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NO ONE GETS MORE AIR time with end time thinkers than the one called the
Antichrist. He captures the imagination of Hollywood as well as students of
prophecy as being someone who is dark, deceptive, and dangerous. There is a
sense that he is on the scene today and that it is our generation that will see
him in person…eyeball to eyeball.
What does the Bible say? Who is the Antichrist? What will be his agenda? Should
we expect him to appear any day now?
The first time we are introduced to this man comes form the prophet Daniel, who
refers to the Antichrist as the "little horn" speaking great words of blasphemy (Daniel 7:8-11). He will make war against God's people and kill them (Daniel
7:21-26). Through his policies deceit will prosper and truth will be cast down;
the economy will be good, and he will bring political peace for a short three
and a half years. The western nations and some others will willingly submit to the Antichrist’s
leadership. It is through this peace and prosperity that he destroys and
deceives many (Daniel 8:23-25).
In the New Testament he is referred to as "the man of sin" and "son of
perdition" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4); "the beast" (Revelation 11:7, 13); "that
Wicked" (2 Thessalonians 2:8); and the "beast from the sea" (Revelation 13). The
first time the term antichrist was used to refer to a specific man was by the Apostle
John in First John chapter two verse eighteen:
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist
shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the
The antichrist will also call himself God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
What I am about to tell you now may go against what you have been taught...but
it is the truth. To believe otherwise is to place yourself in grave danger and
position you for great disappointment when you find yourself in the great
tribulation: The Antichrist will not appear until a world wide apostasy has
taken place within the church. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there
come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of
perdition…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
This is also how we are to understand the apostate churches of Revelation
chapters two and three. This apostasy precedes the revealing of the Antichrist
in Revelation chapter six.
Understand: the Antichrist cannot appear as long as the church is healthy. Once
the church is diseased with incurable apostasy, a welcome mat is placed in front
of the world's doorway welcoming the Antichrist with open arms. Please
understand that the church is not raptured out before the Antichrist is
revealed. The church will go through the great tribulation brought about by this
man of sin.
The witness of Scripture is clear that the Antichrist will appear in the end of
the world and he will cause much death and destruction wherever he turns. When
he is on the scene, the world has only a few short years left before Christ
Scripture also gives witness to the moral and spiritual characteristics of the
We will look at the moral and spiritual characteristics in lesson six.
Hold fast till Christ returns!
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