Bible Study About the Antichrist
Who is The Antichrist? 16 Characteristics of the Antichrist
Many are asking, "Who is the Antichrist? Is he on the scene yet? Well, let's look at all of the scriptures that describe the Antichrist. Then we can look for the evidence. I like keep things simple, so I'll list the verses below and let you connect the dots. Rely on the Holy Spirit. He's the one who leads us into all truth. Jesus gives us this reassurance in John 16:12-1.
I hope to update this page periodically. If this information is new to you, or if it makes you somewhat apprehensive or fearful, remember God's promises like Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 56:3-4. He promises to be with us, strengthen us, help us and hold us up! There is also a bible study that has verses specifically for encouragement in End Times. If you're feeling afraid because you're not a Christian, or not 100% sure if you're a Christian, see the article How to Be Saved and Who Will Not Be Saved].
Here are the Bible verses I found about The Antichrist to help you connect some dots:
1 - The Antichrist is worshipped or followed. Revelation 13:3b-4 People were "filled with wonder', 'followed the beast', 'worshiped the beast' or the Antichrist, NIV. H-m-m-m. Do we know anyone who fits that description of being worshiped or followed after? This is also mentioned in Revelation 13:8 Remember, 'worship the beast' doesn't have to mean people will be literally bowing down, as in Daniel 2. it can be figurative, as in when we obey someone, do what they ask, serve them, or go along with their agenda in order to gain some sort of benefit or avoid some penalty.
2 - Revelation 13:5-6 The Antichrist 'utters proud words and blasphemies' and 'slanders God'. NIV
3 - Revelation 13:7a The Antichrist, or beast, has the 'power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them'. NIV That doesn't sound good, does it? But its already happening. In many places. Follow the bread crumbs.
4 - Revelation 13:7b The Antichrist, or beast, will have authority over every nation. To me, that means he will have some sort of global authority, maybe a position in the United Nations. Let's keep our eyes peeled and ears open for that one. Revelation 13:10 - Hm-m-m. So, some of God's people will go into capitivity and/or be killed, and they will need patient endurance at this time. Surely all that's not going to happen to the richest and most blessed of all people on the earth? Revelaton 13:17 seems to indicate that it will be worldwide.
Are you still with me? We're just getting started.
5 - 2 Thessalonians 2:3 - The Antichrist is called the 'man of lawlessness' or 'lawless one'. In KJV he's called 'man of sin' or 'son of perdition'. So, breaking laws or disregarding them is his MO.
6 - 2 Thessalonians 2:4 - The Antichrist will oppose God, exalt himself over God and actually say he is God.
7 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 - Re: the coming of the lawless one: The Antichrist will use many types of displays of power through signs and wonders. (When taking a peek at the interlinear Helps Word-studies definitions for Greek word 4592, I wondered if 'signs' could include satanic hand signs that some use to indicate who they follow, because the definition indicates that the sign is "given especially to confirm, corroborate or authenticate"? And Strong's definition includes: "miracle, indication, mark or token." I could be way off. The thought just occurred to me).
8 - Daniel 7:20-25 The Antichrist speaks against God and 'wears out the saints' NIV. Do you think persecution could 'wear us out'? Or unjust laws that disturb or disgust us? Could those wear us out even more?
9 Daniel 7:20-25 The Antichrist 'change times and the law'. Kind of reminds me of executive orders.
Daniel 8:23-25 23 "In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. NIV
10 - Daniel 8:23 Hm-m-m-m. The Antichrist is a 'fierce-looking king' ESV's wording: 'a king of bold face'. KJV says it this way: 'king of fierce countenance'. NAS says it this way: 'Insolent'. Some definitions of insolent are: shameless boldness; behaving in a way that is shocking or rude; impolite; impudent; using insulting words that are hateful; effrontery: acting very bold and confident when doing something wrong or offensive.
Interesting. Hold on, there's more in that verse.
