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THE ANTICHRIST / ANTI-CHRIST

Who is the Antichrist? (2 Thess. 2:2, 3)

In the Book of Revelation we are told that a world dictator will arise who will be endued with the power of Satan himself and will claim for himself the prerogatives of God (Rev. 13:1 – 18; 2 Thess. 2:4). Assisting him will be a False Prophet who will do signs in this dictator’s name (Rev. 13:13 – 15; 19:20).

We do know that the Book of Revelation was written during a time when Christians were being persecuted in the Roman Empire. We also know that the Roman emperors liked to think of themselves as gods, making statues of themselves and requiring worship of themselves. I believe those earlier dictators were representations of the final world dictator. There is always the possibility that the Antichrist is already in the world. This man will appear as a great leader, speaking great words of wisdom, and will draw all of the non-Christian people to worship him. To them he will be the sum of wisdom, with the answers to all their problems (Rev. 13:18).

For an antichrist figure to come into the modern world there must be a breakdown of the world system as we know it now. There would have to be breakdowns in currency, in law and order, and in the power structures of national states.

A financial panic could help pave the way for him. So could nuclear war. Such disasters could leave people crying out for a man of peace, who will be Satan’s counterfeit to Jesus Christ. This man will seem to be like Jesus, until such time as he is ready to show his true self. Then he will be incredibly cruel (Dan. 7; 8). The Antichrist will be the most hideous example of dictatorial power that the world has ever known.

Remember that the antichrist spirit is in anybody who tries to draw people away from Jesus, saying, “Worship me.” The antichrist spirit is often present now in the worship and veneration we give to governments, dictators, military leaders, and various other human figures. Systems being taught in our schools, media, and intellectual circles are often much like that which will ultimately lead people to the Antichrist, because he will be the consummate figure of humanism.
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