I sometimes sit and wonder who the antichrist is, could it be the Pope Francis, or is Pope Francis the false prophet and Barack Hussein Obama the Antichrist. Then it dawned on me, the best way to know who it will be is to go and search the scriptures to see what the bible has to say on the matter.
The antichrist is an end times (eschatological) person who will appear to the world at the start of the Tribulation and deceive countless numbers of people into believing he is The Christ that all religions have waited so long for to bring peace to the earth. He is directly associated with Satan (Lucifer), possibly possessed by Satan and he directly opposes Jesus Christ and God. He will be assisted by the false prophet and fallen angels (demons) in an unholy crusade to take over the world and establish a New World Order where he will be world ruler before the second coming of Jesus Christ.
In the New Testament the bible uses the word antichrist four times in the book of John (1 John 2:18; 1 John 2:22; 1 John 4:3 and 2 John 1:7). And in the Book of Revelation the antichrist is referred to as ‘the beast’. Paul however does not use the term antichrist, he instead uses the word ‘man of lawlessness’ where he describes an extremely evil man who will stand in direct opposition to God and His Saints. Paul says regarding the Tribulation (Day of the Lord):
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
The Antichrist an Evil Shepherd
In the Old Testament the bible makes reference to the antichrist not as the antichrist or man of lawlessness but instead calls him, ‘the little horn’ and the ‘worthless shepherd’.
Daniel 7:8 “8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things”
Zechariah 11:17 “17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”
From the above Zechariah verse and the ones found in Revelation 13:2-3, many people believe that the antichrist will be attacked somehow and will incur a head wound that will be ‘deadly’.
Revelation 13:2-3 “2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
Antichrist Rises from the Dead?
Satan of course needs to imitate Jesus Christ in order to deceive the world. The antichrist with the help of Satan will be supposedly ‘raised from the dead’.
The phrase “wounded to death” appears nowhere else in the Bible. As such it tells us that something vastly extraordinary is going to happen during the time these verses describe. It will be a time no one has ever witnessed before in the entire history of humankind. A single man will accomplish what no man has accomplished before. He is going to mesmerize the entire world to wonder (“thaumazō) after him”.
Dictators like Hitler and Stalin managed to muster millions of people who followed them to the hilt but never before has the entire world population marveled over a person like this. Indeed, Satan is going to empower this man to accomplished this great feat. The question is, how?
Some say the Antichrist is actually going to die due to a fatal head wound and that Satan himself is going to infuse him with new life when he enters his body (total possession).
Revelation 17:8 “8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
The immediate question we need to ask is whether Satan has the power to give a corpse life. Is he capable of resurrecting a cadaver?
According to Revelation 11:11 the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of life” and only those who have his Holy Spirit (i.e. are saved) shall be raised from the dead in the same way He raised Jesus Christ from amongst the dead (Romans 8:11). Satan, on the other hand, can do nothing else except to kill, murder and lie (John 8:44; John 10:10). There is no life in him, only death, destruction, mayhem and confusion. Had he been able to raise the dead to life he would have been equal to God who is the only Fountain of life (Psalm 36:9). Only God can give, preserve and resurrect to life the dead because He is the essence of life.
It follows that the words “wounded to death” must mean something else than the actual demise of Antichrist. Wounds are usually self-inflicted or they are inflicted by someone else whose intention it is to kill, like an assassin. However, I don’t think the Antichrist will be a masochist whose desire it will be to die and inflict his own head wound. His great ego will prevent him from doing a thing like that. It may well be that the Antichrist’s head wound will seem to be fatal and doctors who examine him are probably going to give him no chance whatsoever to survive. He might be even presumed dead, but is not dead at all. To be certified dead, there needs to be no brain activity what-so-ever. There are many people who have been presumed dead, taken a so called trip to Heaven and then apparently come back to life. The fact is they were not entirely dead to start off with, the soul had not left their body, their ‘trip to heaven’ was an outer body experience after which they came back to life.
Enter Satan , whom we all know is capable of performing miracles. He is going to heal the Antichrist’s fatal wound so that it may appear he raised him from the dead. Satan is a past master at mimicking and imitating God and his miracles. This will probably be his Oscar winning miracle because the entire world is going to marvel and wonder after the Antichrist because of this so called great miracle. My own take on this is that the world will not recognize the miracle as that of Satan and actually believe that Antichrist overcame death by his own miraculous “resurrection” of his own accord.
After this ‘miracle’ has taken place, the marks of his wounds that he sustained from the attack will remain. This is a sign that he is not Jesus Christ and it was not Jesus Christ that healed him. When Satan heals his healing and miracles are incomplete (see article: Can Satan Heal?) and because of this the antichrist will be blind in his right eye and he his left arm will be withered.
What is the Spirit of the Antichirst?
The word antichrist is used to describe the most evil man in history that is to come and will rule the world for a short time, but it also describes a spiritual condition. It describes all those who are against God as having an antichrist spirit.
1 John 2:18-22 “18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist antichrist shall come, even now are there many Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
The bible says that anyone who does not confess Jesus Christ are of the spirit of the antichrist,
1 John 4:3 “3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
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