11 The Antichrist is a 'Master of Intrigue': NAS says it this way: 'skilled in intrigue'. Intrigue can be defined as secret schemes. There seems to be a lot of that going on. ESV says it this way: 'one who understands riddles' KJV says it this way: 'understanding dark sentences' Let's see what that word in the Hebrew: NAS Exhaustive Concordance gives their definition: "a riddle, an enigmatic, perplexing saying or question" and the NASB instances of that word being translations as: dark sayings , difficult questions, insinuations, intrigue, riddles.
O.k. Got it. Do you know of anyone who might fit that description?
Wait, there's still more in that scripture:
12 Daniel 8:24 - [The Antichrist will become strong (can also mean vast, mighty or numerous), but by someone or something else's power. So, like someone or something is behind him, propping him up sort of? Maybe that someone is Satan or demons, or the false prophet?]
13 Daniel 8:24 - [The Antichrist will cause a lot of devastation and succeed at whatever he attempts]. Hm-m-m. Could that include all the drone attacks going on, or ISIS terrorists?
15 Daniel 8:25 The Antichrist will be deceptive. NIV says it this way: 'cause deceit to prosper'. Other words used for greek word 4820 for deceit could include: deception, dishonest, false, treacherous, craftiness. It seems like there's an awful lot of that going on.
16 Daniel 8:25 The Antichrist will have a superiority complex and think he's better than other people. Hm-m-m-m. (It's getting interesting, huh?).
17 - Revelation 6:2 - The Rider on the Red Horse who causes people to kill each other. This is generally believed to be referring to the Antichrist. (It does fit with the other descriptions of The Antichrist when it says he is pictured as being given a sword, and the power to take peace from the earth and cause people to kill one another).
Daniel 11:30-32 [The Abdomination of Desolation is described in more detail (Bold used for emphesis)]:
30 Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. NIV
Further down in that same passage tells us some other very important things the Antichrist does. (Bold added for emphesis):
Daniel 11:36 "The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. NIV
Let's break it down so we see more of his characteristics:
He does whatever the heck he wants to (ie., lawless one).
He puts himself above every other god.
Says shocking things against the one true God and has no regard for him.
Let's keep going:
Daniel 11:39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. NIV
This is interesting to me. A foreign god will help him attack the mightiest fortresses. What kind of foreign god would have any power to help him? Not sure about that one.
It gets even more interesting. It doesn't sound good. (Bold added for emphesis).
Daniel 11:40 "At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushitese in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. NIV
That's the best part in verse 45: After all of his succeeding in what he attempts, his end will come. Nobody helps him. Done. Gone. Jesus is the final hero that saves the day (and saves his children for all eternity!) He has the last say. As powerful as the Antichrist is on this earth, he can't ever even come close to the God of Gods, the one true God of the Universe, the God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallejuah! All our pain, persecution, lost property, lost lives, destroyed businesses, lost jobs, all of our sacrifice will be worth it. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords wins, and all those on his side win too. Make sure you're on the right side. If you're not on his side, you're on the other side. Don't believe the lies.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10a Let's see some different translations: (Bold used for emphasis).
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. KJV
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. ESV
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. NIV
So we get the gist of it, right? lying wonders.. deceiving.. deception.
More verses about The Antichrist:
Daniel 11:3-4 3 Then a mighty king will arise, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. NIV
Daniel 11:36-39 36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. 37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. KJV
Revelation 17:7-8 (About the beast who was, and is not, and is to come)
Revelation 16:13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. NIV
Revelation 11:7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. NIV
Does all this talk about the Antichrist make you feel tired or overwhelmed? Daniel's vision made him so exhausted that he just laid around for several days: Daniel 8:27.
Why Christians Don't have to be Afraid of the Antichrist or his NWO or of being killed or tortured, etc:
We already know what happens to the Antichrist and the False Prophet in the end.
Daniel 8:25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. NIV
What happens to God's people who stay faithful to the end and don't take the Mark of the Beast? You can read for yourself here.
Remember, God is faithful. He will see his children through anything.
Biblical advise for Christians in End Times:
Verses about antichrists, in general
1 John 2:18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. NIV
1 John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. NIV
1 John 4:3 but 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 is already in the world. NIV
Matthew 24:4-5 4 Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many. NIV
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