Who Is The Antichrist?

The antichrist is one of the most famous characters in the Bible, and lots of people like to speculate about who is the antichrist will be. But what does the Bible actually say about the antichrist?

All of my life I have heard people focus on Jesus his return. People would look up the events happening in the world and try to see how they fit in the prophetic calendar. They expected Jesus to come at any moment; many believed it would happen during that time.

One aspect of Bible prophecy which people especially focus on is trying to figure out who the Antichrist was. There are all kinds of rationality speculation about who he could be. It’s easy to get caught up in some of the speculations. But we should not spend our time looking for the coming of the antichrist. We should look for and be ready for the coming of Christ.

The word antichrist means either against Christ or instead of Christ. This word only appeared in scripture four times. However, the antichrist gets defined by other names. The Bible speaks about a period of time on earth known as the tribulation. During this period, the antichrist becomes a dominant figure on the Earth.

I want to make a distinction because when we learn about the antichrist, there are two aspects you must consider. The Bible refers to the spirit of the antichrist and the person of the antichrist. As we go forward I will clarify this distinction.

Why Does John Say There Have Been Many Antichrists?

1 John 2:18 helps us understand the spirit of the antichrist and the person of the antichrist. John says the antichrist is coming, which points to a person. However, he says mini antichrist how come, which points to the spirit. Before the antichrist’s arrival the spirit of being against Christ or instead of Christ will be present on the Earth. It is present now. This has been happening since Christ came. Many carry the spirit with them. They are not the antichrist as in the person. However, they are against Christ and look for ways to remove or replace Christ. This spirit is present in our age and write what we mean even after the person of the antichrist is revealed.

Where Else Does The Bible Mention the Antichrist?

Here are a few verses where the Bible distinguishes between the spirit and the person of the antichrist

The Spirit Of The Antichrist

Dear friends, do you not believe every spirit, but has the spirit to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now it’s already in the world.

1 John 4:1-3

Who is the liar? It is whoever do you know that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist – denying the Father and the Son.

1 Joh. 2:22

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ how many in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is a deceiver and the antichrist

2 John 1:7

The Person Of The Antichrist

You can find information about the person of the antichrist in Daniel. Among other things, Daniel describes the antichrist creating alliances, and “at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him” (Daniel 9:27).

There are two passages I want to refer to – one in 2 Thessalonians and the other in Revelation.

Second Thessalonians 2 gives us insight into the person known as the antichrist. I encourage you to read the chapter, but here are two verses I want to highlight.

Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will uphold and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sent himself up in gods temple proclaiming himself to be God.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

In the End Time prophecyit it is believed the antichrist will be revealed after the church’s rapture of the church. In this passage, the antichrist is referred to as a man of lawlessness or the man of sin, which again speaks to him being a person. He will be revealed or released during this time of tribulation. He will bring destruction while also being the subject to destruction. His reign will be short, during this time, he will exalt himself and set himself up as God to be worshiped. He will be empowered by Satan and do his bidding, which means he will come to deceive and destroy. He will most likely be a leader who comes out of relative obscurity and presents himself as the world’s hope. No he will present himself as a savior, he will operate in deception. He will use counterfeit displays of power, signs, wonders, and miracles. The purpose of the signs and wonders will be to DC people and causes them to follow him. Read the full second chapter of 2 Thessalonians for more about these details.

What Do We Know About The Antichrist in Revelation?

The Bible also refers to the person of the antichrist in Revelation 13. Revelation 13:3-4 describes the antichrist as a beast that comes out of the sea. The sea represent a place of evil, wickedness, kale, and resisting God. It also represents the Gentiles. The antichrist will be an evil, wicked, Gentile leader who Santa resistant God. Satan will empower him, and he will even seem to have been killed and risen to life again, prompting many to follow him. His goal is for people who follow him instead of Christ, leading to their destruction along with his own. Read Revelation 13:1-10 for full details on the antichrist.

Final Thoughts About The antichrist

When you think about the world today, one who cries and hopes for world peace. The world is right and ready for a leader to step on stage and bring peace. The person who had apparently you that would immediately rise in stature. When the time is right, the person on the earth will be the antichrist. Though we know the true hope for the world is Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. But many will be deceived by the antichrist.

While it is good to know information about the antichrist we are not hard to look for him. Don’t spend your time trying to figure out who he is or will be. Instead, let’s get busy doing our Father’s business (Luke 12:42-43, with our eyes fixed and hearts ready for Christ’s return.

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