You probably have already heard about the Antichrist. However, how much do you know about this mysterious figure? Do you know who or what the Antichrist is? Do you want to learn how to overcome his influence? How can you better prepare for the coming great deception brought about this evil figure? Learn the answers through this blog! Here are the 5 shocking facts about the Antichrist you probably don’t know!
Who is the Antichrist?
Or perhaps, the question could also be, “What is the Antichrist?”
A lot has been written about this end-time mysterious figure. Why not? It has tickled the imaginations of many and what it represents got something to do with the future.
The problem with the information we find about the Antichrist is that many of them are unbiblical and misleading. Thus, it is important for us to know what or who the Antichrist is based on the word of God and not based on what other people supposed to believe.
In this post, let me share with you the biblical facts about the identity of the Antichrist.
If you’re ready, then let’s begin!
1. More than one antichrist
When people hear about the Antichrist, they think of only one central figure. While this is somewhat true, it is important to note that the Bible talks about the Antichrist and the antichrists.
The Apostle John wrote:
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (I John 2:18).
This is something interesting. First, John was talking about the Antichrist who is coming. However, he also mentioned that there are antichrists, plural, who have already come.
Let us remember though that in the Greek, it doesn’t specifically mention that the first letter of the term Antichrist should be capitalized or not. I don’t want to be dogmatic about this.
So, what does this mean? It means that there is more than one antichrist, but there will also be the antichrist that will be the ultimate representation of all that is against Yahshua or Jesus Christ and God.
2. Antichrists among the church members
Many people are looking far and wide for the antichrist. They want to make sure they don’t miss that person so that they can better prepare and avoid his evil devices.
However, this one very fact about the antichrist they often overlook: the antichrists are going to come from within the church!
The Apostle John wrote about this in I John 2:18-19:
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
This is a sobering warning that we all should heed.
The antichrists are once part of the church. Some of them are members and some are even church leaders! They had been a teacher of the Gospel, but now, as evidenced by their true character, they have become the enemy of the church!
So, what does this mean for us? It doesn’t mean that if you are now in the church, you are already safe. It doesn’t mean that every single person who attends your fellowship are true believers.
Thus, we must always be on guard and let not anyone take our crown (Revelation 3:11).
3. The antichrists deny God and Christ
Now, here’s the surest sign of the antichrist: they deny both the Father and the Son.
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
Antichrist basically means “against Christ.” Antichrist is a term used to refer to the adversary, opponent, and enemy of Jesus or Yahshua.
So, how can you be an enemy of Christ? According to this verse, you can become an antichrist when you deny Yahshua the Messiah and deny the Father as well as your God.
I John 4:2-3 tells us:
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
This is confirmed in II John 7:
“For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
Based on this verse, the antichrists are those who deny that Jesus Christ indeed became a human being and has suffered and died for our sins.
Now, denying the very fact that Christ became flesh is against the very essence of God’s plan of salvation. To deny Christ’s humanity is to deny his ability to save us from our sins. It is the same as not accepting Jesus as our Savior!
That’s the magnitude of believing that Christ indeed became a human being just like any of us.
However, it is not enough to simply believe that Christ indeed became a man. Some people mistakenly accept Christ’s humanity, but at the same time, believe that Christ still possessed godlike powers. They thought that Christ, even though in the flesh, still has the infinite and omnipotent power that He has when He was a God.
This too is part of the spirit of the Antichrist.
We need to remember that Christ was FULLY a human being. He is even capable of sinning. He repeatedly time and again mentioned that He can’t do anything by Himself. He is in constant reliance on His Father!
4. Antichrist as the man of sin
John’s description of the antichrist can well also be applied to the man of sin mentioned by the Apostle Paul.
Notice II Thessalonians 2:3-4:
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 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.”
Now, here’s what the man of sin will do:
- He will deceive people
- He opposes God
- He exalts himself above all that is called God
- He makes himself a god
These are the things that the Antichrist will exactly do!
If you think that this is totally absurd and no one’s going to believe him when he proclaims himself as a god, then better read the rest of the story.
The man of sin actually will deceive many! How? By working with great signs and wonders. He is powered by Satan himself!
“The coming of the lawless one is ACCORDING TO THE WORKING OF SATAN, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
No wonder that many people will believe this man of sin. He will work wonders and signs that will deceive even the elect if they are NOT careful!
5. Antichrist as the false prophet
The spirit of the antichrist is also exemplified by the false prophet. We read of this in Revelation 19:20:
Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Revelation 13:11-17 gives us more details about the false prophet:
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The “another beast” mentioned in verse 11 refers to the false prophet. It also refers to the man of sin mentioned in II Thessalonians. The false prophet performs astounding miracles to deceive a lot of people and would even persecute those who refuse to worship the beast.
Obviously, the false prophet is an antichrist who denies the authority of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
The ultimate antichrist and how to overcome him
Now, that you have read the 5 shocking facts about the antichrist, you ought to know the most important fact to remember – the ultimate and most powerful antichrist.
I’m referring to Satan the devil.
He is the adversary (I Peter 5:8). He is the greatest deceiver. He is the father of lies. He rebelled against God and have denied His authority.
There’s no doubt. If there’s one being who best exemplifies and represents the totality of the Antichrist it would be Satan. He is the perfect epitome of all the things that are against God.
Of course, knowing what the antichrist is only the beginning. We must also know how to overcome these people and its spirit.
Thankfully, the Bible reveals how we can avoid the coming deception brought about the antichrists. We read:
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
Did you catch that? In order for us to overcome deception, we must have the love of the truth. It means that we must faithfully hold fast the truth that has been given and entrusted to us.
Only then that we will be able to overcome Satan’s deception.
So, study the Bible. Apply the lessons you learned in your life. Most importantly, stay close to God. Pray that He will count us worthy to be part of His coming Kingdom here on earth.