Much of Daniel 11 has been already fulfilled. Many however, including myself, believe that at least some of this chapter as a still future fulfillment in the person of the Antichrist, the anti-type.
Let us endeavor to simply make a list of the truths related to the antichrist as described in these various texts. We will, of necessity, need to be brief.
1. The antichrist will be a real person, not simply “a spirit” or an influence. He is called “The MAN of sin” and “the son of perdition.” The personal pronoun, “he” is constantly used. Rev. 13 tells us that ‘the dragon (Satan) will give HIM his power…”
2. The Antichrist will receive power from Satan himself. This will be an individual through whom Satan will manifest the full extent of his power. “and the dragon gave him his power,” (Rev. 13:2) The apostle says of him, “whose coming is after the working of Satan.” (2 Thes. 2:9)
3. The Antichrist “…shall speak great words against the most High,” (God); Dan. 7:25 and “he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name,” (Rev. 13:7). [See also 2 Thess. 2:4] 4. The Antichrist will make war against the saints of God. Daniel says, he “shall wear out the saints of the most High,” (7:25) and Rev. 13:7 says, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:”
5. He will have great power to perform miracles and to deceive. The apostle says of him, “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;…” (2 Thess. 2:9-10) Speaking of the second beast, the “false prophet,” that works with and for the antichrist we read, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;” (Rev. 13:13-14)
6. The Antichrist will have a sudden rise to great political power. In fact, some of the passages so emphasize his political power they seemingly ignore the fact that a person is discussed. He is described by Daniel as a kingdom or polity. But just as Nebuchadnezzar is identified as the Babylonian Empire, so the Antichrist will be identified with that political power that will make sudden rise. The prophetic language used to describe nations or political powers are, “horns” or “heads.” Concerning the Antichrist the phrase, “seven heads and ten horns” is mentioned often. If Daniel’s and John’s prophecies are compared it becomes obvious that the Antichrist will arise out of “a revived Roman empire” or at least out of it’s remnants. “the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” (Rev. 17:7) “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of
the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev. 17:9-13) [See also the visions of Daniel 2, 7 & 8] The political power of the antichrist will be Satan’s last great effort to usurp authority from God, and defeat God’s purpose for man and the earth.
7. The Antichrist’s power will last but a short time. His time of power is described in three ways, all equaling the same period of time. “and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months,” (Rev. 13:5), “a time and times and the dividing of time” (Dan. 7:25), [See also Rev. 12:14 which says, “a time, and times, and half a time,”] and, “a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” (Rev. 12:6). Thus his reign of evil will last but three and one half years.
8. The Antichrist is connected with and said to carry “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:3 and 7 say, “and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns…. I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”
As “the beast” or the Antichrist is a political power, the woman, “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS” is a religious power. The one is carried, or used, by the other. [God will ultimately use the political power to destroy the religious power. See Rev. 18.] It is my opinion that this woman represents all apostate religion, and especially the culmination of it under the power of the antichrist. Apostate religion and apostate human government have roots that began in Babel under Nimrod. Common threads can be traced down to the present that will culminate in the future. I confess that I do not fully understand how over one billion followers of Mohammed fit in to future prophecy. My best guess, at present, is that it, too, is only another part of apostate religion. Remember Mohammed took and corrupted from both the Old Testament and idol worship. Perhaps the antichrist will in some way unite Moslem nations with European powers. With present political realities this does not seem far fetched. The ungodly United Nations could easily be used to bring this about.
9. The Antichrist has the number 666 ascribed to him. Revelation 13:18 says, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Throughout history many explanations have been given and many attempts made to make it have the meaning of a particular person. [Hitler, Kissinger, or any number of Popes, etc…] the best two explanations that make any since to me are as follows. I quote from Halley’s Bible Handbook, “Iraneaus, a pupil of Polycarp, who was a pupil of John (who wrote these words, ed.) understood 666 to be the Greek word “Lateinos”: L,30: A,1: T,300: E,5: I,10: N,50: O,70: S,200. These total 666. “Lateinos” means “Latin Kingdom.” Papal Rome made Latin its official language. And it still is.” It is certain that “Mystry Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots” is the city of Rome that sits on seven hills. Thus it does seem probable that this city and this religion will have something to do with The Antichrist and his rise to power. But I do not think that the Pope is the antichrist. The only other view that seems plausible says that 6 “is the number of incompleteness” repeated three times. This making the Antichrist a manifestation of the utter and complete imperfections of man.
10. The Antichrist will be destroyed by the second coming of Jesus Christ. The time of the Antichrist will represent Satan’s last and greatest attempt to usurp power and worship away from God. It will be short lived and will end by the glorious coming of Christ. Daniel 7 says his power will continue “until the Ancient of days come.” Daniel chapter eight indicates “he shall be broken without hand.” The apostle is more clear when he says, “whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” (2 Thes. 2:8) But Revelation chapter 19 gives us a most glorious picture of what will happen. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. …And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.…And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (verses 11-13, 16, 20)
These are the basic facts as related in the holy Scriptures concerning the person known as “the Antichrist.” Much more detail could have been given, but that would take much more space than we have here. What Are We To Learn?

What are we to learn? Are there any practical Bible truths that we are to learn and apply to our lives today related to the Bible’s teaching about the antichrist? The Antichrist will be manifest and have his power in the years just prior to the Lord’s return. He will have his sudden rise to power during the time known as “the great tribulation.” He will be used as a tool by God to accomplish His will.
Let all who believe in the God of the Bible take comfort in the truth that our God is Sovereign. He IS in control. He will accomplish His will and all of His purposes shall come to pass. Satan and sin will be put away from the earth.
Secondly, we are warned in the Scriptures that even though there will be only one who is called, “The Antichrist,” (1 Jn. 2:18), there are many antichrists. Or as Paul says, “the mystery of iniquity doth already work.” (2 Thes. 2:7) The same power of evil that will come to it’s climax in the person of “The Antichrist,” is working today to deceive the souls of men. For example, the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or followers of Mohammed, all deny that Jesus is God, the Creator. They are part of that “Mother of Harlots.” They are of the spirit of antichrist, “the mystery of iniquity.”
But Satan’s deceptions are far more dangerous and cunning than these. Much of what is called, “Christianity” is part of that same apostate religion, ‘MYSTERY BABYLON,…THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.” It makes no difference if it is the Popes of Rome who claim the pagan title, PONTIFEX MAXIMUS {The greatest high priest}, or the the worship of Mary as “the Queen of Heaven,” or the protestant’s infant baptism, or any other departure from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is all part of that same spirit of antichrist. Let us not be deceived, beloved. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 Jn. 4:1) The Bible alone is our anchor and source of all truth.
Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet will all be cast into the Lake of fire at the Lord’s coming. (Rev. 19:20; 20:1-2,10) Likewise all who are deceived by them and continue in their rebellion against God.
His miraculous power to deceive will be effective upon multiplied billions of souls. As the apostle says, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned” Who? Those “who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thes. 2:11-12) Those who persist in sin now will have little hope during that time of great tribulation and great deception. If you do not repent and believe upon the truth of God in Christ Now, today, and if you are still alive (which is very possible) when he is revealed, your future will be one of wrath and judgment under the deception of the Antichrist.
I urge you Dear Reader, turn from your sin today, and trust on Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

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