What Does Scripture Say about the Antichrist?

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Most people think of the Book of Revelation when they hear the word “Antichrist” Interesting enough though, the word “Antichrist” is never mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

What does “Antichrist” mean?

The Strong’s Concordance describes it as “an opponent of, an imposter for the Messiah: – against Christ or instead of Christ”. (The new Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible Red-Letter Edition – Greek Dictionary of the New Testament pg 30 #500)

The word “Antichrist” is mentioned 4 times in the Scriptures:

1 John 2:18   
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrist have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:22   
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3     
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.

2 John 1:7    
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.

But, everyone is talking about the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation! And yes, that is correct. Where does he appear? And what does he look like?

He is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the beast, in:

11:7; 13:1-4; 13:11-12; 13:14-15; 13:17-18; 14:9 + 11; 15:2; 16:2; 16:10 + 13; 17:3 + 7-8; 17:11-13; 17:16-17 + 19-20; 20:4; 20:10

Revelation 6:1-2
1Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

**The Antichrist man is now revealed. His seven year career is depicted by this white horse representing peace
And in verses 4, 7, and 8, his, the Antichrist’s, career is depicted respectively by:
-the red horse: upheaval and killings;
-the black horse: enormous inflation and famine; and
-the pale horse: death—to the Antichrist and his followers.

The first seal initiates the conquest by the false savior—the false messiah, the Antichrist.**

God warns us in Scripture, His word, to watch out and not be deceived!

Matthew 24:5  
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”

The white horse and who sits on it, as described in Revelation 6:2, is not the same as the one described in Revelation 19:11, who is Christ in His Second Coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:3c-4; Daniel 11:21b; Daniel 11:36-37).

The Antichrist is against Christ, and according to

1 John 4:3 “…..and is now already in the world.”

he is already among us. He is a great deceiver and plays the man part in Satan’s false trinity.

Satan’s false trinity;
-Satan playing the part of God,
-the Antichrist man the part of Christ, and
-the false prophet the part of the Holy Spirit.

Following are some other biblical references describing the Antichrist—quoted from “gotquestion.org – what-is-the-antichrist”:

The imposing, boastful king of Daniel 7 who oppresses the Jews and tries to “change the set times and the laws” (verse 25).
The leader who establishes a 7-year covenant with Israel and then breaks it in Daniel 9.
The king who sets up the abomination of desolation in Mark 13:14 (cf. Daniel 9:27).
The man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12.
The rider on a white horse (representing his claim to be a man of peace) in Revelation 6:2.
The first beast—the one from the sea—in Revelation 13. This beast receives power from the dragon (Satan) and speaks “proud words and blasphemies” (verse 5) and wages war against the saints (verse 7).

The Antichrist comes in many different shapes and sizes. Using God’s word, however, we will be able to discern any antichrist or deceiver that might come our way.

The Antichrist will be the final Gentile world ruler [Revelation 13:7].  

What is your thought on the Antichrist? Please post your comment, we would like to hear from you.

All Scripture quoted is taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** marked   **.. quoted text **   taken from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 15 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at https://www.michaelcopple.com/

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