The word Antichrist means = One who opposes Christ, or who puts himself in the place of Christ, a false Christ.
In the Scriptures we find 2 main concepts of Antichrist:
1 / A spirit – That operates in false believers, heretics, etc. who oppose Jesus Christ Divinity, His teachings, etc. (1 John 2: 22-23, 2 Jn.1:7) and of these kind there are many in the world. But also there are some men who usurp Christ’s place and who call themselves saviors, messiahs, etc. So they operate under the influence of this spirit of antichrist.
2 / A man – The bible also speaks of a particular man coming, the man of sin, the son of perdition, that by Satan’s works at the end of times, will make great signs and that will oppose Jesus Christ teachings and put himself in Christ’s place, deceiving many.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. . .18 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 last time. ” (1 Jn 2: 15 -18)
“Then if anyone says to you, Behold, here is the Christ, or look, there you are, do not believe him, for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will perform great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, Even to the elect, I have told you before, so that if they say to you, Behold, he is in the wilderness, do not go out, or behold he is in the chambers, do not believe it, for like the lightning that comes from the east and it shows up to the west, so will also the coming of the Son of Man. ” (Mat. 24: 23-27)
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ (Day of the Lord-judgment day) had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (apostasy) comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.. .“ 2 Thes. 2: 3-10.
It’s expected that the church will no longer be here when this man takes power, ( although it’s possible that the true church may still be here for his peace treaty but not when he takes power after his deadly wound is healed). The Scriptures call this man, antichrist, man of sin, son of perdition, wicked one; whose advent is by the work of Satan, & will show great power and signs and wonders, but everything are lies and deception.
In the book of Revelation the antichrist is called the beast (Rev.13), his kingdom & his authority comes from Satan, the dragon (Rev. 12: 9)
“And he will speak words against the Most High, and he will break the saints of the Most High, and will think to change the times and the law, and they will be delivered into his hand until time, and times, and half a time.” Daniel 7:25. He will be empowered to act with world authority 42 months = 3 ½ years, (Dan.12: 11, Rev. 11: 2; 13: 5).
The Antichrist will appear first as a smart man, full of good ideas in the political and economic arena, (Daniel 11: 21-24, 28), helping with the peace process in the Middle East, he is like a political savior, giving direction and advice to a world in chaos, most probably a chaos caused by wars in the Middle East, (& UFO phenomenon disclosure) and his motto will be world ‘peace’.
The day that he is revealed, or very close to that date, he will sign or rather confirm a peace treaty for 7 years (1 week of years in Hebrew, Dan.9:27), to achieve the peace of Jerusalem, which is at war with neighbors in the Middle East, and he will help rebuild the 3rd Jewish temple. This will cause many Jews to proclaim him as the messiah, (but he does not yet have world power), he himself will break that treaty, and will cease the daily sacrifice, Daniel 9: 26-27, Mat.24: 15; 2 Thess.2: 3-4; (This means that the 3rd Jewish temple must have been rebuilt already, for the daily sacrifice to occur, most likely in the place that the ‘Mosque of Omar’ occupies today, or near by).
But how can he achieve so much authority? He will have a powerful helper, the ‘False Prophet’ a religious leader, a key is to unite all religions together, with the excuse of ‘peace and tolerance’ (justice). These religions will sign treaties and agreements forming an officially organized World Religion.
Whoever doesn’t enter into this agreement will be persecuted, with the excuse of removing the roots of violence or religious intolerance. Christians who enter into this agreement seeking equanimity first with Catholics (Ecumenical Movement, 1), later with unbelievers (Interfaith, 1), will adopt false doctrines such as Catholic mysticism & Kabbalah, honor and worship of creatures or images (Romans 1:25), will adopt a different Jesus (2 Cor.11), many will leave sound doctrine to go after religious experiences, contemplative prayer, Ignatian (Jesuit) spirituality & mystic manifestations. Many believers will apostatize (they will abandon) the true faith, (1 Timothy 4).
A world religion was formalized in a summit in New York, on August 28-29, 2000, but it still doesn’t have an official leader. All the popes after the 2nd Vatican Council, have been instrumental in bringing all religions together. In 2014 Shimon Peres proposed a ‘United Nations of Religions‘ with pope Francis as leader (Will he make changes to his church in order to become an interfaith leader?)
Interestingly enough, the word ‘Vatican’ and word ‘prophecy’ (Latin=vaticinium) come from the same Latin root. Vatican City really means the ‘City of Prophecy’. The ‘False Prophet‘ which will be the right hand of the Antichrist, is described as the other beast that rises from the earth like a lamb but speaks like a dragon (or looks like a Christian but speaks like Satan), serves as spokesman to the antichrist, induces people to worship him, & is the one who induces people to take the ‘mark of the beast’ (1).
“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence and causes the earth and those who dwell on it to worship the first beast, . .He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18 Here is a call for wisdom: Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast. It is the number of a man. His number is six hundred and sixty-six” Rev.13: 11-18.
The Antichrist will be of Jewish descent: “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers” Dan.11:37 (referring to the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob), many believe he will be a descendant of the tribe of Dan (Gen.49: Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, compare with Gen.3:15). He will practice high-level occultism (Luciferianism, Kabbalah). Also for the Jews to accept him as Messiah he must be of Jewish descent. Sadly the Jewish people are ready to accept the Antichrist, as their expected messiah. If you ask Jews today, how the will they recognize Messiah? most will agree in these:
- Is a Jewish leader – descendant of King David
- Will bring peace to region
- He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1).
- Will bring all the Jews to observe the laws of the Torah (even many won’t mention: & Non Jews to observe the Noahide Laws )
- Will build the 3rd Temple (This point & peace process, are the most important ones to recognize him )
Talmudic Jews believe that when their real ‘Messiah comes, he will destroy the Christians’, (Sanhedrin 99a). Most Jews expect their Messiah as a man or great teacher, but not as God, and they are really confused about if he is a king (Ben [son] of David – 2 Sam.7:12-13) or a servant (Ben Joseph, Gen.39:17; Is.53:11). But in order to explain things, rabbis had written many occultic & mystic things (& apparitions) in the Talmud, Midrah & Kabbalah. Kabbalsits believe in more than one messiah, (King Cyrus the Persian a gentile, being one of them for his decree to rebuild the Temple. Check who is considered like Cyrus today: News 1, 2, (Beware those news are run by kabbalists). They identify Messiah ben Joseph (also called ben Ephraim – son of Joseph) the leader of the Ten Lost Tribes (America), he could be a gentile and will be a forerunner of ben David & may help on the rebuilding of the 3rd temple. They say the principal and final function ascribed to Mashiach ben Yossef is of political and military nature. He shall wage war against the enemies of Israel. But the true Messiah ben David, they say will reign as a Jewish king & will bring redemption to the Jews. Most of this are just conjectures because according to them everything depends on the spiritual condition of the Jewish people at the time their Messiah comes. They are working really hard to fulfill their plans & predictions but God alone Has the last word & things will happen according to the Scriptures.
It is said that in biblical times, leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they were coming in peace Jud. 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; 2 Sam. 16:2. I have no doubts that their false Messiah (Antichrist) after bringing peace will enter Jerusalem one of these days, riding on a white horse, & they will receive him. If they could only understand (please pray that God will give them revelation & lift the veil of their hearts 2 Cor. 3:15) that Jesus their Messiah, came first as a servant & die on the cross for our sins, but He will come back as a King to reign!! Praise be to our Lord & King!